Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows REVIEW
Introduction “Think globally. Act locally.” This was a main tenet emphasized by Isabella Cannon, the Center for Leadership’s matriarch. And although Isabella is no longer with us, I believe she would be proud of the current Leadership Fellows and their faithfulness to this phrase. In order to think globally, one must understand what it means to be connected on a global level. The Center for Leadership established a study abroad internship program in Vilnius, Lithuania, this year led by Dean Rex Waters. The program worked with the International Human Rights Law Summer Study and provided leadership coaching and evaluations for the institute’s participant. Additionally, 20 Leadership Fellows studied abroad during the 2010-11 academic year, traveling to places such as Italy, Ghana, Australia, Costa Rica, and China. Not only did the Leadership Fellows expand their horizons by thinking globally, the students also acted locally. The first-year Leadership Fellows provided leadership consulting with students from six middle schools within Alamance County as part of the Alamance Youth Leadership Academy. Several senior Fellows incorporated “acting locally” into their legacy projects, such as Lauren Flood’s focus on North Carolina veterans and volunteering with the Raleigh USO or Carrie Ray creating an ESL class for local Hispanic/Latino residents. The pages that follow will showcase some of the accomplishments of the Leadership Fellows this year. But even this list does not truly illuminate the full value of what each Fellow has accomplished nor the genuine legacy of Isabella Cannon. As we prepare for the start of another year, I wish to acknowledge some of those who helped to engage with the Fellows and enrich their Elon experience. The professors teaching the Fellows courses this year are professors Jim Brown, Chris Leupold, Rod Clare, Nancy Midgette, and Martin Fowler. I would also be remiss not to thank those in the Center for Leadership that continue to support the Fellows effort: Felicia Massey and Michelle Kusel. And finally, a special recognition needs to go to Rex Waters for his unending leadership and support of the Fellows program. I look forward to the upcoming year and the potential it possesses: “Think globally. Act locally.” Best regards,
Steve Mencarini Director, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program Director, Center for Leadership Campus Box 2990 Elon, NC 27244 336-278-LEAD
Leadership and Organizational Involvement
86% of Fellows hold formal leadership roles on campus. You can find Fellows all across campus in leadership roles in their respective organizations. Below is a sampling of the diverse leadership roles Fellows hold: America Reads Coordinator Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Elon Campus Recreation Facilities Manager Co-Director of Academic Service-Learning Co-President and Founder of Vital Signs Cooking Shift Leader for Campus Kitchen Coordinator of Freshman Acting Showcase Drum Major of the Fire of the Carolinas Executive Vice President for SGA Fellows Advisory Board Fellows Community Director Fundraising Chair for Alpha Xi Delta Head Staff for New Student Orientation Health & Wellness Learning Community Leader House Manager of Sigma Phi Epsilon Leader in Campus Outreach Leadership Development Director Peer Educator for SPARKS Philanthropy Chair for Tri-Delta
President of Alpha Psi Omega President of Delta Delta Delta President of Delta Upsilon President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship President of Lambda Pi Eta President of Menâ€™s Club Soccer Research and Assessment Director for LEAD Team Resident Assistant in Residence Life Service Learning Community Leader Senior Director for LEAD Team Senior Reporter for Phoenix14 News SGA Vice President for Class of 2014 Teach for America Elon Campus Coordinator Teaching Assistant for Elon 101 Team Leader for Elon Outdoors Treasurer of North Carolina Student Legislature Treasurer of Spectrum Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa
Leaders Across Campus Students are involved across campus. These statistics show their impact. 17% Academic Organizations 11% Campus Recreation 34% Greek Life 7% Media Organizations 4% Orientation Leaders 10% Performance Organizations 10% Religious Organizations 19% Service Organizations 4% Student Government Association 7% University Admissions
Civic engagement and service Leadership Fellows take action on topics about which they are passionate. First-year Fellow Savannah Chaisson volunteered with Allied Churches, a soup kitchen in Burlington. Senior Anna Hulett helped with Elon Elementary School in the autistic classroom. Additionally, sophomore Will Brummett served as the service learning leader of the service living/learning community.
84% of Fellows were involved in at least one civic engagement and service initiative.
66% Philanthropy Events 26% Tutoring 11% Boys and Girls Club
7% Service Trips 7% Habitat for Humanity 9% Academic Service Learning
Study abroad Isabella Cannon strongly believed in students encountering the world outside of the United States. The Leadership Fellows were awarded a travel grant with Dr. Cannon’s vision in mind. While abroad, students created a blog recording their cultural and leadership experiences. Junior Grant DeRoo traveled through Europe to learn about the Holocaust. Junior Brielle Giordano spent the Fall semester in China, taking some time to journey across “The Land of Dragons and Emperors” and the Silk Road.
37% of Fellows have studied abroad at least once. 24% spent an entire semester abroad. Study Abroad Destinations from 2009-2011 Belgium China Costa Rica Estonia England France Guatemala Germany India Italy
Latvia Lithuania Luxemburg Netherlands Poland Spain South Africa Togo
10% of Fellows have been involved in
Several Leadership Fellows completed research projects and presented their findings during SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum). Here are some of the topics:
Senior Jesse Lee:
“From the Factory to the Bookshop: The Story of Elon’s Garments through Pictures”
Junior Samantha Baranowski: “Global Internet Core Values from Internet Governance Forum 2011” Seniors Lauren Flood and Anna Hulett:
“The Impact of the Elon Experiences on Student Growth Outcomes”
Internships Leadership Fellows recognize the importance of having an internship experience while in college whether it is in the local, national, and international community. Junior Samantha Baranowski interned with CNBC Europe while studying abroad in London. Sophomore Brenna Humphries had a summer internship with Google in California. Additionally, first-year Fellow Wesley Ann Barden, sophomore Jess Gavic, and senior Alison Parker interned at the US Capitol with their local representatives (Congressman Joe Mica, Senator Ron Johnson, and Senator Kay Hagen, respectively).
