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As the sun began to set Jan. 15, a crane lifted a steeple onto the top of Lindner Hall, the 
latest addition to Elon's campus. A copper dome and spire came next, capping the 39-foot 
structure. Clock faces on the north and south sides of the tower and eight windows on the 
steeple add to its beauty. Lindner Hall in the Academic Village is scheduled for completion 
this summer and will serve as the new headquarters of Elon College, the College of Arts 
and Sciences. The building is named for Carl and Martha Lindner, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who 
donated 52.5 million to the Ever Elon Campaign. 

The Magazine ofElon 

Winter 2009, Vol. 71, No. 1 


Jaleh Hagigh 


Christopher Eyl 

News Editor 



Grant Halverson 

Copy Editor 

Kristin Simonetti '05 

Class Notes 

Holley Berry 

Student Writers 

Robert Hoppey '09 
Bethany Swanson '09 

Director of University Relations 

Daniel J. Anderson 

The Magazine of Elon is published 
quarterly for alumni, parents and friends 
by the Office of University Relations. 

Editorial offices 

The Magazine of Elon 
2030 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244-2020 

Class Notes 

Elon Office of University Relations 

2030 Campus Box 

Elon, NC 27244 


Elon Web site 

Magazine Web site 

Board of Trustees, Chair 

Allen E. Gant Jr., Burlington, N.C. 

National Alumni Executive Board, 

Bill Courtney '86, Charlotte, N.C. 

Young Alumni Council President 

Caroline Sage '02, Atlanta, Ga. 

Parents Council, Co-Presidents 

Bob & Kally Badavas P'09, Needham, Mass. 

Board of Visitors, Chair 

Alva S. McGovern '72, Atlanta, Ga. 

School of Law 
Advisory Board, Chair 

David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. 

Love School of Business 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Peter Tourtellot, Greensboro, N.C. 

School of Communications 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. 

Phoenix Club Advisory Board, Chair 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, Raleigh, N.C. 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Sallie Hutton '92 

Director of Parent Programs 

Maggie Byerly 


N E 







Embracing Entrepreneurship 


The Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership prepares 
the next generation of innovators. 

Faculty Profile 

No Shrinking Violet 


Angela Lewellyn Jones inspires students to take on society's 

toughest challenges. 

Alumni Profile 
Delivering Hope 


Obstetrician and educator Bill Herbert '68 tackles high-risk 

pregnancies with skill and grace. 

A Job Well Done 

For 32 years, Nan Perkins was a driving force behind Elon's success, 
leading the communications, admissions and advancement divisions. 
Following her retirement, Perkins reflects on Elon's accomplishments. 

^)(~\ Cover Story 

Fabulous at 40 


Forty years ago, Elon launched its study abroad program. Some 
things do get better with age. 


2 ELON News 
10 PHOENIX Sports 
26 ALUMNI Action 

30 CLASS Notes 

40 MAKING A Difference 

ELON News 


Leo M. Lambert 


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couple of days ago 
my friend Jim Melvin, 
, president of the Joseph 
M. Bryan Foundation and one of the 
founding fathers of the Elon University 
School of Law, told me he was induct- 
ing me into the egbar club, originally 
founded by Greensboro attorney and en- 
trepreneur Sydney Stern. There were no 
dues or meetings, just a requirement to 
maintain a positive, optimistic attitude 
about the world, egbar is an acronym 
for "Everything's Gonna Be All Right." 
With the Dow hovering just about 
8,000, dismal holiday sales, unemploy- 
ment rising, and the real estate and fi- 
nancial markets a mess, maintaining an 
optimistic viewpoint takes a little effort. 
But as I have often commented, if you 
spend your days surrounded by 5,000 
Elon students, you can't help but think 
btight thoughts about the long term. 

Of course, in building next year's 
budget and beyond, the university bud- 
get committee, the trustees and I do not 
have our heads in the sand. Like every 
household, business and institution, 
we are tightening our belts. But Elon's 
financial situation is structurally differ- 
ent from those of the nation's wealthi- 
est, best-endowed universities, which 
have announced unprecedented budget 
cuts and hiring freezes due to dramatic 
downturns in their investment portfolios. 
Because of its modest endowment, Elon's 
budget has always been built almost ex- 
clusively on tuition revenue. (This has 
always been the case at Elon, and with 
58 percent of our alumni base in their 
20s and 30s, this promises to remain so 
for at least a generation.) Fortunately, 

our application numbers for next fall 
remain robust, increasingly national in 
scope and of very high quality. Like all 
private institutions, we will work with 
extra care to reach our fall enrollment 
target. Thankfully, we are experiencing 
no unusual downturn in spring 2009 

"Elon, which has often been 
compared to 'The Little Engine 
That Could, ' will continue to 
move forward, to spend every 
dollar wisely and to work 
within a budget guided by the 
student- and learning-focused 
priorities of the campus. " 

In preparing next year's budget, I have 
asked the budget committee to keep sev- 
eral important goals in mind: to protect 
academic quality and, to every extent fea- 
sible, continue to make strategic invest- 
ments in the faculty, academic programs 
and the learning-focused mission of the 
campus; to recommend a smaller tu- 
ition, room and board increase than last 
year; to continue to expand need-based 
financial aid as much as possible; and 
to reward our most important resource 
for students — faculty and staff — to 
every degree possible. This is a Herculean 

task, given other challenges, such as ris- 
ing health insurance costs and unpredict- 
able enetgy prices. In order to meet this 
challenge, budget committee members 
are working to exact every efficiency they 
can find and to reallocate resources to 
the highest priorities. 

Elon's efficiency and discipline have 
earned the university recognition in 
KipUnger's Personal Finance magazine and 
Princeton Review/ USA Today as one of 
the nation's top 50 best value private uni- 
versities, combining excellent academ- 
ics with reasonable costs. In KipUnger's 
ranking, Elon has the lowest total annual 
cost, more than $5,000 lower than the 
second-ranked institution and well over 
Sio, 000 lower than most other schools 
on the best value list. 

To ensure that Elon remains a great 
value and affordable over the long term, it 
is essential that the Evet Elon Campaign 
achieve success. Building the endowment 
to increase scholarship support for stu- 
dents is the campaign's top priority, and 
we have raised more than 60 percent of 
the $100 million goal. This is the first 
major campaign in Elon's history with 
principally an endowment focus and 
represents a crucial step toward secur- 
ing the university for future generations. 
In the meantime, Elon, which has often 
been compared to "The Little Engine 
That Could," will continue to move for- 
ward, to spend every dollar wisely and 
to work within a budget guided by the 
student- and learning-focused priorities 
of the campus. 

Leo M. Lambert 


ELON News 

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Kiplinger's, Princeton Review name Elon 
a 'Best Value 0011696' 

A new ranking by The Princeton Review, in partnership with USA Today, names 
Elon one of the nation's top values in higher education for 2009. 

Also, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Elon among the nation's 
top 50 best values in private higher education and the #1 university in the total 
costs category. 

The Princeton Hev\ew/USA Today report is based college <, 

on 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs and "' ~ 

financial aid. Schools chosen "provide high- 
quality academics at a reasonable price — 
either by keeping sticker prices in line, or by 
offsetting high costs with great financial aid 

Fifty private colleges and universities and 
50 public schools were selected for the ranking. 
Elon consistently has been ranked by The Princeton 
Review in its annual "America's Best Value Colleges" 
guidebooks. The report calls Elon "an impressive place and worth following." 

"Elon combines solid academics with innovative techniques such as study 
abroad, internships, experiential learning and research labs to create a unique 
and involving curriculum for its students," the report says. 

Elon is one of only three private universities in North Carolina to make The 
Princeton Review/USA Today ranking; Duke University and Davidson College 
also made the list. 

The 2009 Kiplinger's ranking is the third consecutive top-50 ranking of Elon 
by the magazine. According to Kiplinger's, Elon and the other top-value schools 
"deliver the goods during tough times," providing a "top-quality education at an 
affordable price — usually with generous financial aid." 

Elon's total cost was more than $5,000 lower than #2 
Baylor University and more than $10,000 lower than most 
other schools on the best value list. Elon ranked #4 among 
the 50 schools for cost after merit-based financial aid is 
calculated and #14 for cost after need-based aid is 

Schools were judged on six quality measures and 
seven financial measures, with quality of academic 
programs counting for two-thirds of the total score. 
Factors included student SAT scores, student-faculty ratio, 
graduation rates, total costs, financial aid and average 
student debt. 

Kiplinger's ranking includes some of the nation's most 
prestigious private universities. The top 10 universities in the overall best value 
ranking are Cal Tech, Yale, Princeton, Rice, Duke, Harvard, Dartmouth, MIT, 
Emory and Stanford. Elon ranks #29 overall in the quality rankings. 

This year, Elon's total tuition, room and board cost is 6.7 percent lower than 
the national private university average and 17.4 percent lower than the average 
for other top Southern private master's-level universities ranked by U.S.News & 
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The Magazine of Elon has received a 
Special Merit Award from the Council for 
Advancement and Support of Education 

The case District in award came in the 
alumni magazine category for Southeast in- 
stitutions with enrollments under 5,000. This 
is the third case award for the magazine. In 
2004, the magazine received two Awards of 
Excellence for publishing improvement and 
in the general magazine category. 

The Magazine of Elon is published quar- 
terly by the Office of University Relations to 
keep alumni, students, parents and friends in- 
formed about and connected to the university. 
The magazine circulation is about 33,300. 


Compared with students at other colleges 
and universities nationwide, Elon students 
are much more likely to study abroad, make 
classroom presentations, write papers, com- 
plete internships and work closely with faculty 
on projects outside of class, according to the 
National Survey of Student Engagement. 

Ninety-six percent of graduating seniors 
last year praised Elon for their overall expe- 
rience, exceeding the national average of 85 
percent, according to nsse. The survey is the 
most comprehensive assessment of effective 
practices in higher education and gives cam- 
puses insights into successful teaching and 
student learning. 

A total of 1,038 Elon freshmen and se- 
niors participated in the 2008 nsse survey. 
For more information, go to Elon's nsse site 


ELON News 

Steven 0. House 

House selected as next provost 

Steven D. House, founding dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and 
Sciences, and associate vice president for academic affairs, has been named 
provost and vice president for academic affairs. 

House will serve as the university's chief academic officer, overseeing all of 
Elon's academic, academic support and student life programs. House begins his 
duties June 1 and succeeds Gerald L Francis, 
who will become executive vice president for 
the university. Francis has served as Elon's 
provost since 1994. 

"Dr. House has a deep understanding of 
the university gained through seven years of 
service as dean and is an academic leader of 
tremendous energy, integrity and vision," says 
President Leo M. Lambert. "Steven has played a 
major leadership role in promoting the 
centrality of the arts and sciences at Elon and 
affirming our identity as a liberal arts university." 

House says he is honored to serve as 
Elon's next provost. 

"Elon is on a path to become the very best 
university in the nation for active, engaged and 

experiential teaching and learning," House says. "I will strive to inspire and 
unleash the imagination and excellence of every person on campus so that 
together we sustain and enhance our extraordinary learning community that 
transforms mind, body and spirit." 

House came to Elon in 2001 from Seton Hall University and has been an 
integral part of developing the university's national reputation. He joined the 
president's senior staff in 2006 when he was given the additional title of 
associate vice president for academic affairs. 

As dean of Elon College, House has provided leadership for 17 academic 
departments and 19 academic programs. The number of Elon College faculty 
has increased by 50 percent during his tenure as dean, and the number of 
students majoring in the liberal arts has grown from 37 percent of the overall 
student body to 46 percent. 

House has worked closely with faculty to develop Elon's application to 
shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at the university and has co-chaired Elon's 
long-range planning subcommittee on sciences. He is a member of Elon's 
budget and strategic planning committees and directs the Elon College Fellows 
Living-Learning Community Committee. 

House earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1977 from Calvin College 
in Grand Rapids, Mich. He completed his doctorate in physiology with honors 
six years later at the University of Arizona. He served at Columbia University 
from 1983 to 1986 as a postdoctoral fellow in physiology and cellular biophysics. 

An active scientist and researcher, House has authored scores of articles 
and presentations on blood flow regulation during health and disease. He 
received a major National Institutes of Health research award on microvascular 
cell dynamics, a visiting expert award from the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, 
Republic of China, and the Grega-Zacharkow Young Investigator Award from the 
Microcirculatory Society. 'Hi 


Lee Heywood "Woody" Pelton has been 
named dean of international programs and 
director of the Isabella Cannon Centre for 
International Studies. 

Pelton begins his Elon 
duties in May. He cur- 
rently is director of The 
International Center at 
Winthrop University. He 
will succeed Laurence 
Basirico, whose lead- 
ership of the Cannon 
Centre during the past 

five years has brought 

Woody Pelton 

Elon's study abroad programs. Basirico will 
return to full-time teaching in the university's 
sociology department. 

Pelton earned an undergraduate degree in 
psychology and a master's degree in student 
personnel services from the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1978 
to 1980, he served with his wife, Chris, as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. The cou- 
ple then worked for one year with the United 
Nations High Commission for Refugees in 
Malaysia before returning to the United States 
so Pelton could attend law school. 

Pelton earned his law degree from George 
Washington University in 1984 and practiced 
international trade, immigration and antitrust 
law in Washington, D.C. From 1992 to 2006, 
he served as special assistant to the president 
for international programs at Saginaw Valley 
(Mich.) State University. 


Donna Oliver '72, a former North Carolina 
and National Teacher of the Year, has begun 
her duties as the sixth president of Mississippi 
Valley State University. Oliver was named last 
fall to lead the university in Leflore County, 

She earned her Elon degree in biology and 
education. She then earned a master's degree 
in biology and curriculum and instruction, 
and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching. 


ELON News 

Alumna's book examines problems with eyewitness identification 

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino '85, of 
Winston-Salem, N.C., has co-authored 
a book that addresses the pitfalls of 
eyewitness identification in criminal 

It is a very personal story for 
Thompson-Cannino, who was raped in her 
off-campus apartment in 1984. It was her 
mistaken eyewitness testimony that led to 
the wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton. 
Cotton, also of Winston-Salem, spent 11 
years in prison before being exonerated 
through the use of DNA testing. 

Thompson-Cannino and Cotton 
became good friends following his 
release from prison and are outspoken 
advocates for reform in the use of 
eyewitness identification. They 
successfully lobbied state legislators to 
change compensation laws for the 
wrongly convicted in North Carolina. The 
two recount their experiences in a new 
book with writer Erin Torneo titled Picking 
Cotton: A True Story, which is due to be 
published in March. 

Their story will be included in an 
upcoming "60 Minutes" segment on the 
problems with eyewitness identification 
in criminal prosecution. CBS News"6o 
Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl 
interviewed Cotton on Elon's campus 
in January and interviewed Thompson- 
Cannino and others associated with 
the story at various locations in the 
region. The segment is scheduled to 
air in March. 

Following her interview in Johnston 
Hall, Stahl met with eight School of 
Communications students to discuss 
interview techniques and preparation, 
the challenges of working for the 
legendary news magazine show and the 
best strategies for launching a career in 

Thompson-Cannino and Cotton 
were profiled in The Magazine of Elon 
in 20oi.Thompson-Cannino's daughter, 
Morgan, is an Elon freshman. 32 

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino '85 

Lesley Stahl meets with School of Communications students 

Donna Oliver '72 

both from the University of 
North Carolina at Greensboro. 

During her 30-year career in 
education, Oliver has served as 
a K-12 public school teacher, a 
college professor and a K-16 ad- 
ministrator. She was named the 
1986 North Carolina Teacher of 
the Year and the 1987 National 
Teacher of the Year. 

In 2004, as a Bush Scholar, 
Oliver completed the Higher Education 
Institute for Educational Management 
Certification at Harvard University. She has 
published numerous articles in professional 
journals on multicultural teacher education 
and conducts workshops for public schools 
and university teacher education faculty. 

Oliver was the first African American to 
receive Elon's Distinguished Young Alumna 
of the Year Award in 1987. That same year, 
Howard University recognized her as an 

outstanding African American 
Woman of Achievement, and she 
was named to the White House 
Commission on Presidential 
Scholars and the White House 
Commission for a Drug-Free 

Previously, Oliver served 
as provost and vice president 
for academic affairs at Edward 
Waters College in Jacksonville, 
Fla. She also has served on the Elon faculty 
and was vice president for academic affairs 
and student development at Bennett College 
in Greensboro. 


Leon Williams has been named the new di- 
rector of the Multicultural Center, which 
promotes cultural understanding and 

Leon Williams 

appreciation through 
programs and events 
across campus. 

Williams has served 
as the chief diversity of- 
ficer at two universities 
during the past 15 years. 
He came to Elon from 
Buena Vista University 
in Iowa, where he cre- 
ated the institution's 
first Office of Intercultural Programs. He 
previously served as director of multicultural 
development at Ohio Northern University. 

Williams, who succeeds longtime multicul- 
tural director L'Tanya Richmond '87, earned 
a bachelor's degree in business administration 
from Ohio Northern and a master's degree 
in counseling from the University of Dayton. 
He currently is pursuing a doctorate in inter- 
disciplinary studies from the Union Institute 
& University in Cincinnati. 


ELON News 




Applications for the university's new interac- 
tive media graduate program in the School of 
Communications will be accepted through 
April I. 

Through classroom instruction and hands- 
on learning opportunities, students in the in- 
teractive media program will gain the skills 
to thrive in today's digital era. Students will 
learn to create and deliver text, graphics, au- 
dio, video and other content through a variety 
of media channels, including the Internet and 
mobile devices. 

The full-time, one-year program begins 
in the 2009—2010 academic year and will 
be housed in Powell building. It includes a 
Winter Term component during which stu- 
dent teams will travel domestically or abroad 
to shoot video and gather other materials for 
a special public service project. 

The program is open to students with 
bachelor's degrees in communications and 
other disciplines. Students who have not 
taken undergraduate courses in media law 
and ethics and media writing will enroll in 
summer preparatory courses. 

Scholarships are available. For more in- 
formation, contact the Office oi Graduate 
Admissions at 336.278.7641. 


The Rev. Richard W. McBride, Elon's chaplain 
for a quarter-century, will deliver the 119th 
Commencement ad- 
dress on May 23. The 
ceremony will be 
held Under the ( )aks 
in front of West resi- 
dence hall. 

McBride, who 
will retire in May, 
has left an indelible 
mark on the univer- 
sity communitv. In 
addition to guiding 

the Office of Religious Life through rapid 
growth in the past two decades, he has pro- 
moted service to the local and global commu- 
nity among students, faculty and staff. 

McBride founded Elon's chapter of 
Habitat for Humanity, helped start the 
Elon Volunteers (evi) program and created 
a Winter Term course in Guatemala to allow 
students to participate in Habitat projects 
throughout the country. He launched sig- 
nature programs including Senior Showcase 
(now known as Leaders of the Twenty- First 
Century), which highlights the achievements 
of graduating seniors; Hometown Heroes and 

The Rev. Richard W. McBride 

the Turning 21 Dinner, which encourage stu- 
dents to celebrate mentors in their lives; and 
Elon's annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. 

In 2001, he organized a campus gathering 
to help the community cope with the 9/11 ter- 
rorist attacks, and in 2007, he coordinated the 
campus service following the Virginia Tech 
shootings. McBride also regularly provides 
stirring remarks and prayers at major campus 


Art Cassill, professor of accounting, has 
been named Elon's first Wesley R. Elingburg 
Professor in the Martha and Spencer Love 
School of Business. 

Cassill is chair of 
Elon's accounting 
and finance depart- 
ment, and is known 
for his devotion to 
students and prolific 
scholarship. He is a 
certified cpa in Ohio 
and North Carolina, 
and has contributed a 
significant amount of 
scholarly work in the area of taxation. 

Trustee Wes Elingburg and his wife, Cathy, 
endowed the professorship with a generous 
gift to enable Elon to recruit and retain top 
faculty in the Love School. 

An Cassill 

"Information is not learning. Information has nothing to do with 
poetry. It has nothing to do with the way great music can stir the soul. 
It has nothing to do with art or humor or history. History is not about 
dates. History is about ideas and about human nature, and why we 
behave the way we do in the best and the worst of times. It's a very 
important source of strength in times of trouble. " 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough was the keynote speaker at Fall 
Convocation on Oct. 23. His speech was part of the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture series. 


ELON News 

"Commit yourselves to the challenges of stretching to reach your 
personal goals, building this campus to be even better and deciding 
that you are going to be part of an army of smart people who are 
going to make ivherever you settle better than it was yesterday. " 

Harvey B. Gantt, civic activist and formet mayor of Charlotte, N.C., delivered the 
kevnote address Jan. 14 at Eton's annual Martin Luther King lr. Commemorative 
Program. Gantt urged students to serve their communities and exceed their goals. 

David Crowe 

lonna Anderson 

Earl Honeycutt 



Mary Gowan 

Jnpp York 


Five faculty members have written books that 
explore the Holocaust, how to shape future 
sales leaders, the future of the Internet, the 
concepts of love, beauty and truth, and hu- 
man resources management. 

David M. Crowe, professor of history, 
wrote The Holocaust: Roots, History, and 
Aftermath, an award-winning textbook that 
examines the underlying foundation to one 
of the worst humanitarian crimes ever re- 
corded. Crowe's research focuses not only 
on the plight of the Jews during World War 
11, but also the handicapped, the Roma, or 
gypsies, and other groups deemed inferior in 
Nazi Germany. 

In Earl Honeycutt's new co-authored 
book, Sales Management: Shaping Future 
Sales Leaders, the professor of marketing and 

director of the Chandler Family Professional 
Sales Center shares theories and concepts on 
how to design and lead a sales organization 
based on a firm's strategic plan. 

Janna Quitnev Anderson, associate profes- 
sor of communications, is the lead author oi 
two books detailing her research as director 
of the School of Communications' Imagining 
the Internet Center. Up for Grabs: Floe Future 
of the Internet Volume I and Hopes and Fears: 
Tl)e Future of the Internet Volume II examine 
predictions about the digital, networked 
future made by technology experts and 
scholars from around the world. The experts 
responded to surveys conducted by Elon and 
the Pew Internet & American Life Project. 
The third book in the series is scheduled for 
publication later this year. 

Tripp York, instructor of religious 

studies, published his first work of fiction with 
Anesthesia: A Brief Reflection on Contemporary 
Aesthetics, which follows the life of a college 
student over four days as he contemplates the 
philosophical nature of beautv, goodness and 
truth. It was York's second book in the past 
year after his nonfiction Fire Purple Crown: 
Flie Politics of Martyrdom. 

Mary Gowan, dean of the Martha and 
Spencer Love School of Business, co-authored 
a textbook, Human Resource Management, 
which examines human resources manage- 
ment from a contemporary viewpoint. The 
textbook addresses how globalization and 
technology have created opportunities for 
employees to add value to their company 24 
hours a day. 52 



McMichael Family Foundation 
donates $2 million to Elon Law 


foundation has made a 
$2 million gift to the Elon 
University School of Law, 
which will establish the larg- 
est scholarship endowment 
at the school. The founda- 
tion gift was one of several 
recent major gifts to the Ever 
Elon Campaign, which was 
launched last fall to build the 
university's endowment. As of late January, donors had 
contributed more than $60 million in gifts and pledges 
toward the $100 million campaign goal. 

Dalton L McMichael Sr. 


The gift from the McMichael Family Foundation, of Madison, 
N.C., is the third largest gift to the Ever Elon Campaign and 
continues the McMichael family's rich philanthropic tradition at 
the university. 

The late Dalton L. McMichael Sr., a textile executive, was one 
of Elon's most generous benefactors. The university's Dalton L. 
McMichael Sr. Science Center, which opened in 1999, is named 
in his honor. McMichael also made major gifts to support Rhodes 
Stadium, the Frank S. Holt Jr. Professorship in the Martha and 
Spencer Love School of Business and the Kresge Endowed Science 
Fund to provide the latest technology and equipment for the 
McMichael Science Center. 

McMichael's daughter, Gail M. Drew, of Durham, N.C., is a 
university trustee and law school donor. The McMichael Family 
Foundation board includes Drew and her siblings, Dalton (Mac) 
McMichael Jr. and Flavel Godfrey, as well as three grandchildren of 
Dalton McMichael Sr. — Whitney Heard, Anna Kirk and Andrew 

Miracle. McMichael's other grandchildren include Bill Drew '96, 
Paul "Brack" Brigman '99 and Katherine Miracle. 

"Tiis generous gift is a major step forward for the Elon University 
School of Law as we expand scholarship opportunities to attract 
and assist top students," says President Leo M. Lambert. 

Gail Drew says the law school gift was a "natural fit" for her 
family's foundation, which supports educational and medical ini- 
tiatives. She traces the foundation gift to a meeting last year be- 
tween her brother, Mac McMichael, and Allen Gant, chair of 
Elon's board of trustees. 

"We're strong believers in education, especially in this day and 
age," Drew savs. "I think the law school is going to be a big suc- 
cess, and it depends on having the resources to support students 
who have the potential to be great lawyers." 

Drew makes annual gifts to the law school's scholarship fund 
to support a Drew Scholar. She believes in the school's mission of 
preparing lawyers to be leaders in their profession and their com- 
munities. Her late husband, Dick Drew, was a respected attor- 
ney in Durham. 


"As a university trustee, I feel a responsibility to support the 
law school," Drew says. "The financial times are going to con- 
tinue to be tight, and we're reallv going to need those scholarship 
funds to help students come to Elon Law and the undergraduate 
university. I have been thrilled to support annual scholarships at 
the law school." 

Elon Law, which opened in 2006 in downtown Greensboro, 
welcomed its third class of" students last fall. Also last year, rhe 
American Bar Association granted the school provisional approval, 
which enables graduates to take their bar exams in any state and 
practice professionally. 


A $250,000 gift from W. Cecil Worsley ill '86, of Wilmington, N.C., 
will fund a new golf training center on Elon's South Campus. 

The facility will include an indoor practice area with hitting bavs 
and a swing analysis center, as well as a putting area and players 
lounge. Outside the facil- 
ity will be an area where 
players can work on their 
short game, including 
practicing on two put- 
ting greens. 

A former member of 
Elon's golf team, Worsley 
says he made his gift to 
help strengthen the golf 
program. He also wanted 
to honor his former coach, 
Bill Morningstar, head 
coach of the men's golf 
team, and Chris Dockrill, 
a former Elon teammate 
and current head coach of the women's team. 

"I saw the need for a superior training center with state-of-the- 
art equipment that can help the men's and women's golf teams 
and help Elon recruit," Worsley says. "We have a good golf pro- 
gram, but we're going to be left behind if we don't have a train- 
ing facility." 

Worsley is a loyal supporter of Elon athletics and annual giv- 
ing, and is a member of the Phoenix Club and the Elon Society 
President's Circle. 

"I have a passion to give back to Elon," he says. "The place 
means a lot to me, and I saw an opportunity to improve the golf 
program. I can't wait to see the finished facility and the faces of 
the players when they are using it." 

Worsley owns a petroleum and convenience store business in 
Wilmington, where he lives with his wife, JoAnna Sutton Worsley '87. 
The couple's son, Cecil iv, will be a freshman at Elon this fall. 

is « . 

Cecil Worsley III '86 with his son, Cecil IV 

William Hopkins '51 


Retired educator William Hopkins 
'51, of Annapolis, Md., knows the 
value of having talented men teach- 
ing in public school classrooms. To 
help recruit more men to education, 
Hopkins has made a planned gift 
honoring his mother that will cre- 
ate a scholarship to assist male ele- 
mentary education majors. 

Hopkins made his gift with a 
charitable gift annuity, which will 

pay him income for the rest of his life. Upon his death, the resid- 
ual value of the annuity will fund the William Andrew Hopkins 
Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Margaret Tyree Hopkins. 

During his 34-year teaching career, Hopkins saw firsthand the 
importance of good role models for male students. 

"I'm delighted when I see a man teaching kindergarten," 
Hopkins says. "It's nice for boys to see men in the school system 
because it shows them that learning is important." 

Hopkins has been a dedicated annual giving donor and is a 
member of the Order of the Oak, Elon's planned giving recog- 
nition society. 


Elon launched a new initiative in 2007 to engage grandparents 
more fully in the life of the university. Since then, grandparent 
giving has soared. 

During 2007-2008, grandparents made $584,383 in gifts to the 
university — nearly three times as much as they donated to Elon 
the previous year. Since June 1, grandparents, including alumni and 
those with grandchildren currently enrolled, have donated $357,190 
in gifts, pledges and matching gifts to the university. 

"We are grateful for the enthusiastic support from Elon grand- 
parents," says Maggie Byerly, director or annual giving and par- 
ent and grandparent programs. "Annual gifts from grandparents 
are extremely important to the university and make a difference 
to all students." 

The grandparent program includes special cultural and academic 
events during Family Weekend and the Grandparent Leadership 
Society, which recognizes grandparents of alumni or students who 
make annual gifts of $5,000 or more or lifetime pledges of at least 
$25,000 to the university. The society is chaired by Rear Admiral 
Edward "Ted" Walker Jr., of Alexandria, Va. 

For more information on the grandparent program, contact 
Maggie Byerly at 336.278.7459 or ♦ 


Phoenix football finishes 
season ranked No. 17 


The Phoenix football team completed its 2008 season 8-4 and ranked No. 17 
nationally in the ncaa Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision, 
according to The Sports Network's final poll. It marked Elon's highest 
national finish in its 10 years at the fcs level and capped a season in which the 
Phoenix peaked at a program-high No. 3 ranking in the same poll following 
a seven-game winning streak. 

Elon claimed its most football victories in nine years and for the first time 
knocked off three top-25 fcs teams in the same season. The Phoenix also 
marked its most successful season in its six-year membership in the Southern 
Conference, finishing 6—2 in league play and third among the conference's 
nine football-playing institutions. 

The football program has improved dramatically during head coach Pete 
Lembo's three-year tenure. Under Lembo, Elon has posted a 20—14 record 
with six victories over top-25 opponents, a pair of top-three finishes in the 
SoCon, regular appearances in the national polls and 99 new Elon, SoCon or 
ncaa records. 

Junior offensive lineman David Harrison, junior wide receiver Terrell 
Hudgins and senior place kicker Andrew Wilcox earned First Team All-SoCon 
honors. Earning second-team recognition were senior punter Brandon Lane, 
junior defensive lineman Eric Ludwig, sophomore running back Brandon 
Newsome, sophomore quarterback Scott Riddle, senior linebacker Corey Weaver, 
junior offensive lineman Chris Werden and junior defensive back Walker White. 
Linebacker Joshua Jones was named to the all-freshman squad. 

The Phoenix finished second in the SoCon and 23RD in the fcs in passing 
offense, and third in the league and 29TH in the nation in total offense. The 
Phoenix defense was ranked second in the conference and 30TH nationally in 
scoring defense. 

Wilcox led the SoCon and the fcs in field goals with an average of 1.83 made 
per game and is the only SoCon player to convert a field goal in 12 games in a 
single season. Senior Bo Williamson led the conference and ranked 21ST nation- 
ally with 25.33 yards per kickoff return. Hudgins finished second in the SoCon 
and fourth in the fcs with 7.17 receptions per game. He also finished second 
in the league and 15TH in the nation with 93 receiving yards per game. 

Riddle became Elon's all-time career leader in completions (609), passing 
attempts (935), passing yards (6,688), touchdown passes (55), touchdowns re- 
sponsible for (65) and total offensive yards (6,615). Hudgins became the all-time 
career leader for Elon and the SoCon in receptions (272), touchdown catches 
(36) and receiving yards (3,617). Wilcox became Elon's all-time career leader in 
field goals made (59) and point-after-touchdown kicks made (130). 

Hudgins and Wilcox were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation 
All-America Team, marking the first time two Elon players were named to the 
squad in the same year. Both players also were named to the Associated Press 
All-America Team. r 2 

Kennedy named to USA 
Baseball staff 


Phoenix baseball coach Mike Kennedy '91 has 
been named to the 2009 USA Baseball National 
Team (Collegiate) coaching staff. Kennedy will be 
the pitching coach for the 2009 National Team led 
by former Elon head coach Rick Jones. 

"I am grateful to the staff at USA Baseball and 
especially to coach Rick Jones for entrusting me 
with this position," 
Kennedy says. "I have 
always wanted to 
work alongside coach 
Jones, and to do soon 
this stage is a dream 
come true. I believe 
this honor is a 
reflection of where our 
program at Elon is, 
and I hope that my 
coaching staff, as well 
as our current and 
former players, take 
pride in this honor." 

This spring, Kennedy, one of Elon's winningest 
coaches, begins his 13™ year leading Elon's 
baseball program. In 2008, Elon captured the 
Southern Conference regular season and 
tournament titles, and finished third at the NCAA 
Baseball Championships Regional in Cary, N.C. 

Before being named head coach, Kennedy 
served as Elon's pitching coach for four years. He 
played catcher under Jones at Elon and later spent 
time in the minor leagues as a member of the 
Oakland Athletics organization. 

Coming off an unbeaten summer (24-0) and a 
gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball 
Championships, the National Team will participate 
in the annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate 
Championship Series in Japan followed by the 
World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British 

USA Baseball is the national governing body 
of amateur baseball in the United States and is a 
member of the United States Olympic Committee. 
The organization selects and trains the Olympic 
Baseball Team and all other USA Baseball 
Professional Teams. r HA 

Mike Kennedy '91 



2008-2009 SEASON 

The men's basketball team under head coach 
Ernie Nestor split its first two Southern 
Conference matchups of the season and took 
acc opponent Virginia Tech to the wire tor 
the second straight year before falling 76—67. 

In mid-December, the ncaa ranked two 
Elon players among the top-so in the nation 
in statistical categories. Sophomore guard 
Chris Long was ranked 10th nationally for 
averaging 6.8 assists per game, and senior 
forward Ola Atoyebi was ranked 42ND with 
a 57.9 field goal percentage. 

Senior guard Brett James reached the 
1,000-point mark for his career on Dec. 19 
against Lees-McRae, becoming the 32ND Elon 
player to reach that milestone and the first 
since Chris Chalko did so in 2007. 

As of late January, the men's team was 5-12 
overall, 2-7 in the SoCon. 

Karen Barefoot opened her first season 
as head coach of the women's team with a 
62-59 wm over Winston-Salem State in the 
ises Cancer Awareness Tip-off. The Phoenix 
then traveled to Pittsburgh for the Pitt 
Thanksgiving Classic, facing Pitt, a Sweet 16 
participant last season, and Weber State. 

In the double-overtime loss to Weber State, 
Elon set a Petersen Event Center record with 
27 assists. In addition, Urysla Cotton had a 
career day, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 
rebounds. In conference play, Elon fell 45—3.9 
to the UNC-Greensboro Spartans. As of late 
January, the women's team was 1-19. 


All-Southern Conference 

men's soccer 
Kyle Boerner (First Team) 
James Carroll (Freshman) 
Clint Collins (Second Team) 
Erfan Imeni (First Team) 
Clint Irwin (Second Team) 
Steven Kinney (First Team) 
Will Mason (Second Team) 
Aaron Parker (Second Team) 
Justin Wyatt (First Team) 

women's soccer 
Katina Boozer (Second Team) 
Andrea Keller (Freshman) 
Katie Persichini (Second Team) 

women's cross country 
Emily Fournier (First Team) 
Melanie Reyer (Freshman) 


Caroline Lemke (Freshman) 
Traci Stewart (Freshman) 

Southern Conference Player of the Year 

Justin Wyatt, men's soccer 

Southern Conference Coach of the Year 

Darren Powell, men's soccer 

All-South Region 

Erfan Imeni, men's soccer (Second Team) 
Steven Kinney, men's soccer (Second Team) 
Justin Wyatt, men's soccer (Second Team) 

For football awards, see story on page 10. 

Katina Boozer 

Traci Stewart 



On the strength of top-three finishes in foot- 
ball and men's soccer, Elon concluded the 
fall sports season with a program-best sec- 
ond-place ranking among the 12 institutions 
competing in fall men's athletics for the 
Southern Conference Commissioner's Cup. 
The Phoenix ranks eighth in the Germann 
Cup standings, recognizing the league's 12 
women's athletics programs. 

Elon boasted a 7-0 SoCon record in men's 
soccer for the first time to finish in first place 
among the conference's eight men's soccer 

teams. The Phoenix football team recorded a 
program-best 6-2 league mark to finish third 
among the conference's nine football squads. 
The Elon volleyball team surged to its best 
Division I start (10—3) en route to a fourth- 
place finish in the SoCon North Division. 

The Phoenix finished in sixth place out of 
11 squads in men's cross country, in sixth place 
out of 12 teams in women's cross country and 
in seventh place out of 12 squads in women's 

Appalachian State (34 points) leads the 
Commissioner's Cup standings, followed bv 

Elon (29). In the Germann Cup standings, 
Samford (32 points) holds first place, while 
Elon is ranked eighth (18). 

The Commissioner's Cup and the Germann 
Cup will be awarded this spring to the SoCon 
schools fielding the league's best all-around 
men's and women's sports programs. 



For game schedules and the 
latest Phoenix news, go to 


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A s the sun hugged the horizon on a frigid 
J. XNovember afternoon, Katie Pietrowski 
lowered over her shoulders a collection of 
emptv water bottles taped togethet in the 
shape of a compact car. With classmates Alan 
Duvall and Brent Gilmore filming nearbv, the 
junior business majot jogged into a self-serve 
cat wash near campus and asked a man spray- 
ing off his vehicle if" her "wheels" could get 
a rinse. 

Seconds later, Piettowski's teeth began 
to tattle, the pressurized water soaking her 
T-shirt and jeans — not a comfortable ex- 
perience with a wind chill one notch above 
freezing. Pietrowski managed to keep her grip 
on the water bottle contraption as the man 
lathered soap in her hair using a long-handled 

What, exactly, was the reason for a stunt 
that left the Massachusetts native drenched? 
"Entertainment value!" Pietrowski laughs 
a few weeks later, recounting the adventure 
between sips of coffee in the Colonnades 
Dining Hall. 

Crazy? Not to a panel of judges at 
Stanford Univetsity who recognized the trio 
in December during an international com- 
petition. The Stanford Global Innovation 
Tournament honored the video with its Most 
Auto'dacious Awatd, singling out the team 
from among 500 entties. The challenge to 
the students was simple: Create something of 
value using nothing mote than watet bottles, 
then post a video to YouTube for evaluation. 

The teams entry, "waterbottle pow- 
ered car," was part of the Elon Innovation 
Challenge, held on campus in conjunction 
with the Stanford contest. In the Elon con- 
test, judges also applauded a student team that 
built a raft out of water bottles. Team mem- 
bers explained that the raft added value fot 
people eager to come to the United States. 

Both entties demonstrate how Elon's 
Doherty Center for Enttepreneurial 
Leadership in the Martha and Spencer 
Love School of Business is leading the way 

in experiential entrepreneurship education. 
Endowed in 2007 following a $1 million gift 
from Edward and Joan Dohetty, of Saddle 
River, N.J., the Doherty Center has supported 
or hosted events that have given Elon a grow- 
ing national reputation for entrepreneurship 
education and led to collaborations with in- 
stitutions such as Stanford and MIT. 

"The Doherty Center is moving for- 
ward in an exttaordinaty way," Ed Doherty 
says. "Director Gary Palin has provided the 
leadership, the direction and the enthusiasm 
to help Elon excel and grow its reputation 

Last fall, the Dohetty Center hosted 
the first N.C. Entrepreneurship Summit in 
partnership with Wake Forest University. The 
progtam brought leading entrepreneurship 
educatots to campus to share best practices, 
exchange ideas and form collabotations. 

"Inventing something is innovative, but 
having the ability to recognize the opportu- 
nities that your invention brings tequites a 
different type of thinking," says Mary Gowan, 
dean of the Love School of Business. "You can 
invent the better mousetrap, but unless you 
can think about othet uses for that mouse- 
trap, you are limited in your ability to make 
money or to change the way people think 
about mousetraps." 

Palin has been working with other faculty 
to draft an expanded curriculum and plan 
activities to embed entrepreneurship across 
campus. In short, Palin says, he wants stu- 
dents to change the way they think about 

"It's not just about making money," says 
Palin, who came to Elon from North Carolina 
State University in Raleigh. "Entrepreneurship 
is about adding value, and value can take 
many permutations, including economic 
value, social value, educational value and en- 
tertainment value." 

His agenda for the centet is ambitious. 
Palin is creating a mentor network to link 
students with the entrepreneurial community. 

while a speaker series will bring to campus 
entrepreneurs willing to share the risks and 
rewards of theit ventures. 

This spring will be busy with events, 
including the inaugural Leaders Building 
Leaders program, which will enable students 
to network with entrepreneurs, business lead- 
ers, alumni and educators. In March, Palin, 
who is a member of the board of advisors 
for the mit Global Startup Workshop, will 
lead Elon students to the group's annual con- 
ference in South Africa. In April, Elon will 
co-host along with Purdue University the 
next Social Entrepreneurship and Education 
Consortium workshop. Also that month, the 
Dohetty Centet will honor Jim Goodnight, 
chief executive officer of North Carolina- 
based sas, the world's largest privately held 
software company, with the first Elon Medal 
of Entrepreneurial Leadership. 

In addition, the Doherty Center is a 
founding partner of a global consortium on 
university activities in social entrepreneurship, 
along with programs at Stanford, mit and the 
University of Aarhus in Denmark. 

Perhaps the most ambitious project undet 
way at the center is that of an angel group to 
fund venture proposals submitted by alumni, 
students and friends of the university. Plans 
call for students enrolled in an entrepreneur- 
ship course taught by Palin to work with men- 
tors in the business community to review the 


proposals and present the most viable ideas to 
qualified private investors, or angels, with ties 
to Elon. A newly formed organization, Student 
Entrepreneurial Enterprise Development, is 
planning a Venture Day, when proposals will 
be presented to the angel group. 

"Elon is positioned to be a worldwide 
leader in entrepreneurship education," Palin 
says. "The university has a culture of action, 
more so than any other university I've seen 
in my career." 

Today, entrepreneurship education is 
more important than ever. Innovation and 
entrepreneurial thinking will revive the 
American economy and serve as critical stra- 
tegic advantages for the United States in a 
competitive global economy, Palin says. 

"The culture of our country — embrac- 
ing entrepreneurship — is a huge advantage 
that other countries don't have," he savs. "In 
this country, failure is not the end. Here, it 
is viewed as a learning tool. It's more a speed 

preneurship, you're thinking outside the box 
to develop alternative methods and products. 
With traditional corporate downsizing and 
cutting back because of the economic reces- 
sion, the immediate future is for entrepreneur- 
ship to take over and create job opportunities 
and new businesses to propel the economy." 
For Pietrowski, also a Doherty Scholar 
who dreams of operating her own franchises, 
that's what the Doherty Center is all about. 
Did she envision making money from the wa- 

You want fries with that? Junior 
Katie Pietrowski gasses up her 
water bottle car before heading to 
the car wash and a McDonald's 
drive-thru. Pietrowski and 
classmates Alan Duvall and Brent 
Gilmore, at far left, built the 
"wheels" and produced a video for 
YouTube as part of an award- 
winning entrepreneurship project. 

Palin's recent proposals for the Doherrv 
Center build on the foundation established 
by his predecessor, associate professor Barth 
Strempek, who developed the Entrepreneurial 
Leadership Experience at Elon. That program 
taught students management, marketing and 
entrepreneurship through the development 
of start-up businesses. From 2002 to 2004, 
Strempek secured federal grants to help hind 
and supplement students' classroom educa- 
tion in the areas of business, leisure and sports 
management, and music. 

Ian Baltutis 08 and R.J. Yozwiak '08 
harnessed that entrepreneurial spirit as stu- 
dents in the Love School. Their company. 
The Vibrations Solution, emerged with 
"SilentFeet," a product to dampen the vi- 
brations of washers and dryers. "SilentFeet" 
won a $10,000 first-place prize last April at 
.the University of Evansville New Venture 
Creation Competition. 

Senior Marisa Pinero, a Doherty Scholar, 
is working this year to bring a chapter of the 
national entrepreneurship fraternity, Epsilon 
Nu Tau, to Elon. The Florida native is no 
stranger to entrepreneurship; she built a busi- 
ness in high school selling baked goods during 
the holiday season, an enterprise she described 
in her essay for admission to Elon. 

"It's a great way to exercise the entrepre- 
neurial mindset," Pinero says of the academic 

bump than a brick wall." 

Ed and Joan Doherty know the power 
of entrepreneurship in today's challenging 
business climate. Their company, Doherty 
Enterprises Inc., is one of the nation's lead- 
ing franchisee operators of family restaurants 
such as Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar 
and Panera Bread. 

"In a corporate environment, you work 
for somebody, they tell you what to do and 
you execute it," Ed Doherty says. "In entre- 

ter bottle car? No. Did she and her teammates 
hope to make people smile? You bet. 

"You don't have to create a project where 
you're making money to be recognized," she 
says. "The Innovation Challenge was a good 
way to get people's heads out of books and to 
be creative again. It was nice to be recognized 
for imagination and entertainment." T & 

To view a video of the water bottle car project, go to 


/ ) I 1/ f ith every mile, Angela Lewellyn 
^- > ' J^^m/ Jones grew more uneasy. 

f 1 ^ F Jones was on her way to the North 
Carolina Correctional Center for Women in 
Raleigh where she was to meet for the first time 
with a group of inmates convicted of killing their 
partners. Together with her research colleague 
Leslie Parker, a regional director at the N.C. 
Council on Women, Jones was embarking on the 
state's first comprehensive study of battered women 
who kill their abusive partners. 

"The closer I got, the more scared I got," Jones 
recalls of the 2000 encounter. "I thought, Tm go- 
ing to be in a room with a bunch of murderers.'" 
When Jones and Parker arrived, they found 60 
to 80 inmates waiting for them in the prison gym. 
They told the women about the state's study, and 
that they wanted to interview anyone who fit the 
research profile and was willing to share their experi- 
ences. Afterward, one woman approached Jones. 

S H R I N K I N 

"I was wearing a black suit, and this woman 
came up and said, 'Do you have a dog?" says Jones, 
associate professor of sociology. "I said I did. She 
said, 'I just noticed the fur on your jacket.' Then 
she said, 'I really miss my dog.' From that instant forward, I stopped 
thinking of these women as murderers. I thought, 'She's just like me, 
she's a woman who loves her dog.' These are moms, daughters who 
found themselves in a situation so bad that they could only see one 
way out. Everything changed for me at that moment." 

Something else struck Jones, too: Every woman in the room 
signed up for an interview. 

"They just want someone to care," Jones says. "They just want 
someone to listen." 

Jones and Parker have done exactly that, conducting in-depth 
interviews with dozens of inmates. The study, which is ongoing as 
the two researchers transcribe hours of interviews, promises to yield 
impottant data about the causes and effects or these tragedies. 

Though the project is not complete, Jones already has incorpo- 
rated elements of the study and her research into the classroom, includ- 
ing her Violence in Families course, which explores various types of 
abuse. She also has started a service learning project for her students 
called Mentors in Violence Prevention. Working with Family Abuse 
Services of Alamance County, student teams go to Alamance County 
high schools and work with ninth graders to help them learn leader- 
ship and interpersonal skills, including how to manage relationships. 

"Some of the things we talk about in class are pretty rough, and I 
warn students, 'You may leave class sort of depressed or upset, " Jones 

says. "But I try to build into it a way to help them reel empowered, 
too, and that's what the mentors program does. 

"My students are able to take the substantive content they are 
learning in the classroom and share it with the ninth graders, show- 
ing them that better choices in relationships will pay off in the end," 
Jones says. "This experience helps all of us to see that good can come 
from what we ate learning and doing." 

Last fall, students in the Mentors in Violence Prevention program 
made 18 visits to Alamance-Burlington high schools, speaking to more 
than 500 students. It was a moving experience for them. 

"At every school we visited, a young person disclosed abuse in her 
or his life," Jones says. "That was powerful for my students to see that 
they helped a young person come forward and find help." 

Jones became involved with Family Abuse Services through her 
work on the battered women study and currently serves on its board 
of directors. She credits the organization with helping to make the 
mentors program a reality. 

Her students — who universally refer to her as "Dr. LJ" — say 
Jones inspires them to think for themselves and act. 

"Dr. LJ's enthusiasm and passion rub off on everyone in the room," 
says Kayla Hicken, a junior and a member of the inaugural class of the 
Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program that Jones co-cootdinates. 
"It's difficult to leave her class without feeling motivated and inspired to 


Angela Lewellyn Jones 

do something about the social problems we learn about. In many cases, 
the issues that we study in sociology are disheartening, but somehow 
I never leave Dr. LJ's class feeling helpless or discouraged." 

Teaching sociology and grappling with society's most challeng- 
ing issues come naturally to Jones, who grew up in the small town 
of Madison, N.C., north of Greensboro. She earned her bachelors 
degree at Wake Forest University where her father hoped she would 
study accounting or business. 

"I took one accounting class, and I detested it," Jones says. "I took 
a sociology class and loved it." 

Jones was drawn to two main subject areas: family and gender 
studies, and crime and social deviance. She continued her studies in 
graduate school, earning a master's degree and doctorate in sociology 
at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. During her doctoral 
studies, she learned that Parker was looking for a graduate student to 
work on the battered women study. Jones jumped at the chance. 

The inmates' stories were heartbreaking and often horrific. Most of 
the women had absorbed brutal punishment, suffering beatings, rape, 
forced prostitution and other abuses. In many cases, they endured 
the abuse until they felt their children were threatened. That finally 
prompted them to act, sometimes in a flash of spontaneous violence, 
sometimes after deliberate planning. Afterward, many had less than 
adequate legal assistance. 

"Women who find themselves in that situation 
are often trapped," Jones says. "People say, 'Just 
leave,' but over half the women who leave abusive 
partners are killed by their partners, so there is no 
good choice. They think 'If he kills me, there will 
be no one to protect the children,' and that's what 
prompts them to do something. That's the hardest 
part for them, talking about their children." 

Jones' colleagues say she exemplifies Elon's 
model of a teacher-scholar, someone who believes 
that excellent teaching and research go hand in 

"Dr. LJ is a wonderful teacher who is be- 
loved by her students and a top-notch scholar," says 
Anne Bolin, professor oi anthropology. "She is a 
perfect example or the kind of scholar who com- 
bines scholarship with discovery, theory building 
and applied research, saying, 'Here's a problem in 
society. What can research tell us about how to 
solve that problem?'" 

Jones joined the Elon faculty in 1998 and jug- 
gles her work on the battered women project with 
her duties as educator, chair of the Department of 
Sociology and Anthropology, wife and mother of 
two young children. She is friendly, down to earth 
and smiles easily; nothing in her manner betrays 
the grim nature of some of her research. She takes 
great joy in her family, particularly spending time 
with her husband, and reading to and making 
crafts with her kids. 

"She makes sound decisions, puts out fires, 
solves crises, writes reports on diverse subjects and 
leads us as a department to fulfill everything the ad- 
ministration wants," Bolin says. "I have no idea how 
she does it all. She's nothing short of amazing." 
In her latest initiative at Elon, Jones serves as academic coordina- 
tor of the new Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program, currently 
in its first year. Students use the creativity and skills associated with 
entrepreneurship to address social problems. 

"If all students do is sit in class and talk about how to address social 
problems, they tend to come up with all these grandiose ideas that are 
impractical and hypothetical, and that may not be what the people in 
the community actually need," Jones says. "But if" they get out and talk 
with community partners about what they need and help them come 
up with real solutions, they realize they really can make a difference." 
During their three-year commitment to the program, each class of 
Social Entrepreneurship Scholars identifies and implements long- and 
short-term projects that will have a lasting impact on the community. 
Several groups of students have already completed smaller-scale proj- 
ects, including helping two Alamance County Head Start programs 
purchase bilingual books tor Hispanic children. 

Mary Morrison, director of Elon's Kernodle Center for Service 
Learning, works alongside Jones to direct the scholars program. She 
credits the program — and Jones — with giving students an eye- 
opening experience. 

"Angela believes in this work," Morrison says. "She doesn't talk 
about making a difference. She lives it." M 




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unborn baby or her own life in danger, an 
obstetrician must consider two things: Will 

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delivery benefit the mother? And will the 
baby survive an early delivery? 

Those are questions Dr. William N.P. "Bill" Herbert 68 
weighs regularly as a medical educator and chair of the 
Department or Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University 
of Virginia Medical Center. A leader in his field, Herbert 
trains future doctors who will handle tens of thousands of 
pregnancies, including many with complications, during 
their careers. 

Herbert, an Elon trustee, is quick to downplay his stature 
in the world of maternal and fetal medicine. Yet his work has 
contributed to the use of new prenatal tests that give doctors 
insight into the challenges of premature births. 

"A lot of people think about obstetrics being a fun spe- 
cialty because most babies are healthy," Herbert says. "That's 
true, but when your specialty is high-risk pregnancies, vir- 
tually everyone I see has a medical problem, and outcomes 
aren't always what you want." 

Perhaps. But as one colleague explains, Herbert does 
more than teach young doctors or solve problems tied to 
the most difficult pregnancies. What he does best is offer 
anxious women hope. 

"He is not the sort of person who gets bogged down 
when things are tough, whether it's because the hospital 
is very busy or because a particular patient has a terrible 
problem," says Dr. Chris Chisholm of UVA. "All too often, 
so much emphasis goes on the doom and gloom outlook of 
a complicated pregnancy that women forget that it's ok to 
be excited about being pregnant. It's ok to feel rhat joy." 


The Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 
the nation's leading group of ob-gyn educators, recently 
honored Herbert with the 2008 Distinguished Career Award. 
The award includes a $1,000 prize bearing Herbert's name for 

a promising junior faculty member in an academic ob-gyn 

When Herbert began practicing medicine three decades 
ago, the survival rate for infants born more than eight weeks 
premature was very low. The tools for diagnosis and treatment 
of many life-threatening fetal conditions were years away. 

Working with others, Herbert participated in a series 
of studies evaluating tests related to fetal lung development. 
Because the respiratory system is the last to develop, knowing 
the status of a baby's lung maturity can help determine if the 
fetus is strong enough to survive early delivery. 

"We can take amniotic fluid from around the baby and 
subject it to various tests and gauge whether the baby, if de- 
livered, would be able to breathe on its own or with minimal 
help," Herbert explains. "That gives you the opportunity to 
weigh the baby's well-being as you try to assess the mother's 

Dr. Randall Williams, an ob-gyn in Raleigh, N.C., 
spent eight years learning under Herbert, first as a medical 
student and later as a resident at the University of North 
Carolina. Herbert also delivered his eldest child. Williams 
describes his mentor as cool under pressure, an important 
trait for young doctors to emulate. He says Herbert often 
responded to a problem by saying, "We're going to fix it." 

Williams regularly draws on Herbert's teachings dur- 
ing his volunteer work with the Medical Alliance for Iraq, a 
non-profit organization that sends doctors to Iraq to help 
improve the country's health-care system. 

"Obviously, you have to maintain your cool over there 



because there are a thousand things that can go wrong," 
Williams says. "Bill taught me that you don't do anybody 
any good if you panic." 

Williams also credits Herbert for focusing on important 
values outside of medicine. 

"Bill has always emphasized that the success of a physi- 
cian is measured by many factors," Williams says. "He's 
always concerned about your involvement in the commu- 
nity. He's a wonderful role model to have in that kind of 


Herbert grew up in Graham, N.C., and was already familiar 
with Elon when he enrolled in 1964 to study biology. His 
mother, Madaline Cates Herbert, graduated in 1931 with a 
degree in teaching. With his sights set on entering a top medi- 
cal school, Herbert spent most of his time at Elon studying. 
To relax, he hung out with fellow members of Sigma Mu 
Sigma fraternity, now known as Kappa Sigma. 

Recognizing his leadership potential, the board of trust- 
ees in 1970 selected Herbert as one of Elon's first youth 
trustees. Herbert is the only Elon graduate to have served 
as both a youth trustee and a traditional trustee. 

After completing his Elon education, Herbert enrolled at 
Wake Forest University's Bowman Grav School of Medicine. 
He graduated in 1972 and spent the next four years complet- 
ing his internship and residency in ob-gyn at Vanderbilt 
University Hospital. 

He chose his specialty for one simple reason. 
"I was intrigued by taking care of two patients, mother 
and fetus, one of which you couldn't see," Herbert says. 

From 1976 to 1978, Herbert, now married to wife Marsha, 
completed a fellowship in the Division of Maternal and Fetal 
Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center 
at Dallas Parkland Hospital. Following the fellowship, he 
returned to North Carolina and spent the next 22 years work- 
ing at UNC and then at Duke University Medical Center. The 
couple's two sons, Turner and Coleman, grew up in Chapel 
Hill, and the family was known to turn the many medical 
conferences Herbert attended into family vacations. 

In 2000, Herbert was named chair of the Department 
of Obstetrics and Gynecology at uva. He has been active in 
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and 

the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, serving 
both otganizations in a number of ways. 

Dr. Charles Hammond of Duke University recruited 
Herbert away from UNC to serve as Duke's division chief 
of high-risk obstetrics, formally known as maternal-fetal 

"He's candid and frank, yet he's humanistic," Hammond 
says. "He's got a wonderful database of knowledge (and) 
delivers it well. He sits down and talks to patients, and that's 
a real winner." 

To Herbert, good communication is the foundation for 
being an effective doctor. 

"I teach students to ask a patient where they're from," he 
says. "That opens the door to convetsation. Learning how to 
be an effective communicator can't be overemphasized. And 
that's tough to do." 


Herbert has been equallv devoted to his alma mater. 

Since his election to the board of trustees in 1996, he 
has played a key role in helping shape Elon's growth, notably 
as an outspoken proponent of the Elon University School 
of Law in Greensboro. That comes as no surprise to at least 
one colleague on the board. 

"There are many business people on the board who are in 
managerial positions but have never worked in the academic 
environment," says Trustee Jeanne Robertson. "Bill Herbert 
has worked in both environments, and that gives him insights, 
so when he speaks, a lot of people heed what he says." 

These days, the longtime educator has turned his atten- 
tion to a new challenge — the use of simulated learning in 
the medical classroom. At uva, Herbert has been involved in 
developing "SimCenters," or rooms that resemble operating 
and emergency rooms with control rooms behind one-way 
mirrors. In these rooms, mannequins "speak" to students 
and tesidents who must quickly and accurately tespond to 
various conditions, then diagnose and manage the medical 

The use of mannequins isn't new to medicine, Herbert 
notes. Integrating them into the obstetrics and gynecology 
curriculum is. 

"It gives students and tesidents a safe way to learn," 
Herbert says. '.'You can learn certain basic operations using 
almost entirely simulations. It's good for patient safety and 
it's much less stressful for doctors when they're in real-life 

Training the next generation of doctors in cutting-edge 
techniques is what keeps Herbert motivated. 

"It's satisfying to feel like you're part of the future and that 
maybe some of the things you've contributed will continue 
to be passed along," he says. "It's part of progress." r SJ 


For 32 years, Nan Perkins served as a driving force behind 
Elon's success, leading the communications, admissions and 
advancement divisions, and helping to enrich the lives of genera- 
tions of students. Perkins retired last fall as vice president of university 

A valued member of the university's senior staff for 25 years, Perkins 
served as a close adviser to two Elon presidents and guided the institution 
to new levels of excellence in academics and philanthropy. 

Perkins began her career at Elon in 1976 as a part-time English in- 
structor. She later served as director of communications and founded the 
Office of Publications, now the Office of University Relations. She built 
a successful program to communicate Elon's key marketing messages to 
prospective students, parents, alumni and friends. Under her leadership 
in admissions, applications increased 30 percent and the sat average for 
incoming students increased more than 100 points. 

Recently, Perkins sat down with Magazine of Elon editor Jaleh 
Hagigh to reflect on Elon's accomplishments. 

jh: You have witnessed Elon's transformation from a 
regional college to a university with a growing national 
reputation. What would you say were the seminal moments 
in that transformation? 

np: Former President Fred Young always said that 
the real shift began in the late '70s when Elon received a 
S2 million federal grant for developing institutions. That 
was the start of the strategic planning focus. 

Then in the mid- to late-'8os, President Young 
became interested in the new concept of marketing 
higher education. A long and precipitous decline in the 


number of high school graduates was on the horizon and, 
being almost completely tuition-dependent, Elon could 
not weather a drop in enrollment, especially if we wanted 
to continue to increase quality. President Young put together 
a broad-based marketing task force. One of the major findings 
of the task force was that we had a lot of data about our enter- 
ing freshmen and freshmen at other colleges that we weren't 
really analyzing. When we looked more closely at this data, we 
realized who our students were and how they compared with 
students at other schools. 

For example, we thought Elon had mostly first-generation 
college students from higher-need families. The data showed 
us that our students' parents were much more likely to have 
college degrees or even graduate degrees than those at our 

peer institutions. So it was with this new understanding of who 
Elon students were that we began planning how we could meet 
their needs, which is the essence of marketing. 

With the coming decline in the number of high school 
graduates, Elon had to find students from a broader geographic 
market. President Young recognized that we had to get students 
to consider visiting Elon first and once they visited, we had just a 
few minutes to make the right impression. At that time, Elon was 
not a nationally or even regionally known institution outside of 
North Carolina and Virginia. That was the impetus for building 
a beautiful campus, simultaneous with making improvements 
to the admissions program and academic programs. In some 
ways, the demographic decline was a blessing for Elon because 
it prompted us to do all these things. 

The change to a tour-hour academic system was another 
defining moment. Elon's exceptional faculty conceived this extra 
hour as an opportunity to allow students to go deeper into learn- 
ing, and it crystallized our focus on what we now call engaged 
learning. The extra hour of class time was used to engage students 
in more inquiry-based learning and in activities such as research, 
group projects and classroom presentations. The five signature 
programs known as the Elon Experiences (study abroad, intern- 
ships, research, service and leadership) were strengthened through 
this change and really define our values as an institution. 

The Elon Vision strategic plan and campaign marked an- 
other seminal moment because it essentiallv built the modern 
campus, including McMichael Science Center, Belk Library and 
Rhodes Stadium. 

Leo Lambert became president in 1999 during the last year 
of the Elon Vision, which was another defining moment in 
Elon's history. His vision of the level of quality to which Elon 
could aspire was simplv greater than anything those of us who 
had been here for so long could imagine was possible. And he 
had the boldness and the risk-taking personality to make that 
happen. Rather quickly under his and the trustees' leadership, we 
adopted a new athletics mascot, the Phoenix, and transitioned 
from a college to a university. It was gutsy to make both of those 
decisions so close together. 

In our current strategic plan, NewCentury@Elon, I would 
point to Elon's goal to achieve Phi Beta Kappa status as a seminal 
moment because it has led to so many other thrusts toward higher 
quality. I also would include the accreditations of the business 
and communications schools and, of course, the opening of our 
law school in Greensboro. 

jh: Were you surprised or amazed by this transformation? 

np: I think it is truly amazing that Elon's transformation is 
nationally recognized as one of the great success stories in mod- 
ern higher education. But when I think about all the excellent, 
dedicated and talented people who worked for decades to make 
it happen, then no, it is not surprising. And we built on a strong 
foundation: a great location, a naturally beautiful core campus 

and a long history that we can be proud of. Elon was founded in 
1889 on values and principles — including being co-educational 
— that have stood the test of time. Elon also has been blessed 
throughout its history with excellent, consistent leadership, the 
value of which cannot be overestimated. 

jh: What role do you see alumni playing in Elon's future? 

np: Alumni will play an increasingly critical role. The next 
generation of alumni leaders is going to be vitally important, and 
we're seeing them step on to the scene now. Support from alumni 
will become more influential than ever. But there are other roles 
they can play, too. Elon needs alumni to temain informed and 
to be advocates for the university in their communities. They 
can open alumni networks and help Elon graduates get intern- 
ships and jobs. They can return to campus and be resources for 
students who want to go into certain career fields. 

jh: Some alumni have expressed concerns that Elon is no 
longer the place they remember. What has remained the same 
at Elon? 

np: I think what has remained the same is the ethos of 
this place. Elon's open, friendly, egalitarian nature and its focus 
on students as individuals are unchanged. In my experience, 
alumni are increasingly very proud of what their alma mater has 
become. President Lambert's faith and values and character are 
very important. He is a wonderful spokesperson for Elon and 
relates well with alumni or all ages. His emphasis on building the 
service programs and the outreach to the community resonates 
well with alumni and makes us all truly proud. 

jh: What other messages do you have for alumni? 

np: I would encourage alumni to live the values that they 
were exposed to and were able to deepen here: leadership, service, 
a strong work ethic and global awareness. The world truly needs 
Elon graduates! And, of course, I want them to be proud of their 
alma mater and to come back and visit! 

jh: What are you most proud of during your time at Elon? 

np: I'm most proud of any contribution I may have made 
in helping to shape and tell the Elon story. There was a time 
early in my career, especially when I worked in publications and 
then in admissions, when it was so vital to tell the story, both 
internally and externally. I enjoyed helping to put words to that 
story and to shape and disseminate that message of who we were 
and who we were becoming. 

jh: When you came to Elon as a part-time English instructor, 
did you think you'd enjoy such a long, distinguished career? 

np: Never. I thought that I might keep teaching. I didn't 
really think that I would ever be a full-time administrator or 
faculty member. I never had a plan for my career. I just responded 
to the opportunities that were offered to me. I never dreamed I 
would have had the opportunities I had at Elon. For that, I feel 
truly blessed. !H 

To view a video excerpt of this interview, go to 



orty years have passed since 
Elon professors Jim Elder and 
Gerard Priestley led a group of fSfiSP 
students on the college's first 
study abroad program. Their destination was London to 
study the city's rich history. Little did they know they 
were pioneers in what would become one of Elon's most 
transformative experiences. 

Since that time, Elon's study abroad program has 
flourished, expanding to dozens of Winter Term, semes- 
ter and summer programs around the globe. As one of 
Elon's signature engaged learning programs called the 
Elon Experiences, study abroad has enriched the lives of 
generations of Elon students and brought added prestige 
to the university. 

Today, 71 percent of Elon undergraduates study 
abroad at least once during their academic careers, rank- 
ing Elon #1 in the nation among master's-level colleges 
and universities in the number of students who study 
abroad, according to the Institute of International 
Education's 2008 Open Doors report. 

During the 2008-2009 academic year, more than 
1,000 Elon students will participate in 65 international 
programs on every continent except Antarctica. 

"Study abroad has come into full bloom at Elon," de- 
clares Bill Rich, who guided Elon's international pro- 
grams from 1985 until his retirement in 2004. "Now, 
study abroad is about meeting academic needs and being 
relevant. It's not about tourism. It's not going to an in- 
teresting place just to visit." 

Elon's accomplishments in study abroad and its ef- 
forts to internationalize the campus led to the university 
receiving one of four 2007 Sen. Paul Simon Awards for 
Campus Internationalization, presented by nafsa: 
Association for International Educators. 

Larry Basirico, who succeeded Rich as dean of inter- 
national programs and director of the Isabella Cannon 
Centre for International Studies, has sought to enhance 
Elon's study abroad program by increasing the depth of 
experience for students. 

More study abroad courses today focus on research 
and service, offering more enriching, in-depth opportu- 
nities for cultural exchanges, including "homestays" with 
local families and language-immersion courses. 

Another way in which the Cannon Centre has deep- 
ened the study abroad experience has been to offer more 
programs in developing countries, particularly in Asia. 
In addition, this spring, Elon will add Florence, Italy, as 


its third satellite center for semester-long study. The uni- 
versity currently operates satellite centers in London and 
Costa Rica. 

"I've had students come back from being abroad and 
say, 'That was so much work!'" Basirico says. "That makes 
me happy. It's not supposed to be a 'trip.' It's supposed 
to be a rigorous academic challenge." 

Some of the courses offered during January's Winter 
Term underscore this commitment to learning on a 
deeper level through research, service and language im- 

Martin Kamela, associate professor of physics, and 
Crista Arangala, associate professor of mathematics, led 
a course to Kerala State, India, where students shared a 
traveling, hands-on science learning center with school 
children (see story page 23). Political science professor 
Chalmers Brumbaugh led his iist consecutive Winter 
Term course in Costa Rica, during which students lived 
with Costa Rican families and learned conversational 
Spanish. In the course The Photographer's Gaze led by 
art professor Ken Hassell, students combined ethno- 
graphic research with photography to document the lives 
of immigrant communities in London's East End (see 
stories page 24). 

"How you really learn about people and cultures is 
certainly through research, but more through one-on-one 
intetaction," Hassell says. "When you talk to people, 
that's when you break down the barriers and the stereo- 
types, and you find out that they are just as human as 
you are." 

Prudence Layne's Winter Term course, The Call ol 
South Africa, also enabled students to interact with local 
citizens. The students helped hirnish a primary school 
in the township of Alexandra with more than 1,000 books, 
computers and pieces of software. They also helped the 
school's teachers learn how to incorporate technology 
into their lessons (see stories pages 22 and 25). 

"Service gets students involved locally with the people," 
says Layne, assistant professor of English. "We could go 
to South Africa and it could just be a trip. But this course 
is about the life, the history and the experiences of the 
people of South Africa. It's about what America can learn 
from South Africa and what South Africa can learn from 

Alva McGovern '72, who lives in Atlanta, studied in 
London in 1971 and 1972. She credits those experiences 
with fueling her love of history and lifelong learning. 

"I remember the first time I walked into a cathedral. 

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it was Salisbury Cathedral," McGovern says. "Here in 
this small little English town was this huge cathedral 
coming out of the center of town, built hundreds of years 
ago. It was magnificent. I get chills thinking about it." 

Increasing scholarship support to enable more stu- 
dents to study abroad and interact with diverse cultures 
is one of the goals of the Ever Elon Campaign. McGovern, 
chair of the board of visitors and an Ever Elon donor, 
knows firsthand the power of study abroad to transform 
young lives. 

"I can't imagine students not having the opportunity 

to get out of the United States today," McGovern says. 

"It's so important for them to have knowledge of and 

respect for other cultures. I hope all Elon students will 

have that opportunity." 

Rich says he hopes Elon will continue to strengthen 
its international program by encouraging more students 
to spend semesters abroad and incorporating more lan- 
guage-based learning into those programs. 

"Students find that there are lots of different ways of 
doing things, that America's way is not the only way," 
Rich says. "When students get out and experience this, 
it's a life-changing event for a great many people." ♦ 



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485 515 


95 96 97 

gg 00 01 02 oj 04 05 06 07 08 

End of academic year 

* source: Isabella Cannon Centre for International Studies Annual Report Julv 2008. The data include study abroad enrollment during fall and spring 
semesters, and winter and summer terms. 

In the following essays, students report from India, London 
and South Africa on their Winter Term 2009 experiences. 

Reflections from . . . 



After spending more than a week in South 
Africa, my classmates and I are still in disbe- 
lief about where we are. It could be because Africa 
always has seemed like such a far off, unreachable 
place to many of us. 

But I think our time here seems so surreal be- 
cause of all the in- 
credible experiences 
that have been avail- 
able to us. So far, we 
have hiked to the summit ot Table Mountain, 
walked the beaches of the Cape of Good Hope, 
come face to face with some of the world's most 
incredible wildlife, including a cage dive with great 
white sharks and a safari — and expanded our cu- 
linary horizons by sampling some of the country's 
native dishes. 

While all of these experiences have been re- 
markable, what stands out most to me about South 
Africa are the people. We've been able to work 
closely with the people, not only observing daily 
routines but directly engaging in life here while 
completing a three-day internship in the city of 
Cape Town. Some of my peers are working with 
children in education centers, while others are 
working with the government and hiv/aids- 
related initiatives. I am learning a new skill at a 
community pottery center. 

Often when Westerners think about South 
Africa, they limit their thinking to the challenges 
the country faces. While there is without doubt 
much to be learned from South Africa's past and 
current struggles, I've learned that this is a country 
where ample joy and hope can be found. I have 
observed the smiling faces of children in classrooms 



To many, India sounds like a faraway, de- 
veloping nation with strange languages, 
pungent smells and a culture deeply rooted 
in tradition. 

Yes, it is far away — two hill days of travel 
rrom the United States. And yes, the sounds 
and smells that surround a visiting American 
could be considered sensory overload. But 
through this service learning course based in 
Kerala in the southern region or India, I have 
realized that the definitions of a place as "dif- 
ferent" or "developing" are all in the eye of 
the beholder. 

On this adventure, I have seen age-old 
methods of education being practiced along- 
side the latest innovations in teaching. To me, 
the best part or the school day here has been 
interacting with our "helpers," who are high 
school students. We have laughed and learned 
during this cultural exchange and ended up 
with newfound friends and the promise of a 
continual relationship across the globe. 

I've also had the chance to observe a sixth- 
grade geography class. This was especially 
interesting for me because it allowed me to 
compare teaching methods in India to what 
I have learned is effective pedagogy in the 
United States. There were 55 students in one 
combined classroom and the students had 

[Ion students brought a traveling science center to schools in Kerala State, 
India, helping foster a curiosity about math, science and technology. 

nothing but a text- 
book. The teacher led 
a lesson on the geography of India and stu- 
dents would intet ject with key words at the 
appropriate time. 

This opportunity to observe and partici- 
pate in the education of elementary, middle 
and high school students in India has been a 
dream come true for this soon-to-be teacher. 
Not onlv has mv knowledge of international 
pedagogy expanded, but the course also has 
enhanced my teaching skills by forcing me 
to find ways to communicate with children 
who are not proficient in English. It also has 
challenged me to take advantage of learning 
opportunities with minimal resources. 
Watching a ioth-grade teacher in a class of 40 
students lead a lesson on nuclear reactors with 

nothing but a single textbook and blackboard 
blew me away. 

One day as we left the school, professor 
Martin Kamela hurried us along because the 
Communist Marxist Party was having a po- 
litical rally and would block the streets so 
traffic would be unable to pass. Later, as some 
of us walked around the city of Kochi in 
Kerala, we saw thousands of people marching, 
holding red flags and chanting in Malayalam 
in support of their party. I've never seen so 
many people in my life. 

To me, India is a paradox — the culmina- 
tion of new and old, diversity and unity, and 
peace and chaos. Through this unforgettable 
study abroad experience, I have gained more 
insight and knowledge than I could ever have 
acquired inside the walls of a classroom. 

You can share your study abroad experience by emailing the magazine staff at Alumni responses will be posted to 

During The Call of South Africa course, senior Robert Hoppey interacted 
with students and completed an internship in Cape Town. 

and churches in some of the most desolate 

A number of South Africans we've met have 
told us how important it is to take what we learn 
and turn it into action back home. Some of my 
classmates have talked about starting fundraisers 
for South African schools through their Greek 
organizations. Others have found a new cause 
to spark their research interests. 

I am confident that what I'm gaining this 
month will stick with me well beyond my un- 
dergraduate years. It's a privilege to be able to 
learn about other cultures through interaction, 
which is an invaluable aspect of Elon's study 
abroad experience. 

Reflections continued . . 



I always knew that I'd love London. It long has been on 
the top of my list of places to visit. Taking photographs 
in a city I have only dreamt about is a brilliant opportu- 
nity for me to grow as a photographer and to see London 
as both a tourist and documentarian. 

London has become a multicultural headquarters of 

sorts; there are people from many countries, including 

Turkey, Zambia, Bangladesh, Italy and Germany. The 

assimilation of these cultures is evident in ever)' aspect of 

life in London: in the theatre, 

in hundreds of museums 

around the city, through a 

stroll in one of London's many 

parks or even during a walk 

through a shopping district 

or marketplace. Over the past 

few decades, much of London's 

immigrant population has 

settled in the East End. 

The East End reveals its 
complexity subtly, block bv 
block, in neighborhoods such as Mile End, Isle of Dogs, 
Bethnal Green and Whitechapel. It is not uncommon to 
find Bangladeshi fruit markets, burka shops and a Kentucky 
Fried Chicken restaurant side by side. 

One of the places where I have been working is Mile 
End. After we arrived here for the first time, my classmates 
and I wandered down the narrow streets into mainlv 
residential areas. Then, the damp cobblestone road began 
to widen and ultimatelv gave wav to Roman Road, which 

(l-r) Shape Mllligan, Anthony Custardo, Jaimie Wikeen, 
Alexa Brewer, lachory Viana and Colin Harden take in 
London's Piccadilly Circus. 

houses the majority of the stores and restaurants in Mile 
End and is also the heart of the outdoor market on Tuesdays, 
Thursdays and Saturdays. 

The Saturday market is the busiest; the streets are lined 
with colorful booths and carts that give bargain hunters 
little room to maneuver. Fortunately for my classmates and 
me, the vendors and shop owners are usually very eager to 
engage in conversation with potential customers. 

In just a few short blocks, I spoke with people from 
Zambia, Turkey, India and Bangladesh. I also spoke with 
some local vendors and students who have lived in Mile End 
for the majority of their lives, some with multiple genera- 
tions from this area. My conversations with these people 
were essentially the same — 
they all have few complaints 
about life in London, and 
they thrive on the diversity 
that has become the backbone of their culture. 

This is our mission: to uncover and reveal the stories 
of East End immigrants through photographv, field work 
and extensive research. In doing so, we will not only have 
educated ourselves and others, but also formed relationships 
with the people of London. 

The photographs we take and our experiences with 
the immigrants reveal the same truth: We are all unique 
individuals with our own sense of style, morals, beliefs and 
truths. In London, these qualities that make us unique 
are not only welcomed but incorporated into the lives of 
others, creating a wonderfully rich location in which to 
settle or just to pop in for a cup of tea and a discussion 
about the weather. 


Since I was accepted to Elon, I knew I wanted 
to study abroad. I just didn't know when it 
would be possible. This year, my senior year, was 
that time. 

As a digital art student, I was drawn to The 
Photographers Gaze Winter Term course in London, 
and I don't think I could have picked a more perfect 
studv abroad experience to complement my studies. 
That's not to say that coming over I wasn't 
a little apprehensive. This has been my first 
time traveling out of the United States. As 
our plane descended into London's Heathrow 
Airport, I was greeted with the soothing sounds of 
Phil Collins. Ah, Genesis. I knew I had arrived. 

The purpose of The Photographer's Gaze is to 
develop a portfolio of images that capture the migrant 
communities in London's East End. I'm working in 

the neighborhoods of Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle 
of Dogs. Specifically, I've been working in the Chrisp 
Street Market in Poplar, where I've been focusing 
on Bangladeshi and Indian immigrants. 

The interactions have been interesting and 
positive. I spoke to a Bengali native about the area, 
particularlv the music he listens to and the clubs he 
goes to along Brick Lane in the East End. He was 
helpful in directing me to a shop that specializes in 
Punjabi rap music. I've also been working with a 
youth community theater in Limehouse, and I'm 
planning to attend a show in its black box theater 
before we leave. 

Our goal in interacting with these communities 
is to accurately represent them using a sociological 
and anthropological approach. By interacting with 
the locals, we can properly portray these commu- 
nities, which often are overlooked because of their 




When I hear the word "Africa," my mind immediately 
conjures images of vast grasslands, exotic wildlife and 
violent tribes. However, visiting South Africa during Winter 
Term has shown me how wrong I have been. 

While in Cape Town, I have experienced diversity and ac- 
ceptance in every aspect of the 
country. On our first day here, 
we visited the Langa Township, 
where we saw houses made of 

scrap wood and siding, open-air grills and children wandering 
the streets. That same day, we traveled 30 minutes across town 
to the waterfront and entered an upscale European-style board- 
walk. Street performers, cafes and a mall full of designer stores, 
including Gucci, Lacoste and Polo, filled the area. The next day, 
we climbed to the top of Table Mountain, taking in the city 
and ocean below. Following this climb, we spent a day in the 
Cape Flats, which houses many of Cape Town's citizens. 

The landscape is not the only aspect of South Africa that has 
challenged my preconceived notions of this country. I have been 
shocked by the warm reception I have received from the local 
people. I expected to be met with disdain and resentment when 
I entered townships and instead was greeted with smiles and a 
willingness of the people to share every aspect of their lives. 

During my three-day internship at a preschool in the heart 
of Khayelitsha, one of the townships in Cape Town, I interacted 
with the children and adults of the town. The kids taught me 
their games even though they spoke almost no English. The 
adults took me to the local market, library and "shebeen'(bar) 
to show me how they live. I even learned how to make a local 
dish called "samp and beans." 

Junior Amber Woods worked at a preschool in Cape Town, South Africa, and 
helped equip a primary school with books, computers and software. 

Everywhere I have gone, I have been greeted warmly and 
treated as a friend, whethet by children running up to give me 
a high-five in the townships or by shop owners asking about 
my day. We have been invited into church services, convenience 
stores and daycare centers in areas rarely seen by tourists. 
Everyone seems to be focused on the common goal of bettering 
South Africa and showing the world that it is not the same place 
it was a decade ago. 

Though this country is scarred by the hurt of the past, it 
looks optimistically toward the future and strives to share that 
future with the world. 

immigrant and lower economic status. Often it is 
challenging to approach new people, but because 
of my experiences interacting with students and 
professors at Elon and the preparation I've had for 
this course, I've been able to capture shots that I feel 
are both strong compositions and tell stories of the 
communities I'm examining. 

In addition to our work in the field, we have 
participated in cultural events around London. During 
the first week, I saw a contemporary dance perfor- 
mance, heard Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" performed 
and visited some of the greatest museums in Europe, 
including the Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery 
and National Gallery. To stand in front of some of the 
greatest works of art is truly breathtaking. 

As an art student, I cannot imagine a more perfect 
way to spend Winter Term of my senior year. 

m Senior Alexa Terry photographed this shop owner in London's East End 
as part of the course The Photographer's Gaze. 


ALUMNI Action 

Sallie Hutton '92 

Help us serve you better 

We want to know what you think. What alumni events and programs are 
you interested in? What services should Elon provide alumni in the future? 

Beginning this spring, we will ask these and other questions in two 
surveys designed to improve alumni programming. It is part of our 
ongoing effort to create meaningful connections between alumni and the 

One of the most important ways we can accomplish this 
goal is to ensure that the programs and services being 
offered to alumni match their interests, and that the alumni 
office has the most current information about our graduates. 
Beginning this month, a program interest survey will be 
e-mailed to alumni, and I encourage you to give it thoughtful 
attention. If you have not given us your e-mail address and 
would like to participate in the survey, send your information 

The results of this survey will guide us in developing 
future programs and events as part of the next strategic plan 
for the alumni office. This is your chance to tell us which events and 
services you've enjoyed, or not enjoyed, and what programming you 
would like to see in the future. We also will gauge your interest in affinity 
and group reunions at Homecoming, the new alumni travel program and 
other program areas. 

If you area member of one of our 13 regional chapters, we want your 
feedback on the events you've attended and what activities we should 
add in the coming year. In this survey, we will ask for information on your 
careers as we step up our efforts to help alumni network with each other. 

To better connect you to your alma mater, we need to know what 
you are passionate about and how we can better serve you in all stages of 
your life. 

This summer, we will mail and e-mail a separate survey to alumni 
asking for your updated biographical information. Having your current 
mailing address and e-mail address ensures that you will receive 
invitations to campus and chapter events, and continue to receive this 
award-winning magazine. 

This survey also will ask for employer information to enhance alumni 
networking and enable students to connect with alums. We also want to 
know if you have children as we build a robust legacy admissions 
program at Elon. We want to do what we can to help you understand 
Elon's admissions requirements. 

I'd like to share one final — and exciting — note about alumni 
communications. This spring, we will launch a new alumni Web site 
featuring an enhanced event calendar, more alumni news, including an 
Alumni Spotlight, and career information. A separate site for young alums 
will include alumni blogs, a map showing where graduates are located 
and what they are doing, and video tours of new campus buildings. Watch 
Elon's E-netWeb site for more information on the site's launch date. 

Keeping 25,000 alumni connected to Elon is no small task. But it's 
something we take seriously. I look forward to working with you on this 
important goal. 


Alumni party, cheer and 
volunteer at Homecoming 

If you didn't make it to Homecoming last 
fall, you missed a lot of fun. Just ask any of 
the more than 4,000 alumni who returned to 
campus Nov. 7—9 to celebrate reunions, party 
at the Beach Bash and Young Alumni Party, 
and watch the Phoenix football team trounce 
Western Carolina. 

Members of the Class of 1958 kicked off the 
weekend by celebrating their 50TH reunion 
and induction into the Golden Alumni Group. 
Alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunions 
welcomed the new inductees. Alumni also saw 
how their alma mater has grown and learned its 
history by taking the popular campus bus tour 
hosted by President Emeritus Earl Danieley '46, 
always a Homecoming favorite! 

On Friday night, many affinity groups 
celebrated reunions, including the Office of 
Multicultural Affairs, which marked its 15th 
anniversary with a reception in the remodeled 
Multicultural Center. 

The soulful sounds of The in-men filled 
McKinnon Hall during the Beach Bash. The 
Classes of 1963 and 1983 celebrated their 45TH 
and 25TH reunions, respectively, while dancing 
the night away. 

Also Friday night, graduates of the past de- 
cade packed the refurbished Lighthouse Tavern 
for the Young Alumni Parry featuring the band 
Anonymous. During the partv, the Classes of 
1998 and 2003 celebrated their 10-year and five- 
vear reunions. 


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more about ignite, the new donor recognition 
group for graduates of the past 10 years. You can 
learn more about the group and make a gift by 
going to 

On Saturday morning, more than a dozen 
alumni joined faculty, staff and students with 
Elon Volunteers to pack 10,000 high-protein, 


The Alumni Relations Office is located in Johnston Hall at J23 S. Antioch Ave. and can be reached toll-free at 877-784-IS66 or by writing to Campus Box 2600, Elon, NC 27244. 

ALUMNI Action 

dehydrated meals for people in need across the 
globe. The event coincided with evi s 20th an- 
niversary celebration. 

"I was surprised at the number of bags of food 
we put together in such a short time," says Dave 
Warfel 06, a former member of Elon Volunteers. 
"The experience reminded me how much of an 
impact a few committed people can have on the 
world. I'm more motivated to volunteer some 
of my time." 

Saturday afternoon, more than a dozen class 
and affinity groups gathered in Reunion Village, 
at Lake Mary Nell and at other spots to cel- 
ebrate their reunions, including the Sigma Mu 
chapter of Omega Psi Phi (25TH anniversary), 
Xi Omicron chapter of Zeta Phi Beta (15TH 
anniversarv), Kappa Sigma (35TH anniversary), 
Sigma Phi Epsilon (35TH anniversarv) and Alpha 
Xi Delta (15TH anniversary). 

That evening, the African-American Alumni 
Group hosted the Old School Parry featuring 
producer 9th Wonder as dj. The group partied 
with a purpose — to continue raising money 
for the African-American Alumni Scholarship. 
To date, 89 donors have contributed $47,593 in 
gifts and pledges to the scholarship, which will 
assist an incoming African-American freshman 
who demonstrates financial need and academic 

Kappa Alpha alumni marked the one- 
year anniversary of the disappearance of Kvle 
Fleischmann '06. Fleischmann, who served as vice 
president of Kappa Alpha, vanished in November 
2007 after leaving a bar in Charlotte, N.C. 

The Rev. Ron Gallowav, pastor and founder 
of Solomon's Temple in Reidsville, N.C., deliv- 
ered the sermon Sunday morning during the 
Gospel Choir worship service. Galloway at- 
tended Elon during the 1990s and was a member 
of Kappa Alpha Psi. 

It's not too early to begin making plans 
to attend Homecoming 2009, scheduled for 
Oct. 23-25. 

(l-r) Bonnie K. Baxter '88, NoelL Allen '69, Lundon B Sims '02, Laith al-Majali '05 and Joan Summers Drummond '52 

Celebrating the best of Elon 

Trustee Noel L. Allen '69, Bonnie K. Baxter 
'88, Joan Summers Drummond '52, Lundon 
B. Sims '02 and Laith al-Majali '05 received 
Alumni Association awards at Homecoming, 
recognizing their contributions to their 
professions and their communities. 

Allen was named Distinguished 
Alumnus of the Year. He is president and 
founding and managing partner of Allen 
and Pinnix law firm in Raleigh, and serves 
as legal counsel for the National Association 
of State Boards of Accountancy. 

A respected legal educator, Allen has 
taught as an adjunct professor at Campbell 
University School of Law and published 
articles on ethics, the use of expert wit- 
nesses and legal challenges to regulating 
Internet practice. He serves as U.S. editor 
of the multi-volume treatise Competition 
Law of Western Europe and The United 
States (Kluwer Law International), and 
is the author of North Carolina Unfair 
Business Practice and Antitrust Law in North 

Allen has served as an Elon trustee since 
1985, including terms as board chair from 
2001 to 2003. He played a pivotal role in 
the board's decision to open Elon's School 
of Law in Greensboro in 2006. He serves 
on the law school's board of advisors and 
is a generous donor to the school. 

Baxter received the Distinguished 
Alumna of the Year Award for her ground- 
breaking discoveries in biology and as- 
trobiology. She is a faculty member at 
Westminster College in Salt Lake Ciry and 
serves as director of the Great Salt Lake 
Institute. She has earned international at- 
tention for her research of dna cell repair 

and her work at the Great Salt Lake, where 
she found multiple species of microorgan- 
isms called "halophiles." Her discovery 
shattered the belief that life could not exist 
in such a high-saline environment. 

Drummond was honored with the 
Alumni Service Award. After working for 
more than 30 years with Vick Chemical 
Co., Drummond retired in 1990 and 
has volunteered with Hospice League of 
Alamance/Caswell counties, Women's 
Resource Center of Burlington, Humane 
Society of Alamance County, Residential 
Treatment Services of Alamance County 
and Meals on Wheels. 

Sims, a teacher at R.J. Reynolds 
High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., 
was named Young Alumna of the Year. 
After graduation, Sims joined the Peace 
Corps and spent more than two years in 
Larreynaga, Nicaragua, training rural pri- 
mary and secondary school teachers. In her 
community, she works as a translator with 
the Centra La Communidad/Community 
Care Center and a Habitat for Humanity 
volunteer coordinator. 

al-Majali received the Young Alumnus of 
the Year Award. Last year, his film, "Captain 
Abu Raed," earned the World Cinema 
Audience Award at the prestigious Sundance 
Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie, 
edited and produced by al-Majali, is the 
first feature film to emerge from his native 
country of Jordan in 50 years. His latest 
project, a sitcom for the Showtime network, 
is based on his experiences as an Arab stu- 
dent in the American South. al-Majali came 
to Elon in 2001 as the university's first King 
Hussein of Jordan Scholar. 

Alumni Relations Office staff: Director, Sallie Hutton '92, ■ Assistant Director, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 

Assistant Director for Young Alumni, Lindsay Gross Hege '04 ■ Coordinator of Alumni Chapters, Lauren Kelly '08 • Program Assistant, Kelly Elliston 


ALUMNI Action 

Alumni chapters heed the 
call to service 

From Los Angeles to Boston, alumni chap- 
ter members spent the fall raising money for 
worthy causes, including helping children in 
need. Alumni also found time to gather and 
cheer on the Phoenix. 

In North Carolina, members of the 
Piedmont Triad Chapter participated in 
the Oct. 25 Walk for the Cure in Winston- 
Salem to support diabetes research. On Nov. 1, 
Charlotte Chapter members braved the cold 
for the Step Out To Fight Diabetes walk at 
Freedom Park. Charlotte alumni also gathered 
Oct. 25 at The Gin Mill to watch the Elon- 
Wofford football game. 

In the Triangle, alumni embraced the 
holiday spirit by helping the Triangle Spokes 
Group distribute 300 new bicycles to chil- 
dren selected bv the Salvation Army of Wake 
County. Alumni did their part to make the 
event the largest bike distribution in the his- 
tory of the Wake County Salvation Army. 

In Atlanta, alumni chartered a tour bus 
and traveled to the University ol Tennessee 
at Chattanooga to watch the Phoenix foot- 
ball team thrash the Mocs. In December, 
they celebrated the holidays by gathering for 
a wine tasting party at The Grape bar and 

Members ol the Hampton Roads Chapter 
kicked back after work with a happv hour 
at Barron's Pub in downtown Suffolk, Va. In 
Washington, D.C., the chapter stayed busy 
with a viewing party at McFadden's Restaurant 
for the Elon-Wofford football game, happv 
hour at Old Ebbitt Grill and a private wine 
tasting at the Philip Carter Winery in Hume, 
Va., which is owned by the family of Philip 
C. Strother '91. 

The D.C. Chapter joined alumni from 
Tulane University to watch a Washington 
Capitals hockey game. On Dec. 30, D.C. 
and Baltimore alumni came together to cheer 
on the Phoenix men's basketball team as it 
squared off against the Maryland Terrapins 
in College Park, Md. 

The Baltimore Chapter continued to re- 
cruit new members by hosting an interest 
meeting at DellaRose's restaurant in Canton 
and planning future events. Alums inter- 
ested in helping plan future events should 
contact chapter president Sara Hodges '05 at 

Ice hockey was on the minds of 

Get away! 


Alumni, parents and friends are invited to join the Alumni Association on the 
following trips: 

Cathedrals of Europe, June 2-13 

Cost: Approximately S4,099 per person plus taxes (double occupancy) 
Ennis, Ireland, Aug. 21-29 

Cost: Approximately $2,595 per person plus airfare and taxes (double occupancy) 

Young alumni trip to Fryeburg, Maine, Oct. 9-12 

Cost: Approximately S420-S470 per person (excluding airfare) 

The registration deadline is May 22, and 25 percent of the trip fee (per individual) is 

due by that date to secure your reservation. 

For more information on these trips, go to or contact the 
alumni office toll free at 877.784.3566 or 

Philadelphia alumni, who on Dec. 11 watched 
the Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes. In 
Boston, alumni escaped the cold by gather- 
ing at the Foundation Lounge to network 
and plan events for the spring. Alumni also 
brought clothes and S150 in donations for 
Cradles to Crayons, which serves low-income 
and homeless children. The chapter regularly 
volunteers on behalf of the organization. 

Farther West, Los Angeles alumni did 
their part on Make A Difference Day by 
joining the Foothill Community Cleanup at 
Dunsmore Park in Glendale, Calif. They also 
helped spread the word about ovarian cancer 
awareness and research bv participating in the 
Run For Her 5K race/walk at Pan Pacific Park 
in Los Angeles, raising more than $3,600 for 
the cause. 

For more information on chapter events, 
go to 


ALUMNI Action 

Graduates honored at Alumni Leadership 

Hannah Campbell '02, Christian Brescia '03 and Lisa Goldstein '03 were 
recognized last fall as outstanding young alumni during Elon's first Alumni 
Leadership Weekend. 

The alumni were honored Oct. 24 at a special luncheon for their 
contributions to the 
entertainment industry. They 
spoke to students in the School 
of Communications and the 
performing arts department. 

"It's important for young 
alumni to come back and tell 
students that their time here is 
being put to good use," says 
Goldstein, who plays Millicent 
Huxtable on the hit TV show 
"One Tree Hill." Since graduating, 
Goldstein has performed at the 
Naples Dinner Theatre, the 
Heritage Repertory Theatre, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and Walt 
Disney World. 

Campbell has performed with the oldest repertory theatre in Los 
Angeles, The Company of Angels, and has appeared in television 
commercials and shows as well as webisodes and films. The president of 
Elon's Los Angeles Alumni Chapter, Campbell credits Elon with giving her a 
solid foundation to achieve her dreams. 

"I wouldn't be the actor or the business-savvy person I am today 
without the professors and staff at Elon," she says. 

Brescia is an executive with Storm Media Studios and Supercell Design. 
He has been nominated for two technical and four creative arts Emmy 
Awards for marketing campaigns he's created for ABC, fox and fx networks. 
He encouraged students to develop a strong work ethic. 

"Once you get out of Elon and go to a place like L.A., you see that 
everyone is the next big thing," he says. "You have to put your nose to 
the grindstone." 

Coming Events 

(l-r) Christian Brescia '03, Hannah Campbell '02 and Lisa Goldstein '03 


The alumni office is looking tor vol- 
unteers to help plan reunions at 
Homecoming this fall. 

Classes celebrating milestone 
reunions include: 1959, 1964, 1969, 

1974- 1979' 1984, 1989. 1994. 1999 
and 2004. The alumni office is avail- 
able to assist graduates coordinating 
their class reunions. To help plan any 
of these reunions, contact the alumni 
office at 877.784.3566 or alumnirela- by March 31. 

Affinity groups celebrating re- 
unions include: Alumni Band (100 
years). Pi Kappa Phi (30 years), 
Sigma Gamma PJ10 (10 years), Phi 
Beta Sigma (10 years), Delta Delta 
Delta (five years) and Watson 
Scholarship recipients (five years). A 
reunion of history and international 
studies majors also is planned for 
Homecoming. To volunteer, please 
contact Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 in the 
alumni office or at 
by March 31. 

FEB. 19 D.C. Chapter happy 
hour, 6:30 p.m. Rock Bottom, 
Bethesda, Md. 

Atlanta Chapter happy hour, 
6 p.m. TAP in Midtown 

FEB.21 D.C. Chapter 
service event with KEEN, 
11:15 a.m. St. Coletta School in 

feb.28 Atlanta Chapter men's 
basketball watch party, 2 p.m. 
Hudson Grill, Perimeter Mall 

march 6-9 Atlanta Chapter 
road trip, SoCon Basketball 
Tournament, Chattanooga, 

march 9 Celebrate Elon in 
NYC, 630 p.m. Plaza Hotel, 
New York 

march 12 Charlotte Faculty/ 
Alumni Social, 6 p.m. Fox and 
Hound in Uptown 

march 13 Hampton Roads 
Chapter happy hour, 5 p.m. 
Baron's Pub, Suffolk, Va. 

Charleston Chapter 

St. Patrick's Day Social, 6 p m 

Henry's Bar & Restaurant 

march 16 Los Angeles Chapter 
Nothin'But Sand Beach 

Cleanup, 10 a.m. Toes Beach, 
Playa Del Rey, Calif. 

march 19 Atlanta Chapter 
happy hour, 6 p.m. Twisted 
Taco, Dunwoody 

D.C. Chapter happy hour and 
NCAA tournament watch 
party, 6:30 p.m. McFadden's, 

march 22 Boston Chapter 
hockey game, 3 p.m. Boston 
Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils 

march 25 Triangle Chapter 
hockey game, 7 p.m. Carolina 
Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators, 
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC. 

APRIL2 Spring to Success 
Young Alumni Career Event, 
6:30 p.m. Raleigh, N.C 

april 4 Atlanta Chapter 
service event, 9 a.m SafeHouse 

April 6 Hampton Roads 
Chapter baseball game, 5 p.m. 
Elon vs. Old Dominion, Norfolk, 

APRIL 16 Atlanta Chapter 
happy hour, 6 p.m. Shout in 

april 17 Piedmont Triad 
Chapter happy hour, 7 p.m. Fox 
& Hound, Winston-Salem, N.C 

APRIL21 Young Alumni Career 
Webinar with Dean Mary 
Gowan, 6:30 p.m. 

APRIL24-25 National Alumni 
Executive Board meeting, Elon 

Chapter Leaders Workshop, 


APRIL25 Triangle Chapter 
service event, Angels Among 
Us Race, Durham, N.C 

APRIL 25-26 Young Alumni 
Council meeting, Elon 

may 2 D.C. Chapter Gold Cup 
trip, The Plains, Va. 

Triangle Chapter 5th-Annual 
Kentucky Derby Party, 4:30 p.m. 
Angus Barn, Raleigh, N.C. 

Atlanta Chapter family picnic, 
11 a m. Chastain Park 

may 14 Atlanta Chapter happy 
hour, 6 p.m. Twist in Buckhead 

may 16 Los Angeles Chapter 
Nothin' But Sand Beach Clean- 
up, time to be announced. 
Santa Monica Bay from Zuma to 
Cabrillo Beach 

MAY22 Baccalaureate, 3 p.m. 

Alumni Gym, Koury Center 

may 23 Commencement, 
9:30 a.m. Under the Oaks 

JUNE 13 Triangle Chapter 
Komen Race for the Cure, time 
to be announced. Meredith 
College, Raleigh, N.C. 

For the latest alumni news, 
go to 


CLASS Notes 

Class Notes 


Robert W. Morphis '32 is grateful 
to Elon for giving him an excellent 
education and lifelong friends, and 
for preparing him for a successful ca- 
reer. He remembers meeting his wife, 
Louise, in the first town he visited after 
graduation. They were married tor 73 
years before she died in 2008. Robert 
advises students to absorb all the 
education they can. "My educational 
background is still respected by those 
I contact or associate with," he says. "I 
have not been (at Elon) for many years, 
but what I hear from there is nothing 
but good!" 


Bernard Morris Askin '43 made his 
best friends at Elon. He says his Elon 
education helped prepare him to thrive 
in his professional and personal life. 
He remembers how Elon enabled him 
ro persevere during World War II. He 
encourages fellow alumni to use the 
knowledge they gained at Elon, and 
he says he hopes Elon will continue to 
make strides in higher education. 



Jane Ladora Iransou '50 met and mar- 
ried her husband at Elon. She says 
she always will remember her concert 
tours with the choir and how her pro- 
fessors taught rather than "lectured." 
Jane says Elon helped her mature in 
life and prepare her for the future, and 
she encourages alumni to remember 
rheir good times and support Elon 

Richard Clendenin Thompson '53 

says his Elon experience gave him an 
appreciation for education and truth. 
He remembers the Russian professors 
who taught at Elon and the World War 
II veterans who attended Elon thanks 
to the Gi Bill. He encourages fellow 
alumni to save their money, go to 
church and help the needy. He hopes 
that Elon will not become too large 
and will mainrain its personal atten- 
tion to students. 

Ann S. Wright '54 recently was hon- 
ored by the Danville, Va., public li- 

brary with an exhibition of 20 of her 
oil paintings on her 82M) birthday. She 
remembers rhe caring faculty at Elon, 
particularly Lila Newman, who was 
her first art teacher. She and her hus- 
band, Thomas E. Wright '54, recently 
celebrated their 63RD anniversary. 

Talmadge E. Fury '57 says his Elon 
education changed his life by making 
him a loving person and a good leader. 
He says Earl Danieley '46 was an in- 
spiration to him and his future. He 
hopes that Elon will become one of 
the best universities in the world. 

Louis Bailey Wilkins '58 says Elon 
changed his life by enabling him to 
interact with international students 
and broadening his worldview. He 
credits Elon with his decision to 
serve for eight years as an educational 
missionary to Turkey. Through that 
experience, he and his wife adopted 
their oldest son from Lebanon in 
1965. Louis' travels also helped him to 
appreciate the value of education in 
a democratic society. He remembers 
his wonderful professors, including 
John Graves and Earl Danieley '46, 
who became his good friends. Louis 
encourages alumni to be inquisitive 
and help mentor children and youths. 
Now an Elon resident, Louis hopes to 
see the university continue to expand 
its study abroad and service learning 

named to Oak Ridge's Athletic Hall 
of Fame. He continues to support rhe 
academy and was instrumental in es- 
tablishing an annual alumni baseball 
game. He lives with his wife, Dorothy, 
in Greensboro, N.C. 

Burgin Beale '69 rented last tall from 
Moore County Schools. After 38 
years of coaching football, teaching 
and serving as principal and assistant 
ptincipal in rwo states, five school dis- 
tricts and nine schools, he decided it 
was time to retire. He plans to spend 
more time with his family and friends, 
playing tennis and golf, and watching 
more Phoenix football. 

Edward Lee Johnson '69 was inducted 

last fall into the Asheboto High School 
Sports Hall of Fame. Edward was cap- 
tain of the 1967 Elon football team 

and played in the East-West College 
All-Star Game. He lives in Asheboro, 


Edward "Edd" Conner '70 is retir- 
ing from the Virginia Department for 
the Blind and Vision Impaired after 
serving thete for 35 years. During his 
tenure, he worked as an instructional 
specialist, tehabilitation case manager 
and eye surgery coordinator. He lives 
with his wife, Jolene, in Norfolk, Va. 

Betty Anderson Woodard '71 recenrly 
retired from teaching after 38 years. 
She operates a home-based travel 
agency in Deltaville, Va. She and her 
husband, Guy Woodard '69, who re- 
cently retired from Dominion Power, 

Charlie Frye '63 


Charlie Frye '63 was a star athlete 
and scholar at Oak Ridge Military 
Academy. He attended Elon on a 
baseball scholarship and helped Elon 
win conference championships in 1957 
and 1958. He went on to play semi-pro 
baseball for Rainey Shell of Greensboro. 
In 1959, he was invited to spring train- 
ing with the Washington Senators. He 
declined and returned to Elon to finish 
his degree in business administration 
and economics. Last fall, Chatlie was 

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lead group tours on cruises and other 
trips, and sell travel packages. 

Hyman Sater '72 and his wire, Lizbeth, 
recently celebrated their 38TH anniver- 
sary. Hyman has been semi-retired for 
four years. They have two sons and 
three grandchildren. Hyman, who is 
an avid runner, won the only alumni 
5K race in 1991. 

Beathard wins second songwriting award 

For the second time in four years, Casey Beathard '90 has received 
the BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Award. 

Beathard was honored Nov. 11 at the BMI Country Awards, 
which celebrated the writers and publishers of the 50 most- 
performed country songs of 2008. The business major and former 
Elon football player co-wrote five of the songs on the 2008 most- 
performed list. He received the same award in 2004. 

Beathard has written songs for artists Kenny Chesney, Billy 
Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Tracy Byrd and Billy Currington, 
among others. He has collaborated on hits including Chesney's 
"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" and "Don't Blink," Cyrus'"Ready, 
Set, Don't Go," Currington's "Walk a Little Straighter"and Byrd's'Ten 
Rounds With Jose Cuervo." 

Alan R. Parham '74 and Dottie Simmons Parham '76 

Alan R. Parham '74 and Dottie 
Simmons Parham '76 reunited at 
Elon's Homecoming in 2002 and 
were married the following year. They 
recently celebrated their fifth wedding 
anniversary with a camping trip that 
took them down the Colorado River 
and through the Grand Canyon. Alan 
works for National Scouting Report, 
a company that helps match athletes 
to college scholarship opportunities. 
Dottie is part-owner of a company 
that helps non-profit organizations 
identify new donors. They live in Mills 
River, N.C. 

Debbie Jones Bise '75 and Ricky Bise '77 and daughter, 

Debbie Jones Bise 75 is an admin- 
istrator at Knoxville Trade School. 
Her husband, Ricky Bise '77- > s a 
retired school principal. They live in 
Cleveland, Tenn., where they run a 
miniature horse farm. 



Scott Stevenson '82 finished third run- 
ner-up in the Palmer Cup Collegiate 
Amateur golf tournament in Glasgow, 
Scotland. The Palmer Cup is named 
after legendary golfer Arnold Palmer 

and is the collegiate version of the pro- 
fessional Ryder Cup. Scott lives with 
his wife, Tracy, in Woodstock, Ga. 

Tom Fredrick Merricks '83 has been 
promoted to principal at Xerox Office 
Services for the western region. He has 
worked at the company tor 25 years. 
Tom lives in Piano, Texas. 

Jeffrey L. Smith 86 has been ap- 
pointed to a three-year term with the 
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation's ad- 
visory panel. He also completed the 
Piedmont Triad Leadership Institute, 
a collaboration between the Piedmont 
Triad Partnership and the Center for 
Creative Leadership to develop young 
leaders who support economic devel- 
opment issues. Jeffrey lives in Winston- 
Salem. N.C. 

J. Brucie Sutton '86 graduated from 
the University of North Carolina at 
Greensboro's School of Nursing in 
May 2008. He is a registered nurse at 
Alamance Regional Medical Center's 
telemetry unit. 

Carrie Town Brennan '88 recently was 
promoted to manager of the middle 
market claims office at Liberty Mutual 
Insurance. She lives with her husband, 
Dan, in Keller, Texas. 

William Pruitt '88 is area business di- 
rector of the central region of Daiichi 
Sankyo. William has been with the 
company for 11 years and has re- 
ceived several promotions for build- 
ing successful sales teams. He lives in 
Southlake, Texas. 

Stewart Arens '89, John Floyd '90. 
Trey Siner '91 and Shane Yount 91 

are Sigma Chi fraternity brothers. In 
celebration of John Floyd's upcoming 
wedding, the Elon alums recently took 

a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of 
Oak Island, N.C. 



Pamela Nichols Burrus 93 and Jeffrey 
Camper Burrus '91 live in Charlotte. 
N.C with their two sons, Rob, 8, and 
Mitch, 2. Jeff is vice president of pro- 
duction for EquiFirst Corp. 

Mark C. French '93 recently donated 
documents that belonged to his 
great-grandfather, Calvin H. French, 
to Hastings College. Calvin French 
served as president of Hastings College 
from 1920— 1934. Mark discovered 
the documents, which had not been 
touched for 50 years, while cleaning 
out a relative's attic. The archives are 
displayed in French Memorial Chapel 
on the Hastings campus. In addition, 
the Massachusetts Adoption Resource 
Exchange, where Mark works, cel- 
ebrated its 50TH anniversary last year. 
Mark lives in Bedford, Mass. 

Mary Jane Gupton Morgan '94 is 

principal of Lake Norman Christian 
School, which opened in September 
2008 and serves grades K-8. They will 
continue adding a new grade each year, 
building a complete K-12 program. Her 


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L-R Trey Siner '91, Stewart Arens '89, John Floyd '90 
and Shane Yount '91 

husband, James A. Morgan iv '91, is a 
business analyst with Wachovia. They 
live in Cornelius, N.C. 

Erick Gill '95 was again recognized 
during the National Association of 
County Information Officers' Annual 
Awards of Excellence ceremony. He 
is the public information officer for 
St. Lucie County, Fla. Erick earned 
a second-place award in the writing 
division for a series of press releases 
he wrote on St. Lucie County's arti- 
ficial reef program, which received 
media attention. He also won two 
awards in the Florida Government 
Communicator Association's annual 
Crystal Awards competition: a third- 
place award in the special events cate- 
gory for the opening of the Lawnwood 
Skate Park and a second-place award 
in the video category for a report on 
the park's opening. He and his wife. 
Colleen Batt Gill '95, live in Fort 
Pierce, Fla., with their two children, 
Trevor, 5, and Chelsea, 2. 

