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Communications graduates of 2017 heading across the globe for post-commencement experiences

Here's a look at where some of the 2017 School of Communications graduates are headed following Commencement.

'Fearless' Class of 2017 challenged to be advocates for the power of education

Maity Interiano '07, a producer and on-air talent for Univision Network, delivered the 2017 Commencement address. 

Donning of the Kente ceremony highlights students’ African roots

As part of the culturally rich ceremony, students received a handmade kente cloth that represents the culture, spirituality, sophistication and tradition of their African ancestors.

Food, fun and friends: Class of 2017 gathers with faculty and staff to celebrate 

The Senior Class Picnic is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of the Provost to bring seniors, faculty and staff together to celebrate the graduating class. 

Lauren Brown '17 named Elon Youth Trustee

The spring 2017 graduate from Alpharetta, Georgia, begins a two-year term on the Board of Trustees June 1.


Emmanuel Morgan ’19 selected for NABJ Student Multimedia Project

The journalism major will work alongside professional journalists to cover the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention held Aug. 9-13, 2017, in New Orleans.

Sport and Event Management Department celebrates exceptional seniors

During a May 3 awards ceremony, Alexis de Groot ’17 and Kelly Siewers ’17 were recognized with Major of the Year Awards and alumnus Brad Holloman ’09 served as a guest speaker, sharing advice from his career in the sports industry.

Professional Pathways events offer professional development, networking for Elon alumni

Professional Pathways events host expert speakers in alumni chapters across the country.

Elon launches brick campaign to honor loyal alumni and senior donors 

Alumni and members of the class of 2017 who invest in Elon’s future by May 31 will be able to personalize a campus brick. 


Communications faculty recognized by Society of Professional Journalists

For their efforts organizing the SPJ Region 2 conference, Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher and Director of Student Media Colin Donohue were named the organization's Members of the Month.

Outstanding students honored at annual Black Excellence Awards

The 24th annual Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Awards celebration recognized students for academic achievement and involvement in the Elon Experiences.


Jessica Torrez-Riley G’12 shares professional insights with iMedia students

The Interactive Media graduate returned to campus to summarize her career path from Elon to Amazon, where she starts a new position next week.

Elon Law alumni honored for achievements & service

The Elon Law Alumni Association recognized Kristin Thompson Seum '10 L'13, Jim Grant L’12, Adrianne Edmonds Poe L'11 and Angelique Ryan L'16 for contributions to their professions, their communities, and their alma mater during Elon Law Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Dance alumna Julie Crothers teaches master class

Julie Crothers, who earend a bachelor's of fine arts in dance in 2014, returned to campus to teach two master classes and interact with the dance majors.

Communications students learn the ‘inner workings of network news’ during New York trip

Associate Professor Rich Landesberg and nine School of Communications students traveled this week to New York City, touring the facilities of several major network news organizations and meeting with high-level broadcast news professionals, including Brian Williams and Michael Radutzky, members of Elon’s Communications Advisory Board.

New alumni network to support Elon’s growing Latinx and Hispanic community

The Elon Latinx Hispanic Alumni Network (ELHAN) will officially launch September 2017.

Entertainment publications feature recent promotion of Nneka Enurah ’11 

The Elon University alumna was elevated to vice president of multiplatform content and partnerships at Authentic Entertainment, overseeing the Emmy Award-winning production company’s creative development efforts for original video content.

Elon School of Communications hosts regional journalism conference

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 gathering featured the Mark of Excellence Awards results, of which several Elon students were winners.

'Unseen Enemy' premiere: Elon alumna helps craft CNN documentary exploring global pandemic 

CNN's newest documentary, "Unseen Enemy," was edited by Erin Barnett, a 2009 Elon graduate whose previous documentary work includes "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine." 

New book by Lellis offers life-giving antidote for 'zombie' communications

Julie Lellis, associate professor and associate department chair in the School of Communications, has co-authored a new book that utilizes a zombie analogy to correct poor communication behaviors.

Religious Studies alumni publish first books

Ryan Andrew Newson '07 and John Penniman '05 have each recently published a first book. 

Communications Advisory Board aligns spring visit with dedication celebration 

Fifteen board members and guests visited campus on March 31 to share their professional insight and commemorate the completion of the school’s expansion project.

