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Historic Neighborhood parties in West like it's 1905

The second annual "Birthday Party for West Residence Hall" on Oct. 16 brought together more than 100 current students and five alumni to celebrate the oldest building on Elon University's campus.

LGBTQIA Alumni Network holds awards ceremony during Homecoming weekend

Four outstanding members of the Elon community were honored with the LGBTQIA Community Enrichment Awards during an Oct. 19 event in Johnston Hall.

Elon Black Alumni Network celebrates black excellence

As part of the Homecoming 2014 festivities, the Elon Black Alumni Network celebrated the accomplishments of black alumni, faculty and staff during a special celebration.

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Spirit of service marks Homecoming weekend

From raking leaves to painting front stoops, Elon University students and alumni on Saturday assisted Town of Elon residents with sprucing up homes built over the past two decades through Habitat for Humanity.

Homecoming draws thousands to campus

More than 2,500 people gathered on campus Oct. 18 to celebrate Elon's 2014 Homecoming.

Eight Alumni Honored with 2014 Alumni Awards

The awards are the highest accolades conferred by the Office of Alumni Engagement and have been presented annually to alumni and friends of Elon since 1941.

Opening ceremony kicks off Homecoming festivities

More than 100 members of the Elon community attended the Oct. 17 event that kicked off this year’s Homecoming festivities with the recognition of eight distinguished alumni and class and affinity volunteers.

Campus community celebrates School of Communications campaign

Plans for a new academic complex excited alumni, students and faculty who gathered Friday to help launch a fundraising drive that, once complete, will allow Elon University to double the amount of campus space dedicated to the School of Communications.

Class of 1964 gives back to Elon in celebration of 50th reunion

Class members contributed more than $95,000 to the university in honor of the milestone.

Moseley Center namesake visits campus for Homecoming 2014

Furman Moseley '56 met Friday with students in the Center for Access & Success to share his own memories of Elon and to learn about their collegiate experiences made possible through scholarships he created.

School of Communications campaign launched at New York gala

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams headlined the public kickoff of fundraising for Elon’s new communications facilities.


Kappa Sigma alumni group honors two members for service and dedication

School of Communications Homecoming Activities - Oct. 17

The School welcomes alumni back to campus with a reception and discussion of expansion plans.

Fall Convocation presents unique teaching opportunity for alumna

Amanda Ketner ’11, a math teacher at Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, N.C., visited campus Oct. 2 with several students to hear husband-and-wife Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, whose book inspired her to create a chapter of Girls Learn International at the school.

Elon alumnus shines at Warrior Games 2014

Jamie Sclater ’02, who is representing the U.S. Marine Corps, has won several gold and silver medals in his division for swimming at the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.

U.S. Open fundraiser builds Elon scholarship fund

Five sport and event management majors helped manage a concession tent during men's and women's golf championships this summer in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and proceeds from their effort will benefit a scholarship program for Elon students completing sport and event mangagement internships.

NBC's Brian Williams to make special appearance at New York’s Evening for Elon

Williams will join Elon President Leo M. Lambert at the Waldorf Astoria for the Oct. 16 event, which will include a special presentation about Elon’s School of Communications.

Lucy Werner ’14 joins National Tour of Annie shortly after graduation from Elon

Though her casting director originally said “April Fools,” Elon graduate found out that her casting in Annie was not a joke, but in fact a reality

Class of 2015 kicks off Senior Class Giving Campaign

Two dozen seniors are sharing with classmates how gifts to Elon University can help future students grow from the same experiences they have discovered through their studies.

Elon alumnus spends a week with students at Elon

Daniel J. Watts ’04 returned to Elon this week to work with students on a spoken word performance piece, “As We Journey From Mind to Mouth…,” which premieres this weekend in Yeagar Recital Hall.

Catholic Campus Ministry celebrates silver anniversary

A special Family Weekend jubilee brought together Catholic students and their loved ones for a special Mass led by Bishop Michael Burbidge that commemorated a quarter century of Catholic eucharistic celebrations and service at Elon University.

School of Communications advisor shares generational research

Jack MacKenzie, president of Magid Generational Strategies, discussed the youngest U.S. generation, called "The Plurals" in a Sept. 18 lecture.