George Leloudis '96 has been ap- 
pointed to serve as adviser to the pub- 
lishing hoard and as vice-chair of the 
finance core group of the American Bar 
Association. He is a law firm adminis- 
trator at McGuire, Wood & Bissette 
P.A. He lives in Asheville, N.C. 

Joleen E. Neighbours '96 serves as sec- 
ondary education chair on the board 
of directors of the Virginia Theatre 
Association. She recently was named 
Teacher of the Year at Nansemond 
River High School, where she is 
chair of the fine arts department. She 
participates in a musicians exchange 
program and will travel to England 
this summer to perform and direct. 
One of her former students, Nicole 
Lockhart, is a freshman at Elon. "It's 
incredible to see teaching and training 


CLASS Notes 

come full circle," Joleen says. She lives 
in Windsor, Va. 

Laura Dale Holtry-Hughes '99 earned 
a masrer's degree wirh honors in educa- 
tional leadership with a concentration 
in museum education from George 
Washington University. 


Adam Rose '00 


Adam T. Rose '00 
works at TrySports, a 
sports specialty store 
that specializes in 
triathlons and swim- 
ming, and main- 
taining a healthy 
lifestyle. Last fall, he 
competed in his first 
full-iron distance 
triathlon, the BeachiBattleship Iron 
Distance 2008. The race included a 
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 
a 26.2-mile marathon. He finished the 
face in just undet 11 hours, 30 minutes. 
He lives in Wilmington, N.C. 

Jeffrey L. Sanders 00 was named a 
group manager and solutions archi- 
tect with Avanade in the company's 
eastern division. Avanade is a global 
IT consulting firm. He recently served 
as technical editor for two books and 
is writing his own book, due in May 
from Apress Publishing. His wife, Lisa 
McChristian Sanders '01, is a com- 
pensation analyst at Johns Hopkins 
University. They are enjoying their re- 
cently' built "smart" home in Phoenix, 
Md. ' 

Josh Wheaton 02 and 
Erica Zehner Wheaton 
'01 credit their Elon ed- 
ucation with the success 
of their corporation, 
VivaLac Inc. The couple 
say that the Martha and 
Spencer Love School of 
Business was instrumen- 
tal in their development 
as entrepreneurs. The 
company's all-natural 
sweetener. Whey Low, 
is doing well. It was named "best 
sweetener" by The Washington Post 
and accepted by the Whole Foods 
supermarket chain. Though VivaLac 
is based in Maryland, the company's 
manufacturing operation is in Western 
North Carolina. The Wheatons say 
Elon also instilled in them a sense 
of civic responsibility, leading them 
to hire employees with special needs 
in the manufacturing of Whey Low. 

A keepsake for the First Lady 

Jewelry designer Molly Smith Anderson '96 admits to 
being star struck last spring when she shared a hug — and a 
necklace she made — with Michelle Obama. 

Anderson was in downtown Raleigh with two friends 
and wandered into the Sheraton 
Hotel to catch a glimpse of the 
Obamas, who were in town for the 
May 6 North Carolina primary. As 
the couple prepared to leave the 
hotel, one of Anderson's friends 
suggested she give Michelle 
Obama a creation from her jewelry 
line, mollybeads. 

"I didn't have a bag of jewelry 
with me," Anderson recalls. "My 
friend convinced me to take my 
necklace off and give it to her. It 
was a really pretty coral necklace, 
and I thought it would look nice 
with her skin tone. I handed her the 
necklace and said 'Happy Mother's 
Day.' Her mouth dropped open and 
she said, 'Oh my gosh, thank you so 
much.Then she gave me a big hug." 

No word yet on whether 
Michelle Obama has worn the necklace. "I haven't seen her 
wear it, but I like to think she still has it," Anderson says. 

Anderson has been designing jewelry and building her 
business since she was 14. Last March, she left her sales job to 
run mollybeads full time from her Raleigh home. 

"It's so rewarding to wake up every day and know that 
I'm doing something that I love," she says. 

After graduating with a degree in communications, 
Anderson worked for two years in Elon's alumni office. 

"Elon will always hold a special place in my heart," 
she says. "It always looked the way I thought college was 
supposed to look." 

To see Anderson's designs, go to 

Molly Smith Anderson '96 

Josh Wheaton '02 

Erica Zehner 
Wheaton '01 

The couple also recently celebtated 
the birth of their daughter on July 30, 
2008. The family resides in Frederick, 

Julie Marateck '03 recently joined the 
High Museum of Art as 
a public speaker and co- 
ordinator of its speakers 
bureau. She continues to 
pursue photography. Her 
latest photographic work 
can be viewed at www. 
She lives in Atlanta. 

Brian McGuire 

Rebecca Grey Vogler '03 
graduated last August 
from Austin Peay State 
University with a master's degree in 
health and human performance. She 
lives in Clarksville, Tenn. 

Jonathan Lindberg 04 has accepted 
a position with the North Carolina 
Department of Commetce in Raleigh. 
He will work with the deparrment s 
economic development team in the 
building and industry division. 

Brian McGuire '04 re- 
cently was named vice 
president of treasury 
management services at 
Private Bank of Buckhead 
in Atlanta. He is pursuing 
a master's degree in busi- 
ness administration from 
Georgia State University 
and is active with Kiwanis 
International. He lives in 

Andrew J. Rollins '04 graduated from 
Stetson University College of Law 
in May 2007 and has joined Crotty, 

Bartlett & Kelly, P.A., in Daytona 
Beach, Fla. He is pursuing a master's 
degree in applied American politics 
and policy at Florida State University 
in Tallahassee. He lives in Ormond 
Beach, Fla. 

Kimberly Diane Sanders 04 gradu- 
ated in May 2008 from Cumberland 
School ot Law at Samford University 
in Birmingham, Ala. She passed the 
North Carolina Bar examination 
last July. Kimberly lives in Woodleaf, 

Jessica Patchett Anderson 05 gradu- 
ated in May 2008 from Princeton 
Theological Seminary with a master 
of divinity degree. Last June, she be- 
gan working as a children and fam- 
ily outreach coordinatot for the First 
Presbyterian Church. She lives in 
Charlotte, N.C. 

Steven Gregory Bell 05 graduated 
in May 2008 from the University of 
North Carolina School of Law and 
joined Carruthers & Roth, P.A., in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Michael R. Puccini '05 is a territory 
sales manager at Mizuno USA, Inc. He 
lives in Birmingham, Ala. 

Lindsay Wright '07 has been selected 
as a foreign service officer with the 
United States Depattment of State. 
She began training in January. She 
lives in Fairfax, Va. 

Kelsey Christine Davis 08 is serving 
as a WorldTeach volunteer. She will 
be in Costa Rica during 2009, teach- 
ing English to first- through sixth- 



Myron Talbert '90 and Christina 
Beehner, 5/17/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Rev. Dolan A Talbert 
'68, Chris Friend '92, Beth Towe '95, 
Keith Heck '92, Jacquelyn Walker 
90, David Kind '89, Betsy Suttell 
'96, Alan Layne '93. Bill Logan '90, 
Rich McCloskey '91, Bill Mullins '68, 
Jeff Pratt '88, Matt Rogers '95, Don 
Witten '90, Bert Wood '92 and Jim 
Worst '95. Myron works for Becton- 
Dickinson Diagnostics. The couple 
reside in Charlotte, N.C. 

Dann Worrell '90 and Chelle Worrell, 
7/25/08. Dann is a national sales di- 


CLASS Notes 

Hitting the trails 


Kari Spiker Burkey 'oo had ridden 
a horse only three times when she 
was assigned to lead a riding trip for Elon 
Outdoors her senior year. Burkey didn't 
know it at the time, but she was gaining 
valuable experience to run her own dude 

For the past two years, Burkey and 
her husband, David, have owned and 
operated KD Guest Ranch in Zanesville, 
Ohio. Running a ranch wasn't exactly 
what Burkey thought she'd be doing 
after graduating with a degree in exercise 
sport science. After leaving Elon, she 
went to massage therapy school in New 
Mexico, completing her studies in 2001. 
Eager for a final summer of fun before 
starting her career, Burkey went to work 
at the French Broad Outpost Ranch in Del 
Rio, Tenn. 

"I ended up staying for three years, 
and I met my husband there," she says. 

The couple married in 2002 in Burkey's 
hometown of Adamsville, Ohio, riding off 
on horseback at the end of the ceremony. 
They lived in Tennessee for a short time 
before moving back to Ohio to start the 
ranch. David Burkey had grown tired of 
working as a hotel banquet manager and 
was eager to put his college degree in 
hospitality and tourism management to 

"We looked at farms and dude 
ranches out West to see their facilities 
and offerings, just to see if it was feasible," 

Kari Spiker Burkey '00 and family 

Burkey says. "We figured if we could get 
paid to do something that we love and 
be able to ride horses every day, that 
would be wonderful." 

Burkey also drew on her experience 
growing up on a farm, where her family 
raised hogs, beef cattle and some crops. 
The Burkeys' ranch sits on 44 acres of the 
family farm, with 550 acres remaining 
for trail riding, camping and hiking. 
In addition to showing guests ranch 
life, Burkey promotes agriculture and 
farming. Last summer, the ranch hosted 
a day camp for children that focused on 
farming life. 

"So many kids don't have any idea 
where their meat and eggs and milk 
come from," she says. "When they pass a 

field of corn, we want them to know what 
it's used for and why it's important." 

The couple do most of the work at 
the ranch, including preparing meals. 
Burkey matches each guest with one of 
the ranch's 14 horses, teaching them how 
to ride and saddle a horse and leading 
the trail rides. The ranch also offers line 
and square dancing, fishing and roping 
lessons, among other activities. 

The biggest obstacle the couple face 
is convincing people that Ohio can be 
dude ranch country. 

"We've had people from Michigan 
and Indiana stop by the ranch just to 
make sure it exists before they make 
reservations," Burkey says. "For a lot of 
people, they want to be able to say 
they've gone to a ranch, ridden horses 
and driven cattle, and we provide the 
opportunity for them to do it closer to 

So far, the venture has been 

"The slow economy has been working 
in our favor," Burkey says. "Since travel is 
so expensive, people don't want to go 
as far." 

The couple don't get to take many 
vacations of their own, but they don't 
seem to mind. 

Says Burkey, "Being able to live this 
lifestyle doesn't seem like a job." 

For information on the KD Guest 
Ranch, go to 

rector for opex Corp. 
They live in Roswell, 

Chris Macey '93 and 

Elizabeth Azua, 10/21/08. 
The couple were married 
in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. 
They live in Hiram, Ga., 
where Chris is a regional 
manager for Brand 
Energy Services. 

Dann Worrell '90 andChelle 

Heather D. Burnell '96 and Terry 
N. Watts, 6/13/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were Megan Leone '96 and 
Dawn Higgins Andrews '96. Heather 
is a massage therapist. The couple re- 
side in Raleigh, N.C. 

Kelly L. Hayman '99 and 
John R. Steele, 10/11/08. 
Elon alumni in atten- 
dance were: Jill Barrett 
99, Angela Olsen '99, 
Mandy Roberts '99, Joe 
Roberts 99, Amy Beard 
99, Kristen Dundov 00, 
Allison Knode '99, Sarah 
Porter '99 and Allison 
DeMacy '99. Kelly is a 
coordinating teacher of 
elementary mathematics for Wake 
County Public Schools. The couple 
reside in Raleigh, N.C. 

Ashley G. Lane '99 and Todd A. 
Setzer, 10/11/08. The couple married 
in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride was 

escorted by her father, Robert Lane 
'ji. Elon alumni who participated in 
the wedding were Christine Waterman 
Parthemore 01 and John C. Yanni 
'99. Elon alumni in attendance were 
Amanda Harrington 00 and Shannon 
Keeny '01. Ashley is a sales representa- 
tive forRfizer Inc. The couple reside in 
North Mvrtle Beach. 


Tabatha J. Crain 00 and Dustin 
Michael Hoyle, 3/15/08. Tabatha is a 
school counselor at Gaston County 

Kelly Hayman Steele '99 and John Steele and friends 

Ashley Lane Setzer '99 and Todd Setzer and friends 


CLASS Notes 

Maggie Kowalewski Goldstein Valerie Law Howard '01 and 
'00 and Drew Goldstein Jason Howard 

Amber McCafferty lent '02 
and Brian lent '02 

Anne Dalrymple Thompson '02 and 
Robert Thompson and friends 

Aaron Michael Easley '02 and Meredith Vesely Easley '03 
and friends 

Rachel Mroczek Johnston '03 
and Michael Johnston 

L-R Zaire Miller McCoy '02, Summer Johnson JohnGann '02 and Emily Hayes Gann '05 and friends 
Holbert '02 and Rachel Meluney Mullens '03 

Maggie Sullivan Massaro 03 and Ricky 
Massaro and friends 

Erica Eberwem Dunkelberger Diana Rosenberger Rubin '04 
'03 and Matthew and Josh Rubin 


Colleen Minnock Chulis '04 and Matthew Chulis and 

Bryan R Kernodle '06 and 
Bucleigb Newton Kernodle '05 

L-R Carly Gydosh '06, Jenna Bailey 07, Annie 
Langdon Thompson '06, Ryan Thompson, 
Meghan McGowan '07 andlillian Baer '07 

Michelle Kidder Fegeley '07 Angie Beckett Mackey 03 and Chris Mackey 

and Colin Fegeley and family 

Cristin Hall Pond '03 and Christian Pond and friends 

Margaret "Maggie" Kowalewski '00 
and Drew Goldstein, 6/29/08. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Natalie 
O. Swackhamer '99, W. Stuart 
Swackhamer '00, Heather P. Mussari 
'00, Caitlin Lutz Ward 'oi and Erica 
Petersen '02. Maggie is a senior litiga- 
tion paralegal at Sovereign Bank. 

Valerie B. Law '01 G'04 and Jason 
Howard, 4/12/08. Brandy Hunt 
Wilson 01 and Shannon Keeny '01 
participated in the wedding. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Amanda 
Harrington Chandler '98, Tracy 
Conouyer Chandler 00 and Christ)' 

Waterman Parthemore 01. Valerie 
received her doctor of physical ther- 
apy degree from Elon in 2004 and 
is a physical therapist at Howard 
Count)' Physical Therapy and Sports 
Rehabilitation. The couple live in 
Catonsville, Md. 

Kristie L. Sanford 01 and Michael 
John Curley, 9/09/07. Kristie is the 
logistics manager at navair. The 
couple live in Hollywood, Md., with 
their two dogs. 

Anne Dalrymple 02 and Robert J. 
Iriompson, 7/12/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Meghan Daniel 02, 
Erin Lawless 03, Allyson Talbott 
Jones '02 and Charlotte Rosser 
Hundley '77. Anne is a third-grade 
teacher and lives with her husband in 
Towson, Md. 

Aaron Michael Easley '02 and 
Meredith Ann Vesely '03, 7/28/07. 
Elon alumni who participated in the 
wedding were: Travis Bell 03, John 
Cale '02, Matt Coltrera '02, Lisa 
Peterson Duncan 03, Kate Glassnapp 

Fairchild 03, Emily Palermo Knier 
'03, Shawn McLaughlin '02, Mary 
Beth Miklich 03, Nick Pino '02, 
Tom O'Neill "02, Becky Scholl '03 
and Leigh Rothgeb 03. The couple 
live in Charlotte, N.C., where Aaron 
is a training coordinator tor bb&t and 
Meredith is a kindergarten teacher. 

Summer Johnson 02 and Nicholas 
Holbert, 10/11/08. Rachel Meluney 
Mullens 03 and Zaire Miller McCoy 

'02 served as bridesmaids. Summer 
works in human resources at Raytheon 
utd. The couple live in Stafford, Va. 

Amber R. McCafferty '02 and Brian 
R. Zent '02, 6/21/08. Elon alumni 
who participated in the wedding were: 
Kelly Kirbv 02. Kristin Torcasi 02, 
Trevor Girle 02 and Aaron Holt 02. 
Elon alumni in attendance were: Kate 
Brannack 02, Matt Gile 00, Amber 
Gile 00 and Rebecca McCuiston 90. 
The couple reside in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Katherine L. Toms 02 and Charles H. 
Zitrick. 6/21/08. Katherine is a fifth- 
grade teacher for Montgomery" County 

Public Schools. Elon alumni in atten- 
dance were: Cathy Coker 02, Susan 
Duppstadt 02, Kim Kabigting '02, 
Erin Helton 03 and Christina Mears 
'02. The couple reside in Germantown, 

Brian P. Wolanski '02 and Emily M. 
Barrett, 6/28/08. Brian works in prod- 
uct marketing tor Pharmachem Labs. 
The couple live in New York City. 

Alison L. Boyko 03 and Geoff 
P. LaPenta, 9/22/08. Alison is a re- 
search associate. The couple live in 
Clemmons, N.C. 

Erica M. Eberwein '03 and Matthew 
C. Dunkelberger, 5/31/08. Erica is a 
certified athletic trainer. The couple 
reside in Woodbridge, Va. 

Rachel Mroczek '03 and Michael W 
Johnston, 8/30/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Brittany Connelly 
Merrill 03, Christopher Merrill 03 
and Christina Pascale McWilliams 
'03. Rachel is pursuing a master's de- 


CLASS Notes 

Hoop dreams 


The path that led Wesley Hsu '07 
to play professional basketball 
overseas was far from traditional. 

A former intramural player at Elon, 
Hsu used his skills and passion for the 
game to realize his dream of playing 
basketball on the world stage. 

Wesley Hsu '07 

Hsu did not play basketball 
competitively until he was 14. He 
graduated from Forsyth Country Day 
School in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he 
honed his skills playing alongside Chris 
Paul, now with the NBA's New Orleans 
Hornets. Hsu was plagued by injuries at 
Elon, which prevented him from making 
the team. Instead of basketball, he spent 
time with his friends and two brothers, 
Hartley '05 and Ryan, who attended Elon. 

"Not being able to play basketball 

humbled me," Hsu says. "I think I had a 
more well-rounded college experience 
because I had to get over not playing. I 
found out who I was outside of a 
basketball player." 

After graduating with a degree 
in religious studies, Hsu worked as a 
physical education teacher and coach at 
his high school. Before long, the desire 
to play competitively returned. Each 
day, he woke up at 5:30 a.m. to play and 
then returned to the court after work. His 
first break came when he was asked to 
participate in the 2007 AND 1 Next Level 
Streetball Tour, a traveling basketball 
competition known for flashy maneuvers. 
Suddenly, Hsu was playing in front of 
6,000 people. 

"At first, I was so nervous I couldn't 
dribble the ball," he admits. 

Hsu next set his sights on Athletes in 
Action, an Ohio-based sports ministry 
that sends athletes to play internationally. 
He tried out for the squad and in July 
2007 was sent to the Middle East to 
play against Israeli professional teams. 
Following that experience, Hsu decided 
to remain in the Middle East to play for 
a Palestinian team that was ranked at 
the bottom of its league, the Beit Jala 
Orthodox league. Hsu, who was one 
of only two Americans on the team, 
averaged 38 points a game and led the 
squad to a championship crown. 

The good times on the court were 
tempered by the reality of life in the 
Middle East. Guards toting machine 
guns and raucous fans could be found 
at each game. One night while working 
out in a weight room, three armed 
guards accosted and arrested Hsu before 
releasing him. Despite that incident, Hsu 
says he has nothing but fond memories 
of his time in the Middle East. 

"Some of the friendliest people I've 
ever met in my life are there," he says. 

Hsu played in Jordan for a month and 
briefly in Prague before returning to the 
United States and to his coaching job at 
Forsyth Country Day School. 

Hsu credits Elon's study abroad 
program with his interest in travel and 
ability to adapt to new cultures. As a 
student, he took courses in Italy, China 
and Hawaii. He also studied Islam and 
Judaism, knowledge that prepared him 
for his visits to Galilee and the Dead Sea. 

Looking back at his brief basketball 
career, Hsu says he learned valuable 
lessons about persistence and taking 

"If you work hard enough, the 
impossible can happen," he says. "I've 
had the chance to have an influence on 
people's lives and to see the world. I'm so 
excited for the future." 

gree from the University ot Rochester. 
The couple live in Webster, N.Y. 

Lindsey Shiplett 03 and Matt 
Hjermstad, 7/5/08. The couple married 
at Grandezza Country Club in Estero, 
Fla. Laura Knutson McDermott 02 
served as matron of honor. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Hilary 
Parker 03, Maile Gerken 03 and 
Jeanne Marie Joyce '03. Lindsey is 
a supply chain analyst at Life Time 
Fitness Inc. She received a master's 
degree in business administration in 
June 2008. The couple reside in Young 
America, Minn. 

Maggie Sullivan 03 and Ricky 
Massaro, 8/30/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Cori Wetherald '04, 
Kellie Brielmaier 03, Dana Dancer 

05, Bryan Jacobs 03, Katie Sullivan 
'02, Pam Maiers 05, Katie Parks '03, 
Katie Previc 03 and Whitney Lesch 
04. The couple reside in Centreville, 

Elizabeth Ann Dixon 04 and Michael 
Randolph Dewey 05, 5/3/08. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Brittney 
Dewey '99, Brooke Sibley Dewey 00, 
Kelly Durham 04, Kate Camnitz 04, 
Aaron Wilson 04, Brent Fisk 04, 
Adam Benjamin 04, Terry Reverly 
'70, Sanford Reverly 70, Kelly Sibley 

02, Nikki Hrenko 00, Beth Fullerton 

03, Kelly Murphy 03, Steve Savory 
03, Zac Palmer 04, Chris Ruh 04, 
Caitlin Molloy 04, Jon Jeckman 04, 
Amanda Swartzbaugh 04 and Angela 
Bush 04. Elizabeth is a teacher tor the 
Sumner County Board ol Education. 

Michael is the son ot Linda Dewey '71 
and Wayne Dewey '70, and works as a 
civil engineer with Dale and Associates. 
They reside in Nashville, Tenn. 

Jill L. Haden 04 and Scott H. 
Moore '04, 6/20/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Dayna Wolek 04, 
Christina Adams Lindh 02, Sarah 
Ponzio'Rush 03, Kyle Crew 06, Towa 
Brady Teague 04, Kelly Moore 05, 
Amanda Snow '05, Vycki McKitrick 
04, Rory McFatridge Richardson 04 
and Jim Bishop 05. Jill and Scott are 
teachers with Guilford County Schools 
and reside in High Point, N.C. 

Colleen Minnock 04 and Matthew 
Chulis, 6/28/08. Elon alumni who par- 
ticipated in the wedding were: Patrick 
Minnock 10, Amanda Marion '04, 

Shelby Collins 04, Cherie Taylor 
'04 and Ryann McMillan 05. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Jennifer 
Lamneck 04, Carrie Nicholas Moss 
04, Richard Ferrucci 07, Ross Sims 
03, Kate Hamilton FitzGerald 04, 
Amy Ocheltree Schaaf '04, Michelle 
Payne 04, Renee Trudeau 04, Anne 
Perin 04, Betsy Johnson Deeter '04, 
Blair Kropp 04 and Heather Graf 04. 
Colleen is director ot strategic accounts 
for the Global Life Sciences Group at 
TransPerfect Translations. The couple 
live in Charlottesville, Va. 

Diana Rosenberger '04 and Josh 
Rubin, 10/18/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Susan Hill '04, 
Beth Alexander 04, Nikia Taylor- 
Dommally 04 and Marc Dommally 
'05. Diana works for Ryland Homes 


CLASS Notes 


Erik A. Helsley '97, wife, Meg, and their children Tracy Delia Russo Collins '97, husband, Jeff and Melissa Pace Garrison '98, husband, Brian, Jennifer Brann Clark '98, husband Michael, and Kelly Severance Nelson '99 

children, Ava and Brody and son, Jacob children, Emerson and Michael and son, Finley 

Erica Enqle Kelley '01, husband, Kevin, and 
son, Samuel 

Karin Tatro Staschke '01 Bonny Jean-Cranford Buckley '01 and 

and Scott Staschke '99 and Chuck Buckley '00 and son, Logan 

daughter, Faye 

Bo Hamrick '02 and Leslie Gwaltney 
Hamrick '04 and daughter, Emma 

Mike Ligmanowski '04 and Alison 
Montgomery Ligmanowski '03 and 
children, Jacob and Caroline 

Sarah Ponzio Push '03, 
husband, Chris, and 
daughter, Sophie 

Anna Pugh Green '01, husband, 
Joshua, and daughter, Rachel 

L-P Rebecca Quill '01, Allison 
Fitzgibbon, Danielle Quill Canniff 
'99, Paul Canniff with baby 
Seamus andlachary Quill '97 

Susan Dyson Hayes 'or, husband, Mark, and children, 
Morgan, Erin and Luke 

cial adviser, and Leslie teaches second 

Sarah Ponzio Rush '03 and Chris 
Rush, Duluth, Ga. Daughter: Sophie 
Rose. 1/30/08. 

Mike Ligmanowski 04 and Alison 
Montgomery Ligmanowski 03, 
Jacksonville, Fla. Son: Jacob Andrew. 
9/13/08. Mike is a wellness director 
for ymca, and Alison is a physical 

Mist)' Justus-Jones '99 and Hamilton 
Jones, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. 
Daughter: Reagan Emerson. 12/18/07. 

Dawn Wilson Martin '99 and Walter 
Martin, Alexandria, Va. Son: Stetson 
Parke. 6/24/08. He joins big sister. 
Aspen. Dawn is a case analyst for the 
United States Marshals Service. 

Kelly Severance Nelson '99 and 
Matthew Nelson, Coxsackie, N.Y. Son: 
Finley Patrick. 2/1/08. 

Rachel McPhillips Plucker '99 and Jay 
Plucker, Helena, Ala. Daughter: Eva 
Laurel. 5/27/08. 

Kim Henry Tyson '99 and Mark 
Tyson '98, Monroe, N.C. Son: Eli 
Brody. 2/4/08. 


Katie Thompson Silver '00 and Ryan 
David Silver, San Diego. Son: Gabriel 
Russell. 6/14/08. Katie is a psychiatric 

social worker with Veterans Hospital 
La Jolla. 

Bonny Jean-Cranford Buckley 'oi 
and Adam "Chuck" Buckley 00, 
Greensboro, N.C. Son: Logan Elias. 
2/17/08. Bonny is a therapist at Youth 
Focus, Inc. 

Anna Pugh Green 01 and Joshua 
Green, Burlington, N.C. Daughter: 
Rachel Grace. 7/22/08. Anna is resi- 
dent services coordinator at Alamance 
Plaza Apartments. 

Susan Michelle Dyson Hayes '01 and 

Mark Patrick Hayes, Greenville, S.C. 
Son: Luke Christopher. 2/28/08. Luke 
joins older sisters, Morgan and Erin. 
Susan is a homemaker. 

Erica Engle Kelley 01 and Kevin Kellev. 
Gilbert, Ariz. Son: Samuel Hodge. 
10/30/07. Erica is a homemaker. 

Imre Kwast Nagel 01 and Remy 
Nagel '01, Borne, The Netherlands. 
Son: Benjamin William. 11/11/07. Imre 
is a tennis event organizer, and Remy 

is a tennis coach. Their son was born 
in Raleigh, N.C where the couple 
lived for three years. They have re- 
turned to their home country of The 


Karin Tatro Staschke 01 and Scott 
Staschke '99, Higganum, Conn. 
Daughter: Faye Noelle. 12/6/07. Karin 
is the junior marketing manager of 
Business & Legal Reports, Inc. Scott 
is a certified financial planner and 
vice president of Guilford Financial 

Jennifer Bartlett Berry '02 and 
Scot Berry, Frederick, Md. Son: 
Joshua. 4/15/08. Jennifer is a music 
teacher at Damascus High School in 
Montgomery County, Md. 

Joel V. Gilmore "02 and Nancy 
Gilmore, Kinston, N.C. Daughter: 
Madeline Frances. 4/17/08. Joel is a 
market executive at rbc Bank. 



Josie Loy Huey '30, Elon, N.C. 

Rev. Dr. William J. "Bill" Andes '35, 
1/26/09. Elon, N.C. 

Laura Virginia Conyes Jarrett '38, 

Vero Beach, Fla. 10/14/0S. 

Henry S. Morgan '38, Durham, N.C. 


Alice Blue Mangum Hornaday '42, 
Snow Camp, N.C. 12/21/08. 

Nancy Fowlkes Patterson 44, 

Cummins, Ga. 10/2/08. 

Bo Hamrick '02 and Leslie Gwaltney Robert McPherson Pitts '44, High 
Hamrick '04, Suffolk, Va. Daughter: Point, N.C. 10/15/08. 
Emma Caroline. 8/23/08. Bo is a finan- 


CLASS Notes 

Harvey O. Hook '47, Elon, N.C. 

Lenelle Fuller Hollowell '49, 

Woodland, N.C. 11/28/0S. 

Richard Joseph Moore '49, Burlington, 
N.C. 11/9/0S. 


Bobby Ogburn Stanfield '60, 

Burlington, N.C. 12/15/08. 

Burl Ray Clements Sr. '63, Kevsville, 
Va. 12/9/08. 

Joseph "Joe" Minnis '74, Graham, (JUS 
N.C. 11/7/08. WW.* 

Matthew John Ford '04, Greensboro, 

mjm . N.C. 10/7/08. 




John G. Hager '51, Fieldale, Va. 

Calvin D. Jarrett '52, Graham, N.C. 

William R. "Bill" Ginn Sr. '56, 
Burlington, N.C. 1/21/09. 

Arthur Morris Davis ill '70, Roanoke 
Rapids, N.C. 12/16/08. 

Rev. Dr. R. Craig MacCreary '71, 
Manchester, N.H. 7/21/08. 

Thomas Earl Watlington, Jr. '72, 
Blanch, N.C. 11/2/08. 

Ann Ashley Taylor Daniel '83, 
Mocksville, N.C. 10/12/08. 

Cynthia Lynne Borum '85, Green Bay, 
Va. 5/5/08. 

Charles Anthony "Jake" Welborn Jr. 
'87, Lexington, N.C. 11/16/08. 


Scott A. Miller '95, Plaistow, N.H. 


Kay Yow, Can', N.C. 1/24/09. Yow was 
Elon's first women's basketball coach 
and went on to coach the women's 
team at N.C. State University. She 
is survived by her brother, Ronnie, 
and sisters, Susan Yow '76 and Elon 
Trustee Deborah Yow-Bowden '74. 

J. Harold Smith, Burlington. N.C. 
1/31/09. Smith served as an Elon 
trustee for n years and was elected 
trustee emeritus in 1983. He was the 
father of current Elon Trustee William 
H. Smith. 


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oved to recite his favorite poem, "Elegy Written 
n a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray. 
Though close to 1,000 words, Lowry memorized 
the poem, identifying with Gray's salute to the 
common man and living a simple life. 

Raised on a farm in Anson County, N.C., Lowry 
was a modest man who believed strongly in the 
values of hard work and service to others. 

After graduating from Elon, he earned a master's 
degree at Duke University and served as a lieutenant 
commander in the Navy during World War II. 
Following his military service, he began a long and 
successful career at Randall Fuel Co. in Atlanta, where 
he lived. 

Lowry was grateful to his alma mater for his 
education and wanted to give other students the 
chance to attend Elon and pursue careers in 
business. Together with his sister, Clara, Lowry 
donated $1.9 million to Elon through bequests. 

The gifts supported scholarships, including the 
John M. Lowry Scholarship Fund, and construction of 
the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center. In recognition 
of Lowry's generosity, a student engagement area on 
the second floor of Koury Business Center was 
named in his honor. The Lowry scholarships provide 
significant financial assistance to more than live 
students each year, demonstrating the power of 
bequests to transform young lives. 

Bequests are an ideal way for donors of all 
means to make a difference in the lives of Elon 
students and help secure the university's future. * 

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The Bon community packed McCrary Theatre to 
watch juniors Christopher Wood and Emily Rice in 
last fall's production of "Sweeney Todd, the Demon 
Barber of Fleet Street." Wood and Rice shined in the 
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President Leo M. Lambert sounded the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange March 9 on a day when Wall Street 
celebrated Elon's academic achievements. Joining Lambert on the platform were Elon students, alumni, parents and Mary 
Gowan, dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. They visited the city as part of the regional kickoff of the 
Ever Elon Campaign, and their NYSE appearance marked a historic milestone for the market. The next day, stocks began a 
major turnaround following months of declining values (see story on page 9). 








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The Magazine ofElon 

Spring 2009, Vol. 71, No. 2 


Jaleh Hagigh 


Christopher Eyl 
Carolyn Nelson 

News Editor 



Grant Halverson 

Copy Editor 

Kristin Simonetti '05 

Class Notes 

Holley Berry 

Student Writers 

Robert Hoppey '09 
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Director of University Relations 

Daniel J. Anderson 

The Magazine of Elon is published 
quarterly for alumni, parents and friends 
by the Office of University Relations. 

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Board of Trustees, Chair 

Allen E. Gant Jr., Burlington, N.C. 

Elon Alumni Board, President 

Bill Coffman '86, G'88, Greenville, N.C. 

Young Alumni Council, President 

Caroline Sage '02, Atlanta, Ga. 

Parents Council, Co-Presidents 

Dave & Ellen Kay P'10, P'12, Oakton, Va. 

Board of Visitors, Chair 

Alva S. McGovern '72, Atlanta, Ga. 

School of Law 
Advisory Board, Chair 

David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. 

Love School of Business 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Peter Tourtellot, Greensboro, N.C. 

School of Communications 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. 

Phoenix Club Advisory Board, Chair 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, Raleigh, N.C. 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Sallie Hutton '92 - 

Director of Parent Programs 

Maggie Byerly 








Faculty Profile: 
t *} Unlocking the Secrets of Memory 

-M-^J QV nA\/F HART 


More of us are living longer, which makes Amy Overman's research 
on aging and memory more important than ever. 

Alumni Profile: 

Serving the Common Good 

Inspired in part by their Elon experiences, many alumni have made a 
career of helping people in need. Read their essays to learn more. 

Honoring the Sacred 


After serving for 25 years as Elon's chaplain, Richard McBride retires 

this spring and reflects on his career in campus ministry. 

Cover Story: 
Setting a Precedent 


The charter class of Elon University School of Law writes a new 
chapter in the university's history. 

Celebrating a Century of Hoops 


Elon marks 100 seasons of men's basketball by retiring the jerseys of 
Jesse Branson '65 and Tommy Cole '72. 


2 ELON News 
10 PHOENIX Sports 
26 ALUMNI Action 

30 CLASS Notes 

40 MAKING A Difference 

ELON News 

Leo M. Lambert 





he issue of college grade infla- 
tion made its way back into 
the news recently, spurred by 
former Duke University professor Stuart 
Rojstaczer who has charted grade infla- 
tion for 20 years. His figures show the 
national grade point average is between 
3.0 and 3.1, and predicts that will rise to 
3.6 or higher within 30 years, if current 
trends hold. 


Elon faculty members have also been 
expressing concern about grades at the 
university, where the average grade point 
average for the fall 2008 semester was 
3.16. Moreover, 40 percent of the grades 
assigned last fall were A's. Faculty pre- 
pared for our April faculty meeting by 
holding a series of small group discus- 
sions about the pattern of rising grades. 
There is a growing concern about the 
trend and an increasing awareness of the 
complexity of the issues. 

The grade inflation discussion at Elon 
coincides with other campus initiatives 
to increase academic challenge to keep 
pace with the rising quality of the stu- 
dent body. Addressing the grading issue 
is a natural outgrowth of those efforts. 

Of course, the assignment of grades is 
a faculty prerogative. Some faculty mem- 
bers believe standards are completely out 
of whack with what is published in the 
university catalog, where a C is defined as 
"average performance in which a basic un- 
derstanding of the subject has been dem- 
onstrated." They question whether the 
"distinguished" meaning of A grades has 
been diluted. One tongue-in-cheek idea 
floated on campus is that the photo of se- 
nior Breanna Detwiler, national Ttuman, 
Mitchell and Udall scholarship winner, 
should flash on the computer screen every 
time a faculty membet entets a grade of A, 
prompting a not-so-subtle comparison to 
everyone's ideal of a great student! 

For other faculty members, todays 
higher grades reflect a university culture 
of engaged learning and increasing quali- 
fications of entering students. The Class 
of 2013 entering this fall is projected 
to have an average high school grade 
point avetage in core subjects above a 
4.0. Clearly, Elon students do not have 
a lot of experience earning grades be- 
low B in high school. There is no doubt 
that this generation of students is gtade 
conscious, with students highly aware of 
faculty grading standards and how to go 
about meeting them. They also are aware 
that their academic records will have a 
very real impact on theit applications for 
graduate or professional school or their 

ability to compete for work in a tough 
job market. 

Many faculty members argue convinc- 
ingly that Elon's learning-centered culture 
leads to higher grades overall. For exam- 
ple, many faculty members react to draft 
after draft of their students' major papers, 
helping them to understand in a specific 
academic context what the standards for 
distinguished work are and how the cut- 
rent drafts might fall shott. This is how 
learning to do excellent work is taught in 
many settings — not only academic ones 
— where critical feedback, revision and 
reworking leads to better results. In my 
view, this represents an important shift in 
the conversation, placing a premium on 
student learning. It is no wonder that the 
faculty at Elon, and at colleges and uni- 
versities across the nation, are conflicted 
on the topic of grade inflation. 

Clearly, we must remain committed 
to maintaining standards of excellence. 
At Elon, we also will keep the primary 
campus conversations focused on pro- 
moting academic rigor, because the col- 
lege experiences that have the greatest 
lasting impact and value are those in 
which we were most challenged and 
taught important lessons of perseverance 
and resilience. 

Leo M. Lambert 

Go to to see animated 
motion graphs of grade distributions at Elon 
over the past three decades. Anthony Crider, as- 
sociate professor of physics, created the graphs. 



ELON News 


Elon's Martha and Spencer Love School 
of Business has been re-accredited by the 
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools 
of Business (aacsb International), the world- 
wide accrediting agency of collegiate business 
schools and accounting programs. 

aacsb International accreditation is the 
hallmark of excellence in business education 
and has been earned by less than 5 percent of 
the world's business schools. The Love School 
initially was accredited in 2004. 

Since that time, the Love School of Business 
has moved into the 60,000-square-foot Ernest 
A. Koury, Sr. Business Center; established 
the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial 
Leadership and professorship following a $f 
million endowment gift from Ed and Joan 
Doherty, or Saddle River, N.J.; created the 
Wesley R. Elingburg Professorship following 
a $1 million endowment gilt from Wes and 
Cathy Elingburg, of Greensboro, N.C.; and 
established the Chandler Family Center for 
Professional Sales through a $500,000 en- 
dowment gift from Thomas E. and Lynn B. 
Chandler, of Burlington, N.C. 

In addition, the mba program has been 
named the top part-time program in North 
Carolina, #2 in the South and #12 in the na- 
tion (BusinessWeek magazine 2008). The mba 
program also has been recognized as one 
of "The Best 290 Business Schools" (2008 
Princeton Review). 

George R. Johnson Jr. 

Johnson named dean of Elon Law 

George R. Johnson Jr., a distinguished lawyer with 
more than 30 years of experience in government 
service and education, has been named the 
second dean of Elon University School of Law. 

Johnson had served as interim dean of the 
school since August 2008, when founding dean 
Leary Davis stepped down because of health 
issues. Johnson also served as the school's 
associate dean of academic affairs and was 
instrumental in helping Elon Law become one of 
200 law schools approved by the American Bar 

"As we conducted our national search for Elon 
Law's next dean, it became apparent that George 
Johnson provided the perfect combination of 
experience, skill and vision," says President Leo M. Lambert. 

Johnson, a faculty member with Elon Law since it opened in 2006, said he is 
honored to provide the next stage of leadership for the law school. 

"Our approach to legal education is breaking new ground, helping students 
understand the important roles they will play as society's leaders," Johnson says. 

After earning his law degree from Columbia University in 1976, Johnson 
began his public service career as assistant counsel for the U.S. House of 
Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs. He joined the 
Carter administration in 1979 in the Executive Office of the President, serving as 
assistant general counsel for the White House Council on Wage and Price Stability. 

Johnson's teaching career began in 1981 when he joined the George Mason 
University law school. He joined the Howard University School of Law as visiting 
professor in 1988, was named full professor there in 1989 and was promoted to 
associate dean for academic affairs in 1992. 

From 1996 to 2002, Johnson served as president of LeMoyne-Owen College in 
Memphis, Tenn. He entered private practice in 2003 and served three years at Saint 
Louis & Johnson law firm in Washington, D.C. "<i 


David H. Cooper, a respected educator who 
specializes in early childhood learning, has 
been named dean of the 
School of Education. 

Cooper, associate 
dean for undergraduate 
programs and school 
partnerships in the 
College of Education 
at the University of 
Maryland, begins his du- 
ties June 1 and succeeds 
Gerald Dillashaw, who 
stepped down as dean 
last spring after serving for 16 years. 

During his career, Cooper has focused on 

David H. Cooper 

early childhood education with an empha- 
sis on preschool and primary-grade students 
with learning and behavioral disabilities. His 
research interests include student achievement 
in professional development schools, as well 
as disorders of literacy development. He is co- 
founder of Camp Attaway, a Maryland thera- 
peutic day camp for children with emotional 
or behavioral disorders. 


An $84,000 grant from the North Carolina 
Biotechnology Center will fund the purchase 
of two pieces of scientific equipment for pro- 
cessing dna samples. 

The dna sequencer and a Real-Time pcr 
thermal cycler will be installed in McMichael 
Science Center. The dna sequencer allows 
for highly detailed analysis of dna fragment 
size and composition. Its primary purpose 
is to obtain genetic sequences of samples. 
Previously, students and faculty have sent 
samples off campus for sequencing. The Real- 
Time pcr thermal cycler allows researchers 
to target, amplify and quantify specific genes 
in a sample. 

The equipment, scheduled to be avail- 
able this summer, will accelerate and expand 
undergraduate research in the sciences, says 
Antonio Izzo, assistant professor of biology 
and director of the grant application. 


ELON News 

The campus community mourned the loss 
of longtime chemistry professor Eugene 
Gooch, 57, who was killed April 3 while rid- 
ing his bicycle near campus. A motorist who 
failed to see Gooch struck the avid cyclist on 
University Drive in Elon. 

Gooch joined the Elon faculty in 1988 
and was an active scholar and mentor to 

his students. He specialized in 
chemical education and organic 
chemistry, and was an authority 
on nuclear magnetic resonance, 
natural products, organic syn- 
thesis and molecular modeling. 
His colleagues describe him as 
a bright scholar who had a pas- 
sion for organic chemistry and 

Eugene Gooch 

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Steven Friedland 

Brooke Barnett 

Anthony Weston 


Jeffrey C Pugh 

Faculty author new books 

Four faculty members have authored books exploring constitutional law, media 
coverage of terrorism, the ethics of environmental activism and the writings of a 
German theologian executed by the Nazis. 

Steven Friedland, professor of law, co-authored Inside Constitutional Law: What 
Matters and Why. The book is a guide for law students to supplement and enrich 
casebook reading and classroom experience in the study of constitutional law. 

In Brooke Barnett's new co-authored book, Terrorism and the Press: An Uneasy 
Relationship, the associate professor of communications examines the consequences 
of the way American media report on terrorist acts. 

Anthony Weston, professor of philosophy, wrote The Incompleat Eco-Philosopher, a 
collection of essays chronicling his experiences and research over the past 15 years. In 
his book, Weston explores topics such as evolution, teaching principles and ethics. 

Jeffrey C. Pugh, the Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies, interprets 
the thoughts of a German theologian involved in plots to kill Hitler in Religionless 
Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times. The book puts into contemporary 
context ideas Bonhoeffer contemplated regarding Christianity and its relationship 
with governments. r H 

was committed to sharing that 
passion with his students. 

Students, faculty, staff and 
friends gathered April 7 for a me- 
morial service at Elon Community 

Gooch's wife, Marcia, has 

requested that memorials be 

made to the American Heart 

Association or a charity of choice 

in Gooch's honor. Condolences may be sent 

to the Gooch family at 2015 Westover Dr., 

Burlington, NC, 27215. 


Senior Victoria "Tori" Davis has received a 
2009 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant, which 
will support her graduate studies in Japan 
this fall. 

Davis will research modern Japanese di- 
plomacy and study whether efforts to address 
terrorism are undermining the government's 
professed support 
for "universal values'" 
and human rights. 
The Fulbright Grant 
will fund Davis' full 
tuition, as well as re- 
search costs, a living 
stipend and health 
insurance during her 

The native of 
Fripp Island, S.C., 

double-majored in political science and in- 
ternational studies. Her research on American 
anti-human trafficking policies has been pub- 
lished in Virginia Policy Review. Last fall, she 
presented her honors thesis research on ter- 
rorism and diplomacy at the International 
Studies Association Conference. 

Davis is the second Elon student or gradu- 
ate who has been named a Fulbright recipient 
since 2007. 


Ashton Newhall '98, of Owings Mills, Md., 
was inducted this spring as a member of the 
board of trustees. Newhall is co-founder 
of Montagu Newhall Associates, a venture 

Victoria "Tori" Davis '09 


ELON News 

"The United States has to do a better job of explaining itself to 
the world and also of learning from it. If not, our actions will 
continue to be misunderstood and our leaders will continue to 

be surprised by the attitudes of people overseas Our ability 

to prevail in these struggles must begin with a desire to learn. " 

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright delivered the keynote address 
March 31 at A Convocation for Honors. She discussed the role of education in the 
world, the importance of international learning and the process of "connecting 
what we know to what we do." 



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offices. He serves on the boards of Domain 
Associates, the limited partners board for 
Frazier Healthcare Ventures, QuestMark 
Partners and the Mid-Atlantic Venture 
Association Selection Committee. 

Newhall was appointed in 2003 to the 
advisory board of the Martha and Spencer 
Love School of Business and in 2007 was rec- 
ognized as Elon's Young Alumnus of the Year. 
As a student, he served as president of the 
Student Government Association, and was a 
member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional 
business fraternity and Lambda Chi Alpha 


Trustee Jay Hendrickson '71 and his wife, 
Amy '69, of Raleigh, N.C., are among the 12 
recipients of the 2009 Southern Conference 
Distinguished Service Award. The SoCon 
award recognizes individuals from its mem- 
ber institutions who have contributed to all 
aspects of the university. 

The Hendricksons have served their alma 

mater with distinction. As charter members 
of the Phoenix Club impact Circle, they 
are among the most generous supporters 
of Elon athletics. In 2007, the couple made 
a $1 million commitment to the Ever Elon 
Campaign to name the Hendrickson Football 
Center, planned tor Elons North Athletics 
Complex, in honor of Jays father, Horace J. 
Hendrickson, one of Elons all-time greatest 

Amy '69 and Jay Hendrickson '71 

Amy Hendrickson serves as chair of the 
Phoenix Club advisory board and is a mem- 
ber of the university's board of visitors. Jay 
Hendrickson served on the board of visitors 
before being named to the board of trustees 
and to the board's athletic policy committee. 

As devoted alumni, the couple have 
served on the Elon Alumni Board and Elon 
Society Executive Committee. They have 
generously supported athletics scholarships 
through annual gifts to the Phoenix Club and 
in 2000 endowed the James A. and Amy T. 
Hendrickson Engineering Scholarship. They 
are members of The Elon Society President's 

Circle, Palladian Society and Order of the 
Oak, the university's planned giving society. 


A coalition of colleges and universities has 
honored professor Pam Kiser with its annual 
award for dedication to connecting service 
with learning in higher education. 

Kiser received the 2009 Robert L. Sigmon 
Service-Learning Award from North Carolina 
Campus Compact during its statewide confer- 
ence held on campus 
on Feb. 11. The coali- 
tion of schools seeks 
to increase campus- 
wide participation 
in community and 
public service. 

Kiser is one of 
the faculty leaders in 
incorporating service 
initiatives into aca- PamKiser 
demic courses. 

"As educators, we have a responsibility 
to prepare our students to tackle the diffi- 
cult issues of their time," says Kiser, Watts- 
Ihompson Professor in human services. "As 
part of this preparation, I consider it wise to 
provide our students with firsthand opportu- 
nities to grapple with the issues concretely as 
well as intellectually and to wrestle with their 
own understandings, values and motivations 
related to pursuing 'the common good." 

Kiser will begin serving as interim dean 
of Elon College, the College of Arts and 
Sciences, on June 1. 


ELON News 

Noel Allen '69 


Trustee Noel L. Allen '69, whose distinguished 
legal career has won international accolades, 
received an honorary doctor of humane let- 
ters degree March 31 during A Convocation 
for Honors. 

Allen has been a 
member of Elon's Board 
of Trustees since 1985 
and served as the board's 
chair from 2001 to 2003. 
He chaired the three stra- 
tegic planning commit- 
tees that for two decades 
guided Elon's unprec- 
edented growth, and he 
chaired the 1998 presidential search commit- 
tee that brought President Leo M. Lambert 
to the university. Last fall, he received the 
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award. 

Allen played a pivotal role in establishing 
the Elon University School of Law and is a 
member of the law school's advisory board. 
Allen is president and founding and managing 
partner of Allen & Pinnix law firm in Raleigh, 
N.C. A respected author and practicing at- 
torney, Allen has received recognition as one 
of Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal 
Elite" and a "North Carolina Super Lawyer.'' 
Allen serves as legal counsel for the National 
Association of State Boards of Accountancy 
and several North Carolina professional li- 
censing boards, including the Board of CPA 
Examiners and the Board of Architecture. 
He also has served as chair of the Antitrust 
Section and the International Law Section of 
the North Carolina Bar Association. 

He is the author of North Carolina Unfair 
Business Practice and Antitrust Law in North 
Carolina and serves as U.S. editor of the 
multi-volume treatise Competition Law of 
Western Europe and Jlie United States. He 
also has published articles on ethics, the use 
of expert witnesses and legal challenges for 
regulating Internet practice. 

Allen and his wife, Sandra Robinson Allen 
'72, have generously supported their alma 
mater, and are members of Elon's Order of 
the Oak and the School of Law's Founders 
Society. The couple are the parents of Brenner 
and Jeremy, a 2007 Elon alumnus. 

To watch a video clip of Noel Allen's re- 
marks, go to 

"You should never underesti- 
mate the value of working 
harder than anybody else 
around you . . . and you're best 
able to do that if you figure 
out what you're passionate 
about. If you're able to some- 
how harness that passion and 
pursue that passion in what- 
ever you're doing, that's going 
to allow you to work longer 
than everybody else because it's 
not going to feel like work. " 

During an April 7 visit to campus, 
CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper 

spoke with students in the School of 
Communications before delivering a 
lecture to more than 2,400 people in 
Alumni Gym. He shared stories from 
his career and gave students advice on 
how to succeed in any profession. 

Jim Goodnight, co-founder and ceo of the 
Cary, N.C. -based software giant sas, re- 
ceived the first Elon University Medal for 
Entrepreneurial Leadership on April 9. 

The medal was created to recognize leading 
entrepreneurs who exemplify Elon's values of 
integrity, innovation and creativity, as well as 

Jim Goodnight 

a passion for lifelong learning and a commit- 
ment to building a dynamic community. 

President Leo M. Lambert presented the 
inaugural medal to Goodnight, saying, "Jim 
and his wife, Ann, 
are leading citizens 
of North Carolina. 
They have done so 
much to transform 
education around 
the state and around 
the world." 

Goodnight co- 
founded the privately 
held sas in 1976 and 
since then has served 

as the company's chief executive officer. A 
global leader in business analytics, sas has 
more than n,ooo employees in 54 countries. 
In 2008, the company posted revenues of $2.2 
billion, its 33rd consecutive year of growth 
and profitabilirv. 

Before receiving his award, Goodnight 
shared with students some of the factors that 
have led to his success. 

"I've never been a really hands-on, top- 
down manager," Goodnight said. "I don't 
really believe in it. What I like to do is find 
really good people, give them the ball and let 
them run with it." 

Entrepreneurial education is the focus 
of the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial 
Leadership in Elon's Martha and Spencer 
Love School of Business. 


George Troxler, a long- 
time professor of his- 
tory, was honored March 
31 at A Convocation for 
Honors for guiding the 
Office of Cultural and 
Special Programs for the 
past 23 years. Troxler is 
stepping down this spring 
as dean of cultural and special programs. 

Normally working behind the scenes at 
Convocation, Troxler was invited to sit on the 
platform in recognition of his extraordinary 
service to Elon. In addition to bringing excel- 
lent cultural programs and performances to 

George Troxler 


ELON News 

Perklean Scholars travel to Ghana for health clinic opening 

When torrential rains make the roads 
from your village impassable for half the 
year and the nearest medical facility is 
miles away, the only way to ensure full 
access to healthcare is to open your 
own clinic. That's just what residents of 
one village in Ghana did in 
January with help from Elon's 
Periclean Scholars Class of 

Four Periclean Scholars 
and faculty member Heidi 
Frontani traveled to Ghana for 
the Jan. 10 opening of the 
Kpoeta Community Clinic. 
Another eight scholars plan to 
visit Kpoeta when they study 
in the West African nation 
later this year. 

The 32 members of the 
Periclean Scholars Class of 
2010 raised more than $43,000 
for development projects, 
including more than $20,000 
for construction and furnishing of the 
clinic in Kpoeta. In recognition of their 
efforts, villagers presented students 
with strips of kente cloth while Frontani, 
professor of geography and mentor to 
the scholars, was installed as 
Development Queen Mother of Kpoeta. 

"It was a wonderful and moving 
experience to be in Kpoeta with several 
Periclean Scholars for the clinic's grand 
opening," Frontani said. 

The Kpoeta project was launched 
in 2007 when visiting Fulbright Scholar 

(l-r) Periclean Scholars Tracey Evans, Mica McCullough, Briana O'Neil and Megan Prilutski in Ghana 
with Francis Amedohe, former Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Eton. 

Francis Amedahe proposed that the 
2010 Periclean Scholars partner with the 
people in his village to build a 
community clinic. Amedahe explained 
to students that the 10,000 people of 
Kpoeta lacked regular access to 

The students' fundraising efforts 
sped up construction of the 10-room 
clinic, while the Ghanaian government 
agreed to post a full-time nurse and a 
midwife in the clinic to provide basic 
medical care to the people of Kpoeta. 
The next phase of the 
project will focus on keeping 
medical professionals in the 
peasant farming community, 
including building a duplex to 
house them. 

The Periclean Scholars 
program is the centerpiece of 
Elon's Project Pericles, which is 
part of a national initiative to 
raise the level of civic 
engagement and social 
responsibility among college 
and university students. 
Periclean Scholars take special 
courses during the three-year 
program and select one or 
more class projects that 
address global or local social change. 

For more information on the clinic 
and other Class of 2010 Periclean 
Scholars projects, go to 
pericleanscholars20io.To learn more 
about Project Pericles, go to www.elon. 
edu/pericles. 'H 

Elon, Troxler has led the planning tor major 
campus events, including Commencement 
and fall and spring convocations. 

President Leo M. Lambert praised Troxler 
for the thousands of life-enriching speakers 
and performances he helped bring to Elon, 
calling his life and career "living testimony" 
to the university's mission. 

"Hundreds of thousands of people have en- 
countered art, music and theatre, and been 
introduced to great artists and great minds 
because of George's discerning judgment, his 
planning, organization and his flawless atten- 
tion to detail," Lambert said. 

Troxler came to Elon 40 years ago with 
his wife, Carole, who retired from the Elon 

faculty in 2003. He said he never expected to 
stay so long. 

"Elon very much became my institution, 
my university, my home," he said. "This 
school became the place where I wanted to 
be and have been blessed to share. It has been 


The Corporation for National & Community 
Service has named Elon to its 2008 President's 
Higher Education Community Service Honor 
Roll With Distinction, the third time in as 
many years that the university has been 

recognized by the federal government for its 
commitment to service learning and civic 

Launched in 2006, the Honor Roll is 
the highest federal recognition a school can 

Sixty percent of Elon students participated 
in service and civic activities within the past 
year, contributing more than 90,000 hours to 
community causes, the equivalent of 43 full- 
time employees working 365 days per year. 

Elon was one of three institutions recog- 
nized by President George W. Bush when the 
university received an inaugural Presidential 
Award in 2006. The university made the 
Honor Roll With Distinction in 2007. 




Ever Elon donors support 
scholarships, athletics facilities 

iefactors con- 
tinue to respond enthusiastically to the Ever Elon 
Campaign to build the endowment, increase annual 
and planned gifts, and preserve and build the campus. 
Recent major gifts from parents and friends will 
endow scholarships to enable additional students to 
participate in service and study abroad programs, as 
well as support enhanced athletics facilities. As of late 
April, donors had contributed more than $62 million 
in gifts and pledges toward the $100 million compre- 
hensive campaign goal. 


Enabling Elon to provide outstanding facilities for students was 
the motivation behind a $500,000 gift to the new athletics field 
house, which will serve teams that compete in the north athlet- 
ics complex. 

Dave Blank, director of athletics, thanked the donor, who asked 
to remain anonymous, for helping Elon be more competitive in 
its 16 men's and women's sports teams. 

"We are very grateful for this generous gift to our field house 
project," Blank says. "Gifts that enhance our facilities are critical 
from a recruiting standpoint, but most important, these gifts al- 
low us to ensure that our student athletes enjoy first-rate facilities 
during their Elon careers." 


Bob and Kathleen Patrick, of Naples, Fla., were so impressed with 
the service experiences their children have had at Elon that they 
gave $250,000 to establish the Patrick Family Endowment For 
Service Learning Travel. 

The couple want to expand the number of service trips the uni- 
versity offers and deepen students' learning experiences. Funds 
from the endowment will provide travel grants to more students 
participating in service trips. 

The Patricks say serving overseas made their children think 
more globally. Their son, Michael, an Elon senior, participated in 
a service trip to Brazil, while daughter Melissa, a freshman, spent 
January's Winter Term serving in Honduras. 

"Bob and I feel like you learn the most about yourself when 
you help others, and we try to instill that philosophy in our chil- 
dren," says Kathleen Patrick. "You can study forever and not learn 
as much as when you step outside your comfort zone and help 
others. Bob and I want to do whatever we can to provide that op- 
portunity to students who want to participate in service but can- 
not afford to." 


Making an Elon edu- 
cation possible for ad- 
ditional students with 
financial need and 
special talents inspired 
trustee Vicky Hunt 
and her husband, Sam, 
of Burlington, N.C., Vicky and Sam Hunt 
to make a $250,000 
gift to endow a scholarship in their names. 

Funds from the endowment will provide need- or talent-based 
scholarships, including athletics scholarships, tor deserving stu- 
dents. The Hunts say it was important to them that their gift helps 
as many students as possible. 


"Sam and I believe that the endowment campaign is very im- 
portant," Vicky Hunt says. "We know that Elon's endowment 
needs to be increased and that we need to make the Elon expe- 
rience available to as many students as possible. Everyone gains 
from an endowment gift — the student, the donor, the university 
and hopefully the world." 

Hunt says scholarship support is even more critical during chal- 
lenging economic times. 

"I do reel that this campaign is even more timely now than when 
it began. That is what the endowment is all about, making this 
Elon experience available to more students. I think we are such a 
great value for an independent university." 

Vickv Hunt is CEO of Hunt Electric Supply Co. and a former 
member of Elon's Martha and Spencer Love School of Business 
Advisory Board. 

Sam Hunt is chairman of Hunt Electric Supply Co. He served 
four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and as 
the state's transportation secretary from 1993 to 1995. 


Bruce and Susan Edwards, of Columbus, Ohio, know the power 
of studying abroad to enhance students' education. That is why 
they made a gift to establish the Emily M. Edwards and Kelsey A. 
Edwards Scholarship for International Study. 

The endowment, named in honor of the couple's daughters, will 
enable more students with financial need to study abroad during 
Winter Term. Susan Edwards says it was important to Kelsey, an 
Elon senior, and Emily 08 that the scholarships assist students 
with significant financial need. 

"The girls had a fabulous experience at Elon, and we just wanted 
to give back," Susan Edwards says. "Both our girls were able to 
study abroad, which was priceless, and we felt it was important 
to help other students have the same experiences." 

Edwards says she and her husband look forward to watching 
their scholarship grow. 

"There are so many students out there who need help," she says. 
'Hopefullv, we can keep adding to the scholarship." 


More than 280 alumni, parents and friends gathered March 9 for 
the New York launch of the Ever Elon Campaign. President Leo M. 
Lambert discussed the goals and progress of the campaign, and sev- 
eral guests shared stories of how their lives have been transformed 
by Elon. Following those testimonials, performing arts alumni 
Rob Marnell '06, Lindsay Northen '03 and Connie Renda 03, 
who have appeared on Broadway and at other venues, performed 
vocaJ selections for the audience. 

The Ever Elon launch was made possible by generous gifts 
from parents Ed and Joan Doherty, Charles and Diana Revson, 
Frode and Katherine 
Jensen, Arne and 
Bonnie Arnesen, and 
Christopher Martin 
'78. Following the 
launch, young alumni 
gathered for an ignite 
nite to educate alums 
about the new giving 
program for graduates 
of the past decade. 

Earlier that day, 
Lambert led an Elon 
group to ring the open- 
ing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (see inside front cover). 
On the bell platform were senior business majors Kyle McGrath, 
Jessica Connelly, Will Taylor, Amelia Henderson and Rachael 
Graham. Elon parent Peter Murphy, president of the former Bear 
Wagner Specialists, now Barclays Capital, sponsored Elon's open- 
ing-bell ceremony. Joining the group were Christopher Martin 
'78, president and chief operating officer of Provident Financial 
Services, Sam Burke '89, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and 
parent Kevin Kelly, former managing partner at Bear Stearns. 


Order of the Oak, Elon's planned giving recognition society, wel- 
comes the following new members: Elon parents A. Roger Gibbs 
'52 and his wife, Betty, of Greensboro, N.C.; Luther R. Conger 
'55 and his wife, Louise, of Kernersville, N.C.; and parents John 
Bowie Gray v and his wife, Adele. ♦ 

For more information on Ever Elon, go to 

Lindsay Northen '03, left, and Connie Renda '03 


Tennis teams continue 
winning ways 



or the third consecutive year, the men's tennis team 
has been ranked among the top-75 teams in the 
Intercollegiate Tennis Association's ncaa Division I 

Senior Damon Gooch peaked at No. 6 in the regional 
and No. 56 in the national singles rankings — both program 
records. Sophomore Oscar Podlewski cracked the top-125 
national singles rankings, while Gooch and sophomore Philip 
Nemec reached a program-record No. 20 in the national 
doubles rankings. 

One of the most decorated tennis players in Phoenix his- 
tory, Gooch is a two-time team mvp, a three-time First Team 

All-Southern Conference 
singles and doubles player, a 
five-time SoCon Player of the 
Week and a three-time SoCon 
Athlete of the Month. 

Gooch, who anchored 
the Phoenix at No. 1 singles 
and No. 1 doubles through- 
out his career, earned SoCon 
Freshman or the Year acco- 
lades in 2006 and led his team 
to a pair of SoCon regular-sea- 
son championships as well as 
a SoCon tournament title and 
an ncaa tournament appear- 
ance. Last fall, he advanced 
to the 2008 ita Mideast 



1 Ch 


semifinals, marking the best 
finish in the tournament by 
an Elon player. He also has 
been named to the Academic 
All-Southern Conference and ita Scholar-Athlete teams. 

Coach Michael Leonard '91, a two-time SoCon Coach 
of the Year, entered his fifth season at Elon this spring with 
eight of 10 players returning from the 2008 SoCon regular 
season and tournament runner-up squad. By late April, the 
squad was 19—5 overall (9-1 in SoCon). 

Gooch, Nemec, Podlewski, senior Kevin Beard, junior 
Clark Howell, sophomores Chase Helpingstine and Alberto 
Rojas, and freshman Carlin Murray tallied winning singles 

records in dual-match action this spring. The men's team 
has amassed a 70-21 (28—3 SoCon) record during the past 
four years. 

The women's team began its fifth year under coach 
Elizabeth Anderson by returning only one senior to the squad. 
By late April, the team had tallied a 13-11 overall record (5-5 
in the SoCon). 

Senior Whitney Butcher, junior team co-captains Laura 
Graybill and Paige Kensrue, sophomore Jessica Margolis, ju- 
niors Anna Milian and Hayley Wahl, and freshmen Lauren 
Sessoms and Elisa Simonetti led the Phoenix. 

Last fall, Kensrue and Milian advanced to the 2008 
Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Regional in 
singles and doubles. Butcher, Milian, Sessoms and Simonetti 
posted perfect singles records at the Elon Invitational last 

This spring, Milian earned SoCon Player of the Week sta- 
tus once while Kensrue was named SoCon Student-Athlete of 
the Week once. In 2008, Milian earned First Team All-SoCon 
distinction in singles and doubles on her way to collecting 
team mvp accolades. 

Anderson guided the Phoenix to strong seasons in 2008 
(15-10 overall, 5-4 SoCon) and 2007 (13-10 overall, 6-3 
SoCon) after five consecutive losing seasons. In 2008, the 
women's team advanced to the semifinals of the SoCon tour- 
nament for the first time. r <8 





The Phoenix baseball team sat atop the 
Southern Conference standings in mid-April 
with a 14-4 conference record despite incon- 
sistent play early in the season. 

The season began with the Phoenix taking 
two games of a three-game series on the road 
against the Auburn Tigers or the sec. Elon 
then battled conference foe Appalachian State, 
winning two games in a series shortened bv 
bad weather. The Phoenix next headed to 
Charleston, S.C., for a three-game series 
against The Citadel. After dropping the 
opener, the Phoenix rallied to a 17-5 victory 
over the Bulldogs in game two, handing head 
coach Mike Kennedy '91 his 400TH career 
victory — the most wins of any coach in 
the program's history. Kennedys squad also 
claimed a three-game SoCon series sweep of 
College of Charleston, the first series win tor 
the Phoenix over the Cougars. 

As in past years, the 2009 Phoenix season 
includes matchups against top teams in the 
acc, sec and Conference USA. By early April, 
Elon had tallied four wins against teams in 
those leagues. 

The SoCon recognized three Phoenix play- 
ers for their performances in the first three 
months of the season. Junior outfielder Justin 
Hilt was named SoCon player of the week 
after hitting .583, and junior catcher Mike 
Melillo received the same honor after hit- 
ting .474 with three homers and nine RBI. 
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Jimmy Reyes 
was named the leagues pitcher of the week 
after throwing a career-long 8.0 innings and 
striking out a career-best 11 hitters in the con- 
ference win over UNC-Greensboro. 

Matt Matheny named new 
men's basketball coach 

Matt Matheny, a i6-year assistant basketball 
coach at Davidson College, has been 
selected to lead Elon's men's basketball 
program. Matheny, 39, says his goals are to 
ensure the academic success of the players 
and propel Elon to a spot in the NCAA 
Division I tournament. 

At Davidson, Matheny served as an 
assistant coach for 10 seasons (1993-2003) 
and the associate head coach for the past 
six years under head coach Bob McKillop. Matheny will lead the Phoenix 
into the program's 101st season this fall. 

"Our mission is to give our student athletes a wonderful college 
experience," says Matheny, a former Wildcats football and basketball team 
captain. "We are going to prepare these young men for life after Elon. That 
being said, we want to go to the ncaa tournament." 

After Matheny joined the Davidson staff in 1993, the Wildcats 
amassed 310 victories with 10 SoCon division titles, five SoCon tournament 
championships, five NCAA tournament appearances and four postseason 
NIT trips. During that time, Davidson had 10 seasons of 20 or more 
victories and three undefeated SoCon regular seasons. "<t 

Man Matheny 

By early April, seniors Bennett Davis and 
Pat Irvine had climbed into the program's all- 
time top 10 in career home runs this season. 
By late April, the team was 25-13, including 
14-4 in the conference. 



The men's and women's basketball squads 

struggled during the 2008-2009 season, 

tallying overall records of 11—20 and 5—26, 


Seeded fifth in the North Division, the 
men's team advanced to the second round 
of the SoCon tournament before losing 
79—78 to eventual tournament champion 

For the second consecutive season, Elon's 
Ola Atoyebi was named to the third-team all- 
conference squad for his efforts throughout 
the season. The senior forward concluded the 
regular season leading the Phoenix in scoring 

and rebounding, averaging 14 points and six 
rebounds per game. He also ranked among the 
top 10 in the SoCon and among the national 
leaders with a 57.3 field goal percentage. 

The women's team scored an upset win 
over Georgia Southern in the opening round 
of the SoCon tournament before losing to 
Western Carolina in the second round. 

Tiara Gause earned SoCon Freshman of 
the Year honors, marking the first time an 
Elon player has earned the award since join- 
ing the conference. Gause also was named 
to the SoCon AJl-Freshman team along with 
Courtney Medley. Medley was named to the 
All-Tournament team after averaging 19.5 
points per game and scoring a career-high 25 
points against Georgia Southern in the open- 
ing round of the tournament. 



For game schedules and the 
latest Phoenix news, go to 


»o*** / W 

Amy Overman, at right, works with junior Kimberly Duggins and senior Brian Smith in Eton's Cognitive 
Neuroscience Laboratory, which Overman helped set up. The electrode cap Smith is wearing captures the 
responses from his brain to various stimuli, which are then analyzed. 

As many people know firsthand, when 

you reach a certain age, you begin to notice that some of the bits 
of information stored in your brain — names, events, where you 
put the car keys — become more difficult to retrieve. 

The deterioration of memory with age is such a familiar phe- 
nomenon that it serves as fodder for comedians, sitcoms and dinner 
table stories about the time grandpa forgot that grandma was still 
in the shoe department when he drove home from the mall. 

Funny stories notwithstanding, the effect of aging on memory 
is a serious issue, with damaging and potentially dangerous con- 
sequences for many people. That is why Amy Overman and her 
students are determined to unlock memory's secrets. 

Overman, assistant professor of psychology, specializes in the 
study of memory and aging, particularly the neurological aspects 
of that relationship. 

"What I've been fascinated with for a long time is how the brain 
works," Overman says. "There has been a lot of work looking at how 
memory works from a behavioral standpoint — how do people act, 
what do they do? What I'm most interested in is looking at how 
memory works from a neurological standpoint. What is going on 
inside the brain when people do what they do?" 

Overman's research has never been more relevant — or im- 
portant. The nation's population is aging, and people are living 
longer thanks to advances in medical science. We can keep the 
body functioning until an advanced age, but can we improve the 
longevity of memory and other mental abilities as well? Overman's 
research might reveal clues to help do just that. 

"It's a very important field," says Maurice Levesque, professor 
of psychology and associate dean of Elon College, the College of 
Arts and Sciences. "The work she is doing offers a lot of insights 
into the basic cognitive processes of memory and aging. 

"She fills an important gap here in terms of her primary re- 
search," Levesque adds. "We've had pockets of faculty who have 
had some interest in aging, but she brings a real focus on that. In 
a short time, she has managed to get a very active lab going, with a 
lot of student interest and participation in doing scholarly work." 
Overman discovered and fell in love with her field almost by 
accident. A native of northwest Pennsylvania, she became the first 
person in her family to earn a college degree when she graduated 
from Alleghenv College. Until her sophomore year, she had no firm 
idea what she wanted to study until a psychology class introduced 
her to the concept of neuroscience, the study of the brain and 
nervous system. She was hooked. 

"Like a lot of people, I had the idea that psychology was all 
about therapy," Overman says. "We got a handout about neurosci- 
ence, and I thought, 'What's that?' I've always loved science, and the 
more I learned about neuroscience, the more interested I became. 
I thought, 'Learning the secrets of the mind? How cool is that?'" 
Pretty cool, it turns out. Overman did her undergraduate thesis 
in neuroscience on the different ways the brains of expert musicians 
and non-musicians respond to music. She earned her master's and 
doctoral degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for 
the Neural Basis of Cognition, where she first began exploring the 
mysteries of memory. For her master's work, she studied memory 




in patients with Alzheimer's disease, which was challenging. For 
her doctoral work, she switched to studying memory in healthy 
aging adults. 

"It was emotionally draining to work with Alzheimer's patients,' 
Overman concedes. "They were so generous with their time and 
so gracious, and it was hard for me to do that and not be able to 
offer them any immediate help. So I said, 'Let me 
switch over to study healthy individuals.' If we can 
understand how the brain works when it works 
right, we can better understand what's happening 
when it doesn't." 

Overman pursued those questions during 
her doctoral research and in her previous teaching 
posts at Pitt and Denison University. She happened 
upon Elon in much the same way she discovered 
her academic discipline — by chance. 

"I was in the job market, but I wasn't really 
looking beyond the Ohio-Pennsylvania area," she 
says. "Then I saw an ad for a biological psychologist 
at Elon, and I thought, 'Wow, this job is made for 
me.' Thank goodness they thought it was made 
for me, too." 

Overman joined the Elon faculty in 2007. 
She had never been to North Carolina, but after a 
quick visit — while seven months pregnant — she 
made her decision. 

"It was a little scary to move so fast, but I loved 
the university,'' she says. "I gave a teaching demon- 
stration, and the students were so interested and asked such great 
questions. I liked the collegiality in the department and the richness 
of the research being done. It was just a really vibrant place." 

Overman wasted no time once she arrived on campus. Young 
and energetic, she radiates a contagious enthusiasm for her teach- 
ing and research. Students respond to that energy and eagerly have 
signed on to be part of her classes and research projects. 

"She has brought in a tremendous amount of energy and ex- 
citement," says Chris Leupold, associate professor and chair of the 
psychology department. "She's doing a great job of nurturing and 
mentoring the next generation of neuroscientists." 

Overman and her students have visited retirement homes near 
campus to work with residents. She also has outfitted a research 
lab so more detailed experiments can be conducted. Her students 
are deeply involved in the nuts and bolts of the research and in 
preparing findings; already some students have co-authored papers 
and presented their work at conferences. 

"The more I learned 

about neuroscience, 

the more interested 

I became. I thought, 

'Learning the secrets 

of the mind? How 

cool is that?'" 

Amy Overman 
Assistant Professor of Psychology 

"Dr. Overman not only treats you like an adult and a researcher 
but expects you to act and perform like one as well," says senior Brian 
Smith. "She knows that we are capable and puts a lot of responsibility 
in our hands, which is exactly what someone who is looking to do 
research would hope to have. Doing research with her has helped me 
become a better researcher. The hands-on experience I have gotten 
with writing proposals, going to conferences and 
using real-world technologies is invaluable." 

Much of Overman's research focuses on 
the specific mechanisms we use to remember 
things and how age affects those mechanisms. 
Memory isn't just one process; it's a complex 
network of processes. Remembering who the 
first president was is a very different process than 
remembering your last birthday party, and those 
differences show up in your neural activity. By 
measuring brain activity while subjects try to 
recall particular bits of information. Overman 
and her students learn important things about 
how memory works. 

One of the areas she has been exploring 
for some time is "binding," or linking dispa- 
rate things together in the mind. Binding is 
an important facet of memory, according to 
Overman, and her research indicates that it is 
one of the elements of the memory process that 
is especially hindered by aging. 

"You might look at that blue chair, for ex- 
ample, and associate it with this coffee shop," she says, sitting in 
a Panera Bread restaurant in Burlington, N.C. "If I ask you later 
where you saw the blue chair, you can probably tell me. But as we 
age, binding becomes more difficult. It gets harder to make those 
connections. You might remember seeing a blue chair, but you 
can't remember where you saw it." 

The' results of the research Overman and her students have 
been conducting on binding could have important practical 

"If we know how binding takes place, if we know how the 
brain binds things together, maybe we can come up with methods 
to improve memory," Overman says. 

Her students are eager to join her in the quest for answers. 
"It's very hands-on stuff," Overman says. "We talk a lot at Elon 
about how important it is for students to be actively engaged in 
their education and to take responsibility for their work. Here, they 
do, and we're on the threshold of a lot of exciting things." S8S 



From providing meals 

to the elderly and 

homeless to 

fighting for 

the rights 

of children, 

Elon alumni 

have pursued 

careers that enable them to serve some of 

society's most vulnerable populations. 

In the following essays, Holly Soderquist 
Johnson '93, Kevin Gilmore '96, Tony Roper '90, 
and Deana Joy '00 reflect on their careers for 
the common good and how their Elon experi- 
ences inspired them to serve their communities. 
Becky Handforth '05 and Andrea Sjogren '06 
discuss their careers in essays at 

I ALWAYS KNEW that I wanted to help people. I was 5 years 
old when I saw my first homeless person on the streets of Washington 
D.C., and asked mv parents for a dollar so the man could get some 
thing to eat. 

When applying for jobs after graduate school, I 
found myself only interested in those that offered an 
opportunity to help someone in need. I guess this 
work has always been in my blood. 

For the past 10 years, I've worked at Catholic 
Charities of Tennessee, where I serve as state coordina- 
tor of refugee services. I help some of this country's 
most vulnerable and poorest residents, people who 
were forced out of" their homeland by unthinkable 
violence and civil wars, find work and raise their chil 
dren as American citizens. 

Each year, Catholic Charities in Nashville serves 
approximately 330 refugees. After meeting them at the 
airport and getting them settled in an apartment, we help them apply 
for Social Security cards, get medical attention, enroll their children in 
school, find jobs and enroll in English classes, among other services. 

As state refugee coordinator, I monitor budgets so the money 
we have for our clients will stretch as far as possible. I write grants 
so we can do even more to help our clients than we are doing now. I 
support the work our caseworkers do and listen to them when they 
need to talk through a problem. Helping our caseworkers is important 
because I know it is through them that lives are changed. 

One of the most rewarding moments of my career occurred four 
years ago when I had the great privilege of watching my friend, Veton 
Novosella, become an American citizen. Veton, his wife and their four 
children escaped the violence in their native Kosovo in June 1999 to 
become the first Kosovar refugees to arrive in Nashville. I met them 




By Holly Soderquist Johnson '93 

at the airport and later helped Veton get a maintenance job at a local 
Catholic school. It was the start of a wonderful friendship. 

The day Veton became an American citizen was emotional for 
both of us. Students and teachers from the Catholic school attended 
the ceremony to support a man they had grown to 
love. I was incredibly humbled that this man would 
choose to revoke the citizenship of the country he 
knew and loved to become a citizen of mine. 

My Elon degree prepared me well to help others. 
I learned how to work with others and/or others and 
to communicate and collaborate. I was challenged, 
corrected, encouraged and praised at Elon, and those 
experiences have equipped me well to thrive as an 
adult. My leadership experience with Alpha Omicron 
Pi sorority helped me become responsible, account- 
able and professional. All of these experiences taught 
me how to take pride in my work and myself. 
The most important thing working with refugees has taught me 
is that we should be thankful tor what we have. We live in a great 
country full of freedoms and opportunities that we all take for granted. 
I often think, "What if I'd been born in a refugee camp? Could I 
have survived that life?" No matter how difficult things get, I have 
nothing to complain about. I always knew I was blessed, but I am so 
much more aware of that now. 

I'm more open-minded now. (Professor George Taylor would 
be proud of me!) When I encounter someone who is from another 
country, I go out of my way to smile and make them feel welcome. I 
think that people appreciate this. I know I would. 

In the 16 years since I left Elon, I've never had a moment of regret 
tor choosing this career path. I don't expect I ever will. 


Kevin Gilmore '96 spent four years serving with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala. 

WHEN I ARRIVED at Elon 17 years ago, I participated in 
PreSERVE, which brings new students together to build homes with 
Elon's chapter or Habitat for Humanity. I never would have guessed 
that Habitat would later become my career and maybe even my life's 

I remember going on a Habitat Winter Term trip to Homestead, 
Fla., to help build homes following Hurricane Andrew. Since that 
experience in 1993, I have visited hundreds of Habitat sites in several 
countries and have done my small part to contribute to the success 
of this amazing organization, which has provided affordable housing 
to more than 1.5 million people worldwide since 
1976. I have learned that Habitat has a tremendous 
power to bring ordinary people together to do ex- 
traordinary things. 

As the son of a Presbyterian pastor and a nurse, 
I suppose I was predisposed to a life of service. After 
graduation and working briefly at Habitat head- 
quarters in Americus, Ga., 1 spent four years serving 
with Habitat in Guatemala. During my second vear 
there, Elon Chaplain Richard McBride asked if he 
could bring a group of students to Guatemala to 
help build homes. It was a joy to share that won- 
derful country and its people with Elon, and I am 
proud that students still volunteer with Habitat in Guatemala during 
Winter Term. 

For the past four years, I have served as executive director of 
Habitat in Sussex Count}', Del. In this role, I have the opportunity 
to put my Elon degree into action and serve a cause that I love. Every 
time we dedicate a new home to a family or I visit the job site and 
see crowds of volunteers building a home, I am proud to see how our 
affiliate has grown. 

Habitat is my calling, my passion. This is what I think God wants 
me to do at this point in my life. I see my work in the community as a 
sort of bridge bringing people together. Elon taught me the power of 
service to bring people together who may not otherwise interact with 
each other. I believe that to successfully address our societal problems, 
we need first to understand people. Spending the day on a Habitat site 



By Kevin Gilmore '96 

with a future homeowner gives me a better understanding of the is- 
sues that he or she faces in life, and they are going to understand me 
a little better, too. 

I recently was reminded of the true meaning of our work. A 
group of high school students framed the walls of a new home as 
part of a class. At the end of the course, we gathered with Martha, 
the new homeowner, and her family to celebrate the students' work. 
Martha had tears rolling down her cheeks as she said "thank you" to 
everyone in the room. After the ceremony, I saw Martha walking 
through the studded walls of her future home with a marker in her 
hand. At the ceremony, the students wrote messages 
of hope and blessings on the walls. Martha read every 
message and wrote the date under each one. This was a 
day she would remember for the rest of her life. 

Habitat truly changes lives. Martha will soon move 
into her new house and her children will have their own 
rooms for the first time. Habitat keeps me humble. 1 try 
not to take what I have for granted. I count my bless- 
ings, and I hope that God uses me to help others. Every 
day, I see people in need in our community, people who 
just need an opportunity to better themselves. Habitat 
has taught me to believe in people, and I believe in 
the volunteers who carry out our mission and in the 
homeowners we are serving. 

Working with Habitat, I have matured professionally, become 
a better leader and stretched beyond my comfort zone. Sometimes 
I make a mistake and sometimes we succeed. I have learned that as 
executive director, I must make the best decisions I can at the moment 
and keep moving forward. 

At Elon, I learned the power of people and ideas. I learned that 
good ideas, when executed with passion, dedication and thoughttul- 
ness, can motivate people to do amazing things. I left Elon thinking 
that I could do anything I want with my life. 

Now I look at all the challenges and successes I have experienced 
since my Elon days, and I still think I can do anything I want with 
my life. In fact, that is exactly what I am doing. 


Tony Roper '90 with one of the 

seniors who receive meals each day 

through Alamance County 

Community Services Agency. Roper is 

the agency's executive director. 

MANAGING AN ORGANIZATION that provides ser- 

vices to 2,800 people each year is a little like riding a seesaw — it 
has its ups and downs. But the great thing about that is, no two days 
are the same. 

I enjoy people and I love pulling for the underdog. As executive 
director of the Alamance County Community Services Agency, I get 
an opportunity every day to help people succeed and improve their 
quality of life. 

When I graduated from Elon with a degree in psychology I 
knew I wanted to work with the community, but I wasn't sure in 
what capacity. After six months of Army officer basic 
training in Fort Knox, Ky, I returned to Burlington, 
N.C., and within weeks started working as a resident 
counselor at Elon Homes for Children. 

Working with youths from broken homes, victims 
of abuse and those struggling with poverty ignited a 
passion in me to build a career in the helping pro- 
fession. After serving as a resident counselor for two 
group homes and working for seven years with the 
Greensboro Housing Authority, I found my niche — 
helping low-income families. 

Being part of the communities that normallv ap- 
pear in a negative light on the news has given me a sense of purpose. 
Through keeping voung people off the streets and away from the 
constant threat of violence, I have found my calling. 

After serving with the Housing Authority, I spent five years 
mobilizing residents in High Point's Macedonia community. The 
Macedonia Project was an eight-year initiative that revitalized the 
once-thriving mill community. 

In 2006, 1 took over leadership of Community Services. Our staff 
of 16 helps families in crisis, assisting with food, utilities and housing. 
Each day, we serve lunch to senior citizens at five sites throughout 
Alamance County. We also provide weatherization and other energy- 
reduction services to homeowners. Through our case management 
program, we offer job placement assistance and coaching. 

Our agency is a Certified Housing Development Organization, 

which allows us to develop housing subdivisions for first-time hom- 
eowners with modest incomes. There is nothing like the feeling of 
handing a set of keys to a new homeowner or getting a thank-you 
note from a family you helped remain in their home. When someone 
takes the time to express their gratitude, it makes all the challenges 

One of the things we stress to clients, especially those in our 
self-sufficiency program, is learning how to identify their marketable 
skills and promote themselves in the workforce. My philosophy is that 
we are our own marketing machines. Last year, we helped a woman 
avoid home foreclosure with some agency funding 
and counseling from one of our case managers. The 
woman used her five years of experience in childcare 
to open a daycare center in her home, turning her 
largest investment into a vehicle to generate income. 
With our help, she found the confidence to become 
an entrepreneur. I spoke with her recently and am 
happy to report that her business is doing well. 

My work helping people has opened my eyes 
to the balancing act that all professionals in my field 
face every day. You try to meet the significant needs 
of the less fortunate while encouraging those with 
financial resources to support their community. 

My wife, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93, assistant director of alumni rela- 
tions at Elon, and children Quintin, an Elon sophomore, and Quierra 
support me and keep me grounded. My experiences at Elon, including 
tutoring at the elementary school and participating in community 
clean-up projects and food drives, instilled in me the helping spirit 
that pushes me even today. 

While society defines success by the ability to acquire material 
wealth, I define success by the number of families whose lives are 
improved through my work. If you have to be motivated to get up 
in the morning to come do this type of work, you need to check 
your heart. Helping people succeed against the odds is the best job 
in the world. 


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O R T 




By Tony Roper 



Deana Joy '00 at 

CrossRoads: Sexual 

Assault Response & 

Resource Center in 

Burlington, N.C. 

WHEN I WAS ASKED to write about my life and career path 
since leaving Elon, I thought of the long road and journey I have 
been on over the past 10 years. The common good is defined in many 
ways. One is the ability to provide the greatest possible good to the 
greatest number of individuals. Another is that all individuals have 
equal ability to possess the basic rights of society. Neither of these 
definitions seems to fit the path that I have chosen. 

The common good that I have spent the past decade hoping to 
fulfill refers to the ability to help what society often considers "the least 
of these," individuals society is unaware of, sometimes 
unforgiving of and more often turns its back on. I'm 
speaking, in part, of victims of sexual violence. 

I was raised in a home that considered volunteerism 
and helping others a priority. My family worked hard 
to help me recognize issues that many struggled with, 
including homelessness, poverty and violence. I came to 
Elon with these lessons alreadv etched onto my soul. 

At Elon, I had many professors, including Steve 
Brave, Jeffrey Pugh and Cindv Fair, who worked hard to 
challenge the concepts of society and the ideals that my 
classmates and I had been raised with. They challenged 
me to reach beyond myself, to learn the world around me as it really 
is and to find ways in which I can make an impact. My experiences 
through internships, volunteering and coursework helped me learn 
about the realness of the world that I live in, the struggles that man- 
kind faces and how I can make a difference. 

Yet my journey to where I am today is due to former Elon pro- 
fessor Tommy Gumm. I first met Tommy as a sophomore, and he 
continued to teach me throughout my time at Elon and throughout 
his lifetime. After graduation, he introduced me to CrossRoads: Sexual 
Assault Response & Resource Center in Burlington, N.C. He sat on 
the CrossRoads board and told me about a job opening. I began my 
career as a victim advocate serving adult and child victims of sexual 

Since that time, mv heart has become so interconnected with the 
issue of sexual violence and CrossRoads that I cannot imagine my life 
being any different or on any other path. As an advocate for victims, I 
provided crisis intervention, court preparation and helped to protect 
their basic rights. In 2006, 1 was promoted to executive director, and 
my responsibilities grew to include guiding and directing the agency 
toward its mission and raising funds to ensure its future. I also am 
responsible for conducting forensic interviews with child victims for 
law enforcement and the Department of Social Services. 

Most important, I have spent 10 years of my 
life teaching society about sexual violence and how 
to treat the victims whose lives have been shat- 
tered. I have worked with hundreds of adults and 
children throughout my time at CrossRoads and 
been forever changed by their stories. 

1 will never forget a young woman who told 

me that she would rather have been killed than 

have to live with the violence she had experienced. 

Her offender had taken her soul. She no longer 

knew who she was, and she couldn't recognize the 

woman in the mirror. Sexual violence victims come 

in as shattered souls, their entire world turned upside down, and I 

have the great honor of being the person who picks them up and helps 

them through the darkness to find light and life again. 

What I have learned through my experiences at Elon and 
CrossRoads is that the true gifts that life has to offer come from the 
most unexpected places. While most would say that I have spent my 
life helping others, the truth is those individuals have been the ones 
to change my life forever. 

I will spend the rest of my life fighting for, supporting and pro- 
viding an unfailing love for all mankind. The gifts and lessons I have 
been given are immeasurable in worth and lifelong in value. r <8 


E A L I N 




I V E 
By Deana Joy '00 



Reflections from Elon's chaplain 

This spring, the Rev. Richard W. McBride retires after 
serving as Elon's chaplain for the past 25 years. 

In addition to leading the Truitt Center for Religious 
and Spiritual Life, McBride founded Elon's chapter of 
Habitat for Humanity, helped start the Elon Volunteers! 
service program and created some of the university's most 
innovative student programs. An eloquent speaker, his 
stirring remarks have uplifted the campus during times 
of joy and sorrow. 

McBride will deliver Elon's 119th Commencement 
address on May 23. In the following essay, he reflects on 
his 39-year career in campus ministry and the generations 
of students he has touched. 


1 began MY career in campus ministry at Wake Forest University 
in 1969 with our nation fractured over the war in Vietnam. Later 
this month, I will end my career at Elon with our nation seeking 
to extract itself from another divisive war in Iraq and poised to 
deploy more troops to Afghanistan. "Wats and rumors of wars" 
have framed my career, making me keenly aware that all spiritual 
life occurs within cultutal and political contexts. 

In the spring of my first yeat at Wake Forest, four students 
were killed on the Kent State campus by National Guard troops 
who fired on a group protesting President Nixon's expansion of 
the war into Cambodia. Within houts, four crosses bearing the 
students' names appeated on Wake's central courtvatd, and I was 
called to lead a praver vigil. Within days, tows of 1,100 wooden 
crosses were planted on the campus beating the names of North 
Carolinians who had died in Vietnam. 

Hundreds of students helped plant that Flandets field of 
crosses. We worked just outside the library to construct them, 
consulting the Congtessional Record to find and write on each 
the name of a soldier who had died. I walked among those 
crosses carrying my 15-month-old son, Scott, in my atms. Today, 
that son, a 1991 Elon graduate, is on his second tour of duty as 
a soldier in Iraq. 

During the '70s, student activism was high around issues of 
war and peace, systems of injustice and cate for the eatth. Students 
held campus events to draw attention to world hunget, and they 
buried a cat engine on campus to celebrate Earth Day. 


In the early '80s, however, quietism returned. Students fo- 
cused more on achieving personal goals. The goal of life was 
no longer justice for the earth and its people but securing a 
profitable career. 

By the end of the 80s, a new energy emerged — a re- 
newed commitment to strengthen community life. During 
1988-1989, Elon's Centennial year theme was "Reaffirming a 
Tradition of Service." )ohn Barnhill '92, an energetic freshman 
from Massachusetts, joined me in founding the nation's 30th 
collegiate chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 

In its first 20 years, our chapter has built 18 houses in 

Alamance County and, during a visit bv Habitat founder Millard 

Fuller in 1995, became the first chapter in the nation to pledge 

to build one house every year. The chapter has sent students 

on spring break trips to West Virginia, Mississippi and the 

Dominican Republic. We also launched Winter Term service 

learning courses in South Carolina and Florida after Hurricanes 

Hugo and Andrew destroyed so many homes. The success of 

Elon Volunteers!, also formed in spring 1989, was assured by a 

growing surge of student interest in providing direct service to 

individuals in need. 

Throughout the '90s and continu- ,,-r., 

y I he vocation of 

ing into the new millennium, students 1 l „l 

° celebrate — the 

responded to multiple efforts on campus 

to establish Elon as a premier institution tor engaged learning. 

As a result, service learning courses have flourished. 

I launched a Winter Term course in Guatemala in 2001 with 
the help of Kevin Gilmore '96, who was serving as a Habitat in- 
ternational partner there. During the past nine years, more than 
200 students have partnered with Habitat para la Humanidad, 
working alongside families of pure Mayan and Mestizo descent. 
Aptil Hewitt Post '01 served as translator on that first journey 
and today teaches Spanish at Elon. 

Parker Palmer, a Quaker scholar, has been a major influence 
on my life and ministry. I once heard him recount a conversation 
he had with students at a large public university. "Our lives don't 
matter here," the students said. "There's stuff our faculty want us 
to know. We take it in through their lectures and give it back to 
them on exams, but our life experiences don't matter." 

So I began to imagine what a course would look like if 
students' life experiences did matter and it chey were invited to 
critically examine the significant events and relationships that 
have shaped their view of themselves and their world. Life Stories 
was born. 

After beginning as a Winter Term course in 1994, Life Stories 
has evolved into a spring semester course for graduating seniors 
who have a high motivation to figure things out before they are 
catapulted out of the comforts of Elon into the briar patch of 
their future. They explore such questions as: What challenges 
has life presented to me? What choices have I made? How have I 
changed in my college years — intellectually, relationally, spiritu- 
ally — so that I have a clearer view of who I am and what I have 
to contribute to communities I am about to join? 

The Life Stories course became a centerpiece of my effort to 
help students accomplish a primary life goal during the college 
years: graduating from adolescence into adulthood. Of coutse, 
they are new at it. They are emerging adults. After a staff meet- 
ing in which we discussed what language best describes this life 
transition, I went out to my car to find that a student had parked 
beside me with a bumper sticker that read, "Cleverly Disguised 
as a Responsible Adult. 

My entire career, including 39 years in campus ministry and 
four years of high school teaching, has kept me attending to a steep 
learning curve. In mv early years of teaching American literature and 
composition, the goal was to understand mvself as a professional on 
the other side of the desk. When my seminary career opened the 
doot to campus ministry, I learned what this new role asked of me 

— offering pastoral care to those who were hurting, gathering the 
community around its experiences of joy and sorrow, and probing 
the distance between institutional purpose and practice. 

In the '70s, I decided that mv vocation would he lived in 
higher education, but I wtestled hard with whether I wanted to 
be a professor or a chaplain. I dreamed that I entered a faculty 
meeting accompanied by a student friend. When the dean of the 

a chaplain is centered on naming — and helping the university to 
connection between ourselves and those things we honor as sacred. 

faculty saw the student with me, he shouted, "He does not belong 
here!" and I was confronted with the question: Do I leave with mv 
student or stay here with the faculty? The dream ended abruptlv, 
and I woke with my vocational question starkly clarified. It took 
another two years and a second master's degree tor me to see the 
path ahead. My primary identity would be as a chaplain, but I'd 
seek to work tor colleges where I could also teach. Gardner-Webb 
gave me that opportunity, and in 1984, so did Elon. 

Over the past 25 years, Elons transformation has presented 
continual learning challenges. The presence of more diverse fac- 
ulty' and students has required new understandings of hospitality 
and new approaches to building community. For example, in 
recent years, Elon's Thursday Chapel has focused on spiritual 
questions experienced by widely divergent people. We have ex- 
plored themes such as "Living the Questions," "Companions on 
the lourney" and "Finding the Sacred in Everyday Lite." 

My career with students, staff and faculrv has taught me that 
life is most fully lived when we are engaged in asking big ques- 
tions and searching tor worthy dreams, to borrow a phrase from 
author Sharon Daloz Parks, whose work has inspired me. 

I have discovered that the most distinctive thing a chaplain 
brings to a university is prayer, which is not to say that chaplains 
are the only ones who may pray! The vocation of a chaplain is 
centered on naming — and helping the university to celebrate 

— the connection between ourselves and those things we honor 
as sacred. We hold our institutional history in sacred trust. We 
honor the experience of teaching and learning as a sacred voca- 
tion. And we honor what is holy in each of us. Namaste: the 
light within me honors the light within you.S! 


"Elon Law has 
made me think 
about the kind of 
leader that I want 
to be. It has been 
a great experience 
of self-discovery. " 

Alix Hazel 
Class of 2009 



Elon Law charter class writes new chapter in university s history 

became real and very 
rewarding to Leslie Price as she trudged through the mud 
along railroad tracks on a rainy day in January 2008. 

The Elon Law student was scouting properties in down- 
town Greensboro, getting a firsthand look at the urban 
landscape as part of her research on land title, zoning and 
easement issues. She was laying the legal groundwork for 
a major initiative to build a greenway hiking and cycling 
trail around the city's central business district. 

Who owned the land in the path of the greenway? 
How could property easements be obtained? Could fed- 
eral laws be used to convert the old railroad right-of-way 
to public use? 

Price and other law students tackled those questions, 
devoting evenings and weekends to burrow through rel- 
evant laws and gather information needed by the 
Downtown Greenway Steering Committee and Action 
Greensboro, a nonprofit civic organization. Using skills 
she learned in classes. Price gathered facts, wrote memos 
and defined the legal hurdles that would need to be 
cleared to make the greenway a reality. 

Price says she never thought of the experience as a 
burden or a distraction from law school, but as an integral 
part of her legal education. 

"I valued the opportunity to help improve the city's 
qualitv of life," she says. "And it was great to apply con- 

October 2002 

Elon University Board 
of Trustees authorizes 
feasibility study for a 
school of law 

October 2004 

Trustees vote to establish the law 
school in downtown Greensboro, 
N.C, following a successful 
fundraising effort led by Elon 
President Leo M. Lambert and Jim 
Melvin, president of the Joseph M. 
Bryan Foundation 


January 2005 

Work begins on 
the law school 
facility, the former 
Central Public 
Library building 

cepts from the classroom to the very real challenges or 
urban development." 

April Harris, executive director of Action Greensboro, 
praised the work of Price and her fellow law students. 
"They were exceptional to work with, very professional in 
their presentations and particularly helpful because they 
solved a very specific legal issue we had with the project." 

A class of pioneers 

That kind of civic engagement and hands-on learning 
occurred regularly with members of Elon Law's charter 
class. Recently, they reflected on their three-year partner- 
ship in helping to launch a law school with a difference, 
where students not only receive an excellent legal educa- 
tion but also the opportunity to work with practicing 
attorneys and civic leaders. 

Members of the charter class decided to commit their 
time and resources to enroll at a school that had never 
held a class. Their careers were at stake in 2006 as the 
university hired the inaugural faculty, developed the cur- 
riculum and assembled the myriad pieces of the puzzle 
that would become Elon Law. Faculty members call the 
students "pioneers" who had strong faith in the university, 
as well as the abilitv to understand the risks and oppor- 
tunities associated with a new school. 

"It has paid off exponentially for all of us," says Heather 
Quinn, who after graduating this spring will head to a 
judicial clerkship with the New Hampshire Superior 
Court. "We were able to shape and form the school in 
ways that no other class will ever be able to do. We started 
student organizations from the ground up — it was a 
unique opportunity." 

Founding Dean Leary Davis notes the singular posi- 
tion held by the 107 members of the first graduating 

"They created the organizations that students at other 
schools take for granted," Davis says. "They also estab- 
lished a culture of engaged learning and public service 
that has justified the confidence of all who sacrificed to 
make Elon Law a reality. Our pride will only grow in the 
future as they use their legal educations to help people 
and to make the world a better place.' 

The students are grateful to the hundreds of people 

who conceived the school, generously contributed start- 
up funding and committed their time and skills to build 
a school that was dedicated to re-envisioning the stan- 
dards of legal education. Members of the charter class in 
turn contributed more than 21,000 hours of service to 
the community during their time at Elon Law. 

"Without the support of the community, this law 
school would be just like every other law school," says 
Damon Duncan, a Charlotte, N.C., native and Elon 
University alumnus who intends to open a branch of his 
family's law firm in Greensboro. "We have been over- 
whelmed with support, and because of that, we've been 
able to create a foundation for a law school that is going 
to be top tier. There is no doubt that this law school is 
going to be one that people are talking about, not only 
in North Carolina, not only in the Southeast, but na- 
tionally and internationally." 

Developing lawyers who lead 

Such ambitions for excellence were evident in 2002 
when Elon trustees and administrators first discussed 
the idea of establishing a law school. 

They were intrigued when former Greensboro Mayor 
|im \lel\ 111 brought up the idea ol locating the 
school at the center of his city, rather than 
on the Elon campus. As the novel idea 
took root, Elon leaders declared that the 
university was not interested in starting 
a school that would merely duplicate 
programs at existing law schools. 

The goal was to push beyond the 
boundaries of traditional legal edu- 
cation, drawing on the university's 
core strengths: engaged learning, a 
focus on leadership and an inter- 
national perspective. With those 
high aspirations, Melvin and 
President Leo M. Lambert found 
enthusiastic support from indi- 
viduals, law firms, foundations 
and businesses that embraced 
the law school vision. 

The substantial investments 

"We've been 
able to create a 

foundation for a 
law school that 
is going to be top 
tier, there is no 
doubt about it. " 

Damon Duncan 

Class of 2009; 
president, Student 
Bar Association 

March 2005 

September 2005 

Noted North Carolina legal 
educator and lawyertear'y 
Davis named founding dean 

Former presidential 
adviser David Gergen 
named chair of Law 
School Advisory Board 


<© I 

January 2006 

Law school facility named 
for Greensboro business 
leader and philanthropist 
H. Michael Weaver; inaugural 
faculty announced 


that have been made over the past seven years pay first 
dividends with the May 24 graduation of the charter class. 
Elon Law's first graduates have already developed a vision 
for how they can contribute to the practice of law and to 
the betterment of their communities. Their capacity to 
make an immediate impact comes in part from direct 
contact they have had with legal leaders, such as former 
presidential adviser David Gergen, chair of the law 
school's advisory board, who will deliver the inaugural 
Commencement address. 

"Alreadv we are getting calls and inquiries from other 
law schools about what we are trying to do here," says 
George R. Johnson Jr., who was named the school's sec- 
ond dean in February. "It is just a matter of time before 
we see other law schools taking up this whole question 
of leadership. I think that is going to be the difference 
that will set this class and future Elon Law classes apart. 
They will be leaders in their communities." 

Johnson says the emergence ot Elon Law graduates 
comes at an opportune time, as the nation faces public 
policy and economic crises. 

"We really need people who can look at problems and 
come up with innovative solutions," Johnson says. "It is 
tough, but it is in the tough environments where real 
creativity can emerge. That is going to be a real strength 
of this class and those who follow." 

Hallmarks of quality 

Charter class graduates are giving valuable feedback and 
input as the law school matures, pointing out hallmarks 
of excellence as well as programs that can be improved, 
lohnson says the students have been "enthusiastic, quite 
energetic and sometimes cantankerous" in theif roles as 
partners in building the school. 

"I think we owe an enormous debt to this charter class," 
Johnson says. "The success of this law school is largely 
their doing." 

Students often cite the school's small size and close 
community feel as among its greatest strengths. 

"I know every person in my class by name, and it has 
been that way since the first month we were in law school," 
says Andrea Dancv Harrell, who is preparing to begin 
work at a Gteensboro law firm following the bar exam. 

"Some of my friends at bigger law schools know their 
little section and that is it, not anybody else." 

Phillip Cornett, who is headed for a Court of Appeals 
clerkship after graduation, has high praise for the school's 

"They are right there with you," Cornett says. "I have 
had a lot of professors sit down with me and take the 
time to show me where I went wrong or explain some- 
thing to me." 

Jason Aycoth agrees, and he also notes the wide range 
of talents and experiences the faculty bring to the class- 

"Professors come from all over the world," Aycoth says. 
"I was instructed this past term by (faculty) from the 
University of Virginia, from England, Germany, Saudi 
Arabia, Iran, you name it. They all came and instructed 
us, so it gives us more of a world view." 

Aycoth intends to build a career of service on the state 
or federal level. 

"Making a difference in the world will be our way of 
conveying appreciation in a lasting and meaningful way," 
he says. 

Students consistently praise the local attorneys and 
judges who joined Elon Law as pteceptots — professional 
mentors who develop personal, coaching relationships 
with students. 

"My preceptor brought me over to her office, showed 
me case files, showed me the types of things that she was 
working on, and when I had a question about personal 
jurisdiction, she said 'Oh, let me show you how that 
works,'" recalls Michelle Cybulski, who fulfilled her life- 
long dream of attending law school following a midlife 
career transition. "The preceptors really help put into 
context what we are learning in the classroom and show 
us how it applies in practice." 

Preceptors say the students' experience will be a valu- 
able advantage as they begin their careers. Greensboro 
attorney Sarah Roane, whose firm has hired charter class 
member Sean Olsen, says new law school graduates must 
have the skills and knowledge to make immediate con- 
tributions on behalf of their clients. 

"That is what makes Elon Law students so attractive," 
Roane savs. "They have worked in legal practice during 

July 2006 

Weaver Building 
completed; North 
Carolina Business 
Court hears first 
case in law school's 


September 2006 

September 2007 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice 
(ret.) Sandra Day O'Connor 
formally dedicates the school 
with inaugural class of 1 1 5 

Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership 
Lecture Series begins, featuring noted 
leaders such as former N.C. Supreme Court 
Chief Justice Henry Frye 

law school, they have developed legal dexterity by apply- 
ing their education in the law to specific client circum- 
stances, and they exhibit a professionalism that is unique 
among law school graduates." 

Charter class members also have benefitted trom op- 
portunities to interact with such prominent figures as 
CNN's Gergen and Jeffrey Toobin, former N.C. Supreme 
Court Chief Justice Henry Frye, former N.C. Gov. Jim 
Hunt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David 
McCullough and others who spoke at the law school as 
part of the Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership 
Lecture Series. 

"We are extremely lucky to have movers and shakers 
on an international scene that want our school to succeed 
in a big way," says Alix Hazel, a Harvard University 
alumna who plans to work for a law firm in Virginia. 
"Being here has made me think about the kind of leader 
that I want to be. It has been a great experience of self- 

A school with a destiny 

While the spring 2009 graduation marks a historic mile- 
stone for Elon Law, members of the charter class are 
already thinking of ways they will be enthusiastic and 
engaged alumni of the school. An alumni association has 
been formed, and more than 90 percent of class members 
have contributed to the charter class gift to Elon Law. 

Beyond celebrating the Class of 2009, faculty and 
current students are considering the next steps in the 
school's maturation. The focus will clearly remain around 
developing lawyers as society's leaders. 

"As we know, the reputation of lawyers is not all that 
wonderful in our society," says Steven Friedland, one of 
the founding faculty members. "Lawyers are seen as tak- 
ers, as people who take from others. We want to try to 
reverse that here and show that lawyers are also givers. 
They give to the legal profession, they give to the com- 
munity at large, they give to politics and our democratic 

Johnson says that kind of thinking is rare in law 
schools. In talking with students who will follow in the 
footsteps of the charter class, he has a compelling story 
to tell. 

"Here you can begin to think about how you relate 
to others, how you think of yourself and how you can 
work to better an organization, a community or any en- 
vironment where you find yourself working and living," 
Johnson says. "You can get a great legal education in 
almost any law school in the United States. At Elon, you 
will get something in addition to that. 

"I think our destiny is to be a 
premier player in legal educa- 
tion. I think there is the com- 
mitment of the university 
and the faculty to help us 
get there. And that is what 
we will do." !H 

Se ptembe r 2 008 

Law school reaches full enrollment 
comprised of three classes and more than 
300 students 

February 2009 

Constitutional scholar 
and former White 
House counsel 
George R. Johnson Jr. 
named second dean 
of law school 

"Our goal is to 
be among the 
premier law 
schools in the 
United States, 
making a real 
difference at 
a critical time 
in our nation's 
history. " 

George Ft. Johnson Jr. 

Dean, Elon University 
School of Law 


Jesse Branson '6s, at left, and Tommy Cole '72 




The early years 

Elon's basketball program was formed 
in 1908, though the team did not begin 
playing a complete schedule of games 
until 1912, according to T/je Fighting 
Christians, a history of Elon athletics, 
by James M. Waggoner '55. 

That year, Elon joined other cen- 
tral North Carolina institutions, includ- 
ing the University of North Carolina, 
Trinity College (now Duke University) 
and Wake Forest University, to form a 
basketball league that became the North 
State Conference in 1931. 

Elon enjoyed early success, win- 
ning state championships in 1914 and 
1915. In 1915, Elon was the first team in 
four years to defeat the Blue Devils on 
their home court in Durham. Elon bas- 
ketball continued its winning ways after 



Jesse Branson '65 and Tommy Cole '72 

fought back tears as they looked to the rafters of Alumni Gym. 
The capacity crowd roared when black drapes fell to the floor, 
revealing the retired jerseys of two of the greatest basketball play- 
ers in Elon history. 

Afterward, the two men stood at midcourt, each with an arm 
around the other's shoulders, posing for photos and acknowledg- 
ing the cheering crowd. "This is the best moment of my life," 
Cole said. "I've waited 37 years for this moment. It's the greatest 
recognition an athlete can receive." 

Said Branson, "The fans of today, even though many didn't 
quite know us, they cheered us and they appreciated us. That 
was special." 

The Feb. 7 ceremony highlighted a weekend of celebration 
commemorating the 100th season of men's basketball at Elon. More 
than 40 former players representing nearly 60 years of the program 
returned to campus to participate in the historic event. 

Dave Blank, director of athletics, said the ceremony dem- 
onstrates the athletics departments commitment to "transcend 
what happens on the field of play" by celebrating Elon's rich 
athletics history. 

For former players such as Charlie Van Lear '68, the reunion 
illustrated the power of college athletics to develop character and 
foster lifetime friendships. 

"The older you get, the more you appreciate who you're 
around," Van Lear said. "It has been 40 years since I've seen some 
of these guys. It has been a great reunion." 

entering the North State Conference, capturing three conference 
titles (1932, 1935, 1937) and tying for a fourth (1934). 

