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

  • No advance planning needed; simply present your IDs to the cashier at Colonnades or Lakeside and let them know you are “taking a student to lunch”
  • Faculty/staff can use the program to invite up to five students to lunch for fall term and five students for spring term; up to two students for winter term
  • No charge for the meal for the student or faculty/staff member
  • SIDE Swipes has the same benefits of the “take a student to lunch” program but is student initiated

Visiting Speakers

Schedule a meal with a guest speaker for up to 16 people at one of the long tables* in Colonnades or Lakeside Dining Hall. 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 a meal swipe.)  Schedule with Barb Carlton, Coordinator for Residential Campus Dining and Engagement (contact info at bottom of page). 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 Engagement to create open invitations for students.

Linked Courses

Enjoy a meal together (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) in a dining hall with your residentially linked course. Reserve tables for a one time or recurring meal with the Coordinator for Residential Campus Dining and Engagement in order to be sure to reserve enough seating for your class. Your students will use a meal swipe; instructors without a meal plan will receive a complimentary meal.

*The “long tables” in Colonnades and Lakeside are 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 in Colonnades for up to 8 people. They will be reserved through a combination of scheduled events hosted by academic departments, student organizations, or neighborhood associations; however informal meals/events can occur at times the tables are not reserved.

Elon Tradition of College Coffee

One of Elon’s most cherished traditions, College Coffee is held every Tuesday, 9:40 to 10:20 a.m., during the fall and spring semesters at Phi Beta Kappa Commons in the Academic Village. The entire Elon community unites for conversation over coffee and pastries. College Coffee as it’s known today was established in 1984 by President Emeritus J. Fred Young, who had heard of a similar tradition at Davidson College. It has been held in various locations on campus, including Scott Plaza and Young Commons, before relocating to Phi Beta Kappa Commons in fall 2009. Young’s College Coffee initiative was preceded by similar student-organized events in the early 1980s. In the 1980-81 academic year, the Student Government Association hosted “weekly coffees” on Thursday mornings in the Long Student Center’s second floor. In February 1983, then-SGA President Ted Reinheimer ’83 hosted an SGA Faculty/Student Coffee to “talk about problems and present new ideas.” Table reservations at College Coffee are a great way to promote your department, organization, or event. Please log into PhoenixCONNECT to submit a reservation form. You can find the current semester’s schedule of College Coffee here.

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.