Elon Alumni Association

Alumni News Archive

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. 

Alumni advice: the Do’s and Don’ts of financial planning

Katie Jarret Burke ’03 offers practical financial planning strategies for the Class of 2016 and young alumni.

Triangle Alumni Chapter hosts 'The Future of The Triangle' Panel

Triangle-area alumni gathered at City Club Raleigh on April 13 for an alumni panel focused on the future  growth of the area

Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter hosts 'From Elon to Now' panel

Washington, D.C. area alumni gathered on April 20 at CASE Headquarters to hear about alumni professional journeys in the nation's captial

Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosts 'Alumni Startups in Charlotte' panel

Charlotte-area alumni gathered at the Duke Mansion on Monday, April 25 to hear from four alumni about their journeys in starting their own companies

Los Angeles Alumni Chapter hosts alumni panel event

Los Angeles area alumni gathered at Busby's East on Tuesday, May 3 to hear from a panel of five alumni about their journeys to success in Los Angeles

Elon athletics announces partnership with Under Armour

Phoenix gear will be produced by the leading apparel and equipment producer beginning in July 2016.

Short-term volunteer role now open for young alumni

Take advantage of this short-term volunteer role that is now open for alumni who graduated from 2006 to 2015.

Staff, faculty and alumna participate in global education conference

Five members of the Elon University community and one School of Communications graduate attended the 12th annual conference of The Forum on Education Abroad.  

Troy Senkiewicz ’98 receives Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Los Angeles-based technology consultant noted that his connection to his alma mater continues to grow with every passing year, thanks to the friends and mentors he found on campus.

Elon University Named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The national award recognizes Elon’s commitment to sustainability in its operations and its academic programs.

Alumni, Pendulum students named regional winners in journalism competition

Al Drago '15 was honored with four regional wins in photography categories.

Elon alum speaks to Global Neighborhood Association about farming

Brett Evans ’13, co-owner of Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro, gave a talk titled “From Liberal Arts to Local Agriculture: a Young Farmer’s Views on Food.”

Mitch Pittman ’09 presents Emmy Award to School of Communications

The reporter at KOMO-TV in Seattle and recipient of four regional Emmys during his television career presented one of his awards to Communications Dean Paul Parsons to display in the school’s lobby.

Top 10 Under 10 Awards celebrate the successes of young alumni

The awards program highlights and celebrates alumni who have graduated within the past decade and who are distinguished in their professions and invested in the future of Elon and its community.

Removal of historic wall marks next phase of Elon’s expansion

A ceremony marking the removal of a portion of Elon’s west wall united town and gown leaders to celebrate the university’s continued growth.

Elon statement regarding NC legislative action

Elon University has received several questions and expressions of concern regarding this week’s action by the North Carolina legislature prohibiting local government non-discrimination laws. 


Mykel Dodson ’10 provides firsthand account of Brussels terrorist attack

The Elon alumnus was riding the subway just one Metro stop away from the Maelbeek station when the blast occurred on March 22.


The Pendulum named best newspaper in conference best-of-show competition

The College Media Association honored the student news organization with an Apple Award, and a School of Communications staff member and alumnus offered presentations at the convention.

Communications students, alumnus recognized as regional finalists in SPJ competition

Winners will know if their work will enter the national contest in April.

Elon student, alumna place in top 20 of national reporting competition

Senior journalism major Gary Grumbach and Kate Murphy '15 were both honored in the same multimedia competition.

Legal expert: Improvements seen in fight against online hate crimes

Professor and author Danielle Keats Citron delivered the spring keynote address Thursday night in Elon's Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture program, which aims to promote healthy relationships between young men and women and prevent domestic violence.

Film edited by Elon alumna to premiere at South by Southwest

Katrina Taylor ’04 is the editor and producer of a documentary titled “Boone,” which chronicles the trials and tribulations of three young farmers working on a small goat farm in Southern Oregon. 

Peace Corps staffer returns to Elon

Erin Lawless ’03 visited campus in February and spoke with students about her experiences in the Peace Corps.

Donors make March 8 a banner day for Elon

The third annual #ElonDay celebration raised $955,099 from 3,749 gifts, making it the single greatest day of giving in Elon’s history.

College Coffee kicks off #ElonDay festivities

Students, faculty and staff celebrated Elon University on March 8, 2016, in a special gathering around Fonville Fountain where revelers heard from two young alumni about the value and power of giving back to their alma mater.

