Leo M. Lambert
Elon had a remarkable quasquicentennial year, and it was both our joy and our honor to look back on the university’s history and celebrate all that we have accomplished together in our first 125 years. Today, Elon is the nation’s preeminent university for global engaged learning. We have created an academic community that connects classroom experiences with transformative engaged learning programs such as global study, internships, undergraduate research, service learning and leadership development. Elon students graduate as global citizens who are prepared to lead throughout the world.
Todd Calnan ’14 and Caley Mikesell ’16 are two such students. Both Todd and Caley came to Elon through the Watson and Odyssey Scholars Program, which enables the university to recruit gifted students with financial need. Along with the faculty who nurture and challenge them and the staff who create and advance a stimulating intellectual residential campus environment, it is Elon’s donors who make it possible for exceptional students like Todd and Caley to enrich the Elon community every day.
In his first year on campus, Todd presented new research on black holes during the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the leading organization of professional astronomers in North America. Todd is now pursuing a doctorate in physics at North Carolina State University with a full scholarship. Caley, a Lumen Prize recipient, received one of eight summer 2014 Innovation Fellowships awarded by SEEKHO, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and uplift the 700,000 rural villages of India. Caley and the other Fellows, who came from top institutions including Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, spent two months developing programs to improve conditions in impoverished villages.
This is proof that private philanthropy can change lives. Each year the philanthropic spirit grows stronger—donors contributed $16.4 million to the university during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Gifts from alumni, students, parents, friends, and faculty and staff contributed to key institutional priorities, including scholarship support that increases access to Elon’s engaged learning programs. Graduating seniors, understanding the importance of philanthropy to their Elon experience, contributed more than any previous senior class, with 41 percent of the Class of 2014 making a gift. Alumni participation rose to a new high of 22 percent, up 6 percent in five years—a remarkable increase given Elon’s young alumni base. Parent support continued to be strong; it has been central to the construction of new facilities, including the Inman Admissions Welcome Center, which will open in January 2015 as a welcoming gateway to Elon for thousands of prospective students and their families.
This 2013-2014 Elon Society Honor Roll of Donors recognizes donors whose gifts sustain Elon’s renowned engaged learning community. Thank you for your support over the past year. Elon is transforming students, and you have enabled us to offer every student the best educational experiences in the nation. You are making a profound difference at Elon and in the lives of young men and women who will be forces for good in our world.
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