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After an exceptionally busy Winter Term with hundreds of students studying all over the world, everyone is back on campus ready for a new semester. Below we give you a preview of some of the biggest events taking place this spring (Elon Day and Celebrate! Week) and also a taste of some of the great things our students have accomplished so far this academic year. We want to take this opportunity to remember and honor Professor of Geography Heidi Frontani, who passed away on Feb. 26 after a sudden illness. A Gathering of Friends was held on campus on Feb. 29. We were struck by how many alumni returned to campus to pay their respects to Dr. Frontani and spoke of her abilities as a professor, mentor and lifelong friend. Dr. Frontani not only made an amazing impact on students’ lives while at Elon, her influence extended around the globe to communities in Ghana.

Gabie Smith
Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences

Campus celebrates the legacy of beloved professor

Hundreds of people gathered to share stories and happy memories of Professor Heidi G. Frontani

Hundreds of people gathered Feb. 29 in the Numen Lumen Pavilion to share stories and happy memories of Professor Heidi G. Frontani, a faculty member in the Department of History & Geography who had died of a sudden illness just three days earlier.

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Elon Day 2016: A banner day for Elon

Elon Day 2016: March 8

Make plans to participate in this special daylong celebration by making a gift to Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences on March 8. Share photos on social media using #ElonDay and let everyone know why your alma mater is so special. For exciting announcements and to follow the day’s progress, visit the Elon Day website.

Celebrating research & the arts

Celebrate! Week 2016 is April 25–30

Every spring, the university dedicates a week (Celebrate! Week) to honor research and the arts. The centerpiece is the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum when students and faculty take a day away from class to showcase their projects. The rest of the week will be filled with music ensemble performances, poetry readings and opportunities to highlight the many accomplishments of our students. If you aren’t able to make it back to campus April 25–30 to enjoy Celebrate! Week, please make sure to keep up-to-date on all the excitement on E-net and our Facebook page

Taking the spotlight

Department of Performing Arts presents "A Light in the Piazza"

The Department of Performing Arts’ students, faculty and staff have been busy putting together two productions so far this year: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well and Adam Guettel & Craig Lucas’ A Light in the Piazza. All's Well completed a successful run in the Roberts Theatre in January. The cast included Visiting Assistant Professor Kevin Hoffmann ’02 in the role of the King of France. Piazza was performed in McCrary Theatre Feb. 11–14. Lyricist and composer Adam Guettel, the grandson of famed composer Richard Rodgers, has previously visited Elon and conducted a master class with students in the music theatre program. His musical is based on a novella about a young woman from Winston-Salem spending a summer in Italy with her mother.

Highlight: Elon’s Mock Trial Team

Members of Elon's Mock Trial Team

Elon ranks in the top 75 nationally for its Mock Trial Team. Over the past year, students have done very well at competitions, and Elon College is very proud of them. At the Ohio State competition, John Gavin ’16 earned a perfect score as an attorney on the prosecution side of a case and an almost perfect score as an attorney on the defense side of the case. He earned an Outstanding Attorney Award for these scores. At the Pennsylvania State University competition, the team won a Success with Honor Award for their professionalism, courtesy and sportsmanship during competition. Both teams are competing in the American Mock Trial Association’s Regional Competition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the last weekend of February.

Out-of-the-box thinking

The Maker Hub is Elon’s first makerspace open to all Elon students, faculty and staff. A makerspace is a space where you make things.

Last fall, the new Maker Hub opened in Harper Hall, and Elon College immediately started using the space to incorporate design thinking into our courses. More than 20 sections of computer science, English, physics, theater, communications, business, interactive media and Elon 101 used the space in the fall. Most of the sections participated in an hour-long orientation where students discovered what's possible in the Maker Hub, defined the maker mindset and competed in a hands-on challenge. Beyond the orientations, faculty were also integrating the Hub into assignments. Joel Hollingsworth encouraged students to use the Maker Hub to build a casing for their Internet of Things project. Holly Silvers invited students in her “Vikings, Saxons, and Monks” Winter Term Art History course to use the 3D printers to create an artifact based on readings done in class. Maria Falbo worked with an instructional technologist in Teaching and Learning Technology to design and implement a new maker assignment where students built an instrument to measure the position of the sun or moon in her Introduction to Astronomy course.

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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.

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Likely voters in North Carolina would currently vote for either former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over any of the 2016 Republican presidential nominees, save for one - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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A newspaper column by Professor Tom Arcaro reflects on the YMCA's first national advertising campaign, "The Y. For a better us," and contrasts the Y's mission with rhetoric in the 2016 presidential election cycle.

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