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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.

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

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

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.

Evening for Elon in Charleston - Jan. 29
Join President Leo M. Lambert and President-Elect Connie Ledoux Book for an Evening for Elon in Charleston, South Carolina.


Paper co-authored by communications professor and alumna named a finalist for research prize 

Associate Professor Barbara Miller Gaither collaborated with Elon graduate MaryClaire Schulz ’17 and University of North Carolina faculty member Lucinda Austin to examine the relationship between corporate social responsibility and social change. 

Family Weekend and Homecoming 2018 dates announced

Plan to join us in 2018 for Family Weekend on Sept. 28-30 and Homecoming on Nov. 2-4. 

Deck the halls with Elon jolly

Elon's 2017 holiday video includes 27 vocalists, one Phoenix, two presidents and lots of fun. Enjoy!

Seattle Alumni Chapter hosts professional development event

The Seattle Alumni Chapter facilitated the StrengthsQuest personal and professional assessment for local alumni.

Richmond alumni ring in the holidays

The Richmond Alumni Chapter celebrated the beginning of the holiday season together at their annual holiday party.

Elon Law graduates first class to complete 2.5-year program

Members of the Class of December 2017 received degrees in a ceremony featuring the chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, who encouraged the future attorneys to "help our society renew its commitment to the American compact that we all share."

Elon Music Theatre alum joins the First National Tour of 'Hamilton'

Fergie Philippe-Auguste '17 joins the revolution of the “Hamilton” tour playing his dream role

Philadelphia alumni support the 76ers

The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter cheer on their local pro team at their annual outing

Dallas alumni cheer on the Mavericks

The Dallas Alumni Chapter came together to see their local professional basketball team

Mark Enfield and Teaching Fellow alum Sara Rosenthal '16 collaborate on book about science education

Enfield, associate professor of education worked with Rosenthal to write “Taking science home: Reflexivity on becoming a teacher insider in an afterschool science program,” a book about their efforts to bring science learning to local children in an informal after-school program. The book narrates their efforts to become insiders in the social and cultural context, their learning as teachers, and the ways that science learning mediated between the children, teachers, context and content through the after-school program.

Elon celebrates accomplishments of newest Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduates

Forty-seven students received their doctor of physical therapy degrees at a commencement ceremony in McCrary Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

Charlotte alumni partner with Habitat for Humanity

Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosted its third annual Habitat service day

Philadelphia alumni make an impact in the community

Alumni packaged more than 10,000 pounds of food at the SHARE Food Program.

Elon News Network, alumni recognized with RTDNAC awards

The student-run news organization was honored with eight awards, including four first-place finishes, and several School of Communications graduates were recognized for their professional journalism efforts.

Kass wins international film festival award, meets Dalai Lama

The assistant professor of communications teamed with fellow faculty member Ryan Witt and three cinema and television arts majors to produce “Gull,” a short-subject film that won Best Editing at the 2017 Free Spirit Film Festival in Dharamsala, India.

Alumni build on reunion tradition, raise $3.8 million for Elon

More than 20 class and affinity groups hosted milestone reunion celebrations on campus during Homecoming weekend, Nov. 3-5. 

Elon alumnus honored for volunteer work, philanthropy 

John Sellers ’66 and wife Faye were recognized by the Shenandoah chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals during a Nov. 13 ceremony.

Elon is #61 in the nation and #3 in North Carolina in new college ranking

College Consensus is a college ranking aggregator that combines scores from major college rankings and student review sites.


Atlanta alumni participate in annual fall festival

The chapter was featured in the annual Chomp & Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival

Giving tradition illuminated at annual Festival of Holiday Lights

For the fourth year, alumni and senior class donors will be recognized at the holiday celebration on Dec. 5.

Expansive transportation story by Katherine Blunt ’15 receives Editor & Publisher award

The Houston Chronicle retail reporter, formerly a transportation reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, authored an in-depth article on a failed toll road plan, bringing to light “the pitfalls of privatized infrastructure.”   

