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Holiday Got-Tos and Get-Togethers

120110Headline_HolidaysA great number of “holiday happenings” are scheduled for the next two weeks.

Holiday choral concert An estimated 200 singers and musicians will present the annual holiday choral concert at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 in First Presbyterian Church at 617 N. Elm Street. The free, public event includes all of Music’s student vocal groups and will include both sacred and secular selections.

The concert features the University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, and UNCG Chamber Singers. Traditional and contemporary choral music will be showcased and more than 200 voices will be heard during the concert. The audience can join in such traditional favorites as “Joy to the World,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” All choirs will sing together in a performance of Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The processional will feature Lara Hoggard’s “Personent Hodie.”

“This concert is the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s holiday gift to the community,” said Dr. Welborn E. Young.

Luminaires The campus will glow by candlelight when the 41st annual luminaire display takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Up to 7,000 luminaires will burn from 5-10 p.m. The holiday tradition began on campus in 1969 and is always held on Reading Day to close out the semester. Members of the fraternity and sorority communities have already pledged their time to arrange the luminaires, with guidance from the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honour Society.

Holiday Reception Holding to tradition, the chancellor’s Holiday Reception is the same evening. It will be from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 7, as it returns to cozy and warm Virginia Dare Room in Alumni House. Enjoy the tasty holiday treats of hot chocolate and cookies, seasonal music, and the fellowship of colleagues and friends, as faculty, staff and friends of the university ring in the holidays.

Many additional holiday events are scheduled as well:

Art, Tea & Song at Weatherspoon today (Dec 1) At 4 p.m., visit the Weatherspoon for tea in the atrium. Then at 4:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by the University Chorale, directed by Dr. Carole Ott, featuring the lush harmonies of a cappella music by Eric Whitacre, Herbert Howells and Sarah Hopkins.

Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Sale today (Dec. 1) Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-book items (magazines, bargain books, sale items, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to receive your discount.

EUC Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 2, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC. The campus community is cordially invited to celebrate the season with the staff of Elliott University Center and Campus Activities & Programs. Enjoy refreshments, festive music and holiday cheer.

International Programs Center Holiday Open House IPC hosts their open House, Friday, Dec. 3, 2 – 4 p.m., 206 Foust Building.

Holidays Around the World features student organizations illustrating and expressing the different ways they celebrate holidays, traditions, or customs throughout the year. Performances usually include poetry, prayers, singing, skits and dancing. The program will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Curry Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Family Day at Women’s Basketball Who knew Santa was a basketball fan? Come to HHP Building Saturday, Dec. 18. The fun starts on the second level of HHP at 1 p.m. with a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, reindeer games and fun holiday crafts. Santa has to leave at 2 p.m., the Office of CAP explains, to check on his elves at his workshop, but don’t worry, the UNCG Women’s Basketball team tips off against Wofford. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Faculty and staff get in free with their Spartan Card. You and your little ones can go into the game or stay until 3 p.m. to continue to play or make crafts (while supplies last). UNCG students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their little ones out for this fun holiday event. Parking will be free in the Walker parking deck. A parent must be present in the Family Day area with their children. The pregame event is sponsored by Office of Campus Activities & Programs.

Want to give, this holiday season? Various departments and groups take on projects. For example, Athletics will collect toys for children at the Monday, Dec. 6, men’s basketball game vs. Furman. Fans may bring new, unused toys for the Fox 8 Gifts for Kids campaign. With each toy donated, you can receive two discounted tickets at $5 each. With any ticket purchased on the day of the event, $2 will be donated to Fox 8 Gifts for Kids. Another example? One new campuswide program to help several UNCG families enjoy a holiday beyond the basics – including some things (clothing and toys) the children might like – is under way. Learn more here.

By Steve Gilliam and Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English