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8 AM – 6 PM
Reading of the Holocaust Names
Hillel students will be reading the names of those who died in
remembrance of the Holocaust for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Moseley Steps
12:15 PM– 1:15 PM Eat, Think, and Be Merry: A Reading by Creative Writing Students
Winners of this year's poetry, fiction and nonfiction contests will
read selections of their work.
Carlton 209
4 PM – 5 PM
“Self, Others, World: Reflections from the Elon Gap Experience”
The 2013 Gap Semester cohort spent their first semester
backpacking through the Wyoming wilderness, traveling across
the country engaged in service-learning, and learning a new
language and culture in Costa Rica. Come hear them share
meaningful and informative reflections highlighting the
significance of their experience. As a group, they will highlight the
stories, lessons and skills learned on the Gap Semester and
discuss its impact on their personal growth and development,
perspective as global citizens, and academic success at Elon.
Location TBD
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony
Induction of Phi Kappa Phi interdisciplinary honor students. The
annual induction ceremony of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes juniors
and seniors from all disciplines who are at the top of their class
and graduate students, alumni and faculty, staff, and
administrators who have achieved recognition in their fields
and/or by their peers
McKinnon Hall, Patio, Area outside of McKinnon
7:30 PM-8:30 PM
One Man's Incredible Journey Against Considerable Odds: A
Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, and imprisoned during the Holocaust in
a German concentration camp, Sidney Shachnow escaped from
captivity and eventually settled in the United States, where he
attained the rank of Major General and served as commander of
the U.S. Army Special Forces Command. Marking Holocaust
Remembrance Day, Gen. Shachnow will share his experiences of
and reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust.
McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)
7 PM – 9 PM
Elondocs production program: Student Documentary Showcase
Join us for a showcase of student audio, photo, and video
documentaries created in the elondocs production program. The
one-hour screening will be followed by a question and answer
session with the filmmakers.
McEwen 011
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Please check the SURF schedule
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Deliberative Dialogue: Strengthening the intellectual climate at
Elon University
There is no doubt Elon University values engaged learning. Many
of our signature programs engage the heart, but how effectively
do they engage the mind? Join the Elon Community for a
dialogue among faculty, staff and students that weighs three
options for strengthening the intellectual climate on campus - and
share what you think!
Whitley Auditorium and adjacent classroom spaces
11:30 AM – 2 PM
Celebrate! Service-Learning
Students from Service-Learning communities and the CivicEngagement Scholars program present about their experiences
with service-learning and the results of their work in the
Burlington community and beyond.
Oaks 212
1 PM – 2 PM
Outdoor Dance Improvisation Concert
Come and enjoy an entertaining hour of Dance Improvisations by
Jane Wellford’s Dance Improvisation Class. Witty, beautiful,
whimsical and heart-warming performances of solos, duets and
group dances await your viewing pleasure in this beautiful
outdoor setting.
Center for the Arts, Pardue Court Outdoor Patio
In case of rain: Center for the Arts, Room 111 Dance Studio
3:50 PM – 5:15 PM
ODK Annual Awards Ceremony
Omicron Delta Kappa is honored to sponsor the Annual Awards
Day Ceremony. Since 1977, Elon’s Circle of ODK recognizes
students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills while
maintaining high academic standards. The Ceremony is a means
to recognize students campus wide who exemplify integrity and
excellence in their academic and experiential endeavors.
Whitley Auditorium
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Appalachia Photo Exhibition
This photo exhibition features intimate photo stories of 10
community members in Eastern Kentucky to serve as an
alternative voice to what may be missing in Appalachian media
narratives. Two guest speakers from the Photovoice project will
offer reflection on the misrepresentation in the circulation of
Appalachian stereotypes in visual culture.
McBride Gathering Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion)
11:30 AM – 5 PM
Elon Case Competition sponsored by Deloitte
This competition offers students of all majors an inside look into
the world of consulting by simulating a short project experience.
Final teams will present to Elon alumni from Deloitte between 1
and 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 and all are encouraged to attend! The
winning team will travel to Washington, DC to present to Deloitte
senior executives.
7:30 PM
Elon Gospel Choir Spring Concert
Come and bless the Lord with Elon University Gospel Choir as we
have our annual spring concert! The theme for this year’s concert
is: With a Voice of Triumph. We would love to have you fellowship
with us as we glorify God. This is surely a night of worship that
you don’t want to miss!
