Center for Leadership News

Cara McFadden, Ryan Bennett ’16 named to NIRSA leadership positions

An Elon University assistant professor, and a junior sport and event management major, will have prominent roles in the collegiate recreational sports organization, particularly with issues relating to its April 2016 conference held in Kissimmee, Florida.

Elon senior awarded Fulbright to teach English in Thailand

Christine Fortner, an elementary education major from Virginia, travels to Southeast Asia after graduation to help others learn English as part of a federal program that builds good will between the United States and people of other nations.

Award-Winning Orientation Head Staff Makes Impression at Regional Conference

The leadership team for New Student Orientation were recognized for excellence at the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) Region VI conference.

Inside Higher Ed column praises Elon student life programs

An article on March 13, 2015, by Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, cited the university for programs that build student leadership skills and promote an ethos of service.

Elon Students and Staff present at the Active Citizens Conference
Students and staff members from the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community  Engagement and the Center for Leadership attended the Active Citizens Conference on February 21, 2015 at the College of William and Mary.


Leadership Fellows take road trip to study civil rights movement 

Twenty-eight Elon sophomores toured the South this winter as part of a course on nonviolence and the civil rights movement.

ODK Leadership Honor Society inducts new members

Two Elon educators and 70 students were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa in a Feb. 8 ceremony.


LEAD Workshop: Team Performance

The Team Performance workshop focuses on critical elements associated with high performing teams, how high performing teams work and building knowledge in what should be the focus.         

LEAD Workshops: Response Ability

The Response Ability workshop provides a foundation for understanding the social phenomenon called “bystander behavior” and teach you the necessary skills to intervene and live a virtuous life.

Fellows: Capstone Dinner

These are monthly dinners for seniors in the Leadership Fellows program. Capstone Dinners feature speakers that help seniors reflect on their four years, as well as prepare for life after college. This Capstone Dinner is on March 17th at 5:30pm in the Isabella Cannon Room.

Leadership Fellows: Capstone Dinner

These are monthly dinners for seniors in the Leadership Fellows Program. Capstone Dinners feature speakers that help seniors reflect on their four years, as well as prepare for life after college. This Capstone Dinner is on February 17th at 5:30pm in the Isabella Cannon Room.

LEAD Workshop: Cross Cultural

Culture is more often a source of conflict rather than synergy. Despite the evidence that groups are different, we tend to believe that all people are the same, minimizing cultural difference leading to misunderstanding and misinterpretations. The Cross Cultural Leadership workshop sheds light on these differences, as well as similarities, and provides you with an understanding of other cultures and how to behave when interacting with individuals or groups outside of your culture.  

Organization President Spring Meeting & Dinner - Feb. 23
Student organization presidents gather to learn about resources, collaborate, and gain valuable information pertinent to their roles on campus. The Spring Meeting and Dinner is on February 23rd at 6:00pm in Lakeside Hall. 


Cannon Celebration

This is the closing event for students involved in all Center for Leadership programs. This celebration includes speakers, LEAD Program Tier recognition, a slideshow of photos, and a meal. The Cannon Celebration is on May 5th at 6:00pm in Lakeside Hall.

LEAD Workshop: Elon Leader 

The Elon Leader workshop will help you better understand your role and responsibility as a leader on Elon's campus and community.


Staff and Faculty Share Best Practices at Premiere Leadership Development Conference

Carnes, Rusterholz, and Ward-Johnson showcase two leadership courses and two diversity programs at the Leadership Educators Institute.

Life Entrepreneur Program offers development opportunities for sophomores

Applications will be available soon for the spring 2015 retreat hosted by the university's New Student and Transition Programs.

No shortage of adventures as Gap Semester nears midpoint

Students taking part in Elon’s Gap Semester Program have traveled an impressive distance during the first half of the fall semester.

LEADSTRONG Week Student Spotlight: Jensen Roll '16

Student leader Jensen Roll is using creative solutions everyday to make an impact on the local community. This fall, Jensen had the opportunity to share his ideas at SOCAP, the largest social impact conference in the world.

Leadership Fellows examine social justice values

Assistant Professor of Education Cherrel Miller-Dyce spoke to the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows during a recent Fellows Forum about social justice values in democratic leadership.

New Elon students package 40,000 meals to fight global hunger

Hundreds of first-year and transfer students took part in a “Stop Hunger Now” meal-packing event on Aug. 30, 2014, organized by Campus Kitchen at Elon University.

