UNCG Campus Weekly

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Feeling the holiday glow

As the Fall 2011 semester draws to a close, UNCG holiday events are in Alumni House, EUC – and seemingly everywhere:

Holiday Reception for faculty/staff – Tues, Dec. 6, 4-6 pm in Alumni House.
“This holiday season, let us pause and celebrate what it means to be a part of the UNCG family. Making a difference in people’s lives. Advancing our communities. Believing in the power of education,” the chancellor said, “in her invitation to faculty and staff. “Your contributions make us who we are. As Chancellor, I thank you for all that you do. Please be my special guest and join your colleagues and friends at UNCG’s Holiday Reception.”

Complimentary parking for the reception will be available for off-campus guests, in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.

The UNCG Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” back-to-back with Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the classic for jazz band at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $6 seniors, $4 students and $3 UNCG students. (See Spotlight.) Donate canned goods that evening for the Greensboro Urban Ministry.

The UNCG Holiday Choral Concert will feature an estimated 160 singers and musicians at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 in First Presbyterian Church at 617 N. Elm Street in Greensboro. The free, public event includes the school’s student vocal groups performing sacred and secular selections. Donations will be accepted at the conclusion to support the First Presbyterian Church Advent Concert Series and the UNCG choral area. The concert will feature UNCG’s Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Schola Cantorum, Women’s Glee Club and Men’s Glee Club. All ensembles will enter to Mack Wilberg’s“Awake, Arise, and Hail the Morn” and will conclude the concert with Dwight Bigler’s “The First Noel.” Individual ensemble performances include “The Holly and The Ivy” and “A Savior From on High,” both by Stephen Paulus; “O Magnum Mysterium” and “O Nata Lux” by Morten Lauridsen; “Riu, Riu, Chiu” “Gaudete” and“Three Kings.” There will be carols for the audience to sing as well.

Luminaires The campus will glow by candlelight when the 42nd annual luminaire display takes place on Dec. 6, the evening of the Holiday Reception for faculty/staff. The luminaires will burn from 5-10 p.m. but fewer will be set out this year due to construction on campus. Visitors are invited to view the luminaires and join the UNCG community in welcoming the holidays. Sororities and fraternities, under the direction of Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honour Society, will host the display again. New technology in form of reusable battery operated candles will be tried because windy conditions in recent years have either blown out the candles or caused some of the bags to catch fire. The holiday tradition began at UNCG in 1969 and is held on Reading Day. The Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honour Society is coordinating fraternities and sororities that have already pledged their time to arrange the luminaires.

EUC Holiday Social will be Thursday, Dec. 1, 9:30 – 11 a.m., in Cone Ballroom, EUC. The campus community is cordially invited to celebrate the season with the staff of Elliott University Center and Campus Activities and Programs. Enjoy refreshments, festive music and holiday cheer.

The Student Alumni Ambassadors will hold their annual Branches of Love, From a Spartan event Saturday, Dec. 3. Branches of Love starts at 1 p.m. in the Alumni House. Dozens of student organizations and Greensboro community families form teams and compete to see who can decorate the best holiday tree. The fully decorated trees are given to needy families around Greensboro. For more information, email alhelms@uncg.edu. [Note: the date has been corrected]

At downtown Festival of Lights – Have you ever wanted to know what downtown Greensboro was like 30, 60 or even 100 years ago? From 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2, join UNCG students as they unveil their expanded project, “Windows to the Past: People, Places & Memory in Downtown Greensboro,” in That Space, 203 S. Elm St. (the former location of The Idiot Box) at Elm Street Center, 203 S. Elm St., as part of downtown Greensboro’s First Friday and Festival of Lights. They’ll share their research about nearly 40 buildings located throughout downtown, such as the Carolina Theatre, the Southern Railway Train Depot, the Greensboro Historical Museum, Natty Greene’s and the old Central Fire Department. On Dec. 2, pick up a walking tour brochure, talk with them about their research, and share your own memories of downtown Greensboro. Full details at UNCG News.

Holiday Open House at the Weatherspoon’s WAMshop, Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Enjoy hot cider and treats to help celebrate the festive time of year.

By Michelle Hines, Dan Nonte, Andrea Spencer, Joseph Dix and Mike Harris
Photo by David Wilson.