|Centre holiday spirit
RELEASED: Dec. 16, 2004
DANVILLE, KYEach year the arrival of colder weather announces a season filled with joyous celebration, charity and an end to classes for the year.
This holiday season Centre faculty, staff and students enjoyed fellowship; giving to their favorite charities; and of course, turning in (and grading) that last term paper or exam.
Despite trying to crunch in that last hour of study, students dug into their pockets to purchase gifts for children through the Salvation Army Angel Tree network. Faculty and staff charmed students, weary from studying, with holiday caroling and by serving them breakfast. And student organizations, faculty and staff endured the cold to ring the Salvation Army Bell outside area businesses.
Faculty, staff and students gathered for the Festival of Lessons and Carols at the Presbyterian Church of Danville the night before finals began. Student musicians, Centre fraternities and sororities, and students from the foreign language departments and faculty and staff performed an hour-long presentation.
Highlights included the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity performing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," and, a dramatic reading of "The Star of the Nativity" by Tony Haigh, professor of dramatic arts at Centre. Freshman Jessica Woodworth of Cookeville, Tenn., accompanied Haigh's reading on the flute.
During the singing of "Adeste Fideles," performed by the Presbyterian Church and Centre College choirs, a flame from the Advent candle was transferred from one person to another.
Following the service, President Roush and his wife, Susie, opened their home for a reception for Centre faculty and staff. The festive decorations, hors d'oeuvres and cheerful conversation warmed the atmosphere inside on the brisk, wintry night.
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