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Events on campus throughout the day allowed students, faculty and staff to celebrate the university.

Students, faculty and staff gathered at the alumni gymnasium on Tuesday morning surrounded by balloons, Mardi Gras-themed food and their love for college as Elon’s ninth day of college began.

Elon Day is a day of philanthropy that provides an opportunity for those connected with the university to celebrate its founding and the continuing and substantial impact it has had on generations of students, families and communities around the world. . With events and challenges throughout the day, Elon supporters far and near can join in creating new opportunities for students through their generous support of the university.

Elon Day College Coffee event at Alumni Gym on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

All members of the Elon University family are invited to participate in activity throughout the day on the Elon Day website.

Standing on the Alumni Gym stage, President Connie Ledoux Book said the day was a time to celebrate the impact of an Elon upbringing. “Today we celebrate values ​​and our distinctive mission,” Book told the crowd. “We know that engaged learning has a huge impact on student achievement, something they carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

Book said this year’s Elon Day theme – Elon leads through us – resonates with her. “I absolutely believe that each of us can and should lead, regardless of our title or role at Elon, whether we are faculty, staff or student,” Book said. “We each have an opportunity to make a difference in the world through our leadership.”

At the start of College Coffee, Elon’s supporters had already completed the first donation challenge of the day, with 1,200 gifts registered. Taking up the challenge has unlocked a $100,000 donation from Smith and Rene Jackson, and Andrew and Jennifer Greenfield P’24 that will support two new Elon Experiences endowed scholarships. Additionally, a $100,000 challenge for Elon Athletics and backed by the Phoenix Club was met when 300 Phoenix fans contributed at 11 a.m.

Elon Day College Coffee event at Alumni Gym on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

College Coffee also saw the announcement of a new $270,000 challenge with support from the Center for Access and Success Impact Fund, Elon Academy and other scholarships, including those for students from the School of Communications. Contributed by Vicki and Mike Herson P’23, David and Pam Rothenstein P’23, Aimee and Ed Cunningham P’23 and Maity Interiano ’07, the Elon community was challenged to reach 1,889 gifts at 1 p.m. challenge that the members took up and met with time to spare.

Among the priorities supported by donations made on Elon Day are those set out in Boldly Elon, the university’s 10-year strategic plan that launched in the spring of 2020. “On Elon Day, we can show our deep belief in that future and together dreams come true,” Book said. “Elon is the national leader in engaged learning and student success, a place that is forever transforming student lives. Thank you to everyone who supports Elon and supports Elon Day.

Other challenges launched Tuesday morning would support additional scholarships, Elon Athletics, Catholic Campus Ministry, Hillel and Elon student-athletes. Information about additional challenges will be shared on Elon Day’s website.

As in the past, donors will be able to donate to specific areas of campus that matter most to them. These areas include scholarships, affinity networks (Elon Black Alumni Network, Elon Jewish Alumni Network, Elon Latinx/Hispanic Alumni Network, and the LGBTQIA Alumni Network), college schools and departments, and the Phoenix Club (Elon Athletics ). For those interested in making a difference in the Alamance County community, consider donating to Elon Academy, part of the Center for Access and Success. All Elon Day gifts will also count towards the Elon LEADS campaign.

Those celebrating online are invited to upload special Elon Day digital swag for their social media and Zoom accounts.

At the “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Philanthropy” table, people could spin a wheel to answer questions and win prizes (including tacos!).

As in the past, donors will be able to donate to specific areas of campus that matter most to them. These areas include scholarships, affinity networks (Elon Black Alumni Network, Elon Jewish Alumni Network, Elon Latinx/Hispanic Alumni Network, and the LGBTQIA Alumni Network), college schools and departments, and the Phoenix Club (Elon Athletics ). For those interested in making a difference in the Alamance County community, consider donating to Elon Academy, part of the Center for Access and Success. All Elon Day gifts will also count towards the Elon LEADS campaign.

Those celebrating online are invited to upload special Elon Day digital swag for their social media and Zoom accounts.

As the sun shone and temperatures soared, the campus community gathered on Tuesday afternoon at Medallion Plaza near Lake Mary Nell for a celebration featuring music, food and fun. Organized by the Student Union Board, visitors enjoyed a live band with Pelican’s Snoballs, with a chance to win a free taco by playing “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Philanthropy”.

Across the country and around the world, Elon alumni chapters will host a variety of events to bring college supporters together on Elon Day. This year, Elon Day split the day with Mardi Gras, with dining halls offering Mardi Gras fare for dinner and a Mardi Elon Day party taking over the Moseley Center on Tuesday evening, including a senior Elon Day toast for the class of 2022.

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