Ted Morée awarded the Acorn Accolade

Morée is recognized for his impressive contributions as a video producer, as well as socially oriented action on Elon’s campus.

By Elizabeth Kirkhorn, ’19

Ted Morée, a video producer on the Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) team, has been recently recognized with an Acorn Accolade. This award follows an eventful two years, as Morée joined the University community in 2016 and has been leaving his mark since.

Assistant Vice President of Technology and CIO, Christopher Waters (right) presenting Ted Morée (left) the Acorn Accolade award.
Morée impacts the Elon community through poignant videos, spanning a range of needs from Smith Jackson’s retirement video to educational clips teaching journalism students about Islam. When asked about proudest accomplishments in his production role with Elon, Morée cites the creation of a 360° VR video that helped Performing Arts Instructor Jason Aryeh evaluate rehearsal, as well as honing animation skills for a project promoting Elon’s Safeline.

“I love the variety of projects that come across my desk,” he remarks. “Even collaborations that aren’t strictly video-related can present interesting challenges, whether it’s recording a radio interview with a university archivist, snapping the IT department’s annual group photo or developing virtual home assessment tours for Physical Therapy.”

Morée stays actively involved in community-based organizations, and his work on campus is informed by a strong commitment to equity and social justice. Since coming to Elon, Morée has pursued similar initiatives locally, on campus. He has participated in inclusion-related book groups as well as events. Morée recently participated in the inaugural cohort of the Intercultural Consciousness Certificate program at Elon University, a program that fosters dialog around cultural identity and views about difference. Morée’s culminating project involved surveying on-campus universal restroom facilities and promoting better wayfinding measures, including signage and updated information on the Gender & LGBTQIA Center’s website.

Considering his passion for community involvement combined with hard work as a video producer, it is no surprise that those who work with Morée offer high praise. Clients appreciate his exceptional work, and cite that he is a pleasure to collaborate with. One faculty member remarked, “It’s working with people like Ted that makes me love my job.” This is a sentiment echoed by many. Another nominee for the accolade wrote, “Ted is also a genuinely good person. When he swings by the office he makes it a point to drop in and see how everyone is doing. He also goes above and beyond to support his colleagues outside of the office.”

Morée sees the award as a happy surprise; as he’s still relatively new to the Elon team, he did not expect the honor. “I’m humbly grateful for the recognition, and will try to live up to the generous praise of colleagues who nominated me for the Acorn Accolade. This award is a perfect example of how Elon inspires hard work and loyalty by valuing employees.”

The Acorn Accolade is awarded each month to an exceptional member of Elon’s Information Technology (IT) team. The individual must be nominated by his or her department head to the assistant vice president of technology.