Service Learning Community celebrates 21st anniversary

A special Feb. 27 dinner offered Elon University students, alumni and staff members an opportunity to share stories from a residential living-learning community that introduces freshmen to campus and regional service opportunities.

Communications alumni discuss public relations career options

Katie Zach ’04 and Leanne High ’07 visited campus to talk about their past experiences and current roles working in the public relations field, giving students insight into the professional world. 

Elon students enjoy special access to the Oscars’ red carpet

For the second consecutive year, students studying in the Elon in LA program got an inside look at the festivities leading up to the Academy Awards, the film industry’s biggest night of the year.

Student media honored by state association

The Pendulum, Phi Psi Cli and Colonnades won a total of 22 awards from the North Carolina College Media Association.

Jennifer Thompson '85 named North Carolinian of the Year

The N.C. Press Association honored Thompson, a rape survivor and an advocate for reform in the use of eyewitness identification, during a Feb. 25 awards ceremony.

Elon alumnus speaks about life as a math graduate student

Greg Mader '11, a doctoral student in Biomathematics at N.C. State University, spoke Feb. 24 to a crowd of 32 students and faculty about his life as a graduate student.

Communications students recognized by BEA awards competition

Led by Nick Margherita’s first-place finish, several School of Communications students and graduates were recognized in the 2016 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Their awards will be presented at the organization's annual conference April 17-20 in Las Vegas.

WSOE's long road to the airwaves

Bill Zint ’79, WSOE’s first manager, reflects on the student radio station’s 1977 launch and its mission to bring together the Elon community. 

Elon pioneers recognized for 'heroic' role in integration

Glenda Phillips Hightower and Eugene Perry ‘69 were honored during a special College Coffee with formal portraits unveiled to commemorate their roles in making Elon history.

Creating new realities

Fueled by personal experience, Yasmine Arrington ’15 is building a brighter future for children of incarcerated parents.

Communications junior to speak at TED2016 conference

Cinema and television arts major Jonny Deaton ’17 will screen his film, “Joining the Conversation,” and kick off a discussion about nuclear weapons during the opening day of the annual conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Communications graduate lands prestigious marketing fellowship

Steven Ebert ’14 is one of 12 individuals selected from a pool of more than 1,500 candidates for a three-year fellowship with WPP, the world’s largest advertising, public relations and branding company.

Dance film explores ‘The Passing of Time’

Elon University faculty members Jen Guy Metcalf and J McMerty '00, with assistance from several students and alumni, collaborated to examine a love story through ages and stages of life.

2016 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients announced    

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

Communications graduate displays work in Los Angeles’ Staples Center

Bia Jurema ’15, a School of Communications alumna, directed, shot and edited a video currently playing on the arena’s LED screens during NBA games and concerts.

Film co-produced by Elon alum receives Oscar nomination

Laith al-Majali '05 is part of a team that has earned the nation of Jordan its first ever Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Buffie Longmire-Avital and Brenda Reavis '15 co-author article in the Journal of Black Psychology

Assistant Professor Buffie Longmire-Avital and young alumna Brenda Reavis '15 have co-authored an article in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Black Psychology examining the ideal and non-negotiable characteristics emerging adult Black American women look for in potential male partners. 

Susan Yow '76 selected to N.C. Sports Hall of Fame

The former Elon women’s basketball standout with a distinguished career in collegiate and professional coaching will join eight other North Carolina sports figures to be formally enshrined during a May induction banquet.

Elon Law announces new law practice incubator

Elon University School of Law has created the Elon Law Legal Incubator to support Elon Law graduates who wish to develop solo law practices and to create opportunities for lawyers to provide reduced-cost legal services for low-income residents of Guilford County. 

Leah Greene '15 travels the seas touring on Disney Cruise Line

The Elon University music theatre alum joins the casts of “Disney Dreams,” “Twice Charmed,” and the world premiere of “Tangled.”

Miles Williams '15 claims spot on FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team

The human service studies major from South Carolina excelled in the classroom and on the field this fall for the Elon Phoenix football team, earning him honors from the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association. 

Our favorite Elon images of 2015

As we bid farewell to 2015, we invite you to take a few minutes to recall the historic and memorable moments of the past year in a picture gallery created by University Communications photographers.