Alumni Updates

April 8, 2010

Our alumni are engaged in some exciting projects and initiatives. We want to make sure we’re keeping up with all the exciting work you’re doing. So be sure to contact us at eloncommalumni@gmail.com with updates about what you’re doing. Send us any details about projects you’re working on, honors you’ve won or changes in your employment status.

  • Erin Barnett

    Erin Barnett

    ERIN BARNETT ’09 had a documentary she produced as a student broadcast in the spring on One Africa TV. Erin Barnett’s film, “My Name is Anita,” introduces viewers to Anita Isaacs, a former Periclean-in-Residence at Elon and an HIV/AIDS activist in Namibia. The “Anita” film was also screened in October 2009 at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in Canada. Barnett is now an assistant to Alex Gibney at Jigsaw Productions in New York.

  • AUDREY SEAGRAVES ’02 won one of 15 Tech Award Laureates for 2009, an award that honors innovators from around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity. The online “Fair Wage Guide,” managed by Seagraves, is a tool to assist millions of workers in the developing world who live below the poverty level. Seagraves is Director of Programs for World of Good Development Organization, a non-profit organization focused on improving economic and social conditions for women and adolescent girls in the developing world who live on less than $2/day.
  • Alumni team that produced "Sequoia"

    Alumni team that produced "Sequoia"

    KATY BRANSTON, CONOR BRITAIN, CHRIS FORD, TIM JOHNSON, EMILY KAMISCHKE, LAUREN LIMERICK, KELLY MURTAUGH AND LIZZIE NAPIER, all 2009 alumni, produced a documentary titled “Sequoia: A Sailor and His Ship,” which won the North Carolina Filmmaker award at the Carolina Film and Video Festival in Greensboro, N.C. The students completed the all the filming and basic work in the fall semester Communications Fellows capstone course and then put finishing touches on the project in the spring with the support of elondocs. The film also will be screened at the Asheville Film Festival in November.

  • BILLY CAHILL ’09 won an award for his film “A Slice of Key Lime Pie” from The Canadian International Film Festival. The film, which Cahill made during his senior year at Elon, is about a college student’s attempt to impress a boy she likes as she prepares for her first date.
  • NATALIE FAVA AND TAYLOR JOHNSON, both 2009 alumnae, had their film “Elsewhere: 3 Stories Afterwards” selected for the 2009 Carrboro Film Festival in November. The film is about a woman named Sylvia, who collected everything and sold almost nothing from her family’s Army surplus store. What was left after she died in 1997 were three stories of American memorabilia stacked floor to ceiling in a building in downtown Greensboro, N.C.
  • SCOTT GUSTAFSON ’00, OLIVIA HUBERT-ALLEN ’09, TOM MULLEN ’00 and BETH ROBERTS ’07 spoke to a packed room of undergraduate and graduate students in February as part of a panel discussion titled “How to Win Friends and Influence Your Career.” All panelists agreed that networking was a necessary component of their job and internship searches. They acknowledged that students can’t be afraid to meet people and, most importantly, remember people.
  • RICH BLOMQUIST ’00, a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” who has won a number of Emmys for his work, co-wrote a book titled “Sexy Book of Sexy Sex” with “Daily Show” contributor Kristen Schaal.
  • HEATH OLDHAM ’00 on an Emmy award from The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter for marketing work he did for WTVR-TV CBS 6 news in Richmond, Va., earlier in June. Oldham, the promotions manager for the news organization, worked with two other people on the Emmy-award winning promotional spot featuring CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg.
  • MATT DAVIS ’09 presented a research paper in November at a scholarly conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Asian Studies at Villanova University. Davis’s paper, “Loanwords in Lyrics: An Audience-Oriented Study of English in J-Pop Music,” examines English-language loan words in Japanese popular music.
  • COLLEEN CALLAHAN and CAROLYN KLASNICK, both 2009 alumnae, won the GLEE Photobucket Show Us Your Gold Star Potential contest administered by Photobucket. They submitted an episode of a series called titled “Transitions,” which Callahan produced in her seminar project class. (Watch the VIDEO.)
  • Bobby Hoppey

    Bobby Hoppey

    ROBERT HOPPEY ’09 saw a tough job market in the year leading up to his graduation, he built a “souped-up multimedia resume” that included a video spoof of “The Office” television program to show potential employers his creative side. CBS Evening News took note, too, and Hoppey was featured in a June 8 nationwide segment on the ways college graduates are marketing themselves in an economic recession.



  1. Did Anita Pelaez of Kutchie and Anita’s Key Lime Pie Company have anything to do with your designs of these yummy treats?
    It sure looks like she had her hands involved in it.

  2. Hey, I was just reading through your site and came across the comment about Kutchie and Anita’s Key Lime Pie Factory. It is a very wonderful place and their key lime pies are second to none. In fact they are the best we have ever eaten anywhere. We have been there three times in the last 10 years and enjoy it more and more each time we visit. The first time was after visiting the Biltmore House close by. We always love to visit Asheville on some of our summer vacations because it is much cooler there than it is here in Florida. We just learned this year that Kutchie and Anita’s does indeed ship they’re pie overnight and have found that service to be very convenient for us. You’re previous poster might have been wrong about her listing. I was under the impression that the name of the bakery was “Anita’s and Kutchie’s Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill.” Either way it’s the best thing that Asheville has going for it other than the cooler summer nights.

