2011 Elon University Convocation for Honors
Five distinguished panelists who visited Elon University on April 7 for the annual Convocation for Honors program said today's students have the potential to restore their nation's global reputation for innovation, education and religious freedoms. The panel included David Gergen, Shirley Ann Jackson, David Levin, David Walker, Eboo Patel, and was moderated by Brian Williams.
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Elon University ushered in the 2013 winter season with its Festival of Holiday Lights. The annual tradition brought together in the heart of campus hundreds of students, professors, staff and community members to revel in the warmth of candles and tree lights.Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the program included singing of Christmas carols, the lighting of the Menorah to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, recognition of multiple faith traditions and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus for the young at heart in the crowd, including throngs of students who surrounded the pair for photos.
Elon wins its first round game of the NCAA men's soccer tournament and advance to take on the UCLA Bruins.
The Men's Soccer Team just won their third consecutive Southern Conference tournament championship. As they prepare for the first round of the NCAA Tournament head coach Darren Powell addressed faculty, staff and students and encouraged them to cheer on the Phoenix as they compete against Clemson University.
Interim director of domestic programs Phil Smith offers a Veteran's Day prayer.
Army Staff Sergeant James Colton Shore '15 reflects during a Veteran's Day remembrance held on the campus of Elon Univeristy.
The gala event celebrated 50 years of black students attending Elon. In the fall of 1963, Glenda Phillips Hightower became the first black full-time student to attend Elon College, opening the doors for many generations of students to come. Fifty years later, Elon black students and alumni continue to make a significant impact on the Elon community.Established in 2007, the Black Alumni Scholarship Gala is the main fundraising for the EBAN Scholarship. A portion of every gala ticket sold supports the scholarship fund. The 2013 scholarship recipient is Shakori Fletcher '16.In expressing her thanks to the members of the Black Alumni Network, Fletcher said her scholarship is making her "dream school" a reality. "I thank you - and I don't take my time here for granted," Fletcher said. "The opportunities I found here are premium."Fletcher said her mother always advised that "where God guides, he provides," and she says she is following a formula she believes is true: "hard work, plus faith, plus support, equals success."The African-American Alumni Group was founded in 2000 and committed to endowing a scholarship to ensure financial circumstances are not barriers to earning an Elon degree. The group was renamed the Elon Black Alumni Network in 2010, and the scholarship was named the Black Alumni Network Scholarship. Awarded annually to a black student with demonstrated financial need and academic merit, the scholarship was fully endowed and awarded for the first time in fall 2011.
The Elon community gathered for homecoming 2013 in celebration of Elon's quasquicentennial.
The 2013 Homecoming King is Senior Eric Noyes and the Queen is Senior Meredith Citty
U.S. Navy Adm. William "Bill" E. Gortney '77Distinguished Alumnus of the Year AwardPresented to an alumnus who has distinguished himself in a profession and in the community and brought honor to Elon.For the past 35 years, U.S. Navy Adm. William "Bill" E. Gortney has served his country with honor, integrity and dedication. Currently the commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces, Bill entered the Navy as an aviation officer candidate shortly after graduating from Elon with degrees in history and political science in 1977. He received his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve in September of that year, earned his wings of gold in December 1978 and graduated from the Naval War College in 1996 with a master's degree in international security affairs.The son of a retired U.S. Navy captain, Bill has served in a variety of command positions afloat and ashore throughout his career, including director of the joint staff for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2010 to 2012. Before that appointment, Bill served as commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Central Command, and as commander of the 5th Fleet in Bahrain. The post was his third command tour in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, which supports maritime security and combat operations for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, four Legion of Merit awards and three Meritorious Service Medals, among others, for his outstanding service to the U.S. military.At Elon, Bill served as an officer of Lambda-Lambda, Elon's chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and was a member of the varsity soccer team and the rugby club. In 2011 he returned to his alma mater to deliver the university's 121st Commencement address and has been honored by his Kappa Sigma brethren as the 2013 Kappa Sigma Man of the Year. Described by friends as "the ultimate patriot" for his dedication to serving his country, Bill is equally passionate about his family, wife Sherry, son Billy and daughter Stephanie.