Fall Evening for Elon events highlight university priorities

The State Room in Boston and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., provided dynamic backdrops for a university update with President Connie Ledoux Book.

President Book Connie Ledoux Book kicked off the 2018-19 Evening for Elon event series in front of close to 400 alumni, parents and friends in Boston and Washington, D.C. this month. For her first major event in each area, President Book provided an engaging update on university priorities.

Highlights from the evening included the announcement of the newly released US News & World Report rankings, which kept Elon as #1 in the South, #1 in Undergraduate Teaching and #1 in Innovation. For the fourth straight year, Elon leads the nation in engaged and experiential learning and is recognized in all eight categories of the US News & World Report rankings of high impact practices that lead to undergraduate student success. 

President Book provided an overview of the new four-year engineering major and its positive impact on Elon’s plans to expand STEM offerings. Related plans include enhancements to existing majors within the STEM field as well as an expansion of physical resources through the future establishment of an innovation quad. 

She also updated the Boston and Washington, D.C. communities on the progress being made during the silent phase of the Elon LEADS Campaign. To date, approximately $150 million has been raised for the campaign, whose top priority is scholarship support for students.

Additional program highlights included a flyover video that showcases new buildings on campus, updates on programmatic support and resources for student wellness and well-being and steps toward envisioning the future of Elon through building the next strategic plan.

Trustee Dave Porter P'11 P'19 kicked off the Boston Evening for Elon by presenting President Book with a custom Red Sox jersey.
In Boston, Trustee Dave Porter P’11 P’19 introduced President Book to the rapidly growing Elon network. The Porter family’s generosity can be felt on campus in many ways, including the Porter Family Professional Development Center, which is recognized by the Princeton Review as a Top 20 Career Services office in the country. 

In Washington, D.C., Trustee Charles Clohan ’98 introduced President Book to a large crowd of Elon fans in Nationals Park. Inspired by Charles’ late father, Bob Clohan ’67, the Clohan family has consistently demonstrated leadership and philanthropy at the highest levels. Last year, Clohan Dining Hall was named in their honor. 

The final Evening for Elon of the fall semester will take place on Oct. 23 in New York City at the Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. Click here for more information and a link to RSVP.