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CELEBRATE! Week Schedule

This week, Elon students are involved in activities to mark CELEBRATE! 2016, a celebration of achievements in academics and creative endeavors. 

Programs during CELEBRATE! 2016 include scholarly research presentations, award ceremonies, music performances, documentary showcases, dance programs and more. 

Monday, April 25

Pi Delta Phi, French Honor Society Induction & Dinner
5–6 p.m.
Johnston Hall

Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony
6 –7 p.m.
McKinnon Hall

The annual induction ceremony of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes juniors and seniors from all disciplines who are at the top of their class and graduate students, alumni and faculty, staff, and administrators who have achieved recognition in their fields and/or by their peers

Tuesday, April 26 - Celebrate SURF

Faculty present for SURF morning poster session.

Faculty presenters for Spring Undergraduate Research Forum
9-10:30 a.m.
Great Hall

Faculty presenters for SURF morning poster session:

  • Tom Arcaro, Sociology, “Aid Worker Voices:  Views on identity, gender and issues related to humanitarian aid”
  • Christopher Arena, Physics, “Evaluation of Irreversible Electroporation Ablation Thresholds in Human Prostate Cancer”
  • Robin Attas, Music, “The Power in our Feet: Dancing as a Form of Popular Music Analysis”
  • Matt Buckmaster & Clay Stevenson, Music, “Zoey’s garden”
  • Pablo Celis-Castillo, World Languages & Cultures, “Poverty, Racism, and Performance in Héctor Gálvez’s Paraíso (2009)”
  • Todd Coleman, Music, “‘In Kensington Gardens’ for Choir, Wind Ensemble, Percussion, and Organ”
  • Cindy Fair, Human Service Studies, “I usually talk to my best friends”: Personal sources of information on dating and sexuality among AYA with PHIV.
  • Ken Fernandez, Political Science & Policy Studies, “Attitudes toward Immigrants: Testing the Contact and Threat Hypotheses”
  • CJ Fleming, Psychology, “Do as I say, not as I do? An examination of the relationship between partner behaviors and help-seeking for alcohol-related issues”
  • Martin Fowler, Philosophy, You Always Belonged and You Always Will - A Philosophy of Belonging
  • Jen Hamel, Biology, “Examining effects of parasites and other biological community members on mating behavior”
  • Natalie Taylor Hart, Performing Arts, “Commedia dell'Arte Mask Making”
  • Rosemary Haskell, English, "Interpreting Fatou Diome's Fictions of Migration: A Senegalese Novelist in France"
  • Lynn Huber, Religious Studies, "Making Men in Revelation 2-3:  Reading the Seven Messages in the Bath-Gymnasiums of Asia Minor"
  • Erika Lopina, Psychology, “Understanding Older Workers’ Decision to Participate in Voluntary Training Opportunities”
  • Titch Madzima, Exercise Science, “Effects of Resistance Training and Protein Supplementation on Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1, Adiponectin and Inflammation in Breast Cancer Survivors”
  • Kathy Matera, Chemistry, “Peptide aggregates and their role in neurological diseases”
  • Kristina Meinking, World Languages & Cultures, “Culture, Competency, and Composition: A Tripartite Approach to Learning Latin”
  • Aunchalee Palmquist, Anthropology, “Taking Milk from Strangers: Cooperative Infant Feeding in a DigitalAge”
  • Federico Pous, World Languages & Cultures, "The Gaze of the Prisoner: Filming 'Desaparecidos' in Post-dictatorship Argentina"
  • Chris Richardson, Physics, "Understanding the Nature of the Molecular Hydrogen Emitting Gas in the Crab Nebula"
  • Elena Schoonmaker-Gates, World Languages & Cultures, “Dialect development while abroad and in the Spanish language classroom”
  • Karl Sienerth, Chemistry, “New method for detection of explosive substances”
  • Jack Smith, Performing Arts, "How to Over-Dress for a Revolution; Marie Antoinette the first victim of bad Press"
  • Scott Spurlock, Computing Sciences, “Recognizing Human Actions One Camera at a Time”
  • Aaron Trocki, Mathematics & Statistics, "Examining the Effects of a Dynamic Geometry Task AnalysisFramework"
  • Srikant Vallabhajosula, Physical Therapy, “Dance and Creative Movement May Improve Quality of Life but Not Gait and Balance in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Stephanie Baker White, Public Health Studies, “Harm Free Zone: A multi method evaluation of a community-created mediator project”
  • Matt Wittstein, Exercise Science, “Movement with the Heart and Lungs: Connecting All the Dots to Better Health”
  • Jennifer Zinchuk, English, "Beyond Language: Fostering Learning Strategies for International Student Success"

Student Research Presentations
10-5 p.m.
Moseley, Lakeside, Inman and Global Commons (see SURF schedule for more details)

