||Centre holiday memories
Students and staff recall favorite moments of the season
RELEASED: Dec. 23, 2003
DANVILLE, KYSome members of the campus community recently recalled some of their favorite Centre College memories of the holiday season. Here's a sampling.
Lindsey Luttrell, senior, Frankfort, Ky.
"A holiday event that I'll never forget from my days at Centre was while studying abroad in Merida, Mexico, when I helped my Mexican host mother decorate the Christmas tree. With it being almost 90 degrees outside, it took a little extra to get into the holiday spirit! I also enjoy the Centre Christian Fellowship Christmas party. Singing Christmas carols and having President Roush come and read the Christmas story to us is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and relax a little before finals."
Bill Breeze '45, special assistant to the President for Endowment
"I celebrated two Christmas holidays as a Centre student, in 1941 and 1942. The U.S. declared war after Dec. 7, 1941, so both Christmases were colored by the near certainty of military service. I remember the eagerness with which I looked forward to attending a New Year's Eve party at the home of a Danville family on Dec. 31, 1942. A number of Centre students were invited and present. For most of the males, that was their last New Year's Eve as a civilian until World War II ended."
Jamey Leahey '92, director of gift planning and associate college counsel
"As a Centre student, my pals and I would get a couple of Angel Tree cards [a project for underprivileged children] and go shopping for the kids. Usually, we would pick boys around the ages of 5 to 8 and then hit the stores looking for great stuff. We would look for the kind of things we thought of as wonderful when we were kids, and we'd always spend way over budget. On the practical side, we'd always get the children some new clothes, but they were pretty snazzy duds. That would give us a nice break from studying and help connect us to the real world."
Erin McMurtrie, senior, Louisville, Ky.
"I like when the professors carol through the library
when we're studying for finals. I'd have to say that's
my favorite memory."
Patrick Noltemeyer '01, director of Greek life
"When I was a freshman at Centre, it snowed and snowed and snowed. We didn't think it would ever stop. That was the year when the predicted three inches ballooned into 18, and snow covered everything. The five-minute jaunt to class (of course class was still going on; Centre never cancels classeven during the Civil War!) became a much larger ordeal as we tromped our way through snowdrifts and snow angels scattered through campus. Snowballs were flying everywhere, and my fraternity brothers and I spent hours building a fort around the back of the house and pelting one another with snowballs. Snow sculptures appeared all over campus, in fraternity yards, in front of Old Centre and the library. It seemed as if there were almost as many snowmen as students that year. Even though the snow created a hassle for most people, for us it was a wonderful distraction."
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