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Communications graduates of 2018 spreading across U.S. following commencement

Here's a look at where some of the 2018 School of Communications graduates are headed after they graduate.

School of Education recognizes distinguished alumni

The School of Education recently unveiled a display that honors alumni who have made an impact in education.

Rain and shine: Class of 2018 celebrates with faculty and staff at Senior Picnic

Seniors, faculty and staff filled Lakeside Dining Hall on Wednesday for the annual Senior Picnic sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Office of the Provost. 

How to watch Elon Commencement 2018 online

Elon's three Commencement ceremonies this week will be streamed live. 

NYC Alumni on top of the world
The New York City Alumni Chapter hosted more than 120 alumni at the Observatory Deck in the One World Trade Center.


Lifelong devotion: Elon alumnus makes estate gift of more than $3 million

Christopher P. Martin ’78 P’13, an Elon alumnus, trustee and parent from Tinton Falls, New Jersey, is one of the university's most loyal and generous benefactors. His recent gift will provide funding for scholarships and other key priorities in the future.

Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff recognized

As part of the first Gala Latina on May 4, the university recognized Latinx/Hispanic students, faculty and staff for their academic and civic involvement on campus. 

Lavender Graduation and Awards Dinner honors Elon LGBTQIA students

Sponsored by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center, the Lavender Graduation & Awards Dinner 2018 was an opportunity to honor outstanding students. 

Sport Management Department celebrates outstanding students at senior banquet

Elon alumna Jackie Sapio ’10, coordinator of community initiatives for the Philadelphia Phillies, provided a keynote address at the awards ceremony, highlighting her professional path and sharing words of wisdom with the soon-to-be graduates.

Inaugural Sport Management Conference spotlights careers in sport industry

The April 30 event included a keynote address from Tyler Key, general manager of IMG College, three panel discussions featuring more than a dozen industry professionals, and a network reception.

Evening for Elon events in Atlanta and Charlotte highlight regional outreach

For many alumni, parents and friends in attendance, the events were their first opportunity to interact with President Connie Ledoux Book, who took office in March.


Philadelphia alumni serve for Earth Day

The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter participated in a service project at a local park.

Black excellence in the spotlight at 25th annual Phillips-Perry Awards

Outstanding Elon students, along with distinguished faculty and staff were recognized for their achievements and contributions to Elon on April 28.

Arts & Sciences alumni recognized

Three outstanding alumni from Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences, were honored Thursday at an annual awards celebration.

Elon Law student group honors women lawyers

The Women's Law Association recognized Manisha Patel L'11 and Karen McKeithen Schaede at its annual Professionalism Dinner on April 18, 2018, an evening that included a judges panel featuring women who serve on North Carolina's Court of Appeals and with the state's superior and district courts.

Communications students win top honors in regional journalism competition

The Society of Professional Journalists Region 2 Mark of Excellence award winners included several students and alumni.

Elon alumna Angie Lovelace Walton receives 2018 Pulitzer Prize

The 2010 School of Communications graduate was part of a groundbreaking USA Today/Arizona Republic journalism team that examined the border wall between the United States and Mexico.


School of Communications presents Colleen Penhall ’98 with Outstanding Alumna Award

The vice president for corporate social responsibility at Lowe’s returned to campus April 12 and was recognized during Lambda Pi Eta’s induction ceremony.

Young alumni excellence celebrated

Ten alumni who graduated in the past 10 years were recognized with the Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards on April 14 for their professional success, service as difference-makers in their communities and loyal support of Elon.

Elon Alumni Board signs agreement to endow new student scholarship

The board was joined by President Connie Ledoux Book as they made the scholarship official at their annual spring meeting.

Dance film by Jen Guy Metcalf and J McMerty ’00 awarded first place in LA film festival

The film, “The Nature of Consciousness,” was an official selection of the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles and earned the top award in the experimental category.

Seattle alumni gather to learn the sport of curling

The Seattle alumni did what no chapter has done before — they learned and played the popular Olympic game of curling.

Student Advisory Board convenes with Dean Paul Parsons for final time

During the 2017-18 academic year, student board members reviewed the School of Communications’ accreditation self-study, considered school priorities for the year, and met with each of the four dean candidates vying to succeed Parsons.

Kelsey Bliss ’17: merging her major with her passion

Thanks to her Elon experience, marketing major Kelsey Bliss ’17 had the chance to work with the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl

Matthew McKenzie ’16: Focused on service

Matthew McKenzie ’16 was one of 30 U.S. Ford employees selected for the company’s Thirty Under 30 program last year.

