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A faith journey

Honor Roll of Donors inside

I AM ELON In Aaron Summers’ youth, his parents would take him to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, park just beyond the runway and let him watch planes take off and land, over and over. “And then,” he says, smiling, “I’d go home and build ’em.” Fast forward several years, and he’s moved well beyond the Legos. A junior aerospace engineering physics major at Elon, Aaron can explain what active galactic nuclei are, build an electron gun and solve equations that would bring other students to tears. And his passions extend beyond the laboratory. Raised in a family of musicians, Aaron joined Rip_Chord, an all-male a cappella group, as a freshman and now serves as its music director. “To me, music is more than just notes, melodies or rhythms,” he says. “It has an emotion and a soul of its own.” Aaron is Elon. Visit to see more of Aaron’s story, part of our “I am Elon” multimedia series featuring Elon students in their own words.



Serving with the U.S. Army in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, DeNenno reflects on hope and horror in this corner of the War on Terror.


The Class of 2015 includes not one, not two, but six sets of first-year twins who explain why they decided to attend college together at Elon.

Cover Story


As the university strengthens its commitment to building a thriving interfaith community, students, faculty, staff and alumni describe how faith – from a personal and an academic perspective – has evolved at Elon.

Alumni Profile


Elon tennis star-turned-computer scientist Peter Lindstrom ’94 focuses his attention on acing the world’s biggest data challenges.

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On Oct. 21, the Elon community gathered to dedicate the site for the Numen Lumen Pavilion, which will house a multi-faith center serving Elon faculty, staff and students of many faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and many others.

{ Leo M. Lambert }

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COMMUNITY Community is a cherished Elon value. Our vision is to be a community in which each member of the Elon family is embraced, valued and respected. In the Elon community, we are concerned about the education of the whole person. Our mission statement embraces our founders’ vision of “an academic community that transforms mind, body and spirit.” Elon is taking a historic step toward supporting the spiritual life of all of our students as we begin construction this fall on the Numen Lumen Pavilion in the Academic Village. Named for the university motto signifying spiritual and intellectual light, the Numen Lumen Pavilion will house the new multi-faith center, a tangible symbol of the ideal that all faiths and spiritual traditions have an honored place at Elon. This project also reflects our firm belief that much can be accomplished through interfaith communication, understanding, cooperation and service. That understanding is a key dimension in preparing our students to lead as globally aware citizens of the 21st century. Simply put, we hope the construction of the Numen Lumen Pavilion represents a modest Elon contribution toward achieving peace in the world, a slow process of building understanding and trust among people that happens one relationship at a time. Of course, the Numen Lumen Pavilion will be a place for prayer, meditation and reflection in the very center of a busy campus, featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces for personal meditation and prayer; a large, round, lightfilled sacred space that can be used for religious services; and a gathering room to host scholarly conferences, group meetings, meals and special events. It will be a space well used by Catholic

Campus Ministries, Hillel, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Muslim Student Association and many other groups. The religious life staff of the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will have offices in the pavilion. We are excited that the Numen Lumen Pavilion will host visiting scholars and colloquia and foster dialogue among Elon faculty from a variety of academic disciplines about religion, faith and spirituality. I am deeply grateful to many leaders on the Elon University board of trustees, especially Mark Mahaffey, Allen Gant and Kerrii Anderson ’79, who have supported this project at every turn and who have been personally involved in securing the funds for the project’s completion. At the heart of what we hope to accomplish are discussions and interactions across faith traditions. The spirit of that work is already under way in Elon’s new Better Together livinglearning community, where students such as roommates Mason Sklut, a Jewish student from Charlotte, N.C., and Toorialey Fazly, a Muslim student from Afghanistan, are showing what can be accomplished through peer-to-peer interfaith discussion, cooperation and service. In making the endowment gift to the Truitt Center several years ago, Edna Truitt Noiles ’44 expressed her hope that Elon students would “learn about their faiths and other faiths and go into the world to live lives of reconciliation.” That powerful and noble ideal still inspires us today. The Numen Lumen Pavilion and the important discussions that will take place there will give new energy to that extraordinary vision. Leo M. Lambert President


McBride, Herbert, Perkins receive Elon Medallions O

n Aug. 22, Elon’s Chaplain Emeritus Richard McBride, Trustee Dr. William N.P. Herbert ’68 and retired Vice President Nan Perkins received Elon Medallions, the highest honor the university bestows on individuals for meritorious service to the institution. McBride arrived at Elon in 1984 and in his 25-year career left an indelible mark on the university, guiding the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life through a period of rapid growth. Among his many achievements, McBride helped envision and endow the Vera Richardson Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, founded Elon’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Elon Volunteers! service program, and introduced the Hometown Heroes and Turning 21 Dinner programs. He published a book, Inventing a Life: The Journey through College and Beyond, based on his conversations with Elon students. McBride and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of 1991 Elon alumnus Scott McBride. Herbert, a respected scholar and practitioner in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, has made significant contributions to medicine during his career, assisting in the development of groundbreaking prenatal tests to measure fetal lung development and preparing future physicians to care for their patients’ spirits as well as their bodies. He distinguished himself as a practitioner and faculty member at the University of North Carolina and Duke University medical centers before moving on to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he chaired the department until his retirement in 2011. A loyal Elon alumnus, Herbert joined Elon’s board of

{ l-r, Richard McBride, Nan Perkins & Dr. William Herbert ’68 }

trustees first as a youth trustee and later in 1996 as a full member. He has served as a member of Elon’s Health Professions Advisory Committee, mentoring students preparing for careers in medicine and health care. Perkins served Elon for 32 years as a valued member of senior staff, a close adviser to two presidents, and as vice president for enrollment management and vice president for university advancement, guiding the institution to new levels of national visibility and excellence in academics, communications and philanthropy.

ELON EARNS TOP NATIONAL RANKINGS The Fiske Guide to Colleges, U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide, The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance have again ranked Elon among the nation’s best universities for 2012. Fiske named Elon one of the nation’s all Southern master’s-level universities for top-25 “Best Buy” private universities, rec- the fifth year in a row; #1 among “Up and ognizing the quality of Elon’s academic Coming” Southern universities and #1 in offerings in relation to the cost of atten- the “Focus on Student Success” category. dance. 2011 marks Elon’s eighth year in the The guide includes Elon among the top 15 Fiske rankings, which call the university “an Southern universities in its “Great Schools, emerging name nationwide.” Great Prices” ranking. U.S. News gave Elon high marks in a Elon appeared among the nation’s number of categories, including #2 among top 376 top colleges and universities in

Among her many achievements, Perkins oversaw the reorganization of institutional communications under an Office of Publications, a predecessor of today’s Office of University Relations; conceptualized and coordinated Elon’s centennial celebration during 1988–89; and presided over the $47 million Elon Vision Campaign and spearheaded planning for the $100 million Ever Elon Campaign. Generous donors to Elon, Perkins and her husband, Edward, are the parents of 1988 alumna Laura Catoe.

the annual rankings published by The Princeton Review. The 2012 guide ranked Elon’s study abroad program as #4 in the nation and its music theatre program as #15. In the 2012 edition of “The Best 294 Business Schools,” The Princeton Review named the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business MBA program the #1 “best administered school” and #5 in the “best campus facilities” category. For the sixth consecutive year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Elon among the nation’s top 50 best values in private higher education.

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Rhodes elected life trustee

The Magazine of Elon fall 2011 | vol. 73, no. 4 The Magazine of Elon is published quarterly for alumni, parents and friends by the Office of University Relations.


Kristin M. Simonetti ’05 DESIGNER

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Holley Berry Keren Rivas ’04 Eric Townsend STUDENT WRITERS

Kellye Coleman ’12 Caitlin O’Donnell ’13 DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS

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Elon honors 10 outstanding graduates Ten distinguished Elon alumni were honored Oct. 22 at the annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony. The awards, given at Homecoming each year, are the most prestigious recognition bestowed upon graduates by the Elon Alumni Association. This year’s recipients included the following: (back row, l-r) Jay A. Hendrickson ’71 and Amy Thomas Hendrickson ’69: Distinguished Service to Elon Award; The Rev. Dr. Sir Walter L. Mack ’89: Service to Church and Society Award; Joshua D. Voss ’01, Young Alumnus of the Year Award; W. Thomas Amick ’69 P’13: Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; (front row, l-r) Michele Skeens Hazel ’79 LP’09: Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award; Zachary T. Walker III ’60 and Dot S. Walker: Distinguished Service to Elon Award; Samuel L. Burke ’89: Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; and Daniel J. Watts’04: Young Alumnus of the Year Award. Read more about the 2011 Elon Alumni Association Award recipients at

Warren G. “Dusty” Rhodes, an Elon trustee since 1997, was elected a life trustee during the board’s fall meetings on Oct. 21–22. Rhodes and his wife, Peggy, loyal friends of { Dusty Rhodes } Elon and parents of Larry Rhodes ’86, are counted among the university’s most generous supporters. The couple provided key funding for the construction of Rhodes Stadium, which opened in 2001. They also have supported student scholarships and made transformative gifts benefiting academic life at Elon, funding important resources and initiatives in Belk Library and McMichael Science Center. Dusty Rhodes received an honorary Doctor of Laws at Elon’s Convocation for Honors in 2006.


Chris Martin ’78 p’13 Manasquan, N.J. YOUNG ALUMNI COUNCIL, PRESIDENT

Michael Bumbry ’07 Philadelphia, Pa. PARENTS COUNCIL, COPRESIDENTS

Kelly & Meredith Graves p’12 p’13 Charlotte, N.C. BOARD OF VISITORS, CHAIR

Clifford B. Hardy Jr. ’62 Tampa, Fla. SCHOOL OF LAW ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR



William S. Creekmuir p’09 p’10 Atlanta, Ga. PHOENIX CLUB ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIR

Mike Cross Burlington, N.C.

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Community supports students in Alamance County, Afghanistan At the beginning of the academic year, Elon faculty, staff and students donated hundreds of school supplies to benefit children in Afghanistan and in Alamance County. Twenty-five boxes of notebooks, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and more were sent to Afghanistan and another 14 boxes, plus several dozen backpacks, were distributed to high-need students in Alamance County. “It was one of those moments where you are proud to go to a school like Elon,” said senior Rachel Long, vice president of the Student Government Association. “I don’t know if this would have happened so quickly or powerfully anywhere else.”

CAMPUS COMMUNITY REMEMBERS / Students, faculty and staff participated in several events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two forums brought the community together to discuss the aftermath of the attacks and the role of interfaith cooperation in preventing terrorism. On the morning of Sept. 11, community members joined President Leo M. Lambert for a flag-lowering ceremony at 8:46 a.m. in Scott Plaza, where faculty, staff and students were gathered 10 years prior for a special College Coffee event to celebrate the opening of Rhodes Stadium when news of the attacks reached Elon. The university’s commemorations concluded that evening with a service of remembrance and reflection led by Associate Chaplain Phil Smith.


Stay in college … don’t let them trick you into graduating. It’s really bad out there. Stay right here, keep changing majors. When they run out of majors, hide in the shrubbery. Don’t let them make you leave. Dave Barry, winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and former Miami Herald columnist, offering his “main piece of advice” for Elon students during his visit to campus on Oct. 11. Barry delivered the 2011 Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture at Elon’s Fall Convocation. View more clips from Barry’s address at



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icture, if you will, what it means to be a man: His appearance. His job. His family. His behavior. Now, consider whether that image would be the same if you were born a century ago or in another part of the world. Makes you think, eh? Students in anthropology Professor Anne Bolin’s general studies Men and Masculinities class have learned that how you define “masculinity” isn’t simple. As society and norms evolve, particularly in the United States with the proliferation of stay-at-home dads, same-sex marriage and men’s fashion, it’s near impossible. In fact, Bolin argues that “masculinity” isn’t the proper word. It’s “masculinities.” “Our ideas of what we think men and women should be continue to change over time,” Bolin says. “Students are going to understand that their particular place in history is shifting. They aren’t like their parents, and their children won’t be like them.” An expert in the study of gender, embodiment and human sexuality, Bolin brings her own experiences to the class. A longtime participant in female bodybuilding competitions, she can point to behaviors among the Arnold Schwarzeneggers of the

world and interpret the cultural practices of a “masculinity” that focuses on body image, wearing tanning lotion and fretting about calories while paradoxically emphasizing a relentless athleticism to build muscles. The American bodybuilding culture is just one phenomenon Bolin’s students encounter in their studies. They also learn how expectations for “manly” behavior in many cultures, including the United States, result in shorter life expectancies because of health issues, how a transgendered woman lives life as a man, and how views of men are shaped by the structure of society and thus vary across cultures. For the record, she says, the course is not intended to be a lesson in “men bashing.” Sitting in her corner office on the second floor of Lindner Hall, Bolin leans forward to make her point. “I’m not here to teach students ‘it’s George and Joe’s fault that society is the way it is,’ but to understand the ecological and economic underpinnings of gender disparity,” she says with a smile. “We’ve had women’s studies since the 1970s in the United States. Men’s studies are more recent and are very important, too.”

{ Anne Bolin }

About the professor Bolin joined the Elon faculty in 1988 and teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She received the university’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2001 and is currently working on a four-volume anthropological encyclopedia about human sexuality to be published by Wiley-Blackwell, the largest global publisher of anthropological scholarship.

Recommended readings The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality and Change in Papua New Guinea by Gilbert Herdt The Caveman Mystique by Martha McCaughey The American Men’s Studies Association,

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Chances are, if you’ve ever walked around Moseley Center, you’ve seen Michael Williams. As director of campus center operations and conferences, Williams is something of a jack-ofall-trades for Elon. At one moment, he’s teaching van-driving certification courses for faculty, staff and students. The next, he’s giving a student organization marketing tips for its next event, teaching an Elon 101 course or advising Elon’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Then, there are the unusual requests, such as the time a student called Williams to ask for a wake-up call to ensure he wouldn’t be late for a meeting. Williams suggested the student consider buying an alarm clock as an alternative. “Every day is an adventure,” he says. It’s an adventure that has impacted the lives of countless students, such as Rebecca Leslie ’11. Leslie served on the Moseley Center student staff for three years and says Williams was such a significant presence in her life that one time, when she had some car trouble, he was the first person she called for help. “I had no idea what to do, so I called Michael,” she recalls. “It was the natural reaction.” For Williams, that’s the part he enjoys most. “I have the best job,” he says, flashing his signature smile. “I get to interact with such a wide range of people.” What faculty or staff member do you think is uncommon? Send a suggestion to

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FACULTY/STAFF SPOTLIGHT { l-r, Jeff Carpenter, Janice Richardson & Tony Crider}

The National Science Foundation awarded Elon a 1.2 million grant to increase the number of math and science teachers the university graduates in the years ahead through a partnership with the Alamance-Burlington School System. Faculty members Jeff Carpenter, Tony Crider and Janice Richardson will lead the project. The grant supports 50 paid, education-related summer internships during the five-year program for Elon first- and second-year students majoring in math or the physical sciences. It also covers scholarships of 21,900 each year for 18 students in three cohorts during both their junior and senior years. Assistant Professor Terry Tomasek received funding from the NSF to study how high school students may view themselves as future scientists and help educate the local community about reptiles and amphibians in North Carolina. The nearly 300,000 Tomasek received will benefit students in the Elon Academy.

Elon mourns loss of emeriti trustees Mel Palmer, Elmon Gray Two longtime members of Elon’s board of trustees died this fall. The Rev. G. Melvin “Mel” Palmer died Oct. 28 and Elmon T. Gray died Sept. 27. Palmer, of Greensboro, N.C., was elected to the board in 1973, served as chair in 1994–95 and completed 32 years of service in 2005 when he was elected trustee emeritus. Palmer was often referred to as the wise “conscience of the board and its moral guide,” drawing on his decades of service as a minister of the United Church of Christ. He was the first president of the Southern Conference of the UCC and led the church in its desegregation efforts. He retired in 1994 after 42 years of parish ministry. He received the Elon Medallion in 1998. Gray, of Waverly, Va., served as an Elon trustee from 1990 to 1999 before being elected trustee emeritus. A leader in the lumber and banking industries, Gray was active in Virginia state politics, serving five terms in the Senate from 1972 to 1992. He and his wife, Pamela, made a major gift to Elon to name the Ella Darden and Elmon Lee Gray Pavilion in honor of his grandparents. The pavilion, which houses the political science department and the Elon University Poll, opened in 2004.

{ The Rev. Mel Palmer }

{ Elmon T. Gray }

Assistant Professor Duke Hutchings is part of a team of North Carolina researchers that received additional NSF funding this fall. Hutchings is working on a software tool that helps beginning computer programmers by letting them know whether the code they are writing contains security flaws. Two faculty members recently published books. Associate Professor Tom Mould authored Still, The Small Voice: Narrative, Personal Revelation and the Mormon Folk Tradition, which explores the way members of the LDS church publicly share stories of divine communication. Assistant Professor Mina Garcia Soormally wrote Magia, hechicería y brujería: Entre La Celestina y Cervantes, a book that studies how Spanish writers in the early modern period used sorcery and witchcraft in their works to speak for the disenfranchised at a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. Robert H. Moorman joined the Elon faculty this fall as the Frank S. Holt, Jr., Professor of Business Leadership in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, a seat that honors the former president of Holt Manufacturing Co. in Burlington, N.C. Moorman previously served at Creighton University as the Robert Daugherty Chair in Management, associate dean for graduate business programs and founding director of the Anna Tyler Waite Center for Leadership. Professor Cindy Fair of the Department of Human Service Studies co-led a daylong think tank in September hosted by Elon and the National Institutes of Health. The event brought together more than a dozen leading clinicians and researchers from the Washington, D.C., area to discuss emerging issues related to young adults born with HIV/ AIDS who are surviving into adulthood. Elon has dedicated a bench outside McEwen Communications Building in memory of Melody van Lidth de Jeude, who died in May following a short illness. During the September ceremony, students and colleagues recognized van Lidth de Jeude, a communications instructor who taught public speaking, as an uplifting and transformative teacher.

UNIVERSITY RESPONDS TO INCIDENTS OF RACIAL INTOLERANCE In a show of support for Elon’s values, more than 2,500 students, faculty and staff gathered Sept. 13 for a special College Coffee to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion and diversity following two incidents of racial slurs directed at AfricanAmerican students. The crowd filled Phi Beta Kappa Commons wearing “Not on Our Campus” stickers and listening to remarks by President Leo M. Lambert and Vice President for Student Life Smith Jackson. “The way we’ve reacted so quickly shows we’re not the type of university that will tolerate what happened,” said sophomore Katy Steele, of Centreville, Ohio.

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gifts comprise 20 percent of the campaign total, playing an important role in securing Elon’s future. A detailed report on the impact of the Ever Elon Campaign will be included in the winter issue of The Magazine of Elon. To watch the full-length video and other excerpts from Rally Elon, visit

{ President Leo M. Lambert speaks during Rally Elon }



undreds gathered in Rhodes Stadium during Homecoming Weekend for Rally Elon, a festive celebration of the success of the Ever Elon Campaign, which has surpassed its historic $100 million goal. As of mid-November, donors had contributed $105.6 million in cash, pledges and planned gifts to the university. Elon will continue to count gifts to the campaign through Dec. 31. Rally Elon featured a spectacular light and fireworks show and testimonials from alumni, students, faculty and staff about the impact of the campaign. Gifts from donors have brought in vital new resources to support scholarships, faculty development, facilities and Elon’s engaged learning programs, including study abroad, undergraduate research and service learning. President Leo M. Lambert recognized Elon trustees Mark Mahaffey, Allen Gant and Kerrii Anderson ’79 for their outstanding leadership of the campaign. He also thanked all donors for collectively helping to transform Elon. “Your commitment to this school, the difference you have made here has shaped this university,” Lambert said. “You have impacted the lives of students, you have helped transform our facilities, you have supported our faculty in doing their wonderful work in the classroom. We have seen the power of philanthropy shape Elon. It warms my heart to think

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about the collective impact that each and every one of you has had on this great institution.” The crowd cheered as Lambert announced a recent $3 million anonymous gift to the campaign, which pushed the total to more than $105 million. He urged all members of the university community to participate in Ever Elon before Dec. 31. Ian Baltutis ’08, along with Sam Troy ’67 and Sarah Thomas ’05 G’09 spoke about the importance of supporting their alma mater each year. Baltutis and his business partner, R.J. Yozwiak ’08, launched their company, The Vibration Solution, in the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. “I give to Elon each year because I want programs like the Doherty Center to be available for future students,” Baltutis said. Ever Elon is the largest campaign in the university’s history and the first to focus primarily on building the endowment. Through their gifts, donors have created more than 200 new need- and merit-based scholarships, contributed more than $3 million in scholarship funding for students in the School of Law and endowed new professorships to attract excellent faculty to the university. The campaign saw impressive gains in annual and planned giving. Annual giving constitutes 25 percent of the Ever Elon total, and estate and other planned

Michelle LaRose, of Haymarket, Va., and her brother, Scott LaRose, of Delray Beach, Fla., have made a $500,000 gift to the campaign to establish the Gail H. LaRose Scholarship, which will assist students with financial need in the School of Education. “My brother and I feel strongly about establishing this scholarship to honor our mother,” Michelle LaRose says. “She wants to give someone the opportunity to get an education who is as dedicated as she is to teaching and to making a difference in the lives of children.” Gail LaRose, a 1964 Elon graduate and former teacher, is grateful to her children for endowing the scholarship. She says she and

{ l-r, Scott, Gail ’64 & Michelle LaRose }


her husband, the late Robert E. LaRose ’66, a former Elon trustee, were fortunate to have excellent teachers and have long believed in preparing young men and women for the classroom. “We are in such dire need of good teachers, and I think it’s important to help future teachers get their education at Elon without worrying about how they are going to afford it,” LaRose says. Robert and Gail LaRose have been among Elon’s most generous donors. The LaRose Digital Theatre in the Ernest A. Koury, Sr. Business Center is named in recognition of their $1 million gift to the university. Robert LaRose served on Elon’s board of trustees from 1985 to 2006 and as chair from 1997 to 1999. At the time of his death in 2010, he served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of Agilex Technologies, Inc. Gail LaRose says she is proud of her alma mater and calls her Elon education “four of the very best years of my life.” “Elon is a special and dynamic place,” she says. “Having met my husband at Elon makes it pretty special, too. I know how immensely proud he was of how Elon was developing.”

