This is the first day for collection of school supplies for K-12 students in Alamance County experiencing homelessness. Please support the education of young people in our county. This effort, which will continue through August 23, is co-sponsored by the SGA and the Office of The Dean of Students. More information about drop off procedures will be emailed to faculty and staff.

Events of Planning Week will begin in Elon University’s Convocation Center, the Schar Center. Please feel free to preview information and view a fly-through of the Schar Center, named for Elon parents, Dwight and Martha Schar, prior to the events on Monday morning.

Parking will be available behind the Schar Center, and you are welcome to park there. A map of the facility including designated entrances can be found here.

Healthy Elon Covid-19 Testing

In line with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, students, faculty and staff who have not submitted vaccination documentation must participate in weekly testing. Please see Testing on the Healthy Elon website for more information.

Changes to Staff and Faculty Vaccination and Weekly COVID-19 Testing

All staff and faculty who have not already submitted vaccination documentation are asked to do so immediately. 

Staff and faculty who have not submitted vaccination documentation must complete weekly COVID testing on campus beginning August 16. Look for an upcoming email from Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer Kelli Shuman with more details.

Planning Week Testing Schedule (August 16-19, 2021)

Located in Oaks Neighborhood, McCoy Commons 207; appointments will be required (see email from Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer Kelli Shuman with more details.)

  • Monday, August 16: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-19: 9:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

University Directory Photographs

For a new or replacement University Directory Photograph, please follow the link below for information regarding appointments beginning in September. University Communications is located in the Truitt building on South campus, at the corner of Antioch Avenue and East Trollinger Avenue. No appointment necessary.

*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.

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9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Reception to Meet New Faculty and Staff and to Congratulate Elon Medallion Recipients

Location: Schar Center, Concourse Level

Intended Audience: Open to all members of Elon University.

Greet colleagues, meet new faculty and staff, and congratulate Elon Medallion recipients.

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10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. - Presentation of Elon Medallions and Named Professorships

Location: Schar Center

Intended Audience: Open to all members of Elon University.

Presentation of Elon Medallions and Presentation of Named Professorships

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10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. - The President’s Address

Location: Schar Center

Intended Audience: Open to all members of Elon University.

President gives opening address to mark the official opening of school.

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11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Community Picnic

Location: Lakeside Plaza (patio area of Lakeside Dining Hall); Moseley Student Center and McKinnon

Intended Audience: Open to all members of Elon University.

Picnic will begin at Lakeside Patio. Seating options also include the Moseley Student Center and McKinnon.

This picnic allows all members of the Elon Community to gather for food and conversation.

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1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Meetings of Schools and College

Location: Consult description below for locations.

Intended Audience: Open to all faculty and staff members.

Deans will meet with faculty in their school or college.

  • Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education (and departments) – Belk Pavilion 208 (extended until 4:00 p.m.)

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  • Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences – Lakeside Meeting Rooms 212, 213, and 214

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    • School of Communications – Turner Theatre, Schar 101

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    3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - Preparing for Sessions on "The Responsibilities of Engaged Learning"

    Location: McKinnon Hall, Moseley Student Center

    Intended Audience: Faculty who will be leading Engaged Learning Sessions, especially those leading for the first time.

    On Monday, August 23, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m., first year and transfer students will meet in small groups with a faculty member to talk about learning during and after the pandemic, the Common Reading, and their academic responsibilities for learning at Elon. Today’s session will provide faculty with ideas for facilitating these conversations.

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    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Academic Council Standing Committee Chairs Meeting

    Location: Lindner 206

    Intended Audience: Open to chairs of 2021-22 Standing Committees.

    Chairs of 2021-22 Standing Committees will meet with Council Chair Jason Husser and Chair Elect Danny Lanier to discuss the chair’s roles and duties. Standing Committee Chairs are identified in the Directory section of this website.

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    5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Reception for New Faculty and Staff - invitation only

    Location: The Inn at Elon

    Intended Audience: Open to all new faculty and staff (name tags with green or blue dots) at Elon University. This invitation is also extended to spouses or guests. An email invitation to this event (asking for an RSVP) will be sent from the Office of the President to those new faculty and staff who are invited.

    RSVP: Yes, see invitation.

    President Book will welcome new faculty and staff at a reception at The Inn.

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