The Magazine of Elon, Fall 2010
The Magazine of Elon and Honor Roll of Donors, Fall 2010. Elon University's alumni magazine.
Tying it all together Transforming the residential campus of H on D or in on Ro sid o l e rs l Trustees establish Elon University Forest Elon trustees have designated a 56-acre undeveloped tract north of University Drive as the Elon University Forest, a dedicated land preserve and natural area. The action protects the largest remaining intact forest in the Town of Elon and safeguards thousands of species of plants, animals and other organisms. "The Elon University Forest represents our deepest values, including community, stewardship and global awareness," said President Leo M. Lambert. "The forest will serve primarily as a teaching resource and research site for our academic programs, and it is an important component of the university's sustainability master plan." Some trees in the hardwood sections of Elon University Forest, which make up more than 50 percent of the property, are estimated to be 150-200 years old. The property was acquired by the university in 1997, but the plan to create the forest came to the forefront recently when a group of faculty members, led by Jeff rey Coker, associate professor of biology, pointed out how rare it is to fi nd undeveloped land so close to a university. Several Elon classes currently use the area as a teaching resource, and honors students and faculty have been studying plants, soil and water chemistry there. "In its natural state, most of Alamance County would look similar to this property," Coker said. "In addition to the hardwood areas, the land contains a variety of ecosystems, including grasslands, seasonal wetlands and small streams." To protect the natural state of the land, the property will not be open for general public use. Occasionally, the university will host guided science tours and other activities at the forest in keeping with its educational mission. The Phoenix overcame a 2�1 deficit with five runs in the final inning to defeat UNC-Greensboro for the SoCon title on May 21. N UN IVE R SI TY DR IVE Elon University Forest P OW ER L INE ROA D Rhodes Stadium Alamance Belk Library Jeffrey Coker, associate professor of biology, studies plants in the Elon University Forest with students Mia Brady and Brent Edwards. features the magazine of elon fall 2010 EDITOR vol. 72, no. 4 12 penned in history by keren rivas '04 Le ers from Elon's second president, William Wesley Staley, bring into focus a rarely examined chapter of Elon's past. 14 assessing the damage Joshua Voss '01 explores the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fragile underwater environments in the Gulf of Mexico. Kristin M. Simone i '05 DESIGNER Christopher Eyl NEWS EDITOR Eric Townsend PHOTOGRAPHER Kim Walker COPY EDITOR Keren Rivas '04 CLASS NOTES Holley Berry STUDENT WRITER Sarah Beth Costello '10 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. 336-278-7415 EDITORIAL OFFICES 16 FACULTY PROFILE uncharted territory by dave hart David Levine fi nds his niche on the cu ing edge of Internet and intellectual property law. 18 from the ground up by eric townsend Elon's new geothermal field will help make the Colonnades residence halls among the most environmentally friendly dorms in North Carolina. The Magazine of Elon 2030 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244-2020 Class Notes Elon Office of University Relations 2030 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 E-mail: email@example.com Elon website www.elon.edu Magazine website www.elon.edu/magazine 20 BOARD OF TRUSTEES, CHAIR 24 COVER STORY family tradition by kristin m. simonetti '05 Through their iconic Biscuitville restaurants, Maurice '57 and Burney '87 Jennings share a legacy in business and at Elon. Mark T. Mahaffey, St. Petersburg, Fla. ELON ALUMNI BOARD, PRESIDENT Kelli Palmer '98, Charlo esville, Va. YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL, PRESIDENT Christian Wiggins '03, Charlo e, N.C. PARENTS COUNCIL, CO-PRESIDENTS Robert and Kay Norris p'11, Charlo e, N.C. BOARD OF VISITORS, CHAIR living and learning by daniel j. anderson Elon reveals new plans to expand and enhance the residential campus, seamlessly blending academics and student life. ALUMNI PROFILE Clifford B. Hardy Jr. '62, Tampa, Fla. SCHOOL OF LAW ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR David Gergen, Cambridge, Mass. LOVE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR William S. Creekmuir p'09 p'10, Atlanta, Ga. SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR Don Bolden, Burlington, N.C. PHOENIX CLUB ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR departments 2 10 26 Elon News Phoenix Sports Alumni Action 30 40 41 Class Notes Making a Difference Honor Roll of Donors Mike Cross, Burlington, N.C. DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS Sallie Hu on '92 DIRECTOR OF PARENT PROGRAMS Maggie Byerly Elon News 16? Unlike many institutions with more than a century of history, Elon has been more dependent than most on the involvement of parents and truly committed friends to advance the institution. With 55 percent of our alumni in their 20s and 30s, parents and grandparents have stepped up to help fuel Elon's rise in a big way. The current chair and vice-chair of the board of trustees, Mark T. Mahaffey and Wes Elingburg, are outstanding Elon parent leaders. Many major construction projects such as Rhodes Stadium, McMichael Science Center and Lindner Hall have been possible in large measure because of the generosity of parents and grandparents. For their faithful and visionary support, we are truly grateful. One of the most important challenges of this decade is to inspire even more alumni to take leadership responsibility for their alma mater. Excellent universities require alumni who are involved, committed, passionate and generous for a lifetime. Elon is fortunate to have many. But we need many more. Perhaps the biggest step Elon has taken to prepare the next generation of alumni leadership is the formation of the Young Alumni Leo M. Lambert AS ELON MATURES, ALUMNI MUST CLAIM GREATER LEADERSHIP, OWNERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY One of the pillars of the Elon Commitment strategic plan is to identify and support the next generation of alumni leadership. This goal has far-reaching consequences for Elon's future. Council, graduates of the past 10 years who are passionately invested in helping to create Elon's future. At an alumni event in Philadelphia this past summer, I remarked that only 16 percent of Elon alumni make annual gifts to the university. There We are was an audible gasp from the audience, I believe because be er than that percentage doesn't begin to reflect the true devotion of 16 percent. Elon alumni to the university. Will you So why is that rate so low? And what can we do about it? help make � First, the university and alumni need to do a better a difference job getting out the message for an Elon that it is not the size of the gift that matters, especially student for young alumni, but rather it's annual participation today? that counts. Really. Plus, lots of smaller gifts add up to make a huge difference. Young alums can look forward to the challenge by trustee Kerrii Anderson '79 again this March, during which she will match gifts 5-to-1. � We are providing more options to allow alumni to designate their gifts to programs that meant the most to them during their time at Elon. For example, alumni can now designate gifts to scholarships, the academic programs or schools they benefited from, or to traditional options, such as the Phoenix Club and the Elon Fund. � Understanding the dramatic changes in the way we communicate, we are expanding social media communications, reaching out to alumni through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. The single best message I have ever heard delivered about the importance of giving back to Elon was delivered at the senior class meeting held in Rhodes Stadium this fall by Mark Jetton '06 L'09. With a combination of law school smarts and ease on the field derived from his experience as an Elon football captain, Mark outlined clearly, unapologetically and passionately to seniors why alumni should give back. Give because it is your duty. Give because we are all part of a team. Give because your Elon degree is like a stock certificate; as the university gets better, your degree becomes more valuable. But most important of all, give because there is no better feeling than knowing you helped someone else. We are better than 16 percent. Will you help make a difference for an Elon student today? Leo M. Lambert President 2 the magazine of elon Elon News Bolden, Greeson and Weavil receive Elon Medallions Don Bolden, former executive editor of the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News; Stanley Greeson, former assistant director of physical plant; and Linda Weavil, professor emerita of business administration, received Elon Medallions on Aug. 23 in recognition of their loyal service to the university. Bolden has provided vital support to Elon for many years, serving most recently with distinction on the School of Communications Advisory Board, which he has chaired for the past eight years. He and his wife, Billie Faye '56, have been generous supporters of Elon athletics and created the Don and Billie Bolden basketball scholarship to provide valuable annual assistance to deserving student-athletes. Over his 51-year career, Bolden served the Times-News in nearly every capacity, from mailroom assistant to reporter to editor. As editor emeritus, he continues to serve his readers by writing a weekly column about vital issues facing Alamance County. He has received numerous national and regional awards for journalism, including from the Associated Press and North Carolina Press Association, and has written seven books about Alamance County history. Greeson served Elon for 28 years as a member of the university's physical plant staff. He worked as a carpenter, maintenance foreman and director of maintenance before being promoted to assistant director L-R Don Bolden, Linda Weavil and Stanley Greeson of physical plant, a position he held until his retirement in 2009. Greeson's extensive knowledge and experience