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Elon student team from Imagining the Internet Center records Internet Hall of Fame events in Los Angeles

During the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary events, the students produced documentary video interviews with 12 global Internet Hall of Fame inductees.

Call to Honor program celebrates Elon values

First-year students pledged to uphold the four virtues of the Elon Honor Code during the Call to Honor ceremony Sept. 15 in Alumni Gym.


Historic venue provides backdrop for future-focused Evening for Elon in New York City 

The annual gathering for Elon alumni, parents and friends drew a record crowd to a gala setting aboard the WWII-era aircraft carrier Intrepid.

Tony Settles ’87 featured on ESPN documentary “Year of the Scab”

The former Elon football player was a part of the Washington Redskins replacement team during the NFL’s player strike in 1987.

Elon statistics faculty and alumni gather in Durham

Statistics faculty and local statistics alumni met in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 to catch up.

Elon earns national recognition, #1 rankings in 2018 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges”

Elon is the #1 master’s university in the South and the national leader in academic programs that lead to student success.‚Äč

Elon Music alumna to perform with the Fire of the Carolinas Nov. 4

Jessika Brust '08 will perform with Elon's marching band during Homecoming Weekend.

Sport Management alumna discusses her career in college athletics

Abby Bradbury ’13 works in the athletics department at the University of California, Berkeley, and shared her personal and professional insights with Associate Professor Hal Walker’s Contemporary Sport Management class.

Elon Law alumnus is seeking to level the scales of justice for youth offenders

Ricky Watson, Jr. L’11 helped lead “raise the age” efforts to end the practice of trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the North Carolina criminal justice system.

Elon academic programs earn recognition in 2018 USA Today and College Factual “Best Colleges” ranking

Elon University earns 35 badges for excellence in rankings based on the outcomes of a college education. The rankings were released by USA Today, College Factual and Google News. 

Alumna dedicates life to advocate for peace and justice

From an early age, faith and family helped the Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown ’59 develop an attitude of love for every being that has guided her life.


Elon alumni bike across the country for a cause

Nick Suarez ’17 and Amanda Steinman ’17 returned home in early August after biking nearly 4,000 miles to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

Welcome to the City Series kicks off in NYC

The New York City Alumni Chapter held the first event of the annual series with record-breaking attendance and view of the skyline from a signature rooftop venue.

Al Drago ’15: Purposefully focused

It has taken Al Drago ’15 only two years to earn his place in the nation’s capital press corps, amassing an impressive social media presence along the way.

Boston alumni chapter cheers on the Red Sox

On Aug. 15, Elon’s Boston Alumni Chapter hosted its annual summer outing at Fenway Park.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper visits Elon alumna's classroom

Gov. Roy Cooper recently visited the first grade classroom of Sarah Spaeth '14 at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina. 

Elon alumnus named a 'Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisor' by Forbes

Mike Kanner ’02 was among the top 50 advisors ranked on the Forbes list.

Colin Donohue ’05 wins award for advising from College Media Association

The award is given to advisers yearly in recognition for their contributions to their campus media outlets.

Ninth Interactive Media class arrives on campus, christens renovated Long Building

This week 26 students officially started Elon’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media program, beginning a 10-month journey that will prepare them to think, design and develop content across all media platforms.

The New York Times profiles Doug Williams ’13 and his rise in the television industry

The July 20 article highlights the Elon graduate’s on-air position with SportsNet New York and his close relationship with his prominent father, MSNBC host Brian Williams.

Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosts new family-friendly event

More than 50 Elon alumni and their families gathered on July 9 for a cookout at Freedom Park

Graduate of acting program appearing in new season of AMC's 'Preacher'

Kristina Adler '12 is playing the role of Elsa this season in the series 'Preacher.' She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program and is currently acting, directing, and producing films in Atlanta.

Atlanta alumni experience new Suntrust Park

Twenty-five alumni, family and friends attended the Atlanta Alumni Chapter annual Atlanta Braves outing in July

Tumbleston '06 returns to Elon for colloquium on 3D printing

The alumnus presented on the novel 3D printing technology used by his  Redwood City, California-based firm, Carbon. 

Daniel Koehler ’12 edits compelling op-ed video for The New York Times 

On the heels of co-editing the new documentary “City of Ghosts,” the Elon alumnus served as an editor for a short video supporting an article written by Syrian activist Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Ernst & Young names Newhall '98 an Entrepreneur of the Year for Maryland

Ashton Newhall '98, a former trustee and the sponsor of the C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture at the Love School of Business, has received the annual entrepreneurial recognition from Ernst & Young. 

The Odyssey family

Elon’s Odyssey Scholars share a bond that carries them through the campus experience and into successful lives after graduation.

Dare to succeed

An entrepreneur at heart, Rob Orr ’14 began building two seasonal businesses in the Outer Banks while pursuing a finance degree at Elon.

Music video 'Anything' created by Elon alumni earns online acclaim

The recent collaboration from Mia Watkins ’16 and Eric Hernandez ’16 brings to life the new single from R&B artist Mawule and celebrates the importance of fatherhood.

Seattle alumni chapter enjoys a summer kickoff event

The Seattle Alumni Chapter gathered on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe, just around the corner from the Pike Place Market, to celebrate Seattle's first full week of sunshine in style.

Sport Management faculty, alumnus publish research in Recreational Sports Journal

Associate Professor Tony Weaver, Assistant Professor Cara McFadden and Elon graduate Drew Forte ’15 explored the perceptions of higher education administrators regarding the role club sports play in recruiting and retaining male students.

Elon Law alum elected to NCBA Board of Governors

Damon Duncan ’06 L’09, who graduated from Elon University with a degree in communications before attending law school, becomes the first Elon Law alumnus to serve in such a leadership capacity for the North Carolina Bar Association.

NYC alumni chapter hosts Professional Development Day

The New York City Alumni Chapter hosted its annual professional development event with an extraordinary group of alumni panelists.

Kara Cowdrick '10 brings summer reading to children in Duluth, Georgia

What began as a personal bookmobile project is now receiving rave reviews for its impact on the education of young readers during summer vacation.

Elon Music Theatre 2017 graduate lands Broadway show three days after graduation

Three days after graduation in May, Music Theatre alumnus JJ Niemann ’17 found out that he would be joining the Broadway cast of ‘The Book of Mormon.’

Music theatre alumni to appear at the 2017 Tony Awards 

Seven Elon music theatre alumni perform in live productions nominated at the 71st Tony Awards, airing live on Sunday, June 11, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Beyond physical healing

Tatum Robinson ’99 MPT ’02 has managed to not only realize her vision of having her own practice but also create meaningful relationships with her community. 

Communication design student wins national SPJ award

Stephanie Hays '18 was honored for her design work. Two other students were named national finalists in the same contest.

Uplifting words

Alex Lewis ’16 is inspiring many people in his community and around the world with his Card Window Poetry project. 

Kate Murphy '15 honors Elon friendship with touching essay

In the piece, the Cincinnati Enquirer higher education reporter reflects on her experience as an Elon soccer player and her relationship with teammate and friend Nicole "Colie" Dennion, who died in 2016. 

Tyronna Hooker G’09 named executive director of Alamance Achieves

The former N.C. teacher of the year will start her new role June 26 at the nonprofit that strives to create pathways for success for every child.

Elon music theatre majors perform, choreograph, direct and intern across the country 

School may be out for the summer, but the work doesn’t stop for Elon music theatre majors.

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.