More than 250
alumni, parents and friends of Elon University turned out for a
special gathering Nov. 20 near Washington, D.C. The "Evening for
Elon" was held at the Gannett corporate headquarters in Tyson's
Corner, and included tours of the USA Today newspaper offices.
Elon alumus Gary Evans '74, director of circulation/marketing for
USA Today, made arrangements for the use of the facilities. The
event included a reception and an Elon update presentation by President
Leo M. Lambert. Other speakers included Nan Perkins, vice president
for institutional advancement, and Mary Ruth, director of alumni/parent
relations. Among the Elon administrators hosting the event were
Paul Parsons, dean of the School of Communications, and Brad Hamm,
Advisory Board member Lee Rainie was on hand to meet and greet people.
Rainie is director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Another board member, Reggie Murphy, marketing research manager
for USA Today in the D.C. area, also dropped by to visit.
School of Communications
alumni on hand at the event included Akilah Owens, Leigh Wheeler,
Shawna Foord and Tim Archibald.
Catering costs for the event were covered by a donation by Elon
University Board of Trustees member Mary Straub '82, who was editor
of Elon's student newspaper, The Pendulum, during her years as an
Evening for Elon events are a way for alumni, parents of Elon students
and friends of Elon in cities distant from the campus to find out
about current university news and keep in contact with one another.