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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.

Univision Network’s Maity Interiano to deliver Elon’s 2017 Commencement address

A 2007 Elon graduate, Interiano is a producer and on-air talent  for "Despierta America," the top-rated morning show for Univision Network.


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.

Car Window Poetry project by Elon alum featured on NBC Nightly News

A national audience learned about the project, started this summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by Alex Lewis '16, during the Nov. 14 news report.


Elon alumnus reflects on experience participating in the Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition

Eric Hernandez ’16, a cinema and television arts major, discusses the support he received and knowledge he gained while competing in the contest for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Alumna's election marks milestone for Elon Law

Carrie Vickery L'09 will be the first Elon Law alumna to preside from a bench after winning her campaign this month to serve residents of Forsyth County as a District Court judge.

Elon alumnus takes home Emmy Award for work with MLB Network

Jacob Branchaud '13 is an associate producer for "MLB Tonight," a daily show on the MLB Network. 

Alumnus honored for leadership work

Brett Cooper ’05 was selected as one of 40 Under 40 leaders in the Washington, D.C.-area by the Leadership Center for Excellence

Communication design major wins two first-place awards at college media conference

A pair of communications faculty members and a senior discussed the Elon News Network, which was recognized with several awards at the College Media Association gathering.

Communications Fellows embark on media tour in Atlanta

Twenty-four students met with communications professionals and alumni, receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of several media organizations.

Elon alumna sits down with U.S. education secretary to discuss civic engagement

The Oct. 27 discussion between Yasmine Arrington '15, the founder of ScholarCHIPS and a Peace First fellow, and Secretary John B. King Jr. was broadcast live on Facebook. 

iMedia graduate returns to share advice, WordPress expertise

David Kennedy G’10 visited with this year’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media cohort, discussing his own experiences in the graduate program as well as his role creating themes for WordPress, responsible for about 25 percent of websites around the world.

Alumnus begins Hearst Journalism Fellowship in San Francisco

The Elon University journalism major and former Pendulum editor-in-chief started the Hearst Corp.’s two-year fellowship program in August, assigned to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Class and affinity reunions celebrate success at Homecoming 2016

Reunion volunteers planned special events and helped raise more than $3.1 million for the university this year

Elon News Network brings home awards from National College Media Convention

Two alumni and a student also lead sessions at the conference, which was held Oct. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

Charles Clohan '98 elected to the Elon University Board of Trustees

The 1998 alumnus was installed as a trustee during the board’s fall meeting, held Oct. 21-22 on the Elon campus.

Nominations due Nov. 10 for Elon’s Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards

The annual awards are sponsored by the Young Alumni Council and honor deserving alumni who have graduated within the past decade. 


Philologian Chandelier comes home during Homecoming

The restored antique chandelier that had previously hung in Old Main, the school’s administration building destroyed by fire in 1923, adorns the Elon campus once again.

Five recognized with LGBTQIA Community Enrichment Awards

Joshua McIntosh ’97, Michael Bumbry ’07, Lee Buono ’16, Laurin Kier and Elizabeth Rogers were honored Oct. 22 for their advocacy efforts in the LGBTQIA communities

EBAN celebrates 20 years, bestows awards during Homecoming

The Elon Black Alumni Network honored five members of the Elon community Oct. 22 during an anniversary brunch 

Homecoming 2016 celebrates Elon's past, marks big steps toward the future

More than 2,000 alumni returned to Elon University for Homecoming 2016 to reconnect and celebrate. 

Homecoming kicks off with Alumni Awards ceremony

Seven distinguished alumni received the 2016 Alumni Awards on Oct. 21 in recognition for their professional achievements, leadership and service to society

Elon to dedicate newly restored chandelier from Old Main

The purchase, restoration and installation of this piece of Elon history were made possible by the generosity of Raymond Beck '75 and his wife, Deborah.

Elon to honor seven alumni at Homecoming 2016

The 2016 Alumni Award winners will be honored on Friday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the McBride Gathering Space in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

Class of 2016 Periclean Scholars publishes book about their journey

 "Our Periclean Journey" dives deep into how the aid world works from partnerships to money and conflict resolution.

Homecoming 2016 University Guides App Available to Download

Find a full schedule of events and more through the Elon University Guides App

Kappa Sigma Fraternity honors Elon Trustee Dr. William Herbert '68

Dr. Herbert was awarded the fraternity's William E. Gortney Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2016.

Six faculty members named Leadership Scholars

Leadership scholars gather as a cohort for workshops and seminars designed to focus on issues related to leadership pedagogy. 


Vint Cerf: We're only in the "early days" of artificial intelligence

The Internet and technology pioneer spent the day at Elon on Sept. 30 and was awarded the inaugural Imagining the Internet Areté Medallion. 

