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'Celebration of the Lights' to illuminate Southeastern Nov. 16

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will illuminate its campus with holiday lights at the annual “Celebration of the Lights” ceremony Nov. 16.

     Members of the university family and the community are invited to gather at the Pottle Performance Circle at 5 p.m. where the official lighting will take place, said Jackie Dale Thomas, who is coordinating the event.

     “There will be several singing groups and, in honor of International Education Week, several international students will share memories of the holidays in their homeland,” Thomas said.

     Miss Southeastern Blair Abene of Hammond will officially flip the switch to turn on holiday lighting draping campus oaks and buildings. A voice major and first runner-up in the Miss Louisiana pageant, Abene will also perform a holiday carol.

     Following the lighting, everyone is invited back to the Student Union mall for hot chocolate and a dessert buffet, Thomas said.

     “Student groups will be participating in our first-ever ‘Reindeer Games,’" she said. The games will include gingerbread man and “silver bell” eating contests, an “Ice Cube Sit” and a “Marshmallow Toss” as student organizations compete for the title of “Most Holiday Spirit,” which carries a $200 prize.

     Thomas said in conjunction with Celebration of the Lights, collection boxes will be available for those who want to participate in the Santa Bear program. The program collects new toys to be distributed as gifts for children age birth to 12 years.

     Celebration of the Lights is sponsored by Leadership Development, the Campus Activities Board, Gamma Beta Phi, Recreational Sports and Wellness, and Multicultural and International Student Affairs.

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