were vital to operating and maintaining new facilities constructed during his tenure. He built a reputation as the "go-to guy" for staff members on campus, helping to solve problems large and small, working to ensure university events were executed flawlessly and that facilities were maintained at the highest standards. In 2002, he was named the Physical Plant Staff Member of the Year in recognition of his commitment to excellence. Weavil joined the faculty of the School of Business in 1973 and served her students as a teacher, mentor and friend until her retirement in 2001. In the classroom, she regularly updated her coursework and teaching to incorporate new technologies and practices, giving students the tools they needed to succeed in a rapidly changing business and communications environment. Outside the classroom, Weavil made significant contributions to Elon by serving as chair or as a member of several university committees. In the community, she served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross of Burlington and as a longtime volunteer with Family Abuse Services of Alamance County. In retirement, Weavil and her husband, Bob, continued to support the university by establishing the Linda Thompson Weavil Endowed Scholarship, which assists a rising junior or senior in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business or a student in Elon's MBA program. Alumni Gym reopens a er renovations Work crews in October completed the first phase of renovations to Alumni Gym. Lower-level bleacher seating has been replaced with chair seats, and additional sections have been added at the north end of the gym to form a horseshoe bowl, bringing the arena's seating capacity to 1,544. New flooring and basketball goals, four led video boards and five led scorers' tables will enhance the experience for fans, players and officials. The building's original south entrance has been reopened, reflecting Alumni Gym's original design. Renovations to Alumni Gym were made possible through a major gift from trustee Jeanne Robertson and her husband, Jerry. The second phase of work will begin next summer, when offices for coaches and staff and locker rooms for Elon's basketball and volleyball teams will be remodeled. the magazine of elon 3 Elon News Trustees approve physician assistant master's program Elon's board of trustees voted Oct. 22 to establish the university's sixth graduate program, the master of science in physician assistant (PA) studies. Work will continue in coming months to arrange start-up financing and determine where the program will be located. Elon has been exploring a PA program since fall 2008. A feasibility study committee found that prospects for a successful program are excellent, with projections for a substantial increase in physician assistant jobs available in North Carolina over the next several years. "We learned there is a rapidly growing demand for physician assistants, who are playing a crucial role in our nation's changing healthcare system," said Steven House, Elon's provost and vice president for academic affairs. "As we face a chronic shortage of doctors, physician assistants are essential to maintaining quality health services. Helping to meet the demand for more physician assistants is in line with Elon's mission and our desire to expand our outstanding professional and graduate programs." Physician assistant programs typically require about 28 months of study, with students spending the first year in the classroom and the second year in clinical settings. Hospitals in the region have expressed support for a new PA program and have committed to host students for their clinical studies. The program will enroll classes of about 36 students annually and include six faculty members, a director, a clinical director, a medical director and other staff members. The program could enroll its inaugural class as early as fall 2012 or January 2013. Elon's program will join existing or planned PA programs at six other universities in North Carolina. "My first request of you is that you engage in this process directly. I really don't care if you're a Democrat, Republican or an independent. What I do care about is that you're engaged and that you vote. Now, I would love for you to vote Republican � but we have to give you a reason to do that." something that is pretty much universally agreed upon as a good thing," Associate professor of education Bird Stasz says. "That's the education of Stasz traveled to Tajikistan this fall children." through a Fulbright Senior Specialist Stasz, who joined the Elon faculty Award that allowed her to share her ex- in 2002, has previous experience in pertise in teacher training with peers Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in the nation's Ministry of Education. that lacks modern school buildings Funded by the U.S. Department and, in some places, adequate power, of State Bureau of Educational and water and sewer systems. Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Senior Administered through the Council Specialist Awards provide an hono- for International Exchange of Scholars, rarium and travel costs for American eligible activities with the Fulbright Sefaculty and professionals who spend nior Specialist Award include teacher 2-6 weeks overseas working with higher training, short-term lecturing and coneducation institutions on a topic ducting seminars, special conferences within their expertise. or workshops. Faculty and profession"The interesting thing about the als apply for a five-year term during Fulbright is that it's an opportunity which universities outside the United for a West-East conversation about States can request their services. Professor travels to Asia with Fulbright award Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee and an Elon parent, sharing his thoughts about the 2010 midterm elections with students at a Sept. 29 lecture in Whitley Auditorium. 4 the magazine of elon Elon News Trustee emeritus Roger Gant Jr. dies Trustee emeritus Roger Gant Jr., former president of Glen Raven Inc. who served on the Elon board of trustees for two decades, died July 26 at age 86. Gant was a grandson of John Q. Gant, the founder of Glen Raven, an Alamance Countybased textile company. He served in the U.S. Army during World War ii and after the war returned to North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mary Thornton and Jeff Gant held a variety Gazda of ARAMARK present of positions in Glen a 50,000 gift for Elon to Raven and became President Leo M. Lambert. president in 1972, serving in that role aramark gi funds Campus Kitchen at Elon until his retirement from management in A 50,000 gift from ARAMARK, which operates Elon's dining services, will fund the first year 1989. An innovative Roger Gant Jr. of a program that directs unused food to hungry people in Alamance County. leader, Gant fostered The Campus Kitchen project is part of a national effort on college campuses. Food sertechnical, financial and process improvements vice vendors supply food that was prepared but never served in dining halls, and students in the company. Under his leadership, Glen volunteer to package and deliver the food to local agencies that work with hungry and Raven's sales more than quintupled and sales homeless residents. per employee more than doubled. Laurie Lambert, wife of President Leo M. Lambert, championed the Campus Kitchen One of his most important achievements cause and spoke at the Sept. 14 College Coffee where the ARAMARK gift was announced. was the introduction of synthetic awning "I believe in reducing waste, community service, educational opportunities and spiritual fabrics and creation of the Sunbrella� brand well-being," Laurie Lambert said. "This program fits the mind, heart and soul of an Elon in 1961. Sunbrella became one of the world's University experience." leading performance fabric brands and today Campus Kitchen will be coordinated by Elon's Kernodle Center for Service Learning and is recognized as the market leader for awnings, Community Engagement in partnership with Allied Churches of Alamance County, which boating and furniture. will distribute the food. Gant served on Elon's board of trustees "Together we have pushed the limits of a campus dining program to be more than simply from 1973 until 1993 when he was elected to feeding students, but indeed about being active members of the university community emeritus status. Along with Glen Raven and and setting the benchmark for campus dining programs nationwide," said Mary Thornton, his family members, Gant was a member ARAMARK vice president for the southeast region. of Elon's Palladian Society, recognizing his generous support of the university. Gant received a lifetime achievement award from the Industrial Fabrics Association International. He also was a community leader, involved in An international organization this sum- N.C., to strengthen the elementary school numerous nonprofit organizations including mer awarded Elon more than $200,000 for students' reading abilities. At the end of the the Boy Scouts, Alamance Arts Council, his Rattigan-Rohr to grow her local reading pro- program, children met their Elon tutors at the church and diocese, the ymca, United Way gram by partnering with universities in North Barnes & Noble store in Alamance Crossing and Salvation Army. Carolina and Oregon. to choose books to take home at no expense The grant from the Switzerland-based Oak to families. Foundation will benefit an estimated 280 "You can feel the gratitude in the e-mails Grant boosts Elon reading program children and their families in both states be- from parents," Rattigan-Rohr said. "Without For two years, assistant professor of education ginning in early 2011. reading skills, our kids will continue to Jean Rattigan-Rohr has had to cobble together Future educators enrolled in Rattigan- struggle, and it's such a good thing for all premoney from various campus and community Rohr's class partner with elementary school service teachers to see what they must do and sources to fund a reading program she devel- children as part of their curriculum. Last what they can do when they put their minds oped in her "Teaching Struggling Readers" fall, they traveled once a week to the May to helping students struggling