Elon honored for diversity & inclusion programs

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized Elon with a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, an accolade that reflects ongoing university efforts to celebrate and support students, staff, faculty and alumni of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Documentary by Elon alumni & current student wins film festival award

Mason Sklut ’14, Maggie Sloane ’14 and Sergio Ingato ’15 co-produced "BrocKINGton," which premiered in September at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Alumni tailgates announced for away football games

Alumni are invited to join the Phoenix Football team on the road this season as they travel to take on new Colonial Athletic Association opponents.

Elon alumna lends workforce wisdom with class

Frida Jansaker '14 explored topics including being an international student, working internationally and adapting to the workforce.

Patrick Clanton ’14 takes his place in the national tour of 'Sister Act'

After graduating and completing a second-year apprenticeship at Flat Rock Playhouse, the Class of 2014 graduate begins rehearsals this fall for "Sister Act."

Alumnus commissions portrait of distinguished chemistry professor

Professor Emeritus Paul Cheek faithfully served Elon for more than three decades and his likeness now greets visitors to the Department of Chemistry suite on the third floor of the university’s McMichael Science Center.

Online resource can help with practice for an interview

Elon students and alumni can use "Big Interview" to learn and practice  interview skills for jobs or graduate school. 

Elon alumna Aeron Sizemore named 2014 Alamance County Teacher of the Year

The Cummings High School (Burlington, N.C.) history teacher was honored during an ABSS ceremony on Sept. 3.

John Yi ’11 joins national tour of 'Cinderella' following Teach For America service

After exploring his educational interests in Houston, the Elon graduate packs his bags to join "Cinderella" as he continues to pursue his career as an actor.

President Lambert previews the 2014-15 academic year

In a special video message, Elon President Leo M. Lambert shares details about new facilities, programs and highlights of the upcoming year.

Music theatre alumnae behind 'DanceOn' success

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

Mackenzie Bell ’09 prepares to make her Broadway debut in 'Pippin'

With 2 1/2 years of experience as a swing Off-Broadway and on national tours, Elon graduate looks forward to the freedom of developing her own role onstage every night as she joins the cast of Pippin.

Elon University debuts new home page

A redesigned home page and global header gives mobile users a better experience navigating the university's website while making it easier for those on campus to find links for email, campus directories, calendars and more.

Faculty & staff leaders highlight Elon Commitment successes

In an Aug. 18 conversation moderated by President Leo M. Lambert, six professors and administrators shared insights about progress on the university’s strategic plan as Elon formally opened the 2014-2015 academic year.

The perfect fit

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

Basses, Albertson, Bromilow & Hickey receive Elon Medallions

The university’s highest honor was bestowed Monday upon five recipients for their meritorious service to the school.

Jozi Snowberger ’07 tapped to lead Elon’s parent engagement efforts

Snowberger returns to Elon’s staff from a position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will work to enhance Elon’s relationships with current and past parents. 

Michael Callahan ’13 and Sean Ronayne ’13 make their Broadway debut side by side in 'Cinderella'

Since meeting as roommates at Broadway Theatre Project ’08 and continuing their friendship as classmates and roommates at Elon, the music theatre alumni are together again, this time on the Broadway stage.

Daniel J. Watts ’04 leads Flashmob of Broadway stars in response to Eric Garner’s death

Having recently closed Tony-award winning run of After Midnight, Elon graduate pursues original work with WattsWords Productions and makes plans for creative project at Elon.

Crafted spirits

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

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Braves Social Recap

The Atlanta alumni chapter had a great time at the Braves game on July 26. 

Elon announces 2014 Alumni Award winners

Eight outstanding alumni will be honored at Homecoming for their professional success, community engagement and loyal support of Elon.

Welcome to The City & Alumni Network Events Announced

More than 20 alumni chapters and clubs will be hosting Welcome to The City & Alumni Network events across the country.

Turner Rouse '12 returns to NYC after two years on American Idiot International Tour

After exploring eight countries and performing various roles on tour, the Elon music theatre graduate is ready to explore other interests back home in the city while continuing his stage pursuits.