The dedication of Alumni Gym on Jan. 14, 1950, and a new 
coach, Graham L. "Doc" Mathis, energized the campus and the 
team following a difficult period during and after World War II. 
Mathis' squads won the North State regular season title in 1952, 
the conference tournament in 1956, National Association 
of Intercollegiate Athletics (naia) district titles in 1956 and 1957, 
and earned three berths to the naia national tournament in 1952, 
1956 and 1957. Leading the way for Elon was center Dee Atkinson 
'57, the North State mvp in 1957 and, at the time, holder of nine 
of Elon's 12 individual basketball records. 

'Miller Time' 

In 1959, Mathis stepped down as head coach after tallying a 
162-120 record. He left big shoes for his successor, William R. 
"Bill" Miller, to fill, but the new coach from Campbellsville, Ky., 
was up to the task. Bill Morningstar '64, who played for Miller 
and later served as his longtime assistant coach, said his mentor 
was a demanding coach on the court but quick to support his 
players off of it. 

"He was like a father to me in so many ways," recalled 
Morningstar, currently head coach of Elon's men's golf team. 

Miller's teams brought Elon's basketball program to unprec- 
edented heights. The first two basketball All-Americans in Elon's 
history, Branson (1964, 1965) and Cole (1971, 1972), thrived under 


Miller's watch. Elon captured the 1971 regular season title in the 
Carolinas Conference, the renamed North State Conference. Miller's 
teams also won three conference tournament championships (1965, 
1971, 1972), including a thrilling finish to the 1971 season when Cole 
sank a free throw with two seconds left in the title game, sealing a 
58—57 victory over defending champion Guilford. 

Miller's former players, who refer fondly to their playing 
days as "Miller Time," remember the overwhelming tan support 
more than the feats they achieved. Branson recalled that students, 
faculty and the community packed Alumni Gym for games. 

"Sometimes the fire marshal had to turn people away it was 
so crowded at games," Branson said. 

Moving up 

In 1979, two significant changes came to the basketball pro- 
gram and Elon athletics. Miller stepped down as coach after the 

1978— 1979 season with 341 victories, the most in Elon's history, 
and was succeeded by Morningstar. Alan White became Elon's 
director of athletics, a title he held until retiring in 2006. The 
next two and a half decades saw Elon athletics rise to increasingly 
higher levels of competition and visibility, moving from naia 
to ncaa Division 11 competition in 1990, to Division 1 in 1999 
and to the Southern Conference in 2003. 

Despite the challenges, Elon basketball enjoyed some memo- 
rable performances in the '80s and '90s. Lee Allison '81, a four-time 
all-conference selection and an honorable mention All-American in 
1981, finished his career with 1,941 points, the fourth-highest total 
in Elon history. His daughter, Nicole Allison 07, followed in his 
footsteps, starring on the Elon women's basketball team. 

Another child of an Elon star, Brian Branson '87, Jesse 
Branson's son, led Elon's 1988 regular-season conference cham- 
pionship team and earned Academic All-American of the Year 
honors, as well as conference and naia District 26 player of the 
year awards. 

After Elon left the naia for ncaa Division 11 play in the 
South Atlantic Conference, Chris Kiger '98 helped lead Elon to 
the 1997 conference tournament championship, which was Elon's 
last season in the division. 

"We had a pretty good season that year, but no one expected 
us to win the tournament," recalled Kiger, who the following 
year garnered Academic All-American of the Year honors. "It 
was a great experience." 

A bright future 

Elon earned its first regular-season conference title in more than 
30 years in 2006, winning the SoCon North Division champi- 
onship. That season included Elon's first victory against an acc 
opponent, over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Success continued in March 2008 when Elon played its 
way into the SoCon tournament championship game against 
Davidson, which was broadcast nationwide on ESPN2. The 
Phoenix tell to the Wildcats, 65—49, Dut not before bringing 
national attention to the team and the university. 

A catalyst tor Elon's success was Monteli Watson 07, who 
finished his career ranked fourth in the Elon record books for 
assists, sicals and three poinl held gculs, 

"I loved every second of my time as an Elon basketball plaver, 
especially the 2006 championship season," Watson recalls. "The 
bond our team shared that season was like family." 

Watson was the youngest of the former players honored 
alongside Branson and Cole on Feb. 7 when Elon taced oft against 
Appalachian State. 

At halttime, the former players gathered 
near the south end of the gym for the jersey 
retirement ceremony. 

"The old players started sharing stories 
you'd forgotten until someone started retelling them," Branson 
said. "It's an honor to be here." 

Most left Alumni Gym that evening humbled by the experi- 
ence and grateful for their Elon memories. 

"Elon gave me the opportunity to go to college, then it gave 
me the opportunity to do what I love to do, which is coach," 
Morningstar said. "You grow to realize how much Elon means 
to you. It's the biggest part of my lite." f S& 

For additional coverage of 100 
seasons of men's basketball, go 

Former [Ion basketball roach Bill Miller, at left, with the 1972 Carolinas Conference Tournament 
Championship team. lommy Cole, front row at right, holds the trophy. 


ALUMNI Action 

Sallie Hutton '92 

Let Elon be your support network 

On May 23, 1 will join the campus community for Elon's 119th 
Commencement, when we will welcome the Class of 2009 into the 
Alumni Association. 

Graduation is not only a time to recognize the achievements of 
our newest alumni, it also is a moment when we give thanks to our 

support networks — the parents, grandparents and other 
family members who helped make our Elon experiences 

At my graduation, I remember feeling a deep sense of 
gratitude for the many people who saw me through 
moments of joy as well as disappointment. I know that 
without the support of my mom, Shirley, my challenges 
would have been much greater. My mother's main focus 
has always been to make sure that my brother and I had all 
the opportunities that she did not. She was selfless in 
ensuring that I was able to attend Elon no matter the cost, 
and I saw her sacrifice her own dreams to make sure I 
realized mine, especially earning an Elon degree. For that, I am forever 

Asa proud Elon graduate, I feel a similar sense of gratitude for the 
Elon community, which can be a valuable support network for all 
alumni, particularly in these challenging times. We can get so caught 
up in our lives that it's easy to forget that we have a lifelong connection 
to a special community of people who care. Remember what President 
Lambert often says: You may leave Elon, but Elon will never leave you. 

I urge you to tap into the benefits and services of your Alumni 
Association during all stages of your life. 

Reconnect with a favorite faculty or staff mentor by looking them 
up on the university's online directory. Return to campus for 
Homecoming and reunite with friends and professors who helped 
make you who you are today. Join your local alumni chapter and 
attend social and service events with alums of all ages. You'll have fun 
and meet new friends as well. 

You can tap into Elon's career services, including Career Beam, 
which helps you craft an effective resume, prepare for interviews and 
launch a strategic career search. You also can mentor students through 
the Elon Career Network or join the Elon Alumni Association group on 
Linkedln, an online professional networking resource. You can find 
links to all these programs and more at 
The care and support of the Elon community go with you 
wherever you are and in whatever you do. Make Elon an active part of 
your life and reap the benefits that come from a lifelong relationship 
with your alma mater. 

Wishing each of you the best in these challenging times, 



The Elon Alumni Association this spring welcomed 
new members to the Elon Alumni Board (eab) and 
Young Alumni Council. 

Members of each advisory board serve three-year 
terms and play an integral role in ensuring Elon's 
success and strengthening ties between alumni and 
the university. 

Alumni who have graduated eight years ago or 
more are eligible for service on the eab. Alumni who 
have graduated no more than seven years ago are 
eligible to serve on the Young Alumni Council. 

For more information on either of these boards, 
visit or contact the alumni 
office at or toll free at 

The new members of the eab and Young Alumni 
Council are: 


John Hill '76, Severna Park, Md. 
Chris Martin '78, Manasquan, N.J. 
Lennie Dutton Edwards '91, Louisburg, N.C. 
Heather Middleton 99 (Alumni Chapter 

Representative), New York 
Tracey Walser Nugent '84, Chevy Chase, Md. 
Julia Strange Chase '84, Richmond, Va. 
Carolyn Wright McDuffie '64, Greensboro, N.C. 
Tyrone McDuffie 66, Greensboro, N.C. 
Lee Thomas '91, Charlotte, N.C. 


Chris Gaylor '03, Arlington, Va. 

Cara Catalfumo '04, Charlotte, N.C. 

Shelby Peterson 06, Arlington, Va. 

Lauren Murphree 08, l'ii, Greensboro, N.C. 

Ablavi Gbenyon '03, Charlotte, N.C. 

Susan Denny '03, Apex, N.C. 

Carson Foushee '07, Atlanta 

David Morrow '07, l'io, Burlington, N.C. 

Lisa Dawn "LD" Akers '08, Bluffton, S.C. 

Christine Jordan '03, Atlanta 

Erryn Gallasch '07, Alexandria, Va. 

Kristin Smith '07, Cary, N.C. 

Erica Ayala '08, New York 

Hilaire Pickett '08, Cary, N.C. 


Physical therapy graduates will gather on campus for 
the first time on Saturday, Oct. 10, to celebrate the 
programs 11-year history at Elon. 

All alumni of the master's and doctoral physical 

The Alumni Relations Office is located in Johnston Hall at 123 S. Antioch Ave. and can be reached toll-free at 877-784-3566 or by writing to Campus Box 2600. Elon, NC 27244- 


ALUMNI Action 

therapy programs are invited to join faculty 
and staff at the reunion, which will include 
a free continuing education course, reunion 
T-shirts, family activities, dinner and tours of 
the Center for Fitness & Human Movement 
Studies at Alamance Regional Medical Center 
(armc). The center, which opened on armc's 
campus in 2006, is a pattnership between 
Elon and the hospital. 

Elon began its mastet of physical therapy 
degree program in January 1998 before chang- 
ing to a doctoral program in 2003. 

Graduates interested in helping to plan the 
reunion may contact Lisa Ratlin 1 Roper 93 in 
the alumni office at 877.784.3566 or lroperg? Reunion details will be e-mailed or 
mailed to alumni and posted on the alumni 
Web site. 


Alumni, parents and friends helped raise more 
than $50,000 for athletics scholarships Feb. 20 
at the annual "Night ot the Phoenix" event 
held in Alumni Gym. 

Many in the crowd participated in a silent 
auction, bidding on more than 150 items, in- 
cluding a Sunbrella furniture set and an au- 
tographed Michael Jordan jersey. The crowd 
also heard remarks from Dave Blank, Elon 
athletics director. Amy Hendrickson '69, 
chair of the Phoenix Club Advisory Board, 
and Wes Durham '88, radio announcer for 
the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech athlet- 
ics, who served as master of ceremonies. 

"In these uncertain economic times, the 
generosity displayed was amazing, and 
we were able to exceed our goal of fund- 
ing one full athletics scholarship at Elon," 
Hendrickson says. 

Mike Cross, vice chair of the advisory 
board, says the fundraiser is a great way to 
stay connected to Elon. 

"Not having attended Elon, I have discov- 
ered over the last few years what a great insti- 
tution it is by attending events like 'The Night 
of the Phoenix' and athletics contests," Cross 
says. "I am glad to participate and help show 
the community what can be accomplished 
when we give back. We appreciate the many 
businesses in the area that contributed items 
for the auction." 

Alumni donors celebrated at Elon ... Pass It On 

The campus community celebrated philanthropy on March 17 with Elon ... Pass It 
On, a new event sponsored by the Alumni Association and Office of Annual Giving 
to educate students about the vital role that alumni, parents and friends play in 
supporting their Elon education. 

The event, held during College Coffee, included posters featuring alumni 
donors and their testimonials about giving to Elon. The posters and statistics about 
giving at Elon were displayed in academic buildings across campus for the day. 

In addition to learning about the donors who have helped make their Elon 
experiences possible, seniors were encouraged to "pass it on" to future generations 
by contributing to the Senior Class Gift and joining ignite, Elon's young alumni 
giving program, after they graduate. 

The following giving statistics from 2007-2008 were shared with the campus 

• Total giving to Elon: $16.6 million 

• Total gifts from alumni: $6.8 million 
•Total gifts from parents: $3.1 million 

• Number of alumni donors: 4,397 

• Number of young alumni donors (graduates of the past 10 years): 1,147 

• Number of gifts from alumni, parents and friends: 11,504 

Welcome to the neighborhood 

Moving to a new city can be daunting, so let the Elon Alumni Association and alumni 
chapters make it a little easier. 

This summer, the association and leaders of the regional chapters will host their third- 
annual Welcome to the City events to help alumni get settled in a new city. It is a great way 
for alumni, particularly new graduates, to meet other alums in their area and maintain their 
ties to Elon. All alumni are invited to bring family or friends to welcome 2009 graduates to 
their city. 

The following events have been scheduled: 

Atlanta: Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m. at Wildfire Restaurant 

Baltimore: Aug. 15, 4-7 p.m. at the Baltimore Marine Center 

Boston: Aug. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. at McFadden's 

Charlotte: Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. at The Gin Mill 

Charleston: Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m. at Tommy Condon's 

New York City: Aug. 25, 7 p.m. at Mad46 (rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel) 

Philadelphia: Sept. 10, 7-10 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery 

Piedmont Triad: Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Natty Greene's 

Richmond: Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at Capital Ale House in Innsbrook 

Washington, D.C.: Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. at the Clarendon Grill, Arlington, Va. 

"We want recent grads to meet other Elon alumni in a relaxed environment to help open 
doors for networking and friendships," says T.J. Rose '00, a Baltimore Chapter member. "We 
chose Crab Fest for our event because eating crabs is a Baltimore tradition and provides a 
great opportunity for conversation." 

A full list of Welcome to the City events will be posted on the alumni site. Contact the 
alumni office at 877.784.3566 or for more information. 

Alumni Relations Office staff: Director, Sallie Hutton '92, • Assistant Director, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 

Assistant Director for Young Alumni. Lindsay Gross Hege '04 • Coordinator of Alumni Chapters. Lauren Kelly '08 • Program Assistant, Kelly Elliston 


ALUMNI Action 

From cheering on rhe Phoenix basketball 
teams to serving their communities, mem- 
bers of Elon's alumni chapters began 2009 
with a flurry of activity. 

In Atlanta, alumni kicked off 2009 with 
a Jan. 7 New Year's party at the Warren City 
Club. Tfie following month, chapter mem- 
bers put on their Phoenix gear and headed 

at The Mellow Mushroom. On St. Patrick's 
Day, chapter members traded their maroon 
and gold for green during a celebration in the 


city's Market Street area. In April, they got 
together for the Charleston Riverdogs minor- 
league baseball game. 

Charlotte, N.C., alumni co-hosted 
the fourth-annual Faculty/Staff Social in 
March. Paul Parsons, dean of the School of 
Communications, and Marv Gowan, dean 

to Fox Sports Grill to watch the men's bas- 
ketball team take on Appalachian State. They 
also gathered at the Hudson Grill to watch 
the men's team battle University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro. 

The Baltimore Chapter held a mid-January 
New Year's celebration, which drew 30 mem- 
bers to Claddagh Pub in Canton near the 
Inner Harbor. In March, alumni laced up 
their bowling shoes and played a few games 
at Mustang Alley's in Fells Point. 

In Boston, alums chased away the winter 
blues by watching the 2008 nba champion 
Celtics defeat the New Jersey Nets. They also 
turned out to watch the Boston Bruins take 
on the New Jersey Devils in hockey. 

Phoenix basketball was on the minds 
of Charleston alumni, who cheered on the 
women's team in a matchup against the 
College of Charleston. Alumni also watched 
the men's squad take on The Citadel and later 
celebrated the team's win over College of 
Charleston during a post-game get-together 

of the Martha and Spencer Love School of 
Business, joined other faculty and staff mem- 
bers at the Fox & Hound in the L'ptown 

Members of the newly formed Chicago 
Chapter gathered in March at Webster's 
Wine Bar to celebrate their group's launch. In 
Hampton Roads, Va., alumni got together for 
happy hour at Baron's Pub in Suffolk, Va. In 
April, chapter members traveled to Norfolk, 
Va., to watch the Phoenix baseball team take 
on Old Dominion. 

Los Angeles alumni began the new year 
with happy hour gatherings at Big Wangs 
in North Hollywood and McCabe's Bar and 
Grill in Santa Monica. At McCabe's, alums 
welcomed Peter Falcone '04, who recently 
moved to Santa Monica from New York and 
helped plan the event. 

In New York, alumni in January joined 
Elon students, faculty and staff for a Broadway 
performance of "Wicked." After the show, the 
group received a backstage tour from cast 
member Lindsay Northen 03. 

Piedmont Triad alumni met in January 
at Elon University School of Law in down- 
town Greensboro for a Winter Mingle. Elon 
Law student David Morrow 07 led a tour 
of the school's H. Michael Weaver Building. 
In April, the chapter hosted a happy hour at 
the Fox & Hound in Winston-Salem. 

Alumni ot all ages in Richmond, Va., 
turned out for a chapter kickoff social at 
Legends Brewery, where alums and members 

of the chapter's newly restructured board dis- 
cussed future events. 

The Triangle Chapter hosted its fourth-an- 
nual Groundhog Day party at Hi) in Raleigh. 
In March, alums attended a social before 
watching a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game 
and posing for a photo with Stormy, the team 
mascot. In April, the chaptet participated in 
the Angels Among Us 5K and Family Fun 
Walk at Duke Medical Center in Durham. 

More than 75 mem- 
bers of the Washington, 
D.C., Chapter attended 
a New Year's celebration 
at Whitlow's on Wilson 
Bar and Grill. In February, 
alumni volunteered with 
keen (Kids Enjoy Exercise 
Now), which provides rec- 
reational opportunities to 
children and voung adults 
with developmental dis- 
abilities. On St. Patrick's Day, alums gathered 
at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon to cel- 
ebrate all things green and watch the opening 
game ol the ncaa basketball tournament. 

For more information on chapter events, 
go to 


Want to show your Elon pride on the 
road? get tagged with a complimen- 
tary Elon luggage tag trom the Alumni 

Mail your business card to the uni- 
versity and you will receive a laminated 
maroon and gold luggage tag with the 
Elon logo on the front and your busi- 
ness card on the back. The tag is sturdy, 
waterproof and a great way to make 
your luggage stand out in a crowd. 

To get your tag, mail your business 
card to: Office of Alumni Relations, 
2600 Campus Box, Elon, N.C., 27244. 


ALUMNI Action 

Get your tmueLonl 

If you have dreamed of touring Ireland or seeing New Englan 
fall foliage, now is your chance. 

The Alumni Association travel program continues Aug. 21-29 with a trip 
to Ennis, Ireland. The trip includes tours of the ancient Burren and windswept 
Cliffs of Moher; Bunratty Castle, one of Ireland's most famous medieval castles; the 
Aran Island of Inishmore and the cliffside fortress of Dun Aengus; Coole Park in 
County Galway, featuring a beech tree bearing W.B.Yeats' initials; and the 16th 
century tower of Thoor Ballylee, where Yeats lived. 

The cost is approximately 52,595 per person plus airfare and taxes (double 

Young alumni are invited to take in New England's beautiful fall colors 
Oct. 16-19 in Fryeburg, Maine. The trip package includes a three-night stay in a 
bed and breakfast, tours of local towns, biking, rock climbing, yoga and massage. 
Fryeburg is located on the New Hampshire border in the Mt. Washington valley 
and offers a variety of recreational activities. 

Prices range from $425-5475 per person (not including airfare). The registration 
deadline is June 15, and 50 percent of the trip fee (per individual) is due by that 
date to secure your reservation. 

For more information on these trips, go to or contact the 
alumni office toll free at 877.7843566 or 


Graduates of all eras will find something to like on the newly redesigned alumni Web site. 

The site features more alumni stories and news, an enhanced events calendar, career 
information and links to Elon on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, as well as the Linkedln 
professional networking resource and E : , the university's social network. If you have moved 
recently or changed your e-mail address, you can update your information on the site. 

Announcements on major events and alumni services are featured in the "What's 
Happening" section while "Look Who's Talking" includes young alumni blogs and stories 
of alums from all eras. A new alumni chapter map and individual chapter pages keep alums 
up to date on the activities of Elon's growing regional chapter program. The young alumni 
section includes information on the Young Alumni Council, travel program and ways to 
reconnect with Elon, as well as information for Elon seniors. 

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MAY21 Washington, D.C. Chapter happy 
hour, 630 p.m. Union Jack's, Bethesda, Md. 

JUNE 6 D.C. Chapter Race for the Cure, 

National Mall 

D.C. Chapter Nationals vs. New York 
Mets, 7:05 p.m. Pre-game barbeque 5 p.m. 

Philadelphia Chapter Wilmington Blue 
Rocks baseball game, 6 p.m. 

JUNE 6-7 Young alumni service trip, 
Washington, D.C 

JUNE 11 Charleston Chapter Riverdogs 
vs. Augusta Greenjackets baseball game, 

7:05 p.m 

JUNE 12 Baltimore Chapter happy hour, 
5 p.m. Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis, Md. 

JUNE 13 Triangle Chapter Komen Race for 
the Cure, 7 a.m. Meredith College, Raleigh, 

JUNE 16 Piedmont Triad Chapter Martini 
Night, 6 p.m. Dick & Jane's Tapas and 
Martinis, Mebane, N.C. 

july 2 Charleston Chapter Riverdogs vs. 
Greenville Drive baseball game, 7:05 p.m. 

july 17 Triangle Chapter Carolina 
Mudcats vs. Chattanooga Lookouts 
baseball game, 7:15 p.m. 

AUG. 13 Charleston Chapter Riverdogs 
vs. Delmarva Shorebirds baseball game, 
7:05 p.m. 

AUG. 29 Baltimore Chapter Orioles game, 
7:05 p.m. Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

sept. 10 Schmoozapaloza alumni/ 
student networking event, McKinnon 
Hall, Elon 

SEPT. n-12 National Alumni Executive 
Board fall meeting, Elon 

SEPT. 12 Richmond and D.C. Chapter Day, 

Philip Carter Winery, Hume, Va. 

sept. 19-20 Young Alumni Council fall 
meeting, Elon 

OCT. 10 Physical Therapy alumni reunion, 

OCT. 16-19 Fall in New England young 
alumni trip, Fryeburg, Maine 

OCT.23-25 Homecoming Weekend 

For the latest alumni news, 
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CLASS Notes 

Class Notes 


Betty Lynch Bowman '44 says she 
dreamed of attending Elon since she 
was in elementary school and is grate- 
ful that her dream came true. She 
says Elon was the perfect place for her 
to launch a career in education. She 
worked for more than 40 yeats in edu- 
cation, first as a teacher and later as a 
principal. As an Elon student, she ap- 
preciated the caring attitude, wisdom 
and guidance of all her professors. They 
instilled in her a love of education and 
a thirst for knowledge that she shared 
with her own students during her ca- 
reer. She is retired and enjoys spending 
time with het wondetful family. She 
lives in Burlington, N.C. 



Burley W. Dunn '50 is thanklul to 
Elon for preparing him for a success- 
ful career. He remembers socializing 
with his classmates and has great 
memories of former Elon President 
Leon E. Smith and professor Daniel 
Bowden. Dunn advises current Elon 
students to befriend as many people 
as they can on campus because you 
never know where those friendships 
will lead. He looks forward to Elon's 
continued success and hopes that the 
school will hold tight to its Christian 

Jacqueline "Jackie" Royals Manzi 50 

has many fond memories of Elon, in- 
cluding catching the eye of her lare 
husband, football hero Claude Manzi 
'50. She remembers periodically scrub- 
bing the dorm floors and how much 
fun she and her roommates had with 
that chore, as well as sitting under 
Elon's magnificent oak trees. She 
hopes that Elon will hold true to its 
ideals and traditions, and that current 
students will make the most of their 
valuable opportunities. She lives in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Hugh Brantley Wall '50 is forever 
grateful to Elon for contributing to 
the successes he has achieved. He 
fondly remembers professors Alonzo 

Hook, Albert Coble and Earl Danieley 
'46, all of whom were great educators 
and role models. Wall encourages fel- 
low Elon alumni to support their alma 
mater generously and wholeheartedly, 
and to help the univetsity continue its 
"march to greatness.'' He hopes Elon 
will allocate mote tesources to science 
and technology so the university stays 
"on the forefront of helping our great 
nation reclaim our place as global lead- 
ers in invention and innovation." 

Fred W. Yarbrough '50 credits his Elon 
education with helping him land his 
dream job. He worked for the same 
company for 36 years. He loves to 
look back on his time at Elon and re- 
members the caring faculty and stu- 
dents, many of whom became lifelong 
friends. He hopes that Elon continues 
to thrive and progress, and that his fel- 
low alumni will support the school and 
help Elon achieve its future goals. 

Henry Carr Jr. '51 says Elon gave him 
a wonderful start in his pursuit of a 
career in medicine. He thoroughly 
enjoyed playing fteshman basketball 
and living in Old North Dormitory. 
He made many wonderful friends, and 
he encourages current students to ap- 
preciate all that they are experiencing 
at Elon and to make the most of their 

Jane Upchurch Roshelli '51 went on 
the Elon Alumni Association trip to 
Italy last fall. "It was the most amaz- 
ing trip of my life," she says. She is a 
retired teacher living 111 ( !ary, N.C 

D. Frank Ingram Jr. '52 is grateful for 
the skills and knowledge he gained as 
a student at Elon. He says those skills 
gave him the edge he needed to climb 
the ladder of success. He warmly re- 
members living in the apartments for 
veterans and his neighbors. Bob Dolly 
and Lefry Taylor. He encourages cur- 
rent students to pursue rheir dreams 
vigorously. He hopes that Elon will 
"keep on keeping on." 

Ronald E. Black '54 credits Elon for 
thoroughly preparing him to be a mu- 
sic teacher. After a short stint in the 
U.S. Army, he taught for a couple of 
years at a school near Elon before mov- 
ing to Rising Sun, Md., where he con- 
tinued teaching for another 11 years. 
He then became a professor at Cecil 
Community College and is now retired. 
Some of his favorite Elon memories 
are singing and touring with the choirs. 

He would love to hear from other Elon 
alumni and encourages them to share 
their favorite Elon memoties and ex- 
periences with the magazine. He says 
he has high hopes for Elon's continued 
growth and success. 

Don L. Allen '56 says Elon fully pre- 
pared him to take on the challenges of 
life and to pursue his lifelong career. 
He says he loved every minute of his 
time at Elon and is forever grateful to 
his outstanding teachers. He encour- 
ages everyone to support Elon in any 
way they can to ensure that the uni- 
versity continues to thrive. 

Carol Coble Brooks '56 worked as a 
secretary for Burlington Mills after 
graduating from Elon. She married 

shortly after graduation and had a son. 
She says she reflects often on her time at 
Elon and the people she met, many of 
whom have passed away. She urges cur- 
rent students to enjoy the opportunities 
they have been given and to make the 
most of their education. She hopes that 
Elon will continue to nourish. 

Edwin "Ed" Davidson '57 calls at- 
tending and graduating from Elon 
the defining period of his life. He 
says he is very fortunate to have at- 
tended such a fine institution. He 
treasures the friendships he forged 
with his football teammates on and 
off the field. That group gets together 
every Homecoming to celebrate their 
friendship and their alma mater. They 
worked together to establish the Sid 

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CLASS Notes 

Varney Scholarship Fund and name 
the Varney suite at Rhodes Stadium. 
He advises current students to set their 
goals high because Elon will take them 
whete they want to go. He hopes that 
Elon will continue to be considered a 
jewel in higher education. 

William "Bill" Joyner '59 loved living 
in Old North Dormitory and having 
a gym in the middle of the dorm. He 
also remembers skipping out on cha- 
pel services to get a cup of coffee. He 
is grateful to his Elon professors for 
helping to shape his faith and religious 
philosophy. He challenges current 
Elon students to "question authoriry 
and think tor yourselves." He lives in 
Sarasota, Fla. 


Rebecca Webster Graves '66 retired 
last spring aftet a 42-year career 
in teaching, most recently in the 
Alamance-Burlington School System. 
Her husband, William L. Graves '61, 
is a retired principal. They live in 
Burlington, N.C. 

Walton C. Jennette '66 enjoyed a 25- 
year career in banking and financial 
services with several latge institutions 
across the country befote statting 
First Colony Asset Management LLC, 
in Raleigh, N.C. In his tree time, he 
enjoys golfing, gardening and boat- 
ing with his wife, Pat. They live in 

David J. Johnson '68 is co-author of 
Fort Monroe (Arcadia Publishing), a 
pictorial history of the famous fort 
overlooking Hampton Roads Harbor 
in southeast Virginia. Currently, he is 
wotking as an archivist and historian 
in Hampton, Va., where he lives. 

Barton C. Shaw '69 recently co-edited 
a book with Paul A. Cimbala, a history 
professor at Fotdham University. The 
book is titled Making a New South: 
Race, Leadership and Community After 
the Civil War (University Press of 
Florida). He lives in Bethlehem, Pa., 
where he is a college professor. 



Virginia N. Davis '82 recently re- 
ceived a master's degree in education 

from Salem College. She is a first- 
grade teachet at Vienna Elementary 
in Winston-Salem, N.C where she 

Aaron "Ron" Price '83 has been pro- 
moted to vice president of Yukon 
Learning. He specializes in build- 
ing custom e-learning solutions us- 
ing Yukon's proprietary C3 learning 

Caryl Smith Van Fleet '83 recently 
earned a master's degree in elementary 
education from North Carolina a&t 
State Univetsity. She is the curriculum 
facilitator at Eastlawn Elementary and 
lives in Haw River, N.C. 

Bill Bride '85 was one of the Phoenix 
fans who descended on Comcast 
Center Dec. 30 for the Elon vs. 
Maryland men's basketball game in 
College Park, Md. Bill reports that 
even though Elon didn't win the 
game, the team played well against 
an acc opponent. He is confident 
that Elon will continue to develop a 
strong basketball program. He says he 
thoroughly enjoyed the evening and 
was impressed by the latge numbet of 
Elon alumni who turned out to cheer 
on the Phoenix. 



Stephanie K. Dawkins '90 recently 
was appointed assistant city adminis- 
ttatot and directot of administrative 
services for the City of Geneva, 111., 
whete she lives. Her responsibilities 
include administration oversight, hu- 
man resources, information technol- 
ogy and finance. 

Babette Riley Robbins 90 has been 
promoted to senior service delivery 
manager in staff operations at Bank 
of America. She manages a team that 
provides technology, process and com- 
munications suppott to the global 
staffing otganization. She lives with 
het husband, James, and their children 
in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Burt N. Repine '91 celebrated his 40TH 
birthday by climbing Mt. Aconcagua 
in the Argentinean Andes. The 13-day 
expedition took him to the top of the 
tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere, 
which is 22,834 reet above sea level. He 
lives in Isabelino, Calif. 

Alumna has 'surreal' meeting with first lady 

Ashley Lawson '07 and her colleagues at Miriam's Kitchen had a big 
surprise for the homeless men and women they feed each day in 
Washington, D.C. 

On March 5, the staff called their clients to the serving line as 
they do each day. The men and women were shocked to find first lady 
Michelle Obama prepared to serve them their meal. After serving food, 
Obama spoke one-on-one with some of the guests, listening to their 
stories and giving them hugs. 

"Meeting Michelle Obama was a surreal and inspiring 
experience," Lawson says. "For our clients, her visit reaffirmed the 
notion that they matter and that people care about them. It was truly 
inspiring to see that she also shares a passion for service to those in 
great need." 

The first lady visited the kitchen to draw attention to the 
importance of good nutrition and volunteer service. The kitchen serves 
meals to more than 200 homeless men and women daily. 

"Many of our guests are suffering with severe health problems, 
and our mission is to serve them great-tasting homemade meals as 
well as offer them comprehensive social services," says Lawson, who 
serves as the volunteer and development coordinator. 

The Cleveland native began working at the kitchen shortly after 
earning her human services degree. She credits a Winter Term class 
on homelessness and poverty with Beth Warner, assistant professor of 
human services, with her decision to work with the homeless. 

"I was passionate about being part of an organization that served 
homeless individuals with the dignity and care that they deserve," 
Lawson says. "Each day 1 know that I am making a difference in the lives 
of the men and women who come to Miriam's Kitchen." 

Robert Britt Deviney '93 is a financial 
planner and has accepted a pattnership 
with Palm Planning Group, a financial 
planning firm in Florida that special- 
izes in values-based financial planning. 
He lives in West Palm Beach. 

Timothy C. Hall '93 is the author 
of several secondary social studies 
textbook supplements, curricula and 
standards. He has written test items 
for multiple student and teacher social 
studies exams. He wrote Tlje Complete 
Idiot's Guide to World History and Ihe 
Complete Idiot's Guide to the Middle 
Ages, published in February, and 
the ,WSCO Guide to World History: 
Preparing for the Advanced Placement 

Examination, which will be available 
in August. He currently teaches at 
The Franklin Academy, a college pre- 
paratory public charter high school 
in Wake Forest, N.C. He is pursuing 
a doctorate in interdisciplinary stud- 
ies at Union Institute and University. 
Through his studies, he hopes to gain 
an understanding of the historic con- 
nection between religion, state and 
culture in world history. He lives in 
Wake Forest. 

William C. Chisholm '95 received a 
master's degtee in educational lead- 
ership from Argosy University in 
Chicago. He recently was promoted 
to assistant principal at North Moore 


CLASS Notes 

High School, his alma mater. He lives 
with his wife, Yolanda, in West End, 

Matthew Haas '95 pictured with past and present 
team members of the Philadelphia Eagles during a 
promotional cruise 


Matthew B. Haas '95 is an account 
management team leader in market- 
ing for AAA. In March, he coordinated 
the AAA Eagles Fan Cruise, a seven-day 
trip around the eastern Caribbean that 
gave Philadelphia Eagles fans a chance 
to meet some of their favorite players, 
past and present. Ihe players included 
Brian Dawkins, Hugh Douglas, Troy 
Vincent, Brent Celek, Chris Gocong 
and A.J. Feeley. Haas says he spent 
more than a year planning the cruise, 
which was a big success and one ot 
rhe highlights of his career. He lives 
in West Chester, Pa. 

Tiffany Smith '97 is the staff recruit- 
ment, retention and development co- 
ordinator for Pender County Schools. 
She lives in Rocky Point, N.C. 

Meghan McGlinn Manfra '98 is an 

assistant professor in the College of 
Education at North Carolina State 
University. She lives with her husband, 
Dennis, in Raleigh, N.C. 

Stacy Imler Rose 98 has received 
her National Board for Professional 
Teaching Standards certification in lit- 
eracy. She lives in Fredericksburg, Va. 

Leslie Dejohn White '98 is a social 
services coordinator at the Elaine 

Lisa Goldstein '03 

Alumna stars on "One Tree Hill' 

If you area fan of the hit television 
show"OneTree Hill," then you've seen 
Lisa Goldstein '03. She plays Millicent 
Huxtable, the quirky assistant to Brooke, 
played by actress Sophia Bush. 

Goldstein's on-air relationship with 
Mouth McFadden, played by actor Lee 
Norris, has led to a regular role on the 
show, which is filmed in Wilmington, 
N.C. Goldstein couldn't be happier that 
fans have embraced her character, 
known as "Millie." 

The theater veteran is having fun 
learning the workings of a television 

Growing up, she never dreamed 
of becoming an actress. Acting is 
something she grew to love, beginning as a teenager when she 
attended the Walnut Hill Summer Theatre School in Naticky, Mass. 

At Elon, she majored in music theatre and performed in "Music 
Man,""Comedy of Errors,""Songs for a New World,""i2 Angry Jurors," 
"Closer Than Ever,""Marvin's Room" and "You Can't Take it With You," 
in which she played Penny, still one of her favorite roles. 

After graduating, Goldstein performed in regional theater, 
including the Naples DinnerTheatre, the Heritage Repertory 
Theatre and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, eventually landing 
a role in the original cast of "Finding Nemo: The Musical" in Disney 

In August 2007, she received the phone call of a lifetime. The 
creators of "One Tree Hill" loved the audition tape she sent in and 
hired her to play Millicent. 

"I had to have one of my best friends listen to the voice mail 
because I didn't believe it was real," Goldstein recalls. 

Goldstein credits the fundamentals she learned at Elon with 
helping her succeed. 

"Whenever I am questioning something or am unsure of what 
I should be doing with a scene, I always go back to my Elon 'toolbox' 
and find what I need," she says. 

Last fall, Goldstein returned to campus and joined Hannah 
Campbell '02 and Christian Brescia '03 to be recognized during 
Alumni Leadership Weekend. 

"I miss the closeness of the performing arts department and 
always being in an acting class," Goldstein says. "The professors 
really opened my eyes to what a challenge acting is and how 
rewarding it is. I tell students to use Elon's resources now while they 
can because they'll miss Elon as soon as they've gone." 

Leslie DeJohn White '98 with husband, Kevin, and 
their children, Kerin and Warren 

Clark Center for Exceptional Children. 
She lives in Atlanta with her husband, 
Kevin, and their children, Wirren and 

Dana M. Disborough '99 recently 
joined Golden Living as a public re- 
lations specialist. Her new responsi- 
bilities include communications and 
public relations for Golden Living's 
national service companies: Aegis 
Therapies, AseraCare Hospice, Home 
Health and 360 Healthcare Staffing. 
She lives in Crofton, Md. 



Ali Luchetti 01 is an account ex- 
ecutive at Worldlink Media in New 
York. Worldlink is a multi-platform 
advertising sales firm. Ali is respon- 
sible for television ad sales for FOX 
Sports and syndicated shows, includ- 
ing "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show." 
She lives in New York. 

Robin Beers '03 is a special education 
teacher with Anne Arundel County 
Public Schools. In January, she 
graduated magna cum laude with 
a master's degree in special educa- 
tion with a concentration in early 
childhood education from Loyola 
College in Baltimore. She works 
with special needs students ages 
3 to 5. She lives in Arnold, Md., 
and says she would love to hear 
from her friends and classmates 

Joshua Campbell 03 is the 
business development manager 
at Locum Leaders, a recruiting 
agency specializing in tempo- 
rary medical staffing. He lives in 
Alpharetta, Ga. 

Peter P. Falcone 04 recently was 
promoted to assistant vice ptesident 
of Willis Group Holdings ltd in the 
aerospace division. He lives in Santa 
Monica, Calif. 

Gabrielle Komorowski 

'04 has been promoted 
to anchor of the 5:30 
p.m. newscast at 
wptz-tv, an nbc af- 
filiate in Burlington, 
Vt. She previously 
served as morning 
anchor and says she 
doesn't miss going to 
work at 2 a.m. While 
working at WPTZ, she has interviewed 
several high-profile people, including 
Hillary Clinton during last year's 
presidential primary. She received a 
Special Mention from the New York 
State Associated Press Broadcasters 
Association for a feature story she 
produced about Avatars. She lives in 
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 

Jonathan P. Lindberg 04 is an ex- 
ecutive administrator for rhe North 
Carolina Board of Education. As part 
of the Healthy Responsible Students 

Gabrielle Komorowski '04 

Bobby Griffin '05 (center) 


CLASS Notes 

Working for her mom 


Stacy Harris Koon '96 remembers 
exactly when her life changed forever. 
It was 9 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2006. The phone 
rang at her home, and she knew right 
away that something was wrong. A police 
officer told her that a drunk driver had 
killed her mother, Faith Coleman. 

Adding to Koon's pain was learning 
that the man who killed her mother was 
a repeat drunk-driving offender. He was 
convicted and sent to prison. After his 
release later this year, authorities are 
expected to deport him to his native El 

Since that night, Koon and her sister, 
Jill Woody, have embarked on the kind 
of journey that comes with the loss of a 
loved one. A search for closure led them 
to work with North Carolina's chapter of 
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 
and Guilford County court officials to 
establish a Victim Impact Panel program in 
the county. 

The panel, which is part of a national 
program, enables victims of drunk driving 
accidents and their families to share their 
stories with offenders and put a human 
face on the consequences of drinking 
and driving. Judges can order drunk 
drivers to participate in the one-hour 
program as part of their probation. Koon 
signs participants' certificates after they 
complete the program. 

"My sister and I realized we wouldn't 
have closure until we tried to make a 
difference," says Koon, who is a full-time 
teacher and volunteers with the program 
outside of work. 

The program can be a powerful 
deterrent to drunk driving, Koon says. 

"I like to think there's a little bit of 
humanity in every person," she says. 
"Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel like if they 
knew our stories, maybe it would make a 
difference. And it's a lot like therapy (for 

Stacy Harris Koon '96 

me). I get to sign a certificate at the end of 
each session, and every time I do, I feel like 
I'm working for my mom." 

Coleman, known as "Grandma Fay-Fay" 
to Koon's two young sons, was a beloved 
staff member in the school of education at 
the University of North Carolina at Chapel 
Hill, where she worked as a program 
coordinator. Many of Coleman's colleagues 
attended her funeral and shared with 
Koon how much her mother meant to 

"She was a surrogate mom for a lot of 

people," Koon says. "She always treated 
everyone the same. She was so special." 

Last summer, Koon was selected 
as one of Nabisco's 100 Calorie Pack 
"100 Extraordinary Women." Koon says 
thousands of women are nominated 
each year for making a difference in their 
communities and with their families. Koon 
traveled with her sister to Los Angeles to 
accept her award and also appeared in 
People magazine. 

"My face was about the size of a dime, 
but it was still an amazing experience," she 
says. "These women were so awesome." 

Koon, who majored in English, lives in 
Graham, N.C., and teaches English at River 
Mill Academy. She says she has wonderful 
memories of her Elon days, which have 
been a source of strength since her 
mother died. 

"My friends exuded such positive 
energy," Koon says. "Everyone goes 
through so many changes in college, and 
the people you live with are your family. 
College is where you find your voice, and 
those are the people you find it with." 

Today, Koon chooses to lend her voice 
to eliminating drunk driving. She knows all 
too well the cost of such tragedies. 

"It feels good to be able to do this," she 
says. "It's not something I ever thought 
I would be doing, but you just do it. The 
people who've died should have been 
able to do what they wanted with their 
lives. And I like to think that in doing 
this, I'm offering a little bit back to them 
for their loss. I miss my mom every day. I 
wasn't finished asking her questions." 

group, he is working to implement 
several key child obesity reduction 
pilot programs used throughout the 
state public school system. He lives 
in Raleigh. 

Bobby J. Griffin '05 is a teacher, 
head football coach, baseball coach 
and wresrling coach at West Craven 
Middle School. This year, his wrestling 
team was 10-0 and won the confer- 
ence and rournament championships 
— a first in West Craven's history. He 
says he always enjoyed playing sports 
and loved his time as an Elon football 

player but prefers coaching to playing. 
He lives in New Bern, N.C. 

Michael N. Hodges 05 works 
for Richard Childress Racing's #33 
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team, 
headlined by Sprint Cup driver Clint 
Bowyer. He enjoys traveling across the 
country with the team. His home base 
is Lewisvtlle, N.C. 

Brendan Maxwell '05 is an auditor 
at Level 3 Communications. He is 
pursuing a master's degree in business 
administration with a concentration 

in finance at the University of Denver. 
He lives in Denver. 

Elizabeth A. Corey 06 is a caseworker 
at Bryan's House, a nonprofit organi- 
zation that serves children with or af- 
fected by hiv and other serious medi- 
cal conditions. She currently is pursu- 
ing a master's degree in community 
counseling with an emphasis in play 
therapy from the University of North 
Texas. In April, she ran in the Boston 
Marathon as a member of Team Hole 
in the Wall. She has committed to per- 
sonally raising $3,000 to send seriously 

ill children to one or the Hole in the 
Wall camps. Corey encourages alumni 
to go to 
to learn more. She lives in Lewisville, 

Brandon K. Gauthier 06 is pursuing a 
doctorate in United States diplomatic 
history from Fordham University. He 
lives in New York. 

Phoebe R. Lott 06 is pursuing a mas- 
ter's degree in behavioral health psy- 
chology from Boston University. She 
lives in New York. 


CLASS Notes 

John D. Floyd 'go and Ann Green Floyd and friends 

Melissa Cafiero Cook '99 and Corbie Meadows Lathan '00 Amy Osleger Piccoli '00 and Chisa Pennix Brown 'or and Montro 
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Amanda Curran DiPietra '00 and Nick DiPietra Anne DeVoe Garcia 03 and Luke Garcia and Amanda Mann Thomas '03 Stafford Lewis Kim '03 and Michael Lindsey Conley Slaughter '04 and Christopher 

and friends friends DPJ '06 and Ion Thomas Kim and friends Slaughter 

Randi Oxendme McMillen '05 and friends 

Kara Hopkins Fmes '05 and Brian Fmes '05 and friends 

Trista Duval-Wilkinson '06 
and Thomas Wilkinson 

Brittany Boda Saxe '06 and 
Fabyan it. Saxe IV 

Lindsey Paguette Barnes '06 and Andrew Barnes '06 
and friends 

Alumna receives Rotary Scholarship 

Julie Anne Kenneally '08 has received a 2008 
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, a S24,ooo 
award that will fund her graduate studies 
on human rights issues at the University of 
Aberdeen in Scotland. It marks the third time 
since 2006 that an Elon graduate has received 
the honor. 

Kenneally was an Honors Fellow at 
Elon and double majored in political science 
and international studies. She conducted 
research on media coverage of female 
suicide terrorism and presented her work at 
a conference of the North Carolina Political 
Science Association and at the International Studies Association-South 
Annual Conference. 

"I am so honored to have been given this opportunity," says 
Kenneally, who works at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.O'I 
can't wait to go abroad and experience another culture firsthand. I think 
that living in another country is the only way to fully understand its 
beliefs, values and culture, and to understand its way of life." 

Kenneally participated in the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program 
and volunteered as a tutor for Spanish-speaking children, as well as with 
Loaves & Fishes Christian Food Ministry and Safe Rides, a student-run 
university program that offers free late-night rides to students. 

Julie Anne Kenneally '08 



John D. Floyd 90 and Ann Green, 
11/29/08. Shane Yount '91 and Stewart 
Arens '89 participated in the wedding. 
In attendance were: Doug Payne '88, 
Trey Siner 91 and Suzy Simpson 
Arens '91. John is a stand-up come- 
dian. For more information about his 
career, visit his Web site at www.clean- The couple reside in 
Wilmington, N.C. 

David "Muddy" Waters '93 and Erica 
Lee Waters, 4/20/08. David is a free- 
lance assistant director for film and 
television in Hollywood. The couple 
live in Marina del Rey, Calif. 

Tori Young '97 and Nick Selimis, 
11/8/08. Tori is an associate at Booz 
Allen Hamilton. The couple live in 
Rockville, Md. 

Melissa Catherine Cafiero 99 and 
Aaron P. Cook, 2/27/08. Elon alumni 
who participated in the wedding were: 
Amanda Moore Roberts '99, Joseph 
Roberts 00 and Kimberlee Hicks 
Edwards '99. Melissa is a zookeeper. 
The couple live in Taylors, S.C. 


Amanda Curran '00 and Nick DiPietra, 
6/1/08. The couple were married in the 
Chart House in Weehawken, N.J., 
overlooking the New York City sky- 
line. Elon alumni in attendance were: 
Kristin Hartley Gardner 00, Misty 
O'Day '98, Amy Frazier Spirides 00, 
Brett Williams 00, Todd Gardner 00, 
Dayna Dhein Craig 00 and Elisabeth 
Wise '00. Amanda is a project man- 
ager at AllianceBernstein. The couple 
reside in Hoboken, N.J. 

Corbie Meadows '00 and Christopher 
Lathan, 5/17/08. Jill Schweback Rose 


CLASS Notes 

Training for success 


For many people, their job is simply 
that — a job. Not for Alan Stein '99. 

He wakes up most days at 4:30 a.m. to 
work out before meeting with clients to 
help them break a sweat. 

Stein, a former point guard on Elon's 
basketball team, has made a name for 
himself as a strength coach for top young 
basketball players. He has trained some 
of the NBA's biggest stars before they 
became household names, including 
Linas Kleiza of the Denver Nuggets, Kevin 
Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and 
Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat. 

Stein is the head strength and 
conditioning coach for the boys' basketball 
team at Montrose Christian, a prep school 
in Rockville, Md. He also is a performance 
consultant with Nike basketball and 
head conditioning coach for the annual 
McDonald's All-American game, the 
Jordan All-American Classic, the NBA 
Players Association's Top 100 Camp and 
Five Star basketball camps. Stein has been 
featured in publications such as Men's 
Health, Winning Hoops, Dime, American 
Basketball Quarterly, Stack and the Sports 
///usfrafedWeb site, 

"I love what I do and am thankful for 
the variety and mix of people that I get to 
work with," Stein says. "I am very fortunate 
to be so passionate about doing this." 

It took a lot of hard work and 
perseverance for Stein to achieve success. 

Alan Stein '99 and former client Kevin Durant on the 
night of the 2007 NBA Draft. 

After graduating with a degree in leisure 
and sport management, he helped 
Elon develop a strength program for 
several varsity sports before moving to 
the Washington, D.C., area to work with 
prep school athletes. It was at this time 
that Stein began focusing exclusively on 
training basketball players. His big break 
came in 2002 when he got the attention 
of Stu Vetter, famed basketball coach at 
Montrose Christian and twice-named 
National Coach of the Year by USA Today. 

"I finally got to work with a few 
Montrose guys, including Linas (Kleiza)," 
Stein recalls. "Coach Vetter was pleased 
with their (physical) shape and let me start 

working with the program. They area 
nationally recognized team, which helped 
open some doors for me. Just having the 
ability to work with someone like Kevin 
Durant makes you more recognizable." 

Being a former basketball player has 
helped Stein relate to his clients and stand 
out in a crowd of football-trained strength 
coaches. He works with athletes on 
flexibility, injury prevention, nutrition and 
agility conditioning. 

"I can get them to work at 100 percent 
every time they come in," Stein says. "I 
make sure my program is comprehensive 
and includes everything except skill work." 

Stein admits that playing basketball at 
Elon was not always easy. He spent a lot of 
time sitting on the bench, experience that 
helps him relate to other players. 

"That helped me build character," Stein 
says. "The friendships and life lessons 
learned on that team are invaluable. The 
Elon environment is exactly what I needed 
at that time in my life. I needed a family 

Stein's dream is to take his workouts to 
the international stage by training the U.S. 
Olympic men's basketball team. 

"It would be an amazing experience 
to go to the Olympics," he says. "That is 
my ultimate goal. For now, I want to keep 
doing what I am doing. I am so thankful 
every day that I get to do something I 

'00 participated in the wedding, and 
Steffany Lindell Hester 00, Beth 
Harper Salzberg 00 and TJ Rose 00 
were in attendance. The couple live in 
Orlando, Fla. 

Kristen Grace Nastasia 00 and 
Christopher S. Dundov, 8/8/08. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Allison 
Riley Knode '99, Allison Ricciardi 
DeMacy '99, Kelly Hayman Steele '99, 
Dena Gregory '00 and Angela Olsen 
'99. Kristen is a reporter for wspa-tv, 
a CBS affiliate serving'Anderson, 
Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C., as 
well as Asheville, N.C. The couple re- 
side in Greer, S.C. 

Amy Osleger '00 and Christopher 
Piccoli, 10/25/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Eric Osleger '98, Karen 
Mullis DeSouza 00, Jennifer Selitto 
00, Elizabeth Kelly Cioffi 00, Jessica 
Wallace Moran 00, Mia Manzotti 00 
and James Puleo '00. Amy is a mar- 
keting manager at Coupons Inc tv. 
The couple live in Suffield, Conn. 

Chisa Dene Pennix 01 and Montro 
D. Brown, 2/14/09. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Jernan L. Smith 01, 
Tashina DeVeaux 01, Leeya Curry- 
Winstead 01, Larry D. Baldwin 01 
and Anika Davis 03. Chisa is an 
events planner. The couple reside in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Anne DeVoe 03 and Luke Garcia, 
6/7/08. Beth Alexander '03 served 
as a bridesmaid. Other Elon alumni 
in attendance were Bryan Psota 01 
and Elizabeth Richter Psota 01. The 
couple reside in Naples, Fla. 

Whitney "Stafford" Lewis '03 and 
Mike Jong Min Kim, 9/27/08. Elon 
alumni who participated in the 
wedding were: Kelley Kruse '01, 
Kylle Ashby Hall '02, Dalton Dorn 
Fitzsimmons 03 and Kat O Connor 
'03. Elon alumni in attendance were: 
P.J. Kennedy 01, Marshall Glass 
01, Courtney Wells 01, Christine 
Glatsky 02, Sarah Aurigemma 02, 
Amy Grzeskiewicz 02, Sara Beaty 03 
and Anne Grosvenor '03. Stafford is a 

certified project manager and has her 
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifica- 
tion. She is a project manager at cps 
Professional Services LLC. The couple 
reside in Fairfax, Va. 

Amanda Renae Mann 03 DPT 07 and 
Jon M. Thomas, 10/25/08. Amanda 
is a physical therapist at Randolph 
Hospital. The couple live in Asheboro, 

Lindsey Conley 04 and Christopher 
S. Slaughter, 10/12/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Michael Lopata '03, 
Shannon O'Connor Lopata 02, Julie 
Salvatore '05, Victoria Whipple 03, 
Liz Eddy 04, Crystal Pape McBane 
'01, Megan Pinnell 04, T. Scott 


CLASS Notes 

Jodi Pearlman Rosenthal '97 and 
twins, Levi and Lexi 

Kethe Greeson Corbett '97, husband, Jarad, and 
daughters, Madalyn and Emma 

Allison Poinsett Peretin '98, husband, lared, 
and daughter, Lily Clair 

Mark Tyson '98, Kim Henry Tyson '99, 
and son, Eli 

Laura Holtry-Hughes '99, husband, Todd, 
and daughter, Ellery 

Gregory Lasser 

Robert Davidson do, wife, Jennifer, 

'00 and son, a nd daughter, Madelyn 

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Jessica Baton Baun '00, 
husband, Scott, and children, 
Ethan and Logan 

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Amanda Holtzman Fortson Jennie Urrutia Eisher '01, Mmdy Carden Buchanan Scott Lewis '03, Brand! 
'oi, Brian Eortson '00 and husband, Daniel, and '02, husband, Bradley, and Anderson Lewis '03, and 

daughter, Kendall daughter, Mia daughter, Isabella son, Connor 

Chris Rash '02, wife, Ashley, 
and daughter, Elizabeth 


















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Evan Parsons '02, Jennifer 
Long Parsons '03 and 
daughter, Ava Mane 

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Katie Beaver Parsley '03 and daughter, 

Cora Belt Losurdo '03, husband, 
Anthony, and daughters, Bnelle 
and Genevieve 

Jeff Trauring '04, wife, 
Brittany, and daughter, 

Kristin Smith Barrier '04, 
husband, Whitaker, and 
daughter, Grace 

Whipple '00. Lindsey is a manage- 
ment analyst for the Department of 
Veterans Affairs. The couple reside in 
Clemmons, N.C. 

Kara Lynn Hopkins 05 and Brian 
Edward Ernes '05, 7/12/08. Ashley 
Brown 05, Alison O'Hara Miller 

04, Emma Douglas 05, Katie Wade 
Donald 05, Karen Van Hoewyk '05, 
Ryan Moore 06 and Bryan McFarland 
'04 participated in the wedding. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Amy 
Flower 04, Rebecca Grice 04, Dan 
King 05. Elizabeth Kind 04, Brian 
Gift 06, Rebecca Sieger 05, Mary 
Britt Burke 05, Michelle LeDonne 

05, Laura Kirby 03, Danielle Blakely 
08, Meg Ellis 04, Jenny Clark 05, 
Alexis Walters 05, Fran Brown '05, 
Andrew Tomkiewicz '04, Eric Nielsen 
05, Emily Coons 02, Jake Cooper 05, 
Kathryn Atkinson 06, Erin Day '06, 
Bill Campbell '07, Neil Millhiser '05 

and John Finucane 04. The couple 
reside in Montclair, NJ. 

Randi Michelle Oxendine 05 and 

Jordan D. McMillen, 12/20/08. 
Randi teaches kindergarten for Vance 
County Schools. The couple reside in 
Henderson, N.C. 

Alison Gray '05 and Michael G. Wille 
'05, 6/7/08. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Emily Sprouse Walker '04, 
Matt Wille '07, Alden De Lamarter 
07, Ashley Kehrer 02, Bowie Gray 
00, Matt Crews 05, David Ratz 01, 
Tracy Trave 06, Jen Quast 05, Cassie 
Cosentino '07 and Elon professor 
Linda Poulson. 

Brittany Erin Boda 06 and Fabyan 
R. Saxe iv, 9/5/08. Brittany works at 
Abercrombie & Fitch. The couple re- 
side in Columbus, Ohio. 

Trista J. Duval 06 and Thomas M. 
Wilkinson, 1/11/09. Trista is an actress. 
Corey Marie Roberts 05 was in at- 
tendance. The couple reside in Kent, 

Lindsey Paquette 06 and Andrew 
Barnes '06, 10/18/08. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Jay Myers '07, 
Austin Ferin '07, Colleen Jones 04, 
Ashley Mielak '04, Brad Austin 
'07, Lauren Summers 07, Ashley 
McNally '07, Kristie Anderson 06, 
Chelsea Goodwin 06, Shane Gerken 
06, Elliott Cardano 07, Dan Ennis 
06, Brittany Saxe 06, Kimy Dixon 
06, Alison Fiske 06, Alice Gridley 
04, Jenna Bailey 07, Kyle Lopriore 

06, Elizabeth Kernodle 06, Robert 
Torres 06. Emily Walker '06, Lesley 
Merrill 07, Kat Mellor 07, Clayton 
Collins 07, Charles Keenan '06, 
Mallie Colavita 05, Caity Cummings 

07, Christin Hopewell 06 and James 

Rill 06. The couple live in Charlotte, 

Jenifer Blowe '07 and Steven Riddei, 
3/13/07. Jenifer is director of the 
Student Success and Technology 
Center at Horry-Georgetown 
Technical College. She gained the 
necessary expertise to run the center 
by working with the Elon's elite pro- 
gram. She lives with her husband in 
Conway, S.C. 



Lisa Emerson Bittle '88 and Bennie 
T. Bittle, Henderson, Nev. Son: Luke 
Samuel. 2/23/09. He joins older 
brother, Noah. Lisa is a lead mam- 
mographer and is pursuing a masters 


CLASS Notes 

'They just want to be loved' 


Natasha Christensen '07 and Liz 
Earle '07 were so inspired by their 
undergraduate work helping poverty- 
stricken children in Honduras that they 
have vowed to continue serving children 
in the Central American country, which 
they call their "second home." 

(l-r) Natasha Christensen '07, Liz Earle '07, Jen DeSimone 07, Rhiannon Staub '07 
and Emily Sargent '07 in Honduras. 

Christensen and Earle credit Elon's Peri- 
clean Scholars program with igniting their 
passion. They were among 15 students in 
the Periclean Scholars Class of 2007 who 
selected malnutrition as their global is- 
sue to address during their Elon careers. 
Following extensive research, they chose 
to focus on Honduras, one of the poorest 
countries in Latin America. 

They joined other Periclean Scholars 
who traveled to Honduras during Winter 
Term 2007 to see firsthand the effects 
of malnutrition. They volunteered with 
faculty members to help build a dining 
facility in the pediatric ward of a hospital 

in the city of San Pedro Sula. They visited 
the capital city of Tegucigalpa, where they 
immersed themselves in Honduran culture 
and met with representatives of Hope for 
Honduran Children Foundation, a non- 
profit organization founded by Elon par- 
ents Karen and John Godt.The students 
accompanied Karen Godt to Flor Azul, a 
farming community affiliated with Godt's 
group that serves neglected boys. They 
also interacted with children in the village 
of Nuevo Paraiso. 

"When you go there, they don't care 
who you are or where you're from," Earle 
says of the Honduran children. "Theyjust 
want to be loved. Once you make those 
connections, it is hard not to go back. I 
can't pretend it's not going on." 

Following graduation, Christensen and 
Earle vowed to continue their volunteer 
work in Honduras. In January 2008, they 
joined Emily Sargent '07 and Rhiannon 
Staub '07 and returned to the country to 
volunteer with Elon students participat- 
ing in a Winter Term program. The alums 
visited the boys they had befriended at 
Flor Azul, taught them English and helped 
build a classroom on the property. 

"The farm is home for them, a safe 
haven," Christensen says. "Many walked 
or ran from their circumstances, which 
include abject poverty, violence and the 
lure of gangs, and have triumphed. They 
teach us Spanish and hold our hands. The 
fact that they still smile and enjoy life is 
astounding. We learn as much from them, 
if not more, than they learn from us." 

Christensen says it's important to con- 
tinue sending Elon students to developing 
countries such as Honduras so they can 

gain a global perspective and share their 
knowledge with others. 

"Elon provided a place where we could 
think globally and find ways to become 
global citizens," she says. "Our education 
has given us so many opportunities, and 
we want to extend that chance to the 
children of Flor Azul. This service trip made 
us realize that we can become social en- 
trepreneurs and work to bridge the gaps 
between cultures." 

The alums plan to take their dedication 
a step further by starting a nonprofit orga- 
nization to help Honduran children. They 
hope to launch the group by spring 2010. 
Joining them in this effort are former Peri- 
clean Scholars Jennifer DeSimone '07, 
Amie Ritchie '07, Beth Roberts '07 and 
Sargent, as well as Staub, who became 
interested in Honduras while working on a 
senior seminar photography project there. 

Christensen and Earle juggle full-time 
jobs with their volunteer work in Hondu- 
ras. Christensen is pursuing a master's de- 
gree in public policy and peace operations 
at George Mason University and works at 
the State Department in Washington, D.C. 
Earle works in the insurance industry at 
AIU Holdings, Inc. in Boston. 

"The most important thing I've learned 
from Honduras is that you need to believe 
change is possible," Christensen says. "You 
can learn so much about yourself by learn- 
ing from others." 

Adds Earle, "You cannot feel bad about 
your lifestyle. You just have to be willing to 
tweak it to help someone else and make 
the world a better place." 

degree in teaching and learning with 


Victoria Kanakas Schumacher '93 

and Eric Schumacher, Williamsburg, 
Va. Daughter: Sophia Claire. 2/18/09. 
She joins older brother, Jake. Victoria 
is a corporate meeting planner at 
Kingsmill Resort & Spa/Anheuser 
Busch Companies. 

Ames Emory Forish '95 and Jason 
Forish, Boston. Son: Tanyon Burke. 
1/1/09. Ames is director of operations 
for MaidPro. 

Kristin E. Hayes '95 and David 
Hartnett, Long Branch, N.J. Son: 
Maquire "Mac" Reid Hayes-Hartnett. 
8/21/08. Kristin is a learning disabili- 
ties teacher and consultant. 

Brian Weckerly '96 and Jessica 
Weckerly, Orlando, Fla. Daughter: 
Helen Ann. 12/18/08. Brian is a 

comedic improvisational actor for 
Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

Meghan Zanouski Campbell '97 and 
John Campbell, Oxford, Pa. Son: 
Brendan Paul. 4/9/08. Brendan joins 
older brothers, Luke and Jack. 

Kerrie Greeson Corbett '97 and 

Jarad Scort Corbett, N.C. Daughter: 
Madalvn Rose. 3/6/08. She joins older 
sister, Emma. 

Alicia Otte Regan-Laur '97 and 
Jesse Adam Regan-Laur '97, Mount 
Airy, Md. Son: Jack Henry. 6/17/08. 
He joins older sisters, Grade and 

Stephanie Hicks Meyer '97 and Tim 
Meyer, Winrerville, N.C. Son: Jacob 
Lovell. 9/2/08. He joins older brothers, 
Andrew, Patrick and Hagan. 

Jodi Pearlman Rosenthal '97 and 
Martin Rosenthal, Highland Park, 
111. Twins: Levi Elijah (son) and Lexi 


CLASS Notes 

Alumni start scholarship to honor a good friend 

Friends and family of Matthew John Ford '04 remember him as a loyal friend and proud Elon graduate who 
was as passionate about computers as he was about the Carolina Panthers football team. 

Ford, 28, died last October following an accident at 
Southland Electric Supply in Burlington, N.C., where he had 
worked for four years. Ford's family and friends, including 
many Elon alumni, are raising money to endow a university 
scholarship in his name. 

"Elon meant a lot to Matt and to us, and we wanted to 
create a permanent tribute to him at Elon," says Kristi Hollins 
'05, of Greensboro, N.C., who is leading the fundraising effort 
with her husband, Andrew Hollins '05. "Once he embraced you 
as a friend, he'd do anything for you. He was a computer and 
electronic genius. He could fix anything from computers to cars." 
The goal is to raise $25,000 to fully endow the scholarship, 
which will assist computing science majors participating in the 
Elon Experiences, including study abroad, internships, research, 
service or leadership opportunities. Preference will be given to 
students with financial need. 

Ford, of Greensboro, N.C., was chief information officer 
at Southland. He worked closely with Andrew Hollins, who 
remembers his friend as someone who "worked and played 
"He was adamant about academics, and he used to lecture me about going to class," recalls Andrew, 
who left Southland to pursue financial investing. "He'd figured out how much my parents were paying for 
each of my classes and told me I needed to go." 

When he wasn't cheering on the Panthers, Ford liked to watch NASCAR, work on computers and 
organize group outings with friends. At Elon, he worked for The Pendulum student newspaper and was a 
member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. 

Alumni have created a memorial page on Facebook honoring Ford, and his family has started a blog at Alumni and friends may contribute to the scholarship online at www.elon. 
edu/makeagift or write a check payable to Elon University and mail it to 2600 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244. 
Please write the Matthew John Ford Memorial Scholarship on the memo line. 

Gretchen Hall Archibald 02 and 
Timothy Archibald '02, Gainesville, 
Va. Daughter: Grace Ann. 1/6/09. 

Mindy Carden Buchanan '02 and 

Bradley Buchanan, Mebane, N.C. 
Daughter: Isabella Lea. 12/6/08. 

Evan T. Parsons 02 and Jennifer 
Long Parsons '03, Rural Hall, N.C. 
Daughter: Ava Marie. 4/18/08. 

Chris Rash '02 and Ashley Rash, 
Tucker, Ga. Daughter: Reagan 
Elizabeth. 8/9/08. 

Scott F. Lewis '03 and Brandi 
Anderson Lewis 03, Graham, N.C. 
Son: Connor. 2/11/08. 

Cara Belt Losurdo 03 and Anthony 
Losurdo, Raleigh, N.C. Daughter: 
Genevieve. 8/23/08. She joins older 
sister, Brielle. 

Katie Beaver Parsley 03 and Brad 
Parsley, Mocksville, N.C. Daughter: 
Lena Katherine. 10/23/08. Katie, a for- 
mer staff member in Elon's University 
Relations Office, is enjoying being a 
stay-at-home mom. 

Kristin Smith Barrier 04 G'07 and 
Whitaker Barrier, Whitsett, N.C. 
Daughter: Grace Whitley. 11/17/08. 

Avital (daughter). 12/11/08. Jodi is a 

Allison Poinsett Peretin '98 and Jared 
Peretin, Annapolis, Md. Daughter: Lily 
Clair. 5/15/08. Allison is a teacher. 

Myron Shawn Stevenson '98, Leland, 
N.C. Son: Xavier Allen. 12/29/08. He 
was welcomed home by big brother, 
Elijah. Myron is a computer analyst 
at the University of North Carolina 
at Wilmington. 

Mark Tyson '98 and Kim Henry 
Tyson '99, Monroe, N.C. Son: Eli 
Brody. 2/4/08. 

Laura Holtry-Hughes '99 and Todd 
Hughes, Arlington, Va. Daughter: 
Ellery McLeod. 8/29/08. 

Amy Brechka Mammano '99 and Erik 
Mammano, Ocean, N.J. Daughter: 
Kylie. 10/30/08. She joins big sister, 
Sophia. Amy is a teacher in Matawan, 


Thomas F. McDow '99 and Holly 
Weeks McDow '99, West End, N.C. 
Son: David Bradley. 9/11/08. 

Kristen Kurtz Robiglio '99 and Moe 

Robiglio, Mason, Ohio. Daughter: 
Katherine Julia. 8/26/08. 


Jessica Balon Baun '00 and Scott 
Baun, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Son: 
Logan Alexander. 10/6/08. He joins 
older brother, Ethan. Jessica is a 

Robert Davidson 00 and Jennifer 
Davidson, Midlothian, Va. Daughter: 
Madelyn Audrey. 12/31/08. Robert 
works for Wells Fargo. 

Brian Fortson 00 and Amanda 
Holtzman Fortson 'oi, Nashville, N.C. 
Daughter: Kendall Victoria. 4/19/08. 

Gregory Lasser '00 and Andrea Lasser, 
New Milford, Conn. Son: Benjamin 
Nathan. 12/5/08. Gregory is a financial 
analyst at IBM. 

Jessica Cyran Redner 00 and Paul 
Redner, Suffern, N.Y. Daughter: 
Margaret Patricia. 9/17/08. Jessica is a 
reading specialist in Monroe, N.Y. DGSthS 

Jeff B. Trauring '04 and Brittany 
Trauring, Crystal, Minn. Daughter: 
Laura Ruth. 1/30/09. Jeff is a pub- 
lic relations manager at Snow 

Julie A. Fogt '06, Burlington, N.C. 
Daughter: Callie A. Bryand. 5/6/08. 

Elizabeth Day Schoenecke '00 

and Phillip Schoenecke, Chicago. 
Daughter: Caroline. 2/24/09. Elizabeth 
is a real estate agent. 

Jennie Urrutia Fisher '01 and Daniel 
Fisher, Apex, N.C. Daughter Mia 
Grace. 1/10/09. Jennie is a supervisor 
for Biogen Idee. 

Steven W Harrell '01 and SunSarae 
Harrell, Greensboro, N.C. Daughter: 
Pyper CoraRose. 3/4/09. Steven is 
associate director of Carmichael 
Complex Facilities and Operations at 
North Carolina State University. 


Margaret Hinshaw Abernathy '33, 

Graham, N.C. 2/18/09. 

Mary Sue Rawls Parker '33, Suffolk, 
Va. 1/6/09. 


Gladys Wright Holmes '41, Chapel 
Hill, N.C. 3/10/09. 

Viney Sue Rigney Jones '41, Galax, Va. 


CLASS Notes 

Mabel Tennala Abner Gross '42, 
Burlington, N.C. 2/18/09. 

Alice Mangum Hornaday '42, Snow 
Camp, N.C. 12/21/08. 

Winifred Ellington Brande '44, 
Reidsville, N.C. 1/28/09. 

Carl Ray Neal Sr. '46, Concord, N.C. 

James Clyde Brady '52, Burlington, Steven Spain '74, Durham, N.C. 
N.C. 2/23/09. 1/5/09. 



Silas "Mack" McCullock '60, Orlando, 
Fla. 1/7/09. 

Kenneth E. Hicks Jr. '79, Staunton, 
Va. 12/31/08. 

Michael Patrick Gallagher Jr. '00, Mt. 
Pleasant, S.C. 2/15/09. 




Boyd Lee Black '62, Graham, N.C. Milnor Price Jones Jr. '82, Greensboro, 

3/4/09. N.C. 3/9/09. 

Mary Neil Lindley Murchison '67, Laura Taylor Reidy 82, Richmond, 

Siler City, N.C. 2/12/09. Va. 1/21/09. 

Winfred "Wink" H. Ward '50, 
Graham, N.C. 3/23/09. 

John Grayson Hager '51, Fieldale, Va. 



Joseph Faulk '74. Pleasure Island, N.C. Michael William Smith '91, Camden, 
1/19/07. S.C. 12/28/08. 

Milena Alvarez '12, Winston-Salem, 
N.C. 4/1/09. 


Dewey M. Stowers Jr., Tampa, Fla. 
5/6/07. Stowers taught geography 
at Elon from 1955 to 1961. A former 
member of the U.S. Army band, he 
also led Elon's band program from 
1955 to 1959. 


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WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING, Elon parents Bowie and 
Adele Gray like to spread their generosity around. 
That's why the Wilson, N.C., couple chose to fund a 
charitable remainder trust, which gives them the 
flexibility they need to meet their philanthropic and 
estate planning goals. 

"It was a way that we could honor giving to more 
than one of our favorite charities," Bowie says. "Of 
course, Elon is number one on our list!" 

In the future, proceeds from the trust will 
establish scholarships to assist students in Elon's 
Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the 
School of Communications. The scholarships are 
named in honor of the couple's children, Alison Gray 
Wille '05, an accounting major, and J. Bowie Gray VI '00, 
a communications graduate. 

The Grays can continue to add assets to the trust 
and receive lifetime income as well as tax benefits. 
They look forward to growing the trust, which is 
managed by their financial adviser. 

"From the first day we set foot on campus, Elon 
has been special to us," Adele says. "It was a smaller 
school and a nurturing place, and it was beautiful. Elon 
has done so well with both our children that we think 
it's a wonderful place for everyone to go." 

The Grays have generously supported Elon 
through the years, making gifts to Rhodes Stadium 
and the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center, and are 
members of the Order of the Oak, the university's 
planned giving recognition society. Bowie Gray V is 
owner and president of Wilson Hardware Co., while 
Adele has volunteered for 40 years with the American 
Heart Association. 

"We realize that not every family is as lucky as we 
are," says Adele, who credits scholarships with helping 
her earn a college degree. "Those of us who are able 
need to dig into our hearts and help those students 
get on with their education." 

The Grays know their support of Elon students is 
more important than ever before. 

"We hope that the scholarships will make it a little 
easier on students so they can concentrate on their 
studies," Bowie says. "Every little bit helps." * 


Students in the Winter Term 
course Story Magic: When 
Words Ignite Images created 
five quilted banners to hang in 
the library of the Newcomers 
School in Greensboro, N.C., 
which serves children new to 
the United States and with lim- 
ited English skills. Students cut 
and dyed textiles and fabrics 
to make the banners, which 
include the word "welcome" 
translated into languages from 
around the world. 

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Now that's recycling 

President emeritus Earl Danieley '46, at 
left, looked on in June as Holland House, 
once the official residence of Elon's 
president, was moved nearly half a mile 
from main campus and over the railroad 
tracks to its new home on South Campus. 

The move took two weeks of 
preparation and two days to complete. 
Holland House was moved from Haggard 

Avenue to make room for a plaza at 
the front of the Academic Village. 
Crews contended with utility 
poles, tree branches and, in true Elon 
fashion, an eastbound Amtrak train 
before setting the house down next 
to Holt Chapel. Danieley, the home's 
original tenant, was among those who 
gathered to watch the big move. 

"I'm so happy that the university 
is keeping the building," he said. 
"It will be located in a nice place. It 
will be used for another generation. 
To me, that's wonderful." 

Holland House will become 
the home of the new Catholic 
Newman Center at the university. 

The Magazine of Eton 

Summer 2009, Vol. 71, No. 3 


Jaleh Hagigh 


Christopher Eyl 

News Editor 

Eric Townsend 


Grant Halverson 

Copy Editor 

Kristin Simonetti '05 

Class Notes 

Holley Berry 

Student Writers 

Sarah Costello '11 
Bethany Swanson '09 

Director of University Relations 

Daniel J. Anderson 

The Magazine of Eton is published 
quarterly for alumni, parents and friends 
by the Office of University Relations. 

Editorial offices 

The Magazine ofElon 
2030 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244-2020 

Class Notes 

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Elon Web site 

Magazine Web site 

Board of Trustees, Chair 

Alien E. Gant Jr., Burlington, N.C. 

Elon Alumni Board, President 

Bill Coffman '86, G'88, Greenville, N.C. 

Young Alumni Council, President 

Caroline Sage '02, Atlanta, Ga. 

Parents Council, Co-Presidents 

Dave & Ellen Kay P'10, P'12, Oakton, Va. 

Board of Visitors, Chair 

Alva S. McGovern '72, Atlanta, Ga. 

School of Law 
Advisory Board, Chair 

David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. 

Love School of Business 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Peter Tourtellot, Greensboro, N.C. 

School of Communications 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. 

Phoenix Club Advisory Board, Chair 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, Raleigh, N.C. 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Sallie Hutton '92 

Director of Parent Programs 

Maggie Byerly 









Hiding in Plain Sight 


One of Elon's oldest artifacts — the bell that hung in the Old Main 
administration building — makes a comeback. 

Preserving Jewish History 


Students rescue dozens of abandoned Yiddish books, including 

several rare texts, during a service trip to Uruguay. 

Faculty Profile 
Great Expectations 


In the classroom and in her research, Laura Roselle leads by example. 

Cover Story 
Still Soaring 

President Leo M. Lambert reflects on his 10 years at Elon and the 
ambitious plans for the university's future. 

Alumni Profile 
Strike Up the Band 


Alumni band members dust off their instruments and reminisce as 
the campus prepares to celebrate 100 years of Elon's marching band. 




2 ELON News 
9 PHOENIX Sports 
26 ALUMNI Action 

30 CLASS Notes 

40 MAKING A Difference 

ELON News 

on 10 years 

University presidencies are often chronicled by the opening of new 
buildings, new programs and accolades that come to an institution. 
And while significant, these accomplishments often do not capture 
many important aspects of an institution's progress. Elon's success is due in large 
measure because so many talented people share in its leadership. 

Presidential transitions sometimes can be 
perilous for universities. One of the most im- 
portant — but perhaps unsung — successes 
of the past decade was the smooth transition 
in the Elon presidency following the long and 
successful tenures of Fred Young and Earl 
Danieley. I am in both Earl's and Fred's debt 
for their unrelenting support of the university 
and its continued development, and of me 

For much of this decade, I have had the 
privilege of working with the best executive 
leadership team in the country that Fred as- 
sembled — Gerry Francis, Nan Perkins, Alan 
White, Gerald Whittington, Smith Jackson, 
Susan Klopman, Dan Anderson, Sara Peterson 

— and each has made profound contributions 
to our progress as a university. New faces have 
joined the group — Steven House, Dave 
Blank, Jim Piatt, Lisa Keegan — and have 
brought new energy and fresh insights. And, 
of course, the staff of the president's office 

— Jo Williams, Sandra Fields, Carolyn Ent 
and Robin Plummer, and formerly Helen 
Ellington — prove the point that it "takes a 
village to raise a president." 

The board of trustees, and particularly 
those individuals who have chaired the board 
during my time at Elon — Bob LaRose, Gail 
Drew, Zac Walker, Jim Powell, Noel Allen 
and Allen Gant — have made astoundingly 
important leadership contributions. Being 
a trustee at Elon is a labor of love, and the 

board's steadfast commitment to excellence 
has been a constant source of inspiration and 
learning for me. 

Another thrill I have experienced over the 
past 10 years has been the tremendous expan- 
sion of the faculty and staff, now numbering 
more than 1,100. These are the people who 
work closest with the students and who create 
one of the most special environments in the 
nation for learning. Their creativity, passion, 
commitment to excellence in teaching and 
scholarship, and genuine concern for students 
and their learning have led Elon to the fore- 
front of the most innovative institutions in 
the nation in undergraduate education. They 
are my respected and valued colleagues and 
have taught me a great deal about Elon's en- 
during values. 

I have also been profoundly touched by 
the actions of Elon's many generous support- 
ers — too numerous to mention by name — 
whose acts of philanthropy shape the campus 
each day. I think of their leadership and gen- 
erosity each time I enter a building or a room 
bearing their names, or meet a student hold- 
ing a scholarship that provides an opportunity 
for a life-changing education. I know most 
of these supporters personally, many have 
become dear friends, and I have been awed 
by their unselfish commitment to our values 
as a community. 

In reflecting on the past 10 years at Elon, I 
have two overwhelming impressions. The first 

is about the incredible speed of life. Laurie 
and I arrived at Elon with Callie in eighth 
grade and Mollie in fifth; our older daughter 
is now married and in her third year of medi- 
cal school and the younger is about to begin 
her last year of college. There is nothing like 
watching your children blossom into adults to 
remind you that time passes quickly. 

Personal loss has also punctuated our 
happy time at Elon. Both Laurie and I have 
lost our fathers while here, my sister Louise 
passed away following her heroic battle with 
epilepsy and cancer, and my mother is now 
on the difficult journey of Alzheimer's disease 
after a lifetime of taking care of others. All 
these life changes — seeing a daughter mar- 
ried, saying goodbye to a parent — have only 
reminded us how unbelievably lucky we are to 
have wonderful, loving, supportive families to 
share in celebrating the joys and mourning the 
losses that every family faces. We have been 
doubly blessed to feel the love and support 
from the Elon family at every step. 

My second impression is that the oppor- 
tunity to serve Elon over the past 10 years has 
been the privilege of a lifetime for Laurie and 
me. Next to our family, the work that we do 
at Elon has been the most special and rarest 
of privileges — one that we truly cherish. We 
look forward to the chapters ahead. 

Leo M. Lambert 


ELON News 


Thirty-eight students have enrolled in the 
charter class of Elon's newest graduate pro- 
gram, a master of arts in interactive media, 
which will prepare graduates to think strategi- 
cally across media platforms using text, audio, 
video and graphics. 

Students gathered Aug. 3 for orientation. 
The one-year, full-time program will prepare 
graduates to plan and create innovative inter- 
active media content. They also will learn to 
manage information for interactive news, en- 
tertainment and persuasive communications. 

Applications are currently being accepted 
for the class of 2010. For more information 
on the interactive media program, contact the 
Office of Graduate Admissions at 336.278.7641 


Senior Randy Gyllenhaal took first place 
in the William Randolph Hearst Founda- 
tion's National Television Broadcast News 
Championship in June following a two-day 
competition in San Francisco. 

Gyllenhaal was one of five finalists in the 
Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The fi- 
nalists were selected 
following a yearlong 
competition involv- 
ing students at no 
member colleges and 
universities of the As- 
sociation of Schools 
of Journalism and 
Mass Communica- 
tion with accredited 
undergraduate jour- 
nalism programs. 

Finalists were given two days to con- 
ceive, shoot and edit a TV news story on an 
economic topic of their choice in the San 
Francisco area. Gyllenhaal's award-winning 
story focused on the fishing industry in the 
Bay Area. He received a $5,000 prize for first 

To see Gyllenhaal's story, go to www.elon. 

Handy Gyllenhaal 

Faculty and staff honored for excellence 

Four Elon faculty and staff members were recognized May 13 for outstanding 
teaching, scholarship, mentoring and service at the annual faculty-staff awards 

Glenda Crawford, professor of education, received the Daniels-Danieley 
Award for Excellence in Teaching. Colleagues and students praised Crawford for 
leading lively discussions and inspiring creativity in the classroom. 

"Due to her deep knowledge of the subject matter she teaches, as well as her 
awareness of how to bring such content 'to life,' Glenda is easily able to teach 
content in a meaningful and engaging way," wrote a colleague who nominated 
Crawford for the award. 

Crawford has written five books addressing the unique relationship between 
adolescents and learning. She regularly shares her expertise by participating in 
professional conferences and meetings. In addition, she launched the Amigos 
Project, which fosters interaction between Hispanic middle school students for 
whom English is a second language and Elon senior education majors. 

Laura Roselle, professor of political science, was named Elon's Distinguished 
Scholar. Roselle has written two books, co-authored a third and edited two 
additional books, and has written numerous published articles. Her scholarship 
focuses on political communication and the relationship between communication 
and international relations theory (see story on page 16). 

Connie Book, associate dean of the School of Communications, received the 
Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award. Book has mentored more than 100 
students in their research projects over the past decade and supervises an 
internship program in the School of Communications. 

"She is a role model in every sense," said a student who nominated Book. "I 
look up to her intellect and work ethic but also to her kindness and gentle nature. 
She has encouraged me to think far beyond my self-imposed limitations and has 
inspired me to stretch all of life's possibilities." 

Keith Dimont, supervisor of automotive services, received the Periclean 
Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility. Dimont has worked 
extensively with Amber's House of Dance in Burlington, N.C., building props and 
working backstage during performances. He also built basketball hoops free of 
charge for Western Alamance High School's summer basketball camp, volunteered 
at community festivals and collected food for those in need. 

"So many call on him for one thing or another because they know that he is 
therefor them," wrote a colleague. "Just ask, and it is done." r 2 


ELON News 

Kelly Erin McCarty '09 


Kelly Erin McCarty '09 has received a dacor 
Bacon House Foundation fellowship for 
graduate study in international affairs. The 
fellowship award of 
up to $10,000 will 
assist McCarty as 
she pursues a gradu- 
ate degree in the field 
of human rights and 
social justice. 

McCarty is one 
or 10 students to 
receive the selective 
award from the Dip- 
lomatic and Consular 
Officers, Retired (dacor), which solicits 
nominees from up to 10 institutions each year. 
An international studies and Spanish ma- 
jor from Raleigh, N.C., McCarty will attend 
Arizona State University this fall. She plans 
to start a nonprofit organization that will 
support artists and art projects in countries 
that have experienced political violence or 

The former Honors Fellow presented net 
thesis, which examined Argentina's reaction 
to recent political violence, at conferences in 
the United States, the United Kingdom and 
Mexico. At Elon, McCarty was a Presidential 
Scholar, member of Phi Kappa Phi and named 
to the President's List or Dean's List every se- 
mester during her academic career. 


The university has been named one of five re- 
cipients of The Washington Center's inaugural 
Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, 
which recognizes programs that allow students 
to learn while serving the community. 

The award recognizes the following uni- 
versity programs: academic service learning, 
the Social Entrepreneurship Scholars, Elon 
Academy, Elon University Poll and Project 
Pericles, as well as the university's Kernodle 
Center for Service Learning. 

Based in the nation's capital, The Wash- 
ington Center for Internships and Academic 
Seminars provides select college students and 
recent graduates with challenging opportuni- 
ties to work and learn in Washington. 


Jeffrey D. Clark has been named executive 
director of cultural and special programs. He 
succeeds George Troxler, professor of history, 
who stepped down in May as dean of cultural 
and special programs. 

Clark's responsibilities include coordinat- 
ing convocations, commencements and other 
major campus events, as well as bringing per- 
formers and guest speakers to the university. 
He has more than 13 years of experience or- 
ganizing cultural programs. Before coming 

to Elon, he served in 
Blowing Rock, N.C., 
as executive director 
of the Blowing Rock 
Community Arts 
Center Foundation. 
He has served as 
originating produc- 
tion manager for five 
Broadway shows and 
is a founding member of the Production Man- 
ager's Forum, an international organization 
that assists production managers. 

Jeff Clark 

Outstanding students awarded Lumen Prize 

Thirteen Elon juniors have received the 2009 Lumen Prize, the university's top 
undergraduate academic award that includes a $15,000 scholarship to support 
students' scholarly achievements and research proposals. 

Lumen Scholars will work closely with their faculty mentors during the next 
two years to complete their research projects. The Lumen Prize supports course 
work, study abroad, program development, creative productions and 
performances, and research and internships domestically and abroad. 

The 2009 winners are: Andrew Black, of Ashburn, Va.; Amanda Clark, of 
Auburn, N.Y.; Kaitlyn Fay, of New Milford, Conn.; Taylor Foshee, of Arlington, Va.; 
Christopher Jarrett, of Richmond, Va.; Elizabeth Leman, of Ashburn, Va.; Maggie 
Pahos, of Hinsdale, III.; Caroline Peckels, of Pinehurst, N.C.; Anthony Rizzuto of 
Wilmington, N.C.; Molly Strayer, of Lusby, Md.; Amber Woods, of Knoxville, Tenn.; 
McKenzie Young, of Huntington, W.Va.; and ReneeZale, of Hopkinton, Mass. 

Psychology professor Paul Fromson, who leads the Lumen Prize selection 
committee, says the quality of undergraduate research continues to improve 
at Elon. 

"I feel confident that our 2009 Lumen Scholars will prove that our faith in 
them was well placed, and that they will make noteworthy contributions to 
their disciplines, to the campus community and to the world around them," 
Fromson says. 

For more information on the Lumen Prize and the students' research 
projects, go to r 2 


ELON News 

"All of you now have shown us your wisdom, your courage, your 
service to others and your dedication to leadership. You have 
those qualities deep within you. What we ask of you now is to 
remember who you are and remember to give back, and we 
will all remam proud of you for the rest of our lives. " 

Former presidential adviser David Gergen gave the keynote address May 24 at the 
Elon University School of Laws inaugural Commencement. Gergen, chair of the 
law school advisory board, highlighted Elon Law's founding principles of engaged 
learning, service and leadership. 


Junior Josh Chagani has been selected to par- 
ticipate in the lin Television Corporation 
Minority Scholarship and Training Pro- 
gram for 2009. The scholarship will pay up 
to $20,000 annually for tuition, tees, books, 
and room and board during Chagani's junior 
and senior years. 

In addition to the scholarship, Chagani, 
of Hobe Sound, Fla., participated in lin's 
training program at 
a lin -owned tv sta- 
tion this summer and 
will have a similar 
opportunity during 
summer 2010. Based 
on his performance, 
he will be offered 
a minimum of two 
years employment at 
one of the 27 stations 
owned by lin, the 
parent company of The cw network. 

Chagani, a communications and comput- 
ing science double major, is active in several 
organizations at Elon, including the Periclean 
Scholars Class of 2011 and Cinelon, the uni- 
versity's student film society. He serves as an 
Elon Ambassador, performs on the varsity 
cheerleading team, works for Elon Student 
Television, and volunteers with Habitat for 
Humanity and Loaves and Fishes, which pro- 
vides meals to people in need. 

Josh Chagani 

Richmond '87 receives Elon Medallion 

L'Tanya Burch Richmond '87, former director of Elon's Multicultural Center, 
received the Elon Medallion in April for her extraordinary service to the 

The Elon Medallion is the univer- 
sity's highest honor and is awarded at 
the discretion of the president. 
Richmond received the medallion at 
the university's annual Phillips-Perry 
Black Excellence Awards ceremony. 

"I am honored and I am humbled," 
she said. "When I came to Elon to work, 
I came because I wanted to make a 
difference in the student community. I 
have so many students, parents, faculty, 
staff, and friends and family to thank 
for giving me the opportunity to do 
not just work that I was passionate 
about but work that in many ways has 
been my ministry." 

Richmond serves as director of 
multicultural affairs at Smith College in Massachusetts. She began her career at 
Elon as an admissions counselor and placement officer in 1988. She later served 
as assistant and associate director of admissions before being promoted to 
director of minority affairs and director of the Multicultural Center. 

Richmond directed the Leon and Lorraine Watson North Carolina 
Scholarship Program, which makes an Elon education possible for North 
Carolina students with high financial need, including some first-generation 
college students. She also directed The Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina 
Achievement Scholarship Program. 

Her research into the history of Elon's African-American students led to the 
creation of the Wall of Fame in the Multicultural Center. While pursuing her 
master's degree at Duke University, Richmond used her research as the subject 
for her thesis, "Elon's Black History, A Story to beTold."To hear from Richmond, 
go to r H 

['Tanya Burch Richmond '87 


ELON News 

Lindner Hall anchors Academic Village 

Lindner Hall opened in June as the cen- 
terpiece to the Academic Village and the 
"greenest" academic building to date at Elon. 
The 30,000-square-foot building is the new 
administrative home of Elon College, the Col- 
lege of Arts and Sciences. It also houses the 
history and geography, and sociology and an- 
thropology departments. 

Lindner Hall features a spacious first- 
floor reading room, high-tech classrooms, a 

computer lab, faculty offices and space for 
student-faculty mentoring. A 39-foot steeple 
tops the building, accented by a copper dome 
and spire, eight windows and clock faces on 
the north and south sides. 

Environmental sustainability was a driv- 
ing force in the design and construction of 
Lindner Hall. Close to 90 percent of construc- 
tion waste was recycled. Materials containing 
recycled content were used whenever possible, 

including much of the steel and drywaJl. Pho- 
tovoltaic solar power cells and the heating 
system on the roof will help generate on-site 
power, representing the first building to use 
renewable energy on campus, reducing the 
need for fossil fuel-based energy. 

A display screen in the lobby shows real- 
time energy and water consumption in the 
building, as well as information about the fa- 
cility's other green features. The landscaping 
was designed to minimize irrigation, and most 
plumbing fixtures are low-flow. 

The building is named for Carl and Martha 
Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, who made a $2.5 
million gift to the Ever Elon Campaign. 

Construction crews began work in July on 
a new plaza that will grace the entrance to 
the Academic Village. The plaza, which runs 
along Haggard Avenue, is 210 feet long and 
80 feet wide, and will accommodate crowds of 
1,700. It will be finished with Elon bricks and 
include a seating wall and electrical power to 
support sound and lighting services. 

The plaza is scheduled for completion in 
mid-August and will be the new location for 
the university's weekly College Coffee gather- 
ings. The plaza will cover part of the space 
previously occupied by Holland House, which 
was moved in June to South Campus. !K 

New center connects law and humanities 

The law touches virtually every field of study, from art and 
biology to political science and psychology. 

That interaction is the focus of Elon's Center for Law and 
Humanities, a new academic initiative that teaches students to 
use lessons learned in the arts and sciences to examine the way 
legal questions affect society. 

The center bridges programs on Elon's main campus with 
those at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro. The 
joint effort between the law school and Elon College, the 
College of Arts and Sciences, invites scholars, legal practitioners 
and policymakers to speak with students about these 
connections. Undergraduate and law school courses in law and 
humanities underpin the programming. 

"Almost any discipline that students are going to study has 
interaction with the law," says Eric Ashley Hairston, professor of 
English and of law and humanities, and director of the center. 
"Ultimately, these diverse populations must understand their 

relationship to the law, and the law 
should contemplate itself in this 
larger social and intellectual 

For example, in literature, 
there are libel and copyright 
statutes, while medicine has patient 
confidentiality rules, Hairston says. 

Hairston conceived the idea for 
the center after studying African- 
American authors who commented 

on social issues. He noted that many of the authors had a legal 
background, which gave them unique insights into the human 
condition and how it is formed by legal developments. 

The center, based in Greensboro near the law school, is the 
most recent example of Elon's emphasis on connecting its 
professional programs with its arts and sciences programs. SJ 

Eric Ashley Hairston 


ELON News 

"My hope for this class is that yon 
will not think of your college 
years, as some do, as the best years 
of your life, though I pray they 
have been very good years. Rather, 
think that your time at Elon is 
launchingyou into a future 
where 'the best is yet to be. " 

The Rev. Richard McBride delivered the 
address at Elon's 119th Commencement on 
May 23. McBride retired at the end of May 
after serving as Elon's chaplain for a quarter 

Faculty author new books 

Howard E. Katz 

Faculty members have written books that 
examine Christian anarchists in the 20th 
century, media coverage of NASA's early years 
and effective law school teaching. 

Elon Law professor Howard Katz has co- 
authored Strategies and Techniques of Law 
School Teaching, which provides 
comprehensive advice on how to plan, design 
and teach law courses effectively. Katz says the 
strategic design of a course is as important as 
teaching techniques. He offers advice on 
choosing textbooks, designing a syllabus, 
orchestrating the classroom experience and 
creating the final exam. 

In Media, NASA, and America's Quest for the 
Moon, Harlen Makemson, associate professor 
of communications, examines NASA's struggles 
to provide Americans with consistent and 
complete information about the lunar 
program. He also focuses on the relationship 
between the agency and the media, and the 
public's reaction to television and newspaper 
accounts of space missions. 

Tripp York, instructor of religious studies, 
explores the lives of Christian anarchists who 
attempted to address materialism, racism and 
militarism in Living on Hope While Living in 

Babylon: The Christian Anarchists of the 20th Century. York examines the anarchists' 
efforts to confront what Martin Luther King Jr. called the "triple axis of evil." r S& 

Harlen Makemson 

Inpp York 

Elon nears fundraising goal for new field house 

Thanks to Elon's generous benefactors, the 
university is close to reaching its fundrais- 
ing goal to build a new athletics field house, 
which will serve student-athletes who compete 
in 16 men's and women's sports. 

The field house will be located at the north 
end of Rhodes Stadium. Construction 
on the facility will begin once the uni- 
versity raises the final $500,000 for the 

"We are at a critical stage in this 
effort to build an outstanding facility 
for our talented student-athletes," says 
Dave Blank, Elon's director of athletics. 
"For Elon to be truly competitive in Di- 
vision I athletics, we need to provide first-rate 
facilities for our athletes. We are looking for 
additional supporters to join us in this drive 
to excellence." 

During the summer, crews began initial space tor student-athletes to study; and a large 

work on the project, including construe- strength and conditioning room. It also will 

don of a road and parking lot leading to the provide office space for the athletics director 

planned 30,000-square-foot facility, which and coaches in the football, baseball, soccer, 

will be designed tor student-athletes to study cross country, and track and field programs, 

and interact with their teammates. as well as other athletics staff. 

The facility will include a large team meet- In addition, a large second-floor room 

ing room and locker room for football; a overlooking the stadium will provide an in- 

conference room; an advanced athletic train- viting venue tor special university events and 

ing room, including a hydrotherapy area; meetings, as well as pre-game receptions. 58 



Donors support priorities of 
Ever Elon Campaign 

Alumni, parents and friends continue to 
generously support the Ever Elon Campaign, 
demonstrating their belief in its goals to build 
the endowment, increase annual and planned 
gifts, and preserve and build the campus. 

As of late July, donors had contributed more than $66 million 
in cash and pledges toward the $100 million comprehensive cam- 
paign goal. 

Recent major gifts from Elon parents have supported construc- 
tion of Lindner Hall, the centerpiece to the Academic Village and 
the new administrative home of Elon College, the College of Arts 
and Sciences (see story page 6). 

In addition, donors have made generous planned gifts to the 
campaign, enabling them to meet their long-term estate-planning 
goals and leave a legacy at Elon. About 20 percent of the $66 mil- 
lion raised to date by the Ever Elon Campaign has been committed 
through planned gifts, which are critical to securing Elon's future. 

Elon trustee William J. "Bill" Inman and his wife, Patricia, of McLean, 
Va., have made a $500,000 gift to support construction of Lindner 
Hall, which opened earlier this summer. In recognition of their gen- 
erosity, the spacious first-floor reading room has been named in their 
honor. The Inman Reading Room, accented with dark wood and an- 
tique brass fixtures, offers students an attractive setting fot quiet study 
and reflection. 

The Inmans were inspired to make their gift because of the expe- 
rience of their daughter, Jackie, a 2000 Elon graduate, who benefit- 
ted from Elon's study abroad program and excellent faculty mentors. 

"The educational system that Elon has undertaken in the past 20 
years or so is second to none," Bill Inman says. "What the students 
get out of their education is just spectacular." 

The couple say they believe strongly in the campaign goals, includ- 
ing increasing the number of need-based scholarships through endow- 
ment building. 

"Elon can't give the financial assistance it wants to give to students 
because of its low endowment," Inman says. 

He says Elon must develop a stronger culture of giving, particularly 
among alumni who represent the future of the university. 

The Inmans have generouslv supported Elon through the years, 
including making gifts to Rhodes 
Stadium and the Ernest A. Koury Sr. 
Business Center. They are members of 
the Phoenix Club, Aesculus Society and 
The Elon Society President's Circle. 


Parents Council members Brad and Ash 
Reifler, of Millbrook, N.Y., also have 
supported Lindner Hall with a major 

The Reiflers say their daughter, 
Kelsey, an Elon sophomore, has flour- 
ished at the university and they want to 
make the same opportunities available 
to more students. 


"Ash and I feel that under President 
Lambert's leadership and vision, Elon has 
created a very special place for those who 
are curious in a variety of academic areas," 
Brad Reifler says. "Kelsey has had an incred- 
ible experience of" growth, self-awareness and 
independence, yet she has never felt lost or 
overlooked and feels a wonderful sense of 
community at Elon. We are grateful such a 
place exists and are proud of our association 
with Elon." 

Brad and Ash Reifler 

Reifler is a former founding partner, chair- 
man and CEO of Pali Capital Inc., a global 
financial services firm. He currently serves as 
CEO of Forefront Advisory. The Reiflers are 
members of The Elon Society Founder's Circle. 


Order of the Oak, Elon's planned giving rec- 
ognition society, welcomes new members John 
R. Hill '76 and his wife, Lesley, of Severna 
Park, Md., who have made a major planned 
gift commitment to the campaign. 

Additional planned gift commitments 
have been made by Order of the Oak mem- 
bers Dr. William N.P. "Bill" Herbert '68, 
an Elon trustee, and his wife, Marsha, of 
Charlottesville, Va.; trustee emeritus Dr. R. 
Leroy Howell '51, of Suffolk, Va.; and Dr. 
Wayne T. Moore '49, of Burlington, N.C. 
The university is grateful to these friends for 
their additional support for the Ever Elon 
Campaign. ♦ 

Veteran football squad 
to keep its 'foot on the 
gas pedal' 


Head football coach Pete Lembo looks to a veteran squad, including eight 
returning starters on offense and nine on defense, to build on last year's 
The Phoenix finished the 2008 season 8-4 and ranked 17th nationally in the final 
poll of The Sports Network and 19th in the Football Championship Subdivision 
(fcs) Coaches poll. In addition, several players set conference and program records. 
Under Lembo, the team boasted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time 
since 1999-2000. The team was ranked in the top-40 nationally in passing offense, 
total offense, scoring defense and total defense, and for the first time defeated three 
fcs top-25 teams in the same season (Georgia Southern, Furman and The Citadel). 
Quarterback Scott Riddle was a Second Team All-Southern Conference per- 
former in 2008 and became Elon's all-time career leader in completions, passing 
attempts, passing yards, touchdown passes, touchdowns responsible for and total 
offensive yards. The junior All-America candidate also set a new league standard 



Pete Lembo 

by throwing for at least one touchdown in 22 
consecutive games. 

Wide receiver Terrell Hudgins became the 
all-time career leader for Elon and the SoCon 
in receptions, touchdown catches and receiv- 
ing vards, and earned First Team All-SoCon 
honors from the league's coaches and media. 

"A lot of people have worked very hard for 
three years to get us to this point," says Lembo, 
who will begin his fourth season leading the 
Phoenix. "Now we have to keep our foot on 
the gas pedal and continue to find creative 
ways to get better in this ultra-competitive 

Joining Riddle at quarterback this season 
are junior Donny Kirby, redshirt freshmen 
Thomas Wilson and Shay Newcomer, and 
sophomore Chris Shafto. 

Elon's pool of running backs may be one 
of the deepest in the conference. The squad 
returns its top four leading running backs, 
junior Brandon Newsome and sophomores 
Dontay Taylor, A.J. Harris and Jamal Shuman. 
Junior Jake Goldsberry, redshirt freshman 
Thonda Taylor and freshman Matt Eastman 
will compete for the fullback slot. 

At wide receiver, Hudgins, a senior, will 
get help from juniors Sean Jeffcoat and Lance 

For game schedules and the 
latest Phoenix news, go to 

Camp, sophomore Darrius McQueen, red- 
shirt freshmen Aaron Mellette, Chris Harris, 
Zach Blank and Vincent Pompliano, as well as 
freshmen Rasaun Rorie and Jeremy Peterson. 

The Phoenix returns its entire starting of- 
fensive line, including seniors David Harrison, 
Chris Werden and Jeff Allen, and juniors 
Corey O'Shea and John Rubertone. Harri- 
son and Werden received All-SoCon honors 
in 2008. Senior Dave McClain, junior Mark 
Hoffer and sophomores Rodney Austin, Lo- 
gan Hardin and Ned Cuthbertson also will 
see action this fall. 

The Phoenix also boasts an experienced de- 
fensive front led by All-Southern Conference 

selection Eric Ludwig, a senior, who will be 
joined by classmates Brandon Ward, David 
Hunt and Jordan Gibson. Also in the rotation 
will be seniors Andre Campbell and Jordan 
Daniel, and sophomores Khiry Mullins and 
Khirey Walker. 

This year's 11-game schedule includes five 
home contests and a meeting with a Football 
Bowl Subdivision opponent when Elon takes 
on Wake Forest Sept. 19. The Phoenix opens 
the season Sept. 5 by hosting Davidson. 

Football season tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Elon 
Athletics Ticket Office at 336-278-6750. r 2 



team mvp and was named the 2006 Southern 
Conference Freshman of the Year. 

Mills earned All-SoCon accolades this year 
for the third consecutive season after posting 
her second straight runner-up finish at the 
SoCon Tournament. 

During the 2008-2009 season, Mills 
posted six top-five finishes. The three-time 
team mvp also claimed individual titles at 
the Lady Seahawk Classic at the University 
of North Carolina at Wilmington and the 
Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, as well as two 
SoCon Golfer of the Week titles. 

Gooch, of Gauteng, South Africa, and 
Mills, of Pointe-Claire, Canada, graduated 
in May. 

Damon Cooch '09 

Damon Gooch, an All-Southern Conference 
men's tennis standout, and Danielle Mills, 
an All-SoCon women's golfer, received Elon's 
Stein H. Basnight Outstanding Athlete Award 
for 2008-2009. 

Gooch was a four-year All-SoCon per- 
former in singles and doubles competition. 
He earned Elon's first individual berth to the 
NCAA Division I Tournament in singles and 
was part of the first doubles team in school 
history to earn a spot in the same tournament. 
Individually, Gooch achieved a national rank- 
ing as high as 56th in singles. 

Gooch capped his Elon career this year 
by teaming up with Philip Nemec, and the 
duo climbed as high as 20th in the national 
doubles rankings. Gooch was a three-time 

Danielle Mills '09 



Heal Pritchard 

Baseball caps season with top-25 ranking 


>^^H ^*""C The Phoenix baseball team finished the 2009 season with the 

^^^^ v ^IPr Southern Conference regular season title and a berth in the NCAA 

Tournament. The team accomplished both feats for the second 
consecutive year. 

The team also boasted a program-record seven players drafted 
by major league teams, surpassing last year's record of three players 
drafted in the same season. 

The Phoenix, which posted a 41-18 record, ended the season 
ranked 24th in the nation in the Baseball America Top-25 Poll — the 
first final top-25 national ranking for Elon's baseball program at the 
NCAA Division I level. 

The Phoenix captured its second straight SoCon regular season 
title with a 27-6 victory over Western Carolina on May 9. The team 
then battled through the 2009 SoCon Tournament with wins over 
Furman, Western Carolina and The Citadel before losing 7-3 to 
Georgia Southern in the winner-take-all tournament final. 

The season continued when the Phoenix earned its fourth berth 
to the NCAA Tournament. Seeded No. 2 in the Atlanta Regional, Elon dropped its first game against Southern Mississippi, then 
defeated Georgia State before being eliminated by i3th-ranked Georgia Tech. Senior infielder Bennett Davis and sophomore 
pitcher Jimmy Reyes earned spots on the Atlanta Regional All-Tournament squad. 

Earlier in the season, head coach Mike Kennedy '91 earned his 400th career victory when the Phoenix defeated The 
Citadel 17-5 in Charleston, S.C. SoCon coaches voted Kennedy the 2009 SoCon Coach of the Year, and junior infielder Chase 
Austin was named the league's Co-Player of the Year. 

Sophomore closer Thomas Girdwood and senior outfielders Pat 
Irvine and Cory Harrilchak collected First Team All-SoCon accolades 
from the coaches, while Austin and Reyes claimed second team 
distinction. Honors also went to infielder Zeth Stone and relief pitcher 
Jordan Darnell, who were named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team. 
The SoCon Media Association handed out all-league honors to 
Irvine, Reyes, Girdwood and Harrilchak, and also recognized Kennedy 
as the league's Coach of the Year. 

Elon shattered numerous program records during the regular 
season and finished the year at or near the top of the NCAA Division I 
ranks in several statistical categories. The Phoenix set new records for 
runs (604), hits (711), doubles (137) and RBI (558). The team led the 
nation with 138 home runs and ranked second in scoring (10.2 runs 
per game), total runs (604) and slugging percentage (.596) among 
Division I teams. 

Several players also set program records. Austin set a new school 
record with 23 homers and became the second Elon player to hit 20 or 
more home runs in a season. He also drove in 82 runs, matching the 
program record set by teammate Davis in 2008, and set program 
marks with 178 total bases and 92 hits in 2009. 

Harrilchak's 86 hits this year were the third-highest total ever for an Elon player. Irvine set a single-season school record 
with a .789 hitting percentage and finished his career ranked among the program's career top-10 in games played (202), runs 
(161), homers (31) and RBI (147). 

The following players were selected in this year's major league draft: Austin (Florida Marlins), Harrilchak (Atlanta Braves), 
senior catcher/first baseman Dallas Tarleton (Colorado Rockies), Irvine (Pittsburgh Pirates), senior pitcher Tom Porter (San 
Diego Padres), junior outfielder Justin Hilt (Oakland Athletics) and Davis (Tampa Bay Rays). r SA 

Bennett Davis 


Hiding in Plain Sight 





Take the bell that once hung in the tower 
of Elon's Old Main Building. After crash- 
ing into the hot rubble of the 1923 fire that 
devoured the administration building, the 
bell was stored in various locations on and 
off campus. For nearly 90 years, the bronze 
relic, cracked and disfigured by flames, has 
been a silent witness to Elon's progress. Few 
knew its significance. 

Now, a new generation will have the 
chance to appreciate what the bell means 

"We remembered that in our old fraternity that the firemen got water to it immediately 

room there was a rather ragged looking old saved it." 
bell that was sort of in the way," Beck says. The spotlight faded on the bell following 

Working with Troxler, Beck brought in the fire. Records show it was stored in Carlton 
Leon T. Jordan, a metallurgist and former as early as 1936. In 1972, it moved to the base- 
professor ot material science and engineer- ment of Duke building when the third-floor 
ing at North Carolina State University, who room in Carlton was converted to a classroom, 
examined the bell in January. According to Stanley Greeson, former assistant director or 
his report, Jordan said it was obvious that the the physical plant, remembers seeing the bell 
bell had been subjected to intense heating fol- whenever he had to check the basement of 
lowed by immediate cooling. Portions of its Duke for Hooding. 

surface had melted and then quickly cooled, 
causing it to sag. 

The "deformation and cracking" of the 
bell, he added, were the result of it falling 
from great heights. "In my opinion, the bell 

Raymond Beck '75, at left, put 
his Eton education to me 
researching the bell that hung 
in the tower of lion's Old Main 
Building, which was destroyed 
by hre in 1923. Says Beck, "This 
is what [Ion trained me to do." 

to Elon's history, inis fall, the bell will be 
installed on campus, possibly in the rotunda 
of Alamance building, for all members of the 
Elon community to see — and touch. 

Much of the credit for revealing the bell's 
lineage goes to Raymond Beck '75, of Cary, 
N.C., who served as North Carolina's state 
capitol historian from 1977 to 2008. 

