Elon Scholar: Breanna Carrie Detwiler

Rachel Stas – Archives Intern
March 30, 2012

Breanna Carrie Detwiler

Breanna Carrie Detwiler (native of Warrenton, Virginia) graduated from Elon University in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Studies. As a student, she was an honors fellow and a member of the National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi. Moreover, she managed the Elon Community Garden, was a member of Whole Earth and College Democrats. She also worked on the Student Environmental Sustainability Council and was the student coordinator for the Elon Academy. Additionally, she was selected to present at the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research, presenting on, “Examining the Contributions of Community Gardens to Social Capital.” Continue reading

Women’s and Gender Studies at Elon

Jennifer Smith
March 23, 2012

A minor in Women’s Studies was first offered at Elon in the Fall of 1988 after having been approved during a February 1988 faculty meeting.  In the mid-1980s Elon professors, Dr. Seena Granowsky and Dr. Martha Smith attended a conference on Women’s Studies programs at Duke University and were inspired to create a program at Elon.  The two worked together to create the minor and the program of Women’s Studies in order to expose students to women’s issues through courses in English, History, Philosophy, Economics, and other related fields. Some examples of early course titles included Introduction to Women’s Studies, Feminist Approaches to Literature, and History of Women in the United States. Continue reading

Deborah Yow-Bowden

Rachel Stas – Archives Intern
March 9, 2012

Deborah Yow-Bowden is most noted for her skills on the basketball court, especially when she was a member of the women’s basketball team during her time at Elon College. She is originally from Gibsonville, North Carolina and graduated from Elon College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Currently, she works at NC State University as the first female athletic director in the history of the institution’s athletic program. Continue reading

Women at Elon: first graduate, first faculty member

Rachel Stas – Archives Intern
March 2, 2012

Irene Johnson Cook

Irene Johnson Cook (originally from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina) graduated from Elon College in 1892 and she was the first female graduate. In fact, she was the only person to graduate that year from Elon College.  She aided in the creation of The Elon College Monthly in 1891 and served as editor. The Elon College Monthlywas first published in June 1891 and it marked the debut of the first medium for student expression at Elon College. The publication included articles and personal items written by students and included a few advertisements. It was published by the three Literary Societies at Elon: the Philologian Society, the Psiphelian Society, and the Clio Society.

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