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…

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Elon University student on CNN.com

With less than a week to go before the United States votes on our next President, I wanted to share an article from CNN.com that features an Elon University student! If you visit the following website: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/29/battleground.wednesday/index.html, you can read about one of our seniors, Olivia Hubert-Allen, and her thoughts/concerns with the race for the White House. There were 5 college students selected from different “battleground” states and out of all of the college students in the state of North Carolina, CNN.com selected an Elon student.

This truly caps off a fantastic and dynamic year here on our campus in regards to the upcoming national election. Here is what 2008 has brought Elon on a political stage:

  • A visit from former President Bill Clinton in the spring of 2008 when he was campaigning for Sen. Hilary Clinton when she was a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nominee.
  • A campus-wide debate between Democrats and Republicans that joined both Elon undergraduate students as well as Elon Law School students. Topics included the environment, education, and the economy (among others)
  • The Elon University Poll results have been quoted in several newspapers, newscasts, etc. and the Director of the Elon Poll, Prof. Hunter Bacot, was even quoted in a New York Times article. (Read it by clicking here.)
  • Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin visited Elon University in her campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

I know that people around the Elon campus are excited for the upcoming elections and you can see why – they have had a front-row ticket to politics on a local, regional, and national level! We will see what happens on Election Day (November 4th)!

Can I Be a Student at Elon Again?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

So you may be wondering about the title of my email, but truly there are some unique and innovative events and activities that are going on at Elon these days – it truly makes me want to be an undergraduate student at Elon University again!

To give you a sampling of some of these events and activities

  • On Thursday, October 16th, Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin will be speaking on Elon’s campus. Whether you are supporting the McCain/Palin ticket or the Obama/Biden ticket, it surely promises to be an amazing opportunity! Click here to check out some of the details of her visit to campus. By the way, Elon also hosted former President Bill Clinton earlier this past spring when he was campaigning on behalf of his wife, Senator Hilary Clinton.
  • While we are on the topic of speakers at Elon, former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, and current CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper, will be speaking at Elon University this spring. Former U.S. Sec. of State Madeline Albright will be the speaker at Elon’s Spring Convocation for Honors in March and Anderson Cooper will be doing a special lecture in April.
  • Interested in skiing in Colorado? Elon Outdoors is taking students out to Colorado to go skiing in December after exams are over – not a bad way to relax after the stress of exams!
  • Looking for something to do THIS Saturday night? Why not watch a *FREE* showing of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight” on the lawn sponsored by our Student Union Board. By the way, did I mentioned this was free? đŸ™‚
  • Elon University is making significant steps in “going green”! You can check out our new Sustainability website here and see that we’re not just saying that we are “green”, but we are actually making it happen!

And this is just a sampling of some of the exciting and innovative events that are occuring at Elon this year….

It definitely makes me want to be a student at Elon again!