Faculty and staff look ahead to new academic year with Planning Week, Aug. 16-19

Elon faculty and staff will participate in a full week of activities, gatherings and workshops as Elon kicks off the 2021-22 academic year on Monday, Aug. 16, at Opening Day.

Faculty and staff will embark on their journey with Elon University as the 2021-22 academic year begins as Planning Week commencing on Monday, Aug. 16 with a campus-wide reception.

Planning Week

The reception will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the atrium on the concourse level of Schar Center, inside the main entrance. Following the reception, an announcement to congratulate the university’s most recent professorship recipients will begin at 10 a.m. and will be wrapped up by the opening address from President Connie Ledoux Book starting at 10:45 a.m.

All other events which will be held during the week, from Monday, Aug. 16 to Monday, Aug. 23, will be listed on the 2021 Planning Week site. The detailed schedule will list all events which require RSVPs, provide a directory of academic administration, deans, chairs, committee chairs, directors and fellows.

New hires

The site includes lists of faculty and staff hired since June 1, 2021 and other important dates occurring throughout the fall 2021 semester will be included on the 2021 Planning Week site. For those getting familiar with Elon, there is an overview of academic administrators, deans, department chairs, committee chairs, directors, and fellows, including a printable PDF.

For those hired after June 1, name tags will be delivered to each office by Friday, Aug. 13 and can be picked up from each office’s respective department assistant. If any new faculty or staff member is unable to get to their office before planning week, they may stop by the name tag table at the reception Monday morning to get their name tag.

University Directory Photographs

Need a new or replacement University Directory photograph? Click here for information regarding portrait sessions that will begin in September. University Communications is located in the Truitt Building on South campus, at the corner of South Antioch and East Trollinger avenues. No appointment is necessary for the scheduled portrait sessions.

*Please note: The photo studio is indoors, and you will be unmasked during the photo session. Therefore, in accordance with Elon policy, you must be fully vaccinated at that time if you want to participate.

Calendar events

Events during the week can be added to staff member’s direct calendars through 25Live, Elon’s event management system managed by the Office of Event and Space Management. All events can be viewed by clicking on the 25Live Calendar Events tab and multiple events can be selected at one time, if preferred.

School Supplies

The university will also begin participation in collecting school and personal hygiene items supplies for K-12 Alamance County students experiencing homelessness. This collection is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Office of the Dean of Students and will continue until Aug. 23.

More information regarding drop-off procedures will be emailed to faculty and staff.

Healthy Elon COVID-19 testing

During Planning Week, scheduled COVID-19 testing opportunities will be provided for unvaccinated staff and faculty. It is required that all unvaccinated faculty and staff be tested no later than Thursday, Aug. 19 to fulfill the August monthly testing requirement.

Planning Week Testing Schedule (Aug. 16-19)

  • Located in Oaks Neighborhood, McCoy Commons 207. Unvaccinated faculty and staff must test no later than Thursday, Aug. 19.
    • Monday, Aug. 16: 1 – 4 p.m
    • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17-19: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.

Fall Testing Schedule (Beginning Aug. 23)

Located in Oaks Neighborhood, McCoy Commons 207; unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must choose a regular appointment time for the semester. Students must sign up the week of Aug. 23; faculty and staff must begin testing the week of August 16.

  • Mondays: 9 a.m. – noon and 1  – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays : 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. –  noon

More information can be found regarding testing on the Healthy Elon website.

Kognito At-Risk Program

Counseling Services will also begin offering campus-wide mental health online training through the “Kognito At-Risk” program which can be accessed by visiting the website and logging in with an Elon username and password. The At-Risk for Faculty & Staff training will help people learn to notice signs of distress, develop and use techniques to discuss concerns and refer students to appropriate resources, if necessary.

College Coffee

Elon’s weekly tradition, College Coffee, will resume on Aug. 19 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. for a special New Student Orientation College Coffee, and will continue throughout the year on Tuesday mornings on Phi Beta Kappa Plaza (weather permitting) from 9:40 until 10:20 a.m.

New Student Convocation

The New Student Convocation will be Under the Oaks on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. In the case of rain, the convocation will be held in the Schar Center.