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Spring 2016

The long road

The story of the black experience at Elon includes highs, lows and amazing perseverance by determined individuals. 

I Am Elon with Kelly Richard ’17 

Whether she is volunteering with local children, researching how to teach Shakespeare or interning for an Indian organization for girls, the junior English major is working to promote education.

The value of tinkering

Elon’s Maker Hub provides a space where students can tinker and learn perseverance through failure.

Campus Uncommons: Robin Plummer

In the past six years, the president’s office assistant has completed more than 125 quilts for family, friends, charities and clients around the world. 

An Elon learning curve(ball)

An infielder turned pitcher, Tom Brewer translated the lessons he learned during a semester spent at Elon in 1951 into a successful Major League Baseball career. 

A simpler method

A financial planner, Katie Jarret Burke ’03 is focused on advising busy professionals and young families.

Putting passion into action

Brandon Landreth ’11 has been able to design and implement weekly lessons on health, wellness and oral hygiene for elementary students in rural Greene County thanks to a fellowship.

Heart of a coach

The lessons Robert Cody ’80 learned as an Elon football player have translated to success as a high school coach.

Big thinking, small living

Senior Dustin Pfaehler’s legacy at Elon is the research he’s conducted on a hand-built tiny house found at Loy Farm, where faculty and administrators hope to launch a living-learning community.

A tale of two wells

Over the span of Elon’s history, the campus has been home to several wells, including the Old Well.

Real-world collaboration

For Meredith Rountree Worsham ’06, the value of the Elon connection is in the spirit of collaboration that extends far beyond campus.

A lifelong maker

Joel Leonard ’87 is an avid advocate for the construction of maker spaces across North Carolina. 


Winter 2016

J. King White ’80: The Elon connector

A dedicated altruist, J. King White ’80 is passionate about connecting like-minded people and advocating for his alma mater.

Telling our story

What's your personal “elevator pitch” about Elon? Here are five key messages for you to share.

I Am Elon with Simone Jackson ’16

A member of Elon’s track and field team, Simone is open to making mistakes and learning from them—both on the field and in the classroom.

Creating new realities

Fueled by personal experience, Yasmine Arrington ’15 is building a brighter future for children of incarcerated parents.

Ian Baltutis ’08: Determined leadership

A successful entrepreneur, the Elon alumnus is applying his “think large, act small” mentality to his mayoral career.

The asylum conundrum

Seeking asylum in the United States is not as easy as some might think. Just ask immigration attorneys Natalie Teague L’09 and Allison Lukanich L’12, who know firsthand the complexities of the process.

Becoming part of the story

WBAY-TV reporter Emily Matesic ’99 shares insights about the case that inspired the Netflix original series “Making a Murderer.”

Margot Haglund ’13: A dream come true

An avid ice skater, the Elon alumna never thought one day she would play one of Disney’s most popular female characters for audiences around the world.

From the archives: Ahead of his time

Meet William H. Maness ’38—fighter pilot, judge, state legislator, lawyer and long-time civil rights movement supporter—who defied the norms of his time.

Fall 2015

I Am Elon with Steven Armendariz ’17

As a first-generation college student, the political science major is fully embracing Elon and the opportunities it provides him.

Rising influence

Alumni across the country and around the globe are expanding the university’s influence and impact.

From the archives: A recipe for success

For decades, Elon students learned “the practical and theoretical knowledge of the principles governing cookery” as part of the home economics program.

In tune  with the times

The addition of state-of-the-art music recording studios reflects changes in the music industry and the success of Elon students and alumni.

Undertaking the family business

As the fourth-generation owner of a Virginia funeral home, Rob Finch Jr. ’80 is a leader in an industry undergoing change as American attitudes toward faith and death evolve.

Abigail Santamaria ’00: Finding Joy

Abigail Santamaria’s book tells the story of the intricate life of Joy Davidman, the woman who captivated C.S. Lewis late in his life.

