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Academic Year 2012-2013


Celi Rose Eddy '13 researches the impact of year-round schooling
Thomas Price '13 develops mobile application to promote STEM concepts among youth
Kristin Conroy '13 battles the impact of AIDS in Kenya
Gloria So '14 makes global and local connections
Omolayo Ojo '15 conducts research in Senegal
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National and International Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

Omolayo Ojo ’15 was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Senegal.
Hollyn Geibel ‘13 was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for South Korea.
Awards & Grants
Catherine Bell ’13 was awarded Newman Scholarship
Kristen Conroy ’13 was awarded both the Sustainability Grant and the Glen Raven Grant
Morgan Gregg ’13 was awarded a $1000 travel grant to attend a national meeting for the American Association of Immunologists from May 4-7.
Meredith Frazier ’13 was awarded a graduate school stipend to attend Vanderbilt University.
Thomason Price ‘13 earned an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.
David Tregde ’13 received the Willard Scholarship.  His work was also featured in the fall 2013 issue of the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Rachel Wilson ’13 was awarded the Glen Raven Grant.
Keely Youngblood ‘13 was awarded a merit scholarship to Emory Law School
Eryn Gorang '14 won the Mindfire Challenge developed by Ketchum, an international public relations agency.

The Lumen Prize: Elon’s most prestigious research award.

Taylor Davis ’15, Rachel Mehaffey ’15, Omolayo Ojo ’15, Nicole Payne ’15, Mary Rouse ’15, Lauren Sutherland ’15

End-of Year-University Awards

Sandra Weiss ‘13 was awarded Elon University’s Outstanding Mathematics Student Award.
Alexandra Harden ’13 was named Elon University’s Sport and Event Management Student of the Year.
Cara McClain ’14 was awarded the Katherine DuPont Weymouth Scholarship

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE):

Catherine Bell ’13, Danielle Damren ’13, Holly Geibel ’13, Elise Noyes ’13, Erin Palmer ’13, Thomason Price ’13, Rachel Shulder ’13, Sandra Weiss ’13, and Rachel Wilson ’13.


Members of the Honors Class of 2013 have presented at the following National and International Conferences: American Society for Cell Biology, Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Conference, Theatre Design and Production Conference, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Mathematical Association of American Southeastern Sectional Meeting, Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer, National American Chemical Society Conference, North Carolina Academy of Science, Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement

NCUR: National Conference on Undergraduate Research:

Jordan Barbour ’13, Emily Bueher ’13, Kristen Conroy ’13, Anna Crenshaw ’13, Danielle Damren ’13, Oliver Frey ’13, Holly Geibel ’13, Marissa Mastrocola ’13, Silviano Mastromarino ’13, Joshua McGee ’13, Erin Palmer ’13, and Thomason Price ’13.

SURF: Student Undergraduate Research Forum

Lea Abel ’13, Catherine Bell ’13, Lyndsay Burch ’13, Paige Burke ’13, Kristen Conroy ‘13, Celia Eddy ’13, Hollyn Geibel ’13, Morgan Gregg ’13, Kelsey Haines ’13, Alexandra Harden ’13, Kathryn Knaus ’13, Marissa Mastrocola ’13, Silviano Mastromarino ’13, Joshua McGee ’13, Gregory Nantz ‘13,Erin Palmer ’13, Thomason Price ‘13, Jessica Rexroad ’13, Rachel Shulder ’13, David Tregde ’13, Sandra Weiss ‘13, Rachel Wilson ’13, and Keely Youngblood ’13.


Phi Beta Kappa: The oldest and most prestigious honors society in the country honoring excellence in the liberal arts and sciences: Emily Beuhler ‘13, Kristen Conroy ‘13, Meredith Frazier ‘13, Oliver Frey ‘13, Hollyn Geibel ‘13 Gregory Nantz ‘13, Thomason Price ‘13, Sandra Weiss ‘13, Rachel Wilson ‘13.

Omicron Delta Kappa: National leadership honor society recognizing high-achieving students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus/community service and activities, journalism and media, and creative and performing arts: Jill Capotosto ‘14, Kristen Conroy ‘13, Ashley Fowler ’14, Hollyn Geibel ‘13, Claire Mayo ’14, Krysten O’Hara ’14, Gloria So ‘14

Phi Eta Sigma: National honors society recognizing first year students with top GPAs in their class. Mary Brogan ’15, Caroline Crew ‘15, Rachel Fishman’ 15, Drew Forte ’15, Kathleen Jablonski ’15, Brooke Jenkins ’15, Rachel Mehaffey ’15, Nicole Panaggio ’15, Julia Phillips ’15, Mary Rouse ’15, Marquessa Smith-Lin ‘15

Academic Year 2011-2012

Congratulations to the following Honors Fellows who were recognized in year-end ceremonies with special awards:

Katherine MacDonald ’12 was awarded the Durward Turrentine Stokes Award
Jessica McDonald ’12 was awarded the Durward Turrentine Stokes Award
Lauren Sutherland ’15 was awarded the CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Award
Shannalee Van Beek ’12 was awarded the International Studies Outstanding Senior Award
Elise Noyes ’13 was awarded the Katherine DuPont Weymouth Scholarship Award
Katherine Spruill ’12 was awarded the Political Science Outstanding Senior Award
David Munoz ’12 was awarded the Golden Oak Award
Jensen Suther ’12 was awarded the John Dewey Emerging Scholar Award
Katherine MacDonald ’12 was awarded the Outstanding Senior Anthropology Student Award
Kelly Little ’12 was awarded the Outstanding Student in Psychology Award
Jessica McDonald ’12 was awarded the Martha Smith Award for Outstanding Graduating Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
David Tregde ’13 received the James Wesley Willard II Memorial Scholarship from the Department of Communications for his outstanding academic record.
Congratulations to the 34 Honors Fellows who presented their undergraduate research on April 24th  at Elon’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum: Tyler Zoda ‘12, Lauren Kolodrubetz ‘12, Carissa Hilliard ‘12, Samantha Calvert ‘12, Daniel Baquet ‘12, Keyona Osborne ‘12, Morgan Gregg ‘13, Alyson Hignight ‘12, Rachael Jones ‘12, Kelly Little ‘12, Melanie Chun ‘12, Mae Langford ‘12, Lora Sigmon ‘12, David Munoz ‘12, Katherine MacDonald ‘12, Jessica McDonald ‘12, Kelly Herrick ‘12, Mary Kate Hinshaw ‘12, Kathleen Price ‘12, Katherine McKenzie ‘12, Daniel Koehler ‘12,  Alyssa Drosdak ‘12, Katherine Spruill ‘12, Mary Bedard ‘12, Kathryn Knaus ‘13, Grace Foster ‘12, Danielle Damren ‘13, Paul Rodriguez ‘12, Jensen Suther ‘12, Robert Rawlings ‘13, Rebecca Berube ‘12, Thomason Price ’13, Rachel Wilson ’13, and Eryn Gorang ‘14.

