Celebrating Women’s Athletics at Elon

Jennifer Smith
March 14, 2014

On March 11th, 2014 the Elon University Women’s/Gender Studies Program and the Athletics Department sponsored a panel about the history of women’s athletics at Elon. Panelists for the event included:

Ana Nicksic ’16: Elon sophomore from Valparaiso, Ind., exercise science major and setter on the volleyball team.  She was named to the NCCSIA All-State Second Team, and earned Elon’s top newcomer award in 2012.

Sloane Kessler ’17: Lacrosse player, first-year Elon student and communications major from Owings Mill, Md. At McDonogh High School, she was a 2012 IAAM all-star and also won awards in basketball and field hockey.

Priscilla Awkard ’95: Starting setter for Elon’s volleyball team from 1991-94 where she broke numerous records that still stand today. She is a member of the Elon Sports Hall of Fame, continues to play competitive volleyball and is a coach and administrator at Jammers Volleyball Club.

Jackie Myers: Head women’s basketball and tennis coach for Elon from 1985-94. She is an Elon Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was assistant athletic director at Geneva College and is currently the athletic director at Meredith College.

Faith Shearer: Associate athletic director of Elon Athletics and senior woman administrator since 2002.  Oversees Phoenix women’s basketball, lacrosse, track and field, tennis and volleyball programs, and coordinates gender and diversity efforts for the department. She has also served on numerous committees for the Southern Conference and NCAA.

Dr. Janie Brown: Professor Emerita of Physical Education and an Elon Medallion recipient who served more than 20 years as chair of Elon’s physical education department. She was a trailblazer in advancing the women’s athletic program, and is the past president of the board of directors of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

Rod Clare, associate professor of history and member of the W/GS Advisory Council served as the moderator. To view the event, click here http://youtu.be/pMKgI3IwZCE


Black History Month: The William H. Maness Collection

Immanuel Bryant
March 3, 2014

William H. Maness Sr. ’38 had several rare books in his possession. While observing the range of subjects within his collection I ran across several books that I was surprised to see that Maness had read. They include but are not limited to: Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, Eyewitness: The Negro in American History by William Loren Katz, For Whites Only by Robert W. Terry, and A Pictorial History of the Negro in America written by Langston Hughes & Milton Meltzer.
Below is an annotated bibliography of four out of the many prized possessions and rare books I found within his collection. Continue reading

Black History Month: Through the Legacy of Elon Alum, William H. Maness

Immanuel Bryant
February 7, 2014

While going through the inventory of the Special Collections of Belk Library I came across a set of books that weren’t on the inventory list. The theme of the books spanned from race relations, social inequality, and other historic issues that have affected the United States. After asking for more information on the unlisted set of books I discovered that they belonged to William H. Maness Sr. ’38, an Elon alum who served as a vocal supporter of the civil rights movement. The more I went through his collection the more interested I became in the man who had been its owner. Continue reading

Bryan Burney, 1991 Elon Sports Hall of Fame

Shaunta Alvarez
January 31, 2014

You may have seen him strolling into the library during the late afternoon as he makes his way to the newspaper rack. To look at him, you would never know that this quiet man with laid-back mannerisms set impressive records during his time at Elon. Continue reading

Holiday Recipes from Edith Brannock

Shaunta Alvarez
November 22, 2013

As was stated in a previous post, Edith Brannock ’39 recently donated a collection of recipes to the Belk Library Archives and Special Collections. These recipes were taught to students taking home economics classes during the 1960s to 1980s, when Ms. Brannock was a member of the Elon College faculty. Ms. Brannock did not include a Thanksgiving menu in her recipes collection, but she gave instructions for a number of dishes that one might serve during a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We have included a sampling of those recipes here. (Note: these recipes are taken directly from Ms. Brannock’s collection and have not been edited.) If you try any of these recipes for the holidays, please let us know how it turned out by emailing us at belkarchives@elon.edu.

Main Course

Even though she did not give instructions for the perfect turkey, Ms. Brannock did include a recipe for stuffing:

Stuffing –  12 lb. Bird

3 cups of bread (toasted)

Brown lightly:

¾ cup celery

¾ cup onion

¾ cup margarine

1 tbsp. parsley

1 tbsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

¾ tsp. poultry seasoning


1 ½ cup broth

Moisten lightly.

Stuffed weight: Add ¼ to weight on wrapper for stuffing.