HUNTS, WALKERS SUPPORT NEW SOFTBALL STADIUM Trustee Vicky Hunt and her husband, Sam, of Burlington, N.C., have continued their generous support of the university by making a $500,000 gift to help fund a new softball stadium in Elon’s north athletics complex. In recognition of their gift, Elon’s board of trustees voted to name the stadium Hunt Softball Park. Trustee Zac Walker III ’60 and his wife, Dot, of Raleigh, N.C., also among the university’s

{ Vicky & Sam Hunt }

most loyal donors, have made a $100,000 gift to the stadium, which will be located off of Williamson Avenue opposite baseball’s Walter C. Latham Park. Hunt Softball Park will be completed in three phases. The parking lot is finished and the remainder of the first phase includes a state-of-the-art field, dugouts, lighting, scoreboard, press box and grandstand seating. The remaining phases include additional seating, a clubhouse with locker rooms, an entry plaza and a permanent space for concessions. “Sam and I thought this would be something really great to do for women’s athletics,” Vicky Hunt says. “We are big cheerleaders for the university.” Vicky and Sam Hunt are loyal supporters of Elon athletics. They are members of the IMPACT Circle, the premier giving group for Phoenix athletics. They also have endowed a scholarship to assist students with financial need or special talents, including student-athletes, as well as a scholarship for students at the School of Law. Zac and Dot Walker also believe in supporting excellent facilities to keep Phoenix athletics competitive. “The stadium is vitally needed to allow our softball team to compete on a level playing field,” Zac Walker says. “I hope it will inspire these student-athletes to give their best to Elon.” The Walkers have endowed several scholarships at Elon and supported numerous other university priorities, including Rhodes Stadium and the Koury Business Center. The couple made a $500,000 gift to Alumni Field House, and the Walker Room and Terrace overlooking Rhodes Stadium and Zac Walker Place, the roadway leading to the Field House, are named in their honor. The Walkers are also members of the Phoenix Club IMPACT Circle.

{ Cecil III ‘86 & Joanna ‘87 Worsley }

Fundraising continues for Hunt Softball Park, with construction expected to begin next spring and the initial phase of the field to be completed in spring 2013.

WORSLEYS EXTEND CHALLENGE TO FORMER ATHLETES Cecil Worsley III ’86 and his wife, Joanna ’87, of Wilmington, N.C., made a $150,000 gift supporting the Worsley Family Match to increase giving among former student-athletes. During October, the Worsleys matched 2-to-1 all gifts of $50 or more from former athletes to the Phoenix Club or a specific athletics program. All gifts will support scholarships for current student-athletes. Cecil Worsley hopes the challenge will inspire former athletes to make annual gifts to Phoenix athletics. “I think it is so important to give back to the school that helped shape your life,” Worsley says. “Elon means so much to me. I love it.” A total of 270 alumni participated in the match. Combined with Worsley’s gift, the match raised more than $108,000 for student scholarships. A former member of the golf team, Worsley has been a dedicated supporter of Elon athletics. In 2009, Elon dedicated the W. Cecil Worsley III Golf Training Center on South Campus, following a generous gift from the Worsley family. The facility serves as the headquarters for the men’s and women’s golf programs. The Worsleys are members of the Phoenix Club IMPACT Circle and The Elon Society Founder’s Circle. The couple’s son, Cecil IV, is an Elon junior.

{ Dot & Zac Walker III ‘60 }

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lon’s men’s and women’s basketball teams took their talents to Europe in August, competing against professional teams and gaining a valuable international experience most student-athletes aren’t able to enjoy because of packed schedules of practices, games and classes. “The trip was an incredible cultural, academic, team bonding and basketball experience for our program,” said Matt Matheny, Elon men’s head basketball coach. NCAA regulations allow teams to make one foreign trip every four years, and this summer’s excursion marked the first time any Elon athletics program has { President Leo M. Lambert’s taken advantage of the opportunity. wife, Laurie, (first row, second Th e women’s team went to France, from right) joins the Phoenix Belgium and the Netherlands, postwomen in Amsterdam. } ing a perfect 7–0 record in its games. The men’s team traveled to Germany, Austria and Italy, playing four games and achieving a 2–2 record. “The experience we gained on the court was invaluable. We were able to compete against several top-level professional teams full of smart, veteran players,” senior Drew Spradlin said. “We were pushed and were able to respond and compete well in our games.” But the good times weren’t limited to the court. The teams also visited historical, cultural and recreational sites. The Phoenix men and women enrolled in a summer course, Globalization and Contemporary Sport, led by exercise science faculty members Eric Hall and Joyce Davis, respectively. During the women’s stop in Belgium, first-year head coach Charlotte Smith led a 16-mile bicycle tour of the countryside — the day before the team competed in the Flanders Basketball Trophy Tournament in Ghent. “The weather was terrible, but everyone stayed positive, which showed a lot about the team’s ability to handle adverse conditions and circumstances,” said Smith, whose team rolled through its four tournament games to { The men’s team enjoys an win the title. “Our toughness and menoff-day in Germany. } tal focus to play three games in one day after the 16-mile bike ride was so impressive.” Now back at Elon, the Phoenix look forward to bringing lessons learned in Europe to Robertson Court in Alumni Gym. “It was cool to see how we measured up against professional players and to see that we can play at that level,” said junior Kelsey Evans. “It gives us a lot of confidence going into this season that we can thrive in the Southern Conference.”

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The 2011–12 season is already under way! Visit to view the full schedule for Elon’s men’s and women’s teams and buy tickets


year, though, if the sport is something I want to continue doing, I’ll have to fund it myself.

You haven’t been down the ice track yet. What do you think you’ll feel like when you do? { Veronica Day ‘11 }



nspired by the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, former Elon track star Veronica Day ’11 is continuing her racing career as a recruit with the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. Day, an outstanding sprinter and long- and triplejumper at Elon, begins training this month with the elite development team for skeleton in Lake Placid, N.Y. Before she left, she spoke with Elon Athletics about her choice to trade in her track shoes for ice spikes.

You competed in the U.S. National Skeleton Push Championships in September. What was that experience like? It was basically a three-day crash course in how to push a sled. It was interesting, because the way you want to push it isn’t necessarily the right way to do it. You have to run down the hill with the sled, and your first instinct is to

get on the sled before you hit the hill. It’s awkward at first to run down the hill in a crouched position. I came in seventh out of 14 people, but those 14 people included veterans who have been doing this for much longer than I have. My time was 11.40, and the winner’s time was 10.83. Comparing my times to new recruits from last year, I feel pretty good.

What will you be doing with the elite development team? This is for new recruits who have excelled at the push championships and whom they feel have the potential to be successful in the sport. You live at the Olympic Training Center and have access to Olympic coaches and facilities. USA Skeleton pays for me to stay there and covers my food and equipment. After this

I’m excited to actually get on the track after learning how to get started at the push championships. I got a really big rush from going down the hill in September, even though it’s not really that big compared to the size of the track. The ice track is about a mile long and you’re going 75 miles per hour with the turns. The max speed you hit on the push track is only about 25 mph. The rush from just pushing the sled makes me really excited to do the real thing.

Do you let yourself think about making the Olympic team? It’s always out there; that would be the ultimate goal. You have to take baby steps, and my first goal is to learn how to actually do this. I want to get as much out of these four months as possible, and that means going down to the track as much as possible, learning different techniques for starting and just anything that will make me better.

To read more of Day’s conversation with Elon Athletics and to keep tabs on her progress, visit

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HUMAN TERRAIN 1st lt. joey denenno, a 2009 Elon graduate, has served with the U.S. Army in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, since March. He provides a glimpse into his experiences in this corner of the War on Terror, which marked its 10th anniversary in October.

photo courtesy of Joey DeNenno ’09

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As a company fire support officer, my primary job is to coordinate, deliver and call for indirect fire from our many combat assets to find and eliminate the insurgents in southern Afghanistan. There is no substitute for this kind of lethal work, but physically eliminating the enemy is only one side of the fight. No amount of bombs, artillery, aircraft or weaponry will silence the voice of the insurgency and the Taliban. It’s unrealistic to think that overwhelming lethal force alone will quell a revolt, which is where my other lines of work come in. In addition to my role as fire support officer, I am an intelligence officer, a detainee operations officer, and I serve in the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, among other jobs. My infantry company has built relationships with locals in our area, and we’ve assembled a 600-man civilian workforce, created a school, built a mosque and a sewage canal system, and facilitated relations between local elders and the district government. Perhaps our biggest victory has been to give these people a vision of what a free and independent Afghanistan can be, and to dissuade them from leaning on the Taliban. It’s hard to put into words the feeling you get when you see children – who before had no hope, no future, no thought of advancing in life – see a school open and receive a notebook for the first time in their lives. In April, I began teaching eight children who met at the gate of our command outpost to write and read. By mid-May, I had more than 110 children meeting in a temporary compound. When I told them in July that the school year had to end because we needed more supplies, hire permanent teachers and build a permanent school structure, they nearly cried. These children have nothing else in life. A pen, a piece of paper, a book means everything to them. They’re starved for knowledge. It’s in this part of the war where we have truly seen gains since we moved into this village. That being said, the insurgents and the Taliban haven’t simply rolled over and let us freely occupy the territory. Every day that we see progress being made, the Taliban strike back with their only method of engagement: lethal force. The people who support us and want change put themselves, their families and friends on the line. I wake up each morning wondering if I will hear the cries of families who have had a family member intimidated, kidnapped, beaten, murdered or worse. The battle here, truly, is over the human terrain. It breaks your heart, but you have to have faith that the relationships that you build with the people will ultimately survive the catastrophes, pain, anguish, poverty, starvation, disease and death. In many cases, it does. The people of Afghanistan are unbelievably resilient. So many of them don’t

know what life is like without bullets flying overhead or IEDs exploding nearby. Those who are genuine will maintain their loyalty through even the worst of times. Everyone needs each other to survive here. The people need our protection. We need their support and information, as well as their rejection of the Taliban. One of the biggest things I learned at Elon was how to deal with people and cultivate relationships, skills that I use here every day. I think back to my international relations class with (Associate Professor) Kenn Gaither, learning that understanding where people have been is important to knowing where they will want to go in the future. That knowledge enables me to communicate and work with everyone, from children to district and provincial government officials. I remember sitting in my communications research class with (Assistant Professor) Barbara Miller, working on a project and hearing many of my classmates use the phrase “we think they want.” That phrase always makes me check myself when I’m working on a project, be it working with an elder of a village, a mullah of a mosque or even my commanders. It’s not my life I’m trying to improve, it’s not my village, my culture or my country. So often, in our American culture, we assume we know what is best for other people and complicate a situation or relationship with our own ideas of what “is best.” I have to constantly let the people tell me what is best for them. This way of thinking facilitates a strong bond among the Pashtun people of southern Afghanistan, Coalition forces and Afghan national security forces. We hold meetings and discuss the future of security, development and governance here in Kandahar’s Zhari District. We listen and provide realistic answers for people who are trying to take a stand against the Taliban and insurgency to improve the life of their village. If there is one thing I’ve learned during this deployment, it is that you cannot take a single moment of life for granted, because you don’t know what tomorrow holds. You have to do everything in your power to live out each day like there is no tomorrow. The soldiers and citizens of the Zhari District know this truth better than most people in the world. We aren’t fighting for capitalism, democracy or other ideals the media claim we are. We’re fighting for human equality and human rights. People here just want a chance at life. That’s what we’re doing here. We’re fighting for Afghanistan’s next generation, people who will soon become leaders in this corner of the world. The cost has been great for myself and my colleagues in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. But the benefits will outlive our time here in Kandahar Province.



y company has seen three soldiers killed in action and more than 15 wounded in action since June. Yet these soldiers go out every day, optimistic and ready to help and protect the people of Afghanistan. Recently, we were providing security for a meeting of local elders. When we serve in this capacity, the children of the village love to run around and play with us as we are doing our job – and the soldiers love it. I don’t want to assume it’s therapeutic, but it sure seems like it. All of a sudden, a rocket-propelled grenade hit a wall and a rain of bullets came in. I saw a scene that will never leave my mind. Children and innocent men were running into the town to take cover. My men rushed them along while firing back at the attackers. I looked across the street as I returned fire, and I saw the children, minutes ago playing with our soldiers, now hiding behind their backs as if they were barriers that would save them. My men raised their arms and shielded the children, pushing them back to cover, then moving back out into harm’s way to fire upon the enemy. This happened just two days after we lost men to an improvised explosive device, and mere weeks after we had lost others. Moments like these are true and pure, and they show the level of success we’re attaining with the people here, with no prompt or façade. I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism and merit of my men. They don’t hold grudges or prejudices. They see their friends wounded or killed on a regular basis, and yet they have something inside them that makes them want to do the right thing and protect these people. It makes me proud to be an American, and even prouder to be an American soldier serving with these men.

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onventional wisdom might suggest that, after a childhood of sharing parents, bedrooms, toys and clothing, twin siblings would relish the opportunity to go their separate ways during their college years. After all, they’ve been companions nearly every moment of their lives, likely mistaken for one another more times than they care to count and generally assumed by others to be identical in every way. Those of us who grew up as non-twins might ask them: “Wouldn’t you want to get away from all that?” Twelve members of Elon’s Class of 2015 answer that question with another: “Why would you want to get away?” Barbara and Paige Becker, Blaine and Quinn Bower, Clay and Garrett Esler, Becca and Charlotte Goodman, Ben and Nick Stringfellow, and Chanelle and Danielle Walker all have chosen to call Elon home for the next four years of their lives. “From the get-go, we knew we wanted to go to college together,” says Chanelle Walker, who competes along with her sister, Danielle, for the Phoenix volleyball team. “I don’t know what I’d do if she wasn’t here, or what she’d do if I wasn’t!”



Elon’s admissions records historically have not tracked the number of twins in a given class year, so it’s difficult to say whether the six sets of twins in the Class of 2015 represents an institutional record. But looking at the constitution of Elon’s other current classes – the Class of 2014 holds two sets of twins, the Class of 2013 holds one set of multiple siblings and the Class of 2012 contains two sets of twins – the number of twins in the Class of 2015 is “a remarkable point of note,” says Susan Klopman, Elon’s vice president for admissions and financial planning. “There’s a lot to be said by the choice that each of these pairs of siblings have made, that they’ve both decided to attend Elon,” she says. Klopman adds that while Elon’s Office of Admissions has seen an increase in the number of siblings of different ages choosing to attend Elon over the past several years, the process is generally a bit different when dealing with twins. “A lot of the time, the family will say up front that they’re fine with their children going their separate ways or that they’re a ‘package deal,’” Klopman says. The picture becomes more complicated when Elon’s ever-rising academic standards come into play. Identical or fraternal, ‘package deal’ or not, the siblings may bring with them very different academic records. In many cases, it becomes a delicate balancing act. “We hope we can add an element of human concern (in the admissions decision),” she says. “It’s our philosophy to focus on what is important to the prospective students and how we can make that work with the general admissions standards of the university.”

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CHANELLE AND DANIELLE WALKER ’ If you watched an Elon volleyball game this fall, it probably wasn’t hard to pick Chanelle and Danielle Walker out of the lineup. They were the ones yelling at each other. Loudly. “We get on each other a lot on the court,” Chanelle explains. “I’m harder on her than I am on anyone else.” But that intensity, Danielle adds, is part of what makes them better players. “We’re an asset on the court because we have that automatic connection,” she says. That connection is why the Walkers, of Fayetteville, Ga., insisted to the coaches who were recruiting them to play NCAA Division I volleyball that it was double or nothing. If a school offered only one of the two a scholarship, their reply was “no, thanks.” “We depend on each other, on and off the court,” Chanelle says. “Danielle is always the one that drives. I’m always the one that hangs on to the money when we go out. There’s a lot I’m good at that she’s not, and a lot she’s good at that I’m not. Together, we’re a whole.” Good thing, then, that the Walkers also are roommates in Staley Hall. “We share everything, even clothes, it’s all together,” Danielle says. “I don’t know how we’d even split it up!” But beyond the practical positives of living together, the sisters liked the idea of going to the same college, especially because Elon is far from home. “We’ve been away from home before, but it’s always been with someone from our family,” Danielle says. “Since we don’t have any family around, it’s going to be nice to have each other here.”





“We’ve been together for about 19 years, and we haven’t gotten sick of each other yet.”

“In high school, everyone knew us as ‘the twins.’ I’d like to branch out and meet my own friends and not have them immediately say, ‘Oh, you’re a twin.’ It’s more fun to have them be surprised.”

“When I got down to the list of schools I was accepted to, I asked myself, ‘Can I really stay away from my twin for four years and only see him on holidays?’ It’d be really difficult. At Elon, we can be far enough away from one another to have a solo college experience but still have each other there to know we have someone to fall back on.”

“Becca got her acceptance email from Elon about 15 or 20 minutes before I did. She’s like, ‘I got in! I got in!’ And I’m like, ‘Uh-oh, what if I didn’t?’ Obviously I did, but it was scary there for a while!”

– Quinn Bower

– Barbara Becker

– Garrett Esler

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NICK AND BEN STRINGFELLOW ’ What’s it like to grow up as a twin? It’s a question Nick Stringfellow has been asked countless times in his life but still has trouble answering. “For me, it’s just life, it’s normal,” he says. “I never really think about it.” So when he and twin brother Ben set out on their college searches, they went about the process just as any other non-twin would – to find the school that fit them best. “We decided that if we both ended up liking different places, that’s what we’d do, but if we liked the same place, that’d be fine, too,” Ben says. “Mom asked me what my favorite school was, and I said ‘Elon.’ Nick said ‘Elon,’ too. We just started laughing – because, going in, I think we knew we’d both like Elon best.” Elon was big enough for the brothers from Crownsville, Md., to each find academic programs they liked – Nick plans to study sport and event management, and Ben has an interest in media arts and entertainment. But the campus and faculty contributed to an intimate atmosphere that reminded them of their small private high school in Maryland, too. “We’re split apart by a floor, so we’re separated but not far,” Ben says of their dorm rooms in Virginia Hall. “We want to see each other, but we don’t want to be tied at the hip.” The twins see little disadvantage to attending college together, as they’ll be able to share a car, follow the same school holiday schedule and have a built-in support system on campus. “Friends can come and go,” Nick says, “but having Ben there will be a constant for me, and I can be a constant for him.”

Caryn and Cheryl Borden ’05 were such integral parts of one another’s Elon experiences that it caused one of them to switch degrees. Caryn found her niche at Elon studying exercise science, a major that earns a Bachelor of Science. Cheryl, on the other hand, originally pursued a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics until she realized that would mean she and Caryn would be separated during their Commencement ceremony, as the candidates for both degrees sit in different places. So, she decided to work toward a B.S. in math instead. “We sat together Under the Oaks at New Student Convocation as freshmen, and there was no way we weren’t going to sit together at graduation!” Cheryl recalls. That’s not to say the Bordens were inseparable during their Elon years. While Caryn became deeply involved in her major, Cheryl joined Phi Mu sorority and served in student government. Elon, they insist, was big enough for both of them – and that’s advice they pass along to the 12 twins in the Class of 2015. “I think it’s something twins go through their whole lives – people thinking that the two of you are pretty much the same, so you’re going to do all the same things. But at Elon, there are so many different experiences to be had,” Caryn says. “Don’t feel like you have to do what your twin is doing. Don’t be afraid to get involved in what you want to do. At the end of the day, you’re still twins, you’re still going to be part of each other’s lives.” The sisters, once roommates for three years at Elon, now find themselves separated by hundreds of miles. Cheryl works at Elon as director of international admissions, while Caryn helps run their family’s business, Bristol Tape Corporation, in Fall River, Mass. But in addition to Skype (“I can see her, I can even tell when she gets her hair cut!” Caryn jokes), their shared college experience helps narrow the distance. “I can’t even imagine what college would have been like without Caryn there,” Cheryl says. “All of my significant memories at Elon, I shared them with her – the failures, the triumphs, everything. She will always be part of them.”


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Chaplain Emeritus Richard McBride remembers a time when Elon was a monoculture. With 75 percent of the students coming from North Carolina and Virginia when he arrived in 1984, Elon was mostly a local college. That soon started to change. “The institution wanted to expand its geographical reach and began to bring people from other states,” recalls McBride, who served as chaplain for 25 years. “As we did that and gained geographical diversity, we also gained other kinds of diversity.” He distinctly remembers one December night in the late 1980s, when faculty, staff and students had come together for the “Blessing of the Trees for the Christmas Holiday.” He had just finished saying “Merry Christmas” to the audience when one of the choir’s members mentioned that three fellow singers were Jewish and asked if McBride also could wish them Happy Hannukah. McBride gladly obliged. Eventually, and as the faith composition of campus continued to change, the December tradition evolved into Elon’s annual “Festival of Holiday Lights.” This change, like many others that followed, was not forced but rather a natural progression, a by-product of what the university was becoming: a place where people from different backgrounds come together to learn and grow as students and citizens of the world. Looking around campus today, McBride says it is easy to see that Elon has become multicultural, not only in terms of ethnicity but also in faith. This is evident in the varied religious ideologies represented on campus in addition to growing populations who subscribe to atheist and agnostic belief systems. All of these groups, while different in specifics, are linked by a common human inclination to find meaning in our lives and experiences. Guided by the Elon Commitment, the university has launched several efforts to continue developing and nurturing a diverse campus community. At the center of these efforts is the construction of a multi-faith center to be housed in the Numen Lumen Pavilion, a new space in the Academic Village. The center will be a place for prayer, meditation and reflection that will encourage dialogue about faith on campus, understanding what unites us and promoting the value of deeper interfaith collaboration. As the university takes on this initiative, The Magazine of Elon asked several members of the Elon community to share their unique perspectives about how faith and the study of religion have evolved – and will continue evolving – at Elon and in their own lives. These are their reflections.

During an Oct. 21 ceremony, Elon students placed stones bearing words representing their different faiths to dedicate the site where the Numen Lumen Pavilion will be built.

NEVER THE SAME RIVER TWICE by The Rev. Marvin L. Morgan ’71 P’96 P’09


hen considering the role of faith at Elon and the ways interfaith efforts have evolved since my student days, I draw parallels to the words of the ancient philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus, quoted by Plato in Cratylus: “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” Elon is like a river whose waters of interfaith experiences are constantly changing, and it is precisely because of the institution’s willingness to change that it remains a vibrant center of interfaith discourse and experience. It was not difficult to sense in the late 1960s and early ’70s that Elon was a college founded by a specific religious denomination. Although this faith relationship did not feel as if it were forced upon us, early references to the Christian Church in Elon’s bylaws and mission statement, coupled with required chapel attendance, were enough to convince many parents that their child was enrolled in an environment where it was expected that faith issues would be part of the broader academic experience. Though a brick wall surrounded the campus in those days, Elon was never inattentive to the world-changing developments beyond it. I vividly recall April 4, 1968, the day a special news bulletin announced the assassination of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. After hearing the news, I had an urgent desire to be with my immediate family. As I walked across campus toward my car, I noticed two, then four, six and eight students from different ethnicities – European Americans, a Jordanian, a Greek – who surrounded and walked with me, offering the only gifts they had at hand: skillfully crafted expressions of condolences and disbelief. Prayers and other expressions of support were still evident when I returned to campus several days later. Elon University no longer references any particular religious denomination in its bylaws and mission statement. At the same time, what was only a possibility in the late 1960s is now a certainty, as one of Elon’s major symbols of faith, the Numen Lumen Pavilion, is about to become a reality. More importantly, faith language around Elon’s campus is no longer “faith” language but “interfaith” language, as people of multiple faiths have boundless opportunities to grow in their knowledge, understanding and appreciation for each other. Within the expanding boundaries of a university that produces top-quality world citizens, such an interfaith environment is essential.