Ten Honors Fellows from the Class of 2012 were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and often considered most prestigious honors society in the country: Daniel Baquet, Rebecca Berube, Mary Hinshaw, Rachael Jones, Daniel Koehler, David Munoz, Kathleen Price, Lora Sigmon, Katherine Spruill, and Jensen Suther. Congratulations!

Several fellows were inducted into Elon's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society during the spring 2012 induction, includingDaniel Baquet ’12, Jill Capotosto ’14, Anna Lee Crenshaw ‘13, Cleo Dan ’14, Mary Dougherty ’13, Sara Dufour ’14, Jordan Greene ’14, Kimberly Lilienthal ’14, Claire Mayo ’14, Cara McClain ’14, Julia Schast ’14, Sandra Weiss ’13, Kyle Whitaker ’14, and Danielle White ’14.

Kathleen Price ’12, Mary Kate Hinshaw ’12, Sam Calvert ’12, and Katherine MacDonald ’12were accepted as Teach for America Corps Members following graduation in May 2012.

Five fellows of the Class of 2014, Colleen Brockmyre, Cleo Dan, Ashley Fowler, Claire Mayo, and Cara McClain have been named recipients of the 2012 Lumen Prize, the university’s premier award that comes with a $15,000 scholarship.

Melanie Chun ’12 and Mae Langford ’12 presented their research at the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine regional meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

Katherine Spruill ‘12 and Kelly Herrick ‘12 presented their research at the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference in New Orleans in February.

Mary Bedard ’12 presented her research at the Johns Hopkins summer scholars poster symposium 2011, Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) 2011, State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) 2011, Central Poster Vendor Night of the American Chemical Society (ACS CNC-PVN) 2012, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society 2012, and  Emerging Researcher's National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ERN in STEM) 2012.

Rebecca Berube ’12 was selected as a recommended candidate for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award in Costa Rica.

The interactive thesis work of Natalie Butler ’12 was displayed in public exhibitions, including:

Interactivity and the Illusion of Nature in Artificial Life Art
Solo exhibition for CELEBRATE! Week
Ward Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC
April 23, 2012 - April 27th, 2012
Pixel Junkies
Advanced digital art exhibition
SunTrust Gallery, Alamance County Arts Council, Graham, NC
April 26, 2012 - May 18th, 2012
Melanie Chun ’12 will present her research at the international meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in May in San Francisco. She was also named the Powell Scholar for SURE 2011 and received the Glen Raven Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Grace Foster ’12 won the award for the best paper of the undergraduate papers sessions for the 2012 Midwest Economics Association Meetings. She also won the John Kappas Economics award from the Love School of Business and was hired by JP Morgan Chase in Newark, Delaware as a part of the Corporate Analyst Development Program following graduation. Her research was chosen to be presented at the Duke Undergraduate Economics Symposium.

Morgan Gregg ’13 was awarded a $1000 travel grant to attend a national meeting for the American Association of Immunologists from May 4-7.

Kelly Herrick ’12was accepted to the College of Charleston’s Masters of Science graduate program for Historic Preservation.

Carissa Hilliard ’12will be employed as a Health Information Technologist at the North Carolina Hospital Association following graduation.

Mary Kate Hinshaw ’12 presented her research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, Missouri in March.

Mae Langford ’12 presented her research at the 8th Australasian Biomechanics conference in Canberra, Australia in the Fall 2011. She was also accepted to University of North Carolina, Duke University, and Elon University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy programs and will be attending UNC following graduation.

Arroya Karian ’12 presented her thesis Black Box production: Moving Forward, from March 1-3, 2012 in the Black Box Theatre, Elon University.

Dan Koehler ’12, along with another Elon student, won second place in the RiverRun Film Festival documentary student pitchfest for their short documentary "Vote Against," which they are creating for the Producing the Documentary class taught by Communications assistant professor Nicole Triche. He also was presented the Department of Communication’s Outstanding Senior Award: Cinema Award by Brooke Barnett on April 26. His documentary, The Tobacco King, was an official selection for theRiverRun International Film Festival and Ivy Film Festival.  It won “Best Undergraduate Documentary” at the Ivy Film Festival and won “Best Student Long-Form Documentary” at the BEA Festival. It was also shown as part of CELEBRATE week at Elon University on April 24.

Lauren Kolodrubetz ’12 accepted a job as a Technical Recruiter with Teksystems in Raleigh, NC following graduation.

Katherine MacDonald ’12 was awarded “Best Undergraduate Paper” at the 24th Annual Graduate History Forum at UNCC.

Jessica McDonald ’12 co-facilitated the Campus Pride & the Human Rights Campaign Young Adult Leader Leadership Summit, which included students from North and South Carolina, in Charlotte February 24-25.  She also co-planned/co-facilitated the March 2012 North Carolina LGBTQA Student Leaders Retreat in Efland, NC, which gathered students from across the state in opposition to Amendment One. She was awarded “Student Organization Officer of the Year” at the Student Government Awards Association Awards Ceremony for her leadership in SPECTRUM on March 29th and was chosen as a Pride Leader (camp counselor) for Campus Pride's annual summer camp for LGBTQ student leaders for the second time. She will also be completing an internship with Campus Pride in Charlotte after graduation. She was quoted speaking about LGBTQ bullying/harassment in higher education in Convergence: Diversity & Inclusion, a special advertising supplement placed in two national publications on higher education, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.

Kathleen Price ’12 presented her research at the Law and Society Annual Conference in Honolulu.

Lora Sigmon ’12 presented her thesis research at the 73rd Meeting of the Association of Southern Biologists at the University of Georgia. She was also accepted to North Carolina State University as a part of the Ph.D. track for Plant Biology with a Teaching and Research Assistantship.

Katherine Spruill ’12was accepted to pursue her masters degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Library and Information Science program, one of the top library science programs in the country.

Jensen Suther ’12was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for research in Germany.

Shannalee Van Beek ’12 was selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bahrain.  She also presented her research at the International Students’ Symposium in Izmir, Turkey.

Tyler Zoda ’12 presented his research at the Eastern Economic Association 2012 Meeting in Boston. His thesis will also published in the 2012 edition of Issues in Political Economy. He was hired by Vanguard Group in Charlotte, North Carolina following graduation.

Kenoya Osborne ’12 presented her research at the MAA Southeast Regional Conference at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, on March 10, 2012. 

Katherine MacDonald ’12 was selected to present at the 24th Annual Graduate History Forum at UNCC.

Rachael Jones ’12 presented her research at the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh where she was selected as a recipient of the 2011-2012 EPA Regional Research Awards by Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology.

