Resilient and Agile in a Shifting Landscape

The Colonnades neighborhood, named for the Elon literary magazine first published in 1937, is the place where students from all class years, first-year through senior, “create connected communities” in five buildings that surround the geothermal field adjacent to the Koury Business Center.

In Colonnades, we want to develop a community that creates a network of belonging where students intentionally provide appropriate recognition, support, challenge, inspiration and accountability for each other.  Our current lived experiences have drastically changed over the past year. It is difficult to even anticipate the Elon landscape for the fall semester and beyond. Just as we have changed how we currently ‘belong’ to each other, we must learn to make meaning from altered lived experiences in new ways.  Our neighborhood outcomes and plans are centered on helping students to be more resilient and agile in how they approach the shifting landscape of this new academic year, and to find meaning and purpose in belonging in communal living.  We recognize the need to rebuild community in Colonnades, at Elon, in our town and across our country.

The Colonnades Commitment

The foundation of Colonnades stems from our commitment to sustainability and innovation.  We approach our commitment with a three-pronged philosophy in which social, environmental, and economic factors intersect. While sustainability and innovation are at the heart of Colonnades, it is stewardship that elevates Colonnades to a community focused on creating connection. We are the stakeholders. Together, we are the pillars of our community.

The Colonnades and EcoVillage Neighborhood Plan

The Colonnades Neighborhood Plan 23-24 is an educational roadmap for integrating Colonnades residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences.

EcoVillage Student Population

  • Fall 2024: 12 students, sophomores-seniors

Colonnades Neighborhood Student Population

  • 430 students
  • 41% first-year
  • 33% sophomore
  • 19% junior
  • 7% senior

Facilities and Amenities – EcoVillage LLC at Loy Farm

More information on the EcoVillage at Loy Farm can be found here. 

Facilities and Amenities – Colonnades

All buildings are mixed gender. The rooms include closets, sinks, and moveable furniture. Each building has printing stations, lounges, community kitchens, and suite-style baths. The Colonnades quad is perfect for outdoor activities in the warmer months. There is a hammock hangout area as well as a grill and picnic table. The Colonnades Neighborhood is committed to sustainable living. Download the Sustainable Living Guide to find out more. The Clohan Dining Hall is conveniently located in our Neighborhood.

The neighborhood includes five residence hall style buildings: Story, Moffitt, Kivette, Staley, and Colonnades E.

  • Spacious double rooms sharing bathrooms for first year students
  • Sophomore pod suites with two single rooms, a bathroom and a small living room
  • Stand-alone singles for juniors and seniors with stackable washers and dryers and private bathrooms

Get a 360-degree view of a single in Colonnades:
Room In Colonnades

Neighborhood Leadership

Carley Strausser, the Community Director, lives in the neighborhood and leads the residence life aspects of the neighborhood.

Dr. Nina Namaste, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Dr. Khirey Walker, the Faculty in Residence, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Living-Learning Communities in Colonnades

Living-Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

The Tea-Room