Elon Alumni Association

Alumni News Archive

Music Theatre and Theatre Arts alumnae create Emaya, a transformational yoga and meditation program

Connie Viglietti and Michaela Cullen utilize theatre collaboration in a different “performance” setting, bringing truth and purpose to life. 

Triangle chapter hosts event at Briar Creek

The Triangle Alumni Chapter continued its series, "Happy Hour in Your Neighborhood," by gathering in Briar Creek, which is a new area for events.

USA Today publishes Elon alumna’s reporting project on campus sexual assault

Kate Murphy ’15, a higher education reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, and her colleague spent nearly a year examining the many elements and perspectives surrounding the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Their findings were published on Aug. 6 on the front page of USA Today and an extensive video series is available online at sextalk.usatoday.com.

Stephanie Hays ’18, Alex Toma ’20 recognized in collegiate design competition

The Elon alumna and rising junior collected four honors, including two first-place awards, in the national Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students.

Elon announces 2018 Alumni Award winners

Five outstanding alumni will be honored at Homecoming Weekend 2018 for their professional success, community engagement and loyal support of Elon.

Charlotte chapter hosts 2nd annual family cookout

Alumni and their families gathered at Freedom Park for what has become a popular event for the chapter each summer.

Jacob LaPlante ’17 reflects on his World Cup experience, six-week work trip to Russia

The animator for NBC Sports Group and avid soccer fan called his time abroad “a dream come true,” enjoying the globe’s most celebrated soccer tournament up close.

Atlanta alumni cheer on the Braves

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Atlanta Braves outing on July 14. 

NYC alumni chapter hosts Professional Development Day featuring Elon alumna with CBS Sports

The chapter's annual professional development day included social media activity and an evening program with keynote speaker Molly Hilboldt '09 from CBS Sports.

Alums celebrate Emmy nominations for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Katie Maraghy '15 and Nick Dyer '11 both have roles with the popular late-night program. 

PSAs produced by Doug Kass airing internationally on World Cup telecasts

The assistant professor of communications teamed with fellow Elon colleagues Mitch Herndon and Clay Stevenson, as well as recent iMedia graduate Trey Caldwell, to develop three public service announcements to promote the United Nations AIDS outreach program.

Elon Music Ambassadors perform at JazzIt International Music Festival in Italy

The performance by the ensemble, consisting of Elon students and alumni, was part of a 10-day tour.

NYC alumni on top of the world

The New York City Alumni Chapter hosted more than 120 alumni at the Observatory Deck in the One World Trade Center.

Trustee and alumna endows scholarship with major gift

As a first-generation college student, Chris Baker G’88 of Burlington, North Carolina, understands the importance of providing scholarships for Elon students.

Washington Post pays tribute to Elon alumnus James Denton '73

The Elon graduate who died June 18 was a key voice in advancing democracies worldwide and was publisher and editor of World Affairs Journal.

Scott McCrary ’00, Jasmine Turner ’15 receive Capital Emmys

The two Elon University graduates and their colleagues were honored at the 60th National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards ceremony held June 23 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Evening for Elon in Orlando celebrates philanthropy and relationships

Trustee Cindy Citrone P’17 and Rob Citrone P’17 hosted the event, which brought together Orlando’s Elon community and included a university update from President Connie Ledoux Book.


Seattle alumni helped provide 1,800 meals through Food Lifeline

The Seattle alumni chapter made a significant impact at Food Lifeline, one of the chapter's various service projects held throughout the year

D.C. alumni and Elon student interns network at annual summer event

The Washington, D.C. alumni chapter hosted its annual summer social for alumni and student interns

Elon donors increase their impact in 2017-18

Alumni, parents, faculty and staff invested in Elon and its students in record numbers during the 2017-18 fiscal year.


Alumni Leadership Retreat highlights collaboration and strategic planning

Key alumni leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for an informative retreat hosted by Elon’s Office of Alumni Engagement.


Alumni chapter hosts "Planning for your future in the Triangle"

The Triangle Alumni Chapter offered its annual professional development event with topics such as retirement planning and the area's real estate market.

Kimberly Bari ’06: finding hope

After a seven-year battle with a neurological illness, Kimberly Bari ’06 has found the middle ground.

