CELEBRATE! Week runs April 28 – May 3

Hundreds of Elon students will be involved in activities during CELEBRATE! 2014, a celebration of achievements in academics and the arts that culminates with the university's first ever extravaganza of the arts & sciences open to the public.

Programs during CELEBRATE! 2014 include presentations, award ceremonies, musical performances, films, dance programs and more.


8 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Reading of the Holocaust Names
Hillel students will be reading the names of those who died in remembrance of the Holocaust for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
– Moseley front steps

12:15-1:15 p.m.: “Eat, Think, and Be Merry:  A Reading by Creative Writing Students

Winners of this year’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction contests will read selections of their work.
– Carlton 209

4-5 p.m.: “Self, Others, World: Reflections from the Elon Gap Experience”

The 2013 Gap Semester cohort spent their first semester backpacking through the Wyoming wilderness, traveling across the country engaged in service-learning, and learning a new language and culture in Costa Rica. Come hear them share meaningful and informative reflections highlighting the significance of their experience. As a group, they will highlight the stories, lessons and skills learned on the Gap Semester and discuss its impact on their personal growth and development, perspective as global citizens, and academic success at Elon.
– Location TBD

6-8:30 p.m.: Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony

Induction of Phi Kappa Phi interdisciplinary honor students. The annual induction ceremony of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes juniors and seniors from all disciplines who are at the top of their class and graduate students, alumni and faculty, staff, and administrators who have achieved recognition in their fields and/or by their peers
– McKinnon Hall patio

7:30-8:30 p.m.: “One Man’s Incredible Journey Against Considerable Odds: A Holocaust Remembrance Day Program

Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, and imprisoned during the Holocaust in a German concentration camp, Sidney Shachnow escaped from captivity and eventually settled in the United States, where he attained the rank of Major General and served as commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command.  Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gen. Shachnow will share his experiences of and reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust.
McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)


8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Spring Undergraduate Research Forum

A daylong celebration of undergraduate research, top Elon University students share findings in a series of poster sessions and classroom presentations across campus. A full itinerary with student names, presentation titles and classroom locations is available in PDF format.

Faculty presenters for SURF morning poster session in McKinnon Hall (Moseley Center):

Buffie Longmire-Avital (PSY), “’I Asked for the Papers’: How Emerging Adult Black Women Protect Their Sexual Health”

Ryan Kirk & Janet MacFall (HST/GEO and ENS),  “Nutrient Load Trends in the Cape Fear River Basin, 2000-2013.”

Megan Squire (CSC), “Data Mining Techniques for Large Collections of Text Dialogue”

Prudence Layne (ENG), “Righting/Writing Her Place in History: Representations of Rebellious Black Women!”

Scott Proudfit (ENG), “’Play’ Is the Thing: Hull House and the History of Collective Creation

Mariana Poole (MUS), “Rhythm and Meter in David Lang’s ‘Anvil Chorus’”

Dave Gammon (BIO), “Tales of a Sabbatical: Intro to Ecological Economics”

Chad Awtrey (MTH/STS), “When is a quantic polynomial solvable by radicals?”

Svetlana Nepocatych (ESS), “Dietary Intake, Fitness, Body Composition, and Bone Mineral Density in Female Athletes During In- and Off-Season”

Nicole Triche (COM), “Taxidermists: A documentary portrait of two very different practitioners who re-create nature using art and science”

Jessalynn Strauss (COM), “From the Last Frontier to the New Cosmopolitan: A History of Casino Public Relations in Las Vegas”

PERCS posters:

Mussa Idris (ANT),  “Entrepreneurship Among The Ethiopian And Eritrean Migrants: Ethnographic Case Studies In The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area”

Amy Allocco (REL), “From Survival to Respect: The Narrative Performances and Ritual Authority of a Female Hindu Healer”

7-9 p.m.:  Elondocs production program: Student Documentary Showcase

Join us for a showcase of student audio, photo, and video documentaries created in the elondocs production program.  The one-hour screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
– McEwen 011


