Newman gets festive with holiday events

FROM THE CHRISTMAS TREES all around campus to the nativity scene on the lawn by Sacred Heart, the Holiday season has fallen upon Newman.

Christmas Trees are popping up all around campus and it is officially the start of Newman’s Holiday Season. 

There is no shortage of activities to join in on. 

If you want to celebrate, there is a “Holly Jolly Holiday Party” happening at 6:30 p.m. on Dec 7 in the Dugan-Gorges Conference room. Delaney Hiegert, vice president of Kaleidoscope is hosting the event along with HALO, MCLO, and ISA. Delaney Hiegert, vice president of Kaleidoscope said the event will include holiday activities for all ages. Admission is $3.

Christmas is not the only holiday coming up. The Graduate School of Social Work is hosting a Kwanzaa Open House and Holiday Social. It will happen from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Alumni Center.  The event will include seafood gumbo along with other treats. 

“Kwanzaa is about people being together to promote unity and togetherness” said Yelando Johnson, visiting assistant professor in the school of social work. 

If you want more parties to attend, there are three on-campus Christmas parties to choose from on Dec. 8. These are called the Holly Days All Campus Celebrations and they are happening at 9 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.

If you want to spread Christmas care, there is a Salvation Army Christmas gift drive happening on campus to benefit children who may not otherwise get presents. You can pick up an angel outside of the St. John’s Chapel, buy the gifts listed and then return them unwrapped by Dec. 11. Or look for the link from Rosemary Niedens to pick a virtual angel instead. If you want to help with distributing the gifts to the kids parents you can sign up for the distribution day. Information on this can be found in your Newman email. 

If you want to sing, attend the choral concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Performance Hall. After the concert you can join in some caroling, and the athletic department will provide cider and cookies in the atrium. Deanne Zogleman, director of music said the concert will include an Elf Medley, Nightmare Before Christmas Medley, Pentatonix Christmas arrangements and their annual rendition of “O Holy Night.”

 “This concert is a fun entertaining look at Christmas,” Zogleman said. 

If you want to sing even more, there is a lesser-known caroling event with the ASC sisters. Each year, Newman faculty, staff and sometimes students make up a group of carolers who sing at the convent and then join the sisters for lunch afterwards. If you are still on campus after finals, look out for an email invite or contact Rosemary Niedens for the date. “It is very eclectic, just neighbors going and caroling,” she said. “It’s very low key but we do it every single year.” 

This story first appeared in the November 30, 2017 issue of The Vantage.