Civic Engagement News and Notes

Deliberative Dialogue: Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get The Care We Need? - Feb. 22

All Elon University students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a Deliberative Dialogue about health care on Monday, Feb. 22, from 4-6 p.m. in McKinnon Hall.

'Education, Race and Ethnicity in Alamance County & Beyond' - March 7

Elon University and the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News will hold the fourth and final "Community Connections" panel discussion of the 2015-16 academic year on March 7 from 7-8:15 p.m. in McKinnon Hall of the Moseley Center.

Kenneth Fernandez featured in Slate story on abortion

The director of the Elon University Poll shared his analysis of the North Carolina political landscape and the way abortion debates could influence the 2016 elections.

Community Connections panelists explore 'the cost of discrimination'

Four experts shared insights with members of the campus and Alamance County communities on Tuesday night in a forum about ongoing issues tied to race in the realm of business and finance.

Honoring MLK's memory with renewed calls for action

Elon University students, faculty and staff took part in a Monday march through downtown Burlington that commemorated the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while raising awareness of work still to be done in advancing civil liberties.

'Tell stories' to improve the welfare of Alamance residents

Six panelists met with members of the Alamance County community Thursday night in a public forum where ideas were shared to better portray the realities of life for those who receive public assistance.

Winter Term course offers on-the-ground look at Iowa caucuses

Taught by Associate Professor Rich Landesberg, “The Trail Starts Here: The Iowa Caucuses” class allows students to engage with presidential hopefuls, interview voters, and offer real-time reporting of political events and topics.

Rattigan-Rohr named Executive Director of Community Partnerships

In her new position, Jean Rattigan-Rohr will represent the university in the Triad with an emphasis on Alamance County

Peace Corps Prep Program expands into global health

As she applies to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru, Lily Merritt, who finishes her degree program this month, is the first student to complete the requirements of a new track focused on global health in Elon University’s Peace Corps Prep Program.

Service-learning course raises $500 for local organization

The sport and event management class hosted a fundraising event benefiting Helping Other People Eat – or H.O.P.E. – a nonprofit organization fighting hunger in Alamance County.

Elon Poll: N.C. divided on fairness in the courts

Just 40 percent of North Carolinians believe that, as a whole, people "usually" or "always" receive a fair outcome in their dealings with the state court system, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

Elon Poll: The doctor is 'in' in the Tar Heel State

In North Carolina, Dr. Ben Carson leads the competition in the race to secure the GOP nomination for the 2016 presidential election, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Carson also tops former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election hypothetical head-to-head match up.

Ian Baltutis '08 wins Burlington mayor election

The accomplished young alumnus and entrepreneur received 55 percent of the vote in city elections held Nov. 3, 2015, propelling him to the top elected position in Alamance County's largest city.

Elon Poll: N.C. primary voters favor Trump and Clinton, with a twist

The first Elon University Poll of the fall shows that North Carolina Republicans currently favor real estate mogul Donald Trump more than other GOP presidential hopefuls in the race for the White House, but defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Tar Heel State next fall may require another nominee. 

'Elon in New York' students commemorate 9/11

Twenty Elon University students in Study USA's "Elon in New York" fall semester program observed the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum along with a representative from the nonprofit September 11 Families for Peace.

Pre-Serve introduces incoming Elon students to service

Eighteen incoming first-year students explored a variety of service opportunities and got to know Alamance County as part of a summer experience through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Elon Poll: On Fourth of July, common ground on food but not beer

In addition to questions about pending Supreme Court cases and presidential politics, respondents in the latest Elon University Poll were asked to share their plans for the Fourth of July weekend.

Elon Poll: Americans showing love to Jeb & Hillary

The latest surveys from the Elon University Poll asked respondents to share traits that come to mind when they see the names of elected leaders with presidential ambitions.

Elon delegation takes part in North Carolina Student Legislature

Fourteen students visited Raleigh in early May 2015 for the organization's 78th annual session.

Elon senior & alumnus receive Princeton in Asia fellowships

Laura Sturdivant '15 and Alexander Ward '14 travel next fall to Myanmar and the Philippines, respectively, with support of a program aimed at promoting goodwill and the exchange of ideas between cultures of the East and West.

Elon Poll: N.C. frowns on 'religious freedom' for denying service to people who are gay or lesbian

The latest Elon University Poll found that a majority of North Carolina registered voters don't support legislation that would allow business owners with strong faith convictions to refuse service to people who are gay or lesbian.

Campus forum explores issue of hunger

A panel of experts heard from community members and students Tuesday night as ideas were shared for more effectively serving those confronting food insecurity and hunger in Alamance County.

Elon senior named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact

Nicole "Niki" Molinaro, a political science and international studies double major from Wading River, New York, was honored by the national organization for her commitment to civic engagement and social responsibility.

Elon instructor awarded Fulbright to study neighborhood revitalization

Patrick Harman in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies will travel to the United Kingdom next year to research how the British invest in community improvement projects compared to American renewal efforts.

Medicine takes flight for Elon PA graduate

2nd Lt. Jamie Seals, whose education was funded by the U.S. Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program, reports for commissioned officer training in May as she begins her healthcare career by serving her country.

Elon using grant to link local farmers to local stores, restaurants


A project at Elon is working towards linking local small farms to stores and restaurants.


Elon Poll: Looking ahead to 2016, N.C. favors Clinton over Bush

The first Elon University Poll of the spring semester finds support in the Tar Heel State for two familiar names as several national politicians begin to express interest in succeeding President Barack Obama.

Watson & Odyssey Scholars study community engagement in Atlanta

Elon University's Watson & Odyssey Scholars Program and the Study USA office co-sponsored a "Fake Break" program in late January for students to visit with corporate foundation offices at Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, the International Rescue Committee and more.

Elon Poll named a charter member of national transparency program

Led by faculty members Kenneth Fernandez and Jason Husser, the poll is taking part in an initiative created by the American Association of Public Opinion Research to encourage openness in the way survey firms share their findings.

Time Warner Cable News interviews Jason Husser on election ballots

The assistant professor of political science and Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement spoke with the North Carolina statewide news channel on Jan. 6, 2015, about the pros and cons of paper ballots versus touchscreen voting.