Elon Alumni Association

Young Alumnus and Alumna of the Year Award

2012 recipients

Michael G. Long '04

When Michael Long graduated from Elon in 2004 with degrees in public administration and political science, he had his sights clearly set on Capitol Hill. Within three years, he was working in the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). At Elon, Michael’s aptitude for public service and applied inquiry was apparent, as he served as a student researcher in Elon’s Department of Public Administration, operations assistant for the Town of Elon, representative to the North Carolina Student Legislature and valuable member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Days after Commencement in 2004, Michael moved to Washington, D.C., where he took advantage of key opportunities to prepare himself for success as a congressional staffer. In 2007, he accepted the offer to join Rep. Pelosi's office shortly after she became Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 2011, when Pelosi transitioned to the role of Democratic Leader of the House, Michael joined her in his current role as deputy director of member services, where his duties include enhancing Rep. Pelosi's outreach to the Congressional Black Caucus and the African-American community in her native California and nationwide.

Alexandra E. Ellis '05

For Alexandra Ellis, stardom on Broadway was never a question of "if." It was "when." At age 4, she visited New York City, took in a matinee of "Cats" and shortly afterward embarked on her remarkable dancing, singing and acting career. By the time she considered which college she should attend, Alexandra was an acting veteran with more than 10 regional productions, a national tour and four national commercials to her credit. On the advice of a close family friend, she decided to attend Elon over a larger conservatory and thrived under the tutelage of Elon faculty including Cathy McNeela and Richard Gang.Immediately after graduating from Elon in 2005 with a degree in music theater, Alexandra captured the lead role in the national tour of the popular musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” After a number of other opportunities, Alexandra's Broadway dreams became reality when she was cast in the chorus of "Catch Me If You Can." She partnered with fellow Elon alumna Amanda Taylor ’06 to star in a Web video series called “Diary of a Chorus Girl,” which followed Alexandra from the initial rehearsals of the show through press performances, photo shoots and opening night. In early 2012, Alexandra took another major step in her performing career, appearing as Hannah in the Broadway production of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” alongside Harry Connick, Jr.

Past recipients

1978 Sam Lee Story '691998 Daniel C. Dollins '93
1979 Carolyn Little '691999 Steven P. Messinetti '94
1979 Gerry Oxford '692001 Troy P. Senkiewicz '98
1980 R. Wayne Weston '71
1980 Sally O'Neill Mauldin '70
2002 Peter G. Lindstrom '94
1981 William J. Griggs, Jr. '742003 Betsy Spain Cooper '02
1982 Noel Lee Allen '692004 David L. Wyrick '94
1982 William N. P. Herbert '682005 Dusty Tonkin '95
1983 Raymond L. Beck '752006 Josh S. Felix '00
1984 James W. Morris III '722007 Charles Ashton Newhall '98
1985 Deborah A. Yow '742007 Kelli E. Palmer '98
1986 Eddie Ricky Brooks '76 2008 Lundon B. Sims '02
1986 June Clark Brooks '77 2008 Laith al-Majali '05
1986 D. Keith Hall '72 2009 Stephanie P. Newbold '01
1987 Donna Hill Oliver '72 2009 Audrey M. Seagraves '02
1988 Aiah Gbakima '76 2010 Michelle C. Pautz '03
1991 Greg Harris '87 2011 Dr. Joshua D. Voss '01
1992 D. Wesley Durham '88 2011 Daniel J. Watts '04
1993 Lisa D. Conklin '86  
1995 Christopher Janelle '87  
1996 Raymond Covington '86  
1997 Burney Jennings '87