4:30-7:30 p.m.: “Deliberative Dialogue: Strengthening the Intellectual Climate at Elon University”

There is no doubt Elon University values engaged learning. Many of our signature programs engage the heart, but how effectively do they engage the mind?  Join the Elon Community for a dialogue among faculty, staff and students that weighs three options for strengthening the intellectual climate on campus – and share what you think!
– Whitley Auditorium and adjacent classroom spaces


11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: CELEBRATE! Service-Learning

Students from Service-Learning communities and the Civic Engagement Scholars program present about their experiences with service-learning and the results of their work in the Burlington community and beyond.
– Oaks 212

1-2 p.m.:  Outdoor Dance Improvisation Concert

Come and enjoy an entertaining hour of Dance Improvisations by Jane Wellford’s Dance Improvisation Class.  Witty, beautiful, whimsical and heart-warming performances of solos, duets and group dances await your viewing pleasure in this beautiful outdoor setting.
– Center for the Arts, Pardue Court (outdoor patio)
– In case of rain: Center for the Arts, Room 111 Dance Studio

3:50-5:15 p.m.: ODK Annual Awards Ceremony

Omicron Delta Kappa is honored to sponsor the Annual Awards Day Ceremony. Since 1977, Elon’s Circle of ODK recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills while maintaining high academic standards. The Ceremony is a means to recognize students campus wide who exemplify integrity and excellence in their academic and experiential endeavors.
– Whitley Auditorium

5:30-7:30 p.m. Appalachia Photo Exhibition

This photo exhibition features intimate photo stories of 10 community members in Eastern Kentucky to serve as an alternative voice to what may be missing in Appalachian media narratives. Two guest speakers from the Photovoice project will offer reflection on the misrepresentation in the circulation of Appalachian stereotypes in visual culture.
– McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)


11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Elon Case Competition sponsored by Deloitte

This competition offers students of all majors an inside look into the world of consulting by simulating a short project experience. Final teams will present to Elon alumni from Deloitte between 1 and 4 p.m. and all are encouraged to attend! The winning team will travel to Washington, D.C., to present to Deloitte senior executives.

7:30 p.m.: Elon Gospel Choir Spring Concert

Come and bless the Lord with Elon University Gospel Choir as we have our annual spring concert!  The theme for this year’s concert is: With a Voice of Triumph. We would love to have you fellowship with us as we glorify God.  This is surely a night of worship that you don’t want to miss!
– McKinnon Hall (Moseley Center)


2-5:30 p.m.: “Time Un-plugged: A Family Friendly Celebration of the Arts & Sciences

This will be a fun-filled, educational family and community event.  We encourage everyone to join the festivities at Art West and visit Gallery 406, and then follow the artwork through the sculpture walk up to Young Commons where you’ll find a wide array of activities.

Archeological excavation and science education activities for children of all ages will be featured on Young Commons. Soundscapes will be shared in the Center for the Arts. Percussion music, performed by Elon and community musicians, will be shared all around Lake Mary Nell. Students and faculty from the Department of English will share how their creative writing moves us to a greater appreciation of the environment and its finite supply. Costume designs developed from recycled materials will be displayed, and anthropological insights into the social construction of time will be shared.

In addition to these and other Elon generated events, local community artists will also be on-hand, bringing their talents and showcasing their work – sculpture, painting, bonsai trees, instrument design, etc. There is no ticket required to join in the daytime festivities on May 3. A suggested donation of a nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus Kitchen at Elon University and Allied Churches. We will be collecting these items in the parking lots in front of Arts West and the Oaks.

The afternoon precedes The President’s Music Concert, a 7:30 p.m. program in McCrary Theatre hosted by Elon University President Leo M. Lambert featuring Department of Music students, faculty, staff and alumni. Admission is free but a ticket is required. Contact the ticket office at (336) 278-5610 for more information.

– Young Commons, Lakeside Patio, Center for the Arts, Moseley, Belk Library