The Loy Neighborhood 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 Neighborhood courtyard at the formal dedication ceremony on November 1987. Since its inception in 1987, the university-owned Loy Neighborhood has tripled in size and now houses 19 chapter facilities.
The Loy Neighborhood Spirit Rock has been a part of Elon University Greek Life since the dedication of the Loy Neighborhood in 1987. It symbolizes the pride, spirit, and unity of the chapters that make up the Greek Community.
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.
The NPHC Garden is a space for all members of the Elon community to appreciate the history of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and its member organizations. The NPHC Garden was designed after an extensive planning process involving many stakeholders. The monuments are 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. Click here for more information on their dedications.
For over 10 years, members of the Elon University National Pan-Hellenic Council had 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.
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 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 Neighborhood, and that each chapter would be commemorated with a stone monument.
Elon decided to design 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.