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College Coffee is another longstanding tradition. This weekly community event brings Elon faculty, staff, and students together for fellowship. College Coffee offers conversation in a relaxed atmosphere while providing a morning snack. This event is every Tuesday from 9:40-10:20am on Phi Beta Kappa Commons in the Academic Village.
Numen Lumen is among the oldest of Elon student traditions, serving as a weekly reminder that the purpose of an Elon education is to see each student as a whole person, whose mind, body and spirit deserves respect. It is a time and space to take a break from the busyness of the week and refresh the spirit. It is not a “worship service,” but a time of reflection with a musical or artistic performance provided by students, faculty, staff or special guests. Numen Lumen is held each Thursday from 9:50-10:20 a.m. in the Numen Lumen Pavilion and is open to the entire Elon community.
From the Flame Challenge
A scavenger hunt created in 2020 as a way for students to connect with a small group of friends, have fun competing with others, and celebrate Elon during a time when many activities were postponed and/or shifted to a virtual environment. The hunt is comprised of various challenges and puzzles and is a new tradition for the entire student body to participate in. This year the challenge will be held during Homecoming Week. Get ready to create your team, compete for prizes, paint your “E” and celebrate everything Elon.
NPHC Step Show
Typically hosted during Homecoming, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sponsors an annual step show. Stepping has roots in African traditions and has long been a part of these historically black Greek-lettered organizations. It provides an expressive and cultural outlet, inviting members of Elon and neighboring chapters to compete in energetic performances for alumni and the current Elon community.
Holidays at Maynard House
Each fall semester before exams began, President Leo M. Lambert and wife Laurie invited the entire student body and professors to Maynard House for an evening of camaraderie in the spirit of the holiday season. But the event’s origins took place long before Lambert came to Elon in 1999. Dating back to the late 1980s, Elon President Fred Young invited the entire student body to his home, the Maynard House. Through the years, the reception has evolved, and now students have the opportunity to have their picture taken with President Connie Ledoux Book — often in holiday themed attire or with playful props.
Burst the Bubble
Burst the Bubble programs are free, student-led, non-credit sessions during Winter term where students who have a talent, interest or skill share their knowledge with their peers. Typically, a Burst the Bubble program meets three times — once a week — for an hour each time. There isn’t any homework, tests, outside assignments or grades. There is a ton of fun learning (or even lead!) how to knit, play a guitar, play Dungeons and Dragons, swing dance, paint, do a standup routine or cook authentic Greek cuisine.
Before Finals Week
Late-night pancakes, bacon, egg, and potatoes are served to you during finals week by professors and staff who (might) feel a little bit guilty for assigning you that cumulative final exam. Sponsored by the Student Union Board (SUB) and the Inter-Residence Council (IRC), come with friends to the Lakeside Dining Hall to fuel up, take a few moments to relax and then jump back into studying for your exams.
Turning 21 Dinners
Throughout the Year
Since the spring of 1998, Elon has celebrated the 21st birthday of thousands of Elon students. This quarterly program brings together students and their campus mentors — someone who has played a special role in the student’s Elon experience — at a commemorative dinner. It is an opportunity to focus on this special birthday transition, full adulthood, and move with greater confidence into the future. Faculty and staff members serve as keynote speakers, offering inspiration and sharing the wisdom of their life experiences. Each program ends with the toast: “The best is yet to be!”