Elon alum photographs ‘The Embrace Seen Around the World’

Al Drago '15, now working for The New York Times, captured a heartfelt moment between Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush, which generated significant online buzz in the days that followed.

Sport & Event Management students share stories, advice at internship forum

The Sport & Event Management Department hosted its annual fall internship forum, highlighting its students’ summer achievements and memorable internship experiences.

Communications professor, alumna co-author journal article

Associate Professor Anthony Hatcher and Elon University graduate Mia Watkins ’16 examined the planning and research processes used by School of Communications students who interviewed inductees at the 2014 Internet Hall of Fame Induction/International IT Fest.

Elon Music Theatre alumni shine on Broadway and on National Tours

Numerous music theatre alumni are performing all over the country in professional touring companies and in New York on Broadway stages

Elon's academic innovation and entrepreneurship in the spotlight in New York City

About 1,000 alumni, parents and friends turned out Sept. 21 for the annual Evening for Elon event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.


EBAN summit reinforces commitment to mentorship 

The Elon Black Alumni Network hosted a summit Sept. 17 in the Moseley Center to engage and inform current EBAN members

Max Garland ’16 chronicles voting access, participation and apathy in News21 investigation

The Elon University journalism major capitalized on his 10-week fellowship this summer, joining 30 student journalists to investigate the political divide between citizens with significant voting power and those without, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

LIFE@Elon adds an additional class session in response to growing demand

The lifelong learning initiative at Elon features weekly presentations from current and retired Elon faculty and staff, alums and other experts in the community. 

Brandon Shore ’08 continues to climb the ranks of the Miami Dolphins’ administration 

As he enters his seventh season with the club, the Elon alumnus has been promoted to senior director of football administration

UNC-TV to air documentary about Elon faculty member

The documentary by filmmaker Jan Van Wyk, "Musings of an Iraqi Patriot," traces the journey of Ahmed Fadaam from his native Iraq to Elon. 

Elon Alumni assist on Move-in Day

Elon first-year students were able to meet alumni who lived in their neighborhood and hear about their experiences. 

Looking ahead: President Lambert previews the 2016-17 academic year

President Leo M. Lambert's annual video message to the Elon community provides news and updates about the upcoming year.

The Village approach

What started eight years ago as a program for struggling young readers has evolved into a comprehensive literacy development project.

Elon alumna interviews Olympic medalists for People magazine 

Journalism major Lindsay Kimble ’13, a digital writer and reporter for the celebrity news outlet, spoke with American swimmers Conor Dwyer and Maya Dirado, highlighting a variety of topics, including Dirado’s decision to retire.

Elon's LGBTQIA Alumni Network hosts annual meeting

Leaders from the alumni network met in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 12-13 for a series of meetings and discussions about how to further engage LGBTQIA alumni and support the efforts of the Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC) on campus.

President Lambert kicks off the 2016-17 academic year with a look toward Elon’s future

In his annual address to open the faculty and staff planning week, President Lambert took a “big-picture” look at the university’s short-term and long-term plans.

Elon alums cheer daughter on to gold medal in Rio

Swimmer Kelsi Worrell, the daughter of Bob Worrell '89 and Erica Faison Worrell '90, and niece of Dann Worrell '90, was a member of the U.S. women's 4x100m medley relay team. 

Service Year

Elon advances a growing national movement, engaging recent graduates in a year of community service following graduation.

Elon M.Ed. graduates challenged to expect more, empower more and embrace more

Kebbler Williams '98, education planning and development consultant with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and secretary of the Elon Board of Trustees, delivered the Commencement address. 

On the defense

For more than a decade, John Marshall ’01 has channeled his Elon experience to protect the United States from cyber attacks.

Interactive Media program welcomes eighth class

The 27 students in this year's Master of Arts in Interactive Media program have a variety of undergraduate degrees from universities across the United States.

The world for your office

Casey Hekker ’11 is among the growing number of professionals who prefer to use technology to work from anywhere in the world.

What Elon communications majors, alumni took away from a national media industry convention

The 2016 NABJ and NAHJ Annual Convention and Career Fair in Washington, D.C., brought together nearly 4,000 current and aspiring media professionals, including four Elon University students and seven alumni.

Eric Hernandez ’16 and crew complete ambitious one-day shoot in Los Angeles

The cinema and television arts major enlisted the services of more than a dozen Elon University friends and collaborators to help produce a 30-second film that captures the emotions of the movie-going experience for the 2016 Coca-Cola and Regal Film Program.

Elon alum takes top prize for reporting on human rights violations and the Rio Olympics

 The award-winning work of Michelle Alfini '16 brings light to human rights violations surrounding this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

Elon alumnus wins Best Director at film festival

Cody Michael Schmidt 15 won the award for Best Director in the regional 48 Hour Film Project.