Civic Engagement News and Notes

'Social change is very difficult to bring about'

Elon University professors and students filled McKinnon Hall on Aug. 27, 2014, to discuss race, privilege and justice following the Missouri police shooting death of an unarmed black man and subsequent protests that have galvanized the nation.

Students bring 'Hands Up, Don’t Shoot' movement to campus

Elon University’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. organized students, faculty and staff Tuesday for a group portrait at College Coffee to raise awareness of police shootings and controversial law enforcement practices across the United States.

Student sign-ups now open for upcoming Elon Poll

The first Elon University Poll of the fall semester will ask residents of North Carolina about their opinions on various social, economic and political issues.  

Political analyst Charlie Cook, 'A Look at the 2014 Elections' - Sept. 3

Jason Husser talks polling on WUNC's 'The State of Things'

The assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Elon University Poll was a program guest on Friday, July 18, 2014.

North Carolina lawmakers honor Elon University

With President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley in attendance, the North Carolina Senate recognized Elon University on July 2, 2014, in a special statement commending the school for its accomplishments and contributions to the world.

Faculty and staff recognized at annual awards luncheon

Four outstanding faculty members and 21 retirees were honored for excellence and service to Elon on May 14.

Elon Poll: Residents more upbeat about N.C. with mixed views on social issues

Nearly half of respondents in the latest Elon University Poll say the minimum wage should be at least $10 per hour, more people than not believe access to abortion should be made less difficult, and the state is still generally sour about "Obamacare."

Elon Poll: Kay Hagan’s approval stalls as Thom Tillis grows name recognition

A top Republican in North Carolina politics has bolstered his visibility leading up to a May 6 primary where the GOP will elect a candidate to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan for her U.S. Senate seat this fall.

Elon students fight hunger with HOPE

What started as an academic exercise in a service learning class has transformed into a student-led community organization that has raised thousands of pounds of food for the hungry in Alamance County in just its first two months.

Elon alumna receives fellowship in Central America

Rebecca Berube '12 will spend 2014-2015 enhancing environmental awareness in Panama through the Princeton in Latin America program.

Information for voting in upcoming primary elections

Elon University students can use TurboVote to register to vote and obtain absentee ballots should they wish to participate in either their home states' primaries or North Carolina's primary set for May 6, 2014.

Class raises $2,600 for two local organizations

Allied Churches in Alamance County and the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management were beneficiaries of efforts from students in an Elon service-learning course.

January events to honor life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Speakers, readings, service projects and a special College Coffee at Elon University are among the many programs that commemorate the legacy of the slain American civil rights leader.

PA program holds symposium on helping the underserved

Graduate students in Physician Assistant Studies heard Dec. 11, 2013, from several Elon University professors who shared best practices for making a difference in the world by assisting the disadvantaged.

Elon Poll: North Carolinians in the dark about 'sunshine' laws

Nearly two out of three respondents in the latest Elon University Poll are unaware that North Carolina laws exist to make many state government records open to inspection by residents.

Elon Poll: Thankful for family & health, N.C. down on economy, spending

More state residents than not believe the economy will worsen in 2014, and just 20 percent plan to increase spending on holiday shopping this season compared to previous years.

Elon Poll: Approval ratings decline for president, governor, Congress, General Assembly, U.S. Senators

Registered voters in a November survey showed increasing dissatisfaction with many of their elected leaders and highlighted healthcare as the most important issue in the country.

NC Campus Compact honors Eryn Gorang for work in community

The Elon University senior received a Community Impact Student Award on Nov. 2, 2013, during the statewide organization's annual student conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Elon team researches student involvement with local nonprofits

Findings were shared Oct. 11, 2013, with representatives from several Alamance County agencies who took part in a study to uncover the motivations, benefits, and challenges of asking college students to volunteer.

Kenneth Fernandez discusses Elon Poll with media

Several regional news sources, including News 14 Carolina and the Associated Press, reported on findings from an Elon University Poll conducted in September 2013.

Apply for EV! Fall Break Trips Today!

Interested in volunteering over Fall Break? Elon Volunteers is offering three different alternative break programs this October. Applications are available now. 

Elon Poll: In North Carolina, mixed approval for new state laws

Registered voters in a September survey approved of state rules requiring photo identification at the ballot booth and overwhelmingly signaled that public school teachers are underpaid.

Elon Poll: Obama, McCrory approval numbers drop in N.C.

The first Elon University Poll of the fall semester found a majority of registered voters in North Carolina believe the nation and the state are both on the wrong track.

Sign up now to work for the Elon Poll

Shifts are open from Sept. 13-16 inside the Gray Pavilion in the Academic Village.

Elon students active in National Campaign eligible for new Harvard graduate scholarship

Beginning in 2014, the John C. Culver Institute of Politics Scholarship will be awarded annually with full tuition toward a graduate degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Service-learning highlighted in CELEBRATE! Week forum

Posters and presentations gave students involved in service-learning and the Civic Engagement Scholars program an opportunity to share details of their work.

CELEBRATE! profile: Leslie Gilman '13 and Sophie Biggar '13

The two Civic Engagement Scholars worked together to build a mentor program for children at a Burlington, N.C., elementary school.

Elon dedicates downtown Burlington building

A new office and gathering space across the street from May Memorial Library will help the university continue building community programs.

Elon Poll: Most in N.C. worried about budget cuts
With automatic across-the-board federal budget cuts taking effect March 1, anxiety is running high among many people in North Carolina.