2 PM – 5:30 PM
Time Unplugged: A Family Friendly Celebration of the Arts &
This will be a fun-filled, educational family and community
event. We encourage everyone to join the festivities at Art West
and visit Gallery 406, and then follow the artwork through the
sculpture walk up to Young Commons, where you’ll find a wide
array of activities. Archeological excavation and science
education activities for children of all ages will be featured on
Young Commons. (We hear there may be some reptiles
involved.) Soundscapes will be shared in the Center for the
Arts. Percussion music, performed by Elon and community
musicians, will be shared all around Lake Mary Nell. Students and
faculty from the English department will share how their creative
writing moves us to a greater appreciation of the environment
and its finite supply. Costume designs developed from recycled
materials will be displayed, and anthropological insights into the
social construction of time will be shared. In addition to these
and other Elon generated events, local community artists will also
be on-hand, bringing their talents and showcasing their work –
sculpture, painting, bonsai trees, instrument design, etc. We are
thrilled to have them join us! There is no ticket required to join in
the daytime festivities on May 3rd. A suggested donation of a
nonperishable food item is encouraged to support Campus
Kitchen and Allied Churches. We will be collecting these items in
the parking lots in front of Arts West and the Oaks.
Young Commons, Lakeside Patio, Center for the Arts, Moseley,
Belk Library
Full details for the festival schedule are listed below:
On-Going Events, from 2 – 5:30pm
A Convergence of Art and Science
Students from the Interactive Art class create kinetic sculptures
utilizing the Arduino microprocessor format. These sculptures will respond
to the elements of nature in various ways. The students design and program
these sculptures to activate only when a visitor enters the space.
Faculty Leaders: Michael Fels & Joel Hollingsworth
Location: Greenhouse Gallery near Arts West, opens at 1:00pm
Family Activities to Celebrate Reptiles and Amphibians and the Places Where
They Live
Arts and Crafts
Games, Puzzles and ‘Reading Room’
Face Painting
Try Your Hand at Science Practices
Picture Perfect Photo Booth: Picture yourself as a Scientist
Sea Turtle Stranding Simulation
Puppet Stories about the Natural World
Nature Chronicles: Tell a Story, Leave a Legacy [Octagon Room in Moseley]
Faculty leader: Terry Tomasek
Sponsored by The HERP Project
Location: on Young Commons
Alamance County Artist Activities/Demonstrations/Exhibits – Young’s
Alamance Artisans – Weaving Project
Burma Shave Signs – Burlington Writers Club
Fractal Art – Pat Scheible & Tammy Connelly
Madrigals – Boys Choir, Gallery Players, Alamance Choral
Puzzle piece Sculpture – Arts Council
Community Leader: Cary Worthy and additional artists
Location: on Young Commons
Digital Show of Environmental Photographs & Facts about the world-wide
state of Amphibians.
Visiting Scholar: Robin Moore, International Amphibian Researcher &
World Renowned Environmental Photographer
Location: McKinnon Hall in the Moseley Center
Making Something from Nothing
This event serves as a metaphor to help us rethink how we value our
resources, our environment and ourselves. Ten pairs of future teachers will
provide short hands-on creative activities for event participants. Recycled
materials transform into collages, sculptures and musical instruments. Music
and movement provide insights into our connections to and guardianship of
our environment. Demos on how to use everyday materials easily found at
home as infinite art projects and a take home packet of dozens of creative
ideas for engaging children and families are also a part of this time and space
Faculty Leader: Barbara Rhoades (Art & Art History)
Location: Arts West, Room 114 (Design Studio), starts at 2pm
Activities are sequenced as 10-30 minute participatory
Participating Audience: Parents, children accompanied by parents, and
those who may want to offer creative activities for children.
Exhibit of Environmentally Recycled Costumes for the dance work "Acquiring
The dresses are fashioned from re-purposed costumes with no start up fund
necessary to produce the garments.
Faculty Leader: Karl Green
Location: Young Commons
A compilation of soundscapes from Samantha DiRosa’s Time Arts
foundations course, all of which explore the past, present, and imaginary
within the context of time, sound, and space. Projects range from depicting
memories of 9/11 and other political events, to the critique of social norms.
Students used sounds that were constructed, recorded in the field, and
appropriated, then processed and layered them within garage band.
Faculty Leader: Samantha DiRosa
Location: Center for the Arts atrium
Public Archaeology: Preserving Our Past
The connection of archaeological resources to the environment is
directly tied to the concept of preservation and conservation of cultural
resources. Archaeological/Cultural resources are finite in-the-ground
resources much the same as our natural resources. This necessitates our
every effort at preservation and conservation. This interactive
archaeological display is for all ages and will address our collective
community responsibilities along with an overview of the Maya
archaeological project of Dr. Rissa Trachman.
Faculty Leader: Rissa Trachman
Location: Young Commons
Elon Academy Students display their photos & response to Robin Moore’s
Haiti Project, Frame of Mind.