Last year, while researching the history of 
Elon's marching band, Beck found references 
to the fire and the bell in the March 12, 1959, 
edition of the student newspaper Maroon and 
Gold. The story noted that the bell had been 
stored in the college's church history room 
on the second floor of Carlton building, then 
Elon's library. Later, the church history room 
moved to the new McEwen Library, and the 
bell moved to the third floor of Carlton. 

Beck was intrigued. He remembered see- 
ing an old cracked bell stored with some tim- 
ber in the third-floor room of Carlton where 
his service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, held 
weekly meetings. Beck called his former his- 
tory professor, George Troxler, who served as 
the group's advisor at that time and recalled 
the bell. 

"We thought it was just an old bell," says 
Greeson, who retired in May after 28 years 
at Elon. 

The artifact remained in Duke until the 
building was renovated following the opening 
of McMichael Science Center in 
1999. Eventually, it wound up at 
the physical plant office, where it 
sat on a skid on the loading dock 
for about a year. 

"It was always in the way," 
chuckles Jimmy Crawford, a car- 
penter in the physical plant. "Ev- 
eryone complained about having 
to move the skid to bring some- 
thing in." 

At one point, Crawford was 
allowed to take the bell to his 
Burlington home. He covered it 
and placed it outside his work- 
is definitely the one from the 1923 fire of the shop where he refinishes furniture. He brought 
Old Main (Administration) Building." it back to campus several years later at the 

The yolk, wheel and clapper didn't survive university's request, 
because they were made of iron that melted "I know some people melt stuff like that, 

at lower temperatures or became brittle from but I don't," Crawford says. "1 figured one 
the heat of the fire. Beck says. day we'd use it again. It's a miracle that the 

"We've put enough research together that bell survived for the last 30 to 40 years. It's a 
we can dispense with the speculation that has wonder it didn't go out in surplus property." 
been swirling around this thing for decades Today, the bell sits in the physical plant 

and say once and for all, 'This is the Old Main annex, waiting to make its big comeback this 
bell,'" Beck says. fall. Troxler, professor emeritus of history, says 

The fact that the bell survived the fire was the bell deserves celebrity status, 
never in dispute. According to the March 30, "The bell was the center of campus life 

1923, edition of Maroon and Gold, "The old before the 1923 fire," he says. "It called stu- 
bell . . . was dug from the ruins of the tower dents to classes and to chapel, and I'm pleased 
last Thursday . . . and it is hoped that the bell that we are preserving one of the lew artifacts 
will be preserved. It has been suggested that from our pre-1923 heritage. It is a visible link 
it may be possible to use it again, but this is to our past and a reminder of the rebirth of 
somewhat improbable." Elon after the fire." 

When Old Main burned, the tower where For Beck, a former history major, 

the bell hung became a blast furnace. researching the bell was a labor of love. 

"Air was rushing up into the tower and "Here is one of the most historic artifacts 

superheating this bell," Beck says. "When the in Elon's history hiding in plain sight. It will 
bell fell from the tower, it was in a near-molten become a touchstone for alumni and students, 
state. It hit whatever debris was on the ground, Like the phoenix, the bell came up out of the 
which put a huge crack in the crown. The fact fire to achieve its place in Elon's history." 'A 


Jewish History 


Uruguay, is a small room stacked high with books, including a few that traveled half the 
globe when their owners fled the Nazis and settled in the South American nation. 

For years, as older Jewish immigrants died, their children donated their book collec- 
tions to the community center. With no available space — and following the Jewish practice 
of never destroying a book containing the word "God" — community center leaders piled 
the novels, biographies, sacred texts and children's books in the cramped, damp room. Largely 
unnoticed, or perhaps unappreciated, was that many of the books were written in the disap- 
pearing Yiddish language. 

Enter a group of" Elon students, who spent spring break in Montevideo to serve the local 
Jewish community. The last thing they expected was to return home lugging boxes of these 
texts. The National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., is glad they did. 

Nancy Luberoff, who directs Elon's Hillel organization and accompanied the students 

to Uruguay in March, hopes this effort will 
become a model for colleges and universities 
to replicate. 

"There's a strong sense that these books 
need a resting place," Luberoff says. "The 
people who got these books to Uruguay suf- 
fered so much just to get there." 

Uruguay, along with Argentina, served 
as a beacon for Jews fleeing Europe during 
Hitler's invasion. Today, the Jewish population 
of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, is less than 
20,000 in a city of more than a million people. 

The city's history made it the perfect lo- 
cation for a service trip for Hillel. Members 
of the Jewish student cultural group helped 
local students learn English, worked with de- 
velopmentally disabled adults and pitched in 
to rebuild a greenhouse in a poor section of 
the city. 

Two days before the Elon group returned 
home, the students visited the community 
center. A staff member told Luberoff that she 
didn't know what she was going to do with 
"all those books" in the basement. Luberoff 
wanted a peek. Two hours later, she and 

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her students were sifting through the musty 

Many Jews consider Yiddish to be a dis- 
appearing language, making the recovery of 
the books even more important, Luberoffsays. 
Outside ultraorthodox sects and some parts 
of Israel, few people speak or read the lan- 
guage, including the students who thumbed 
through the books' yellowed pages before 
packing them up. 

"I can read Hebrew, so anything I couldn't 
read I figured was Yiddish," says Ron Yardenay, 
a sophomore majoring in business and history. 
"I coughed my lungs out from all the dust fly- 
ing in my face as I opened them up." 

Dahlia Gutterman, a leisure and sport 
management major from Greensboro, N.C., 
says she felt honored to rescue the books. 

"It was my duty to help bring them back," 
she says. "We were their only hope." 

Not all the books the students rescued 
were from pre-Nazi Europe. Many were pub- 
lished between the 1940s and 1960s. There 
were a few gems, though. One of the four 
boxes delivered to the National Yiddish Book 

Center this spring contained 
books the center had never seen. 
One is a 1928 Yiddish translation 
of a Socialist political writer from 
Spain. The other text, published 
in 1930 in the Soviet Union, is an 
account of Nicola Sacco and Bar- 
tolomeo Vanzetti, two anarchists 
executed in 1927 by the United 
States for robbery and murder. 

Cathryn Madsen, bibliogra- 
pher at the Yiddish Book Center, 
says the students helped the cen- 
ter fulfill its mission of rescuing 
and preserving books. 

"It was so exciting that the 
students wanted to do this," Mad- 
sen says. "It's always exciting to discover some- 
thing we haven't seen before. We collect any 
and all Yiddish books that would otherwise 
be discarded." 

Students from the University of Illinois 
also were in Uruguay in March and returned 
home with additional books for the center. 
LuberoflF hopes to recruit other schools to join 

the effort because plenty of books remain in 
the Jewish Community Center basement. 

Students say this effort gave new meaning 
to their service trip. 

"The books were important, with some 
of them published during the Holocaust," 
Gutterman says. "I was touching a piece of 
history." r <8 

Students sent four boxes of books to the National 
Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts following 
their trip to Uruguay. The students rescued the 
abandoned books. Sorting the books, above, are 
Amanda Gross '09, Dahlia Gutterman, Olivia 
Feldman and Hon Yardenay. 




Laura Roselle 

leads by example 


class with Laura Roselle. Her demanding teaching 
style and rigorous political science courses were legendary 
on campus. Donofrio quickly learned the stories were true. 
"Whenever she would start class, she would say your 
name, look you directly in the eye and ask if you had read 
the assignment," he says. "If you read, of course, you were 
fine. But if you didn't, you were in serious trouble." 

Donofrio took several classes with Roselle, earning her 
respect and, eventually, her friendship through hard work 
and diligence. Like many students, he considers the political 
science professor one of the biggest influences in his academic 

"For those of us who really wanted to get the most out 
of her classes, she would go to the ends of the earth for you," 
says Donofrio, a foreign affairs specialist at the Defense 

Her reputation for pushing students to achieve is just one 
side to Roselle. She is an internationally recognized scholar 
on the connections among politics, communication and in- 
ternational relations, and she regularly is invited to share her 
expertise at conferences. 

In May, Roselle received Elon's Distinguished Scholar 
Award, which recognizes her body of scholarship, including 
two authored books, two edited volumes and a co-authored 
textbook supplement, and scores of journal articles and book 
chapters. She also participates and has held leadership posi- 
tions in national and international associations in her field. 

Roselle makes no apologies for demanding a lot from 

her students. Ultimately, she says, she tries to empower them. 

"Sometimes the best thing I can do is not answer an e-mail 

and give the student some time to struggle on their own before 

they realize they can do it without my help," she says. 

It is that unrelenting dedication to teaching that makes 





Roselle so popular among students, says 
Sharon Spray, associate professor of political 
science, who has co-authored a book with 

"That's why our honors students seek her 
out as a mentor and why our best students 
want her as part of their repertoire of profes- 
sors," Spray says. "She moves us forward in 
ways that are very positive." 


Roselle's philosophy on teaching and research 
was shaped beginning with het undergraduate 
studies at Emory University in 1982 and later 
as a graduate student in political science at 
Stanford. She credits excellent mentors and 
outstanding research opportunities with her 
early success. 

At Emory, Roselle majored in Russian, 
mathematics and computer science. A Rus- 
sian professor recommended her as a research 
assistant to his wife, Ellen Mickiewicz, then 
dean of Emory's graduate school. Mickiewicz 
was analyzing Soviet television programs and 
needed someone with Roselle's expertise. 

"When I saw how effortlessly she applied 
her deep knowledge of computer science, a 
skill I didn't have, to our research, I realized 
this was a rare individual," recalls Mickiewicz, 
the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Pol- 
icy Studies at Duke University. 

Roselle continued working with Mick- 
iewicz, who also was a fellow at The Carter 
Center at Emory. In April 1985, Roselle served 
as assistant director for the center's Confer- 
ence on International Security and Arms 
Control. The experience was transformational 
for the young scholar. 

"I got to meet Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew 
Brzezinski and Anatoly Dobrynin, and (Presi- 
dents) Carter and Ford," Roselle says. "I was 
interested in the issues people were thinking 
hard about, and how you could negotiate in- 
ternationally and communicate." 

Roselle's work with Mickiewicz made her 
a top prospect tor the nation's premier gradu- 
ate programs in political science. 

At Stanford, she met the late Gabriel 
Almond, a giant in the field of comparative 
politics, and began assisting him with his re- 
search of Soviet politics. By the end of her 
first year, they had co-authored an article. She 
also served as a teaching assistant to former 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, then 
a professor of political science. Rice recalls 
Roselle's intelligence and drive. 

"I enjoyed advising her and watching her 
develop into the subject matter expert she is 
today," Rice says. "She has the ability to ask 
intellectually engaging questions and a curios- 
ity to explore and research the unknown, ttaits 
that certainly enhance the classroom experi- 
ence for her students." 


By the early 1990s, Roselle was a rising star 
among scholars in her field, yet she longed 
to teach. In 1993, after completing a visiting 
professorship at the University of Nebraska, 
Roselle joined the political science department 
at Elon, impressed with its balanced emphasis 
on teaching and research. 

Maurice Donyell "Don" Owens '95, 
press secretary to U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge 
(D-N.C), was one of Roselle's first students 
and recalls she was no pushover. 

"A lot of other professors, being new, may 
not have tried to challenge us, but she let it 
be known that 'I might be new, but I've been 
doing this for a while,'" he says. "We found 
out quickly that she was very good at what 
she did." 

Roselle pursued her research with equal 
vigor. Toward the end of her first semester at 
Elon, she traveled to Moscow at the invita- 
tion of Harvard's Russian Research Center to 
study Russian television coverage of the coun- 
try's December 1993 parliamentary elections. 
After securing tenure in 2000, she returned 
to her dissertation research, analyzing Soviet 
and American communications strategies be- 
fore, during and after major wars. Her work 
formed the basis of her critically acclaimed 
book, Media and the Politics of Failure: Great 
Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military 
Defeats, published in 2006. 

She also has taken advantage of Elon's 
support for interdisciplinary research and the 
university's diverse faculty. She has studied pa- 
triotic images in American media with Brooke 
Barnett, associate professor of communica- 
tions, and co-authored Research and Writing 
in International Relations with Spray. Elon's 
strong support for faculty scholarship, along 
with its rapid growth, has kept Roselle from 
moving to a larger university. 

"The freedom to pursue a whole range of 
projects has kept me here," she says. "I don't 
think you necessarily can do that everywhere. 
It used to be that you'd want to be at a big 
university because you'd want people to talk 
to, but with changes in technology and the 

ability to collaborate, there's less of a need to 
be at a bigger place. I'm happy here." 


Though Roselle calls Elon home, her influence 
in the fields of political science and interna- 
tional studies extends far beyond the campus. 
She participates in national and inter- 
national associations, such as the American 
Political Science Association and the Inter- 
national Studies Association (isa), and she 
recently served as president of isa's Inter- 
national Communication (icomm) section. 
Her successor, Derrick Cogburn, says rising 
to such a high-profile position isn't easy. 

"In order to come into leadership in our 
sections, you have to impress a key group of 
scholars who serve in the leadership group and 
who make sure we safeguard our association," 
says Cogburn, professor of international com- 
munication at American University. "She's 
very well-regarded for her scholarship, as well 
as for her leadership abilities." 

Ken Rogerson, director of the Policy 
Journalism and Media Studies certificate pro- 
gram at Duke's DeWitt Wallace Center for 
Policy Studies, is another colleague of Roselle's 
through icomm. When he sought a profes- 
sor to teach the growing program's capstone 
course, he turned to Roselle, who accepted 
the offer and has served as a visiting professor 
at Duke since 2006. 

"I have heard her students say, 'That was 
a hard class, but I learned so much in it,'" 
Rogerson says. "She can teach very difficult 
concepts, and the students love her for it." 

Owens says he continues to use many 
concepts he learned from Roselle in his work 
as a congressional press secretary. 

"It shows that Dr. Roselle taught me 
something that was useful," he says. "I think 
every college student wants to know that 
they're learning stuff that they will use for the 
rest of their lives." 

For Roselle, interacting with students 
enriches her scholarship and her life. 

"There are so many students who have 
influenced me in one way or another, and stu- 
dents who are now friends that I stay in touch 
with. It's always exciting to see what they do. 
I think that's so fun." !B 

Roselle discusses her scholarship and more at 



Still Soaring 

President Lambert reflects on a decade at Elon 

This year, the Elon community celebrates 10 years 
of President Leo M. Lambert's leadership. 
Since becoming Elon's eighth president in 
1999, Lambert has advanced an ambitious agenda 
to establish Elon as a top-ranked liberal arts university and a 
national model of engaged teaching and learning. Through his 
leadership, the academic climate has been strengthened by major 
investments in faculty development, library resources, honors and 
fellows programs for outstanding students, and Elon's top-ranked 
programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, volunteer 
service and leadership education. 

Lambert and his wife, Laurie, are the parents of two daughters, 
Callie, a student at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 
and Mollie, a student at Furman University. 

To mark his 10 years at Elon, Lambert sat down with Magazine 
of Elon editor Jaleh Hagigh to discuss the university's progress and 
future challenges. 

jh • You have been a very popular president, 
especially with students. Why do you think you've 
connected so deeply with the Elon community? 

lml ■ Laurie and I try to be who we are 
and to be visible in the life of the community 
and around students especially, as much as 
we can. We've really felt the embrace of this 
community for a decade, and not only the 
university community but the broader com- 
munity of alumni, trustees and friends. It has 
been wonderful. 

jh • What is it about the Elon community 
that you have loved so much? 

lml • Elon is an incredibly special place, 
a very kind place, a very civil place, a place 
where people genuinely care about one an- 
other very deeply. I think those of us who are 
entrusted with leading this institution believe 

that is a very precious asset of this univer- 
sity. We think a lot about how to protect that 
and how to make sure that as the institution 
continues to evolve and more people come 
on board, that they have an opportunity to 
embrace that and pass it on to new people. 

jh ■ How do you think you've changed in the 
last 10 years? 

lml • I think I am slightly more relaxed, 
more confident about the role. Stepping into 
a university presidency is a pretty big deal, 
especially following a long-serving, successful 
president like Fred Young. 

In the early years, we were very focused 
on the transition and finishing his agenda, 
and finishing the Elon Vision Campaign and 
the Elon Vision strategic plan. And then we 
were thinking about the next strategic plan for 

the institution and leading a community of 
people in defining a direction for Elon. After 
10 years, I think I have a much deeper sense of 
the place, its pulse, its rhythms and its natural 
directions for growth and evolution. 

jh ■ You keep a grueling schedule as president. 
What keeps you so energized and motivated? 

1 mi • Laurie and I enjoy almost every event 
that we do. I have to tell you, candidly, that 
there are times when we are getting ready for 
a dinner and we are really tired. But inevitably, 
we enjoy ourselves and become energized by 
the event itself Usually when we're involved 
in evening events, they are about celebration 
with students or faculty, or being with trustees 
and donors, and it's exhilarating to talk with 
them about how they can help the university 
grow and prosper. 

I'm also one who can recharge pretty 
quickly. I've never taken, maybe to my detri- 
ment, a two-week vacation. We take a week 
off here and there, but I can recharge over 
the weekend pretty well if we have the op- 
portunity to have a couple of days away from 

jh • What are you most proud of during your 
tenure as president? 

lml ■ I'm most proud of the fact that Elon 
has stayed true to its values and its mission. 
We have not tried to become something we are 
not. This university, through the tremendous 
evolution that it has experienced, has consis- 
tently remained true to its commitment to 
teaching and mentoring students, and keeping 
students at the very center of the place. 

Beyond that, the Elon Academy for Ala- 
mance County high school students is a 
venture I'm really proud of It represents the 
spirit of this university. We put this out with 
no idea where the money was going to come 
from, and now the program is in full force. 
It's a tremendous commitment on the part of 
the university to reach out to our community 


President Lambert at 

Commencement 2008; 

behind Lambert are 

former Provost Gerry 

Francis, at right, and 

Doug Finberg '94 

and give a helping 
hand to those who 
would not normally 
have access to highet 

The creation of 
the law school has 

been a great achievement in the last decade, 
and the credit for that needs to be widely 
shared with so many people who have worked 
very hard, including former Provost Gerry 
Francis, founding Dean Leary Davis, current 
Dean George Johnson, the faculty, chartet 
class, the advisory board and our benefactors. 

I'd also point to the building of the faculty 
and what I would call the restoration of Elon's 
identity as a liberal arts university. When I 
came to Elon, the professional schools were 
gaining ground very quickly. We had a new 
School of Communications coming onto the 
scene, which has become a phenomenal suc- 
cess. But I think Elon is first and foremost an 
undergraduate liberal arts university, and our 
efforts to make the arts and sciences central 
at Elon have been critical in the last decade. 

I think of our reinvestment in the honors 
program; creation of the Elon College Fel- 
lows program; reinstituting a foreign language 
requirement and building a vibrant depart- 
ment of foreign languages; the work of the 
presidential task force on scholarship; and key 
investments that have been made in the fac- 
ulty. That has been a set of anchoring activities 
for the institution that have helped firm up its 
identify as an institution with the liberal arts 
and sciences at the verv core. 

At the same time, it has been a conscious 
effort on our part to have vibrant, wonderful 
professional programs rooted in the arts and 
sciences. Particularlv in business and com- 
munications, we've seen tremendous growth 
in quality and national recognition of those 
programs. We've been able to create a univer- 
sity that is the best of both worlds. 

jh • What have been your greatest challenges? 

LMl • I think the greatest challenge at Elon 
is our endowment position. We are so tuition 
driven as a university. The challenge has been 
how to think about moving to a place where 

we are less enrollment dependent and can de- 
pend more on other revenue streams. 

I like to describe Elon financially as a one- 
legged milking stool and that leg is tuition. 
Building an endowment at a time when well 
over 50 percent of our alumni are in their 20s 
and 30s is a very significant challenge. Con- 
sequently, and to our great benefit, we've had 
to be very creative about the use of every 
dollar that we spend at the institution, and 
I think that has been one of the reasons for 
our success. 

I'm very proud to say that for the last few 

January 1999 

Leo M. Lambert is named Elon's 
eighth president 

November 1999 

The Leon and Lorraine Watson 
North Carolina Achievement 
Scholarship Program is 
endowed with a $3 million gift 
from Leon Watson '25 and his 
wife, Lorraine; scholarships 
assist N.C. students with high 
financial need 

January 2000 

Carol Grotnes Belk Library 
opens, featuring more than 
200,000 volumes, more than 
200 computers, multimedia and 
audiovisual facilities, and spaces 
for individual and group study 

February 2000 

Elon College, the College of Arts 
and Sciences, and the schools of 
communications and education 
are established as part of an 
academic reorganization 

May 2000 

Elon announces The Phoenix as 
the university's new athletics 

August 2000 

The School of Communications 
opens in the renovated McEwen 

The first National Survey of 
Student Engagement ranks 
Elon among the nation's top 
four institutions in engaged 



years, endowment resources have been the 
largest sector of giving at Elon, and that has 
been very important to us. We've been very 
thoughtful about what that endowment is 
going to be used for — student scholarships, 
keeping the gates of this university open to 
people who wouldn t otherwise be able to 
afford to come, faculty support and other 
critical priorities. 

jh • We are in the final stages of NewCen- 
tnry@Elon, the strategic plan you helped launch 
shortly after your arrival. Tlie goal was to estab- 
lish Elon as a national model of engaged learning. 
Have we achieved that goal''! 

lml • I think we have. I think the National 
Survey of Student Engagement results bear 
that out. Our students, by their own evalua- 
tion of their activities, rate themselves among 
the most highly engaged students in the coun- 
try. When Newsweek magazine lists Elon as 
the top school in the country for student en- 
gagement, that's another external validation of 
what we're doing. I think most definitely we 
can claim victory on being a national model 
of engaged learning. 

jh • Elon launched Ever Elon: Die Cam- 
paign for the Future of Our University last fall. 
Can you explain why the campaign is so critical 
to the university's juture? 

lml • Elon needs to build an endowment 
to secure its future. As a maturing university, 
we need to plan for sustaining this great in- 
stitution that we have created. A university 
cannot be sustained on tuition revenue alone. 

The Ever Elon Campaign is the first major 
campaign in the university's history devoted 

principally to endowment building and to 
selected priorities that we want to advance 
through endowment. Historically, we have 
been in a chase for bricks and mortar dol- 
lars to build this tremendous campus that we 
enjoy every day. 

In the next strategic plan there will be, I 
would predict, another building boom going 
on at the university. But we've got to make 
sure that the message of Ever Elon carries 
forth, which is that endowment building has 
to be the primary emphasis of every future 
campaign at the university. 

)H • How is the campaign going, and what 
messages do you have for alumni, parents and 
fiends about their roles in its success? 

lml • I think the campaign is going well. 
We launched it at probably the most inop- 
portune time that one could choose to launch 
a campaign, on the brink of a near economic 
collapse in our country. We had a great cam- 
paign launch last October, but we did so 
cautiously wondering about, quite frankly, 
whether it was the time to have a public 
launch. But I'm glad we went ahead. 

We are approaching the two-thirds goal of 
a $100 million campaign. We have a lot of 
work to do to bring the campaign to fruition, 
but I'm confident that we're going to be 

My message to everyone is to please partici- 
pate. One of our goals at Elon is to pay very 
close attention to our young alumni because 
there are so many young alums at the institu- 
tion. Oftentimes I think young alums believe 
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President Lambert offers the following top 
accomplishments of the campus community 
during his presidency: 

Transition from college to university 

Growth of talented faculty and staff 

Launch of need- and talent-based financial aid 
programs such as Watson Scholars, Thad Eure 
Scholars, Susan Scholars and Lumen Scholars 

Aspiring to achieve excellence in the arts and sciences 

Opening of Elon University School of Law 

New facilities: Carol Grotnes Belk Library, Rhodes 
Stadium, Belk Track and White Field, Academic Village, 
Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center, R.N. Ellington 
Health and Counseling Center, The Oaks residence 
hall complex, Colonnades dining and residence 
halls and expansion to the 75-acre South Campus 

Elon Academy college access program 
for Alamance County students 

Launch of Ever Elon: The Campaign for 
the Future of Our University 

Accreditation of the Martha and Spencer Love 
School of Business and School of Communications 

Joining the Southern Conference for athletics 

September 2000 

Elon establishes the Institute 
for Politics and Public Affairs 
and the Elon University 
Polling Center, which houses 
the Elon Poll 

October 2000 

Trustees vote to change the 
name of Elon College to Elon 
University effective June 1, 2001, 
recognizing Elon's growth and 
status as a comprehensive 
university; trustees also ap- 
prove the NewCentury@Elon 
strategic plan to advance Elon 
as a national model of engaged 

January 2001 

Elon accepts an invitation from 
the Eugene Lang Foundation to 
join Project Pericles, a national 
program to encourage civic and 
social responsibility among 



September 2001 

Elon hosts its first home 
football game at Rhodes 
Stadium, marking the first time 
since 1949 that Elon has played 
a football game on campus; 
the stadium is named for Elon 
trustee Dusty Rhodes and his 
wife, Peggy 

May 2002 

Elon accepts an invitation to 
join the Southern Conference, 
one of the nation's oldest NCAA 
Division I athletics conferences, 
beginning July 1,2003 

August 2002 

The first two buildings open 
in the Academic Village, the 
Cannon and Kenan pavilions, 
followed by Gray Pavilion in 
2004, and Belk and Spence 
Pavilions in 2007; Lindner Hall, 
the new home of Elon College, 
the College of Arts & Sciences, 
opens in August 2009, complet- 
ing the Academic Village 


that a small gift: is not going to make a dif- 
ference. But small gifts do make a difference, 
participation makes a difference. We want 
everybody to join in this campaign and give 
either in a small way or, for many others, in a 
large way. That's going to be very important 
for the success or Ever Elon. 

jh • Elon is in the process of creating its next 
strategic plan, which will be considered by trust- 
ees this fall. Can you share some of the guiding 
principles of the plan? 

lml • In the next strategic plan, we're try- 
ing to envision where Elon is going to be in 
2020. We are charting some very bold moves 
tor the future of this institution. 

We're obviously looking very hard at what's 
happening in the wotld. We're going to have 
a very challenging environment lor private 
higher education. Costs are increasingly on 
people's minds. One of the things we're think- 
ing about is whether Elon should become even 
more of a distinctly residential campus, and 
my guess is that it will be. About 60 percent 
of our students live on campus now. There's 
some serious conversation about construct- 
ing a very significant number of new student 
residences over the next decade to house all 
juniors and seniors who wish to live on cam- 
pus. We are a highly traditional liberal arts 
residential university, and one of the goals of 

"I still feel as enthusiastic, 
energetic and passionate 
about this job, even more so, 
than when we came 10 years 
ago. Next to my family, I 
think being the president of 
this university has been the 
great privilege of my life. " 

- Leo M. Lambert 

this next plan is to shore up the residential 
part of that mission. 

We will undoubtedly be looking at the 
role of perhaps a few new graduate programs, 
but more important in this next plan, we'll 
be looking at new degree models. Will there 
be more interest in students doing 4 + 1 pro- 
grams, where they might come to school for 
five years and earn both a bachelor's degree 

and a master's degree, or othet patterns, like 
3 + 2? Some students may want to take a year 
off between high school and university and 
perhaps participate in something like an Elon 
Service Academy, where people could be en- 
gaged in a year of public service. 

There will be proposed expansions of sci- 
ence facilities and programs, and an expansion 
for our School of Communications, which is 
badly needed. There's going to be a great em- 
phasis on talent development for faculty and 
staff. In this next strategic plan, we can't lose 
sight of the fact that the greatest resources we 
provide for our students are our faculty and 
staff. We want to make sure we are invest- 
ing in faculty and staff in ways that enable 
them to continue to grow intellectually, pro- 
fessionally, in service of students and of the 

If we want to be a national institution, ath- 
letics needs to be playing at a national level, 
and we're seeing some of that success in the 
Southern Conference, most recently with 
baseball. We want to see ncaa tournament 
appearances in men's and women's basketball. 
And we are so close to postseason play in foot- 
ball that we can taste it. We also want to build 
a multiputpose convocation center. These are 
all really exciting challenges for the university 
but ones that I'm confident we can meet. 

September 2002 - 

Benazir Bhutto, former prime 
minister of Pakistan, dedicates 
the Isabella Cannon Centre for 
International Studies, named 
for one of Elon's most beloved 

April 2003 

Elon completes purchase of 
75 acres of property from Elon 
Homes for Children, opening 
South Campus, which includes 
Alumni Center in Johnston Hall 
and the Phoenix Club Sports 

April 2004 

The Martha and Spencer Love 
School of Business receives 
accreditation by AACSB 
International, with the School 
of Communications receiving 
ACEJMC accreditation in 2006 

August 2005 

Newsweek/Kaplan names Elon 
one of the nation's 25 "hottest 
colleges"and the top school for 
student engagement 

August 2006 > 

Elon University School of Law 
opens in Greensboro, N.C., with 
inaugural class of 115; retired 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice 
Sandra Day O'Connor formally 
dedicates the school Sept. 19 

The first building of The Oaks 
student housing complex opens 
replacing Jordan Center; the 
complex includes six residence 
hall buildings and the McCoy 
Commons building 

< Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business 

Center opens as the new home 
of the Love School of Business; 
Burlington business leader 
Maurice Koury made a gift to 
name the building in honor of 
his brother 

October 2006 - 

Elon is named one of the na- 
tion's top three universities for 
community service, earning a 
Presidential Award in the first 
President's Higher Education 
Community Service Honor Roll 

Elon launches The Honorable 
Thad Eure Achievement 
Scholarship to assist students 
with financial need from North 
Carolina's Piedmont region; the 
program is named for a former 
Elon trustee and N.C. secretary 
of state 


jh • Are there particular programs that you'd 
like to see become nationally recognized? 

lml • I think the School of Communica- 
tions is going to be a nationally tecognized 
program. I think our program in law and lead- 
ership in the law school is going to emerge 
as a national model of innovative legal edu- 
cation. Out program of general education 
is in a position of national leadership at the 
undergraduate level. Our programs related 
to experiential learning are second to none, 
particularly in the areas of international edu- 
cation, civic engagement and undergraduate 
research. The next strategic plan is in great 
part about demonsttating national leadership 
in those areas of experiential learning. 

jh • What is next on the horizon in higher 
education in terms of financing and access for 

lml • Those of us in private higher educa- 
tion have to pay very close attention to sticker 
price. If we don't, we will only be accessible 
to the very elite. As we are planning for the 
future, we need to plan for financial stability 
of the organization and that means making 
very careful, strategic choices about what we're 
going to spend out money on. That's why the 
financial model upon which the university is 
based is being given very careful study in our 
next strategic plan. 

Price is directly related to access, and one 
of the things I want to see happen is a major 
reinvestment in need-based financial aid tor 
students. We want Elon to look more like the 
world looks. We run a danger of becoming 
irrelevant if we don't. We have to be more 
intellectually diverse, more internationally 
diverse, more geographically and socio-eco- 
nomically diverse. We'll get a pottion of this 
accomplished with the Ever Elon Campaign, 
but the next campaign will also have need- 
based aid as its major goal. 

jh • What are your goals for Elon in the next 
10 years? 

i ml • My goals will be to see this next stra- 
tegic plan launched and to make progress on 
reaching every one of those goals. The goals of 
the next strategic plan are going to take your 
breath away. They will really surprise you in 
terms of the level of ambition. My goal in 
the next 10 yeats is to make sure that Elon 
has realized its destiny as a distinctive leading 
univetsity, that the Evet Elon Campaign is 
successful and that the campaign after that 
is successful. 

|H • What role should the university play in 
American higher education? 

i ml ■ Elon has a leadership role to play in 
American higher education. I think it will play 

an incteasingly important role as a model of 
innovative, quality higher education. 

I think Elon is already looked to as a model 
of a well-run institution, an institution with a 
creative genetal studies curriculum, with pro- 
fessional schools that have growing national 
reputations. U.S.News & World Report last year 
listed us as the #i up-and-coming college or 
university in the United States. 

We're on everyone's radar screen. People 
are emulating our success, and we've got to 
work doubly hard to stay in front of that pack. 
I think innovation is the key word. We're 
always looking at ways we can do things 
differently. We don't have a follow-the-pack 
mentality around here, and 1 think that's re- 
ally wondetful. 

JH • Is there anything else youd like to say? 

i mi It has been a gteat personal joy and 
privilege to be president of Elon. I still feel as 
enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about 
this job, even mote so, than when we came 10 
yeats ago. I've said this before, that next to my 
family, I think being the president of this uni- 
versity has been the great privilege of my life. 3! 

To view video clips from this interview, including President Lambert's 
reflections on effective leadership and his favorite spot on campus, go 

March 2007 - 

Elon is named one of four 
institutions to receive the 2007 
Senator Paul Simon Award for 
Campus Internationalization 
from NAFSA: Association of 
International Educators 

May 2007 ► 

Furman C. Moseley Jr. '56- • 
makes a $5 million gift — the 
largest scholarship gift in Elon 
history — to endow the Susan 
Scholarships to assist deserv- 
ing young women; the gift 
honors Moseley's wife, Susan 

June 2007 > 

The Elon Academy, a univer- 
sity-run academic enrichment 
program for Alamance County 
high school students, wel- 
comes its inaugural class 

September 2007 

U.S.News & World Report ranks 
Elon #2 among 119 Southern 
master's-level universities in its 
"America's Best Colleges'guide, 
marking Elon's highest ranking 
in the nation's most widely read 
college guide 

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December 2007 ♦ 
President Lambert establishes 
the Lumen Prize as the univer- 
sity's premier academic award; 
Lumen Scholars receive $15,000 
scholarships to support their 

July 2008 > 

Elon University School of Law 
receives provisional ac- 
creditation from the American 
Bar Association; the school 
graduates its charter class in 
May 2009 

October 2008 > 

The university launches Ever 
Elon: The Campaign for the 
Future of Our University during 
a historic community meeting 
on campus; the $100 million 
campaign seeks to build the 
endowment and secure the 
university's future 

August 2009 

'"'I The charter class enrolls 
in Elon's newest graduate 
program, a master of arts in 
interactive media 



Strike Up 

100 years of the 
marching band 

The Elon marching band was fanning 
out across the football field, moving in 
precise formation, when a disheveled 
man, apparently intoxicated, barreled into 
their midst from the sidelines. 

Before anyone could react, he had 
grabbed the startled head majorette, clamped 
her in an embrace and planted a big kiss 
on her cheek. The drum major rushed to 
her rescue as the man fled. Moments later, 
he reappeared and once again made a stag- 
gering beeline for the majorette. 

"This time the whole band jumped on 
him," recalls Jack O. White, Elon's band 
director at the time. "He vanished under 
the pile, and there was this great big melee. 
Out comes flving his hat, then his shirt, 
and then pants and finally his red under- 
wear. When the band finally separated, he 
was gone. He had disappeared altogether." 

The whole thing, of course, was a 
stunt. The "intruder" was a member of the 
band — the piccolo player, who had his 
uniform on underneath his civilian cloth- 
ing. It was a classic "Jack O" gag, the kind 
of elaborate vaudevillian act that, along with 
superb musicianship, made the Showband 
of the Carolinas a crowd favorite in the '60s 
and '70s. 

Those and other stories of the band 
will take center stage as the university cel- 
ebrates 100 years of Elon's marching band 
at Homecoming Oct. 23-25. Alumni band 
members are invited to return to campus and 
perrorm with Elon's current marching band, 
the Fire of the Carolinas, during Saturday's 
football game. 

Elon's first band formed in 1909, accord- 
ing to Raymond Beck '75, former Showband 
drum major and a retired North Carolina state 
capitol historian. To prepare for the centennial 

celebration. Beck researched the band's history 
with Tony Sawyer, Elon's band director. 

Not surprising, the band program began 
at about the same time as Elon's basketball, 
baseball and football programs, all of which 
got their starts in the first decade or so of the 
20th century. 



Die first band di- 
rector was a student, 
Russell Campbell, a 
coronet player who 
graduated in 1911. 
He also played foot- 
ball and was able to HbB^H 
direct the band after 
the team got into 

some trouble and was briefly disbanded, ac- 
cording to Beck. 

Duting the early years, the band played 
mostly at dances and athletics events. When 
the Great Depression struck in 1929, rhe group 
dissolved under the ptessure of hard times. 
Elon President Leon E. Smith resurrected the 
band in the 1930s, recruiting Landon Walker, 

a horn player from Charlotte, N.C., to lead 
the group. 

"Dr. Smith called my high school band 
director and said, 'Do you have somebody 
who can come in and develop a band?" recalls 
Walker, who lives in Hickory, N.C. "My band 
director said, 'Yes, I think I do.'" 

Elon offered Walker free tu- 
ition in exchange for reviving the 
band program. Walker jumped at 
the chance to earn a college de- 
gree. When he arrived, the band 
consisted of two coronet players, 
and he wasted no time recruiting 
fellow students. 

"I had quite a time getting 
them," Walker recalls. "Nobody 
played (an instrument)." 

By the time Walker gradu- 
ated in 1939, the band had about 
40 members. The band would 
have its ups and 
downs and take dif- 
ferent forms in the 
years to come, but 
never again would it 
cease to exist. 

The band be- 
gan to take its mod- 
ern form during the 
1950s, when Elon 
hired the first fac- 
ulty director, Eugene 
Jacobowski, and the program split into sepa- 
rate groups, a pep band and a concert band. 
Jack White came to Elon as band director 
in 1962 and infused the program with energy, 
creating the Showband of the Carolinas and 
the school's first jazz ensemble, Emanon ("No 
Name" spelled backward). Under his leader- 
ship, the jazz ensemble regularly toured the 


East Coast and performed in Puerto Rico 
and Europe, while the Showband earned a 
far-reaching reputation for its wildly inven- 
tive shows. 

Former majorette Hope Amick Gregory 
'77, of Burlington, N.C., recalls the band's 
professionalism and talent. 

"I never thought of it as two groups, the 
band and the majorettes," Gregory says. "We 
were one unit." 

Angie Ingram Hodnett '75, of Rustbutg, 
Va., was a majorette and occasionally plaved 
the bassoon. 

"Even though we weten't a big Division I 
school, when I see routines that those schools 
do now, with syncopated rhythms and things, 
they're reminiscent of what we did," Hodnett 

"We all had one goal — to put on a great 
show every week," Hodnett adds. "I remember 
when we would run off the field, the team 
doctor was always standing there with this big 
roll of bubble gum. As we ran by, he would 
pop a piece into everybody's mouth. We had 
been working so hard we were dehydrated." 

White directed the band for 25 years, 
longer than anyone else, and his skill, lon- 
gevity and showmanship are credited with 
transforming the band into a professional 
performing ensemble. 

"He was a creative genius," says Beck, 
who played under White in the Showband 
and the jazz ensemble during the early '70s. 
"Most bands do a single show all season. We 
did an entirely different show every week, and 
we astounded the crowd with our maneuvers, 
music and hijinks." 

The band struggled once again after 
White stepped down in 1986. What remained 
was a small wind ensemble that was bolstered 
for concert performances by musicians from 

the University of North 
Carolina at Greensboro. 
Tom Erdmann breathed 
new life into the band 
when he joined Elon's mu- 
sic faculty in 1989. 

"I remember the first 
concert we had, one young 
woman said, 'So when are 
the unc-g kids coming? 
I said, 'They're not. It's 
just you,'" Erdmann said. 
"The fear on her face was 
palpable. That first con- 
cert was terrible, but that 
was ok. They learned that 
nobody was going to come 
save them." 

Under Erdmann's direction, the band 
made recordings, performed at concerts and 
as a pep band at special events. When it came 
to the music, Erdmann liked to push the 

"We did a lot of classics, but we also did 
some stuff out of left field, such as polytonal 
pieces, in two keys at the same time, and 
atonal pieces, in no key at all," he says. 

By 2000, Elon had moved to ncaa 
Division 1 competition and was building a 
new football stadium. The only thing miss- 
ing was a marching band. Erdmann contin- 
ued to direct the orchestral band, while Bill 
Dejournett was hired to rebuild the matching 
band. A year later, the Fire of the Carolinas 
made its debut. 

Sawyer took over leadership of the band 
in 2003 following Dejournett. In the spirit of 
Jack White, Sawyer has energized the program 
with creative and sometimes offbeat produc- 
tions. He introduced instruments not typically 
found in a marching band, such as electric 

guitars and keyboards, and he pushed high- 
energy shows featuring rock, pop and heavy 
metal music. He's even done a dance show and 
one based on the Guitar Hero video game. 

"Tony Sawyer has done an unbelievable 
job of maturing the program, and I think the 
fans really notice," says Virginia Zint 08, a 
second-generation Elon band member. Her 
father, James Zint '81, played under White. 
"Instead of having us always go in sttaight pre- 
cision marching band lines, he was thinking, 
'What will make the crowd go wild?' So we 
danced a lot and sang at one point. He made 
sure that we were having fun, because if we 
were having fun, the crowd was having fun." 

Whether the routines are vaudevillian or 
modern, the marching band is as integral to 
school spirit today as it was in the '70s when 
Hodnett played. 

"I missed it when it was over," she says. 
"I'd go back and do it all over again right 
now." H 


ALUMNI Action 

See you at 
Homecoming and 
chapter events 

This section of the magazine is a remarkable 

testament to the importance of our alumni 

chapters in keeping all Elon graduates 

connected to each other and the university. Sallie Hutton '92 

The story on chapter activities on page 28 
demonstrates how busy our alums have been 

this summer, while the coming events list offers graduates plenty of op- 
portunities this fall to socialize, network and serve their communities. I 
am impressed by the commitment of our chapter presidents and commit- 
tee members to ensure that alumni have a variety of opportunities to 
reconnect with Elon in meaningful ways. 

As you plan your schedule for the coming months, be sure to attend 
one of the chapter events in your area. There are plenty of activities to 
choose from, and chances are you'll make new Elon friends. 

Enhancing regional alumni activities is one component of the 
Alumni Association's strategic plan. We're also very focused on bringing 
alumni back to campus. Our premier event to do just that is Homecoming 
Weekend, Oct. 23-25. The Homecoming schedule is full of events that al- 
low you to reconnect with former classmates, faculty and staff, and meet 
students from various academic programs and campus organizations. 

There's a sneak peek of our exciting schedule on the next page. 
Watch the alumni Web site for registration information in early Septem- 
ber. No matter when you graduated or which organizations you 
participated in, this is the weekend for you to return to your beloved Elon. 

The Alumni Relations staff and I look forward to seeing you at an 
event this fall. 



Graduates of the past decade donated $233,618 to Elon dur- 
ing 2008-2009, tn e first year of ignite, the university's 
annual giving program for young alumni. 

A total of 1,009 young alums made gifts, including 
49 who joined The Elon Society, the university's premier 
annual giving recognition society. The average gift from 
young alumni was $137. 

Many alums made gifts at one of 12 ignite nite din- 
ners held during the past year. The dinners, hosted by 
young alums, brought in $30,398 to the university. 

The following ignite nites have been scheduled for 
the fall: 

Atlanta Sept. 14 at the home of Josh '00 and 

Kristen Kart Felix '00 
piedmont triad Oct. 1 at the home of Jude 

Dooley 00 
boston Oct. 7 at Les Zygomates, hosted 

by Kathleen Niple '05, Mark Richter '99 

and Stephanie Badavas '09 

Check for the full schedule. 


As part of Elon's commitment to environmental sustain- 
ability and stewardship of university resources, the Alumni 
Relations Office plans to reduce the number of printed 
invitations that are mailed to graduates for alumni chap- 
ter events. 

If you live in one of the 14 chapter regions and would 
like to receive your invitations via e-mail, please contact 
Alumni Relations at 877.784.3566 or alumnirelations@elon. 
edu and give us your e-mail address. Thank you! 



The Elon Alumni Association is working with Harris Connect to produce the 
2010 alumni directory. 

The directory, Elon University Alumni: Today, will include biographical 
information on graduates, including their class years, home and e-mail ad- 
dresses, and professional information. It will be a valuable tool for social and 
professional networking. 

This fall, all alumni will receive a postcard from Harris requesting their 
updated inlormation. Please help the Alumni Association keep you informed 
of important alumni news and events by promptly responding to the mailing. 

For the first time, alumni will be invited to submit photos of themselves 
along with brief personal updates, which will be included in the front of the 
directory. Alumni may purchase the printed directory when it is published 
next year. 

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 
877.784.3566 or 


Show your Elon pride dur- 
ing your travels, get tagged 
with a complimentary Elon 
luggage tag from the Alumni 

Mail your business card to 
the Alumni Association and 
receive a laminated maroon 

and gold luggage tag with the Elon logo on the front and 
your business card on the back. This tag will make your 
luggage stand out in a crowd! 

Send your business card to: Office of Alumni Relations, 
2600 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244. 

You also can get a luggage tag at Homecoming 
Oct. 23—25. Drop off your business card at check-in in 
Moseley Center. 


The Alumni Relations Office is located in Johnston Hall at 723 S. Antioch Ave. and can be reached toll-free at 877.7843566 or by writing to Campus Box 2600, Elon. NC 27244. 

etyour travel on! 
Italy or Greece 

ar your maroon at 

Oct. 23-25! 

A full schedule of 

Homecoming events will 

be posted in September at 

Homecoming offers something for everyone this 
fall. Plan now to return to campus Oct. 23-25 and 
see how your alma mater has grown. 

Homecoming kicks off Friday morning with 
registration in Moseley Center, where you can pick up a schedule of events and campus 
map to plan your weekend. Highlights of the weekend include the following: 


» Receptions for School of Communications, 
Martha and Spencer Love School of Busi- 
ness and Leisure and Sport Management 

» Campus bus tours led by President Emeri- 
tus Earl Danieley '46 and Barry Bradberry 
'75, associate dean of admissions and finan- 
cial planning 

» Career counseling sessions with Elon's Ca- 
reer Services staff; call 336.278.6538 to 
make an appointment 

» Young Alumni party at The Lighthouse 
featuring the Montgomery Burns Band for 
graduates of the last decade 

» Phoenix Phest party in McKinnon Hall fea- 
turing the North Tower Band 

» African-American Alumni/National Pan- 
Hellenic Council reception; Eugene Perry 
'69, Elon's first African-American graduate, 
will be recognized; NPHC Step Show fol- 
lows in Alumni Gym 


» Alumni Association Awards brunch in McK- 
innon Hall 

» Meal packing service event in Koury Ath- 
letics Center concourse 

» Education alumni gather in Mooney build- 
ing to meet David Cooper, the new dean 
of the School of Education; chemistry 
alumni reception on Mclver Terrace at Mc- 
Michael Science Center 

» Tailgating in Reunion Village (open to all 
alumni), Harper Center lot and beside Lake 
Mary Nell; Zack's hot dogs and hamburg- 
ers, and barbeque lunches available for 
purchase in Reunion Village 

» Elon vs. UT-Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m. in 
Rhodes Stadium 

» Second-annual Old School Party in McKin- 
non Hall; African-American Alumni Group 
will raise money for the African-American 
Alumni Scholarship 

» Reunions: Classes of 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, 
1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004; Band Cen- 
tennial, Lambda Chi Alpha Centennial 
Founding Celebration, Phi Beta Sigma 
(10th anniversary), Pi Kappa Phi (30th an- 
niversary), Tri-Delta (5th anniversary), Tau 
Kappa Epsilon/Alpha Pi Delta and Watson 
Scholars. Also planning get-togethers are 
Kappa Sigma, the Student Government 
Association, Periclean Scholars and Isabella 
Cannon Leadership Fellows 

New this year: Camp Phoenix child care 

» Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. For 
children ages 6 months to 11 years old 

» Child-care services provided by students 
and Elon Campus Ministries staff; certified 
CPR and first-aid attendant on hand 

» Cost: $30 per child per night and $75 per 
family per night maximum; proceeds will 
fund scholarships for spring break service 

Alumni Relations Office staff ': Director, Sallie Hutton '92, • Assistant Director, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 

Assistant Director for Young Alumni, Lindsay Gross Hege '04 • Coordinator of Alumni Chapters, Lauren Kelly '08 • Program Assistant, Kelly Elliston 

The Alumni Association offers the 
following trips in 2010: 

Cathedrals of Italy March 19-27 

» Nine days in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa 
and Lucca 

» Sites include Vatican Museum, Sistine 
Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Pantheon, 
Coliseum, Santa Maria Maggoire Basilica, 
Scala Santa, Basilica of San Giovanni in 
Laterano and the Holy Steps, St. Francis' 
Basilica, Santa Chiara Church, the Duomo, 
Baptistery and the Cemetery, nth century 
Duomo, church of San Michele in Foro, Torre 
dei Guinigi, the Duomo in Florence, Church 
of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella 

» Cost: $3,299 per person (double occupancy) 
plus taxes; additional $750 for single 

Best of the Mediterranean 
& Greek Isles Cruise Oct. 11-24 

» Twelve nights aboard Oceania Cruises' 
Regatta to Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; 
Corfu, Delphi (Itea), Zakynthos, Monemvasia, 
Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos and Athens, 
Greece; and Kasadasi, Turkey 

» Cost: $3,299 to $6,099 per person for 
staterooms (double occupancy); taxes, fees 
and airport/ship transfers are not included; 
save $1,000 per person by booking a 
reservation for two 

» Book your trip before January and receive 
free airfare from select gateway cities, 
including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, 
Chicago, Washington-Dulles, Newark, New 
York-Kennedy, Philadelphia and 

For more information, contact the Alumni 
Association at 877.784.3566 or 


ALUMNI Action 

Alumni chapter members have spent the summer 
serving their communities, going to baseball games 
and meeting with students in New York and Los 
Angeles. Here are the highlights: 

Atlanta Chapter members Josh Felix oo 
and his wife, Kristen Kart Felix oo, helped 
Atlanta alumni get to know each other by 
hosting "Dinner with 6 Elon Strangers" in 
July. The small gathering was a great way for 
alums of all ages to network, particularly grad- 
uates who are new to the city. The following 
day, the couple hosted a cookout for 25 alums 
from the 1990s to the Class of 2009. 

Baltimore Alumni welcomed the warm 
weather by heading to Oregon Ridge Park in 
May for College Coffee and Playtime in the 
Park. In June, they gathered at Howl at the 
Moon bar for live entertainment, including 
dueling piano players. 

Charleston Minor league baseball was 
on the minds of Charleston alumni who 
cheered on their Riverdogs against the Ashe- 
ville Tourists, the Augusta Greenjackets and 
the Greenville Drive. 

charlotte About 30 alumni gathered this 
summer for Charlotte's monthly networking 
socials at The Tavern on Park, a new event 
for the chapter. The Tavern staff has grown so 
fond of the alums that they posted an Elon 
University pennant on the restaurant wall. 

Chicago Members of Elon's newest chapter 
had a packed spring schedule, including a trip 
to North Avenue beach and watching a Cubs 
game at The Cubby Bear bar in Wrigleyville. 

LOS angeles Alumni put on their work 
gloves to participate in the annual Nothin' But 
Sand Beach Cleanup at toes Beach in Playa 
Del Rey, Calif. In July, they met with Elon 
Provost Steven House and students participat- 
ing in the Elon in L.A. program, which offers 
students internships and a course on the busi- 
ness of Hollywood. More than 70 students 
and alumni representing companies such as 
Paramount, Universal Studios, CBS, nbc and 
Fremantle Media attended a reception at the 
Silent Movie Theater. 

new YORK In June, alums attended a re- 
ception with Elon students enrolled in the 

university's inaugural Elon in New York 
program. Twenty students lived in the city 
and met professionals in the fields of finance, 
marketing, communications and entrepre- 
neurship. In July, alums met tennis star Serena 
Williams at an event with the ny Sportimes 
tennis team on Randall's Island in New York. 
Senior Lauren Warr, a Sportimes intern, 
helped arrange the event. 

Philadelphia Chapter members gathered in 
May for a volunteer interest meeting during 
which they brainstormed ideas for events and 
established theit leadership committee. The 
newly reorganized chapter welcomed Megan 
Seibert 05, Michael Bumbry 07 and Jenn 
Budd 07 to the chapter board. 

piedmont triad June rain showers didn't 
keep members of the Piedmont Triad Chap- 
ter from attending Mattini Night at Dick & 
Jane's Tapas and Martinis in Mebane, N.C. 
More than 50 alums from all eras showed up 
and enjoyed a special Phoenix cocktail cre- 
ated by owner Philip Hochreiter '93. Jim 
Drummond '50 and his wife, Joan '52, had a 
great time meeting members of the Class of 
2009 and sharing Elon stories. 

Richmond Betty Yarbrough '52 and her hus- 
band, Fred '50, regaled chapter members with 
their Elon stories during a cookout hosted 
by Scott Hill '71. The Yarbroughs also shared 
news of their 58th wedding anniversary. 

triangle In April, alums participated in the 
Angels Among Us Race and raised more than 
$1,700 to fund research and clinical trials of 
brain and spinal tumors at Duke University 
Medical Center in Durham. In May, floppy 
hats were all the rage at the chapter's 5th- 
Annual Kentucky Derby Party at Angus Barn 
in Raleigh. Kappy Black, the wife of Perry 

Black '80, won first place for best hat, while 
Candyce Marsh '03 correctly picked Mine 
That Bird to win the Derby. 

In June, alums participated in the Komen 
Race for the Cure in Raleigh and watched the 
movie "Slumdog Millionaire" on the lawn of 
the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

Washington, d.c In May, alums toured 
the National Portrait Gallery with School of 
Communications Dean Paul Parsons, Associ- 
ate Dean Connie Book and faculty member 
Janna Anderson. Chapter members also at- 
tended the "Paint the Town Pink" fundraiser 
to benefit the Susan G. Komen Founda- 
tion. Katie Sullivan '02 and Maggie Sullivan 
Massaro 03 hosted the event, which raised 
more than $2,000 for cancer research. 

In June, alums raised an additional $1,000 
for the Komen Foundation by participating 
in the Race for the Cure on the National Mall. 

Washington, D.C 


ALUMNI Action 

CBreer reSOUrCeS Elon's Career Services office has a new 

a\/ailahlp fnr online resource to help alumni prepare 

for job interviews. 

I • ' 

Umnl Perfect Interview is an interactive, 

Web-based program that allows users 

to practice their interviewing skills and receive feedback. Alumni can 

customize their interview sessions for entry-level to executive positions. 

Alums can videotape and archive their sessions and e-mail them to 

friends and colleagues for feedback. Tips on answering each question 

and suggested responses are embedded in each session. Also included in 

the program is Perfect Resume to help alumni create effective resumes. 

To find out more about Perfect Interview, go to the alumni Web site 

( and click on the Career Services link. 

Other resources for alumni include Career Beam and the Elon 
Alumni Association Linkedln Group. 

Career Beam is a comprehensive, user-friendly program that helps 

alumni identify and meet their professional goals. Alumni can get 
tips on constructing effective resumes and cover letters, preparing for 
interviews, developing a professional network and launching a strategic 
career search. Career Beam also allows alumni to search for organiza- 
tions and industries nationally and internationally. Alumni can create 
an account at 

Elon's Linkedln Group is open to all alumni. Linkedln is an on- 
line professional networking resource that allows alums to connect 
with classmates, friends and former colleagues. To join and create 
a profile, go to Elon's group is located at 

Career consultations will be available during Homecoming Week- 
end. Career Services staff will be available on Friday, Oct. 23, to assist 
alumni with their job searches, including writing resumes and cover 
letters, and networking opportunities. Interested alumni should call 
Career Services at 336.278.6538 to make an appointment. 

Coming Events 2009 

AUG. 23 Richmond Chapter shag 
lessons, 2 p.m. Visions Lounge 

AUG. 24 Los Angeles Welcome to the 
City, 7 p.m Life on Wilshire 

AUG. 25 New York Welcome to the City, 
7 p.m. Mad46 (rooftop of The Roosevelt 

AUG. 26 D.C. Chapter film premiere, 
"Captain Abu Raed," produced by Laith 
Majali '05, E Street Theater 

aug. 27 Boston Welcome to the City, 

6 p.m, McFadden's 

AUG. 29 Baltimore Chapter Orioles 
game, 705 p.m Pre-game social, 5 p.m. 
The Diamond Tavern 

Chicago Welcome to the City, 11 a.m. 
Lincoln Park, Grove 15 

sept. 8 Atlanta Welcome to the City, 

7 p.m. Wildfire Restaurant 

sept. 9 Piedmont Triad Welcome to 
the City, 6:30 p.m. Natty Greene's 

sept. 10 New York Business Fellows 
reception, 6 p.m. (Location TBA) 

Philadelphia Welcome to the City, 
7 p.m. Manayunk Brewery 

Richmond Welcome to the City, 7 p.m. 
Capital Ale House in Innsbrook 

Schmoozapalooza alumni/student 
networking, 6 p.m. Elon 

sept. 10-11 Elon Alumni Board 
meeting, Elon 

sept. 12 Charleston Chapter football 
trip, Elon vs. Presbyterian, Clinton, S.C. 

Richmond and D.C. chapters trip to 
Philip Carter Winery, 2 p.m. 

sept. 14 Boston Chapter volunteer 
interest meeting, 7 p.m. Baystate 
Financial Office 

SEPT. is Los Angeles Chapter All- 
North Carolina alumni networking 
social, 7 p.m. SOUTH in Santa Monica 

Charlotte Chapter networking event, 
6:30 p.m. The Tavern on Park. Special 
guest: Phoenix basketball coach Matt 

Triangle Welcome to the City, 7 p.m. 
Tatton Hall, Raleigh 

sept. 16 Chicago Chapter social, 
5:30 p.m. Pegasus Restaurant &Tavern 

sept. 17 Atlanta Chapter social, 6 p.m 
Shout in Midtown 

SEPT. 18 Charleston Welcome to the 
City, 5:30 p.m. Tommy Condon's Pub 

sept. 19 Piedmont Triad and Charlotte 
chapters football trip, 6:30 p.m. Elon vs. 
Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C 

sept. 19-20 Young Alumni Council 
meeting, Elon 

SEPT.20 Chicago Chapter Bears 
vs. Steelers viewing party, 3 p.m. 
Wrightwood Tap 

sept. 23 Charlotte Chapter wine/ 
culinary event, (Time TBA) Johnson & 
Wales University 

sept. 25 Philadelphia Chapter Art 
After 5, 5:30 p.m. Philadelphia Museum 
of Art 

sept. 30 Washington, D.C, Welcome 
to the City, 7 p.m. The Clarendon Grill, 
Arlington, Va. 

OCT. 1 Los Angeles Chapter First 
Thursday social, 7 p.m. Big Wangs 

OCT. 3 Charlotte Chapter Komen 
Race for the Cure 5K, 8 a.m. Uptown 

OCT. 8 Triangle Chapter networking 
social/canned food drive, 7 p.m. 
Carolina Ale House, Raleigh 

OCT. 9-10 Physical therapy alumni 
reunion, Elon 

OCT. 10 Triangle Chapter service event, 

2 p.m. Food Bank of Central/Eastern 
N.C, Raleigh 

Charleston Chapter golf tournament, 
1:30 p.m. Shadowmoss Golf Club 

Richmond Chapter River District 
cruise, (Time TBA) departs from 
Turning Basin 

OCT. 13 Piedmont Triad Chapter 
attends Fall Convocation, 4 p.m. 
Alumni Gym 

OCT. 14 Chicago Chapter social/ 
coat drive, 5:30 p.m. McCormick and 
Schmick's, Michigan Avenue 

OCT. 15 Atlanta Chapter social, 6 p.m. 
Highland Tap in Virginia Highlands 

Washington, DC, Chapter social, 

6:30 p.m. RFD, Chinatown 

Philadelphia Chapter social, 

6 p.m. Winberie's Restaurant and Bar, 
Princeton, N.J. 

OCT. 17 Atlanta Chapter service event, 

9 a.m. Safehouse Outreach 

New York Chapter service event, 

8 a.m. New York Cares Day 

Baltimore Chapter food packing 
service event, noon Moveable Feast 

OCT. 18 Boston Chapter Autism Walk, 

9 a.m. Suffolk Downs, East Boston 

OCT.20 Charlotte Chapter networking 
social, 6 p.m. (Location TBA) 

0CT.23-25 Homecoming Weekend, 


OCT. 30 Baltimore Chapter Halloween 
social, 6 pm. Looney's Pub, Canton 

NOV. 5 Los Angeles Chapter First 
Thursdays social, 7 p.m. Hennessey's, 
Manhattan Beach 

NOV. 7 Piedmont Triad Chapter 
attends "Kiss Me, Kate," 7:30 p.m. 
McCrary Theatre, Elon 

NOV. 14 Richmond Chapter football 
trip, 3 p.m. Elon vs. Appalachian State, 

NOV. 18 Chicago Chapter social, 

5:30 p.m. Dunlay's on Clark, Lincoln Park 

NOV. 19 Washington, DC, Chapter 
social, 630 p.m. (Location TBA) 

For the latest 
alumni news, go to 


CLASS Notes 

Class Notes 


Virginia Lee May Corbett '43 cred- 
its Elon with helping her become 
a successful secretary. She earned 
her secretarial practice certificate in 
1943 and later served as a secretary 
at Associated Transport, Fortress 
Underwriters and Traveler's Insurance 
Co. Eventually, she passed the certi- 
fied professional secretary exam. 

Barbara A. Haynes Francis '49 is 

grateful to Elon for helping her be- 
come a teacher. Barbara still keeps in 
touch with the friends she met on 




Nancy K. Keck '50 londly recalls 
chemistry classes with professor 
Earl Danieley '46. She is thankful to 
Elon for preparing her to transfer to 
a school that offered the major she 

Frank L. Ward '52 never dreamed 
that an Elon education would be pos- 
sible after serving in the U.S. Navy 
for more than three years. With help 
from Earl Danieley "46, Frank was 
able to gtaduate in three years and 
says that he still looks forward to see- 
ing Dr. Danieley when he visits Elon. 

Luther Conger '55 is looking for 
alumni from the 1950s and 1960s to 
join other alumni in the I4th-annual 
Elon Golf Outing in the Pinehurst/ 
Southern Pines area Oct. 12-Oct. 14. 
Special rates are available for non- 
golfers. For more information, call 
Luther at 336.993.4768. 

John T. Jones '55 and Carolyn 
Abernathy Jones '56 celebrated 52 

years of marriage this summer. John 
and Carolyn are retired educatots and 
reside in Shallotte, N.C. 

Ikey Tarleton Little '59 retired after 
25 years with IBM. To show her appre- 
ciation tor Elon, she offered a match- 
ing gift of up to $25,000 to fund a 
scholarship in honor of the Class of 
1959. She encourages classmates who 
are inrerested in making a gift to con- 
tact Elon's University Advancement 
Office at 877.784.3566. Ikey lives in 
Moss Landing, Calif. 


Dexter R. Barbee '62 founded Apollo 
Chemical Corp. in 1968 and sold it 
in 2009. He lives with his wife, Joan, 
in Burlington, N.C. 

Cliff Hardy '62 was appointed by 
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to serve 
on the Florida Housing Finance 
Corporation Board for a three-year 
term. Cliff is a retired mortgage 
banker and lives with his wife, Judv 
Morris-Hardy, in Tampa, Fla. 

Fred Stephenson '65 retired after 24 
years as conference director of the 
University of Georgia's Trucking 
Profitability Strategies Conference. 
Fred and his wife, Sharon Smith 
Stephenson '66, celebrated their 43rd 
wedding anniversary in June. The 
couple reside in Athens, Ga. 

Mary Shaw Covington '66 has been 
a tour guide for 31 years and conducts 
tours throughout the United States 
and North America, as well as Europe 
and Australia. Mar)' lives in Mebane, 

Tom Page '66 is a novelist and techni- 
cal writer, and he has authored eight 
books. He lives in Santa Monica, 

Mary Coolidge Ruth '66 and her 
husband. Bill Ruth '66, serve as vol- 
unteers with Partnets in Service with 
the United Church of Christ. Last 

l-r Bill Ruth '66, Mary Coolidge Ruth '66, Dave 
Potter '66, Betty Potter, Bonnie Moore Brooks '66, 
Larry Brooks '66, Patsy Bulla Barker '67, Bill Barker 
'6? and Judy Hardie Saunders '68 

year, Mary and Bill volunteeted at the 
ucc headquarters in Cleveland, serv- 
ing with Wider Church Ministries. 
This year, the couple are volunteering 
at Silver Lake Conference Center in 
Sharon, Conn., where Mary served as 
an inrern in 1965. They live in Stonev 
Creek, N.C. 

William Williams '66 moved from 
Clifton, Va., to Jeffersonton, Va., 
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge 

Ken R. Hollingsworth '68 and his 

wife, Judy, edited the Mofii-Gndur 
Trilingual Dictionary, published 
by Rudiger Koppe Verlag. The 
couple also helped translate the 
New Testament in the Mofu-Gudur 
language. They reside in Maroua, 


Joe Foley '71 conducred rhe 16th- 
annual delegates assembly of the 
National Fedetation of Croarian 
Americans in Washington, D.C., 
in June. Joe works in government 

Luther Conger '55, second from right, and friends 

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please contact: 

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CLASS Notes 

relations and public affairs for Foley 
Government & Public Affairs, Inc. 
He lives in Potomac, Md. 

Marvin L. Morgan '71 is pastor and 
minister of pastoral care at First 
Congregational United Church of 
Christ in Atlanta. He serves as na- 
tional moderator of the General 
Synod of the ucc and presided at 
the denomination's biennial meeting 
in Grand Rapids, Mich., in June. His 
children, Megan and Marvin Jr., are 
Elon students. He lives with his wife, 
Mae, in Atlanta. 

Dale G. Esber '73 and Nancy Darden 
Esber '74 retired last year from the 
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 
which recognized the couple for their 
combined 64 years of teaching. Dale 
and Nancy reside in Virginia Beach, 

Larry F. Hodges '74 joined Clemson 
University as the flagship director of 
the School of Computing. Larry lives 
with his wife, Elizabeth Williford 
Hodges '74, in Clemson, S.C. 

J.A. Savage '75 ls retired and lives 
with his wife, Jane, in Tampa, Fla. 

Eric Hall '76 is a partner at True 
Reality Inc. and lives in Burbank, 

Steven F. Yuskevich '76 was ap- 
pointed senior warden of St. Iriomas 
Episcopal Church. He had hip re- 
placement surgery in May and is 
looking forward to his son's wedding 
in October. Steven lives with his wife, 
Barbara, in Sanford, N.C. 



Bryant M. Colson '80 was 
elected vice chair of the Orange 
County (N.C.) Human Relations 
'Commission. Bryant is a current 
membet and past chair of the Orange 
County Economic Development 
Commission. He lives with his 
wife, Karen, and his children, Kyra, 
Krvsten and Kabrya, in Hillsborough, 

Christopher M.T. Jones '80 orga- 
nized the group, Save the Yankees 
Gate 2 Committee, which is dedi- 
cated to preserving Gate 2 from the 
original Yankee Stadium, built in 
1923. He is a retired teacher and lives 
with his wife, Cindy, and his children, 
Karherine and Tom, in Midlothian, 

Karen Miller Simmons '80 retired 
after teaching for 30 years in North 
Carolina. She lives with her husband, 
Billy, in Gastonia, N.C. 

Marie Barrett Case '81 teaches spe- 
cial-needs children in Buncombe 
Counry Schools. Marie lives in 
Chandler, N.C, with her husband, 
Ed, and her two children, Matthew 
and Courtney. 

Patricia Spencer Melesh '81 has been 
a teacher for 23 years with Anne 
Arundel County Public Schools. She 
and her husband, Charles, celebrated 
their 20th wedding anniversary in 
June. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is 
a sophomore at Pfeiffer University, 
and their son, Charlie, is a senior at 
Annapolis High School. They live in 
Annapolis, Md. 

Frank D. Gorham '82 plays on the 
Washington Alumni Chapter soft- 
ball team and has enjoyed getting to 
know alums from all eras. He resides 
in Springfield, Va., with his wife, 

Rick Handchen '82 is director of ath- 
letics at Brick Township High School. 
He lives in Brick, N.J. 

Ron C. Jones '82 is director of golf 
instruction at Golf Academy of 
America in Orlando, Fla. Ron lives 
with his wife, Cindy Matherly Jones, 
in Lake Mary, Fla. 

Aubrey M. Wilkerson '82 was pro- 
moted to regional business bank- 
ing director for the western region 
of Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank in 
Virginia. Aubrey lives with his wife, 
Denise, in Winchester, Va. 

Joel W. Huffstetler '85 earned a 
master's degree in sacred theology 
from The School of Theology at The 
University of the South-Sewanee. His 
rhesis topic was "A Critical Analysis 
of the Writings of Michael Mayne." 
Joel is rector of St. Luke's Episcopal 
Church in Cleveland, Tenn., where 
he lives with his wife, Debbie. 

Penny F. Rosser '85 received a doc- 
torate in environmenral engineering 
from Warren National University in 
May 2009. Penny works as a chem- 
ist for the Town of Cary, N.C. She 
oversees rhe chemistry and microbi- 
ology laboratories at the Cary/ Apex 
Water Treatment Facility. Penny lives 
in Cary. 

Timothy D. Farmer '87 is the stem 
cell and cloning project managet with 
bsci and lives in Potomac Falls, Va. 

Jim Leary '87 started his own busi- 
ness, mcd International, Inc., a 
general contracting and manage- 
ment company. He lives with his 
wife, Missy Swaim Leary '88, in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

William R. Abele '88 was promoted 
to sergeant with the Norfolk Police 
Department and has been assigned 
to the Homeland Security Division 
Bomb Squad Unit. He lives in 
Suffolk, Va. 

Robert F. Criste '89 is founder and 
president of Stevens Petformance 
Turf, Inc., which provides water- 
use efficiency sensors to golf courses 
and sports turf facilities worldwide. 
Robert lives in Lawrenceville, Ga. 

Suzette Hatcher Hunley '89 is prac- 
tice manager at Roxboro MedAccess 
Urgent Care Facility. She resides in 
Roxboro, N.C. 

James C. Rich '89 was promoted to 
major with the Alamance County 
Sheriffs Office. James lives with his 
wife, Lisa, in Graham, N.C. 



G. Doug Lewis '90 is a real estate 
investor and general contractor with 
Fairchild Renovations. He lives with 
his wife. Faith, and their children, 
Julianna and Sophia, in Chesapeake 
Beach, Md. He and his former Elon 
roommare, Casey Beathard '90, plan 
to attend Homecoming this fall and 
their 20th class reunion. He hopes to 
see many classmates there. 

Maria Lynn Kealey '90 has com- 
pleted her master's degree in adult 
education and training, and begins 
law school this fall. Maria lives in 
Centreville, Md. 

Rick Snyder '91 was named vice pres- 
ident of creative services at speed, a 
cable television network dedicated to 
motor sports. Rick lives in Charlotte, 

Marti Blythe Clark '92 is the mar- 
keting assistant for Southampton 
Memorial Hospital. Marti also assists 
her husband, Michael, with running 
the family business, wlqm 101.7 FM 
and 1250 am radio stations. The cou- 
ple and their daughter, Molly, live in 
Franklin, Va. 

Thomas S. Nielson '92 has moved to 
Los Angeles to pursue a film career. 

He lives with his wife, Tracey, in 
Redondo Beach, Calif. 

Jeffrey D. Queen '92 was promoted 
to chief financial officer at Vecoplan 
llc. He lives in Greensboro, N.C. 

Laura Foster '93 is a teacher and 
head coach of the varsiry girl's bas- 
ketball team at Ashe County High 
School. The team was named High 
Point Holiday Classic champion. 
Mountain- Valley 2A season champion 
and conference tournament cham- 
pion. Laura was named conference 
coach of the year and district coach 
of the year. She lives in Wilkesboro, 

Kelly Holder '93 is the head football 
coach of Mt. Airy High School. His 
team was undefeated and captured 
the North Carolina i-A state cham- 
pionship. Kelly lives in Mt. Airy, N.C. 

Tripp Bass '94 and Crystal Crawford Bass '96 and 
children, Thomas and Maggie 

Thomas "Tripp" Bass mi '94 and 
his wife. Crystal Crawford Bass '96, 

live in Elon, N.C. Tripp is the sec- 
ond generation of his family to attend 
Elon. He says he hopes their children, 
8-year-old Fhomas IV and 2-year-old 
Maggie, will be the third generation 
of proud Elon alums. Tripp is a net- 
work administrator at Harris, Crouch, 
Long, Scott, & Miller, and Crystal is 
a registered nurse case manager for 
Hospice of Alamance-Caswell. 

Chris Crabtree '94 was promoted 
to executive vice president of 
MedSolutions and lives in Brentwood, 

Leigh Tavolacci '94 received her 
professional human resources cer- 
tification and is a human resources 
business partner at adp. She lives in 

Tonya Taylor '94 was appointed 
executive director of the Rochester 
General Health System nwch 
Foundation, where she directs public 
relations and marketing. Tonya lives 
in Rochester, N.Y. 


CLASS Notes 

Erick P. Gill '95 was named govern- 
ment communicator of the year by 
the Treasure Coast Chapter of the 
Florida Public Relations Association. 
Erick is the public information of- 
ficer for St. Lucie County, Fla. He 
and his staff received six National 
Association of County Information 
Officers Excellence Awards for video 
production and public relations proj- 
ects for the third consecutive year. He 
resides in Fort Pierce, Fla., with his 
wife, Colleen Ban Gill 95, and their 
children, Chelsea and Trevor. 

Daniel Colangelo 96 is a tennis 
professional at North Hills Club in 
Raleigh, N.C., where he lives. 

Satara P. Ferguson '96 is a teacher at 
Flat Shoals Elementary School. She 
became a licensed minister in 2008 
and had her first book, Handmade 
by God, published in Mav. She is 
working on two additional books 
and lives with her son. HyKeem, in 
Lithonia, Ga. 

Melanie Y. Crenshaw '98 graduated 
in the charter class of Elon University 
School of Law. Melanie lives in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Stephanie O'Brien '98 manages re- 
cruitment tor Walt Disney's newest 
venture, Disney English. She works 
with educators teaching English in 
China. She lives in Stamford, Conn. 

Bobby G. Cox Jr. '99 is an assistant 
varsity football coach at West Craven 
High School. He lives in Vanceboro, 
N.C, with his wife, Erica, and their 
son, Kaden. 

Shannon K. Landefeld '99 received 
the Milken Family Foundation 
National Educator Award at the 
National Education Conference in 
April. Shannon is a tourth-grade 
teacher at Tulip Grove Elementary 
School in Bowie, Md. She lives in 
Crofton, Md. 

Erica L. Preusse '99 traveled to Africa 
and worked with children affected by 
hiv in Tanzania. She also went on a 
safari and spent Easter on Zanzibar 
Island. Erica lives in Hollv Springs, 

Melissa Quinn '99 is a 

producer with the tele- 
vision show "The Shift," 
which chronicles the 
cases of homicide de- 
tectives in Indianapolis. 
She won an Emmy 
Award in June from the 
National Academy ot Melissa Quinn '99 

Television Arts and Sciences National 
Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. The 
award was in the promotion/pro- 
gram/campaign category. She lives 
in Silver Spring, Md. 

Joe D. Trickey '99 is pursuing an 
MBA at Liberty University. He lives 
in South Boston, Va. 



Marshall Glass '00 is a field sales rep- 
resentative for Allstate Insurance and 
lives in Astoria, N.Y. 

Shaun P. Landers 00 has received an 
MBA with a concentration in human 
resources management from Johns 
Hopkins University. 
Shaun is a recruiting 
director with Resources 
Global Professionals. 
He lives in Maplewood, 
N.J., with his wife, Lisa. 

Jeff Goodman '01 com- 
pleted his first year of 
teaching health and 
physical education at Bryan McFariand 
Colonel Richardson 
High School. Jeff coaches the boy's 
soccer and baseball teams. He lives 
with his wife. Tammy, and his daugh- 
ter, Hailey, in Chestertown, Md. 

Steven A. Wilson 01 has earned a 
master's degree and license in coun- 
seling and is pursuing a license 
as a clinical addictions specialist. 
Steven works tor Triad Psychiatric 
and Counseling Center. He lives in 
Whitsett, N.C. 

Allyson M. Brunetti 02 was pro- 
moted to operations manager at mkm 
Partners in Greenwich, Conn. She 
serves as the young alumni chair of 
the New York Alumni Chapter. She 
lives in Old Greenwich, Conn. 

Holly Edwards Ferris 02 received a 
master's degree in higher and post- 
secondarv education from Teachers 
College, Columbia University. Holly 
is a program manager at the Jerome 
A. Chazem Institute of 
International Business 
at Columbia Business 
School. She lives in New 

Ashley R. Igdalsky '02 

is executive director 
of the new Village at 
Pocono Raceway, which 
opened in August. She 

also serves as the assistant secretary 
of Pocono Raceway and assistant di- 
rector for FOX Sports Speed Channel. 
Ashley lives in Long Pond, Pa. 

Lundon B. Sims 02 received the 
Southern Conference of Foreign 
Language Teachers Award and will 
study abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador, 
this summer. She also received 
the Blanche Raper Zimmerman 
Scholarship for social studies teachers 
from the Winston-Salem Foundation. 
Lundon lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Erica Stanley '02 is deputy commu- 
nications director tor Adrian Fenty, 
mayot of Washington, D.C. Erica 
lives in Washington, D.C. 

Tim Steadman '02 was contracted 
as a contributing photographer with 

'04, Chris Glen '05 and Jennifer Guthrie '04 

Icon smi, a photography wire service. 
One of Tim's photos from the ncaa 
Baseball Super Regionals was fea- 
tured on the front page of the ESPNU 
Web site. Tim lives in Charlotte, 
N.C, with his wife, Karen Dickens 
Steadman 03. 

Brian D. Ford 03 helped establish 
Capstone Realty Advisors, a commer- 
cial real estate brokerage firm. Brian 
lives in Charlotte, N.C. 

Danielle S. Matthews '03 received an 
MBA with a concentration in project 
management from Walden University. 
Danielle lives in Middle River, Md. 

Jeanette Olli '03 earned a doctorate 
in mathematics from the University 
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 
May. This fall, she will serve as an 
assistant professor of mathematics 
at Dominican University in River 
Forest, 111. 

Wade H. Barnes 04 received the 
Governor's Service Award for his 
volunteer efforts with inner-city 
high schools. Wade is assistant vice 
president of 1st Mariner Bank in 
Baltimore. He lives in Parkville, Md. 

Sharon Anderson Davies '04 re- 
ceived her master's degree in educa- 
tion with a concentration in student 

affairs practice in higher education 
from the University of Virginia. She 
is executive director of the Virginia 
ymca and coordinates statewide 
youth leadership programs. She 
lives with her husband, Corey, in 
Lynchburg, Va. 

Alyssa Martin '04 is working with 
Oscar-nominated director Mark 
Kitchell on his new film about the 
history of the environmental move- 
ment. Alyssa leads the project's archi- 
val research efforts in San Francisco, 
where she lives. 

A. Justin McCarthy m 04 was 

named a Leader's Level Producer at 
Baystate Financial Services, where 
he works as a financial planner. He 
lives with his wife, Alison Edwards 
McCarthy '04, in Westtord, Mass. 

Bryan McFariand 04 

launched Vintage V by 
David Mac, a designer 
T-shirt company based 
in West Chester, Pa. He 
works with Jennifer 
Guthrie 04 and 
Christopher Glen '05 
at the company, which 
specializes in men's and 
women's graphic V-neck 

shirts. Alums can find the shirts at 

Vycki McKitrick '04 graduated from 
the University of Maryland School 
of Nursing and is a geriatric nurse 
practitioner at Bravohealth. She lives 
in Baltimore. 

William K. Pou ill '04 was promoted 
to replenishment buyer at Badcock 
Home Furniture and More. William 
lives with his wife, Tessa Sweetman- 
Pou '04, in Mulberry, Fla. 

Katie Sherman '04 was promoted 
to associate managing editor at, an executive job 
search Web site. Katie resides in 
Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Jessica Patchett-Anderson 05 is the 
child and family outreach coordi- 
nator at First Presbyterian Church 
and serves as pastor of Cornerstone 
Presbyterian Church in Concord, 
N.C. In July, she was ordained 
as a minister of word and sacra- 
ment. Jessica lives with her husband. 
Tommy, in Charlotte, N.C. 

Agnes P. Bannigan '05 received her 
master's degree from the University 
of Maryland department of cre- 
ative writing. Agnes plans to con- 
tinue teaching at the University of 


CLASS Notes 

A treasured keepsake 


Thanks to Mary Jones Stephenson '31, Elon 
trustee Zachary T. Walker III '60 has a special 
memento of his father, former Elon quarterback 
Zachary Walker Jr. '30. 

This story begins at Homecoming in fall 1929. Zac 
Walker Jr. scored the first touchdown of the game 
and by tradition was awarded a maroon wool 
sweater with a gold "E"sewn on the front. Instead of 
taking it for himself, he asked that it be made in a 
smaller size for Stephenson, his girlfriend at the time. 
She wore it several times that season before carefully 
tucking it away in a cedar chest for safekeeping. 

Nearly eight decades later, the 100-year-old 
alumna from Suffolk, Va., decided to give the sweater 
to Walker's son as a keepsake. Coincidentally, 
Stephenson's dentist in Suffolk, Dr. Leroy Howell, is a 
trustee emeritus at Elon, and he agreed to make sure 
the sweater reached Walker. He called Walker at his 
Raleigh, N.C., home in February to tell him the good 
news. Walker was floored. 

"I never knew Mary existed until I got the call," 
Walker says. "Dad never talked a lot about his time at 
Elon. He enjoyed it, and he was an all-conference 
player, but it never went to his head." 

Walker couldn't believe his eyes when he finally 
received the sweater, not knowing it had been made 
for Stephenson. 

"My first reaction when I saw it was, 'I knew my 
daddy was a small man, but I never knew he was that 
small,'" Walker says, laughing. "I expected it to have 
some wear and tear, but it looked like it had just 
come off the factory line. I was overwhelmed." 

Walker called Stephenson to thank her for the 
sweater. In an interview, Stephenson says she dated 
the elder Walker for two years and that she couldn't 
recall any other player making that kind of sacrifice 
for his girlfriend. 

"I thought it was great for him to make (the 
sweater) for me," she says. "He wanted me to have it 
to remember him by. I guess he thought enough of 
me to do that for me." 

Staying in touch following graduation was 
difficult, Stephenson says. She returned to her 
Virginia home, married, raised two children and 
taught school for more than 30 years. 

"I went to some Elon Commencements, and he 
was there, of course," Stephenson says. "I spoke to 
him there as a friend." 

Like Stephenson did before him, Walker has 
stored the sweater in a cedar chest in his home, 
which he shares with his wife, Dot. 

"Dot and I haven't decided what we're going to 

do with it yet," he says. "I'm going to see if it'll fit her 
and if she'll wear it to an Elon football game." 

Zac and Dot Walker have been generous Elon 
benefactors for more than 25 years, making major 
gifts to support academic and athletics scholarships, 
as well as construction of the new field house in the 
north athletics complex. 

"I'll be forever grateful to Mary for caring enough 
to get that sweater to me," Walker says. "It's part of 
my dad's life that I never knew existed. It is 
something I'll always treasure." 

Maryland this fall. She resides in 
Greenbelt, Md. 

Michael Bean '05 was named teacher 
of the year ar Southern Vance High 
School for 2008-2009. Michael lives 
in Henderson, N.C. 

Valentine Woods Breitbarth '05 

graduated with a master's degree in 
public health and health policy from 
George Washington University in 
May. Valentine works for the District 
of Columbia in the Department of 
Health Care Finance's Policy and 
Planning Administration. She lives in 
Washington, D.C. 

Jennifer Holmes '05 in June earned a 
master's degree in human-computer 
interaction from DePaul University 
in Chicago. Jennifer is a Web devel- 
oper with Salem Web Network. She 
lives in Midlorhian, Va. 

Samantha "Sam" C. McDaniel 05 

is pursuing a master's degree in reli- 
gion at Liberty University. She was 
appointed president of the national 
board of trustees for the Sigma Alpha 
Omega Christian sorority and is the 
worship leader for conVerge Church 
in Lynchburg, Va. 

PatrickJ. Rees 05 is public relations 
coordinator for the New Jersey Nets. 
Patrick lives in Weehawken, N.J. 

Jessica Swearengin '05 was named to 
the 2009 class of Apple Distinguished 
Educators. She was a N.C. Teaching 
Fellow at Elon and now teaches world 
history' at Mooresville High School in 
Mooresville, N.C. 

Alison Gray Wille '05 and Michael G. 
Wille '05 celebrated their first wedding 
anniversary in June. Mike is a finan- 
cial specialist with Wachovia Bank, 
and Alison works as a senior associate 
auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. 
They reside in Baltimore. Their first 
year of marriage has been wonder- 
ful and they want to thank Elon 
alumni Emily Sprouse Walker '04, 
Matt Wille '07, Alden De Lamarter 
07, Ashley Kehrer 02, Bowie Gray 

00, Matt Crews 05, David Ratz 01, 
Tracy Trave 06, Jen Quast 05, Cassie 
Cosentino '07 and professor Linda 
Poulson for attending their wedding. 

Aubria T, Williams 05 is pursing a 
bachelor's degree in graphic design at 
the Art Institute in Northern Virginia. 
Before that, she worked for tour years 
as a social worker in Louisville, Ky. 
Aubria resides in Herndon, Va. 

Tommy Bedard '06 graduated from 
Syracuse University's School of 
Education in May with a master's 
degree in secondary social studies 
education. Tommy is pursuing a 
middle/high school teaching posi- 


CLASS Notes 

Loren K. Burlando '93 and 1-rJim Snell '98, Megan Slasher Snell '98, Deena Sarah Porter Chambers '99 and Andrew Chambers Stacey Lee '99 and Valerie 

RussellAdams Erickson McNichol '98, Scott McNichol and Maria andfrlends Delby 

N. McArthur '99 

Sean M. Loren '99 and Dawn Loren and friends 

tion in central New York. He lives in 
Syracuse, N.Y. 

Geoff Childs '06 recently completed 
a yearlong tour of dun,' in Iraq with 
the U.S. Army. Geoff was pro- 
moted to captain and was awarded 
the Bronze Star for his service as a 
scout platoon leader and squadron 
adjutant during Operation Iraqi 
Freedom. Geoff and his wile, Laura 
Bartholomay Childs 05, reside in 
Killeen, Texas. 

Matthew Cohen 06 moved ro the 
Washington, D.C., area to work in 
the company statistics division of 
the U.S. Census Bureau. He resides 
in Arlington, Va. 

Michael G. Demos 06 was named 
the play-by-play announcer for the 
Tri-Ciry ValleyCats, the minor league 
Class A baseball affiliate for the 
Houston Astros. He works for the 
Siena College athletics department 
and lives in Clifton Park, N.Y. 

Brandon Gauthier 06 has been 
accepted as a Ph.D. candidate in 
U.S. diplomatic history at Fordham 
University. He will complete his mas- 
ter's degree this summer and begin 
his doctoral studies this fall. Brandon 
lives in New York. 

Brian C. Lynch '06 sells sponsor- 
ships and advertisements for the 
Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics 
radio network. He works at weei 
850 am Sports Radio. Brian lives in 
Watertown, Mass. 

George Memory '06 received his 
Series 7, Series 31 and Series 65 life 
and health insurance, and long-term 
care and Medicare supplement li- 
censes and certifications. George 
works as a portfolio manager and fi- 
nancial planning specialist with the 
Sullivan Memory McCulloch Group 
at MorganSranley SmithBarney. 
George lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Scott T. Owen '06 was promoted to 
regional manager of Cranked Cuts 
NYC. Scott lives in New York. 

Jennifer L. Papillo 06 graduated 
cum laude from Stetson University 
College of Law in May and plans 
to attend Georgetown University 
Law Center to obtain an LL.M. in 
taxation with an emphasis on exempt 
organizations. Jennifer resides in St. 
Petersburg, Fla. 

Amanda R. Taylor '06 worked on the 
Tony Award-winning Broadway pro- 
duction of "The Norman Conquests' 
with acclaimed producer Jennifer 
Isaacson. This fall, she will work with 
Isaacson as a co-producer in the new 
production company Rebel/Rebel 
Productions. Currently, they are 
working on a show titled "In Therapy 
with Celine," which features singer 
Celine Dion in a comedy/cabaret 
show. Amanda resides in New York. 

Dave Warfel '06 started a Web design 
and creative marketing company in 
Richmond, Va. Dave has also been 
competing in sprint triathlons and 
is training for a 100-mile trail run 
through the mountains of Virginia in 
June 2010. He resides in Henrico, Va. 

Andrew A. Iszard '07 is a sales and 
services associate at the Halstead ot 
Arlington, a luxury apartment com- 
plex. Andrew lives in Alexandria, Va. 

Cara H. Leidy '07 and her fellow 
Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters celebrated 
the engagement of Corey Backes 
'07 and Bobby Miller '07. Ashley 
Moniger 07. Sarah Edyt 07, Devin 
Cirillo 07, Lydia Pohlman 07 and 
Lauren Sims '07 also attended. Cara 
lives in Washington, D.C. 

Samuel B. McGuire 07 received a 
master's degree in history from the 
University of Kentucky in May. He 
plans to pursue a doctorate in history 
at the University of Georgia. He lives 
in Athens, Ga. 

Sara Rhymer '07 has joined the 
Peace Corps and will serve in Peru as 
a youth development volunteer/spe- 
cial education trainer. She will help 
students and teachers in Peru develop 
special education curricula and raise 

awareness about people with disabili- 
ties in the community. Before join- 
ing the Peace Corps, Sara worked for 
two years as a teacher assistant at the 
Burlington County Special Services 
School in New Jersey. She lives in 
Burlington, N.J. 

Emily Sargent 07 completed a week- 
long service trip to Honduras. Emily 
has traveled to Honduras several times 
since her first trip as a member of 
the Periclean Scholars Class of 2007. 
Emily resides in Washington, D.C. 

Tonya J. Albert '08 was promoted 
to full-time museum specialist with 
Jekyll Island Authority. She is in 
charge of collections, archives and 
historic building maintenance. She 
lives in Brunswick, Ga. 

Brad Hartland 08 was promoted to 
chief Macintosh computer techni- 
cian at the Advisory Board Company, 
based in Washington, D.C. He lives 
in Cary, N.C. 

Samantha Widmer 08 competed in 
the NatWest Island Games golf tour- 
nament in Aland, Finland. She plans 
to compete in the Caribbean Amateur 
Golf Championships in Provo, Turks 
and Caicos, in August. Samantha re- 
sides in Seven Mile Beach, Grand 
Cayman, where she works as an ac- 
countant for Ernst & Young. 

Dorian A. Wanzer '09 was awarded 
the James E. Webb Students in 
Public Administration Fellowship 
with the Smithsonian Institution 
in Washington, D.C. She lives in 
Greensboro, N.C. 



John H. Pinson '85 and Kathy Gilliam 
Ruffin '81, 6/20/09. Kathy works for 
Communications Technologies on as- 
signment at Virginia Military Institute. 
John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and 
works as a sales and project manager 

for ThyssenKrupp Safway, Inc. They 
live in Lexington, Va. 

Steve Chatham '86 and Ella McBride, 
6/22/08. Steve is a systems analyst at 
Remington Arms. The couple reside 
in Axton, Va. 


Chris T. Creasy '91 and Stacie Lefler, 
8/8/08. Chris and Stacie are bartend- 
ers and co-owners of 6th Bistro and 
Loft. Chris is the president of Epic 
Restaurants. The couple reside in 
Hood River, Ore. 

Loren Kendra Burlando '93 and 

Russell K. Adams, 9/20/08. Loren is 
an associate producer of "Dateline 
nbc," a news magazine show. The 
couple live in New York. 

Angela G. Riley '96 and Kevin D. 
Wrenn, 4/18/09. Angela is senior 
editor for wghp Fox 8. The couple 
reside in Thomasville, N.C. 

Melissa Crowe '97 and Matt 
McNamara, 3/14/09. Melissa is a surgi- 
cal sales representative for Medtronic. 
The couple live in Arlington, Va. 

Deena R. Erickson '98 and Scott 
S. McNichol, 3/22/08. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Megan Slusher 
Snell '98, Jim Snell '98 and Maria 
Nicole McArthur '99. Deena is a 
clinical social worker at the National 
Center for Children and Families. 
They reside in Frederick, Md. 

Stacey M. Lee '99 and Valerie L. 
Delby, 8/2/08. Elon alumni in atten- 
dance were: Erin Benson Hontz '99, 
Tara Linman Riemer '99, Cortney 
Berben '99 and David Meeler '90. 
Stacey is a physician assistant. The 
couple reside in Charlotte, N.C. 

Scott Loney '99 and Carri Espeland, 
11/1/08. Scott is a financial consultant 
at Charles Schwab. The couple live in 
Chevy Chase, Md. 


CLASS Notes 

A worthy mission 


Britten Ginsburg '06 has devoted much of her 
life to serving some of society's most vulnerable 

The drive to help others began in high school 
and continued at Elon, where she majored in human 
services and conducted research on HIV/AIDS as part 
of the university's undergraduate research program. 

Today, Ginsburg is a senior associate of care and 
treatment at the National Alliance of State & 
Territorial AIDS Directors. The nonprofit association 
represents the nation's leading officials who are 
responsible for administering HIV/AIDS healthcare, 
prevention, education and support programs in all 
50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. 

Their goal, Ginsburg explains, is to reduce the 
number of HIV/AIDS cases, as well as provide quality 
care to people living with the disease and advocate 
for responsible public policy. Ginsburg and her 
colleagues assist state officials in a variety of ways, 
from helping them find answers to medical 
questions to gathering information to promoting 
communication between state and local health 
departments and care and treatment programs. She 
also drafts surveys on AIDS-related issues and 
contributes to alliance publications. 

She never imagined that working at a desk 
would be so empowering. 

"I think (the alliance) is an amazing place and 
provides great opportunities,"Ginsburg says. "Sitting 
in an office really is making a difference." 

Their ultimate goal is as simple as it is ambitious. 
"Our vision is a world free of HIV and AIDS," she says. 

Ginsburg knows they have a long way to go to 
reach their dream. 

Ginsburg began working on behalf of people 

Britten Ginsburg '06, at right, with Elon professor Cynthia Fair 

with AIDS as part of a research project at Elon. She 
chose the university because of its human services 
program and commitment to service. 

"Elon had everything I was looking for," Ginsburg 
says. "It was small enough that I could be the big fish 
in the little pond. I have always been interested in 
helping people and found myself at home with the 
broader idea of human services." 

Many doors opened for Ginsburg at Elon, 

including the chance to conduct research with her 
adviser, Cynthia Fair, associate professor of human 
services, who was examining discrimination faced 
by adults with HIV/AIDS. 

As part of her research, Ginsburg spent time 
at Higher Ground Day Center in Greensboro, N.C., 
which serves individuals with AIDS or HIV, the 
virus that causes AIDS. She surveyed and observed 
the clients at Higher Ground and later began 
volunteering there. During her senior year, she 
participated in an internship at the center. 

"I still remember the overwhelming sense of 
walking through the front door of Higher Ground 
and thinking 1 finally belong somewhere,'" she says. 

Volunteering at the center was not easy. 
Ginsburg regularly witnessed hardship and suffering. 

"I remember the first person I knew really 
well who died," she recalls. "It still makes me take a 
deep breath and remember a time when he was 
around. What a disease can do to somebody is 

Ginsburg presented the results of her research at 
Eton's Student Undergraduate Research Forum and 
later at the National Conference on Undergraduate 

After graduation, Ginsburg completed an 
internship at the National Alliance, which turned into 
a full-time job a few months later. The alliance has 
made significant progress fighting AIDS since the 
group's founding in 1991, Ginsburg says. Yet she 
knows it has a long way to go to achieve its goal of 
an AIDS-free world. 

"We continue to work for a day when we can say 
we're really glad we don't have jobs anymore 
because we came to do what we needed to do." 

Sean M. Loren '99 and Dawn M. 
Batchelder, 4/25/09. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Jimmy Golinsky 
'99, Shelley Rubin Golinsky '00, 
Chris Tonnesen '99, Teresa Hauss 
Pollock 03, Mike Bruno '98, Jason 
Clark '94, Rachel Malone Clark 
'98, Ryan Bradley '97, Ed Bonanno 
'98, Chris Chandler 01, Michelle 
James '98, Evan Henry 00, Ron 
Pukacz '00, Kerry Neale '04 and 
Kendall Mackintosh Thompson 
'00. Sean works in investments for 
3D Advisors llc. The couple reside 
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 

Jeffrey R. Myers 99 and Jennifer 
Dew '03, 12/20/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Francis Williams '96, 
Brent Walker '99, Regan Beaudry 
Burney '03, Mark McGinnis '98, 
Heang Uy '00, Leslie Crowe Rafter 
'03 and Dalerie Hudson McGinnis 
'99. Jeffrey is a youth director, and 

Jennifer is a school counselor. They 
live in Chesapeake, Va. 

Sarah Porter '99 and Andrew 
Chambers, 3/14/09. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Leslie Gill 
'95, Kelly Hayman '99, Jill Barrett 
'99, Christine Zellers Heckert '97, 
Kristina Kromulis McClain 97, 
Kristen McGuire '98, Mark Richter 
'99 and Michelle Maddox Ward '98. 
The couple reside in Albany, Ohio. 

Mary Ann Rogers-Witte '99 and Paul 
C. Ciciarelli, 8/31/08. The couple re- 
side in Charlotte, N.C 


Jennifer Ledger 00 and Raj 

Thamoderam, 8/8/08. The couple 
reside in Enfield, England. 

Matt Shifano '00 and Sarah Ford, 
5/2/09. Matt works in real estate in 
Bethany Beach, Del. The couple re- 
side in Frankford, Del. 

Brian M. Canto '01 and Kristin E. 
Norman, 9/14/08. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Matthew Paolino 
02, Garth Lanning 01, Andrew 
Linn 02, Billy Duffy 01, Suzanne 
George Duffy 02, Stacey Munoz 01, 
David Fortier 01, Daniel Carmody 
01, Joseph Chichetti 01, Cynthia 
Maynard Ward 01 and Pamela 
Braccini Pizzanie 01. The couple 
reside in Webster, Md. 

Clark Carter '01 and Jennifer Mirone, 
1/10/09. Clark is program coordinator 
at The Root Cellar. The couple reside 
in Portland, Maine. 

Thomas W. Dozier 01 and Asheley 
L. Wheeley '03, 4/18/09. Elon alums 

Dan Tursi 02, Patrick Benko 04 
and Bill Woods 02 were in atten- 
dance. Thomas is a meeting plan- 
ner at AIM Meetings, and Asheley 
is a marketing director for The 
Washington Post. The couple reside in 
Rockville, Md. 

Michael "Derek" Luther 01 and 
Brittany S. Brackett '05, 6/28/08. 
Elon alumni in attendance were: 
Kate Gaskin 05, Kristin White 04, 
Melissa von der Heide 04, Kristen 
New '04, Adam Sherland 05, Dan 
Hanson 05, Samantha White 05, 
Julie Bourbeau 06, Trent Gilbert 02, 
Angel Jacobs 04, Tucker Campbell 
'03, Don Campbell 01 and Edward 
New '01. Derek is assistant director of 
admissions at Immaculata University, 
and Brittany is a child life specialist 
at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 
The couple live in Ardmore, Pa. 


CLASS Notes 

Brian M. Canto '01 and Kristin Norman 
Canto and friends 

l-r Dan Tursi '02, Tom Dozier '01, Asheley Wheeley 
Dozier '03, Patrick Benko '04, Bill Woods '02 

Carrie Roberts Tyson '03 and Jeffrey Myers '99 and Jennifer Dew 
Henry Tyson Myers '03 and friends 

Laura WulfConley '05 and Brian Conley '04 and 

Carl W. Sgritta '02 and Ellie A. 
Mayer '02, 10/6/07. Carl is trade 
operations manager at Citigroup 
GTS, and Ellie is a property manager 
for RFR Realty. The couple reside in 
Norwalk, Conn. 

Ryan Molloy 03 and Misty Pearson 
'06, 4/18/09. Ryan is a senior fi- 
nancial analyst at Bank of America, 
and Misty is a volunteer coordina- 
tor at Hospice & Palliative Care 
Charlotte Region. The couple reside 
in Huntersville, N.C 

Kyleen Moore 03 and Jeff Beshore, 
9/20/08. Kyleen is a dolphin trainer at 
The Dolphin Connection. The couple 
live in Marathon, Fla. 

Carrie Roberts '03 and Henry Tyson, 
5/10/08. The couple live in Raleigh, 


Soledad Davila 04 and Lee 

Whittington, 4/2/09. The couple re- 
side in Edwards, Colo. 

Kate Polchlopek 04 and Brian 
Costello, 5/25/08. Kate is a golf pro- 
fessional at the Forest Lake Country 
Club. The couple live in Rochester 
Hills, Mich. 

Megan Booth 05 and Peter Malanos 
'04, 6/21/08. Megan is the human 
resources administrator at South 
Carolina Research Authority. Peter 
is a general contractor at M Design 
and Development. The couple reside 
in Charleston, S.C 

Kristina Velys '05 and Jim Adams, 
10/4/08. Elon alums Julie Irving 05 
and Dan Kulick '05 were in atten- 
dance. The couple reside in Herndon, 

Laura E. Wulf 05 and Brian L. 
Conley '04, 10/25/08. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Zoe Maas '05, 
Kimberly Atwater '06, Andrew 
Rollins '04, Erin Mahoney 05, 
Christina Ryan 05 and Travis 
Lock '05. The couple reside in Santa 
Monica, Calif. 

Derek Luther '01 and Brittany Bracken Luther '05 
and friends 

Kelly Fleck 06 and 

Elzie Burgher, 9/13/08. 
The couple reside in 
Statesville, N.C. 

Rachel Hetu 06 

and Bradley Sumrow, 
7/19/08. Rachel is a 
registered nurse at UNC 
Children's Hospital. The 
couple live in Chapel 
Hill, N.C. 

Alison Gray Wille '05 and Michael G. Wille '05 and 

Meredith Rountree Worsham '06 and James 
Worsham and friends 

Kristina Velys Adams '05 and 
Jim Adams 

Misty Pearson Molloy '06 and Ryan Molloy '03 and 

Richard Schlieper '06 and Ashley 

Kevin W. Kindle 06 and Katie C. 
Donovan '06, 5/2/09. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Liza Schirmer 
06, Derek Powers 06, Aaramina 
Maynard 06 and Ian MacLaughlin 
06. Kevin works on a film crew, and 
Katie is the project coordinator for 
Sesame Street. The couple reside in 
Astoria, N.Y. 

Cecilia E. McCollum '06 and Tobias 
B. Eisentrager, 7/5/08. Bridget 
Burckell 06 and Elizabeth White 06 
served as bridesmaids. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Bess York 04, Lisa 
Rockwell 05 and Loren Battaglia- 
Beley '06. The couple reside in 
Diisseldorf, Germany. 

Chad Ritter 06 and Ashlyn Dixon 

'07, 5/30/09. Chad is a regional sales 
representative at Rainin Instruments, 
and Ashlyn is a student at the 
University of Massachusetts Medical 

Meredith Rountree 06 and James 
Worsham, 4/18/09. The couple reside 
in New York. 

Richard E. Schlieper 06 and Ashley 
M. Krueger '07, 2/14/09. Richard 

Katey Dowd Gonzalez '07 and 
Rene Gonzalez 

Rachel Hiskey Cloud '07 and 
Brandon Cloud 

Lauren N. Homey '09 and Michael 
W. Lawson '09 

Kelly Fleck Burgher '06 and Elzie Burgher and friends 

is a client relationship associate at 
Vanguard, and Ashley is pursuing a 
master's degree in social work. The 
couple reside in Charlotte, N.C. 

Katey J. Dowd 07 and Rene I. 
Gonzalez, 10/11/08. The couple 
met while Katey was working for 
Back2Back Ministries in Monterrey, 
Mexico. They work for Back2Back 

Meghan Partelow Fisher '07 and James Fisher and 

Ministries serving orphaned children 
in Monterrey, where they live. 

Rachel Hiskey '07 and Brandon 
Cloud, 6/21/08. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Elizabeth Evans '08, 
Megan Hall 08, Kerry Sunderland 
'08, Allison Ellmers '08, Kate 
McCulley 08, Jessica Young 08, 
Stephen Michael '08, Garrett 
Kachellek '08 and Alii Dean '09. The 
couple reside in Annapolis, Md. 


CLASS Notes 

Finders Keepers brings smiles 


Jeweler Trey Bailey '02 hatched one of his most 
successful business ideas while sitting in a park 
with his wife, Marci, one lazy Sunday afternoon. 

"I asked her, 'How cool would it be if someone 
found a Bailey's box that was just sitting there, and 
they could just keep it (like) finders keepers?'" he 
recalls. Before long, Bailey's Fine Jewelry store's 
Finders Keepers project was born. For the past year, 
Bailey and his colleagues have left 1,000 boxes of free 
jewelry across Eastern North Carolina as well as in 
Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Greenville, where the 
family owns stores. 

Why? To make someone's day brighter and 
promote the family-owned business, which is known 
for its signature black and white striped gift boxes 
topped with a red bow. 

A woman in Raleigh found the first box on 
Sept. ii, 2008. It came with an unsealed envelope 
with "Finders Keepers" written on the front. Inside, 
the note read, "Congratulations. This gift is for you. 
Yes, you. You deserve it, you really do. Give it, share 
it, wear it. This Bailey Box is yours. We just hope 
you come through our doors."The note also 
included Bailey's e-mail address, and the woman 
contacted him. 

"She said it made her day," Bailey recalls. "But 
what I wasn't expecting was that there was an 
emotional connection — she'd been going through 
a rough time, and it meant a lot to her." 

From that first box, the project has flourished. 
The store distributes Finders Keepers boxes each 
month and during holidays, including Mother's Day. 
The boxes typically contain necklaces, bracelets or 
earrings valued from $20 to $100, or the occasional 
gift card. 

"It's fun, you get a little rush when you leave it," 
Bailey says. "Once or twice, I've stayed to watch. 
Sometimes the first person will be the one to pick it 
up, and sometimes a couple of people will walk by 
before they realize what it is." 

The project has attracted media attention 
across the state and prompted thousands to e-mail 
the store. 

"I didn't expect it to have this kind of impact," 
Bailey says. "It's a new way for us to interact with our 
customers and gain new customers through word of 

The store's motto, "Every Woman Wants A Bailey 
Box,"gained new meaning for Bailey when he heard 
from a single mother who had found a box. 

"She wrote this e-mail (and) sounded so down. It 
said, 'I'm a single mom, and I've never been able to 
afford a Bailey's box. I had come to terms with the 
fact that I would never get one, and then I found 
one,'" Bailey recalls. "She said, 'I'm going to keep this 
box forever so that I can remember how great that 
day was.' I started to get chills. It really touches your 
heart to see that something so small can bring so 
much joy." 


especially because of the volume that we're doing," 
he says. "But it's the best time to do it because it 
creates great word of mouth (for the store) and it 
really touches the customers in a personal way." 

Bailey earned his Elon degree in business 
administration with a concentration in management. 
After graduation, he attended the Gemological 
Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., where he 
earned his certification as a graduate gemologist. He 
worked at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers in San Diego and 
completed an internship with Smyth Jewelers in 
Timonium, Md. He then spent time in New Orleans 
before moving back to North Carolina to work with 
the family business, which was started by Bailey's 
grandparents in 1948 and is currently owned by his 
father, Clyde Bailey. 

Bailey credits Elon's faculty and staff with 
preparing him to succeed. 

"Elon people love Elon," Bailey says. "If I had to do 
it all over again, I would go back to Elon. The school 
has great teachers, and I was always impressed by 
how open they were. You could call them at home, 
on the weekends. That was always something I 
valued. The staff was great, too." 

Bailey says he has high hopes for the Finders 
Keepers project and hopes to expand it to other 
parts of the state. 

"It's more than I could ever ask for. It's going to 
become part of our history, and we just don't want 
to stop." 

Trey Bailey '02 and his wife, Marci 

Bailey says the struggling 
economy provides the perfect 
incentive to continue Finders 
Keepers. The buzz the project has 
created is worth the cost of the 

"Financially, it's a little expensive, 


^2- KjU^Vyr^ 

Meghan Partelow '07 and James F. 
Fisher, 4/25/09. Jane Williams Steele 
'06 served as a bridesmaid. The cou- 
ple reside in Greensboro, N.C. 

Anna M. Schimmelfing 07 and 
Doug von Allmen, 7/12/08. Anna 
teaches third grade ar Glenwood 
Elementary School. They live in 
Carrboro, N.C. 

Jason A. Spinos '07 and Becca S. 
Johnson '04, 7/19/08. Jason is a video 
ediror ar News Channel 25, and Becca 
is pursuing a master's degree in direct- 
ing for theater at Baylor University. 
Fhe couple reside in Waco, Texas. 

Lauren N. Homey 09 and Michael 
W. Lawson '09, 6/6/09. Lauren is 
a clinical secretary and patient care 
specialist for the Carilion Clinic. The 
couple live in Roanoke, Va. 



Bill Sandford '90 and Cheryl Fowler 
Sandford '93, Whitsett, N.C. Son: 
Luke Joshua. 1/21/09. He joins older 
brothers Christopher and William. 
Bill is self-employed ar Advantage 

Homebuyers, and Cheryl is a 

Laurie Wommack Johnston '92 and 
Miguel Johnston '94, Morganton, 
N.C. Son: Gregory Vaughn. 5/8/09. 
He joins older brothers Serh, Rico, 
Ben and Erik. Laurie is a homemaker, 
and Miguel is an eighth-grade algebra 
teacher at Liberty Middle School. 

Sam Walker '92 and Michelle Walker, 
Duncan, S.C. Daughter: Ella Grace. 
8/22/08. Sam is director of dining 
services at Wofford College. 

Liese Bouknight Faircloth '93 

and Dean Faircloth, Raleigh, N.C. 
Daughter: Emma Grace. 7/22/08. 
Liese is a senior auditor at Ernst and 

Letitia "Tish" H. Hamilton '94 and 

David E. Hamilton, Raleigh, N.C. 
Daughter: Emory Holt. She joins 
older sisters, Sarah Clark, Anna 
Hudson and Mary Reade. Letitia is 
a homemaker. 