Young alumni excellence recognized with Top 10 Under 10 Awards

The awards program highlights and celebrates alumni who have graduated within the past decade and who are distinguished in their professions and invested in the future of Elon and their community.

Atlanta alumni, Odyssey Scholars visit Center for Civil & Human Rights

On Wednesday, March 22, the Atlanta Alumni Chapter and Odyssey students came together for a LifELONg Learning event at the Center for Civil & Human Rights.

Seattle Alumni explore the Pacific Northwest

The Seattle Alumni Chapter hosted a snowshoe hike in the Cascade mountains

Two music theatre alumni open in 'Anastasia' and 'Miss Saigon' on Broadway

Johnny Stellard '10 and Paul Heesang Miller '10 are currently performing in the original casts of 'Anastasia' and 'Miss Saigon' on Broadway

Andrew Krech ’13 named Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year

Several Elon University graduates were recognized in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2016 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest, the centerpiece of the association’s annual Winter Institute.

Music theatre alumna joins National Tour of 'Wicked'

Ginna Claire Mason '13 steps into the bubble full time as Glinda the Good Witch.

McFadden recognized for leadership and service at NIRSA conference

In addition to receiving a service award at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s annual event, the assistant professor of sport and event management hosted a preconference workshop and presented an educational session.

Playing from the heart

Al Thomas ’81 has had a love affair with the piano that has continued over the decades.  

Donors step up to break giving records on #ElonDay 2017

In honor of #ElonDay on March 7, donors made 4,299 gifts for more than $1,075,025 to achieve the most successful #ElonDay celebration to date. 

Elon kicks off #ElonDay celebration with a cup of java

A special College Coffee on Tuesday morning helped shift giving into high gear for the fourth #ElonDay. 

Hatcher column in Huffington Post uses work of current, former students to defend the role of the press

Associate Professor of Communications Anthony Hatcher writes about the professionalism and passion he has seen in his current and former journalism students.

Communications alumna finds success in entertainment industry

Candice Burrow Spake ’00 has been involved in several aspects of the creative process throughout her career. Se recently co-wrote the script for a movie, “New Life,” which premiered in the fall.

#ElonDay is TODAY

Members of the worldwide Elon community can participate by making a gift to the university and sharing their Elon pride on social media.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights Elon's success at connecting with young alumni

The article now online and featured in the March 3 issue takes an in-depth look at how the university has used an innovative approach to build relationships with its newest graduates. 

Celebrating Jack O. White’s legacy at Elon

We look at the legacy of the beloved band director who helped build Elon’s modest music program into an internationally acclaimed cohort of musicians.

Andrew Krech ’13 honored by National Press Photographers Association

Following his top finish in the association’s 2016 Monthly News Clip Contest, the Greensboro News & Record photojournalist was named the Southeast Regional News Photographer of the Year.

Elon's Philologian Literary Society Hall Chandelier shines once again

How a 120-year-old kerosene-burning chandelier reunited Raymond Beck ’75 and his Elon mentor, Professor Emeritus of History and University Historian George Troxler, once again.

Alumna named nation's top high school physics teacher

Alexandra Solender Boyd '12 was named the National PhysTEC Teacher of the Year for her work at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, N.C.

Death of retired Elon faculty member William Barbee

William Hawksley Barbee, a member of Elon’s mathematics faculty for 33 years, died on February 14 in Hickory, N.C. He was 78.

Elon University mourns passing of Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 GP ’17

Her support created the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and helped launch the Elon Academy.

Elon alumna receives Platinum Award at Minefield Film Festival

Mia Watkins ’16, a cinema and television arts major, produced an award-winning music video for a new track by Handbook, a United Kingdom-based music producer.

Elon University launches presidential search website

Elon's special website for the presidential search includes information for the entire community, which will be updated throughout the search process.

Elon News Network's broadcast show captures ‘Best of Festival’ honors

Students from the School of Communications and Interactive Media master’s program were recognized in this year's Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts, capturing several top accolades. They will be honored at the association's annual conference April 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Code-Dependent: Experts weigh in on potential benefits and threats of algorithm-based advances in modern life

In a new study by the Pew Research Center and Elon's Imagining the Internet Center, more than 1,300 experts share their thoughts on the programs behind the technology systems that are integrated with our lives.