A Thoughtful leader

A fixture in North Carolina public education, Todd Wirt ’98 is not afraid to tackle challenges head-on, with compassion and determination.

Perseverance personified

Parts of Daniel Sheehan’s childhood were filled with heartbreak and hurdles that tested the human spirit. The 2015 Elon graduate has since made it a personal mission to help others overcome similar challenges.

Living out Numen Lumen

How Elon alumna Katy Steele ’14 visited 11 countries in 11 months to share her faith with others.

An out-of-the-box solution

A problem-solver, Vincent Suozzi ’82 invented a compact tool that makes it easier to enjoy a weed-free garden.

Daniel Marin ’06: Crafting his own success

The acting graduate's latest movie role has the potential to open new doors.

Summer 2015

The power of Loy Farm

The recent addition of a solar farm to the far southeast corner of campus is only the latest feature of a site used by Elon students and professors to learn, teach, research and serve the broader Alamance County community.

Lauren Adams ’04: Irresistibly funny 

From a ‘little clown’ to a co-starring role in Netflix’s original series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Lauren Adams ’04 has reached her professional destination: comedy stardom.

I Am Elon with Ben Bridges ’17

As an anthropology major minoring in Latin American studies and art, the rising junior appreciates the versatility that comes with his chosen fields of study.

The TV of tomorrow

While experts agree television will continue to be a fixture in our lives, the model of how content is delivered—and who is creating it—is continually evolving.

From the archives: Elon’s first year

See what campus life was like for the 76 students who enrolled in Elon’s first academic year.

More than a hike

Alumnus Johnny Morris ’14 hiked the Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Painting with paper

Artist Megan Coyle ’08 uses magazine cutouts to create one-of-a-kind collages.

A new branch of research

A chance encounter during a study abroad program led Emily Tomich ’15 to team up with her mentor to research the effects a Himalayan tree has on starvation recovery. 

Sam Slaughter ’09: In a few words

Writer Sam Slaughter ’09 finds beauty in the brevity of words, something that has inspired him to write a flash fiction book.

Point of view: Beyond lesson plans

A career educator, Maggie Carson ’95 reflects on the challenges teachers face in the classroom that have nothing to do with budget cuts or standardized testing.

Spring 2015

The road to modern admissions

In a time when prospective students are visiting and applying to more schools than ever before, it takes more than a brochure to attract them, and universities across the country, including Elon, are taking note.

I Am Elon with Kathleen Hupfeld ’16

In addition to her rigorous coursework and research, the junior exercise science major has been volunteering continually since junior high school, and plans to use her Elon education as preparation to study physical therapy.

Dominic Barrett ’06: tackling hunger from the ground up

Dominic Barrett ’06 is growing more than food at Shalom Farms in Virginia: He’s tackling hunger from the ground up.

Senior’s appetite for success a drive beyond graduation

A seasoned traveler and dedicated environmentalist, Colby Halligan ’15 has overcome personal loss to challenge world hunger as a student and beyond.

Anthropology professors is digging for answers

For almost 20 years, Elon archaeologist Rissa Trachman has been investigating a Maya site in Belize, debunking Hollywood stereotypes about the profession along the way.

Alumnus’ business provides a natural look

Brandon Kline ’03 recently launched Natural Border, a sustainable shirt manufacturer based in Richmond, Va., that uses all natural bamboo fibers.

In the searchlight: Michelle Matalon Delgado ’07

After seven years doing publicity work for Fox Searchlight Pictures, Michelle Matalon Delgado ’07 is comfortable taking the spotlight on her own terms.

From the Archives: the Spanish influenza

One of the most devastating epidemics in modern history swept across the United States during 1918-19, leaving a half million people dead, including three Elon students.

Winter 2015

Why do we serve? A user’s guide to improving our world

Looking for ways to channel your energy into a creative force for good?  Learn how others from Elon find fulfillment in giving back to their communities.

Life in the fast lane

A lifelong racing fan, Annette Randall ’05 has managed to shape a career around her favorite pastime.