Stephanie J. Houston '94, 

Burlington, N.C. Son: Joseph 
Graham. 10/5/07. He joins older 
brother, Gabriel. Stephanie is the 


CLASS Notes 

Sarah Cmker Kober '97, husband, 
David, and children, Ella and 

Andrew Kraft '96 and Janice Hackl Kraft 
'97 and (heir children 

Jennifer James Terry '98, 
husband, Kenneth, and son, 

David Clubb '95 and Michelle 
Gubb '95 and children, Ainsley, 
Griffin and Mallory 

Kristin Hartley Gardner '00 and 
Todd Gardner '00 and son, Reece 

Cosey Phillips Emmendorfer '05, 
husband, Rich, and son, Bryce 

academically gifted resource teacher 
at Elon Elementary School. 

Bethany Morde Chavis '95 and 
Chris Chavis, Greensboro, N.C. 
Twins: Jason Michael and Samantha 
Ashley. 9/29/08. They join older sib- 
lings, Tyler and Kendall. Bethany is 
a homemaker and real estate broker. 

David B. Clubb '9s and Shannon 
M. Clubb '95, Allison Park, Pa. 
Daughter: Mallory Joy. 2/26/09. 
She joins older siblings Ainsley and 
Griffin. David is director of interna- 
tional services at the University of 

Erica Cutler Flaherty '95 and Ed 
Flaherty, Doylestown, Pa. Son: Ryan 
Michael. 4/2/08. He joins older 
brothers. Jack and Kyle. 

William T. Morley '95 and Windley 
Baker Morley '94, Richmond, Va. 
Daughter: Isabelle Edward. 5/26/09. 

Andrea Lauri Urvina '95 and Miguel 
Urvina, Danbury, Conn. Daughter: 
Nicole Grace. 1/8/09. She joins older 
brother, Jacob. 

Elizabeth Wiegand Wentz '95 and 
Christopher M. Wentz, Sewickley, 
Pa. Son: Finn Miller. 8/7/07. He 
joins older brothers, Jack and Cooper. 
Elizabeth is an interior designer at 
Kay Wiegand and Associates. 

Alii Sharp Coords '96 and Hunter 
H. Coords, Atlanta. Daughter: Eva 
Marie. 12/12/08. She joins older 
brothers, Maclain and Nolan. 

Chris Hobbs '96 and Stephanie 
Hobbs, Midlothian, Va. Son: Cooper 
William. 2/12/09. He joins older 
brothers, Bailey and |ackson. 

Andrew A. Kraft '96 and Janice 
Hackl Kraft '97, Winston-Salem, 
N.C. Daughter: Callie Grace. 
11/14/08. Andrew is the administrator 
for Winston Salem/Forsyth Count)' 
Schools, and Janice is a homemaker. 

Liz Sonnanstine '96 and Todd 
Sonnanstine, Tipp City, Ohio. 
Daughter: Natalie Jane. 1/1/09. She 
joins older brother, Benjamin. 

John Stepp '96 and Toi Svane Stepp, 
Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Son: Rigby 
Paul. 7/18/08. John is director of wor- 
ship arts at Palm Beach Community 

Sarah Croker Kober 97 and David 
Kober, Bethlehem, N.H. Son: Samuel 
"Mason." 12/26/08. He joins older sis- 
ter, Ella. Sarah is the project manager 
at dci Furniture. 

Cara Lloyd McCarter '97 and Shawn 
McCarter, Waxhaw, N.C. Daughter: 
Macie. 11/29/07. She joins older 
brother, Gavin. Cara is a homemaker. 

Spencer T. Moore 97 and Elizabeth 
Hines Moore '98, Westminster, Colo. 
Son: Henry Stockton. 12/17/08. He 
joins older brother, Thomas. Spencer 
is an attorney with Bayer & Carey, 
PC, and Elizabeth is a teacher with 
Aurora Public Schools. 

Christian Marge 'or with wife, Jessica and 
daughter, Gabnella 

Kara McLaughlin Ragan '97 and 
W. Peter Ragan Jr., Manasquan, 
N.J. Daughter: Maeve Elizabeth. 
5/28/08. She joins older siblings, 
Ryan, Colleen and Elanor. Kara is a 

Steven W. Leypoldt '98 and Meghan 
Leypoldt, Durham, N.C. Daughter 
Piper Marie. 9/14/08. Steven is a prac- 
tice executive for Campbell Alliance. 

Jennifer James Terry 98 and 
Kenneth P. Terry, Baltimore. Son: 
Patrick Thomas. 3/7/09. Jennifer is 
the clinical administrator for ob/ 
gyn and urology at Johns Hopkins 
Haw iew Medical ( Center. 


Chris Capistrant 00 and Sara Lenser 
Capistrant, Ashburn, Va. Son: Lucas 
Owen. 6/10/08. He joins older 
brother, Colin. Chris is the meet- 
ings manager at American Institute 
of Architects. 

Kristin Hartley Gardner '00 and 
Todd Gardner 00, Harrisonburg, Va. 
Son: Reece Todd. 11/20/08. Kristin 
works in student wellness and out- 
reach at James Madison University, 
and Todd is vice president or Glass 
and Metals. 

Christian K. Marge '01 and Jessica E. 
Marge, Mooresville, N.C. Daughter: 
Gabriella Jean. 3/26/09. 

Julianne Sparks Martin '01 and Todd 
Martin, Atlanta. Son: Benjamin 
Pattick. 3/12/09. 

Natacha Mazeas Moore 01 and 
David Moote, Vienna, Va. Son: 
JP. 9/22/08. He joins older siblings, 
Conner and Jacqueline. Natacha is a 
teacher with Fairfax County Public 

Edward S. New '01 and Judi New, 
Raleigh, N.C. Son: Riley William. 

Holly Burleson Dengler 02 and 

Jason T Dengler, Nottingham, Md. 
Son: Zachary Daniel. 12/4/09. 

Janel Boyd Jernigan 02 and Bryan S. 
Jernigan 02, Kernersville, N.C. Son: 
Oliver. 2/4/09. 

Ryan Notch 03 and Sarah Emerson 

Notch '02, Walnut Creek, Calif. Son: 
Ethan. 7/26/08. Ryan is a photogra- 
pher at Ryan Notch Photography, 
and Sarah is an autism content spe- 
cialist for the San Francisco Unified 
School District. 

Ryan Sadler '03 and Rachel Sadler, 
Jacksonville, Fla. Daughter: Reagan 
Amelia. 4/14/09. 

Mary Brozina Wierick '03 and Kyle 
Wierick, Silver Spring, Md. Daughter 
Ella Betty. Mary is a music director. 

Casey Phillips Emmendorfer 05 
and Rich Emmendorfer, Vilseck, 
Germany. Son: Bryce Richard. 
10/8/08. Casey is a family readiness 
support technician with the U.S. 

Marlena Mudryk Lynch 00 and Joshua L. Hurley 08 and Jennifer 
Kevin Lynch, Glen Allen, Va. L. Hurley, Summerfield, N.C, 
Daughter: Allison. 4/17/08. Daughter: Rebekah Grace. 9/2/08. 

Jennifer Ledger Thamoderam 00 
and Raj Thamoderam, Enfield, 
England. Daughter: Madeira Devi. 

Kendall Mackintosh Thompson 
'00 and A.J. Thompson, Jefferson, 
Md. Son: Colten Riley. 1/15/09. He 
joins older sister, Skyler. Kendall is a 

Courtney Daubert Verdelli 00 

and Gregory D. Verdelli 01, 
Hummelstown, Pa. Son: Talan 
Gregory. 1/9/09. 



Thyra Wright Vestal '28, Morehead 
City, N.C. 4/8/09. 


Martha Sutton Craven York '37, 
Ramseur, N.C. 6/4/09. 


CLASS Notes 

Thomas N. Boone Jr. '39, Greensboro, 
N.C. 6/6/09. 


Julian H. Forlines '43, Clarkton, N.C. 

Jean Nunnamaker James '54, 
Winston-Salem, N.C. 6/11/09. 

Robert W. Bodenheimer Sr. '57, 
Burlington, N.C. 5/15/09. 

Marvin L. King '59, Elon, N.C. 





Gus N. Galanes '50, Burlington, 
N.C. 5/24/09. 

John F. Sherard Jr. '50, Burlington, 
N.C. 4/29/09. 

William E. Davis '51, Washington, 
D.C. 6/20/08. 

Robert "Bob" J. Harned '53, 
Morehead City, N.C. 5/17/09. 

Bobby M. Brandey '60, Haw River, 
N.C. 4/11/09. 

Jimmy L. Byrd '67, Burlington, N.C. 

Homer Lee Ruff '67, Varina, Va. 

Robert Ray Nash Jr. '70, Lake Lure, 
N.C. 6/18/09. 

Curtis M. Saunders '76, Elon, N.C. 

Richard K. Marchman '77, 

Warwoman, Ga. 1/2S/07. 

Patricia Ann Riley Temple '79, 
Hillsborough, N.C. 6/9/09. 


Allen A. Tate '84, Mebane, N.C. 

Henry Maddrey Booke Jr. '87, 
Myrtle Beach, S.C. 6/9/09. 

Dennis Burlew '00, Port Monmouth, 
N.J. 6/7/09. 

Chelsea Detrick '07, Webster Groves, 
Mo. 4/9/09. 

Christopher "Chris" Randall Floyd 

'10, Peachtree City, Ga. 6/21/09. 


Jonathan M. Sweat, Madison, Miss. 
4/14/09. He served as associate profes- 
sor of music from 1952 to 1958. 


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Gift annuities provide income 
and flexibility to donors 

Luther Conger '55 didn't have much money when he arrived at 
Elon in 1951 to play baseball and earn a college degree. He worked in 
the dining hall to help pay for his education and was grateful for the 
athletics scholarship he received during his senior year. 

Recently, Conger found a way to help future student athletes and 
secure his family's financial future. He and his wife, Louise, made a 
gift to Elon with a charitable gift annuity, which will give the couple 
lifetime income, as well as income tax benefits and a higher rate of 
return than many fixed-income investments currently available. 

The annuity's lifetime income and income tax benefits were par- 
ticularly attractive to the former Elon pitcher and Sports Hall of Fame 

"My wife and I live on a fixed income, so this kind of gift fits 
our situation best," Conger says. "We had the opportunity to remove 
funds from a very low interest-bearing account to purchase the annuity, 
which gives us a higher annual return during our lifetime. 

"This gift also provides us with immediate income tax savings. A 
significant amount of the income we receive is tax-free, and if I pass 
on before my wife, the annuity payments will continue going to her 
in the same amount without interruption." 

Equally important. Conger adds, was the ability to give back to his 
alma mater. Ultimately, the annuity will support the Graham "Doc" 
Mathis Athletic Scholarship, which provides annual assistance to Elon 
baseball, football or basketball players. Conger and his former team- 
mates started the scholarship in 1979 to honor Mathis, one of Elon's 
all-time great coaches who led the baseball and basketball programs. 

"I wanted to show my appreciation for four wonderful years and 
the experience of a lifetime," he says. "It gives me a lot of satisfaction 
to know that eventually Elon will benefit from our gift." 

Following their planned gift to the Ever Elon Campaign, the 
Congers became members of Order of the Oak, Elon's planned giving 
recognition society. 

Conger, a retired insurance executive, regularly drives from his 
home in Kernersville, N.C., to watch Elon baseball, football and 

"You get a sense of pride when you drive across the railroad tracks 
and see what's going on here," he says. "It's terrific. I encourage my 
former classmates and teammates to consider making this kind of gift. 
It's a win-win situation for you and Elon." ♦ 


To learn more about how you can support the Ever Elon Campaign and make a 
difference at Elon with a charitable gift annuity or other planned gift, contact: 

Jamie Killorin cpa/pfs, cfp 8 , Director of Gift Planning 

Toll free 877.784.3566 ::; •■• 


'The best is yet to be' 

With those words, the Rev. Richard McBride 
closed his May 23 address to the Class of 2009 
during Elon's 119th Commencement. 

A total of 1,121 undergraduates received 
their degrees Under the Oaks in front of West 
Hall. Among those watching was McBride's son, 
Scott, a 1991 Elon alumnus and Army Apache 
helicopter pilot, who was on leave from service 
in Irag to attend his father's final speech at 
Elon (see page 7 for more). McBride retired 
in May after serving as Elon's chaplain for 25 
years. Forty-four MBA graduates received their 
degrees on May 22. 

On May 24, the university celebrated 
the inaugural Commencement of the Elon 
University School of Law in Greensboro. A total 
of 107 members of the charter class received 
their degrees at The Carolina Theatre in 
downtown Greensboro and heard an address 
from David Gergen, chair of the law school 
advisory board (see page 5). 

President Leo M. Lambert thanked 
members of the charter class for their historic 
contribution to the founding of the law school. 

"Today, you are charged to use your 
knowledge for justice, your intelligence in 
the pursuit of goodness, your keen minds for 
seeking truth, your understanding of the complex in the cause of 
building a better society, your discernment for making fair decisions, 
your leadership in the cause of peace making. This is what your alma 
mater expects of you." 

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THE FAMILY OF EVERETT DOGGETT SUMMERS, a member of the Elon College Class of 1899, visited campus Oct. 30 to 
donate Summers' class ring and senior class photo to the university's archives and special collections. His niece, 
Anna Lois Bulla (at right), kept the ring and photo for 80 years. "I wanted to give the photo and ring to someone 
who would cherish them," Bulla says. "It gives you a feeling of pride when you look around and see what has 
happened at Elon in no years. It's amazing!" Summers is seated in the back row holding a hat. 

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Board of Trustees, Chair 

Allen E. Gant Jr., Burlington, N.C. 

Elon Alumni Board, President 

Bill Coffman '86, G'88, Greenville, N.C. 

Young Alumni Council, President 

Caroline Sage '02, Atlanta, Ga. 

Parents Council, Co-Presidents 

Dave & Ellen Kay P'10, P'12, Oakton, Va. 

Board of Visitors, Chair 

Alva S. McGovern '72, Atlanta, Ga. 

School of Law 
Advisory Board, Chair 

David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. 

Love School of Business 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Peter Tourtellot, Greensboro, N.C. 

School of Communications 
Advisory Board, Chair 

Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. 

Phoenix Club Advisory Board, Chair 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, Raleigh, N.C. 

Director of Alumni Relations 

SallieHutton '92 

Director of Parent Programs 

Maggie Byerly 








The Dynamic Duo 


Scott Riddle and Terrell Hudgins rewrite the Elon football record books. 

Faculty Profile: 
Mobile Mentors 


Joel Hollingsworth and Dave Powell pioneer mobile computing 

Alumni Profile: 

Doing a World of Good 


With World of Good Development Organization, Audrey Seagraves '02 
helps improve the lives of women and adolescent girls in the 
developing world. 

Cover Story: 
Opening Doors 

Students in the university's Odyssey Program and Elon benefactors 
discuss the power of need-based scholarships to transform lives. 

To the Rescue 


The arrival of Richard Rosenbloom and other Army Air Force cadets 
during the 1940s helped rescue Elon from a fiscal crisis. 

ON THE COVER: Clockwise, Samantha King '12 (in white shirt), Andrew Stevenson '13, 
Maria Papa '13, Andrew Somers '12 and Nicole Morillo '12. 


2 ELON News 
10 PHOENIX Sports 
26 ALUMNI Action 

30 CLASS Notes 

40 MAKING A Difference 

41 HONOR ROLL of Donors 

ELON News 


One of my most closely held ideals about Elon University is that we 
must be a community accessible to more students who come from 
backgrounds of modest financial means. The values and character 
of Elon University compel us to avoid becoming a gated community, accessible 
only to students from families fortunate enough to have resources to pay private 
university tuition. Need-based financial aid provided to the university through 
annual fund gifts and endowment income is a profound force in shaping an 
enriched and more vibrant environment for learning. 

Ten years ago the estate gift of Leon and 
Lorraine Watson laid the groundwork for a 
new scholarship program to assist students 
of the highest character with high financial 
need. Today Watson Scholars are among the 
most impressive young people you will meet 
at Elon. I recently attended a welcome dinner 
for entering first-year Watson Scholars and 
was moved beyond words by the address of 
2004 alumna LaToya Marcus. Following her 
graduation from Elon, LaToya was accepted 
into the highly competitive Teach for America 
program and, using the Spanish language 
proficiency she developed while at Elon and 
studying in Spain, made a critical difference 
in the lives of young people in a Texas border 
town. LaToya's mother, Lynda, a hard-working 
single mom, also sat at my table, both of us 
beaming with pride at the words of encour- 
agement and wisdom LaToya offered to the 
new students. 

In this issue of The Magazine of Elon, you 
will read about the impact of the new Odyssey 
Program based on the success of the Watson 

Scholars model that has increased our capac- 
ity to identify and support other students like 
LaToya (see story page 18). These are young 
men and women of enormous character and 
potential whose lives will be transformed by 
an Elon education and who will, in turn, make 
transformative differences in the lives of others. 

With more than 9,000 applications for 
1,300 seats in the freshman class, each year 
we have an extraordinary opportunity to shape 
a class profile with optimal combinations of 
academic, athletic, musical and artistic talents. 
And each entering class is further enriched 
by the presence of young people with dem- 
onstrated capacity to overcome challenges. 
Through force of character, perseverance, 
intelligence and personal integrity, they are 
determined to build successful lives and ca- 
reers using the power of an Elon education. 
Odyssey Scholars make us a much richer and 
stronger community. 

Need-based financial aid also plays a criti- 
cal role in making Elon accessible to thousands 
of students at middle-income levels. Often a 

scholarship of even $2,000-53,000 makes all 
the difference in allowing students and their 
families to choose Elon in lieu of a lower- 
cost state university. While Elon prides itself 
on its best-value rankings and reputation, 
a total price tag of $33,725 still represents a 
significant financial challenge to many work- 
ing families. This scholarship aid is part of a 
package that includes family contributions, 
earnings from summer employment, loans, 
college work study, private scholarships and, 
for North Carolina residents, the Legislative 
Tuition Grant program — each of which many 
families depend on in order to choose Elon. 
Of course, it is our desire to help students 
keep their loan burdens as low as possible, 
but with its modest endowment, Elon does 
not currently have the resources to substitute 
scholarship grants for loans, as is the case at 
some of the nation's wealthiest universities. 

There is no more important work in my 
presidency than making Elon more accessible 
to extraordinary young people who depend 
on scholarship assistance to support their at- 
tendance. I have been inspired and moved by 
many alumni and parents who were scholar- 
ship recipients themselves and are now grateful 
to have the opportunity to give back. The Ever 
Elon Campaign, which recently crossed the 
$70 million mark, has its primary emphasis 
on building endowment for scholarship aid. 
When you read the stories in this magazine 
about lives that have been changed by generos- 
ity and love, I hope you, too, will be inspired 
to act. 

Leo M. Lambert 


ELON News 

Phi Beta Kappa to establish Elon chapter 

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest and most 
prestigious academic society, voted Oct. 2 to establish a new 
chapter at Elon University. 

The 57 Elon faculty and staff who are Phi Beta Kappa 
members will receive a charter, and the chapter will be 
officially established in the spring. Elon submitted its formal 
application in November 2006. 

From Elon, left to right, are Maurice Levesgue, Para Kiser, Steven House, Nancy Harris, Puss Gill, 
Helen Walton and President Leo M. Lambert. Next to Gill is Richard Albares from The College of 
Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. 

"We're delighted because this is 
such a wonderful ending to a long and 
hard journey, but also because 
this process has been to the 
benefit of the whole 
university," says Russell Gill, 
Maude Sharpe Powell 
Professor of English and 
chair of the faculty's Phi 
Beta Kappa Committee. 
"We look forward to setting 
up the new chapter in the 
coming year." 

As part of its effort to 
shelter a chapter, Elon has made 
substantial new investments in academic 
programs. Over the past several years, the 
percentage of Elon students majoring in 
the arts and sciences has grown from 37 percent to nearly 50 
percent, and more than 60 percent of students have majors 
or minors in arts and sciences programs. 

"Elon's journey to Phi Beta Kappa has always been about 
the pursuit of academic excellence," says Steven House, 
provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Our focus 
has been to support our outstanding faculty with enhanced 
facilities, resources and programs so they can create an 
innovative, challenging and learning-centered environment 

for our students. Elon is a far richer university because of this 

Elon becomes only the seventh institution in North 
Carolina to meet the high standards of excellence in the arts 
and sciences advocated by the society. Chapters currently 
are active at Duke University, Wake Forest University, 
Davidson College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 
North Carolina State University and University of North 

In evaluating applications for charters, Phi Beta Kappa 
seeks schools that have "standards that encourage 
excellence, a system of governance that promotes academic 
freedom and vigor, a scholarly faculty, a promising student 
body, a library and other educational facilities serving and 
complementing the course offerings, and an adequate and 
dependable income sufficient to maintain academic 

The effort to shelter a chapter produced a series of 
enhancements in academic quality, including the following: 

• Increased academic quality of the student body, with 
higher retention and graduation rates 

• Increased number of students pursuing graduate 

• Revised Honors Program and a new Fellows Program for 
Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences 

• Establishment of the Lumen Prize to support 
outstanding students in their academic pursuits, 
research and creative activities 

• Enhanced undergraduate research program, with new 
support for summer research 

• Increase in the number of full-time faculty positions and 
a reduction in the student-faculty ratio and average 
class size 

• A comprehensive plan to enhance faculty support 

• Enhanced language and culture program, addition of a 
foreign language requirement and tripling the foreign 
language faculty 

• Increased library print and electronic collections 

• New arts and sciences facilities, including Lindner Hall, 
the headquarters for Elon College, the College of Arts 
and Sciences 

Phi Beta Kappa chapters invite outstanding students in 
the arts and sciences to join the society each year. The 
society currently has more than a half million members and 
chapters at 276 colleges and universities. 

Elon will induct its inaugural class of Phi Beta Kappa 
students during a special event this spring to mark the 
establishment of its chapter. Typically, Phi Beta Kappa 
students rank among the top 10 percent of arts and sciences 
majors, and have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, 
leadership, multicultural awareness and foreign language 
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ELON News 


Elon University School of Laws charter class 
achieved an 83 percent passage rate on the 
North Carolina Bar Exam in July, a rate that 
surpassed the state average of 73 percent. 

"This achievement is the product of their 
study and hard work," says Elon Law Dean 
George R. Johnson Jr. "Their performance 
bodes well for their professional futures and 
for the future of Elon University School of 

Many graduates credited the law school's 
focus on engaged learning and leadership de- 
velopment with helping them to succeed. 

"We came to Elon to lay a strong founda- 
tion on which future classes could succeed 
and build on, and I think we've done that," 
says Damon Duncan, a charter class member 
and former Student Bat Association president. 

(l-r) Assistant Law Professor Tom Noble, Executive Vice President 
Gerry Francis, Elon Law Dean George Johnson and Associate Law 
Professor Margaret Kantlehner. 


Elon University School of Law has opened the 
Clinical Law Center, which houses its Wills 
Clinic and Juvenile Justice Intervention and 
Mediation Clinic. The center also includes 
activities associated with the school's super- 
vised service, street law, and public law and 
leadership courses, as well as its externships 
for students. 

The center, located in an annex of the 
school adjacent to Elon Law's H. Michael 
Weaver Building, offers students the chance 

Newsweek names Elon national 
leader in engaged learning 

The 2010 A/ewswee/t-Kaplan college guide named Elon 
the nation's "Leader in Engaged Learning" and cited 
the university's "constant innovation and sense of 

Education writer Jay Mathews worked with 
college counselors to choose 25 top schools that 
served students' needs "unusually well." 

In a story titled "Finding the Right College for 
You," Mathews featured Elon, saying "no school works harder 
to dispel ennui and get its undergraduates into the thick of academic life." 
Mathews noted Elon's consistent high marks in the National Survey of Student 
Engagement, which showed "that Elon students were much more likely to study 
abroad, complete internships, do volunteer service and work with faculty 
members outside of class than students at other schools." 

U.S.News & World Report again has named Elon the top "up-and-coming" 
university in the nation on a list of 77 schools that are "leading the pack in 
improvements and innovative changes." In a new U.S. News category, Elon is 
ranked among the nation's top schools for its strong faculty commitment to 
undergraduate teaching. 

For the third year in a row, the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" guide 
ranked Elon #2 among 117 Southern master's-level universities — the top North 
Carolina school in the category. 

Elon leads the Southern region in a new category of the nation's top 80 
colleges and universities where "the faculty has an unusually strong commitment 
to undergraduate teaching." Elon also was included in the 2010 guide's "Great 
Schools, Great Prices" list based on a combination of academic quality and net 
costs for students and their families. 

The U.S. News guide provides the most thorough examination of how more 
than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted 
indicators of excellence. 

For the seventh year in a row, The Princeton Review ranked Elon among the 
nation's top colleges and universities. The 2010 college guide ranked schools 
based on a survey of 122,000 students from across the nation. 

In their survey responses, Elon students offered their views of the university's 
academic programs and campus life. Their comments included, "You get involved 
outside the classroom and gain more knowledge through extensive 
undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad and internship 
opportunities," and "amazing study abroad program through which Elon seeks to 
transform a student into a world citizen rather than just another American with a 
college degree." 52 

to put their legal knowledge into practice 
through casework management, research, 
writing, client interaction and courtroom 
advocacy, while also helping the Greensboro 

"Students spend a lot of time in the first 
year of law school learning technical legal 

theory and understanding the law, but it's 
very different to apply the law to an actual 
person's problems," says Margaret Robison 
Kantlehner, associate professor of law, who 
supervises the Wills Clinic. "The clinics pro- 
vide a transition point for that process." 


ELON News 

"The days when we lived 
in a world where what 
happened halfway 
across the globe didn't 
affect us, those days are 
over. Technology has 
changed everything, 
and that has been both 
a blessing and a curse. 
In a way, we live in a 
much, much smaller 
world. Tljat means that 
we have to learn about 
each other, because 
what happens across the 
ocean ivill boomerang 
and affect us. " 

Khaled Hosseini, author 
of Tlie Kite Runner and A 
Thousand Splendid Suns, spoke 
Oct. 13 at Fall Convocation. 
The bestselling novelist 
discussed life in his native 
Afghanistan and encouraged 
students to travel and learn 
about new cultures. A 
Thousand Splendid Suns is 
Elon's common reading 
selection for 2009—2010. To 
view a video excerpt from his 
speech, go to 


The Princeton Review ranked 
Elon's mba program firth among 
the nation's "best administered" 
programs in its 2010 edition of the 
"Best 301 Business Schools." 

Elon mba students told 
The Princeton Review that the 
program is "on the rise" and com- 
mended the Martha and Spencer 

working efforts in a recent story on 
mba students seeking jobs. 

"It's hatd to find a school that 
has more seamlessly capitalized on 
friends and family networks than 
Elon University in North Carolina," 
the magazine reported in August. 
BusinessWeek notes that Elon 
"has forged alliances with major fi- 
nance powerhouses and boutiques 
alike" as it works with parents and 

Love School of Business' "globally-focused cur- friends of the university to assist undergraduates 

riculum." Students also praised the school's and mba students in their job and internship 

commitment to experiential learning, affordable searches. 

cost, cutting-edge classes, solid preparation in The story featured comments from Mary 

communication and interpersonal skills, pre- Cowan, dean of the Love School, Tom 

sentation skills and doing business in a global Vecchione, executive director of Career Services, 

economy. and Elon parent David Turner, cfo of the mar- 

BusinessWeek magazine cited Elon's career net- kets division at Thomson Reuters. 

White, Williams receive Elon Medallions 

Alan White, who led Elon athletics for 35 years, and A. Hope 
Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges 
and Universities, received Elon Medallions Aug. 24, recognizing 
their outstanding service to the university. 

Under White's leadership, Elon's athletics program 
maintained a tradition of success while moving from NAIA 
membership, through NCAA Division II, to the current NCAA 
Division I affiliation and membership in the Southern 

Elon won 53 conference titles, 12 conference Excellence 
Awards, including eight in a row from 1990-1997, and four 
national championships under White. During his tenure, Elon 
teams produced more than 500 all-conference players, and 
student-athletes earned hundreds of awards for academic excellence. 

White received many honors during his career, including being named the NCAA Division l-AA/ 
l-AAA Southeast Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of 
Athletics. He also received the 1989 NAIA National Athletics Administrator of the Year Award, was 
named the NAIA District 26 Athletics Administrator of the Year five times and was inducted into the 
NAIA Hall of Fame in 1993. 

White led a major renovation of Elon's athletics facilities, including construction of Rhodes 
Stadium, Belk Track, Latham Park for baseball, Jimmy Powell Tennis Center, Rudd Field for soccer, 
Koury Field House, and the full renovation and expansion of Koury Center. 

Williams has been a prominent leader in representing North Carolina independent higher 
education statewide and nationally. She has served since 1992 as president of the statewide 
organization for the 36 independent colleges and universities in North Carolina and their presidents 
who comprise NCICU's board of directors. 

Williams has been a strong advocate for student funding, especially the state grants and 
scholarships that enable students to attend private colleges and universities. She has led efforts to 
increase state grants and scholarship support from $35 million to $111 million. During her tenure, 
Elon students from North Carolina have received approximately $45 million through the North 
Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant and the State Contractual Scholarship Fund. 'SA 

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ELON News 


Elon has launched its new Web site home page, providing a wider page 
layout, improved site navigation and enhanced multimedia resources. 

The home page features core messages about Elon, an E-Net news 
feed and videos of students, faculty and staff talking about the univer- 
sity. A new page header provides significantly expanded link options to 
provide easier access to more areas of the site. 

A design team from the Office of University Relations reviewed best 
practices and designs of the nation's top university Web sites. A focus 
group including more than 40 faculty, staff and students provided input 
on the site design throughout the summer. 

The site also features an information link, a "Connect Elon" page 
for new media and social media resources, and a new academics home 
page. The tools link includes an A-Z site index and a link to the new 
Elon Mobile Web site, specially designed for mobile phone Web access. 
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Faculty author new books 

Six faculty members have written or ed- 
ited new books that explore global issues 
in the 21st century, surviving layoffs in 
the workplace, the nexus of science and 
religion, African-American choral con- 
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David Noer 

Pranab Das 

Gerald Knight 









Helen Oram 

Professors Tom Arcaro and Rosemary Haskell 
ask readers what it takes, and what responsibilities 
students have, to act as global citizens in the co- 
edited textbook and anthology Understanding the 
Global Experience: Becoming a Responsible World 
Citizen. The text examines topics ranging from 
the environment to religion to international media 
and includes contributions from Elon faculty who 
have taught the university's Global Experience 
freshman seminar. 

Professor Emeritus David Noer's updated 
version of his 1995 book Healing the Wounds: 
Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing 
Downsized Corporations gives employees and cor- 
porations insight for managing layoffs and creating 
healthier work relationships. 

Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality, a 
book edited by Pranab Das, professor of physics, 
has been published and includes essays from top 
scholars from around the world. The essays focus 
on approaches to examining the intersection of sci- 
ence and religion grounded in spiritual traditions 
ranging from Daoism to Eastern Orthodoxy. The 
essays cover a variety of scientific fields, spanning 
mathematical physics, robotics, biosemiotics and 
new schools of theoretical biology, embryonic stem 

cells, cognitive science and the concept of opening 
the human mind to broader ideas of reality. 

Gerald Knight, assistant professor of music, 
wrote Two African American Choral Conductors: 
Eroding Misconceptions Through Excellence, which 
looks at the careers of Andre Thomas and Judith 
Willoughby, two African-American choral con- 
ductors acclaimed tor their ability to perform 
music in the Western classical tradition as well 
as multicultural repertoires. African-American 
choral conductors. Knight writes, have tradition- 
ally been acknowledged only for their expertise in 
interpreting spirituals and other music by black 

Helen Grant, professor of law, joined three 
Australian legal scholars to present a contempo- 
rary casebook on torts in Torts: Commentary and 
Materials. The book takes a modern look at torts 
analysis in each main area of tort law, highlight- 
ing major cases and providing commentary on 
complex subjects. A native of Australia, Grant 
was the presiding legal member of the Mental 
Health Review Tribunal in Brisbane and spent 
two years as a legal officer in the Office of the 
Special Prosecutor in Brisbane, investigating cor- 
ruption and prosecuting government officials. 


ELON News 

Raleigh bishop blesses Catholic Newman Center 

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the 
Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., visited cam- 
pus on Family Weekend to bless the 
new Catholic Newman Center, which 
is located in the renovated Holland 
House on South Campus and serves 
as the home for Catholic Campus 

Burbidge celebrated a special Mass 
before the Sept. 16 blessing ceremony 
attended by students, their families 
and university leaders. He led the 
group in prayer moments before walk- 
ing through the building to bless each 
room with holy water. 

"Here the Catholic students of Elon 
University will continue to learn their 
Catholic faith and deepen their com- 
mitment to living as Christ has taught 
us," Burbidge said during his blessing. 
"We pray that the word of God may al- 
ways echo from its walls." 

President Leo M. Lambert praised 

the Rev. Gerry Waterman, the univer- 
sity's Catholic Campus Minister, for 
his efforts to help make the Newman 
Center a reality. 

"Our goal at Elon is for every stu- 
dent to develop spiritually while they're 
here," Lambert said. "The champion tor 
this, who swept us all into believing this 
could happen and that it could happen 
more quickly than any of us thought, 
was Father Gerry." 

Holland House offers students a li- 
brary, meeting space and a new kitchen 
and dining area for weekly Newman 
Center programs and dinners. The 
second floor houses three Catholic 
students and the new peer ministry 

Twenty-two percent of Elon students 
are Catholic, while about 180 students 
regularly take part in Catholic Campus 
Ministry programs. The 4,000-square- 
foot brick house, which once served 

Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge, at right, blesses the new Catholic 
Newman Center as the Rev. Gerry Waterman, Eton's Catholic Campus 
Minister, looks on. 

as the official residence of two Elon 
presidents, was moved across campus 
in June to make room for a new plaza 
in the Academic Village. 

Elon's Newman Center is the sixth 
such facility supported by the Catholic 
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New golf training facility dedicated 

The W. Cecil Worsley III Golf Training Center was dedicated 
Sept. 4 as the new headquarters for the men's and women's 
golf programs. 

The South Campus facility features hitting bays, a 
computerized swing analysis center and an indoor putting 
area. An outdoor driving range and an area where players 
can strengthen their short game, including two large 
practice greens, complete the center. 

The building is named for Worsley, a 1986 alumnus and 
former member of the men's golf team whose gift of 
$250,000 to the Ever Elon Campaign spurred completion of 
the project. Speaking at the dedication, Worsley said he 
made the gift to take Elon's golf programs to new heights. 

"I'm excited and proud to be a part of this," he told the 
crowd, which included other donors to the project, student- 
athletes and coaches. "And I'm proud to be a part of Elon." 

A loyal supporter of Elon athletics and annual giving 
programs, Worsley is a member of the Phoenix Club and the 
Elon Society President's Circle. Worsley and his wife, JoAnna 
Sutton Worsley '87, live in Wilmington, N.C. Their son, Cecil IV, 
is an Elon freshman. 

President Leo M. Lambert said athletics excellence is an 
important component of the university's next strategic plan. 


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W.Cecil Worsley III '86 

"Today is one of the building blocks of that vision," 
Lambert shared with the crowd. "We want to thank this 
wonderful and beautiful family for its generosity." 

Director of Athletics Dave Blank offered his own praise 
for the family's generosity. 

"This has to be one of the premier golf facilities on a 
college campus on the East Coast and possibly in the nation,' 
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Ever Elon Campaign 
reaches $70 million 

One year after its public launch, the Ever Elon Campaign has reached $70 million in gifts 
and pledges toward the $100 million comprehensive campaign goal. 

This milestone was achieved thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends 
who continue to support the campaign goals to build the endowment, increase annual and 
planned gifts, and preserve and build the campus. Recent major gifts to Ever Elon support 
additional need-based scholarships and athletics facilities. 




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Elon trustee Kerrii Brown 
Anderson '79 says she is 
proof that need-based 
scholarships change lives. 
Anderson, former chief ex- 
ecutive officer of Wendy's 
International, says scholar- 
ships made her Elon educa- 
tion possible. 

"Graduating from Elon 
changed my life and my fu- 
ture forever," she says. "My 
liberal arts education gave me a great foundation to go into the busi- 
ness world and be successful, and it prepared me for lifelong learning." 

Anderson made a $225,000 gift to Elon, which will be added to 
the Kerrii Brown Anderson Endowed Scholarship, established ear- 
lier this year with a gift from Wendy's International Foundation in 
Anderson's honor. The scholarship assists female students with finan- 
cial need, with preference given to students from North Carolina, 

Kerrii Anderson '79 

where Anderson grew up, or Ohio, where she has lived for the past 
22 years. 

Anderson strongly supports the Ever Elon Campaign goal of in- 
creasing the number of need-based scholarships through endowment 

"I believe building an endowment for scholarships is critical for the 
long-term success of the university and the education of our future 
students," she says. "These scholarships will allow students to obtain 
a great liberal arts education with an international experience, and to 
go into the world and make a difference." 

Anderson says that all gifts to Elon have an impact on students. 

"I think it's important to give back and to recognize the difference 
we can make in the lives of others," she says. "To have the opportu- 
nity to change someone's life is phenomenal." 

Anderson is a member of the boards of directors of Burlington, 
N.C.-based LabCorp and Chiquita Brands International in Cincinnati. 


The Ward family of Burlington continued its strong tradition of phi- 
lanthropy at Elon by making a $100,000 gift to support the new ath- 
letics field house. The gift honors the late C Max Ward 49, a former 
Elon trustee and one of the university's most passionate supporters. 


Hunt Ward '82, Cynthia Ward and Julia Ward 

Max Ward served in the Navy during World War n and later at- 
tended Elon with assistance from the gi Bill. He completed his busi- 
ness administration degree in less than three years and opened Max 
Ward Delmar Studios (now Lifetouch Inc.), known for its school por- 
traits in North Carolina, Virginia and Alabama. 

Using his school connections. Ward helped recruit student-ath- 
letes to Elon, and he mentored them once they arrived. He took many 
of the portraits of Elon's top athletes that are displayed in the Koury 
Center concourse and the new W. Cecil Worsley in Golf Training 
Center on South Campus. 

"Elon gave him the opportunity for an education that he wouldn't 
have had otherwise, and he was grateful tor that," says Cynthia Ward, 
Max's wife. "His love for Elon and its people never wavered. Elon is 
in our dna, and this gift is about extending his legacy." 

In making the gilt, Cynthia Ward was joined by her son, Hunt 
Ward '82, and his wile, Julia, of Burlington. Hunt and Julia are the 
parents of Elon junior Cynthia Nicole Ward. 

The Ward family has supported academic and athletics scholar- 
ships at Elon as well as the Center for the Arts, Rhodes Stadium and 
the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center. Hunt Ward, territory man- 
ager at Lifetouch, says his family understands the importance of pri- 
vate gifts to Elon. 

"I know that tuition doesn't cover the full cost of an Elon education, 
and my family feels that it's our duty to make that opportunity avail- 
able to others," says Hunt, who was a member of the golf team and 
serves on the university's Board of Visitors with his wife. "We can't 
continue to attract quality students and keep Elon affordable without 
endowment support." 


Dr. Richard Henderson and his wife, Marjorie, of Mebane, N.C., have 
made a gift of property to the university, which has established a need- 
based scholarship in their names. The property on Saddle Club Road 

in Burlington is named Henderson House in their honor and currently 
houses the chaplaincy intern. 

The Hendersons say their daughters, Karen Rhea '88 and Cynthia 
Andrew '90, received an excellent education at Elon, and they wanted 
to make that opportunity available to additional students with finan- 
cial need. 

"We've watched Elon grow and have been very impressed with its 
progress," Richard Henderson says. "It's an excellent institution." 

Henderson grew up in a single-parent household in Medford, 
N.J., and earned his undergraduate degree at Maryville College in 
Tennessee. When he was 16, he received a $2,500 scholarship for his ed- 
ucation after winning a national essay contest. The scholarship check, 
he says, was signed by Santa Claus and enabled him to attend college. 

"That was just one of the many types of assistance that I received 
along the way," he says. "I see a lot of people who are hurting, es- 
pecially single moms who worry about how their kids are going to 
get an education. We want this scholarship to help students improve 
their lives. Our greatest investment is in our children, and every lit- 
tle bit helps." 


The Stanley and Dorothy Frank Family 
Foundation, together with brothers William 
A. Frank and Barry S. Frank, have made 
a $100,000 gift to establish the Carole W. 
Bruce Endowed Scholarship at Elon Law. 

The gift honors Bruce, secretary to the 
foundation and legal and financial adviser 
to the Frank family for more than 40 years. 
Ifie gift also honors the legacy of Stanley 
Frank, a Greensboro philanthropist. The 
scholarship will assist second- or third-year law students in good aca- 
demic standing with an interest in tax or estate-planning law. 

"Elon Law has already shown its ability to contribute significantly 
to the betterment of the greater Greensboro region," Barry Frank says. 
"Giving back to the community has always been a core value of our 
family, and we are pleased to support Elon Law, an outstanding edu- 

Carole W. Bruce 

cational addition to the community and beyond." 


Order of the Oak, Elon's planned giving recognition society, welcomes 
new members Richard and Marjorie Henderson, of Mebane, N.C., 
and Odell Welborn '57, of Greenville, N.C., who have made planned 
gift commitments to the Ever Elon Campaign. Additional planned gift 
commitments have been made by Order of the Oak members Dolores 
Hagen '53 and John G. '53 Truitt Jr., of Elon, N.C., and Deborah A. 
'74 and William Yow-Bowden, of College Park, Md. * 


Phoenix basketball on a mission 


■k ■ his first year leading the Phoenix men's basketball team, head 
^kB coach Matt Matheny is looking to revitalize a program that 
I moved to Division I competition 10 years ago and turn it 
into a consistent Southern Conference contender. 

After 16 vears as the top assistant at Southern Conference foe 
Davidson, Matheny took over the Phoenix program last March, insti- 
tuting what he calls a "12-month mission." He told players that getting 
better as individuals and as a team required a yearlong commitment 
to excellence. Matheny knows what it is like to win, participating in 
10 regular-season conference championships at Davidson as well as the 
Wildcats' storied run to the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight in 2008. 

This season, Matheny will lead a balanced team, including six se- 
niors and juniors, and six sophomores and freshmen. 

Clockwise from top left: Chris 
Long, Matt Matheny, Tiara 
Game ana 1 Karen Barefoot 

Senior guard Devan Carter, senior forward Adam Constantine, 
junior guard Chris Long and sophomore guard Josh Bonney each 
started in at least 16 games last season and will be counted on to lead 
this years squad. Constantine, one of the team's most vocal leaders, 
has developed into a scoring threat inside. Elon also looks forward to 
the return of junior forward Scott Grable who was injured last season. 
Elon will challenge itself early and often during the non-conference 
season, beginning Nov. 16 at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium to take 
on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the first round 
of the Dick's Sporting Goods nit Season Tip-Off Tournament. The 
Phoenix was slated to challenge Duke or Coastal Carolina in the 
second-round game the following day. Elon also will travel Dec. 13 to 
Wake Forest before heading to Raleigh Dec. 17 for a matchup against 
N.C. State. 

"We want to give the guys the experience to play in the greatest 
venues in the country and play against some of the greatest competi- 
tion in the country," Matheny says. "It will prepare our team for the 
hostile environments we will face in the Southern Conference." 


Second-year women's head basketball coach Karen Barefoot will 
depend on the leadership and experience of returning players and 
the energy of newcomers to help the Phoenix rise in the conference 

"We are still a young team but have players who know how to score," 
Barefoot says. "Last season, we were missing the killer instinct that 
puts points on the board. As a team, we are more confident entering 
this season and have players who are able to run our up-tempo style 
and pressure defense." 

The Phoenix returns Tiara Cause, the program's first Southern 
Conference Freshman of the Year, who led the team in scoring last 
season. Also returning is sophomore Courtney Medley, who scored 
25 points in Elon's SoCon Tournament win over Georgia Southern to 
pick up all-tournament honors and who joined Cause on the league's 
all-freshman team. 

Elon will rely on a host of freshmen to make an immediate im- 
pact, including Ali Ford, the North Carolina High School Athletic 
Association Female Athlete of the Year, and Eleisha Hairston and 
Kelsey Evans, who were among the players selected to the North 
Carolina East-West AU-Star game. Ford was named mvp following a 
20-point performance in the all-star game. 

"What really sets this group of freshmen apart is that three of them 
are among the players in the 2,000-point club and come from winning 
high school programs," Barefoot says. "This will be an exciting bunch 
to watch develop." 

The women's squad was scheduled to open the season at home 
against Youngstown State on Nov. 13 and host Navy Nov. 14. !S! 



Modeling courage and 


In March 2007, Lucas Walters was rushed 
to the hospital near his home in Medina, 
Ohio, with severe pain in his lower 
abdomen. Following surgery, the high 
school junior received the grim news from 
his doctor — he had testicular cancer. 

"When they told me, the first thing I 
felt was disbelief, then shock and bewilder- 
ment," recalls Walters, who is now an Elon 
freshman and a member of the Phoenix 
cross country team. "(I thought) I'm not 
supposed to have cancer at this age." 

Walters remained optimistic 
throughout his chemotherapy treat- 
ments and even managed to train with 
his cross country teammates at Medina 
High School when he felt strong enough. 

"Because of the chemo, I was always 
tired," Walters says. "But I never gave up." 

After 11 weeks of treatments, the 
doctors gave Walters good news — his 
cancer was in remission. He eagerly 
rejoined his team and discovered his 
treatments had unexpected benefits. 

"After the chemo, I realized I could 
run more because I had a higher pain 
tolerance," he says. "I really identified 

with Lance Armstrong, and I wanted 
to run even more than before." 

Within six months of returning to 
his high school team, Walters shaved 
40 seconds off his 5K race time and 
helped lead the team to a first-place 
finish in the Ohio State Cross Country 
Championship. The team went on to 
place third in the Nike Midwest Regional 
Cross Country meet in Terre Haute, Ind. 

While competing at the Nike Team 
Nationals in 2007, Walters received a 
package from Armstrong, the seven- 
time winner of the Tour de France and a 
cancer survivor. The package included 
a Livestrong hat and yellow wristband, 
and a note signed by Armstrong. 

"The fact that Lance Armstrong had 
heard about me and cared enough to send 
a package was just awesome," Walters 
recalls. "Nike must have contacted Lance 
before the national cross country meet 
and told him that I'd be running in it." 

When he returned home, Walters 
decided to become involved with the 
Lance Armstrong Foundation, working 
as a community organizer with the 
Livestrong campaign. Last fall, he orga- 
nized a nine-mile trail run and a 5K race 
in his hometown. About 60 runners 

Lucas Walters 

participated in the trail run, which 
raised $600 for the foundation. 

At Elon, Walters proudly wears his 
Livestrong wristband when he com- 
petes with the cross country team. 

"Working with the Livestrong cam- 
paign has given me insight into the battles 
that other people go through when faced 
with cancer, as well as the opportunity 
to meet a lot of great people who care 
very much about helping others." r 2 

Women's soccer reaches 
high mark 


The women's soccer team finished one of its 

strongest seasons ever this fall, posting the 

most victories (12) since the Phoenix moved 

to Division I in 1999 and the most wins since 


Head coach Chris Neal's squad ended the 
regular season 12-5-2 overall and 7-3-1 in the 
Southern Conference, narrowly missing the 
chance to compete in postseason play. 

For the first time in program history, 
four players received All-SoCon honors 
in one season. Freshman defender Claire 
O'Keefe became the program's first first- 
team all-conference selection, while senior 
forward Molly Calpin earned second-team 
recognition. O'Keefe, Scarlett Fakhar and 
Elizabeth Palmer were named to the league's 
all-freshman team. 

O'Keefe, a defender, anchored an Elon de- 
fense that posted seven shutouts during the 
season, the most since 1999. 

"It is quite an honor for Claire, especially 
as a freshman, to be the first Elon women's 

soccer player to be named first-team All- 
SoCon," Neal says. "She was a rock at the 
back for us this season." 

Calpin led Elon with six goals on the year. 
Five of those goals were game winners, in- 
cluding a strike with 17 seconds remaining 
to lift the Phoenix to its first victory against 
SoCon foe Furman. She finished her Elon 
career with 17 goals and eight assists. 

"Molly led the league in game-winning 
goals this year and worked very hard to build 
our team into a nationally competitive pro- 
gram," Neal says. 

Fakhar scored three goals, helping Elon 
to wins over Furman, Chattanooga and The 
Citadel. Palmer, a defender, led the SoCon 
with 11 assists. She assisted on several game- 
winning goals, including the score against 
Western Carolina to give the Phoenix its first 
win over the Catamounts. 


hen it comes to dramatic moments in Phoenix 
football, Scott Riddle and Terrell Hudgins 
know how to deliver. 

Take the game against Georgia Southern 
last fall in Statesboro. The Phoenix, seeking 
its first road win against the Southern 
Conference power, trailed 20-19 with less 
than two minutes to play. It was 4th down 
with 10 yards to go following a rare string of 
incomplete passes by Riddle. The situation 
appeared desperate, if not downright hopeless. 

In the team huddle during a time-out. 
Riddle traded glances with his favorite wide 
receiver as head coach Pete Lembo asked the 
tandem what play they wanted to run. 

"We both felt like the slant and go (pass 
route) would work," recalls Hudgins, who 
had already caught 12 passes that night for a 
game-high 179 yards. 

Seconds later, Hudgins blazed by two 
Georgia Southern defenders in front of the 
Elon bench and caught a perfect pass from 
Riddle, giving the Phoenix a critical first 
down. Six plays later and with 6 seconds 

remaining, Andrew Wilcox nailed a 34-yard 
field goal, secuting a 22-20 Elon victory. 

"I teated up afterward, right on the field," 
Hudgins recalls. "You could see in every- 
body's eyes how much they wanted that game, 
how much that meant to our team." 

The game marked a turning point for 
Elon, which would go on to a 5-0 start in the 
conference, finish the year 8—4 and contend 
for a national playoff berth until the final 
weekend oi the season. 

It also was a decisive moment for Riddle 
and Hudgins, who this year are enjoying 
their third and final season playing together. 
Riddle, a junior, and Hudgins, a senior, have 
rewritten school and conference record 
books for passing and receiving while estab- 
lishing the Phoenix as an upper-echelon 
team in the SoCon, poised to make its fitst 
playoff appearance since joining Division 1 
a decade ago. 

Even more remarkable, perhaps, is that 
none of their accomplishments would have 
been possible without two critical events: 

Riddle keeping a promise to his father to 
visit campus and a fateful decision concerning 
Hudgins made by a coaching staff 150 miles 
Irom Elon. 


Encouraged by their parents, Darius and 
Leslie Hudgins, Terrell and his two sisters 
excelled as athletes at Rocky Mount High 
School in Rocky Mount, N.C. 

During his senior year, the Associated 
Press named Hudgins, then a quarterback, 
the top high school athlete in North Carolina. 
He also starred as a third baseman and pitcher 
in baseball, and a power forward in basketball. 

Hudgins made an official recruiting visit 
to Elon but ultimately decided to play foot- 
ball at East Carolina University. Impressed 
with his 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound frame, the 
ECU coaches moved Hudgins from offense 
to defense, inserting him at linebacker in 
August 2005. 

"I hadn't played defense since I was 12," 
Hudgins recalls. "I tried it for the team, but it 


Scott Riddle & 
Terrell Hudgins 

rewrite the 
record books 

just wasn't for me. I wanted to go somewhere 
where I was going to enjoy my four years of 

Already familiar with Elon from his 
visit, Hudgins decided to transfer after the 
Phoenix coaching staff assured him that he'd 
play offense. He redshirted that year and saw 
his first game action as an Elon wide receiver 
in 2006. 

Riddle also had to give Elon a chance, 
but it wasn't because he was unfamiliar with 
the campus. His parents, Jimmy Riddle 
'81 and Cathy Watkins Riddle '79, and his 
maternal grandparents, Ernest "Pep" Watkins 
49 and Dot Shackelford Watkins 48, hoped 
Scott would follow in their footsteps. 

"Elon is like a big family to us," says 
Jimmy Riddle, a former linebacker who 
ranks fifth at Elon for career interceptions. 
"Scott originally didn't want to come here 
because I had been here. I just asked him to 
promise me two things: that he wouldn't go 
to another Southern Conference school and 
that he would at least make his official visit 

to Elon and give it a chance. He fell in love 
with it, and it has been great for him." 

Scott, who threw for more than 7,500 
yards and helped bring a state championship 
to Eastern Randolph High School in nearby 
Ramseur, N.C., says being in familiar sur- 
roundings has helped him perform at a high 
level on the field. 

"It has been a great experience for me 
to be around people who have known my 
family," he says. 


Hudgins burst onto the scene as a redshirt 
freshman in 2006, catching 69 passes for 
1,027 yards en route to earning second-team 
All-America honors from the Associated Press, 
as well as the nickname "T-Mobile" among 
his fans. He became the second receiver in 
Elon history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in 
a single season and ranked second nationally 
in receiving yards per game. 

Riddle's arrival in 2007 ushered in the 
most prolific passing year in the history of 
Elon football. He was perfectly suited for 
Lembo's multiple formation offense, which 
relies heavily on passing. With Hudgins as his 
primary target. Riddle thrived his first year, 
earning Southern Conference Freshman of 
the Year honors and two National Freshman 
of the Year awards. He also was named a first- 
team All-American while passing for 3,817 
yards — an Elon and Southern Conference 

Hudgins shined as well that season. He 
caught 117 of Riddle's passes for 1,474 yards 
and scored 18 touchdowns, all Elon records, 
and earned his place on five different All- 
America squads as the Phoenix finished 7-4 
overall, 4—3 in the SoCon. 

In 2008, the duo's numbers dropped 
slightly as Elon developed a stronger run- 
ning game. The Phoenix won eight games 
and made a run for a national playoff berth 
until the final weekend of the season. 

"Scott and Terrell realize that playoff 
teams don't just rely on one or two guys to get 
it done," says Lembo, currently in his fourth 
year leading the Phoenix. "They're willing to 
sacrifice any sort of individual recognition or 
statistics for the good of this team." 

Jerry Moore, head coach at conference 
rival Appalachian State, says Riddle and 
Hudgins make Elon a formidable opponent. 

"You can point to their arrival, as well as 
Pete (Lembo's), as the point where (Elon's) 
program turned around," Moore says. "Their 

talent makes them very difficult to prepare 

This fall. Riddle and Hudgins have con- 
tinued to shatter records. In a 28-14 wm over 
Georgia Southern Sept. 26, Riddle became 
the SoCon career leader in pass completions 
and passing yards. On Oct. 3 against Furman, 
Hudgins became the ncaa Division 1 
Football Championship Subdivision leader in 
career receptions with 318. On Nov. 7 against 
Western Carolina, he broke the all-time fcs 
record for career receiving yards held by nfl 
legend Jerry Rice, who had 4,693 receiving 
yards. Hudgins currently holds the Elon and 
SoCon records for receptions in a season, 
career touchdown receptions, career recep- 
tions and career receiving yards. 


The chemistry between Riddle and Hudgins 
is as strong off the field as it is in big-game 

They play cards together, and Hudgins 
has been a guest at Riddle's home for cook- 
outs. When it comes to favorite television 
shows, Hudgins is a big fan of "SpongeBob 
SquarePants," while Riddle prefers "Home 

Like any good friends, they enjoy giving 
each other a hard time. 

"When I was a little younger and 
SpongeBob first came out, I might have 
watched it a little bit, but it's not one of 
my favorite shows," Riddle says with a wry 

"On the field, we're like Batman and 
Robin," Hudgins says. "I'm Batman and he's 

"Yeah, right," quips Riddle. 

Both players say they are interested 
in working with kids after they graduate. 
Hudgins has worked at the Boys and Girls 
Club in Burlington, where many are fans of #19. 
"He's unreal with little kids," Riddle 
says. "Everybody's a '19' fan. All the kids 
have his jersey, and he'll always make time 
to talk to them and give them high-fives on 
the sidelines." 

For now, both players are focused on one 
goal — winning the Southern Conference 
and practicing through Thanksgiving, 
because that would mean Elon would be pre- 
paring for a playoff game for the first time 
in 28 years. 

Says Hudgins, "We were so close to the 
playoffs last year, it makes all of us want it 


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It wasn't long ago that the only access you had to 
the Internet was through your desktop computer, with 
hard drives or floppy disks that stored all your digital 
information. Today, you can edit a Word document on 
a cell phone that's accessing a server in Malaysia, Iceland 
or Iowa. 

Welcome to the brave new world of computing sci- 
ence, where changes in how people work, play and interact 
with their computers and phones are reshaping the way 
students learn about the programming industry. Ready 
to teach those students are Elon faculty members Joel 
Hollingsworth and Dave Powell. 

For the past eight years, the duo has teamed up in 
the university's Department of Computing Sciences to 
revolutionize a curriculum that once focused on basic 
desktop computer applications and what users might see 
on their screens while sitting at their desks. 

Times have changed. 

"You're not tied to your desk anymore," 
Hollingsworth says. "Now, you're doing com- 
puting in your car and at the mall, you get 
your e-mails while you're doing other things. 
The computer is integrating itself into our 
lifestyles, and you're going to be connected 
anywhere you go." 

Both men have attended conferences that examine 
this trend, most recently in July, when Hollingsworth 
traveled to Las Vegas for the 2009 World Conference in 

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showed other examples of code I'd written.... Seeing the work 
convinced the guy I knew what I was talking about."; 



Computer Science, Computer Engineering 
and Applied Computing to present a paper 
that he and Powell co-authored. Holling- 
sworth was one of more than 2,000 attendees 
from 82 countries. 

Teaching students new ways of thinking 
about programming is a daunting task. No 
textbooks contained information on the 
Google Android platform last February when 
Hollingsworth revised his mobile computing 
course to take advantage of the latest system 
to hit the consumer market. 

A strong competitor to the iPhone, 
Android uses programming language and 

offers features that make it easy 
for students to test the applica- 
tions they design in class. Elon 
purchased four phones with 
the Android platform for small 
groups to use in the course. In 
developing programs, students 
consider the orientation of the 
phone, including how users can 
manipulate the screen, and the 
size of the display. 

"How do you develop an 
interface for this? How do you 
use touch sensitivity?" Powell says 


instructions and waiting to see how they 
tackle their assignments. 

Both professors are known for being 
accessible and attentive to students. 
Hollingsworth even encourages students to 
play basketball with him and other faculty 
in Jordan Gym. 

"Their doors were open quite often," 
recalls Steven Hicks 08. "Most students 
could walk in the door and ask it they had a 
moment or two to talk." 

Hollingsworth and Powell believe that 

Elon is ahead of other colleges and uni- 

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brought industry experience and knowledge into the classroom. 
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to be looking for in college graduates. Doel (Hollingsworth) 
had relevant, leading-edge technology research and experience. '■ 


smart phones. "It's a small screen, so interface 
design has to be done differently." 

Mobile computing is one element of 
Elon's computing sciences curriculum, which 
also looks at artificial intelligence and video 
gaming programs, areas of expertise led by 
associate professor Shannon Duvall. 

return to the classroom. 

"There's no fear of failure in 
students," Powell says. "The excite- 
ment of working with students and 
seeing them develop and exceed 
expectations is something you can't 

helping students succeed opposites attract 

Hollingsworth grew up the son of teachers Former students marvel at how well 
in Mt. Airy, N.C., including the now-retired Hollingsworth and Powell work together, 

football coach at the local high school. 

As a boy, Hollingsworth helped manage 
his dad's team. Before practice each day, 
his father arranged for him to work with 
one of the school's computer technology 
teachers. The board game aficionado attended 
Appalachian State University and earned his 

even though their teaching styles are vastly 

Powell, the former corporate entre- 
preneur, is known for giving students 
precise requirements for assignments and 
then reading through pages of their sub- 
mitted computer code to make sure it's 

masters degree in computing science at Wake correct. Hollingsworth takes a trial-and- 

computing, which typically is taught at the 
graduate level. At Elon, juniors and seniors 
can enroll in the class, enabling them to stay 
current on trends in the rapidly changing area 
of programming. 

So what's in store for students in the 
coming yeats? Plenty, considering that most 
of the time people spend on computers these 
days is online, including e-mail, Web chats 
and document sharing, tasks that can be 
done from almost anywhere. Turns out, the 
computer itself does very little. 

For Hollingsworth and Powell, staying 
ahead of a constantly changing industry isn't 
work. It's fun. 

"The world has really changed," Powell 
says. "Years ago the whole movement was 
toward developing software to run on your 
desktop. As technologies evolve at an incred- 
ible pace, evolving the curriculum to keep up 
is an exciting process." 3S /*============== 

Forest University before joining the Elon fac- 
ulty as a lecturer in 2001. 

Powell took a different path to com- 
puting science. The Massachusetts native 
graduated near the top of his West Point class 
and served in Vicenza, Italy, with the U.S. 
Armv Airborne Infantrv. The Army encour- 
aged its top officers to attend graduate school, 
so Powell enrolled in Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute in Troy, N.Y., for master's degrees in 
civil engineering and business administration. 

After finishing his military service in 
1983, Powell took a job with General Electric, 
eventually picking up a third master's degree 
in computer engineering, followed by his 
doctorate in computer science, both from 
Rensselaer. He and a colleague left ge and 
New Yotk in 1994 to start Engineous Software 
in Research Triangle Park, N.C. 

In 2001, Powell left the company he 
helped build and found a home at Elon as 
the chair of the computing sciences depart- 
ment. He had previously taught at Rensselaer 

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programming objective with few detailed 

Don't leave home without Elon Mobile 

Staying connected to the university just got easier with the launch of Elon Mobile, a service 
that allows people with cell phone Web browsers 
to access campus news, event calendars, sports 
scores, and e-mail and phone directories. 

Elon Mobile, which can be bookmarked by going 
to, also includes a GPS feature 
to help iPhone users on campus find information 
about buildings that are just a few feet away. 

"The GPS-based walking tour is an innovative 
feature," says John David Parsons '06, Elon's Web 
applications developer who created the mobile 
application. "We're among the first schools to offer 
this service to our campus community. People want 
guick access to data when they're out and about, 
and we're giving it to them with Elon Mobile." 



world #f 


There aren't many people who have the 
power to change someone's life with the click 
of a computer mouse. Audrey Seagraves '02 

is one of those people. 

Seagraves is director of programs for World of Good Development 
Organization, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving 
economic and social conditions for millions of women and 
adolescent girls in the developing world who live on less than $2 a 
day. She manages the Fair Wage Guide, a free online calculator that 
estimates the fair localized value of handmade goods produced by 
workers, providing an ethical method for comparing wages worldwide. 
The calculator has enabled thousands of craft producers and 
other workers, many of whom work from their homes with few if 
any support networks, to learn whether they are charging enough for 
their products and which goods are most profitable. 

In September, World of Good was named one of 15 Tech Award 
Laureates for 2009, an award established by The Tech Museum of 


Innovation to honor innovators from around 
the world who are applying technology to 
benefit humanity. Seagraves was scheduled to 
accept the honor for World or Good at a Nov. 
19 awards gala in San Jose, Calif. Former Vice 
President Al Gore also was scheduled to be 
honored as a global humanitarian. 

"It makes me feel good every day to be 
part of something that is making a difference," 
Seagraves says. "It reels like something I'm 
supposed to do. 

Seagraves joined World of Good in 
January 2006 after working as the public 
relations and promotions coordinator for 
Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, 
D.C., where she moved after graduating 
with honors and a degree in journalism and 
communications. She also worked as a Future 
Leaders of the World Fellow at the Population 
Institute, where she helped build a public 
relations campaign for the Educate America 
and World Population Awareness Week 
programs. In 2002, she participated in the 
United Nations World Summit on Sustainable 
Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

In addition to managing the Fair Wage Guide, Seagraves directs 
World of Good's micro-grants program, economic development fellows 
and the Living Wage Project. She also serves as chair of the World Fair 
Trade Organization's Monitoring and Standards Committee. 

Seagraves was living in Wilmington, N.C., and considering 
applying to graduate school when a former colleague at the Population 
Institute suggested she move to the San Francisco area to help launch 
World of Good's nonprofit arm. 

"It was right up my alley," Seagraves says. "I would have the chance 
to work directly with the population that we serve. That was the reason 
I got into nonprofit and international development work in the first 
place. I really love learning about different cultures." 

Created in 2006, the Fair Wage Guide has already made an 
impact, raising awareness about the needs of homeworkers in 60 
developing nations. More than 700 international businesses have 
used the software to increase wages for more than 50,000 low-income 
homeworkers by an average of 20 percent. 

For example, the artisans of Malindi Handicrafts of Kenya have 
used the Fair Wage Guide for the past two years to ensure that their 
1,560 carvers are charging enough for their products to cover a fair 
wage. Last summer, artisans from around the world had a chance 
to use the guide during a World of Good workshop in Santa Fe, 
N.M. Seagraves recalls the reaction of one Bolivian artist after she 
had entered her information in the Fair Wage Guide and clicked the 
submit button. 

"She was so shocked to realize which of her products were making 
her money and which were not," Seagraves says. "She was so excited 
she said, Tm taking this back to my community!'" 

Since joining World of Good, Seagraves has traveled to Peru 
to work with rural craft producers and has made presentations on 
the Fair Wage Guide at conferences in New Zealand, France and 

"It makes me feel good 
every day to be part 
of something that is 
making a difference. 
It feels like something 
I'm supposed to do." 

- Audrey Seagraves '02 

Belgium. She also spent part of a recent 
vacation in Cambodia and Vietnam meeting 
with craft producers. Following the Tech 
Awards ceremony, she will travel to Argentina 
to promote the guide. 

Homeworkers are among the most 
disadvantaged workers in global supply chains, 
with the highest concentration in the garment 
sector, Seagraves says. Informal homeworkers 
earning poverty-level wages make up 30 to 
60 percent of the workforce in the clothing, 
textile and footwear industries. These 
industries have eliminated many factory jobs 
in favor of homeworkers, where there is little 
enforcement of minimum-wage standards or 
labor laws. 

Because of their relative isolation, women 
working from their homes in small villages 
are particularly vulnerable. Often they are 
unaware of their legal rights and have no way 
to negotiate for higher pay for services ranging 
from embroidery to sewing to assembling 

"The Fair Wage Guide is helping women 
value their time in terms of wages and 
educating them on their legal rights," Seagraves says. "During our 
case studies, we found that many homeworkers don't even charge 
enough to covet their material costs, let alone labor costs. Due to lack 
of information, the women are typically earning well below their legal 
minimum wage and often are losing money. The Fair Wage Guide 
is helping to level the playing field for these workers by empowering 
them with information to negotiate for higher wages." 
Seagraves is proud of the impact the guide has had. 
"It's about empowering individuals and giving them opportunities 
to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their lives," she says. 
"Just putting money toward something is not the answer." 

Seagraves credits her inspiration in part to Elon's emphasis on 

global education and a writing course she took that focused on poverty. 

"I found myself wanting to write stories about poverty, and when 

I graduated, I wanted to do something where I could make an impact," 

she says. "Elon definitely helped to shape that." 

Working for World of Good has changed Seagraves. 
"It has made me realize how small the world is and how much of 
an impact you can have as an individual," she says. "It reminds me of 
what's important in life, and what is important to me is being able to 
touch someone on a human level. On days when I'm feeling frustrated 
about work, I think maybe I should go work for a big company and 
make lots of money. But I don't think that would be fulfilling for me. 
I know this is my life's work." 

The former Elon soccer star and National All-Collegiate Scholar 
is already planning her next move. 

"What I would really like to do is move to a developing country 

and work directly with individuals living in poverty," Seagraves says. 

"That gives you insight into how to find better programs to help people. 

Everyone should be doing something that is making the world a 

better place." SJ 



Clockwise from bottom left: 
Samantha King, Nicole Morillo, 
Andrew Somen, Maria Papa 
and Andrew Stevenson. 

In 2008, Elon created the Odyssey 
Program, which includes five 
need-based scholarships that 
give bright students with good 
hearts the opportunity to earn a 
college degree. These students 
receive financial, academic, 
social and mentoring support 
to ensure their success and full 
participation in university life, 
including study abroad, internships 
and undergraduate research. 

Creating additional scholarships 
such as those in the Odyssey Program 
is a top priority of the Ever Elon 
Campaign. Alumni, parents and friends 
have responded generously to this goal, 
creating 95 new endowed scholarships 
during the past three years and helping 
to keep Elon's doors open to all students. 

The five scholarships in the Odyssey 
Program are: The Susan Scholarship 
and John L. Georgeo Scholarship, 
established by Furman C. Moseley Jr. '56 
and his wife, Susan; The Mac Mahon 
Family Scholarship, created by the 
family of trustee Tom Mac Mahon; The 
Margaret Ann Hall Endowed Scholarship, 
endowed by the family of Mike Hall; and 
the Honorable Thad Eure North Carolina 
Achievement Scholarship, established 
by Elon trustees to honor former Elon 
trustee Thad Eure, one of the nation's 
longest-serving public servants. 

In the following essays, students 
from the Odyssey Program reflect 
on how their scholarships have 
transformed their lives, while four 
donors, including three associated 
with the Odyssey Program, discuss 
what inspires them to support Elon. 






I have never felt happier than at this 
moment. I am working toward my dream 
of being a journalist. I am the assistant 
news editor of the student newspaper Hie 
Pendulum and a member or the Periclean 
Scholars Class of 2012. And I owe it all 
to the Hall family, who created a schol- 
arship that enabled me to attend Elon. 

In my wildest dreams, I never would 
have thought this would be possible. I grew up in the small town of Pennington Gap, Va., in the 
Appalachian Mountains. My high school guidance counselor advised us to take computer classes 
so we could earn a scholarship to the local community college. Needless to say, students were not 
held to very high standards or encouraged to attend prestigious private schools in another state. 

I decided at a young age that I did not want the same life everyone around me was so content 
having — I wanted more. I wanted to see something other than the corners of the county where 
I was born and raised. I wanted to see and help the world. I volunteered in high school, played 
three sports, was in the marching band, joined every club offered and took only the toughest 
classes available. 

I found out I was accepted to Elon when I got a call from Susan Klopman, vice president of 
admissions and financial planning. Susan's first words were, "Hi, my name is Susan Klopman. 
I am representing Elon University, and I would like to offer you a full-tuition scholarship." I 
couldn't believe her. This was my chance! I could not afford 
$30,000 a year in tuition without some external help. 

My freshman year, I made new friends and soon Elon 
became my new home. I enjoyed my classes immensely. My 
professors were more than helpful and even took me to lunch 
to discuss a concept from class or my latest paper. The student 
organization I was most excited about was Tlie Pendulum. I 

wanted more than anything to write for the paper that everyone around campus reads every 
Wednesday. Writing for the paper has convinced me that this is what I want to do with my life. 

I will never forget the night I met Mike Hall, who gave me the greatest gift possible — an 
education. We met last April at a formal dinner at the home of President Lambert and his wife, 
Laurie. I felt both accomplished and out of place. 

Mike reminded me a lot of my grandfather, a white-haired, kind-natured man who you 
could not help but connect with immediately. In the days before the dinner, I was extremely 
anxious. How could I find the words to say 'thank you' for the gift he has selflessly given to me? 

Halfway through dinner, I asked Mike to tell me about his family, including his wife, the 
late Margaret Ann "Peggy" Hall, for whom my scholarship is named. He spoke eloquently of 
how his youngest daughter, Gretchen Hall Archibald '02, had fallen in love with Elon, which 
led to his and Peggy' for the school. He spoke gracefully of Peggy's passion for travel and 
her last trip to the Galapagos Islands before losing her battle with cancer. 

As Mike was finishing his story, I could not contain myself any longer. Tears were streaming 
down my face. After he finished, all I could say was, "I promise you, I will never forget her." 


« Mike Hall and Samantha King 

Hall Family Foundation 

Honoring a beloved wife and mother 
inspired Mike Hall and his family to establish 
the Margaret Ann Hall Endowed Scholarship. 

"Peggy did a wonderful job of making 
sure our two daughters, Gretchen and 
Candice, were well educated," Mike 
Hall says of his late wife. "She wanted 
to make sure the opportunity to attend 
college was extended to bright young 
women in need. We made this gift 
because we wanted to memorialize 
her in a way that would help others." 

A 5500,000 gift from the Hall Family 
Foundation established the need-based 
scholarship to assist female students 
from Virginia. Elon awarded the inaugural 
scholarship to sophomore Samantha King. 

"Elon did a wonderful job in 
selecting Samantha as the first 
recipient of this scholarship," says 
Hall, who met King last spring. 

Hall, who served with Peggy on the 
university's Parents Council and who 
recently joined the Board of Visitors, says 
Elon did an impressive job educating his 
daughter, Gretchen Hall Archibald '02, 
and her husband, Tim Archibald '02. 

"We found Elon to be a community 
that is strong spiritually and emotionally, 
and has a caring faculty, and we wanted 
to be part of it," says Hall, of The Plains, 
Va. "Elon doesn't get a lot of funding 
from the state or federal government 
and has to rely on philanthropy." 

Hall is president of MTH Management 
Corp., a commercial real estate firm 
he started with Peggy. He says 
endowing the scholarship enables 
Peggy's memory to live on. 

"We wanted our support to go 
on in perpetuity," he says. "The 
future is going to bring exciting 
opportunities for these students." 

Samantha King, sophomore // Pennington Gap, Va. // Margaret Ann Hall Endowed Scholarship 


Furman C. Moseley Jr. '56 

Furman C. Moseley Jr. '56 has never 
forgotten the football scholarship 
that enabled him to attend Elon. 

"I would not have been able to 
come to Elon had I not had an athletics 
scholarship," Moseley says. "When you 
have that kind of assistance, you are 
obligated to help others if you can." 

Moseley and his wife, Susan, are among 
Elon's most loyal benefactors. They have 
endowed the John L. Georgeo Scholarship 
and The Susan Scholarship, which assist 
students with financial need. Whenever 
possible, Moseley meets with recipients 
of both scholarships to hear about their 
Elon experiences and share his story. 

"You hope that you personify for them 
a caring human being who is interested 
in creating an opportunity forthem, but 
not in a heavy-handed manner," Moseley 
says. "You hope that you're helping them 
achieve a greater degree of success in 
their lives and that it will replicate itself. 

"It's reflective of the kind of spirit 
displayed by Johnny Georgeo, who was 
my high school mentor. He helped me 
financially and professionally, including 
honing my skills to qualify for the 
scholarship. One of the great days of 
my life was when I was at Elon with 
Johnny to establish the Johnny Georgeo 
Scholarship, because it's kind of funny to 
see a 75-year-old Greek man cry. It meant 
a great deal to him and his family to know 
that his name is honored in perpetuity at 
Elon, and it meant a great deal to me to be 
able to help him receive that recognition." 

Moseley says scholarships are critical 
to ensuring that Elon remains accessible to 
students from a variety of backgrounds. 

"Alumni take great pride in the 
continued progress that Elon has 
enjoyed through its many programs," 
Moseley says. "The programs have a 
cost, and one way of acknowledging 
that progress is to give financial support. 
What finer way of saying thanks?" 

« Furman Moseley Jr. with Nicole Morillo and Andrew Somen 


Growing up in New York is like growing up in another world. 

It means having a Dunkin' Donuts, a deli, a Chinese restau- 
rant and a hot dog stand all in one block. It means being able to 
take the subway almost anywhere, attending overcrowded schools 
and having every class since kindergarten look like a microcosm 
of the world. For me, it also meant growing up with my lather in 
a single-parent household. 

In high school, we had up to 400 students who shared the 
same college adviser. This adviser told us it wasn't worth applying 
to private colleges because they were too expensive and scholarship 
opportunities were limited. 

I regularly heard disparaging comments from people in my 
neighborhood in Queens about going to school outside New York, 
because what place did a Hispanic woman have in North Carolina, 
anyway? I filled out every piece of paperwork for college applica- 
tions by myself because my college adviser was too busy to help me. 

The Susan Scholarship gave me the opportunity to attend a 
university more wonderful than my parents or I could have ever 
imagined. And that was just the beginning. 

The Susan Scholarship allowed me to step outside my com- 
fort zone and go from a school where I was one of about 1,000 
Hispanic students to a university with about 150 Hispanic students. 
It gave me the opportunity to break stereotypes and share my 

Colombian culture with people who most likely have never met 
someone from Colombia. 

Because of this scholarship, I wake up every day in a sup- 
portive, engaging, caring, learning environment, where I have 
established meaningful relationships with wonderful professors. 
I have participated in service oppor- 
tunities with Elon's service learning 
community, served as a mentor in 
the smart program and joined the 
Gospel Choir. This scholarship gave 
me an opportunity that I didn't know 
was possible for a minority from an 
inner-city school. 

Above all, The Susan Scholarship 
gave me the chance to pursue my 
dreams of being a teacher. As a teacher, 

I will have the great privilege of encouraging students to reach 
their full potential, regardless of their economic status, ethnicity 
or legal status. Such a privilege is only experienced by a few, and 
because of The Susan Scholarship, I am one of those few. 

I believe there are many wonderful gifts that a person can 
receive in his or her life, but there are few as life-altering and 
profound as the gift of education. 


Nicole Morillo, sophomore // Queens, N.Y. // The Susan Scholarship 






From the moment I stepped on the red bricks of Elon, I knew that 
this university was the place for me. I'm not sure if it was the location, 
academics, wide range of majors, friendly atmosphere or a combination 
of all four things that attracted me the most. The only challenge was 
getting accepted and paying for school. 

My brother and sister had already graduated from college, so I knew 
it was going to be extremely tough for my mom, a single parent who 
works as a teacher, to pay off college bills a third time. I was grateful to 
be accepted to Elon, which was my first choice, but still had no way of 
affording the tuition. In the meantime, I was getting scholarship offers 
from other institutions. 

In April 2008, in what I con- 
sider to be a miracle, I received a call 
from Greg Zaiser, dean of admissions, 
telling me that I'd been selected as 
a recipient of the John L. Georgeo 
Scholarship and as a member of the 

Odyssey Program at Elon. The timing and circumstances of that phone 
call could not have been better! This was the deciding factor for me to 
go to Elon, my top-choice school. It really was a dream come true, and I 
thank God regularly for that phone call because of the great experiences 
that I've had at Elon. 

I have made a lot of great friends, taken classes that I enjoy, and 
participated in programs and organizations that have helped shape 
who I am as an individual. I am a business management major with 
a minor in Spanish. In addition to my participation in the Odyssev 
Program, I participate in club lacrosse, the Emerging Leaders program 
and Campus Outreach, a Christian student organization. I also work in 
Elon's Kernodle Center for Service Learning. 

Service has always been part of my life. In high school, I participated 
in two mission trips to Kenya and four trips to Honduras. I delivered 
school supplies to African children, refurbished an orphanage and 
climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for African tribes. During 
spring break next year, I will co-lead a service trip to the Dominican 
Republic, where we will build houses to help alleviate the poverty there. 
My service experiences have instilled in me an appreciation for the oppor- 
tunities I have been given, which have been nothing short of amazing. 
And the blessings haven't stopped there. They have continued at Elon. 

After I graduate, I plan to use my management and leadership skills 
to serve others in the fight against poverty. I feel that true success is doing 
something you love, being good at it and making a positive impact on 
the world. 

I have learned so much about myself at Elon. I feel like a completely 
different person than I was when I came here a year ago. I understand 
my learning habits, I know my strengths and shortcomings, and I am 
much more confident in my communication skills. 

Had it not been for the Georgeo Scholarship, none of this would 
have been possible. Meeting my scholarship donor, Furman Moseley Jr. 
'56, last spring was such a treat, knowing that he was the primary reason 
I came to Elon. He really is an example to follow, and I am so grateful 
for all that he has done for me and for other students. 

Andrew Somers, sophomore // Boca Raton, Fla. // John L Georgeo Scholarship 

Skip Moore '77 and victoria Moore 

Skip '77 and Victoria Moore know exactly how 
they want to spend the rest of their lives. 

"We have a motto: in the second half of our 
lives, we want to move from success to significance," 
Skip says. "It's important for us to look around each 
day and see how we can make a difference." 

The Atlanta couple have been doing just that 
through their generous support of Elon athletics. This 
year, the Moores have donated $50,000 to establish 
the Skip and Victoria Moore Baseball Scholarship, 
and they have made an additional $50,000 gift for a 
new baseball scoreboard in Latham Park. They also 
make annual gifts as members of the Phoenix Club. 

"It's a tough time for kids to be going to 
college, and we're fortunate to be in a position 
to help students," Skip says. "It's imperative 
for students not to put such a huge financial 
burden on themselves and their families." 

"Supporting scholarships allows Skip and myself 
to change people's lives and in the interim, it changes 
us," Victoria says. "It gives us a good feeling." 

Skip's uncle, Gil Watts '59, played baseball and 
basketball at Elon and is a member of the university's 
Sports Hall of Fame. Skip, also a former Elon baseball 
player, says he's proud to give back to his alma mater. 

"We hope our scholarship goes to a deserving 
student-athlete who can get a great education and 
make the most of the Elon experience," he says. 


Thomas P. Mac Mahon 

Nothing delights Elon trustee Thomas 
P. Mac Mahon more than helping young 
people in need earn a college degree. 

"I'm enormously impressed by young 
people who live in very challenging 
environments and rise to the top to even 
consider a college education," he says. 

Last year, Mac Mahon made a $1 million gift 
to endow The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship, 
which assists students with academic potential 
and high financial need from Alamance County, 
N.C., or the urban areas of northern New Jersey, 
where Mac Mahon grew up. The goal of the 
scholarship is to strengthen those communities 
while transforming the lives of students, including 
those who have overcome hardships or are 
the first in their families to attend college. 

Mac Mahon is former chairman and 
chief executive officer of Burlington, N.C.- 
based LabCorp and currently serves as 
a member of its board of directors. 

"The inspiration came from my attraction 
to Elon and my recognition that it's very hard 
for some students to have the opportunity 
to go to Elon," says Mac Mahon, of Basking 

Ridge, N.J. "The campus environment and 
the educational environment at Elon are 
fantastic. To help these young students 
realize a dream is tremendously fulfilling." 

Mac Mahon, who attended Saint Peter's 
College in Jersey City, N.J., on an athletics 
scholarship, says having students from a variety 
of backgrounds enriches the entire campus. 

"The leadership at Elon understands the 
importance of having a diverse student body," 
he says. "It allows all students to understand 
the true value of the educational system." 



I grew up in the small town of 
Voorhees, N.J., and had what I 
considered an ordinary life. I 
had the normal sibling conflicts 
with my older brother and sister, 
went on vacations up and down 
the East Coast, and formed 
wonderful memories with some 
amazing friends. 

When I was 12, my father 
left my family and my parents 
got divorced. It was hard on all 
of us, but my mom believes I got the worst of it because I was so much younger and 
had to live without a father for the longest. We began having financial difficulties 
because of the divorce, and it really took a toll on my mother and me. We had doubts 
that we would be able to pay for any college I chose, let alone Elon. 

After getting bombarded with college letters and putting Elon in the "keep" pile, 
we decided to do some research. My mother's friends had children who attended 
Elon recently, and they both absolutely loved it. I read about Eton's emphasis on 
engaged learning and thought it sounded brilliant; it would create an environment 
where I could thrive academically. Elon also had the majors I wanted, photography 
and psychology, so I could double major like I had planned to do since high school. 
After I was accepted to Elon, I began looking for scholarships, which were 
extremely important due to my family's financial situation. After reading about 
the Odyssey Program and the support it offered students, I applied for one of the 
scholarships, as well as any others I could find. Everyone at Elon was really helpful 
with answering questions and I started feeling welcome in the Elon community. 

A tew weeks later, I learned that I had been chosen for The Mac Mahon Family 
Scholarship. I was ecstatic! Not only would I be able to attend Elon without taking 
on massive debt when I graduated, I also would be able to study abroad with the 
grant that came with the scholarship! Studying abroad during college is so impor- 
tant to me. I love to travel, and learning about other cultures and points of view has 
fascinated me since elementary school. 

As a freshman, I am still adjusting to college life, and being far away from 
home and all my friends. I'm starting to find my place at Elon, which is making 
it easier to adjust. I am already making great friends, and I really enjoy the many 
opportunities to volunteer and meet people. I am on the catering committee for 
Elonthon, our spring dance marathon, and I am keeping up with my photography, 
avidly taking pictures. 

I hope Elon's art program will improve my photography skills and broaden 
my experiences with many different kinds of art. I am not sure what I want to do 
professionally, but I am confident that Elon will open my eyes to new possibilities. 

Maria Papa, freshman // Voorhees, N.J. // The Mac Mahon Family Scholarship 





I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Greensboro, N.C., with my parents and two 
older brothers when I was 5 years old. This was probably one of the best decisions my 
parents have made and is something that has affected my life ever since. 

In school, I have always strived to do my best. While everyone around me despised 
report card days, I was always eager to receive mine because I already knew what it 
would show: straight As. Going to college was something I knew I wanted to do. I was 
more than qualified academically, but one critical aspect was 
missing — finances. 

Going through the college application process, I began to 
accept the fact that even with financial aid, I would graduate 
with some debt. The Honorable Thad Eure nc Achievement 
Scholarship changed my mind. 

There were many things that attracted me to Elon, 
including the beautiful campus, the friendliness of the stu- 
dents and faculty, and the emphasis on engaged learning, including study abroad and 
internships. I am involved in many organizations and programs on campus, including 
Mock Trial, Chess Club and the Emerging Leaders program. I also work in the academic 
advising office, which has given me a different perspective of how a college operates. 

Traveling abroad has always been something that has appealed to me because I 
realize that American culture makes up a very small part of the world. That is why the 
Thad Eure Scholarship appealed to me. The scholarship includes a $4,000 grant, which 
enables me to participate in the Elon Experiences, including study abroad, leadership 
opportunities and internships. Because or this scholarship, I am assured that I will travel 
abroad at least once during my Elon career, which is what I was truly looking tor in a 
college experience. 

I fully appreciate the Thad Eure Scholarship, which, along with Elon's outstanding 
international programs, will give me the chance to expand my cultural boundaries as far 
as possible. My experiences at Elon have been unlike anything I have encountered in my 
life. For me, being at Elon is much more than being a college student. I have become a 
member of a diverse academic community where students join together and help each 
other grow personally, intellectually and spiritually. 

Andrew Stevenson, freshman // Greensboro, N.C. // The Honorable Thad Eure NC Achievement Scholarship 



Richard rosenbloom never gradu- 
ated from Elon. He didn't enroll 
in a single class. He spent just five 
months at the college, and he hasn't set foot 
on campus in more than 60 years. Still, Elon 
has a special place in his heart. 

"I hold Elon in the highest regard," 
Rosenbloom says. "There was something 
about Elon that exuded a warmth that I really 

Rosenbloom was one of 672 Army Air 
Force cadets who were part of the 325th 
College Training Detachment at Elon 
College from 1943 to 1944. The arrival of the 
cadets and the infusion of federal money 
helped rescue the college from what President 
Emeritus J. Earl Danieley 46 calls one of the 
major fiscal crises in Elon's history — a sharp 
decline in enrollment during World War II. 

Rosenbloom, 84, is one of the few sur- 
viving cadets from that era who has shed light 
on this period in Elon's history. The Palm 
Beach, Fla., resident was interviewed recently 
by George Troxler, professor emeritus of his- 
tory, who is writing an updated history of 

Troxler says Rosenbloom played an 
invaluable role in helping to fill a significant 
gap in Elon's story. 

"Because the cadets never registered as 
Elon students and Army records are inacces- 
sible, we know too little of the details about 
daily life for those who were stationed here," 
Troxler says. "Richard Rosenbloom's account 
provides many details and insight into the lite 
of those soldiers." 


Less than a year after the attack on Pearl 
Harbor, the United States' entry into World 
War 11 depleted Elon's male student popula- 
tion, threatening the future of the college. 

In his book, Elon College: Its History and 
Traditions, Durward Turrentine Stokes noted 
that Elon's total enrollment fell from 661 stu- 
dents in the 1940-1941 academic year to 475 
students the following year, largely because 
of the number of male students who enlisted 
in the armed forces. 

"It was almost as if they (the Japanese) 
bombed us," observes Danieley, an Elon stu- 
dent at the time. 

He recalls classmates who would be sit- 
ting next to him one day and gone the next, 
having joined the military in the intervening 
hours. Elon, Danieley says, became "a lonely 

Facing declining enrollment and a 
looming financial crisis, Elon President L.E. 
Smith applied to the federal government 
following the Pearl Harbor attack to host 
a military training installation on campus. 
His initial request was denied. Undeterred, 
Smith sought the help of U.S. Sen. Robert R. 
Reynolds of North Carolina, and the two suc- 
ceeded in bringing the 325th College Training 
Detachment to Elon in early 1943. On April 
22 of that year, the first group of 250 cadets 
arrived on campus under the direction of Lt. 
DeWitt D. Vickery. 

"All or a sudden, there was an infusion 
of blood — of cash — to the college, and it 
made a big difference," Danieley recalls. "It 
gave us such a lift." 


Each month, approximately 50 new cadets 
joined the College Training Detachment's 
five-month program. In September 1943, 
Rosenbloom's cohort arrived trom the 
Overseas Replacement Depot in Greensboro, 

"They loaded us onto a military open 
truck, and they drove us right down the 
highway," Rosenbloom recalls. "I never 
dreamt that I'd be sent to a friendly school 
in a nice Southern town to have my military 

Rosenbloom lived in North Dormitory, 
which, like many buildings on the east side 
ot campus, was refurbished tor the Army and 
off-limits to Elon's civilian population. The 
cadets lived under strict military discipline, 
undergoing frequent barracks inspections, 
and daily marches and drills on campus. The 
cadets had little contact with Elon students, 
but that didn't stop them from admiring their 

"Sometimes, we cadets would see some 
pretty girls walking in a lobby or hallway, but 
we couldn't make any comments because of 
the restrictions," Rosenbloom says. 

Still, some socializing occurred. 
According to "Air Elon," a typed, hand- 
illustrated newsletter produced by cadets, a 
number of social activities were held between 
the cadets and Elon's "co-eds." 

"Yes, sure-e-e (sic), here it is fellows, Sadie 
Hawkins Day," proclaims one article. "At 3:00 
p.m. today the Sadie Hawkins race will be 
held out on the campus. As in previous years, 
the girls will chase the boys in comical clad." 
Another article reports "Air Elon has 
decided to keep up with its editorial policy 

and 'get dates' for either the co-eds or the AN INDELIBLE MARK 

cadets. This situation has been authorized In February 1944, Rosenbloom and his 

through the proper channels." cohort left Elon for further training at bases 

The College Training Detachment pro- throughout the United States. 

gram was designed to provide the cadets the 

Later that year, the Army closed the 

equivalency of a two-year college education College Training Detachment at Elon. By fall 
as well as introductory flight training. With 1945, Elon experienced a surge in enrollment; 
only five months to complete the program, more than 670 students, many of them war 
the cadets stayed busy. veterans, registered for classes that semester. 

In "ground school," as Rosenbloom Danieley credits the College Training 
calls it, the cadets completed more than Detachment with the speedy recovery. 
700 hours of courses in physics, geography, "I think it (Elon) would have survived, 

mathematics, history and civil air regulations, but we would have spent a long time on crit- 
Professor A.L. Hook and director ot athletics ical life support," he says. 
J.L. "Jet" Pierce were among the faculty Rosenbloom went on to become a B-29 

who taught the cadets. The 
cadets completed 10 hours 
of flight instruction at an 
airfield near what is now 
the Burlington-Alamance 
Regional Airport, about 10 
miles from campus. 

Rosenbloom remem- 
bers learning to fly in a Piper 
Cub, a small, single-engine 
aircraft, taking off from a 
runway in a red dirt field. 
He also recalls seeing a com- 
pass painted on the roof of 
a nearby barn that pointed 
north to help the cadets 
orient themselves in the air. 

On Saturdays, the 
cadets ran what Rosenbloom 
calls the "Burma Road," a 
grueling six-mile course, 
followed by parade drills 
on campus, one of the few times the student 
body was allowed to watch the cadets at work. 
Danieley remembers that Elon's students were ot his bomber group were preparing to go to 
proud to share their campus with the cadets, the Mariana Islands south of Japan when the 
"The war was keenly felt in Alamance atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima 
County," he says. "If it didn't hit your family, and Nagasaki in August 1945, leading to 
then it hit someone you knew. In training the Japan's surrender. 

pilots, we felt like we were making a genuine Rosenbloom was discharged in 1946 and 

contribution to the war effort." immediately went to work in his family's 

The cadets' largest amount of free time, clothing business. Today, he runs Richard 
Rosenbloom says, was 12 hours of leave Rosenbloom Associates, a wholesale apparel 
granted after Saturday's parade drills. Once company in West Palm Beach. The former 
or twice, his parents drove from their home cadet never returned to college and considers 
in Richmond, Va., to visit him. But most of Elon his alma mater. 

the time, he rested. For Rosenbloom, the five months he 

"By the time they finished with us, spent on campus left an indelible mark on 
between the 'Burma Road' and the parade, his life. 

we were pretty tired," he recalls. "Plus, there "I can't think of a time I enjoyed more 

wasn't much to do in Burlington on the week- than the time I spent at Elon in the military,' 
ends in those days." he says. "I was treated beautifully there." r SA 


At Elon, cadets completed 10 hours of basic flight training using an airfield near the 
present-day Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport. 

pilot and was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air 
Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. He and members 


ALUMNI Action 

Sallie Mutton '92 

Thanks for making 
Homecoming a success 

I want to thank all the alumni who 
returned to campus in October to 
enjoy Homecoming. What a great 
weekend it was! With more than 50 
events on the schedule, there were 
ample opportunities for alumni to 
reconnect with friends as well as 
favorite faculty and staff members. 

The energy on campus was palpable as alums took advantage 
of everything Homecoming offers, including reunions, tailgating, 
exciting Phoenix football and the step show, among other festivities. 
Look for Homecoming photos and a wrap-up in the winter Magazine 

Save the dates for Homecoming 2010: Nov. 12-14. We've just 
started planning for next year's event, but you can be sure that 
several of your Homecoming favorites will be back, including 
Phoenix Phest, the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show and 
Young Alumni Party. 

Alumni directory work begins 

As part of its preliminary work on our new alumni directory, Harris 
Connect has begun contacting graduates to ensure that our 
information database is accurate. Through e-mails, postcards and 
phone calls, the Harris staff will ask you to update your contact 
information, as well as provide information on your employment, 
graduate degrees, student organizations you participated in and 
whether you have children. 

I urge you to respond to these requests to help us keep you 
connected to Elon and develop programs to support legacy 
admissions, as well as expand our reunion programs for affinity 

If you have questions or concerns about the directory project, 
contact me directly at 877.784.3566 or 

We're aware that alumni move and change jobs. You can update 
your contact information anytime by going to 
updateyourinfo. I recommend that you bookmark this page or place 
it in your favorites folder. 

(l-r) Stephanie P. Newbold for, Walter Campbell "Cam" Tims '00, Rev. Walstein W. "Wall f Snyder '45 
and Audrey M. Seaqram '02. 

Alumni recognized for excellence 

Dr. William N.P. "Bill" Herbert '68, Deborah A. Yow-Bowden 
'74, Rev. Walstein W "Wally" Snyder 45, Audrey M. Seagraves 
'02, Stephanie P. Newbold 01 and Walter Campbell "Cam" Tims 
'00 received Alumni Association awards during Homecoming, 
recognizing their contributions to their professions, communi- 
ties and Elon. 

Herbert was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. As 
chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the 
University of Virginia Medical Center, he prepares doctors to 
supervise complicated pregnancies. In addition, his work has con- 
rributed to the use of sophisticated tests to ensure that a fetus 
is strong enough to survive early delivery. A respected scholar, 
Herbert regularly presents his research at professional conferences. 

Yow-Bowden received the 2009 Distinguished Alumna of the 
Year Award. For the past 15 years, she has successfully guided the 
University of Maryland Terrapins program as director of athletics 
and served in many leadership roles in ncaa Division I athletics. 
Under Yow-Bowden, the Terrapins have won 18 national cham- 
pionships, including nine in the past four seasons. She is a past 
president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of 
Athletics and currently serves as president of the Division i-a 
Athletic Directors Association. 

Pull for Pete 

Finally, please support head football coach Pete Lembo for Liberty 
Mutual's Coach of the Year award (see story page 27). In Pete's four 
years leading the program, he's compiled an impressive record and 
Phoenix pride is at an all-time high! 

Visit and vote daily through Dec. 2. 
Go Elon! 



Staying connected to your alma mater has never been easier. 
Follow Elon news and alumni events on the following social 

Facebook: Become an Elon University fan 
Linkedln: Elon University Alumni Association 

For additional social networking and multimedia resources, 
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The Alumni Relations Office h located in Johnston Hall at 123 S. Antioch Ave. and can be reached toll-free at 877.7843566 or by writing to Campus Box 2600. Eton, NC 27244- 

Snyder received the Service to Church and Society Award in 
recognition of his more than 50-year career in the ministry. After 
serving as a pastor for several years, Snyder became chief executive 
officer of Elon Homes for Children in i960. During his 30-year 
tenure, Elon Homes became the first agency to be accredited by the 
National Association of Homes for Children. Snyder oversaw the 
expansion of facilities and services at Elon Homes, and he helped 
establish satellite campuses in Charlotte, N.C., and Suffolk, Va. 

Seagraves, director of programs and marketing at World of 
Good Development Organization, was named Young Alumna of 
the Year. Seagraves helped develop the Fair Wage Guide, a free 
online calculator that estimates the fair localized value of hand- 
made goods and provides an ethical method to compare wages 
worldwide. The guide has been adopted by more than 700 busi- 
nesses and has increased wages for more than 50,000 low-income 
workers worldwide. In September, the Tech Museum of Innovation 
named World of Good one of its 15 Tech Award Laureates for 
2009. Seagraves was selected to accept the award on behalf of the 

Newbold also was named Young Alumna of the Year. She is 
an assistant professor at American University in the department 
of public administration and policy. As an Elon student, Newbold 
twice won the university's annual Philip L. Carret Thomas 
Jefferson Essay Competition, in which students reflect on the ideals 
and principles embodied in Jefferson's life and career. She contin- 
ued her research of Jefferson in graduate school at Virginia Tech 
and as a research fellow at the International Center for Jefferson 
Studies at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. Her doctoral disserta- 
tion on Jefferson's contributions to public administration earned 
honorable mention recognition from the National Association of 
Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. 

Tims received the Distinguished Service to Elon Award. He 
served as the first president of the university's Young Alumni 
Council during 2007-2008, working tirelessly to help the council 
become one of Elon s most productive boards. He is an active 
member of the Triangle Alumni Chapter and has served as a class 
agent since 2001. A generous donor to Elon, Tims hosted the 
Triangle's first ignite nite fundraiser for Elon's young alumni 
giving program, and he is a member of Order of the Oak and The 
Elon Society Leadership Circle. It 

Want to get away? 

Try Italy or Greece 

The Alumni Association offers the following trips in 2010: 
Cathedrals of Italy: March 19-27 

• Nine days in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa and Lucca 

• Sites include Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Pantheon, 
Coliseum, Santa Maria Maggoire Basilica, Scala Santa, Basilica of San Giovanni 
in Laterano and the Holy Steps, St. Francis' Basilica, Santa Chiara Church, the 
Duomo, Baptistery and the Cemetery, nth century Duomo, church of San 
Michele in Foro, Torre dei Guinigi, the Duomo in Florence, Church of San 
Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella 

• COST: $3,299 per person (double occupancy) plus taxes; additional $750 for 
single accommodations 

Best of the Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise: Oct. 11-24 

• Twelve nights aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta departing from Venice, Italy, 
with stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Delphi (Itea), Zakynthos, 
Monemvasia, Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos and Athens, Greece; and 
Kasadasi, Turkey 

• COST: $3,299 to $6,099 per person for staterooms (double occupancy); taxes, 
fees and airport/ship transfers are not included; save $1,000 per person by 
booking a reservation for two by Jan. 15 

• Book your trip by mid-January and receive free airfare from select gateway 
cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Washington-Dulles, 
Newark, New York-Kennedy, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham 

To download the travel brochure for either trip, visit and 
click on the Travel Program link. You also may contact the Alumni Association at 
877-784-3566 or for more information. 


Join the hundreds of alumni, students, 
parents, faculty, staff and friends who 
have voted Elon head football coach Pete 
Lembo into the top 15 candidates for the 
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award. 
In his fourth season leading the 
Phoenix, Lembo has guided the team to 
an impressive conference record, a con- 
sistent climb in national rankings and 
a chance to capture Elon's first berth in 
the Football Championship Subdivision 
(fcs) playoffs. 

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the 
Year award recognizes coaches in four 
categories: Division i-a (Football 
Bowl Subdivision), Division i-aa (fcs), 
Division 11 and Division ill. Lembo is a 
candidate in the Division i-aa category. 

Winners will be determined based 
on votes from fans, and a selection 
committee of college football media rep- 
resentatives and College Football Hall of 
Fame players and coaches. The 15 coaches 
with the most fan votes advance to the 
committee selection stage. Each winning 

coach will receive $50,000 for 
the charity of his choice plus 
$20,000 for his school's alumni 
association to enhance student 
scholarships and activities. 

To vote for Lembo, visit Click 
on the "Pete Lembo for Liberty 
Mutual Coach of the Year Div. 
i-aa" link toward the bottom 
of the page. Voting is open 
through Dec. 2. 

Alumni Relations Office staff: Director, Sallie Hutton '92, • Assistant Director, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 

Assistant Director for Young Alumni, Lindsay Gross Hege '04 • Coordinator of Alumni Chapters, Lauren Kelly '08 • Program Assistant, Kelly Elliston 


ALUMNI Action 

Alumni greeted fall by participating in service 
events, welcoming the Class of 2009 to their cities 
and cheering on the Phoenix football team. Here are 
the highlights: 

Atlanta In September, alumni from the 
1970s, '80s, '90s and bos greeted 2009 grad- 
uates at the chapter's Welcome to the City 
event at Wildfire Restaurant in Midtown. 

Alumni also met for chapter socials at 
Shout and Highland Tap in Midtown. 

Facebook: Elon Atlanta Alumni Chapter 

Baltimore In August, alumni met at The 
Diamond Tavern before walking to Camden 
Yards to see the Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians 

Facebook: Elon Alumni Baltimore 

Twitter: EloninBaltimore 

boston More than 50 alumni attended the 
Welcome to the City event at McFadden's 
in August. "It was a great way to catch up 
with people I haven't seen since graduation 
and some that I didn't know lived in Boston," 
says Colleen Kwedor 09. In September, chap- 
ter members met to plan events for the spring. 
Alumni interested in volunteering with the 
chapter should contact Justin McCarthy 04 

Facebook: Elon Alumni Boston Chapter 

Charleston Thunderstorms didn't 
keep chapter members away from Tommy 
Condon's for their Welcome to the City event 
in September. The following month, alumni 
gathered for a captain's choice golf tourna- 
ment and cookout at Shadowmoss Plantation 
Golf Club. 

Facebook: Elon Alumni in Charleston 

charlotte In September, alumni turned 
out to hear head men's basketball coach Matt 
Matheny discuss the 2009-2010 season at the 
chapter's monthly networking social. "With 
the Southern Conference basketball tourna- 
ment coming to Charlotte in March, this 
was a great way to get alumni excited about 
Elon basketball," says Andrew Willen '08. In 
October, Charlotte alums participated in 
the Komen Race for the Cure 5K, under the 
leadership of team captain Courtney Nybotg 
Johnson '04. 

Facebook: Elon Alumni Charlotte Chapter 

Chicago Chapter members gathered in 
August in Lincoln Park for their Welcome 
to the City event. The following month, 
they gathered at Wrightwood Tap to cheer 
the hometown Bears to victory over the 
Pittsburgh Steelers. Alumni also sponsored 
a coat drive to benefit Goodwill during their 
October social. 

Facebook: Elon Alumni: Chicago Chapter 

LOS angeles Alumni gathered at Life on 
Wilshire restaurant in August to welcome 
Elon's newest graduates. In September, chap- 
ter members gathered at south in Santa 
Monica for the Southern Networking Social 
with L. A. -area alums of Southern schools. 

Facebook: Elon University Los Angeles 
Chapter: Official Group 

new YORK Angie Utt 43 joined more than 
100 alumni at the Roosevelt Hotel's rooftop 
lounge, Mad46, to welcome 2009 graduates 
to the Big Apple in August. Alumni also net- 
worked in Septembet with Elon's Business 
Fellows, as well as faculty and staff, at a re- 
ception at Cornerstone Tavern. 

Facebook: nyc Elon Alumni Chapter 

Philadelphia In September, alumni hosted 
a Welcome to the City event at Manayunk 
Brewery and also gathered at the Philadelphia 
Museum of Art for an evening of culture and 
jazz. In October, the chapter hosted a social 
for New Jersey-based alums at Winberie's in 
Princeton, N.J. 

Facebook: Elon Alumni in Philadelphia 

football team as it faced the Wake Forest 
Demon Deacons. In October, chapter mem- 
bers returned to campus for Fall Convocation 
to listen to Khaled Hosseini, author of The 
Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. 

Facebook: Piedmont Triad Alumni 
Chapter of Elon 

Richmond Alums welcomed the Class of 
2009 to Richmond at a gathering at Capital 
Ale House in September. Also in September, 
alumni hopped aboard a canal cruise through 
Richmond's River District to learn about the 
James River and Kanawha Canal in their 
home city. 

Facebook: Elon Alumni - Richmond, va 

piedmont triad Elon Law charter class 
graduates mixed with the Class of 2009 and 
other alums at the Loft at Natty Greene's in 
September. Later that month, alums wore 
their maroon and gold to bb&t Stadium in 
Winston-Salem, N.C., to cheer the Phoenix 

triangle Allison Huddle Smith '85 and het 
husband, Alton, hosted new graduates and 
100 alumni and guests at their home, Tatton 
Hall, in September. "I had a great time get- 
ting to meet some of the older alumni in the 
Raleigh area," says Graham Rountree '09. In 
October, chapter members hosted a canned 
good drive for the Food Bank of Central/ 
Eastern N.C. Brenda Fletcher '90 says the 
chapter collected dozens of cans and later de- 
livered them to the Food Bank, where they 
also volunteered packing food. "The food 
bank event was so much fun," Fletcher says. 
"The Triangle Chapter donated 152 pounds of 
food, which equals 128 meals." 

Facebook: Elon Triangle Alumni Chapter 

Twitter: EloninTriangle 

Washington, D.c. Alumni showed their 
support for Laith Majali '05 in August by 
attending the D.C. premiere of his film, 
"Captain Abu Raed," which captured the 2008 
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for 
world cinema. That same month, former Elon 
golfers Brian Agee '99, Angie Baskette '01 and 
Rich Sobonya '03 won the Capital Alumni 


ALUMNI Action 


Alumni hosted a series of ignite nite fundraisers this fall, wel- 
coming new members to the university's young alumni giving 
program and discussing the importance or annual giving to Elon. 

Alumni donated a total of $9,500 at the first three events held 
in September and October. Hosting the events were Josh Felix bo 
and his wife, Kristen Kart Felix 00, in Atlanta; Jude Dooley 00 
and his wife, Kim, in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina; 
and Kathleen Niple '05, Mark Richter '99 and Stephanie Badavas 
09 in Boston. November events were scheduled tor New York and 
Charlotte, N.C. 

Additional events are planned for the spring. To find an event 
in your area, make a gift or learn more about ignite, go to 

Network (can) charity golf tournament, earning $1,000 in schol- 
arship support for an Elon student. "Representing Elon in the 
can Golf Tournament was a privilege,'' Agee says. "We look for- 
ward to defending our title next year!" 

September events included a tour of the Philip Carter Winery 
in Virginia, owned by Philip Strother '91; the Welcome to the City 
event at Clarendon Grill, where Erryn Gallasch 07 received the 
'second-annual Alum of the Year award; and a football viewing 
party at Bailey's Pub in Crystal City, Va., for the Elon-Furman 

Facebook: Alumni in D.C. 

Twitter: EloninDC 



The Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to help plan 
chapter events, particularly in the Triangle and Piedmont Triad 
areas, and Hampton Roads, Va. Alums who are interested should 
contact Lauren Kelly in the alumni office at 
or (877) 784-3566. 


Career Services encourages all alumni to participate in the Elon 
Career Network (ecn), an important resource for students and 

ecn connects students with alumni and parents who are willing 
to share their career experience and advice with students. More than 
400 alumni and parents have signed up so far. 

"Alumni are a key part of what we do," says Tom Vecchione, 
executive director of Career Services. "The ecn is a way for them 
to give back to current students." 

Ibe program allows alumni and parents to choose what type 
of assistance they would be willing to give and how they wish to 
be contacted. The primary goal of ecn is to encourage students to 
explore a variety of career options by speaking with alumni and 
parents, Vecchione says. Alumni and parents may choose to of- 
fer students internships or job opportunities, though that is not 

Alumni who have joined ecn say it's a valuable tool tor students 
and helps keep graduates connected to Elon. 

Brett "Coop" Cooper 05, political director of Foundation for 
the Future in Washington, D.C, says he benefitted from Career 
Services programs as a student and joined ecn last year. Already, he 
has talked with several students about careers in politics and living 
in the nation's capital. 

"It's one of the best ways to continue helping students and con- 
tinue being part of the Elon community," Cooper says. 

Priscilla Awkard '95, a regional manager at rbc Bank in Raleigh, 
N.C, and a member of the Elon Alumni Board's careers committee, 
says ecn also benefits alumni seeking career advice. 

"With the way the economy is right now, so many alums are 
out of work," Awkard says, "ecn is a great place to regroup and 
reorganize your job search." 

To join ecn and find out more about all Career Services pro- 
grams, visit and click the Elon Career 
Network link located in the "Quick Links" box. 

