Frequently Asked Questions
How are the operational changes at Elon affecting alumni programming and communication?
Even in the uncertain times we’re experiencing now, the alumni team continues to see its role as a positive force in a lifelong relationship between alumni and Elon. While we’ve postponed all events scheduled for the spring, we are working to make an intentional shift in how we engage with alumni in the weeks and months ahead.
For now, the focus will be on keeping people connected. Alumni will still hear from the Office of Alumni Engagement and the university, but rather than sending invitations to in-person gatherings or regularly sharing ways to make an impact through supporting Elon, alumni will receive messages of gratitude for engaging, volunteering and donating.
Alumni will hear about virtual events and professional development opportunities and ways to support other alumni and the broader community. We will be looking hard at new ways to provide some resources in the days and weeks ahead for all alumni, across various ages and stages, providing ways to connect alumni to one another and to Elon through virtual means.
The Office of Alumni Engagement is here in support of our alumni family and larger Elon community, and we look forward to hearing how we can continue to serve as a resource for alumni. We will still aim to be present as a meaningful part of the life of our alumni, but we will do it with a clear understanding that the most important thing right now is the health and well-being of each one of us and those we love.
What can alumni and parents do to support students being affected by the pandemic?
During times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, many students turn to the Chaplain’s Fund for critical financial help. This fund helps members of the campus community through unforeseen financial emergencies. Through the fund, the university privately helps students in need with things like books or rent, temporary lodging, help funding physical and mental health emergencies, or flights home for funerals or their own safety. Through small grants, the fund alleviates burdens of all kinds in times of great distress.
Every dollar in the fund is given by members of the Elon community, and every dollar is spent to help members of our community in their greatest time of need. The fund is a symbol of the qualities of this community—caring, thoughtful and generous.
The Chaplain’s Fund at Elon has already had unprecedented requests for financial assistance. We anticipate further growth in these requests as the pandemic and economic difficulties take hold in more communities.
If you are inclined and able to help, we encourage you to make a gift to the Chaplain’s Fund and become a partner in one of Elon’s quiet treasures at this time.
March 11: Parents Council meeting canceled
The Office Parent Engagement and university leaders have canceled the March 27–28 Parents Council meeting. The parent engagement team is exploring different opportunities for the council to engage with the university and will notify the group in the future. For questions, contact Jozi Snowberger ’07, senior director of parent engagement, at email@example.com.
March 13: JLAC meeting canceled
The Jewish Life Advisory Council meeting planned for March 29 has been canceled in accordance with Elon’s decision to transition to online classes after Spring Break (from March 23-April 5) in order to disrupt and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Jewish Life staff is currently working to find ways to engage with members virtually on strategic planning and visioning for Jewish Life, and will share more information as plans take shape. For questions, contact Betsy Polk, director of Jewish life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13: BLAC meeting canceled
The Black Life Advisory Council meeting scheduled for March 28 has been canceled. Organizers are working on providing opportunities to collaborate remotely and will communicate with members directly. For questions, contact Randy Williams, associate vice president for inclusive excellence and civic engagement, at email@example.com.
March 13: In-person CCM Advisory Board Meeting canceled, moved to video conference
The in-person Catholic Campus Ministry Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for March 28 has been canceled and will now take place over video conference. For questions, contact Trung Huynh-Duc, director of Catholic life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20: Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Awards Ceremony postponed
The Office of Alumni Engagement has postponed the April 18 ceremony to celebrate the 2020 Top 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients. An announcement about the new date will be made at a later date. For questions, contact Mary Chayse Haithcock, coordinator of alumni engagement and special events, at email@example.com.
March 20: Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony postponed
The Office of Alumni Engagement has postponed the May 2 ceremony to celebrate the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. An announcement about the new date will be made at a later date. For questions, contact Mary Chayse Haithcock, coordinator of alumni engagement and special events, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 19: Chapter events postponed
Amid additional concerns over the coronavirus outbreak within our alumni chapters and regions, the Office of Alumni Engagement has decided to suspend all in-person regional chapter events through at least May 15. Our staff plans to reassess the situation for potential late spring events and will keep all chapters posted of any decision beyond April 6. For questions, contact Brittany Sadler ’19, coordinator of regional alumni engagement, at email@example.com.
March 12: Elon LEADS Campaign celebrations postponed
Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control concerning large-scale gatherings, the Office of University Advancement has decided to postpone to a later date all spring events celebrating the Elon LEADS Campaign. This includes events in Baltimore, Tampa, Miami and Burlington/Triad. The health and safety of all members of our community remains our top priority, and the decision to postpone campaign related events reflects this commitment. For questions, contact John Barnhill ’92, associate vice president for university advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.