Accomplished double alum joins Elon Law Board of Advisors

Mark S. Jetton Jr. '06 L'09, a Charlotte criminal defense and personal injury attorney, is the first Elon University and Elon Law alumnus selected to the board of judges, lawyers and business leaders who advise the university about the law school’s strategic growth.

A global leader: Linda Findley Kozlowski ’95

Meet Linda Findley Kozlowski ’95, the woman in charge of operations for the e-commerce site Etsy. 

Elon employees honored at Staff Appreciation Day

Six Elon staff members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the university at a May 25 awards program during the annual staff appreciation celebration in Alumni Gymnasium.

Four-part documentary edited by Daniel Koehler ’12 takes viewers inside The New York Times newsroom

The Elon alumnus served as an editor for “The Fourth Estate,” a recently released docu-series about New York Times journalists chronicling the first year of the Trump administration.

Washington, D.C. alumni chapter provides entrepreneurship panel

The Washington, D.C. alumni chapter hosted their annual professional development event in May with a panel of Elon alumni entrepreneurs

Laura Eastes Akers ’08 wins two first-place SPJ awards in Oklahoma

The Elon University alumna was recognized for her news coverage for a weekly newspaper serving the Oklahoma City metro area.

Class of 2018 gives back

More than 750 members of the Class of 2018 supported Elon with a senior class gift.

Triad Alumni enjoy a night at the ballpark

The Triad Alumni Chapter hosted an alumni outing on the Opening Night of the Greensboro Grasshoppers season.

Communications graduates of 2018 spreading across U.S. following commencement

Here's a look at where some of the 2018 School of Communications graduates are headed after they graduate.

School of Education recognizes distinguished alumni

The School of Education recently unveiled a display that honors alumni who have made an impact in education.

Rain and shine: Class of 2018 celebrates with faculty and staff at Senior Picnic

Seniors, faculty and staff filled Lakeside Dining Hall on Wednesday for the annual Senior Picnic sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of the Provost. 

How to watch Elon Commencement 2018 online

Elon's three Commencement ceremonies this week will be streamed live. 

Lifelong devotion: Elon alumnus makes estate gift of more than $3 million

Christopher P. Martin ’78 P’13, an Elon alumnus, trustee and parent from Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is one of the university's most loyal and generous benefactors. His recent gift will provide funding for scholarships and other key priorities in the future.

Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff recognized

As part of the first Gala Latina on May 4, the university recognized Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff for their academic and civic involvement on campus. 

Lavender Graduation and Awards Dinner honors Elon LGBTQIA students

Sponsored by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center, the Lavender Graduation & Awards Dinner 2018 was an opportunity to honor outstanding students. 

Sport Management Department celebrates outstanding students at senior banquet

Elon alumna Jackie Sapio ’10, coordinator of community initiatives for the Philadelphia Phillies, provided a keynote address at the awards ceremony, highlighting her professional path and sharing words of wisdom with the soon-to-be graduates.

Inaugural Sport Management Conference spotlights careers in sport industry

The April 30 event included a keynote address from Tyler Key, general manager of IMG College, three panel discussions featuring more than a dozen industry professionals, and a network reception.

Evening for Elon events in Atlanta and Charlotte highlight regional outreach

For many alumni, parents and friends in attendance, the events were their first opportunity to interact with President Connie Ledoux Book, who took office in March.


Philadelphia alumni serve for Earth Day

The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter participated in a service project at a local park.

Black excellence in the spotlight at 25th annual Phillips-Perry Awards

Outstanding Elon students, along with distinguished faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements and contributions to Elon on April 28.

Arts & Sciences alumni recognized

Three outstanding alumni from Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences, were honored Thursday at an annual awards celebration.

Elon Law student group honors women lawyers

The Women's Law Association recognized Manisha Patel L'11 and Karen McKeithen Schaede at its annual Professionalism Dinner on April 18, 2018, an evening that included a judges panel featuring women who serve on North Carolina's Court of Appeals and with the state's superior and district courts.

Communications students win top honors in regional journalism competition

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence award winners included several students and alumni.

Elon alumna Angie Lovelace Walton receives 2018 Pulitzer Prize

The 2010 School of Communications graduate was part of a groundbreaking USA Today/Arizona Republic journalism team that examined the border wall between the United States and Mexico.


School of Communications presents Colleen Penhall ’98 with Outstanding Alumna Award

The vice president for corporate social responsibility at Lowe’s returned to campus April 12 and was recognized during Lambda Pi Eta’s induction ceremony.

Young alumni excellence celebrated

Ten alumni who graduated in the past 10 years were recognized with the Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards on April 14 for their professional success, service as difference-makers in their communities and loyal support of Elon.

Elon Alumni Board signs agreement to endow new student scholarship

The board was joined by President Connie Ledoux Book as they made the scholarship official at their annual spring meeting.

Dance film by Jen Guy Metcalf and J McMerty ’00 awarded first place in LA film festival

The film, “The Nature of Consciousness,” was an official selection of the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles and earned the top award in the experimental category.

Seattle alumni gather to learn the sport of curling

The Seattle alumni did what no chapter has done before — they learned and played the popular Olympic game of curling.

Student Advisory Board convenes with Dean Paul Parsons for final time

During the 2017-18 academic year, student board members reviewed the School of Communications’ accreditation self-study, considered school priorities for the year, and met with each of the four dean candidates vying to succeed Parsons.

Kelsey Bliss ’17: merging her major with her passion

Thanks to her Elon experience, marketing major Kelsey Bliss ’17 had the chance to work with the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl

Matthew McKenzie ’16: Focused on service

Matthew McKenzie ’16 was one of 30 U.S. Ford employees selected for the company’s Thirty Under 30 program last year.

Dana Neves ’95 promoted to vice president and general manager of Hartford’s CBS affiliate

The Elon University graduate and broadcast journalism major began her career as an intern at WFSB-TV in 1995.

Atlanta Chapter hosts "Communicate with Impact" event

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter positioned their annual Professional Development event to cater towards communication skills.

Elon students help tip off ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Led by Matt Cotton ’18, approximately 40 Elon students volunteered at the conference championship tournament held in Greensboro Feb. 28 through March 4.

Elon senior heads to NYC as finalist for PRWeek’s Outstanding Student of the Year award

Strategic communications major Rachel Hobbs ’18 was one of two finalists for the national award, which was presented at the 2018 PRWeek Awards Dinner and Presentation on March 15.

Documentary produced by Elon alumnus earns Colorado Broadcasters award

Eric Hernandez ’16 served as an associate producer on “Colorado Experience: Galloping Goose,” an award-winning episode of a TV series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS.

Donors make history on record-breaking Elon Day

On March 13, donors made 5,370 gifts raising $1,840,378 to achieve the most successful Elon Day celebration to date.

Through planned gift, alumnus creates endowed scholarship with a focus on service

The Thomas M. Smiddy ’88 and Sherri Smiddy Endowed Scholarship will support students who are active through Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Love School of Business or work-study.

WSOE celebrates 40 years on the airwaves

Elon’s student-run radio station hosted a two-day celebration that included a panel discussion, featuring several former WSOE general managers, and a dinner with a keynote from Tom Mullen ’00, vice president of marketing catalog at Atlantic Records. Additionally, Assistant Professor Gerald Gibson was recognized with an Award of Excellence for his years of mentorship.

Kathie Niven '89 named president of Biscuitville

The 1989 alumna joined the Greensboro, N.C.-based restaurant company in 2011 as its chief brand officer.

Elon celebrates community, legacy at #ElonDay College Coffee

A special College Coffee inside Alumni Gym on Tuesday morning energized the Elon community for its fifth #ElonDay effort.  

ADP sales executive speaks to aspiring sales students

Meg Farabow ’11 provided valuable counsel to students looking to take charge in sales.

Vote now: Help get Elon on the big screen

As part of the 2018 Coca-Cola and Regal Films student film competition, Elon students traveled to Atlanta in late January to produce a 35-second film, which is now available to watch online. And don’t forget to vote for Elon’s commercial in the Fan Favorite Award contest.

Networking abroad: Elon alumni in London share advice with students

Hosted by the London Alumni Chapter, a panel of alumni discussed professional development and life living abroad.

Eight reasons to attend the Job & Internship Expo on March 8

Alumni Gym, 2-5:30 p.m on Thursday

Elon Law alumni named to leadership program

Five graduates of Elon University School of Law were among 16 attorneys selected for the North Carolina Bar Association's Leadership Academy, a program designed to "help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities."