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Elon University in the News - Early Summer 2011

Elon University professors, students and alumni continue to make news this summer through their research and campus activities. Notable in recent weeks was regional media coverage of Elon University School of Law's full accreditation from the American Bar Association, regional stories and broadcasts on Elon's new head women's basketball coach, and mention of the Elon University Poll by the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

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

5/27: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Commercial development in Elon is on track” provides an update on the Elon Town Center scheduled to open in August on the corner of Williamson and College avenues.

5/31: Gaston (N.C.) Gazette: “Education advocates still rallying against state budget cuts” cites data from a spring Elon University Poll on ways to close state budget deficits.

6/2: Associated Press (via the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Fox 8 WGHP): “Innovation, Diversity Highlight 3-Day Event at UNCG” reports on the “Create or Die 2” event co-hosted by Elon University and UNC-Greensboro.

6/12: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Prejudices needn’t be part of our fabric” was the monthly column by professor emeritus David Noer, who wrote on racism and offered practical tips on how to navigate a responsible path through the labyrinth of "isms," phobias and correctness. (Column not posted to the News & Record website; link goes to Noer’s personal site)

6/13: News 14 Carolina: “Live coverage of President Barack Obama’s visit to North Carolina” included feedback by assistant professor Dion Farganis on the president’s speech to an audience in Durham, N.C. News 14, a statewide 24-hour cable news channel, broadcast the speech and analysis live. (Farganis appears starting at the 31:30 mark of the segment “Watch News 14 Carolina’s complete coverage below.”)

6/14: Los Angeles Times & Chicago Tribune: “Obama seeks ways around Congress to boost economy” cites data from the Elon University Poll when reporting on President Barack Obama’s latest visit to North Carolina.

6/14: (Wilmington, N.C.) Star-News: “Brunswick County's former Habitat for Humanity director reflects on second career” is a Q&A profile of Elon alumnus Gary Knapp and his work with Habitat for Humanity following his first retirement.

6/15: Associated Press (via the Myrtle Beach Sun-News): “Elon, Charlotte law schools earn ABA endorsement” reports on the full accreditation awarded to Elon’s law school from the American Bar Association. RELATED from the Business Journal of the Triad: “Elon School of Law receives ABA accreditation” RELATED from Fox 8 WGHP: “Elon Law School Gets Full Accreditation” RELATED from the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Elon School of Law earns full accreditation”

6/15: Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News: “High-stakes poker played in Raleigh” is an editorial column on the politics of the state budget. It cites recent findings from the Elon University Poll.

6/16: Business Journal of the Triad: “Elon Alumni Field House gets LEED Gold” reports on the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification of the new athletics facility north of Rhodes Stadium.

6/16: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Editorial: Milestone for Elon Law” praises the university for its efforts to build a law program that received American Bar Association certification at the earliest possible date.

6/17: Business Journal of the Triad: “Full accreditation in hand, Elon law looks to next goal” recaps possible future additions to the Elon University School of Law, including the creation of a joint JD-MBA degree with the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

6/17: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “In a flash: Grad party flash mob for Elon student in Burlington gains traffic on YouTube” is a feature story on the unique graduation event Vinnie Meduri’s family planned for him in May following Commencement.

6/18: New York Times: “Mietek Pemper, 91, Camp Inmate Who Compiled Schindler’s List,” an obituary for a key figure in the rescue of hundreds of Jews during World War II, quotes from the 2004 book Oskar Schindler: The Untold Account of His Life, Wartime Activities and the True Story Behind the List by Elon professor David M. Crowe.

6/18: The Wall Street Journal: “Rogue Informants Imperil Massive U.S. Gang Bust” quotes Elon Law professor Michael Rich in a story on the federal government’s efforts to crack down on street gangs. Rich is an expert in the use of informants.

6/23: News & Observer: “Elon hires ex-UNC great” reports on the hiring of Charlotte Smith as the next head coach of the university’s women’s basketball program. RELATED from WFMY News 2: “Charlotte Smith Named New Elon Women’s Head Basketball Coach” RELATED from the Sports Network (via WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C.): “Elon names Charlotte Smith head women’s hoops coach” RELATED form the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Well-Heeled for the job: Background aids new Elon women’s coach”

6/23: Business Journal of the Triad: “Elon honors Alamance Regional chief” reports on the 2011 recipient of the Frank S. Holt, Jr. Business Leadership Award, Elon’s highest honor for business leadership.

6/25: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon camp aims to grow entrepreneurs” reports on a high school entrepreneurship camp hosted by the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

6/25: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon Town Center to receive escalator” discusses the escalator to be installed in the future home of the campus bookstore, and how it’s the only one that will be operational in Alamance County.

6/26: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Unassuming but energetic, Danieley credited with helping shape Elon” shares details of the life and legacy of Verona Daniels Danieley ’49, wife of president emeritus J. Earl Danieley. RELATED from the Times-News: “Verona Danieley’s legacy at Elon ‘immeasurably important’”

7/2: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “New Elon chaplain favors religious tolerance, diversity” profiles the Dr. Rev. Janet Fuller, Elon University’s new chaplain.

7/4: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Book explores impact of local Regulator Movement” is a story about a new book from professor emerita Carole Troxler.

7/4: WFMY News 2 (Greensboro, N.C.): “An Elon Family Continued Their Tradition Of Turning Their Driveway Into A Flag” featured the family of Jim Piatt, vice president for advancement, and an annual event at their home every 4th of July.

7/7: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “With state teaching fellows program cut, Elon starts one of its own” reports on the university’s efforts to recruit top talent to study education at Elon.

7/8: WFMY News 2 (Greensboro, N.C.): “Casey Anthony Trial Media Frenzy Explained” features observations by associate professor Kenn Gaither on America’s fascination with the murder trial of a woman accused of killing her daughter.

7/8: News 14 Carolina: “Live Coverage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch” included expert commentary on the space program by associate professor Tony Crider, who chairs the Department of Physics. (Not currently posted online.)

Eric Townsend,
7/11/2011 8:29 AM