Side Dishes

Green Bean Casserole

1 or 2 tbsp. butter                                               ½ pkg. grated Kraft Swiss Cheese

1 heaping tbsp. flour                                                    ½ cup cornflakes, crumbled

1 can French Beans                                                       2 tsp. melted butter

2 tsp. grated onion                                                        ½ tsp. salt

½ pt. sour cream                                                            1 tsp. sugar

Put butter, flour, salt, and sugar into double boiler, stir into paste, and take off stove. Stir in grated onion and add sour cream, cheese. Drain beans and pour into casserole. Fold in sauce and crumble cornflakes over the mixture. Add 2 tsp. melted butter and pour over top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or more.

Holiday Style Potatoes

3 cups mashed potatoes

½ cup hot milk

4 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. each chopped parsley, pimiento

1 tsp. grated onion

Pepper rings

Beat potatoes until light and fluffy. Add other ingredients and serve in mounds in green pepper rings.

Variation: May add ½ cup grated cheese for different flavor.



2 cups bisquick

¾ cup warm milk

2 cakes yeast

1 tbsp. sugar

Add yeast and sugar to milk. Add bisquick, knead until blisters. Makes 18 rolls.

Whole Wheat Batter Rolls

Scald 1 ¼ c. milk

Stir in 2 ½ Tbsp. sugar

1 ½ tsp. salt

¼ c. shortening

Cool to lukewarm. Measure into bowl ¼ c.  warm water. Sprinkle in 2 packages dry yeast. Stir until dissolved. Then stir into the milk mixture. Add 3 ¼ c. whole wheat flour. Stir until well blended, about 1 minute. Cover. Let rise in warm place until double in size, about 30 minutes. Stir batter down. Beat vigorously for about ½ minute. Fill greased muffin pans about 2/3 full. Bake at 425° about 20 minutes.


Sweet Potato Cups

Mix:  1 ½ c. sugar

1 ½ c. milk

Add:  2 c. grated potatoes (add potatoes as you grate to keep from turning dark)

½ c. butter

Pinch of salt

1 t. vanilla

½ t. coconut and lemon flavoring

Stir well. Pour into orange shells. Sprinkle 2 T. sugar on top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Put in top of double boiler                                          ½ tsp. salt

½ c. sugar                                                                       ½ tsp. ginger

1 ½ c. strained pumpkin                                             ½ tsp. nutmeg

2/3 c. milk                                                                       ½ tsp. cinnamon

Mix well and when hot add to 3 egg yolks slightly beaten. Return to double boiler, stir and cook.

Measure ½ c. cold water, add 1 tbsp. gelatin and when soft add to hot pumpkin mixture. Mix thoroughly and cool. When it begins to stiffen, beat 3 egg whites until stiff, beat in ½ c. sugar and fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour into baked pie shell. Chill in refrigerator. Cover with whipped cream for serving.

Apple Crumble Pie

6 large tart apples pared and thinly sliced                1 tsp. lemon juice

1 unbaked pie shell                                                          ¼ c. brown sugar

¾ c. sugar                                                                            ¼ c. sifted flour

1/8 tsp. salt                                                       2 tbsp. butter or fortified margarine

¼ tsp. cinnamon                                                            ½ c. cut nuts

¼ tsp. nutmeg

Arrange sliced apples in pie shell and cover with mixture of sugar, salt, spices, and lemon juice. Mix brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter or margarine fine Add nuts.

Place in 250° oven turn to 400° bake 1 hour.

Home Economics Maven with a Heart of Gold

Shaunta Alvarez
November 13, 2013

Edith Ruth Brannock ’39 received the Heart of Gold Award this year during Homecoming festivities. This lifetime achievement award was presented on behalf of members of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and its predecessor, Tau Zeta Phi, to a sister alumnus that has “motivated and inspired others to know the power of one heart touching another heart; that has led a life that has exemplified to others that selfless service is a noble virtue.” This was the second time the award was been presented. The inaugural presentation was in 2010 when the award was given to Dr. Jo Watts Williams ’55, Vice President Emerita.

One could say that service and dedication to the Elon community are in Edith Brannock’s blood, even going all the way back to Elon College’s very beginnings. Ms. Brannock is a descendant of Rev. James O’Kelly, founder of the Christian Church, which subsequently founded Elon College. Both of Edith’s parents were Elon graduates. Her father, Ned Faucette Brannock, graduated in 1899; and her mother, Loula York Brannock, graduated in 1898. Ned Brannock also served as the much-loved professor of chemistry at Elon for over 50 years. Following in her father’s example, Edith taught home economics at Elon for 18 years. Continue reading

Veterans Day: Remembering Elon’s First Fallen Hero

Shannon Tennant
November 11, 2013

We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 because it marks the end of World War I, when hostilities formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  The first Elon student to die in the service of our country did so during this conflict, nearly 100 years ago.  This Veterans Day, let us remember Charles N. Whitelock.


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