Coming Events 

dec. 3 Los Angeles Chapter social, 
7 p.m. Finn McCool's, Santa Monica, 

dec 8 Boston Chapter holiday social, 
6 p.m. The Foundation Lounge 

dec. 16-17 Triangle Chapter service 
event, SPOKES bike distribution, 
Salvation Army, Raleigh, N.C. (TimeTBA) 

For the latest 
alumni news, goto 

FEB. 16 Evening for Elon, Greenville 
Country Club, Greenville, N.C. 

march 3 Boston Chapter attends 
Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Bobcats 
game, 7:30 p.m. TD Banknorth Garden. 
Tickets are $55.25 and must be 
purchased before Feb. 3. 

APRIL 9-10 Elon Alumni Board 
meeting, Elon 

April 10-11 Young Alumni Council 
meeting, Elon 


CLASS Notes 

Class Notes 


Betty Jane Gehm Rice '38 met a lot 

of wonderful people at Elon and has 
great memories of her days on cam- 
pus. She was very popular because or 
her sunny disposition and the use of 
her family's car. At age 92, she reports 
she is as spry as ever, living on her 
own and still driving her car. She lives 
in Sun City West, Ariz. 


Marie Mangum Moon '41 has many 
happy memories of attending football 
games and making trips to the soda 
shop for lunch. She is very proud of 
her Elon education and appreciates 
the great teachers who enriched her 
lite. Elon continues to get better and 
better, she says, and she would rec- 
ommend this fine school to anyone. 
She lives in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Bess Gilliam Davenport '42 cel- 
ebrated her 90th birthday on 
Oct. 10 with a cake and ice cream 
social, and surrounded by family 
and friends. She lives at the Twin 
Lakes Retirement Community in 
Burlington, N.C. 

Rev. Jesse H. Cates '45 is grate- 
ful ro Elon for enabling him to get 
an education while continuing to 
work with his father. After gradua- 
tion, he received an advanced degree 
from Southern Baptist Seminary in 
Louisville, Ky. He hopes that Elon 
will continue helping students de- 
velop their talents and give them 
opportunities to serve around the 
world. He lives with his wife, Betty, 
in Richmond, Va. 

Edna Reitzel Waugh '45 is a retired 
teacher from the Riverside Unified 
Schools in Riverside, Calif. In retire- 
ment, she has traveled the world, re- 
mained active in her church and com- 
munity, and enjoyed spending time 
with her family. She believes that 
Elon is the best small university in the 
United States, and it is her hope that 
students will embrace their dreams 
and talents and make every day count. 
She hopes that they will take what 

they have learned at Elon and go into 
the world and make it a bettet place. 
She lives in Riverside, Calif. 

J. Earl Danieley '46 was touched 
when he learned that former math 
and physics faculty member Margaret 
Casto had made a $5,000 estate gift 
to Elon. Casto, who taught at Elon 
from 1942-1943, was so grateful to the 
school for giving her the chance to 
teach at the college level that she put 
Elon in her will. She died in April 
in Huntington, W.Va. "I am amazed 
and deeplv grateful to know that she 
remembered her time with us so fa- 
vorably," says Danieley, who was a 
student in Casto's trigonometry and 
physics classes. "I enjoyed her very 

James O. Leonard '49 says Elon en- 
abled him to make something spe- 
cial out of his life and helped him to 
develop spiritually. He was inspired 
and motivated during evening prayer 
services conducted by his fellow class- 
mates, and he encourages current stu- 
dents to get involved in campus life 
and make a lot of triends. James and 
his wife, Jeanene, live in Pembroke, 



Lynwood "Dud" Ivey '54 was a farm 
boy from the sandhills of North 
Carolina who went on to enjoy a 
25-year career as an accountant for 
General Motors, and also worked as 
a cpa and comptroller for auto deal- 
ers in Florida and South Carolina. 
He credirs Elon for giving him the 
tools and the drive to succeed in his 
profession. Dud says he thrived under 
the guidance of a dedicated faculty 
and made many lifelong friends. He 
hopes that Elon will continue to grow 
and that the school closely guards the 
traditions and "family feeling" he ex- 
perienced as a young student. He cur- 
rently resides in College Dale, Tenn. 

Sylvia Eaton Nuckles '55 thoroughly 
enjoyed her time at Elon. She was 
a cheerleader and enjoyed atrending 
the campfires at the Burlington City 
Park with her friends. She lives in 
Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Jeanette Wilson Oldham '55 and her 
husband, Dalton, recently celebrated 
their 57th anniversary with a trip to 
Lancaster, Pa. Some of the highlights 
of their trip included touring Amish 

farms, browsing quaint gift shops 
and seeing the play "Abraham and 
Sarah." They live in Graham, N.C, 
where they enjoy spending time with 
their six children, 12 grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 

Wayne F. Vestal '55 appreciates Elon 
for giving him the foundation he 
needed for a career in public educa- 
tion. As a student, he made many 
triends, and he enjoyed singing in 
the choir, and playing in the band. 
He hopes that Elon will continue to 
cherish its traditions and adhere to 
the core values that made it a great 
institution of higher learning. He 
lives with his wife, Betty, in Winston- 
Salem, N.C. 

Billie Faye Johnson Bolden '56 is 

grateful to Elon for giving her the 
tools she needed to be successful in 
graduate school and later as a teacher. 
She appreciates the professors who 
challenged and inspired her, as well 
as the many friends she made. She 
hopes one day to see Elon become a 
prominent leader in the nation's edu- 
cation community. She lives with her 
husband, Don, in Burlington, N.C. 

Ronald Lee Earp '56 thanks Elon for 
providing him with a good founda- 
tion in physics, math and chemistry, 
which helped him obtain a graduate 
degree in electrical engineering. He 
had a long and successful career in 
robotics, working on the U.S. mili- 
tary's missile systems and on U.S. 

Charitable gift annuities can provide income for life 

A charitable gift annuity of $10,000 or more to Elon will guaran- 
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increase your income and make a gift to Elon at the same time. You 
will receive immediate tax benefits and can defer capital gains. The 
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To calculate a gift annuity for you, your spouse or a family member, 
go to 

For more information on how you may benefit from a 

life income gift to Elon and other gift planning opportunities, 

please contact: 

Jamie Killorin, CPA/PFS, CFP S , Director of Gift Planning 

Toll free 877.7843566 • 


CLASS Notes 

Navy research ships. His work led ro 
his securing 10 patents. For his efforts, 
Ronald was named a Distinguished 
Member of Technology Staff at Bell 
Labs. He has many fond memories of 
his time at Elon, such as touring with 
the choir around North Carolina and 
Virginia to sing Handel's "Messiah." 
He encourages current students to 
be focused and to set lofty career 
goals. He and his wife, Marcia, live 
in Burlington, N.C. 

James Sikes '56 says that the two 
smartest things he ever did were 
marrying his beautiful wife, Helen 
Hodges Sikes, and attending Elon. 
Both decisions brought him wonder- 
ful opportunities for personal growth. 
He lives in Burlington, N.C. 


Mary Lou Chandler Boal '63 lives 
with her husband, Robert, in 
Madisonville, Ky. In April, she 
was featured in Kentucky Monthly 
magazine for her mission work in 
Cambodia and was named a Home 
Town Hero. 

(l-rj Helen Horwn Smith '6s, Glenda Pridgen Bell '6s 
and Betsy Wright '6s 

In September 1961, three freshmen — 
Helen Horton, Glenda Pridgen and 
Betsy Wright — met in the dorms at 
Elon. They forged a friendship that 
saw them through the challenges of 
college life, as well as life's ups and 
downs after graduation. More than 48 
years later, they continue to be close 
friends. Glenda Pridgen Bell '65 ot 
Raleigh, N.C, Helen Horton Smith 
'65 of Jamestown, R.I., and Betsy 
Wright '65 of Wilmington, N.C, re- 
united at a lunch hosted by Glenda. 
They are all grateful for the time they 
spent at Elon and the lifelong friend- 
ship that developed during their time 
as students. 

Charlie Avila '66 and his wife, 
Debbie, hosted a small gathering of 
Alpha Pi Delta fraternity brothers 
from the mid- 1960s at their home 

(l-r) DaveHosmer '64, Charlie Avila '66, Bill Ruth '66 

in Chaplin, Conn., on Sept. 11, 2009, 
and enjoyed reminiscing about their 
Elon days. In attendance were Bill 
Ruth '66, Mary Coolidge Ruth '66, 
Dave Hosmer '64, Judy Hosmer and 
Dr. Joseph Cote '65. 

Gail Campbell Allcock '67 recently 
participated in the Greater Cleveland 
Triathlon Sprint Race and placed first 
in the 60-64 a g e 
division, win- 
ning a backpack 
full of good- 
ies. She teaches 
fifth-grade sci- 
ence and social 
studies. She lives 
with her hus- 
band, Douglas, 
in Mentor, Ohio. Gail Campbell Alicock '67 

Robert L. Gregory '67 recently was 
promoted to medical director at 
Excerpta Medica, an Elsevier business 
in medical education. He is respon- 
sible for development and direction 
of medical content for medical educa- 
tion and publications. He lives with 
his wife, Missy, in New Providence, 


Hyman Sater '72 and his wife, Liz, 
recently celebrated their 39th wed- 
ding anniversary. Hyman has been 
retired for the past five years. He is 
an avid sports enthusiast who loves 
running and biking. He and Liz en- 
joy spending time with their two sons 
and their three grandchildren. 

Robert A. Wortham '75 is a profes- 
sor of sociology at North Carolina 
Central University. He recently 
published W.E.B. DuBois and the 
Sociological Imagination: A Reader, 
180/-1014 with Baylor University 
Press in August. He lives with his 
wife, Carol, in Durham, N.C. 

'It's what we do' 

Scott McBride '91, an Army Apache helicopter pilot serving in Iraq, 
marked a milestone on Aug. 3, completing his 500th combat mission 
near Mosul. 

"I felt much more relaxed after the 500th mission than the first, but 
you still have to remain vigilant," recalls McBride, the son of former Elon 
Chaplain Richard McBride. 

Scott had one of his prized possessions — his maroon Elon hat — 
close by during the milestone mission. 

"The hat was given to me by my father following an Elon football 
game I attended in 2008 prior to my current deployment," he says. "It has 
logged flight time on every mission of this tour." 

McBride joined the Army in 1992 and served for seven years as an 
infantryman and cavalry scout before being accepted into flight school 
in 1999. He began flying Apache helicopters in 2000. 

McBride recently completed his second tour of duty in Iraq fol- 
lowing combat missions in Afghanistan, Somalia and Haiti. He says he is 
proud to serve in the military and thinks of Elon whenever he wears his 
hat. He offers the following message to alumni. 

"To my fellow alums: Rest easy tonight, there are those of us who 
allow you to sleep peacefully. We don't mind, it's what we do." 

Patrick G. Winters 76 has been re- 
elected to serve a second term as chair 
of the music department at Eastern 
Washington University, where he also 
serves as director of bands. He lives in 
Spokane, Wash., with his wife, Joyce, 
and their three children. 

Gregory E. Hicks '79 earned a 
master's degree in education from 
the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill and a doctorate in edu- 
cation from North Carolina State 
University. He is assistant superin- 
tendent for human resources and 
finance for Orange County Schools 
and recently received the prestigious 
Excellence in Educational Leadership 
Award, the University Council for 
Education's highest honor, at an 
Orange County school board meet- 
ing. He is only the second individ- 
ual from Norrh Carolina to receive 
the award. He lives with his wife, 
Marilyn, in Hurdle Mills, N.C. 

Lorna Goudey Hodge '79 is thrilled 
to announce that her oldest son 

graduated this spring from Sanderson 
High School in Raleigh, N.C, and 
is currently a freshman at Methodist 
University. Lorna says, "One more 
year before I'm an empty nester!" 
She resides in Raleigh, N.C, with 
her husband, Hugh. 

Art Matthews Medlin '79 recently 
retired after 32 years as a teacher and 
coach. He lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C 



Clinton G. Horton '84 retired from 
the N.C. Office of State Personnel. 
He joined a musical group, The 
Magnificents, which he reports 
is one of the finest R&B/beach 
bands on the East Coast. The band 


CLASS Notes 

includes three Elon alumni: Cecil 
Johnson 'yo, Ruffin Quails '72 and 
Jimmy Matherly '74. Clinton lives 
in Burlington, N.C., with his wife, 

Elon alums enjoy a Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority reunion. 

Lydia Shull Lunnen '87 gathered 
with 15 members of Sigma Sigma 
Sigma sorority tor a reunion at a 
beach house in Duck, N.C. Lydia 
resides in Charlottesville, Va. Elon 
alumni who participated in the re- 
union were: Paige Hughes Wyckoff 
'88, Linda Matney Bawcom '88, 
Jenny Nicholas Maginnis '89, 
Anna Houston Strassner 89, Debi 
DeMasters Branch '86, Karrie Cash 
McCray '89, Mary Mayo '88, Karen 
Dalrymple Stewart 88, Nancy Ann 
Dudney 88, Meredith Bachman 
Loy '89, Gayle Grashich High '88, 
Elizabeth Kibby Thompson '85, 
Cathy Brown '88 and Suzanne 
Nelson Gray '88. 

Mark D. Young '88 graduated in 
August with a master's degree in 
health administration from Pfeiffer 
University and accepted a position as 
assistant director of CareLink-Moses 
Cone Health System. He will man- 
age the critical cate transport pro- 
gram and communications center. 
He lives with his wife, Carolyn, in 
Reidsville, N.C. 



Dwayne Sanders '90 is a foodservice 
consultant and territory sales man- 
ager with Performance Food Group. 
He lives with his wife. Cristal Lake- 
Sanders '92, and daughters, Joselyn 
and Elena, in Midlothian, Va. They 
enjoyed a perfect family summer 
filled with bike rides, trips to the pool 
and camping. 

LindaJee "Lennie" Dutton Edwards 

'91 is a digital-hardware product 
manager for Southern Lithoplate. 
She recently earned the distinction 
of Certified Meeting Professional 
from the Convention Industry 
Council. She is among 415 
professionals worldwide who 
passed the exam held in July. 
This certification is recog- 
nized around the world and 
distinguishes het as an expert 
in meeting management. She 
lives in Louisburg, N.C. 

Philip C. Strother '91 is owner 
and operator of the Philip 
Carter Winery. Their wines 
will be featured as "Wines 
of the Month" at the Royal 
Society of the Arts restaurant 
and private functions in the 
United Kingdom. He lives with his 
wife, Danielle, in Glen Allen, Va. 

Deanna Hansbrough Manning 92 
was recently named director of the 
Alamance County Family Justice 
Center, a facility that will aid victims 
of domestic violence. The center will 
open in April 2010. She lives with her 
husband, Tom, in Burlington, N.C. 

Steven A. McGregor '92 recently 
joined Navigon Financial Group, 
Inc., as a financial consultant. 
He has worked with Wachovia 
Investments, GE Financial Assutance 
and Genwotth Financial Assurance, 
where he received multiple customer 
service and sales awards. He holds 
licenses for life, health and variable 
products in Vitginia. He lives with 
his wife, Stephanie, in Richmond, Va. 

Mark C. French '93 recently par- 
ticipated in an online auction to 
raise money for the Massachusetts 
Adoption Resource Exchange, an 
organization once run by his late 
mother, Joan French. His contribu- 
tion to the auction taised $525. Mark 
works as a private investigator and 
lives in Bedfotd, Mass. 

Chris F. Cushing '95 is an informa- 
tion technology project managet for 
Federal Home Loan Bank in Topeka, 
Kan. He manages developers respon- 
sible for system issues and fixes for 
the bank's computer nerwork cover- 
ing Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and 
Oklahoma. He lives with his wife, 
Kerri, in Topeka. 

Matthew B. Haas '95 was recently 
promoted to director of partnership 
marketing for AAA Mid-Atlantic. He 

is responsible for building partner- 
ships with sports and entertainment 
organizations such as the Philadelphia 
Eagles and Phillies, Baltimore Ravens 
and Washington Redskins, among 
others. He lives in West Chester, Pa. 

Bryan D. James '95 lives in 
Wilmington, Del, and is a business 
systems analyst for Independence 
Blue Cross. In 2007, he founded a 
soccer support club, Sons of Ben, in 
Philadelphia to genetate interest in 
the city becoming a host for a Major 
League Soccer team. The gtoup 
statted with only three members 
but has grown to mote than 5,000. 
As word of his quest spread, he has 
been featured in Sports Illustrated, 
Four Four Tivo magazine, both of 
Philadelphia's major daily newspa- 
pers, espn, the Fox Soccet Channel 
and Comcast Sports Net. The group 
was successful and the Philadelphia 
Union will launch its inaugural sea- 
son on March 25, 2010, on espn2. 
The Sons of Ben has now tut ned its 
attention to promoting Philadelphia 
as a Wotld Cup venue should the 
United States be awarded the 2018 
or 2022 World Cup. Philaelphia is a 
host-city finalist, and Bryan recently 
accepted an appointment to serve on 
the bid committee. 

Linda Findley Kozlowski '95 recently 
joined as director 
of international cotpotate commu- 
nications in Hong Kong, whete she 
lives with her husband, Ronald. 

Danielle Coughlin Tuck '95 has been 
promoted to total tecognition strate- 
gist at Michael C. Fina, a leader in 
employee recognition programs. She 
was also elected as president of the 
Hinsdale Junior Women's Club for 
the 2009-2010 club year. She lives 
with her husband. Rich, in Hinsdale, 

Joleen Neighbours '96 is the cho- 
ral, theatre and fine atts ditector at 
Nansemond River High School. She 
was recently named one of 2009s 
"Top Professional Sensational Singles" 
in Hampton Roads by Hampton 
Roads Magazine. She lives in Windsor, 

Janet L. Closs '97 took a one-year 
leave of absence from her job to wotk 
as an educator at the Moron (pro- 
nounced "moroon") Air Force Base 
in Spain. She has since returned to 
her teaching position in New Yotk. 
She lives in Massapequa Park, N.Y. 

Dana M. Disborough '99 is the 

marketing coordinator for the City 
of Annapolis' Recreation and Parks 
Department in Annapolis, Md. She 
is tesponsible for media, marketing 
and membership programs and lives 
in Crofton, Md. 

Josh L. Ezrine '99 and his wife. 
Heather, opened a tapas-style res- 
taurant and wine bar called 116 Oak. 
The restaurant is located next door 
to Josh's other business, West End 
Station, in Elon, N.C. They live in 
Butlington, N.C. 

Margaret "Blair" Byrd Kennedy '99 

has been named vice president and 
marketing officer at Capital Bank. 
In her spare time she enjoys acting 
with Theatre in the Patk and Raleigh 
Little Theatre. She is also a member 
of the choir at het chutch in Raleigh, 
N.C where she lives with her hus- 
band, Phillip. 

Liana Acevedo Napier '99 and Jason 
L. Napier '01 live with theit daughter 
Mia Kate, in Whitsett, N.C. Liana 
teaches first grade, and Jason is a 
district credit manager for Mayer 
Electtic Supply Co. 



David P. Brooks '00 received a 
master's degree in education from 
the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill. He works as coordina- 
tot of the International Baccalauteate 
program at Broughton High School 
in Raleigh, N.C, where he has been 
teaching a humanities course since 
2000. He lives in Cary, N.C. 

Annie Hoffman Fennewald 00 is 
pursuing a mastet's degree in business 
administration from the University 
of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in 
Silver Spring, Md. 

Alecia Pynn '00 is founder and ex- 
ecutive director of the Make A Play 
Foundation, a charity that partners 
with college and professional football 
players to create resources and oppor- 
tunities for young athletes and artists. 
The foundation helps with summer 
camp tuition, team uniforms, school 
supplies, backpacks and much more. 
The foundation has worked with 
athletes such as Warrick Dunn, Ed 
Reed, Kevin Everett, Myron Rolle 
and Anquan Boldin, among others. 
Alecia lives in Miami Beach, Fla. 


CLASS Notes 

Dirtball Fashion makes its mark 


The next time you toss out a bottle of water, it 
might end up in Joe Fox's back pocket. 

Fox is owner and founder of Dirtball Fashion, an 
eco-friendly sports apparel company in Hickory, N.C., 
that makes T-shirts, hats, shorts and skate decks from 
recycled materials. Each T-shirt is made of 65 percent 
recycled cotton and 35 percent recycled polyester 
made from two 16-ounce water bottles. A pair of 
Dirtball shorts contains too percent recycled poly- 
ester made from 10 16-ounce water bottles. 

Fox, a 1994 Elon alum, launched the company in 
August 2008 after spending 17 years as a racecar 
driver, including nine years competing professionally 
in NASCAR Busch Series (now Nationwide Series), 
Grand-Am Road Racing and American Le Mans 

"I had this 'Dirtball' logo (on a hat), and I'd wear it 
around the track and say jokingly, 'That's going to be 
my apparel company,'" Fox says. "People said it was a 
good idea. So I decided that we were going to be 
eco-friendly and make our products in America." 

By using recycled materials, Fox says he's doing 
his part to reduce energy costs and protect the envi- 
ronment. He also insists on using American 
manufacturers and American-made materials, 
including organic cotton. The majority of his apparel 
is manufactured in North Carolina and Virginia, and 
those textile mills recycle as much material as pos- 
sible during manufacturing. Also to promote 
sustainability, the company urges customers to 

return their worn Dirtball shorts to 
be recycled into polyester fiber. In 
return, customers receive a 20 per- 
cent discount on a future purchase. 

"We try to be as socially, environ- 
mentally and economically proactive 
as possible," Fox says. "When we 
started the company, we didn't 
anticipate we would be going into a 
major financial crisis. But we realized 
that there were social and economic 
factors that needed to be addressed, 
and it was the right thing to build an 
American eco-friendly brand to help 
people retain their jobs and help 
lower our carbon footprint." 

Buying organic, eco-friendly 
clothing is becoming increasingly 
popular, especially among young 
people who like the added comfort of organic 
cotton as well as buying "green" apparel. That is good 
news for Fox, because Dirtball Fashion primarily mar- 
kets to people interested in skateboarding, 
mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding and surfing. 

"The action sports demographic tends to be 
slightly younger, and we wanted to look at longevity 
and to market to (young people) because we want 
them to see the importance of buying an eco- 
friendly product," Fox says. 

The apparel also appeals to women. In fact, the 

Joe Fox '94 

majority of the company's retail sales come from 
women's boutiques. 

"If Dirtball products were not made in America or 
weren't eco-friendly, there would be no story behind 
it," Fox says. "It would just be another business with a 
goofy name. But we have a product that's got some 
momentum and a real story behind it." 

Visit to check out Fox's 

Julia Hughes Tabor 00 is a licensed 
psychotherapist and recently opened 
her own practice. She works with 
children, adolescents and adults, and 
she conducts family and individual 
counseling. She lives with her hus- 
band, Jeff, in Burlington, N.C. 

Jeffrey L. Sanders '00 co-authored a 
book, Pro Business Activity Monitoring 
in BizTalk 2000, published in July by 
Apress. The book is a resource for pro- 
viding real-time business intelligence 
by capturing data as it flows through 
a business system. He donated four 
copies of his book to Elon, one of 
which can be found in Belk Library's 
"Elon Authors" section. He also serves 
as technical editor of Pro ASP.NET 
4.0 CMS, due out in February, and 
works as a group manager and solu- 
tion architect for Avanade Federal 
Services. His wife, Lisa McChristian 
Sanders '01, is a compensation ana- 
lyst for Johns Hopkins University. 
They live in Phoenix, Md. 

Brad Linde '01 is a saxophonist, and 
he has released his first CD, "Feeling 

That Way Now." The CD features 
his 10-piece band. The Brad Linde 
Ensemble, which includes fellow 
alumnus Kevin Pace '02. The disc 
celebrates the 60th anniversary of 
the Miles Davis classic. Birth of the 
Cool, and the 50th anniversary of the 
historic Thelonious Monk Orchestra 
at Town Hall concert. The group 
has performed in venues around 
Washington, D.C., Norrh Carolina 
and New York. They have upcoming 
performances at the Smithsonian 
Institute, Harmony Hall and the 
Strathmore Mansion. He lives in 
College Park, Md. 

Winnie Fowler Williams 01 teaches 
third grade for Charlottesville City 
Schools. She was recently named the 
Golden Apple Teacher-of-the-Year for 
rhe 2008-2009 school year. Her class 
earned a 100 percent pass rate on the 
Virginia Standards of Learning assess- 
ments. She lives in Charlottesville, 
Va., with her husband, Scott. 

Kara Falck '03 is the lead singer in 
a modern rock cover band called 

Emily Goodman '03 

"Strangely Inappropriate" 
(for more information 
about the band, visit 
www.strangely inappro- 
priate. com). In November 

2008, Kara passed a 
national exam and be- 
came a licensed inde- 
pendent social worker in 
Washington, D.C. In May 

2009, she was licensed at 

the equivalent level in Maryland. 
Kara lives in Washington, D.C. 

Emily Goodman 03 is a regional 
property manager for CORE Real 
Estate Management Group in 
Greensboro, N.C. She is an accred- 
ited residential manager certified 
through rhe Institute of Real Estate 
Management. She manages a portfo- 
lio of 10 properties and 3,400 units, 
as well as a staff of 70. She is the pres- 
ident-elect for IREM North Carolina 
Piedmont Chapter and was recently 
featured in an irem publication 
that spotlights 30 up-and-coming 
property management professionals. 
She is very active in her community. 

working with Citizens 
tor Responsibility and 
Ethics in Washington 
and the Jaycees. She 
lives with her husband, 
J.R. Shortall '01 C07, 
in Greensboro. 

Kristjan L. Thompson 

'03 earned a doctorate in 
anatomy and cell biology 
from East Carolina University. She 
will be teaching gross anatomy at 
Ross Medical School in Portsmouth, 
Dominica, West Indies, in the fall. 
She lives in Whitakers, N.C. 

Adrainne Renee Thompson Coffee 

'04 is an author, creative writing 
teacher and public speaker. She pub- 
lished her first book in December 
2008, A Work ofA.R.T. Adrainne 
Renee Thompson: Staying Balanced 
When Your Reality Checks Bounce. She 
lives with her husband, Harold, in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Laura Hodges-CaJhoun '04 recently 
graduated with honors from the 


CLASS Notes 

Evan Henoch '93 and fori 

Aimee McDuffie Blair '% and Julie Ihayer Thompson 'oo 
Jason Blair and Eric Thompson 

Jackie Jurgensen Alf'02 and Kim Hansman Ermer '03 and Jake Ermer and friends Brynn Psota DeVries '03 and 
MichaelAlf Arthur DeVries 

Bob fraier '03 and April Schexnayder frazer '03 and friends 

John IK von Stein '04 and 
Casey McCormick 

Michelle Wilson John '04 and Stan Smith '05 and Katie 
Mason John Coates 

Tarn Jones '05 and Courtney Lynch Jones '05 and 

University of North Carolina School 
of Dentistry. Laura was a North 
Carolina Board of Governors' Scholar. 
She lives with her husband, Jared 
Calhoun '04, in Greensboro, N.C. 

Jonathan P. Lindberg 04 is a 

program administrator for the 
Department of Public Instruction 
in Raleigh, N.C. He recently passed 
the North Carolina Real Estate 
Commission's entrance exam. He will 
be working with Timber Marketing 
& Management of North Carolina 
specializing in land and timberland 
sales in both North Carolina and 
Virginia. He lives in Raleigh. 

Wesley Langford Swain '04 recently 
earned a master's degree in educa- 
tional leadership from Longwood 
University. She teaches eighth-grade 
language arts at Bluestone Middle 
School in Skipwith, Va. She lives 
with her husband, Jacob Swain '04, 
in Clarksville, Va. 

Amy Jo Jenkins '05 accepted a posi- 
tion with the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, 
Japan. As the aquatics director for the 
Navy base, she will be in charge of 
programming, operations and staff- 
ing for six year-round and seasonal 
swimming pools. 

Brian X. Sappey '05 was recently 
promoted to chief sanitation engineer 
with sas, specializing in biohazard 
cleanup. He is pursuing a master's 
degree in environmental sanitation. 
He lives in Greensboro, N.C. 

Kristin Simonetti '05 and several 
of her Alpha Chi Omega sisters re- 
united in January 2009 to celebrate 
the wedding of Matt Tanner and 
Ashley Condict Tanner, a sorority 
sister who attended Elon from 2001- 
2004. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Angela Herrick 03, Sharon 
Anderson Davies 04, Mica Ball 05, 
Barbie Pace 05 and Summer Smith 
Nettleman 06 L'og. 

Damon T. Duncan 06 L'09 and 
Melissa Taylor Duncan 06 L'09 

graduared from Elon University 
School of Law in May. They recently 
passed the Notth Carolina Bar exam 
and plan to open a satellite office 
of Duncan Law, which is based in 
Charlotte, N.C. The couple reside in 
Burlington, N.C. 

Greta M. Franklin 06 began a 
trek through the Appalachian 
Mountains in May 2008 and trav- 
eled through 14 states, hiking 2,176 
miles in five months. After hiking the 
Appalachians, Greta spent a month in 
Venezuela. She lives in San Francisco, 
where she works as a sustainability 
consultant for Clean Tech Open. 

Brooks Martin '06 recently gradu- 
ated from Franklin Pierce University 
with a doctorate in physical therapy. 
He is now a licensed physical thera- 
pist in North Carolina. He lives in 
Greensboro, N.C. 

Jennifer Heilman '07 received a mas- 
ter's degree in journalism and public 
affairs from American University in 
Washington, D.C. She is director of 

communications at the Prevention 
of Blindness Society of Metropolitan 
Washington. She lives in Arlington, 

Andrew S. High '07 graduated in 
May with a master's degree in politi- 
cal science from American University. 
He currently works as press secretary 
for North Carolina Rep. David Price. 

Shantia J. Stanley '07 is pursuing 
a law degree from North Carolina 
Central University School of Law. 
She lives in Raleigh, N.C. 

Mary T. Cunningham 08 was re- 
cently appointed yearbook adviser 
at Landon School in Bethesda, Md., 
where she works as a communica- 
tions associate. She lives in Fairfax, 

Laura Elizabeth Eastes '08 has ac- 
cepted a position as a reporter for The 
Southwest Times in Liberal, Kan. She 
will be covering county, community 
college and hospital news. She lives 
in Turpin, Okla. 

Grant Walsh '08 and Tara Bott 

'08 rode bikes across Tasmania in 
February and March 2009, and 
chronicled their journey on the Elon 
alumni blog. You can read about their 
adventures at http://elonalumni. 



Mary Lambert '86 and Scott Miller, 
4/2/09. Mary is an elementary as- 
sistant principal for Fairfax Counrv 
Public Schools. The couple live in 
Bristow, Va. 


David W. Meeler '90 and Anita Case, 
7/25/09. Nicole Husemeier '89 and 
Stacey Lee '99 were in attendance. 
David is a professor at Winthrop 
University. The couple live in Rock 
Hill, S.C. 

Evan K. Henoch '93 and Lori Power, 
7/25/09. Jim Burrows '91 was in 
attendance. The couple reside in 
Dublin, Ohio. 

Aimee McDuffie '95 and Jason Blair, 
11/08/08. Elon alumni in artendance 
were: Stewart Gordon '92. Amy 
Melander Campbell '92, Joe Kilty 
'94, Jennifer Raymond Devine 
'95, Michele McCormick '95, Kurt 
Wahlstrom '95, Roberta Schwarze 
Longworth 94. Paul Longworth 94, 
Andrew Barnes '98, Todd Martineau 
'94, Angela Corrigan Waugaman '96. 
Seth Waugaman '94 and Jay Morrow 
'96. Aimee is a business development 
manager at Sprint Nextel in Reston, 
Va. The couple live in Potomac Falls, 


CLASS Notes 

Giving the gift of life 


The two small holes in her hips and a little pain 
were the only reminders Maura McGrath '09 
had of her recent surgery at the Dana-Farber Cancer 
Institute in Boston. She says the slight discomfort 
was a small price to pay for the good she was doing. 

After two months of tests and meetings with 
doctors at the institute, McGrath underwent a two- 
hour procedure Oct. 1 to extract bone marrow from 
her hips to help a woman battling aplastic anemia, a 
rare blood disease. 

"It is a little scary to go through a procedure like I 
did, but I thought she could have children, she could 
be married," McGrath says. "Could I really say no 
because I'm too busy or too scared?" 

McGrath donated one liter of bone marrow 
through the National Marrow Donor Program, an 
organization that sponsors blood drives to find 
matches for patients who need transplants. McGrath 
first heard about the organization five years ago 
during a blood drive in her hometown of Ipswich, 
Mass. McGrath agreed to have her name added to 
the bone marrow registry. 

In August, the organization called and told her 
she was a potential match for a woman with aplastic 
anemia, a condition in which bone marrow does not 
produce sufficient new blood cells. It can be fatal if 
left untreated. McGrath agreed to visit Dana-Farber 
for further testing to determine if she was a perfect 

"They gave me time to think about it and said 
they would support me either way," recalls McGrath. 
"It was a little nerve-wracking because it was a big 
deal. But since I've known people who battled 
cancer, I thought anything that could help someone 
else was worth it." 

Because of privacy laws, McGrath was only told 
the age, gender and condition of the patient. 
McGrath can write the woman a letter and meet her 
in the future if the patient agrees. Whether or not she 
meets the woman, McGrath says it was gratifying to 
help someone in need. 

"I want to do my part," she says."Even though I 
don't know this person, someone knows her. She's 
somebody's family." 

It took about six weeks from the time McGrath 
learned she was a match to having the procedure, in 
which doctors inserted needles into her hips and 
extracted bone marrow. 

"It hurt, but itwasn'ttoo bad,"McGrath says.'Tor 
some people, it's really painful, but it wasn't for me." 

The communications major returned to her job 
as video editor at Mullen Advertising in Boston a few 
days after the procedure. Her body will replenish the 
lost bone marrow within four to six weeks. For now, 
she plans to remain on the bone marrow registry 
and educate others about the importance of 
becoming a bone marrow donor. She plans to 

Maura McGrath '09 

encourage schools, businesses and organizations in 
her area to sponsor blood drives. 

"I don't have the money to donate to causes," she 
says. "The only thing I can really do is volunteer and 
give my time. Sometimes I don't know if I'm making 
a difference, but this is one time when I know I 
helped this person." 

Lynn Mary Jones '97 and Craig 
Casaletto, 9/19/08. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Alicia Becker 
Ackerson '97, Molly McAfee '97, 
Amy Shutz Jones '98 and Jeremy 
Jones '98. Lynn is a freelance, per- 
formance-based coach. The couple 
reside in Hardyston, N.J. 


Julie Thayer '00 and Eric Thompson, 
3/21/09. The couple married at the 
Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass 
in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. They hon- 
eymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico. 
The couple live in Ponte Vedra Beach. 

Catey Bostic '01 and Seth Moore, 
1/24/09. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Elic Senter '99, Roberta Forbes 
02, Heather Myers 00 and Marisha 
McLaughlin Akridge 00. Catey 
works in health care marketing. They 
live in Greensboro, N.C. 

Emily Anne MacDonnell 01 and 
Jeffrey Grdic, 8/8/09. Adrienne 

Groeller-Holliday 01 participated 
in the wedding. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Tim Holliday 

00, Jane Omohundro '99, Erin 
Witmer-Yuska 01, Courtney Wells 

01, Meredith Wood 01 and Brandy 
Hunt Wilson '01. Emily is a writer 
for esc. The couple live in Falls 
Church, Va. 

Margaret Penn 01 and David Smith 
'01, 6/20/09. Margaret works in clini- 
cal trials for United Therapeutics, and 
David works in computer network- 
ing for Netstar-i. The couple reside 
in Durham, N.C. 

Jackie Jurgensen 02 and Michael 
Alf, 12/31/08. Jackie works in prop- 
erty management and acquisition for 
the John R. Jurgensen Company. The 
couple reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Shannon L. Brown 03 G'06 and 
Anthony L. Harris '06, 11/22/08. The 
couple reside in Burke, Va. 

Robert "Bob" Frazer 03 and April 
Marie Schexnayder '03, 6/6/09. 
They were married at Belk Chapel 

in Charlotte, N.C. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Erin Brier 03, 
Katie Harrell 03, Spencer Welborn 
03, Mark Laudick 03, Brian 
Hetherington 03, Adam Lentz 03 
and Bradd Johnson 03. Bob owns 
an insurance brokerage, MIG, LLC, 
and April is an investment banker 
and vice president for Wells Fargo 
Securities. They reside in Charlotte. 

Kim Hansman 03 and Jake Ermer. 
9/5/09. Colleen Coffee '04 par- 
ticipated in the wedding and Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Rachel 
Bocchino '04, Megan McGrath 
'04, Lynn Chheang 02, Allison 
Preston LaJli 04, Katie Sharkey 04, 
Shannon KilgarifFMcKnew 04 and 
David McKnew 04. Kim is a wed- 
ding coordinator for the Annapolis 
Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The 
couple reside in Annapolis, Md. 

Brynn Psota '03 and Arthur DeVries, 
2/7/09. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Brian Psota 01, Elizabeth 
Richter Psota '01, Shaler Black 03, 
Kendra Link Isreal '03, Iola Saunders 
Knowles 03 and Jaime McGovern 

Sheggrud 03. The couple live in 
Boca Raton, Fla. 

Christopher W Davis 04 and Leah 
Harvey, 6/21/09. Christopher works 
in the office of sponsored grants for 
the University of North Carolina at 
Greensboro. The couple reside in 

Justin McCarty 04 and Alison 
Edwards, 4/12/08. The couple were 
married in The Village Chapel in 
Pinehurst, N.C, and honeymooned 
on Nevis Island in the Caribbean. 
Elon alumni and srudents in at- 
tendance were: Brad Winstead 03, 
Jordan Oshefski 03, Evyn Fuller- 
Smith Oshefski 03, Jason Morrisey 

03, Emily Welton 04, Melissa von 
der Heide 04, Janey Holstein Prince 

04, Taylor Prince 04, Kara Fultz 

04, Brian Cave 04, Lauren Clark 

05, Christopher McCarthy 09 and 
Meg Poplizio '09. The couple reside 
in Westford, Mass. 

Sarah Ann Toney '04 and Stu 

Stephenson, 6/7/08. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Lauren 


CLASS Notes 

Meredith Leigh Parker Falcon 
'os and Ryan Falcon 

Melissa Walker Beeson 'os 
and Travis Beeson 

Alexandra Hacking Hadfield 'os and friends 

Matthew Crews 'os and 
Elizabeth Crews 

Emily Hilboldt Andersen '06 
and Ryan Andersen '07 

Jackie Nelson Taylor '06 and 
Andrew Taylor '06 

W ^k 1 

I; 1 

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8/o/f Dowling Hawley 'os and Lee Hawley '02 
and friends 

Newton 05, Meghan Pinnell 04, 
Rory McFatridge Richardson 
04, Michelle Rudd 03 and Sarah 
Beggs '04. Sarah is an event planner 
for EventZone. The couple live in 
Roanoke, Va. 

John W. von Stein 04 and Casey C. 
McCormick, io/n/08. Elon alumni 
who participated in the wedding were 
Kevin Haines 04 and Tim Martins 
'04. Elon alumni in attendance were: 
Megan Kelly '04, Will Pou '04, 
Mac Campbell 05, Morgan Steele 
Schmidt 05, Cecilia Thompson 05 
and Kristin LoBiondo '07. John is 
a sourcing manager for Target Corp. 
The couple reside in Saint Louis Park, 

Michelle Lynn Wilson 04 and 

Mason W. John, 5/23/09. Michelle 
is a senior financial analyst for spx 
Corp. in Charlotte, where they live. 

Matthew R. Crews '05 and Elizabeth 
Byrd, 3/14/09. Matthew is an assis- 
tant vice president and communi- 
cation consultant for Wells Fargo 
Institutional Retirement and Trust. 
The couple live in Charlotte. 

Elizabeth "Blair" Dowling 05 
and Lee C. Hawley '02, 6/20/09. 
Elizabeth Chmelo '05 and Meredith 
Parker '05 participated in the wed- 
ding. Blait teaches first grade at 
Westchester Country Day School, 
and Lee is an attorney for Wyatt 
Early Harris Wheeler llp. They live 
in High Point, N.C. 

Matt Sally '06 and Elizabeth 
Burgener Sally 

Karen Clark Holmes '08 and 
Jeffrey Holmes 

Sara Portoghese Channing 

Alexandra Marina Hacking 05 and 
Justin Hadfield, 6/5/09. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Andrea Ronzoni 
05, Kathy Schwartz 05, Christina 
Pilafas os, AJlie Gilkey 05, Gillian 
Ruttkay 05, Melissa Villemarette 05. 
Allison Earley 05, Keegan Heise 05 
and Molly Cade '05. The couple live 
in Chester Springs, Pa. 

Tarn W Jones '05 and Courtney E. 
Lynch '05, 5/9/09. Elon alumni and 
students in attendance were: Chris 
Sole 09, Andy Weldon '05, Allie 
Hamel Weldon 07, Tyler Sukeforth 
05, Stephanie Chanpimo 05, Nick 
Pagano 05, Ryan Raya 05, Travis 
Pullen 05, Rob Crouch 05, Steve 
Landry '05, Chelsea Buffington 
Cathcart 08, Jeff Morrison 05 and 
Julie Akers '05. Tarn is the manager 
of business systems and processes for 
chemtrec, and Courtney is the se- 
nior accountant at the Carlvle Group. 
The couple reside in Oakton, Va. 

Meredith Leigh Parker '05 and 
Ryan T Falcon, 11/8/08. Meredith is 
a personal trainer. The couple live in 
Mebane, N.C. 

Stan Smith '05 and Katie Coates, 
7/18/09. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Brian Simer 04, Larrey Burney 
03, Arketa Banks '03, Cecil Mitchell 
03, Mark Jetton '06 and Beth 
Wallace '06. Stan teaches at Ledtord 
High School. The couple reside in 
High Point, N.C. 

Melissa Gail Bailey Walker 05 
G'08 and Travis G. Beeson, 7/25/09. 
Melissa is pursuing a doctotate in 

education and is a graduate assistant 
at the University of North Carolina 
at Greensboro. The couple reside in 
Burlington, N.C. 

Emily Hilboldt 06 and Ryan 
Andersen '07, 6/20/09. Elon 
alumni in attendance were: Molly 
Hilboldt 09, Steve Skeen 07, Dave 
Truscello 07, Ann-Harris Jones 07, 
Katie Barley 07, Beth Roberts '07, 
Maggie Santry 08, Lauren Walker 
'08, Tripp Bell 07, Jack Collins 
07, Emily Sears Schumann 07 and 
Kristin Miloro 09. The couple reside 
in Chicago. 

Jackie Ann Nelson 06 and Andrew 
J. Taylor 06, 8/1/09. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Jessie McCullough 
06, Ada Adele Arbuckle 05, Katie 
Barley '07, Maggie Santry '08, Stacey 
Vial 06, Kimy Dixon 06, Jennifer 
Pisano '05, Kim Griffith 06, Sarah 
Keach 06, Lauren Rappaport 06, 
Erin Andrews 06, Regan Burney 03, 
Alex Kreitman 06, Chris Litchfield, 
'08, Matt Hobbs '06, Mary Ann 
Bitter 06, John Pasquariello 06, 
Sarah Thomas 05, Bryan Scherich 
04, Ashley Krueger Schlieper '07, 
Patrick Spencer 06 and Andrew 
Wilen '08. The couple reside in 
Whitsett, N.C. 

Matt Sally '06 and Elizabeth 
Burgener, 7/18/09. Matt is a mar- 
keting coordinatot for the State Bar 
of Wisconsin. The couple live in 
Madison, Wis. 

Melanie L. Nadeau 07 and Matthew 
L. Backs '04, 7/11/09. Elon alumni 

in attendance were: Sarah Joyal '07, 
Amy Pierce 08 and Colleen Kwedor 
'09. Melanie works in public relations 
for Weber Shandwick in New York 
City. Matthew is a school counselor 
for Birchwood School in West Nyack, 
N.Y. They live in Tarrytown, N.Y. 

Melissa Rafetto '07 and Michael L. 
Prelec '04, 6/20/09. Melissa teaches 
seventh-grade science at DeLand 
Middle School in DeLand, Fla., 
where the couple live. 

Karen Clark 08 and Jeffrey R. 
Holmes, 6/20/09. The couple reside 
in New York City. 

Sara Portoghese '09 and Matt D. 
Channing, 6/6/09. The couple reside 
in Orlando, Fla. 



Cody Anne Skinner 90 and 
Matthew Reed, Gtand Junction, 
Colo. Son: Cormac Ansel. 8/1/09. 
Cody is a physician with Anesthesia 
Consultants of Western Colorado. 

Erica Faison Worrell '90 and Robert 
K. "Bob" Worrell '89, Westhampton, 
N.J. Daughter: Skylar Lesley. 7/6/09. 
She joins older siblings Kelsi, Taylor, 
Lindi, Kyle and Jared. Erica is a 
homemaker, and Bob is a computer 
network engineer for Novo Nordisk, 

Tara Mori Dye '92 and Paul Dye, 
Huntersville, N.C. Son: Gavin Hayes. 
1/16/09. He joins older brother Drew. 

Laurie Wommack Johnston '92 and 
Miguel Johnston '94, Motganton, 
N.C. Son: Gregory Vaughn. 5/8/09. 
He joins older brothers Seth, Rico, 
Ben and Erik. Laurie is a homemaker, 
and Miguel is an eighth-grade algebra 
teacher at Liberty Middle School. 


CLASS Notes 

Inside the ropes 


Two decades ago, Frank Williams '79 was 
working at Greensboro, N.C.-based Piedmont 
Airlines, and he stood at a crossroads. Should he 
relocate to Pittsburgh to work for U.S. Air, which had 
acquired Piedmont, or should he take the advice of a 
friend and become a professional golf caddie? 

Williams, an avid golfer, chose the latter. 

"I said I was going to (caddie) until I grew up and 
got a real job,"Williams recalls. "That was 22 years 
ago, and I haven't grown up yet." 

In July, Williams reached one of the high points 
of his career, carrying the bag for Stewart Cink as he 
captured his first major at the 138th British Open at 
Turnberry. Williams has worked with Cink for more 
than 10 years. He caddied for Cink at the 2001 U.S. 
Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, when 
Cink, in the running for his first major championship, 
fell short of a playoff by one stroke. That experience, 
Williams says, made the win at Turnberry that much 

"Walking down 18, finally knowing he'd won a 
major, was really neat,"Williams says. 

In addition to Cink, Williams has worked with 
pros Davis Love III, Curtis Strange and Scott Simpson. 

The caddying life, while demanding, has its perks, 
including strong friendships among players and cad- 
dies, and the thrill of being in the "heat of battle." 

"I'm not hitting the shots, but I still get an adrena- 
line rush.'Williams says. 

Though he played golf growing up in 
Greensboro, Williams excelled at baseball. After 
transferring to Elon from Louisburg Junior College, 
he starred on the Elon baseball team at third base 
and catcher. 

In 1978, he hit the first home run out of newly 
built Newsome Field (now the playing surface at 
Latham Park) and became the fifth player in Elon 
baseball history to capture the triple crown, leading 
the team in batting average (.349), runs batted in (36) 
and home runs (8). After graduating from Elon, 
Williams played for a few years in the Detroit Tigers 
minor league system. 

Today, Williams lives in Asheville, N.C., with his 
wife, Brittnie, and their three children. But, life as a 
PGA Tour caddie keeps him on the road nearly every 
week of the year. He says he hasn't played a round of 
golf since his youngest daughter was born 12 years 
ago, preferring instead to spend as much time as 

Frank Williams, far right, with son, Davis Anderson, and golfer Stewart Cink 

possible attending his children's soccer practices and 
swim meets. 

Though Williams has not returned to Elon in 
many years, he maintains strong ties to his alma 
mater through his college roommates, who he says 
keep him informed on all things maroon and gold. 

"I love Elon," Williams says. "I wish I could go back 

Seth Waugaman '94 and Angela 
Corrigan Waugaman 96, Arlington, 
Va. Daughter: Emory Chandler. 
4/17/09. Seth is a consultant for IBM, 
and Angela works in public relations 
for CRC. 

Joe Akers '95 and Kateri Akers, St. 
Louis, Mo. Son: Michael. 6/10/09. 

Darla Allen Church '95 and Paul G. 
Church, Randleman, N.C. Son: John 
Allen. 3/26/09. Darla is a homemaker. 

Russ Clark '96 and Brandy Clark, 
Crownsville, Md. Daughter: Norah 
Whitney. 7/2/09. She joins older 
brother, Dustin. Russ is a stay-at- 
home dad and residential contractor. 

Crystal Reynolds Croyle '95 and 
Jerry S. Croyle, Salisbury, N.C. 
Son: David Allen. 3/17/09. He joins 
older brother Nathan. Crystal is a 

Jennifer Seiler Harmon '96 and 

Kevin Harmon, Bayville, N.J. Son: 
Rowan Michael. 6/26/09. H £ joins 
older sister Emma. Jennifer is a 

Jennifer Winters Kolb '97 and 
Stephen T. Kolb '98, Marietta, Ga. 
Twins: Ryan Caldwell and Katie 

Elizabeth. 12/11/08. They join older 
brother Stephen. Jennifer is a profes- 
sional photographer, and Stephen is 
a systems analyst with Hewitt and 

Beth Everett Murphy '97 and Dan 

Murphy, Andover, Mass. Daughter: 
Keaghan Marie. 1/19/09. She joins 
older brother Garrison. 

Eva Peach Sodano '97 and Randolph 
M. Sodano, Burlington, N.C. 
Daughter: Randi Katherine. 5/14/09. 
Eva is a reading specialist and works 
with fourth- and fifth-grade students. 

Cherie Kathuria Soni '97 and Raj 
Soni, Keller, Texas. Son: Dillan 
Krish. 5/11/09. He joins older siblings 
Monica and Shaan. 

Racheal Lee Stimpson '97 and 

Matthew Stimpson, Balsam, N.C. 
Daughter: Abigail. 6/16/09. She joins 
older brother Will. Racheal received 
her doctorate in higher education 
from Virginia Tech in May 2009 
along with her husband, Matthew. 
Racheal is director of student sup- 
port services for Wesrern Carolina 
University. She works with first-gen- 
eration, low-income students and 
students with disabilities to ensure 
they graduate from college. 

Heather Maltese Dorfer '98 and 

Daniel Dorfer, Manalapan, N.J. Son: 
Blake Ryan. 9/1/09. He joins older 
brother Gavin. Heather is a financial 
stock trader. 

Jennifer Bates Goins '98 and Michael 
Goins, Cary, N.C. Daughter: Selah 
Ann. 7/14/09. Jennifer is a program 
coordinator at Duke University. 

Lisa Roark Scotto '98 and Joe Scotto, 
Wake Forest, N.C. Daughter: Claire 
Mae. 1/31/09. Lisa is a commercial 
account manager forTriSure Corp. 

Torrance "Torry" Plasman 
Zimmerman '98 and Justin 
Zimmerman '99, Atlanta. Daughter: 
Emerson Bolier. 9/7/09. She joins 
older sisters Ellie-Reed and Libby. 
Justin works for Reliance Standard 
Life Insurance, and Torry is a 

Amy Keiser Austin '99 and Andy 
Austin '98, Mount Airy, Md. 
Daughter: Cassidy Claire. 7/22/09. 
She joins older siblings Rilev and 

Karen Langley Barnette 99 G 07 
and Michael Barnette, Burlington, 
N.C. Son: Jacob Lynn. 7/14/09. He 
joins older brorher Joshua. Karen 

is a teacher at Altamahaw-Ossipee 
Elementary School. 

Sam Eastlack '99 and Devon Borga 
Eastlack '99, Selbwille, Del. Son: 
Gannon Michael. 11/12/08. He joins 
older brother Brogan. Sam is an ac- 
counting manager for Perdue Farms, 
and Devon is owner and publisher of 
Family Time for Yon and Your Crew 

Amanda Ballengee Fox '99 and 
Scott Fox, Mount Pleasant, S.C Son: 
Maddox John. 7/9/09. He joins older 
brothers Braxton and Gage. Amanda 
is a homemaker. 

Christy Chambers King 99 and 
Wells P. King, Roxboro, N.C. Son: 
Micah Wells. 5/19/09. Christy is a 

Cindy Enloe Neff '99 and Doug 
Neff, Yadkinville, N.C. Daughter: 
Heidi Ann. 5/23/09. She joins older 
brother Caleb. Cindy is a homemaker. 

Kevin Wellman '99 and Julieanna 
Ullrich Wellman 00, Burlington, 
N.C. Son: Mason James. 9/9/08. He 
joins older brother Aidan. Julieanna 
works for the Social Security 
Administration, and Kevin is a 
teacher atTurrentine Middle School. 


CLASS Notes 

Tara Mori Dye '92, husband, Paul, and 
ions, Gavin and Drew 

Jennifer Winters Kolb '97 and Lisa Roark Scotto '98, husband, Cindy Inloe Neff '99, husband, 
Stephen I Kolb '98 and children, Joe, and daughter, Claire Doug, and children, Caleb and 

Stephen, Ryan and Katie Heidi 

Jason Napier '01 and Liana Acevedo 
Napier '99 and daughter, Mia Kate 

Julieanna Ullrich Wellman '00 and 
Kevin Wellman '99 and sons, Aidan 
and Mason 


Carrie Moffett Blankenship 'ot, husband, 
Jack, and sons, losiah, Caleb and Noah 

April Hewett Post '01, husband, Jeff, and family Kathleen Zalos Shumake 02, 

husband, Jonathan, and son, 

Anno Molaski Lamb '02, husband, 
Nathan, and son, Owen 

Monica Salvo Nicholson '07 and 
daughter, Sheala 


Neil Oakley '00 L'09 and Kimberly 
Oakley, Burlington, N.C. Son: Ryan 
William. 9/9/09. He joins older sib- 
lings Rachael, Jackson and Caroline. 
Neil graduated cum laude from the 
Elon University School of Law in 
May and has been appointed a law 
cletk with the chambers of Judge Ann 
Marie Calabria of the North Carolina 
Court of Appeals. 

Erin Keenan Salamone '00 and 

Russell Salamone, Worcester, Mass. 
Daughter: Hannah Mary. 4/25/09. 

Kent S. Wyatt '00 and Kirsten Wyatt, 
West Linn, Ore. Daughter: Eleanor 
Marie. 10/5/09. Kent is a manage- 
ment analyst for the City of Tigard, 

Carrie Moffett Blankenship '01 and 
Jack Blankenship, Austell, Ga. Son: 
Josiah Robert. 8/27/09. He joins older 
brothers Caleb and Noah. 

Julie Paynter Deisler '01 and Scott W. 
Deisler, Columbus, Ohio. Daughter: 
Alice Cynthia. 9/28/09. Julie is an in- 
vestment compliance officer for the 
School Employees Retirement System 
of Ohio. 

April Hewett Post '01 and Jeff Post, 
Burlington, N.C. Daughter: Brooke 
Noelle. 12/10/08. April is a lecturer in 
Spanish at Elon. 

Alicia DeHart Theriault 01 and 

Patrick Theriault, Quebec, Canada. 
Daughter: Gabrielle Madison. 

Anna Molaski Lamb '02 and Nathan 
Lamb, Highlands Ranch, Colo. Son: 
Owen Valcour. 3/26/09. Anna is a 

Kathleen Zalos Shumake '02 and 
Jonathan Shumake, Westminster, 
Md. Son: Hunter Alexander. 
10/3/08. Kathleen is a charge nurse 
for Montgomery General Hospital 
in Olney, Md. 

Leigh-Ann Reilly Ferguson 03 and 

Christopher Ferguson, Whitsett, N.C. 
Daughter: Mary. 1/8/09. Leigh-Ann is 
an editor for Pace Communications. 

Diane Kearns Kepplinger '04 and 
Keith Kepplinger, Rolesville, N.C. 
Daughter: Reagan Mae. 6/5/09. 

Monica Salvo Nicholson 07 and 

Jausua D. Nicholson, Elon, N.C. 
Daughter: Sheala Frances. 5/3/09. She 
joins older brother Gavin. 



Leon S. Newman '37, Asheville, N.C. 

Horace O'Shield Brannon '39, 

Graham, N.C. n/1/09. 


Martin G. Noon '40, Jacksonville, 
Fla. 7/9/09. 

Horace Durham Penn '41, 

Burlington, N.C. 7/21/09. 

Rifton "R.D." Apple Jr. '42, 
Greensboro, N.C. 9/27/09. 

Dr. Betty Lynch Bowman '44, 
Burlington, N.C. 10/7/09. 

Dorothv Foltz Kelley '46, Culpepper, 
Va. 8/5/09. 

Richard Howard Staten 48, White 
Sulphur Springs, W.Va. 9/22/09. 

Allene Stallings Gane '49, 

Lumberton, N.C. 7/30/09. 

Donald C. Iseley Sr. '49, Burlington, 
N.C. 10/19/09. 

Ernest Culpepper "Pep" Watkins Jr. 
'49 GP '11, Ramseur, N.C. 10/3/09. 

Diane Kearns Kepplinger '04, 
husband, Keith, and daughter, 


Dorothv Carter '51, Hobbsville, 
N.C, 9/12/09. 

Roger Glenn Bolick '52, 
Mechanicsville, Va. 6/8/09. 

Robert Donald Haithcox '53, Richey, 
Mo. 9/10/09. 

Roy Jennings Helm Sr. '53, 

Greensboro, N.C. n/1/09. 

Arnold Holt Ward '53, Roanoke, Va. 


Lewis Bill Simmons '54, Chesapeake, 
Va. 7/23/09. 

Dorothy Turner Johnston '55, 
Burlington, N.C. 7/9/09. 

John "Jack" Mitchell '55, Fort Walton 
Beach, Fla. 10/15/09. 

Frank Splawn '55, Boiling Springs, 
N.C. 3/14/09. 

Roy J. Duckett '57, Yotktown, Va. 

John Raymond Shelden '57, 

Spartanburg, S.C. 10/9/09. 

Evelyn Rose Williams Allred '59, 

Richfield, N.C. 5/7/09. 

Berry Floyd Carothers '59, Cary, 
N.C. 9/10/09. 


CLASS Notes 

Fred N. Lloyd Jr. '59, Whispering 
Pines, N.C. 9/21/09. 

Edmund L. "Toot" Thompson '59, 
Graham, N.C. 9/12/09. 


Neale Clifton Doss '60, Graham, 
N.C. 9/11/09. 

Rev. Lynwood Lee Hubbard '61, 

Thomasville, N.C. 9/24/09. 

John Charles Autry '65, Dobbs Ferry, 

N.Y. 7/21/09. 

Dr. Leslie Donald "Don" Johnson 
'65, Burlington, N.C. 8/18/09. 

Patricia Dorst Bowden '67, Davie, 

Fla. 8/9/09. 

Mary Brannock Faust Garner '68, 
Morgantown, W.Va. 9/27/09. 

John H. Whitlatch Jr. '69, 
Burlington, N.C. 8/24/09. 


L.M. "Dicky" Wilburn Jr. '70, 
Burlington, N.C. 8/7/09. 

Kenneth Franklyn Ellington III '73, 
Goshen, Ind. 10/27/09. 

William Eric Wood '78, Greenboro, 
N.C. 7/27/09. 

Ronald Lee Patterson '79, Burlington, 
N.C. 6/24/09. 


Frank Winston Moore II '89, 

Burlington, N.C. 8/22/09. 


K. Wilhelmina Webb Boyd, 

Salisbury, N.C. 10/3/09. She served 
as an associate professor ot English 
from August 1987 until her retire- 
ment in May 2005. She founded the 
African-American Studies program 
at Elon and was named Professor 
Emeritus. The K. Wilhelmina Boyd 

African-American Scholars program 
at Elon was named in her honor. She 
was an active member of Soldiers 
Memorial ame Zion Church in 
Salisbury, where she participated as 
a member of the Missionary Society 
and the church choir. 


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A tradition of giving 

Wayne Moore 49 was 7 years old when his older brother, Fletcher, 
taught him to play the piano. Wayne knew immediately that his 
teacher was no pushover. 

"Fletcher was very thorough and demanding as a teacher," Wayne 
recalls. "He gave you hard music to work on and wanted you to do 
as well as you could." 

To honor his brother, a gifted pianist and organist, Elon alumnus 
and longtime member of" the college's music faculty, Wayne has des- 
ignated a bequest from his estate to establish the Fletcher Moore 
Distinguished Emerging Scholar Professorship. Funds from the 
endowment will provide compensation to a faculty scholar in the 
arts, humanities or social sciences and support his or her teaching 
and research. 

Wayne taught music for nearly four decades, including 31 years 
as a professor at Auburn University, and knows the importance of 
endowed professorships. 

"I hope the endowment will help attract some promising profes- 
sors to Elon and that they will remain at the university," he says. 

Wayne and Fletcher Moore '34 shared a love of classical music, the 
organ and teaching. After earning his master's and doctoral degrees 
in music from Columbia University, Wayne taught piano and organ 
part time at Elon from 1952 to 1954 before traveling to Vienna, Austria, 
for a year to study piano and music history. He joined the Auburn 
faculty in 1964 following teaching stints in Mississippi and Colorado. 

Fletcher Moore served in many capacities at Elon from 1936 to 
1980, including as dean of the college and chair of the department 
of fine arts. He was perhaps best known as an educator who taught 
hundreds of students and community members to play the piano 
and organ. Fletcher played the organ during campus chapel services 
in Whitley Auditorium and at Elon Community Church, and he 
was a respected leader in the Alamance County arts community. He 
died in 1994. 

Wayne returned to his hometown of Burlington, N.C., in 2004, 
following the death of his wife, Elizabeth, who taught voice classes 
at Elon in the 1950s. He attends piano recitals on campus and is a 
generous supporter of music scholarships and Belk Library. He hopes 
his gift will inspire others to support the Ever Elon Campaign. 

"I think a lot of times, people think that Elon will get along 
without their support," he says. "Every institution needs a tradition 
of giving among alumni and friends." * 


To learn more about how you can support the Ever Elon Campaign and make a 
difference at Elon with a bequest or other planned gift, contact: 

Jamie Killorin cpa/pfs, cfp®, Director of Gift Planning 

Toll free 877.784.3566 '■:■:■. ;;: 


Leo M. Lambert 

From the Office of the President 

A year ago, as we neared the October 11, 2008, 
public launch of Ever Elon: The Campaign 
for the Future of Our University, the nation 
teetered on the edge of what would become America's 
worst economic crisis since 1929. The Board of Trustees, 
determined to go forward with the most ambitious 
fundraising campaign in university history, launched 
the Campaign with confidence. There were two main 
reasons: First, Elon is a great success story in American 
higher education, rising quickly in reputation, and has 
a compelling case to make for support; second, we were 
confident, after two years of consultation and planning 
with them, that alumni and friends shared Elon's dreams 
and would respond generously. 

Indeed, alumni, parents, foundations and friends have 
responded generously. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, 
alumni and friends contributed $12 million in gifts to the 
university. All gifts are credited to the comprehensive 

Ever Elon Campaign, which continues to grow in 
momentum and now stands at $70 million toward 
the $100 million goal. Through this campaign, which 
supports academic excellence and engaged learning 
and enhances and preserves our campus, donors have 
established endowment funds for 95 new scholarships 
for outstanding students. 

This section of The Magazine of Elon, the 2008-2009 Elon 
Society Honor Roll of Donors, thanks and celebrates 
those who have sustained us. With their support, Elon 
is growing stronger every day. 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, students, faculty, 
and staff, I thank everyone who made a gift to Elon in 
the last fiscal year. We had a remarkable year, with new 
gains in academic excellence and national recognition. 
I am grateful to all of you for your commitment to the 


A great way 

to help others 
and Elon 

Elon University offers the kind of education and broad opportunities 
that help outstanding young people seize their futures. Endowed 
scholarships are crucially important if Elon students are to fulfill 
their dreams. Elon seeks endowment funds for need-based scholarships, which 
ensure access to talented students of all backgrounds, as well as funds for 
merit-based scholarships, which attract students of diverse talents and abilities. 

Steven Kinney, Anne Nicholson, and Michele Cybulski are students whose 
Elon stories underscore the importance of a broad and deep scholarship 
program. They, like the scholarship recipients profiled in the magazine cover 
story, are among the beneficiaries of scholarship support given by thousands 
of alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends who this year have made annual, 
endowment, and planned gifts to help Elon help its students. 

Through the Ever Elon Campaign, Elon seeks $30 million in endowment to 
underwrite scholarships for students from all backgrounds. So far the campaign 
has attracted endowment funds for 95 new scholarships. More than one-third 
of the $70 million raised as of October 11, 2009, will go toward scholarships. 

The Elon Society giving circles recognize donors who contribute $2,500 or more in annual gifts for the university's current 
operating expenses, including gifts to the Elon Fund, Parents & Grandparents Fund, Phoenix Club, or School of Law. 

Founder's Circle 


Man.' Duke Biddle Foundation 
Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler ♦ 
Robert A. Clohan III 
Cricenti Family Charitable Trust / 

Mr. &Mrs. Robert J. Cncend 
Louis Dejoy & Dr. Aldona Z.Wos 
Estate of J. C. Dillingham 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Doherty 
Gail M. Drew 

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony D. Duke, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs.Wesley R. Elingburg ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Foresta •> 
Glen Raven. Inc. / The Gant Family • 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel 
Images for Change / 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bruns 
Mr. & Mrs.Walter C. King 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Long, Jr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs.Walker E. Love, Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Mark X Mahaffey * 
The McMichael Family Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick 
John William Pope Foundation 

Mr. & Mrs. David C. Porter ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Revson 

Estate of Clyde W Rudd, Sr. ♦ 

Mr.* & Mrs. J. Harold Smith 

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur T.Ward III 

Dorothy M.Ward 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Mchael Weaver 

Weaver Foundation, Inc. 

Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. 

Estate of Charlotte H.Wyatt 

Chairman's Circle 


Mr. & Mrs. William TAnnck 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas T Anderson 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Badavas 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Brigman III 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas E. Chandler ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Crabtree ♦ 

Duke Energy Foundation 

Charles A. Frueautf Foundation, Inc. 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Glass 

Golden LEAF Foundation 

Ahx Hazel 

The Hon. &Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt III •! 

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Frode Jensen ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Horace M.Johnson.Jr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D LeBlanc * 
Frank Mangano Foundation / 
Margaret Erwin Mangano 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P Martin 
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Mather 
Mr. & Mrs. James W Maynard 
Mr. & Mrs. Bob E. McKinnon 
Mr. & Mrs. Dalton L. McMichael.Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Murphy 
Dr. & Mrs. James B. Powell ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Scott 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. David Tabor ♦ 
Triad Foundation. Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. David Turner ♦ 
Alan J.Young ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. DavidYoung ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. FredYoung ♦ 
Rear Adm. Edward K.Walker. Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E.Welch. Jr. ♦ 
Mr. &Mrs.T. Conrad Wetterau •> 
Dr. & Mrs. William E.Wilkinson, Sr. 
Sallv G Williams 

President's Circle 


Mr. & Mrs. Noel L.Allen 
Mr. & Mrs. Steven E. Allen ♦ 
AMETEK. Lamb Electric Division 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard W Anderson 
Mr. & Mrs. David S. Andras 
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. D wight I. Arnesen 
Mr. & Mrs.Walter H. Bass III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Begley 
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur B. Belden 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Berg 
Mi-. & Mrs. Clement M. Best III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Munroe Best. Jr. •> 
Man,' Hope Best-Crocker & 

Blain Crocker ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Blalock ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Jeny W.Boyd 
Suzanne M. Broyhill 
The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Burke ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Calio 
Capital Bank Charitable Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Carey 
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh 

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Charles R. Clohan 
The Coca-Cola Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Congdon.Jr. 
Dr. & Mrs. Donald V. Covington ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Cross ♦ 
Eggert Daghjarrsson & 

Bjorg Bergsveinsdotnr 
Dr. Lawrence D'Angelo & 

Dr. Dolores D'Angelo 
Nancy Dunn 

Dr. & Mrs. Bernard S. Esrock 
David R. Gergen 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Giegench 
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas R. Goldstein 
Ellen Gregg & Michael Lebo 
D.H. Griffin, Sr. 
Mr. &Mrs. Charles Griffith 
The Hall Family Foundation / 

Michael T Hall 
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hendnckson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Hinklc 
Dr. Steven House & Dr. Patricia House « 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. |ennmgs, |r. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. David B. Kay 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert V Kirchen 
Mr. S Mrs. William E. LaCoste, Sr. ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. Leo M. Lambert ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. David W. Lazier 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. LeBlanc ♦ 
Dr. Deborah T Long & 

Dr. Eugene M. Long •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Mac Mahon 
Mr. €~ Mrs. Robert J. MacDamels 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Malloy 
Dr. Joseph R. Mattioli & 

Dr. Rose C. Matnoli 
Charles D Melvm * 
Mr. & Mrs. Dewirt Methvin HI 
Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Minson •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Ocie E Murray, Jr. ♦ 
Alfred Nnnocks & Errulie Murphy 
Mr. & Mrs. David J. Nolan 
Mr. & Mrs. Roben B. Norns •> 
Mr. & Mrs.Tnnothy O'Connor 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Pento 
Mr. & Mrs. David Perron 
Margaret Casto Phillips 
Dr. & Mrs. Luis Pineda 
Mr. & Mrs. William K. Pou.Jr. 
Dr. &Mrs.Thomas E. Powell, III 
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce B. Proctor 
Mr. &Mrs.T Scott Quakenbush ♦ 
The Redwoods Group / 

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A.Trapam 
Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Rhodes * 
The Riversville Foundanon 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry T. Rose 
Mr. & Ms. LeonardY. Safrit 

Mr. & Mrs. Bennett B. Sapp ♦ 

Richard H. Shirley.Jr. * 

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Shore 

Mr. & Mrs. Bradford T Smith 

William H. Smith ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneed.Jr. ♦ 

William M. Stewart ♦ 


Foundation, Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. James M.Theiss 
Mr. &Mrs. Paul Thomas 
Mr. & Mrs. James RTurner IV 
Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T.Walker, III ♦ 
Cynthia E Ward ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. W.Hunt Ward ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William Westendorf 
Mr. & Mrs. C. Grayson Whitt ♦ 
Donald B.Wikeen 
Mr. & Mrs. Larry S. Wilson 
Youths' Friends Association 

Leadership Circle 


Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Allen 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul H.Amundsen •> 
Dr. *& Mrs. William J. Andes ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.Tom L.Armstrong 
BB&.T Charitable Foundation •> 
A. Christine Baker 
Raymond Beck & 

Dr. Deborah Hatton-Beck •> 
David Black & Lizanne Thomas 
Mr. & Mrs, David L. Blank * 
Mr. & Mrs. H. Thomas Bobo 
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy W. Boone ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. John A. Bowe 
Mr. & Mrs. Barry A. Bradberry * 
Mr. & Mrs. Joel E. Brown 
Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Brumley ♦ 
Burlington/Alamance County 

Convention &Visitors Bureau ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Calpin ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Castner 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Chandler •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler, |r. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Clement 
Haywood D Cochrane.Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Coffrnan •> 
Mr. frMrs.T.C Collins III 
Dr. Glenda Crawford & 

Dr. Larry Crawford 
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Crcekmuir •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence F Cruise 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Dailey 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles E.Davis III •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest N. Dawal, Jr. 
Dr. & Mrs. E Gerald Dillashaw ♦ 
David Dombert ♦ 
Raymond Dorado & Kathryn Carson 

Mr. & Mrs. John E. Doubek * 
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Drummond 
Mr. &Mrs.JeffDunham 
Dr. & Mrs. G Reid Dusenberry 
Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ellington ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William D.Eydt 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Fego ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard N. Fisher ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Fowler ♦> 
Mr. & Mrs. John Fox ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Francis ♦ 
Barry S. Frank 
Mr. & Mrs. John B. Frisch 
Dr. Mary Gowan & Dr. Ed Moore * 
Thomas Grathwohl 

The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Frederick G. Grosse 
JohnT. Gulliford ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Hair * 
Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill G. Hall ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Marc D Hallberg ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. John D Hardy 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Harris •> 
lune S. Harris 

Dr. Nancy Harris & Dr. Joseph Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Hawks 
Mr. & Mrs.James D Henderson, Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James S. Hilboldt 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold W Hill. Jr. ♦ 
Dr. Judith Howard & Dr. James Howard 
Dr. R. Leroy Howell •> 
Marc Isaacson G Jul Wilson 
Dr. & Mrs. G. Smith Jackson •> 
George R.Johnson & Dr. Linda Morris 
Tapley O. |ohnson III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James E. Killorin ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. R. David Kimball 
Mr. & Mrs. John W Kincaidjr. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Klopman * 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Kouryjr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice J. Koury <• 
Dr. & Mrs. David C. Kowalski ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lane •> 
Mr. & Mrs.James C. Lewis ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Lindley, Sr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Marchese 
The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Alfred W. Matthews 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael G Mayer * 
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. McCarthy, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. John McDonald 
Mr. &Mrs.A.W.McGee<« 
Mr. & Mrs.James C. McGill, Sr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. |ohn E McGovern 
MarcellaW Mclnms 
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin B. Meeks 
Dr. Nancy S. Midgette & 
Charles O. Midgette ♦ 
Kenneth D Miller ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. David R. Moore ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Morrison ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. William B. Morten 

Mr. & Mrs.James D. Moserjr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Myersjr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Bill L. Nail ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. George Nail ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Norwind •> 

Mr. & Mrs.James R. Nugent, Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O'Brien 

Mr. & Mrs. Man Oh 

Richard A. Parker ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard W Parker 

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Perkins ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.James B. Piatt, Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. David B.Plyler 

Thomas E. Powell IV 

The Presser Foundanon 

Dr. Nathan C. Pulkingham 

Recreational Equipment, Inc. 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Kemp Reece •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Rehnert, Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax C. Reynolds ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Wesley B. Reynolds, Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Riccio.Jr. 

William WRrley 

Dr. & Mrs.Jerry R. Robertson •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Ross •> 

Mr. S Mrs. Charles M. Schultz 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R Scott.Jr. 

Mr. &Mrs.WD Sellers 

Mr. & Mrs.James K. Simmons, Jr. •> 

The Rev. Dr.Walstein W Snyder •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sperry 

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Stevens 

Mr. & Mrs. M. K. Strosmder ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Stuart •> 

Dr. & Mrs. John G. Sullivan ♦ 

Lydia Tart •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert A.Team.Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs.James C Thompson, Jr. 

W Campbell Tims 

Mr. & Mrs.James Turner IV 

United Church of Christ 

Local Church Ministries 
UPS Foundation, Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L Varner ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. H. Whitney Wagner 
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E.WelchJr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs* James W White 
Shirley A. White 

Mr. &Mrs. Gerald O.Whittington < 
Mr. & Mrs.T Evan Williams.Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Russell Wilson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Martin R. Wise 
Dr. Deborah Yow-Bowden & 

Dr. William Yow-Bowden ♦ 
Mr. * & Mrs. William C. Zint.Jr. 



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The Elon Society includes all donors who gave $1,500 or more for any purpose during the 2008-2009 fiscal 
year. An alumnus who graduated in the past five years may join The Elon Society with a $500 gift, and one 
who graduated m the past six to ten years may join with a gift ot $1,000. By their faithful support, Elon Society 
members demonstrate their belief in Elon's educational mission. 


Andras Foundation / 

Mr. & Mrs. David S. Andras 
Mr. & Mis. Robert Badavas 
Mr. & Mrs. Leslie M. Baker, Jr. 
Man- Duke Biddle Foundation 
Brooks. Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey 

& Leonard. LLP 
Capital Bank Foundation ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh 
Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler ♦ 
Robert A. Clohan III 
Mr. & Mrs. fohn R. Congdonjr. 
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Creekmuir •> 
Cncenti Family Charitable Trust / 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Cricenti 
Dr. Lawrence D'Angelo & 

Dr. Dolores D'Angelo 
Louis Dejoy & Dr. Aldona Z. Wos 
Estate ofj. C. Dillingham 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward W Doherty 
Gail M. Drew 

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony D. Duke, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg ♦ 
Estate of Carolyn L. Fleming 
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Foresta ♦ 
Barry S. Frank 
Mr. & Mrs. John Gaither 
Estate of Maud F. Gatewood 
Glen Raven, Inc. / The Gant Family ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel 
William A. Hopkins 
Mr. & Mrs.Timothy Hultquist 
The Hon. &Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt III « 
Images for Change / 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bruns 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N.Jennings, Jr. ♦ 
Seby B.Jones Family Foundation / 

Mr. & Mrs. James Jones 
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Kaplan 
Mr. & Mrs.Walter C. King 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. LaRose 
Mr. & Mrs. Carl H. Lindner III 
Adnenne Livengood-Baker & 

Tony Baker 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Long, Jr. ♦ 

Lorillard Tobacco Company 
Martha & Spencer Love Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Walker E. Love, Jr. ♦ 
Estate of Clara E. Lowry 
Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon 
Mr. & Mrs. MarkT. Mahaffey * 
The McMichael Family Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Willard L. Mills, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Moore, Jr. ♦ 
William T. Morns Foundation, Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. Furman C. Moseleyjr. 
Mr. &Mrs. C.Ashton Newhall * 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick 
Mr. & Mrs. Howard Pickett 
John William Pope Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. David C. Porter * 
Dr. fr Mrs.Thomas E. Powell, III 
Sharon H. Price 
Estate of Peter D. Pruden, |r. 
The Redwoods Group / 

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A.Trapam 
Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Revson 
Dr. & Mrs.Jerry R. Robertson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Harry T. Rose 
Estate of Clyde WRudd, Sr. ♦ 
Mr. *&Mrs.J. Harold Smith 
Mr. & Mrs. George M. Steinbrenner 1 
Kathenne G. Stern 
The Wachovia Foundation 
Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. ♦ 
Mr & Mrs. Zachary T.Walker, III ♦ 
Mr. &Mrs.ArthurTWard III 
Dorothy M.Ward 
Mr. & Mrs. H. Michael Weaver 
Weaver Foundation. Inc. 
The Weezie Foundation 
Wendy's International 
Mr. & Mrs.Thomas L.WhiteJr. 
Mr. &Mrs.*James W.White 
Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, In 
Mr. & Mrs. Russell R.Wilson ♦ 
Sapphire Foundation / 

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Woods 
Mr. &Mrs.W Cecil Worsley III * 
Estate of Charlotte H.Wyatt 
Mr. * & Mrs. William C. Zint.Jr. ♦ 


Mr. & Mrs. Noel L.Allen 

Mr. & Mrs. William T.Amick 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas T. Anderson 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard F Arner •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Badavas 

BB&T Charitable Foundanon ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. R. Mark Bostick 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Bngman III 

Jame P Brown ♦> 

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Burke ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Damion Carafe ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas E. Chandler •> 

Dr. & Mrs. Ross Cohen 

Mr. & Mrs. Luther R. Conger, Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Scott A. Crabtree ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Drummond 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles DuBois 

Duke Energy Foundanon 

Mr. & Mrs. John G. B. Ellison 

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc. 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Glass 

Golden LEAF Foundation 

Thomas Grathwohl 

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford B. Hardyjr. 

Alix Hazel 

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Hollins 

Mr. &Mrs. Robert E. Hutchinson, Jr. 

The Hon.Jeanette Hyde & 

Wallace Hyde 
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Frode Jensen ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Horace M.Johnson, Jr. ♦ 
The Hon. & Mrs. John M. Jordan 
Mr. & Mrs. Gaither M. Keener, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. George J. Kilroy * 
Mr. & Mrs. John N. Landi 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D LeBlanc ♦ 
IkeyT. Litde 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. MacDaniels 
Frank Mangano Foundation / 

Margaret Erwin Mangano 
Carol Marnon 

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P. Marnn 
Mr. & Mrs.Timothy Mather 
Mr. & Mrs. James W Mjynard 
Mr. & Mrs. John McGovern 

Mr. & Mrs. Bob E. McKinnon 

Mr. & Mrs. Dalton L. McMichaelJr. 

Wayne T. Moore 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Murphy 


Mr. & Mrs.Thomas O'Brien 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Pennington 

Dr. & Mrs. James B. Powell ♦ 

Mr. &Mrs.T Scott Quakenbush ♦ 

Mr. & Mis. Warren & Rhodes * 

Mr. & Mrs.Jerry D. Richardson, Sr.*> 

Nancy Rudand 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Scott 

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation 

Mr. & Mrs. David Tabor ♦ 

Triad Foundanon, Inc. 

Mr. & Mrs. David Turner 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Von Drehle ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.W Hunt Ward ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E.Welch.Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.T Conrad Wetterau ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. White 

Dr. & Mrs. William E. Wilkinson, Sr. 

Sally G. Williams 

Mr. & Mrs. Wade Williamson, Jr. •> 

Alan J. Young ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. DavidYoung ♦ 

Dr. frMrs. Fred Young ♦ 


Mr. & Mrs. Steven Allen ♦ 
AMETEK, Lamb Electrical Division 
Mr. & Mrs. Prescott Ammarell 
Mr. &Mrs. Richard W.Anderson 
Mr. &Mrs. Andrew J.Armstrong, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Dwight I. Arnesen 
Mr. &Mrs.A. M.Barnes III* 
Mr. & Mrs.Walter H. Bass III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Begley 
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur B. Belden 
Andrew G. Bennett 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Berg 
Mr. & Mrs. Clement M. Best III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Munroe Best, Jr. ♦ 
Mary Hope Best-Crocker & 

Blain Crocker •> 

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One of STEVEN KINNEY's favorite soccer memories at Elon is taking the lead 
against top-ranked and eventual national champion Wake Forest two years ago. Elon 
lost that game, but few others. The Phoenix finished that year with an undefeated 
Southern Conference record and the regular-season league crown. Now Steven, the 
three-year starter, team captain, and two-time first-team all conference defender, has 
propelled Elon to academic as well as athletic recognition. 

The native of Norcross, Georgia, was recently chosen as a candidate for the 2009 
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, one of 30 Division I men's soccer student-athletes who 
excel both on and off the field. The CLASS Award recognizes notable achievements in 
four areas of excellence — classroom, character, community, and competition. Last 
year Steven was named a second team NSCAA/ Adidas Men's College Scholar Ail- 
American — the first such recipient from Elon. 

The accounting major"continues to serve the Elon community and excel both in the 
classroom and on the field," says Elon head men's soccer coach Darren Powell, pointing 
to the academic record posted by the two-time team captain. "Being able to come to 
Elon and play soccer here has been a great experience," says Steven, "but I could not 
afford Elon without a scholarship." 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Blalock * 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bolden ♦ 
The Hon. James E Bowman & 

Dr. Betty L. Bowman * 
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W.Boyd 
Mr. & Mrs. Brian K. Branson •> 
Suzanne M. Broyhill 
The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation 
Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Calrff 
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Calio 
Capital Bank Charitable Foundation 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Carey 
Charles R. Clohan 
The Coca-Cola Foundation 
Adnunta E. Coeyman 
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Coffinan ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. DonaldV. Covington ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence E Cruise 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Cross ♦ 
Eggert Dagbjartsson & 

Bjorg Bergsveinsdotnr 
Mr. & Mrs. E Leary Davis.Jr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Chris G. Dockrill * 
Mr. & Mrs.John E. Doubek ♦ 
Nancy Dunn 

Dr. & Mrs. Bernard S. Esrock 
Mr. & Mrs. James M. Ford 
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Frank' 
James F. Carton 
David R. Gergen 
Mr. & Mrs. M.L.Gibson 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Giegench 
Gilliam, Coble & Moser 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Goldstein 

M.William Grant * 

Ellen Gregg & Michael Lebo 

DH. Griffin, Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Griffith 

Mr. & Mrs. James H. Griggs ♦ 

The Hall Family Foundanon ' 

Michael T.Hall 
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. William T.Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel 
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hendrickson •} 
Mr. & Mrs.John R. Hill 
Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Hinkle 
Dr. Steven House & 

Dr. Patricia House ♦ 
Darden W. |ones,Jr. 
Katharine Jones 
Mr. & Mrs. David B.Kay 
Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. Keenyjr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Kirchen 
Mr. & Mrs. William E. LaCoste, Sr. •: 
Dr. & Mrs. Leo M. Lambert ♦ 
Margaret Langtitt 
Mr. & Mrs. David W Lazier 
Dr. & Mrs. Cliff Lilly 
Dr. Deborah T. Long & 

Dr. Eugene M. Long ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.Thomas P. Mac Mahon 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Madden 111 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Malloy 
Mr. & Mrs. Brian W Martmdale * 

Dr. Joseph R. Mamoli 8 
Dr. Rose C. Matnoli 
Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm L. McAllister 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. McGlinn 
Mr. & Mrs. Hugh J. McTlrevey 
Mr. & Mrs. Brian J. McMerty 
Charles D Melvin * 
Mr. & Mrs. Dewitt Methvin III 
Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Minson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Ocie E Murray.Jr * 
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Myers.Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. George T. Nail * 
Nexsen Pruet 

Alfred Nimocks & Emilie Murphy 
Mr. & Mrs. David J. Nolan 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Norns •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy O'Connor 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Pento 
Mr. & Mrs. David Perron 
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Pesce 
Margaret Casto Phillips 
Dr. & Mrs. Luis Pineda 
Mr. & Mrs. William K. Pou.Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce B. Proctor 
The Riversville Foundanon 
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Robertson 
William G. Ruddjr. 
Gordon C. Russell 
Mr. & Ms. Leonard Safrit 
Theodore Y. Salisbury 
Mr. & Mrs. Bennett Sapp ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.John Schroeder •> 
Mr. & Mrs.Jay S. Schwartz 

Mr. &Mrs.Tony L. Shipley ♦ 

Richard H. Shirley. Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Terry Shore 

Mr. & Mrs. Bradford T. Smith 

William H. Smith * 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneedjr. i 

William M. Stewart ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Philip D Stuart ♦ 


Foundanon, Inc. 
Lydia Tart ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. James M.Theiss 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Thomas 
W Campbell Tims 
Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R.Tolley •> 
Mr. & Mrs. James PTurner IV 
Cynthia E Ward ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Alan Wasserstrom ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William Westendorf 
Mr. & Mrs. C. Grayson Wntt ♦ 
Donald B.Wikeen 
Mr. &Mrs. Larry S. Wilson 
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Womack ♦ 
Mr. &. Mrs. Ralph Yarwood 
Mr. & Mrs. David Yearwood 
Youths' Friends Association 


Mr. &Mrs. Christopher Allen 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul H.Amundsen ♦ 
Dr. * & Mrs. William J. Andes * 
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony J. Andres ♦ 



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Mr. & Mrs. Perry A. Appino 
Mr. &Mrs.Tom L. Armstrong 
A. Christine Baker 
Abigail H. Bash 
Raymond Beck c ; 

Dr. Deborah Hatton-Beck ♦ 
David Black & Lizanne Thomas 
Mr. & Mrs. David L. Blank ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. H.Thomas Bobo 
Mr. & Mrs.Tmiothy W. Boone •> 
Dr. & Mrs.John A. Bowe 
Mr. & Mrs. Barry A. Bradberry ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Joel E. Brown 
Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Brumley ♦ 
Burlington/Alamance County 

Convention ^Visitors Bureau ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. John J. Burbndge.Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Calpin ♦ 
CampYounts Foundanon 
Phil N. Carter 
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Castner 
The Cemala Foundanon, Inc. 
Mr. &Mrs. Robert B. Chandler ♦ 
Mr. frMrs.Thomas E. Chandler.Jr. ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Cheek 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Clement 
Haywood D. Cochrane, Jr. ♦ 
Mr. &Mrs.TC Collins III 
Dr. Glenda Crawford & 

Dr. Larry Crawtord 
Mr. & Mrs.Thomas E. Dailey 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Davis III ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. James Davis ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest N. Dawal.Jr. 
Cameron W. Dejong 
Dr. &Mrs. F Gerald Dillashavv ♦ 
David Dombert ♦ 

Raymond Dorado & Kathryn Carson 
Dr. & Mrs. James P. Drummond •> 
Mr. &Mrs.JeffDunham 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dunlap ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. G. Reid Dusenberry 
Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ellington •> 
Mr. & Mrs. William D.Eydt 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Fego ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Puchard Fisher ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.John R. Fowler •> 
Mr. & Mrs.John Fox * 
Dr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Francis ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.John B. Frisch 
Joseph M. Gerrety ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Gibson* 
Dr. Mary Gowan & Dr. Ed Moore ♦ 
The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Frederick G Grosse 
Mr. & Mrs.James E. Hair ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill G.Hall* 
Mr. & Mrs. Marc Hallberg ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Hamill * 

Mr. & Mrs.John D. Hardy- 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Harris ♦ 
[une S. Harris 

Dr. Nancy Harris & Dr. Joseph Harris 
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hardey 
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Hawks 
Mr. & Mrs.James D Henderson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James S. Hilboldt 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold W Hill.Jr. ♦ 
Dr. Judith Howard & Dr. James Howard 
Dr. R. Leroy Howell ♦ 
Marc Isaacson frjill Wilson 
Dr. & Mrs. G Smith Jackson ♦ 
Laurie Jarrett 

George R. Johnson &Dr. Linda Morris 
Mr. & Mrs.James F. Johnson, Sr. ♦ 
Tapley O. Johnson III 
Mr. & Mrs.James E. Killorin ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. R. David Kimball 
Mr. & Mrs.John W Kincaid.Jr. ♦ 
Mr. &Mrs. Peter Klopman ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Kouryjr. •> 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice J. Koury ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. David C. Kowalski ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. William E. LaCoste, Sr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Lane ♦ 
Dorothy M.W Lang ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James C. Lewis ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Lindley, Sr. * 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Marchese 
Mr. & Mrs. Jay Margolis.Jr. ♦ 
The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Alfred W Matthews 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael G Mayer ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. McCarthy, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs.John McDonald 
Mr. & Mrs. Royce T McDuffie ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James C McGill, Sr. ♦ 
Marcella W Mclnnis 
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin B.Meeks 
MidCarolma Bank •> 

Dr. Nancy Midgette & 
Charles Midgette ♦ 
Erika A. S. Miller 
Kenneth D. Miller ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.John C. Montgomery III • 
Mr. & Mrs. David R. Moore ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Morrison ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.William B. Morten 
Mr. & Mrs.James D Moserjr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Myers, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. BAIL. Nail* 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Norwind ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James R. Nugent.Jr. •> 
Maj.W R. O'Brien ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Man Oh 
Richard A. Parker ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Richard W Parker 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Perkins * 
Mr. & Mrs.James B. Piart.Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. David B.Plyler 
Thomas E. Powell IV 
The Presser Foundation 
Dr. Nathan C. Pulkingham 
Recreational Equipment, Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. E. Kemp Reece ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Sr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax C. Reynolds ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Wesley B. Reynolds, Sr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Ricciojr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Cnt Richardson •> 
William W Riley 
Mr. & Mrs.James Rodgers 
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Ross •!• 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Ruggen 
Dr. & Mrs. Bruce D Schirmer 
Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Schultz 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth P Scott, Jr. 
Mr. &Mrs.WD Sellers 
Mr. & Mrs.William R. Shelton ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Keith E. Silva •> 
Mr. & Mrs.James K. Simmons, Jr. ♦ 

Sylvia E. Sims ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth S. Smialek 

Mr. & Mrs. Darryl A. Smith 

Helen H. Smith 

The Rev. Dr. Walstein W Snyder ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sperry 

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Stevens 

Matthew R. Stoeckle 

Mr. & Mrs. M. K. Strosmder ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs.John G Sullivan ♦ 

Mr. &Mrs.Wilkam C. Sweeney ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert A.Team.Jr. 

Dr. Rchard Thompson & 

Dr. Peggy Thompson ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.James C.Thompson.Jr. 
The Rev. & Mrs.John GTruitt.Jr. •: 
United Church of Christ 

Local Church Ministries 
UPS Foundanon, Inc. 
Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L.Varner •> 
Mr. & Mrs. H.Whitney Wagner 
Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Walton ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. fimtrry E.Ward 
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas E. Wellemeyer 
Shirley A. White 

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald O.Whittington < 
Mr. & Mrs.T Evan Williamsjr. 
Mr. & Mis. Martin R.Wise 
Dr. Deborah Yow-Bowden & 

Dr. William Yow-Bowden ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.John B.Yowell 


Dr. & Mrs.John Afshar ♦ 
Jane H.Alexander ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Allen ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Allen ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Amorosso ♦ 
Daniel Anderson C" 

Janna Quitney Anderson ♦ 
Dr. David A. Andes 

Annual Gifts to Hon 2008-2009 
Total $4,171,378.51 

Elon Scholarships -$41 7,856.75 

School of Law -$21 2,3 10.76 

Phoenix Club -$71 5,706.26 

Elon Academy -$248,298.00 

46 HONOR ROLL OF DONORS 2008-2009 

Mr. & Mrs. Dewey V. Andrew ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin R. Ansbacher 

Mr. & Mrs. Mchael Aqumo 

Mr. & Mrs. * Edwin B. Armstrong 

Duncan C. Augustine 

Tracey J. Bailey •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Baker ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. R. Brian Baker ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas A. Ballantyne 

Mr. & Mrs. Dexter R. Barbee * 

Suzanne H. Barker 

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Barnhurst 

Mr. & Mrs. James A. Barnwell. Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Ted M. Bealjr. * 

William Bell & Pamela Thompson •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Bell V 

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bell* 

Keenan M. Benjamin 

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart S. Bennger 

Dr. & Mn. Robert G. Blake ♦ 


Dr. Donna Van Bodegraven €" 

Alan Van Bodegraven ♦ 
Dr. Constance L. Book & 

Dr. R. D Book 
Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Bopp.Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Major H. Bowes 
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick W Bright ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr. 
R. E. Bntde.Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. William W Brooks 
Brown Thayer Shedd Insurance, Inc. / 

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy M. Brown 
Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey H. Browne 
Dr. & Mrs. Scott H. Buechler ♦ 
James E.Butler HI 
Mr. & Mrs. Philip B.CadyJr. 
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Califf 
Mr. & Mrs. Reid Campbell * 
Carolina Bank, Burlington, N.C. ♦ 
Margaret P. Cass •> 
Dr. Arthur DCassill* 
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Causey ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Shane Chalke 
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Chamra ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Joshua A. Chappell ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Bobby W Clark 
Jim Clark ♦ 
The Hon.J.H. Coble ♦ 
Matthew J. Cohen ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cole 
Mr. & Mrs.Thomas Conally * 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Contort 
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Cook 
Dr. & Mrs. David A. Copeland 
Mr. & Mrs. James R. Copland III 
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Correll, Jr. ♦ 

J. Randolph Coupland HI •!♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. William B. Courtney, (r. 

Courtyard by Marriott, Burlington, N.C. 

Dr. & Mrs. Mark A. Crissman 

Mr. & Mrs. Alan H. Crouch ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. James B. Crouch.Jr. * 

Mr. & Mrs. Marvin L. Crowder.Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.John G. Curnn.Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. James W Darnel ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs. J. Earl Danieley ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Davis •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Straud Davis 

Allison E. Dean 

Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T DeBusk ♦ 

Cameron W Defong 

Mr. & Mrs. David T. Delaney •> 

Mr. & Mrs. James Delaney, Sr. •> 

Dr. Stephen B. DeLoach 

Mr. & Mrs. William DePuy 

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Drake ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. William R Dunk 

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Durant 

Ann H. Early •> 

Mattie P Edwards 

Brandon M. Eland ♦ 

Dr. A. J. Ellington, Jr.* 

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Ellington * 

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Eng ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Thaddeus Eshelman 

Mr. & Mrs. Gary W Evans ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.John W Fain 

Mr. & Mrs. William Fain 

Mr. & Mrs. Joshua S. Felix ♦ 

Dr. Peter Felten & Sara Walker * 

Mr. & Mrs. William G. Ferrell 

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Fields 

First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C. 

Mr. & Mrs. Hugh R. Fisher 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Flower 

Dr. & Mrs. Walter Floyd 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Foglia 

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy M. Fowler 

Mr. & Mrs. WT Fowler* 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis F Foy III ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher D Fulkerson 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Fulton ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Mchael Funderburk 

Mr. & Mrs. Henry D Gabriel 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W Gallagher 

Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Gannaway 

Mr. & Mrs. Edmund R. Gant * 

Mr. &Mrs. Charles J. Gantosjr. ♦ 

Dr. John N. Gardner & 

Dr. Betsy O. Barefoot 
Charles J. Gardner, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Gee 
Betty K. Gerow * 
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Giannandrea 

Dr. & Mrs. Russell B. Gill 

Mr. & Mrs. Frederick K. Gilliam. Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. William R. Gilliam 


Mr. & Mrs.John D Gottwald 

Mr. & Mrs.John Graham. Jr. 

Maj. & Mrs. Linwood O. Grant 

Mr. & Mrs. B.K.Graves, Jr. 

Bobby L. Green •> 

The Hon. & Mrs. Charles D. Griffith.Jr. 

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene B. Gnmley III 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard W Gunn, Jr. ♦ 

Debra B. Haggerty 

Mark A. Hale 

Mr. &Mrs.J. Leslie Hall 

Jane Hanes 

Liz Harper 

Capt. & Mrs.Thomas J. Harper ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs. James Harrell.Jr. 

Dr.E. F Harris ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas J. Hednck 

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hege * 

Dr. & Mrs. Richard R. Henderson 

Dr. & Mrs.Thomas S. Henricks 

Mr. & Mrs. Enc M. Henry 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Hess 

Timothy S. Hess 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hickey. Jr. ♦ 

Gladys W.Holmes* 

Bertha M. Holt 

Mr. * & Mrs. D Lewis Holt 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph M. Holt. Jr. ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs. Earl D Honeycuttjr. 

Dr. & Mrs. Herbert W House. Jr. 

Paul H. Huey ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Hughes 

Sallie B. Hutton ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Dan W. Ingle* 

Mr. & Mrs. William C. Ingold ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs. Alan Iran •> 

Margaret P. Isley 

Donald DJansen ♦ 

Dr. Johanna H. M.Janssen •> 

Mr. &Mrs. Geoffrey H. Jenkins 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Jessup 

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson 

Dr. * & Mrs. Leslie D.Johnson 

Mary Anne T.Johnston ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs.John PJones 

Mr. & Mrs. William I.Judy ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Mazin A. Kalian 

Mr. & Mrs. Shawn M. Keefe ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.John J. Keegan III * 

Linda C. Kelley ♦ 

Mr. &Mrs.Trent M. Kernodle ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Keziah, Sr. * 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas R Kiddy, Sr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Mchael A. Kiefer 

Jordan C. Kienzle 

Jean KtUonn 

Spurgeon G. Kmlaw •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Jason A. Knight ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Kornegay ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Gus Kostopanagions 

Mr. & Mrs.John Lavery 


Eugenia H. Leggett 

Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Leonard.Jr. 

Manning H. Likenthal III ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. J.Thomas Lindley, Sr. 

Jane C. Link 

James V.Lewis 

The Rev. William & Long 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter B. Lotspeich ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Harmon L. Loyjr. 

Mr. & Mrs. William H. Mann, Jr. ♦ 

Dr. & Mrs. Philip R.Mann ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.John D Marshall II ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Noble G. Marshall, Jr. ♦ 

Dr. Allen Mask & Dr. Deirdre Mask 

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Mather 

Mr. & Mrs. Cary Madock * 

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Matze ♦ 

The Rev. & Mrs. Richard W McBride * 
Mr. & Mrs. Larry B. McCauley.Jr. * 

Dr. & Mrs. Calvert C. McGregor, Jr. ♦ 

Mr. &Mrs. Robert W McHugh 

Mr. &Mrs. ClantonJ. Mclnnis UK- 
Mr. & Mrs.John J. McMackin.Jr. 


Mr. & Mrs. Alan B. Medeiros 

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Menchaca * 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter D Meyer 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Mkrut •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Milholen 

Lyda Miller * 

Mr. & Mrs. Stevan A. Miller 

Mr. & Mrs. Stewart P Mitchell 

McLaughlin & Moran, Inc. 

T W Mormngstar, Jr. •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Morrison 

Mr. &Mrs. Buell Moser, Sr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. William D Moser, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Norns Moses 

Mr. & Mrs. William Moss 

Mr. & Mis. Kenneth M. Mullen ♦ 

Barbara Niland 

Kristin K Niland 

Katlileen M. Niple 

Dr. & Mrs. David M. Noer 

Diana C. Nolan 

Mr. & Mrs. Bogdan Nowak 

Dennis O'Connell 

Mr. & Mrs. David R. Odenath.Jr. 

Dr. & Mrs. Kevin J. O'Mara ♦ 

Brian C. O'Shea 



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Even with a child already in college, ANNE NICHOLSON'S family didn't qualify 
for need-based aid. Anne was concerned about the financial burden another 
tuition payment would represent for her family, but being selected as a 
Presidential Scholar and Communications Fellow made it possible for Anne to 
enroll at Elon University. As she expected, Elon was the right choice for her. 

"Elon simply offers all kinds of opportunities, in and out of the classroom," says 
Anne. As a freshman, the Dublin, Ohio, native took a class offering accelerated 
training on communications equipment; as a sophomore, she was a teaching 
assistant for the same class. She won national recognition and a bronze Tellie, a 
prestigious communications award, for"Etc", an entertainment program which 
she created, pitched, and produced as a sophomore. During the 2007 Winter 
Term she studied in Italy; in November 2007, Anne attended an international 
Internet conference in Rio De Janiero with communications faculty members 
Janna Anderson and Connie Book and several other students. The summer 
before her senior year, she completed an internship at video network VH-1 in 
New York City. Anne, whose ideal job would be working on NBC's "Today" show, 
says, "I really don't think I would have had those same opportunities [at another 
school], at least not as early as I did at Elon." 

Mr. & Mrs. Louis Otterbourg 

Mr. & Mrs.Theodore N. Pappas 

Mr. & Mrs. David E. Pardue, Jr. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Parker, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. John Patterson ♦ 

BrendaJ. Paul •> 

Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Pavlik ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Alfred M. Payne ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. August L. Payne * 

James D. Peeler ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. James K. Pendergrass.Jr. 

Shirley Perry 

The Rev. & Mrs. Robert Peterson •> 

Dr. Richard Pipan & Dr. Barbara Israel 

Allen E. Poe * 

Mr. & Mrs. William E. Pommeremng 

Dr. AnnabelleC. Powell 

Dr. & Mrs. Lacy M. Presnelljr. 

Dr. & Mrs. Ronald A. Pruitt 

Mr. & Mrs. William F. Pruitt 

Dr. Jeffrey Pugh & Dr. Janice Puvero 

Zachary E. Pund ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Reece ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. David K. Rich * 

Mr. €- Mrs.Thomas Ridgley 

Mr. & Mrs. Lynn Rill 

Norman J. Rinaldi ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs.Thomas D. Robson ♦ 

Michael G. Rodgers 

Mr. & Mrs. Warren C. Rouse 

Fredrick J. Rubeck 

Mr. &. Mrs. Steven O. Sabol 

Mr. & Mrs. John M. Sadler 

Caroline E. Sage 

Gavin Sands <* 

Mr. & Mrs. Brian P. Scales ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. George Scanlon 

Mr. & Mrs. Arnold A. Schiffinan 1 

Dr. & Mrs. David M.Scovill 

Mr. & Mrs. William E. Sellers 

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Shaw ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Kirk A. Shaw ♦ 

J. D. Shepherd 

Mr. & Mrs. Jay B. Shipowitz * 

Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Shreiner ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Shu 

Mr. & Mrs. Roger L. Sims * 

J. D Skidmore, Inc. ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Larry K. Small 

Mr. & Mrs. Todd A. Smith 

Christen E. Snead 

Mr. & Mrs. William Soles •> 

Vickie L. Somers •> 

Mr. & Mrs. Brian W Spangler ♦ 

Henry L. Spencejr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Rick Spong 

Mr. & Mrs. Courtland Sports 

Esther N. Stadler 

Mr. & Mrs. Ronald W Stanley ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Steele, Sr. < 

Dr. Elizabeth A. Stevens ♦ 

Matthew R. Stoeckle 

Mr. & Mrs. John Sumnerjr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Sundman 
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Szyperski 
Dr. & Mrs. Allen Tate. Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J.Taylor ♦ 
Barbara Z.Taylor 
Dr. George Taylor & 

Dr. Rebecca Olive-Taylor ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. C. Avery Thomas, Jr. ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond L.Thomas * 
Dr. Thomas Tiemann & 

Dr. Eileen McGrath 

Dr. & Mrs. David J.Tolner 
Mr. &Mrs. Dusrin M. Tonkin ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Tourtellot 
Dr. George Troxler & 

Dr. Carole Troxler ♦ 
Samuel RTroy 
Dr. Donna Van Bodegraven & 

Alan Van Bodegraven ♦ 
Dr. & Mrs. Greg A.VanDerwerker 
Dr. & Mrs. Harry E.Varney ♦ 
Lawrence Vellani & Margaret Boswell 
Dr. & Mrs. Claudio E.Vincenty 
Mr. & Mrs. Hans Wachtmeister ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Waesche 
Dr. Joel W.Walker ♦ 
Dr. Janet L.Warman •> 
Scott RWarner ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher C. Waters * 

Mr. & Mrs. Danny E.Watson * 

Dr. & Mrs. James Watson.Jr. 

Dr. Linda Weavil & Robert Weavil 

Mr. & Mrs. Winston Weinmann 

Mr. & Mrs. Reich L.Welborn * 

Dr. Keith Wells & Dr. Nancy Wells •> 

Katharine D.Weymouth 

Sharon Wheeler 


Mr. & Mrs. Richard A.White ♦ 

Christian A. Wiggins ♦ 

Mr. & Mrs. James Wilen ♦ 

Dr. Jo W Williams'* 

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Williams 

Windsor Congregational Christian 

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick H.Winston, Jr. 
Dr. Mary Wise & Jerry TerBeck ♦ 
Wishart. Norris, Henmnger & Pittman • 
Dr. Roger E.Wood 
Mr. & Mrs. Alan D.WoodliefJr. 
Nell M.Wooten ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs.Thomas E.Worrell III 
Dr. David Wynck & 

Dr. Cheryl Wyrick ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. Brady Yntema ♦ 
Mr. & Mrs. James M.Young 
Mr. & Mrs. Greg L. Zaiser ♦ 
Dr. 6- Mrs. Matthew L. Zettl 
Mr. & Mrs. Graham F. Zug 


School of Law 

Demonstrating their support for Elon University's innovative approach to legal education, members of the 
School of Law Founders' Society have committed $5,000 for each of five years to provide scholarships to attract 
top students, individuals who will become leaders in the legal profession and in their communities. 

Mr. & Mrs. Noel L Allen 

Capital Community Foundation, Inc. 

Community Foundation of 

Greater Greensboro 
Mr. & Mis. Donald R. Dancer 
Mr. & Mis. F. Leary Davis.Jr. 

Gail McMichael Drew 

David R.Gergen 

Ellen Gregg & Mike Lebo 

DH. Griffin, Sr. 

The Hon. & Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt III 

Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. |ennmgs, Sr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. |ennings, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Longjr. 
Mr. & Mis. E. S. Melvin 
E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Murphy 
Charles E. Nichols 
Mr. & Mrs.Timothy O'Connor 
Kathenne Goodman Stern 
Mr. & Mrs. H. Michael Weaver 

Phoenix Club 


The IMPACT Circle is the premier Phoenix Club giving group. Members of the IMPACT (I Make Phoenix 
Athletics Competitive Today) Circle are those who make annual gifts at the quarter-, half-, or full-scholarship level. 
as well as those whose cumulative gilts to athletics — annual, endowment, and capital — equal $l million or more. 

Wes & Cathy Ekngburg 
Ron & Carolyn Foresta 
Jay &Amy Hendnckson 
Sam & Vicky Hunt 
Bill & Pat Inman 
Bill & Pat LaCoste 

Bob & Peggy LeBlanc 

Dub &Ann Love 

Mark & Marianne Mahaffey 

Skip & Victoria Moore 

Dave &Jen Porter 

Scott & Jenny Quakenbush 

Brad &Ash Reifler 
Dusty & Peggy Rhodes 
Jerry & Jeanne Robertson 
Clyde W.Rudd* 
Dick Shirley 
Richard & Eva Sneed 

Zac& Dot Walker 
Cynthia Ward 
Hunt & Julia Ward 
Grayson & Connie Whitt 
Cecil & (oAnna Worsley 

they contribute a minimum of $5,000 to the annual Parents & Grandparents Fund or other operating funds, have 
made cumulative gifts to the university totaling $25,( l( )0 or more, or have made planned gifts of $25.( )00 or more. 

BeulahB. Cameron GP'94 

Bruce B. Cameron GP'05 

Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler GP'07 GP'10 GPT1 

Robert A. Clohan III GP'10. 

Irene Hook Covington GP'01 GP'02 GP'04 GP'07 

Mr. &Mrs. Francis Craig GP'10 

Loretta Dancer GP'05 

Dr. & Mrs. J. Earl Dameley GP'05 GP'10 

Mr. & Mrs. Shernll G. Hall GP'08 GP' 1 2 

Freddie Lou Haworth * GP'91 GP'95 
Dr. R.Leroy Howell GP'10 

Mr. fr Mrs. Leonard Kaplan GP'10 
Esther Cole Kernodle GP'05 
Jean Killorin GP'07 GP'10 
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Sr. GP'09 
Yardley Minnix Manfiiso GP'08 
Dr. Joseph R. Mattiok & Dr. Rose C. Mattioli GP'99 

Mr. * & Mrs. Clyde W Rudd, Sr. GP'90 

The Rev. Dr. Walstem W Snyder GP'06 

Royall H. Spencejr. GP'95 

Mr. & Mrs. George M. Steinbrenner III GPT0 

Rear Adm. Edward K.Walker.Jr. GP'06 

Cynthia E Ward GP' II 

Dorothy MearsWard GP'05 GP'08 

Donald B.Wikeen GP'09 

Mr * & Mrs. William C. Zintjr. GP'08 



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The university's premier cumulative giving society, theNumen Lumen Society recognizes benefactors whose 
gifts to Elon equal SI million or more. The Latin words "numen" and "lumen," which mean "spiritual light" 
and "intellectual light," signify the highest purposes of an Elon education. Numen Lumen Society members 
embrace Elon's founders' vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit. 