Erin Barnett ’09 honored with elondocs Emerging Documentarian Award

The New York City-based documentary editor was recognized prior to a Nov. 9 screening of “Food Chains,” a 2014 film she edited that highlights agricultural labor in the United States.

Britten Ginsburg Pund ’06 wins ADAP leadership award

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides medications for the treatment of HIV disease, named Pund its Champion of the Year.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Elon a national leader in student engagement and #1 in North Carolina

Elon ranks #33 among 1,054 four-year colleges in connecting students and faculty members, challenging academics, promoting critical thinking and applying knowledge in real world situations.

Personalized alumni bricks are now Under the Oaks 

Alumni donors can now see the bricks that honor their support Under the Oaks and on a new website. 

Elon alumna to receive first elondocs Emerging Documentarian Award

Erin Barnett ’09 will be honored before a Nov. 9 screening of “Food Chains,” a 2014 documentary film she edited that highlights agricultural labor in the United States.

EBAN celebrates black excellence

Five members of the Elon community were honored Saturday for their contributions to their communities and support for the Elon Black Alumni Network.

LGBTQIA Alumni Network presents Community Enrichment awards

Elon’s LGBTQIA Alumni Network recognizes five members of the Elon community for their advocacy work during Homecoming weekend.

Fireworks, friendship and a football thriller as Elon welcomes alumni back for Homecoming 2017

More than 2,000 alumni joined Elon students, faculty and staff for a Homecoming celebration focused on reconnecting and celebrating. 

Alumni reconnect, celebrate President Leo Lambert and Laurie Lambert at Rock the Block

In its second year, the Rock the Block community party drew hundreds to East Haggard Avenue for music, food, games and fellowship. 

Distinguished graduates recognized with Elon Alumni Awards

Five extraordinary alumni were recognized Friday during an awards ceremony as part of Elon’s Homecoming festivities.

University Guides App offers all the details for Homecoming 2017

The app, available for Apple or Android, offers up-to-date schedules, a campus map with zoom capabilities, information about on-campus resources, on- and off-campus dining locations and hours, driving directions, social media and more.

Communications Fellows enjoy media tour in Atlanta

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

Homecoming 2017: Elon community prepares to welcome back alumni, friends

Elon's campus will be teeming with activity Nov. 3-5 as alumni young and old return to the university to celebrate with music, sports, awards and fellowship. 

Last chance to nominate a young alum for Elon's Top 10 Under 10 Alumni awards

Nominations are being accepted through TOMORROW, Wednesday, Nov. 1, for the annual awards sponsored by the Young Alumni Council that honor deserving alumni who have graduated within the past decade.

Elon alumnus Al Drago ’15 lectures at Poynter Institute

The freelance photojournalist based in Washington, D.C., presented a one-hour webinar titled “InstaSnap: Reporting Live Video 10 Seconds at a Time.”

Dr. Charles Kernodle ’38: A lifetime of service

At 100 years of age, the Elon alumnus is still doing what he loves for the benefit of his community.

J McMerty’s new documentary to make world premiere in Spain

The director of the Elon in Los Angeles program chronicled the life of acclaimed artist Betty Gold, and the final product will be screened on Nov. 3 at the 2017 Mallorca International Film Festival.

Homecoming 2017 University Guides app available to download

Find a full schedule of events and more through the Elon University Guides app. 

Reminder — Nominate a young alum for Elon's Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards

Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the annual awards sponsored by the Young Alumni Council that honor deserving alumni who have graduated within the past decade. 

Faculty gather to connect with President-Elect Connie Ledoux Book

More than 50 Elon faculty members gathered in the Numen Lumen Pavilion Monday to welcome Connie Book, who was elected Sunday to serve as Elon's ninth president. 

'Coming home': President-Elect Connie Ledoux Book's remarks to the Elon community

Book, who will become Elon's ninth president on March 1, was welcomed by the Elon community at a gathering in Alumni Gym on Monday, Oct. 9.

Community celebrates election of Connie Ledoux Book as Elon’s next president

Hundreds gathered in Alumni Gym on Monday to hear from the President-elect and trustee leaders who elected her to serve as the university’s ninth president.