What’s to come during Planning Week for the 2022-23 academic year

Elon faculty and staff will participate in a full week of activities, gatherings and workshops as the university looks to begin the 2022-23 academic year.

Planning Week is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 15, as Elon University prepares to welcome more than 6,000 undergraduate students to campus. Elon faculty and staff will start the week by gathering in Schar Center on Monday morning for a reception for new faculty and staff, a presentation to honor this year’s Elon Medallion recipients, and then an announcement of new professorship selections and then an opening address by President Connie Ledoux Book.

Other events throughout the week include a session on the Boldly Elon strategic plan, open houses and tours of locations on campus, meetings of each school at the university, and various faculty and staff receptions. The full list of events and programs can be found on the Planning Week website.

Planning Week highlights

Opening Day

Monday, Aug. 15, will officially kick off the 2022-23 academic year. Opening Day events begin with a reception to meet new faculty and staff and congratulate the Elon Medallion recipients in the atrium on the concourse level of Schar Center at 8:15 a.m. The presentation of Elon Medallions and named professorships will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. President Connie Ledoux Book will give the Opening Address directly following the medallion and professorships presentation. The campus community is then invited to gather for a lunch in locations around campus.

A detailed list of events from Monday, Aug. 15 to Monday, Aug. 22 can be found on the 2022 Planning Week website.

University Directory Photographs

For a new or replacement university directory photograph, University Communications takes directory portraits of faculty and staff in open sessions each month. No appointment is necessary. Just drop in during a session listed below that suits you. They are indoors and unmasked, so you must be fully vaccinated. The portraits are taken from the chest up on a gray backdrop in a photo studio.

The studio is located in the south end of Alumni Gym. Those who arrive for portrait sessions should enter through the East Haggard Avenue entrance to Alumni Gym and the studio is to the left.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 16 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 10 a.m. to noon

Calendar Events

Detailed instructions on how to use the Events Calendar and add events directly to your personal calendar can be found on the Planning Week website by clicking “Schedule” on the navigation bar on the left or the featured link icon near the top of the front page. Once familiar with the feature, you can go directly to all of the events by clicking on the 25Live Calendar Events tab and select multiple events at one time.

School supplies

Elon will once again participate in collecting school and personal hygiene supplies for K-12 Alamance County students experience homelessness. Please support the education of young people in our county. This effort, which will continue through Aug. 22, is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Kernodle Center for Civic Life. More information about drop-off procedures is available here.

Name Tags

Name tags for new employees hired since June 1 will be delivered to each office by Aug. 12. New employees should pick up name tags from their department assistant. If you are unable to get to your office prior to Planning Week, you may stop by the name tag table at the Opening Day reception on Monday morning to get one. After Monday’s reception, please see the assistant in your area to get your name tag.

College Coffee

On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., Elon’s weekly tradition of community gathering begins with the first College Coffee of the academic year. College Coffee continues throughout the year on Tuesday mornings from 9:40 to 10:20 a.m.

Representatives from the Office of Leadership and Professional Development as well as each of the following Employee Resource Groups will be available to engage with faculty and staff members at this event. Employee Resource Groups include:

  • Advocates for the Differently-abled
  • Amazing Admins
  • Black Employee Resource Group
  • Caregivers
  • Cultivating Emerging Professionals
  • Employees with Children
  • Latinx/Hispanic
  • Mindfulness
  • Retirement Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Supervisors of Student Employees
  • Women’s Forum at Elon

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation will be Under the Oaks on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:45 a.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held in Schar Center.