CELEBRATE! Week 2014

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Monday, April 28

8 AM – 6 PM  Reading of the Holocaust Names
Students, faculty and staff will be reading the names of those who died in remembrance of the Holocaust for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Moseley Steps

12:15 PM– 1:15 PM   Eat, Think, and Be Merry:  A Reading by Creative Writing Students
Winners of this year's poetry, fiction and nonfiction contests will read selections of their work.
Carlton 209
4 PM – 5 PM  “Self, Others, World: Reflections from the Elon Gap Experience”
The 2013 Gap Semester cohort spent their first semester backpacking through the Wyoming wilderness, traveling across the country engaged in service-learning, and learning a new language and culture in Costa Rica.  Come hear them share meaningful and informative reflections highlighting the significance of their experience.  As a group, they will highlight the stories, lessons and skills learned on the Gap Semester and discuss its impact on their personal growth and development, perspective as global citizens, and academic success at Elon.
Location TBD
6 PM – 8:30 PM Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony
Induction of Phi Kappa Phi interdisciplinary honor students. 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
McKinnon Hall, Patio, Area outside of McKinnon
7:30 PM-8:30 PM One Man's Incredible Journey Against Considerable Odds: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, and imprisoned during the Holocaust in a German concentration camp, Sidney Shachnow escaped from captivity and eventually settled in the United States, where he attained the rank of Major General and served as commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command.  Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gen. Shachnow will share his experiences of and reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust.
McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)

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Tuesday, April 29

8:30 AM – 7 PM  Please check the SURF schedule

Faculty presenters for SURF morning poster session:

Buffie Longmire-Avital (PSY), “’I Asked for the Papers’: How Emerging Adult Black Women Protect Their Sexual Health”
Ryan Kirk & Janet MacFall (HST/GEO and ENS),  “Nutrient Load Trends in the Cape Fear River Basin, 2000-2013.”
Megan Squire (CSC), “Data Mining Techniques for Large Collections of Text Dialogue”
Prudence Layne (ENG), “Righting/Writing Her Place in History: Representations of Rebellious Black Women!”
Scott Proudfit (ENG), "’Play’ Is the Thing: Hull House and the History of Collective Creation
Mariana Poole (MUS), “Rhythm and Meter in David Lang's ‘Anvil Chorus’”
Dave Gammon (BIO), “Tales of a Sabbatical: Intro to Ecological Economics”
Chad Awtrey (MTH/STS), “When is a quantic polynomial solvable by radicals?”
Svetlana Nepocatych (ESS), “Dietary Intake, Fitness, Body Composition, and Bone Mineral Density in Female Athletes
     During In- and Off-Season”
Nicole Triche (COM), “Taxidermists: A documentary portrait of two very different practitioners who re-create nature using
     art and science”
Jessalynn Strauss (COM), “From the Last Frontier to the New Cosmopolitan: A History of Casino Public Relations in Las Vegas”

PERCS posters:

Mussa Idris (ANT),  “Entrepreneurship Among The Ethiopian And Eritrean Migrants: Ethnographic Case Studies In
     The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area”
Amy Allocco (REL), “From Survival to Respect: The Narrative Performances and Ritual Authority of a Female Hindu Healer”
7 PM – 9 PM  Elondocs production program: Student Documentary Showcase
Join us for a showcase of student audio, photo, and video documentaries created in the elondocs production program.  The one-hour screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
McEwen 011

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Wednesday, April 30

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Deliberative Dialogue: Strengthening the intellectual climate at Elon University
There is no doubt Elon University values engaged learning. Many of our signature programs engage the heart, but how effectively do they engage the mind?  Join the Elon Community for a dialogue among faculty, staff and students that weighs three options for strengthening the intellectual climate on campus - and share what you think!
Whitley Auditorium and adjacent classroom spaces

