From the dean
We are delighted to be offering the third year of the Elon College alumni e-newsletter and sharing with you the exciting opportunities that are available for our students. In this edition you will find out more about what Elon students are doing in the Elon College Fellows program—just look at the amazing outcomes the students are attaining—and how Elon College is infusing diversity into its courses and programs. We want to share with you the development of great posters that highlight the kind of careers and graduate school programs you, our alumni, are doing after graduation. Don’t forget Elon University is celebrating its quasquicentennial year and there are an abundance of activities that will entice you to come back to Elon and join in the fun!
I hope you can join us for Homecoming this year, we have great events and opportunities for networking with new and old friends and meeting the students who are following in your footsteps—come and help them on their journey. Finally, find out who our Faculty Excellence Award winners and our Distinguished Alumni Award winners were for this year. You couldn’t ask for a more accomplished group of people. Enjoy this newsletter and let us know what you are doing, you may be in next newsletter!
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Dean
Elon College Fellows
The 2012-13 academic year was one of challenge, transition and accomplishment for the Elon College Fellows Program. The 44 Elon College Fellows who graduated in 2013 had majors in 16 of the 19 academic departments and two interdisciplinary majors, based on information provided in the latest cap and gown survey. Ninety-one percent of graduating Fellows presented their research at SURF, and 34 percent presented at NCUR. Many Fellows presented at regional conferences in their disciplines. At the time of graduation, two-thirds of the 2013 Elon College Fellows had either accepted a position or been accepted into graduate or professional school. Our largest class of 68 Fellows entered the program in the fall. If you are interested in mentoring an Elon College Fellow, please contact Nancy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus on diversity
Elon College faculty have fully embraced the university’s commitment to diversity and global engagement. In 2011-2013, Diversity Infusion Grants were made available through the support of the Multicultural Center, the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning and a Teagle Foundation Grant. Five faculty teams within the College received these grants and have developed exciting, engaged learning strategies for their courses. They included the Department of Psychology’s review of its PSY 111 course and entire curriculum, which resulted in a new Cross-Cultural Psychology course; the Department of History and Geography significantly changing the U.S. History survey courses to enhance historical content and perspectives related to diversity; and World Languages and Cultures providing faculty in French and Spanish with funds to support students’ exposure to diversity in French-speaking cultures and Spanish-speaking minorities.
New degree posters
How did you decide what you wanted to do after your wonderful time at Elon? Perhaps it was a decision guided by a terrific internship experience, an adventure through the study abroad or study away programs, a powerful service-learning partnership, or perhaps a faculty member or an alum shared some advice about what you could do with your degree. We have provided another source of inspiration for our Arts & Sciences majors by creating “What can you do with?” posters for all of our majors. These are posted on the electronic boards around campus, and are drawing a lot of curious eyes. We hope you get to see them on your next visit to campus.
Celebrating Elon's 125th anniversary
On May 3, 2014, the Elon College of Arts & Sciences will host a community event to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Liberal Arts & Sciences at Elon University. "Time Unplugged: A Celebration of the Arts & Sciences at Elon University" will focus on the environment as a theme, and faculty, students and community groups are joining forces to host a dynamic and thoughtful celebration! The event will be family friendly and is scheduled to run from 2-7 p.m. Please come join in the fun as we celebrate 125 years of the Liberal Arts & Sciences at Elon.
2013 Distinguished Elon College
We were very pleased to recognize the achievements of Mark J. Brewin ’08, editor, professor and poet; David Fuhr ’00, federal prosecutor with U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Erin Krupa ’02, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, as the recipients of the 2013 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards in May.Read more ...Three Elon College Faculty honored with Excellence AwardsAssociate Professor of Art Kirstin Ringelberg, Associate Professor of Chemistry Kathy Matera and Professor of History David Crowe were recognized this fall for their Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service/Leadership to the College. Read more ....