Bud and Suzanne Baker 

The children ot Roger and Bernice 

Irwin and Carol Gromes Belk 
The Joseph M. Bran Foundation 
Isabella Walton Cannon '24 * 
Wallace L. Chandler '49 
Eva Burke Clapp * 
EdwardW. and Joan M. Doherty and 


Richard M. * and 

Gail McMichael Drew 
William A. Graham.Jr. '62 * 
lames W. * and 

Edwina Hughes * Johnston 
William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust 
Maurice and Ann Koury, Ernest '40 and 

Mane Koury and Family 
The Kresge Foundation 
Gail H. '64 and Bob '66 LaRose 

Lincoln Financial Group 

Martha S. and Carl H. Lindner III 

The Long Family Foundation 

Martha and Spencer Love Foundation 

John M. Lowry '32 * 

James W and Jo Anne A. Maynard 

Bob E. '62 and Ray Kirbo McKinnon 

Dalton L. McMichael, Sr. * 

Furman C. '56 and Susan Reed Moseley 

Douglas G. and Edna Truitt '44 Noiles 
James B. and Anne Ellington Powell 
T E. Powell, Jr. Biology Foundation 
Dusty and Peggy Rhodes 
Royall H.,Jr. '42 and 

Luvene Holmes '43 * Spence 
Hatcher R '38 * and Louise F. * Story 
LeonY '25 * and Lorraine B* Watson 
Lertie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. 

"Palladian" is derived from Latin and means "pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study." Members of 
the Palladian Society have made cumulative lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $500,000 and 
>,000. Their generosity demonstrates their belief in Elon's innovative approach to education. 

Alamance Regional Medical Center 
James H. and Jane Macon Baird 
Bank ot America 
Belk Foundanon 
Booth Ferns Foundation 
Burlington Industries Foundation / 
International Textile Group, Inc. 
Capital Bank Foundanon 

The Cemala Foundation, Inc. 
A.J. Fletcher Foundanon 
Glen Raven, Inc. / The Gant Family 
The Hon. Elmon T. and 

Pamela S. Gray 
The Hall Family Foundation / 

Michael T Hall 
James A. and 

Amv T Hendnckson 

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Inman 


W Bryan and Janet M. Latham 

Lonllard Tobacco Company 

Walker E."Dub" and Ann W. Love 

William E. Loy.Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. MarkT. Mahaffey 

Mr. * and Mrs. Peter D. Pruden.Jr. 

Jerry R. and Jeanne S. Robertson 
J. Harold * and Peggy H. Smith 
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation 
Mr. and Mrs. Zachary T.Walker, III 
Mr. and Mrs. H. Michael Weaver 
Weaver Foundation, Inc. 

"Aesculus" is an ancient Latin term for "tallest oak." Members of the Aesculus Society have made cumulative 
lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $100,000 and $499,999, and their generosity has helped shape the 

AIG United Guaranty 
Mr. and Mrs. Noel L.Allen 
Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Ameen 
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas T Anderson 
Dr. * and Mrs. William J. Andes 
ARAMARK Corporation 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard F Arner 

A. Christine Baker 
Beazley Foundation, Inc. 
Mary Duke Biddle Foundation 
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey 

and Leonard, LLP 
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Brown 

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bruns 

Kathleen Price Bran Family Fund 

Anita L. Buder 

Bruce B. Cameron, Jr. 

Cannon Foundanon, Inc. 

Capital Bank 

Mr. and Mrs. Damion Carufe 

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler 
Robert A. Clohan III 
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Congdon.Jr. 
|. Randolph Coupland III 
Irene Hook Covington 
Dr. Lawrence J. D'Angelo and 
Dr. Dolores A. D'Angelo 

50 HONOR ROLL OF DONORS 2008-2009 

Sam and Vicky Hunt endowed a scholarship to help outstanding students 
become outstanding attorneys. MICHELE CYBULSKI, a member of the charter 
class of the Elon University School of Law, received the Hunt Scholarship. 


Michele's new career as an attorney with the Deuterman Law Group in 

Greensboro almost didn't happen. "I had decided to take a break after 
undergraduate school," she says. Passing years led to an advanced degree, t" 
children, and a "great career" at the Center for Creative Leadership — but also 
the realization that she really did want to follow her childhood dream and 
practice law. "I felt that the door to law school had been shut. When I heard that 

Michele reveled in the experience and enjoyed remarkable da 

about the type of people that a new school is going to attract: people 

are entrepreneurial, who are willing to deal with ambiguity, who are willing ti 

build the bicycle as they are riding it'Grateful for her scholarship and all those 

who created and support the School of Law, Michele says, "I think what they 

will get back in return is the reputation of Elon Law graduates as incredibly 

knowledgeable, highly effective, and consistently good stewards of the 


Mr. and Mrs. George L. Davis 
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations 
The Dickson Foundation, Inc. 
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Drummond 
Mr. and Mrs.Anthony D. Duke, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Edwards 
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg 
Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Ellington 
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc. 
John L. Frye 

General Electric Company 
Mr. and Mrs. * M. William Grant 
Mr. and Mrs. Michael W Haley 
Dr. Bernhard H.impl and 

Dr. Carmen Hampl 
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hawks 
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hazel 
Hearst Foundation. Inc. 
Dr. and Mrs. Richard R. Henderson 
Hillsdale Fund, Inc. 
Holt Sublimation 

Mr. and Mrs.Timothy A. Hultquist 
The Hon. and Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt II 
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon P. Hurley 
ING Foundation 
Donald DJansen 
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice N.Jennings, Sr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice N.Jennings, |r. 
The Hon. and Mrs. ]ohn M.Jordan 
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kaplan 
Esther C. Kernodle 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. King 
The Thomas M. Kirbo and 

Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust 
Camille Kivette 
Dr. and Mrs. Leo M. Lambert 
Mr. and Mrs. John N. Landi 
Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Lmdley, Sr. 
IkeyTarleton Little 
Adrienne Livengood-Baker and 

Tony Baker 
George W Logan 
Lonllard Tobacco Company 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Lyon 
Mr. and Mrs.Thomas P. Mac Mahon 
Mr. and Mrs.Thomas P. Maroney 
Mr. and Mrs. HaroldY McCoy.Jr. 
Delia Vickers McKinnon 
William T. Morns Foundation, Inc. 
Mr. and Mrs. George T. Nail 
Mr. and Mrs. C. Ashton Newhall 
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. 
Francis Asbury Palmer Fund 
Mr. * and Mrs. Douglas R. Pamplin 
Mi", and Mrs. David E. Parduejr. 

Jacob R. Parks 
Dr. and Mrs. Paul F. Parsons 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Patrick 
Pocono Raceway / 

Dr. Joseph R. Mattioli and 

Dr. Rose C. Mattioli 
John William Pope Foundation 
John Powell and Martha Hambhn 
Dr. and Mrs.Thomas E. Powell, III 
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundanon, Inc. 
Mr. and Mrs. Neil M. Richie, Jr. 
The Riversville Foundanon 
Clyde W.Rudd.Sr.* 
Dr. and Mrs. Fehciano Sabates, |r. 
Mr. and Mrs. CkffordW. Sanford 
Richard H. Shirley, Jr. 
William H. Smith 
Southern Conference, 

United Church of Christ 
Festus and Helen Stacy Foundanon, Inc. 
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Steinbrenner III 
Katherme Goodman Stern 
William M. Stewart 
Mary Behrend Straub 

Foundation, Inc. 
TheTeagle Foundanon 
Tiiiies-Sart Publishing Company 

United Church of Christ 

Local Church Ministries 
Michael A.Vadim 

Wachovia Bank of Burlington, N.C. 
The Wachovia Foundanon 
Rear Adm. Edward K.Walker, Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T.Ward III 
Mr. * and Mrs. C. Max Ward 
Dorothy Mears Ward 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A.Ward 
Thomas C.Watkms 
TheWeezie Foundanon 
Mr. and Mrs.Thomas L. White. Jr. 
Mr. * and Mrs. Michael E.White 
Mr. and Mrs.W Cecil Worsley III 
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Young 
Mr. * and Mrs. William C. Zint.Jr. 


HONOR ROLL OF DONORS 2008-2009 51 

Order of the Oak was established in 1988 to recognize donors who, through planned gifts such as bequests, 
charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, pooled income funds, and life insurance policies, are securing the 
future of Elon University. 

The Rev. Donald J. 71 & Carole Allen 

J. B.Allen. Jr. '63 

L. Carl Allen III & Peggy S. Allen 


Louise C.Allen '47 

Noel Lee Allen '69 

Luale Stone Andes 

Dewey '63 & Susan Andrew 

Janice G.Apple '53 

Mildred Daniels Aigyle 

Beverly F.Arner '66 

Howard E Arner '63 


Caroline S. Baskin 

Thomas L. Bass, Jr. '67 & 

Sandy B.Bass '67 
Walter H.Bass III '62 G 

Barbara Day Bass '61 
Barbara B.Bayliff'70 
C. Conway Bayliffjr. '70 
Raymond L. Beck '75 
Gordon S. Becker 
Louise Giovane Becker 
Leota Taylor Beismger 
Percy W.BentonJr. '68 
Birute Avizonis Blazevicius 
Mary Lou Chandler Boal '63 
Don & Billie Faye '56 Bolden 
Elizabeth & Robert Bowater 
Barry A. Bradberry '75 
C. Merrill Branch 
Edith R. Brannock '39 
Madge O. Brannock 
Dr. HWrnfred Bray '54 
Jolene C. Bray 
Eddie C. Bridges '57 
Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr. '55 
C. B. '51 & Peggie Brown 
Eloise Stephenson Brown '41 
Dr.Janie P Brown 
Pam & Chalmers S. Brumbaugh 
James A. Buie '63 
Vincent R. Bujan '59 
Allen Bush '68 
James D. Bush '91 
Jimmy L. Byrd '67 * 
Linda B.Byrd 
Beulah B. Cameron 

Roy C. Campbell '68 

Alfred I. Capuano '60 

Jane Aaron Carmichael '68 

Richard D. Carmichael 

Wallace L. Chandler '49 

Beverly A. Clement '68 

Marvin H. Comer * 

Faye Danieley Conally '6 1 

Thomas G. Conally '67 

Angel & Luther R. '55 Conger, Jr. 

J. Beverly Congleton, |r. '40 

Vera W. Congleton 

The Rev. John R. Corbiere '70 

Dr. Joseph A. Cote '65 

Dr.Alonzo Hook Covington 73 

Dr. Don 75 & Ellen 73 Covington 

Frank E. Covington 

Irene Hook Covington '4 1 

Patricia Bryan Covington 

Ray Covington '86 

Robert L. Covington 79 

Douglas Cox 78 

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Craig 

Robert D. Craig '80 

Charles G. Crews, Jr. '55 

Jo Am W. Crews '56 

Alan H. Crouch 

James B. Crouch, Jr. 

Florine R. Culbreth '40 

Howard C. Culbreth '42 

Drs. Lawrence & Dolores D'Angelo 

James Benton Dailey '67 

Jane Benton Dailey '67 

Edwin L. Daniel '46 

Earl Danieley '46 

Verona Danieley '49 

Florence Davis 

George Davis '47 


Virginia R. Dofrlemyer 

Rexanne A. Domico '87 

Ken Dudley '59 

Martie Pickett Edwards '39 

James Perry Elder, Jr. '60 

Helen A. Ellington 

Dr. Robert N. Ellington 

J.Terry Emerson '56 

Gary W Evans 74 

Patricia Russell Evans 73 

J. Michael Fargis '58 

Josh Felix '00 

Kristen Kart Felix '00 

Helen B.Floyd 

Walter L. Floyd 

Oscar '67 & Margaret '66 Fowler 

John L. Frye '43 

L. Alvin Garrison, Jr. '67 

A. R. Gibbs '52 & Betty C. Gibbs 

Doris Clapp Gilliam '48 

Emery K. Gilliam '48 

Thomas '68 GWilla '67 Gold 

Mr. & Mrs. John B. Gray V 

Pam & Elmon Gray 

Martha M. Grimson '67 

Bob Gwaltney '64 

Robert A. Hall 

Liz Harper 

Jeanne H. Harrell '45 

Dr.W. Kelly Harris 78 

Allison Connelly Han '98 

Thomas R. Hart '98 

Mary Glenn Bnggs Haskell '63 

Virginia Pruitt Hawks 

William A. Hawks 

Shelly Skeens Hazel 78 

Any Thomas Hendrickson '69 

James A. Hendrickson 71 

Dr. William N. P. Herbert '68 

Marsha T.Herbert 

John R. 76 G Lesley Hill 

Victor H. Hoffman '61 

RachelY.'64G D.Lewis* Holt 

William Andrew Hopkins '5 1 

Dr. Herbert W House, Jr. 

Steven & Patricia House 

Dr. R.Leroy Howell '51 

George W Hughes '69 

Robert T.Inzetta '68 

Arthur M. Ivey '60 

E.Vennecia Bynum Jackson, M.D '81 

Donald D.Jansen 

Dorothy B. & Geoffrey H. Jenkins 

Dina '87 GBurney '87 Jennings, Jr. 

Maurice N.Jennings, Sr. '57 

Mr. & Mrs. James E Johnson, Sr. 

Thomas P.JohnsonJr. '66 

John M. & Margaret C.Jordan 

Dorothy Foltz Kelley '46 * 

John F. Kelley 

Esther Cole Kernodle '36 

Leslie Roessler Kernodle '99 

Gregory L. Knott '67 

Ernest A. Koury, Sr. '4( I 

William E. LaCoste, Sr. '62 

Bob '66 & Gail '64 LaRose 

Leo & Laurie Lambert 

Phillip E. Larrabeejr. 70 

Mary Aine Elder Larson 

Linda M. Lashendock 

Joe G. Lee '68 

Margaret A. Leister '67 

J. Kenneth * & Loyce H. Lesley 

Barbara Lilienthal 74 

Jack R. '56 G Dorothy C. Lindley 

IkeyTarleton Little '59 

Thomas L. Lively 72 

Evelyn V. Lloyd 

Vincent '47 & Eleanor Long 

Walker E. "Dub" '48 G Ann W Love 

Amy V Loy 74 

Lee Lay 71 

William E. Loy, Jr. 

Yoram Lubling 

George C. Ludden 

MarkT. & Marianne D. Mahaffey 

E. Boyce Maness '63 

William H.Maness '38 

Mr. & Mrs. Allen J. Martin.Jr '58 

Christopher P. Martin 78 

Mr. & Mrs. David S. Massey '83 

Sally O'Neill Mauldin 70 

H.E.Maxwell '41 

C.V May, Jr. '67 

James W GJo Anne A. Maynard 

The Rev. Richard W.McBnde 

Donna G. McCauley '96 

James D. McCauley '59 


James G. McClure.Jr. '68 

Tim McDowell 76 

Danis R. Means '05 


James R. Miskelly 

Dr. Beulah Mitchell 

Louise Benris Mitchell '56 

Jane B. Moncure 

Mr. GMrs. Edward W Mooneyjr. 

52 HONOR ROLL OF DONORS 2008-2009 

Krista H. Mooney '94 

Michael A. Mooney '93 

Dr. Wayne T. Moore '49 

Dick More '62 

Shigemi Morita '59 

Michael A. Morris '65 

Furnian C. Moseleyjr. '56 

Ann Watts Moses 

George T. '56 frjerolene K. '60 Nail 

Kathleen M.Niple '05 

EdnaY. Paschal '64 

AlexW. Oliver '68 

Virginia Mooretield Ortiz '62 

Janell McBnde Otis '02 

Sunshine Janda Overcanip 

John P. Paisley. Jr. 70 

The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. G. Melvin Palmer 

Joy Pamplin 

David E. Parduejr. 

Dr. Richard E. & S. Diane Park 

J. Rankin Parks '32 

Paul & Mary Helen Parsons 

John K. Patterson '59 

Susan Morgan Patron '02 

Stafford R. Peebles. Jr. 70 

Sybrant H. Pell '39 

Donald S. Pennington '54 

Helen Hodge Pennington '52 

James Patrick Pepe '66 

Edward T. & Nan Phipps Perkins 

The Rev. & Mrs. Robert E. Peterson 

Dr. & Mrs. Edward F. Pinn 

Anne E. & James B. Powell 

Ed Powell III 

Esther Smart Presnell 

Lacy M. Presnell.Jr. '51 

Richard E. Pugh '54 

Rosalie I. Radcliffe '62 

Janie C. & E. Kemp Reece 

Dusty Rhodes 

Peggy FUiodes 

Neil M. Richie, Jr. 

Rosemary B. Richie 

William Wynn Riley '60 

Norman J. Rinaldi '54 

Dr. William '43 & Helen B. '46 Rippy 

Patricia L. & 

Peter R.W'Sd Roughton.Jr. 
M.Tyrone Rowell '66 
C.Wayne Rudisill '59 
Maple M. Sanders 
Gavin Sands '07 
Clifford W & Anne R. Sanford 
Bennett B. Sapp 
Adelaide Rave Sapp 
R. Brent Sexton 75 
Larry W Sharpe '69 
Grace D. Shepherd 
James M. Sikes '56 
Sylvia E. Sims '59 
J. Lowry Sinclair III '65 
Karen W Small 70 
Larry K. Small '68 
D.Wayne Smart '68 
Mr. *&Mrs.J. Harold Smith 
Richard C. '60 & Eva B. Sneed 

Walstein W Snyder '45 
Joanne Soliday 
Vickie L. Somen '89 
Royall H. Spencejr. '42 
Charles C. Springs '69 
Mona C. Stadler '88 
Anne Dechert Staley 74 
Betsy Stevens 
Kathleen Miles Stevens '61 
Elwood E. Stone, M.D 
Mary Behrend Straub '82 
Donald Lee Tarkenton 70 
Dr. & Mrs. Allen D.Tate, Jr. 
Barbara Z.Taylor 77 
J. Paul Thomas 7 1 
The Rev. J. Rex Thomas '59 
Shelby G.Thomas '62 
Demus '64 & Ellen Thompson 
W Campbell Tims '00 
Dr. & Mrs. Jem' R.Tolley 
Samuel P. Troy '67 
Dolores HaganTruitt '53 
John G.Truitt.Jr. '53 
Man' S. Underwood 
Angle Henry Utt '42 
Drew L.Van Horn '82 
John D.Vance '51 
Alex SVardavas.Jr. 72 
The Rev. Paul V.Varga'51 
Dorothy S.Walker 
Rear Adm. Edward K.Walker, Jr. 
Zachary T.Walker, HI '6(1 & 
Dorothy S.Wilker 

Christopher A. Walsh 72 

Judith W.Walsh 

Cynthia F.Ward 

Dorothy Mears Ward 

Nancy H.& Frank L. '52 Ward 

Dr. & Mrs. Frederic T. Watts 

Ed Welch '59 

Faye Welch 

Nelson A. L. & Elaine K.Weller 

Mane Schilling Wertz '67 

Mr. & Mrs. * James W White '40 

Kathryn C.White '69 

Richard A. White. Jr. 71 

Christian Adam Wiggins '03 

Ann M.Wilkins '54 

C.Jeter Wilkins '53 

Jonathan W. '84 S Debra S. '86Willard 

Shirley Willard 

Jo Watts Williams '55 

Wade Williamson 70 

Edward C.Wilson '60 

Brad RaderWinstead '03 

Janet M.Winstead 70 

William C.Winstead, Jr. 70 

Delhis M.Wolf 

Frances D.Wood '55 

Dr. © Mrs. FredYoung 

Dr. Deborah AnnYow-Bowden 71 

Dr. William W Yow-Bowden 

Joey Zeller '85 

Margaret Jane Zint '84 

NOTE: Go to to access a searchable honor roll that includes everyone who made 
a gift to Elon University in fiscal year 2008-2009. You may search the database by donor's name, or use the 
drop-down menus to search by class year, donor category (parent, faculty, friend, etc.), designation of gift 
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The Phoenix men's cross country team finished first and the 
women's team took second place in the inaugural Elon 
Invitational cross country meet held Sept. 12 on a 
new course on South Campus. Elon also hosted 
the Southern Conference championship 
meet on Oct. 31, with the women's 
team running to a program-best 
second-place finish. 

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was honored Nov. 14 at Rhodes Stadium for surpassing the NCAA Football 
Championship Subdivision record for career receiving yards held by NFL 
legend Jerry Rice. Hudgins, who amassed 5,250 career receiving yards, 
was given a special game ball from former Elon and NFL standout Richard 
McGeorge '71 (below, right) before the Phoenix took on Appalachian State. 

In December, Hudgins was named a finalist for the 2009 Walter Payton 
Award, presented annually to the top FCS offensive player. "It's an honor to be 
nominated," Hudgins said. "I'm extremely grateful to the Elon community for 
the support they've given me over the past four years." 

Hudgins finished his Elon career holding 10 FCS records, including nine 
set during the 2009 season. He also holds numerous Elon and Southern 
Conference records. 





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The Magazine of Eton 

Winter 2010, Vol. 72, No. 1 

Jaleh Hagigh 

Christopher Eyl 


Grant Halverson 
Kim Walker 

Kristin Simonetti '05 

Holley Berry 

Sarah Costello '11 
Robert Wohner'n 

Daniel J. Anderson 

The Magazine ofElon is published 
quarterly for alumni, parents and friends 
by the Office of University Relations. 


The Magazine ofElon 
2030 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244-2020 

Class Notes 

Elon Office of University Relations 

2030 Campus Box 

Elon, NC 27244 


Elon Web site 

Magazine Website 

Allen E. Gant Jr., Burlington, N.C. 


Bill Coffman '86, G'88, Greenville, N.C. 

Caroline Sage '02, Atlanta, Ga. 

Dave & Ellen Kay P'io, P'12, Oakton, Va. 


Clifford B. Hardy Jr. '62, Tampa, Fla. 



David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. 


Peter Tourtellot, Greensboro, N.C. 

Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, Raleigh, N.C. 

Sallie Hutton '92 

Maggie Byerly 




Making History 

Phoenix football and its fans celebrate a return to the playoffs. 





Bringing Learning to Life 


After a decade of leading more administrative offices than she 
can count, Nancy Midgette returns to where her career began: 
the classroom. 


Behind the Mask 


Drew Coble '75 and Joe West '74 make the right calls as 
major-league umpires. 


The Elon Commitment 

The university's new strategic plan charts a bold course for 2020. 

Shifting From Age-ing to Sage-ing' 


Elon's Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus 
explains the new role elders can play in today's society. 



2 ELON News 
10 PHOENIX Sports 
26 ALUMNI Action 

30 CLASS Notes 

40 MAKING A Difference 

ELON News 



I am writing this column from Cape Town, 
where Laurie and I have joined 28 students 
in the Elon Winter Term course, "The Call 
of South Africa," led by Prudence Layne, assistant 
professor of English and coordinator of African/ 
African-American Studies, and Sandra Reid, lec- 
turer in human service studies. This is the first 
time Laurie and I have been on the African con- 
tinent, and we feel immensely privileged to visit 
as a part of this special learning community. 

As I write, Elon students are engaged in 
serious academic study around the world, 
taking part in 25 courses that combine ex- 

society unfold following a 
dramatic struggle for free- 
dom. That both democracies 
were born is nothing short of 
a miracle, and there are the 
obvious and painful connec- 
tions to the American civil 
rights movement and ongo- 
ing problems of racism in American society 
today. South Africa and the United States 
share many other challenges as well, such as 

periential learning and reflection. Our class the need to invest in high-quality public edu- 

has participated in tours; lectures; visits to cation to compete economically, scientifically 

museums, hospitals, schools and theatres; and technologically on a global basis, 
mini-internships; journal writing; blog- In a meeting Professor Layne and I had 

ging; cultural explorations and much more, with Rector and Vice Chancellor Brian 

Prudence and Sandra offer a rigorous course. O'Connell of the University of the Western 

Prior to the course, students met on cam- Cape, O'Connell explained the challenges the 
pus fot a pre-departure seminar, and Laurie university faces in receiving students woefully 
and I joined them in completing substantial underprepared by under-resourced schools, a 
readings and viewing several videos that set an lack of qualified teachers and watered-down 
important context fot our studies. More read- academic standards. Rector O'Connell is con- 
ing is assigned during the course, and frequent vinced that quality public education is the 
after-breakfast classes give us the opportunity keystone to building a vibrant South Aftica, 
to discuss the readings and our daily observa- much as it is to preventing further decline of 
tions. (Note to students considering taking America's position in the world. But South 
this course: it helps to be in decent physical Africa must undertake school reform while at 
shape to take full advantage of opportunities the same time combating hiv/aids and receiv- 
such as climbing Table Mountain, so hit the ing an influx of refugees from other war-torn 
fitness center after you enroll!) parts of Africa — tetrible stresses for a relatively 

Our class is studying post-apartheid South new democracy. 
Africa. In some ways, there are parallels to early Our class has encountered a barrage of 

U.S. history as we witness a young democratic ideas and emotions during our visit. In our 

visits to the townships (shanty towns lacking 
essential services housing tens of thousands 
of people), we are reminded of the terribly 
oppressive ideology that created such condi- 
tions for disease, violence and poverty. But in 
these same townships, we have been inspired 
by women's empowerment projects that sup- 
port women artisans and entrepreneurs and 
by the gradual rebuilding efforts to replace 
shanties with decent, safe housing. 

We sat in quiet awe in a prison cell on 
Robben Island, the place where Nelson 
Mandela was held captive for 19 years, and 
contemplated his refusal to engage in acts 
of retribution and retaliation to build the 
new South Africa into a true "rainbow na- 
tion." And we sat in quiet and in reverence 
in St. George's Cathedral with our friend 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who graciously 
agreed to meet with our class and remembers 
fondly his 2003 visit to Elon. 

Winter Term 2010 has been a great adven- 
ture for Laurie and me, and we have been 
impressed with the intelligence, friendliness 
and warmth of each member of our group. We 
are inspired by the powerful learning experi- 
ence Prudence and Sandra have created for our 
students. And, finally, we now understand the 
title of our course, "The Call of South Africa," 
because it is calling us to return! 

Leo M. Lambert 


ELON News 

Construction begins on Alumni Field House 

Members of the campus community gathered Nov. 14 to break ground on Alumni Field 
House, a 30,000-square-foot facility located at the north end of Rhodes Stadium. 

The field house, named by Elon trustees to honor all alumni, is scheduled for comple- 
tion by December. 

The facility will include a large team meeting room and locker room for football; a 
conference room; an advanced athletics training room, including a hydrotherapy area; a 
large strength and conditioning room; and space for student-athletes to study. It also will 
include offices for the director of athletics and coaches in the football, baseball, soccer, 
cross country, and track and field programs, as well as other athletics staff. 

Alumni Field House will feature the Hendrickson Football Center in recognition of 
a $1 million gift from Jay '71 and Amy '69 Hendrickson, of Raleigh, N.C., in honor of Jay's 
father, Horace J. Hendrickson, one of Elon's all-time great coaches. The field house will 
include the Walker Room and Terrace, and the Zac Walker Place entrance road. Elon trustee 
Zac Walker '60 and his wife, Dot, of Raleigh, made a $500,000 gift in honor of Zac's father, 
Zachary T Walker Jr. '30, a member of Elon's Sports Hall of Fame, and Zac's uncle, D.C. 
"Peahead" Walker, another of Elon's all-time great coaches. 

Trustee emeritus W.E. "Dub" Love Jr. '48 and his wife, Ann, made a $250,000 gift to name 
the football locker room. Additional major gifts to the project were made by trustee Wes 
Elingburg and his wife, Cathy, as well as Rear Admiral Edward "Ted" Walker and the Ward 
family, including mother Cynthia, son Hunt '82 and his wife, Julia. 

Numerous other gifts from alumni, parents and friends helped make the field house 
a reality and enabled the university to meet one of the goals of the Ever Elon Campaign. 

"The Alumni Field House and Hendrickson Football Center will have a tremendous 
impact on our ability to attract top-notch student-athletes to Elon," Pete Lembo, Elon's 
head football coach, told the crowd at the groundbreaking. 

President Leo M. Lambert thanked members of Elon's board of trustees for their 

"This board recognizes that it needs to set the example for the entire campus in terms 
of having tremendously high aspirations and expectations for this university," Lambert 
said. "That leadership has shown itself so many times as we have worked in a very difficult 
economic time to raise funds for this building." 

Molly Calpin, an Elon senior and a member of the women's soccer team, echoed the 
president's comments during her remarks. 

"I truly am amazed and inspired by the generosity of Elon's benefactors," she said. 
"I hope that we will be able to contribute as you have to help future generations of student- 
athletes." ra 

MBA program receives top 
BusinessWeek ranking 

BusinessWeek magazine has ranked Elon's mba 
program #1 in the South and #6 in the nation 
among part-time programs. 

Elon jumped six spots from its previous 
ranking and now tops some of the premier 
names in graduate business education. Elon is 
the only university in North Carolina to have 
cracked the top 30 for part-time programs. 

"The rankings are evidence of the creativ- 
ity and quality of our professors, the focus 
on building community and our students," 
says Mary Gowan, dean of the Martha and 
Spencer Love School of Business. 

The rankings were based on three mea- 
sures, including a survey sent to a sample of 
students. A second measure, academic qual- 
ity, examined average gmat scores, average 
work experience, the percentage of all faculty 
members in the part-time mba program who 
are tenured, average class size in core busi- 
ness classes, the number of business electives 
available to part-time mba students and the 
program's completion rate. The third mea- 
sure, post-MBA outcomes, was based on the 
percentage of survey respondents who said 
their program was "completely responsible" 
for them achieving their goals, according to 
the magazine. 

Students take top honors in 
national ethics contest 

Senior Danny Bell and junior Charley Costa 
won first place in October in the 2009 Eller 
Ethics Case Competition, which features 
students from many of the top-ranked under- 
graduate business schools in North America. 

Hosted by the Eller College of Manage- 
ment at the University of Arizona, the annual 
invitation-only competition exposes students 
to ethics scenarios that they could face in 
their careers. Twenty-six teams presented in- 
formation and responded to questions posed 
by judges. 

Before competing, the Elon team received 
feedback from Christy Benson, assistant pro- 
fessor of business law, and members of the 
advisory board of the university's Martha 
and Spencer Love School of Business. This 
year marked Elon's second appearance in the 


ELON News 

Elon Life Trustee Robert LaRose '66 dies 

Robert E. LaRose, a 1966 Elon graduate and former chair of the board of trustees, died 
Jan. 11. A successful entrepreneur from Clifton, Va„ LaRose was a loyal and generous Elon 
supporter who played an important role in the university's development. 

LaRose served on Elon's board of trustees from 1985 to 2006 and was chair from 
1997 to 1999. He received an honorary doctorate at Elon's Commencement in 1998, was 
named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year that sameyear and was elected the university's 
first life trustee in 2006. He and his wife, Gail, a 1964 Elon alumna, made a gift to name 
the former LaRose Resources Center in Mooney Building in honor of their parents. The 
LaRose Digital Theatre in the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center is named in recognition 
of the couple's Si million gift to Elon. 

"Bob brought a builder's vision to Elon at an important juncture in the university's his- 
tory," President Leo M. Lambert says. "He brought his creative spirit to the board of trustees 
with a vision of what Elon could become. He and Gail have been loyal and generous alumni, 
and his death is a profound personal shock. Bob will be greatly missed." 

Former Elon President Fred Young says LaRose was a great help during his presidency. 

"Bob was unusually focused and brought that focus to bear on making Elon a better 
place," Young says. "As board chair, he provided me with strong counsel in the manage- 
ment of the university. He presided over the successful transition from my presidency to 
President Lambert's presidency, and he was committed to making Elon an extraordinary 
institution, devoting his time and resources to that purpose. His death is a great loss to 
Elon and to me personally." 

After graduating from Elon with degrees in mathematics and physics, LaRose became 
involved with computer technology through his first job with the Newport News Ship- 
building and Drydock Co. He went on to build companies that specialize in software 
applications and integration services for government and commercial enterprises. At 
the time of his death, he served as president, CEO and chairman of Agilex Technologies, 
Inc., a firm that provides consulting, software and solutions development, and system 
integration services. 

LaRose founded his first company, Advanced Technology, Inc. (ATI), in 1976. He offered 
ATI's services to help Elon expand its computer technology capabilities, helping the col- 
lege create computer labs and obtain a grant from Digital Equipment Corp. to acquire a 
VAX 8350 computer. LaRose later established Integic Corp. to focus on applications and 
solutions for government and commercial clients. The company's innovations included 
the world's largest, globally deployed electronic medical record system and the award- 
winning e.POWER business process management suite. Hi 

Phi Beta Kappa chapter installation 
scheduled for April 13 

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times col- 
umnist Nicholas Kristof will headline a 
daylong celebration of the liberal arts and 
sciences April 13, when Elon installs its new 
chapter of the Phi 
Beta Kappa Society. 

Kristof is a Phi 
Beta Kappa member 
and best-selling au- 
thor who has traveled 
to 140 countries dur- 
ing a distinguished 
career as a journal- 
ist. He is the author 
of China Wakes: 
The Struggle for 
the Soul of a Rising 

Nicholas Kristof 

Power. His address at the university's annual 
Convocation for Honors is titled "A Call to 
Action: Encouraging Young People to Join the 
'World's Fight' and Take on a Cause Larger 
than Themselves." 

The convocation will include installation 
ceremonies for Elon's Phi Beta Kappa chap- 
ter. The university will formally induct the 
inaugural Phi Beta Kappa student members 
during an evening ceremony in McKinnon 
Hall in Moseley Center. Elon's new Phi Beta 
Kappa Commons will be dedicated earlier 
in the day at the weekly College Coffee 

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and 
most prestigious academic society. About 10 
percent of U.S. colleges and universities shel- 
ter Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Elon becomes 
the seventh institution in North Carolina to 
meet the high standards of excellence in the 
arts and sciences advocated by the society. 

Book, Peeples named to 
associate provost positions 

Provost Steven House has named two long- 
time faculty members, Connie Book and Tim 
Peeples, to associate provost positions. They 
begin their new duties June 1. 

Book, who joined Elon's faculty in 1999, 
currently serves as associate dean and associate 
professor in the School of Communications 
and faculty fellow/assistant to the president 
for strategic planning. As associate provost for 
academic affairs, she'll oversee Elon's general 
studies program, civic engagement, expe- 
riential education, curriculum committee, 
Academic Support Services, Career Center, 


ELON News 

leadership program, planning/priorities and 
academic support tor student-athletes. 

Peeples, a member of the faculty since 
1998, is associate dean of Elon College, the 
College of Arts and Sciences, and associate 
professor of English. As the university's first 

Connie Book 

Tim Peeples 

associate provost for faculty affairs, Peeples 
will oversee implementation of the faculty 
scholarship initiative, faculty research and 
development, undergraduate research, the 
honors program, the national fellowships di- 
rector, sponsored programs, the Lumen Prize 
and the Institutional Review Board. 

"Both Dr. Book and Dr. Peeples are out- 
standing teacher-scholars and mentors," 
House says. "They have also provided excep- 
tional leadership throughout the university. 
The Elon community is extremely appreciative 
that Connie and Tim have agreed to serve 
in these important positions as we all work 
together to continue to enhance the teaching 
and learning experience at Elon." 

Laith al-Majali '05 to deliver 
Commencement address 

Award-winning filmmaker Laith al-Majali 
'05 will deliver Elon's 120th Commencement 
address on May 22. The ceremony will take 
place Under the Oaks in front of West resi- 
dence hall. 

Majali edited and produced "Captain 
Abu Raed," which earned the World Cinema 
Audience Award at the Sundance Film 
Festival in Park City, Utah, in 2008. Later 
that year, he received Elon's Young Alumnus 
of the Year Award. 

Majali came to Elon in 2001 as the uni- 
versity's first King Hussein of Jordan Scholar. 
He distinguished himself as a campus leader, 
becoming an Isabella Cannon Leadership 
Fellow and Elon Ambassador, and joining the 
Intercultural Relations Club. Following the 
9/11 terrorist attacks, he served as a unifying 

"It's not whether people fail, because everybody does. We're 
disappointed. We fall short. Tlje question is how do you deal 
with that? People who are strong leaders and make a differ- 
ence are people who get up and try again. " 

Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers visited campus 
twice in January as the sixth Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor 
of Leadership. Erie program brings nationally recognized leaders to campus to 
share insights about leadership. In her Jan. 7 lecture, "Leadership in Challenging 
Times," Myers shared stories from her years in the White House. To view video 
excerpts, visit 

voice during campus gatherings, sharing 
many aspects of his Arabic culture with fel- 
low students. 

"Captain Abu Raed" is the first feature 
film to emerge from Jordan in 50 years. After 
winning the award at Sundance, Majali trav- 
eled the globe to promote the film and the 
Jordanian film industry. 

Elon Law rated high for 
student engagement 

The Law School Survey of Student Engage- 
ment (lssse) shows that Elon Law students 
examine ethics, participate in clinical, pro 
bono and field experiences, and collaborate 
with colleagues and faculty at higher rates 
than students at other law schools. The LSSSE 
survey includes responses from more than 
26,000 law students across the nation. 

According to the survey, 88 percent of 
first-year Elon Law students report that the 
school's environment encourages the ethical 
practice of law, compared with 79 percent na- 
tionally. Seventy percent of second-year Elon 
Law students report working to develop a per- 
sonal code of values and ethics during their 
studies, compared with 49 percent nationally. 
Also, 88 percent of second-year Elon Law 
students have completed or plan to complete 
volunteer or pro bono work, compared with 
77 percent nationally. 


ELON News 

Faculty author 
new books 

New books from four Elon faculty members 
explore British literature, bank laws and regu- 
lations, a prominent Francophone Moroccan 
author and jazz music. 

In her book, Antipodal England: Emigra- 
tion and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian 
Imagination, Janet Myers, associate professor 
of English, examines Victorian conceptions 
of home and identity by studying portrayals 
and accounts of middle-class emigration to 

Karol K. Sparks, Elon Law's distinguished 
practitioner-in-residence, has completed the 
2010 edition of her book, Insurance Activities 
of Banks, which she originally wrote in 1998. 
The book brings together all federal and state 
laws, regulations and case lawthat banks and 
insurance companies draw from to operate 
within the highly regulated field. 

Sophie Adamson, assistant professor of 
French, wrote Ethics, Politics and Poetics in 
Tahar Ben Jelloun's Harrouda, La Reclusion soli- 
taire and L'Ange aveugle. Adamson examines 
how Tahar Ben Jelloun, one of today's most 
prominent Francophone Moroccan authors, 
reconciles politics and poetics with the voices 
of Maghrebi culture. 

In his new book, How Jazz Trumpeters 
Understand Their Music: Twenty-Seven Inter- 
views, music professorThomas Erdmann offers 
a collection of in-depth commentaries on the 
state of jazz music today. r H 


Janet Myers 

KorolK. Sparks 

Sophie Adamson 

Thomas Erdmann 

"Twenty seconds after I sat on 
that stool, I had the most won- 
derful feeling. I had a feeling of 
self-fulfillment. I had a feeling of 
dignity ioo feet tall. " 

Franklin McCain spoke Jan. 14 at the 
School of Law's second annual mlk forum, 
which focused on the 50th anniversary of 
the Greensboro, N.C., sit-ins. McCain was 
one of the North Carolina a&t students 
who initiated the sit-ins at a segregated 
Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown 

Lindner Hall receives 
LEED Gold certification 

Lindner Hall, the new administrative home 
of Elon College, the College of Arts and 
Sciences, has received Leadership in Energy 
and Environmental Design (leed) Gold 
certification from the U.S. Green Building 
Council, leed is the national recognition lor 
design, construction and operation of high- 
performance "green" buildings. 

Named for benefactors Martha S. and Carl 
H. Lindner in of Cincinnati, Lindner Hall 
anchors Elon s Academic Village and includes 
classrooms, office space, the Inman Reading 
Room, a computer lab and student-faculty 
engagement spaces. 

Lindner Hall is 27 percent more energy 

efficient than a similar building meeting 
traditional energy code requirements. The 
facility has many sustainable features that 
contributed to its leed Gold certification. 
Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate elec- 
tricity and a solar thermal system provides 
hot water for the building. Adhesives, seal- 
ants, paints and carpets used in the building 
contain low amounts of volatile organic com- 
pounds, and the building is equipped with 
carbon dioxide sensors to monitor levels and 
maintain proper ventilation. 

During construction, more than 90 per- 
cent of waste was diverted from the landfill for 
recycling or reuse, and building materials con- 
taining recycled content were used as much 

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ELON News 

Students celebrate life of 
Martin Luther King Jr. 

Students examined the legacy of Martin 
Luther King Jr., including the role that sit-ins 
played in the civil rights movement, during a 
weeklong celebration of King's lite on Elon's 
main campus and at the School of Law in 

The university's Jan. 12-18 celebration in- 
cluded a special College Coffee, School of 
Law forum, candlelight ceremony, commu- 
nity march and day of service. 

In her Jan. 13 address on main campus, 
diversity educator and author Lenora Billings- 
Harris urged students to use their knowledge 
and courage to build on the social progress 
made by civil rights activists. 

During a [an. 14 lorum at Elon Law, stu- 
dents evaluated the impact of the Greensboro 
sit-ins on the American civil rights movement, 
two weeks prior to the 50th anniversary of the 
historic event at Woolworth's. Participants 
included Franklin McCain, one of the North 
Carolina A&T students who initiated the 

sit-in, and Elon Law professor Faith Rivers 

"We can't sit on our hands and wait for 
change to happen," says Elon Law student 
Amanda Tauber. "As lawyers, we will have the 
influence, the intelligence and the creativity 
to really make an active change in our com- 
munities and in the world." 

Elon Law presented the forum in partner- 
ship with the law school's Black Law Students 
Association and Phi Alpha Delta chapter. 

Elon responds to tragedy in Haiti 

Members of the Elon community responded to the Jan. 12 earth- 
quake in Haiti by raising money for humanitarian organizations and 
waiting to hear from family members and friends in the battered 
Caribbean nation. Others shared harrowing firsthand accounts of 
the tragedy. 

Courtney Latta '09, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was in Port-au-Prince 
volunteering with the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti when 
the 7.0 quake hit. Latta, who was an international studies major and 
Periclean Scholar, says she escaped death only because she and 
her colleagues chose to eat dinner on an outdoor patio rather than 
inside a nearby restaurant. 

"There are no words to describe it," Latta said of the aftermath. 

Senior John McGreevy, a Periclean Scholar and environmental 
studies and biology double major, was in Haiti on a personal trip 
conducting research and distributing solar-powered ovens in a vil- 
lage north of Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck. He was 
not injured. 

Several student groups moved quickly to raise money for vic- 
tims of the quake. Elon Hillel, the Periclean Scholars program and 
theOmicron lota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., were 
among the first groups to collect donations in the form of Phoenix 
cash and meal swipes on behalf of the American Red Cross. 

The Phoenix baseball team, led by senior catcher Mike Melillo, 
launched the "Pinch Hit for Haiti" project, which challenges all NCAA 
athletics programs to donate money to the Red Cross and then report 
those totals to Elon, which is tracking them on www.elonphoenix. 
com. As of late January, more than $8,000 had been raised. 

For more information on Elon's response to the tragedy, visit r 3S 



Momentum builds for 
Ever Elon Campaign 

The Ever Elon Campaign continues to gain momentum, with donors mak- 
ing major gifts to support need-based scholarships, international study, 
academic programs and outstanding facilities. 

As of late January, alumni, parents and friends had contributed more than 
$73 million in cash and pledges toward the $100 million campaign goal. 
Through their generous annual, endowment, capital and planned gifts, all 
Elon benefactors are making a difference in the lives of students and help- 
ing to secure the university's future. 

Aldonal Wos and Louis Ddoy 


Believing in the power of cross-cultural learning, Elon trustee Louis Dejoy and 
his wife, the Hon. Aldona Z. Wos, M.D., have made a major gift to establish a 
scholarship endowment for international study. The scholarships will enable addi- 
tional students with financial need to participate in one of Elons semester-abroad 

The couples gift addresses the Ever Elon goal of enabling additional students 
to study abroad regardless of financial circumstances. It also demonstrates their 
deep commitment to global understanding. 

"International study enables students to not only learn the culture, business prac- 
tices and society of other nations, but it also enables them to properly benchmark 
the gifts our nation provides them," Dejoy says. "Elon needs to encourage stu- 
dents to transform the way they see themselves and the nation in which they live." 

International study can enhance students' professional careers as well, adds 
Dejoy, ceo of New Breed Logistics. 


"The experience of learning abroad not only 
makes students better global citizens and in- 
formed leaders, but it gives them knowledge 
and skills that will create greater opportunity 
for professional success,'' he says. 

Wos, a physician and former U.S. ambas- 
sador to Estonia, calls traveling "the best ed- 
ucation one can receive." 

"You not only learn about the world and 
its different cultures, but more important, 
you learn about yourself and your country,'' 
says Wos, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, 
and arrived in the United States as a child. 
"Sometimes you can only see clearly from 
a distance. By visiting other places in the 
world, you develop a greater appreciation for 
the hard-fought freedom that we have in the 
United States." 

The couple have generously supported the 
university through the years. They are mem- 
bers of The Elon Society Founder's Circle and 
Aesculus Society. Dejoy has served as a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees since 2007. 


Trustee emeritus Walker E. "Dub" Love Jr. 
'48 and his wife, Ann, of Burlington, N.C., 
have made a $250,000 gift to support con- 
struction of Alumni Field House. In recogni- 
tion of their generosity, the facility's football 
locker room will be named in their honor. 

Construction is under way on the 
30,000-square-foot field house, located at the 
north end of Rhodes Stadium. The facility, 
named by Elon trustees to honor all alumni, 
is scheduled for completion by December (see 
story page 3). 

The Loves are longtime benefactors of Elon, 
making generous gifts to Rhodes Stadium 
and the Center for the Arts. The couple are 
members of The Elon Society Founder's 
Circle, the Phoenix Club impact Circle, 

Palladian Society and Order of the Oak, the 
university's planned gift legacy society. The 
couple are the parents of W.E. Love m '72. 

"Elon is a wonderful asset for this area, and 
it makes me proud to support the university," 
Dub Love says. "I feel that (head coach) Pete 
Lembo needs our support right now to keep 
the football program going in the right direc- 
tion, and that's why I support the field house." 


Trustee C. Ashton Newhall '98 and his wife, 
Rebecca, of Owings Mills, Md., have do- 
nated $100,000 to fund a lecture series in 
Elon's Martha 
and Spencer Love 
School of Business. 

The C. Ashton 
Newhall Endowed 
Lecture Series 
brings successful 
entrepreneurs to 
campus to share 
their knowledge 
and experience 
managing t h e 
risks and rewards 
of entrepreneur- 
ial endeavors. Dave Rendall, a former tele- 
communications executive, delivered the first 
address Sept. 28 in the Ernest A. Koury Sr. 
Business Center. The lecture series comple- 
ments the work of the university's Dohertv 
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which 
administers the program. 

Newhall is co-founder of Montagu 
Newhall Associates, a venture capital firm in 
Owings Mills. He says the recent financial 
crisis has made a speaker series more impor- 
tant than ever to students' education. 

"Becky and I strongly believe that in 
times of crisis, leadership is most important," 

C. Ashton Newhall '98 

Newhall says. "We hope in some small way 
that this lecture series serves to accentuate the 
positive attributes that the Love School and 
the Doherty Center already exhibit." 

Entrepreneurial thinking is the key to 
global economic recovery, Newhall says. 

"We believe that job growth is going to 
be driven by entrepreneurs, business leaders 
and financiers of innovative ideas," he says. 
"We hope this lecture series helps to shape the 
hearts and minds of tomorrow's leaders for 
the betterment of the student body and, ulti- 
mately, the country as a whole." 

The Newhalls are members of The Elon 
Society, the university's premier annual giv- 
ing recognition society, and Aesculus Society. 


Helping students from diverse backgrounds 
succeed at Elon inspired the William 
Randolph Hearst Foundation to make a 
$100,000 gift to the university. 

The gift will be added to the William 
Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship 
Fund, which assists students in Elon's 
Communications Fellows program. The foun- 
dation established the scholarship in 2001 
with an initial $100, OOO gift. 

"The Hearst Foundation continues to 
be impressed by Elon and its School of 
Communications," says Ligia Cravo, senior 
program officer at the foundation. "I think 
Elon is such a spectacular school and is one 
of these real jewels. I cannot be more thrilled 
that we are part of its success by helping stu- 
dents in the School of Communications." 


Order of the Oak, the university's planned 
gift legacy society, welcomes the following 
new members: Elon parents Hunt '82 and 
Julia Ward, of Burlington, N.C., as well as 
M. William "Bill" Grant and his late wife, 
Lorraine, of Burlington, and Rachel Holt '64, 
of Burlington. * 

Visit for more information on the 
Ever Elon Campaign or to make a gift. 




ike Kennedy's 2010 Phoenix baseball team 
seeks the program's third consecutive 
Southern Conference regular-season title and 
berth in the ncaa Regionals. 

The Phoenix has become a consistent force in 
the SoCon, winning three league crowns in four 
years and eclipsing the 40-win mark each of the 
past two seasons. Elon ended the 2009 season 
ranked 24th in the nation in Baseball America's 
top-25 poll and 27th in the National Collegiate 
Baseball Writers Association top-30 poll. 

Elon faces a challenging 2010 schedule, in- 
cluding home games against North Carolina, 
East Carolina and Wake Forest. The 56-game 
slate includes 10 games against teams that com- 
peted in the 2009 ncaa Division 1 National 

"Our pitching staff is experienced and should 
be the key to our success," says Kennedy, a 1991 

Elon alumnus currently in his 14th year leading Elon's baseball pro- 
gram. "Traditionally, the Southern Conference is an offensive league, 
but a lot of programs suffered heavy personnel losses in terms of of- 
fense, while several teams return some quality arms. For us to be 
successful, our pitching staff will have to carry us." 

The Phoenix returns nearly every pitcher from last season's squad, 
including junior left-hander Jimmy Reyes, who went 8—0 in 2009. 

Seniors Daniel Britt and Bobby Kennedy, junior 
Ken Ferrer and sophomore John Brebbia will 
help anchor the squad. Britt and Ferrer each won 
eight games last year. Late in games, Kennedy 
plans to turn to junior Thomas Girdwood, who 
f \ has recorded an Elon-record 27 saves in two 

' t seasons. Junior Jared Kernodle and sophomore 

Jordan Darnell also will help from the bullpen. 
Outfielder Justin Hilt returns for his senior 
year, deciding to remain at Elon despite being 
selected in the 2009 mlb First-Year Player Draft 
by the Oakland Athletics. Senior Mike Melillo 
will handle the majority of the team's catching 
duties. Also returning are senior first baseman 
Ryan Adams, junior shortstop Neal Pritchard, 
junior outfielder Harry Austin and sophomore 
designated hitter/first baseman Alex Maruri. 

The Phoenix opens the season at home 
Feb. 19—21 with the Elon Classic. Conference 
play begins March 12 with a three-game series at Furman. Elon will 
host The Citadel the following weekend to open up its home confer- 
ence schedule at Latham Park. 

This year, the Southern Conference Tournament returns to Riley 
Park in Charleston, S.C. The top eight teams in the league will battle 
for the tournament title and the SoCon's automatic bid into the ncaa 
Regionals beginning May 26. The championship game is May 30. Si 



McFadden to lead women's golf 


The women's golf team plans to build on a 
solid fall season when it opens spring play at 
the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in 
late February. 

Led by junior Tara McFadden, the Phoenix 
claimed three top-five finishes in its four hill 
tournaments, including a share of the cham- 
pionship at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. 
McFadden, who won two individual titles in 
the fall, is one of three veteran players lead- 
ing head coach Chris Dockrill's team, joining 
seniors Ashley Barbee and Kelsey Johnson. 
Johnson competed in all tour fall tourna- 
ments, tying for ninth in the Great Smokies 

Dockrill will look to standout sophomores 
Lauren Lebak, Virginia Mayer, Dani Mullin 
and Meghan Green to round out the Phoenix 
lineup. During the fall, Lebak carded a low 
round of 73, while last spring, Mayer earned 
three top-25 finishes. Mullin averaged a 76.83 
in six rounds, and Green tallied an average 
score of 78.17 in her two fall events. 

True freshman Diana Davis had a solid fall 
season, averaging a 74.57 in seven rounds and 
finishing in the top 10 at two tournaments. 
Sophomore Lindsey Thomka and freshman 
Shannon Prunty also will play key roles this 

Kinney drafted into MLS 

Phoenix defender Steven Kinney made Elon 
soccer history on Jan. 14 by becoming the 
program's first player to be drafted into 
Major League Soccer. The Chicago Fire se- 
lected Kinney #45 overall in the 2010 mls 

"This is a great honor," says Kinney, who 
graduated in December. "I feel that Elon and 
Coach (Darren) Powell prepared me for this 
next experience." 

During his career, Kinney was a three- 
time first-team All-Southern Conference 
selection. Last fall, he was named a finalist 
for the Lowes Senior class award as well as 
to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America 
third team. The Norcross, Ga., native was 

named a team co-captain and helped the 
2009 Phoenix squad earn a program record- 
tying 10 shutouts en route to the team's first 
appearance in the SoCon tournament cham- 
pionship game. 

In his four years at Elon, Kinney contrib- 
uted to 28 shutouts, scored eight goals and 
tallied two assists. He played an instrumen- 
tal role in the team's undefeated 2008 SoCon 
regular-season championship season. 

A healthy sibling rivalry 


If you go to an Elon Softball game this spring, 
don't be surprised if you see several Phoenix 
football players cheering from the bleachers. 
Leading the group will be junior offensive line- 
man Corey O'Shea, playing the role of supportive 
older brother to sister Erin, a sophomore pitcher 
on the team. 

"I cheer and embarrass her sometimes," con- 
cedes Corey, who routinely brings two or three 
teammates to each home game. "I think she gets 
a kick out of that because I can see her get flushed 
or start to laugh." 

Erin agrees. "On the football team, I'm known 
as 'O'Shea 's little sister,'" she says. "I'm used to it." 

The O'Sheas are not the first brother-sister 
team to play Division I sports at Elon. Others 
include senior soccer player Alix Heinicke and 
brother Chad '03, who played on the men's 
soccer team, and junior volleyball player Sarah 
Schermerhorn and brother Mason '08, who 
played on the tennis team. 

The O'Sheas have become key players 
for their respective teams; Corey started 
all 12 games for the football team, includ- 
ing the first-round playoff matchup against 

Richmond, while Erin started 18 games 
and pitched 109.2 innings during her freshman 

The siblings from Kennesaw, Ga., have been 
athletes since they were kids. Corey played ice 
hockey before turning to football in the eighth 
grade. Erin began playing fast-pitch softball when 
she was n. Both excelled in their sports, develop- 
ing a healthy rivalry and respect for each other at 
Kennesaw Mountain High School. 

"You'd see my name in the paper, then Erin's 
name was in the paper," Corey recalls. "We kind 
of battled back and forth to see who was the best 

Erin credits her brother with leading by 

"There would be times when I wouldn't want 
to go outside and pitch, and he'd remind me that 
you have to put in the effort if you want to do 
well," she says. 

After starting all four years for the Kennesaw 
Mountain football team, Corey fielded offers 
from nearly every Southern Conference school 
before choosing Elon. Erin led Kennesaw Moun- 
tain's softball team to the Georgia 5AAAA Region 
Championship in 2007 and was named pitcher of 
the year before signing with the Phoenix. 

"I really loved the campus and the school," she 

Siblings Erin and Corey O'Shea 

says. "When I went on my official visit, the girls 
on the softball team were really welcoming. I 
thought it would be a good fit." 

Even though classes and practices keep them 
busy, Corey and Erin make time for each other, 
including attending each other's games when- 
ever possible. 

"He's a really great brother," Erin says. "We've 
become a lot closer, and he's become more of a 
friend than just my brother." T SA 





Phoenix football 
& fans celebrate 
return to playoffs 

Head football coach Pete Lembo 
was hoping for a big Elon crowd as 
his team prepared to take on the 
University of Richmond Spiders 
Nov. 28 in the first round of the 
Football Championship Subdivision 
playoffs. He wasn't disappointed. 

An estimated 3,000 alumni, 
students, parents, faculty, staff and 
friends traveled to Richmond, Va., 
to watch Elon compete in its first 
football playoff game in 28 years 
and its first at the Division I level. 

"It was awesome, to say the 
least," Lembo said of the crowd. 

Some alumni traveled hundreds of 
miles to witness Elon football history. 

"I rearranged my whole travel 
schedule, flights and everything, to 
be here," said Jayson Teagle '08, of 
Atlanta, who served as president 
of the Phoenix Phanatics student 
group during his senior year. "It's 
awesome to be here, surrounded by 
maroon and gold. It's incredible to see 
how far the program has come and 
how far the university has come." 

President Emeritus Earl 

Danieley '46 sat among a sea of 

Phoenix fans tailgating before 

Elon took on the defending FCS 
national champion Spiders. 

"It's a great thing for our school, for 
our people, for the community, for North 
Carolina, for Elon to be at this level. 
We're delighted," Danieley said. "I saw 
my first football game at Elon 68 years 
ago, and I'm excited about this one." 
Phoenix fans arrived early, stayed 
late and cheered loudly from the 
opening kick to the final whistle. 
Despite Elon's 16-13 loss, fans came 
away with a great deal of pride in their 
team, which finished the season 9-3 
(7-1 in the Southern Conference). a 


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Santa Claus had Nancy Midgette 
pegged early on; when she was a young 
girl, he brought her a blackboard. 

"I would line up all my dolls for class and 
teach them," recalls Midgette, Elon's associate 
provost. "When I was in first grade, if I got 
bored I would make up my own assignments 
and give them to the other kids. I probably was 
not real popular." 

That, at least, has changed. In her 25 years 
as a faculty member and administrator at Elon, 
Midgette has gathered a large and loyal fol- 
lowing among her toi mei students. Many of 
them nominated Midgette for Elon's highest 
teaching honor, the Daniels-Danieley Award, 
which she received in 1998. 

"Nancy is, hands down, the best teacher 
Eve ever known," says Heather Di Lorenzo '96, 

Elon's director of education outreach. "Dr. 
Midgette has a way of bringing life to history, 
of calling it into the here and now. She has 
very high expectations of her students and 
encouraged a kind of excellence that I'd never 
demanded of" myself as a student." 

After a decade of serving in a dizzying 
number of administrative roles, Midgette is 
preparing to teturn to the classroom, where her 
career began. This fall, she'll teach American 
military history and a class for Elon's Isabella 
Cannon Leadership Fellows and students 
minoring in leadership studies. 

"I realized that I want to spend the last 
few years of my time at Elon the way I spent 

the first 15 — working with students," says 
Midgette, who served as Elon's first William J. 
Story Professor of History. 

Working with students is what inspired 
Midgette to enter academia in the first place, 
although it wasn't quite a straight line from 
her Christmas morning blackboard to Elon. 

Born Nancy Smith in Charlotte, 
N.C., Midgette grew up the daughter of a 
Presbyterian minister and attended North 
Carolina State University in Raleigh, where 
she majored in sociology, not education or 

"It was the '60s," Midgette says. "We were 
out to save the world. But eventually reality set 
in, and I decided I wanted to pursue a master's 
degree in history. So I did that, at N.C. State, 
one class at a time." 

She married U.S. Army Capt. Charlie 
Midgette in 1978. The previous year, her pas- 
sion for teaching was renewed when she visited 
Charlie in Germany, where he was stationed 
with the Army Corps of Engineers. She began 


teaching high school completion courses to 
young enlisted men on a NATO missile base 

"A lot of them signed up for classes to get 
out of duty, but there were some who really 
wanted to turn their lives around," Midgette 

Several men were eager for more serious 
studies but felt they couldn't admit to that in 
front of their peers. So Midgette employed a 

"I had to make it seem that I was pulling 
them aside for specialized instruction because 
they were so slow," Midgette says. "Seeing 
them respond to teaching, I thought. This is 
what I want to do." 

The couple left Germany in 1978 and 
moved to Georgia. Midgette earned her 
doctorate at the University of Georgia while 
her husband worked in the textile industry. 
Charlie's career eventually brought them back 
to central North Carolina, where he became a 
hand bookbinder — a skill he initially learned 
from Nancy's parents — and collector of rare 
and antique books. Midgette joined the Elon 
faculty and began teaching her first class, an 
introductory course in American history, in 
January 1985. She taught American history and 
military history, with a special focus on the 
Civil War. 

Patrick Doering '95, a part-time fac- 
ulty member in the theology department at 
Duquesne University, remembers talking with 
Midgette almost daily about the Civil War and 
his own challenges in life. 

"It was under her direction that I really 
flowered as an intellectual and an academic," 
Doering says. "Before attending Elon, I 
had barely graduated from high school and 
attended Louisiana State to get my grades up. 
I found school boring, and studying under 
Nancy changed that. I discovered the subtle- 
ties and nuances of history and the intellectual 

The Civil War remains endlessly fasci- 
nating not only because it was an inherently 
dramatic and important petiod in American 
history, but because its repercussions remain 
to this day, Midgette says. 

"Whenever you talk about the Jim Crow 
system or the civil rights movement, you're 
talking about something that stretches back 
to the Civil War," she says. "Here in the South, 
especially, almost every family has stories about 
the war: a relative fought here or died there, 
or the family house was occupied by troops." 

"...I want to 
spend the last 
few years of 
my time at 
Elon the way I 
spent the first 
15 — working 
with students." 

Midgette never confined her teaching to 
the classroom. Alumni fondly recall the trips 
she led to Civil War sites such as Gettysburg 
and Chickamauga, Ga. Midgette also taught 
the World War 11 Revisited study abroad 
course and took students to military sites 
throughout Europe. 

"It is one thing to read about World War 11 
and quite another to stand on the beaches of 
Normandy, tour the concentration camp at 
Dachau and see the white crosses where the 
American soldiers were buried," says Melissa 
Pace Garrison '98. "Nancy always challenged 
us to think critically about what we were 
seeing, to understand the impact of those his- 
torical events on today's society." 

In 2001, then-Provost Gerry Francis 
named Midgette associate provost, a post she's 
held evet since. 

"I hired her initially to teach histoty, and 
it was obvious that she was going to succeed at 
whatever she did," recalls Francis, Elon's exec- 
utive vice president. "She not only has great 
organizational skills, but she's a good listener, 
she's highly respected and she can make deci- 
sions. Wherever Nancy goes, it's a win-win." 

Midgette has taken on so many respon- 
sibilities at Elon that it's difficult for anyone, 
including Midgette hetself, to name them all. 
Her no-nonsense style served her well as chair 
of the Department of History and Geography, 
interim dean of Elon College, the College of 
Arts and Sciences, interim director of the 
Career Centet, the first directot of the Isabella 
Cannon Leadetship Program and as interim 
dean of several departments in the School of 
Education. She has served on the university's 
curriculum committee, was a member of the 
search committee that brought President 
Leo M. Lambert to Elon and chaired the 

committee that crafted the university's cur- 
rent mission statement. 

Midgette says it's no accident she has worn 
many hats at Elon. 

"I enjoy doing different things, taking on 
new challenges," she says. "I'm not the most 
creative person in the world; don't ask me to 
come up with a new program for Residence 
Life. But I'm pretty good at taking what is 
there and making it work better." 

"We sometimes refer to Nancy as our 
utility infielder," Provost Steven House says. 
"When you need important things done, you 
tap good people. Nancy keeps getting tapped. 
What does that tell you?" 

Midgette would certainly appreciate 
House's baseball analogy; for many years 
she's been a dedicated baseball fan and card 

"My parents took me to New York City, 
including a game at Yankee Stadium, in 1961, 
which of course was the year Mickey Mantle 
and Roger Maris were chasing Babe Ruth's 
home run record," she says. "When I lived in 
Georgia, we went to a lot of Braves games. You 
could get into the bleachers at Fulton County 
Stadium for $2 and after the third inning you 
could move down into the good seats. 

"I started collecting cards in the '80s. I 
like to choose a player and try to get one card 
for every season of his career. I have complete 
sets for players, including Joe Morgan and Cal 
Ripken. I remember trading two Phil Planner 
cards for Cal Ripken's rookie card." 

As Midgette prepares to return to the 
classroom, she recognizes that times have 
changed — and she's excited. She patted a 
stack of textbooks on leadetship and military 
history sitting on a table in her office. 

"I'm already preparing," she says. "When I 
left teaching, we were guaranteed an overhead 
projector, and some rooms had a TV and a VCR, 
sometimes in the closet. Now you can take 
your laptop and put together a great kaleido- 
scope of images and information to shate with 
students. Technology enables you to teach his- 
tory in whole new ways." 

Former students such as Doering know 
that her next class is in for a real treat. He says 
he was inspired to earn a doctorate and become 
a teacher out of "the desire to pass on to stu- 
dents the very things that Nancy passed on to 
me — love for learning, academic honesty and 
personal loyalty free of ideological preferences. 
I always tell people that the greatest gift Elon 
ever gave me was Dr. Midgette." r SA 




Drew Coble '75 & Joe West '74 

make the right calls 


When Drew Coble and Joe West 
crossed paths at Elon in the 
mid-1970s, no one could have 
predicted that the pair would go on to become 
two of the most decorated umpires in Major 
League Baseball in the last 30 years. Between 
them, Coble and West have worked 21 post- 
season series, including five World Series, and 
four All-Star Games. 

As fraternity brothers and student-athletes, Coble and West forged 
a friendship that has spanned more than three decades. Their bond 
has withstood career highs and lows, personal triumphs and tragedies, 
and more than a few rounds of golf Though their career paths some- 
times diverged — Coble worked in the American League, West in the 
National League; Coble retired in 1999, while West enters his 34th 

major-league season this spring — both are highly respected among 
their peers in professional baseball. 

"I've had an association with probably 100 or so umpires in the 
major leagues," says Jack McKeon '63, who managed five major-league 
teams, including the 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins. "I'd have 
to put Drew and Joe near the top of that group." 

The road to the majors 

Crowing up in Graham, N.C., Coble spent hours on the baseball field. 

"1 played Little League and absolutely fell in love with the sport," 
he says. "I played as late as I could every day and every night." 

He starred at catcher for the Southern Alamance High School 
team and was recruited by East Carolina University as well as Elon. 
Yet Coble, unsure whether he was ready for college, opted to enlist in 
the Air Force. He played on various Air Force Softball and basketball 
teams that competed throughout the United States and internation- 
ally. The experience kept Coble in top physical shape, and when he 
returned to Graham following his service, Elon baseball coach Jerry 
Drake offered him a scholarship. Two weeks later, Coble enrolled at 
Elon and immediately felt at home. 

During his first year on campus, Coble joined the Iota Tau Kappa 
fraternity and met West, the quarterback of Eton's football team. The 
Asheville, N.C., native was already building an impressive record on the 
gridiron, leading Elon to consecutive Carolinas Conference champion- 
ships in 1972 and 1973, as well as a berth in the 1973 naia championship 
game against eventual champion Abilene Christian. 

"We were one of those 'outlaw' fraternities," West says of itk. "Drew 
and I were athletes, and we became friends pretty fast." 

Coble recalls one spring when West tried out for the baseball team. 
That didn't sit well with football coach Shirley S. "Red" Wilson, who 
wanted his star quarterback at spring football practice. To satisfy his 
interest in baseball, West studied the rules of the game and began 
umpiring local high school contests. 

"(Joe) used to work at a store in town that I'd go into sometimes, 
and I would notice he'd be reading his baseball rule book," recalls Mike 
Harden '76, of Graham, N.C., a friend of Coble and West. 

After football season ended his senior year, West left Elon to take 
an umpire development course in St. Petersburg, Fla. A few months 
later, he went to spring training with the Detroit Tigers minor-league 
camp. He spent two years working his way through the minor leagues 
before umpiring his first major-league game in September 1976 between 
the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. 

"I figured I could do all that major-league stuffbecause I'd played 
football in front of packed houses at Williams High School," quips 
West, "but walking on the field for the first time in the major leagues, 
that was special." 

After graduating from Elon in 1975, Coble began working for John 
Deere in Raleigh, N.C., before taking the advice of some friends, includ- 
ing West and McKeon, and attending the umpire training program 
in St. Petersburg. Coble earned a minor-league umpiring spot after 
completing the program and was called up to the al in April 1981. 

"Once it all hit home, I was euphoric," Coble says of the call. 

Stars of The Show' 

Once in the major leagues, affectionately known as "The Show" to 
players and umpires alike, it didn't take long for Coble and West to 
earn sterling reputations. 


Joe West '74, right, and Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte daring the 2009 World Series. 

Coble umpired six postseason series, including the classic seven- during labor unrest between the umpires union and MLB. Coble and 

game 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Braves. West were fired amid a railed mass resignation by the union. Both got 

In 1990, he became one of only five umpires since 1901 to work two their jobs back after the ensuing two-year legal battle, but Coble, whose 

no-hitters in the same season. first wife, Kim, lost her battle with cancer during the legal wrangling, 

"Some guys work a whole career and never see a no-hitter, and I decided to retire, 
worked two within one year," Coble says. "At the time I was bitter," Coble says. "I decided that baseball was 

It wasn't always easy calling balls and strikes, espn baseball reporter starting to change. I didn't think it was fun anymore." 

West had a different attitude toward mlb. 


t'd right then and there to be a th 

orn in their si 

de for the rest 

of their lives," he says with a laugh. 

An enduring friendship 

Tim Kurkjian recalls an infamous encounter Coble had calling a game 
in Baltimore. 

"When I was covering the Orioles in the mid-to-late 1980s, Coble 
ejected Cal Ripken in the first inning of a game," Kurkjian says. "Coble 
said after the game, 'It was like throwing God out of Sunday school. " 

West has umpired four World Series, including the 2009 series Today, Coble lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and works as a sales repre- 

between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. In July 2009, sentative tor Mizuno Golf He and West speak often on the phone and 

he became the 14th umpire to log 4,000 career games. He remains meet for an annual golf outing at Pebble Beach. Coble maintains strong 

the youngest nl umpire to work a championship series, and he holds ties to Elon as a longtime member of the Phoenix Club, supporting the 

the patent for the chest protector used by most major-league umpires, baseball program and head coach Mike Kennedy '91. 
known as the "West Vest." And if that weren't enough to keep him Coble and West try to return to campus for Homecoming as often 

busy, West also has built a successful music career, playing with noted as possible. In 2000, Coble enjoyed a special Homecoming, reconnect- 

country and western musicians such as Merle Haggard and releasing ing with jane Clark '75, whom he'd dated at Elon. The two rekindled 

two albums, "Blue Cowboy" and "Diamond Dreams." their friendship and were married at Mt. Herman Methodist Church 

Like West, Coble's umpiring skills were top-notch. But he struck during a visit to Coble's hometown in February 2002. 
a different tone behind the plate. "It was a small ceremony," Coble recalls. "We got married between 

"While he was umpiring, Drew always had that calm demeanor the hot dog supper and the youth council meeting that evening." 
about him," says McKeon. "He'd always listen and wasn't too anxious West currently serves as president of the World Umpires Association, 

to get into a confrontation. Joe is more aggressive than Drew. He threw After the World Series ended in early November, he negotiated the 

me out of a game in the Puerto Rican Winter League once." umpires' new contract with mlb, which was approved in January. He'll 

Says Kurkjian of West, "The players and managers refer to him have a few weeks to enjoy the off-season at his home near Orlando, Fla., 

as 'The Cowboy' or 'Cowboy Joe West.' They all know that Joe is in before reporting for spring training. He marvels at how far he and Coble 

charge, especially when he's behind the plate." have come since their days at Elon, where both have been inducted into 

Because they worked in different leagues, Coble and West the Sports Hall of Fame. 

rarely crossed paths on the diamond, but each worked to 
maintain their friendship. 

"I would call Joe, or Joe would call me on the 
road, and it has been that way since," Coble says. 

Their friendship grew even stronger in 1999 



"I think it's amazing that a school in the middle of 
Not th Carolina, with about 2,000 students at the time, 
produced two major-league umpires, and both of us 
had 20-plus-year careers," he says. "For a school 
that size, I don't think that's ever happened." !8 






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For more than a year, members 
of the university community 
gathered to envision Elon 
in 2020. At the conclusion 
of this strategic planning process, the 
goals that emerged for the university 
centered on the word "commitment." As 
they imagined the university in the next 
decade, alumni, students, faculty, staff 
and friends returned again and again to 
a powerful concept — that the world 
needs Elon graduates. 

This concept forms the foundation of the univer- 
sity's new strategic plan, "The Elon Commitment: 
Engaged minds. Inspired leaders. Global citizens." 
The $586 million plan includes eight broad themes 
demonstrating Elon's commitment to engaging 
students' minds and inspiring them to act as 
leaders and global citizens. 

"The Elon Commitment," says President Leo 
M. Lambert, "is based upon the belief that the 
next major advancement in the university's 
stature and reputation will be realized through 
the extraordinary accomplishments of students 
and alumni, whom we see as tremendous forces 
for good in the world." 

A 23-member committee coordinated the 
creation of The Elon Commitment on behall or 
trustees, gathering ideas and input from the entire 
campus community in a series of forums, group 
meetings and workshops, and online discussions. 
The plan builds on Elon's two previous strategic 
plans, the Elon Vision (1994-2000), which trans- 
formed the campus with many new facilities, and 
NewCentury@Elon, which was launched in 2000 
and successfully positioned the university as a 
national model of engaged learning and brought 
academic programs to new levels of excellence. 

"When we reach 2020 and look back at the 
accomplishments of The Elon Commitment, we 
will be amazed at the ways this university has 
advanced," says Allen Cant, chair of the board of 
trustees. "Our aspirations for Elon have inspired 
us to imagine great things, and we are proud to 
call this plan a 'commitment.' We are committed 
to making these exciting goals a reality." 

The plan's eight themes are summarized in 
this story. To read The Elon Commitment in its 
entirety, go to 


LslVCYSlty is an important facet 
of an engaged, relevant classroom. It's 
hard to talk about what's happening 
in the world when the people sitting 
in your classroom don't represent 
some of those other voices from that 
world. Diversity has to permeate all 
facets of the university. I'd love to 
be in a classroom where I'm talk- 
ing about a topic and I have input 
from younger and nontraditional 
students, and students from differ- 
ent racial and ethnic backgrounds. 

I hope we get to the point 
where having a more diverse cam- 
pus is not something we have to 

discuss in every strategic plan, and that we will be recognized tor the 
way we infuse diversity and multicultural education as part of the 
Elon experience. With a commitment to diversity and global engage- 
ment, we are building a global reputation for producing students who 
are culturally sensitive and wear the moniker of Elon ambassador. 


Assistant Professor of English | Coordinator, African/African-American Studies program 

o thrive in a 21st century world, Elon 

students must have experience across 

diverse cultures, races, religious traditions, 

and political and economic structures like no other 

generation before them. 

To better reflect the world's diversity and 
keep Elon's doors open to students from many 
backgrounds, the university seeks to double its 
need-based financial aid budget in the next 10 
years and expand endowment-funded, need- 
based financial aid. The plan calls for additional 
endowed study abroad scholarships to provide 
100 percent access to international education, as 
well as tripling international student enrollment 
and expanding the role of the multicultural center. 
To better support the many religious and 
spiritual traditions on campus, the university will 
build a multifaith center and additional religious 
living-learning houses, promoting a rich dialogue 
and championing interfaith understanding and 
respect. Another key objective of the plan is to 
build stronger partnerships with the Alamance- 
Burlington School System, providing community 
leadership on behalf of K-12 education and to 
develop the Elon Academy as a national model 
of university-school collaboration. 

Key objectives 

Double need-based financial aid 

Provide 100 percent 
study abroad access 

Triple international 
student enrollment 

Be a national leader in 
preparing students to succeed 
in a multicultural world 

Build a multifaith center and 
promote interfaith dialogue 

Develop the Elon Academy 
as a national model 



EIOYIS recognition for excellence is based largely 
on its ongoing commitment to a rich intellectual commu- 
nity. It is the excellent teacher-scholars and staff who make 
up the core or that community. 

A rigorous environment for intellectual engagement 
requires faculty who are 
deeply committed to both 
teaching and scholarship, and 
who understand the value of 
integrating the two. It also 
requires staff members who 
are deeply committed to the 
ideals of a dynamic residential 
living-learning community. 

Supporting world-class 
faculty and staff most impor- 
tantly, leads to deeper, richer 
and more profound educa- 
tional experiences for students. 
World-class faculty and staff 
also enhance the reputation of 
the entire institution, which, 
in turn, attracts more top students, increases postgraduate 
opportunities, expands professional networks and strength- 
ens competitiveness for external funding. Supporting Elon's 
faculty and staff strengthens the core of the institution. 


Associate Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences 

mong Elon's greatest assets are its talented faculty and 
staff who are committed to student success and make 
up the fabric of a caring intellectual community. The 
strategic plan calls for making new 
investments in professional devel- 
opment for faculty and staff. 

Elon will expand the number of 
faculty positions and provide addi- 
tional funding for faculty to conduct 
summer research, mentor stu- 
dentsand pursue their scholarship. 
Through these efforts, Elon seeks 
to make its teacher-scholar model 
a national exemplar and to enrich 
engaged learning opportunities for 
all students. Among the enhance- 
ments to staff development 
initiatives are increased flexibility in 
pursuing advanced degrees, oppor- 
tunities for research or engagement 
with professional associations, and 
short-term sabbaticals. 

Key objectives 

Accentuate and support 
Elon's teacher-scholar model 

Fulfill the objectives of 
the Presidential Task 
Force on Scholarship 

Establish new professional 
and leadership 
development programs 

Accelerate progress on 
faculty/staff salaries 


Excellence across *i\ 

aspects of the university has 
always been the goal at Elon. 
Attaining this goal is vital to Elon 
becoming one of the nation's 
great liberal arts universities. 

Trie Elon faculty are out- 
standing teacher-scholars and 
achieve excellence in all academic 
programs by maintaining close 
mentoring interactions with 
students. Taking these interac- 
tions to higher levels requires 
giving faculty additional time 
and support, and will allow 

us to develop one of the premier undergraduate research pro- 
grams in the country and better prepare students to compete 
for top national fellowships, including Rhodes Scholarships. 

What this goal means for students is an even more academi- 
cally challenging and engaging experience. Elon's commitment 
to the liberal arts and sciences throughout students' four years 
combined with the depth of study in the major prepares stu- 
dents to be innovative, to be critical thinkers, to deal with messy, 
unstructured problems and, yes, to be able to handle failure. Elon 
brings learning to life, prepares students for lifelong learning and 
gives them the skills they need to make a difference in a diverse 
global community. This is the essence of an Elon education. 



strong liberal arts and sciences core and 
nationally recognized engaged learning 
programs form the cornerstones of an 
Elon education. Elon seeks to become a university of 
national prominence by building on these strengths. 
The university's general education program will 
be further enhanced to meet the challenges of a 21st- 
century environment. Elon will capitalize on its role as 
a national model of engaged learning by establishing 
a Center for Engaged Learning, helping to advance 
higher education through workshops, conferences 
and publications. Elon also seeks to deepen the quality 
ofand support foreach of the Elon Experiences (study 
abroad, internships, service, leadership and research), 
making each one a national model. 

Every academic program will be challenged to 
rise to new levels of excellence, including achieving 
a top-50 national ranking for the Martha and Spencer Love 
ranking for the School of Law. 

Key objectives 

Create the nation's finest 
general education program 

Launch a Center for Engaged Learning 

Graduate students with 
prestigious academic fellowships, 
including a Rhodes Scholar 

Advance key programs of 
national stature (top-100 law 
school, top-50 undergraduate 
business school and others) 

School of Business and a top-too 



otU&€YltS are already thinking about graduate school when 

they're in high school, and we need a curriculum that offers students 

the choice to pursue those degrees at Elon. A liberal arts education 

teaches us to be great thinkers, 

and we want our students to have 

an opportunity at Elon to put 

their liberal arts education into 

action with a professional graduate 

or advanced degree. This creates 

a fundamentally sound graduate 

who is well prepared for success 

in today's global environment. 

We also need to be prepared to 
respond to the need tor additional 
health-care providers, so we'll 
investigate the possibilities of a 
School of Health Sciences and 
perhaps a new physician assis- 
tant master's degree program. 

The gap-year concept builds 
on our strengths of engaged learning. We're considering an option 
in which students could include as part of their academic experience 
spending a year engaged in a meaningful faculty-led service, schol- 
arship or internship experience. Students often return from these 
experiences as leaders on campus, thinking critically about their 
impact on the world. This enriches our entire campus community, 
because the stronger the graduate, the stronger the institution. 


Associate Dean, School of Communications 


Ct?j"t was the number one factor for me in 
choosing a college. I looked at schools that cost 
$45,000 a year that don't offer half as much as 
I've received at Elon. 
Elon has allowed 
me to conduct research 
beginning in my fresh- 
man year and has given 
me the financial sup- 
port to do it. Because 
of my scholarships, I 
can spend time in the 
lab doing research on 
heart disease instead 
of having to work. I'm 
going to be apply- 
ing to medical school, 
and that wouldn't 
be possible if I had 
debt from my under- 
graduate education. Because my professors know 
me, I have great letters of recommendation 
for medical school, which will make me a very 
competitive candidate, and it's due to the finan- 
cial support that I've received here at Elon. 


Junior Biochemistry Major | Lumen Scholar, Elon College Fellow, 
Presidential Scholar and Jane M. Baird Endowed Scholarship recipient 

oday's students are expecting more flexibility in their degree options as they 
seek creative learning programs, pursue online degrees and find alternate and 
more affordable routes to higher education. 
In response to this trend, Elon will offer innovative 4+1 and 4+2 programs, which will 
give prospective students the opportunity to pursue two Elon degrees — an under 
graduate degree followed by a professional 
master's degree. One existing model is the uni- 
versity's one-year interactive media master's 
program, launched in 2009 in the School of 

Elon will investigate opening a School of 
Health Sciences, including a new physician assis- 
tant master's degree. This school will provide 
synergy with Elon's existing health-related pro- 
grams, including physical therapy and exercise 
science. Through an innovative gap-year expe- 
rience, Elon will partner with students to defer 
traditional courses and participate in a semester 
or yearlong Elon service or internship experience. 

Key objectives 

Create innovative 4 + 1 and 4 + 2 
combination degree programs 

Investigate a School of Health 
Sciences and a physician 
assistant program 

Launch an Elon service experience 
as part of a gap-year program 

Ion's tuition rate is 


below other pri- 
vate universities and within 
range of non-resident 
tuition rates at flagship state 
universities. The university 
is committed to guarding 
its price advantage and 
implementing a balanced 
financial model. 

The strategic plans calls 
for completing the Ever 

Elon Campaign and launching the university's next com- 
prehensive campaign, as well as tripling the endowment and 
building a financial base for future generations. 

Key objectives 

Successfully complete 
the Ever Elon Campaign 

Implement a strong, 
creative financial model 

At least triple Elon's 



tLiOYl IS YC&Cly to make an ongoing commitment to help 
alumni through their career transitions and enable them to be 
successful. I think that will ultimately bolster the value of an Elon 
degree and reinforce the importance of lifelong learning and alumni 
engagement with the university. 

Developing the next generation 
of alumni leaders is very important. 
It's our responsibility to cultivate the 
leaders that we need to take care of this 
precious entity that is Elon. I'm glad 
that giving back to Elon is a focal point 
of the strategic plan. The percentage 
of alumni who make annual gifts to 
the university is a critical measure of 
support for Elon when it seeks grants 
or funding from foundations. Those 
entities want to know the willingness of 
graduates to reinvest in their institution. 

I support Elon because Elon gave 
me what I have. My Elon experi- 
ence allows me to do the job that I 
do and live the life that I live. We need to convey the message to 
alumni that every dollar counts. Yes, Elon is a beautiful place and 
an excellent institution, but that's only because people give. 


President-elect, Elon Alumni Board 

Key objectives 

Identify and support 
the next generation of 
alumni leadership 

Create a premier 
Career Center 

Build a strong transitions 
program to careers and 
graduate school 

Launch new alumni 
service, travel and 
engagement programs 

Foster a culture of 
philanthropy and double the 
alumni giving participation 

Ion's alumni body of 31,500 is unusually 
young — 54 percent are in their 20s and 
30s. Understanding that the university's 
future will be shaped by alumni accomplish- 
ments, Elon seeks to support graduates by 
launching programs and initiatives to celebrate 
their achievements and enhance engagement 
with the university. 

The university is committed to developing 
relevant young alumni programs and communi- 
cations strategies to keep graduates connected 
with their alma mater. For example, new alumni 
international travel and service experiences 
would enable graduates to pursue the passions 
they developed as students. 

Developing the next generation of alumni 
leaders, including those ready to serve on uni- 
versity boards and councils, is one of the most 
important strategic tasks facing Elon. Equally 
important is the objective to increase the per- 
centage of alumni who make annual gifts to 40 
percent from the current 21 percent. 


The ability 10 

get local and national 
exposure for successful 
athletics programs is 
very important to Elon. 

Anyone who was 
with us in Charleston 
in 2008 when the men's 
basketball team com- 
peted in the Southern 
Conference champion- 
ship game, was with us 
in Richmond last fall 
when the football team 
played in its first Division 

I playoff game or watched the baseball team compete last 
spring in the ncaa Regional in Atlanta knows how impor- 
tant those events were to Elon. When Elon University 
appears in the brackets of an ncaa tournament, we'll be 
on everybody's radar for the month of that championship. 

Having our scholarships fully funded in all sports is 
critical because it allows our coaches to recruit competitively 
with other schools at our level. Above all, we want to make 
sure we're recruiting student-athletes who are competitive 
with our admissions standards and who will graduate from 
Elon while we compete for and win championships. 


Director of Athletics 

Key objectives 

successful athletics program 

plays an invaluable role in 

building institutional pride 
and increasing national visibility. The 
university is committed to developing an 
athletics program that is a model of aca- 
demic integrity, establishes a tradition of 
winning conference championships and 
competes in NCAA regional and national 

Elon also seeks to fully fund athletics 
scholarships in all sports, especially 

through increased annual support and endowment resources, and 
maintain a leadership position by meeting the objectives of the uni- 
versity's gender equity plan. 

Consistently win conference 
championships in both 
men's and women's sports 

Fully fund scholarships 
in all sports 

Set conference standards in 
academics and gender equity 




Key objectives 

Expanded academic facilities 
for science, communications 

Vvc IVClflt tO CY6Clt6 a more vibrant living-learning environ- 
ment that fosters personal and intellectual development among 
our students. Students don't turn off their brains when they walk 
into their residence halls, and we want to create a seamless learn- 
ing environment in which 
every part of campus 
offers students opportuni- 
ties to learn and grow. 

We want a housing 
program that helps first-year 
students adjust to college lite 
and prepares them tor future 
learning. We want housing 
that challenges sophomores 
and gives them opportuni- 
ties to design the rest of their 
college career. And we want 
juniors and seniors to live on 
campus to mentor younger 
students. The residential 
colleges and themed-housing 
initiatives will allow students 

to take common courses or work on projects together, seamlessly 
integrating living with learning. The new multitaith center is excit- 
ing because it will help students understand their own faith, and 
learn about other faiths and the role of religion in global affairs. 

In our efforts to meet these initiatives, we will follow our 
ambitious sustainability master plan, modeling sustainable liv- 
ing for our students and the entire campus community. 


Associate Dean of Students 

Transformation of the 
residential campus, including 
1,600 additional beds 

5,000-seat convocation center 

1,500-seat auditorium 

Multifaith center 

Admissions center 

Career center 

nhancing Elon's beautiful 
campus remains a high 
priority. The strategic 
plan calls for investing more 
than S250 million in new facili- 
ties while continuing to meet the 
university's sustainability goals. 

Expanded academic space 
is planned for the School of 
Communications and science 

To transform Elon's resi- 
dential experience, innovative 
models are planned such as resi- 
dential colleges, living-learning 
and academic-themed com- 
munities, faculty apartments, 
classrooms integrated into resi- 
dential spaces, new dining facilities and graduate student housing. Elon 
intends to provide housing for all juniors and seniors who wish to live on 
campus and bring all housing inline with modern student standards. 

Construction of a 5,000-seat convocation center will solve Elon's long- 
standing need for a large facility to host athletics events. Commencement, 
convocations and events such as presidential campaign appearances or 
debates, prominent speakers and performing groups. Additional new 
facilities include an auditorium as part of an expansion of Moseley Center, 
a multifaith center and an admissions center. Construction is under way on 
Alumni Field House adjacent to Rhodes Stadium. 

Beyond the campus, Elon will encourage more privately owned busi- 
nesses to open in the Town of Elon, including restaurants, cafes and a 
pharmacy, to enhance students' entertainment and shopping options. 

Vibrant downtown Elon 

Implementation of the 
Sustainability Master Plan 


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:ment from a career doesn't mean retire- 
t from life, at least not for former Elon 
osophy professor John Sullivan. 

n, who taught at Elon for 36 years 
re retiring in 2006, is spending the sec- 
half of his life embracing new energies 
and practices, and encouraging others to do 
the same. In his new book, The Spiral of the 
Seasons: Welcoming the Gifts of Later Life, 
he examines the role that aging adults can 
play in nurturing the spirit and community. 
In thought-provoking prose, he compares 
a human lifetime to the four seasons. In 
spring, we are students; in summer, we 
are householders; in autumn, we are forest 
dwellers; and in winter, we are invited to 
become sages. 

The transition to life as an elder, he says, 

involves simplifying and returning to a 
fuller relationship with the natural world. 
"Our culture is very much at home 
in the first half of life," says Sullivan, 
Elon's Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of 
Philosophy Emeritus. "We are at home in 
doing, in striving, in achieving." 

Sullivan serves as principal designer and 
a faculty member in an innovative master's 
program in transformative leadership at Tai 
Sophia Institute in Laurel, Md. He also is 
active in Second Journey, a nonprofit orga- 
nization based in Chapel Hill, N.C., focused 
on a new vision of aging and new models of 
community for the second half of life. 

In the following essay, Sullivan discusses 
ways that "seasoned citizens" can enrich the 
larger community. ?£ 



Each day, more than 8,000 baby boomers enter 
their retirement years. Difficult economic times are 
making prospective retirees pause. Will they be able 
to retire? Should they remain in the work force as long 
as possible? These are serious concerns. Still, we should 
consider a deeper question: Is this graying of America 
to be seen as a burden or an opportunity to reimagine 
the role of elders in our society? 

Among native peoples, revered elders had a place in holding the 
values of" the tribe, initiating the young and providing wise counsel in 
tribal deliberations. Today, seasoned citizens can plav similar roles that 

sense of what matters. In older cultures, the youth were not initiated by 
parents but by the older aunts and uncles. Elder men outside the family 
circle initiated the men in what it means to be a man of integrity. Elder 
women outside the family initiated the women in what it means to be 

a savvy woman. 

ERATIONS. Elders understand that "this 
too will pass." They have a sense of 
longer rhythms of time — time across 
generations. They notice who or what 
needs a voice — for example, the wel- 
fare of the earth or the most vulnerable 
of our sisters and brothers. Not being 
hostages to the latest fads and fashions, 
they can bring some sanity to a rapidly 
spinning world. 

Of course, older people do not 
automatically gain wisdom by aging. 
As elderly, they can simply repeat old 
stories and be cranky people who 
praise only times gone by. But as elders, 
they will practice other skills. 

What skills do older people, those 

of grandparent age, need to step up to 

such challenges? They need to learn to 

keep the big things big and the little things little, to see what is included 

and what is left out in current debates. Thus, they must hold fast with 

open arms, being ready to revise their own views in light of better alter- 

allow all of us to benefit from their wisdom and experience. Consider natives. They need to see each person in a wholehearted way — seeing 
how we would gain from seniors performing the following three impor- 
tant functions: 


fully as acommlinity. To do this means holding a dynamic balance 
between conserving our heritage and responding to new challenges. 
Might this not offer a middle ground between red state and blue state 
rhetoric? Might such elders speak for the earth, remind us of the com- 
mon good and help us reinstate civility? 

Here the constant challenge is to sort out what is enduring and 
what is culturally conditioned. It is not enough to simply hearken back 

to earlier times. New elders must in compassionate ways give voice to 
what is enduring in new forms, placing old insights in new wineskins. 
One leadership expert defines "adaptive challenges" as those without 
clear technical solutions. Such challenges demand that we develop new 
attitudes, values and behaviors, enabling what is needed to arise. It is 
said, "People are often right in what they affirm and wrong in what 
they deny." 

Wise elders can help us return to unity and community by finding 
the oversights in what we affirm and the insights in what we deny, so that 
all of us are seen deeply and prized as contributing parts of the whole. 

To initiate the young in deeper ways toward becoming 
contributing adults. Today, mentoring is thought of as helping the 
student learn the ropes of life in the wider world. Fair enough. Yet 

their surface difficulties and also their deep inestimable worth. They 
need to see each situation as containing both danger and opportunity. 
Seeing true worth realistically means that such elders bless the young 
and foster hope in the public sphere. In deliberations, they need to listen 
carefully so as to affirm what is valuable, amplify what is positive in 
discussion and help move to common ground. 

In truth, elders are among our most underutilized resources. 
Companies need to find ways to hear their voices — relatively inde- 
pendent points of view, no longer beholden to the powers that control 
their careers. Might not some of the recent financial disasters have been 
averted if independent, experienced, ethical voices had been sought out? 

Advisory councils of respected elders on the national scene can 
speak for present and future generations. They and elder councils at 
state and local levels can be a counterbalance to the forces emphasizing 
only short-term material benefits. Educational institutions can well use 
elders as mentors to the young, and a source of encouragement and 
acknowledgment to teachers, administrators and parents. 

In each institution, elders can be reminders of what is worthy about 
the work being done. Religious institutions need to aid in cultivating 
such elders so we may find ways to shift, as Rabbi Zalman Schachter- 
Shalomi puts it, "From age-ing to sage-ing." 

Will we reap the benefits of longer life? How might we use this 
resource? A golden opportunity, unprecedented in history, beckons. 

there is an older notion that helps the young discover their gifts and Will we invent new forms to make use of it? Imagine elders stepping up 
find ways to give them to the community. Such an initiation is not to hold our deep values, to initiate the young and to provide creative per- 
only commercially useful, it also evokes honor, integrity and a deeper spective in deliberations. Now that is a vision worth working toward. Si 


ALUMNI Action 

You are Elon's future 

As Elon alumni, you have played a critical role in 
the ongoing success of our university. Through 
your many hours of volunteering and attending 
events, and your philanthropic support, you have 
helped Elon become a nationally recognized 
institution and a place we can be proud to call our 
alma mater. 

Your future accomplishments and those of 
current students will enable Elon to make the next 
major leap in reputation. This concept forms the 
foundation of the university's new strategic plan, 
"The Elon Commitment: Engaged minds. Inspired 
leaders. Global citizens." The plan, which will guide 
Elon through 2020, includes eight broad themes 
that are explained in the cover story of this issue of 
The Magazine of Elon (see page 18). 

One of the themes, "Developing innovative 
alumni programs to advance and support the 
Elon graduate," speaks directly to the university's 
commitment to your success. While we've made 
steady progress toward reaching this goal during 
the past few years, there is still a great deal to be 
accomplished in building a robust, exemplary 
program that not only fosters alumni engagement 
with the university but also develops graduates 
into future leaders of this great institution. 

The work to be accomplished is significant, 
and meeting this goal will take the involvement will take alumni who are willing 
to step up and help us define the elements of 
meaningful programs. 

I'd like to touch on two of the key objectives 
connected to this goal: To identify and support the 
next generation of alumni leadership, and to foster 
a culture of philanthropy and double the alumni 
giving participation rate. 

During the weekend of April 23-24, Elon 
will host an African-American Alumni Summit. 
Members of the university's African-American 
alumni group have been invited to campus to 
participate in this historic discussion concerning 
strategies to enhance diversity at the university, 
to prepare Elon students for success after college 
and to foster meaningful connections among 
African-American alumni. Following the summit, 
apian will be drafted to provide a blueprint for the 
group's activities over the next several years. We 
also will identify volunteers who will helpenergize 
the group and enable members to reach the goals 
in their plan. 

Building a stronger culture of philanthropy 

among all alumni is also a focus of The Elon 
Commitment. The plan calls for increasing the 
percentage of alumni who make annual gifts to 
40 percent from the current 21 percent. This is an 
ambitious goal to meet by 
2020, but with education 
and innovation, I know 
it is one we will reach 
together. We must sustain 
this great university, and 
annual giving playsa 
critical role in this effort. 

For many alumni, 
there is a personal story 
behind their gifts. Katie SallieHutm '92 

Whidden '08 makes 

annual donations as a way of thanking her 
professors and coaches for helping to shape her 
personally and for teaching her to always strive for 
success. Katie, who studied business and played 
on the women's basketball team, believes it's 
important to give back to the people and places 
that have had the biggest influence on her life. We 
are grateful that she places Elon at the top of that 
list! As a loyal Phoenix Club donor, Katie is helping 
to strengthen opportunities for current and future 

All of us have the power to change students' 
lives with our support. Think back to a program, 
professor or staff member who made a difference 
in youreducation and consider honoring them 
with an annual gift. All gifts to Elon, regardless of 
the size, make a difference in the lives of students 
and help preserve the Elon experience that we all 

As proud alumni, you are important to Elon's 
future. I challenge each of you to find ways to 
become engaged with your beloved alma mater. 
I invite you to e-mail or call me if you're interested 
in connecting with Elon in your community or 
here on campus. Also, I invite you to read The 
Elon Commitment by visiting 
strategicplan and to share your thoughts and 
suggestions on the goal to enhance alumni 

Long live Elon! 



Sixty graduates of the universi- 
ty's physical therapy program and 
their families gathered on campus 
last fall to celebrate the program's 
first reunion and 11-year history 
at Elon. 

Attending the Oct. 9-10 
reunion were alumni from each 
graduating class, beginning with 
the charter class of 2000. The 
gathering included a dinner, 
program update, family activi- 
ties, continuing education course 
and tour of the Center for Fitness 
and Human Movement Studies 
at Alamance Regional Medical 
Center (armc). The center, which 
opened on armc's campus in 
2006, is a partnership between 
Elon and the hospital. 

Elon's physical therapy pro- 
gram transitioned from a master 
or physical therapy degree to a 
doctoral program in 2005. The 
group's next reunion will be held 
in spring 2011. 

Want to show your Elon pride 
on the road? get tagged with a 
complimentary Elon luggage tag 
from the Alumni Association. 

Mail your business card to the 
university and you will receive a 
laminated maroon and gold lug- 
gage tag with the Elon logo on 
the front and your business card 
on the back. The tag is sturdy, 
waterproof and a great way to 
make your luggage stand out in 
a crowd. 

To get your tag, mail your 
business card to: Office of 
Alumni Relations, 2600 Campus 
Box, Elon, N.C., 27244. 


The Alumni Relations Office is located in Johnston Hall at 123 S. Antioch Ave. and can be reached toll-free at 8777843566 or by writing to Campus 80x2600, Elon, NC 27244- 

Reunions highlight Homecoming 2009 

(l-r) Rick Hancock '77, Barry Bradberry '75 
and Louie Carrea, Tau Kappa Epsilon's 
national director of alumni relations. 

More than 3,000 alumni returned to campus Oct. 23-25 
for Homecoming, enjoying class and affinity reunions, 
tailgating, Phoenix football, the Young Alumni Party, 
Phoenix Phest and much more. 

On Friday, alumni band members gathered at a reception 
and dinner for the group's centennial celebration. Several alumni 
dusted off their instruments and performed with Elon's Fire of 
the Carolinas marching band during halftime of Saturday's foot- 
ball game. Former drum major Carl Burke 59, of Chatham, Va., 
enjoyed reuniting and reminiscing with fellow band members. 
He performed with the marching band from 1956 to 1958 under 
the direction of former Elon professor Dewey Stowers. 

"We marched at all the football games and performed at the 
Homecoming parade in downtown Burlington, Burke recalls. 
"We had some excellent musicians back then and had a great 
time traveling together." 

Other groups celebrating reunions included Lambda Chi 
Alpha (centennial founding celebration), Phi Beta Sigma (10th 
anniversary). Pi Kappa Phi (30th anniversary), Tri-Delta (5th 
anniversary), Tau Kappa Epsilon/ Alpha Pi Delta and Watson 
Scholars. Alumni from Kappa Sigma, Student Government 
Association, Periclean Scholars and Isabella Cannon Leadership 
Fellows also gathered for reunions. 

The Tau Kappa Epsilon reunion drew the largest crowd, 
thanks in part to publicity on the group's Facebook page, tke's 
Mike "Radar" Robinson '80, who co-sponsored the group's 
Friday night reception, says reunions are a great way to main- 
tain ties with Elon. 

"I believe it's very important for fraternities, and all other 
groups, to reconnect, not just to relive great times but also to 
renew relationships for networking and business connections," 
he says. 

Rick Hancock '77, reunion committee chair, agrees. 

"Thirty years of being apart evaporated in a matter of seconds, 
and old friendships picked up where they had left off," Hancock 
says. "There were brothers there who had not been back to Elon 
since graduation. Many had left a college and returned to see 
a university." 

Hancock praised Lisa Ratliff Roper '93, assistant director of 
alumni relations, for helping them plan a successful reunion. 

"Without Lisa's help and the help of Elon's Alumni Relations 
staff, our reunion would not have been possible," he says. 

At a brunch on Sunday, tke presented the inaugural Lambda 
Mu Chapter Alumnus of the Year award to Barry Bradberry '75, 
associate dean of admissions and financial planning at Elon. 

Brothers of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity also worked closely with 
Alumni Relations to plan the 30th anniversary of the Epsilon 
Alpha chapter at Elon. 

"We relied on Alumni Relations to do a lot of the legwork," 
says Josh Donde 08, a reunion organizer. "They have the con- 
nections within the university community, as well as the larger 
Burlington community, to make sure that anything a group 
wants from their event can be achieved." 

Alumni from the School of Communications, the Martha 
and Spencer Love School of Business, and the departments of 
leisure and sport management, mathematics and chemistry 
reunited on Friday at receptions with faculty, staff and students. 
That evening, graduates of the past 10 years turned out in droves 
for the Young Alumni Party at the Lighthouse, featuring the 
Montgomery Burns Band, while alums of all ages enjoyed the 
Phoenix Phest party and music by the North Tower Band. 

On Saturday, more than 200 students, faculty, staff and 
alumni gathered in Koury Athletic Center to pack meals for 
people in need during the Stop Hunger Now service event. At 
the Alumni Association Awards brunch, Dr. William N.P. "Bill" 
Herbert '68, Deborah A. Yow-Bowden '74, the Rev. Walstein 
W. "Wally" Snyder '45, Audrey M. Seagraves '02, Stephanie P. 
Newbold 01 and Walter Campbell "Cam" Tims 00 were recog- 
nized for outstanding service to their professions, communities 
and to Elon. Members of the Class of 1969 were given special 
beanies to commemorate their 40th reunion. Hundreds of other 
alums braved the rain to tailgate before the Elon vs. Chattanooga 
football game, which the Phoenix won, 45-10. 

See the inside back cover of the magazine for additional 
photos from Homecoming 2009. Make plans now to attend 
Homecoming 2010, scheduled for Oct. 22-24. 

Alumni Relations Office staff: Director, Sallle Hutton '92. • Assistant Director, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93 

Assistant Director for Young Alumni, Lindsay Gross Hege '04 • Coordinator of Alumni Chapters, Lauren Kelly '08 • Program Assistant, Kelly tzlliston 


ALUMNI Action 

the elon alumni association invites graduates to take in the sights and 
sounds of the Middle East, bask in the Mediterranean sun or experience 
the old-world charm of Austria in 2010. The following trips are offered: 

Middle East Pilgrimage » June 28-July 12 

Join President Leo M. Lambert and his wife, Laurie, as well as religious studies 
professor Jim Pace and associate university chaplain Phil Smith on this 13-day tour 
through Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Sponsored by Elon'sTruitt 
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the trip is modeled after a program that 
enables seminary students to better understand Middle Eastern history, culture, 
geography and religious traditions. 

The cost is approximately $5,000 per person and includes airfare, all meals, 
baggage handling and guiding fees, and travel insurance (double occupancy; 
additional $500 for single accommodations). 

Best of the Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise » Oct. 11-24 

You will spend 12 nights aboard Oceania Cruises' Regatta departing from Venice, 
Italy, with stops in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Delphi (Itea), Zakynthos, Monemvasia, 
Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos and Athens, Greece; and Kasadasi, Turkey. 

The cost is $3,299 to $6,099 per person for staterooms (double occupancy); 
taxes, fees and airport/ship transfers are included. There is no charge for airfare if 
you depart from select gateway cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, 
Washington-Dulles, Newark, New York-Kennedy, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham. 

Holiday Markets on the Danube » Nov. 29-Dec. 7 

Experience the fairy-tale charm of Austria during the holidays! Smell the warm 
gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and spicy gingerbread as you shop for beautiful 
handcrafted decorations and gifts in the holiday markets. You will marvel at 
Austria's stunning architecture as you walk the streets of Salzburg, the setting for 
the classic film "The Sound of Music," and visit the stunning abbey at Mel k and 
Germany's Passau. 

The cost is approximately $1,995 per person (does not include airfare and 
there is an additional fee for single accommodations). 

For more information on these trips, visit or contact the 
Alumni Association at 877.784.3566 or 




Alumni spent last fall serving theirfavorite charities, cheer- 
ing on Phoenix sports teams and welcoming the holidays 
through chapter events. Here are some of the highlights: 

Members of the D.C. Chapter braved the cold- 
est Oct. 17 in Washington history to participate 
in the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia & 
Lymphoma Society. They raised more than 52,700 
in honor of Carey Scovel '06 and Elizabeth White 
'06. Alumni later mourned White, who lost her 
battle with cancer in November. 

On Nov. 9, Charleston Chapter members met 
at Tommy Condon's for a Toys for Tots service 
event. In December, they attended Charlestons 
23rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the city's 
Marion Square. 

On Nov. 14, alumni in several regions gath- 
ered to watch the Phoenix football team take on 
the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a televised 
Southern Conference matchup. More than 60 
Washington-area alumni gathered at Bailey's Pub 
and Grille in Crystal City, Va. In North Carolina, 
Neal Howes '75 and Brent Schroyer '99 hosted 
watch parties for Charlotte and Huntersville 
alumni, respectively. On the Outer Banks, more 
than 40 alumni, parents and friends met at Pamlico 
Jack's for a party hosted by Zene Fearing '76 and 
his aunt. Lib Simpson Fearing '47. 

Also on Nov. 14, Amanda Swartzbaugh '04 
and Laura Somerville '06 led a group of Nashville 
alumni attending the Elon vs. Lipscomb men's bas- 
ketball game. Alums witnessed Matt Matheny's 
first victory as head coach of the Phoenix, a 91-86 
win over the Bisons. 

In December, members of the Boston Chapter 
celebrated the holiday season with a social at the 
Foundation Lounge. 

ALUMNI Action 



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Coming Events 

feb. 28 D.C. Chapter service event, 
11:15 a.m. Calvary Women's Shelter, 
Washington, D.C. 

march 3 Boston Chapter Celtics 
vs. Charlotte Bobcats game, 7:30 
p.m. Tickets are $55-25 and located in 
section 305 

march 4 Los Angeles Chapter First 
Thursday social, 7 p.m. Village Idiot, L.A. 

march 4-8 Charlotte Chapter attends 
SoCon men's and women's basketball 
tournaments, Charlotte, N.C. 

march 6 Baltimore Chapter Blast vs. 
Monterrey LaRaza soccer game, 730 

p.m. 1st Mariner Bank Arena 

Chicago Chapter WhirlyBall event 


march 9 Los Angeles Chapter 
Biannual Southern Schools 
Networking Event, 7 p.m. SOUTH, 
Santa Monica, Calif. 

march 12 Charleston Chapter Annual 
Almost St. Patrick's Day social, 6 p.m. 
Henry's on the Market, downtown 

march 13 D.C. Chapter Shamrock Fest, 

RFK Stadium festival grounds 

march 16 Triangle Chapter Hurricanes 
vs. Boston Bruins game, 7 p'.m. RBC 
Center, Raleigh, N.C. 

march 18 D.C. Chapter Third Thursday 
social and NCAA Tournament 
viewing, 6:30 p.m. Bailey's, Crystal City, 

Philadelphia Chapter Third Thursday 
social and NCAA Tournament 
viewing, 630 p.m. PJ Whelihan's Pub, 
Haddonfield, N.J 

Atlanta Chapter networking social, 
6:30-8:30 p.m. Shout 

APRIL 1 Los Angeles Chapter First 
Thursday social, Timmy Nolan's, 
Burbank, Calif. 

APRIL 9-10 Elon Alumni Board 
meeting, Elon 

APRiLio-11 Young Alumni Council 
meeting, Elon 

april 10 Baltimore Chapter wine 
tasting, Woodhall Wine Cellars, Parkton, 
Md. (TimeTBA) 

Boston Chapter service event, Home 
for Little Wanderers, Jamaica Plain, 
Mass. (TimeTBA) 

D.C. Chapter Wizards vs. Atlanta 
Hawks game, 7 p.m. Verizon Center 

april 12 Chicago Chapter social and 
trivia night, 6-9 p.m., Lakeview, III. 

APRIL15 D.C. Chapter ThirdThursday 
social, 6:30 p.m. (Location TBA) 

Philadelphia Chapter Third Thursday 
social and wine tasting, 6:30 p.m. Total 
Wine, Wilmington, Del. 

Richmond Chapter Tax Day social, 
5 p.m. Legends Brewing Company, 
Richmond, Va. 

Atlanta Chapter networking social, 
6:30-8:30 p.m. Eclipse di Luna 

april 20 Elon faculty/staff mixer, 5:30 
p.m. Sullivan's Steakhouse, Charlotte, 
N.C. Invite your favorite professor or 
staff member when you RSVR 

APRIL24 Triangle Chapter "Angels 
Among Us" race, 7 a.m. registration 
for 5K race at Duke University. 9 a.m. 
registration for family walk through 
Duke Gardens. Durham, N.C. 

mayi Triangle Chapter sixth annual 
Kentucky Derby Party, 4:30 p.m. Wild 
Turkey Lounge, Angus Barn, Raleigh, 

may 2 Los Angeles Chapter Big 
Sunday 2010 service event (Time and 
location TBA) 

may 6 Boston Chapter social, 6 p.m. 