in school." course. Not anymore. Memorial Library in downtown Burlington, the magazine of elon 5 Elon News Elon, N.C. Railroad dedicate underpass Elon earns top marks from U.S. News, Sierra Club Elon received numerous top national honors in the 2011 "America's Best Colleges" rankings released Aug. 17 by U.S.News & World Report. The university also was named one of the nation's "Coolest Schools" in the Sierra Club's fourth-annual rankings of America's greenest campuses. In the U.S.News "Focused on Their Undergrads" rankings, Elon is named the 1 university in the South and among the top 86 colleges and universities in the nation "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." For the fourth year in a row, Elon is ranked 2 overall among 118 Southern universities and the top North Carolina school in the category. The publication ranks Elon as the 1 Southern university and among the top 68 colleges and universities in the nation in its "Up and Comers" ranking. Elon also leads the nation in the "Focus on Success" rankings, appearing in seven of eight categories assessing programs that enrich the college experience, including internships, senior capstone experiences, the first-year experience, learning communities, study abroad and service learning. The university ranks seventh among Southern universities in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" rankings and among the top 17 schools in the South in the "A+ Schools for B Students" ranking. Elon appears in the Sierra Club's national rankings for the second consecutive year. The university cracked the top 100 in a survey distributed to more than 900 colleges and universities nationwide, receiving its highest marks in the areas of efficiency and administration. The efficiency category measures the quality of Elon's sustainable initiatives, and the administration category examines the school's commitment to sustainability through strategic plans, sustainability coordinators and greenhouse gas emission audits. Dedication ceremonies were held Sept. 1 for the new pedestrian tunnel that passes under the railroad tracks on campus. The underpass provides a safe route for students, faculty and staff to walk between main campus and South Campus facilities and surrounding residential neighborhoods. The tunnel is about 12 feet wide and 45 feet long, and includes security cameras and extensive lighting. The tunnel was a joint project of the university and the North Carolina Railroad Company, which owns and manages the rail corridor through the state and operates numerous freight and passenger trains on the line each day. President Leo M. Lambert opened the dedication by ringing the historic bell that came to North Carolina in 1854 on a locomotive and later became the school bell for Graham College, the predecessor to Elon College. Lambert praised the railroad for its role in shaping higher education in the state. "There are people here today who can remember students coming to Elon for years on the train," Lambert said. "We owe our life blood and livelihood to this railroad." "He would have loved YouTube. He would have loved the Internet. He would have done exactly what President Obama has done to master those tools of mass communication and organization because he believed in democracy with a lowercase `d' .... He believed that if people were not engaged, then he had no army with which to fight." Former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, sharing insights about the United States' seventh president, Andrew Jackson, during the 2010 Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture on Sept. 27. Meacham's book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. 6 the magazine of elon Elon News Former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, sharing his observations at Fall Convocation Oct. 12 about the significant challenges facing his native land and the Muslim world. See excerpts from Musharraf's address at elon.edu/magazine. "The dilemma in the Muslim countries, ladies and gentlemen, is that the people are against terrorism, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but also they dislike the United States. However, the governments have to be friendly with the United States for their own economic and political reasons. That is the dilemma � between the people's feelings and the government's compulsions. That is the case in Pakistan, and that is the case in many Muslim countries." Faculty author books on art history, breast cancer and special education Elon faculty members authored books this fall on the need for art historians to reexamine the work of certain 19th-century American impressionist painters, practical advice women can follow if they are diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer or a recurrence, and resources for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities. In her first published book, Redefining Gender in American Impressionist Studio Paintings: Work Place/Domestic Space, associate professor of art history Kirstin Ringelberg focuses on studio paintings by two American artists whose work has been traditionally ignored because they painted scenes of domestic life in 19th-century America. Ringelberg argues that their work depicts a more complex story of the time, when women were typically portrayed as "decorative" objects. Barbara Gordon, an associate professor of English, tackles questions about breast cancer and what women should know if the disease is discovered in its later stages in Breast Cancer Recurrence and Advanced Disease: Comprehensive Expert Guidance. Written in consultation with two oncologists and a pharmacologist, the book was inspired by Gordon's own breast cancer journey. Questions in the book include: How do you determine the best course of treatment when cancer has returned or spread? What legal rights do you have when you learn you have cancer? And what are ways to address the envy and pity that can develop when facing a shortened life span? Linda Wilmshurst, an associate professor of psychology, co-authored the second edition of The Complete Guide to Special Education: Expert Advice on Evaluations, IEPs and Helping Kids Succeed. The book, geared toward both teachers and parents, offers expanded coverage of autism spectrum and bipolar disorders and new approaches to identifying learning disabilities in the classroom. It encourages parents to become vocal advocates for their children if they notice that traditional learning methods are not effective. The Complete Guide to Special Education marks Wilmshurst's fifth book, including its first edition. Kirstin Ringelberg Barbara Gordon Linda Wilmshurst the magazine of elon 7 Update BY JALEH HAGIGH EVER ELON CAMPAIGN SURPASSES $80 MILLION Ever Elon: The Campaign for the Future of Our University has reached 80 percent of the $100 million fundraising goal. As of mid-October, alumni, parents and friends had contributed $81.4 million in cash, pledges and planned gifts to the campaign, which seeks to build endowment to support students, faculty and facilities, and to secure Elon's future. Now that Ever Elon has entered the final phase, the university looks to its supporters to help successfully complete the campaign in the next year. "It is important to celebrate the profound impact that donors at all levels have had in transforming the university during this campaign," says Chuck Davis, campaign director. "Students are here thanks to new scholarships Alumni Field House that have been created. Our faculty are doing important research because of new endow- Hall in the Academic Village and Alumni ments that donors have established. We look Field House under construction adjacent to to all friends of Elon to make a commitment Rhodes Stadium, enrich the overall student now and to help sustain this extraordinary experience. university for the future." Recent major gifts to the campaign will support the university's new physician assistant (pa) master's degree program and student scholarships. longtime donor to the university, making generous gifts to support the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center and R.N. Ellington Health & Counseling Center, among other initiatives. "The Cannon Foundation's board of directors has confidence in Elon because of the progress it has made in recent years," says executive director Frank Davis. "The foundation has long had an interest in health care for rural, underserved populations, and Elon has indicated this would be a focus of its pa program." "We are grateful to The Cannon Foundation for once again partnering with Elon by investing in our vision for this important new academic program," says Jim Piatt, vice president for university advancement. hunt supports scholarships Believing in the power of scholarships to transform lives, Elon grandparent Ernest C. Hunt Jr. has made a second $50,000 gift to the campaign to support the E.C. Hunt Jr. Performing Arts Scholarship. Hunt, a retired mechanical engineer from Charlotte, N.C., the cannon foundation enhances graduate education Students studying in Peru The Cannon Foundation, of Concord, N.C., has made a $100,000 grant to support Elon's pa program. During the campaign, donors have creThe program will address the ongoing ated more than 125 new scholarships, includ- shortage of primary health-care providers ing those to make study abroad and other in many rural and urban areas by preparing engaged learning opportunities available to skilled professionals who are ready to fill the students. New endowed professorships have gap in patient care and make a difference in enabled top faculty scholars to stay current underserved communities. pa graduates will in their fields by conducting research that provide critical diagnostic, therapeutic and expands knowledge, deepens student learn- preventative services in a cost-effective maning and brings national recognition to the ner under the supervision of a physician. university. New facilities, including Lindner The Cannon Foundation has been a 8 the magazine of elon Ernest C. Hunt Jr. made his initial gift last year to endow the scholarship, which will assist students in the performing arts department. Hunt's granddaughter, Jennifer Roberts, is an Elon sophomore majoring in acting. "Jennifer loves Elon," says her mother, Amy