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Periclean Scholars induct Class of 2018

With a focus on Zambia, 32 freshmen will spend the next three years taking classes that culminate in a project of social change as part of a program aimed at developing in students a deep sense of global citizenship.

Professor Tom Arcaro addresses the Periclean Scholars Class of 2018 at an induction ceremony on April 16, 2015.

Elon University's Periclean Scholars celebrated their newest members on April 16 when faculty leaders inducted students from the Class of 2018 into the program's ranks.

Thirty-two freshmen representing a variety of majors were welcomed by Professor Steve Braye, a faculty member in the Department of English who will mentor the cohort as they focus their studies on the African nation of Zambia.

The Periclean Scholars program at Elon University is committed to raising the level of civic engagement and social responsibility of the entire university community and to developing students with a deep sense of global citizenship and commitment to the common good. Students who become part of the Periclean Scholars program take a series of courses culminating in a class project of global social change.

The ceremony included charges from representatives of each of the three standing classes of Periclean Scholars, comments from founding director Professor Tom Arcaro, and inspiring words from special guest speaker Dan Baum, executive director of the Redwoods Group Foundation.

At the ceremony, Elon junior Morgan Abate from the Class of 2016 was announced as the Periclean of the Year. Abate, currently on a semester abroad in Ecuador, Skyped into the proceedings.

Among the members of the Class of 2018 is Chace Blackburn, sister to Taylor Blackburn, a member of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2011. 

“In my memory this is the first time we have had a legacy inducted into the program,” Arcaro said.

Among the majors represented in the new cohort are biology, cinema and television arts, public health, business, strategic communications, human service studies, international studies, finance, exercise science, marketing, environmental studies, psychology and policy studies.

Inductees included the following students:

  • Andrew Adair
  • Mary Alice Allnutt
  • Matthew Balzano
  • Chace Blackburn
  • Lindsey Clemmer
  • Elizabeth Conley
  • Elliot Eisen
  • Sydney Epstein
  • Jamie Fleishman
  • Daniela Hernandez
  • Margaret "Meg" Hinote
  • Jordan Hunter
  • Mercedes Kent
  • Bethany Lake
  • Hanna Macaulay
  • Courtney McKelvey
  • Jenna Merchant
  • Katherine Milbradt
  • Sandra "Kate” Pearce
  • Samantha Perry
  • Kayla Pieri
  • Adrian "Ian" Pomeroy
  • Elizabeth Reeve
  • Tate Replogle
  • Madison Sirabella
  • Micaela Soucy
  • Sydney Spaulding
  • Rebecca Suprenant
  • Isabella "Max" Warburg
  • William Wetter
  • Abigail Williams
  • Madeline Yih

Learn more about the Periclean Scholars. 

Eric Townsend,
4/19/2015 9:10 PM