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College Consensus ranks Elon among most LGBTQ-friendly schools

Elon, which has also been recognized as among the 'best of the best' LGBTQ-friendly universities by Campus Pride, ranks 5th in the latest College Consensus list. 

Elon alumnus Alex Simon ’17 joins News21 investigation

The Arizona State University graduate student will contribute to a national investigative reporting project this summer, examining how the federal government has responded to natural disasters over the past several decades.

Alumna Erin Barnett’s new film to host world premiere at Sundance Film Festival

The Elon graduate served as an editor and screenwriter for “The Great Hack,” a documentary that delves into the dark world of data exploitation through the personal journeys of those affected by the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach.

Kickstart your job and internship search using GoinGlobal and biginterview 

The Student Professional Development Center has some great resources to help Elon talent find opportunities and prepare for interviews. GoinGlobal and biginterview are essential in the job or internship search process. 

Anton Delgado ’20 to investigate federal disaster relief during News21 fellowship

The Elon junior will participate in a 10-week investigative reporting assignment at Arizona State University this summer, examining how the federal government has responded to natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to wildfires.

Nicole Triche reflects on experience as Television Academy Faculty Seminar Fellow

The associate professor of communications was one of 25 educators from colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the prestigious five-day program, which offers in-depth conversations with entertainment professionals and an inside look at the television and content development industries.

Building a family legacy from the bench

The Hon. Sarah Neely Lanier L’10 took an oath of office this week as she ascends to the same North Carolina District Court bench once occupied by her father.

Daniel Lovitz '13 Selected to USMNT January Camp Roster

The Elon men's soccer alumnus and Montreal Impact defender was one of 27 players selected by the U.S. Men's National Team to take part in the annual camp.

Save the Date for Family Weekend and Homecoming 2019

Two major fall 2019 event dates have been confirmed. Family Weekend will kick off on Friday, Sept. 27, with events taking place throughout the weekend, and Homecoming and Reunion Weekend is Nov. 1-3.


Communications professors, alumna publish chapters in public relations ethics book

“Cases in Public Relations: Translating ethics into action” is an edited collection recently released by Oxford University Press.

Robert Hubler ’90, colleagues earn Suncoast Emmy for Parkland shooting coverage

The assistant director of news content and his WPEC-TV team were recognized on Dec. 1 at the 42nd annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

Charlotte alumni offer insight into 'what they didn't teach you in college'

The Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosted its annual professional development event with four alumni speakers. 

Chicago alumni serve at Ronald McDonald House

A group of Elon alumni living in Chicago volunteered at their local Ronald McDonald House

Elon alumni reel in Midsouth Emmy Award nominations

Joe Bruno ’14, Brandon Marshall ’12, Sophie Nielsen-Kolding ’12, Nick Ochsner '11 and Christine Williams '14 will be among the honorees recognized at the 33rd Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony in February.

Class and affinity reunions celebrate record success, raise more than $6 million for Elon

Alumni volunteers worked with Elon to coordinate fundraising efforts and host special events on campus during Homecoming weekend, Nov. 2-4.

Elon News Network, alumni recognized at RTDNAC/AP Awards

The student-run news organization was honored with six awards, including four first-place finishes, and two School of Communications graduates were recognized for their professional journalism efforts.

Sport management majors, Maroon Sports visit Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena

A group of nearly two dozen School of Communications students received a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the NHL organization and its arena.

Finance young alumni return to Elon for Homecoming panel

Former students shared insights on how to make the most of your Elon experience and tips on adjustment to post-college life. 

Alumni enjoy top-notch Panthers gameday experience

The Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosted more than 85 guests at its annual tailgate prior to the Carolina Panthers game

School of Communications presents Tom Mullen ’00 with Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Atlantic Records executive was lauded for his “entrepreneurial passion and pursuit” at a Nov. 2 luncheon held during Elon University’s Homecoming weekend.

