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The water warrior

After a series of injuries put his active military career on hold, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jamie Sclater ’02 has found strength—and healing—in the pool.

Life in the fast lane

A lifelong racing fan, Annette Randall ’05 has managed to shape a career around her favorite pastime.

Communications students, faculty recognized by BEA awards competition

Students and faculty from Elon University's School of Communications placed in several awards categories in the 2015 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. They will be recognized at the organization's annual conference April 12-15 in Las Vegas.

Wes Durham ’88 talks broadcasting industry, career during campus visit

The Elon University alumnus and respected broadcaster discussed an array of topics during a stop Feb. 12 in the School of Communications.

Elon named top producer of U.S. Fulbright students

Elon University ranked #3 on an annual list of American master's-level institutions whose graduates received Fulbright student awards for 2014-15.

Ian Baltutis ’08 named to ‘40 Leaders Under Forty’ list

The list, selected by The Business Journal of the Triad, recognizes the most promising young business professionals under the age of 40 in the Triad area of North Carolina.

David Crowe co-edits book on Sino-German relationship

"Germany and China: Transnational Encounters since the Eighteenth Century" includes chapters Crowe authored, including one that was co-written by an Elon  alumna who recently completed graduate work at Columbia University.

Career Moves: Assessment tools & mentors point alum toward human resources

Actively involved with campus groups and organizations, Shannon Foley '13 enjoyed helping other people reach their full potential. Visits to the Student Professional Development Center helped Foley on her own career journey to The Advisory Board Company.

Cameron Jackson ’11 kicks off crowdfunding campaign to promote independent project

The School of Communications graduate launched a fundraising campaign in January to promote his project ‘Gossamer,’ attempting to crack the Hollywood standard of creating original content.

Elon alumna, professor co-author article on youth with HIV/AIDS

Jamie Albright '13 and Professor Cynthia "Cindy" Fair researched barriers to communication between medical providers and adolescents born with HIV.

Elon mourns passing of J. Rankin Parks III ’32

The university’s oldest living alumnus – who in October 2013 took part in Fall Convocation’s “Long Maroon Line” as a tribute to Elon’s 125th anniversary year – died Monday in his sleep in Durham, North Carolina.

2015 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients announced

The honorees are alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years, enjoyed major professional success, made a big difference in their community and been loyal Elon supporters.

Evening for Elon goes international

A Jan. 10 event in London marked the launch of expanded international programming by Elon’s Office of Alumni Engagement.

Political analyst Charlie Cook to deliver 2015 Commencement address

One of the nation’s most respected commentators on U.S. elections visits Elon University on May 23, 2015, to share with graduating seniors his wisdom and insights learned from a career covering politics in Washington, D.C.

School of Communications offers free professional development course for alumni

Beginning in January 2015, the School of Communications faculty and Interactive Media master’s program will host a free online course for communications alumni, highlighting the fast-changing topics in mass communication today.


2014: The year in pictures

As 2014 draws to a close, the Office of University Communications shares some great moments captured by Elon photographers during the past 12 months.

An Elon Meditation for This Season of Light

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy John G. Sullivan provides a Holiday message for the Elon community.

Elon alumna wins $1 million in Pillsbury competition

Beth Hirschy Royals ’88, a marketing and sales professional who studied business at Elon, won Pillsbury's 47th Bake-Off® Contest with her original recipe for Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters.

Soccer alumni are on the attack

As soccer’s popularity surges nationwide, so does the strength of Elon’s program. The result? The Phoenix has become a source of professional players who can succeed at the country’s highest level.

Elon alumna tapped as Periclean-in-Residence

Sam White ’06, a corporate communications graduate and a member of the inaugural Periclean Scholars class, returned to campus earlier this fall to share insights with members of the Periclean Class of 2017.

Two major estate gifts endow new scholarships

Gifts totaling more than $1.3 million from two estates will provide new scholarship support for students with disabilities and for those pursuing studies in music.

Junior Poster Session highlights work of Elon College Fellows

An annual program for top scholars in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, featured a panel discussion on Dec. 1, 2014, led by an accomplished alumnus now earning his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adm. William “Bill” E. Gortney ’77 to be sworn in as NORAD commander

Gortney, who will be sworn in at a Dec. 5 ceremony, was nominated for the post this summer by President Barack Obama.

Holiday luminaries light up the night

An annual Elon University tradition brought thousands of students, families and friends to the heart of campus on Dec. 1, 2014, to celebrate the holiday season with song, cider and Santa Claus.

Elon student team ties for first in coding competition

Undergraduate and graduate students produced a web platform for North Carolina A&T's CASE Lab during a November competition in Greensboro, N.C.

Colin Donohue '05, Emily Hines '15 discuss social media integrity at local school

A School of Communications staff member and student emphasized empathy and the permanence of the Internet to high school students at The Burlington School.

Elon Local News, alumni honored at RTDNAC luncheon

Elon Local News is named the Best Student Newscast in the Carolinas, and three Communications alumni are also recognized for their journalism and production efforts.

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Elon Law alumnae represent latino women and children seeking asylum in U.S.

WUNC radio’s The State of Things recently featured the legal advocacy of Elon Law alumnae Allison Lukanich L’12 and Natalie Teague L’09 on behalf of women and children fleeing gangs and violence in Central America.

Alumni in San Francisco celebrate new local club

The new San Francisco Alumni Club hosted its first event on Nov. 5 at Hawthorn Lounge

Alumna in national tour of Click, Clack, Moo

Claire Manship '13, an acting graduate, is touring the country with Theatreworks USA's Click, Clack, Moo. 

Brandon Curry '12 to co-star on 'Law & Order: SVU'

The BFA acting alumnus will appear on an episode premiering on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 9 p.m.

BFA acting alumnus to appear on CBS drama 'Criminal Minds'

Benjamin Seay '03 co-stars this week on CBS's "Criminal Minds." The show airs Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m.

Communications Fellows participate in media tour in Atlanta

Twenty-seven students met with alumni and viewed the operations of several media organizations.

Elon mourns passing of men's hoops legend Jesse Branson '65

Former Elon men’s basketball two-time All-American Jesse Branson – the university’s all-time leading scorer with 2,241 career points - died Nov. 2, 2014. His #40 jersey was retired in 2009 and today hangs in Alumni Gym.

Pendulum wins several awards from college media organizations

Students also presented a session and blogged about their experiences during a student media conference in Philadelphia.

Elon reunions celebrate tremendous success at Homecoming 2014

More than 250 reunion volunteers combined to help raise over $1.5 million for the university this year.

Out of this world

After a childhood experience piqued his curiosity for the unknown, Lee Steele ’78 has spent countless hours investigating reports of paranormal activity across North Carolina.

Elon & Pew Research look at the chances of major cyber attacks

The latest research by Elon's Imagining the Internet Center and Pew Internet examines the threat to national security by cyber attacks.

Brian Williams, Michael Radutzky talk about Elon students

The two prominent journalists lauded School of Communications students as 'curious' and 'humble.'

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.

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.

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.