Elon’s Winter Term gets underway on campus and around the globe

Undergraduate students began their Winter Term Classes on campus on Tuesday while hundreds of Elon students traveled around the country and the globe for study abroad and Study USA programs.

Winter Term officially began for undergraduate students at Elon on Tuesday as classes began on campus and dozens of study abroad and Study USA programs got underway.

During the three-week term, most students will take a single course, meeting daily with faculty and their classmates before the term concludes on Jan. 27. Winter Term typically includes both core courses as well as courses with more creative or unique topics.

Students walk through the Richard and Gail Drew Lobby of the Dalton L. McMichael, Sr. Science Center after dismissal on the first day of Winter classes at Elon University Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

The Healthy Elon Committee has offered a range of tips to students, faculty and staff for a healthy Winter Term, such as abiding by the indoor mask requirement with a high-quality mask, getting a booster shot and maintaining open communication. More information about those tips are available here.

This week will also see hundreds of Elon students, faculty and staff head out around the globe on short-term study abroad and Study USA programs, which have adapted to help ensure health and safety both during travel and throughout the program. The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center continues to work daily and in close contact with global partner organizations to monitor changing pandemic conditions and track travel advisories and restrictions reported by the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and airline companies.

The center has been communicating daily with students leading up to their departure and launched a special web page to communicate changes in any programs and to archive email updates to participants.

During Winter Term, students on campus can participate in Burst the Bubble programs throughout the month. These free, noncredit sessions are created and led by students who have a talent, interest or skill they wish to share with their peers. Typically, a Burst the Bubble program meets three times – once a week – for an hour each time. Burst the Bubble programs are open to all students at Elon University.

Among the programs this year are “The Art of Fear: How to Write Horror,” “Swing Dancing,” “Zen Buddhism in College Contexts” and “More than just BTS: Conversations in K-Pop.” Find the complete list of programs and register here.

January is also a month for Elon to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including the National Day for Racial Healing on Jan. 18, a workshop on how to better support first-generation college students, service to the community through Habitat for Humanity builds and a food and diaper drive to benefit the United Way and CityGate DreamCenter. More event details area available here

Elon will also be hosting acclaimed actor BD Wong on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in McCrary Theatre as he delivers the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address as part of the university’s Speaker Series.

Appearing on screens big and small during the past 20 years, Wong has shown why he is one of the country’s most versatile performers, appearing in hits including “Law & Order: SVU,” “Oz,” “Mr. Robot,” “Gotham,” “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World.”

His Broadway debut in “M. Butterfly” earned him a Tony Award, an Outer Critic’s Circle Award, a Theatre World Award, a Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk Award as he became the only actor to ever win all five major New York theater awards for a single role.

More information about Wong and other Speaker Series events is available here.