Elon Alumni Association

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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. 

Message from President-elect Connie Ledoux Book

Elon University’s ninth president has recorded a video message for all members of the Elon community. 

Connie Ledoux Book elected ninth president of Elon University

Constance “Connie” Ledoux Book, provost of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and former Elon University faculty member and administrative leader, has been elected the university’s ninth president.

Breaking Barriers program brings together Elon student-athletes, Latin American ballplayers 

Assistant Professor of Sport Management Mark Cryan has directed a summer program the past two years that provides cultural and language exchange events for Latin American players with the Burlington Royals. 

Elon Music Theatre alumni seen on Broadway, national tours, TV and film

Elon has 28 music theatre alumni who can currently be seen this fall/winter in 11 different Broadway shows and 14 national and international tours including "Hamilton," "Mean Girls," "Hello Dolly," "Wicked," "The Book of Mormon," "Dear Evan Hansen," "The Lion King," "Les Miserables," "CATS," "Aladdin," "Cinderella" and more.

Elon mourns the passing of Edith Brannock ’39 

Brannock, a retired assistant professor of home economics and longtime friend of Elon, died Sept. 25.

School of Communications faculty present at BEA conference in Pittsburgh

Associate Dean Don Grady and Associate Professor Vic Costello were among the nearly 100 media educators from around the country to attend the Broadcast Education Association event.

Elon alumna offers insight and advice at Sport Management Internship Forum

The Sport Management Department hosted its annual fall internship forum on Sept. 18, featuring Carol Pyszkowski ’16 as the event’s keynote speaker. The gathering also highlighted several SPT students and their professional experiences during the past summer.

Elon alumnus and his ‘Daily Show’ digital team win Creative Arts Emmy

Nicholas Dyer ’11, senior producer for the late-night Comedy Central program, was honored with colleagues on Sept. 9 at the Creative Arts Emmy Award show in Los Angeles.

Elon student team from Imagining the Internet Center records Internet Hall of Fame events in Los Angeles

During the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary events, the students produced documentary video interviews with 12 global Internet Hall of Fame inductees.

Call to Honor program celebrates Elon values

First-year students pledged to uphold the four virtues of the Elon Honor Code during the Call to Honor ceremony Sept. 15 in Alumni Gym.


Historic venue provides backdrop for future-focused Evening for Elon in New York City 

The annual gathering for Elon alumni, parents and friends drew a record crowd to a gala setting aboard the WWII-era aircraft carrier Intrepid.

Tony Settles ’87 featured on ESPN documentary “Year of the Scab”

The former Elon football player was a part of the Washington Redskins replacement team during the NFL’s player strike in 1987.

Elon statistics faculty and alumni gather in Durham

Statistics faculty and local statistics alumni met in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 to catch up.

Elon earns national recognition, #1 rankings in 2018 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges”

Elon is the #1 master’s university in the South and the national leader in academic programs that lead to student success.‚Äč

Elon Music alumna to perform with the Fire of the Carolinas Nov. 4

Jessika Brust '08 will perform with Elon's marching band during Homecoming Weekend.

Sport Management alumna discusses her career in college athletics

Abby Bradbury ’13 works in the athletics department at the University of California, Berkeley, and shared her personal and professional insights with Associate Professor Hal Walker’s Contemporary Sport Management class.

Elon Law alumnus is seeking to level the scales of justice for youth offenders

Ricky Watson, Jr. L’11 helped lead “raise the age” efforts to end the practice of trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the North Carolina criminal justice system.

Elon academic programs earn recognition in 2018 USA Today and College Factual “Best Colleges” ranking

Elon University earns 35 badges for excellence in rankings based on the outcomes of a college education. The rankings were released by USA Today, College Factual and Google News. 

Alumna dedicates life to advocate for peace and justice

From an early age, faith and family helped the Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown ’59 develop an attitude of love for every being that has guided her life.


Elon alumni bike across the country for a cause

Nick Suarez ’17 and Amanda Steinman ’17 returned home in early August after biking nearly 4,000 miles to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

Welcome to the City Series kicks off in NYC

The New York City Alumni Chapter held the first event of the annual series with record-breaking attendance and view of the skyline from a signature rooftop venue.

Al Drago ’15: Purposefully focused

It has taken Al Drago ’15 only two years to earn his place in the nation’s capital press corps, amassing an impressive social media presence along the way.

Boston alumni chapter cheers on the Red Sox

On Aug. 15, Elon’s Boston Alumni Chapter hosted its annual summer outing at Fenway Park.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper visits Elon alumna's classroom

Gov. Roy Cooper recently visited the first grade classroom of Sarah Spaeth '14 at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham, North Carolina. 

Elon alumnus named a 'Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisor' by Forbes

Mike Kanner ’02 was among the top 50 advisors ranked on the Forbes list.

Colin Donohue ’05 wins award for advising from College Media Association

The award is given to advisers yearly in recognition for their contributions to their campus media outlets.

Ninth Interactive Media class arrives on campus, christens renovated Long Building

This week 26 students officially started Elon’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media program, beginning a 10-month journey that will prepare them to think, design and develop content across all media platforms.

The New York Times profiles Doug Williams ’13 and his rise in the television industry

The July 20 article highlights the Elon graduate’s on-air position with SportsNet New York and his close relationship with his prominent father, MSNBC host Brian Williams.

Charlotte Alumni Chapter hosts new family-friendly event

More than 50 Elon alumni and their families gathered on July 9 for a cookout at Freedom Park

Graduate of acting program appearing in new season of AMC's 'Preacher'

Kristina Adler '12 is playing the role of Elsa this season in the series 'Preacher.' She is a graduate of the BFA Acting program and is currently acting, directing, and producing films in Atlanta.

Atlanta alumni experience new Suntrust Park

Twenty-five alumni, family and friends attended the Atlanta Alumni Chapter annual Atlanta Braves outing in July

Tumbleston '06 returns to Elon for colloquium on 3D printing

The alumnus presented on the novel 3D printing technology used by his  Redwood City, California-based firm, Carbon. 

Daniel Koehler ’12 edits compelling op-ed video for The New York Times 

On the heels of co-editing the new documentary “City of Ghosts,” the Elon alumnus served as an editor for a short video supporting an article written by Syrian activist Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Ernst & Young names Newhall '98 an Entrepreneur of the Year for Maryland

Ashton Newhall '98, a former trustee and the sponsor of the C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture at the Love School of Business, has received the annual entrepreneurial recognition from Ernst & Young. 

The Odyssey family

Elon’s Odyssey Scholars share a bond that carries them through the campus experience and into successful lives after graduation.

Dare to succeed

An entrepreneur at heart, Rob Orr ’14 began building two seasonal businesses in the Outer Banks while pursuing a finance degree at Elon.

Music video 'Anything' created by Elon alumni earns online acclaim

The recent collaboration from Mia Watkins ’16 and Eric Hernandez ’16 brings to life the new single from R&B artist Mawule and celebrates the importance of fatherhood.

Seattle alumni chapter enjoys a summer kickoff event

The Seattle Alumni Chapter gathered on the rooftop of the Hard Rock Cafe, just around the corner from the Pike Place Market, to celebrate Seattle's first full week of sunshine in style.

Sport Management faculty, alumnus publish research in Recreational Sports Journal

Associate Professor Tony Weaver, Assistant Professor Cara McFadden and Elon graduate Drew Forte ’15 explored the perceptions of higher education administrators regarding the role club sports play in recruiting and retaining male students.