Dana Neves ’95 promoted to vice president and general manager of Hartford’s CBS affiliate

The Elon University graduate and broadcast journalism major began her career as an intern at WFSB-TV in 1995.

Atlanta Chapter hosts "Communicate with Impact" event

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter positioned their annual Professional Development event to cater towards communication skills.

Elon students help tip off ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Led by Matt Cotton ’18, approximately 40 Elon students volunteered at the conference championship tournament held in Greensboro Feb. 28 through March 4.

Elon senior heads to NYC as finalist for PRWeek’s Outstanding Student of the Year award

Strategic communications major Rachel Hobbs ’18 was one of two finalists for the national award, which was presented at the 2018 PRWeek Awards Dinner and Presentation on March 15.

Documentary produced by Elon alumnus earns Colorado Broadcasters award

Eric Hernandez ’16 served as an associate producer on “Colorado Experience: Galloping Goose,” an award-winning episode of a TV series produced by Rocky Mountain PBS.

Donors make history on record-breaking Elon Day

On March 13, donors made 5,370 gifts raising $1,840,378 to achieve the most successful Elon Day celebration to date.

Through planned gift, alumnus creates endowed scholarship with a focus on service

The Thomas M. Smiddy ’88 and Sherri Smiddy Endowed Scholarship will support students who are active through Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Love School of Business or work-study.

WSOE celebrates 40 years on the airwaves

Elon’s student-run radio station hosted a two-day celebration that included a panel discussion, featuring several former WSOE general managers, and a dinner with a keynote from Tom Mullen ’00, vice president of marketing catalog at Atlantic Records. Additionally, Assistant Professor Gerald Gibson was recognized with an Award of Excellence for his years of mentorship.

Kathie Niven '89 named president of Biscuitville

The 1989 alumna joined the Greensboro, N.C.-based restaurant company in 2011 as its chief brand officer.

Elon celebrates community, legacy at #ElonDay College Coffee

A special College Coffee inside Alumni Gym on Tuesday morning energized the Elon community for its fifth #ElonDay effort.  

ADP sales executive speaks to aspiring sales students

Meg Farabow ’11 provided valuable counsel to students looking to take charge in sales.

Vote now: Help get Elon on the big screen

As part of the 2018 Coca-Cola and Regal Films student film competition, Elon students traveled to Atlanta in late January to produce a 35-second film, which is now available to watch online. And don’t forget to vote for Elon’s commercial in the Fan Favorite Award contest.

Networking abroad: Elon alumni in London share advice with students

Hosted by the London Alumni Chapter, a panel of alumni discussed professional development and life living abroad.

Eight reasons to attend the Job & Internship Expo on March 8

Alumni Gym, 2-5:30 p.m on Thursday

Elon Law alumni named to leadership program

Five graduates of Elon University School of Law were among 16 attorneys selected for the North Carolina Bar Association's Leadership Academy, a program designed to "help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities." 

New President Connie Ledoux Book leads final celebration of Alumni Gym

On her first day in office, Elon’s new president was on hand for the final regular season intercollegiate basketball game in Alumni Memorial Gymnasium. The game ended in a big Phoenix win.


The Pendulum, Phi Psi Cli honored by state media association

The Elon University student media organizations collected three Best of Show awards in a contest hosted by the North Carolina College Media Association.

2018 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients to be recognized April 14

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.


NYC alumni chapter hosts Professional Development Day

The New York City Alumni Chapter hosted its annual professional development event with an extraordinary group of alumni panelists.

Charlotte alumni offer insight into 'what they didn't teach you in college'

The Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosted its annual professional development event with four alumni speakers. 

Elon alumnus to screen horror film at Nevermore Film Festival

Ben DeLoose’s new movie, “Escape the Dark,” will be shown at the Carolina Theater in Durham on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24.

You bELONg in the Community: 2018 B-Town Monthly Events   

Burlinton's Recreational Center Offers Some Exciting Monthly Events it Hopes Elon Students Will Take Advantage Of! 

Elon ranked among top producers of Peace Corps volunteers

Among medium-sized colleges and universities, Elon ranked No. 16 for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it produced in 2017. Last year, Elon Law launched a new fellows program to help returned Peace Corps volunteers become lawyers. 

Elon University named a top producer of Fulbright students

Elon is featured on the annual list of American master’s-level institutions whose graduates received Fulbright student awards for 2017-18. 


