Tree lighting, celebration featured on campus

Tree lighting, celebration featured on campus

The lighting of the BBC&S Christmas tree and a special gathering in the new Recreation Center for students, staff, and faculty highlighted the seasonal celebration on campus in December.

BBC&SThe tree lighting has been held each December for over a decade in the Jackson Hall Rotunda. This year's celebration was expanded to include more activities and moved to the newest facility on campus.

Holiday Tradition
The Christmas tree, a 10-foot tall Douglas fir, was purchased at nearby Roba Family Farms in Dalton, PA and transported to campus by Director of Facilities Wayne Stevens.

The fragrant conifer was placed on display in the large window of the Recreation Center, overlooking the Quad area of campus. It was decorated with white and blue lights, icicles, and silver ornaments by Ross Janowski and Dominick Giannico of the Maintenance Department.

See photos here.

BBC&S President Jim Jeffery and his wife, Bert, began hosting the event 12 years ago. They took their inspiration from a similar celebration held at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City each year.

On Friday evening, the couple happily stood by the tree to have their photo taken with students.

Campus Festivities
In addition to the tree lighting, the evening offered a string of festivities for those attending. Revelers enjoyed the reading of the Christmas story by President Jeffery, an ugly sweater contest, caroling, refreshments, and a viewing of the movie "Elf."

"It was a great time for all of us to come together near the end of the semester when things are getting stressful," said Kayla Vine, a Counseling major from Appleton, NY.

A good time was had by all those who participated in the evening's games and activities. Players included students, as well as faculty and staff members.

"I had a great time," said Ryan Timlin, a Communications major from Manheim, PA. "There was a lot going on- lots of fun, lots of food, and some very ugly sweaters."

Holiday celebrations continue with the Music Department's Winter Concert on December 13-14 in the Murphy Memorial Library. Three concerts - one on Friday night and two on Saturday - feature music and songs to highlight the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Tickets are $10 each, which includes the dessert reception one hour before each performance. Special rates are available for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Details and ticket sales are online at

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Posted on: 12/9/2013 2:21:58 PM

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