Grace Foster ’12 will be presenting her honors thesis at the Eastern Economic Conference in Boston this spring. She was also one of 12 students nationwide to be accepted to the Midwestern Economic Conference in Chicago.

Alyson Hignight ’12 Her thesis “Glowing Review or Tough Love? The Effects of Audience and Feedback on Self-Editing in Writing” was accepted to be presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association.  Her thesis was also accepted to be presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference in May.

Kate MacDonald ’12 received the J. Lowry Sinclair III Award for Undergraduate Research.  She was also accepted to Teach For America.

Danielle White ’14 is a 3-time member of the President’s List and was also initiated into the Sigma Iota Epsilon Business Management fraternity.

Elon's Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society held inductions on Feb. 5, 2012, recognizing high-achieving students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus/community service and activities, journalism and media, and creative and performing arts. Honors Fellows Alyssa Drosdak ’12, Morgan Gregg ’13, Kathryn Knaus ’13, Daniel Koehler ’12, Mae Langford ’12, Kelly Little ’12, Jess McDonald ’12, Dorothy Noel ’13, Keyona Osborne ’12, and Robert Rawlings ’13 were among the inductees.

Congratulations to Anna Becker ’12, Alyssa Drosdak ’12, Kelly Herrick ’12, Carissa Hillard ’12, Lauren Kolodrubetz ’12, Kelly Little ’12, Katherine MacDonald ’12, Jessica McDonald ’12, Lora Sigmon ’12, Katherine Spruill ’12, Shannalee Van Beek ’12, Robert Rawlings ’13, and Paul Rodriguez ’12 who were accepted to present their research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).  They will be travelling to Weber State University in Ogden, UT from March 28th until March 31st.

Jensen Suther ’12 presented his research at the UNC-Asheville: Philological Association of the Carolinas conference (Spring 2011), the Syracuse University: The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion conference (Spring 2011), and the University of Minnesota: Aesthetics/Class/Worlds conference (Fall 2011). He will be presenting at the University of Toronto: (An) Aesthetic of Absence conference and the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main: Derrida-Konferenz in Spring of 2012. He is also a finalist for a full grant Fulbright in Germany.

David Muñoz ’12 was awarded a professional development grant to attend the National Wildlife Society conference Waikoloa, Hawaii in September 2011. He also had a piece published in the journal “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment in December and will be published in the journal “Southeastern Naturalist” this spring. He will also be presenting his research at the North Carolina Wildlife Society in March.

Congratulations to the 2011 SURE Honors Fellows who just completed their intensive summer research experiences and successfully presented their research findings: Anna Becker '12, Melanie Chun '12, Danielle Damren '13, Alyssa Drosdak '12, Mary Kate Hinshaw '12, Katherine Kenny '12, Mae Langford '12, Katherine MacDonald '12, David Munoz '12, Erin Palmer '13, Thomason Price '12, Jensen Suther '12, and Shannalee Van Beek '12.

Congratulations to the following second-year Honors Fellows (Class of 2014) who accepted the invitation to join Phi Eta Sigma this fall. The students will be recognized and inducted in a ceremony Monday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in McKinnon Hall. Phi Eta Sigma (http://www.phietasigma.org/ ) is a national honor society for first-year students. Each fall, Elon students who maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or higher during their first year are invited to become members.

Cleo Louise Caroline Dan
Christine Marie Dierk
Hillary Hunter Dooley
Ashley Meagan Fowler
Eryn Ann Gorang
Jordan Bliss Greene
Caroline Marie Henley
Nathaniel Clark James
Caroline Elizabeth Klidonas
Claire Lillian Mayo
Marissa Marie Rurka
Julia Ellen Schast
Gloria E. So
Alice Teel Sudlow
Kyle Wilson Whitaker
Danielle A. White

 2010-11 Academic Year

Fellows awarded research fellowships with the 2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience include: Anna Becker '12, Melanie Chun '12, Danielle Damren '13, Alyssa Drosdak '12, Mary Kate Hinshaw '12, Katherine Kenny '12, Mae Langford '12, Katherine MacDonald '12, David Munoz '12, Erin Palmer '13, Thomason Price '12, Natalie Siegenthaler '13,  Jensen Suther '12, and Shannalee Van Beek '12.

Congratulations to the Honors Fellows who were honored with special awards during the 2011 year-end College of Arts and Sciences awards ceremony. The awards and recipients include:

Durward Turrentine Stokes Award - Joanna Rabiej '11
International Studies Outstanding Senior Award - Elizabeth Dobbins '11
Mathematics Research Award - Amy Eubanks '11
Emerson Philosophy Award For Outstanding Philosophical Excellence - Jensen Suther '12
Computing Sciences Academic Achievement Award - Amy Eubanks '11
English Scholar Award - Jensen Suther '12
Outstanding Senior Anthropology Student Award - Jana Murdock '11
Johnston Scholarship - Natalie Butler '12
J. Albert Carpenter Scholarship - Thomason Price '13
Martha Smith Award For Outstanding Graduating Women's And Gender Studies Minor - Joanna Rabiej '11
Human Services Outstanding Senior Award - Virginia Fischer '11
Senior Spanish Award - Chris Jarrett '11
Senior World Language Award - Elizabeth Dobbins '11
Perito Award - Jensen Suther '12

Congratulations to the eleven Class of 2011 fellows who were inducted into North Carolina's Eta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on April 19, 2011: Gabrielle Dean, Elizabeth Dobbins, Amy Eubanks , Ginni Fischer, Chris Jarrett, Elizabeth Leman, Craig Massey, Amanda McBride, Jana Murdock, Kiva Nice-Webb, and Joanna Rabiej. The oldest honor society in the United States, Phi Beta Kappa has established chapters at 280 colleges and universities in the United States, and each year the top 10 percent of arts and sciences graduates at these institutions are selected for membership.

Amy Eubanks '11 presented her paper "Catching Fireflies: A Persuasive Augmented Reality Game for Android Phones" at the Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Conference in Atlanta, GA. She received the "Best Student Poster Award" for her poster that outlined how the game she developed works, what she hoped to accomplish, the software development paradigms she followed, and the difficulties she faced. She competed with undergraduate and graduate students for this honor.

Chris Jarrett '11 presented two papers over spring break, one on entitled "Hacia el buen convivir: Experiments in 'Development with Identity' in the Ecuadorian Amazon" given on March 18th at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies in Pittsburgh, PA, and another entitled "Turtle Shells, Tourists, and Transnational Oil: An Examination of the Waira Churis Community Tourism Group in the Ecuadorian Amazon," given on March 26th at the annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society in Richmond, VA.

After Elon, Chris will be continuing research on the guayusa morning tea ritual in Ecuador with a Fulbright grant before pursuing a Ph.D in anthropology.  The title of the 10 month project is "Guayusa Tea and Indigenous Identity: Cultural Narratives from the Ecuadorian Amazon," a series of cultural narratives he hopes to have published in Kichwa, Spanish, and English for use in local schools and the U.S.