Elon sets dates for Family Weekend and Homecoming 2017

Two major fall event dates have been confirmed. Family Weekend will be Oct. 6-8 and Homecoming is Nov. 3-5.


2017 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients to be recognized April 1

The honorees are young alumni who have achieved major professional success, serve as difference-makers in their communities and loyally support Elon as partners, advocates and investors.

Dozens of Music Theatre alumni performing on Broadway, in National Tours 

Many Elon music theatre alumni are performing around the country in professional companies during 2016-17 season

‘I feel honored to give back to Elon’

Alumna Priscilla Awkard ’95 deepens her philanthropic commitment to Elon by making a generous estate gift to support scholarships and athletics, helping to secure Elon's future.

Alumna receives top award from N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Deanna Beckham is now the Math I educator at Eastern Alamance High School.

Alumnus receives 2016 New Leaders in Banking Award

The award recognizes bankers under 40 making a notable impact within their bank and community. 

Elon alumni win Midsouth Emmy Awards

Nick Ochsner ’11 and Samantha Miller ’10 were recognized at the 31st Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony on Jan. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alumna recognized for research about N.C. Sikh community

Melina Oliverio '16 was named first runner-up for the ASIANetwork's Marianna McJimsey Award, which recognizes top student papers focused on Asia. 

Alumna gives 'High Five to Kindness' to combat negativity on social media

Katie Perez '15 launched the effort to help promote acts of kindness within the community. 

Schedule for Evening for Elon events in spring 2017 announced

Join President Leo M. Lambert and Elon alumni, parents and friends at one of the Evening for Elon events in spring 2017.

Cinema and television arts major awarded Broadcast Education Association scholarship

Melissa Douglas ’18 is Elon University’s first-ever recipient of the Richard Eaton Foundation Scholarship presented annually to students studying electronic media.

Elon alumna named Florida Times-Union editor

Mary Kelli Palka ’95 began leading the editorial staff and newsroom of the Jacksonville, Florida, daily newspaper on Jan. 1.

Elon University's 2016 Year in Photos gallery

As we bid farewell to 2016, we invite you to pause and remember the experiences, special events and milestones of the past 12 months at Elon. 

Holiday greetings from Elon!

Members of our community took to our sound studios to record an Elon-themed holiday medley that is sure to get you in a festive spirit. Read this note for a link to the video.

SEM class supports community organizations through coursework

Students in Assistant Professor Shaina Dabbs’ “Event Management” class raised more than $2,300 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County and Excel Christian Academy of Burlington.

Elon celebrates accomplishments of newest Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduates

Forty-eight students received their doctor of physical therapy degrees at a commencement ceremony in McCrary Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11. 

Turner Theatre hosts grand opening featuring alum’s Oscar-nominated work

Elon University and the School of Communications officially opened the new 220-seat theater on Dec. 8, with a cinematic celebration recognizing the work of Laith Majali ’05.

School of Communications presents Laith Majali ’05 with Outstanding Alumni Award

The Elon University alumnus and acclaimed filmmaker was recognized as part of the grand opening celebration of the school’s new high-definition movie theater in Dwight C. Schar Hall.

Elon alum's book delivers wedding day style for grooms

The book by Donnell Baldwin '01 and his wife, Courtney Arrington Baldwin, comes after Baldwin transformed his love of fashion into a career. 

Finding humor in parenting adventures

When facing parenthood for the first time, DeeDee Carowan Filiatreault ’93 turned to writing to find meaning in it all.

A global bond

Earlier this summer, Katherine Carter ’96 served as a contact for a group of Elon students visiting her adopted country, Namibia, embodying the saying ‘once an Elon student, always an Elon student.’

Alumni-student collaboration wins top honors at RTDNAC luncheon

Several School of Communications students and graduates were recognized during the Nov. 12 event held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Music Theatre alumnus goes overseas in ‘Grease’ with Royal Caribbean

Elon Music Theatre alum Jake Sokoloff ’15 currently plays Eugene on Royal Caribbean’s production of ‘Grease.’

Alumni and senior class donors to be recognized at annual Festival of Holiday Lights

Nearly 3,000 alumni and senior class donors will be honored with their name displayed on a luminaria during this year’s holiday celebration on Dec. 1.