41% of Fellows completed an internship. Alamance County District Attorney’s Office Alamance Dispute Settlement Services Andrews Elementary Barbara Jo Saler Events Campus Outreach Center for Creative Leadership Clemson University CNBC Europe in London The Coaching Association FL Congressman John Mica CRHP in India Currents Magazine The Department of Transportation Disney Studios Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Harrells Christian Academy Harrington Events Highlander Center for Research and Education Hospice & Community Care IBM KPMG LabCorps National Science Foundation Peace One Day in London Physician’s Office Pitney Bowes WI Senator Ron Johnson Varsity Athletics Verizon Wireless Wesley’s Chapel in London
Achievements and Honors Fellows received substantial recognition for their academic and organizational accomplishments. Sophomore Sarah Kowalkowski was named a Lumen Scholar and will be conducting research on law school curricula and its connections with authentic leadership development. Meanwhile, senior Stacey Markham was awarded the John W. Barney Memorial Award and the William Moseley Brown Leadership Award for her work with New Student Orientation and several other organizations. Leadership Fellows have also excelled in the classroom, with three Fellows (Anna Hulett, Stacey Markham, and Alison Parker ) being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the campus’ highest academic honor society. Alpha Psi Omega Beta Gamma Sigma Civic Engagement Scholar College Television Award for Academy of Television Arts Dean’s List Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Life Emerging Leader Award
Hearst Journalism Award Periclean Scholar Phi Alpha Delta Phi Beta Kappa Phi Eta Sigma Phi Kappa Phi Pi Gamma Mu Pi Sigma Alpha President’s List
Psi Chi Odyssey Scholar Omicorn Delta Kappa Rho Lambda Sciences Winner TV Newscast Sigma Delta P Tau Upsilon Alpha Theta Alpha Kappa Tri Beta
50% of Fellows belong to an academic honors society. The Elon Journey Begins... The incoming 2015 Leadership Fellows class has will strengthen Elon University.
27 young leaders that We Warmly Welcome:
Danielle Biggs Lauren Brady Kelsey Brown Julian Council Taylor Crowley Margaret Croxson Stanley Dowell Jessica Erwin
Christopher Essman Max Fabricant Alexis Fallon Christine Fortner Carley Gaynes Eric Halperin Takiyah Harrell Yale Hoffberg
Dashiell Jepsen Abigail Kelemen Stephanie Kilmer Lianna Mills Anne Schaffer Daniel Sheehan Asher Weinstein Connor Whitaker Alissa Winters Emily York Molly Zoellner
Carrying the Cannon Legacy
On May 21, 2011, Leadership Fellows wore the Cannon medal as they graduated from Elon University. Here is a snapshot of recent graduates and their future plans:
John Yi will be entering Teach for America. Carolyn Murphy will be starting law school at the Univ. of Mississippi. Craig Massey will be getting married and starting his business career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, NC. Lauren Flood joined IBM in their Leadership Development Programs group after serving as an intern her junior year.
Carrie Ray volunteered in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, with youth and youth development for four months post-graduation in December.
Stacey Markham is now in working in Knoxville, TN, as a family intervention specialist.
Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Class of 2011:
Lauren Flood, Taylor Hughes, Anna Hulett, Russell Joyce, Jessie Lee, Chelsea LeValley, Stacey Markham, Ian Maxwell, Carolyn Murphy, Allison Parker, Carrie Ray, Jackie Seisman, Kate Sloan, John Yi
Class of 2012:
Samantha Baranowski, Eleanor Broujos, Gayla Carr, Grant De Roo, Sarah Clancy, Kellye Coleman, Patrick Cunningham, Elise Delmerico, Kathryn Farmer, Brielle Giordano, Kaitlin Henze, Stuart Jones, Simone Lahood, Rachel Long, Brandon McRae, Jamie Milliski, Stephanie Pinch, Elena Pipino, Ross Rhoades, Alison Schiffli, Chelsea Yarborough
Class of 2013:
Marshall Babcock, Cody Benoit, Thomas Berry, Joshua Bolton, Will Brummett, MacKenzie Cooke, Alyssa Dilly, Jess Gavic, Emily Howie, Brenna Humphries, James Itell, Lindsay Kimble, Sarah Kowalkowski, Rebecca Luz, Brooke Pachino, Chelsea Saggese, Jess Schoenholtz, Adam Sipe, Meghan Stanley, Tricia Teeter, Katie Vitiello, Ben Walker, Sam Yow
Class of 2014:
Wesley Anne Barden, Sarah Beacham, Anne Elizabeth Carroll, James Carter, Sarah Carter, Natalie Caviness, Savannah Chaisson, Kara Damiano, Allison Dixon, Kendall Gardiner, Mat Goldberg, Carly Hildyard, Audrey Horwitz, Samantha Italiano, Peter Kesaris, Lindsey Langdon, Julia McDonald, Sara McLaughlin, Christine Meyer, Connor Oâ€™Donnell, Ottavia Pomazon, Megan Rollins, Nick Rourke, Tayler Sirabella, Will Stirn, Alexis Stones, Greg Zitelli