Roberts. "The moment we arrived on campus, we fell in love with the school. Jennifer knew Elon was where she should be." Roberts says her father earned a college degree thanks to the G.I. Bill and understands the importance of scholarships in making quality education available to deserving students. "Education has always been important to my father," Roberts says. "Because we have been so impressed with Elon, we wanted to help make this incredible experience available to other students who otherwise wouldn't be able to come to Elon. We think it's important to grow the endowment for scholarships." "This is going to be the best thing we can Roberts and her husband, Bill, are mem- do to support the African-American students bers of Elon's Parents Council. of today," says Priscilla Awkard '95, a member of the Black Alumni Network. Awkard has helped lead the fundraising effort for the donors endow black scholarship along with network members alumni scholarship Darryl Smith '86 and Kelli Palmer '98, who Gifts from alumni, friends and students is president of the Elon Alumni Board. have endowed the Black Alumni Scholarship, The Black Alumni Network, formerly the which will assist African-American students African-American Alumni Group, will conwith demonstrated financial need and aca- tinue raising funds for the scholarship, which demic merit. will be awarded beginning in fall 2011. Members of Elon's Black Alumni Network began raising money for the scholarship in 2007 to help make an Elon education possible president lambert delivers for deserving students. To date, 220 alumni special video messages and other donors have contributed about In an effort to increase alumni participation $82,000 to the scholarship. in annual giving, President Leo M. Lambert this year is sending a series of special video messages to graduates. Alumni were sent the first video Sept. 1 and a second video in early November. Each video is shared via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and E-Net, the university's news and information website. In the videos, Lambert discusses the valuable role that alumni play in the university's future and encourages graduates to make annual gifts to support the things that made their Elon experiences special. Last year, 16 percent of alumni made gifts to Elon; many of Elon's peer institutions have alumni giving rates of 25 percent or higher. After viewing the first video and making their gifts online, many alumni shared their reasons for supporting their alma mater. "I give to Elon so that each student can have the same amazing opportunities that I was given," says Lauren Nichols '09. "Thank you Elon faculty and staff !" donors make planned gif d gifts Order of the Oak, the university's planned ty's plan ed gift legacy society, welcomes new members ew membe ber ers Patricia G. Gabriel, of Greensboro, N.C., and ro, and nd Martha Smith Trout, of Burlington, N.C. ington, N Gabriel, an Elon parent and grandparent, has ndparent, nt, made a planned gift to support the univert e sity's Campus Conservancy Endowment to ow wment help sustain Elon's outstanding facilities and ilities beautiful campus. Trout, a retired Elon facculty member, has created an endowed fund wed d to support faculty development (see full stor story on page 40). Priscilla Awkard '95 Darryl Smith '86 Kelli Palmer '98 the magazine of elon 9 Phoenix Sports elonphoenix.com BY KRISTIN M. SIMONETTI '05 GENTLE GIANT Khirey Walker's reach goes beyond the gridiron profiled Walker's enthusiastic leadership. Walker deflected the praise, saying the event's success is representative of Elon student-athletes' desire to be more visible in Alamance County. "It's easy to be an athlete and not get involved � you go to class, play your game and that's it. But the more we go out in the community, work at Loaves & Fishes and visit the Boys & Girls Club, the more we see support in the stands," he says. "When you go into Rhodes Stadium and see someone you met in Wal-Mart, whose hand you shook and who you invited to the game while wearing your Elon football T-shirt, it's an amazing feeling. When they know we're out there trying to make a difference, they come here to support us." Walker says news of his consideration for the Good Works Team � whose alumni include nfl quarterbacks Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy and Peyton Manning � came as a bit of a shock. But as he begins his term as the newly elected president of saac, he hopes the nomination offers his fellow student-athletes motivation to continue reaching out in the community. "I don't volunteer to be recognized, but to be put in a category with other people who have done great things in their communities is really awesome," he says. "I hope people can see what I've done and know that they can do it, too." It's not every day you meet a college football of guys, what you see is what you get. With player whose future plans include establish- Khirey, you get that and a lot more." ing an afterschool program for at-risk kids, or Walker, a business administration major, who says the most effective recruiting pitch he enjoyed a breakout season on the field in 2009, heard from a university came from the dean of playing in all of Elon's regular-season games the business school. But Khirey Walker, a red- and the first-round fcs playoff game against shirt junior defensive tackle for the Phoenix, Richmond. He tallied 20 tackles and 3.5 sacks isn't your typical student-athlete. on the year. He enjoyed similar success off the field, serving on Elon's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (saac) and assuming leadership of Phoenix Field Day. Planning and carrying out the event held special meaning for Walker, who recalls a memorable interaction with a shy boy who attended Phoenix Field Day his freshman year. "I remember taking him to the dining hall and telling him he could choose whatever he wanted. He grabbed a bottle of SmartWater, because he really believed that with the SmartWater, he'd gain some knowledge. I just Walker can be found in an elementary played along with it. After that, he was laughschool classroom reading to young students ing and smiling, he was so excited," Walker nearly as often as he can be found on the says. "I love seeing smiles on kids' faces." practice field. He's as likely seen playing fourLast May, Walker led more than two square with kids at the Boys & Girls Club of dozen children from the Burlington Housing Burlington, N.C., as he is pursuing opposing Authority and nearly 100 student-athlete quarterbacks in Rhodes Stadium. volunteers in games of Duck-Duck-Goose, "My mom always told me, `you've been given Tug-of-War and more at Phoenix Field Day. so much, a family that supports and loves you, Several local reporters covered the event and and you're in a position where you can help kids who may not have that,'" says Walker, a native of Kempsville, Va., near Virginia Beach. Walker, at right, with children at "I really want to make a difference." a local elementary school In August, the American Football Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Company recognized Walker's efforts, naming him a finalist for the 2010 Good Works Team. The distinction honors college football players who stand out for the positive influence they have in their communities. "Anytime you want to change the culture of a program, Khirey is exactly the kind of player you want to bring in," says Elon head football coach Pete Lembo, who notes that Walker was a key part of the 2006 recruiting class that included quarterback Scott Riddle and receivers Sean Jeffcoat and Lance Camp, all keys to Elon's recent success. "With a lot 10 the magazine of elon Phoenix Sports Photo by Carlos Morales On the trail BY EMILY MILLER '11 Sophomore Emily Tryon is enjoying a successful season with Elon cross country this fall while balancing a biochemistry major and a passion for art. An aspiring veterinarian, Tryon recently spoke with Elon athletics about her experiences on and off the cross country trail. q: What is your favorite thing about cross country? tryon: That sensational feeling that comes with finishing an awesome race. You're completely exhausted and have temporarily lost all of your fine motor skills, but it's the best feeling in the world. Also, on race day all foods magically contain zero calories. That's good, too. q: How has being on Elon's cross country team impacted your life? tryon: Coach (Christine) Engel's training is difficult and in my first year, I really struggled. I didn't even come close to my times that I had in high school, but I stuck with it and I'm having a great season so far this year. What I am learning from the experience is to hang in there when things get tough, because if I just work hard enough, eventually, it will pay off. This lesson is probably what is helping me stick with a science major. q: Why did you decide to study biochemistry at Elon? tryon: I really liked chemistry in high school. I've always wanted to crashing the party � Elon goalkeeper Clint Irwin embraces Gabe Latigue, center, a er Latigue's double-overtime goal sealed a 1�0 victory Oct. 2 over Southern Conference rival unc-Greensboro. The dramatic result came during a thrilling week for the Phoenix men's soccer team, which also earned a 1�1 tie against Big East power West Virginia. A week earlier, the Phoenix recorded a 1�1 tie against Duke, at the time ranked ninth in the nation, marking Elon's first result in nine matches against the Blue Devils. be a veterinarian. When I told my adviser at Elon that I wanted to be a vet, he suggested biochemistry as the best major to prepare myself for veterinarian school. q: You participated in the Elon in L.A. program last summer. What was the biggest thing you learned from your time out there? tryon: I am really into art and always wanted to try acting, so the pro- Phoenix takes flight gram had everything I wanted. It made me realize that there are other things out there that I could do other than just go to veterinary school if I wanted to. I worked in an art gallery, which I absolutely loved, but quickly found out that art is not the career for me. Los Angeles made me more confident in my goal to become a vet. q: You've got a lot of diverse interests. How do you balance it all? tryon: I have to