Elon tradition returns with coffee and community

The first College Coffee of the university's quasquicentennial year brought students, faculty and staff together over donuts and "Phoenix blend" coffee on the first day of the fall semester.

Elon University’s 125th anniversary celebrations continued Tuesday morning as hundreds of students, faculty and staff converged on Phi Beta Kappa Plaza for the first College Coffee of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The weekly tradition, which first started in 1984 shortly after Fonville Fountain opened in front of Alamance building, is a signature campus event. Elon University President Leo M. Lambert and President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley were among the many faces in the crowd Aug. 27 as freshmen met some of their future professors and upperclassmen reconnected following their summer break.

How much food and drink was prepared for the first College College of the fall? By the numbers:

  • 2,400 donuts
  • 40 gallons of regular “Phoenix blend” coffee
  • 10 gallons of decaffeinated coffee
  • 80 gallons of apple juice
  • 40 gallons of ice water
  • 40 gallons of iced coffee

Another new element of College Coffee on Tuesday was the distribution of collectible cards in honor of the university’s 125th anniverary. Each card in the set details a milestone or important development in Elon’s history and includes a historic photo

Look for three new cards each week at a table at College Coffee through Nov. 5. If you miss a week, cards from previous weeks will also be available at the table, while supplies last.

Alumni and friends of the university can obtain complete sets of the cards at the Martin Alumni Center during Homecoming, Nov. 8-9