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Thursday, May 1

11:30 AM – 2 PM Celebrate! Service-Learning
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.
Oaks 212
1 PM – 2 PM  Outdoor Dance Improvisation Concert
Come and enjoy an entertaining hour of Dance Improvisations by Jane Wellford’s Dance Improvisation Class.  Witty, beautiful, whimsical and heart-warming performances of solos, duets and group dances await your viewing pleasure in this beautiful outdoor setting.
Center for the Arts, Pardue Court Outdoor Patio
In case of rain: Center for the Arts, Room 111 Dance Studio
3:50 PM – 5:15 PM ODK Annual Awards Ceremony
Omicron Delta Kappa is honored to sponsor the Annual Awards Day Ceremony. 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.
Whitley Auditorium
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Appalachia Photo Exhibition
This photo exhibition features intimate photo stories of 10 community members in Eastern Kentucky to serve as an alternative voice to what may be missing in Appalachian media narratives. Two guest speakers from the Photovoice project will offer reflection on the misrepresentation in the circulation of Appalachian stereotypes in visual culture.
McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)

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Friday, May 2

11:30 AM – 5 PM Elon Case Competition sponsored by Deloitte
This competition offers students of all majors an inside look into the world of consulting by simulating a short project experience. Final teams will present to Elon alumni from Deloitte between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 and all are encouraged to attend! The winning team will travel to Washington, DC to present to Deloitte senior executives.
7:30 PM  Elon Gospel Choir Spring Concert
Come and bless the Lord with Elon University Gospel Choir as we have our annual spring concert!  The theme for this year’s concert is: With a Voice of Triumph. We would love to have you fellowship with us as we glorify God.  This is surely a night of worship that you don’t want to miss!


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Saturday, May 3

2 PM – 5:30 PM  Time Unplugged: A Family Friendly Celebration of the Arts & Sciences
This will be a fun-filled, educational family and community event.  We encourage everyone to join the festivities at Art West and visit Gallery 406, and then follow the artwork through the sculpture walk up to Young Commons, where you’ll find a wide array of activities.  Archeological excavation and science education activities for children of all ages will be featured on Young Commons.  (We hear there may be some reptiles involved.)  Soundscapes will be shared in the Center for the Arts.  Percussion music, performed by Elon and community musicians, will be shared all around Lake Mary Nell.  Students and faculty from the English department will share how their creative writing moves us to a greater appreciation of the environment and its finite supply.   Costume designs developed from recycled materials will be displayed, and anthropological insights into the social construction of time will be shared.  In addition to these and other Elon generated events, local community artists will also be on-hand, bringing their talents and showcasing their work – sculpture, painting, bonsai trees, instrument design, etc.  We are thrilled to have them join us!  There is no ticket required to join in the daytime festivities on May 3rd.  A suggested donation of a nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus Kitchen and Allied Churches.  We will be collecting these items in the parking lots in front of Arts West and the Oaks.
Young Commons, Lakeside Patio, Center for the Arts, Moseley, Belk Library

Full details for the May 3rd festival schedule are listed below:

On-Going Events, from 2 – 5:30pm

A Convergence of Art and Science
Students from the Interactive Art class create kinetic sculptures utilizing the Arduino microprocessor format. These sculptures will respond to the elements of nature in various ways. The students design and program these sculptures to activate only when a visitor enters the space.
Faculty Leaders:  Michael Fels & Joel Hollingsworth
Location:  Greenhouse Gallery near Arts West, opens at 1:00pm


Family Activities to Celebrate Reptiles and Amphibians and the Places Where They Live
   • Arts and Crafts
   • Games, Puzzles and ‘Reading Room’
   • Face Painting
   • Try Your Hand at Science Practices
   • Picture Perfect Photo Booth: Picture yourself as a Scientist
   • Sea Turtle Stranding Simulation
   • Puppet Stories about the Natural World
   • Nature Chronicles:  Tell a Story, Leave a Legacy [Octagon Room in Moseley]

Faculty leader:  Terry Tomasek
Sponsored by The HERP Project
Location:  on Young Commons

Alamance County Artist Activities/Demonstrations/Exhibits – Young’s Common.
   • Alamance Artisans – Weaving Project
   • Burma Shave Signs – Burlington Writers Club
   • The Voronoi Tessellation in science, technology, nature & art -- Pat Scheible
   • Puzzle piece Sculpture – Arts Council
Community Leader:  Cary Worthy and additional artists
Location:  on Young Commons

Digital Show of Environmental Photographs & Facts about the world-wide state of Amphibians.