Forbidden love

There was a time when romantic relationships between Elon students were not as common as one might think.

I Am Elon with Sean Barry '16

A self-described “salesman for Elon,” the accounting major enjoys showing off the campus he loves to visitors in his role as an admissions tour guide.

Jamie Sclater '02: The water warrior

After a series of injuries put his active military career on hold, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jamie Sclater '02 has found strength—and healing—in the pool.

Point of view: God sees people, never color

After an antiracial incident in 2011, Elon’s head women’s basketball coach Charlotte Smith decided to channel her thoughts via poetry, and eventually music.

Elon mother-and-daughter team help cancer patients celebrate life

Jessica Shepps ’12 and her mother, Stacy, helped a North Carolina nonprofit that works with cancer patients expand its presence in the mid-Atlantic.

‘Cancer never conquered me’

After being diagnosed with bone cancer last February, Nicole “Colie” Dennion is ready to get on the soccer field once again.

Five things to know about Matt Matheny

As Matheny leads his team through their first season in the Colonial Athletic Association, he took a few minutes to sit down with The Magazine of Elon to share five things about himself.

Syllabuzz: MTH 371 – The Mathematics of Secrets

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Chad Awtrey hopes to show the direct applicability of math and help students taking the course build skills transferrable to a number of careers.

Campus Uncommons:  Jim Barbour

Besides molding young minds in the classroom, the economics professor finds joy in creating wooden pieces in his backyard shop.

Fall 2014

‘I Am Elon’ with Justin Pierce ’15

Serving as a drum major for the Fire of the Carolinas, playing trombone in multiple groups and being president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., are just a few of the roles the music performance major has on campus.

Life in the Global Neighborhood

Discover what goes on inside the Global Neighborhood, Elon’s newest residential neighborhood that blends academic and residence life to create a vibrant, 24/7 learning environment.

Alumnus profile: Todd Horman '94 - An act of resilience

Being a successful theater actor in New York isn’t easy. Just ask Todd Horman ’94, the first graduate of Elon’s music theatre program who has managed to stay in the business thanks, in part, to Professor of Performing Arts Cathy McNeela, a mentor and friend who taught him the ropes 24 years ago.

Threat detectors: Elon team focuses on airport safety

Associate Professor Scott Wolter ’85 and two Elon students are measuring x-ray patterns of everyday items as part of a broader effort to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security develop a new generation of airport explosive-detection technology.

Soccer alumni are on the attack

As soccer’s popularity surges nationwide, so does the strength of Elon’s program. The result? The Phoenix has become a source of professional players who can succeed at the country’s highest level.

Paper and prose

Ongoing research by Lainey McQuain ’15 using the Japanese art of origami shows new ways of teaching students in high school and college how to be better writers.

Point of View: The Global War on Terror ... a decade later

U.S. Army Maj. John Kirchgessner ’02 shares his perspective on the Gloal War on Terror and its aftermath.

Relive Homecoming 2014

More than 2,500 people gathered on campus to celebrate Elon's 2014 Homecoming on Oct. 17-19. Relive the weekend through these images, video and social media posts.

An environmentally sound business

Through his company, Second Earth, Doug Frain ’91 created an innovative physical water treatment system that is installed on the university’s cooling towers.

‘Bearwallow:’ What it means to be ‘mountain folk’

In his first book, Jeremy Jones ’04 weaves together personal stories about growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains with 200 years worth of stories about his ancestors who lived on the same land.

Giving victims a voice

Part of an elite team of JAGs, Steven “Luke” Spencer L ’09 works for the U.S. Air Force Special Victims’ Counsel providing support to victims of sexual assault.

Syllabuzz: GST 375 - Prison Nation

Is prison an actual deterrent to crime? That's one of the many questions Associate Professor of English Prudence Layne asks her students as part of this upper level interdisciplinary course.

Campus Uncommons: Gerry Waterman

An artist and winemaker, Father Gerry Waterman believes he was created to create. His original watercolor paintings and bottles of homemade wine are evidence of this mantra.

