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Greetings from Dean Gabie Smith

Hello Elon College alumni! I hope you enjoy this newsletter summarizing some of the many events happening on campus this spring. Change seems to be the theme of the 2017–18 academic year. We welcomed President Connie Ledoux Book during her first day at Elon on March 1, and College faculty were delighted to host her at our faculty meeting. Everyone is very excited to partner with President Book and continue to build on our successes as an institution. As you will note in this newsletter, we also have a number of changes in the faculty as many senior colleagues are retiring at the end of academic year. In the fall, we will welcome a number of new faculty to campus, each of whom will bring their own unique approaches to enriching the student experience. Our change theme is also reflected in developments in our engineering curriculum, with the addition of a four-year degree in engineering, and in the changes in our students as they grow academically, personally and professionally while at Elon. One thing we hope does not change, now or in the future, is your connection to your Elon faculty and friends. Please keep us informed about what is happening in your lives and stop by for a visit when you come back to campus.

All the best,

Gabie E. Smith
Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Psychology  

Elon College Fellow profile: Samantha Perry ’18

Perry

Samantha Perry ’18 arrived at Elon in 2014 with a passion for international studies, drawn to the university because of its focus on global engagement and her interest in humanitarian aid. A Periclean Scholar, she’s majoring in human service studies and as a Lumen Prize winner, she is studying how global public health issues play out at the community level in Nakaseke, Uganda. As a Lumen Scholar, Sam is researching strategies that Village Health Team workers in Uganda employ to overcome challenges as they strive to provide high-quality care with attention to patient rights.

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Engineering news: New program and faculty members

Engineering

There is a special buzz in the McMichael Science Center: after consideration of the needs of some engineering students and careful planning by faculty and staff, the college is launching a new four-year engineering major. The new program brings both the core of liberal arts and sciences, and Elon’s highly engaged and experiential education model, to engineering studies, while allowing majors to complete their degree on Elon’s campus. Students will learn engineering by doing engineering, with a design experience included in all four years of the program. While this new program offers an exciting option to our engineering students, the university remains committed to supporting the existing and successful dual-degree engineering program, where students spend three years at Elon and the remaining two at one of the top engineering schools in the nation. In support of these degree programs, two new faculty members have joined Elon’s other outstanding professors of engineering: Rich Blackmon is completing his first year at Elon. His primary research and teaching interest is applied optical science/engineering. Jonathan Su will join the Elon faculty in the fall. His primary research interest is in drug delivery, particularly in the areas of HIV prevention, women’s health and delivery to the female reproductive tract.

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A brief tribute to retiring faculty

Retiring faculty

We want to recognize the many accomplishments and indelible contributions of those Elon College faculty who are preparing to retire at the end of this academic year: Barry Beedle, Paul Fromson, Karl Green, Thomas Henricks, Pam Kiser, Steve Moore, Betty Morgan, Jeffrey Pugh, Sharon Spray and Anthony Weston.

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ELON FAMILY MAKES HISTORIC $1 MILLION GIFT TO MUSIC PRODUCTION AND RECORDING ARTS

The largest equipment gift in program history will take Elon’s nationally recognized program to the next level.

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SURF TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN APRIL

This year marks 25 years since the launch of what has become the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum, an event that provides the opportunity for Elon students and faculty to showcase their in-depth research.

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IN MY WORDS: READING THE NAMES OF THE DEAD IN A COLD WORLD

Rosemary Haskell, professor of English, writes in this column for the Elon University Writers Syndicate about how the country grieves those lost to gun violence and how that should change.

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PERICLEAN SCHOLARS OFFER LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS DURING WORK IN ZAMBIA

The Winter Term program is the culminating project for the Class of 2018 Periclean Scholars, who spent two weeks in Cipulukusu in Zambia.

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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.

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