       Visiting Scholar:  Robin Moore, International Amphibian Researcher & 
                                       World Renowned Environmental Photographer
       Location:  McKinnon Hall in the Moseley Center


Making Something from Nothing
This event serves as a metaphor to help us rethink how we value our resources, our environment and ourselves. Ten pairs of future teachers will provide short hands-on creative activities for event participants. Recycled materials transform into collages, sculptures and musical instruments. Music and movement provide insights into our connections to and guardianship of our environment.  Demos on how to use everyday materials easily found at home as infinite art projects and a take home packet of dozens of creative ideas for engaging children and families are also a part of this time and space celebration.
Faculty Leader:  Barbara Rhoades (Art & Art History)
Location:  Arts West, Room 114 (Design Studio), starts at 2pm
Activities are sequenced as 10-30 minute participatoryexperiences.
Participating Audience:  Parents, children accompanied by parents, and those who may want to offer creative activities for children.


Exhibit of Environmentally Recycled Costumes for the dance work "Acquiring Dawn".
The dresses are fashioned from re-purposed costumes with no start up fund necessary to produce the garments.
Faculty Leader:  Karl Green
Location:   Young Commons
Public Archaeology: Preserving Our Past
The connection of archaeological resources to the environment is directly tied to the concept of preservation and conservation of cultural resources.  Archaeological/Cultural resources are finite in-the-ground resources much the same as our natural resources.  This necessitates our every effort at preservation and conservation.  This interactive archaeological display is for all ages and will address our collective community responsibilities along with an overview of the Maya archaeological project of Dr. Rissa Trachman.
Faculty Leader:  Rissa Trachman
Location:  Young Commons
Elon Academy Students display their photos & response to Robin Moore’s Haiti Project, Frame of Mind.

Faculty Leader:  Terry Tomaseck
Location:  McKinnon Hall

Looping Short Bird Videos showing us the fascinating lives of birds and their adaptations to the encroachment of human beings on their habitats
Locations:   Center for the Arts building, Yeager Recital Hall – “Birds”
Moseley 216 – “More Birds”
Belk Library 113 – “Even More Birds”


A compilaiton of soundscapes from Samantha DiRosa's Time Arts foundations course, all of which explore the past, present, and imaginary within the context of time, sound, and space. Projects range from depicting memories of 9/11 and other political events, to hte critique of social norms. Students used sounds that were constructed, recorded in the field, and appropriated, then processed and layered them within garage band.
Faculty Leader:  Samantha DiRosa
Location:  Center for the Arts atrium

Scheduled Events:

Climate Change, Coyotes, and Constellations:  Readings about the Environment 
Elon creative writers will read their poetry and prose focusing on the natural world and humans’ relationship to the Environment. 
Faculty Leader:  Cassie Kircher
Location:  2:15 – 3:00pm, Lakeside Ampitheater
" Acquiring Dawn",  a presentation of Choreography by Renay Aumiller and costumes by Karl Green
The presentation will include a discussion of the work "Acquiring Dawn", choreographed by Renay Aumiller.  Renay will explain her process as well as the inspiration of the work.  The work is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “the road” by Cormac McCarthy. Renay will show a video of the work.  Karl will discuss the origins, making of the costumes and the collaborative creative process.
Faculty Leaders:  Renay Aumiller & Karl Green (Performing Arts)
2:30 – 3:00pm, Belk Library 113
Off the Grid: Time as a Social Construction
US Americans (USANS) are increasingly tyrannized by a turbo-charged tempo that has far reaching implications for our health, mental well-being and the environment.  In this panel presentation, three anthropology students discuss their experiences with being unplugged from “time.”  They interrogate how turbo time may be contrasted with “time” in other societies, explore the connection between time and world views, reflect on the relationship of time to the transformation of societies from foraging to industrialization, and consider the nexus of time with ecological, economic, technological, and political systems.
Faculty Leader:  Anne Bolin
Student Participants:  Maria Castine, Hannah Braun and Clare Rayburn
2:30 – 3:30pm, Moseley 217