Summer 2014

“I Am Elon” with Ciera Martinez ’15

Driven by a desire to bridge the education gap, the early childhood education major and Spanish minor works with children of all ages throughout the community to help pave the way to their future successes in school.

An Alpha reaches Ωmega

Seven years after joining the Elon Academy, a dozen of the first high school students to take part in the university’s college access and success program have earned their college degrees. Brittney Burnette is one of them.

The perfect fit

As director of communications for Fruit of the Loom Inc., Lindsay Porter ’05 is as comfortable talking about briefs as she is budgets and sales projections.

‘The answer to my prayer’

When letters and phone calls to the Social Security Administration fell on deaf ears, Brenda Cunningham turned to Elon Law’s Elder Law Clinic hoping for a miracle.

Healthy eating made easy

Shea Coakley ’07 is providing nutritious food to customers while feeding those in need through his company, LeanBox.

Crafted spirits

After reinventing his career, Wyn Ferrell ’09 is leaving his mark on the distilled spirits industry in the Denver area.

Music theatre alumnae behind 'DanceOn' success

Amanda Taylor ’06 and Lace Varn ’07 are at the forefront of an online musical revolution.

Syllabuzz: SOC 373 - The Sociology of Family Reunions

Find out more about some of the interesting courses faculty are teaching at Elon.

Campus Uncommons: Nancy Midgette

A member of Elon’s faculty for almost 30 years, the professor of history is passionate about her job. But if there’s anything she loves doing as much as teaching, it’s being a devoted fan of America’s pastime.

Spring 2014

Elon becomes a paradise for Afghan student

When Toorialey Fazly ’14 left Afghanistan in 2010 to come to Elon, he was expecting the experience to be uneventful. What Fazly, who graduates this spring from the university, found instead transformed his life.

The entrepreneurial medicine man

An immunologist-turned-businessman, Niclas Stiernholm ’89 is at the helm of a Canadian biopharmaceutical company making advances in the fight against cancer.

'I Am Elon' with Jared Allen '14

The Elon University senior's extensive performing arts training is translating into a budding career.

From the Elon Archives: A strong, courageous, brave man

News of the death in March of Vietnam prisoner of war and former U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton P’73 brought back memories of his historical visit to campus 41 years ago for Elon’s Founders Day.

Alumna answers the call of the wild

An internship in South Africa her senior year led Anne Goddard '12 to produce an award-winning documentary and solidified her passion for wildlife filmmaking and conservation.

From Russia with love

Get a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics through the eyes of two Elon alumni and an assistant professor who covered the event.

Book becomes a family affair for Elon father and daughter

In 2011 Chris Jones ’80 and daughter Katherine ’14 started working on a collection of photos, poems and stories about the moments that have shaped their lives.

Family has a deep-rooted connection with Elon

Mary Lou Chandler Boal ’63 can trace her family ties to Elon back to the institution's founding.

Holi 2014 celebration

Elon commemorated the Hindu festival of Holi on April 11, with approximately 200 people gathering on Young Commons to fill the air with powdered paint.

"Dr. D" headlines Spring Convocation

J. Earl Danieley '46 and his lifelong affiliation with Elon were the theme of a special Spring Convocation on April 2 as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Winter 2014

Turkey: Where East Meets West

Experience Turkey through the lens of Elon University Photographer Kim Walker, who visited the country during Winter Term 2014.

“I Am Elon” with Jason Waterman '15

Elon's Jason Waterman sees challenges as opportunities in all aspects of his life—including the soccer field.

Seizing the spotlight

After moving to New York in July, John Yi ’11 and Claire Manship ’13 were inspired to create a show about life in the city.

An unlikely journey

Inspired by the life and death of his father, Kyle Johnson ’10 has published a book detailing his difficult senior year, adventures around the world and journey to an authentic faith in God.