tell myself if anyone can do it, I can. It is a lot easier E to get through things when you are positive. I also repeat "Dr. Emily Tryon" to myself in my head. It helps to look toward my goal. Read more about Tryon's summer in L.A. at elonphoenix.com. lon men's basketball kicked off its 2010�11 season on Nov. 12 against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., but the tilt against the Gamecocks was just the beginning of an exciting and challenging nonconference schedule for the Phoenix and second-year coach Ma Matheny. The slate provides several opportunities for alumni, parents and fans to support the Phoenix. The Phoenix hosts acc foes Wake Forest (Nov. 20) and N.C. State (Jan. 5) at the Greensboro Coliseum, the home of the 2011 acc tournament. On the road, Elon takes on Maryland (Nov. 26), defending national champion Duke (Dec. 20), Navy (Dec. 22) and Columbia (Jan. 2). Tickets: For Elon's games against Wake Forest and N.C. State, visit elonphoenix.com. For Elon's road games against Duke, Maryland, Navy and Columbia, contact the athletics ticket offices of each opponent. the magazine of elon 11 Penned in BY KEREN RIVAS '04 history T here was a time at the turn of the th century when the future of Elon College was uncertain. Still a young institution, Elon was starting to develop a reputation for good work, but a national financial crisis threatened its survival. Buried in debt and with creditors pounding at its doors, the college looked for a leader who had the fortitude to weather the storm and the vision to set a course for a brighter future. Miriam M. Pace working in the Elon Archives Hoping for a miracle, the Elon board of trustees turned to William Wesley Staley, a Christian Church minister and farmer who had supported the college since its beginning. When Staley accepted a temporary appointment as president in June 1894, he did so reluctantly but believed it was his Christian duty to tend to the needs of the school. He made this very clear in letters he wrote at the time to friends and Elon College donors. Elon's archives and special collections, which house the Staley letters, recently completed a project to transcribe the letters and store them digitally. The completed project, now accessible online, offers a rare view of Staley's 11-year tenure, which spanned one of the darkest times in the school's history. "Significant historical value can be gleaned from these letters," says Katie Nash, Elon's archivist and special collections librarian. "They were clearly falling apart and getting more and more fragile as time went on." Nash says such papers are important for the university to preserve because they provide a record of all the decisions made and a glimpse into the college's inner-workings during Staley's presidency. Sometimes, she says, archivists are torn between saving the content of original documents and saving the actual, tangible object. In the end, Nash says, the archives preserved both. Miriam M. Pace, a volunteer who has worked in the Elon archives for 12 years, started transcribing the letters, which number in the hundreds, in 2009 and finished earlier this year. In all, she typed 1,373 pages. At first, Pace says, she struggled to understand Staley's handwriting and shorthand. Soon, however, the strokes became very familiar to Pace, 80, who taught high school history for 13 years, worked for the Alabama state and regional libraries for nine and at the Library of Congress for 15 more before retiring and coming to North Carolina. She believes the letters are copies that Staley himself wrote to keep a record of his correspondence during his years as president. The letters, written on onion skin paper and leatherbound in four volumes, tell the story of a different time in the university's history, one plagued by debts and uncertainty. In them, Pace says, one not only learns of a somewhat forgotten chapter in the history of the college but also discovers the essence of the man holding the pen, a man who oversaw plans that brought the college out of debt for the first time in its history and paved the way for much-needed improvements to the campus. "I hated to see it come to an end," Pace said of transcribing the letters. "I felt like I'd lost a friend." Born in Alamance County, Staley studied under former Elon College President William S. Long at Graham High School, later Graham Normal College, Elon's institutional predecessor. When Long resigned as Elon College president, Staley agreed to serve as the college's non-resident president in 1894, without accepting a salary or an expense account. Staley continued living in Suffolk, Va., where he was a 12 the magazine of elon farmer and a pastor, but made frequent trips by train to Elon. At first, Staley declined serving as president, saying his calling was in the pulpit, not as the chief administrator of a college. He accepted the job under the condition that his role was for an interim period only and that he did not get paid for his services. "I was under conviction that my life-work was to preach the gospel and would not consent to devote any time to College work," he wrote in a Nov. 9, 1894, letter. "But they finally got my consent to manage finances and take general oversight of the institution." As Staley began his tenure, the country was going through a recession, not unlike the financial crises of recent years. Unemployment soared and several financial institutions closed nationwide. If that wasn't enough, many North Carolina crops suffered tremendous losses because of floods. At the college, this translated into low tuition collections. Many students had no choice but to withdraw while others worked at the school in exchange for tuition. Many faculty members worked with the promise of a paycheck when things got better. Staley expressed his early frustrations with the college's financial situation in a letter dated Nov. 29, 1894: "I am in this service under stern protest and would be out if there was any way of escape.... But I am trying to do my duty the best I know how." The "duty" he alluded to was the school's nearly $20,000 debt. And though Staley felt his title was "more nominal than real," the results suggest otherwise. "He was an excellent wheel-and-dealer," Pace says. She points out letters in which he asked creditors for "the least cash" that would satisfy a debt or offered bonds as payment instead of cash. Though he had limited income from his work with the church, Staley made sure to give the school money when it needed it most and persuaded many others to do the same, Pace says. He even wrote to tycoon John D. Rockefeller to ask for money, though to no avail. To Pace, the fact that he even made the effort shows Staley's determination to look after the well-being of the college. Staley's achievements went beyond paying Elon's debts. Under his leadership, the college made substantial improvements to ensure "a good dormitory for girls." Until that point, female students had to board in private homes. Staley was also the first to suggest students wear caps and gowns during Commencement. William Staley's letters number in the hundreds; Pace says she typed more than 1,300 pages. Despite the school's fragile financial situation, Staley never stopped dispensing charity. In some of his letters, he encouraged prospective students to attend the college even when they didn't have the money to immediately pay their tuition. "Do not allow that to hinder you in coming to Elon College. If you can not pay cash for tuition, the college will take your note and make it easy for you to meet it," he wrote to one prospective student. "We shall be very glad to have you come and we will do all we can to make it so you can get an education." Pace believes Staley's humble beginnings and personal struggles likely prepared him for his time at Elon. The 1922 edition of the Phi Psi Cli yearbook, which the senior class of Elon College dedicated to Staley, states that Staley worked his way through Graham High School, Trinity College (now Duke University) and the University of Virginia by doing a variety of jobs. He split wood and worked in gardens, acted as a manservant in private homes and janitor in public buildings, "rising from college janitor to college president and filling both offices with a rare fidelity and whole-heartedness of service." Having achieved the mission he was entrusted with at Elon, Staley retired from the presidency in 1905 to return his entire attention to the church. But Staley's involvement with the college didn't end completely. In fact, his commitment to the college was such, attending a meeting of the Elon board of trustees "was the last thing that he did before his death" on To view President Staley's letters, visit elon.edu/magazine Oct. 9, 1932, according to an undated account published in The Christian Annual, a publication of the Eastern Virginia Conference of the Christian Church. "He was a remarkable man," Pace says, and she suggests Staley deserves to have a statue erected in his honor on campus. She also says she gets chills thinking about Staley and his legacy at the school. "He's the one who made Elon a viable institution. ... He pulled this college to its feet through the bad times," she says, adding current Elon decision-makers can learn from Staley and the lessons he left in his letters. Nash agrees. "Letters are always fascinating because they help you see all the `what if' questions because everything was written down and documented," she says. "It helps one appreciate and understand that even the smallest sacrifices and decisions at a certain point in time can turn out to be a bigger deal and more important years later." Pace says it's comforting for her to know that Staley got to see a well-established Elon College before he died. "He saw his legacy fulfilled, thank goodness," she says. "I'm glad he did." the magazine of elon 13 Joshua Voss '01 in the Johnson Sea-Link submersible ASSESSING THE DAMAGE JOSHUA VOSS '01 STUDIES THE IMPACT OF OIL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO n July, Joshua Voss '01 joined a group of marine scientists aboard the Research Vessel Seward Johnson in the Gulf of Mexico. Their expedition, part of a large, ongoing project for Voss and his colleagues, focused on documenting the condition of ecosystems