Choral Performances:
          Burlington Boys Choir
                   2:45 – 3:05pm
                  Location: Moseley  Center Lobby
          Alamance Chorale
                  3:15 – 3:30pm
                 Location:  Moseley Center Lobby
Interviewing Trees to Create Poems and Stories
What are your dreams?  Your worries?  Your hopes for the future? 
These are probably questions that children might ask when interviewing trees for a creative writing project written on site, with inspiration and guidance from Elon creative writers.      
Faculty Leader:  Cassie Kircher
Time: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00pm
Location:  Young Commons
“Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” performance by Studio One
Time: 3:00  3:15pm
Location:  Center for the Arts patio 


"The blip we call human history"
Two major problems prevent most humans from comprehending their history as a species: 1) an inability or reluctance to comprehend and appreciate emormously long periods of time, and 2) the "human bias," which perpetually prompts us to focus exclusively on humans. Using the lense of mathematics and natural science, the presentation will summarize the two broadest patterns of human history and explore the context these patterns provide for modern economic, social and environmental dilemmas. 
Faculty Leaders:  Dave Gammon (Biology)
Student Participants: Briana Pfeuffer
Location:  Moseley 217, Studio A, 3:30 – 4:00pm
Choreography Showing
Students of the Dance Program discuss their creative process; researching, developing, rehearsing, and presenting a work of their choreography. Moderator: Lauren Kearns, Director of the Dance Program.
Faculty Leaders:  Lauren Kearns (Performing Arts)
Location:  Center for the Arts, Studio A, 3:30
– 4:00pm

Unveiling Visions Magazine
The editors of Visions, Elon’s magazine on environmental awareness and sustainability, will unveil the 2014 issue of the magazine.  Copies of Visions will be distributed to the public after the event.  
Faculty leader:  Cassie Kircher
Location:  Lobby outside of McKinnon Hall at 3:30pm

Elon Music Ambassadors
The Elon Music Ambassadors, under the direction of Virginia Novine Whittaker, perform excerts from their spring program, "Postcards from Europe." This elite instrumental and vocal ensemble will perform selections that will take you on a musical journey. Experience music from the pubs of Ireland to the opera houses of Italy! 
Faculty leader: Virginia Novine Whittaker
Location:  Lakeside Amphitheater, 3:30  4:00pm

Robin Moore, Presentation on Haiti Project - Frame of Mind.
Location: McKinnon Hall,
    4:00 – 4:30pm  (Meet & Greet)
    4:30 - 5:00pm  (Presentation)


Elon Academy Students Photovoice Presentations - Meet & Greet
Faculty leader: Terry Tomasek
Location:  McKinnon Hall, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Choral Performances:
          Burlington Boys Choir
                   4:00 – 4:15pm
                  Location: Center for the Arts patio
          Alamance Chorale
                  4:30 – 4:45pm
                 Location:  Center for the Arts patio
Elon University Percussion Ensemble performs Inuksuit by John Luther Adams
"Some musical events encourage a community to take stock of its surroundings, but very few so seamlessly fold into the environment itself that they become part of a community's memory and imagination.  John Luther Adams' Inuksuit is one of those works.  Scored for 9 to 99 percussion players who are meant to be widely dispersed in an outdoor area, Inuksuit has been described as the ultimate environmental piece."  It will be performed by members of the Elon University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Mariana Poole together with select Music Department students, and community percussionists.
Faculty Leaders:   Jon Metzger & Mariana Poole
Location:  Outside the Center for the Arts on Pardue Court and around Lake Mary Nell, 5:00 – 5:30pm


6 PM – 9:30 PM Parent’s Night Out
PNO is being made available through the generosity of our Education students.  It will be running from 6:00-9:30pm.  We encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to attend the President’s Music Concert and please contact PNO at to let them know of your plans to attend.  Please include the number of children attending, their names, ages and your contact information.

7:30 PM – 9 PM President's Music Concert
An evening to showcase the Department of Music at Elon, free admission / ticket required.
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts

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