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Dear fellow alumni,

As my term as president of the Elon Black Alumni Network comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on the accomplishments we’ve achieved together over the past two years.

EBAN has shown tremendous growth since our 2010 summit. We currently have more than 1,400 members. Highlights include the inception of the EBAN website and Facebook page, two overwhelmingly successful Homecoming reunions, Admissions participation through SMART Orientation and Multicultural Experience Weekend and much more.

None of these accomplishments would be possible without the guidance of Durice White ’09 and Priscilla Awkard ’95. These two wonderful ladies were instrumental in spearheading the start of the network and the EBAN Scholarship. I’m also grateful to the committee chairs and executive leaders who have done an exceptional job over the past year.

In closing, I encourage each of you to stay actively involved with EBAN. Your continued commitment and involvement are what it takes to make this network a success. I have thoroughly enjoyed being your president, and in my new role as past president, I look forward to watching each of you bring EBAN even further this year.

Again, thanks, and go Phoenix!

Mike Duggins '92

EBAN committees make strides
in 2011-12

From admissions to the Boyd Book club, from this newsletter to enhanced Homecoming programming, your EBAN executive board and committees have been busy at work this year to help strengthen your connections with Elon! Please click here to see a report on what we’ve been up to and how you can get involved for 2012-13.

Alumni spotlight:
Tracey Helton Lewis ’93 P’10

An accomplished school administrator for Surry County (N.C.) Schools, Tracey will serve as the next president of EBAN beginning this summer. She holds master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Gardner-Webb University, and is pursuing a doctorate from UNC-G in educational leadership and cultural foundations. Yet it’s Tracey’s bonds with Elon that remain strongest; after all, she’s an alumna and a parent – her son, Brandon Helton, graduated in 2010.

Tracey believes her life’s calling is to educate children to be globally competitive in the 21st century and to develop teacher-leaders. The first black principal in Surry County Schools history, Tracey currently leads Shoals Elementary School and has been recognized for excellence in teaching and leadership, receiving Surry’s Principal of the Year Award in 2007-08 and the 2005 Jack McCall Award from the North Carolina Principal’s Executive Program, among many others. Read more …

Student spotlight:
Evan Glover ’12

Long before setting foot on Elon’s campus, Evan honed his leadership skills as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, Md. At Elon, Evan has studied finance and political science, and has participated in organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., SGA and SMART, among others. He plans to pursue a dual law and business graduate degree and already has been accepted by several top-25 law schools.

This spring, Evan has served as one of the first students in the new executive intern program established by the President’s Office. Working with Jim Piatt, vice president for university advancement, Evan has worked on several projects, including an iPad program for advancement officers, and traveled with President Leo M. Lambert to Atlanta for an Evening for Elon in February.

“The experiences and lessons I’ve learned as an executive intern have been invaluable,” Evan says.

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Save the date!

Don't miss these upcoming special events:

April 28, 3:30 p.m.
Black Excellence Awards reception and banquet.
  Click here to register and to sign up to be a table host. We need 30 alumni to volunteer as table hosts for this annual event.

May 17, 4:30 p.m.
Mentor program finance & budget workshop. Priscilla Awkard '95 will be the keynote speaker. Contact Chris Woods '06 to RSVP.

May 17, 6 p.m.
African-American Commencement Reception. Celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors and hear a keynote address from Candyce Marsh '03. Light refreshments served. Contact Durice White '09 to RSVP.

Oct. 19-21: Homecoming 2012!
Keep an eye out for the Save the Date postcard and make your hotel reservations now for our annual reunion. Visit the Homecoming website for more information.

Support the Black Alumni Scholarship today

Please click the button above to make a gift to Elon and designate it to our scholarship fund. Thank you for your support!

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