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Elon phoenix families fall 2017
An Elon experience with the Kernodle Center

Elon students are active and engaged, both in and out of the classroom. The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement is a wonderful place for students to explore leadership development, learn ways to engage in their communities, and discuss difficult social issues. Each year, the Kernodle Center hires over 140 student leaders to plan and implement programs that reach over 3,000 students annually. Leading your peers in service is a great way to learn skills that are useful regardless of career path or major. Students are welcome to stop by the office to learn more about any of the opportunities. Involvement with the Kernodle Center satisfies one of the five Elon Experiences and is included on the Visual Experiential Transcript.


Intersect conference

Intersect is a two-day conference that provides an unprecedented look at the disciplines of diversity, leadership and the cross-sections of the two. Participants engage in dialogue and reflection through keynote speakers, educational sessions and round table discussions. The conference pillars work to inspire participants to create positive change for the common good in their organizations and communities. The 2017 Intersect keynote speaker is Kat Blaque, an animator, illustrator, and YouTuber. Blaque has been openly sharing her life, which she playfully refers to as an "intersectionality salad," as she embodies various identities and experiences. Intersect will be held Nov. 10-11 and is FREE for Elon students.


Life after Elon

The Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) has had a very busy fall semester. More than 1,000 students and 100 employers attended the Beta Alpha Psi Meet and Greet, Sales Meet and Greet, and Job and Internship Expo. On Nov. 7th, the SPDC will host the Social Impact Fair. There, students can speak with representatives from a variety of organizations working to make the world a better place. Students will have the chance to learn about domestic and global internships or fellowships, full-time employment opportunities, and short-term post-graduate service experiences. Throughout this semester career advisors have been busy working with students to help them secure internships and full-time employment, as well as helping with graduate school applications. Students are encouraged to make a one-on-one appointment with an advisor or stop by for career advising during drop-in hours.


Fraternity & Sorority Life

With over 250 student organizations at Elon, being a part of a fraternity or sorority is yet another way to be involved in the overall campus community. Fraternity & Sorority Life staff work with the registered fraternities, sororities, honor societies and governing councils to positively impact local and international communities. Formal membership recruitment occurs in the spring. Eligibility requirements can be found online.


Global Education Center

The Global Education Center (GEC) celebrates another record-breaking year: 83 percent of the Class of 2017 participated in Study Abroad or Study USA. Plus, a record number of international students are currently on campus, including 16 Business Dual Degree students.

Recently, Elon was named the School of Record for Accademia Europea di Firenze in Florence, Italy, which hosts the Center in Florence. The GEC announced the new School of Education Center Abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand; as well as new partnerships with the University of Sydney, Theatre Academy London, the London School of Economics, ICADE Business School in Spain, Sant’Anna Institute in Italy, NEOMA Business School in France and with CIEE Open Campus in Cape Town, South Africa.

Health related absences

As fall weather arrives in North Carolina, we begin to see an increase in seasonal allergies, sinus infections, colds, etc. Students who become ill and are unable to attend class should email their professors as soon as possible, typically before the missed class, in order to notify professors of the reason for absence and begin a conversation about missed coursework. Each academic department determines policies and procedures for missed classes and coursework. Information is included on each course syllabus. Please visit the Academic Catalog to read the university statement on attendance. If a student is hospitalized and unable to communicate on their own behalf, please contact


Student concerns

If you are concerned for a student’s health or well-being you may submit a student concerns report. This information may be used to help link a student with resources and/or respond if a student’s behavior is creating a situation that is concerning, disruptive or potentially unsafe for themselves or others. Please remember this reporting form is for non-emergency reporting only and responding staff members are not clinical counselors. If any person may be in danger, call 911 immediately.


Final exams

Fall semester final exams are Dec. 9-14. Be sure that you and your student are aware of the final examination schedule (click on “Exam Schedules” for a complete list of times and dates) and policies for travel and planning purposes.

Commencement for the Class of 2018

The 128th Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 19, on Scott Plaza in front of Alamance building. Tickets are not required for the outdoor ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Family Weekend 2017 was a success!

Thank you to all of the families and friends who joined their students back on campus during Family Weekend 2017! We had a wonderful time celebrating #ElonFamily with you. Dates for Family Weekend 2018 will be shared soon. Be sure to check the website often and follow Elon Parents on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

See the 2017-18 academic calendar, the Elon Athletics schedule and the university's cultural calendar for upcoming event dates. Below, we've highlighted Elon events that may be of interest to you and your student.

Social Impact Career Fair- Nov. 7

Student flu clinic in Koury Campus Recreation Concourse (4-7 p.m.)- Nov. 9

Registration for winter and spring classes- Nov. 9

Deadline for summer and fall 2018 study abroad and Study USA programs- Nov. 16

Thanksgiving break- Nov. 17-27

(Thanksgiving break begins after evening classes end on Friday, Nov. 17. Thanksgiving break concludes at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, when classes resume.)

Festival of Holiday Lights- Dec. 5

Fall semester 2017 classes end- Dec. 7

Final examinations- Dec. 9-14

Winter term classes begin- Jan. 3

Winter term exams- Jan. 23

Spring semester 2018 classes begin- Jan. 29

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