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hen I first decided to come to America to study, I was concerned religion and said hurtful things to me. As a society, we need to stop assoabout being from Syria and a Muslim because the media gives a ciating any religion with terrorism. Religions, especially Islam, are not bad impression of Americans as well as Arab Muslims. But I wasn’t afraid violent; people are. I’ve learned I can’t change everyone’s mind or opinion about coming to Elon University, because when I researched it and talked about my culture or faith but, through my actions, perhaps I can make to people about it, I felt the university offered a safe environment for all people reconsider the way they think. As a member of the university’s diversity council, I work to ensure that Elon offers a safe and welcoming faiths. Now that I am here, it has proven true. Elon respects and honors all faiths, something that reflects in its stu- environment for all students. Members of the council understand and rely dents. I was terrified by what people might say or do because of my faith, on each other’s differences but also try to create an inclusive environment but when I came to campus, the interest and respect that everyone showed that promotes collaboration among people from different backgrounds. me was surprising. People who didn’t know much about my culture and When it comes to faith, we need to find the similarities that link us. religion simply asked me and I explained to them what they wanted to We need to work together to create a beautiful world. My dream for Elon know. This is how we all learn. Sometimes I think that maybe if we all is that there’s no longer a need to create “clubs” for every religion or race stop and just ask one another to explain our differences we would be liv- but that we create a unity on campus. For us to accomplish this we must first respect our own diversity. I think the multi-faith center is a good way ing in a better world. Not all my experiences as a Muslim in America have been positive. I to achieve this. What a beautiful thing it will be to have a space where have had situations in which people have been disrespectful about my people of all faiths will be able to pray together but in their own ways!

FINDING ROOM TO GROW by Mason Sklut ’14


Jewish students celebrated the High Holy Days on campus this fall for the first time. Rabbi Emily Jane Rosenzweig (left) traveled to North Carolina from New York to lead Elon’s Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. A Torah that dates back two centuries and survived the Holocaust was used in the morning Rosh Hashanah celebration on Sept. 29.

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hough I grew up in a conservative Jewish temple, I would not consider myself a very religious person. In fact, I would say that I am more secular because I identify more with the culture, history and values of Judaism than the religious side of it. Yet in the year I’ve been at Elon, I’ve grown in my faith in ways I never expected. Last semester I joined Better Together, an interfaith organization on campus that had just been established. I became interested in studying moments in history that symbolized interfaith cooperation, such as when Rabbi Abraham Heschel marched with The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to show his support during the civil rights movement. From reading about these moments, when people of diverse backgrounds come together, I have come to appreciate the importance of these symbiotic relationships. I have also taken a couple of religious studies courses, one of which was Jews and Muslims. The class focuses on the mutually beneficial relationships that have been forged between Jews and Muslims throughout history, and I would not have known that Jews and Muslims lived peacefully together in the same community unless I took that course. Understanding the history and interactions between these religious groups has given me the ability to see the bonds that bridge the spaces between the world’s faiths. In my time at Elon, the university has embraced the importance of the interfaith movement in many different ways. A perfect example is my residence hall, which houses the Better Together multi-faith learning community. This environment encourages interfaith dialogue between students, which is a great step for helping students see the benefits of interfaith literacy and the gifts each religion can bring to the world’s table. Elon is definitely headed this direction with the construction of a multifaith center in the Academic Village and the creation of a Jewish studies program. The atmosphere on Elon’s campus is open and welcoming, allowing students of all backgrounds to naturally engage in interfaith activities and dialogue.

ADVANCING THE STUDY of RELIGION by Rebecca Todd Peters, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies


he study of religion at Elon has changed considerably over the past 10 years. When I arrived in the fall of 2001, there were five full-time faculty in the Department of Religious Studies – four devoted to the study of Christianity and one designated to cover “world religions.” Since then, the department has grown to include eight positions and scholars trained in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. With this transformation has come an exciting new curriculum in the department that allows students to study more deeply and broadly in several of the world’s major religious traditions through courses such as Sites and Rites, Religion and Identity and Hindu Goddesses. The forthcoming multi-faith center at Elon offers another opportunity to support and promote the study of religion with the development of the Center for the Study of Religion. The academic and research arm of the multi-faith center, the program is expected to support initiatives such as an annual research colloquium that will bring scholars from across the Southeast to work collaboratively on topics related to the interdisciplinary study of religion. Other proposals include a jointly sponsored undergraduate research institute for faculty to improve the quality of undergraduate research on religion across the country; support for international visiting faculty who teach about a variety of religious traditions; and topical programs of interest to the Elon community and surrounding areas. The development of this kind of academic program can offer an important national model for not only meeting students’ spiritual needs but also how to help students, faculty, staff and community members recognize, examine and appreciate the role that religion plays in society.

UNDER ONE ROOF by The Rev. Janet F. Fuller, university chaplain


s it possible to be an authentic follower of a religious tradition and yet be educated and knowledgeable about another? Some of our cultures have shaped us to believe that only one religious tradition can be right. But what happens when we decide that religious practices in all their variety are welcome and honorable, and that all spiritual practices – even those outside of or without religion – can teach us about devotion, meaning and the world at large? At Elon, these are not theoretical questions. We have answered them in a resounding practical affirmation; we have committed ourselves to living at peace in one common house and sharing sacred space. We will learn to articulate our beliefs, practices and the bases of our religious traditions and philosophies. We will initiate dialogue across presumed boundaries and divisions and build meaningful relationships that defy our separations. We are all making meaning of life and experience, whether we are religious or not – this is what we have in common. We may even pray for each other, not to make “them” like “us,” but to ask that all our experiences of God, the Holy One, the Spirit and essence of life be rich and meaningful. This is a model we need to experience and share. Our nation and world needs to see us succeed. We can all win without anyone losing. I have experienced this firsthand. My longest and dearest friend, Jumana, is a Muslim; I am a Christian. Her constant, daily devotion has inspired me to be a better Christian. My tendency to ask and study hard questions has made her a better Muslim. We are both richer because we are different and because there is so much common ground of belief and practice we share. We have sheltered, loved and prayed for each other for more than 48 years, and hopefully many more. Relationship brings respect. Honor leads to friendship. Time together creates neighbors. Learning supports practice and breeds understanding. One roof binds individuals in community, and directs angles toward a circle. We can accomplish this – for Elon and for a fragmented and yearning world.

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Interfaith initiatives at Elon Elon’s efforts to promote interfaith collaboration involve more than a physical structure. They include opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to contribute their voices and values to a campus-wide movement. Here are some events and initiatives being proposed for the near future:

▶ Building an interfaith Habitat for Humanity house, which will allow students, staff and faculty of diverse religious traditions to work together one day per month during the academic year ▶ Holding a Campus Kitchen interfaith mealpacking event as part of the annual Elon Homecoming events ▶ Organizing a Better Together interfaith service event in spring 2012 targeting hunger and homelessness in Alamance County ▶ Leading an interfaith service program to Azrou, Morocco, in which a group of about 12 students and two Elon advisers will spend a week living with local families and serving community agencies in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco ▶ Hosting Religion at the Crossroads panel discussions, biannual events offered by the Department of Religious Studies designed to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the field ▶ Promoting the Better Together living–learning community, where students from different faith traditions live, learn and reflect together ▶ Presenting The Real Religulous: Mainstream Misconceptions of Religion, a community conversation about the social stigmas, stereotypes and popular beliefs about Islam, Judaism, Secular Humanism and Catholicism

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Photo courtesy Michael Anthony/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

{ For Peter Lindstrom ’94, inspiration isn’t limited to the four walls of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “Science doesn’t stop at five o’clock,” he says. }

Alumnus takes on the world’s biggest data challenges BY DANIEL J. ANDERSON


ithin the past several years, computer memories moved past megabytes to gigabytes and now we marvel at the seemingly limitless world of a thousand gigabytes – the terabyte. Peter Lindstrom ’94 lives in yet another dimension, one beyond terabytes and even petabytes – the world of exabytes. Put that in perspective: if you recorded every word spoken by all human beings who ever lived, the data would amount to five exabytes. To process that volume of information would take an exa-scale computer that might require enough electricity to power a city. And all of this is already in the planning stages. Welcome to Lindstrom’s world. “By about 2018, we may see an exa-scale computer that has about a thousand times the power

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of today’s biggest super computer,” Lindstrom says. “It’s going to totally change the game in how we write programs, and it will multiply data sets by a factor of a thousand.” Along with that incredible computing power will come the kind of difficult challenges that Lindstrom is trying to solve as a computer scientist and project leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. LLNL is a federally funded research and development center that is home to some of the world’s most powerful computer systems. Lindstrom is joined by other brilliant scientists in searching for technology solutions to major national and global security problems. Lindstrom’s mind-bending focus is currently on compressing massive amounts of computer data into a more manageable size, a project of

keen interest to the U.S. Department of Energy, which has awarded him a $2.5 million research grant. “Some of the computations on massive data sets can take weeks to complete, even on the largest computers in the world,” Lindstrom explains. “By finding ways to compress data, we can reduce the computation time and also the huge amount of electricity you need to run the computers.” Lindstrom’s specialty is creating visual representations of data to help scientists see things that aren’t obvious when you look at numbers and spreadsheets. “We live in a three-dimensional world and we are used to looking at two-dimensional images,” Lindstrom says. “But some of the experiments we’re running involve 30-dimensional spaces

and trying to make sense out of that is quite a challenge. So taking these complicated mathematical expressions and turning them into pictures is very powerful. Sometimes a picture doesn’t tell the story of a thousand words, it tells the story of a billion words.”

FROM THE TENNIS COURT TO THE COMPUTER LAB Lindstrom’s special talents for combining computers and graphics grew out of his teenage hobbies in Stockholm, Sweden. His father gave him a computer when he was 13 and he teamed up with his “geeky friends” to write demo programs. But while Lindstrom was good at math and science, he says he was “not a stellar student” and was denied admission to universities in Sweden because of his bad grades. With the door closed to higher education at home and no obvious steps toward a career, Lindstrom parlayed his other hobby, tennis, into an offer of a scholarship on Elon’s well-regarded tennis team. “I got a phone call from Roland Thornqvist ’93, a friend of mine from Sweden and Elon’s No. 1 tennis player,” Lindstrom recalls. “They had just won the NAIA national championship and had a bunch of seniors on the team. They needed some new players and he asked, ‘why don’t you come over here and play tennis for a year?’” Lindstrom says he instantly fell in love with Elon and the college atmosphere. Quickly making his mark as an outstanding tennis player, he earned All-American honors in his first year and again as a junior and senior (second team). Those outstanding performances earned Lindstrom a place in Elon’s Sports Hall of Fame. But while Lindstrom was earning his reputation as one of Elon’s all-time best athletes, he was making an even bigger mark in the classroom. His poor high school grades in Sweden gave no

indication of the academic abilities he brought to campus. “When I got my first midterm grades, they were all As, and I thought, ‘Wow!’ That motivated me to keep the streak going,” Lindstrom says. Michael Leonard ’91, Elon’s current tennis coach, was a senior on the team during Lindstrom’s freshman year. He recalls Lindstrom’s considerable tennis skills but was even more impressed with Lindstrom’s intellect. “He’s the smartest student-athlete I’ve ever been around,” Leonard says. “Here I was, a senior struggling with a computer science class, and I went to him for help. He explained things to me in a way I could understand. He was a thousand times smarter than I was – he was as smart as anyone on this campus.”

UPPING THE ACADEMIC ANTE Lindstrom says Elon’s computing sciences department was perfect for him, as he took advantage of the small classes and worked oneon-one with faculty members. “I was a computer geek coming into Elon, but I never paid attention to the formal aspects of computer science. It was all new to me,” Lindstrom says. “I just can’t imagine doing the kind of work I do today without having the foundation I got at Elon.” It seemed impossible that a star athlete could be carrying a double major in computer science and mathematics, but Lindstrom tripled the challenge when former Elon Professor Frank

Lindstrom creates visual representations of enormous amounts of data to help scientists see things that aren’t obvious when looking at numbers alone. In this image, called “Mixturb,” Lindstrom depicts the physics responsible for tornadoes and hurricanes.

Harris convinced him to take on a third major: physics. Harris recalls that Elon waived some of the prerequisite courses after Lindstrom aced his first physics course. “He would solve problems using a totally different path of reasoning,” Harris says. “He had a very special gift, an extraordinary mind. Peter was one of my all-time best students. You just knew he could do things that you could never do.” Trying to make sure that Lindstrom remained academically challenged, Harris bought a robotic arm kit and one of the first IBM personal computers. “We got it together and played with it,” Harris recalls. Harris’ bigger favor was connecting Lindstrom with Elon alumnus Larry Hodges ’74, who was chair of the computer science department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Hodges invited Lindstrom to consider graduate school there, and the next year, Lindstrom was pursuing his doctorate, diving into the world of computer graphics and the emerging field of virtual reality. “Georgia Tech had just gotten a grant from the Army Research Lab dealing with battlefield visualization. They wanted to look at terrain in three dimensions and play war games,” Lindstrom says. “We developed our own version of Google Earth back in 1995. A lot of the research we did back then was picked up by Google and others.”


Image by Peter Lindstrom

Lindstrom’s work with the large amounts of data involved in 3D modeling made him a perfect fit for LLNL’s research agenda, and he was recruited in 2000 to finish his dissertation there as he prepared to take on some of the cutting-edge research he is currently pursuing. The problems he’s working on are not merely theoretical. “We’re working on climate modeling, astrophysics, forensics science and national security issues such as nuclear nonproliferation, with drones flying in the sky tracking weapons,” Lindstrom says. “We’re also working on the National Ignition Facility, an attempt to build a fusion reactor as a new way of producing energy. That involves 192 gigantic laser beams all firing at a target the size of a pea and trying to implode it to create fusion energy. It’s all really cool.” Those exciting projects fit perfectly with Lindstrom’s innate curiosity and his drive to find simple solutions to complex problems. Like many researchers, he goes through daily life thinking about scientific challenges while driving in the car or shopping. “Science doesn’t stop at five o’clock,” he says. “Sometimes finding a simple solutions can take years and years and years. But when you do, it’s elegant.”

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{ Sallie Hutton ’92 }

love so many elements of Homecoming weekend – seeing old and new friends, witnessing the joy and warm embrace when someone runs into a friend they haven’t seen in years and the collective love Elon alumni have for this special place. My favorite event, though, continues to be the Elon Alumni Association Awards Ceremony. It is a time of celebration and affirmation of what one’s experience at Elon has the potential to do. 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year Award recipient Josh Voss ’01, quoting American poet Samuel Ullman, helped underscore the reason: ‘Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees, it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.’ … I think Elon is one of the best at cultivating this youthful energy in a way that inspires, challenges and encourages students to become wiser and more passionate versions of themselves. The men and women who come here have embraced that sense of youth as Ullman describes it … to the pursuit of knowledge, experience and – not to be discounted – fun. From the day you step on campus, there is a sense that Elon’s administration, faculty and even your friends all expect great things from you. And it doesn’t feel like a burden. It’s an affirmation, a fervent belief in your ability. This ceremony also recognizes the many family, friends, faculty and staff who support an Elon student along the way. Daniel Watts ’04, who like Voss received the 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year Award, expressed his gratitude in smiles. The smile on the face of my mother who was willing to go without so I could have anything and everything I needed. The smiles on the faces of aunts and uncles who support from afar, then pack themselves into 15-passenger vans to support me up close and in person. Smiles on the faces of professors who were willing to mold, nurture, guide, fight, disagree, love and teach me how to use the tools I was given once I left the safety of these sacred walls. I walk away from this event every year reflecting on the impact my Elon experience made upon me and give thanks for the hearts and hands that supported my growth. I encourage each of you to take a moment to think about your Elon experience and those who supported you along your way. Don’t we all have so much to be thankful for? Long Live Elon! Sallie

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he Top 10 Under 10 Awards are back! Help us recognize our rising stars and nominate an outstanding Elon graduate of the past decade. To nominate yourself or a standout young alum you know, please visit Award recipients will be announced on E-Net in February and the annual Top 10 Under 10 Banquet will be held in early spring. Ticket information for the banquet will be available on the Alumni Association website. Please contact Kiley Moorefield ’07, coordinator of student and young alumni engagement, with any questions at or (877) 784-3566.

Nationwide alumni events planned for winter, spring 2012 The Elon Alumni Association will hold two national alumni events in early 2012 to engage graduates from coast to coast in networking and service initiatives. National Networking Day will be held Jan. 25, 2012, and offer the chance for alumni to share experiences and develop professional contacts. In April 2012, the Alumni Association invites graduates to “Rise Up And Serve” as part of the Nationwide Alumni Month of Service. Elon’s alumni chapters and clubs throughout the country will organize group volunteer activities, and graduates who live in areas not served by an official alumni body are invited to engage in projects on their own that will benefit their communities. Want to get involved? Please contact Jamie Grauel ’07, coordinator of regional alumni engagement, at jgrauel@ or (877) 784-3566, and visit for more information.

LGBTQIA alumni summit: March 30–31, 2012 The Elon Alumni Association is forming a network for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/ questioning, intersex/inquiry, ally) graduates. This summit will be the first opportunity for interested alumni to get involved in the leadership of this group. If you would like to take part in the summit or receive more information about this new group for Elon alumni, please contact Durice White ’09, coordinator of alumni engagement for affinity programs, at or (877) 784-3566.



record number of reunions drew hundreds of alumni to Elon Oct. 21–23 for Homecoming 2011. From classmates celebrating milestone reunions to student organizations marking major anniversaries, graduates enjoyed fun, friends and festivities in all corners of campus throughout the weekend. A special Friday-night event in Rhodes Stadium, Rally Elon, featured fireworks and President Leo M. Lambert’s announcement that the Ever Elon Campaign surpassed its $100 million goal (see p. 8 for more information about Rally Elon). On Saturday, the Elon community gathered for the annual Alumni Association Awards Ceremony and Stop Hunger Now meal-packing service event before enjoying the campuswide tailgate party preceding the Elon vs. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football game. “Our Homecoming celebration was a wonderful collaboration of volunteers and friends who share a deep love for Elon,” said Jodie Luke ’79, who helped organize the 40th anniversary reunions for Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Mu sororities. “Our planning team set very high goals for this reunion and the outcome exceeded even our wildest expectations!” David Morrow ’07 L’10 said it was “an honor and a privilege” to help plan the Elon Black Alumni Network’s Homecoming reunion, which drew the largest turnout of black alumni in Elon’s history. But for Morrow, like so many other Elon alums, the meaning went beyond the record books. “My mother (Vickie Blackwell Morrow ’80) helped establish the Gospel Choir 35 years ago, and my parents met in the choir. I also have many other relatives who have attended Elon over the past 40 years,” Morrow says. “As an Elon legacy, the university’s black history is part of my own personal history.” See more photos from Homecoming 2011 on the inside back cover of this magazine.

Congratulations to the winners of the Homecoming Traditions Trivia Contest

Barry Baker ’73 Andrew Hickens ’01 Sharon Anderson Davies ’04 Bryn Porter Dugre ’06 Aaron Richards ’11


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Columbus, Ohio

Alumni enjoyed beautiful latesummer weather with some exciting outdoor events. More than 20 young alumni cruised down the Severn River in July aboard 1976 alumnus John Hill’s luxurious sailboat. In September, a record number of alumni turned out for the chapter’s annual Welcome to the City crabfeast on the Baltimore waterfront. “I had a great time at the crabfeast,” Dan Ridley ’93 reports. “After surviving the earthquake and (Hurricane Irene) the week before, it was nice to enjoy the perfect weather and interact with alumni.”

The chapter’s August Welcome to the City gathering at Tia’s on Long Wharf became one of the bestattended events in its history. New Elon graduates were welcomed by alumni of all eras – including 1950 alumnus Warren Johnson. “It was incredible to see how many of us are here in Boston with that shared connection to Elon,” says Mike Gerrity ’05, a member of the chapter’s board. “This event emphasized that fact.”

The Columbus Alumni Club hosted its inaugural event in September, bringing together an energetic group of Central Ohio alumni for a social at Matt the Miller’s Tavern. “A diverse set of alums attended, and it provided a much-needed opportunity for Columbus alumni to connect,” reports Kristin Tremoulis ’07, who says she’s looking forward to spending time with fellow alumni in the future.


Chapter & Club Notes

for the latest alumni chapter news and event schedule

Chicago An August Evening for Elon drew more than 40 alumni, parents and friends of the university, all eager to catch up on Elon happenings with President Leo M. Lambert and several other university staff members. “Every once in a while, I’ll see an Elon bumper sticker here in Chicago and feel a twinge of surprise,” Kathryn Burkhardt ’93 says. “I’m proud to say that’s about to change as, clearly, Elon is doing a great job of recruiting top students from – and sending great alumni back to – this area.”

Asheville: The club held its annual fall event at the Lexington Avenue Brewery in September and want to remind fellow alumni to join them in March for the Southern Conference basketball tournaments, which will be held in Asheville. Atlanta: Alumni enjoyed a special tour of Sweetwater Brewery in June and a latesummer, family-friendly trip to the laser light show at Stone Mountain Park. Charleston: Graduates attended a tour of the famed Firefly Distillery on nearby Wadmalaw Island in August and reunited in September for a Welcome to the City party at The Blind Tiger.

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Charlotte: The chapter hosted several events over the summer, including a June young alumni happy hour, a July intern/ alumni mixer and the annual Welcome to the City party in August. Forsyth County, N.C.: Alumni gathered at Foothills Brewing Company in downtown Winston-Salem in September for the club’s first social. Guilford County, N.C.: Graduates kicked off fall in September with a Welcome to the City social at Natty Greene’s in downtown Greensboro.

Los Angeles Alumni in the City of Angels played an important role mentoring students through the Elon in L.A. summer program and enjoyed some special perks, too, such as a special screening party just for Elon at the American Film Institute. “I absolutely love the Elon community we’ve established out here,” Jeff Thurm ’10 says. “We really stick together. Everywhere we go, people are shocked that so many of us came from the same small school in North Carolina, and that we’re taking over the entertainment industry!”

New York City: Alumni turned out in large numbers in July for a Welcome to the City Party at the 79th Street Boat Basin and in August for an Evening for Elon with President Lambert. Young alumni attended a successful IGNITE Nite hosted by Chris Mason ’06 and Rich Ferrucci ’07. Philadelphia: The chapter organized a July outing to Citizens Bank Park where alumni cheered on the hometown Phillies and hosted a successful Welcome to the City party in September at Triumph Brewing Company.

Nashville The chapter played host to scores of Elon faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends in September, when the Phoenix football team arrived to take on Vanderbilt in the 2011 season opener. Though the Phoenix fell to the Commodores, 45–14, Doug Woodside ’94 , chapter copresident, considered the weekend a rousing success. “The fact that this big university and athletics event coincided with the rise of our chapter, and that we were able to integrate our local efforts, made the experience unforgettable,” he says.

South Florida Hurricane Irene’s torrential rains and high winds weren’t enough to keep alumni in South Florida from attending their club’s first official event in August at SoLita in Fort Lauderdale. More than 30 Elon graduates from the 1960s to 2011 came to enjoy the maroon and gold bonding. “Most of the alumni at the event graduated after 2000, but everyone made us feel so welcome. We thought we were back at Elon with our friends!” Eileen Cobb ’66 says. “We’re looking forward to attending the next event.”

Richmond: Graduates attended a June happy hour social, a July Richmond Squirrels minor-league baseball game and an August Welcome to the City Party at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Amuse restaurant. Washington, D.C.: It was a typically busy summer for the D.C. Chapter, as members held an alumni/intern social in June, attended a Nationals game in July and gathered for their annual Welcome to the City party in September at The Exchange in downtown Washington.



Graduates in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C., enjoyed a summer of sports-themed events, including the chapter’s annual outing to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in July. In September, alumni welcomed Elon’s Class of 2011 to the area at a social at Natty Greene’s in Raleigh, where they enjoyed athletics updates from three Elon head coaches: Jason Swepson (football), Matt Matheny (men’s basketball) and Mike Kennedy (baseball). Chapter members welcomed Jeff Hendrick ’02 and Katie Fink Hendrick ’02 as new chapter co-presidents while honoring outgoing President Brenda Fletcher ’90. “We have had such a great experience serving on the board with Brenda over the past several years,” Jeff Hendrick says. “Our chapter has an incredible opportunity to reach out to our thousands of local alumni to keep them connected with the Elon community.”









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George W. Kernodle was


a day student at Elon and had very little free time to spend on campus doing extracurricular activities. Even though his time on campus was limited, he always enjoyed its beauty and he is happy to see that after all these years that has not changed. He lives with his wife, Laura, in Burlington, N.C.


Ralph F. Bridgers has many

fond memories of Elon, but one that stands out is when he and fellow students prepared the “cotton pickin’ sacks” for the harvest on President L.E. Smith’s farm. He advises current students to work with their hands as well as their minds. He lives with his wife, Ruby, in Princeton, N.C.

SETTING SAIL Tom Bass’ love affair with boating dates to the 1970s, when he served as Elon’s alumni director. The 1967 Elon alumnus considers himself something of a sailboat “purist,” long believing that such a vessel shouldn’t be any color but white. That was until about two years ago, when he bought a boat with a hull adorned in Elon’s maroon and gold. After several months of debating over a name, Bass and his wife, Sandy, also a 1967 alum, finally settled upon a moniker for their boat this summer. “It just felt right to call it the ‘Phoenix,’” he says. “Elon launched our lives. I can say ‘Elon is the reason why ‘blank’ – and I can fill that ‘blank’ with a million different things.” Tom Bass, who has called the greater Burlington, N.C., area home ever since he arrived at Elon College as a freshman from Pittsburgh in 1963, worked with university officials and a local vendor to paint the boat’s name using the official Elon athletics font. Bass specified that the “E” in “Phoenix” be replaced by the athletics logo depicting a Phoenix rising in the shape of an “E.” The word stretches more than 40 inches across the hull. “It just blew me away,” Bass says, recalling the moment he saw the finished product for the first time. “It looks so great!”

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Martha “Jane” Warren Johnson treasures her Elon

memories, including meeting her husband, Dr. Brevitt Hook ’46, who passed away in 1982. Jane remarried Lt. Col. Lehman H. Johnson in 1985 and the couple live in Durham, N.C. ■ Jane Upchurch Roshelli praises Elon for giving her the necessary tools to lead a full and productive life and for inroducing her to her late husband, Louis Roshelli ’53. She encourages students to make the most of their college days because “you’ll never have as much fun as you did at Elon!” Jane lives in Cary, N.C. ■ George G. Shackelford knows that he was blessed to attend such a fine school as Elon and to have received such a sound education that has served him well over the years. George lives with his wife, Carol, in Raleigh, N.C.


Jane Tuck Morgan marvels


Richard C. Thompson vividly

at how Elon has taken great care to blend the new parts of the university with the historic areas to create one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. She lives with her husband, Archie T. Morgan, in Southern Pines, N.C.

recalls attending Elon alongside many World War II veterans who returned to school after putting their lives on hold for a few years. Richard, who is a Baptist deacon, and his wife, Margaret, have three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They live in Charlotte, N.C.


William L. Robertson is so

thankful that Elon took a

chance on him, a Korean War veteran, and gave him a full scholarship. Elon opened many doors for William, and he encourages students and alumni to support Elon. He lives with his wife, Elsie, in Graham, N.C.


Doris White Lindsay fol-

lowed in the footsteps of her parents, Rita Rothgeb White ’26 and the late Dr. M.J.W. White ’21, at Elon. She cherishes the memories she made with her friends from college, including Roberta Winstead Hanna ’53, Dr. Bill Ivey ’52, David Hardy ’55, Yono Mork ’53, Joan Summers Drummond ’52 and many others. Doris owns a real estate company in High Point, N.C., and lives in Greensboro.


MaryAnne Thomas Johnston

remembers traveling with the choir and getting a glimpse of the world beyond campus. She says music professor Fletcher Moore ’34 always made the trips to New York seem magical with midnight rides on the Staten Island Ferry to take in the lights of Manhattan’s skyline. MaryAnne lives in Burlington, N.C.


Edward D. Hartsell’s favor-

ite memory of Elon is the time he was chosen to accompany Professor Bill Reece, then-chair of the business administration department, to a conference on world trade in Old Point Comfort, Va. The experience had a transformative effect on him, and he encourages current students to participate in as many varied extracurricular activities as possible to ensure that they are wellprepared to live in this rapidly changing world. Edward lives in Burlington, N.C. ■ Ikey Tarleton Little is happy to see that Elon faculty continue to provide excellent support for their students and that the university is getting the national recognition it has long deserved. Ikey lives in Moss Landing, Calif.


Edward “Ed” C. Wilson and Nancy Hudson Wilson

are both retired and living in Charlotte, N.C. In October, Nancy took a mission trip to Kajaido, Kenya, to volunteer at a children’s home. The couple are also working on their next installment of “Bridges...The Lord Will Provide,” a collection of Christmas stories they write for family and friends.


Paul H. Amundsen is a

shareholder at Ruden McClosky and leads the law firm’s Tallahassee, Fla., office. In June, he was re-elected to the executive committee of the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section and is board-certified by the Florida Bar in state and federal government and administrative practice. ■ Jerry E. Midkiff has retired after 31 years with Stock Building Supply in Raleigh, N.C., where he lives. He looks forward to coming back to campus to catch some Elon baseball games next spring. Kathryn E. Lawson recently lost her fiancé, James C. “Cliff ” Slaughter, after his coura-


geous battle with cancer. The two met at Elon and dated briefly in 1971, reunited 37 years later and were engaged in 2008. They moved in together in Denton, Texas. Kathryn, a nurse, was able to provide Cliff the care he needed and ensured his passing was the way he wanted. Kathryn continues to live in Denton.


Kay Holeman Melvin re-


Ricky E. Bise and Debbie Jones Bise ’75 are retired and


Ronald R. Ehrhardt and Linda Glunt Adams ’81 were

tired in April from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after more than 30 years of federal service. She lives with her husband, Dennis, in Alexandria, Va.

living in Cleveland, Tenn. They recently watched their daughter, Lindsey, receive her pharmacy doctoral degree.

married on 7/22/11 in Virginia Beach, Va. Alumni in attendance were Steve Humphrey, Christopher M. Jones ’80, Marcia Alderman Humphrey ’80, Patti Jo Cherry Whitney ’80, Jim Pankiewicz ’81 and Nancy Lottman Cohen ’81. Ron is vice president of international sales for Manugraph India Ltd., and Linda works in accounting for the American Lung Association. They live in Mechanicsburg, Pa. ■ Rodney Holland has joined Glen Raven Technical Fabrics as a director of sales and marketing. He will be reunited with his old friend and classmate, Harold Hill ’83, who is president of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics. Rodney’s wife, Stuart Ellis Holland ’83, and their children, Ellis and Everett, will join him.


After several years as a business owner and professional designer, Carol F. Nix returned to academia this fall and now serves as an associate professor in North Carolina State University’s College of Design. She says her experience teaching at Elon this spring helped prepare her for this career change. Carol also will oversee the design of all communications and outreach materials for the College of Design. She lives in Raleigh.


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Edward “Ed” Satterfield and


Eleanor F. Finger and her

Greta Osborne Satterfield were married on 6/11/11. Ed is an accounting manager for Wako Chemicals in Richmond, Va., and the couple live in Chesterfield.

partner, Shellie Kerr, have moved to Blacksburg, Va., where Eleanor has been hired as director of housing and residence life at Virginia Tech. ■ Brooke Hall Yordy and Greg Yordy of Pitman, N.J., welcomed a son, Brody Nickerson, on 7/29/11. He joins siblings Bryce, Brayden and Aubrie. Kirkland’s, a national home decor and accessories retailer, has named Michelle ShreveThomas to its roster of featured designers for 2011-12. This is Michelle’s second year participating in this program, which is limited to just five designers. Check out her advice and see pictures of her completed projects at She lives in Reidsville, N.C.



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Ricky Bise ’77, Debbie Jones Bise ’75 & daughter Lindsey

Ronald Ehrhardt ’82, Linda Glunt Adams ’81 & friends

Kelly R. Adkins graduated

in June from the culinary arts program at the University of Richmond. She continues to live in Virginia’s capital city. ■ Rebecca Senf Bass and Brian Bass of Raleigh, N.C., welcomed a daughter, Catherine Bennett, on 6/2/11. Rebecca is a key account manager for Smiths Medical. ■ Sixteen alumni enjoyed a special round of golf at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., in July. “The Duffers Club,” which includes Art Dornik, Scott McQueen, Rusty Michael, Carter Smith, Michael Beale ’93, Eddie Burleson ’93, Darren Falk ’93, Mark Foley ’93, Graham Hall ’93, Bob Moran ’93, Herb Rhee ’93, Ryan Lantz ’94, Todd Martineau ’94, John McCoy ’94, Garrett McKnight ’94 and Matt McCue ’95, played with new Elon football coach Jason Swepson,

football assistants Bobby Blick and Dan O’Brien, and Elon golf coach Bill Morningstar ’64. After the round, the alumni presented a gift to the Phoenix Club and talked Phoenix sports with the coaches.


Melinda Shrewsbury

was named principal at Rankin Elementary School in Guilford County, N.C. She lives in Winston-Salem.

Christine E. Allen and Michael Flanagan were married on 5/22/11. The couple live in Scotch Plains, N.J. ■ Lisa Brooks has been elected director of Crow Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the nation. She lives in Nashville, Tenn. ■ David B. Clubb and Shannon Kuhns Clubb welcomed a son, Tanner Elliott, on 7/22/11. He joins older siblings Ainsley, Griffin and Mallory. The family recently moved to Littleton, Colo., where David was hired as executive director of international affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. ■ Jennifer L. Kolb and Jay R. Edwards Jr. were married on 5/6/11 in Charlotte, N.C. Two of Jennifer’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters, Rachelann DeGregoris and Sarah Write Tate, were in attendance. Jennifer works as a nanny, and the couple live in Charlotte,. ■ Lorraine R. Reitzel and Joshua B. Schmaltz of Missouri City, Texas, welcomed a son, Zachary Owen, on 8/2/11. Lorraine is an assistant professor and clinical psychologist at the University of Texas’ MD Anderson Cancer Center. ■ Brian Tane and Danielle Tane welcomed a son, Ezra Matias, on 7/1/11. He joins older brother Isaac. Brian owns Tane Digital Video in New York City, and the family lives in New Hyde Park, N.Y.


Daniel S. Colangelo and Rachel Colangelo welcomed a daughter, Dylan Sage, on 6/23/11. She joins older sister Kaleigh. Daniel is a large property claims adjuster for Farmers Insurance. The family lives in Overland Park, Kan. ■ Amy Sheedfar and John Roberson were married on 5/7/11. Sara Anderson ’95 participated in the wedding and Cindy Bailey Ryman ’92, Megan Maxfield Bogely ’94 and Stephanie Young ’96 were in attendance. Amy is a certified


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athletic trainer, and the couple live in Virginia Beach, Va.

 CORRECTION: In our last issue, we brought

you news of a partnership between longtime friends and colleagues N. Douglas Payne Jr. ’88 and W. Kirk Monroe ’87. The Class Note incorrectly suggests that Kirk works for Doug at Payne & Company. Kirk is the director of communications for Business Roundtable, an association of America’s top executives based in Washington, D.C. Payne & Company, which Doug serves as managing principal, is the advertising agency-of-record for Business Roundtable. We apologize for the error.

Carol F. Nix ’85

full-time student at the University of South Alabama pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. She lives in Mobile, Ala. Heather Coffey and Corwin Eversley welcomed a daughter, Corinne Coffey, on 8/15/10. Heather is assistant professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The family lives in Charlotte. ■ Dana Crothers and Patrick Obrist were married on 6/11/11. Alumni in attendance were Brandy Brown, Kristen McGuire, Lauren Owens


Brooke Hall Yordy ’90 & children Bryce, Brayden, Aubrie & Brody

Participants in the 17th Annual Duffers Club outing with Elon football staff

Christine Allen Flanagan ’95 & Michael Flanagan

Tiffany S. Anderegg is a

Daniel Colangelo ’96 & daughter Dylan

Michelle ShreveThomas ’91

David Clubb ’95 & children Ainsley, Griffin, Mallory & Tanner

Amy Sheedfar Roberson ’96 & John Roberson with friends

Troy Senkiewicz ’98

Janicki, Michelle Maddox Ward, Brenna Beard ’95, Mark Richter ’99, Kristina Kromulis McClain ’97, Mackenzie Beatty ’99, Jamie Privuznak ’02 and Sarah Porter Chambers ’99. Dana works for

Wells Fargo corporate communications, leading media relations efforts in government and institutional banking. The couple live in Charlotte, N.C. ■ Michael J. Faas recently participated in the first Cystinuria 5K Walk/Run/Bike Ride event to benefit the International Cystinuria Foundation, which he co-founded. Cystinuria is an inherited defect that causes the kidneys to form hard stones that cause pain, chronic disability and kidney disease. Michael has suffered with Cystinuria for more than 20 years and invites alumni to learn more about the disease at He lives in Plainsboro, N.J. ■ Emily Hubbard Nelson opened a small invitation and printing company called Preiss Paper & Printing. In addition to custom work and printing, she has developed two gift lines, “Sweet Tooth” and “Babybump,” that are now being sold online and in Raleigh, N.C. Emily also selfpublished her first novel, Thrown, which can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. ■ Troy Senkiewicz returned to campus in September to help rewire the McEwen television studios for high definition broadcasting. Troy, who owns DigiMax Productions and DigiMax Consulting in Los Angeles, encouraged one of his suppliers to donate the cable and offered his own services for free, saving Elon more than $20,000. “I want Elon students to have experience at the professional level,” Troy says. “They need that hands-on experience.” ■ W. Roberts “Rob” Sievers is a partner at the firm of TaylorWalker P.C., where he chairs the sports and entertainment law practice group. Rob provides full legal services to clients in the sports and entertainment industries. He lives with his wife, Courtney, and their son, Witten, in Richmond, Va.

 Dana Crothers Obrist ’98 & Patrick Obrist with friends

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Allison Feeney Kupfrian ’99, husband Ken, & children Paige & Hailey

Andrea Spinella ’99, Rob McDiarmid & son Tyler

Dana M. Disborough

graduated in May with a master’s degree in organizational communications from Bowie State University. She works as a marketing coordinator for the City of Annapolis Recreation and

Parks and lives in Edgewater, Md. ■ Danielle Onorato Jackson and William J. Jackson welcomed a daughter, Olivia Shea, on 5/7/11. Danielle is an editor at Weiss & Hughes Publishing and William is the owner of Community Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C., where the family lives. ■ Allison Feeney Kupfrian and Ken Kupfrian welcomed a daughter, Hailey Grace, on 7/6/10. She joins older sister Paige. Allison is a homemaker. ■ Andrea Spinella and Rob McDiarmid welcomed a son, Tyler Joseph, on 5/2/11. The family lives in New York City. Jennifer H. Connolly and Joseph Gargiulo were married on 4/30/11, with Jacklyn Leone and Molly Orndorff-Whitlatch ’99 in attendance. Jennifer is a high school principal for the New York City Department of Education. The couple live in East Rockaway, N.Y. ■ Dianne R. Garrett is an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She recently completed coursework for a postgraduate certificate in the neuroscience of leadership and is conducting research about procrastination among undergraduate business students. Dianne lives in Burlington, N.C. ■ Melanie T. Schniepp and Michael Landry welcomed a son, Michael, on 2/12/11. Melanie is a district manager for Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. The family lives in Stuart, Fla. ■ Melissa Scheid Smith and Aaron Smith welcomed daughter Emerson Grace on 8/4/11. Melissa is an associate director of sponsorships for Sun Life Financial in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.



Maggie McKelvey Ottenwess

and Christopher Ottenwess welcomed a son, Matthew Christopher, on 9/20/10. The family is stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. ■ Katie Padgett is artistic director for the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble. In March, the ensemble was joined by Kevin Pace ’02 and local Washington, D.C., jazz musicians for a performance during “Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” at the Atlas Theater in Washington. In May, the ensemble was backed by the Adrienne Hindmarsh Trio from New York, which included Brad Linde on the saxophone. Katie lives in Falls Church, Va.


“If it hadn’t been for Elon and how strongly we felt for the university, we would never have met.” – Megan Trumpler Judy ’01 G’09, with husband Jayson Judy ’08 G’10



started college in 1997


Earned a degree from Elon College

Elon University

Played for Elon’s Tennis team

Golf team

Elon’s mascot was The Fightin’ Christian

The Phoenix

Crammed for midterms in McEwen Library

A match made in Elon

Belk Library

The football team played at Burlington Memorial Stadium

Rhodes Stadium

BY KELLYE COLEMAN ’12 When on campus, lived in


lip to the Class Notes section in the fall 2010 issue of The Magazine of Elon and you’ll find a blurb that announces the marriage of Megan Trumpler Thomas ’01 G’09 and Jayson D. Judy ’08 G’10. You might think, at first, that this is a typo. The bride and groom, seven years apart? But Megan will assure you it isn’t a mistake. Megan, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and an elementary/special education major, graduated in 2001 and moved to Delaware to begin her teaching career. At the time, Jayson had started 10th grade at a school not far from Elon’s campus. Their paths crossed eight years later, in 2009, when Megan was about to finish her Master of Education at Elon and Jayson had begun to study for his MBA in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. Jayson, a member of Elon’s golf team, visited Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary School to tutor students with his teammates. Megan taught fourth grade at the school and, with the help of a mutual friend, let Jayson know she wanted a date.

“I’d just finished a midterm, and I probably hadn’t shaved in three or four days,” Jayson says. “I looked like a bum.” “I never would have known he was 22 unless I asked him,” Megan recalls. She also remembers how she felt when she found out how many years she had on her date. Jayson shrugged it off. “Meanwhile, I’m having a heart attack!” Megan says with a laugh. Within six months of that meeting, they became engaged, and this past July, the Judys marked their first anniversary. Megan, a teacher at Greensboro Day School, and Jayson, who works for State Farm Insurance and Duke University’s Golf School, live in Gibsonville, N.C., just a few miles down the road from the institution that brought them together. While many of their Elon memories intersect, having graduated less than a decade apart, their undergraduate experiences differed in many ways. Magazine of Elon writer Kellye Coleman asked each to share their recollections of their alma mater for an intriguing tale of the tape.



Favorite spot on campus Fonville Fountain

Front row of the student section in Rhodes Stadium

Favorite place to eat on campus McEwen Dining Hall

Montague’s Deli in Daniel Commons

Favorite Elon memory “The very end of my freshman year, as people were packing up and leaving, I was just so incredibly sad. I remember crying for hours because I was not going to see my friends for the entire summer. That’s when I knew that Elon was not just a school but a community and my family.”

“Every week, Dr. (Alan) White (former Elon director of athletics) would clip out an article about the golf team and send it to me with an encouraging note. I had a great relationship with Dr. White and his wife, Norma, who was like a second mom to me.”

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Allyson M. Brunetti

joined Sandton Capital Partners in New York City, where her duties include finance, operations, human resources and business development. Allyson lives in Old Greenwich, Conn. ■ Ryan Nicole Hall and Sean P. McCormack were married on 3/26/11. Alumni who participated in the wedding were Mary Scot McAllister Boyce, Elise Davis Hurst, Hillary Rogers Kestler and Erica Stanley. Alumni in attendance were Maggie Houts Donley, Shawn McLaughlin, Jennifer Umpleby McLaughlin, Michelle Wilson, Becky Farris, Courtney Wells ’01 and Shelby Shackelford Moyer ’01. Ryan is a swim instructor at Lake Highland Preparatory School. The couple live in Orlando, Fla. ■ Mike Kanner has been promoted to portfolio manager, vice president and financial at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He lives in Vero Beach, Fla. ■ Lindsay Surber Rooney and Scott

Rooney welcomed a son, Jack David, on 2/7/11. Lindsay works as a therapist in Columbia, Md., and the family lives in Millersville. ■ Kathleen Zalos Shumake and Jonathan Shumake welcomed a daughter, Hayden Elizabeth, on 7/23/10. She joins older brother Hunter. Kathleen is a clinical supervisor for Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md., and the family lives in Westminster. ■ Emily Hill Vogeltanz and Bryson Vogeltanz welcomed a daughter, Meyer Ann, on 11/26/10. She joins older siblings Nash and Evyn. Bryson is the chief steward of “Do Something Now” and pastor of Global Engagement at Passion Conferences/Passion City Church in Atlanta. Emily also works parttime for Passion Conferences. ■ Katherine Toms Zitrick and Charles Zitrick welcomed a daughter, Emma Regan, on 7/8/11. Katherine teaches fifth grade for Montgomery County Public Schools, and the family lives in Germantown, Md. Meghan Allen and Matthew Morettini were married on 6/25/11. Meghan is a meeting and event planner. The couple live in West Chester, Pa. ■ Susan M. Denny and Ryan McMahon were married on 6/4/11 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Alumni in attendance were Marissa Bishop and Lisa Denny ’08. The couple live in Durham, N.C. ■ Ryan Notch joined Monster Cable as senior photographer and studio manager. The company produces


THE GIVING TREE Like many of her Elon contemporaries, Joy Zhou ’11 was touched by the symbolism of the acorn she received at New Student Convocation four years ago and the oak sapling she received at Commencement in May. But the latter, she says, presented a logistical problem. “An acorn is something small and portable, something I still have today,” Zhou says. “But the sapling requires caretaking and, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to provide that at the time.” Planting her sapling at her family’s home wasn’t an option, because her family lives in China. But Zhou does have what she calls a “home away from home” nearby that values its beautiful oaks just as much as Elon does: Saint Mary’s School, a boarding high school in Raleigh, N.C., that Zhou attended before coming to Elon. “Saint Mary’s was a steppingstone that allowed me to discover my own identity and become independent,” Zhou says. “Had it not been for Saint Mary’s, I would not be at Elon, and had it not been for Elon, I would not be the person I am today.” This summer, Zhou gave her sapling to Saint Mary’s before moving to Chantilly, Va., where she has accepted a position as a proposal coordinator at Mission Essential Personnel, a leading provider of translators, interpreters and cultural advisers. According to an article in the summer issue of the Saint Mary’s alumni magazine, Zhou’s sapling has been planted in the school’s grove and is growing quickly. “I’m glad to see that the tree is well and healthy!” Zhou says.

