WGS Program Turns 25

Jennifer Smith
November 15, 2013

WGSlogoThe 2013/2014 academic year marks the 25th anniversary of Elon University’s Women’s/Gender Studies program.  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


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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Hats Off to Elon College’s First Homecoming King

Julia Mueller
November 6, 2013

King and Queen David Bynes and Holly Good, show their excitement of capturing their titles.

King and Queen David Bynes and Holly Good, show their excitement of capturing their titles.

In 1993, the first Homecoming King at Elon College was crowned.  David Bynes (Class of 1997), a Communications major, represented the Black Cultural Society.  Holly Good of Alpha Omicron Pi was crowned Homecoming Queen.  The nominees represented twenty organizations, and the theme of Homecoming was “Hats Off to Hollywood.”  Each nominee wrote a personal statement and was interviewed by a Student Government Association Homecoming committee.  This constituted 40% of the score.  Popular vote accounted for the remaining 60%. Continue reading

KCSL Celebrates 25 Years!

Julia Mueller
October 30, 2013


Lynne Wright Kernodle and her son, John Robert Kernodle III, cut the ribbon marking the dedication of the service learning center. Photo courtesy of Magazine of Elon, Spring 1997.

This academic year the Kernodle Center for Service Learning is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to students, faculty, and the community.  The goal is to promote leadership, student learning, and citizenship through community engagement. The Center for Service Learning was founded in 1988 when Habitat for Humanity was chartered at Elon College.  In 1989, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter promoted Habitat for Humanity during his visit to Elon.  In 1990, Elon Volunteers (EV!) was founded as a part of the Chaplain’s Office.  In 1992, the Center for Service Learning hired its first paid staff member, which was funded through a grant given to the college from the United Church of Christ.  The academic year from 1992-1993 were the first years that volunteer hours and number of volunteers were tracked.  The Service Learning Community was founded in 1994 along with the academic courses linked to service.  The “Call to Service” winter term course was first offered in 1996. Continue reading

Advertising Elon

Shannon Tennant
October 28, 2013

Think back to when you first heard about Elon University and first considered coming here.  What influenced your decision?  At some point in the process, you saw an ad that extolled the virtues of the school.  In magazines, on billboards, in brochures, on the internet – Elon’s advertisements are everywhere.

Universities have come to realize that they are businesses, and they need to reach prospective customers.  Elon has to market its image to attract top quality students in this competitive environment.  But what that image is, and how to best present it, has changed over the years.

Image from North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

Image from North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

Here is an ad from the Asheville newspaper in 1917.  Some of the attractions Elon lists seem amusing now.  Well water is not so important when we all drink bottled water.  What about no outbreaks of “dangerous sickness?”  They obviously don’t mean the cold that you caught from your suitemate.  But a healthy environment was very important in the days before antibiotics and modern medical testing.  Only a few short months after this advertisement ran, the world suffered a global influenza pandemic.  Over 50 million people died worldwide and an estimated 13,000 people died in North Carolina.  Check out this post about Elon’s experience with the disease. Continue reading

The Big Move: McEwen Library Opens

Randall Bowman
October 11, 2013

McEwen Library, June 1968.

McEwen Library, June 1968.

The 1960s brought many changes to Elon College, not the least of which was a new library.   With one reading room that could only seat one hundred students at a time, Carlton Library was now too small to serve the growing college of 1200 students. A new library, with space for a larger book collection, was needed.  Plans for the new facility were drawn up by the architectural firm of Guy Crampton and Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina.  Abrams Construction Company of Greensboro, North Carolina was the general contractor.  McEwen Library, as it would later be named, cost $700,000 to build, and was part of a large campus expansion that took place in the mid-1960s.  On Parent’s Day, Saturday, November 4, 1966, on the same day the Long Student Center and three other buildings were dedicated, the ground-breaking ceremony for the library took place.  By the summer of 1968, the new building was ready to be occupied. Continue reading