Alumni return to campus for ‘ElonNext,’ a panel about life after Elon

Homecoming weekend brought nine School of Communications graduates back to campus to participate in a live panel discussion, providing current students with advice on how to use their Elon experiences to enhance their careers.

Elon recognizes distinguished alumni 

Five alumni were honored during a Nov. 2 awards ceremony that kicked off the Homecoming festivities.

LGBTQIA Alumni Network presents Community Enrichment Awards

Four members of the Elon community were honored at a Nov. 3 ceremony for their advocacy work on behalf of LGBTQIA issues on campus and beyond

Elon Black Alumni Network Awards: Honoring black excellence

The Elon Black Alumni Network presented awards Nov. 3 to five members of the Elon community as part of its Homecoming festivities


ENN honored with national Pacemaker, Pinnacle awards

Elon’s student news organization won several organizational and individual honors at a national college media conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Friends and fellowship at the heart of Elon Homecoming 2018

About 3,000 alumni joined Elon students, faculty and staff on campus for a variety of events celebrating their common connection to the university, each other. 

Schar Center 'rocks' for Homecoming block party

The annual "Rock the Block" Homecoming celebration drew hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff for music, games, food and fun. The crowd cheered the announcement that $6.1 million was given by alumni this year as part of their reunions. 

NYC alumni spend day at Kids Enjoy Exercise Now program

The NYC alumni chapter gathered a group of alumni to volunteer at KEEN NY

Last chance to nominate an alum for Elon's Top 10 Under 10 Awards

Nominations for Elon's Top 10 Under 10 Awards will close on Sunday, Nov. 4.  Make sure to submit your nomination today.

Documentary directed by Tim Johnson ’09 hosts live premiere on NowThis

The Elon University alumnus oversaw the production of a full-length film titled “Virginia 12th,” which follows the story of Chris Hurst, a one-time news anchor who was thrust into national headlines when his girlfriend and colleague were murdered during a live news broadcast. The 64-minute documentary charts Hurst’s journey as he campaigns for political office.

Al Drago ’15 expounds on Trump presidency in lecture at Harvard

The freelance photojournalist based in Washington, D.C., presented a lecture in a class offered by The Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Communications Fellows embark on media tour in Atlanta

During the two-day trip, 29 students visited with communications professionals and Elon University alumni, receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of several prominent organizations, including CNN, Jackson Spalding and the Atlanta Falcons.

University Guides App offers all the details for Homecoming 2018

The app, available for Apple or Android, offers up-to-date schedules, a campus map with zoom capabilities, information about on-campus resources, on- and off-campus dining locations and hours, driving directions, social media and more.

Homecoming 2018: Elon preparing to welcome back alumni, friends Nov. 2-4

Elon alumni young and old will return to campus Nov. 2-4 for a homecoming celebration that will include music, sports, awards and fellowship. 

First Gordon Professor in Entrepreneurship announced at Evening for Elon in New York City

The gathering for Elon alumni, parents and friends at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts shared in the announcement that Haya Ajjan has been selected as the first Sheldon and Christine Gordon Professor in Entrepreneurship. 

Music video created by iMedia graduates wins award at Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

Trey Caldwell G’18 collaborated with Gardy Swengbe G’18 and Assistant Professor Doug Kass on separate video projects and both were screened at the metro Atlanta festival in October.

In My Words: ​Drama of human history can put modern ‘miseries’ into perspective

This opinion column written by Associate Professor of Communications Tom Nelson and distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate appeared in the Greensboro News & Record and the Greenville Daily Reflector

Dan Koehler ’12 receives elondocs Emerging Documentarian Award

The Elon alumnus and documentary filmmaker was honored on Oct. 18 during the screenings of two documentaries he helped create.

Elon Music Theatre graduate is the new face of Broadway’s 'The Book of Mormon'

JJ Niemann ’17, currently a swing in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical, is being featured in a solo spread advertisement for “The Book of Mormon,” appearing in The New York Times. 

