Innovation: Recognizing, Celebrating, & Empowering

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.

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 Neighborhood Plan for 17-18

The Neighborhood Plan is an educational roadmap for integrating Colonnades residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences. Download the plan for 17-18.

Neighborhood Student Population

  • 430 students
  • 39% first-year
  • 52% sophomore
  • 6% junior
  • 3% senior

Facilities and Amenities

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. The Colonnades Neighborhood is committed to sustainable living. Download the Sustainable Living Guide to find out more. The Colonnades Dining Hall is conveniently located in our Neighborhood.

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

  • 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:

Academic Connections

There are several residentially linked course sections of the First Year Foundations Courses, COR 110: The Global Experience and ENG 110: Writing, Argument & Inquiry for first-year students taught in or near the neighborhood. To download the full list of fall 2017 linked course sections, time slots, and linked neighborhoods, click here.

Dr. Terry Tomasek, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

There are two neighborhood faculty affiliatesDr. David Bockino (Asst. Professor of Communications) and Dr. Pamela Winfield (Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies), who are each affiliated with the neighborhood and help students make connections to faculty outside of the classroom and office hours.

The University’s Maker Hub is in Harper Hall.

The T-Room: a tea room and study space in Staley for students to engage with the Faculty Director and other faculty guests.

Living Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Student Directed Communities

Hall for Change

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

  • Every year we kick off the academic year with First Night ‘Nades to welcome first-years!
  • Partnering with Belk Library and the GLC on the Human Library
  • 6th Annual Colonnades Carnival will take place April 2018
  • Each semester we host a Fireside chat on current events or hot topics
  • Partnering with the Danieley neighborhood for Daniel Commons Late Nights

Community Partnership

The Colonnades Neighborhood partners with the Village Project to support student engagement in our surrounding community through volunteer service. We have chosen to specifically partner with Eastlawn Elementary School.  After being trained, interested residents will serve as reading tutors working with one child and a parent or guardian to develop the child’s reading skills.