Traditions and History of Elon University: Past, Present, and Future​

The Historic Neighborhood theme is ​Traditions and History of Elon University: Past, Present and Future​. These three parts are all facets of what will be important to a student living in the historic neighborhood, typically a first-year student. They will learn the traditions and history of Elon, learn to take advantage of the great opportunities in front of them right now, and to thoughtfully plan for their time at Elon and beyond. For many years The Historic Neighborhood residents are introduced to slogan “You are rooted in Greatness”. From their First night here in Elon, they are made aware of how special it is to live in the oldest neighborhood where they get their first acorn. Our programs incorporate elements of Elon’s history and traditions as well as alumni to further the advancement of our Neighborhood theme. The neighborhood will spend some time looking back at the history of Elon overall and the neighborhood in particular as well as help students see the history they are currently making.

Four Rings: Supporting the Whole Student

For the 2017-2018 year, we are implementing a four-ring model that complements the residence life programming foundation for our first-year residents. The four-rings reinforce what it means to be a holistic student at Elon University. We encourage Historic residents to to complete their four rings by the end of their first year at Elon. Each month, several events that fall into the categories of these four rings will be available for Historic residents to participate in. The four rings are:

  • academic success
  • school spirit
  • community
  • mindfulness

Historic Neighborhood Plan

The Neighborhood Plan is an educational roadmap for integrating Historic residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences. Download the Historic Neighborhood Plan.

Neighborhood Student Population

  • 665 students
  • 96% first-year
  • 3% sophomore
  • 1% junior
  • <1% senior

Facilities and Amenities

  • 665 residence hall spaces, 95% double rooms, 5% singles
  • 8 Buildings: Cannon Pavilion, Carolina, HBB (Hook, Brannock, and Barney), Kenan Pavilion, Smith, Sloan, Virginia, and West

Get a 360-degree view of a room in Historic:

Academic Connections

There are several residentially linked course sections of the First Year Foundations Courses, COR 110: The Global Experience, ENG 110: Writing, Argument & Inquiry, and STS 110: Statistical Reasoning 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.

Max Negin, the Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

There are two neighborhood faculty affiliates, Dr. Ariela Marcus-Sells (Asst. Professor of Religious Studies) and Mr. Bob Shea (Associate Vice President for Business, Finance & Technology), who are each affiliated with Historic Neighborhood and help Historic residents make connections to faculty outside of the classroom and office hours.

Living-Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

  • First Night Elon with annual time capsule collection
  • Hall Banner Making
  • Monthly service opportunities
  • January dinner in conjunction with January Term Theme
  • March dinner in conjunction with Founders Day
  • Smith and Carolina BBQ (October)
  • Finals Historic Study Nights (Fall and Spring)
  • West Birthday Party, in conjunction with Homecoming
  • Late Night Breakfast for Exam Break
  • Historic Block Party, at the end of Spring semester
  • Three career advising sessions, one each in Fall, Winter, and Spring, focusing on helping students with their resumes, cover letters, and advising
  • Senior Week in Historic ​(Seniors are invited back to visit the residence hall they lived as first-year students)
  • Historic Night at [fill in the sport]: In cooperation with the athletic department, coaches, players or staff will visit with students to discuss their sport. Then, the neighborhood will attend one or more events of that sport.
  • Faculty Director Mystery Guest Program: A small group of students will be invited to meet with a mystery guest at the faculty director’s apartment. In the days leading up to the event, hints will be sent to invitees, but they will not know who is coming until the day of the event.
  • Morning Brew with Max: morning coffee and snacks with the Faculty Director in newly renovated West Parlor