along the West Florida Shelf. But this particular trip included an additional objective: to investigate the potential impacts of the spring's massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fragile marine environments. In early August, nbc covered the crew's work in segments appearing in a number of the network's platforms, including its "Today" and "Dateline" news shows, and on The Weather Channel and msnbc. As a co-principal investigator on the project, Voss appeared in the segments. The ocean has played a starring role in Voss's life story for about as long as he can remember. He recalls growing up on the beaches of the Sunshine State, not far from his family's home in Orlando, Fla. Now an assistant research professor at Florida Atlantic University, Voss studies, writes and teaches about the wonders of the marine world every day. His career in marine science took off at Elon, where he majored in biology and minored in philosophy, chemistry and sociology. He continued his studies at Florida International University, where he completed his doctorate in biological science in 2006 and served for a year on the marine science faculty at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. In 2007, he was invited to help develop a new program at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (hboi), which is associated with Florida Atlantic University. The Robertson Coral Reef Research and Conservation Program is based in Fort Pierce on the southeast Florida coast. An accomplished scholar and frequent presenter at international conferences, Voss focuses his research on the ecology and health of coral reefs, which play an important part in protecting the Florida coastline and provide a critical habitat for commercially important fish. Corals also may offer valuable clues about the presence of microscopic oil droplets near the Florida coast today, as well as information about the potential long-term effects of the oil spill on ecosystems in the Gulf. I To see the nbc news segments featuring Voss, visit elon.edu/magazine 14 the magazine of elon Photo by Brian Cousin, Harbor Branch at FAU Voss spoke with The Magazine of Elon about his work aboard the Seward Johnson and his thoughts about the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. usually four to six members of the submersible team onboard. It's close quarters, without a doubt, but they're great people to work with. Why is there such concern about the spread of the "oil plume" under the surface of the Gulf? When the event first started in April, everyone was focused on ge ing the oil capped. As media a ention turned to the ecological impacts, the focus was usually on the dramatic and emotionally engaging aspects. You see an oiled bird or a dolphin that's washed up on the beach that's died because of an oil spill; that's what you see from the media first. But it is just the beginning in terms of understanding the overall impact of the spill. Our real concern was not just the oil plumes that were present near the wellhead, but the large quantities of dispersed oil present in the water column. At this point, the scientific community has limited information about where all that oil has gone and what the impacts will be on benthic organisms (that live in the lowest depths of the ocean) and midwater organisms. We are concerned that potential losses of these organisms will affect the biodiversity of these ecological communities and ecosystem services these areas provide, such as commercial and recreational fisheries. at potential changes to the area we studied. I'm also involved in a study at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, in the northwest Gulf of Mexico, where surveys and sampling will provide similar baseline data to detect potential oil impacts. In the project you were working on this summer, what were you looking for, and what was your role? The Florida Shelf Edge Exploration, or flosee for short, was part of a large, ongoing project to map and characterize deepwater coral reefs in U.S. waters. A second major goal of flosee was to assess the condition of the reefs, how they had been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to use the condition as a baseline for future research and monitoring. We launched submarine and scuba operations from Fort Pierce, on the southeast Florida coast, through the Keys and out to the Dry Tortugas, then headed north along the West Florida Shelf to about 50 miles south of Panama City. I'm one of the co-principal investigators on the project, which is funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Exploration, Research and Technology, headquartered at Harbor Branch. In addition to planning and coordinating before the expedition, my responsibilities onboard were leading some of the submarine dives for collections, leading scuba operations in shallower habitats, and processing coral, sponge and other invertebrate samples aboard the ship. Now that the Deepwater Horizon well has been capped for some time, what do you think the long-term ramifications of the spill will be on the Gulf? It's difficult and probably too early to make accurate long-term predictions. I don't think the scientific community yet has a handle on the extent of the problem, the range and concentration of the oil and dispersants. We'll probably see impacts for a decade or more, but hopefully, these ecosystems will bounce back. Most marine ecosystems have amazing resilience. In some cases, researchers have documented corals bouncing back from hurricanes, tsunamis, outbreaks of disease, etc. We need to give these ecosystems the best possible chance to recover by enforcing management practices that reduce our human impact in these areas. Sustainable fishing practices, reducing harmful nutrient-rich runoff and sewage drainage, establishing marine protected areas and addressing global warming are all critical factors we must take into consideration to develop and effective strategy for the Gulf or any other U.S. bodies of water. What did your team find? I was relieved that we did not see any obvious visual signs of oil in the areas along the West Florida Shelf. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's not there � we took many hundreds of coral, sponge, sediment and water samples that we will use for a lot of different projects. We'll be looking at ecological activity and coral health, and investigating the samples for impacts of oil or the presence of oil in the tissues. These will take many months to analyze. When that's complete, we will have a more accurate picture of the level of oil in these areas of the Gulf. Photo courtesy of Public Library of Science How long were you aboard the Seward Johnson and what was life like for those at sea? For this expedition, the ship was out for a month. Every seven days or so, we'd head back to port to re-provision and switch out some of our staff. The first day or so of each leg is a li le crazy with new people and new dynamics, but by the second or third day, we all fall into our routines and become an efficient, coordinated group. I certainly have few typical days during research cruises, that's for sure. When we're out on expeditions, we're o en working from 14 to 16 hours per day. There are flurries of activity at the beginning and end of dives, and during sample processing. There are about 20 scientists and support staff on board, and a crew of anywhere from 10 to 14 to run the ship. In addition to that, there's How do you expect your research this summer to be interpreted or used in the months to come? flosee established much-needed baseline data for deepwater habitats so we can monitor and document potential impacts from the spill over time. Ultimately, the National Resource Damage Assessment group can use that data to document impacts from the spill and seek reparations from the offending party. The cooperative institute will hopefully head back next year to many of the sites we visited on this year's cruise to do a follow-up and look Johnson Sea-Link being deployed from the Seward Johnson the magazine of elon 15 David Levine navigates the ever-changing world of Internet law UNCHARTED TERRITORY ust inside the door of professor David Levine's office at Elon University School of Law sits an antique. A boxy computer monitor overlooks a similarly clunky-looking keyboard and an old-fashioned joystick that looks as if it might have come off the Red Baron's triplane. "That's a functioning Commodore gaming system," Levine says. "It was my computer growing up. Early to mid-s." He picks up a floppy disk, a thin, square precursor to the cd-rom. "I still have some good games," he says. "Boulder Dash, Summer Games. Most of them still work." The game system � so solid and sturdy, so tangible � stands in contrast to the complex, ever-shifting and almost ethereal areas BY DAVE HART J of Levine's primary teaching and research: Internet law and intellectual property law. "Internet law is so much fun to deal with in the classroom," Levine says. "There aren't many other areas that give you so many opportunities to discuss issues in the law that courts have yet to grapple with. There aren't many precedents, because it's all changing so fast." His areas of study have not only guided Levine's work at Elon Law but also have made him one of the few faculty members with his own radio show and podcast. His show, "Hearsay Culture," which airs on kzsu-fm from Stanford University and is available online, features interviews with a wide range of guests discussing various aspects of technology and intellectual property law. "[It's an] excellent show that is part of this new communications environment, in which people can be offered a way to reflect rather than react," says Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, a guest on a recent show. Internet law, which Levine teaches, and intellectual property law, his main area of research, both deal with regulating the ownership and use of intangibles � words, ideas and information. Many of the legal concepts governing those issues are well-established � copyright, free speech, trade secrecy and other principles. But the Internet is such a new and rapidly evolving beast that it has, in many cases, outstripped existing laws. "The best thing about the Internet is its 16 the magazine