Service Sabbatical Recipients

Janice Ratliff

Picture of Janice RatliffProgram Assistant, Student Health and Wellness

Janice Ratliff volunteered her time to Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC during the month of July, 2013. Janice was an Administrative Research Personnel person for the church and updated their Employee Handbook and benefits summary. The much-needed Employee Handbook was worked on by Janice, the Senior Pastor (CEO), and the Director of Operations. In addition to hands on work, Janice took the time to sit down with members of the church staff to learn about their job duties and responsibilities. She also interviewed and researched two local Human Resources Directors so that she could get a clear understanding of policies and procedures related to an Employee Handbook.

Kimberly Walker

Picture of Kimberly WalkerPhotographer/Digital Imaging Manager

Brad Moore

Picture of Brad MooreUniversity Architect and Director of Planning, Design and Construction Management

Julie Prouty

Office Manager, Elon Television

Julie spent June 2013 working as a volunteer for the Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County in Burlington, NC.  During this time, she answered phone calls for assistance, greeted clients and introduced them to the services available, and assisted with the Working Women’s Wednesday luncheon. In addition to these responsibilities, she completed a special project with the goal of educating clients about the opportunities to train for non-traditional careers at Alamance Community College.

Bryan Baker

Picture of Bryan BakerSenior Audio Producer

In July 2011, Baker created a CD to raise money for a local non-profit. “Make Art Happen” is a compilation of eclectic music performed by local artists and recorded by Baker at the Elon University sound studio. Proceeds from the recording will benefit Alamance Citizens for Education (ACE) in order to help fund arts programs in Alamance County schools.

Dianne Ford

Picture of Dianne FordCoordinator of Serials and Government Documents

In April 2008, Ford spent a week in Mexico tutoring students in English. She plans to start a program that takes Elon students to Mexico each spring to help their counterparts learn the language. Read more about the trip.

Marianne Janssen

Marianne JansenDirector of Clinical Education for the DPT Program

Janssen traveled to Suriname in spring 2008 to help its largest university develop a stronger physical therapy program. She spent four weeks reviewing curriculum and assisting professors at Anton de Kom University. Read more.

Brian Chandler

Picture of Brian ChandlerHVAC Mechanic

Chandler, a volunteer firefighter, spent April 2008 working for the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources in his home region of Caswell County, N.C. He learned how to control brush fires that promote healthy forests, and to monitor logging companies that work near water supplies. Read more.

Bryan Baker

Picture of Bryan BakerSenior Audio Producer

In July 2006, Baker created a Christmas CD to raise money for a local charity. “Christmas Cheer: From Alamance County Musicians” is a compilation of eclectic holiday music performed by local artists and recorded by Baker at the Elon University sound studio. Proceeds from the recording will benefit Christmas Cheer of Alamance County. Read more information about the project.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip

Ten Elon staff members, several faculty and students were among a group of 30 who traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., over Memorial Day weekend to continue providing relief to the Hurricane Katrina victims there. Staff members were able to utilize Project Pericles Service Sabbaticals to help fund their trip.

Wayne E. Thompson Jr.

Picture of Wayne E. Thompson Jr.Computer Hardware Specialist

Thompson and his wife, Tonya, came up with the idea of completing a “home makeover” for the Halls, a local family who attends their church. Close friends for years, Thompson knew that Ross Hall struggled to work two jobs, while his wife, Karen, home schooled their eight children. The project was completed in May 2006.

Scott Rivera

Picture of Scott RiveraGardener

In June 2005, Rivera completed a Service Sabbatical for the Sword of Peace, an outdoor drama located near Snow Camp, in southern Alamance County. He worked for two weeks getting the stage area ready for the summer performances.

Lorraine Allen

Director of Accounting

From August 19-29, 2005, Allen traveled with a mission team to the Village of Hope in Bucha, Ukraine, to work on remodeling structures at a boy’s camp operated by the former Soviet Union. The Village of Hope is a ministry to the street children of Kiev, Ukraine.

Emma Jones

Picture of Emma JonesStudy Abroad Advisor and Publicity Coordinator

For two weeks in mid-July, 2005, Jones worked with the Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County to help develop publicity materials, including their first annual report celebrating the Center’s 10-year anniversary and a Working Women’s Wednesdays brochure.

Marion Aitcheson

Picture of Marion AitchesonOffice Manager for Elon Television

Aitcheson completed a four-week Project Pericles service sabbatical in early summer 2005 to her hometown of Eisenach, Germany, where she conducted interviews and shot video at the AWO-Kinderheim children’s home.

Morgan Lasater

Picture of Morgan LasaterOffice Manager

During April, May and June 2005, Lasater aided in the development of a Web site to showcase research that has been done over the past two years by Preservation North Carolina. The new Web site focuses on innovative projects in which developers renovate historic mill buildings for a wide range of uses.

J.W. Thompson

Picture of J.W. ThompsonIrrigation Technician

In April 2005, Thompson worked with the North Carolina Friends Disaster Service in Clyde County, North Carolina, to repair a flood-damaged home. More recently, Thompson assisted with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Bradley Thompson

HVACR Mechanic II

Earlier this year, Thompson used his month-long sabbatical to help out Grace Haven Ministries in Graham, a Christian boarding school ministering to troubled and at-risk youth. Thompson performed various maintenance and yard work for the school, helped with the students and assisted with fund-raising for missionary work.

Scott Hildebrand

Picture of Scott HilderbrandDirector of Instructional Technology Services

St. Mark’s Church, a non-denominational church of about 1,600 members located in Burlington, was the beneficiary of a service sabbatical by Hildebrand in January 2005. He redesigned the church’s Web site and made it easier for the church secretary to update the site using templates. Hildebrand continues to work with St. Mark’s to design new pages and features.

Kimberly Rippy

Picture of Kimberly RippyProgram Assistant, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

In June 2004, Rippy worked for Harvest Baptist Church to organize food bank information into a database, input church member information into Excel spreadsheets, and organize choral music by ensembles and dates performed.

Annette Orbert

Picture of Annette OrbertAssociate Director of Admissions/Director of Minority Recruitment

Orbert devoted the month of July 2004 to working for the Allied Churches of Alamance County, which provides emergency shelter for the homeless, assistance with overdue utility bills and medicine, and provides meals through the Good Shepherd Kitchen. She assisted with daily operations, interviewed applicants for financial assistance, checked in residents for the shelter, helped prepare meals, did clerical work and listened/talked to the residents.

David Morton

Picture of David MortonPC Software Support Specialist

In 2002, Morton managed a project for the Alamance-Burlington School System titled “Casting a World Wide Web.”

Christopher Eyl

Picture of Christopher EylGraphic Designer

Eyl bicycled across the United States in 2002 to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center of CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center.

Ray Pruitt

Picture of Ray PruittFleet Mechanic II

In May 2003, Pruitt worked as a handyman with his church, working on much-needed repairs and updates to the facilities.

Susan Patton

Picture of Susan PattonAssociate Registrar

Patton researched the possibility of area schools establishing an internship program with Room at the Inn of the Triad, a Christian ministry helping homeless, single, pregnant women before and after the birth of their children.