Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Ushers In Holiday Spirit

By Patricia Adams
Staff Writer

tv_Christmas_Wish_logoMONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello put on a show in honor of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

   Samantha Montgomery, the Student Government Association president, gave a speech to welcome staff, faculty and students to enjoy in the holiday spirit. The UAM Jazz Ensemble and Alpha Psi Gamma gave a small concert with a few traditional Christmas songs. Anastasia Duff, the SGA vice-president, recited The Christmas Story.

   Jimmie Yeiser, the provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that the presentation where students can come and enjoy with everybody is indeed what the ceremony is about. Instead of eating dinner in the cafeteria, the participants ate in the University Center-Green Room. The university is giving students a chance to showcase their talents to others while enjoying each other, Yeiser also said.

   "We are fortunate for the good quality of the music department," Yeiser said.

   Jay Hughes, supervisor of food services, said that the ceremony is a long standing tradition at UAM. The involvement of different organizations during the holiday seasons and ushering in celebration before the Christmas break is the main goal of the ceremony, Hughes also said.

   Prizes were given at the end of the ceremony for a trivia contest. The winners include: Ashton Fields, Monesha Jackson, Deonte Hopkins and Jeremy Hayes. The prizes consisted of a hoodie, jacket and three gift cards.

One Response to “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Ushers In Holiday Spirit”
  1. Alpha Psi Gamma was actually caroling, but nonetheless, it was a mini performance after all. Thanks for the recognition for the music programs involved at the event!

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