Amber Woods '11 has been accepted to UNCG's masters program in History.  She will be focusing in Museum Studies.

Kiva Nice-Webb '11 presented her research at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion's conference Mar. 4-6 in Louisville, KY.  Her paper also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper award.

Katie Kenney '12 has been named a finalist for the 2011 Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national fellowship awarded each year to college juniors with goals of working in education, government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, or elsewhere in public service. Those awarded the scholarship could receive up to $30,000 for graduate study.

Laura Sweeney '11 will present her research as a part of a symposium held by The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition during the summer of 2011. She also co-authored and presented a poster entitled "Crime Beliefs: Stereotypes of Criminals and Crime Victims" with her faculty mentor, Meredith Allison.  This presentation was based on her SURE research and presented in March at the Fourth International Congress on Psychology and Law in Miami, FL.

Amy Eubanks '11 presented a poster and gave a demonstration of her research at the Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Regional Conference held in Altlanta this March, in the category of Digital Game Innovative Computing Special Conference Track and Game Exposition.

Krysten Malcom '11 presented her research at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference and her poster presentation was deemed an Undergraduate Research Project Finalist.

Megan McGrath '11 has been awarded a travel grant (a cash prize of $200) from SYNAPSE (Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast). As recipient, Megan's abstract was judged to be one of the four top abstracts submitted to this year's conference!

Stephanie Franz '11 presented her thesis research at the Eastern Economics Association conference in New York February 25-27.

Elon's Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society held inductions on Feb. 6, 2010, recognizing high-achieving students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus/community service and activities, journalism and media, and creative and performing arts. Honors Fellows Daniel Baquet '12, Lindsay Ruth Mann '11, and Amber Marie Woods '11 were among the inductees.

Amber Woods '11 was selected to present her thesis project "Conflict Amongst Us: An Analysis of the Changing Venues in which Kentucky Evangelical Churches Debated Slavery" at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on November 20, 2010.

Congratulations to the 15 Class of '13 Fellows inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society for first-year students who maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or higher during their first year. They are Catherine Bell, Anna Lee Crenshaw, Danielle Damren, Mary Dougherty, Celia Eddy, Meredith Frazier, Hollyn Geibel, Morgan Gregg, Kelsey Haines, Kathryn Knaus, Rachel Mitchener, Dorothy Noel, Erin Palmer, Robert Rawlings, and Rachel Wilson.

Jessica Rexroad '13 was selected to perform a dance piece at the North Carolina Dance Alliance Festival on Friday September 10.

Over summer 2010, the following fellows participated in SURE, Elon's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, an 8-week collaborative research intensive.  Participants included Molly Strayer '11, Leah Krieger '11, Hannah Lane '11, Stephanie Franz '11, Krysten Malcom '11, Daniel Koehler '12, Elizabeth Dobbins '11, Kiva Nice-Webb '11, Jensen Suther '12, Lindsay Mann '11, John Furniss '11, Stephanie Matson '11, Amy Eubanks '11, Laura Sweeney '11, Jana Murdock '11, and Kate MacDonald '12.

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 2009-10 Academic Year

The following class of '12 fellows were named Lumen Scholars 2010 after a lengthy application and selection process: Mary Bedard, Daniel Koehler, Kelly Little, Katherine MacDonald, Jessica McDonald, and Jensen Suther.

Several fellows were inducted into Elon's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society during the spring 2010 induction, including Mary Bedard '12, Natalie Butler '12, Elizabeth Dobbins '11, Alyssa Drosdak '12, Stephen Ferguson '11, Virginia Fischer '11, Daniel Koehler '12, Craig Massey '11, David Munoz '12, Jana Murdock '11, Kiva Nice-Webb '11, Joanna Rabiej '11, Lora Sigmon '12, Kirby Sypek '10, and Sarah Vavreck '10.

Elementary education major Kirby Sypek '10 was inducted into the Sigma Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, on May 3, 2010.

During the 2010 Spring Convocation Elon installed its Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  Among Elon's inaugural PBK inductees were the following Class of 2010 Fellows: James Burns, Kimberly Duggins, Katrina Folsom, Jordan Frederick, Melissa Gaisser, Cynthia Goodson, Grace Helms, Amanda Kennison, Elisabeth Paige Kensrue, Jonathan Mahlandt, Paul Mirek, Nichole Rawlings, Julia Roberts, and Hannah Williams.

Congratulations to the 6 Fellows receiving awards at the Omicron Delta Kappa annual awards ceremony on April 29, 2010.  Jana Murdock '11 - Iris Holt McEwen Community Service Award; Nichole Rawlings '10 - Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award; Jonathan Mahlandt '10 - John W. Barney Memorial Award; Jordan Frederick '10 - W.L. Monroe Christian Education and Personality Award; Elizabeth Dobbins '11 & Kiva Nice-Webb '11 - Perito Award.

A big congratulations to the nearly 30 Fellows who presented their original projects, research process, and works of art during CELEBRATE week 2010!

Morgan Gregg '13 co-wrote the article "Survival of Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in 3 Different Swimming Pool Environments (Chlorinated, Saltwater, and Biguanide Nonchlorinated)" that was published in Clinical Pediatrics Feb. 4, 2010. She also gave a poster presentation at a small conference at Guilford College March 26-27 -- the 107th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.

Mary Bedard '12 was selected for Johns Hopkins's REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for summer 2010. Johns Hopkins University was ranked #2 for medical school research in the 2009 US News & World report. Typically over 300 people apply for the 10 available spots in Johns Hopkin's Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

Kimberly Duggins '10 has been selected to present her thesis, "Behavioral and electrophysiological effects of schema activation on memory for crime information in older and younger adults"  in Washington, D.C., in April at the annual Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill for members of Congress.  Kimberly's research will also be presented at the National Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta.

Sarah Linn Reedy '10 presented her thesis project "Stage Management for Musical Theatre: An Artistic Presentation of Elon University’s 2009 Fall Musical, Kiss Me, Kate" at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, KY on March 4, 2010.

Emily Main was awarded first prize in student research for her paper "The Effect of Exercise Intensity on Cognitive Function During and Following Exercise: A Test of the Transient Hypofrontality Theory" in the undergraduate/masters category at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Conference.

Julia Roberts'10 research findings in her article "Expanding Access to HIV Testing in Northern Minas Gerais, Brazil" will be published in the journal Southern Anthropologist, and she will be presenting these findings with her mentor Dr. Kim Jones in Merida in March 2010.

Elon's Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society held inductions on Feb. 7, 2010, recognizing high-achieving students in the areas of scholarship, athletics, campus/community service and activities, journalism and media, and creative and performing arts.  Honors Fellows Jamie Gorsuch '10, Jana Murdock '11, Kiva Nice-Webb '11, Jeffrey Siatti '11, and Allison Stolte '11 were among the inductees.

