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Andrew Krech ’13 honored by National Press Photographers Association

Following his top finish in the association’s 2016 Monthly News Clip Contest, the Greensboro News & Record photojournalist was named the Southeast Regional News Photographer of the Year.

Elon's Philologian Literary Society Hall Chandelier shines once again

How a 120-year-old kerosene-burning chandelier reunited Raymond Beck ’75 and his Elon mentor, Professor Emeritus of History and University Historian George Troxler, once again.

Alumna named nation's top high school physics teacher

Alexandra Solender Boyd '12 was named the National PhysTEC Teacher of the Year for her work at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, N.C.

Death of retired Elon faculty member William Barbee

William Hawksley Barbee, a member of Elon’s mathematics faculty for 33 years, died on February 14 in Hickory, N.C. He was 78.

Elon University mourns passing of Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 GP ’17

Her support created the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and helped launch the Elon Academy.

Elon alumna receives Platinum Award at Minefield Film Festival

Mia Watkins ’16, a cinema and television arts major, produced an award-winning music video for a new track by Handbook, a United Kingdom-based music producer.

Elon University launches presidential search website

Elon's special website for the presidential search includes information for the entire community, which will be updated throughout the search process.

Elon News Network's broadcast show captures ‘Best of Festival’ honors

Students from the School of Communications and Interactive Media master’s program were recognized in this year's Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts, capturing several top accolades. They will be honored at the association's annual conference April 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Code-Dependent: Experts weigh in on potential benefits and threats of algorithm-based advances in modern life

In a new study by the Pew Research Center and Elon's Imagining the Internet Center, more than 1,300 experts share their thoughts on the programs behind the technology systems that are integrated with our lives.

Elon sets dates for Family Weekend and Homecoming 2017

Two major fall event dates have been confirmed. Family Weekend will be Oct. 6-8 and Homecoming is Nov. 3-5.


2017 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients announced

The honorees are young alumni who have achieved major professional success, serve as difference-makers in their communities and loyally support Elon as partners, advocates and investors.

Dozens of Music Theatre alumni performing on Broadway, in National Tours 

Many Elon music theatre alumni are performing around the country in professional companies during 2016-17 season

‘I feel honored to give back to Elon’

Alumna Priscilla Awkard ’95 deepens her philanthropic commitment to Elon by making a generous estate gift to support scholarships and athletics, helping to secure Elon's future.

Alumna receives top award from N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Deanna Beckham is now the Math I educator at Eastern Alamance High School.

Alumnus receives 2016 New Leaders in Banking Award

The award recognizes bankers under 40 making a notable impact within their bank and community. 

Elon alumni win Midsouth Emmy Awards

Nick Ochsner ’11 and Samantha Miller ’10 were recognized at the 31st Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony on Jan. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alumna recognized for research about N.C. Sikh community

Melina Oliverio '16 was named first runner-up for the ASIANetwork's Marianna McJimsey Award, which recognizes top student papers focused on Asia. 

Alumna gives 'High Five to Kindness' to combat negativity on social media

Katie Perez '15 launched the effort to help promote acts of kindness within the community. 

Schedule for Evening for Elon events in spring 2017 announced

Join President Leo M. Lambert and Elon alumni, parents and friends at one of the Evening for Elon events in spring 2017.

Cinema and television arts major awarded Broadcast Education Association scholarship

Melissa Douglas ’18 is Elon University’s first-ever recipient of the Richard Eaton Foundation Scholarship presented annually to students studying electronic media.

Elon alumna named Florida Times-Union editor

Mary Kelli Palka ’95 began leading the editorial staff and newsroom of the Jacksonville, Florida, daily newspaper on Jan. 1.

Elon University's 2016 Year in Photos gallery

As we bid farewell to 2016, we invite you to pause and remember the experiences, special events and milestones of the past 12 months at Elon. 

Holiday greetings from Elon!

Members of our community took to our sound studios to record an Elon-themed holiday medley that is sure to get you in a festive spirit. Read this note for a link to the video.

Univision Network’s Maity Interiano to deliver Elon’s 2017 Commencement address

A 2007 Elon graduate, Interiano is a producer and on-air talent  for "Despierta America," the top-rated morning show for Univision Network.


SEM class supports community organizations through coursework

Students in Assistant Professor Shaina Dabbs’ “Event Management” class raised more than $2,300 to support the Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County and Excel Christian Academy of Burlington.

Elon celebrates accomplishments of newest Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduates

Forty-eight students received their doctor of physical therapy degrees at a commencement ceremony in McCrary Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11. 

