Information and university news for Elon families.
Elon Parents
Elon phoenix families FALL 2019, 2ND EDITION
Finishing the Semester
With the semester winding down, the next several weeks can be stressful for students. This is an important time to be attuned to well-being and take a step back. Below are some strategies for your student to keep in mind as they manage the variety of stressors that come with the end of the semester:
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Unplug from social media/technology
  • Stay hydrated and eat nutritiously
  • Be physically active
  • Take a step back to regather your thoughts
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Get organized
Students have access to a number of resources, including mindfulness and relaxation apps, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), group therapy and workshops and tutorial services. You can also learn more about supporting your college student on the Koenigsberger Learning Center website.

Preparing for Winter Break
Before your student leaves for Winter Break, encourage them to check off these important items as they vacate their residence:
  • Unplug all electrical cords, including aquariums. Students will not need to unplug refrigerators but should be sure to remove any perishable food items
  • Close and lock windows and lock the bedroom door
  • Close blinds and drapes
  • Turn off lights
  • Empty trash in designated areas
  • Remove all personal items from the floor and take all valuables home
Break periods are the university’s time to do routine maintenance as well as health and safety inspections. For more information, please visit the Residence Life website.

Winter Term Information
From traveling the world to expanding academic horizons to diving into engaged learning opportunities, Elon students have the opportunity to enjoy an array of exciting experiences during Winter Term. Programs include service opportunities, campus recreation and wellness programs, special workshops and seminars and student-led Burst the Bubble programs.

If your student is planning to travel abroad during Winter Term, be sure to check out the Global Education Center’s tips on how to prepare. Similarly, if your student is returning to campus from a semester away, be sure to share these helpful tips on how to ease the transition back to campus.

Winter Term begins on Friday, Jan. 3 and concludes with examinations on Friday, Jan. 24. Following exams, Fake Break will begin and residence halls will close. Students can request to stay on campus during this time by filling out the Break Housing Request Form.

Campus Safety
As we strive to build and maintain an inclusive, safe environment for our students and community, we want to remind you of on-campus resources for you and your student.
Phoenix Families Live
A few times a year, the Office of Parent Engagement partners with special guests from around campus to bring you Facebook Live sessions focused on a range of different topics. Sessions include live question and answer segments and are shared on the Elon Parents Facebook page as well as our website.

Be sure to check out our page for links to previous sessions!

Elon Family Ambassadors
Are you looking for more ways to be involved as an Elon parent? Sign up to be an Elon Family Ambassador! “FAMbassadors” make a difference in the Elon community by advocating for the university and its programs, partnering with the Office of Parent Engagement on special events and initiatives and investing in Elon’s future. Learn more and sign up online.

Festival of Holiday Lights
The Festival of Holiday Lights, one of Elon’s most honored traditions, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3. This event began as a simple ceremony 35 years ago. It has since grown into one of the most beloved traditions at Elon, with the lighting of campus decorations, festive treats and performances. Luminaries line the brick pathways and remind us of the bright futures of our Elon students.

Click here to view the photo gallery of last year’s event and encourage your student to participate in this campus celebration this year!

You are invited to join LifelongElon! This dynamic new professional network serves students, alumni, parents and other members of the Elon family. Join today to tap into resources that will help you grow as a learner, mentor and connector.
  • Connect with the Elon community
  • Post jobs or internships
  • Access professional development resources and events
  • And much more!
Sign up by visiting or downloading the Graduway Community app on your mobile device (be sure to select Elon University as your institution in the app).

Upcoming Events

See the 2019-20 academic calendar, the Elon Athletics schedule and the university's cultural calendar for upcoming event dates. You can also see a full listing of on-campus events on the new Today at Elon website. Below, we've highlighted Elon events that may be of interest to you and your student.

Thanksgiving Holiday: Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 (Residence Halls close)

Last day to reserve Winter Break airport shuttles: Dec. 1

Registration for Summer classes: Dec. 2

Festival of Holiday Lights: Dec. 3

Reading Day: Dec. 7

Final Examinations: Dec. 9 – 13

Winter Break: Dec. 14 – Jan. 2 (Residence Halls close)

Winter Term classes begin: Jan. 3

Last day to reserve Fake Break airport shuttles: Jan. 19

Phoenix Families Live with Residence Life: Jan. 21

Winter Term exams: Jan. 24

Fake Break: Jan. 25 – Feb. 2 (Residence Halls close)

Spring Semester classes begin: Feb. 3

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