Faculty Leader: Terry Tomaseck
Location: McKinnon Hall
Looping Short Bird Videos showing us the fascinating lives of birds and their
adaptations to the encroachment of human beings on their habitats
Locations: Center for the Arts building, Yeager Recital Hall – “Birds”
Moseley 216 – “More Birds”
Belk Library 113 – “Even More Birds”
Scheduled Events:
Climate Change, Coyotes, and Constellations: Readings about the Environment
Elon creative writers will read their poetry and prose focusing on the
natural world and humans’ relationship to the Environment.
Faculty Leader: Cassie Kircher
Location: 2:15 – 3:00pm, Lakeside Ampitheater
" Acquiring Dawn", a presentation of Choreography by Renay Aumiller and
costumes by Karl Green
The presentation will include a discussion of the work "Acquiring
Dawn", choreographed by Renay Aumiller. Renay will explain her process as
well as the inspiration of the work. The work is based on the Pulitzer Prize
winning novel “the road” by Cormac McCarthy. Renay will show a video of
the work. Karl will discuss the origins, making of the costumes and the
collaborative creative process.
Faculty Leaders: Renay Aumiller & Karl Green (Performing Arts)
Location: Belk Library 113, 2:30 – 3:00pm
Off the Grid: Time as a Social Construction
US Americans (USANS) are increasingly tyrannized by a turbo-charged
tempo that has far reaching implications for our health, mental well-being and the
environment. In this panel presentation, three anthropology students discuss their
experiences with being unplugged from “time.” They interrogate how turbo time
may be contrasted with “time” in other societies, explore the connection between
time and world views, reflect on the relationship of time to the transformation of
societies from foraging to industrialization, and consider the nexus of time with
ecological, economic, technological, and political systems.
Faculty Leader: Anne Bolin
Student Participants: Maria Castine, Hannah Braun and Clare Rayburn
Location: Moseley 217, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Interviewing Trees to Create Poems and Stories
What are your dreams? Your worries? Your hopes for the future?
These are probably questions that children might ask when interviewing
trees for a creative writing project written on site, with inspiration and
guidance from Elon creative writers.
Faculty Leader: Cassie Kircher
Time: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00
Location: Lakeside Amphitheatre ?
“Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” performance by Studio One
Location: Center for the Arts patio at 3:00pm
Choreography Showing
Students of the Dance Program discuss their creative process;
researching, developing, rehearsing, and presenting a work of their
choreography. Moderator: Lauren Kearns, Director of the Dance Program.
Faculty Leaders: Lauren Kearns & Chris Burnside (Performing Arts)
Location: Center for the Arts, Studio A, 3:30pm
Unveiling Visions Magazine
The editors of Visions, Elon’s magazine on environmental awareness and
sustainability, will unveil the 2014 issue of the magazine. Copies of Visions will be
distributed to the public after the event.
Faculty leader: Cassie Kircher
Time: 3:30
Location: Lobby outside of McKinnon Hall
North State Chamber Orchestra Performance
Location: Center for the Arts patio at 4:00pm
Robin Moore, Presentation on Haiti Project - Frame of Mind.
Location: McKinnon Hall, 4:00 – 4:30pm (Meet & Greet)
4:30 - 5:00pm (Presentation)
Elon University Percussion Ensemble performs Inuksuit by John Luther
"Some musical events encourage a community to take stock of its
surroundings, but very few so seamlessly fold into the environment itself
that they become part of a community's memory and imagination. John
Luther Adams' Inuksuit is one of those works. Scored for 9 to 99 percussion
players who are meant to be widely dispersed in an outdoor area,
Inuksuit has been described as the ultimate environmental piece." It will be
performed by members of the Elon University Percussion Ensemble under
the direction of Mariana Poole together with select Music Department
students, and community percussionists.
Faculty Leaders: Jon Metzger & Mariana Poole
Location: Outside the Center for the Arts on Pardue Court and around
Lake Mary Nell,
5:00 – 5:30pm
“The blip in time we call human history”.
Two major problems prevent most humans from comprehending
their history as a species: 1) an inability or reluctance to comprehend and
appreciate enormously long periods of time, and 2) the “human bias”, which
perpetually prompts us to focus exclusively on humans. Using the lenses of
mathematics and natural science, the presentation will summarize the two
broadest patterns of human history and explore the context these patterns
provide for modern economic, social, and environmental dilemmas.
Faculty Leader: Dave Gammon (Biology)
Student participants:
Location: Moseley 217
6 PM – 9:30 PM
Parent’s Night Out
PNO is being made available through the generosity of our
Education students. It will be running from 6:00-9:30pm. We
encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to
attend the President’s Music Concert and please contact PNO at to let them know of your plans to attend.
Please include the number of children attending, their names,
ages and your contact information.
7:30 PM – 9 PM
President's Music Concert
An evening to showcase the Department of Music at Elon, free
admission / ticket required.
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts