Elon Alumni Association

Alumni News Archive

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. 

Dakkota to perform at Homecoming 2016

The popular band is getting back together for one night only to perform at the College Street Tap House (Lighthouse) on Oct. 21

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.

Fall 2016 Evening for Elon schedule announced

Join President Leo M. Lambert and Elon alumni, parents and friends at one of the Evening for Elon events in fall 2016

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.

Elon alumna presents research on young parents with HIV at International AIDS Conference in South Africa

Hannah Allen '15 and Cindy Fair co-authored research that looked at perceptions about parenting from young parents with perinatally acquired HIV. The research was presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July.

100-year-old alumnus returns to campus 

Jim White 40 visited Whitley Auditorium July 19, returning to the site of his first solo as a tenor in the Elon College choir.

Daniel Koehler ’12 screens film excerpt at National Geographic headquarters

The School of Communications graduate produced his documentary, “A House Without Snakes,” as part of the 2014-15 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. The film hosted its world premiere in April at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Charles Cooper ’01 receives prestigious award from MetLife

Cooper has been named MetLife Premier Client Group’s 2015 Managing Sales Director of the Year, the highest honor given to managing associates.

Eric Hernandez ’16 named a finalist for Coca-Cola and Regal film competition

Following his selection as one of three finalists, the Elon University graduate received $15,000 to produce a 30-second film that captures the emotions of the movie-going experience. 

New Elon Sports Hall of Fame members announced

Tim Clark '92, Brian Keller '97, Chad Nkang '07 and Kam Radford '96 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 17.

iMedia graduate examines collaboration while developing virtual workspace platform

Kelly Foran ’15 G’16 was accepted this summer into a startup accelerator program run by Groundwork Labs, a Durham-based organization that helps entrepreneurial ventures get off the ground.

Carrie Ryan ’02 G’10 named director of auxiliary services

Ryan will oversee three administrative operations at Elon University.

Kathleen Hupfeld '16 Awarded 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Hupfeld is one of six students nationwide to receive the society's Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.

Luke LeSourd ’13 wins regional Emmy Award

The senior producer for the Redskins Broadcast Network was recognized on June 25 at the 58th National Capital Chesapeake Bay Regional Emmy Awards ceremony.

Gifts from Elon alumna support scholarships, Elon Academy

Retired educator Nancy Turner Watson ’66 champions life-changing initiatives that serve students from pre-kindergarten through college.

Tony Weaver Jr. '16 named 2016 Echoing Green Fellow

The spring Elon graduate is honored by the international nonprofit organization for his work to create positive media images of black men and other minority groups.

Andrew Riley ’14 wins two regional Emmy Awards

An associate producer for Georgia Public Broadcasting’s PBS show, "Georgia Outdoors,” Riley and his colleagues were honored on June 11 at the 42nd Annual Southeast Emmy Awards in Atlanta.

Luis Vargas '15 earns All-America honors at NCAA Track Championships

Running for North Carolina State University, the Elon alumnus placed 7th in the 10,000 meter run, earning his fourth All-America award.

Elon alumnus captures fifth regional Emmy Award

Mitch Pittman ’09, a reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle, was recognized on June 4 at the 53rd annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.

Adm. William “Bill” E. Gortney ’77 set to retire

The 39-year Navy veteran recently commanded the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

School of Communications places in Top 20 in Hearst competition for third straight year

Journalism students paced Elon in a prestigious national contest often called the "Pulitzers of college journalism," which is open to students from 100 accredited schools.

Putting passion into action

Brandon Landreth ’11 has been able to design and implement weekly lessons on health, wellness and oral hygiene for elementary students in rural Greene County thanks to a fellowship.

Ralph Mueller ’83 appointed to top academic position at Purdue Northwest 

The Elon alumnus will oversee 15,000 students and more than 70 undergraduate/graduate degree programs as the university’s inaugural vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.

Bobby Hedrick ’83 elected to the 2016 Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame

The former Elon football All-American running back is one of three 2016 class members who are a part of the Legends Class that was created in 2010 for posthumous induction.

Elon’s '30 Minutes' show wins College Television Awards Emmy

The student news program was recognized in the magazine category of the 37th College Television Awards presented on May 25 by the Television Academy Foundation.

President Lambert's charge to the Class of 2016

Commencement 2016 concluded with the traditional charge by President Leo M. Lambert to the graduates. 

Communications graduates of 2016 boast wide variety of post-commencement jobs, educational experiences

Here's a look at where some of the 2016 School of Communications graduates are headed following Commencement.

Senior class sets new giving record

Fifty-nine percent of Elon students in the Class of 2016 made a gift to Elon as part of the senior class giving campaign, raising more than $20,990 for areas of campus most important to them.

Interactive Media students exhibit innovative thesis projects

The evening before their Commencement ceremony, graduate students in Elon University's Interactive Media master's program hosted the annual iMedia Capstone Exhibition, presenting their yearlong projects to professionals, faculty and staff, family and friends.

Seniors celebrate lasting relationships at class picnic

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, the Wednesday program gave seniors a final moment before Commencement to talk with the faculty and staff mentors who shaped their campus experiences.

Elon Law launches first alumni chapter at D.C. event

The inaugural leadership of the new chapter consists of Matthew Groves L'11 as chapter chair and Karima Grady L'13 as chapter vice chair.

Alumni donors to be recognized at Commencement

Thousands of alumni donors who have chosen to pay it forward for future Elon alumni will receive special recognition at this year's Commencement ceremony as part of the Share your Chair project.

An Elon learning curve(ball)

An infielder turned pitcher, Tom Brewer translated the lessons he learned during a semester spent at Elon in 1951 into a successful Major League Baseball career. 

Two students, alumnus named SPJ national award winners

The School of Communications notches four national wins and two national finalist nods in Mark of Excellence competition.

Communications alumni honored, faculty participate at BEA conference

Seven School of Communications faculty and staff members attended the 2016 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, where a recent interactive media graduate and cinema and television arts major were presented with awards.

SEM Department celebrates majors, alumnus at senior banquet

During the May 3 awards ceremony, Jeremy Recoon ’16 received the Major of the Year Award and alumnus Christopher Bayly ’08 served as the evening’s guest speaker, highlighting his career in the sports consulting industry.

Elon alumna receives Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan

Katherine Shafer ’15, an international studies major from Port Jefferson, N.Y., will spend 11 months teaching English in Taiwan as part of a federal program that promotes mutual goodwill between people of the United States and people of other nations.