• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Mary Morrison l 4/1/2021

Mary Morrison shares the theme "Bridging to Hope". Mary shares about finding hope in life's beginnings and endings. We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!


For our music today, please enjoy Elon student Michael Dikegoros singing "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney. Dikegoros is accompanied by Nathan Keffer, videography by Willem Butler. All three are students at Elon.


Mary Morrison joined the university nearly 15 years ago, in June 2006, and since that time has led the Kernodle Center to become a national model for service learning and civic engagement. Elon was among the first universities in the nation to receive the Carnegie Classification for Civic Engagement and regularly appeared on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from the Corporation for National and Community Service. More recently, in the past two years, Elon has been ranked #2 in the nation for institutions with excellent service-learning programs by U.S. News & World Report in its feature on high-impact practices.


Mary’s retirement marks the conclusion of a tremendous 43-year career in education, public service, and volunteer management. Before coming to Elon, Mary served as the Director of Programs and Outreach for GEAR UP NC at the University of North Carolina General Administration, Director of the APPLES Service-Learning Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, Continuing Education Specialist at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Extension Agent for Orange County 4-H Cooperative Extension Service.

Among the many awards, Mary has received in her career is the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award from North Carolina Campus Compact, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Elon University.


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