Turner Theatre hosts grand opening featuring alum’s Oscar-nominated work

Elon University and the School of Communications officially opened the new 220-seat theater on Dec. 8, with a cinematic celebration recognizing the work of Laith Majali ’05.

School of Communications presents Laith Majali ’05 with Outstanding Alumni Award

The Elon University alumnus and acclaimed filmmaker was recognized as part of the grand opening celebration of the school’s new high-definition movie theater in Dwight C. Schar Hall.

Elon alum's book delivers wedding day style for grooms

The book by Donnell Baldwin '01 and his wife, Courtney Arrington Baldwin, comes after Baldwin transformed his love of fashion into a career. 

Finding humor in parenting adventures

When facing parenthood for the first time, DeeDee Carowan Filiatreault ’93 turned to writing to find meaning in it all.

A global bond

Earlier this summer, Katherine Carter ’96 served as a contact for a group of Elon students visiting her adopted country, Namibia, embodying the saying ‘once an Elon student, always an Elon student.’

Alumni-student collaboration wins top honors at RTDNAC luncheon

Several School of Communications students and graduates were recognized during the Nov. 12 event held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Music Theatre alumnus goes overseas in ‘Grease’ with Royal Caribbean

Elon Music Theatre alum Jake Sokoloff ’15 currently plays Eugene on Royal Caribbean’s production of ‘Grease.’

Alumni and senior class donors to be recognized at annual Festival of Holiday Lights

Nearly 3,000 alumni and senior class donors will be honored with their name displayed on a luminaria during this year’s holiday celebration on Dec. 1.

Car Window Poetry project by Elon alum featured on NBC Nightly News

A national audience learned about the project, started this summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by Alex Lewis '16, during the Nov. 14 news report.


Elon alumnus reflects on experience participating in the Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition

Eric Hernandez ’16, a cinema and television arts major, discusses the support he received and knowledge he gained while competing in the contest for up-and-coming filmmakers.

Alumna's election marks milestone for Elon Law

Carrie Vickery L'09 will be the first Elon Law alumna to preside from a bench after winning her campaign this month to serve residents of Forsyth County as a District Court judge.

Elon alumnus takes home Emmy Award for work with MLB Network

Jacob Branchaud '13 is an associate producer for "MLB Tonight," a daily show on the MLB Network. 

Alumnus honored for leadership work

Brett Cooper ’05 was selected as one of 40 Under 40 leaders in the Washington, D.C.-area by the Leadership Center for Excellence

Communication design major wins two first-place awards at college media conference

A pair of communications faculty members and a senior discussed the Elon News Network, which was recognized with several awards at the College Media Association gathering.

Communications Fellows embark on media tour in Atlanta

Twenty-four students met with communications professionals and alumni, receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of several media organizations.

Elon alumna sits down with U.S. education secretary to discuss civic engagement

The Oct. 27 discussion between Yasmine Arrington '15, the founder of ScholarCHIPS and a Peace First fellow, and Secretary John B. King Jr. was broadcast live on Facebook. 

iMedia graduate returns to share advice, WordPress expertise

David Kennedy G’10 visited with this year’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media cohort, discussing his own experiences in the graduate program as well as his role creating themes for WordPress, responsible for about 25 percent of websites around the world.

Alumnus begins Hearst Journalism Fellowship in San Francisco

The Elon University journalism major and former Pendulum editor-in-chief started the Hearst Corp.’s two-year fellowship program in August, assigned to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Class and affinity reunions celebrate success at Homecoming 2016

Reunion volunteers planned special events and helped raise more than $3.1 million for the university this year

Elon News Network brings home awards from National College Media Convention

Two alumni and a student also lead sessions at the conference, which was held Oct. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

Charles Clohan '98 elected to the Elon University Board of Trustees

The 1998 alumnus was installed as a trustee during the board’s fall meeting, held Oct. 21-22 on the Elon campus.

Nominations due Nov. 10 for Elon’s Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards

The annual awards are sponsored by the Young Alumni Council and honor deserving alumni who have graduated within the past decade. 


Philologian Chandelier comes home during Homecoming

The restored antique chandelier that had previously hung in Old Main, the school’s administration building destroyed by fire in 1923, adorns the Elon campus once again.

Five recognized with LGBTQIA Community Enrichment Awards

Joshua McIntosh ’97, Michael Bumbry ’07, Lee Buono ’16, Laurin Kier and Elizabeth Rogers were honored Oct. 22 for their advocacy efforts in the LGBTQIA communities

EBAN celebrates 20 years, bestows awards during Homecoming

The Elon Black Alumni Network honored five members of the Elon community Oct. 22 during an anniversary brunch 

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. 

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.

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.