    Thanks a lot and we really love your web-site,……..Jamie

  3. Hello Ladies, Please Take A Few Minutes And Enjoy My True Stories About The Wonderful World Of Key Lime Pies As Well As The Magic Of The Most Beautiful “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” Wife Extraordinaire And The Beauty Queen Of The Key Lime Pie World! “Oh”, What An Honor That Must Be.


    Blues Here, How Are You All Doing? That’s Great, I’am Just Setting Here
    Watching “Major Crimes” On The Tube. Pretty Good Show. Wouldn’t You
    Just Love To Be Eating A Nice Big Slice Of Anita’s Key Lime Pie As You
    Two Lovers Are Snuggling There Watching The Show? Then You Two Love
    Birds Can Get Into Each Others Drawers After this Episode Goes Off.
    That’s Sure What My Love A I Are Contemplating As We Eat Our Second
    Slice Of Pie. Well Eat Your Hearts Out, Better Luck Next Time!

    “Ah”, Yes, My Little Chickadees, May Each One Of You Enjoy Your Very
    Own Key Lime Pie Baked by The Lovely And Most Gracious,…Mrs. Anita
    Pelaez and Her Handsome Husband ….Captain Kutchie Pelaez. Together The
    Proud Owners Of Asheville’s Own

    Anita And Kutchie Pelaez’s Key Lime Pie Factory And GRILL Conveniently
    Located Near The Biltmore House And Estate In That Beautiful City. Known
    As Heaven On Earth Whenever Mrs. Anita Pelaez Is Anywhere Near. “AH”,
    The Magic Of Anita Pelaez And Her KEY LIME Pies. Voted The Country’s
    Favorite For The Past 27 Consecutive Year!

    …..That Babe Can Bake Me A Pie Anytime She Wants Too….Elwood Blues

    “Honey”, Set here on my lap and we can talk about the first thing that pops up!….Hell Yes!


    Elwood Blues

    Turn You’re Ladies On In Extra High Heat Mode Easily Just By Seducing
    Her With “Anita Pelaez’s” Ultra-Sexy Key Lime Pies! You Know The Pies
    That Her And Her Famous Husband Kutchie Have Been Baking The Last
    40-Years Over Too Their Key Lime Pie Factory Near the Biltmore House and
    Estate In NC.,..Yeah, That’s The Ones, You Dirty Mind! Shame On You.

    Anita’s KLP Will Light Her Candle And Make Her Hard To Handle.
    Guaranteed That She Will Get A-Hold Of You’re Handle Too….Your Boy
    Elwood Says,….”AH”, The Magic Of Anita Pelaez ..And Her Key Lime Pies!
    “Yeah”, You’ll Be “AH-ING” Too!…Put Your Faith In Anita’s Pies.

    Is what they are all saying true about how eating those World Famous Key
    Lime Pies Baked In The Carolina Mountains By The Former Miss Florida
    USA And High Fashion And Swimsuit Model …”Mrs. Anita Pelaez”, ….Surely
    Everyone Has Heard Or Read By Now That Consuming Her Wonderful Key Lime
    Pies Has The Ability To Cause The Male Penis Length To Increase 50% Or
    More. And The Girth Of The Erect Male Penis To Increase To Six-Inches
    AROUND!….”WOW”, And Add To The Fact That Her Pies Have Been Known To
    Make Males Multiorgasmic /One Orgasm One After Another With Little Or No
    Reflationary Period In Between Ejaculations Is Nothing Short Of
    Awesome!. Why, It’s A Miracle If You Ask Me.. ..You Can Count Me In On
    That,… That’s For Damn Sure!,….Mrs. Anita Pelaez Is Surely The
    Undisputed Queen Of Key Lime Pies That’s For Sure……Yes, There Was A Time
    For Decadent Key Lime Pies And That Time Is Now At…..”Anita and
    Kutchie’s Key Lime Pie Factory And Grille’, Conveniently Located In
    Asheville, NC., Near The Biltmore House And Estate….Yes The First Lady
    Of Key Lime Pies,..”Mrs. Anita Pelaez” States “For You’re Pies Only”.
    …Count Us In Darling, Sweetheart, Please Wrap-Us Up A Dozen Pies
    To-Go!…We’re Gettin The Band Back Together……………..Thanks,….Elwood.

    I Know That Your Not Going To Believe This When You First Read It.
    Don’t Worry, I Didn’t Believe It Either At First. My Dear Wife Insisted
    Or As She Said, That She Was Going To Cut Me Off. Now I Like My Nooky As
    Well As Anybody But When She Starts talking About Cutting Me Off. Well,
    Lets Just Make A Long Story Short, If You Want To Continue Eating At
    The (Y), Then You Had Better Listen To What Mama Is Whispering Into Your
    Ear. Get The Damn Pies, Enjoyed Them With The Little Lady And Die A
    Happy Man. End Of Story.

    People, If You Want To Have A Lot More Sex Then You Need To Start Eating A Lot More Of Anita And Kutchie Pelaez’s Key Lime Pies!

    …One Eyed Willie…Smooth Willie…Be Good Willie!…Elwood Blues…Darling,..Don’t Go Breaking My Heart!

    Honey, What’s the number to the Key Lime Pie Factory?…We’re Out Again!

    We Last Saw Captain Kutchie Pelaez With His Old Compadres Yankee Jack, Captain Tony, Micheal McCloud And Jimmy Buffett All Of Key West Fame!

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