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Elon University in the News - Late Spring 2011

Elon University professors, students and alumni continue to make news this spring through their research and campus activities. Notable in April and May was regional media coverage Elon University's 121st Commencement exercises, faculty expertise related to the death of Osama bin Laden, and mention of the Elon University Poll in the Los Angeles Times and the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer.

The following list should not be considered exhaustive and does not include athletics news.

4/29: Los Angeles Times: “Obama’s swing state blues” cites information from a recent Elon University Poll on North Carolinians’ views on the president.

4/29: Business Journal of the Triad: “Under pressure: Last-minute changes to state and federal tax laws leave accounting firms tied up” quotes Art Cassill, the Wesley R. Elingburg Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, on changes to the state tax code. (Full article currently available online only to subscribers.)

4/30: WFMY News 2: “Movie ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Shot in Burlington, Premieres Saturday” promotes an independent movie produced by Elon alumnus Cornelius Miller and filmed with assistance by Elon University students.

5/1: (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer: “Elon Poll is a labor of love” profiles Elon University Poll director Hunter Bacot.

5/2: WXII 12: “Son Of Slain Soldier Reacts To Bin Laden's Death” is an interview with Elon senior Nicholas Ochsner, whose father, Sgt. First Class Jim Ochsner, died in Afghanistan in 2005. The interview followed news of Osama bin Laden’s death. RELATED from WFMY News 2: “Fallen Soldier’s Son Weighs in on Bin Laden’s Death”

5/2: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon students celebrate the end of 'reign of terror’” covered student celebrations at the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

5/2: WFMY News 2: “Professor Warns of Terrorism Threat” quotes associate professor Richard Landesberg on continued threats against American interests following the death of Osama bin Laden.

5/2: News 14 Carolina: “Coverage of Osama bin Laden” included an interview with associate professor Robert Anderson on the broader geopolitical implication of bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs. (Not currently posted online)

5/3: Fox 8 WGHP: “bin Laden’s death: Political Effects” was a segment on the Morning Show featuring associate professor Hunter Bacot. RELATED from News 14 Carolina: “In Depth: Dr. Hunter Bacot, Elon Poll director”

5/8: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Lemonade Day helps kids give to others” tells of lemonade stands set up around Alamance County on May 7 as part of the local arm, organized by Elon senior Tim Porter, of a national program that teaches entrepreneurship. RELATED from WFMY News 2: “Alamance County kids learn about running a business through Lemonade Day”

5/8: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Cutting Public Workers Needs Humane Treatment” is professor emeritus David Noer’s monthly column in Greensboro’s daily newspaper. In the May column, Noer dissects the three most common erroneous leadership beliefs when it comes to laying off public employees. (Article is linked to Noer’s professional website.)

5/9: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Passion down to a science for Elon volleyball player” profiled Elon sophomore Ali Deatsch, recently named one of 15 recipients of the Lumen Prize, Elon’s top award for honoring academic and creative achievement.

5/9: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Haw River inspires retired professor to write book” reports on associate professor emerita Anne Cassebaum’s new book, “Down Along the Haw: The History of a North Carolina River.”

5/11: WFMY News 2 (Greensboro, N.C.): “Elon senior leaves lasting legacy for non-profit” reports on the $10,000 raised this spring by Jana Murdock to help start an endowment fund for Kopper Top Life Learning Center.

5/12: The (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Elon, college and city, on center stage” (Currently available online only to N&R e-Edition subscribers) The story by sports columnist Ed Hardin centers on efforts by Elon alumnus Eddie Bridges '57 to rally support for former Elon coaches Tom Parham and Jerry Tolley as they were inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame.

5/12: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Tolley and Parham are Hall of Fame bound” shares information on former Elon coaches Tom Parham and Jerry Tolley as they prepared for induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. RELATED from the Associated Press (via the News & Observer): “N.C. Sports Hall hails Jarrett, Proehl”

5/16: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Real People: Elon student recognized for feeding hungry” profiled Amber Mathis and her work with the Campus Kitchen at Elon University program, for which she received a Newman Civic Fellows Award from Campus Compact.

5/17: WUNC/North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things”: “Devil’s Ink” featured professor Jeffrey Pugh and his recently published book, Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement Office.

5/17: Fox 8 WGHP: “Is Judgment Day May 21? Or Not?” was a segment on Fox 8’s “Buckley Report” in which news reporter and anchor Bob Buckley interviewed Lynn Huber, an associate professor of religious studies, on what a few Christians allege is the date of Judgment Day.

5/18: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon prepares for 121st Commencement” shared details of the ceremonies planned for campus on May 21, 2011, when Elon confers 1,165 degrees on graduating seniors.

5/18: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Growth in number of international students touches Elon” shares details of Elon’s efforts to diversify and globalize its campus.

5/18: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon dormitory has a family legacy for one resident” profiles rising junior James Maynard, who lived in Maynard residence hall in 2010-11. The building was named for his great-grandparents and will be demolished to make room for the Global Neighborhood. The Maynard name will eventually be moved to a building in the Danieley Center.

5/19: High Point Enterprise: “Showroom deal raises job queries” quotes Coleman Rich, a senior lecturer in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, on the possibility of layoffs for furniture showroom employees following the merger of separate High Point, N.C., facilities into one business.

5/20: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Students hope for Jewish fraternity on Elon campus” reports on efforts by rising sophomores Mason Sklut and Garret Mann to start a chapter of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi on Elon’s campus.

5/22: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “More than 1,200 Elon grads head for life’s next stages” reports on Elon’s 121st Commencement exercises.

5/23: (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer: “10 N.C. colleges make green list” cites Elon University in a brief summary of the Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.

Eric Townsend,
5/26/2011 5:06 PM