Longtime coach Bill Morningstar '64 awarded Elon Medallion

T. William "Bill" Morningstar Jr., who served under three Elon presidents as a coach across multiple sports, was honored at the 11th annual Night of the Phoenix. 

Alumnus achieves sweet success

Chas Smith ’11 is the co-founder of Sap! Beverages, a company that offers healthy, plant-based alternatives to sugary drinks.

Elon students capture three first-place awards in BEA competition

School of Communications students earned a total of five awards in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. 

Alumna's research into Lyme disease highlighted on the Today Show

Sarah Whiteside '13, now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Utah Health, is researching why some Lyme disease symptoms persist even after antibiotic treatment. 

iMedia students travel to the Netherlands to help connect people and cultures through language

During their Winter Term “fly-in” experience, seven graduate students in the Interactive Media master’s program traveled to Western Europe, filming a short documentary and gathering multimedia content to promote a community space dedicated to minority languages. 

Alumni welcome Odyssey Program students to Altanta

Students experienced professional development advice and networking opportunities with alumni

Boston Alumni celebrate the New Year

Nearly 200 alumni enjoyed a live musical performance at one of Boston's most popular spots

Presidential conversation among the highlights at Evening for Elon in Charleston

Elon alumni, parents and friends gathered Jan. 29 for a night of celebration and a discussion about the future of Elon by President Leo M. Lambert and President-elect Connie Ledoux Book. 

J McMerty’s new film wins top prizes at Milwaukee Women’s Film Festival

The Elon alumnus produced a full-length documentary titled “A Year with Betty Gold” that chronicles the life of acclaimed artist Betty Gold. The final product earned raved reviews at an annual festival in Wisconsin.

Elon alum Chas Smith '11 pitches his business on ABC's "Shark Tank"

The president and co-founder of Sap! Beverages appeared on the popular national television program on Jan. 28.

Elon junior named ACE Student Editing Competition nominee

Lillian Engel ’19 placed in the top three of the American Cinema Editors’ Student Editing Competition, earning an invitation to the 2018 ACE Eddie Awards held on Jan. 26 in Beverly Hills, California.

Elon students attend MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando

Led by Assistant Professor Mark Cryan, seven students attended the four-day event that drew representatives from all 30 Major League Baseball teams and their 160 minor league affiliates. Among those on hand were several Elon alumni now working in professional baseball.

Sport Management class tours professional sports organizations in Charlotte

Assistant Professor Shaina Dabbs' Professional Sport Management class met with executives and staff members working for the Carolina Panthers, Knights and Checkers, including a trio of Elon alumni who handle ticket sales for the city’s AHL affiliate.  

iMedia students showcase their international projects for the public good  

During their Jan. 23 presentations in Turner Theatre, graduate students in the Interactive Media master's program shared their Winter Term “fly-in” projects and their experiences traveling to Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua and the Netherlands. 

Elon team named a finalist in 2018 Coca-Cola and Regal Films contest

Following their selection, cinema and television arts majors Patrick Wei ’20, Hunter Strauch ’18 and Katie Shannon ’18 received $15,000 to produce a 35-second film for the student competition.

Elon contingent produces ACC basketball contest for Raycom Sports 

Wes Durham ’88, Tom Kosempa ’91, Lance Stewart ’92, Kevin Roley ’93 and Erik Kendall ’11 all played prominent roles in the Charlotte-based production company’s Jan. 21 telecast.

Lindleys enhance their support of Elon with estate gift

The generous gift from Elon trustee, alumnus and parent Jack R. Lindley Sr. ’56 P’83 and his wife, Dorothy C. Lindley P’83, of Burlington, North Carolina, will provide valuable funding to help secure the university’s future.

Former Elon standout named to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

Joe West, a quarterback for Elon's football teams in the early 1970s, is now a Major League Baseball umpire. 

Elon alumnus Joe Bruno ’14 hailed as ‘news breaking machine’ 

The WSOC-TV reporter was recognized as one of Charlotte’s “10 local media minds to watch in 2018.”

Elon Law alumni named among '40 Leaders Under 40'

The Hon. Carrie Vickery L'09 and Adam Arthur L'10 are being honored by the Triad Business Journal for their professional achievements, leadership and community involvement in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.

Music industry executive Tom Mullen ’00 publishes new book titled ‘Anthology of Emo: Volume One’

The vice president of marketing catalog at Atlantic Records has expanded his successful website and podcast – both titled “Washed Up Emo” – into a “documentation of stories” from artists and individuals involved in the emotionally charged musical genre that rose from the punk and hardcore scene.