Several Class of 2010 Fellows presented their research projects at NCUR 2010, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, including Molly Costigan, Anna Decker, Katrina Folsom, Jordan Frederick, Amanda Kennison, Jenna McNair, Alexandra Milan, Nichole Rawlings, Kirby Sypek, Sarah Vavreck, Angela Lovelace, Janet Schibler, Molly Strayer, Alex Walton,  and Hannah Williams.

Katy Branston '09 has been invited to present her thesis research on a panel about the use of social media for the Missoula Nonprofit Network on February 12, 2010.

Kirby Sypek '10 and Sarah Vavreck '10 gave oral presentations on their thesis research at the 5th annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium [SNCURCS].

Kirby Sypek '10 was the only undergraduate presenting on September 24, 2009 at the North Carolina Association for College Teacher Educators in Raleigh, NC.  Also in the fall of 2009, Kirby presented a poster on her initial research findings at the 27th Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum for the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators on September 28.  Kirby also gave a presentation entitled "Stories from First-year Teachers to Preservice Teachers" at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on November 21 in Wilmington, NC.

Molly Costigan '10 was invited to present her thesis, " The Immigration Between Mexico and the United States After the Terrorist Attacks of 2001: A Study of Themes Presented in Documentaries," on February 12, 2010 at a conference for the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies in Baton Rouge.

Katy Branston '09 and her mentor, Lee Bush, co-wrote a paper on social good networks, the topic of Katy's Honors Thesis. It has been "accepted with revisions" by PRaxis, an online academic public relations journal that is an "open-access" journal, available to both academics and professionals in the public relations field -- globally. This particular issue is a special issue on non-profit organizations and of the 40 submissions theirs was one of a handful accepted.

Erin Barnett's '09 thesis film, “My Name is Anita,” is an official selection of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival. It will screen at the festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on October 23, 2009 and more information about this success can be found at the Festival write-up: http://www.womensfilmfestival.com/wiff_schedule.php?atn=vid&vid=305


To listen to Erin's podcast: http://wunc.org/tsot/archive/sot0520c10.mp3

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 2008-09 Academic Year


27 Honors Fellows were chosen to present their undergraduate research on April 28 at Elon's Student Undergraduate Research Forum: Molly Strayer, Katie Volkerding, Brian Gibbons, Larissa Ferretti, Meredith Mosko, Rebecca Watts, Brian Beaty, Chelsie Wagner, Ameia Helms, Daniel Brown, Victor McGlaughlin, Danielle Dufour, Jonathan Mahlandt, James Burns, Grace Chao, Alyse Knorr, Kelly McCarty, Victoria Davis, Julia Roberts, Erin Barnett, Amy Reitnouer, Benjamin Smith, Sara Gould, Angela Lovelace, Katy Branston, Sara Portoghese and Breanna Detwiler. Congratulations!

Kelly McCarty '09 presented at “The Performances of Power and Power of Performance” Workshop
Center for the Study of International Governance (United Kingdom), (re)Imaging Argentina: Art in Post-Dictatorial Argentina Georgia Political Science Association Annual Conference, Art and Democracy in the Post-Dictatorship of Argentina International Communications Association Conference, Mexico City and The Evolution of Media and Collective Memory: Argentina and the United States (co-
presenter: David McCarty, Professor, Michigan State University) Presented in Spanish.

Brian Beaty '09 won the best poster presentation award at the 34th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference held at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego on Saturday, April 18.

Brian Beaty '09, Daniel Brown '09 and their mentors Yuko Miyamoto and Linda Niedziela attended the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. on April 3-4. Beaty won first place honors in the poster session and Brown took second place in the behavioral biology, psychology, anthropology and physics oral presentation section.

Sara Gould '09 presented her thesis, titled The Elon Academy: A Transformative Experience, at the North Carolina Campus Compact Institute. She will also present in June at the John Hopkins National Summer Learning Conference in Chicago.

Julia Roberts presented her research at the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) in Birmingham, AL in early April. The presentation was titled "The composition and structure of beech gaps in Great Smoky Mountains National Park 15 years after beech bark disease infestation" and is a result of her SURE work with Dr. David Vandermast. Julia also presented at the Southeastern Anthropological Society Conference and won honorable mention.

Larissa Ferretti '09 will share her research this spring with lawmakers in Washington about the effects of parental involvement in teaching math and number skills to young children. The May presentation is part of a highly selective program through the Council on Undergraduate Research that features leading undergraduate research from around the nation. See E-net article.

Senior Honors Fellows ('09) Erin Barnett, Daniel Brown, Breanna Detwiler, Larissa Ferretti, Alyse Knorr, Sara Portoghese, Benjamin Smith and Chelsie Wagner presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in La Crosse, Wisc., in April.

Rebecca Watts '09 presented her thesis research in-progress -"An Analysis of Language Transfer in Three Major Metro-Area Hispanic Newspapers in North Carolina"- at the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies Conference in Baton Rouge, La.

Meredith Mosko '09 presented her paper at the Eastern Economics meetings Feb 27-March 1.

Kristen Rectenwald's '09 thesis was chosen as one of the few undergraduate projects to be presented at the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) in Chapel Hill. She presented her paper entitled From Divine Judgment to Medical Diagnosis: Tracking Disease in British Consciousness at the regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature on March 14.

Katie Volkerding '09 is presenting her thesis data in an oral presentation at South East ACSM in Birmingham, AL. Katie has also been accepted into the Physical Therapy Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Victoria Davis '09 had a paper accepted ("Terrorism and Diplomacy: A Comparitive Study of the U.K., Japan, and the US") for the International Studies Association South Annual Conference to be held at Randolph-Macon College in October 2009.


Andrea Spaeth '07 recently published an article with her thesis mentor Dr. Matt Gendle, Elon student Sarah Dollard, and Wellness Coordinator Cindy Novak, entitled "Functional relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, executive control and sustained attention." The article was published in Nutritional Neuroscience.

Alyse Knorr '09 has written two poems called "The Mundane" and "By Memory" that will be published in the 2008 issue of The Albion Review. Alyse will also have three poems called "Last Moments on the Boat," "The Mundane," and "What It Was Like," that will be published in the fall 2008 issue of the North Central Review.


Other Accomplishments

Three fellows were honored at this years ODK Awards Ceremony. Victoria Davis '09 was given the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award, Alyse Knorr '09 was given the Student Communications Media Award and Kim Duggins was given the Perito Award.

Three fellows were chosen as Periclean Scholars for the Class of 2012: Katie Kenney, Mara Bollenbacher and Megan Reeves.