A Homecoming to remember

Browse this photo slideshow and relive some of the greatest moments from Elon's 2013 Homecoming Weekend.

Fall 2013

125 things we love about Elon

There are many things that make Elon a special place: its sense of community, its people, its traditions.

Fall 2013: “I Am Elon” with Addie Haney ’14

Addie Haney has done it all: interned at “NBC Nightly News,” spent a semester in Turkey, danced as part of Elon’s Finest and worked with Elon Local News. Find out what motivates the broadcast journalism major in this installment of “I Am Elon.” 

Fall 2013: A special “Long Maroon Line”

To mark Elon's 125th anniversary, 125 alumni from around the nation formed a "Log Maroon Line" as part of Elon’s 2013 Fall Convocation on Oct. 3, which was headlined by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Fall 2013: Fall Convocation Extra

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak encouraged members of the Elon community to “build in an element of fun” into everything they do as part of his speech during Elon University's Fall Convocation.

Fall 2013: Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt addresses educators

Jim Hunt, a nationally recognized leader in promoting public education, headlined the Elon's Master of Education Commencement ceremony Aug. 17.

Summer 2013

Summer 2013: Ghana diaries

Browse this photo slideshow and experience Ghana through the lens of Elon University Photographer Kim Walker, who visited the West African country as part of a Winter Term course.

Summer 2013: "I Am Elon" with Cara McClain '14

For Cara McClain, a psychology major and Spanish and environmental studies minor, nature is a vital part of her life. Find out why in this installment of "I Am Elon."


Summer 2013: Boston Strong

Meet Kristin Feeney '11, one of thousands of runners who took part in this year's Boston Marathon. Learn more about her memories of that day and her plans to return to the streets of Boston next April.

Summer 2013: Commencement Extra

Watch video excerpts from Elon’s 123rd Commencement Exercises Under the Oaks and browse photographs from the different graduation ceremonies.

Spring 2013

Spring 2013: Experiencing Cuba

As the United States loosens its economic sanctions and travel restrictions to Cuba, Elon students are discovering the island for the first time.

Spring 2013: "I Am Elon" with David Brown '13

For David Brown, Elon not only provided a place to grow intellectually but also personally. Read his story in this installment of "I Am Elon."

Spring 2013: Honoring young alumni

Ten outstanding young alumni from the past decade were recognized during an April 20 ceremony for their contributions to their communities, careers and alma mater.

Spring 2013: Shifting winds

As memories of Hurricane Katrina fade, long-term volunteers—including those from Elon University—are becoming more crucial when it comes to rebuilding New Orleans.

Winter 2013

Share what you love about Elon

In honor of Elon's quasquicentennial, we are compiling a list of 125 things we love most about Elon.

Winter 2013: "I Am Elon" with Alex Helman '13
Alex Helman calls the third floor of McMichael home for most of her waking hours. See why in this installment of "I Am Elon."
Winter 2013: Chris Hendricks '07 on overcoming adversity
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, Chris Hendricks '07 was once told he would never walk. With a guitar in his hands and a message in his heart, he defies those odds every day.
Winter 2013: Homecoming through your eyes
During Homecoming 2012, we asked students and alumni to submit photos via Instagram. Here is a sample of the photos we received throughout that weekend.
Winter 2013: Charlotte major on solving today's political challenges
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said bipartisanship and public-private collaboration are key to solving local and national challenges during the Elon Law's fall 2012 Bryan Leadership Lecture on Nov. 13.
Winter 2013: Maureen Dowd on presidential candidates
Pulitzer Prize-winner Maureen Dowd shared insights into the men who campaign for the highest office in the land during a Nov. 7 lecture.

Fall 2012

2012: Fury of the gods or pure imagination?
Elon faculty members explore facts and fiction of the Maya prophecy regarding the world ending on Dec. 21.
Fall 2012: 'I Am Elon' with Brian Delgado '15
Learn about Brian Delgado's Elon experience in this installment of "I Am Elon," a multimedia series featuring Elon students in their own words.
Fall 2012: Get to know Elon's botanical garden

Elon’s botanical garden is much more than rows of pretty plants in a flower bed.

