and staff members of the School of Communications have been awarded
Project Pericles grants to foster community engagement through service
sabbaticals and general-studies courses. The grants were given to
39 faculty and staff members campuswide at Elon University to "instill
in students an abiding and active sense of social responsibility
and civic concern."
The six communications
recipients and their proposed uses of the funds are:
Anthony Hatcher, who plans to bring speakers to campus for a public
forum on media coverage of a religious issue. He will be teaching a spring 2003 course titled "Religion and Media."
David Loomis, who will create a multicultural and multidisciplinary
Spring 2003 course in which civic-journalism scholars and practitioners
will speak to the class and students will report for the Burlington
Times-News on the rapidly growing Latino community in Alamance
County. Students also will organize a public forum co-sponsored
by the Times-News on local Latino issues.
Tom Nelson and Elon Student Television coordinator Jason McMerty,
who will videotape a series of profiles of local nonprofit social-service
groups for political science Professor Betty Morgan.
George Padgett, who will staff "listening posts" in
local minority communities with students in his Writing & Information
specialist David Morton, who will manage an Internet project for
the Alamance-Burlington school system during a service sabbatical.
Elon is one
of about a dozen charter schools in the Project Pericles program
founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Eugene Lang. The New
York businessman established the I Have a Dream Program in 1981,
providing tutoring and assured tuition for college education of
a $50,000 match of university funds for Elon's $100,000 Project
will further Elon's goal of being a leader in engaged learning for
higher education," said Elon President Leo Lambert.
namesake was a statesman in ancient Greece who sought to educate
the Athenian community to political wisdom by providing all citizens
an active and equal share in government.