Fifteen fellows were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society, on April 22: James Burns, Gabrielle Dean, Kimberly Duggins, Katrina Folsom, Stephanie Franz, Victoria James, Christopher Jarrett, Amanda Kennison, Elisabeth Kensrue, Amanda McBride, Alexandra Milan, Nichole Rawlings, Molly Strayer, Gregory Walton and Clayton Winkelvoss.

Angie Lovelace received a Society of Professional Journalists, Region 2 Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Photography, Second Place.

Paige Kensrue, Elon women's tennis player and co-captain of the team, was named Southern Conference's Student Athlete of the Week for Feb. 4-10.

Seventeen sophomore fellows were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the Freshman Honor Society, on October 28: Elizabeth Dobbins, Amy Eubanks, Virginia Fischer, Stephanie Franz, Margaret Hemmingson, Victoria James, Christopher Jarrett, Hannah Lane, Elizabeth Leman, Taylor Madaffari, Amanda McBride, Jana Murdock, Kiva Nice-Webb, Joanna Rabiej, Molly Strayer, Laura Sweeney and Amber Woods.

Sarah Vavreck received a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship. To apply for the national scholarship, Sarah wrote two essays and will create a follow-up project to her study abroad program in Ghana during the Fall.

Alumni Accomplishments

Andrea Spaeth '07 accepted an offer to enter the Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cara DiSisto '08 had her work accepted through a blind peer review for presentation in the Advertising Division of the 2008 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Chicago this past summer. Cara is currently a marketing analyst at Red Ventures in Charlotte, N.C.

Alex Hopkins '08 incorporated his Honors thesis into a publication with his thesis mentor Dr. Heidi Glaesel in the online Encyclopedia of Earth. To get the full citation for Alex's work simply scroll to the end of the linked encyclopedia entry.

Julie Kenneally '08 will present a paper developed from her Elon thesis work with Dr. Rudy Zarzar: "Women who Kill and the Media that Makes them Famous: A Study of how Media Cover Female Suicide Terrorism."

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2007-08 Academic Year

Amy Reitnouer won 3rd place in the Cinelon film competition for the film, "The Last Story," for which she served as producer and wardrobe and set designer. Lisa Carter starred in this film.

Angela Lovelace, Alexandra Milan, Amy Reitnouer, Alex Walton, and Hannah Williams were inducted in Lambda Pi Eta, the Communications Honor Society. Walton was chosen to be the organization's treasurer.

Brian Beaty and Victoria Davis were chosen as the university's two recipients of the Perito Awards. The $5000 award is given to outstanding rising seniors planning on graduate or professional school and who exemplify Phi Beta Kappa's motto "Love of wisdom, the guide of life."

At the ODK Award ceremony, Molly Dickinson '08 was given the John W. Barney Award, which goes to the senior with the highest cumulative GPA. 

Kristen Rectenwald '09 won Elon's Religious Studies Scholar Award.

Kaitlyn Day ’08 won Elon's Outstanding Political Science Student Award.

Brian Beaty won the Howard L. Gravett Award for an Elon student planning to attend medical school.

Alyse Knorr '09 won the English Scholar Award.

Victoria Davis won the Katherine DuPont Weymouth Scholarship Award for an outstanding junior in the social sciences.

Brian Beaty, Grace Chao, Molly Costigan, Breanna Detwiler, Danielle Dufour, Larissa Ferretti, Jordan Frederick, Melissa Gaisser, Cynthia Goodson, Julie Kenneally, Jonathan Mahlandt, Victor McGlaughlin, Carin Metzger, Paul Mirek, Patrick Morse, Sara Portoghese, Anna Reynal, Julia Roberts, Allison Tencza, Katie Volkerding, Rebecca Watts, and Hannah Williams were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest Honor Society, which is dedicated to academic excellence in all disciplines. Jackie Del Giorno served as vice president of Phi Kappa Phi.

Daniel Brown, James Burns, Grace Chao, Larissa Ferretti, Sara Gould, Amelia Helms, Jonathan Mahlandt, and Victor McGlaughlin were awarded SURE grants for eight weeks of summer research.

Nichole Rawlings was selected for an internship at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Andrea Spaeth '07 and her mentor Professor Mathew Gendle were co-authors on a recently published article, "Functional relationships between serum total cholesterol levels, executive control, and sustained attention," in Nutritional Neuroscience (Vol. 11, No. 2, 2008). This article used Andrea's thesis research.

Lisa Rohde, Larissa Ferretti, Jessica Young, Jennifer Connolly, Kaitlyn Day, Julie Kenneally, Austin Toman, Cara Disisto, Bonnie Brackett, Jacqueline DelGiorno, Alex Hopkins, Alyse Knorr, Elizabeth Myers, Matthew Potter, Judith Boyce, Rebecca Williams, Cathryn Wile, Andrew Redman, Victoria Davis, Nichole Rawlings, Allison Arpin, Tayler Kent, Sarah Cox, Patrick Morse, Kelci Flowers, Katherine Parkman, Allison Pariani, Erin Barnett, Amy Duncan, Molly Dickinson, and Allison Kipphut made presentations at the Student Undergraduate Research Forum on Tuesday, April 29. 

Molly Dickinson, Sarah Cox, Claire James, Craig Massey, Danica Shipley, and Amber Woods will be displaying excellence in the arts in the Celebrate Week.

Jenna McNair was chosen as the LINCS coordinator for Kopper Top Life Learning Center through EV! and the Kernoodle Center.

Alexa Milan was chosen as the spring arts and entertainment section editor for ThePendulum.

Amy Reitnouer won first place in the Isabella Cannon Centre Study Abroad Photo Contest in the "Culture" category and Grace Helms won the "Viewer's Choice" award.

Honors Fellows were honored at the Love School of Business awards ceremony on April 17. Cathryn Wile '08 won the International Business concentration award, which goes to a student who has shown enthusiasm, success, and great promise for future achievement. Allison Tencza '08 won the Marketing concentration award. Clayton Winkelvoss '10 was awarded the John and Helene Sparks Scholarship for Business.

Elly Myers '08 and Patrick Morse '08 were chosen as recipients of Elon's Seena Granowsky Outstanding Student in Psychology Award which goes to the student(s) who have made the most outstanding academic achievement and service to the field of psychology.

Seven Honors Fellows from the class of 2010 have been named to Elon's inaugural class of Lumen Scholars: CynthiaGoodson, Amelia Helms, Jonathan Mahlandt, Nichole Rawlings, Christopher Staskel, Katherine Strickland, and Hannah Williams. Each has proposed a unified vision of research and other experiences that was deemed worthy of extra support from the university in the form of a $15,000 scholarship. Criteria for the award included intellectual inquiry and integration, intellectual curiosity and reflection, originality and feasibility.

Jessi Young '08 received the American Psychological Association's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Predoctoral Fellowship, a nationally competitive, renewable grant for graduate study.

