2010 Annual Report - Quality Academics

Phi Beta Kappa Society installs chapter at Elon

Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, installed a new chapter at Elon University during the school’s 2010 Convocation for Honors, bringing to 279 the number of Phi Beta Kappa chapters at college and universities across the United States.
After the installation, which was the culmination of a process that started in 2006 when a formal application was submitted, 47 students were inducted into the society. Fifty-seven current Elon faculty and staff members are Phi Beta Kappa members. Elon’s extensive application to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter detailed the university’s history of excellence in the arts and sciences, producing a comprehensive report on Elon’s mission, students, faculty, curriculum, library and technical resources, financial information, facilities and athletics programs.

First Interactive Media class graduates

On Sunday, May 20, 36 students became the first to graduate from Elon University's Interactive Media master's program. As part of his commencement address, Tony Quin, CEO of IQ Interactive and a member of the School of Communications national advisory board, encouraged the graduates to be masters of their own destiny and to embrace change in a media market that is constantly shifting.
During the 10-month program, students took courses that covered topics such as interactive design, interactive writing and interactive production.

22 students complete Elon Academy

This summer, 22 high school students from the Alamance-Burlington School System successfully completed the Elon Academy, a three-year academic enrichment and college access program sponsored by the university that gives promising high school students with no family history of higher education an opportunity to learn more about college life.
Beginning in their freshman year, the high school students, who have all been accepted to four-year colleges and universities, came to Elon for four weeks each summer to take classes in critical subject areas and attended arts cultural programs. A fourth class of 26 rising high school sophomores entered the academy in June, bringing the total number of participants in the program to 76.

Morrison-Shetlar named dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

After conducting a national search, Elon University named Alison Morrison-Shetlar as the dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of biology. Morrison-Shetlar, a native of Scotland, is the former vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
A noted biologist and an experienced teacher and administrator at several universities in Europe and the United States, Morrison-Shetlar began her duties at Elon June 1. As dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Morrison-Shetlar will lead more than 200 full-time faculty members. Elon College graduates about 500 majors annually and provides the common core curriculum for all of Elon University's undergraduate students. Students in Elon College study in 37 academic majors and 19 interdisciplinary programs.

Schriber received Udall Scholarship

Junior Molly Schriber, a double major in environmental studies and international studies, received a 2010 Udall Scholarship, a national award dedicated in part for students pursuing careers related to the environment. In all, 80 scholarships of up to $5000 were awarded to students who meet select criteria.
A Houston native, Schriber is a member of the Periclean Scholars class of 2011 and has lead the Students for Peace and Justice campus group. She is the second Elon student since 2008 who has received the prestigious national award.

Costigan receives Fullbright teaching assistantship

Senior Molly McKnight Costigan, a Spanish major, was awarded a 2010 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, which will fund one year in Spain teaching in an elementary school while conducting an independent project.
Costigan, an Honors Fellow and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, was the co-recipient of the Senior Spanish Award. The Frankfort, Ky., native has presented research at the conference for the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum at Elon.

Faculty scholarship thrives

Scholarship and research continued to flourish in 2009-10, with many professors conducting exciting and innovative work, including:

  • Business administration professor John Burbridge, who after receiving a 2010 Yoseloff-SABR Baseball Research Grants will examine the legacy of baseball player and manager Alvin Dark, who was involved in a famous confrontation in 1955 involving Jackie Robinson.
  • Associate professor of fine arts Shawn Tucker and associate professor of history Charles Irons, who both received awards by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tucker received an Enduring Questions Grant to fund the development of a new interdisciplinary course that will help students define their own concepts of pride and humility through research and analysis. Irons received a $6000 summer stipend to research how white and black Southerners interacted in church after the Civil War.
  • Communications assistant professors Phillip Motley and Sang Nam, who were selected as National CASTL (Carnegie Academy of Teaching and Learning) Teaching Scholars and presented their research, which focuses on how to find ways to transfer the teaching of technology to outside the classroom, at the 2010 National CASTL Institute at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
  • History professor Brian Digre, who received a 2010 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad award that will fund a six-week visit to the Gulf nations of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait for study and research.
  • Janna Anderson, communications associate professor, who led a special event on issues tied to hyperconnectivity, Web 3.0, cloud computing, user-generated content, social networks, ubiquitous computing and ambient intimacy, and augmented and virtual realities at the WorldFuture 2010 conference hosted by the World Future Society in Boston.