Jennifer Connolly Gargiulo ’00 & Joseph Gargiulo

Melanie Schniepp ’00, Michael Landry & son Michael

Ryan Hall McCormack ’02, Sean McCormack & friends

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high end audio cables for home entertainment systems and works with celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre and Gwen Stefani to produce specialty headphones. His wife, Sarah Emerson Notch ’02, is director of special education for Oakland School of the Arts. They live with their son, Ethan, in San Francisco. ■ Andi Petrini was promoted to sports editor at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. She lives in Hampton, Va. ■ Scott Rivinius and Jessica Stark were married on 1/15/11, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alumni participating in the wedding were Brett Yohe, Brian Carver ’02, Jimmy Principi ’02, Chris Blackledge ’02, Jon Whitkin ’02 and Gregg Vincent ’04. Lauren Kast also attended the event. Scott teaches high school in Montgomery County, Md. The couple reside in Alexandria, Va.


Cara McAllister Ashby and

Steve Ashby welcomed a daughter, Emma Catherine, on 1/14/11. Cara is a teacher and athletic trainer at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, N.C., where the family lives. ■ Erin M. Gebicke and Patrick L. Smeller were married on 12/18/10. Erin is a teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. The couple live in Gaithersburg, Md. ■ Leslie Gwaltney Hamrick received a master’s degree with honors in education and library science from Old Dominion University in December 2010. She serves as a library media specialist

Maggie McKelvey Ottenwess ’01, husband Christopher & son Matthew

Lindsay Surber Rooney ’02 & son Jack

Kathleen Zalos Shumake Emily Hill Vogeltanz ’02 & Bryson Vogeltanz ’02 with children Nash, ’02 with children Evyn & Meyer Hunter & Hayden


{ David Beahm ’83 }

Photos courtesy of David Beahm Design

Why are destination events so much fun to work with?

Taking his show on the road BY CAITLIN O’DONNELL ’13


avid Beahm ’83 creates theatre on a daily basis, though his canvas isn’t a traditional stage. It includes some of the most beautiful venues in New York City, some of corporate America’s most dynamic events and some of the world’s most exotic locales. Beahm is president of David Beahm Design, a boutique event planning firm in New York. Drawing upon his experiences studying theatre at Elon and working in the arts in California and New York, Beahm has become one of the Big Apple’s most sought-after event designers. “If I didn’t have my theatre background, I couldn’t do what I do effectively,” says Beahm, who holds a Master of Fine Arts in musical theatre from San Diego State University. “What drives me is tenacity and knowing that failure isn’t an option. You keep moving forward and work really hard all the time.” Beahm left show business behind in 1998 to establish his firm. Not long after starting the company, Beahm was asked to participate in an audition to design a fantasy wedding for a “mystery client” at the Plaza Hotel. After his proposal was accepted, he learned the

identity of his new clients: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. “It was a lot of pressure knowing the world was going to be looking at and critiquing my work, but it was a very good experience,” Beahm recalls. The 2000 nuptials, at the time dubbed the “wedding of the century,” was featured in popular magazines such as People and OK, as well as numerous wedding publications. Recently, Beahm and his firm’s creative director, Christina Matteucci, were hired to design an extravagant hotel reopening celebration in Hawaii. In the process, a business venture was born: David Deahm Destinations. Beahm spoke with The Magazine of Elon about his new company, which launched last year.

What led to the creation of David Beahm Destinations? David Beahm Design creates custom events all over the world, but we needed a company to speak directly to the destination and the person who wants to have a destination event, whether that be a wedding, honeymoon, company or family outing. We decided to create a company to suit that niche.

Christina and I both love to travel. It just made sense. Also, there’s the fact that we live and work in New York. To do a wedding in New York can be prohibitively expensive and a lot of our clients go to the same hotel every weekend for a wedding. We wanted to give clients a different opportunity to give their guests a memorable experience. Instead of staying in town, put 50 to 100 friends on a tropical island and give them an experience.

What destinations are available to your clients? We have properties all over the world that we represent. The one we get the most inquiries about is Colonial Williamsburg (Va.). We’re also going to be adding a new destination called Peter Island in the Caribbean. It’s a small island, but if you take a wedding of 100 people, you can rent the entire island for a weekend. It’s a little gem that’s undiscovered and that’s what we love. We can go anywhere, but we have 30 destinations in our collection and it’s growing.

How is a new destination added to your collection? We explore the property and decide how it would best be used and create an itinerary. Part of the whole thing is to get people thinking outside the box. If you have family with a beautiful property in upstate New York and want a fantastic wedding there, let’s go! It all depends on if we know the property and how far along in the process the client is. We can turn something around fairly quickly, but planning a wedding or special event is an evolutionary process. Until the guests arrive, we are making changes. There is a story along the way, and we follow that narrative.

Learn more about David Beahm Design and David Beahm Destinations at

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for Suffolk Public Schools in Suffolk, Va., where she lives with her husband, Bo Hamrick ’02, and their daughters, Emma and Hannah. ■ Hillary Knorr and Kevin Kroboth were married on 8/6/11. Alumni in attendance were Susan Hill, Allison Abrahams,

Katie Toms Zitrick ’02, husband Charles & daughter Emma

Meghan Allen Morettini ’03 & Matthew Morettini

Justin McCarthy ’04, Alison Edwards McCarthy ’04 & daughter Aubrey

Susan Denny McMahon ’03 & Ryan McMahon

Paige Lee Hoagland ’04 & William Hoagland with friends

Amy Trageser Noonan‘04, husband Ryan & son Declan

Jacob Swain ’04, Wesley Langford Swain ’04 & twins Camden & Parker

Jane Bartley Flickinger ’05 & Nicholas Flickinger

Scott Rivinius ’03, Jessica Stark & friends

Mica Ball Thomasson ’05 & Ryan Thomasson

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Hillary Knorr Kroboth ’04 & Kevin Kroboth

Erin Gebicke Smeller ’04 & Patrick Smeller

Josh Daniel ’05, Devin Daniel & friends

Jay Briggs ’06, Amanda Sox Briggs ’07 & friends

Carrie Harviel Rawl, Sarah Starkey, Kellie McQuiston Jeffers and Sonya Betz Horton. Hillary is a

school administrator for Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. ■ Paige N. Lee and William B. Hoagland were married on 7/3/11 in Myersville, Md. Alumni in the wedding were Courtney Green Check, Tricia Russo, Abigail Kennan and Jennifer Guthrie. Paige completed a master’s degree in school counseling from Johns Hopkins University and teaches first grade for Montgomery County Public Schools. The couple live in Gaithersburg, Md. ■ Justin McCarthy and Alison Edwards McCarthy welcomed a daughter, Aubrey Catherine, on 7/28/11. The family lives in Littleton, Mass. ■ Sarah Graham Motsinger and A.J. Motsinger welcomed a daughter, Lillian Graham, on 1/30/11. Sarah is an assistant director of development at Durham Academy in Durham, N.C., where the family resides. ■ Amy Trageser Noonan and Ryan Noonan welcomed a son, Declan Charles, on 4/8/11. The family lives in North Pole, Ala. ■ Sarah Slater completed her first half marathon, the Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon, on 8/14/11 in just under three hours. She lives in Chicago, Ill. ■ Jacob Swain and Wesley Langford Swain welcomed twins Camden Maxwell and Parker Hamlet on 10/20/10. Jacob is a warehouse manager for Aaron’s Creek Farms and Wesley teaches eighth-grade language arts at Bluestone Middle School. The family lives in Clarksville, Va. Mica Ball and Ryan Thomasson were married in Leesburg, Va., on 6/24/11. Alumni participating in the wedding were Kristin Simonetti, Sharon Davies ’04 and Kristin Kaloyanides ’06. Alumni in attendance were Ashley Condict Tanner, Angela Herrick ’04, Marcie Embersit ’06 and MacKenzie Stroh ’07. Mica is a school counselor, and the couple live in South Riding, Va. ■ Jane Bartley and Nicholas Flickinger were married on 5/14/11. The couple reside in Ashton, Md. ■ Joshua S. Daniel and Devin Rose Daniel were married on 6/4/11. Alumni in attendance were Lindsey Estwanik, Mallie Colavita, Steve Hillebrand, Sarah Keach Baucom ’06, Drew Barnes ’06, Brandon Kessler ’04, Lauren Vater Phipps ’04, Kendra


Rau Hendrix ’04, Mark Hendrix ’04, Katie Fink Hendrick ’04, Jeff Hendrick ’02, Bert Olson ’06, Leslie McFarland ’06 and Laura Hendricks Watkins ’04. Joshua

works for Bank of America. The couple live in Charlotte, N.C. ■ Darris R. Means received the American College Personnel Association’s Outstanding State and International Division Leader Award for his contributions to the North Carolina College Personnel Association. He lives in Mebane, N.C. ■ Kyle R. Ostendorf L’09 and Katherine E. Harrell ’07 were married on 5/7/11. Alumni in attendance were Cheryl Borden, Brooksie Adams ’07, Katie Bell Eves ’07, Alisa Haney ’07, Kristen Sween ’07, Allison Benton ’07, James Blecher ’06, Danielle Strezelecki ’07, Anna Schimmelfing von Allmen ’07, Christie Dickerman ’04 G’06, Summer Smith Nettleman ’06 L’09, Melissa Taylor Duncan ’06 L’09, Damon Duncan ’06 L’09, Melanie Crenshaw ’98 L’09, Michelle Adams Ledford L’09, Drew Nettleman L’09, Michelle Cybulski L’09, Katie Bobb ’06 L’09, Jonathan Aust L’09, A.T. Debnam L’09, Christopher Rahilly L’09 and Mital Patel L’09. The couple live in Raleigh, N.C.


Peter Bellezza has finished

his first year of podiatric medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He received the Second-Year Distinguished Scholar Award, which carries a half tuition scholarship. He was also accepted into the Swanson Independent Scholar program in the Center of Lower Extremity and Ambulatory Research. He lives in North Chicago, Ill. ■ Jay Briggs and Amanda Sox ’07 were married on 5/28/11 in Greenville, S.C. Alumni in attendance were Rob Marnell, Katie Hilliard, Dan Belmont, Carter Beidler ’08, Ryan Dunn ’01, John Kernodle ’05, Jeremy Strohl ’05, Jess Barbour ’07, Mark Duncan ’08, Holly Hansen ’08 and Elon professor Fred Rubeck. Jay is pursuing a master's degree in Christian studies from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Wash. Amanda is a loan processor for Vintage Loans. They are also working with other Seattle theatre artists to stage their first production in spring 2012. The couple


{ Hilaire Pickett ’08 }

A gift on the house BY KRISTIN M. SIMONETTI ’05


hen Hilaire Pickett ’08 learned last spring that her sorority, Sigma Kappa, was assigned one of the Loy Center’s new Greek houses, she immediately wanted to get involved. Pickett, the director of communications for Design Lines in Raleigh, N.C., offered her firm’s design services to help decorate the new space. “I may not be able to give the university a huge financial donation yet, but I’m giving back in a way that’s going to impact these girls and help create a house they’ll enjoy,” says Pickett, who recently completed a term on the university’s Young Alumni Council. Pickett and her mother, Judy, Design Lines’ owner, met with Sigma Kappa’s advisers, Professor Nancy Midgette and Teresa John, and a group of chapter members this spring to tour the facility. “They told us they wanted something young and fresh, a professional young woman’s space,” Pickett recalls. “We took what they said to heart.” Pickett, who managed the project, and Judy, who spearheaded the design plans, returned to

their studio and spent weeks developing ideas to turn the house’s great room into three distinct spaces – a dining area, sitting area and lounge/ TV room. Midgette visited the Picketts at Design Lines over the summer to preview Judy’s master plan. “Everything they selected was perfect,” Midgette says. “She understood exactly what the chapter wanted.” Design Lines worked with Elon’s Physical Plant staff to paint the house and in August, the Picketts returned to campus with other Design Lines staff to move in furniture and provide other finishing touches. On Aug. 27, when Sigma Kappa’s house residents arrived for move-in day, their jaws dropped. “There was a lot of excitement and surprise, a lot of ‘oh my gosh, we’re living here?’” recalls junior Amy Simmonds, Sigma Kappa’s house manager. “There’s a lot of pride, especially because one of our alums did this for us.” For Midgette, the project offered an opportunity to collaborate with Pickett, whom

she remembers as a dynamic leader in the chapter. She also points to the collaboration as emblematic of the mentor-student relationships at Elon, where connections endure beyond Commencement and mature over time. “It’s no longer ‘Hilaire the student.’ It’s a different kind of relationship now,” Midgette says. “I’m not ‘Dr. Midgette’ anymore. I’m just ‘Nancy.’” The completion of the project doesn’t mean the end of Pickett’s presence on campus, where already she’s built a legacy. In 2008, her parents made a gift to Elon that endowed two leadership grants, one of which bears Hilaire’s name, to support the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows. In May, Elon’s Office of Greek Life inducted Pickett into its Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who exhibit the highest values of their organizations in their lives and careers. She hopes other young alumni see the example of her work with Sigma Kappa and feel inspired to serve their alma mater in similar capacities. “I’m a prime example that it doesn’t have to be a big, life-changing donation. It can be donating your time and expertise,” she says. “This was a big project, and it directly affects students at the school. I feel like, in a way, it’s brought me full circle.”

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live in Seattle. ■ J. Matthew Camp and Amber King Camp welcomed a son, Joseph Benjamin, on 8/4/11. The family lives in Randleman, N.C. ■ Scott W. Flynn and Catherine O’Connor were married on 7/8/11. Nick Palatiello and Sean Lawson ’07 served as groomsmen. Scott teaches first grade, and the couple live in Parrish, Fla. ■ Kristen Laster and Bennett V. Smith were married on 4/30/11 in Charleston, S.C. Alumni

Katherine White Elliott ’06 & Dustin Elliott with friends

Scott Flynn ’06, Catherine O’Connor & friends

Kacey Wells McAleer ’07, Bobby McAleer ’06 & friends

Carson Foushee ’07, Laura Wheeler Foushee & friends

Leigh Virtue ’06 in Kenya with friends Alvin & Ashphod

Catherine Mason ’07

Kristen Weeks ’07, Drew Hensley ‘06 & friends

Kristen Laster Smith ’06 & Bennett Smith ’06

Heather Geiger McGuire ’07, Samuel McGuire ’07 & friends

Jake Emerson ’08, Kim Glazer Emerson ’08 & friends

who participated in the wedding were Emily Anderson Norris, Darcy Dewhirst Earhardt, Adeline Vadini Bennett and Falon Nye. Alumni in attendance were Paul Bennett, Hartley Carlson, Sarah Klein, Courtney Lawrence Galvani, Lauren Plate, Louis Rittberger, Keegan Heise ’05, Victor Galvani ’05, J.D. McNeill ’05, Keith Orlen ’05, Mike Loftus ’04, Carmen Vadini ’09 and Justine Vadini ’13. The couple live in Pittsburgh, Pa. ■ Bobby McAleer and Kacey Wells ’07 were married in St. Michaels, Md., on 8/20/11. The service was presided over by Chaplain Emeritus Richard McBride. Elon alumni in attendance were Tyler Brandt, Andy Ordeman, George Memory, Liz Shandley, Mark Schwartz, Scott Christenbury, Katelin Carnahan, Allie Gilkey’05, Hank Miller’07, Raegan Shaw’07, Anne Stewart Claytor ’07, Pat Jeffries ’07, Liz Joy ’07, Kristin Jennings ’07, Liz Shomo ’07, Jen Marshall ’07, Meredith Whitley ’08 and Jack Cassady ’08. The couple live in Reston, Va. ■ Jackie Nelson Taylor received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has accepted a position as assistant professor in psychological sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her husband, Andrew Taylor, is an analyst with Goldman Sachs. They live in Richardson, Texas. ■ Leigh Virtue spent two weeks in June in Kenya with Build the Village, an organization based in Raleigh, N.C., that helps establish village hubs for educational opportunities, health care and theological programs in impoverished communities. While in Kenya, Leigh visited two children named Alvin and Ashphod, whom her family sponsors. ■ Katherine White and Dustin R. Elliott were married on 4/30/11 on Folly Beach, S.C. Alumni in attendance were Angela Ficca Rinehart, Kate McManus, Carrie Monteleone, Chris Hickey, Michelle Mastaler, Chrissy Kostura Pridgen, Jaime Moulton, Lindsey Emerson, Lindsay Andrews Walker, Brian Hensen ’04 and Alex Satterfield ’08. The couple live in Fort Mill, S.C.

 Elyse Rodriguez ’08 & son Owen

Sarah Garrison Addison ’09 & Ryan Addison ’07

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Lauren Chambers Otto ’09 & John Otto

Jasmine Spencer ’11, Eden Esters ’07, Dorian Wanzer ’09 & Anita Alston ’07

Kara Hawkins Bond and Webb Bond ’08 welcomed

a daughter, Olivia Cameron, on 4/8/11. The family lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. ■ Meghan

Partelow Fisher and James Fisher welcomed a daughter, Madelyn Eileen, on 1/27/11. The family recently moved to Vermont, where Meghan works for the Shlansky Law Group in Vergennes. ■ Carson B. Foushee and Laura Wheeler were married on 6/4/11. Carson graduated in May with a Master of Divinity from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology and has accepted a position with Mercer University as an admissions counselor and will lead the Cooperative Student Fellowship campus ministry. The couple live in Macon, Ga. ■ Heather Geiger and Samuel McGuire were married on 5/21/11. Alumni who participated in the wedding were Samantha Hoffmann, Becca Dilday, Patrick Davis, Glenn Butera and Jonathan Hess ’08. Alumni in attendance were Katelyn Whitaker Davis, Elyse Elliott Kistler ’08, Katie Gallagher Dondero ’08, Laura Heisch ’08, Kelsey Lodge ’09 and Paul Robinette ’09. Heather is an administrative assistant for the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. Samuel is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Georgia and works as a teaching assistant. They live in Athens, Ga. ■ Catherine L. Mason recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy with a doctorate in pharmacy. She is a member of Phi Lambda Sigma, an honorary national pharmacy leadership society, and is currently employed as a pharmacist for Ingles Markets in Gastonia, N.C. ■ Lydia Pohlman and Brian Figueroa were married on 6/4/11 in St. Louis, Mo. Alumni in attendance were Rob Rockecharlie, Michael Guzewicz, Barrett Risley, Amy Ruddell, Kiley Moorefield, Jamie Grauel, J.D. Yearwood, Devin Cirillo, Sarah Eydt, Lauren Sims and Justin “Walter” Baine ’08. Lydia is a client services manager for PohlmanUSA Court Reporting and Brian is pursing a law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. ■ Jessy Scott was recently promoted to assistant front office manager at The Hotel Monaco Alexandria, a boutique luxury hotel. She lives in Cabin John, Md. ■ Jamie Wheeler Shelton and Kenneth Shelton welcomed a son, Oliver Jeffrey


{ John Tumbleston ’06 }

A flare for the solar BY ERIC TOWNSEND


cellphone charger on the back of your bookbag? A house that draws its electricity not from large panels on the roof but from a coating sprayed on the siding or shingles? When it comes to solar power, the future looks bright for many renewable energy technology companies, and John Tumbleston ’06 finds himself in the thick of the research that will make such developments happen sooner rather than later. Tumbleston is part of a team of alternative energy researchers at North Carolina State University, where the former Elon men’s cross country star is conducting postdoctoral work in physics. He joined the team this fall to conduct research on solar materials after spending four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill exploring the physics behind plastics that harvest the sun’s energy. “We’re trying to make material and devices that can absorb sunlight to convert into electricity. It definitely falls into green technology,” says Tumbleston, a lifelong outdoors enthusiast from Boone, N.C. “If you look at traditional solar panels, they’re made of silicon, and that material – to get it into the high-performing panels – is very expensive. You need to expend a lot of energy to purify the material and it’s brittle. We’re trying to make solar panels that use plastic materials instead.”

Physics wasn’t always a top priority for the former North Carolina Teaching Fellow. As a high school senior, Tumbleston knew he wanted to attend a small, private university where he could continue his running, and he did. The Teaching Fellows scholarship, plus Elon’s invitation to join the cross country team, convinced the lanky runner that Elon was the right fit. Tumbleston excelled in the classroom and on the course. He was twice named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country First Team and graduated summa cum laude with a 4.00 cumulative GPA as a double major in physics and science education. “From the very start, he was a solid, upbeat presence. We loved having him around. He charmed everybody,” says Pranab Das, Tumbleston’s first physics professor at Elon. “You could tell his seriousness was constant in part because I think he trained so hard for running. That gave him a certain diligence that some other students lacked.” Despite enjoying the high school classroom as a student-teacher, Tumbleston says he fell in love with research and heeded the encouragement of professors who suggested he apply to top physics graduate programs. Tumbleston soon discovered the research at UNC on solar energy, a topic that married his love

of the outdoors and his interest in science. Five years later, with doctorate in hand, the standout Elon athlete is making significant scholarly contributions to a growing field. “Solar is going to continue to become a more significant part of our energy mix, even though it meets less than one percent of our energy needs right now,” he says. “I’m hopeful in the long term that it will … be more of a player in how we get our energy.” Another of Tumbleston’s professors has no doubt he will be a leader in making that happen. “My favorite quote about John wasn’t my own, but from another student in a class with him. He said, ‘the problem with John is that he’s smart and hardworking. How can you compete with that?’” says Tony Crider, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics. “You have a lot of people who are very hardworking and a lot of people who are very smart, but John is both, and he’s such a likeable guy. “One of the things I like to see in our best physics majors is that they’re not just doing science, they’re doing science that has an impact on the needs of society,” Crider continues. “I often have respect for students, but it’s infrequent that there’s something I see where I look to them as a role model. John is one of those students.”

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ELON HONORS RIDDLE’S LEGACY Elon athletics retired the 16 jersey of former Phoenix quarterback Scott Riddle ’11, the all-time leading passer in Southern Conference history, before the Sept. 10 game between Elon and Concord in Rhodes Stadium. “The retirement of a jersey is something we do not take lightly at Elon,” Director of Athletics Dave Blank said. “Scott had a tremendous career and made a lasting imprint on the Elon football program, the university and the surrounding community in his four seasons in the maroon and gold.” Riddle is the fifth football player in Elon history to have his jersey retired, joining Terrell Hudgins ’10, Bobby Hedrick ’83, Richard McGeorge ’71 and Willie Tart ’64. “With the 90-year tradition of football at Elon, being able to be one of the five so far to have their jersey retired is very special,” said Riddle, whose father, Jimmy Riddle ’81, also starred for Elon football. “Without the people that I’ve had the chance to play with, this would never have been possible.” Riddle graduated as the holder of 41 NCAA, SoCon and Elon records, and he’s the only quarterback in the history of the SoCon to lead the league in passing for four consecutive seasons. In November 2009, Riddle led Elon’s football team to its first postseason appearance in 28 years and its first at the Division I level.

