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!

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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!