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|“CELEBRATION OF THE LIGHTS” TO ILLUMINATE SOUTHEASTERN NOV. 29
HAMMOND -- Southeastern
Louisiana University is inviting the campus and community to share in its
festival prelude to the holiday season when President Randy Moffett presides
at a lighting of campus holiday decorations on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Now in its third year,
“Celebration of the Lights” is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Pottle Performance
Circle. Community members, as well as faculty, staff and students, are
invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Friendship Circle to enjoy
Moffett will flip a ceremonial
switch to illuminate hundreds of lights trimming buildings, wreaths, and
trees on more than 20 buildings throughout the Southeastern campus.
The Celebration of the Lights
will also include music by the Community Music School Select Vocal Ensemble,
a new choral group of junior high and high school students directed by
Amy Prats, a member of the CMS faculty and choral director at Ponchatoula
Refreshments will be available
as well as candy for youngsters, distributed by Southeastern=s lion mascot
Roomie, Lionettes and cheerleaders.
In 2003, Southeastern expanded
a smaller traditional lighting ceremony at the War Memorial Student Union
to encompass the entire campus. From Friendship Circle, the historical
heart of campus, festive decorations have branched out each year to rim
the campus perimeter with lights.
While the decorating adds to the
area’s festive atmosphere, Moffett said it has a deeper meaning. Southeastern’s
Celebration of Lights, he said, is also a symbol of the university’s commitment
to “giving back” to the region the university serves.
“Southeastern has always been
committed to service,” Moffett said. “We cultivate a philosophy of service
in our students and many student organizations adopt the true meaning of
the holiday season by sponsoring projects from food and clothing drives
to hosting holiday parties for various agencies and organizations to helping
local families in need.
“This year, as many of our own
Southeastern family and our neighbors throughout southeast Louisiana cope
with the aftermath of the hurricanes, our desire to reach out a helping
hand is stronger than ever,” he said.
Moffett said “admission” for this
year’s lighting festivities will be a donation to the Southeastern Hurricane
Relief Funds, which were recently established by the Southeastern Development
Foundation to provide financial support to members of the Southeastern
family affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
For additional information about
the Celebration of the Lights, contact the Southeastern Public Information