The Greek community at Elon University is widely acknowledged as one of the strongest in North Carolina and the Southeast. All three governing councils (IFC, PHC, NPHC) regularly win awards at their respective regional conferences, in addition to Elon's individual chapters receiving national recognition from their Headquarters. The "Greek Life Leadership Team" consists of the Director of Greek Life, the Assistant Director of Greek Life, Greek Life Program Assistant, the House Managers, seasonal Interns, and student workers. Additional support comes from the unifying council officers.
The Loy Center is located on the North side of Elon's campus. The Loy Center was given to Elon by Mr. Bill Loy in loving memory of his wife, Lib Apple Loy, a 1947 graduate of Elon. While a student at Elon College, Mrs. Loy become a member of Beta Omicron Beta sorority (now Elon's Delta Zeta Chapter, founded at Elon in 1972). The Apple family gave Elon the land for the Loy Center courtyard at the formal dedication ceremony on November 1987. Since its inception in 1987, the university-owned Loy Center has tripled in size and now houses 19 chapter facilities. Due to the demand for fraternity and sorority housing, Greek Life also uses an additional 2 facilities located in Colonnades B Hall.
The Loy Center Spirit Rock has been a part of Elon University Greek Life since the dedication of the Loy Center in 1987. It symbolizes the pride, spirit, and unity of the chapters that make up the Greek Community.
Now located in the Loy Center, the rock was originally on what once was "Miracle Mile". During Elon's growth and expansion, the rock was moved to its current location and has since become a unique addition to the Loy Center. The rock is used by the community during sorority and fraternity recruitment, Greek Week, Homecoming, and other special activities such as philanthropy and service events to celebrate and show pride in the Greek Community.
For over 10 years, members of the Elon University National Pan-Hellenic Council have been discussing the idea of having plots on the Elon campus. The first proposal was submitted by Karen Cain-Henderson asking the university to consider finding a space on campus where the chapters could create a "plot" in the same tradition as historically black colleges and universities. Several spaces were suggested and considered. A second proposal was then submitted several years later with the similar intention – to find a space on campus where the chapters would build and install plots in the traditional sense.
The most recent proposal was made on September 21, 2001, to find a location for NPHC plots. The proposal included the explanation of the importance of plots and the suggestions of the students for what the plots would look like. The proposal asked for consideration of space by East Gym, the Loy Center, and Jordan Center. Following this final proposal the university created a task force, led by Smith Jackson, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and Scott Nelson, Assistant Dean of Students. The task force was created to consider the proposal and complete research as to what other institutions were installing in the plot tradition. Members of the administration traveled to several different institutions and developed a final proposal on October 23, 2003 indicating that the location for a permanent memorial for Elon's NPHC groups should be behind the Moseley Center at the top of the Loy Center, and that each chapter would be commemorated with a stone monument.
In the fall of 2004, the member organizations of the Elon University National Pan-Hellenic Council were informed that the "plots" were being made and we saw the first pictures of the monuments as they were being completed. The excitement we felt was overwhelming. The dream of having plots at Elon was coming true. The monuments were beautiful, and while they are not traditional plots, we believe that they represent the Elon NPHC very well and provide a permanent place for NPHC organizations at Elon University.
Elon decided to go with the garden concept based on their research from other institutions. Elon and the NPHC members agreed this space should be preserved forever and treated with the respect and care that it deserves. The NPHC Garden will be a space for all members of the Elon community to appreciate the history of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and its member organizations. No permanent alterations will be made to the garden in order to protect its beauty for years to come. Thus, this space will be referred to as the National Pan-Hellenic Council Garden.