College Coffee
9:40-10:20 a.m.
The common area outside of Great Hall

Closing Reception and Poster Session for SURF
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Great Hall

elondocs production program: Student Documentary Showcase
7–8 p.m.
McEwen 011 

This special screening will include a selection of short documentaries created by members of the elondocs production program. A mixture of audio, photo and video documentary shorts will be presented and a Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Wednesday, April 27

Elon College Fellows Senior Celebration
4-9 p.m.
Oaks 212

Opera Workshop Performance, "Mostly Mozart"
4:30–5:15 p.m.
Whitley Auditorium

Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership Ceremony
5-6 p.m. (A reception will follow the ceremony.)
LaRose Digital Theatre

English Department hosts Joni Tevis
7:30–9 p.m.
Johnson Hall, Room 100

In conjunction with CELEBRATE! Week, Joni Tevis – Elon’s 2015-2016 visiting nonfiction writer from 

Furman University – will announce the winners of this year’s nonfiction contest.  Formerly a park ranger, factory worker and seller of cemetery plots, Tevis is the author of two books of essays, “The Wet 

Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory” and “The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse,” both published by Milkweed Editions. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology and elsewhere.  She serves as the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature at Furman University.

Thursday, April 28

Programs during CELEBRATE! 2016 include presentations, award ceremonies, musical performances, films, dance programs and more.

Celebrate! Academic Service-Learning
11 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.
Oaks 212

Students from Service-Learning communities and the Civic-Engagement Scholars program present about their experiences with service-learning and the results of their work in the Burlington community and beyond.

Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Johnston Hall, Room 100

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Annual Awards Ceremony
3:45–5:45 p.m.
Whitley Auditorium

A reception will be held at 3:45 p.m., with the ceremony to follow at 4:15 p.m.
Since 1977, Elon’s Circle of ODK recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills while maintaining high academic standards. The ceremony is a means to recognize students campus wide who exemplify integrity and excellence in their academic and experiential endeavors.

Kickbox/Maker Hub Presentations
4:30-6 p.m.
Moseley 215

This spring the Maker Hub launched the Elon Kickbox grant program. A Kickbox is (literally) a box filled with resources, a process for making an idea a reality, and $300. Eleven students and teams have spent spring semester pursuing and building their ideas with Kickbox, and are working on everything from a model rocket recovery system, to a smart mirror that can tell you the weather or compliment you, and a board game that teaches chemistry concepts.

Human Service Studies Awards and Senior Recognition Dinner
5:30–8 p.m.
Oaks 212

Ethics Town Hall with Kelly Richmond Pope, associate professor from DePaul University
6–8 p.m.
Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center, Room 101

Rita Crundwell stole $53 million while working for the small town of Dixon, Illinois. She abused the trust of the city taxpayers, her coworkers and the public. Her crime was the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Could it have been prevented?  Come to the Ethics Town Hall meeting to see footage from the in-process documentary, “All the Queen’s Horses,” which chronicles this unbelievable story. The film’s director, Kelly Richmond Pope, will provide an inside look at how this incredible fraud lasted for 20 years.

School of Education's Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony
6–8 p.m.
Johnston Hall, Room 100

Friday, April 29

Lumen Scholars Cohort Meeting
4:15–5:30 p.m.
Moseley 215

Gospel Choir Concert
7–9 p.m.
McKinnon Hall

Gospel music is a form of Christian music that incorporates influences from spirituals, jazz and the blues. Elon’s Gospel Choir will be celebrating 40 years of inspiration through song.

Saturday, April 30

2015 Black Excellence Awards recipients.
2016 Black Excellence Awards Ceremony
6:30–8 p.m.
McKinnon Hall

Since the inception of the Black Excellence Awards in 1993, Elon students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the community have gathered annually to celebrate the accomplishments of the black students enrolled full-time in the undergraduate program at Elon University. The banquet was officially named the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards Banquet in 2006 in honor of Elon's first black student, Glenda Phillips, and the first black graduate, Eugene Perry. Now known as the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Celebration, the mission is to recognize, celebrate and affirm students who excel in academics, leadership, internship, study abroad, research and service-learning. The Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education remains committed to this mission by helping students become active participants in their personal growth and in the achievement of their educational objectives. 

Music Department's Piano Extravaganza: Past, Present, and Future
7:30–9 p.m. 

Whitley Auditorium

This is an event to support the Piano Initiative at Elon University and features Music Department faculty and alumni—including 16-hand selections.   Free, no tickets required.   RSVP: jmetzger@elon.edu

CREDE Dessert Networking Social
8-9 p.m.
Moseley 215

Roselee Papandrea Taylor,
4/15/2016 3:30 PM