The wreaths are going up and Christmas lights are being strung all over campus. That can mean only one thing – Christmas is coming.
This year’s holiday celebrations will include music, worship, food and fun, and the festivities will kick off Dec. 2 with Christmas on the Hill.
Dr. Marc Shook, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Engagement, said the annual gathering has become a “don’t miss” event.
“Even last year’s rain didn’t stop the community from joining us for Christmas on the Hill,” he said. “We had a huge crowd, and we’re looking forward to another great evening this year.”
The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the college’s patio and library plaza. It will feature favorites such as photos with Santa, holiday treats and crafts, Christmas karaoke and games for all ages.
Also returning this year are the always-popular live reindeer.
“I think people get the most excited about the reindeer,” Dr. Shook said with a laugh. “We actually plan around their schedule, to make sure they will be able to come.”
For the first time, children will be able to enjoy snow sledding.
“We will have a snow machine that will be making real snow,” Dr. Shook said. “Along with our usual snow play pit will be a large mound of snow for sledding. We think children are going to love that.”
The traditional Christmas tree lighting and carols will be at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free, but canned food items are requested. Donations will go to Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen organized and run by LC students.
The focus will shift to the sacred on Sunday for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. in Callaway Auditorium. A complete story about this traditional gift of music and inspiration will be in the Dec. 5 issue of @lagrange.
Dorms will close for winter break on Dec. 10.
The men’s basketball team will travel to Atlanta on Dec. 2 to play the Eagles of Toccoa Falls College at 2 p.m. in Philips Arena, home of the NBA Atlanta Hawks.
LaGrange fans will be able to watch professional basketball later that evening as the Hawks host the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m.
Kendal Wallace, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, said the team is excited about the game.
“Our guys are fired up about this experience,” he said. “The team is getting the opportunity to play on the same floor as many of their childhood idols and favorite current NBA players.”
Wallace said they are grateful for the added bonus of staying for the Hawks game.
“We will get to watch the hometown Hawks play the storied Celtics,” he said. “For some of our student-athletes, seeing a live NBA game is the pinnacle of happiness. We hope a few of our fans will show up and enjoy this time with us.”
Discounted tickets are available for purchase now through the following link on the Men’s Basketball schedule page.
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The Panthers improved to 2-1 with a 106-91 win over Berry on Wednesday in Mariotti Gymnasium. Nick Mitchell led six teammates in double figures with 23 points. LaGrange hosts Pensacola Christian on Saturday at 4 p.m.#lcmbb15
The Panthers (1-1) picked up their first win of the 2014-15 season by downing Agnes Scott 62-39 on Tuesday in Mariotti Gymnasium. Shaye Butler led a balanced scoring attack for LaGrange with 13 points. The team hosts Pensacola Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m. #lcwbb15
The LaGrange College teams hosted the Panther Invitational last Saturday at the Charles Hudson Natatorium. Ben Fuller won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events and was second in the 100 butterfly. The teams compete in the Darton Invitational in Albany, Ga., on Friday and Saturday.
The Panthers had three players named to the USA South All-Conference team. Senior Griffin Roelle was a first-team selection at wide receiver. Senior Scottie Connors was on the second-team offensive line and freshman T.J. Bulock was a second-team defensive back. #lcfb14
Rebecca Roth, Senior Director of Development, was presented the 2014 Award of Excellence in Educational Fundraising from the Georgia Education Advancement Council at its convention Thursday night in Savannah. Will Jones, Vice President for External Relations, said the award was well-deserved. “Rebecca led our team to increase the number of alumni making an annual gift to the college to 15.9 percent, a 50 percent increase since 2010,” he said. “Through her efforts, we exceeded the $2.4 million LaGrange College Fund goal and 94 percent of our faculty and staff contributed to a campus philanthropy project. She also guided our Board of Trustees and Leadership Council to a 100 percent giving rate. We are blessed to have her on our campus, and we are very proud of her.”
A new social media campaign, “12 Days of Difference,” will debut Dec. 2 on lagrange.edu, Twitter and Facebook. During those 12 days, current LaGrange College students will talk about the people, classes and customs that have made a real difference in their lives here on campus.
The LaGrange College Percussion Ensemble will present a concert at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Callaway Auditorium. CE event
Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, and his students in International Politics and International Organizations courses will lead a discussion about the situation in Ukraine during a talk at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 2 in the Bailey Room. CE event
The World War I Film Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the library auditorium with the presentation of “Joyeux Noel.” The film is based on a true incident but is considerably fictionalized. On Christmas Eve in 1914, German, French and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches. A musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, with the soldiers trading chocolates and champagne and playing soccer. But when Christmas ends, the war returns. CE event
“Singer Showcase: An Evening of Elegance” was presented recently at Callaway Auditorium to celebrate the college’s new Musical Theatre degree. The program featured voice students who sang tunes from “Into the Woods,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Porgy and Bess,” “The Fantastics” and other Broadway shows. Highlights included Linda Jackson’s rendition of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” View the complete presentation on the LaGrange College Youtube channel.
Producers of the movie “Holden On” will be on campus Saturday to film a brief scene. Please be respectful of their time and space.
Two organizations will be in Pitts Dining Hall from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. the first week of December for campus recruitment. Savannah College of Art and Design will be here Dec. 1, and the U.S. Navy will be here on Dec. 2. For more information, contact Diana Goldwire, Director of the Career Development Center, at (706) 880-8185 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The college will be closed Nov. 26-28 for Thanksgiving. Classes will resume Dec. 1. There will not be an @lagrange on Nov. 28 – publication will start back on Dec. 5. We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.