Elon Alumni Association

Alumni News Archive

Awards celebrate the success of young alumni

In its fifth year, the Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards program highlights and celebrates alumni who have graduated within the past decade and are distinguished in their professions and invested in the future of Elon and its community.

Brendan Westlund '01 nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man of the Year'

The Lukemia & Lymphoma Society nominated Brendan Westlund '01 for Man of the Year, launching a 10-week fundraising campaign to raise $100,000.

Communications panel shares freelance expertise with students

Christian Binder ’13, Mariah Czap ’13 and Al Drago ’15 discussed their careers working as freelancers and how they established themselves in the communications field.

Charter class of Elon physician assistants achieves perfection on certifying exam

Kara Johnson '13 wins a car on NBC’s 'The Tonight Show'

The Elon University graduate was selected as the winner of the Lexus Vine Challenge, presented by the Jimmy Fallon-hosted program. Her Vine video was recognized during the late-night show’s April 10 telecast.

PSES Speaker Series highlights Elon alumni and their career paths

Elon University’s Premier Sport & Event Society brought together professionals from various aspects of the communications, event planning and sports industries on April 7 to share their insight and advice.

Elon alumni very present in America’s pastime

Brian Hopkins ’98, Nathan Rode ’07, Jocelyn Fern ’07 and Joseph DiRienzo ’14 don’t play on the diamond, but the Elon University alumni have found worthwhile careers in baseball. 

Research team including John Tumbleston '06 receives national media attention

Former physics and science education major John Tumbleston ’06 is part of a team whose work on a highly innovative new process for rapid 3D printing was published in Science. 

Evening for Elon in D.C. celebrates community, relationships

The event, hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement, brought Elon to the nation’s capital for a reception that drew more than 300 attendees to the National Geographic Museum.

Student-produced video promotes Everlast's 'Greatness is Within' campaign

Elon University students and alumni came together to create a minute-long commercial for the American sporting goods brand, which the company promoted and praised on its Facebook page on March 16.

Nashville festival recognizes film produced by Elon alumni

The 2015 Nashville Film Festival celebrates "That Other Crazy Thing You Do," a short narrative film written by Elon University graduate Michelle Leibel ’14. 

Kevin Kline '09 wins prestigious Cronkite award

The School of Communications alumnus and a colleague won the biennial Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism for an in-depth program focused on women's health rights and abortion in Texas.

Communications alumnae honored with South Carolina journalism awards

Rachel Southmayd Campbell ’13 and Ashley Fahey '13 were recognized March 14 with 2014 South Carolina Press Association awards. 

#ElonDay donors achieve greatest day of giving in university history

A celebration on March 10, 2015, in honor of Elon’s birthday raised more than $702,000 to support students, scholarships, athletics, and faculty and staff.

#ElonDay reflects faith in Elon

Thousands of alumni, parents, faculty/staff and friends from around the world posted their belief in Elon and made gifts to the university on March 10, 2015, setting new records for engagement and philanthropy.

Communications alumnus' latest project to premiere at South by Southwest

During the last year, Elon University graduate Alex Hadden ’13 has worked on a documentary, titled “BRAND: A Second Coming," that features entertainment personality Russell Brand. The film will have its world premiere March 13 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Medicine takes flight for Elon PA graduate

2nd Lt. Jamie Seals, whose education was funded by the U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program, reports for commissioned officer training in May as she begins her healthcare career by serving her country.

Adam Constantine ’10 named Elon University social media manager

Constantine joins the staff of his alma mater after managing social media for downtown Raleigh businesses with the digital marketing firm Live Work Play.

Communications alumni recognized with state journalism awards

Several Elon University graduates earned top honors in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2014 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest. The alumni winners, ‚Äčled by Kristin Zachary ’09 and Scott Muthersbaugh ’06, were celebrated at the association’s annual Winter Institute Feb. 26.

Zac Walker '60 elected Elon Life Trustee

The Elon University Board of Trustees has elected longtime board member Zachary (Zac) Walker III to serve as a life trustee.


For art history alumni, a celebratory homecoming

A weekend symposium offered alumni an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater while sharing their current work as Elon University marked the 10th anniversary of its art history program.

Jamie Sclater '02: 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.