Reminder — Nominate a young alum for Elon's Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 4 for the annual awards sponsored by the Young Alumni Council that honor deserving alumni who have graduated within the past decade. 

Elon contingent publishes research on social support of injured student-athletes

Elon alumnae Alexis de Groot ’17 and Sydney Brown ’18 partnered with faculty members Tony Weaver and Eric Hall to conduct a qualitative study and collect in-depth information on the perception of social support provided to student-athletes rehabilitating injuries.

On the big screen: student-produced commercial to run nationally at Regal theaters

As part of the 2018 Coca-Cola and Regal Films student film competition, an Elon team received $15,000 to produce a 35-second film highlighting the moviegoing experience.

Kappa Sigma alumni support scholarship fund for fraternity's 45th reunion

The Lambda-Lambda Alumni Association of Kappa Sigma is making commemorative fraternity house sketches available in honor of its 45th reunion.

ENN, student journalists recognized by premier college journalism organizations

Individual and organizational winners will be revealed at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention held Oct. 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

D.C. alumni focus on fitness together

The Washington D.C. chapter partnered with David Magida '10, founder of Elevate Interval Fitness, to host a group class for alumni.

Nick Dyer '11 receives Gortney Award from Elon Kappa Sigma chapter

The William E. Gortney Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented each year by Elon's Kappa Sigma chapter to a graduate who has brought honor to the fraternity and distinguished himself in his career and community. 

NYC alumni give back to their city

Led by newest NYC chapter board volunteer, Andrew Bronsteen '13, the network looks forward to various service projects this year

Fall Evening for Elon events highlight university priorities

The State Room in Boston and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., provided dynamic backdrops for a university update with President Connie Ledoux Book.

Boston chapter hosts record-setting crowd at Red Sox game

The Boston Alumni Chapter hosted their annual Boston Red Sox outing with over 150 alumni at Fenway Park

NYC alumni cheer on the Yankees

The NYC Alumni Chapter hosted their annual Yankees outing at the stadium's party deck

Richmond alumni raise 872 lbs. of goods for hunger relief in Virginia

The Richmond Alumni Chapter particpated in the the sixth annual Alumni Charity Challenge benefiting central Virginia's hunger-relief organization called FeedMore

Recent music theatre graduate to perform in the first national tour of 'Dear Evan Hansen' 

Jared Goldsmith ’18 will be playing the role of Jared Kleinman in the tour of the Tony-winning musical, set to open on Sept. 25 in Denver, Colorado. 

Elon alumna wins 'Best Dance Show' at Capital Fringe Festival 
The choreography "Gilded" by Kristen Brooks Sandler '13, who studied dance performance and choreography in the Department of Performing Arts, won Best Dance Award at Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. 


‘We were going to report until the lights went out,’ says ENN leader of storm coverage

Seventeen members of Elon News Network stayed on campus last week to cover the impact of Hurricane Florence, regularly updating the campus on the unpredictable nature of the storm and the effects it had on community members.

Elon recognized in Playbill’s ‘Broadway Top 10’

The monthly magazine for theatregoers listed Elon as one of the top 10 most represented colleges on Broadway during the 2018–19 season.

Elon earns three #1 rankings in U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges” 2019

Elon is the top-ranked master’s university in the South and the #1 university for teaching and innovation.​

Registration for Homecoming 2018 now open

Alumni returning to campus Nov. 2-4 can start registering for this year's Homecoming festivities beginning Sept. 5.

Music Theatre alumnus reflects on nearly 15 years at Sight and Sound Theatres


Brandon Talley ’04 has been performing at Sight and Sound Theatres since 2004, and he has never looked back. 

Alex Day ’16 reflects on Emmy win, his experiences filming the New York Yankees

The Elon University graduate and his Yankees Productions colleagues earned a 2018 New York Emmy Award for their opening day hype video titled “We Work.” 

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.