Stephanie Franz '11 wrote a paper, 'Inadequate Water in Northern China' that won the 2007-08 Geography Program Study Abroad Essay Contest. She will use the $500 award to defray the cost of study abroad in China.

Breanna Detwiler '09 has been chosen as a recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, intended for scholars dedicated to careers related to the environment. She is one of 80 students chosen in the nation. She also was named a Truman Scholar. Detwiler is  Elon's first recipient of this award, which includes a $30,000 grant for graduate study, plus leadership training, internship, and other opportunities.

Victoria Davis was chosen as a finalist for a 2008 Truman Scholarship, a prestigious national fellowship for graduate study awarded annually “to persons who demonstrate outstanding potential for and who plan to pursue a career in public service.” 

Kelly McCarty, Jamie Gorsuch, and Molly McGowan have ably represented Elon, placing high in two ballroom dance competitions, the Charlotte DanceSport Challenge and the Triangle Open Championships. They participated in both couples and individual events and made it to the more advanced rounds.

Kimberly Duggins has been selected from hundreds of applicants for a paid internship with the North Carolina Government Internship Program. She'll be working in the Unauthorized Substances Tax Division of the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Jackie Delgiorno '08 won first prize for her research in the Undergraduate/Master's category at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine meeting. She was competing against students (including graduate students) from schools like Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Wake Forest, Florida State, and University of South Carolina.

Honors Fellows helped make Elon's production of The Phantom of the Opera a smashing success. Christopher Staskel '10 acted as porter and was in the ensemble, Sarah Linn Reedy '10 was assistant stage manager, Lisa Carter '11 was in the properties crew, Kiva Nice-Webb '11 and Molly McGowan served on the wardrobe team, and Amy Duncan '08 served on the deck crew.

Tayler Kent's '08 thesis won the Broadcast Education Association's News Research division paper competition. She and mentor Brooke Barnett presented the research at BEA's annual conference in Las Vegas in April.

Sarah Cox '08 had a poem selected for publication in the Albion Review, a national undergraduate magazine. She has been selected to read her poetry at the Sigma Tau Delta conference. She is also the editor-in-chief of Colonnades.

Meredith Mosko was named an associate editor for Issues in the Political Economy (IPE), a journal showcasing undergraduate research in economics.

Kelci Flowers '08 has been one of the rare undergraduates accepted to present at the conference of the Academy of Eating Disorders, which was held in Seattle in May.

Elon Honors Fellows again made their mark at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Those whose abstracts were chosen to present at the conference included seniors Allison Arpin, Bonnie Brackett, Kaitlyn Day, Jackie DelGiorno, Amy Duncan, Alex Hopkins, Tayler Kent, Allison Kipphut, Patrick Morse, Elizabeth Myers, Andrew Redman, Lisa Rohde, Austin Toman and Jessi Young.

Third-year Honors Fellows attending NCUR included Erin Barnett, Larissa Ferretti, and Alyse Knorr.

Judy Boyce '08 accepted a position at the accounting firm of Cherry, Bekaert and Holland in Charlotte, N.C..

Professors Mat Gendle (Psychology) and Jeffrey Pugh (Religious Studies) were selected to give a poster session about their Honors course, "Exploring Consciousness," at the 2008 Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference.

Molly Dickinson '08 was selected to read her poetry and essays at the Sigma Tau Delta national conference in Kentucky. She is also the poetry editor for Colonnades.

Seniors Jackie Delgiorno, Kelci Flowers, Alex Hopkins, Elly Myers and Patrick Morse were chosen as recipients of the Undergraduate Research Program's Rawls scholarships. The goal of research conducted by Rawls Scholars must be to contribute in meaningful way to the knowledge base in discipline.

Cathryn Wile '08 has accepted a position with Bank of America in the Financial Management Associates program.

Allison Tencza presented her business research at SNCURS - the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium in November.

Chris Staskel (ensemble), Sarah Reedy (assistant stage manager), Lisa Carter (assistant stage manager), and Kiva Nice-Webb (costume crew) all played roles in Elon's late October production of "Cabaret."

First-year Fellow Lisa Carter and her Elon 101 class successfully nominated Ada Gustin as one of Elon's Hometown Heroes. Gustin was honored in a ceremony on Nov. 5.

A whole bunch of second-year Honors Fellows were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma on October 22. Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for students who have excelled in their first year of college. Inductees included Molly Costigan, Shannon Davis, Kimberly Duggins, Jessica Flammer, Katrina Folsom, Cynthia Goodson, Amelia Helms, Amanda Kennison, Elisabeth Paige Kensrue, Jonathan Mahlandt, Emily Main, Alexandra Milan, Paul Mirek, Nichole Rawlings, Julia Roberts and Janet Schibler.

Sarah Vavreck and Jordan Frederick were among four authors of a successful Elon College Fund for Excellence grant. The grant - largest of those awarded and the only one for students - is for $5,200 to host a "Footprints of Africa" celebration later this fall.


Summer 2007

The thesis research of Andrea Spaeth was featured in the summer issue of Lifestyle Chat, a health newsletter of Alamance Regional Medical Center.

Sarah Cox, Jacqueline DelGiorno, Alyse Knorr and Jessica Young were chosen to conduct research in Elon's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Alyse Knorr had a two-part series, "Trip to Africa provides perspective on life," published in the Greensboro News and Record about her experience in Namibia doing Project Pericles work related to the global fight against HIV/AIDS. As part of her Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, Alyse also published a series of articles on teen pregnancy that ran in the News and Record

Lisa Bodine, Lauren Ellis, Jonathan Mahlandt, Christopher Staskel, Hannah Williams and Clayton Winkelvoss were selected as Orientation Leaders.

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2006-07 Academic Year

Spring 2007

At the campus-wide ODK award ceremony, Jessica Young won the Perito Award, a $5,000 award to an outstanding rising senior intending to attend graduate or professional school. The award rewards students whose Elon records exemplify the Phi Beta Kappa motto "Love of wisdom, the guide of life."

At the same ceremony, Rebecca Hewitt was recognized with the Ella Brunk Smith Award, which is given annually to a female student in the senior class who has made significant contributions to the religious and moral life on campus.

Many Honors Fellows were recognized at the Elon College Student Excellence Award ceremony in McCrary Theatre on May 3, including:

  • Austin Toman - Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry award.
  • Vic McGlaughlin - J. Albert Carpenter Award in Computing Sciences.
  • Molly Dickinson - English Scholar Award.
  • Victoria Davis - Foreign Language Award for her study of Japanese.
  • Amie Ritchie - Senior French Award
  • Matthew Christian - Mathematics Academic Achievement Award and Mathematics Research Award.
  • Alana Dunn - International Studies Outstanding Senior Award.
  • Allison Genco - Emerson Philosophy Award for Outstanding Philosophical Engagement.
  • Janelle Styons - Seena Granowsky Outstanding Student in Psychology Award.
  • Rebecca Hewitt - Martha Smith Award for Outstanding Senior in Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Allison Arpin - Physics achievement award.

