Faculty/Staff–Student Engagement through Dining

Elon is committed to fostering an integrated learning environment from the classroom to the dining hall. As part of Living and Learning at Elon, there are a number of ways for faculty and staff members to connect with students over a meal. Whether it is an informal conversation and opportunity to mentor a student, or a more formal event designed to strengthen the intellectual climate on campus, let us work with you to make eating with students an easy, enjoyable experience.

Take a Student to Lunch Program

Take a Student to Lunch, supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Student Life, continues to be an outstanding opportunity for outside-the-classroom Student-Educator connections. The program is designed for Faculty or Staff members to invite students for a meal, coffee, or snack and use the time to get to know each other better and/or to discuss projects, events or activities. Feedback about the program has been very positive and the program has shown to have strengthened or initiated new collaborations between Elon’s educators and students. Each faculty/staff member may use the program with up to five students (either individually or in small groups) each Fall and Spring semester, and with up to two students each Winter term.

Participating Locations for Take a Student to Lunch Program
  • Acorn Coffee Shop
  • Argo Tea
  • Clohan Hall
  • Irazu Coffee Shop
  • Lakeside Dining Hall
  • McEwen Dining Hall

Here is how it works:

  • No advance planning needed: simply present your IDs to the cashier at the dining locations and let them know you are “taking a student to lunch”.
  • No charge for the meal for student or faculty/staff member
SIDE (Student Initiated Dining Engagement) Swipes Program

Has the same benefits as the “Take a Student to Lunch Program” but it is student initiated. Students can use the SIDE Swipes program up to two (2) times each fall and spring semester and once during Winter Term.

Participating Locations for SIDE Swipes Program

  • Acorn Coffee Shop
  • Argo Tea
  • Clohan Hall
  • Irazu Coffee Shop
  • Lakeside Dining Hall
  • McEwen Dining Hall

Here is how it works:

  • No advance planning needed, the student simply presents ID first to the cashier at the dining location and let them know you are using “SIDE Swipes”.
  • No charge for the meal for student or faculty/staff member

Dining Engagement Long Tables

Enjoy a meal together (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) in a dining hall with your class, organization, Living Learning Community, or residentially linked course. Your students will use a meal swipe; instructors without a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal.

Visiting guest speakers: Schedule a meal with a guest speaker. There is no charge for the meal for the speaker or for the faculty, staff, and students in attendance who do not have a meal plan. Anyone with a meal plan will use his or her meal swipe.

The “Dining Engagement Long Table” in McEwen Dining Hall has a seating capacity for up to 30 people and Clohan and Lakeside offer seating areas for up to 16 people, designed to foster interaction and conversation over a meal. There is also the opportunity to reserve a smaller table in Green World within Clohan Hall for up to eight (8) people.

Reserve “Dining Engagement Long Tables” through 25Live. The host can either coordinate invitations themselves (for example, inviting members of a student organization or a class), or can work with the Coordinator for Residential Campus Dining and Engagement to create open invitations for students.

College Coffee

College Coffee is one of Elon’s oldest and most appreciated traditions. This weekly campus wide event brings Elon faculty, staff, and students together to build community and develop friendships. College Coffee offers conversation in a relaxed atmosphere with snacks and beverages. This event is hosted every Tuesday from 9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Phi Beta Kappa Commons. Table reservations are a great way to promote your organization or event. Tabling is open to groups who complete and submit a request at least one week in advance. Reserve a table here.

Table Reservations

Tabling is open to groups who complete and submit at least one week in advance. Due to safety and space limitations during inclement weather, a limited number of tables are available for any College Coffee. The number of tables at any College Coffee is limited to 15. Requested tables are approved or denied on a weekly basis. Please be aware that performances and speakers are no longer permitted in order to promote conversation and engagement. However, you can expect background music during the event.

Fall 2018 College Coffee Schedule

Date                             Rain Location                        Menu

August 28                     McKinnon Hall                       Donuts

September 4                 Koury Center Concourse         Breakfast Breads

September 11               McKinnon Hall                        Muffins

September 18               McKinnon Hall                        Breakfast Breads

September 25               McKinnon Hall                        Donuts

October 2                     McKinnon Hall                        Muffins

October 9                     McKinnon Hall                        Donuts

October 16                   (Inauguration Week CC)          Donuts

October 23                   McKinnon Hall                         Breakfast Breads

October 30                   Koury Center Concourse

November 6                 McKinnon Hall                         Muffins

November 13               McKinnon Hall                         Donuts

November 27               McKinnon Hall                         Muffins

December 4                 McKinnon Hall                         Breakfast Breads

 

For more information or assistance, contact the Coordinator for Residential Campus Dining and Engagement:

Elon Dining

To learn more about Elon’s dining facilities and check dining hall menus and hours, visit the Elon Dining website.