UNCG Campus Weekly

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Holiday happenings for UNCG

Photo of Luminaires lighting the entrance to the Elliott University CenterThe semester is winding down. The days are getting shorter. Meanwhile, seasonal events on campus create lots of ways to enjoy time with your fellow Spartans.

A Very Spartan Holiday Festival Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. in the EUC’s Kirkland Room, experience the sights, smells, and sounds of cultures from around the world. Explore holidays from local to global with the Office of Intercultural Engagement. The festival is hosted by the Diversity Peer Engagement Committee with participation from multiple organizations and departments.

10th Annual “Branches of Love” Spartans of all ages as will gather at the Alumni House on Saturday, Nov. 21, noon-3 p.m., to decorate holiday trees that will be donated to local families in transition. Refreshments, holiday music and good cheer will be part of this UNCG tradition. Enter your four-person team to win Best Themed, Best Traditional and Best Overall tree. Or simply come enjoy the afternoon. Limited ornaments will be provided and teams are encouraged to supply their own theme decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Admission is 20 canned or non-perishable items per team – these items will be donated to the Spartan Open Pantry. Please register here if you plan to attend, so organizers can plan accordingly. If you are unable to attend this event, please consider sponsoring a tree by making a gift to the Alumni Association.

noon– Alumni House opens
12:30 p.m. – Tree decorating contest begins
1:30 p.m. – Winners announced
2 – 3 p.m. – Enjoy refreshments and holiday cheer!

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale at UNCG Bookstore Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items. (Magazines, Nook, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to the cashier to receive your discount.

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Mix and mingle with colleagues as you enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Guests at the open house can simply step next door and enjoy the festivities.

Luminaires throughout campus that evening (Tuesday, Dec. 1). Enjoy the luminaires placed at Moran Plaza, along College Avenue – and all throughout the university. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds.

Staff Senate angel tree Several UNCG students and staff members have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree, making the holidays brighter for them and their families. The Staff Senate Service Committee is accepting donations through Dec. 2. Donations may be dropped off at 135 McIver Building (Lynn Wyrick) or 1704 MHRA (Debbie Freund). The list of needed or suggested items is updated often, so remember to check the Staff Senate website for the most current list at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree.

Angel Tree Wrapping Party and Staff Senate Holiday Social will be Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, 9-11 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function room. This is a fun filled event with music, food and holiday cheer for all staff. For more info, visit: http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree.

Downtown Festival of Lights The free event – a downtown Greensboro tradition – will be the evening of Friday, Dec. 4, along several blocks of Elm Street. A variety of UNCG groups and individuals are always among the performers. (Don’t miss the ever-popular UNCG Tuba Ensemble.)

Compiled by Mike Harris