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|CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS SLATED AT SOUTHEASTERN NOV. 16
HAMMOND -- The campus of Southeastern
Louisiana University will take on a holiday air when the university’s “Celebration
of the Lights” ceremony launches its season of giving on Tuesday, Nov.
The event, which begins at 5 p.m. in
the Pottle Performance Circle in Friendship Circle, will feature the official
lighting of campus holiday decorations, a candle-lighting ceremony, holiday
music and entertainment. All faculty, staff and students as well as the
public are invited to the ceremony.
“Admission” to the event is a non-perishable
food item that will be donated to the Tangipahoa Food Pantry.
“Lighting the campus for the holidays
gives us an opportunity to reflect on how very fortunate most of us are,”
said President Randy Moffett. “Southeastern traditionally gives back to
the community at this time. Many of our student organizations adopt the
true meaning of the holiday season with service projects such as food and
clothing drives, helping local families in need, and hosting holiday parties
for various agencies and organizations. Our campus lights reflect on their
shining example of community service.”
Moffett will flip a ceremonial switch to illuminate the trees, displays,
wreaths and lights that decorate buildings throughout the campus.
“There is also a ‘forecast’ for snow
in Friendship Circle, which should be a real treat for kids,” said Alumni
Association Director Kathy Pittman, one of the organizers of the event.
The program will feature an organizational
card contest sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, in which student
organizations are painting oversized boards with holiday messages to be
displayed in Friendship Circle. Music will be provided by Southeastern
Laboratory School students and Southeastern’s Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Instrumental
Ensemble. Southeastern’s lion mascot, dressed as “Roomie Claus,” will be
joined by student athletes and student leaders in handing out candy canes
to the youngsters attending.
Southeastern student organizations
and their community service holiday plans include the Campus Activities
Board’s participation in Santa Bear, the citywide collection of toys, gifts
and donations for needy families, and Gamma Beta Phi’s collection of gifts
for young people in the Berean Home in Albany and collection of more than
200 coats for the “Pat’s Coats for Kids” drive benefiting underprivileged
children throughout the Florida Parishes.
In addition, EXCEL (Excellence in Commitment
to Education and Leadership) plans to adopt a family for the holidays and
will sell holiday pictures of Roomie for coloring with all proceeds going
to Santa Bear; Pan Hellenic Council and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority intend
to adopt local families. The Student Government Association is conducting
“Operation Christmas Child,” a collection of shoeboxes filled with supplies,
cash and other items for distribution to needy children.