Elon Gap Semester Students Hit the Trail, Begin their Elon Experience

The Gap Semester kicks off the year for 15 incoming first year students in Wyoming on a 26-day outdoor leadership expedition.

Move-in and orientation schedules for Fall 2014

Several events are planned throughout the weekend of Aug. 22-25 as Elon University welcomes students and families in the Class of 2018.

Discovery program connects new students to Elon and each other

The first-year summer experience program offered by the Office of New Student and Transition Programs familiarizes incoming students with Elon's campus and helps them develop outdoor and team-building skills before classes begin in the fall.

Class of 2018 reflects ethos of service & entrepreneurship

Elon University welcomed to campus this fall students from around the world whose intellectual curiosity and commitment to their communities made them stand out in a record number of applicants for an incoming class.

Middle school students develop leadership skills at Elon

The Alamance Youth Leadership Academy welcomed talented students from 10 area middle schools as part of a four-day program held June 15-18, 2014, on the university's campus.

Six seniors receive Fulbright awards

The Class of 2014 is sending more scholars overseas next year with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants than any previous class in Elon University history.

Elon senior receives Princeton in Asia fellowship

Jill Capotosto will spend up to two years in Vietnam assisting with communications for an international wildlife anti-trafficking organization.

Student Leader Spotlight: Ashley Fowler '14

Elon senior finalist for Fulbright ETA in Croatia thanks to help from Center for Leadership

Student Leader Spotlight: Morgan Abate ‘16

LEAD participant takes leadership skills abroad.

Student Leader Spotlight: Megan Mungall '15

Junior leader shares how The Center for Leadership became a home that helped her spread her wings.

Student Leader Spotlight: Yasmine Arrington '15

Center for Leadership supports student as she pursues her aspirations from a non-profit program to studying abroad.

Applications now being accepted for Leadership Prize

The Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Life have created a $10,000 award for rising juniors to research community problems and then propose solutions to those challenges.

Students tackle Ukraine crisis in presidential simulation

Eight Elon University students participated on May 7, 2014, in the third Presidential Crisis Simulation hosted by the Politics Forum and Center for Leadership.

The Center for Leadership’s LEAD Program equips students with professional postgrad skills

Senior Rebekah Hackney gives advice to underclassmen

Student leaders honored at 2014 ODK awards ceremony

More than two dozen Elon University students and one staff member were recognized for their work at a May 1, 2014, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society program.

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.

CELEBRATE! Profile: Mat Goldberg '14

A psychology major recently awarded a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea researched the emerging theory of authentic leadership by surveying two very different groups of people.

Student Leader Spotlight: Meredith Berk ‘16

Elon sophomore works to create a healthier world with the help of the Center for Leadership

Student Leader Spotlight: Kerry Kurkjian '15

Elon Junior applies leadership skills to her positions in the community and as founder of Elon Irish Dance Club.

Making Magic at Disney (and Elon)!

Ten Elon students participated in a Spring Transition Strategies course focused on creativity, innovation, and leadership from the lens of Disney.

Elon student secures prestigious internship in Italy

Colby Halligan '15 travels to Europe this summer as one of the youngest students ever selected for a program that gives hands-on experience in organic farming while learning a foreign language.

Phoenix Question launches in March

A new initiative brings a weekly conversation starter every Monday that encourages students, faculty, staff and the greater community to engage in thought provoking, fun and challenging discussions.

Founder of 'Define American' asks students to advocate for immigrants

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas "came out" as an undocumented immigrant three years ago and shared his story with an Elon University audience on Feb. 22 during the Intersect: Diversity & Leadership Conference.

Leadership Fellows take civil rights tour through Deep South

The Winter Term course "Disarming Injustice: Nonviolence and the Civil Rights Movement" included visits to the 16th Street Baptist Church and the National Voting Rights Museum.

Ashley Fowler '14 leads workshop in Lithuania on LGBT issues

The political science and international studies double major is a Lumen Scholar studying the evolution of LGBT rights in parts of Europe.

ODK leadership honor society inducts new members

A Feb. 9, 2014, program took place in Holt Chapel on South Campus.


Retired Air Force brigadier general: 'Vulnerability can end up a strength'

Dana H. Born, the first woman to be presidentially appointed to lead faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, visited Elon on Feb. 11, 2014, to offer leadership lessons through class visits and an evening talk.

Capstone Dinner

Isabella Cannon Leadership participants Phase IV dinner - April 23, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Capstone Dinner

Isabella Cannon Leadership participants Phase 4 Dinner - March 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm