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Homecoming 2013 marks significant milestone for Elon black community

As the university gathers to celebrate its quasquicentennial, the Black Alumni Network celebrates the accomplishments of black students throughout the institution's history.

Winners of the 2012 EBAN alumni awards and friends

Besides marking Elon's 125th anniversary, this Homecoming also marks an important milestones in the history of Black students at Elon, for it was in the fall of 1963 that Glenda Phillips Hightower became the first black full-time student to attend Elon College, opening the doors for many generations of students to come.

Fifty years later, Elon black students and alumni continue to make a significant impact on the Elon community.

During Homecoming weekend, Nov. 8-10, Elon's Black alumni will come home to Elon to celebrate their 50-year history. On the evening of Nov. 9, the Elon Black Alumni Network will host the Black Alumni Scholarship Gala and present the following alumni awards for demonstrated commitment to the Elon community and the university's students:

Gail Fonville Parker '70 Distinguished Alumna Award

  • Ruby Thornton '99

Eugene Perry '69 Distinguished Alumnus Award

  • Darryl Smith '86

K. Wilhelmina Boyd Outstanding Service to Students Award

  • Associate Professor of English Prudence Layne

The annual Gala event will feature live music provided by the Elon Jazz Quartet. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the event. In addition to the Gala, EBAN will sponsor its annual Tailgate Party on Hunt Field. Last year, the EBAN Tailgate was a great success, so alumni are encourage to get their tickets in advance.

Click here to purchase the EBAN Package and be a part of this special event. The EBAN Package is $65, and covers the cost of the tailgate and gala and includes a $10 donation to the EBAN Scholarship.

Established in 2007, the Black Alumni Scholarship fund is intended to help make an Elon education available to deserving black students. From every gala ticket sold, $10 will go directly towards the scholarship fund to help continue this legacy.

Learn more about black history at Elon.

For questions about or further interest in the Elon Black Alumni Network, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 336-278-7500.

Durice Whilte,
9/18/2013 8:15 AM