Pericles grants foster engagement


Six faculty 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:

  • Professor 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."
  • Instructor 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.
  • Professor 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.
  • Professor George Padgett, who will staff "listening posts" in local minority communities with students in his Writing & Information Gathering class.
  • Software-support 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 underprivileged students.

Lang provided a $50,000 match of university funds for Elon's $100,000 Project Pericles program.

"Project Pericles will further Elon's goal of being a leader in engaged learning for higher education," said Elon President Leo Lambert.

The project's 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.



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