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on 4/17/11. The family lives in Hope Mills, N.C. ■ Chad J. Taylor and Lorren McPherson were married on 9/2/11. They live in Chevy Chase, Md. ■ Kristen D. Weeks and James “Drew” Hensley ’06 were married on 5/21/11 in Norfolk, Va. Alumni in attendance were Gavin Sharp, Jessica Mickler, Nick MacDaniels, Brian Fries ’05, Brent Baker ’06, Brian Wetzel ’06, Bob Litchfield ’06, Chad Taylor ’06, Justin Bollenback ’06, Bobbi Meyer Parra ’85 and Paul Parra ’87. Drew is a marketing coordinator for Heery International. The couple live in Cary, N.C.


an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduate. ■ Martin Kelly was recently promoted within Dendreon Corporation in Seattle, where he lives. ■ Eugene Krasnopolsky has accepted a position as lead measurement strategist for Wieden + Kennedy, an advertising firm in Portland, Ore. He will work on advertising strategies for clients that include Nike and Coca-Cola. ■ Elyse Rodriguez welcomed a

son, Owen, on 3/3/11. They live in Wilmington, N.C. Lauren Chambers and John R. Otto were married on 6/11/11 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with Anna Reynal in attendance. They live in Middletown, Conn. ■ Alisha R. Corbin is pursuing a master’s degree in forensic DNA and serology from the University of Florida. ■ Elizabeth Cothran and Steven L. Moy were married on 10/9/10, in Cary, N.C. The wedding party included Amanda Braunlich, Kelly Parker and


Ricky S. Adkins received

a master’s degree in bioinformatics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He accepted a position as a bioinformatics software engineer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he lives. ■ Jake Emerson and Kim Glazer were married on 6/11/11 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Chaplain Emeritus Richard McBride performed the ceremony. Alumni in attendance were Corey Jahner, Courtney Caparaso, Nikki Allem, Laurie Montanus, Michelle McBride, Nicole Nogueras, Maggie Santry, Mike Purcell, Drew Redman, L.D. Akers, Jamey Falkenbury ’07, Becca Dilday ’07, Jay Kahn ’09, Libby Long ’09, Jeff Casullo ’09, Hunter Gros ’10, Grace Trilling ’10 and Kristen Clements ’10. The couple live in Chevy Chase, Md. ■ Dave H. Hanegraaff is a volunteer coordinator for the National Volunteer Center, a branch of the Chilean Ministry of Education that operates the English Opens Doors program. The program seeks people to work as English teaching assistants in schools throughout Chile. Participants are provided room and board through homestays with Chilean families, health insurance, training in how to teach English as a foreign language and access to online Spanish courses, as well as a small stipend. Dave, who lives in Santiago, Chile, joined the program more than three years ago and says it’s a great way for young alumni to get a critical international work experience in a tough economy. ■ Andrew D. Hurwitz has been promoted to senior staff for CityYear Seattle,

In Memoriam Nannie Graham Keck ’28, Burlington, N.C. 8/11/11. Weeks before her

death, Nannie, Elon’s oldest living alumna at the time, sent a Class Note to The Magazine of Elon recalling when male and female students had to attend different classes and dorms and even needed to use different staircases. Nannie encouraged today’s students to stick to their convictions and never forget their Elon heritage. George C. Amick ’37, Mebane, N.C. 7/17/11. Sara K. Neese ’37, McLean, Va. 6/29/11. Nancy B. Hayden ’41, Aventura, Fla. 8/19/11. Ruth Wagner Hall ’42, Graham, N.C. 8/1/11. James G. “Jimmy” Pritchett ’42, Albany, Ga. 8/5/11. The Rev. Walstein W. “Wally” Snyder ’45 P’76 GP’06, Burlington, N.C. 8/31/11. Norma Edwards Federbush ’49, Berkeley Heights, N.J. 5/17/11. John I. Weldon Jr. ’50, Newport News, Va. 7/15/11. Ruth Colman Farmer ’51, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 3/25/11. Cary R. Matlock ’51, Burlington, N.C. 9/10/11. Robert C. Peeler ’51, Burlington, N.C. 9/4/11. The Rev. Rosser L. Clapp ’52, Burlington, N.C. 9/17/11. Jack F. Gibson ’52, Morehead City, N.C. 8/18/11. John M. Hanna ’53, Roxboro, N.C. 6/24/11. James M. “Jim” Sikes ’56, Elon, N.C. 9/1/11. Jeanne Payne Peek ’58, Charlotte, N.C. 9/19/11. Yvonne Winstead Suitt ’58, Roxboro, N.C. 10/27/10. W. Dale Barber ’59, Burlington, N.C. 9/6/11. Winstead G. Sharpe ’59, Graham, N.C. 5/28/11. Ronald E. Simonds ’59, Lewisville, N.C. 7/3/11. Judith Moore Edmonds ’61 P’93, Portsmouth, Va. 4/26/11. Charles M. Hall Jr. ’61, Enterprise, Ala. 7/13/11. Charles W. Hawks Jr. ’61, Portsmouth, N.C. 9/18/11. John G. Simpson ’61, Burlington, N.C. 8/7/11. Kenneth W. Inge ’62, Land O’Lakes, Fla. 8/30/11. Etta Jeanette Howerton Newton ’62, Gibsonville, N.C. 9/27/11. Thomas E. Wiggin ’63, Cliffside Park, N.J. 3/17/11. Judith Hudson Ciotola ’64, Lancaster, Pa. 7/2/11. Leroy G. Ford ’65, Burlington, N.C. 7/3/11. Charles S. Boroody ’68, Chesapeake, Va. 8/15/11. Arthur G. Jones ’70, Winston-Salem, N.C. 4/22/11. Ronald W. “Ronnie” Bolton ’72, Greensboro, N.C. 8/16/11. James C. Slaughter Jr. ’72, Denton, Texas. 7/2/11. Gerard F. Carbone ’75, Jacksonville, N.C. 8/24/11. Dallas D. Swan III ’86, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 6/28/11. Ashleigh Anne Johnson ’94, Boca Raton, Fla. 8/2/11. Gale W. Cuddy ’96, Cromwell, Conn. 8/16/11.


Shannon Waite. Elizabeth is an

Heffernan joined Equale & Cirone

accountant, and the couple live in Enterprise, Ala. ■ Sarah Garrison and Ryan Addison ’07 were married on 8/14/10 in Nashville, Tenn. Alumni in attendance were Kate McCulley Radford, Ashley Noval, Nicole Ranalli Dalton, Kory Radford ’06, Robert Rodebaugh ’08 and Dani Howell ’10. The couple reside in Hermitage, Tenn. ■ William J. Glenos III and Nicole Sorge were married on 1/1/11. Both are pursuing graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and live in Louisville. ■ Brittany

Certified Public Accountants. She is licensed the state of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Brittany lives in Arlington, Va. ■ Dorian A. Wanzer and fellow alumnae of the Omicron Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, including Jasmine Spencer ’11, Eden Esters ’07 and Anita Alston ’07, visited the U.S. Capitol during a July reunion in Washington, D.C.


Christopher T.J. Dorsey is an

account executive with the advertising firm Crispin Porter and Bogusky. He was part of the team that produced the Groupon Super Bowl commercials, and now he’s working on global advertising campaigns for Microsoft. Christopher lives in Boulder, Colo. ■ Kimberly Duggins and Michael Wiseman were married on 8/14/11. Kimberly is pursuing a graduate degree from the University of Wyoming, and the couple live in Laramie, Wyo. ■ Jill E. Maxham and Steve J. Singhaus were married

on 5/25/11. Amanda O’Dell ’12 and Scott Maxham ’15 participated in the wedding. Elon alumni in attendance were Caitlin Lashnits, Katelyn Miller, Ashley Dischinger, Jeanette Hanfling ’93, Emily Wise ’11, Libby Dean ’11, Cathy Suarez ’11, Dina Hilaris ’12, Laura McCabe ’12 and Maggie Blehar ’13. Jill is a technical communications specialist, and the couple reside in Olney, Md.

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{ Harold ’41 & Jolene Maxwell }

Bursting with Elon pride BY JALEH HAGIGH


arold Maxwell ’41 is just as proud of Elon today as he was when he played in the college marching band and traveled with the football team. His smile turns devilish when he recalls another fond Elon memory – the dances in Alamance Building. “It was great to see all the beautiful girls so dressed up,” he says. “I loved it!” Maxwell may have hung up his dancing shoes, but his love for Elon remains strong. He and his wife, Jolene, chose to make a planned gift to support the university. They established a charitable remainder trust with a farm they inherited many years ago. The gift will support Elon priorities in the future and give the Maxwells tax savings and income for the rest of their lives. By giving back, Maxwell can preserve what he valued most – excellent faculty and a friendly community. “The faculty had a way of inspiring you to do better,” he says. “Professor (John W.) Barney gave me an appreciation for literature and drama and encouraged me to read. I also made great friends at Elon who remain my friends today.” Maxwell, a retired dentist, had an extra bounce in his step during a recent visit to campus. He marveled at how his alma mater has grown and hopes his gift will help bring outstanding students to Elon. “I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college, and if I can help make that happen, I think it’s worthwhile,” he says. “I’m very proud of Elon and the way it has grown and improved. That wouldn’t be possible without philanthropy, and Elon needs support to continue to grow.”

TO LEARN MORE about how you can support the Ever Elon Campaign and make a difference at Elon with a planned gift, contact: Jamie Killorin, CPA/PFS, CFP® Director of Gift Planning (877) 784-3566

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ne of the most important lessons we have learned from the Ever Elon Campaign is the power of philanthropy to transform the university and the lives of the remarkable students we serve. Elon’s future has never been brighter thanks to the alumni, parents and friends who helped the university surpass the $100 million Ever Elon goal. Because of their gifts, Elon has significant new resources for student scholarships, development of talented faculty-scholars and outstanding facilities in which to learn and grow. The campaign’s impact on students is real and will be felt for years to come. Yet our work is not finished! We will continue to count as part of the campaign all gifts to the university made through Dec. 31, 2011. At Elon we are not satisfied with simply meeting goals – we exceed them. I encourage all of you to participate in this historic campaign, the largest in Elon’s history and the first to focus primarily on building endowment. The Elon community celebrated surpassing the { Leo M. Lambert } $100 million goal at a special on-campus gathering on Oct. 21 (read more on p. 8). A comprehensive report on the impact of Ever Elon, including a campaign Honor Roll of Donors, will be included in the winter issue of The Magazine of Elon. Donors contributed $11.1 million in cash gifts to the university during the 2010–2011 fiscal year, including $5.2 million in annual support for key university priorities. In this edition of The Elon Society Honor Roll of Donors, we recognize and celebrate those who sustain excellence each year. Given the amazing outcomes of the Ever Elon Campaign, I am more convinced than ever that private philanthropy will ensure Elon’s recognition as a university of national distinction. As we move forward, we will continue to raise funds, as we do every year, to support key institutional objectives. Elon has ambitious aspirations that will require substantial private philanthropic support. The Elon community remains strong and vibrant, and I hope I can count on each of you to support this extraordinary university each year. Together, we are building something special.

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The Elon Society Giving Circles The Elon Society giving circles recognize donors who made gifts of ups Foundation, Inc. $2,500 or more to the university’s 2010–2011 annual operating funds, Mr. & Mrs. C. Grayson Whitt ◆ including gifts for Elon’s greatest needs, the Parents & Grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Brian Williams Fund, the Phoenix Club, and the School of Law Annual Scholarship Fund. Sally G. Williams Alan J. Young ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David Young ◆ Founder’s Circle Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Arner ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Fred Young ◆ $, + Mr. & Mrs. Dwight I. Arnesen Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Blalock ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Bonney President’s Circle Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bruno ◆ $,$, aramark Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler ◆ Belk Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William S. Creekmuir ◆ Robert A. Clohan iii ametek, Lamb Electric Division Soraya Cricenti & William Collins Mr. & Mrs. James L. Correll, Jr. ◆ Andras Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Alan H. Crouch ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Darling Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Deford Louis DeJoy & Dr. Aldona Wos Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Badavas Dell, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Doherty Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Baker Dominion Resources Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg ◆ Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Barnes iii ◆ Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Godfrey Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Bass iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Gibson Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Begley Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Glass The Hon. & Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Berg Golden leaf Foundation Images for Change/ Mr. & Mrs. Clement M. Best iii ◆ Herman Goldman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bruns Mary Hope Best-Crocker & Mr. & Mrs. B. Kelly Graves, Jr. Estate of M. Camille Kivette Blain Crocker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Bruce D. Holcomb Mr. & Mrs. Edward Lane iii Mr. & Mrs. Munroe Best, Jr. ◆ Nicholas A. Igdalsky Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Lindquist Mr. & Mrs. R. S. Bowden International Textile Group, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Mahaffey ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Roberts W. Brokaw iii Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. King Mr. & Mrs. Dalton L. McMichael, Jr. Suzanne M. Broyhill Kingsdown Charitable Foundation/ The McMichael Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Calio Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hinshaw Mr. & Mrs. Igor V. Pavlov Capital Bank Charitable Foundation ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Jeffery M. Leiden John William Pope Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Allen G. Castner Mr. & Mrs. R. Cruse Lewis Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P. Martin Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler ◆ The Riversville Foundation Dr. Rose Mattioli & Dr. Joseph Mattioli Richard H. Shirley, Jr. ◆ Charles R. Clohan Mr. & Mrs. James W. Maynard William H. Smith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John R. Congdon, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Murphy Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Donald V. Covington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Norris ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Arthur T. Ward iii Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Cross ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick Arthur T. Ward iv Mr. & Mrs. James B. Crouch, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Perito Charles E. Ward Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence F. Cruise Mr. & Mrs. Bruce B. Proctor Christopher V. Ward Eggert Dagbjartsson & Mr. & Mrs. John G. Rice Dorothy M. Ward Bjorg Bergsveinsdottir Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D. Richardson, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. H. Michael Weaver Dr. Lawrence D’Angelo & Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Scott Weaver Foundation, Inc. Dr. Dolores D’Angelo Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneed, Jr. ◆ Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Douglas J. Dooley Dr. Patricia Soscia & Stephen Soscia ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ellington ◆ David Spina & Victoria Mars Mr. & Mrs. John Fox ◆ Chairman’s Circle Gary Stevenson Mr. & Mrs. John Gaither $,$, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation David R. Gergen Mr. & Mrs. David Tabor ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Giegerich Betty B. Thayer Mr. & Mrs. Noel L. Allen Lucille R. Glassman Mr. & Mrs. Brian Thebault Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Goldstein Mr. & Mrs. James M. Theiss

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Mr. & Mrs. James W. Green Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Greene Ellen Gregg & Michael Lebo D. H. Griffin, Sr. The Hall Family Foundation/ Michael T. Hall Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hearn ◆ Dr. & Mrs. William N. P. Herbert ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Herbert Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Hollis, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Jr. ◆ George Johnson & Linda Morris Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Keaveney Mr. & Mrs. John C. Ketcham Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kundla Dr. & Mrs. Leo M. Lambert ◆ Eugene M. Lang Mr. & Mrs. David W. Lazier Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Leonard, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. LeBlanc ◆ Dr.* & Mrs. Cliff Lilly Mr. & Mrs. Mark London Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William M. Matthews Mr. & Mrs. Dewitt Methvin iii Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Middleton Mr. & Mrs. John T. Mollen Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Moore, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ocie F. Murray, Jr. ◆ Byron Nimocks & Emilie Murphy Dr. & Mrs. Harry Nurkin Mr. & Mrs. Scott P. O’Callaghan Mr. & Mrs. Timothy O’Connor Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Page Dr. & Mrs. Paul F. Parsons ◆ Dr. & Mrs. James B. Powell Mr. & Mrs. T. Scott Quakenbush ◆ The Redwoods Group/ Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Trapani Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Revson Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax C. Reynolds ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Rhodes ◆ Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Riccio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James E. Robertson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Ross ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Y. Safrit Mr. & Mrs. Bennett B. Sapp ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brian P. Scales ◆


Richard J. Schmeelk Virginia Schmeelk Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Schuckenbrock Mr. & Mrs. Terry Shore Mr. & Mrs. William Smart Mr. & Mrs. Bradford T. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Evan Solender Mr. & Mrs. Philip D. Stuart ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Richard Tadler Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. R. Christopher Teter Mr. & Mrs. David Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. Walker, iii ◆ Cynthia F. Ward ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David C. Weavil ◆ Laurence Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Richard Weller Mr. & Mrs. William Westendorf Dr. & Mrs. William E. Wilkinson, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Russell R. Wilson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Alan D. Woodlief, Jr.

Leadership Circle $,$, Mr. & Mrs. Perry A. Appino Mr. & Mrs. Tait P. Arend Mr. & Mrs. Tom L. Armstrong Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Avera A. Christine Baker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Ballantyne Ian T. Baltutis ◆ bb&t Charitable Foundation Raymond Beck & Dr. Deborah Hatton-Beck ◆ David Black & Lizanne Thomas Blakey Hall Retirement Community Mr. & Mrs. David L. Blank ◆ Mr. & Mrs. H. Thomas Bobo Mr. & Mrs. Timothy W. Boone ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Barry A. Bradberry ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Bradley, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joel E. Brown Dr. & Mrs. Geoffrey H. Browne Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Burke ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Philip B. Cady, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Reid Campbell ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Gregg K. Carpenter Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Chandler ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Chase Mr. & Mrs. John A. Chavis ◆

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The Hon. J. Howard Coble Mr. & Mrs. Barry Coffman Mr. & Mrs. William S. Coffman ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Cook Dr. Glenda Crawford & Dr. Larry Crawford ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Davis iii ◆ Dr. & Mrs. F. Gerald Dillashaw ◆ Raymond Dorado & Kathryn Carson Mr. & Mrs. John E. Doubek ◆ Mark J. Duncan Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Dunham Dr. & Mrs. G. Reid Dusenberry Dr. & Mrs. Robert N. Ellington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. W. Benjamin Elliott Mr. & Mrs. John Failla Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Flower Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Foresta ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Francis ◆ Barry Frank & Eugenia Leggett Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Gallagher ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David W. Gordon Thomas Grathwohl J. Thad Gulliford ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Hadden Mr. & Mrs. D. Keith Hall ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill G. Hall ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Marc D. Hallberg ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Harris ◆ Dr. Nancy Harris & Dr. Joseph K. Harris Dr. & Mrs. Richard R. Hawkins Hayden-Harman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William Heflin Mr. & Mrs. Stephen H. Heller Mr. & Mrs. James D. Henderson, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Harold W. Hill, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Paul O. Hirschbiel, Jr. Dr. Steven House & Dr. Patricia House ◆ Dr. Judith Howard & Dr. James Howard Dr. & Mrs. G. Smith Jackson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Horace M. Johnson, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Johnson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David A. Jordan Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Kiernan Mr. & Mrs. James E. Killorin ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. D. Kimball Mr. & Mrs. John W. Kincaid, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert V. Kirchen Mr. & Mrs. Peter Klopman ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Sr. ◆

Mr. & Mrs. Maurice J. Koury ◆ Dr. & Mrs. David C. Kowalski ◆ Melvin Laird Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. Larson Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Leith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Lindley, Sr. ◆ Dr. Deborah Long & Dr. Eugene Long ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edward Maguire James E. Mahoney Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Malloy Mr. & Mrs. John McDonald ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Royce T. McDuffie ◆ Mr. & Mrs. A. W. McGee ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John McGovern ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Hugh McKay Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Menchaca Dr. Nancy S. Midgette & Charles O. Midgette ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Mikrut Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Minson ◆ Dr. Kristen Moffitt & P. Scott Moffitt ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David R. Moore ◆ Mr. & Mrs. George Moore Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Morrison ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Morrison Mr. & Mrs. Paul Morse Mr. & Mrs. William B. Morten, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. William Moss Mr. & Mrs. David C. Murray Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Myers, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bill L. Nall ◆ Mr. & Mrs. George T. Nall ◆ North Carolina Bar Association Mr. & Mrs. James Nugent, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Man Oh Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Paone ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Perkins ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James B. Piatt, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David B. Plyler Mr. & Mrs. Paul Powell ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Powell, iii Thomas E. Powell iv Mr. & Mrs. B. Clyde Preslar The Presser Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John M. Pruitt Dr. Nathan C. Pulkingham Kevin Queen & Anne Pipkin Mr. & Mrs. Tony Quin Mr. & Mrs. E. Kemp Reece ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Reed Mr. & Mrs. William F. Reighley ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Peter Renner

Mr. & Mrs. Wesley B. Reynolds, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Crit Richardson ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Jeffery Rickabaugh Mr. & Mrs. Harry T. Rose William G. Rudd, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George Scanlon Mr. & Mrs. Milton T. Schaeffer, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Schiffman iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William Schuett Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Schultz David R. Sebastian & Nancy Barbe Mr. & Mrs. W. David Sellers ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kirk A. Shaw ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jay B. Shipowitz ◆ Kelly Shirley ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Bill Simon ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Sirabella The Rev. Dr. Walstein W. Snyder* ◆ The Hon. & Mrs. James C. Spencer, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sperry Mr. & Mrs. David A. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Stoehr ◆ M. Kent Strosnider ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Robert Thomas Dr. Richard Thompson & Dr. Peggy Thompson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John Tricoli iii Garrett A. Turner Mr. & Mrs. J. Parker Turner iv Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Tyler Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L. Varner ◆ Pamela B. Vinson The Wagner Foundation ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E. Welch, Jr. ◆ James W. White Mr. & Mrs. Gerald O. Whittington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kelly Williams Mr. & Mrs. T. Evan Williams, Jr. Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Worrell iii Mr. & Mrs. Merle Yoder Youths’ Friends Association Dr. Deborah Yow-Bowden & Dr. William Yow-Bowden ◆ Raymond J. Yozwiak Margaret J. Zint ◆

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The Elon Society The Elon Society recognizes all donors who gave $1,500 or more for any purpose during the 2010–2011 fiscal year. An alumnus who graduated in the past five years and donated $500 is also part of The Elon Society, as is an alumnus who graduated in the past six to ten years and made a gift of $1,000. The faithful support of The Elon Society’s donors demonstrates their belief in Elon’s educational mission.

$, + Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce Alamance Regional Medical Center Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Anderson Andras Foundation aramark Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Badavas Dr. & Mrs. James H. Baird Belk Foundation Images for Change/ Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bruns The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Cannon Foundation, Inc. Mr & Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh Robert A. Clohan iii Moses Cone Health System Mr. & Mrs. John R. Congdon, Jr. Vera W. Congleton Mr. & Mrs. James L. Correll, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Dancer Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Darling Louis DeJoy & Dr. Aldona Wos Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Doherty Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg ◆ Barry Frank & Eugenia Leggett Mr. & Mrs. William A. Frank Mr. & Mrs. John Gaither Mr. & Mrs. John Godfrey Mr. & Mrs. B. Kelly Graves, Jr. Estate of Pamela S. Gray Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hendrickson ◆ The Hon. & Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt iii ◆ Ernest C. Hunt, Jr. Bynum Hunter & Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Hutchinson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Jennings, Jr. ◆ Estate of M. Camille Kivette

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LabCorp ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Leo M. Lambert ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edward Lane iii Dr. & Mrs. W. Bryan Latham ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Lindquist Mr. & Mrs. Walker E. Love, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Mac Mahon Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Mahaffey ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James C. McGill ◆ The McMichael Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Dalton L. McMichael, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Igor V. Pavlov John William Pope Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David C. Porter The Redwoods Group/ Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Trapani Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler ◆ The Riversville Foundation Dr. & Mrs. William S. Roberts Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R. Robertson ◆ Sapphire Foundation/ Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Woods Mr. & Mrs. Steve J. Schneider Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Scott Richard H. Shirley, Jr. ◆ J. Lowry Sinclair iii William H. Smith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sperry Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Steele, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Steele, Sr. ◆ Dr. Martha Smith Trout & Jack Trout Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. Walker, iii ◆ Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Arthur T. Ward iii Arthur T. Ward iv Charles E. Ward Christopher V. Ward Cynthia F. Ward ◆ Dorothy M. Ward Nancy Turner Watson

Mr. & Mrs. H. Michael Weaver Weaver Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Russell R. Wilson ◆

$,$, Mr. & Mrs. Noel L. Allen Mr. & Mrs. Prescott Ammarell Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Arner ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Blalock ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Bonney Mr. & Mrs. Alexander B. L. Brener The Rev. Joyce Myers-Brown Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bruno ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Burke ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Califf Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler ◆ Mark Craig ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William S. Creekmuir ◆ Soraya Cricenti & William Collins Mr. & Mrs. Alan H. Crouch ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence F. Cruise Mr. & Mrs. John Deford Dell, Inc. Dominion Resources Services, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Edwards Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Foresta ◆ The Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Gabriel Mr. & Mrs. Allen E. Gant, Jr. ◆ Anna L. Gerow Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Gibson Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Glass Glen Raven, Inc. ◆ Golden leaf Foundation Herman Goldman Foundation Thomas Grathwohl Clifford Hardy & Judy Morris-Hardy Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Hendrickson ◆ Dr. & Mrs. William N. P. Herbert ◆ Kingsdown Charitable Foundation/ Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hinshaw Mr. & Mrs. Bruce D. Holcomb Dr. Steven House & Dr. Patricia House ◆ Nicholas A. Igdalsky

International Textile Group, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. George J. Kilroy ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. King Mr. & Mrs. Bradford A. Koury Mr. & Mrs. John N. Landi Dr. & Mrs. Jeffery M. Leiden Mr. & Mrs. R. Cruse Lewis The Thomas Allen Manfuso Foundation/Mr. & Mrs. Tom Faries The Thomas Allen Manfuso Foundation/Yardley M. Manfuso Carol Marrion Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P. Martin Dr. Rose Mattioli & Dr. Joseph Mattioli Mr. & Mrs. James W. Maynard Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm L. McAllister John McCrary iii & Ellen Piwoz Mr. & Mrs. John McGovern ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. McInerney Dr. Wayne T. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Norris ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Pennington Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Perito Mr. & Mrs. Bruce B. Proctor Mr. & Mrs. T. Scott Quakenbush ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John G. Rice Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D. Richardson, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Harry T. Rose Nancy Rutland Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneed, Jr. ◆ Dr. Patricia Soscia & Stephen Soscia ◆ David Spina & Victoria Mars Gary Stevenson Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David Tabor ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. Alston Team iii Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Team, Jr. Betty B. Thayer Mr. & Mrs. Brian Thebault Mr. & Mrs. James M. Theiss Dr. Richard Thompson & Dr. Peggy Thompson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David Turner ups Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. H. W. Wagner Mr. & Mrs. W. Hunt Ward ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Winston Weinmann Mr. & Mrs. C. Grayson Whitt ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brian Williams


Mr. & Mrs. Wade Williamson, Jr. ◆ Sally G. Williams Alan J. Young ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David Young ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Fred Young ◆


ametek, Lamb Electric Division Mr. & Mrs. J. Douglas Amick ◆ Anderson Bauman Tourtellot Vos Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Baker Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Barker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Barnes iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James A. Barnwell, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Bass iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Begley Andrew G. Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Berg Mr. & Mrs. Clement M. Best iii ◆ Mary Hope Best-Crocker & Blain Crocker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Munroe Best, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Donald Bolden ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. Steve Bowden Mr. & Mrs. Brian K. Branson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Roberts W. Brokaw iii Dr. Janie P. Brown ◆ Suzanne M. Broyhill Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Calio Mr. & Mrs. Allen G. Castner Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler ◆ Capital Bank Charitable Foundation ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Cheek Charles R. Clohan Adminta E. Coeyman Dr. & Mrs. Donald V. Covington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Cross ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James B. Crouch, Jr. ◆ Eggert Dagbjartsson & Bjorg Bergsveinsdottir Dr. Lawrence D’Angelo & Dr. Dolores D’Angelo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DiFiglia Douglas J. Dooley Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ellington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John Fox ◆ David R. Gergen Mr. & Mrs. M. Lee Gibson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Giegerich Lucille R. Glassman Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Goldstein

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Mr. & Mrs. James W. Green Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Greene Ellen Gregg & Michael Lebo D. H. Griffin, Sr. The Hall Family Foundation/ Michael T. Hall Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Harris Mr. & Mrs. William T. Harris Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hearn ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Herbert Mr. & Mrs. John R. Hill ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Hollis, Jr. The Hon. Jeanette Hyde & Wallace Hyde Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman ◆ George Johnson & Linda Morris Darden W. Jones, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David B. Kay Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Keaveney Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. Keeny, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Keery Mr. & Mrs. John C. Ketcham Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kundla Eugene M. Lang Mr. & Mrs. David W. Lazier Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. LeBlanc ◆ Norma K. Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Leonard, Jr. Dr.* & Mrs. Cliff Lilly Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Lindley, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Ms. Mark London Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Madden iii Frank Mangano Foundation/ Margaret E. Mangano Rebecca Martin ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brian W. Martindale ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William M. Matthews Mr. & Mrs. Brian J. McMerty Mr. & Mrs. Dewitt Methvin iii Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Middleton Mr. & Mrs. John T. Mollen Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Moore, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Furman C. Moseley, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ocie F. Murray, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. George T. Nall ◆ Nexsen Pruet Byron Nimocks & Emilie Murphy Dr. & Mrs. Harry Nurkin Mr. & Mrs. Timothy O’Connor Patrick M. O’Malley Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Page Dr. & Mrs. Paul F. Parsons ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William J. Pesce

Dr. & Mrs. James B. Powell Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Revson Mr. & Mrs. Fairfax C. Reynolds ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Rhodes ◆ Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Riccio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James E. Robertson Mr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Ross ◆ Gordon C. Russell Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Y. Safrit Mr. & Mrs. Bennett B. Sapp ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brian P. Scales ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Milton T. Schaeffer, Jr. ◆ Richard J. Schmeelk Virginia Schmeelk Mr. & Mrs. Stephen F. Schuckenbrock Mr. & Mrs. Terry Shore Mr. & Mrs. William Smart Mr. & Mrs. Bradford T. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Evan Solender William M. Stewart ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Philip D. Stuart ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Richard Tadler Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Inc. Lydia Tart ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. Christopher Teter Mr. & Mrs. David Thompson W. Campbell Tims Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R. Tolley ◆ Chris Wallace Mr. & Mrs. David C. Weavil ◆ Laurence Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Richard Weller Mr. & Mrs. William Westendorf Dr. & Mrs. William E. Wilkinson, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Martin R. Wise Mr. & Mrs. Alan D. Woodlief, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. W. Cecil Worsley iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Yarwood Mr. & Mrs. David C. Yow

$,$, Mr. & Mrs. Perry A. Appino Mr. & Mrs. Tait P. Arend ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Tom L. Armstrong Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Avera A. Christine Baker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Ballantyne Ian T. Baltutis ◆ bb&t Charitable Foundation

Raymond Beck & Dr. Deborah Hatton-Beck David Black & Lizanne Thomas The Blakey Hall Retirement Community Mr. & Mrs. David L. Blank ◆ Mr. & Mrs. H. Thomas Bobo Mr. & Mrs. Timothy W. Boone ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Barry A. Bradberry ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Bradley, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joel E. Brown Dr. & Mrs. Geoffrey H. Browne Mr. & Mrs. Philip B. Cady, Jr. Camp Younts Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Reid Campbell ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Gregg K. Carpenter Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Chandler ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Chase Mr. & Mrs. John A. Chavis ◆ The Hon. J. Howard Coble ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William S. Coffman ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Barry Coffman Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Cook Dr. Glenda Crawford & Dr. Larry Crawford Dr. & Mrs.* J. Earl Danieley ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Davis iii ◆ Dr. & Mrs. F. Gerald Dillashaw ◆ Raymond Dorado & Kathryn Carson Mr. & Mrs. John E. Doubek ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James A. Drummond Dr. & Mrs. James P. Drummond ◆ Mr. & Mrs. M. Kevin Dugan ◆ Mark J. Duncan Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Dunham Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dunlap ◆ Dr. & Mrs. G. Reid Dusenberry Dr. & Mrs. Robert N. Ellington ◆ Mr. & Mrs. W. Benjamin Elliott Mr. & Mrs. John Failla Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Flower Mr. & Mrs. Gregory T. Ford Dr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Francis ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Gallagher ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David W. Gordon M. William Grant ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Richard R. Hawkins Dr. & Mrs. Eugene B. Grimley iii J. Thad Gulliford ◆ Mr. & Mrs. D. Keith Hall ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill G. Hall ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Marc D. Hallberg ◆ Capt. & Mrs. Thomas J. Harper ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Harris ◆

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Dr. Joseph K. Harris & Dr. Nancy Harris Hayden-Harman Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hedrick Mr. & Mrs. William Heflin Mr. & Mrs. Stephen H. Heller Mr. & Mrs. James D. Henderson, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Harold W. Hill, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Paul O. Hirschbiel, Jr. Dr. Judith Howard & Dr. James Howard Dr. & Mrs. G. Smith Jackson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Hadden Mr. & Mrs. Horace M. Johnson, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Johnson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David A. Jordan Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Kelly Jordan C. Kienzle Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Kiernan Mr. & Mrs. James E. Killorin ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. D. Kimball Mr. & Mrs. John W. Kincaid, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert V. Kirchen Mr. & Mrs. Peter Klopman ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Maurice J. Koury ◆ Dr. & Mrs. David C. Kowalski ◆ Melvin Laird Margaret B. Langfitt Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. Larson Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Leith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Peter A. Lembo, Jr. Dr. Deborah Long & Dr. Eugene Long ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Edward Maguire James E. Mahoney Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Malloy Mr. & Mrs. John McDonald ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. Tyrone McDuffie ◆ Mr. & Mrs. A. W. McGee ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Hugh McKay Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. McLean ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John J. McMackin, Jr. Dr. Nancy S. Midgette & Charles O. Midgette ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Mikrut Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Minson ◆ Dr. Kristen Moffitt & P. Scott Moffitt ◆ Mr. & Mrs. David R. Moore ◆ Mr. & Mrs. George Moore Dr. Marvin Morgan & Dr. Mae Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Morrison ◆

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Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Morrison Mr. & Mrs. Paul Morse Mr. & Mrs. William B. Morten, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. William Moss Mr. & Mrs. David C. Murray Mr. & Mrs. F. Brad Myers, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bill L. Nall ◆ Kathleen M. Niple North Carolina Bar Association Mr. & Mrs. James Nugent, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O’Brien Maj. W. R. O’Brien ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Man Oh Mr. & Mrs. Salvatore Paone ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Edward T. Perkins ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James B. Piatt, Jr. ◆ Dr. Richard Pipan & Dr. Barbara Israel Mr. & Mrs. David B. Plyler Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Powell, iii Mr. & Mrs. Paul Powell ◆ Thomas E. Powell iv Mr. & Mrs. B. Clyde Preslar The Presser Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John M. Pruitt Dr. Nathan C. Pulkingham Kevin Queen & Anne Pipkin Mr. & Mrs. Tony Quin Mr. & Mrs. E. Kemp Reece ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Reed Mr. & Mrs. William F. Reighley Mr. & Mrs. Peter Renner Mr. & Mrs. Wesley B. Reynolds, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Crit Richardson ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Jeffery Rickabaugh William G. Rudd, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George Scanlon Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Schiffman iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William Schuett Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Schultz David R. Sebastian & Nancy Barbe Mr. & Mrs. W. David Sellers ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kirk A. Shaw ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jay B. Shipowitz ◆ Kelly Shirley ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Bill Simon ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Sirabella The Rev. Dr. Walstein W. Snyder* ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John W. Sparks The Hon. & Mrs. James C. Spencer, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David A. Stevens Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Stoehr ◆ M. Kent Strosnider ◆

Mr. & Mrs. David Sussan Dr. & Mrs. Robert Thomas Mr. & Mrs. John Tricoli iii The Rev. & Mrs. John G. Truitt, Jr. ◆ Garrett A. Turner Mr. & Mrs. J. Parker Turner iv Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Tyler Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell L. Varner ◆ Pamela B. Vinson The Wagner Foundation ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E. Welch, Jr. ◆ James W. White Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. White Mr. & Mrs. Gerald O. Whittington ◆ Shirley Willard Mr. & Mrs. Kelly Williams Mr. & Mrs. T. Evan Williams, Jr. Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Worrell iii Mr. & Mrs. Merle Yoder Youths’ Friends Association Dr. Deborah Yow-Bowden & Dr. William Yow-Bowden ◆ Raymond J. Yozwiak Margaret J. Zint ◆

$,$, Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Adams ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert Adriaanse Dr. & Mrs. John Afshar ◆ Jane H. Alexander ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Reginald R. Allen ◆ Steven M. Allen Kara M. Anderson Daniel Anderson & Janna Quitney Anderson ◆ Dr. David A. Andes Lucile Stone Andes ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Dewey V. Andrew ◆ Ben & Caroline Ansbacher Andrew J. Armstrong, Sr. Edwin B. Armstrong Mr. & Mrs. James Ashurst Erica L. Ayala ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Baker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. R. Brian Baker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Dexter R. Barbee ◆ Dr. & Mrs. James L. Barbour Mr. & Mrs. John H. Barnhill ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Laurence A. Basirico Leota T. Beisinger

Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bell ◆ William Bell & Pamela Thompson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Bennett iv ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Betzwieser Dr. & Mrs. Robert G. Blake ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Boal Mr. & Mrs. James A. Bollenbacher Dr. Constance L. Book & Dr. R. D. Book Mr. & Mrs. Major H. Bowes The Hon. J. Fred Bowman Bonnie A. Brackett Mr. & Mrs. James C. Brainard Kristen M. Brett Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr. R. E. Brittle, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Jonathan Brodie Mr. & Mrs. Rick Brooke Mr. & Mrs. Larry J. Brooks ◆ Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, llp Dr. & Mrs. Chalmers S. Brumbaugh iii Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Buckley ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Scott H. Buechler ◆ Dr. George M. Bullard, Jr. Michael G. Bumbry Dr. & Mrs. John J. Burbridge, Jr. ◆ Loura M. Burnette ◆ Jeanne M. Busse Anita L. Butler Mr. & Mrs. William E. Butler, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Paul Byerly Mr. & Mrs. Kimble Byrd Bruce B. Cameron iv Mr. & Mrs. Christopher B. Capel Britton Carter Dr. & Mrs. B. Keith Cash Margaret P. Cass ◆ Dr. Arthur D. Cassill ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William E. Cavey Center for Creative Leadership Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Clark Jim Clark ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Richard Clement Matthew J. Cohen ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cole Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Conally ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael Confort Mr. & Mrs. Todd L. Cooper Dr. & Mrs. David A. Copeland Mr. & Mrs. James R. Copland iii Dr. Joseph A. Cote Irene H. Covington


Paul Crellin & Kelly Paul Mr. & Mrs. Hugh M. Cummings iv Mary T. Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. John G. Currin, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James W. Daniel ◆ Joshua S. Daniel ◆ Cameron B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. F. Leary Davis, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph N. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Straud Davis Allison E. Dean Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. DeBusk ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William DePuy Dr. & Mrs. William P. Deschner Roxann Dillon ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Terry Dobbins ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James K. Dorsett iii Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. Doster Mr. & Mrs. Timothy E. Duffy Nancy Dunn Mr. & Mrs. John J. Duval, Jr. ◆ Mattie P. Edwards Mr. & Mrs. John M. Egan Dr. James P. Elder, Jr. Dr. A. J. Ellington, Jr. ◆ 1st Lt. Patrick A. Elliott Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Endorf Mr. & Mrs. Edward Eng ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Gary W. Evans Mr. & Mrs. William D. Eydt Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Fadde iv ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John W. Fain Mr. & Mrs. Ryan J. Fairchild Frank H. Fannon iv ◆ Dr. Peter Felten & Sara Walker ◆ Jane C. Ferguson Mr. & Mrs. William G. Ferrell Mr. & Mrs. Jim Fields Dr. & Mrs. Richard N. Fisher, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Fitzgerald Mr. & Mrs. P. Michael Florio Dr. & Mrs. Walter L. Floyd Sarah E. Foster Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Foster Mr. & Mrs. H. Andrew Fox ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Christopher D. Fulkerson Dr. & Mrs. Michael Funderburk Mr. & Mrs. John Gallagher Dr. Kathleen Gallucci & James Gallucci Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Gannaway Mr. & Mrs. Roger Gant iii Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Gantos, Jr. ◆

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Dr. John N. Gardner & Dr. Betsy O. Barefoot Sharon Gaskin Dr. & Mrs. Russell B. Gill Dr. Kerry J. Gilliland Mr. & Mrs. Walter L. Gose Mr. & Mrs. John D. Gottwald Dr. Mary Gowan & Dr. Ed Moore Mr. & Mrs. Sherman Grable ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John Graham, Jr. Bobby L. Green ◆ Dr. Thomas Green & Catherine McNeela Capt. Elizabeth B. Hacker ◆ Jaleh M. Hagigh ◆ Mr. & Mrs. George F. Hailer ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James E. Hair ◆ Mark A. Hale Liz Harper Mr. & Mrs. Chris B. Harrell Dr. & Mrs. James A. Harrell, Jr. June S. Harris Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hartley Brandon P. Hayes ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Helpingstine ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Henke Dr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Henricks Timothy S. Hess Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Hickey, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. J. Andrew Hollins ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Earl D. Honeycutt, Jr. Mark A. Horsburgh Dr. & Mrs. Herbert W. House, Jr. Paul H. Huey ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Hughes ◆ Michael J. Hurst Sallie B. Hutton ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Dan W. Ingle ◆ Jacklyn L. Inman Dr. Johanna H. M. Janssen Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey H. Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Jessup Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Jetton, Sr. ◆ Mark S. Jetton, Jr. ◆ Barbara A. Johnson Dr. & Mrs. David S. Johnson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James F. Johnson, Sr. ◆ Dr. & Mrs. John P. Jones Nathaniel W. Jones ◆ Thomas Q. Jones ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Kamenz Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Kantlehner Mr. & Mrs. William A. Kantlehner

Mr. & Mrs. Shawn M. Keefe ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John J. Keegan iii ◆ Linda C. Kelley ◆ Trevor W. Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Dave L. Kennedy ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Kennedy ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Trent M. Kernodle ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Keziah, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Kiddy, Sr. Jean Killorin Robert W. Knox Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Kohler iii Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Kornegay ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William E. LaCoste, Sr. ◆ The Landmark Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Lane Mr. & Mrs. Hock Lau Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. LeSourd Mr. & Mrs. James C. Lewis Manning H. Lilienthal iii ◆ Ikey T. Little Mr. & Mrs. Harmon L. Loy, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Philip R. Mann ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William H. Mann, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John D. Marshall ii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William J. Matze ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Larry B. McCauley, Jr. ◆ Jacqueline McGraw Dr. & Mrs. Calvert C. McGregor, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. McHugh Mr. & Mrs. David McLain John J. McMackin iii Mr. & Mrs. William G. McNairy Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey S. Michel ◆ Jane B. Moncure Mr. & Mrs. Victor W. Moran ◆ T. W. Morningstar, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs.* Buell E. Moser, Sr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James D. Moser, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Norris P. Moses Mr. & Mrs. William D. Moser, Jr. Dr. Thomas Mould & Dr. Brooke Barnett James L. Myers iii ◆ Mr. & Mrs. C. Ashton Newhall ◆ The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bogdan Nowak Dr. & Mrs. Kevin J. O’Mara ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Louis Otterbourg Richard V. Owen ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Papantonio Margaret M. Parker

Richard A. Parker ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John M. Patterson ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Robert Pavlik ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Alfred M. Payne ◆ Mr. & Mrs. August L. Payne ◆ James D. Peeler ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James K. Pendergrass, Jr. The Rev. & Mrs. Robert E. Peterson ◆ Joshua J. Phoebus ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Casey S. Pickler Mr. & Mrs. William E. Pommerening Andrew S. Pou Dr. Linda Poulson & Bennie L. Poulson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Steven Provenzano Dr. Jeffrey Pugh & Dr. Janice Rivero Mr. & Mrs. Zachary E. Pund ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Queen ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Michael N. Radutzky Mr. & Mrs. Philip Realmuto Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Remenick ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Timothy W. Rhoads Terrie L. Rice Mr. & Mrs. David K. Rich ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Norman J. Rinaldi ◆ Michael G. Rodgers ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Rose Mr. & Mrs. Warren C. Rouse Fredrick J. Rubeck Gregory C. Rumley John & Kelley Russell Gavin Sands ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sawyer Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth P. Scott, Jr. ◆ Mary Leighton Sellers Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Shaw ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Shelton, Jr. ◆ James D. Shepherd Dr. Robert Shetlar & Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Shoe ◆ Sallie Shuping-Russell Dr. & Mrs. Richard B. Simpson ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Roger L. Sims ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Barry R. Sisson Mr. & Mrs. Eric Sklut Mr. & Mrs. Scott T. Slatten ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John H. Slayton Mr. & Mrs. James H. Smith, Jr. Kristin D. Smith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Kyle Smith ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Smith ◆ Peggy H. Smith

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Christen E. Snead Vickie L. Somers ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brian W. Spangler ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Rick Spong Mr. & Mrs. Courtland Spotts Mr. & Mrs. William W. Sprague Derek B. Steed Katherine G. Stern Grace Sundman Peter Sundman Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Szyperski Joshua P. Tanner Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Taylor ◆ Barbara Z. Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Francis Taylor Dr. George Taylor & Dr. Rebecca Olive-Taylor ◆

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond L. Thomas ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James C. Thompson, Jr. Dr. Thomas Tiemann & Dr. Eileen McGrath Mr. & Mrs. Dustin M. Tonkin Mr. & Mrs. Peter Tourtellot Dr. George Troxler & Dr. Carole Troxler ◆ Samuel P. Troy Mr. & Mrs. James P. Turner iii Zachary W. Usher Carmen A. Vadini ◆ Dr. Donna L. Van Bodegraven & Alan Van Bodegraven ◆ Mr. & Mrs. John H. Vernon iii Mr. & Mrs. Roger A. Waesche, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Joel W. Walker ◆

Dr. Janet L. Warman Scott P. Warner ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Christopher C. Waters ◆ Dr. Linda Weavil & Robert Weavil Joanne W. Weed Mr. & Mrs. Reich L. Welborn ◆ Dr. Keith Wells & Dr. Nancy Wells ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Alan J. White ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. White, Jr. Mark White & Pamela Butterfield Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. White, Jr. ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Stephen K. Whitfield ◆ Mr. & Mrs. H. Scott Whyel ◆ Christian A. Wiggins ◆ Mr. & Mrs. William C. Wilburn ◆ Andrew M. Wilen ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James Wilen ◆

William Wilkinson & Carolyn Hunt Ronald Willacker & Judith Maness Col. & Mrs. Jonathan W. Willard Mr. & Mrs. Mark Williams Dr. Jo Watts Williams ◆ The Rev. David & Mrs. Sarah Williams The Rev. & Mrs. Edward C. Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Patrick H. Winston, Jr. Dr. Mary Wise & Jerry TerBeck ◆ Garrett S. Wofford ◆ Mr. & Mrs. Brady A. Yntema ◆ Mr. & Mrs. James M. Young ◆ Dr. & Mrs. James Yuschak Mr. & Mrs. Philip Zachary Mr. & Mrs. Greg L. Zaiser ◆ Dr. & Mrs. Matthew L. Zettl Mr. and Mrs. Graham F. Zug

James W. Johnston* & Edwina Hughes Johnston* William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust Florence Kivette Childress* & M. Camille Kivette* Maurice & Ann Koury, Ernest & Marie Koury and Family The Kresge Foundation LabCorp Mr. & Mrs. Edward Lane iii Gail H. LaRose & Bob LaRose* Lincoln Financial Group Martha S. & Carl H. Lindner iii The Long Family Foundation Martha & Spencer Love Foundation John M. Lowry*

James W. & Jo Anne A. Maynard Bob E. & Ray Kirbo McKinnon Dalton L. McMichael, Sr.* Furman C. & Susan Reed Moseley Douglas G. Noiles & Edna Truitt Noiles James B. & Anne Ellington Powell T. E. Powell, Jr. Biology Foundation Dusty & Peggy Rhodes Jerry R. & Jeanne S. Robertson Royall H. Spence, Jr.* & Luvene Holmes Spence* Hatcher P. Story* & Louise Fletcher Story* Leon V.* & Lorraine B.* Watson Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg A. J. Fletcher Foundation The Hon. Elmon T.* & Pamela S. Gray* The Hall Family Foundation/ Michael T. Hall James A. & Amy T. Hendrickson Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Kaplan Dr. & Mrs. W. Bryan Latham Lorillard Tobacco Company Mr. & Mrs. Walker E. Love, Jr.

