The history behind the Holland House

Pam Richter – Class of 2011

July 1, 2010

More than a year ago the historic Holland House on Elon University’s campus was moved a half a mile across campus and over the railroad tracks, which run through the campus. The house is now currently located on South Campus near Johnston Hall and Holt Chapel. Continue reading

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Change from 3-hour to 4-hour credit classes at Elon

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Nov. 5, 2009

Sitting in class for an hour and forty minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays may seem like a daunting task for some students. What many students may not realize is that class times weren’t always this long.

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A description from the Elon College Academic Catalog in 1994-1995, which was the first year the curriculum was changed.

In the fall of 1994, Elon College changed from a three-hour credit system to a four-hour credit system after the faculty voted on the change in April 1993. This change was in conjunction with the new General Studies program that was taking place at the time. Some educational departments were forced to rework their entire curriculum, where as others weren’t as drastically impacted by the change.

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Elon Homecoming 30 years ago

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Oct. 21, 2009

During the weekend of October 23-25, 2009, thousands of alumni will be returning to Elon’s campus for Homecoming events. They will reminisce on some of their best and most cherished moments here at Elon. The weekend’s festivities will be highlighted by the football game on Saturday as well as the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the game.

Photo of the first African American Homecoming Queen, Mary Carroll. Photo courtesy of Belk Library Archives.

Photo of the first African American Homecoming Queen, Mary Carroll. Photo courtesy of Belk Library Archives.

The year 1979 was a groundbreaking year for Homecoming festivities at the university.  Mary Carroll was the first African American named to the court, when she was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1979.

Carroll graduated Elon University in 1981 and was a Human Services major.

“There were no expectations, there was never any thought of what if I win because you never expected to win you know,” said Carroll in an interview with L’Tanya Richmond in December of 2004.

Shortly after Carroll was crowned queen, another African American was named to the court.  Gloria Goode, class of 1985, was named Homecoming Queen in 1983.

Join Elon during Homecoming 2009 in celebrating many milestones and achievements at the university.

Under the Oaks – A long standing Elon tradition

Pam Richter – Class of 2011
Sept. 9, 2009

For Elon University seniors, the term “under the oaks” has a special meaning. This is the spot where they will make their way across the stage and will receive their diplomas. This is a long standing tradition at the university beginning in 1923 after the Old Main Administration Building burned down, as graduations were previously held in the auditorium of this building.

The first outdoor commencement at Elon in 1923.

The first outdoor commencement at Elon in 1923.

“This commencement promises to be the best of all Elon’s commencements, but the thing which makes it unique is the fact that it will mark the end of an old era and the beginning of a new in the history of the college.” This was written in the Maroon and Gold on May 18, 1923.

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