of elon ability to allow easy access to information," Levine says. "What are the best ways to manage that sharing of information? The question I lead off with, and I ask repeatedly as I teach, is whether existing law is adequate to address these issues, or do we need new law for that purpose?" Th at question lies at the heart of much of Levine's research. Levine explores a complicated avenue of intellectual property law known as trade secrecy. Trade secrecy law, in general, protects a company's ability to keep confidential information of economic value; a recipe or manufacturing technique, for example. Companies often have a legitimate interest in keeping such information from falling into the hands of competitors. But what happens, Levine says, when a private company engages in activities of public concern? Are there situations in which trade secrecy should give way to the public's right to know? Levine points to a recent example: the bp oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. bp used a chemical dispersant to dissipate some of the oil. Chemicals in sea water near fishing grounds and beaches are a serious public concern. "Should the public be allowed to know the composition of that dispersant?" he asks. "bp says no, it's a trade secret. The federal government can say, `You have to give us that trade secret, and we'll keep it confidential.' But do we trust a regulatory agency to always act in the public interest? We've seen many cases where it has not." Levine argues that trade secrecy law is a poor tool with which to regulate such situations. More recently, he has extended his research into cases in which the government itself uses trade secrecy law to keep information from the public. "My ultimate interest in trade secrecy is the ability to regulate information," Levine says. "The parameters of that regulation fascinate me. I've dedicated my career thus far to examining these issues." People have noticed. Stanford law professor Mark Lemley calls Levine's research both interesting and important, saying, "David is right to worry both about the government as holder of secrets and about their willingness to rely on private parties that keep secrets from them." Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, says Levine's work on trade secrecy has been "highly insightful "Internet law is so much fun to deal with in the classroom. There aren't many other areas that give you so many opportunities to discuss issues in the law that courts have yet to grapple with." david levine and will certainly have a great impact on scholars and practitioners alike." And Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says, "His work illuminates the proper balance between intellectual property protection and government accountability." Levine's career has roots in his childhood in Ossining, N.Y., where his parents worked in that antiquated pre-Internet communications field, books. His father was in the book manufacturing and printing business and his mother was an artist who designed book jackets. Levine was always a voracious newspaper reader. "I loved knowing what was going on in the world," he says. That led to an interest in government, and he worked for a time as an aide to an assemblywoman in the New York state legislature. "I saw the lawmaking process in all of its glory and failure," he says. "I decided that if I wanted to learn about government operations and where the law intersects those, I needed a law degree." He earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell and got his law degree at Case Western Reserve University. He practiced law for seven years for two fi rms in Manhattan and the New York City Law Department, then served as a resident fellow at Stanford University Law School's Center for Internet and Society, where he remains affiliated as a nonresident fellow. As a practicing lawyer, David discovered that he enjoyed intellectual property law as well as teaching and mentoring. "I jumped on every opportunity I had to work with junior associates or paralegals and help them do what they wanted to do better," he says. "That was very rewarding. I also learned the craft of lawyering, which I try to impart to my students." For Craig Turner l', now a clerk for Judge Ben Tennille at the North Carolina Business Court, Levine's instruction and experience proved invaluable. "In just the first six weeks on the job, I have already used the information I learned in Professor Levine's Internet Law and Intellectual Property courses," Turner says. "At the Business Court, I've dealt with issues concerning trade secrets, trademarks and patents, all of which we covered in class. I'm certainly glad I took Professor Levine's courses." Says Levine, "Elon is a unique place for someone like me. The school has built its reputation on being very strong and dynamic in education, and it also has a substantial focus on open government. For me, that's a great mix." He adds that Greensboro is a great place to raise his young family, which includes his wife, Heidi, and their sons, Noah, , and Benjamin, . Levine records "Hearsay Culture" from his basement, which he calls "the East Coast studios of kzsu." Each episode first airs as a traditional radio show on Wednesdays at p.m. pst. Later, it airs as a podcast. Levine got his start in radio when he was a student at Ossining High School. The school had its own fcc-licensed radio station, woss � "The antenna was on the school roof; pigeons occasionally knocked us off the air," he recalls � where Levine went from reading the news to station manager. When he became a fellow at Stanford Law School, he floated an idea for an interview show about Internet law issues to the program director of kzsu. Somewhat to his surprise, the program director liked the idea, and the first episode of "Hearsay Culture" aired in May . Levine interviews lawyers, professors, authors and others, discussing various Internet and intellectual property issues. "The broad goal is to educate," he says. "It's part of my role as an educator, to bring ideas to people who might not otherwise have access to these issues. I'm always excited when people stumble onto the show and enjoy it." Like much of what he deals with, the show represents an intersection between an older technology � radio � and a new one, such as the podcast. Kind of like that Commodore sitting just inside his office door. "I have an open door policy regarding the ," Levine says. "Anybody who wants to come by my office and play a little Boulder Dash is always welcome. I'll gladly shovel some coal into it and fire it up." the magazine of elon 17 How the system functions during summer Units housed inside building: not to scale buffer water tank Keeps water used for cooling at a constant temperature thermal exchange device Transfers heat from inside the building to water in the ground loop from the ground up take a sneak peek at elon's new geothermal field BY ERIC TOWNSEND S tudents may never actually see the final product of one of Elon's most substantial recent construction projects � but if they workers will lay soil over the field and plant grass to create a commons area. It's hard to say exactly how much money Elon will save in energy costs when the geothermal field is fully operational by next fall. Much of that depends on the fluctuating cost of electricity and natural gas, not to mention the weather itself. But when you talk to Neil Bromilow, Elon's director of planning, design and construction management, or Elaine Durr, the university's sustainability coordinator, they'll both give the same answer: It doesn't ma er. The opportunity to show Elon's commitment to the Earth by lowering its carbon footprint trumped discussions of lowering annual utility bills, though the la er is certainly a plus. "This system is one of several steps the university is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Durr says. So by the time students return for the fall semester, no sign of the system will be visible as they make use of a green lawn surrounded by some of the earth-friendliest residence halls in North Carolina. live in the Colonnades residence halls next fall, they certainly will feel it. This summer, Elon began installing a geothermal field behind the Koury Business Center to provide an environmentally sustainable way to heat and cool five halls, three of which are under construction and set to open next summer. What does a geothermal field do? In short, it uses a system to take the energy out of warm air for deposit underground, keeping buildings cool in the summer. In the winter, it pulls the energy from rock and clay hundreds of feet below the bricks of campus to heat buildings through the same transfer system. It took three large rigs about a full day to drill each of the 112 boreholes. The holes are connected in groups of seven, with each group converging at a common manifold for distribution to the halls. A er substantial construction to Colonnades C, D and E buildings is complete, fast facts: System to serve Colonnades residence halls (A,B,C,D,E) 112 boreholes drilled 440 feet into the ground Once drilled, each hole is filled with a closed loop of high-density plastic pipe At no point is water added to or removed from the ground Three machines used to drill holes; each hole took about one day to drill 18 the magazine of elon pump house Circulates water in the ground loop 440 . Water circulating in the ground loop cools as heat is transferred to the earth the magazine of elon 19 BY DANIEL J. ANDERSON LIVING AND LEARNING Elon re-envisions the residential campus T he official name for Elon's residence complex on Williamson Avenue is "The Oaks." But senior Sarah Talbo refers to her Oaks apartment as "the locker room," shorthand for the suite she shares with three other students, including two student-athletes. a transformation of the residential campus experience, approving a 10-year, $100 million initiative that is among the major goals of the university's strategic plan, the Elon Commitment. Seven new residence halls, five Greek houses and numerous smaller houses and townhouses are planned, creating about 1,600 living spaces. The percentage of students who live on campus is projected to increase from the current 58 percent to 75 percent by 2020, bolstered by a large increase