Fall 2012: A passion to serve
Through their work with faith-based Freedom Campaign/Do Something Now, Bryson and Emily Vogeltanz are engaging college students and young adults in global service.
Fall 2012: Campus debate recap
Four teams took turns Oct. 25 defending positions on economic growth, health care and same-sex marriage while dismantling opponents’ views.
Fall 2012: Multimedia class partners with Charlotte paper for DNC coverage
Seniors traveled to North Carolina’s largest city to contribute to Creative Loafing Charlotte's accounts of the Democratic National Convention in September.
Fall 2012: Charlie Cook on the presidential election
Political analyst Charlie Cook discusses campaign strategies during a September visit to campus.
Fall 2012: Maya Angelou dazzles at Fall Convocation
The world renowned poet, author, playwright and educator shared her wit and wisdom during Elon's 2012 Fall Convocation.

Summer 2012

Summer 2012: 'I Am Elon' with Lauren Clapp '13
"If more people got excited about vegetables, things would be a heck of a lot better." - Lauren Clapp '13 in a new "I Am Elon"
Summer 2012: Stefan Fortmann reports from England
Rising sophomore Stefan Fortmann filed this report from England, where the Elon men's and women's tennis programs took in Wimbledon, played against top British tennis academies and got a taste of British culture.
Summer 2012: Lee Wallace '86, lung transplant survivor
Lee Wallace '86, a double lung transplant recipient, shares his story of struggle, hope and survival in this full-length interview with Eric Townsend of the Office of University Communications.
Summer 2012: Remembering Harper Center
Look back on the history of Staley, Moffitt and Harden Dining halls as we say goodbye to Harper Center.
Summer 2012: Commencement rewind
Elon celebrated its newest undergraduate and graduate alumni in grand style May 17-20. Check out the photos and video from all the festivities in this post.

Spring 2012

Spring 2012: Noonball, up close and personal
Check out this post to see a video about Noonball, a thrice-weekly Elon tradition that pits faculty and staff against students on the hardwood of Jordan Gym.
"I Am Elon" with Gina Maini '12
Artist. Poet. Actress. Gina Maini '12 did it all at Elon. Learn more about this impressive recent graduate in this spring's "I Am Elon."
Spring 2012: Where in the world is your oak sapling?
That's what we asked alumni in our last issue. See all the photos and stories that didn't fit in our print edition here.
Spring 2012: Muhammad Yunus headlines Convocation for Honors
Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the bank he founded, headlined Elon's 2012 Convocation for Honors.
Spring 2012: Top 10 Under 10 Awards spotlights young alumni

Elon honored 10 outstanding graduates of the past decade on March 31 at the annual Top 10 Under 10 Awards banquet.

Spring 2012: Schools honor distinguished alumni
The School of Communications and Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, selected the inaugural recipients of their Distinguished Alumni Awards this spring. Jo Craven McGinty '85 and Doug Finberg '94 were honored by the School of Communications. Niclas Stiernholm '89, Letitia Lee '99 and Britten Ginsburg Pund '06 were recognized by Elon College.

Winter 2012

Winter 2012: One transformative campaign
The Ever Elon Campaign concluded in December, but its effects will be felt for generations to come. Learn more about this impact and see a visual breakdown of how the campaign funds will be used to advance the university.
"I Am Elon" with Anthony Phillips-Spencer '13
If you've received the winter 2012 issue of The Magazine of Elon, you've seen Anthony Phillips-Spencer dancing across the inside front cover.
Winter 2012: Elon school supplies reach children in Afghanistan
James Black '09 contacted his alma mater in August 2011 with an idea. Several months later he describes the impact of Elon's drive for Afghanistan.
Winter 2012: University celebrates Black History Month
From performances to art exhibits to lectures by visiting speakers, the Elon community gathered to mark Black History Month on and around campus in February.