25 Random Things About Elon

Good evening ETA readers!

Many of you have probably seen the note that is going around Facebook these days – “25 Random Things about Me”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it is a questionnaire that you can list 25 facts or habits or goals and then “tag” 25 of your friends. Thus in the spirit of Facebook, I present to you…

“25 Random Facts about Elon”
  1. The first graduating class from Elon had only 3 graduates! (That was in the year 1891).
  2. One of Elon’s traditions is the weekly “College Coffee” where students, faculty, and staff get together on Tuesdays from 9:40 – 10:20am to eat free food and have a chance to chat.
  3. Elon’s Belk Library is open 24 hours from Sunday – Thursday (which is helpful for any last minute papers that need to be written!)
  4. The Alamance Building (which houses a number of classrooms, faculty offices, both the Bursar’s and Registrar’s offices among other things) is designed so that the front of the building and the back of the building are identical.
  5. 51 different countries are represented in Elon’s student body in the 2008-2009 school year.
  6. The Princeton Review and USAToday named Elon one of the nation’s top 100 “Best Value Colleges”.
  7. Famous speakers that have come to campus include: Jane Goodall, Colin Powell, Ehud Barak, Queen Noor, former President Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, among others.
  8. The state with the smallest number of Elon alums is North Dakota. (North Dakota has 1 alum living there!) For perspective, North Carolina has the largest alumni population with over 12,600 alumni!
  9. Recycling started at Elon University in the late 1980s.
  10. Elon’s “Phoenix Cash” (money put onto a student id card) can be used at over 60 different off-campus locations.
  11. Through the “Burst the Bubble” program, students can TEACH other students in free, non-credit courses offered during Winter Term. Learn how to clog, study the history and culture of surfing or movie marketing – all from fellow students!
  12. In the Elon Admissions office, of the 29 staff members in the department, over 50% have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Elon as well!
  13. Elon men’s basketball is celebrating its 100th season in the year 2009.

And more to come in my next post…

Homecoming Weekend!

Happy Friday ETA readers!

I know, I know…it has been quite a while since my last post! However, like many of you who read this blog, life has become incredibly busy here at Elon. I am actually going to post back-to-back posts in order to not only talk about Elon’s Homecoming Weekend (November 7-9th), but also to continue with my weekly “From My Inbox” post.

As I mentioned above, Homecoming weekend was last weekend (November 7th – 9th) and it was a fantastic weekend -both in programming as well as temperature. All weekend long, there were a variety of different activities to participate in and it literally began as I stepped out of the front door of the building where my office is located! As I was leaving work on Friday, there was a Spirit Rally around Fonville Fountain that included both football players and cheerleaders -what a great way to start off the weekend! After the Spirit Rally, I went to the Student Governement Association (SGA) alum gathering and met up with both new and old SGA-ers.

Saturday was GAME DAY!!! Elon posted at 33-14 victory over fellow Southern Conference opponent, Western Carolina on what was one of the most gorgeous days of the fall. You can see from the picture on the right that the stands were filled – we had over 10,000 fans for the game! This victory sets the stage for a big football game for the Phoenix this weekend against Appalachian State University Mountaineers. After football was over, the evening belonged to our our men’s soccer team. The team defeated Wofford 3-0 in the first round of the Southern Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament. The soccer team takes on College of Charleston this afternoon (Friday, November 14th) in the Southern Conference semifinals – best wishes go out to Coach Darren Powell and his team!

And finishing up the weekend was the performance of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” by Elon University’s Music Theater Department on Sunday. I went to the matinee showing with several colleagues from the Admissions Office and thoroughly enjoyed the performance! I am not much of a judge when it comes to music theatre productions, but I can tell you that I watched the film version of “Sweeney Todd” on Monday night – and thought Elon’s production was WAY BETTER! Our Sweeney Todd was 100x better than the movie one (sorry Johnny Depp!) and our Mrs. Lovett blew away the one in the film version! Kudos go out to Ms. Catherine McNeela, professor in Performing Arts and the director of “Sweeney Todd”

To better capture the spirit of the entire weekend, I would encourage you to visit :http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Note.aspx?id=933146. Here you can find a slideshow of pictures from Homecoming and see currently enrolled students, alumni, and families enjoying an amazing weekend on campus!

As I mentioned before, the Elon Phoenix football team takes on Appalachian State University tomorrow in a big match-up in the Southern Conference. With a victory tomorrow, the Elon Phoenix will be in a tie for 1st Place in the Southern Conference – although they have a tough opponent to beat! I am actually traveling up to Boone, NC with some friends for the game tomorrow and will share my thoughts next week!