in the numbers of juniors and seniors. building enduring links between academic studies and residential life, and in convincing juniors and seniors to remain in campus housing. Students and faculty tend to see boundaries between the classroom and the typical college residence life experience. Despite the challenge, commi ee members believe that Elon's outstanding engaged learning programs perfectly position the university to take the national lead in creating a rich and innovative residential campus experience. "This is not a plan about bricks and mortar � about adding residence halls," says Jeff Stein, co-chair of the commi ee and special assistant to the president. "This is a plan to transform the entire campus culture, to enhance our intellectual community and connect housing more directly to Elon's mission and values." Understanding college as a 24-hour learning experience, the commi ee designed a holistic housing approach that involves faculty in residence halls, builds links to academic courses and addresses the unique needs associated with each year of students' college experience. While many of Talbo 's best friends le campus housing a er their sophomore years, Talbott says she never considered moving off-campus. "I feel more connected to campus life both socially and academically, I see my friends all the time and I'm with professors a lot, too," Talbo says. "I use the special lab for English majors in Alamance (Building) several hours a week, and I can just hop on my bike and ride over there to use the so ware and color printers." Talbo especially likes the apartment-style design of The Oaks, which suits the needs of older students. "Juniors and seniors are in a different world than freshmen and sophomores," Talbo says. "It's kind of like kids and grownups. We're doing internships, we're in real-life situations." Providing campus housing for students like Talbo has been a challenge for the university for years. With only 2,881 beds in residence halls and students required to live on campus their fi rst two years, there simply isn't enough space to house the growing number of juniors and seniors who would prefer to stay in university-run housing. Many older students want to stay fully engaged with Elon, but the university politely asks most of them to look elsewhere to live. Understanding the urgency of the problem, trustees seized the opportunity to plan more than bricks and mortar The scale of the building project is unprecedented in Elon's history. But a special residential campus commi ee that created the vision for the plan was much more focused on the student living-learning experience than the large number of rooms being added. These 20 students, faculty and staff envision a groundbreaking approach to campus living, a four-year pathway that meets the needs of students at each stage of their intellectual and social development. They studied extensive literature on the best residential campuses in the country and visited a dozen universities. There are many examples of colleges and universities that have had limited success in living globally The building blocks of the plan are seven distinct areas of campus called "neighborhoods," where residents will create living-learning communities (see the neighborhoods in the map on pages 22�23). The goal is to assist students as they develop identity, relationships, competence and purpose. As the showcase for the neighborhood concept, the new Global Neighborhood, an impressive new complex next to Lake Mary Nell, will replace Harper Center (Staley and Moffi halls and Harden Dining Hall), which 20 the magazine of elon hall. When Phase I opens in December 2012, construction will start on Phase ii, with completion projected for August 2014. a full four-year experience One major advantage of the residential campus initiative is the mentoring role that upperclass students will provide as they increase their numbers in campus housing. "We want to connect the seniors and juniors with freshmen and sophomores," says committee member Kevin O'Mara, professor of business. "They may be involved in courses with younger students or even team-teaching with faculty members. As role models, they'll demonstrate what it means to be an Elon student, help build the culture of Elon and create a serious intellectual climate of inquiry and dialogue." Juniors and seniors who live on campus are also likely to remain involved in events and activities, and use the university's extensive library, technology and lab resources. Research over the past 40 years has found that a strong and extensive residential experience helps students perform be er academically, have higher graduation rates and stay closer to their alma mater as alumni. opened in 1968, and Story Center (Maynard, Colclough and Chandler halls), which opened in 1982. The Global Neighborhood will be a magnet destination for the entire campus community, integrating living spaces with a new dining hall and a variety of flexible facilities for special gatherings, activities and events. In keeping with the Elon Commitment focus on global engagement, this neighborhood will be the home of Elon's language-learning communities, include housing for international students and visiting international scholarsin-residence, and feature an international caf� and a theatre for international fi lm festivals and a variety of global-themed conferences and workshops. The Isabella Cannon International Centre will be relocated from Carlton Building to the new Global Neighborhood, a natural tie-in for students as they plan their study abroad experiences. Several faculty who teach Global Experience courses as part of Elon's general studies curriculum will have offices in this area. The design will be energetic and inviting, taking advantage of the beautiful se ing next to Lake Mary Nell. "We envision an outdoor plaza and reflection spaces with wonderful views of the lake," Stein says. "There will be recreation areas, grills, benches, wide sidewalks and internationalthemed banners. The buildings will include lots of windows and lights, providing an inviting late-night gathering place." Construction is expected to begin next summer on Phase I of the Global Neighborhood, including two residence halls and a dining It's also hoped that the residential campus plan will raise the intellectual climate and enhance Elon's strong sense of community. Those are high expectations but worthy goals as the university looks a decade ahead. "For this to be successful, we must not think of this as a residential life project," says Connie Book, associate provost for academic affairs and a member of the planning committee. "This is a community project. It is going to take the commitment of student life and academic life, support staff, and even parents and alumni to really make this happen. I hope that by 2020 we'll be able to say that we've achieved a remarkable goal � a fully integrated, holistic experience for the four years that a student is at Elon." Bonnie Efird '11 contributed to this story. � See the full plan at elon.edu/residentialcampus campus neighborhoods A s part of Elon's developing residential campus concept, three neighborhoods will place special emphasis on the needs of fi rst-year students as they join the university. These include the historic residence halls at the center of campus, the new Colonnades residence halls near the Koury Business Center and the Global Neighborhood, a dramatic new complex on the north end of campus next to Lake Mary Nell. Sophomores will find specialized support in the Danieley Center neighborhood as they choose their academic majors, become engaged in the Elon Experiences and become active organization members. The six-building Oaks neighborhood, apartment-style housing completed in 2007, is designed to meet the needs of juniors. They are deeply involved in their academic work, o en study abroad or work at internships, and seek private rooms, quiet study spaces and more independent living arrangements. A new neighborhood designed for seniors will be based on successful models at other universities. About 300 seniors will live in upscale townhomes and will fi nd mentoring support as they complete capstone courses and research, preparing for graduate school and their careers. Also currently under construction are five new houses in Loy Center, meeting the pressing need for more facilities to support fraternities and sororities. Architectural design features will be essential to the success of each of these neighborhoods. Through new construction and renovation, Elon will create inviting indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that foster frequent and easy interaction and collaboration. global neighborhood (formerly north area) residence halls Construct two residence halls and a dining hall to replace Maynard, Colclough and Chandler (opening December 2012); and two residence halls to replace Staley and Moffi (opening August 2014) housing for 70 percent fi rst-year students, 20 percent sophomores, 10 percent juniors/seniors highlights International theme and the new home for the Isabella Cannon International Centre, international student housing and several language-learning communities Situated to take advantage of Lake Mary Nell, with outdoor gathering spaces and grass commons New dining hall, international caf� with latenight hours, theatre and meeting spaces Faculty-in-residence and faculty affi liates assigned to each building Global studies courses linked to students living in this neighborhood the oaks residence halls Six existing apartment buildings housing for Juniors and limited number of sophomores highlights Faculty-in-residence with an emphasis on guiding students to prepare for graduate school and careers Satellite offices for student services, such as Career Services Improved sound insulation between apartments senior class housing residence halls Construct several two-story apartment buildings in a community setting; construction timeline not yet determined housing for Seniors, some juniors highlights Independent close-to-campus housing option for about 300 seniors, with full kitchens, living rooms and laundry facilities Upscale townhome design with 2�4 students in single bedrooms in each apartment Commons building Outdoor recreation area and plaza