Elon College Dean’s Office in Transition
The Elon College dean’s office is going through lots of changes. Dean Alison Morrison-Shetlar left to take on a new role as vice chancellor and provost at Western Carolina University, and Associate Dean Maurice Levesque moved to the Elon’s Office of the Provost to become associate provost. We wish them both the very best in their new positions.
The dean’s office is still working hard to meet the needs of our students, faculty and staff within the College of Arts & Sciences. I am excited to step in as interim dean for the next few months while the university undertakes the search for a new permanent dean. I joined Elon’s Department of Psychology in 2000 and have served as department chair for the past four years. I’m looking forward to new opportunities to serve the College from the dean’s office perspective.
Please note opportunities discussed below for you to stay involved in the life of Elon. We will have another vibrant Celebrate! Week this spring, capped off with a fun-filled, family-oriented celebration of the Arts & Sciences and the President’s Music Concert, both on May 3. If you’re in the area, please come over to campus and join in the festivities.
Please stop by when you’re back for a visit and introduce yourself. Let us know what you are doing, and you may be highlighted in the next newsletter!
Gabie Smith, Interim Dean
Updates on the Elon Poll
Elon College faculty have fully embraced the university’s commitment to diversity and global engagement. This past November the Elon Poll, in coordination with the Sunshine Center at Elon University, conducted a statewide “Open Government” survey of North Carolina residents. More than 150 Elon students helped conduct the survey, which asked respondents about their level of trust in government and their ability to get access to government information.
The survey found far more residents trust their local government (49 percent) than the federal government (14 percent). In addition, more than 70 percent of respondents said they would support an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would make all public business of any government body in North Carolina open and available to the public. This month the Elon Poll will conduct both a statewide survey of political attitudes and an Alamance County community health survey. Visit the Elon University Poll website or follow the Poll on Twitter (@ElonPoll).
Celebrate! the College of Arts & Sciences on May 3
Join us on Saturday, May 3 from 2-5:30 p.m. for “Time Unplugged: A Celebration of the Arts & Sciences at Elon University.” This will be a fun-filled, educational family and community event. We encourage everyone to join the festivities at Art West and visit Gallery 406, and then follow the artwork through the sculpture walk up to Young Commons, where you’ll find a wide array of activities.
Archeological excavation and science education activities for children of all ages will be featured on Young Commons (we hear there may be some reptiles involved). Soundscapes will be shared in the Center for the Art s and percussion music performed by Elon and community musicians will be shared all around Lake Mary Nell. Students and faculty from the English department will share how their creative writing moves us to a greater appreciation of the environment and its finite supply. Costume designs developed from recycled materials will be displayed, and anthropological insights into the social construction of time will be shared. In addition to these and other Elon generated events, local community artists will also be on-hand, bringing their talents and showcasing their works—sculpture, painting, bonsai trees, instrument design, etc. We are thrilled to have them join us!
There is no ticket required to join in the daytime festivities, though a suggested donation of a nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus Kitchen and Allied Churches of Alamance County. We will be collecting these items in the parking lot in front of Arts West. The President’s Music Concert will cap off the evening at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, but a ticket is required. For ticket information, contact the University Box Office at (336) 278-5610.
Program spotlight: Health Professions Advising Program
The Elon Health Professions Advising Program is proud of all its alumni who currently attend or graduated from some of the top programs in all areas of health professions (DVM, MD, DO, RN, NP, PA, DPT, OT, DDS, MPH, etc.). We currently serve more than 250 students on campus in all majors, and more and more alumni are contacting us with change of career or application improvement advice. We encourage all alumni to share their career path to help students know there are many unique paths to their dream careers. Let us know how your Elon education has prepared you by filling out this form. Our Alumni success continues to make a name for Elon and blaze the path for future students. Please visit the program's website or contact Dr. Caroline Ketcham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni spotlight: John Kalas ’07
We were pleased to welcome back to campus in December Elon College Fellows alumnus and attorney John Kalas ’07. John majored in history and was part of the first Elon College Fellows cohort. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 2010. He is currently an associate with Hollingsworth LLP in Washington, D.C., and practices within the firm’s complex litigation, pharmaceutical products and toxic torts and products liability groups. John returned to moderate a panel session made up of three senior Elon College Fellows, Elizabeth Purvis (English), Alexander Bruch (biology) and Paxton Syrek (psychology). At the event, John spoke about his professional journey, providing examples of how his liberal arts education and Fellows research experience continue to positively impact that journey. Since graduating from Elon, John has returned to campus to participate in admissions events, including the Engaged Learning Panel, a significant component of the university’s Fellows Weekend. We welcome the return of other accomplished alumni to the campus to share insights with our students in the future!