From the dean
Spring semester at Elon is its usual busy, vibrant and exciting time. We have so many events on campus to enjoy—recitals, speakers, Spring Convocation, SURF and the President’s Music Gala. We continue to extend the reach of Elon into the global community and build bridges of opportunity for our students. This spring brought an exciting new relationship with the Peace Corps, which will open many doors around the world for our alumni. If you have been in the Peace Corp, our students would love to talk with you and learn about your experience. We have also been busy hiring wonderful new faculty to add to our already outstanding ranks. These new faculty will come on board in the fall to fill positions in various departments across campus, including political science and policy studies, world languages and cultures, music, arts administration and more. Come back to visit, talk with students, meet existing and new faculty and staff, explore our new and renovated buildings, and feel the excitement of a campus that’s filled with engaged learning and community outreach!
President's Gala showcases music ensembles
Elon University President Leo M. Lambert hosted a one-of-a-kind event on April 27 that featured music department alumni, students, faculty and staff in an eclectic blend of musical masterpieces, including a premiere from award-winning composer and Associate Professor of Music Todd Coleman. The evening kicked off with a special dinner with President Lambert in the new Lakeside Dining Hall. The concert was held in McCrary Theatre, with ticket sales and donations benefitting the Department of Music. Thanks to all alumni, parents, community members, students, faculty and staff who supported the gala.
Partnership with Peace Corps announced
In February, Elon partnered with the Peace Corps to introduce an academic and service program that prepares students for careers in international development. The university is just the sixth school in the nation to host the Peace Corps Prep Program. Students taking part in the program will be required to complete courses in environmental science, food security, green design, global awareness and foreign language as well as 100 hours of volunteer service into their degree plans. There are currently 14 Elon University graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers worldwide. Since Peace Corps was established in 1961, nearly 100 Elon alumni have served as volunteers. Read more ...
Growing arts administration program
Last fall, Elon College added an arts administration major, which already has 23 students enrolled. The excitement around the program is growing as we bring in our first full-time faculty member in this area to lead the program next fall. James Marchant is joining us from Southern Utah University, where he is currently serving as the director of Arts Administration & the Utah Center for Arts Administration. Prior to this position, he served as a professor of arts administration at Savannah College of Art & Design and completed his graduate work at The Ohio State University and Temple University, where in addition to his doctorate, he also earned a juris doctorate. Marchant will teach the core courses in the arts administration program and spend lots of time out in the arts community networking and finding internship opportunities for our students. As Elon alumni, you may know of internship opportunities that would benfit these students or have connections that can open doors for our students. If you are interested in talking with Marchant and sharing your ideas, he would love to hear from you. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.