Alumna introduces online dance shows with 'So You Think You Can Dance' creator Nigel Lythgoe

Founded and directed by music theatre alumna Amanda Taylor '06, DanceOn has become the largest Global Online Dance Network via YouTube

Colin Donohue '05 offers workshop at high school journalism institute

Elon University's coordinator of student media discussed editing and mentoring at a North Carolina Scholastic Media Association program.

Matt Shingledecker ’08 travels from Toronto to Las Vegas in tour of 'Wicked'

Elon Music Theatre graduate adds current role in "Wicked" tour to his extensive resume of Broadway, Off-Broadway shows including "Spring Awakening," "West Side Story" and the revival of "Rent."

Colin Donohue '05 participates in panel discussion at college media conference

The coordinator of student media discussed access issues at the annual College Media Association gathering.

Colin Donohue and Travis Lusk '05 present at annual College Media Advisers conference

Travis Lusk, a 2005 Elon alumnus, and Colin Donohue, coordinator of student media in the School of Communications, presented two sessions about student media Web site development on March 15 at the College Media Advisers conference in New York.

Wes Durham '88 named School's Distinguished Alumnus

The Mass Communication graduate and Atlanta Falcons play-by-play voice was honored with the School's second annual alumni award.

Journalism alumnus places 1st in NDNA competition

Adam Lawson '12 wins reporting award for profile of a baseball player.

Jo Craven McGinty '85 receives School of Communications inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award

New York Times projects editor Jo Craven McGinty, a 1985 Elon journalism graduate who has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize teams, received the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award in the School of Communications on April 19.

Marianne Brigola ready to help Communications students find their path

The new assistant director of Career Services for the School of Communications will prepare students for internships and careers.

Elon alumni appear on GMA Live

Will Anderson '13, David Gwynn '13 and Matt Carter '14 did a guest spot May 29.

Communications Alumni Network organizes, elects officers

The Communications Alumni Network heard a State of the School address from the dean and an update on the Elon Mentoring Network at its organizing meeting Oct. 20.

Accomplished Elon graduates receive Alumni Association Awards

Five Elon alumni - Joan Summers Drummond ’52, Lundon B. Sims ’02, Laith al-Majali ’05, Bonnie K. Baxter ’88  and Noel L. Allen ’69, P’07 - were honored by the university on Nov. 8 for the contributions they have made to their professions, and for the honor they bring their alma mater.

Journalism alumnus wins Silver Dome award

Eugene Daniel '11 placed second in a sports broadcast reporting competition.

Doug Finberg '94 receives Distinguished Alumni Award from School of Communications

Doug Finberg ’94, executive vice president for marketing at MGM Studios in Los Angeles, became the second Communications alumnus to receive the inaugural-year Distinguished Alumni Award in the School of Communications on April 26.

Alumni-produced documentary to screen at film festival in Durham

"Win or Lose," produced by Dan Koehler '12 and Liv Dubendorf '12, will have a North Carolina showing this month.

Spring 2011: Get to know Elon's Top 10 Under 10

Want to know more about these ten outstanding Elon young alumni? Keep reading this post for short bios of each of the Top 10 Under 10 Award recipients and listen to a few share additional insights about their experiences.

David Douglas '06 wins regional Emmy

The Elon School of Communications alumnus was given the award for work he did at a TV news outlet in Wisconsin.

Kevin Kline '09 snags Emmy for political show

Communications alumnus wins for a piece about a plant explosion in a nearby Texas town.

Dance film from Jen Metcalf, J. McMerty '00 selected for international film festival

The film will be screened at the biggest festival of its kind in Amsterdam.

Spring 2012: Top 10 Under 10 Awards spotlights young alumni

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

Alumnus shares career insight, advice via Skype with music class

Tom Mullen ’00 paid a ‘virtual’ visit May 7 to students in Clay Stevenson’s Survey of Music Business class.

Career Moves: LinkedIn & résumé advice helps secure public relations job

Gabriela "Gabby" Szewcow '13 discovered a passion for media relations and used resources through the Student Professional Development Center, along with advice from faculty mentors, to land a job in New York City.

Elon instructor contributes to international coverage of LAX shooting

Social media reports by J McMerty, director of the "Elon in L.A." program, found worldwide audiences on Nov. 1, 2013, when his flight landed in Los Angeles as a shooting unfolded inside the airport.