Eighteen Honors Fellows were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest academic Honor society. Inductees included: Judith Boyce, Sarah Cox, Victoria Davis, Jacqueline DelGiorno, Molly Dickinson, Kelci Flowers, Sara Gould, Alyse Knorr, Kelly McCarty, Elizabeth Myers, Kathryn M. Olinger, Allison Pariani, Katherine Parkman, Rachael Rider, Lisa Rodhe, Ian Spreat, Janelle Styons, Chelsie Wagner, Jessica Young.

First-year Fellow Kimberly Duggins presented her research conducted with Professor Stephen Schulman on the scholarship of teaching and Learning at the North Carolina State Undergraduate Assessment Symposium.

For her piece titled "Symphony," second-year Fellow Alyse Knorr won first place (in a tie) in the Elon University Frederick Hartmann Fiction Contest. Prize winners were chosen by visiting writer Michael Parker.

Alexa Little presented her research on the Internationalization of Japanese Art at the 2007 ASIANetwork Conference. Her work was funded by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

Honors Fellows' creativity and skills were showcased during Celebrate showcase for Student Achievements in Academics and the Arts in a variety of areas: Alyse Knorr, Sarah Cox, and Molly Dickinson in creative writing; Katie Volkerding in dance; Carin Metzger in acting; Sarah Cox in documentary filmmaking; Sarah Linn Reedy in stage managing/theatre; Jamie Gorsuch and Jon Mahlandt in vocal performance.

Twenty-two Honors Fellows were chosen to make presentations at Elon’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum. The presentations were held on Tuesday, April 24. Presenters included seniors Caitlin Brilhart, Matthew Christian, Alana Dunn, Anna Leer, Abbey Lepley, Alex Linville, Cara Loose, Kali Marquardt, Adrienne Oak, Katie Olinger, Andrea Spaeth (giving two presentations), Janelle Styons, Laura Tillestrand, John Walker, Chris Weitzen, and Lindsay Westerfield. Third-year Fellows presenting at SURF included Jackie Del Giorno, Molly Dickinson, Alexa Little, and Jessica Young. Second-year Fellows included Tori Davis, Alyse Knorr and Kelly McCarty.

Chelsie Wagner was chosen as one of ten students nationwide for the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine Science at Bodega Marine Laboratory (University of California – Davis).

Larissa Ferretti was selected for the University of South Florida's National Science Foundation-sponsored Hurricane Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program.

Adrienne Oak presented her thesis research at the Regional Phi Alpha Theta History conference, and won the award for best paper at the conference.

Andrea Spaeth presented her work at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE) conference held at Davidson College.

Lindsay Westerfield presented her work at the annual conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Tampa, Florida.

Abbey Lepley and Allison Genco presented their research at the Eastern Economic Association conference.

Adam Frank presented his research in a poster session at the Water Resources Research Institute in Raleigh.

An impressive number of Honors Fellows were accepted to present their work at the competitive National Conference on Undergraduate Research. This includes seniors Will Allen (Chemistry), Caitlin Brilhart (Psychology), Erin Culp (Communications), Alana Dunn (International Studies), Alex Linville (History), Amie Ritchie (International Studies), Christopher Weitzen (Computing Sciences), Lindsay Westerfield (Spanish) and Penelope Wilkinson (Political Science). Second-year Fellow Austin Toman also presented at the conference, held at Dominican University in San Rafael, California from April 10-12. Third-year Fellow Jessica Young had two presentations accepted.

Graduate Mary Caruso '06 won a prestigious Department of Defense Fellowship for the next three years of graduate study in Chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Graduate Lindsay Andrews '06 won the Charlotte Mecklenburg First Year Teacher of the Year Award for the entire school system.

The students in the third-floor Virginia Honors learning community applied for and won a $2000 grant from the Office of Residence Life to be used for a trip to Washington, D.C.

Carin Metzger played Gino in the production "A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine."  Jordan Frederick worked the follow spots and Christopher Staskel and Amy Duncan worked on the deck crew.

Third-year Fellow Lisa Rohde helped organize a Winter Term "Dorm Storm" to raise money for the homeless.

Molly Dickinson was chosen to introduce author Frank McCourt at a question-and-answer session during his visit.

Will Warihay participated in the Elon mock trial team that finished fifth (out of 22 teams) in a tournament held in Arizona in January. Warihay won honors as the tournament's third-best attorney.


Fall 2006

Two Honors Fellows were awarded Rawls grants, which are given to the university's top research students by the Undergraduate Research Program. Sarah Cox's grant was for her documentary project with mentor Brooke Barnett, "At the Left Hand of God." Jessica Young's award was for her project, "The Cultural and Familial Influences on Personal Narratives in Adolescence."

Honors Fellows in third-floor Virginia won first place in the Learning Community challenge with 1001 points. The Honors Pavilion came in third place with 776 points in the competition sponsored by Residence Life.

Austin Toman presented findings from his research at the Southeast Region Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Fourth-year Fellows Anna Leer and Cara Loose and third-year Fellows Judy Boyce, Kate Parkman and Becky Williams were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society for business students.

Two Honors Fellow Computer Science majors competed on Elon's teams at the Mid-Atlantic ACM Regional Programming Contest. Vic McGlaughlin's team came in 54th out of 142 teams, and Chris Weitzen's team came in 21st place.

Senior Rebecca Hewitt gave a presentation of her thesis research at an international conference, the Association of Research on Mothering, in Toronto in late October.

First-year Fellows Julia Roberts and Lisa Bodine were invited to join a small number of students and faculty in representing Elon at a Carnegie Foundation conference in Washington, D.C., in early November.

Many Honors Fellows were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society that recognizes outstanding academic performance in a student's first year. Inductees included:

Erin Barnett, Brian Beaty, Katherine Branston, Daniel Brown, Grace Chao, Victoria Davis, Breanna Detwiler, Larissa Ferretti, Sarah Findle, Alyse Knorr, Corinna Landon, Katherine Lee, Kelly McCarty, Victor McGlaughlin, Sara Portoghese, Anna Reynal, Rachael Rider, Anna Shine, Ian Spreat, Katie Volkerding and Rebecca Watts.

Fourth-year Fellows Andrea Spaeth, Will Allen, Penelope Wilkinson and Adam Frank served as Phi Eta Sigma officers at the Phi Eta Sigma induction ceremony.

The Geographic Bulletin published an article senior Rebecca Hewitt co-authored with faculty member Heidi Frontani. "Ideologies of Land and Place: Gikuyu and Settler Colonist Women in Kenya" resulted from their summer research experience in 2005.

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