The Greatest Bar 

Los Angeles Chapter First Thursday 
social, 7 p.m. Barney's Beanery, Santa 
Monica, Calif. 

may 7-8 Chapter leaders workshop, 

MAY 20 Charlotte Chapter Culinary 
Experience, 7 p.m. PRESS wine/food 

D.C. Chapter Third Thursday social, 
6:30 p.m. 3 Bar and Restaurant, 
Arlington, Va. 

Philadelphia Chapter Third Thursday 
social, 6:30 p.m. Apothecary Bar and 

Atlanta Chapter networking social, 
6:30-8:30 p.m. Salt Factory Pub 

may 21 Baccalaureate, 3 p.m. Alumni 
Gym, Elon 

may 22 Commencement, 9:30 a.m. 
Under the Oaks, Elon 

JUNE 3 Los Angeles Chapter 
Entertainment Industry Mixer, 7 p.m. 
SOUTH, Santa Monica. Meet with Elon 
students in the Elon in L.A. summer 

JUNE 5 D.C. Chapter Susan G. Komen 
Global Race for the Cure, 8 am The 

National Mall 

JUNE 12 Triangle Chapter Komen Race 
for the Cure, 7 a.m. Meredith College, 
Raleigh, N.C. Family walk begins at 8:45 

JUNE 19 Chicago Chapter Day, 10 a.m. 
North Avenue Beach 

D.C. Chapter Nationals vs. Chicago 
White Sox game, 7:05 p.m. Nationals 
Park. Pre-game barbeque, RFK Stadium 
parking lot 

JUNE 20 Charlotte Chapter Summer 
Pops, Symphony Park, South Park Mall 

OCT. 22-24 Homecoming 

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CLASS Notes 

Class Notes 

Sarah Lou Wrenn Mundy '47 had 
never been away from home before 
she attended Elon, and she is grateful 
that she overcame her trepidation and 
forged ahead. Elon helped her grow 
and mature in many ways, she says, 
and was a wonderful experience that 
made a big difference in her life and 
career. Sarah, who lives in Durham, 
N.C., encourages all current students 
to take advantage of the tremendous 
opportunities available to them. 

Dot Shepherd Hilliard '48 and Al Milliard '49 then 
and now 

Dorothy "Dot" Shepherd Hilliard 
'48 and Charles Albert "Al" Hilliard 
'49 met while students at Elon. Al was 
a nurse in the school infirmary and 
Dot was a soloist in the Elon choir. 
One day, Dot stopped by the infir- 
mary for some cough syrup to keep 
her voice clear, and Al was smitten. 
They began dating a short time later 
and were married Aug. 28, 1948. They 
celebrated their 61st wedding anni- 
versary in August 2009. Both Dot 
and Al are very proud Elon alumni 
and are excited to see how Elon has 
grown over the years and where the 
future will take theit treasured alma 
mater. Both Dot and Al keep busy; 
Al plays golf three times a week, and 
Dot enjoys her retirement group 
meetings and visiting with family and 
friends. They live in Durham, N.C. 

Jessie Doughtie Cutrell '49 is grate- 
ful to Elon for helping to broaden 

her horizons and for giving her life 
purpose. She has so many wonderful 
memories of her time at Elon, in- 
cluding sitting under the senior oak 
and meeting her late husband, Ira 
G. Cutrell '50, as well as many other 
wonderful people. She currently re- 
sides in Windsor, N.C. 

Dorothy "Dot" Jane Brinkley 
Lassiter '49 is grateful to Elon for 
helping her land her first job as a 
second-grade teacher at Altamahaw- 
Ossipee Elementary School. She 
is grateful to the kind and knowl- 
edgeable faculty who took the time 
to guide students into careers that 
suited their academic strengths and 
personalities. She enjoyed all of the 
hustle and bustle of campus and at- 
tended many wonderful plays, con- 
certs and, of course, football and bas- 
ketball games. Dot and her husband, 
James Lassiter '49, live in Florence, 
S.C. They have three sons and two 


Sara Foster Dodson '51 has many 
special memories from Elon but 
none as special as the day she met 
her husband. She currently lives in 
Burlington, N.C, where she enjoys 
spending time with her family. She 
has two daughters, eight grandchil- 
dren and three great-grandchildren. 

Dr. Walter O'Berry '54 recently cel- 
ebrated 50 years as a practicing physi- 
cian and plans to continue working 
for many years. He lives with his wife, 
Sarah, in Jacksonville, N.C. 

Carl Gordon Gibbs '55 credits Elon 
with helping him to grow both aca- 
demically and spiritually. While at 
Elon, he became pastor of Efland 
Baptist Chutch in Efland, N.C. He 
helped the church develop full-time 
services and begin a building pro- 
gram. He is very proud of Elon and 
hopes that the school will stay true to 
its spiritual heritage. He lives with his 
wife, Jessie, in Burgaw, N.C. 

Edwin J. Davidson '57 has re- 
tired after 38 years with the Basic 
Steel Industry. He lives with his 
wife, Jennie Keck Davidson '57, in 
Wexford, Pa. During Homecoming 
this year, as in previous years, Edwin 
got together with several former 
Elon football players from the era 
of former coach Sid Varney (1953- 
T 959)- They are a distinguished 
group, boasting six Elon Sports Hall 
of Fame members. The group has 
raised close to $100,000 for the Sid 

Varney Football Scholarship and the 
Varney Box at Rhodes Stadium. Two 
well-known members of the group 
are Furman Moseley '56 and the late 
Nick Theos '56. Over the next year, 
Edwin says the group will be com- 
piling their many Elon experiences 
and "exploits" (now that the statute 
of limitations has expired, he adds) 
into a memoir that they hope will be 
available at the next reunion. 



Al Capuano '60 is a retired princi- 
pal from Broward County Schools. 
In 2009, he returned to his favorite 
hobby, sports car racing. He received 
the Most Improved Driver award by 

Mary Coolidge Ruth '66, left, and Sally Maurer 
Koch '66 

the Florida region of the Sports Car 
Club of America after he finished sec- 
ond in the Regional Championship 
its Class standings. He was inspired 
to return to racing by his hero, the 
late Paul Newman, who raced until 
he was age 83. He lives with his wife, 
Marcia, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 

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CLASS Notes 

Sally Maurer Koch '66 visited with 
longtime friends, Mary Coolidge 
Ruth '66 and Bill Ruth '66, at the 
Silver Lake Conference Center in 
Sharon, Conn., where the Ruths were 
volunteering for the United Chutch 
of Christ Partners in Service. Sally 
lives in Scarborough, Maine. 

Thomas Page '66 is a novelist and 
technical writer. His novel. Hie Man 
Who Would Not Die — A Love Story, 
is being reprinted in Ireland and 
England, and has been optioned for a 
film. He lives in Santa Monica, Calif. 

Oliver G. Halle '67 is a retired spe- 
cial agent with the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation and is now president 
of Oliver G. Halle & Associates 
Inc., a firm that conducts corporate 
ethics and anti-corruption training 
seminars. His firm recently con- 
ducted seminars at Michigan State 
Universiry, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco 
and the Federal Reserve Bank in 
Atlanta. He lives with his wife, Mollie, 
in Marietta, Ga. 

Peggy Bell Poe 

Peggy Bell Poe '68 recently retired 
after eight years with the Department 
of Family and Children's Services 
and five years as a Spanish teacher. 
She lives with her husband. Gray, in 
Newnan, Ga. 


Roland "Chip" Gill '70 is a retired 
teacher, coach and athletic direc- 
tor. He was honored by the North 
Carolina Alliance for Athletics, 
Health, Physical Education, 
Recreation, and Dance, on Nov. 13, 
2009, for his many years of dedicated 
service. He served as president of 
the North Carolina Association for 
Athletic Education in 2002, 2004 
and again in 2009. In 2001 he was 
inducted into the North Carolina 
Athletic Director's Hall of.Fame. He 
lives with his wife, Sarah Kenyon Gill 
'70, in Durham, N.C. 

Robert R. Lane '71 and Karen 
Paulos Lane '71 live in Powell, Ohio. 
Robert is president of the Central 

Ohio District Key Bank. On Nov. 17, 
2009, he was honored at the Grand 
Illusions Event hosted in Columbus, 
Ohio. The event is held annually to 
raise money for cancer research. 

Robert Scott Baily '72 and his wife, 
April, have relocated to Mountain 
Home, Ark. Robert is a wellness con- 
sultant and has his own business with 
his wife called To Your Good Health. 
They have partnered with nikken, a 
wellness company headquartered in 
Irvine, Calif. 

Charles F. Bell '72 has retired from 
his real estate firm in Carolina Beach, 
N.C. He now resides inTitusville, Fla. 

James L. Correll Jr. '72 is the ex- 
ecutive tournament director for the 
Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn 
and was recently elected to serve a 
second term as chairman of the 
PGA Champions Tour Tournament 
Association Board of Directors. As 
chairman, he will serve as the liaison 
among the 26 tour stops, the players 
and the PGA Tour. This will be his 
fifth year as a member of the board. 
He lives in Hickory, N.C. 

Perry Crouch '73 is minister of 
Christian education for Thalia Lynn 
Baptist Church. He was recently hon- 
ored by the congregation on the 20th 
anniversary of his ministry. He served 
for 16 years as minister to youth and 
in his current position for the past 
four years. He lives with his wife, 
Emily, in Virginia Beach, Va. 

Addison "Buddy" Himes Jr. '73 

served as director of the School 
of Music at the University of 
Louisiana at Lafayette for 12 years. 
He recently accepted a position as 
dean of the College of Fine Arts at 
Stephen F. Austin State Universiry in 
Nacogdoches, Texas, where he now 
resides wirh his wife, Cynthia. 

Daniel N. Douglas '74 is serving as 
nuclear medicine technologist for the 
American Hospital-Dubai. He lives 
with his wife, Diana, in Glendale, 

Patsy Lynch '75 I s a photojournalist 
for Peralandra Services. She recently 
completed a project and exhibition 
honoring community pioneers for 
the Rainbow History Project, and 
her photographs are being featured 
in an exhibit honoring people who 
are working to fight hiv/aids. The 
exhibit is called "Portraits of Heroes," 
and it is currently on display in 
Washington, D.C. She lives in Glen 
Echo, Md. 

Alumni honor Jerry Tolley 

Former Elon football players and coaches joined more than 200 
people at a Dec. 7 retirement celebration for Jerry Tolley, former head 
football coach and staff member. 

"It meant an awful lot to have those players and coaches there," 
Tolley said. 

Tolley served in many capacities during his 31 years at Elon, 
most notably as head coach of Elon's 1980 and 1981 NAIA national 
championship football teams. He arrived at Elon in 1967, serving as an 
assistant football coach for ro years before leading the team for five 
years. He retired from coaching in 1981 and joined Elon's development 
office, serving as director of annual giving and The Elon Society, Elon's 
premier annual giving recognition group. In 1986, he left Elon to work 
at Burlington, N.C.-based LabCorp. He returned to Elon's development 
office in 1999. 

Tolley, who currently serves as mayor of theTown of Elon, earned 
bachelor's and master's degrees from East Carolina University, where 
he starred in the early 1960s on the Pirates football team. He earned a 
doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Zene Fearing '76 attended the Kappa 
Sigma awards ceremony in Virginia 
Beach, Va., on Nov. 21, 2009. At the 
ceremony, the Senator John G. Tower 
Distinguished Alumni Award was 
presented to Vice Admiral William 
E. "Bill" Gortney '77 of the United 
States Navy for his professional 
achievements and significant re- 
sponsibilities during his 32 years of 
service. He is one of only 160 of 
175,000 Kappa Sigma brorhers to re- 
ceive this award. Gortney currently 
commands the U.S. Naval Central 
Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined 
Maririme Forces, which is his third 
command tour in the U.S. Central 

Command area of operations. His 
command supports maritime security 
operations and combat operarions for 
Operations Enduring Freedom and 
Iraqi Freedom. Other F.lon alumni 
in attendance were: Tom Summers 
'70, Tom Ponder '76, Barry Smith 
'79, Les Hall '77 and Rick Coradi '76. 

Richard M. Coradi '76 and Jane 
Healy Coradi '78 live in Chesapeake, 
Va. Richard is a stockbroker for 
Davenport & Company, and Jane is 
a homemaker and volunteer. 

Larry Riggan '76 retired last May af- 
ter 33 years in education. He served 

Vice Admiral William £ Gortney '77 with fellow [Ion alumni at the Kappa Sigma awards ceremony on Nov. 21, 2009. 


CLASS Notes 

as principal at Union Pines High 
School and Alexander Central High 
School before finishing his career at 
Asheboro High School. He lives in 
Aberdeen, N.C. 

M. Fleetwood "Fleet" Bagley '77 
spent this past Christmas in Istanbul, 
Turkey. He is also a teacher at The 
Learning Center in Doha, Qatar. 

Marilee McPherson Kivett '77 

Marilee McPherson Kivett '77 is 
a sales and promotions director for 
Alamance Marketing & Publishing. 
She manages the sales and market- 
ing department and works on vari- 
ous magazine publications, as well 
as with advertising clients. She lives 
with her husband, Mitchell, in Snow 
Camp, N.C. 

Samuel A. Burgess '78 is a princi- 
pal development planner for New 
Hanover County Government. He 
has been serving as scoutmaster of 
Boy Scout Troop 218, Cape Fear 
Council, since 1991. He has guided 
24 young men to the rank of Eagle 
Scout. He also serves as chair of 
the North Carolina State Employee 
Credit Union Advisory Board in 
Wilmington, N.C, where he lives 
with his wife, Jimi-Ann. 

David L. Payne '79 was recently 
promoted to assistant director for 
operations in the Office of Thrift 
Supervision, United States Treasury 
Department. He lives with his wife, 
Sharon, in Blue Ash, Ohio. 



Veronica Leath Revels '81 was re- 
elected in November for a second 
term to the Town of Gibsonville 
Board of Alderman. She lives in 
Elon, N.C. 

Terri Crowson Wallace '81 is the 
community outreach coordinator 
for the Univetsity of North Carolina 
— Lineberger Cancer Center. The cen- 
ter works with cancer patients and 

their families to help them enjoy the 
highest quality of life possible. She 
lives with her husband, Richard, in 
Benson, N.C. 

Daniel M. Alexander '82 recently 

accepted a position as vice president 
ol national programs for spl Inc., a 
national network of environmental 
and petroleum testing laboratories 
based in Houston. 

Margaret Toney 
Elvers '82 teaches 
English at Daniels 
Middle School. She 
coaches varsity cheer- 
leading at Btoughton 
High School, where 
she recently coached 
the 2009 NCHSAA 
state championship 
and the national 
championship in varsity cheerleading. 
In 2006, Margaret won the Coach 
of the Year award. She lives with her 
husband, John, in Raleigh, N.C. 

Gene Walker '82 is a service advisor 
at Mercedes Benz of Winston-Salem. 
He and his wife, Anna, celebrated 
their 26th wedding anniversary on 
Dec. 3, 2009. They have two sons 
whom they are extremely proud of 
and enjoy spending time with their 
family. Thev live in Winston-Salem, 

has been a fun and challenging expe- 
rience. Feel free to call her with any 
of your catering needs. She lives with 
her husband. Brent, in Charlottesville. 

Terri Crowson Wallace '81 

Liz Hickman Greqorek '81 and family 

Liz Hickman Gregorek '83 is a hu- 
man resources manager for Omya 
Inc., a calcium carbonate mining 
manufacturer. She lives with her 
husband, Derek, and their sons, Tyler 
and Garrett, in Brandon, Vt. 

Kim Morehouse Kobre '85 is a learn- 
ing specialist and owner of Wise Owl 
Learning. She lives in Santa Rosa, 
Calif., with her husband, Shaw, and 
their children. Alec and Rylan. 

Lydia Shull Lunnen 87 is owner 
of Big Jim's bbq Catering in 
Charlottesville, Va. She purchased 
the business last vear and she says it 

Mark W. O'Brien '87 

Mark W. O'Brien '87 competed 
in the Ford Ironman World 
Championship in Kona, Hawaii, 
on Oct. 10, 2009. He finished in 14 
hours, 24 minutes. The race includes 
a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride 
and 26.2-mile run. Mark lives in 
Fairfax, Va. 

Marc A. Olson '89 is chief executive 
officer of Nayatek. He lives with his 
wife, Cornelia, in Wilmington, Del. 

Kris Liviccori Subasavage '89 re- 
cently earned a bachelor's degree 
in nursing from Kennesaw State 
University. She is a registered nurse 
in the icu department at Kennestone 
Hospital. She lives with her husband, 
Brian, in Acworth, Ga. 


Tracey Cooper Borgstrom '90 was re- 
cently promoted from nursing super- 
visor to the clinical manager of oncol- 
ogy at Chester Count)' Hospital in 
West Chester, Pa. She lives with her 
husband, Robert, in Swarthmore, Pa. 

Todd D. McGirk '90 was recently 
promoted to Band 4 vp Supplier 
Manager in for Bank of America. He 
lives in Huntersville, N.C. 

Jennifer L. Meyers '91 is an emer- 
gency services specialist for the 
American Chemistry Council, 

chemtrec. In September 2009, she 
earned her National Pro Board cer- 
tification as a Hazardous Materials 
Technician & Hazardous Materials 
Responder/Operational & Awareness 
levels through the Delaware State Fire 
School in Dover, Del. She lives in 
Leesburg, Va. 

Jonathan C. Hoover '92 is direcror 
for Fast-Teks Computer Services, an 
on-site computer technical support 
franchise. His territory serves resi- 
dential and small business customers 
in the Danville, Va., and Reidsville/ 
Eden, N.C areas. He also recently 
finished his second year as a Virginia 
high school football official. He lives 
with his wife, Ttacy, in Danville. 



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Kim Morehouse Kobre '8s , husband, Shaw, and 
sons, Alec and Rylan 

Tracy Pile Costello '91, husband, Michael, and children 

Tracy Pile Costello '93 is a counselor 
tor Family Preservation Services. She 
lives with her husband, Michael, and 
their children, in Willis, Va. 

Tracey Helton Lewis '93 is principal 
for Surry County Schools. She was 
recently inducted into the Alpha 
Theta Chapter of the Delta Kappa 
Gamma Society International, a pro- 
fessional honor society comprised of 
women educators. She lives with her 
husband, James, in King, N.C. 

Natasha Jones '94 graduated in 
August with a master's degree from 
the University of Nofth Carolina at 
Charlotte. Her advanced degree is as 
a family nurse practitioner. She lives 
in Charlotte, N.C. 

Terri Y. Fletcher '95 is an adjunct 
composition instructor at the ITT 
Technical Institute. She teaches 
composition courses and Strategies 
for the Technical Professional. She 
lives in Greensboro, N.C. 

Geoff Gentry '97 earned the 
Professional Standard Certificate 
through the North Carolina 
Association of Educational Office 
Professionals. He serves as secretary 
of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro branch. 
He is also on the Classified Council 
for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City 
Schools. He has worked for the 
school system for the past seven 


CLASS Notes 

At home on Capitol Hill 

by Robert Wohner 11 

Michael Long '04 has been fascinated 
by politics for as long as he can remem- 
ber. As a teenager, he gladly chose 
C-SPAN over MTV. He and his mother, 
Naomi, worked on numerous cam- 
paigns as local and state Democratic 
Party activists, while his father, Isaac, 
served for 10 years on the board of edu- 
cation in Caswell County, N.C. 

After graduating with degrees in 
political science and public administra- 
tion, Long headed to the most natural 
place for a political junkie: Washington, 
D.C. After a brief stint as a research 
assistant at a nonprofit organization. 
Long went to work as a special assistant 
to one of the most influential law- 
makers on Capitol Hill — House 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. 

Long's duties as a member of Pelosi's 
executive staff can vary daily and take 
him anywhere. In general, he makes sure 
Pelosi's day goes smoothly, providing 
her with the proper briefing materials, 
fielding requests from other congres- 
sional offices and greeting guests before 
they meet with the speaker. He also has 
assisted with major events at the Capitol, 
including the Inauguration and the State 
of the Union address, and accompanies 
Pelosi on official trips, including her trip 
to China last spring to discuss environ- 
mental issues. 

There is no limit to what Long might 
be expected to do or how long that 
might take. 

"I get into the office at 8 a.m. and am 
there until the speaker leaves," he says. 
"That could be at 7 p.m. That could be 
at l a.m. One day, I could meet a movie 
star and by the end of the day be at the 
White House." 

Working in the speaker's office, Long 
has learned what it takes to be suc- 
cessful in Washington. To him, it's 

"Nothing can happen without coop- 
eration," he says. "I have to work with 
individuals from Republican offices, 
and when it comes to working relation- 
ships, you have to put politics aside." 

No one appreciates Long's contribu- 
tions more than Pelosi, who praises his 
desire to learn as well as his humility. 

"Idealism, a curiosity to learn and to 
absorb, good judgment and a sense of 
planning, Michael brings all of that to 
the table," Pelosi says. "When people 
come to Washington, I want them to 
understand that they are a future leader 
of America. This is a job I want people 
to thrive in." 

Pelosi also praised Long's ongoing 
efforts to build a relationship between 
her office and the Boy Scouts of 
America. Long is a member of The 
Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts' 
national honor society. 

"No office can boast a stronger rela- 
tionship with them," Pelosi says. 
"Michael displays such dignity and 
maturity that he has for all people, from 
a i2-year-old boy to a head of state." 

Even with the pressures of working 

on Capitol Hill, Long has flourished. 
Since joining Pelosi's staff two years 
ago, he says he has grown profession- 
ally and personally. 

"Every day I learn something new," 
Long says. "There are talents that you 
have, but you don't have a chance to 
show them all at one time. When you 
work in a high-energy environment, 
you're pulled in so many directions that 

you're forced to bring all your talents to 
the surface." 

So far, Long says, he hasn't allowed 
Washington's partisan atmosphere to 
get to him. 

"A lot of people suggest that Wash- 
ington changes you, but only if you 
allow it to," he says. "I hope to stay in this 
high-profile arena but remain a humble 

years as the Ncwise data manager. 
This spring, he will be traveling to 
the island community of Bocachica 
in Colombia on a mission trip with 
Elon professors Vic Costello and 
Mark Fox, and Elon student Sarah 
Costello '11. They will be helping 
with several projects such as building 
latrines, pouring concrete floors and 
holding a family conference. Geoff 
lives in Graham, N.C. 

Daniel B. Haithcox '97 has accepted 
a position as principal of Bonlee 
School, a K-8 school in Chatham 
County, N.C. Recently, he was a 
finalist for the Chatham County 
Schools Principal of the Year award, 
as well as a recipient of the Western 
Chatham naacp Humanitarian 

Award for service to youth. He lives 
in Ramseur, N.C. 

Courtney DeBerry Baraglia '98 re- 
cently graduated with a bachelors 
degree in nursing from the University 
of Colorado-Denver. She is a pedi- 
atric nurse at Presbyterian/St. Lukes 
Hospital in Denver. She lives with 
her husband, Jim, in Littleton, Colo. 

Heather M. Coffey '98 earned a doc- 
torate in education from the culture, 
curriculum and change program at 
the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill. She's an assistant pro- 
fessor in the College of Education at 
the University of North Carolina at 
Charlotte in the department of mid- 

dle, secondary and K-12 education. 
She lives in Charlotte. 

Joseph M. Capps '99 is director of 
bands for Orange County Schools. 
He teaches 6th, 7th and 8th grade 
bands along with three jazz bands. 
He also serves as chair of Jazz for 
North Carolina Music Educators. His 
middle school jazz band will be the 
first to perform at the North Carolina 
Music Educators Association 
Conference. He lives with his wife, 
Erin, in Mebane, N.C. 

Suzy Wilson Schmeltz '99 is a part- 
time physician assistant at Henry 
Ford Hospital. This fall she began as 
an assistant professor in the physician 
assistant studies program at Wayne 

State University. She lives with her 
husband. Sterling, and their daughter, 
Amelia, in Belleville, Mich. 



Cameron W Dejong 02 was elected 
a selectman in Manchester, N.H., 
during elections held last fall. As a 
selectman, he will help oversee the 
balloting process during primary and 
general elections, and he will also 
serve on the Heritage Commission, 
which oversees development pro- 
posals in historic areas of the city. 
Cameron works as a sales manager 


CLASS Notes 

Taking Elon on the road 

Before his deployment to Iraq in March 2009, Army 1st Lt. Brian 
Foley '08 trained to be a field artillery officer who would help plan, 
coordinate and execute artillery fire attacks on enemy aircraft. When 
he arrived in Iraq, however, he found himself in a very different role, 
serving as a liaison between U.S. forces and Iraqi militias in Baghdad 
and Diyala Province. 

With little, if any, training for his new assignment, Foley says he 
drew on his Elon experiences, particularly a Winter Term course in 
South Africa that he took in 2007. He found parallels between apart- 
heid and the subsequent reconciliation process in South Africa and 
efforts by American and coalition forces to stabilize Iraq. 

Foley, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, says he spent 
most of his time meeting with leaders of the Sons of Iraq, a para- 
military group consisting of former insurgents who later teamed up 
with American forces against insurgents. During one of his meetings 
with the group, he unfurled a maroon and gold Elon flag that he'd 
brought to Iraq and asked them to pose for a photo. 

Foley concluded his eight-month tour of duty in November, 
returning with his unit to Fort Bragg, N.C. He says he's proud to be a 
soldier and a former member of Elon's ROTC program. 

"Elon ROTC alumni have definitely had a dramatic impact on this 
country, as well as the world, through their service in the U.S. military." 

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Kimberly Carr MacDonald 02 
is a high school counselor for the 
Charleston County School District. 
She recently achieved her National 
Board Certification in the area of 
school counseling. She lives with her 
husband, Drew, in Charleston, S.C. 

Erica Stanley '02 is director of the 
public affairs division of The Glover 
Park Group, for which she special- 
izes in health-care issues. She lives in 
Washington, D.C. 

Keira Wickliffe '02 graduated in 
May from Johns Hopkins University 
with a master's degree in nursing sci- 
ence and public health. She is cur- 
rently working at Johns Hopkins 
Emergency Department and teaching 
at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. 
She lives in Baltimore. 

Sarah K. Townsend 03 works in 
system and service sales for Firetrol 
Protection Systems Inc. She recently 
earned her nicet Level I certifica- 
tion in fire alarm systems. She lives 
in Greensboro, N.C. 

Andrew Frace '04 is a member of the 
Las Vegas production of Broadway's 
Jersey Boys, playing at the Palazzo 
Resort. He rotates through the show 
and covers the roles of Bob, Tommy, 
Joey, Norm, Barry, Knuckles and 
Thug. He lives in Las Vegas. 

Ann H. Early 05 is founder and 
chief executive officer of Ann Early 
Organizing, which specializes in 
moves and relocations. Visit her Web 
site at Ann lives 
in New York City, where she serves 
as vice president of the nyc Elon 
Alumni Chapter. She encourages all 
alumni to participate in their local 

Kara M. Anderson '06 graduated in 
May 2009 with a master's degree in 
nonprofit leadership and manage- 
ment. She recently accepted a posi- 
tion as assistant director of alumni 
relations for Otterbein College in 
Westerville, Ohio. She lives in Dublin, 

(l-r) Charlie Davis '98, Alan Wilson '79, 
Michael Hurst '06 and Matthew Lake '06 

Michael Hurst 06 reports that the 
Charleston Elon Alumni Chapter 
hosted a golf match on Oct. 31, 2009. 
In attendance were Alan Wilson '79, 
Matthew Lake '06, Charlie Davis '98 
and Anne Machowski 03. After golf, 
the group enjoyed a cookout at the 
Shadowmoss Clubhouse. 

Canden Schwantes '06 

Canden Schwantes 06 lives in 
London, England. This summer, she 
will be trekking to the summit of Mt. 
Kilimanjaro. The climb will benefit 
ActionAid UK, a charity that sup- 
ports the awareness and eradication 
of worldwide poverty. If you would 
like to learn more about her upcom- 
ing adventure or make a donation to 
the cause, check out her Web site at 

Sara E. Davis '07 ran her first 
marathon, the nyc ing race, to 
raise money for the Robin Hood 
Foundation last fall and ran a second 
marathon to raise money for Easter 
Seals in December. She lives in New 
York City. 

Calley J. Grace '07 is an editorial 
assistant with the National Institute 
of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 
part of the National Institutes of 
Health and the Department of 

Health and Human Services. She 
lives in Baltimore. 

Jaclyn A. Immordino '07 recently 
received a master's degree in design 
and branding strategy from Brunei 
University in West London, uk. She 
lives in Ewing, N.J. 

Aileen M. McCarthy '07 recently 
traveled to Hong Kong as part of 
the Blackstone Group internship pro- 
gram. She also has received a master's 
degree in publishing from New York 
University in New York City, where 
she lives. 

Adam Milliken '07 is a marketing 
operations analyst for a B2B telecom 
company headquartered in Denver. 
He was working for the company in 
Orlando, Fla., but has recently trans- 
ferred to Denver, where he will main- 
tain and optimize the internal opera- 
tions of the marketing department. 

Charlie Remy 07 graduated in 
December with a master's degree in 
library and information science from 
Simmons College in Boston. He lives 
in Gorham, Maine. 

Shannon M. Keane 08 recently 
earned her certified public account- 
ing license from the Massachusetts 
State Board of Accountancy after 
successful completion of one year of 
professional auditing experience. She 
lives in Somerville, Mass. 

Kim Marker '08 is a training and 
networking coordinator for jva 
Consulting. She lives in Denver. 

Lesley Tkaczyk '08 is an assistant 
editor for Pace Communications in 
Greensboro, N.C. She works on AAA 
Traveler magazine and AAA Northern 
California, Nevada and Utah. She 
lives in Burlington, N.C. 

Dwayne W. Waite Jr. '08 recently 
marked the first anniversary of 
his marketing agency, jdw: The 
Charlotte Agency, in Charlotte, N.C, 
where he lives. He is responsible for 
the general business operations, busi- 
ness development and marketing 

Sean P. Flynn '09 is an account 
associate for Ketchum Sports & 
Entertainment. He tracks current 
digital public relations trends and 
applies those to client programs. He 
lives in New York City. 

Brittany L. Heffernan '09 is an au- 
dit associate for McGladrey & Pullen. 
She lives in Arlington, Va. 


CLASS Notes 

On track for success 

BY Sarah Beth Costello 11 

Ashley Igdalsky '02 is standing at the 
bottom of the grandstand, surrounded 
by the roar of racecars as "God Bless 
America"blares from the sound system 
and a squadron of Air Force jets whiz- 
zes by. 

It is another day at the office for 
Igdalsky as she awaits the crack of the 
start gun for another race at her family's 
NASCAR track, Pocono Raceway in 
Long Pond, Pa. During racing season, 
Igdalsky spends every weekend at the 
raceway, helping her family, the Mat- 
tiolis, run the famed NASCAR track. 

"I've always loved (race day),"she says. 
"It's that feeling in the air on race morn- 
ing, you wake up and there's excite- 
ment. Everybody's in a good mood." 

Igdalsky is more than just a fan of 
racing — it's in her blood. 

Growing up, she spent every sum- 
mer at the raceway, which is owned by 
her grandparents. Rose and Joseph 
"Doc" Mattioli. When she was 8, she 
learned to drive a bulldozer. At 10, she 
was given her first official job — paint- 
ing the black and white checkers on the 
track. As she grew older, Igdalsky took 
on more responsibilities, from running 
hospitality services to timing the flyby, 
or coordinating the start of the race 
with television coverage. Today, she is 
executive director of the family's latest 
venture, The Village of Pocono, an all- 
season resort across the street from the 

Originally a spinach farm in the 

1960s, Pocono Raceway was launched 
by a group of investors who wanted to 
build a NASCAR racetrack similar to the 
one in Daytona, Fla. 

"From that day on, my grandfather 
was chairman of the board," Igdalsky 
says. "Little by little, he bought (the 
investors) out." 

It truly is a family business. Igdalsky 's 
mother, Looie McNally, is a member of 
the raceway board of directors, while 
brother Brandon serves as president 
and brother Nicholas '99 as senior vice 
president. Her grandmother, Dr. Rose 
Mattioli, serves as secretary and trea- 
surer. Igdalsky is assistant secretary and 
assistant treasurer. 

After graduating with a degree in 
communications and film and a pho- 
tography minor, Igdalsky says she didn't 
expect to work in the family business. 
Then she received the offer of a lifetime 
from her grandfather. 

"About five years ago, he asked me to 
come back and take care of a project for 
him," Igdalsky explains. "He's had this 
vision since the '70s about starting a 
resort and asked me to implement, 
design, build and open it." 

The mission was simple — to offer 
guests comfortable, affordable accom- 
modations, especially during racing 

"The main objective of the resort was 
to get other hotels to lower their prices," 
Igdalsky says. "The money it generates 
helps the local economy. The Village is 
clean, it's luxurious, it's something you 
wouldn't expect at a racetrack." 

Igdalsky oversaw the design and 
construction of the facility, including 
hiring contractors and putting on a 
hard hat to crawl through tight spaces. 
With no experience in construction, 
Igdalsky learned a lot from her 

"He has built so much that there was 
no one better who could teach me," she 

The resort includes a 6,000-square- 
foot clubhouse, 5,000-square-foot 
indoor aquatic center, saunas, fitness 

center, fireside lounge, theater and 
game room. The resort project forced 
Igdalsky to think on her feet, which 
proved invaluable. 

"I learned so much being thrown into 
situations where I had no experience 
and having to step up and learn," she 
says. "As a petite Italian girl, it's a little 
harder to prove yourself in an industry 
that's male-dominated. But the more 
you know, the more respect you can 

Kevin A. Kline 09 was recently 
promoted to full-time producer/as- 
signment editor for wxn 12 News in 
Winston-Salem, N.C., where he lives. 
He is currently producing a 30-min- 
ute special for the station that looks 
behind the scenes of the Flight of 
Honor project. 

Chika Kusakaw 09 is a vista 
(Volunteers in Service to America) 
for AmeriCorps, serving a yearlong 
assignment through AmeriCorps- 
North Carolina Campus Compact 
at the University of North Carolina 
at Pembroke. The primary goal of the 
organization is to increase campus- 
wide participation in community and 

public service. She lives in Pembroke, 


Garrett Pittenger 09 recently started 
a new job as a business valuation asso- 
ciate with Deloitte Financial Advisory 
Services. He lives in New York City. 

Durice N. White 09 is an event mar- 
keting representative for ALSAc/St. 
Jude Children's Research Hospital in 
Atlanta, where she lives. Her respon- 
sibilities include planning, organizing 
and implementing fundraising events 
for the hospital. 



E. Kyle Tyner '83 and Michael J. 
Tucker, 11/21/09. Kyle is a leader- 
ship consultant. The couple live in 
Statesville, N.C. 


Wendi Anne Johnson '98 and John 
C. DeForest Jr., 10/24/09. Wendi is 
a literacy specialist for the City of 
Springfield. They live in Springfield, 

Andrea Spinella '99 and Rob 
McDiarmid, 11/7/09. The wedding 
was held at Trinity Church with a re- 
ception at the W in Union Square in 
New York City. Elon alumni in atten- 
dance were: Eric "Turbo" Joyner '98, 
Jimmy Golinsky '99, Shelley Rubin 
Golinsky 00, Kerri Coby White 99, 
Jaimie Morais '99, Chris Tonnesen 
'99, Jennifer Long Tonnesen 01, 
Christy Slosky '99, Kristine Sweeney 
Carroll '99 and Rich Carroll '99. The 
couple live in New York City. 


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f. Ay/e fyner '83 and Michael Tucker 

Andrea Spinella '99 and Rob McDiarmid and friends 

Wendi Anne Johnson Henry L. Spence '00 and 

Deforest '98 and John Keiko Kito Spence 
C. Deforest Jr. 

Meredith Wood Davis Jermaine Evans '03 and 

'01 and Matt Davis Shannon Stone Ivans 

Blaire Oalaton '03 and Brian Kelleher '03 and friends 


Henry L. Spence 00 and Keiko Kito, 
9/20/09. The couple were married on 
the island ot Okinawa, Japan. Henry 
is an officer in the U.S. Army. 

Meredith Lynn Wood 01 and Matt 
D. Davis, 9/12/09. Elon alumni who 
participated in the wedding were: 
Erin Witmer-Yuska 01 and Emily 
MacDonnell Grdic '01. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Kelly Dynan- 
Strain 01, Andi Novak Chamberlain 

01, Courtney Daubert Verdelli 00 
and Greg Verdelli '01. The couple 
reside in Chicago, where they are 
both actors. 

Jermaine Evans '03 and Shannon 
Stone, 8/15/09. Jermaine teaches 
business education and is an assis- 
tant football coach at Millbrook High 
School. The couple live in Raleigh, 

Blaire Galaton 03 and Brian 
Kelleher '03, 8/29/09. The couple 
were married in Philadelphia, where 
they reside. Elon alumni in atten- 
dance were: Brielle Gould 04, Katie 
Jarret 03, Tom Trost 03, Patrick 
Estlow 04, Gregory "Wood" Barrett 

02, Elizabeth Mills 03, Kellie 
Brielmaier 03, Alexia Halbart 03, 
Jessica Messier 03, Jamie McGovern 

03, Emily Perry '03, Ivy Myer '03, 
Cheri Seagraves 02, Erin Bricker 
Zarate 03, Martin Zarate 04, Sarah 
Gesl-Spencer 03, Patrick Gilligan 
02, Ed Gurley '02, Lee Hawley 02, 
Blair Dowling Hawley 05, Brandon 
Kline 04 and Timmy Kelly 04. 

Michael McQuarrie 03 and 
Elizabeth Williams, 7/9/09. The 
wedding was held on Ocracoke 
Island, N.C. Michael is director of 
recreation for The New School. The 
couple reside in New York City. 

Monica Fee 04 and Bryan Terry 
were married at a private tesidence in 
Southampton, N.Y, on 9/12/09. They 
honeymooned on the Dalmatian 
Coast of Croatia. Jennifer Fulmer 
Guthrie 04 served as a bridesmaid. 

Monica is a sports sponsorship sales 
agent for Creative Artists Agency in 
New York City, where they live. 

Taylor Jones '04 and Micah 
Gremillion, 4/25/09. Elon alumni 
who participated in the wedding were: 
Allison Brown 04, Katie Harrell 03 
and Nicole Richie 04. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Kevin Garrett 

03, Rebecca Lefevre Somonelli 04 
and Tina Lager Garrett 04. Taylor 
works tor Access Insurance Company. 
The couple reside in Atlanta. 

Renita Lenee Leak 04 and Jarred 
L. Webb, 7/11/09. Elon alumni in 
attendance were: Dana Whin '94, 
Kimberly Claud 04, Kimberly 
Adams Van Acker '04, Calvin Sutton 

04, Joanna Jarrett Langston 02, 
Joy Carter Alexander 02, LaTasha 
Douglass 03, Lisa Ratliff Roper '93, 
Kelsie Langston 02, Brittney Logan 

02, Courtney Walton 03, Bianca 
Ashton 03, Alice Turner 07, Shana 
McLaughlin 03, Arianne Hamilton 

03, Nichelle Harrison 04, Adina 
Dorch 03, Tanaya Jones 04, Melissa 
Jordan '04 and Elon staff members 
Pamela Motfitt and Janice Ratliff. 
Renita is an assistant principal at 
Western Middle School in Elon, N.C. 
The couple live in Greensboro, N.C. 

Michael McQuarrie '03 and Elizabeth Williams 
McQuarrie and friends 

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Taylor Jones Gremillion '04 and Micah Gremillion 
and friends 

Candace Williams 
Gamble '06 and Rasmi 
Gamble '06 

Melissa Rafetto Prelec '0; 
and Michael Prelec '04 

Alexandra Marina Hacking 05 and 
Justin Hadfield, 6/5/09. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Andrea Ronzoni 
'05, Kathy Schwartz 05, Christina 
Pilafas 05, Allie Gilkey 05, Gillian 
Ruttkay 05, Melissa Villemarette '05, 
Allison Earley 05, Keegan Heise 05 
and Molly Cade '05. The couple re- 
side in Chester Springs, Pa. 

Emily Jane Shore '05 and Patrik K. 
Silvola, 8/8/09. Elon alumni who 
participated in the wedding were: 
Emily Karr '05, Bucleigh Newton 
Kernodle 05, Mary Allen Mann '05 
and Lindsay Gross Hege 05. Emily 
is a graduate student. The couple live 
in Columbia, S.C. 

Rasmi Gamble 06 and Candace 
Williams '06, 6/19/09. Rasmi works 
for the Department of Treasury in 
Houston, and Candace is a senior 
medical student at the University of 
Texas Medical Branch and will grad- 
uate in June 2010. She is currently 
interviewing for pediatric residency 
programs. The couple reside in Sugar 
Land, Texas. 

Mary Sessions Newman Ashley Owen Witt '06 
'06 and Jonathan and Matthew Witt 


Molly Steinberg Howard '06 and Christopher 
Howard '06 and friends 

Renita Leak Webb '04 and Jarred Webb and friends Monica fee Terry '04 and Bryan Terry and friends Emily Shore Silvola '05 and Patrick Silvola and friends 


CLASS Notes 

Preserving a piece of history 

BY Sarah Beth Costello 'n 
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The tobacco barns dotting rural North 
Carolina may seem old and dilapidated 
to some, but to Jayson Judy '08, they 
are historical landmarks full of artistic 
possibilities. As owner of The 'Bacco 
Stick, Judy handcrafts hiking sticks from 
the hardwood used to cure tobacco in 
old barns. He takes the rough, splin- 
tered wood and transforms it into a 
piece of art. 

Growing up on a horse farm in Gib- 
sonville, N.C., Judy spent time with 
neighboring tobacco farmers and grew 
to appreciate the craft of growing, 
picking and curing the crop. Before the 
introduction of modern bulk curing 
systems, North Carolina farmers flue- 
cured tobacco by draping the leaves 
over sticks hanging from barn rafters 
above large kilns of coals. Most of those 
barns sit empty today, which provides 
opportunity for Judy and his Gibson- 
ville-based company. 

"When I was 11 or 12, I visited my 
grandfather in the mountains in 
Waynesville, N.C., and went to a craft 
show where I saw some walking sticks 
(on display)," Judy says. "I came back 
home, found an old tobacco barn and 
thought I could make a tobacco stick 
out of the sticks from the barn." 

He began making and selling 
tobacco sticks to friends and family. By 
the time he was 14, he was selling them 
nationally after stories about his work 
appeared in The Charlotte Observer, The 
Times-News in Burlington and Country 
magazine. Some people even shipped 
sticks to Judy to transform into beautiful 
handmade crafts. In 2001, he launched 

his company Web site and currently sells 
his sticks in almost every state. 

"Most people my age don't know 
what a 'bacco stick is because they 
stopped using them 50 years ago," Judy 
says. "They can't appreciate how much 
work goes into it." 

The transformation process takes 
several hours. Judy begins by using a 
mounted belt sander to remove large 
splinters before meticulously hand- 
sanding the 5-foot sticks. Once the 
sticks are stained, they are ready for 

sale. The entire process takes about 
three hours. 

Last fall, the university asked Judy to 
make 'bacco sticks as gifts for Elon 
trustees who were attending a retreat 
in the mountains in Highlands, N.C.The 
sticks commemorated the university's 
Ever Elon Campaign topping the $70 
million mark. 

"I was extremely excited and hon- 
ored to be part of the Ever Elon 
Campaign," says Judy, who will finish his 
MBA studies at Elon in May. Judy plans 

to use his MBA degree to grow The 
'Bacco Stick. 

"I make 'bacco sticks for two reasons," 
says Judy, "to preserve a part of my heri- 
tage that is quickly being forgotten and 
to recycle tobacco sticks to produce a 
quality, elegant and functional product 
for people of all walks of life." 

Visit for more 
information about Judy's company. 

Christopher Howard 06 and Molly 
Steinberg '06, 5/24/09. They were 
married at the Spring Mill Manor in 
Ivyland, Pa. Elon alumni who partici- 
pated in the wedding were: Thomas 
Kernan '06, Stephen Johnson 03, 
Jim Milligan '05, Michelle Moody 
'05, Danielle Smith '05 and Jennifer 
Harmon 06. Elon alumni in at- 
tendance were: Robin Smith '07, 
Ben Samel 05, Adam Dice 04 and 
Emma Longster '07. Christopher 
is an investment specialist for The 
Vanguard Group, and Molly is a sales 
manager at Norstone Inc. They live 
in Bensalem, Pa. 

Ashley Owen 06 and Matthew E. 
Witt, 7/11/09. Ashley is a student 
advocate at Rosman Middle School 
and Rosman High School. The cou- 
ple were married in Brevard, N.C., 
where they live. 

Mary Sessions '06 and Jonathan 
Newman, 7/25/09. Rachael 
Fiorentino '07 served as maid of 
honor. Elon alumni in attendance 
were: Mike Micciche '04, Nadine 
Madadha '05, Neil Millhiser '05, 
Colleen Corrigan 06, Josh Kagel 06 
and Alejds Smith Kagel 08. The cou- 
ple met at The Webb School where 

Mary is assistant director of admis- 
sions and teaches photography. The 
couple reside in Buckle, Tenn. 

Jessica Lee Harmon 07 and Samuel 
D. Boro '07, 7/4/09. Jessica is a kin- 
dergarten teacher with Montgomery 
County Public Schools, and Samuel 
is a social studies teacher for 
Baltimore City Public Schools. They 
live in Columbia, Md. 

Melissa Rafetto '07 and Michael 
Prelec '04, 6/20/09. Elon alumni 
in attendance were: Evin Prelec 
07, Kristin Jennings 07, Caity 

Cummings 07, Elliot Cardano 07, 
Austin Fenn 07, Nick Bogdovitz 07, 
Rachel Sparrow '08, Paisley Boyd 
'08 and Dan Pozzo '08. Melissa is a 
teacher for Volusia County Schools, 
and Michael works in sales at Battery 
Tender. They live in DeLand, Fla. 

Blake Cunningham 07 and Jenny 
Pearce '08, 8/9/08. Blake is an ac- 
countant with Ernst & Young, and 
Jenny is a teacher and coach at 
Sharon Middle/High School. They 
live in Canton, Mass. 


CLASS Notes 

Kyle E. Anderson 08 and Caidyn 
P. Glascock '08, 8/22/09. Kyle is 
an assignment editor for wfmz-tv, 
and Caitlyn is a teacher with Anne 
Arundel (Md.) County Public 
Schools. They live in Bear, Del. 



Kenny Karpowicz '93 and Deborah 
Grant Karpowicz '93, Parkton, Md. 
Daughter: Emily Anne. 6/28/08. She 
joins older sister, Sarah. 

Yves Bauerle '94 and Lisa Bauerle, 
Stamford, Conn. Daughter: Georgia. 
12/18/07. Yves is a dancer for Fred 
Astaire Dance Studios. 

Christy Chappell Ruth '95 and David 
Ruth, Charlotte, N.C Son: Andrew 
Christopher. 1/25/09. He joins older 
sister, Ashley. Mary Coolidge Ruth 
'66 and Bill Ruth '66 are the proud 
grandparents. Christy is director 
of financial systems for Coca-Cola 
Bottling Co. Consolidated. 

Kristyn Green Chrzanowski '95 and 

Kevin Chrzanowski, Mullica Hill, 
N.J. Son: Thomas James. 3/17/09. He 
joins older sister, Sara Ruth. Kristyn 
works for Ernst & Young LLP. 

Julie Dyke Ford '95 and Ephraim 
Ford, Socorro, N.M. Son: Keller 
Joseph. 5/22/09. He joins older 
brother, Robinson. Julie is an asso- 
ciate professor of Technical commu- 
nication at New Mexico Institute of 
Mining and Technology. 

Anna Dawson Harris '95 and Mark 
F. Harris '97, Southern Pines, N.C. 
Son: Robert Jones. 8/24/09. 

Jennafer Bloom Ross '95 and Michael 
Ross, Downingtown, Pa. Son: Alex 
Joseph. 8/26/09. He joins older 
siblings, Matthew and Mackenzie, 
lennafer is a meeting manager for jr 
Global Events. 

Julie Teague Boyes '97 and Michael 
Boyes, Fort Mill, S.C. Daughter: 
Savannah Grace. 7/25/09. 

Julie Bray Lanzone '97 and John 
Lanzone, New York, NY. Daughter: 
Samanrha Doreen. 1/30/09. 

Kenny Karpowicz '93 and Deborah Grant 
Karpowia '93 and daughters, Emily and Sarah 

lulie Dyke Ford '95, husband, Ephraim, and sons, 
Robinson and Keller 

Julie Bray Lanzone '97 and daughter, Samantha 

Wendy Schott luber '98 and daughter, Lexi 

Mike Proctor '98 and Jaime Curtis 
Proctor '00, Powhatan, Va. Son: 
Gavin. 8/14/09. He joins older 
brother, Caden. 

Stacey Ward Rice '98 and Steve Rice, 
Gettysburg, Pa. Daughter: Sarah 
Ellen. 7/2/09. 

Wendy Schott Zuber '98 and 

Daniel Zuber, North Versailles, Pa. 
Daughter: Lexi Mae. 6/30/09. Wendy 
is a teaching and learning consultant 
for Promethean Inc. and coaches vol- 
leyball at the Pittsburgh Renaissance 
Volleyball Club. 

Scott Humphries '99 and Tish 
Beauchamp Humphries 00, 

Charlotte, N.C. Daughter: Kelsie 
Renee. 10/28/08. 

Amyjumba Rayman '99 and Mark 
Rayman, Irwin, Pa. Daughter: Abby 
Katherine. 7/21/09. 


Tiffany Byrdic Mayo 00 and Shelton 
Mayo, Newport, N.C. Daughter: 
Makenna Rose. 8/18/09. Tiffany is a 
media specialist for Morehead City, 

Megan Mehaffey Plemmons 00 and 

Chris Plemmons, Denver, N.C. Son: 
Evan Lance. 3/23/09. 

Danielle Sempier Reist '00 and 

Dave Reist, Lititz, Pa. Son: Benjamin 

Campbell. 3/1/09. Danielle is a 
fourth-grade teacher for the Warwick 
School District. 

Tiffany Shields 00, Durham, N.C. 
Son: Alexander James. 2/23/09. 

Stephanie Walz Vining '00 and 

Travis Vining, Encinitas, Calif. Son: 
Tyler David. 4/10/09. Stephanie is a 

Jessica Papuga Yarrow '00 and 
Michael Yarrow '99, Flemington, N.J. 
Son: Lucas Riley. 1/23/09. 

Jim Ahearn '01 and Ann Ahearn, 
Cottage Grove, Wis. Son: Melkamu. 
2/14/09. Melkamu was born in 
Ethiopia. Jim and Ann traveled to 
Ethiopia in August to bring their 
son home. Jim is a commercial insur- 
ance agent for Hausmann-Johnson 

Emily Brown Garner '01 and Zack 
Garner, Columbia, Md. Son: Kellan. 

Katie Sheffler Bittle 02 and 
Devaughn Bittle, Hagerstown, Md. 
Daughter: Ainsley Grace. 7/17/09. 
Katie teaches second grade for 
Frederick County Public Schools. 

Elise N. Hewett '02 and Richard 

Dutton '03, Williamsburg, Va. Son: 
Cole Andrew. 5/29/09. 

Scott Humphries '99 and Tish 
Beauchamp Humphries '00 and 
daughter, Kelsie 

Stephanie Walz Vining '00, 
husband, Iravis, and son, Tyler 

Tiffany Byrdic Mayo '00, husband, 
Shelton, and daughter, Makenna 


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Amy Jumba Bayman 
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'99, husband, 

Jim Ahearn or with his wife, Ann, 
and son, Melkamu 

Anne DeVoe Garcia '03andLuke 
Garcia and son, Cooper 

Elise Hewett '02 and Richard 
Dutton '03 and son, Cole 

Christy Donhauser Hornyak 
03 and Daniel J. Hornyak '03 
and daughter, Caitlyn 

Catherine Farrington Rowan '04 and 
Joshua Rowan '04 and children, Lily 
and Davis 


CLASS Notes 

Maro Hionides Trendel 02 and Rich 
Trendel, Atlantic Beach, Fla. Son: 
Vangelli. 3/31/09. Maro is a teacher. 

Anne DeVoe Garcia 03 and Luke 
Garcia, Naples, Fla. Son: Cooper 
Delmar. 4/3/09. Anne and her hus- 
band recently moved back to Florida 
from Johannesburg, South Africa, 
where they were on assignment for 

Christy Donhauser Hornyak '03 and 
Daniel J. Hornyak 03, Red Lion, Pa. 
Daughter: Caitlyn Elizabeth. 5/24/09. 

Kelly Miller Valencia 03 and 
Claudio Valencia, Buenos Aires, 
Argentina. Son: Enzo Luke. 7/8/09. 
Kelly works tor Campus Crusade for 
Christ in Argentina. 

Brad J. Spitz G'03, Kansas City, Mo. 
Son: Gavin Robert. 11/19/09. 

Catherine Farrington Rowan '04 and 
Joshua N. Rowan '04, Auburn, Ga. 
Son: Davis Gray. 4/17/09. He joins 
older sister, Lily. 

Heather Conlon Pladna 05 and 
Matt Pladna '05, Catonsville, Md. 

Son: Caleb William. 8/1/09. 

Jenifer Blowe Riddei 07 and Steven 
Riddei, Conway, S.C. Daughter: 
Kailyn Grace. 10/22/09. 

Barron L. Thompson L'09 and Emily 
Ifiompson, Walkertown, N.C. Son: 
William Barron. 8/19/09. Barron is 
an attorney with Smith, Alexander 
& Morgan llp. 



Wingate Harris '38, Candor, N.C. 


Jimmy Edward Ward '61, Cummins, 
Ga. 11/12/09. 

J. Donald "Don" McPherson '69, 

Burlington, N.C. 10/6/09. 


Ernest Alexander Holt '70, 
Burlington, N.C. 12/15/09. 

Thomas Dale Summers '70, 
Thomasville, N.C. 11/26/09. 


Jimmy Fred Combs '96, Mebane, 
N.C. 11/17/09. 


David Shawn Ingalls '02, Columbus, 
Ohio. 11/26/09. 

Elizabeth Karin White 06, Vienna, 
Va. 11/13/09. 


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Walter '62 and Barbara bass '6i know firsthand the power of 
scholarships to change lives. They credit the financial assistance 
they received from Elon with preparing them for successful careers. 

The couple decided to give back to their alma mater by estab- 
lishing a charitable remainder trust with a gift of real estate. In 
the future, the trust funds will be added to the Walter H. and 
Barbara D. Bass Scholarship, which assists Elon students with 
financial need and high academic achievement. 

"Elon was very good to us, and we felt like it was time to give 
back," Walter says. "Elon has blossomed, and we're proud to say 
we're Elon alumni." 

"We could not have attended Elon without scholarships, and 
we recognize the need to help others," adds Barbara, an Elon 
trustee since 1985. 

By funding a charitable remainder trust, the Basses will 
receive lifetime income as well as income and estate tax benefits. 

"This type of trust has made it very easy for us to give back,' 
Barbara says. "It is convenient and has great tax advantages for us." 

The Basses have long supported Elon. The couple began 
making gifts to their alma mater in 1964. In addition to scholar- 
ships, they have been loyal supporters of Phoenix athletics and 
are members of the Phoenix Club, The Elon Society President's 
Circle and Order of the Oak, Elon's planned gift legacy society. 

The Basses fondly remember their Elon days. Both sang in the 
college choir and played in the band, with Barbara on saxophone 
and Walter on the trombone. To earn extra money, Walter worked 
in Elon's dining hall and chemistry lab, and he had a portion 
of his expenses paid by singing in the college's all-male quartet. 
Barbara worked answering calls to the college switchboard. 

Following graduation, Walter enjoyed a 34-year career as 
a biochemist with American Tobacco Co. in Richmond, Va., 
while Barbara taught math and computer science for 40 years. 
The couple regularly drive to Elon from their South Boston, Va., 
home to attend events and see the university's progress. 

"There are still voung people who are very capable who cannot 
afford to go to college," Barbara says. "If we can provide the 
opportunity for just a few of them to attend Elon, then I think 
we've done our job." * 


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Last fall's production of the musical 
"Kiss Me, Kate" drew large crowds to 
Elan's McCrary Theatre. 




Elon celebrates 
Phi Beta Kappa 

Honoring a 
living legend 

The Elon community gathered in 
March to celebrate President Emeritus 
J. Earl Danieley for the annual Founders 
Day celebrations. Since stepping down 
as Elon's sixth president in 1973, Danieley 
has become a fixture of campus life in 
the chemistry classroom, at university 
special events and cheering on Elon 
athletics teams. Events honoring 
Danieley included special editions 
of College Coffee and College Chapel, 
and a "fireside chat," during which 
Danieley shared some of his favorite 
stories from his life and career. 

"It just blows me away," Danieley 
said. "What a great honor to be recog- 
nized along with those who have been 
honored at Founders Days in the past." 



"He's been doing much 
more than running the 
institution and teaching 
chemistry. ... He's been 
developing character in 
his charges throughout 
the education process." 

Life Trustee James B. Powell 
at College Chapel on March 11 

visit to view video 
excerpts from Danieley 's "fireside chat" 
and a slide show about his legacy at Elon. 

test your knowledge of Danieley's 

4. Which of the following buildings 

history with the Student Government 

was not constructed during 

Association's trivia quiz (answers at 

Danieley's presidency? 

bottom of page). 

a. Mc£wen Library 

b. Jordan Gym 

l. What year did Danieley 

c. Fine Arts Center 

graduate from Elon? 

d. Holland House 

e. Sloan Dormitory 

2. What administrative role 

did Danieley hold before 

5. What former Elon football 

being named president? 

player was drafted by the Green 

Bay Packers of the National 

3. What was Danieley's age when 

Football League during the 

he was named president? 

Danieley administration? 


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SPRING 2010 
VOL. 72, NO. 2 

Van Denton 

Christopher Eyl 



Kim Walker 


Kristin Simonetti '05 

Holley Berry 

Sarah Beth Costello ll 

Daniel J. Anderson 

The Magazine of Elon is published 
quarterly for alumni, parents and friends 
by the Office of University Relations. 

The Magazine of Elon 
2030 Campus Box 

Elon, NC 27244-2020 

Class Notes 

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Elon website 

Magazine website 


Mark T. Mahaffey. St. Petersburg. Fla. 

Kelli Palmer 98, Charlottesville. Va. 

Christian Wiggins 03. Charlotte. N.C. 

Dave & Ellen Kay p'10. p 12. Oakton. Va. 


Clifford B. Hardy Jr. '62. Tampa. Fla. 



David Gergen. Cambridge. Mass. 

William S. Creekmuir P09. P'10. 
Atlanta. Ga. 

Don Bolden, Burlington. N.C. 

Amy Thomas Hendrickson '69, 
Raleigh, N.C. 


Maggie Byerly 



Mike Kennedy '91 brings the 
Phoenix baseball program to 
national prominence. 


PUBLIC relations: 


Kenn Gaither helps students 
navigate the evolving field of 
strategic communications. 



On the eve of Commencement, 
the inaugural recipients of 
the Lumen Prize reflect on 
their creative and academic 




Elon celebrates the installation 
of Eta Chapter, North Carolina, 
of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. 



Learn about Elon's "greenest" 
building and how it represents 
the future of construction 
on campus. 



Elon News 


Class Notes 


Phoenix Sports 


Making a Difference 


Alumni Action 


Why Phi Beta Kappa 
is just the beginning 

here was an overwhelming sense that history was be- 

Xing made in McKinnon Hall on April 13 when 47 Elon 
students took turns signing their names on the first 
pages of Elon's Phi Beta Kappa membership roll. The moment 
echoed a sentiment I expressed earlier in the afternoon when I 
welcomed the community to the Convocation for Honors, which 
marked the installation of the Society's chapter on our campus. 

I took care to emphasize what a young institu- 
tion Elon is in so many respects. The College 
of William and Mary, whose students gave 
birth to Phi Beta Kappa, is 196 years older 
than Elon. Fifty-four percent of our alumni 
are under 40 years of age. 

The plaques depicting Elon's history in the 
Belk Library colonnade tell the story of an 
institution that struggled mightily for sur- 
vival in the first halt of its histoty, recovering 
from a disastrous fire, the Great Depression, 

two world wars and even loss of accreditation. 
The sheltering of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter 
here seems even more significant given our 
humble beginnings. But adversity shapes char- 
acter, and Elon's institutional character — a 
lack of pretension, a constant restlessness to 
be better, an ethic of service to others, and a 
deep and true commitment to transforming 
the lives of students who enter through our 
gates — has served us well through our many 
metamorphoses as a college and university. 

The phrase "journey to Phi Beta Kappa" 
has been used on campus throughout the past 
decade as shorthand for a comprehensive effort 
to examine and improve many dimensions of 
Elon's academic programs. The goal has been 
to emphasize the centrality of the liberal atts 
and sciences as the essential core of the un- 
dergraduate experience. We have created new 
honors and fellows programs for academically 
talented students, added dramatically to the 
faculty ranks and further supported faculty 
scholarship, built a stronger library collection, 
restored a foreign language requirement after 
a 35-year hiatus and much more. The journey 
has been challenging but immensely reward- 
ing. The Phi Beta Kappa Society expects an 
unwavering commitment to academic free- 
dom and to excellence and found considerable 
evidence of those values at Elon. 

As significant a milestone as our Phi Beta 
Kappa chapter is in our institutional history, it 
is by no means a capstone achievement. We are 
still engaged in the important work of creating 
the modem Elon and thus must regard our Phi 
Beta Kappa chapter and all it represents as a 
cornerstone on which to construct our future. 

At the inaugural induction ceremony. 
Professor Don Wyatt of Middlebury College, 
a Phi Beta Kappa senator who helped evalu- 
ate the university's application for a chapter, 
described a singular quality his committee 
encountered among Elon students, faculty 
and staff. "It was the pervasive attitude of 
never really being satisfied that things are be- 
ing done as well as they ever can possibly be 
done," he said. 

May it always be so. 

Leo M. Lambert 

President Lambert signs the membership roll as a foundation member of 
Elon '5 chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during induction ceremonies on April 13. 


Elon News 

Gant receives Elon's top 
business leadership award 

Former board of trustees chairman Allen E. Gant, Jr., chief 
executive officer of Burlington, N.C.-based Glen Raven, Inc., 
a global provider of innovative fabric-based solutions, was 
honored in March with the Frank S. Holt, Jr. Business Lead- 
ership Award, the university's highest honor for business 

Gant received the award at a March 30 luncheon 
attended by more than 100 community, university and 
business leaders, relatives and friends. 

Elon's Martha and Spencer Love School of Business 
established the award to recognize a local citizen whose 
contributions to business and the community reflect the 
progressive, visionary leadership of the late Frank S. Holt, Jr., 
president of Holt Manufacturing Co., and an active civic 
leader. A committee of university, civic and business lead- 
ers annually selects the recipient. 

Gant has served as CEO and president of Glen Raven 
since 1999. He joined the family business, founded by his 
grandfather, after attending the University of North Caro- 
lina at Chapel Hill. 

Under Gant's leadership, the company has expanded 
worldwide, selling its products in more than 125 nations. He 

(L-R) President Leo M. Lambert, Allen Gant and Mary Gowan, dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of 8usiness 

also has provided leadership on trade 
and textile issues at both the federal 
and state levels. 

He founded the New Leaf Society, 
an organization that seeks to make 
the Alamance County community an 
attractive place to live, work and invest 
through landscaping. He has served on 
boards of advisers for the Alamance 

County United Way and the Alamance 
Regional Medical Center. 

At Elon, Gant has served as a trustee 
since 1997 and was elected chair of the 
board of trustees in 2007. His leadership 
was instrumental in the development of 
The Elon Commitment, the new strategic 
plan for the university. 52 

Kiser named 

Pamela M. Kiser, Watts-Thompson 
Professor in the Department 
of Human Service Studies and 
interim dean of Elon College, 
the College of Arts and Sciences, 
has been named a Distinguished 
University Professor. 

Kiser is the fourth faculty 
member to receive the honor, 
conferred upon occasion to full 
professors who have made distin- 
guished contributions to teach- 
ing, scholarship and the univer- 
sity community. A committee 

composed of faculty members 
solicits nominations and recom- 
mendations for the award. 

A faculty member since 
1981, Kiser has served the Elon 
community in numerous roles, 
including department chair, 
faculty scholar in the Center for 
the Advancement of Teaching 
and Learning, Kernodle Center 
Service-Learning Faculty Devel- 
opment Fellow, as a member of 
the Academic Council and as a 
member of the university's Phi 
Beta Kappa committee. 

She received Elon's Daniels- 
Danieley Award for Excellence in 
Teaching in 2007, a tribute to her 
performance in the classroom. As 
a scholar, her research focuses on 

experiential learning, internships 
and service-learning. 

The honor also recognizes 
Kiser's ethic of service to the 
community. She works closely 
with nonprofit organizations 
dedicated to human services, 
including the Alamance County 
Family Abuse Services and Cross- 
roads Sexual Assault Response 
and Resources Center. 

The three other Distinguished 
University Professors are John 
Sullivan, Maude Sharpe Powell 
Professor of Philosophy Emeri- 
tus (2002); Tom Henricks, J. Earl 
Danieley Professor of Sociology 
(2003); and Russell Gill, Maude 
Sharpe Powell Professor of Eng- 
lish (2006). M 

Pamela M. 


McNeela selected for 
Long Professorship 

Catherine McNeela 

"They (American students) can 
name two out of three of the 
Three Stooges anytime you ask, 
but they cant name a justice on 
the U.S. Supreme Court. I mean, 
it is pathetic. It really is. You 
don't just inherit this. Half of our 
states no longer teach civics for 
high school graduation. It is 
not a requirement. . . . And 
more are following suit. " 

Retired U.S. Supreme 
Court Justice Sandra Day 
O'Connor, making her 
second appearance in four 
years at Elon University 
School of Law, discussing 
the need to emphasize 
civics education in 
American schools. A - 

Catherine McNeela, a professor of performing arts 
and coordinator of the music theatre program, has 
been named the university's William S. Long Pro- 
fessor, an honor named for Elon's first president. 
McNeela's appointment recognizes her 20 
years of outstanding teaching, scholarship and 
leadership in developing Elon's nationally recog- 
nized music theatre program. 

"Professor McNeela is a beloved mentor for 
hundreds of students who have developed their 
talents on stage at Elon and gone on to successful 
performing careers, many of them in Broadway 
production companies," President Leo M. Lambert 
said in making the appointment. "Catherine, along 
with her talented colleagues, has builtan academic 
program of national stature." 
McNeela, who has performed as an actress and vocalist in more than 
ioo plays and musicals, joined the faculty in 1990. She has been the stage 
director for 59 Elon productions and has provided special direction for 
scores of major campus events. She created the annual Collage perfor- 
mance, the Grand Night for Singing musical revue and elan, a vocal jazz 

McNeela will receive a $5,000 professional development fund along 
with a course release, giving her additional time to mentor students. 

The William S. Long Professorship was first awarded in 1968 to Robert 
Blake, an English faculty member who held the position until his retire- 
ment in 2008. r 2 

Elon students find 
inspiration in Emerson 

At the deepest point of the 2009 
financial woes, a class of Elon philos- 
ophy students turned to 19th century 
American philosopher Ralph Waldo 
Emerson to help understand America's 
response to the economic meltdown. 
Their findings are published in a new 
book titled The Only Sin is Limitation: 
Essays on R.W. Emerson's multi-faceted in- 
fluence on America. 

Students in Yoram Lubling's spring 
2009 American Philosophy course stud- 
ied Emerson's teachings on self-reliance 
and his call for imaginative responses to 
the American experience. 

James Aguilar, a senior philosophy 
major and the book's principal editor, 
says the students were captivated by 


Elon News 

Emerson and wanted to call attention to his 
unique approach to concrete problem solv- 
ing. Emerson's philosophy is a call for action 
(pragmatism), deeds, creative and imaginative 
solutions, and political courage. 

The students put together an editorial 
board, wrote the chapters, raised funds 
for a consulting scholar and arranged for a 
publisher. Lubling says the students had a 
personal stake in the book's success, a great 
example of engaged scholarship. 

The book is available on and 

Spring break with a purpose 

Spring break took more than 60 Elon stu- 
dents to some exotic places, but the mission 
was one of service, not just fun. 

Programs were led by the Kernodle Center 
for Service Learning, Catholic Campus 
Ministry, Baptist Student Union and Elon 

At Turtle Island Preserve in Deep Gap, 
N.C., a group of Elon students built a "Cobb 
House" as a place for summer interns to live. 
"We plastered a thick layer of straw insula- 
tion with 'cobb,' a mixture of clay, sand, straw 
and water," said junior Molly Strayer. "When 
it dries, it serves as a hard surface that allows 
the walls to breathe, preventing rot." 

In other projects during spring break, Elon 
students helped build homes in San Juan, 
Dominican Republic; worked on education, 
construction and environmental projects 
in Montego Bay, Jamaica; did construction 
and painting in poor areas of Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, and delivered children's clothing to 
needy families; helped in community rebuild- 
ing projects in Bay St. Louis, Miss., a town 
still recovering from Hurricane Katrina; and 
worked in the "Collegiate Challenge" program 
of Habitat for Humanity in Charleston, S.C. 

Project Pericles honors 
Lambert with service award 

President Leo M. Lambert has received the 
2010 Periclean Service Award from Project 
Pericles, the organization's highest honor 

Eugene M. Lang, founder and chair of 
Project Pericles, announced the award at 
ceremonies held in April at the Debating for 
Democracy national conference in New York. 

Morrison-Shetlar named 
dean of Elon College 


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Alison Morrison-Shetlai t^^m 

Alison Morrison-Shetlar, a noted biologist, pro- 
fessorand administratorat universities in Europe 
and the United States, has been named dean of 
Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, 
and professor of biology. 

Morrison-Shetlar, the current vice provost 
and dean of undergraduate studies at the Uni- 
versity of Central Florida, was appointed after 
a national search. She begins her duties June 1, 
succeeding interim dean Pam Kiser. 

A native of Scotland, Morrison-Shetlar has a 
bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and 

a doctorate in biomedical science from Dundee College of Technology in Dundee, Scot- 
land. She has worked as a research scientist at the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology 
in London and as a senior scientist at the Max-Planck Institute in Dortmund, Germany. 

Her areas of expertise are in the molecular, biochemical and immunological study of 
marine organisms such as the dogfish shark, mummichog and the long-horned sculpin. 

During a 30-year career in higher education, Morrison-Shetlar has championed effec- 
tive teaching practices. She is the co-author of a book, Teaching Creativity: Ideas in Action. 

Morrison-Shetlar taught courses in molecular biology and physiology at Ruhr Uni- 
versity in Bochum, Germany. She moved to the United States in 1993 and first served 
as a visiting faculty member and researcher at Wesleyan University and Trinity College. 

In 1995, she joined the biology faculty at Georgia Southern University and later 
became director of the university's Center for Excellence in Teaching. She twice received 
excellence in teaching awards from Georgia Southern and twice was named a distin- 
guished professor of teaching and learning by the State of Georgia Board of Regents. 

In 2002, she moved to UCF and became director of the Faculty Center for Teaching 
and Learning. She was named dean of undergraduate studies there in 2006 and vice 
provost in 2008. 

As assistant director for Project Kaleidoscope, an international alliance of educators 
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, Morrison-Shetlar 
co-led work on a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to increase engage- 
ment and retention of students in thosedisciplines. She has been co-investigator on 12 
National Science Foundation grants, receiving nearly $3-5 million in funding. 'SA 

"For nine years, Project Pericles has 
benefited enormously from Dr. Lambert's 
hands-on involvement and inspired leader- 
ship," Lang said. "The creative, effective and 
far-reaching civic engagement initiatives that 
Elon University has developed with the en- 
couragement and support of Dr. Lambert 
serve as models for colleges and universities 

Project Pericles is a national organization 
that encourages commitments by colleges and 

universities to emphasize education tor social 
responsibility and participatory citizenship. 
The award honors an individual for visionary 
commitment to civic engagement and out- 
standing contributions to the project. 

Lambert was the inaugural chair of the 
Project Pericles Presidents' Council and an 
eight-year member of the project's board of 
directors. Elon became a founding member 
of Project Pericles in 2001. 


Elon News 

Faculty author new books 

Two faculty members have written books ex- 
ploring the media's impact on the national 
sociopolitical agenda and a noteworthy 
American author's contributions to cross-cul- 
tural awareness in young-adult fiction. A third 
faculty member published his debut novel. 

David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor in 
the School of Communications and director 
of Elon's master's in interactive media pro- 
gram, published Tl)e Media's Role in Defining 
the Nation: Tlie Active Voice. The book exam- 
ines the ways media are used to debate issues 
and shape the national agenda and how those 
methods change along with communications 
technology and American culture. 

In Suzanne Fisher Staples: The Setting is 
the Story, Megan Isaac, associate professor of 
English, offers middle- and high-school edu- 
cators resources for teaching Staples' books. 
Staples, an award-winning young-adult au- 
thor, offers positive approaches to cultural 
understanding in her novels, which are set in 
India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United 

Drew Perry, associate professor of English, 
published his first novel, This is Just Exactly 
Like You. The book, set in North Carolina's 
Piedmont region, touches on topics of infi- 
delity, inaction, parenthood and suburban 
survival through its primary characters, Jack 
Lang, an employee at a mulch company, and 
his autistic son, Hendrick. 

Rotary, Udall scholarship winners named 

Three Elon alumni and a junior are recipients of national Rotary and Udall scholarships 
that will help them continue their studies. 

Three Elon alumni received Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships to support their 
graduate research overseas. The scholarships, founded in 1947, provide up to $26,000 
to cover degree-oriented study for one year in another country. 

Six Elon students or alumni have been chosen for the award since 2006. 

Drew Perry 

This is Just 
Exactly Like You 

Amie Ritchie '07 

Christina Anne Orangio '09 

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Rebecca Lauren Watts '09 Molly Schribec 'n 

The three Rotary recipients and their 
fields of study are: 

» Amie Ritchie '07, international stud- 
ies and French. Ritchie, whose research 
interests include human rights and devel- 
opment of areas in conflict, will use her 
award to travel to New Zealand in 2011. 
She plans to pursue graduate degrees 
in West African development, a field she 
chose after her experience volunteering 
for Tostan, a Senegal-based nonprofit 

» Christina Anne Orangio '09, envi- 
ronmental studies. Orangio describes 
her research interests as "finding a bal- 
ance between science and society" to 
help eradicate poverty around the globe 
through environmental education and 
management. She will travel to South 
Africa to continue her studies. 

» Rebecca Lauren Watts '09, Spanish 
and international studies. Watts' research 
focuses on globalization and migration/ 
immigration in Latin America. She plans 
to pursue a master's degree in Latin 
American studies in Mexico beginning 
this fall. 

The 2010 Udall Scholarship winner is 

junior Molly Schriber, a native of Houston 
and a double major in environmental 
studies and international studies. 

The award provides $5,000 to students 
pursuing careers related to the environ- 
ment. Recipients also spend a week in 
Tuscon, Ariz., with other scholars to meet 
policymakers in environmental fields. 

It is the second time since 2008 that 
an Elon student has received this national 
award, 'fi 


Elon News 

"TJjefact that we are in this room 
today means that we have all 
won the lottery of life. The 
question becomes how we go 
about discharging that responsi- 
bility. So I hope that you will 
seek in your lives to connect with 
whatever cause, whatever cause 
larger than yourself that gives 
meaning to you. I think you will 
find it gives you perspective. It 
will give you a little extra mea- 
sure of happiness. And together 
we truly can, in increments, help 
change the world. " 





Major gifts from alumni, trustees and 
friends, and a surge in giving among 
young alumni, highlight recent 
activity with Ever Elon: The Campaign for the 
Future of Our University. As of late April, donors 
had contributed more than $76 million in gifts and 
pledges toward the $100 million campaign goal. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times 
columnist Nicholas Kristof, speaking 
at the annual Convocation for Honors 
on April 13. Kristof headlined a daylong 
celebration of the liberal arts and sciences 
and the installation of Elon's Phi Beta 
Kappa chapter. 

Believing in the power of education to change lives, Douglas G. 
and Edna Truitt Noiles 44, of New Canaan, Conn., have con- 
tinued their commitment to the Elon Academy, making a $1 mil- 
lion gift to support the university-run college access program for 
Alamance County high school students. The gift will hind en- 
dowment and annual operations of the academy. 

This is the couple's fourth major girt to the Elon Academy 
and the largest gift yet to the academic enrichment program es- 
tablished in 2007 with the Alamance-Burlington School System. 
The three-year program serves academically promising students 
with significant financial need or no family history of attend- 
ing college. 

Academy students participate in four-week summer residen- 
tial experiences at Elon and activities throughout the school year. 
The first class of 22 students will gather Aug. 1 for a graduation 
ceremony. A majority of those students have been accepted into 
colleges and universities this fall, including Elon. 

The Noileses believe strongly in the academy's mission to in- 
spire students to earn college degrees and serve their communities. 

"Doug and I recognized that our deep concern for early edu- 
cation needed to be expanded to students who had the potential 
for higher education but were not getting the preparation they 
needed to go on to that level," Edna Noiles says. "We recognized 

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Douglas (j. and Edna Truitt Hoik 

the need to create an environment where 
these students could first learn what the word 
'scholar' meant and then know they could be- 
come one." 

The couple are among Elon's most gener- 
ous benefactors. In 2003, they made a $1 mil- 
lion gift to endow the Vera Richardson Truitt 
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Their 
previous support or the Elon Academy in- 
cludes a $220,000 gift to fund the first year 
or the program. The couple are members of 
the Numen Lumen Society, the university's 
premier cumulative giving society, which rec- 
ognizes donors who have given si million or 
more to Elon. 

Deborah Long, professor of education and 
Elon Academy director, says ongoing private 
support for the program is critical to its fu- 
ture success. 

"We are making a long-term commitment 
to young people and families or Alamance 
County," Long says. "Endowment gifts allow 
us to do that by funding the Elon Academy 
in perpetuity." 


A major gift by Elon trustee Jeanne Robertson 
and her husband, Jerry, will provide lead 
funding for renovating Alumni Gym in 
the Koury Center. The project will up- 
grade Elon's home for basketball and 
volleyball, convocations and other large 
campus events. 

The renovation includes new seating; 
lighting, sound and video boards; offices 
for coaches and staff; locker rooms; and a 
south entrance and outdoor plaza. 

The gym's lower-level bleacher seating 
will be replaced with chair seats, with ad- 
ditional sections added on the north end 


Jerry and Jeanne Robertson 

of the gym to form a horseshoe bowl. At the 
south end of the gym, an upper-level "nest" 
seating area will be added behind the bas- 
ketball goal. 

In recognition of the Robertsons' gift, the 
basketball floor in the gym will be named 
Robertson Court. 

"We want to help maintain Alumni Gym 
as a first-class venue for campus events and 
a great facility for Phoenix sports," Jeanne 
Robertson says. "We're happy to have the op- 
portunity to support this exciting project and 
to advance Elon's athletic and cultural pro- 
grams that are hosted in Alumni Gym." 

"Jeanne and Jerrv Robertson are among the 
most loyal and generous supporters of Elon 
athletics," says Dave Blank, director of ath- 
letics. "Their gift demonstrates a remarkable 
commitment to the Phoenix and will make 
Alumni Gym more attractive, comfortable 
and functional for the many uses of this key 
campus facility." 

Blank says the renovation is a key step in 
preparing tor future construction of a large 
convocation center, which is included in The 
Elon Commitment, the university's 10-year 
strategic plan. Fundraising for the renovation 
will continue and will provide the balance of 
the financing. 

Construction is scheduled to begin in May 
and be completed over the next two summers. 
Use of Alumni Gym during the academic year 
will not be affected. 

The plan to create a new south entrance 
will return the gym to its original design. 
When the building opened in 1950, the main 
entrance was on the south end of the gym. 
The south entrance was closed when Alumni 
Gym underwent a major renovation in 1994 
as part of the Koury Center's construction. 

The Robertsons have made generous gifts 
to honor their close friends, former athletics 
director Alan White and his wife, Norma. In 
recognition of the Robertsons' gifts, Elon's 
Belk Track Complex includes Dr. Alan and 
Norma White Field and the North Athletics 
Complex includes Alan J. White Bell Tower. 

The Robertsons' son, Bailey "Beaver" 
Bowline, is a 1989 Elon graduate who played 
basketball during his college years. The cou- 
ple are members of Elon's Palladian Society. 


Trustee Dr. Bryan Latham and his wife, Janet, 
of Miami, have made a $250,000 gift com- 
mitment to fund improvements to Walter C. 
Latham Park. The couple have made several 
major gifts to Latham Park, including one 
to name the facility in honor of Latham's fa- 
ther, a 1934 Elon alumnus and standout ath- 
lete who died in 2000. The couple are among 
Elon's most generous donors to athletics. With 
their recent gift, they have made $1 million in 
gifts and pledges to Latham Park. 

Bryan Latham says he's grateful to Elon for 
helping his father realize his dream to earn a 
college degree. Walter Latham was the first 
person in his family to attend college. He 
starred on Elon's football, basketball and 

baseball teams and is a member 
of the university's Sports Hall 
of Fame. 

"I wanted to continue to 
honor my father, who received 
a great education at Elon un- 
der difficult economic circum- 
stances," Latham says. "Elon is 
an exceptional place with great 
leaders, great students and a 
great campus. I want that com- 
mitment to continue for a long 
time, and this gift is a way to ce- 
ment that commitment." 

Latham, a member of the university's 
Palladian Society, encourages other donors 
to join the Ever Elon Campaign and help the 
university reach the $100 million goal. 

"You're never going to find a better place 
to give your money or find more responsi- 
ble people to manage your gift," Latham says. 
"You'll never be disappointed by making a gift 
to Elon." 


Trustee Kerrii Brown Anderson '79 figured 
that Elon young alumni love a challenge. 
Make a gift of $20 or more during February, 
she told them, and she'd match each gift 
5-to-i. A total of 628 young alums partici- 
pated in The ignite Challenge, contribut- 
ing $34,171 to the Elon Fund, Phoenix Club 
and School of Law, as well as to academic de- 
partments and programs. Anderson's match of 
$170,857 brought the total raised to $205,028. 

Anderson announced the challenge in a 
video message that was posted on E-Net, the 
university's news and information site, as 
well as on Twitter and Facebook. Many re- 
cent graduates made their first gift to Elon 
during the challenge and became members 
of ignite, Eton's young alumni giving pro- 
gram. Anderson encouraged young alums to 
continue to support their alma mater with 
annual gifts. 

"Young alumni stepped up to The ignite 
Challenge with a greater commitment than 
I could have ever imagined," Anderson says. 
"I am so proud of the young alums. The suc- 
cess of this campaign demonstrates the char- 
acter of Elon graduates." 

In a follow-up video, Anderson thanked 
young alums for participating and announced 

her plans to issue a second challenge during 
the 2010-11 fiscal year. 

This is Anderson's second major campaign 
gift since October, when she made a $225,000 
gift to the Kerrii Brown Anderson Endowed 
Scholarship. The scholarship, established in 
2009 by a gift from Wendy's International 
Foundation in Anderson's honor, assists fe- 
male students with financial need. 

Anderson's challenge funds will support 
scholarships and Eton's operating budget. She 
is a member of the Aesculus Society. 


Elon celebrated athletics and academic schol- 
arships and the people who make them pos- 
sible at two annual events, the Night of the 
Phoenix fundraiser and the scholarship dinner. 

At the Night of the Phoenix on Feb. 19, do- 
nors contributed $87,000 to scholarships for 
Elon student-athletes. Since the launch of the 
fundraiser three years ago, supporters have 
donated more than $210,000 to the Phoenix 
Club for annual scholarship aid. 

Five athletes — Molly Calpin (soccer), 
Terrell Hudgins (football), Mike Mellilo 
(baseball). Matt Richardson (cross country) 
and Lizzie West (volleyball) — spoke during 
the event about the importance of scholar- 
ships and athletics to their education. 

"I am so privileged to have spent the last 
four years as a member of the Elon women's 
soccer team, and it is because of this expe- 
rience that I have become who I am today," 
Calpin said. 

At the scholarship dinner on March 1, do- 
nors to academic scholarships met with the 
students who benefit from their generosity. 
President Leo M. Lambert thanked support- 
ers for giving deserving students the chance 

to earn an Elon degree. Since the 
Ever Elon Campaign began, do- 
nors have created 125 scholarships 
at the university. 

"You've heard me say this be- 
fore, that the world needs Elon 
graduates, and the young men and 
women sitting here tonight are the 
kind of young men and women 
who will go out and be forces for 
good," Lambert said. 

Seniors Jonathan Mahlandt 

and Kristine Silvestri, who were 

inducted into Elon's chapter of Phi Beta 

Kappa in April, shared with donors the value 

of scholarships to their learning. 

"When you're funding scholarships, you 
are funding relationships that enhance aca- 
demic excellence," Mahlandt said. 

"I just want to thank the donors for mak- 
ing a big difference in my lite," added Silvestri. 


Trustees Allen E. Cant Jr. and Kerrii 
Anderson '79 have been named co-chairs 
of the Ever Elon Campaign. They succeed 
trustee Mark Mahaffey, who has been elected 
chair of the university's board of trustees. 

Cant, president and ceo of Glen Raven 
Inc., has been an Elon trustee since 1997 and 
served as board chair tor the past three years. 
He also served on the committee that drafted 
the university's new strategic plan, The Elon 

Anderson, former ceo of Wendy's 
International, has been a trustee since 2008 
and recently led The ignite Challenge to in- 
crease young alumni giving. 


Nancy Turner Watson '66, of Muncie, Ind., 
has included a bequest in her estate plans 
that in the future will establish the Nancy 
Turner Watson '66 and Dr. James Watson Jr. 
'65 Endowed Scholarship. The gift honors Jim, 
her late husband, and will provide need-based 
scholarships for students. Watson is a member 
of Order of the Oak, the university's planned 
gift legacy society. * 

Visit for more information 
on the Ever Elon Campaign or to make a gift. 


Phoenix Sports 

Three-pointers and a 
will to win set Ford apart 

At 5-foot-3, Ali Ford may not appear to be an elite women's basketball 
player. But after the rookie led the Southern Conference in three-point 
field goals and ranked near the top in scoring, assists and steals, she's 
getting lots of second looks. 

Ford, an outstanding high school athlete, 
entered the season with hopes or helping 
her new team improve. She finished as the 
SoCon Freshman of the Year and as the only 
underclassman named to the coaches' all-con- 
ference team. She also became the first rookie 
to be named to the media's all-conference 
team since the 1996-97 season. 

"I wanted to come in and help my team in 

any way that I could," Ford says. "As a team, 
we just worked hard and tried to get better 
every day. I think that our hard work paid 
off and will continue to help us in the com- 
ing years." 

Head coach Karen Barefoot felt that 
Ford's ability to make shots and her competi- 
tiveness would help her succeed despite her 
height. Barefoot and her staffs hard work on 

the recruiting trail paid off when Ford, the 
North Carolina High School Athlete of the 
Year, signed to play. 

"Ali has led our team and was one of the 
top freshmen in the country in several offen- 
sive categories," Barefoot says. "Hopefully, the 
records will come, but more importantly, I 
hope that she will continue to lead this team. 
She's very coachable and is a true competitor." 
Ford netted a career-best 27 points against 
Davidson and finished her first year ranked in 
Elon's single-season top-10 in several offensive 
categories including points, three-point field 
goals made, three-point attempts, free throws, 
free-throw percentage and assists. 

"I think the future of Elon women's bas- 
ketball is bright because of the passion and 
dedication that players like Ali bring to the 
team," Barefoot says, 'ft 


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First in conference three-point field goals made 

2nd in conference in scoring 

5th in conference in free-throw percentage 

6th in conference in assists 

8th in conference in steals 

11th among nation's freshmen in scoring 

16.2 points per game 

19 games she led Phoenix in scoring 

25 games she scored in double figures 

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Phoenix Sports 

Matheny expects 
exciting times in 
second season 

Matt Matheny became Elon's 17th 
men's basketball coach on March 
29, 2009. A year later, he reflects 
on his first season as a head 
coach and looks forward to next 
year with Phoenix basketball. 

Q: Talk a little bit about your first year as a head 
coach. What was different about being the head 
coach compared to your role as an assistant coach? 

MATHENY: The buck stops here. What I mean by that is that I 
had been involved as an assistant in every aspect of a program 
and I felt like I knew what it would be like to be a head coach 
and be in charge of everything. But it's different. Regardless of 
whether it is ordering new uniforms or socks, or figuring out 
whether we want to do a Twitter or Facebook page, or prepar- 
ing for an opponent or improving our players, it all comes across 
this desk. I enjoy that, but it's a little different. 

Q: Was there one special moment that you 
will remember from Year One? 

MATHENY: I remember walking out of the gym at Furman and 
thinking, "Wow, our guys are really starting to believe." We 
had gone through some tough times, gone through a losing 
streak and battled the implementation of the system. I felt like 
when we won that game there were times when our players re- 
ally started to believe in the system. 

Q: What are some of the characteristics of the members 
of your incoming recruiting class and how will they 
work with the existing players on the squad? 

MATHENY: A year ago, when determining what we would look 
for in our incoming classes, we said we wanted toughness, 
coachability and work ethic. I think what fans, students and 
fellow teammates are going to see are tough guys who work hard 
and listen. . . . We are still recruiting to complete the class, but 
we have four players who are committed to us right now. We 
have talented players — guards with the ability to make plays 
and big guys with the ability to get the ball off the glass. 

0: What can fans look forward to when 
they watch the Phoenix in 2010-11? 

MATHENY: Excitement. If you were at our final home game 
against Davidson, that's what Alumni Gym is going to be like, 
and we want it to be like that every night we play here. The elec- 
tricity our players felt that night gave us energy. It gave us an 
extra step, a few point's here and a rebound there. Come out to 
Alumni Gym because it's going to be exciting. 

To see Erica Roberson's complete q&a with men's basketball coach 
Matt Matheny, go to 

RECORD-SETTING JUMPS » Junior Veronica Day 
took home the Southern Conference title in the 
long jump in February at the SoCon Indoor Track 
and Field Championships. During the season, Day, 
of Vienna, Va., broke her own school record in the 
triple jump in four consecutive meets. Her top 
mark of 38-9 3/4 came at the Liberty Quad meet. 

O/^l /") Already looking forward to 

football season? The schedule 
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avenge last season's first-round 
playoff loss to Richmond on Sept. 18, when the team plays the 
Spiders again. Don't miss the Hall of Fame game on Sept. 11 
against Shaw, Family Weekend on Oct. 2 against Samford and 
Homecoming on Oct. 23 against Wofford. To get the latest on 
the schedule, visit 




Sept. 4 

at Duke 

Durham, N.C. 

Sept. 11 



Sept. 18 

at Richmond 

Richmond, Va. 

Sept. 25 

at Georgia Southern* 

Statesboro, Ga. 

Oct. 2 



Oct. 9 

at Appalachian State* 


Oct. 23 




Oct. 30 

at Chattanooga* 


Nov. 6 

at The Citadel* 

Charleston, S.C. 

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Nov. 20 

Western Carolina* 




Favorite son 

Mike Kennedy '91 leads his 
alma mater to unprecedented 
heights in college baseball 


ONE OF DONNY JOBE'S favorite memories of 
his coach, Mike Kennedy 91, doesn't involve 
baseball at all. 

As fall break approached during Jobe's first 
semester at Elon, the Vero Beach, Fla., native 
decided to stay at school rather than take the 
long trip home for the short break. Then, he 
ran into Kennedy. 

"He asked me if I was going anywhere, and 
I said 'no,'" Jobe recalls. "He asked me if I 
wanted to go fishing, and I love fishing, so 
that's what we did that weekend." 

It was the first of many fishing trips Jobe, a 
2008 alumnus, has taken with Kennedy. And 
while not every player gets to go fishing with the 

coach, close relationships represent a hallmark 
of Kennedy, Elon's winningest baseball coach. 
"I've known a lot of guys who play in a lot of 
programs around the country, and I've yet to 
hear someone talk about their coach or one of 
their coaches in a way that I know (Kennedy) 
cares about his players," says senior catcher 
Mike Melillo. "He'll never quit on you — as a 
baseball player or as a person." 

Kennedy's unique dedication to his play- 
ers has produced unprecedented success for 
Phoenix baseball. The team tallied consecutive 
40-win seasons in 2008 and 2009 for the first 
time in Elon's history. In 2009, the Phoenix 
earned a spot in the top-25 of Baseball America's 

final rankings for the first time since joining 
Division I a decade ago. 

For any coach, such success would be sweet, 
but for Kennedy, an alumnus of the baseball 
program, it's sweeter. 

"I love Elon, I've been around it for so long, 
it makes me feel good to know we're doing well 
for this university," he says. 

Kennedy grew up in Fayetteville, N.C., 
where sports were an integral part of his child- 
hood. An excellent football and baseball player 
at Westover High School, he planned to play 
football at the college level. Late in Kennedy's 
senior year, however, former Elon baseball 
coach Rick Jones spotted him at a tournament. 


"He was very determined and a really tal- 
ented player," recalls Jones, now head coach 
at Tulane University. "I noticed his competi- 
tiveness, his attention to detail and his work 
ethic — all the things that make him a great 
coach today." 

Jones met with Kennedy during the tourna- 
ment, and shortly thereafter, Kennedy chose 
to join Elon's baseball program. As the team's 
starting catcher from 1988 to 1990, Kennedy, 
a career .311 hitter, earned two All-American 
honorable mentions, and played on Elon teams 
that went to the 1989 National Association of 
Intercollegiate Athletics World Series and won 
the 1990 District 26 championship. He credits 
Jones not only with improving his skills as a 
player but also laying the groundwork tor his 
philosophy as a coach. 

"Some players found him hard to plav for 
at times because he was very demanding, 
but he motivated me, and he cared about us," 
Kennedy says. "I care about our kids, but I also 
want to make sure they understand that, even 
outside of baseball, it takes a lot of effort and 
hard work to be successful." 

In 1990, the Oakland Athletics selected 
Kennedy in the ninth round of the Major 
League Baseball draft. He chose to leave Elon 
a year before graduating to pursue his profes- 
sional career, completing his coursework while 
playing. He remembers his first spring training 
with Oakland in 1991, working with then-A's 
manager Tony LaRussa. 

"I wasn't your typical 22-year-old in pro ball, 
where all you cared about was the day's work. 
I listened, I learned, I took everything in that 
I could, thinking that it might help me some- 
day," he says. 

For two seasons, Kennedy played catcher 
for three of Oakland's minor-league affiliates, 
but he suffered several injuries and was released 
after spring training in 1993. He returned to 
North Carolina and rejoined Elon's baseball 
program as the pitching coach, serving as 
an assistant for three seasons before becom- 
ing head coach in September 1996. While he 
recalls being excited to take the reins of his 
alma mater's program, Kennedy realized the 
task wouldn't be easy. 

"People said, 'Mike, you've got a job you 
can't win at: a private school in North Carolina, 
with no scholarships,' — we had none at the 
time," he says. '"You can't win there,' they said. 
It was a challenge." 

But it wasn't a challenge too steep to 
overcome. In 1997, Kennedy's first season at 
the helm, Elon went 34—16, swept the South 
Atlantic Conference regular-season and 




FAVORITE COACHING MEMORV: Making the program's first NCAA Tournament 
Regional in 2002. "We had no idea we were going," he says. "We had a 
meeting in the locker room to watch the selection show, and our name 
popped up there. The excitement in that room . . . kids ran outof the locker 
room and ran down the road, yelling and hollering. It was really special." 

_» 436-307-3 record entering 2010 season (#1 all-time at Elon) 
» 4 conference coach of the year awards (South Atlanticl997; Southern 2006, '08, '09) 
_»_ 22 players selected in Major League Baseball draft 


_»__4 NCAA Tou rnament Regional appearances (2002 06 

»_ 4 conferencetitlesJSouth Atlantic 1997; Southern 2006/08, '09) 

» 2 conference tournament titles (South Atlantic 1997; Southern2008) 

hobbies: Hunting, fishing, television crime shows like "The First 48" 

tournament titles, and earned a berth in the uniform, but he also values the chance he had 

ncaa Division 11 Tournament South Central to be part of Jones' staff. 
Regional. "I'd remember times from when I was play- 

"To be able to prove some people wrong and ing for him, it was a different memory every 

to succeed that season was really rewarding," day," he says. "To be able to work with the man 

Kennedy says. "There's nothing like winning who got me into this game, who really, truly 

championships." made me understand baseball at the college 

Duting any given game, Kennedy takes 
a backseat to his players — one foot up on 
the dugout steps, observing the action, some- 
times with his clipboard in hand. But, as 
former Phoenix outfielder Chase Austin recalls. 
Kennedy won't hesitate to hop 
out on the field to defend his 
team in a scuffle, as he did in a 
2008 game against conference 
rival Western Carolina. 

"Our players started getting 
at their players, and it became 
a back and forth thing," Austin 
says. "Their coach started 
yelling at our players, and 
(Kennedy) got up and started 
veiling at him. I liked how he 
stepped in and had our backs." 

To Kennedy's former coach, Jones, that 
episode epitomizes his success. 

"The job Mike does, the respect he has from 
his players without trying to command it, it's 
very rare. He's got 'it,'" Jones says. 

Last year, when he was tapped as head 
coach of the 2009 USA Baseball Team 
(Collegiate), Jones asked Kennedy to serve as 
his pitching coach for tournaments in Japan 
and Canada. Nearly a year later, Kennedy 


Rick Jones 


level, it was great. 

For Jones, the team's travels afforded him 
the opportunity to admire Kennedy's coach- 
ing up close. 

"I've said this to a lot of people since the tour 
ended — I think Mike might 
be the best-kept secret in col- 
lege baseball," [ones says. 

That secret may not be kept 
for long. Though his name is 
bound to come up amid future 

coaching vacancies at larger 

schools, Kennedy says his 

family — wife, Liz, daughter, 

Blair, and son, Ryan — enjoys 

participating in the life of 

Elon's campus. But it you ask 

Kennedy the reason he has 

stayed at his alma mater for nearly two decades, 

his answer is simple: The relationships he builds 

with his players. 

"My favorite part of the day isn't hitting 
ground balls and teaching," Kennedy says. 
'It's when practice is over and I'm sitting in 
the dugout, and there are three or four guys in 
there — everyone else has left — and we just 
talk. It's fun. You sometimes learn more about 
them in 20 minutes than you do in four years. 

still exudes pride at wearing the Team USA They keep you young." 


j^ u "I ■! v/ by dave hart 




Kenn Gaither 

helps students 
the emerging 
issues in our 


he walls of Kenn Gaither's office in the McEwen communi- 
cations building are adorned with flags of various nations: 
Australia, Poland, Ghana, Vietnam. Gaither points to a green 
one that includes a blue circle sprinkled with white stars. 

"That's the Brazilian flag," says Gaither, an 
associate professor and new associate dean in 
the School of Communications. "Those stars 
aren't in a random pattern. They're the constel- 
lations in the sky on the evening that Brazil 
gained its independence from Portugal. The 
colors have symbolic values, too. 

"A flag is just like a Web site or a newspa- 
per. It's full of clues and symbols that tell us 
something about the source, if we know how 
to listen to them." 

Much of Gaither's career has been devoted 
to deciphering those sorts of clues and sym- 
bols in contemporary communications and 
helping students do the same. He studies and 
teaches public relations with a special focus on 
international public relations — the ways in 

which organizations, businesses and even gov- 
ernments communicate their messages, goals 
and values across borders. 

In an increasingly interconnected global 
community, he says, it's especially important 
to be able to communicate effectively with 
audiences in other parts of the world. 

"I try to show students the value of looking 
outside — not just outside the Elon University 
bubble, but outside the U.S. — and under- 
standing other cultures on their own terms, 
not just on American terms," he says. "This is 
the perfect place to do that, because Elon does 
such a great job of connecting students to the 
wider world. We send more students abroad 
than any other institution of our kind in the 
country, so I'm in exactly the right place." 

Gaither, 39, arrived at Elon in 2004, by 
way of Pennsylvania, Brazil and ports of call 
around the world. He was born in Slippery 
Rock, Pa., where his father taught biology at 
Slippery Rock University for 38 years. 

His parents encouraged him to find his own 
path. During his formative years, Gaither says, 
that meant sports, especially soccer — and in 
a roundabout way, that might have piqued his 
interest in international affairs. 

"When I was 13, I created a board soc- 
cer game that used actual soccer player 
statistics," he says. "That game became a source 
of entertainment for me and my friends, and 
learning the names of all those players made 
me interested in their heritage and countries." 

As a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, 
he became an intern at a small public relations 
agency, which later hired him. He eventu- 
ally worked at two other public relations and 
communications firms in Pittsburgh, rising 
to become the director of public relations 
and marketing at elan communications, an 
$11 million agency, in 1999. 


As he worked in public relations, he also 
began a teaching assistantship at the university 
and fell in love with teaching. 

Gaither's first exposure to the world beyond 
America's borders came when he spent the year 
after high school as an exchange student. 

"I wanted a challenge," he says. "I wanted 
to go someplace where I didn't know anybody 
and didn't speak the language. I spent a year 
in Brazil. It opened my eyes." 

He followed that up with the first of what 
would become eight voyages with the Semester 
at Sea program. A floating university, Semester 
at Sea offers students classes and field work 
aboard a specially outfitted passenger ship that 
circles the globe twice a year, stopping at 10 to 
12 ports along the way. 

When he could no longer continue strad- 
dling the corporate and academic worlds, 
he chose academia. He earned his doctor- 
ate at the School of Journalism and Mass 
Communication at the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was named 
the school's Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. 
Student in 2004. He joined the Elon faculty 
the same year. 

"The more I taught, the more I loved it," he 
says. "There's something magical that happens 
in a classroom. There are moments that happen 
in teaching — when a student surprises you 
with an insight, when you get a really great dis- 
cussion going — when everything else falls away 
and you're totally in the moment. I love that." 

That passion shows in the respect and admi- 
ration of his students. Caitlin Domenech 08 
has been working in corporate communica- 
tions, but learning from Gaither has led her 
to consider going into academia. 



Landed the role of bartender in 
an Italian beer commercial. 

Appeared in an episode of The 
Weather Channel's "Storm Stories." 

Is an amateur vexillologist — one 
who collects and studies flags. 

Played in a third-division 
soccer match in Ghana. 

Has at three separate times fractured 

his femur, torn his ACL and torn the 

meniscus in his knee but still runs 

3-5 miles up to five times a week. 

"I can say that the sole reason I now con- 
sider becoming a college professor is due to 
Dr. Gaither," she says. "If I could inspire and 
motivate just one student the way that Dr. 
Gaither inspired me, I would consider it an 
incredible success." 

David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor 
and director of Elon's master's in interactive 
media program, says Gaither is one or the 
most innovative teachers at the school, a leader 
among the faculty and a highly resprected 
source of advice and help tor students. 

"One thing that you will quickly notice 
if you spend any time in the main office or 
the School of Communications is that stu- 
dents constantly seek out Kenn's guidance," 
Copeland says. "His door is always open and 
more often than not there will be a student 
there waiting to speak with him." 

As an educator and former public relations 
practitioner, Gaither says the field suffers in 
some ways from an image problem. 

"Public relations is not always perceived as 
a positive force in this country," he says. "The 
average person only hears about it in a crisis: 
'Toyota is facing a public relations debacle.' 
When public relations is effective, nobody 
hears about it. It's like an offensive line in 
football; people only pay attention to it when 
the quarterback gets sacked." 

Gaither argues that public relations can 
save lives, especially in the international envi- 
ronment. Health education programs, for 
example, depend on public relations principles. 
Gaither's interest in international issues 
led him to the research that culminated in his 
2007 book, Building a Nation's Image on the 
World Wide Web: A Study of the Head of State 
Web Sites of Developing Countries. 

Conducting a rigorous quantitative and 
qualitative analysis of the official English lan- 
guage web sites of the leaders of 30 nations, 
including Croatia, Poland, The Philippines 
and Mexico, Gaither explored the intersection 
of public relations and propaganda. 

"When is information propaganda, and 
when is it just information?" he says. "I wanted 
to try to measure that discrepancy and define 
it." He analyzed the Web sites using a number 
of criteria looking for symbols and patterns that 
would reveal all manner of things about the 
leaders, political systems and cultures he studied. 

"For example, the president of Lebanon's 
web site has a personal photo album; it shows 
him at backyard barbecues, playing with chil- 
dren and so on," Gaither says. "It's all part of 
portraying the president as a man of the people, 
a human being, not an omnipotent leader. 


We asked Gaither in March to apply 
his work about how nations brand 
themselves to the homepage of the 
White House, 


The page changes frequently, 

suggesting the administration 

is not static and is committed 

to fluid communication. 

U.S. flag and White House 

seal provide legitimacy to the 

site, linking Obama to known 

and respected symbols. 

Nothing on the site indicates 

the content is necessarily geared 

to Obama the president. The 

links include "briefing room," 

"issues," "the administration" and 

"our government." Collectively. 

these suggest the site is more 

of a government portal than 

a source to promote Obama. 

The primary issue is healthcare. 
A link reads, "our government," 
suggesting the initial primary 
audience is Americans who 
speak English, not neces- 
sarily a global audience. 

Links at the upper left, "get 
e-mail updates" and "contact us," 
suggest the Obama administra- 
tion is attempting to engage 
in dialogue with public. 

"The president of Nigeria, on the other hand, 
had none of that on his site; he was portrayed 
as very powerful and presidential, above the 
people. His site had the election results posted, 
even years after the election; it was a static nar- 
rative that sought to freeze particular moments 
that showed how good for Nigeria he was." 

That sort of global thinking is what Gaither 
works to instill in his students. Working with 
bright young minds, helping to open the vast 
world to them, exploring the always-changing 
terrain of international communications, he 
says he's in exactly the right place. TA 



Ion's inaugural Lumen Pi 
recipients graduate in May, 
completing an impressive 
body of scholarship, research 
and performance on campus 
and around the world. 

Fifteen dedicated students. 

Fifteen personalities with 
15 different passions. In the 
two years since the inau- 
gural Lumen Prizes were 
awarded, the first graduating 
scholars can now reflect on 
how much they've learned 
not only about their world, 
but about themselves. 

Some traveled the 
globe to study alternative 
medicine, women's health 
issues and news coverage 
of terrorist attacks. Others 
found their research 
interests closer to home, 
using microscopes and dna 
sequencing technology to 
explore tissue regeneration. 

"Many of these students 
were able to have interna- 
tional experiences they might 
not otherwise have been able 
to pursue," says Paul Fromson, 
a professor of psychology 
who administers the Lumen 
Prize program. "Not only 
will this make them more 
competitive for the work or 
schooling they pursue next, 
but I think they will have a 
richer and more culturally 
informed perspective on 
whatever career they enter." 

The prize fosters scholarly 
efforts including course work, 
study abroad, research and 
internships on campus and 
abroad, and creative produc- 
tions and performances. 
Scholars receive $15,000 each 
and special mentoring to help 
secure top academic honors. 


Ryan Bleam 

A sociology major from 
Doylestown, Pa., Bleam is 
looking for a job in com- 
munity development and 
research and plans to pursue 
graduate work in anthro- 
pology and public health. 

He researched the concept 
of "being healthy," studying 
the lifestyles and practices of 
Aboriginal Australians, those 
who live in the mountains of 
northern India and people 
in the United States who are 
involved in the holistic health 
movement. For example, he 
found that more culturally 
appropriate health care ser- 
vices are needed to encourage 
aboriginal patients to become 
more engaged in fighting 
diseases such as cancer. 

"The Himalayan field school I 
participated in opened up my 
eyes to globalization's reach 
to even the most remote areas 
of the world. I plan to focus 
my efforts on promoting and 
experiencing local culture and 
its effects on shaping health 
beliefs for both indigenous and 
non-indigenous populations." 

Amanda Brown 

Brown, a mathematics major 
from Gahanna, Ohio, plans 
to pursue a master's of public 
health in epidemiology at the 
University of Texas Health 
Sciences Center at Houston. 
She created a mathemati- 
cal modeling system that 
includes real-world fac- 
tors to predict the spread 
of malaria by insects. The 
model showed the benefits 
of using insecticide-treated 
bed nets to combat malaria. 

"Malaria is a prevalent dis- 
ease in impoverished nations, 
especially among children 
in sub-Saharan Africa. This 
research provides information 
and tools that quantitatively 
demonstrate the importance 
of prevention measures for 
public health institutions to 
combat infectious disease." 

Margeaux Corby 

Corby, whose home is in 
Pasadena, Md., is a double 
major in biology and 
journalism. She plans to 
attend medical school. 

In her research, she studied 
the health knowledge of 
people in the Montagnard 
community of Greensboro, 
N.C., as well as those in 
isolated villages in Guatemala 
and Mexico. Her goal was 
to find ways to overcome 
cultural barriers that prevent 
people from benefiting 
from "Western" medical 
practices and treatments. 

"The public health field as a 
whole is starting to realize the 
crucial role culture plays in 
a patient's decision-making 
process. Those populations 
who experience the most dis- 
sonance with Western medical 
culture are at greatest risk and 
experience the greatest dispar- 
ity in health care. I hope that 
my work will assist other field 
practitioners in the process of 
creating a bridge between cul- 
tural axioms and the foreign. 
yet effective, interventions that 
Western medicine provides." 

Drea Dorrow 

An economics and business 
administration major from 
Camp Hill, Pa., Dorrow plans 
to work for Teach for America 
or the U.S. Census Bureau 
and attend graduate school 
to study public health. 

She studied how surger- 
ies in Malawi to correct 
ailments such as a clubfoot 
can improve the quality of 
lives and economic condi- 
tions of African families. The 
study included a survey of 
patients at a hospital operated 
by a nonprofit organiza- 
tion, cure International. 

"Once a child can fully help 
around the home or farm, 
families produce more goods, 
and eventually can improve 
the quality of their lives. ... By 
demonstrating the long-run 
economic impact that these 
surgeries have, grant writ- 
ers and fundraisers will be 
able to make a case for why 
donors should consider 
giving to this charity." 

Cindy Goodson 

Goodson is a mathematics 
major from Mary ville, Tenn. 
She plans to teach middle