William E. Loy, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Mac Mahon Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Mahaffey The McMichael Family Foundation Phyllis S. Pruden Peggy H. Smith Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. Walker, iii Mr. & Mrs. H. Michael Weaver Weaver Foundation, Inc.

Cumulative Giving Societies Numen Lumen Society The university’s premier cumulative giving society, the Numen Lumen Society, recognizes benefactors whose cash gifts to Elon equal $1 million or more. The Latin words “numen” and “lumen,” which mean “spiritual light” and “intellectual light,” signify the highest purposes of an Elon education. Numen Lumen Society members embrace Elon’s founders’ vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit. Bud & Suzanne Baker The Children of Roger & Bernice Barbour Irwin & Carol Grotnes Belk The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation Isabella Walton Cannon * Wallace L. Chandler

Eva Burke Clapp* Edward W. & Joan M. Doherty and Family Richard M. Drew* Glen Raven, Inc./The Gant Family William A. Graham, Jr.*

Palladian Society “Palladian” is derived from Latin and means “pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.” Members of the Palladian Society have made cumulative lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $500,000 and $999,999. Their generosity demonstrates their belief in Elon’s innovative approach to education. Alamance Regional Medical Center Mr. & Mrs. Douglas T. Anderson James H. & Jane Macon Baird Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Belk Foundation

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Burlington Industries Foundation/ International Textile Group, Inc. Booth Ferris Foundation Cannon Foundation, Inc. Capital Bank Foundation The Cemala Foundation, Inc.


Aesculus Society “Aesculus” is an ancient Latin term for “tallest oak.” Members of the Aesculus Society have made cumulative lifetime cash gifts to Elon totaling between $100,000 and $499,999, and their generosity has helped shape the university.

aig United Guaranty Mr. & Mrs. Noel L. Allen Mr. & Mrs. Philip D. Ameen Lucile Stone Andes Andras Foundation aramark Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Arner Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Badavas A. Christine Baker Mr. & Mrs. Walter H. Bass iii Beazley Foundation, Inc. Mary Duke Biddle Foundation The Hon. J. Fred Bowman Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, llp Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Brown Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund Anita L. Butler Bruce B. Cameron, Jr. Capital Bank Mr. & Mrs. Damion Carufe Mr. & Mrs. John H. Cavanaugh Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Chandler Robert A. Clohan iii Moses Cone Health System Mr. & Mrs. John R. Congdon, Jr. J. Randolph Coupland iii* Irene Hook Covington Mr. & Mrs. William S. Creekmuir Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Dancer Dr. Lawrence J. D’Angelo & Dr. Dolores A. D’Angelo Arthur Vining Davis Foundations George L. Davis Louis DeJoy & The Hon. Aldona Z. Wos, M.D. The Dickson Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. James A. Drummond Mr. & Mrs. Anthony D. Duke, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Edwards Dr. & Mrs. Robert N. Ellington Mr. & Mrs. John G. Ellison, Jr.

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The Stanley & Dorothy Frank Family Foundation Barry Frank & Eugenia Leggett Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Inc. John L. Frye* Mr. & Mrs. John Gaither Mr. & Mrs. John Godfrey M. William Grant Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Haley Dr. Bernhard Hampl & Dr. Carmen Hampl Mr. & Mrs. William A. Hawks Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hazel The Hearst Foundations, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Richard R. Henderson Dr. & Mrs. William N. P. Herbert Hillsdale Fund, Inc Holt Sublimation Mr. & Mrs. Timothy A. Hultquist Ernest C. Hunt, Jr. The Hon. & Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt iii Mr. & Mrs. Gordon P. Hurley Images for Change/ Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Bruns ing Foundation Donald D. Jansen Mr. & Mrs. Maurice Jennings, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John M. Jordan Esther C. Kernodle Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. King The Thomas M. Kirbo & Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. William E. LaCoste, Sr. Dr. & Mrs. Leo M. Lambert Mr. & Mrs. John N. Landi Mr. & Mrs. Jack R. Lindley, Sr. Ikey Tarleton Little Adrienne LivengoodBaker & Tony Baker George W. Logan Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Maroney Mr. & Mrs. Harold V. McCoy, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. McInerney Della Vickers McKinnon Mr. & Mrs. Dalton L. McMichael, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Willard L. Mills, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Stewart P. Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Moore, Jr. Dr. Wayne T. Moore William T. Morris Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. George T. Nall Mr. & Mrs. C. Ashton Newhall News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. Francis Asbury Palmer Fund Joy Pamplin Mr. & Mrs. David E. Pardue, Jr. J. Rankin Parks Dr. & Mrs. Paul F. Parsons Mr. & Mrs. Robert Patrick Mr. & Mrs. Igor V. Pavlov Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Pennington Dr. Joseph Mattioli & Dr. Rose Mattioli John William Pope Foundation Mr. & Mrs. David C. Porter John Powell & Martha Hamblin Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Powell, iii Mr. & Mrs. T. Scott Quakenbush The Redwoods Group/ Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Trapani Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Revson Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Neil M. Richie, Jr. The Riversville Foundation Dr. & Mrs. William S. Roberts Dr. & Mrs. Feliciano S. Sabates, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Sanford Mr. & Mrs. Bennett B. Sapp Mr. & Mrs. Milton T. Schaeffer, Jr. Richard H. Shirley, Jr. William H. Smith Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneed, Jr. Southern Conference United Church of Christ Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc. Joan Z. Steinbrenner Katherine Goodman Stern William M. Stewart Mary Behrend Straub

Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Inc. The Teagle Foundation Times-News Publishing Company Dr. Martha Smith Trout & Jack Trout United Church of Christ Local Church Ministries Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Vadini Mr. & Mrs. John H. Vernon iii Wachovia Bank of Burlington The Wachovia Foundation Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur T. Ward iii Arthur T. Ward iv Charles E. Ward Christopher V. Ward Cynthia F. Ward Dorothy Mears Ward Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Ward Mr. & Mrs. W. Hunt Ward Thomas C. Watkins The Weezie Foundation Shirley A. White Mr. & Mrs. T. Leonard White, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. William E. Wilkinson, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Wade Williamson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Russell R. Wilson Sapphire Foundation/ Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Woods Mr. & Mrs. W. Cecil Worsley iii Dr. & Mrs. Fred Young Youths’ Friends Association Margaret J. Zint

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Phoenix Club IMPACT Circle The impact Circle is the premier annual giving group of the Phoenix Club and Elon athletics. Donors who make annual contributions of $5,000 or more to athletics or have made cumulative gifts of $1 million or more exclusively designated for annual, endowment, and capital athletics purposes are members of the impact Circle. Mr. & Mrs. J. Douglas Amick Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Arner Mr. & Mrs. A. M. Barnes iii Mr. & Mrs. James A. Barnwell, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Clement M. Best iii Mary Hope Best-Crocker & Blain Crocker Mr. & Mrs. Munroe Best, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Blalock Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Bolden Mr. & Mrs. Brian K. Branson Dr. Janie P. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bruno

Mr. & Mrs. James L. Correll, Jr. Mark Craig Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Cross Mr. & Mrs. Alan H. Crouch Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Elingburg Mr. & Mrs. Ronald J. Foresta Mr. & Mrs. John Fox Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hearn Mr. & Mrs. James A. Hendrickson Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Hendrickson The Hon. & Mrs. R. Samuel Hunt iii Mr. & Mrs. William J. Inman Mr. & Mrs. George J. Kilroy

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. W. Bryan Latham Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. LeBlanc Mr. & Mrs. Walker E. Love, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank R. Lyon Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Mahaffey Rebecca Martin Mr. & Mrs. Brian W. Martindale Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Moore, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Furman C. Moseley, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. T. Scott Quakenbush Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Reifler Mr. & Mrs. Warren G. Rhodes Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Richardson, Sr. Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R. Robertson Richard H. Shirley, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Sneed, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Steele, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Steele, Sr. William M. Stewart

Mr. & Mrs. David Tabor Lydia Tart Dr. Richard Thompson & Dr. Peggy Thompson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R. Tolley Mr. & Mrs. Zachary T. Walker, iii Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. Cynthia F. Ward Mr. & Mrs. W. Hunt Ward Mr. & Mrs. David C. Weavil Mr. & Mrs. C. Grayson Whitt Mr. & Mrs. Wade Williamson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Russell R. Wilson Mr. & Mrs. W. Cecil Worsley iii Alan J. Young Mr. & Mrs. David Young Dr. & Mrs. Fred Young

Grandparent Leadership Society Grandparents of current students and Elon alumni become part of the Grandparent Leadership Society by contributing $5,000 or more annually to the Parents & Grandparents Fund or other Elon operating funds, by making a planned gift valued at $25,000 or more, or by having made cumulative gifts totaling $25,000 or more to the university. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boal gp’14 Bruce B. Cameron, Jr. gp’05 Beulah Cameron gp’94 Dr. & Mrs. Wallace L. Chandler gp’07 gp’10 gp’11 Robert A. Clohan iii gp’10 Irene Hook Covington gp’01 gp’02 gp’04 gp’07

Mr. & Mrs. Francis Craig gp’11 gp’13 Loretta Dancer gp’05 Dr. & Mrs.* J. Earl Danieley gp’05 gp’10 gp’14 Mr. & Mrs. Henry Gabriel gp’13 Mr. & Mrs. Sherrill Hall gp’08 gp’12 Dr. R. Leroy Howell gp’10 Ernest C. Hunt, Jr. gp’13

Mr. & Mrs. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. gp’13 Mr. & Mrs. John M. Jordan gp’14 Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Kaplan gp’10 gp’15 Esther Cole Kernodle gp’05 Jean Killorin gp’07 gp’10 Mr. & Mrs. Ernest A. Koury, Sr. gp’11 Eugene M. Lang gp’13 Mr. & Mrs. R. Cruse Lewis gp’12 Yardley Minnix Manfuso gp’08 Dr. Joseph Mattioli & Dr. Rose Mattioli gp’99 gp’02 gp’15 Mr. & Mrs. James Maynard gp’13 gp’15

Mr. & Mrs. Norris Moses gp’13 Richard J. Schmeelk gp’13 The Rev. Dr. Walstein W. Snyder* gp’06 Royall H. Spence, Jr.* gp’05 Joan Z. Steinbrenner gp’10 Katherine G. Stern gp’14 Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. gp’06 Cynthia F. Ward gp’11 Dorothy M. Ward gp’05 gp’08 gp’14 Shirley Ann White gp’13 Margaret J. Zint gp’08

Dewey ’63 & Susan Andrew Janice G. Apple ’53 Mildred Daniels Argyle Beverly F. Arner ’66 Howard F. Arner ’63 L. M. Baker John & Anne Barry Caroline S. Baskin

Thomas L. Bass, Jr. ’67 & Sandra B. Bass ’67 Walter H. Bass iii ’62 & Barbara D. Bass ’61 Barbara B. Bayliff ’70 C. Conway Bayliff ’70 Raymond L. Beck ’75 Gordon S. Becker

Order of the Oak Established in 1988, the Order of the Oak recognizes donors who, through planned gifts such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, pooled income funds, and life insurance policies, are securing the future of Elon University. The Rev. Donald J. ’71 & Carole Allen J. B. Allen, Jr. ’63 L. Carl Allen, Jr. ’48

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L. Carl Allen iii & Peggy S. Allen Noel Lee Allen ’69 Lucile Stone Andes


Louise Giovane Becker Leota Taylor Beisinger Birute Avizonis Blazevicius Paul R. Bleiberg ’69 Mary Lou Chandler Boal ’63 Don & Billie Faye ’56 Bolden Elizabeth & Robert Bowater Barry A. Bradberry ’75 C. Merrill Branch Edith R. Brannock ’39 Jolene C. Bray Eddie C. Bridges ’57 Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr. ’55 Eloise Stephenson Brown ’41 C. B. ’51 & Peggie Brown Dr. Janie P. Brown Pam & Chalmers S. Brumbaugh James A. Buie ’63 Vincent R. Bujan ’59 Samuel L. ’89 & Kelly D. Burke Allen Bush ’68 James D. Bush ’91 Linda B. Byrd Beulah B. Cameron Roy C. Campbell ’68 Alfred I. Capuano ’60 Jane Aaron Carmichael ’68 Richard D. Carmichael Wallace L. Chandler ’49 Colleen Minnock Chulis ’04 Beverly A. Clement ’68 Robert A. Clohan iii ’67 Faye Danieley Connally ’61 Thomas G. Conally ’67 Angel & Luther R. ’55 Conger, Jr. Vera W. Congleton The Rev. John R. Corbiere ’70 Dr. Joseph A. Cote ’65 Dr. Alonzo Hook Covington ’73 Dr. Don ’75 & Ellen ’73 Covington Frank E. Covington Irene Hook Covington ’41 Patricia Bryan Covington Ray Covington ’86 Robert L. Covington ’79 Douglas Cox ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Francis Craig Robert D. Craig ’80 Charles G. Crews, Jr. ’55 JoAnn W. Crews ’56 Alan H. Crouch James B. Crouch, Jr. Florine R. Culbreth ’40 Howard C. Culbreth ’42

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James Benton Dailey ’67 Jane Benton Dailey ’67 Drs. Lawrence & Dolores D’Angelo Edwin L. Daniel ’46 Earl Danieley ’46 Verona Daniels Danieley* ’49 George Davis ’47 Joy & Leary Davis Robert A. de la Fé ’81 Virginia R. Dofflemyer Rexanne A. Domico ’87 Ken Dudley ’59 Mattie Pickett Edwards ’39 James Perry Elder, Jr. ’60 Helen A. Ellington Dr. Robert N. Ellington J. Terry Emerson ’56 Gary W. Evans ’74 Patricia Russell Evans ’73 J. Michael Fargis ’58 Joshua Felix ’00 Helen B. Floyd Walter L. Floyd Margaret V. Foreman & Matthew H. Foreman Oscar ’67 & Margaret ’66 Fowler John L. Frye ’43* Patricia G. Gabriel L. Alvin Garrison, Jr. ’67 A. R. ’52 & Betty C. Gibbs Emery K. Gilliam ’48 Thomas ’68 & Willa ’67 Gold M. William Grant Mr. & Mrs. B. Kelly Graves, Jr. Adele Gray John B. Gray V Pam* & Elmon* Gray Martha M. Grimson ’67 Bob Gwaltney ’64 Robert A. Hall Liz Harper Jeanne H. Harrell ’45 Dr. W. Kelly Harris ’78 Thomas R. Hart ’98 & Allison Connelly Hart ’98 Mary Glenn Briggs Haskell ’63 Virginia Pruitt Hawks William A. Hawks Shelly Skeens Hazel ’78 Marje G. Henderson Dr. Richard Henderson Amy Thomas Hendrickson ’69 James A. Hendrickson ’71 Dr. William N. P. Herbert ’68

Marsha T. Herbert John R. ’76 & Lesley Hill Victor H. Hoffman ’61 Rachel Y. Holt ’64 Jessie Thurecht Hook ’46 William Andrew Hopkins ’51 Dr. Herbert W. House, Jr. Steven & Patricia House Dr. R. Leroy Howell ’51 George W. Hughes ’69 Catherine & Rob Hutchinson Robert T. Inzetta ’68 Arthur M. Ivey ’60 E. Vennecia Bynum Jackson, M.D. ’81 Donald D. Jansen Dorothy B. & Geoffrey H. Jenkins Dina ’87 & Burney ’87 Jennings, Jr. Maurice N. Jennings, Sr. ’57 Mr. & Mrs. James F. Johnson, Sr. Thomas P. Johnson, Jr. ’66 John M. & Margaret C. Jordan Kristen Kart ’00 John F. Kelley Esther Cole Kernodle ’36 Leslie Roessler Kernodle ’99 Gregory L. Knott ’67 Ernest A. Koury, Sr. ’40 William E. LaCoste, Sr. ’62 Leo & Laurie Lambert Gail H. LaRose ’64 Philip E. Larrabee, Jr. ’70 Mary Anne Elder Larson Linda M. Lashendock Joe G. Lee ’68 Margaret A. Leister ’67 Loyce H. Lesley Barbara Lilienthal ’74 John E. Lincoln Jack R. ’56 & Dorothy C. Lindley Ikey Tarleton Little ’59 Thomas L. Lively ’72 Evelyn P. Lloyd Vincent ’47 & Eleanor* Long Walker E. “Dub” ’48 & Ann W. Love Amy V. Loy ’74 Lee Loy ’71 William E. Loy, Jr. Yoram Lubling George C. Ludden Mark T. & Marianne D. Mahaffey E. Boyce Maness ’63 William H. Maness ’38* Mr. & Mrs. Allen J. Martin, Jr. ’58 Christopher P. Martin ’78

Mr. & Mrs. David S. Massey ’83 Sally O’Neill Mauldin ’70 Dr. Harold E. ’41 & Jolene C. Maxwell C. V. May ’67 James W. & Jo Anne A. Maynard The Rev. Richard W. McBride James D. McCauley ’59 Robie W. McClellan James G. McClure, Jr. ’68 Tim McDowell ’76 Dr. Nancy S. & Charles O. Midgette Carol A. Miskelly James R. Miskelly Dr. Beulah Mitchell Louise Bemis Mitchell ’56 Jane B. Moncure Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Mooney, Jr. Krista H. Mooney ’94 Michael A. Mooney ’93 Dr. Wayne T. Moore ’49 Dick More ’62 Shigemi Morita ’59 Michael A. Morris ’65 Furman C. Moseley, Jr. ’56 Ann Watts Moses George T. ’56 & Jerolene K. ’60 Nall Janell Otis Niebuhr ’02 Kathleen M. Niple ’05 Edna Y. Paschal ’64 Alex W. Oliver ’68 Virginia Moorefield Ortiz ’62 Sunshine Janda Overkamp John P. Paisley, Jr. ’70 The Rev. Dr.* & Mrs. G. Melvin Palmer Joy Pamplin David E. Pardue, Jr. Dr. Richard E. & S. Diane Park J. Rankin Parks ’32 Paul & Mary Helen Parsons John K. Patterson ’59 Susan Morgan Patton ’02 Stafford R. Peebles, Jr. 1970 Sybrant H. Pell ’39* Donald S. Pennington ’54 James Patrick Pepe ’66 Edward T. & Nan Phipps Perkins The Rev. & Mrs. Robert E. Peterson Dr. & Mrs. Edward F. Pinn Anne E. & James B. Powell Ed Powell iii Esther Stuart Presnell Lacy M. Presnell, Jr. ’51 Richard E. Pugh ’54 Rosalie I. Radcliffe ’62

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Janie C. & E. Kemp Reece Dusty Rhodes Peggy Rhodes Neil M. Richie, Jr. Rosemary B. Richie William Wynn Riley ’60 Norman J. Rinaldi ’54 Dr. William D. ’43 & Helen B. ’46 Rippy Patricia L. & Peter R. W. ’80 Roughton, Jr. M. Tyrone Rowell ’66 C. Wayne Rudisill ’59 Mary Coolidge Ruth ’66 & William J. Ruth ’66 Maple M. Sanders Gavin Sands ’07 Clifford W. & Anne R. Sanford Bennett B. Sapp Adelaide Raye Sapp R. Brent Sexton ’75 Larry W. Sharpe ’69 Grace D. Shepherd James M. Sikes ’56 Sylvia E. Sims ’59 J. Lowry Sinclair iii ’65 Karen W. Small ’70

Larry K. Small ’68 D. Wayne Smart ’68 Sarah R. Smith ’98 Eloise Bradford Smith Richard C. ’60 & Eva B. Sneed Walstein W. Snyder ’45* Joanne Soliday Vickie L. Somers ’89 Royall H. Spence, Jr. ’42* Charles C. Springs ’69 Mona C. Stadler ’88 Anne Dechert Staley ’74 Betsy Stevens Kathleen Miles Stevens ’61* Elwood E. Stone, M.D. Mary Behrend Straub ’82 Donald Lee Tarkenton ’70 Dr. & Mrs. Allen D. Tate, Jr. Barbara Z. Taylor ’77 J. Paul Thomas ’71 The Rev. J. Rex Thomas ’59 Shelby G. Thomas ’62 Demus L. Thompson ’64 & Ellen Burke Thompson ’63 W. Campbell Tims ’00 Dr. & Mrs. Jerry R. Tolley

Dr. Martha Smith Trout Samuel P. Troy ’67 Dolores Hagan Truitt ’53 John G. Truitt, Jr. ’53 F. Davis Turnage, Jr. Mary S. Underwood Angie Henry Utt ’42 Drew L. Van Horn ’82 John D. Vance, Jr. ’51 Alex S. Vardavas, Jr. ’72 Paul V. Varga ’51 & Joanne M. Varga Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr. Zachary T. Walker, iii ’60 & Dorothy S. Walker Carl E. Wallace, Jr. Diana H. Wallace Christopher A. Walsh ’72 Judith W. Walsh Cynthia F. Ward Dorothy Mears Ward Hunt ’82 & Julia Ward Nancy H. & Frank L. ’52 Ward Nancy Turner Watson ’66 Dr. & Mrs. Frederic T. Watts, Jr. Odell L. Welborn ’57 Ed Welch ’59

Nelson A. L. & Elaine K. Weller Marie Schilling Wertz ’67 James W. White ’40 Kathryn C. White ’69 Richard A. White, Jr. ’71 Christian Adam Wiggins ’03 Ann M. Wilkins ’54 C. Jeter Wilkins ’53 Jonathan W. ’84 & Debra S. ’86 Willard Shirley Willard Jo Watts Williams ’55 Wade Williamson ’70 Edward C. Wilson ’60 Brad Rader Winstead ’03 Janet M. Winstead ’70 William C. Winstead, Jr. ’70 Delhis M. Wolf Frances D. Wood ’55 Dr. & Mrs. Fred Young Dr. Deborah A. Yow-Bowden ’71 Dr. William W. Yow-Bowden Joey Zeller ’85 Margaret Jane Zint ’84

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