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November 26, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Christmas is right around the corner and Viterbo University is getting into the holiday spirit this Thursday, Nov. 29 with its annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

This annual event officially starts the Christmas season at Viterbo. With "Christmas Memories" as the theme, students, staff, and faculty will participate in the ceremony through brief reflections and song centering on the memories of the Christmas tree, carols, angels, and the star. The tree is lit and blessed before the entire Viterbo community. Caroling and refreshments follow.

Other holiday activities on campus include:
Teddy Bear Drive: "Closing the Gap," one of Viterbo’s theme houses for students is collecting new or used (but in good condition) teddy bears to be donated to the American Red Cross for children that are victims to fire, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Student Union, Murphy Center or Brophy Nursing Center Nov. 26-Dec. 10.

Holiday Clothing Drive: The Marian Hall resident assistants (RAs), along with their supervisor, Rob Anderson, are sponsoring a Marian Hall Holiday Clothing Drive for the Salvation Army. The RA's are collecting all types of clothing, especially men's clothing, shoes, and winter attire. During the last clothing drive over 1,400 articles of clothing were collected. The Marian Hall RA's are looking to break that record this year. Clothing will be collected anytime between Nov. 19-30. Clothes can be dropped off at the Residence Life Center located in Marian Hall South.

Annual Alumni Children’s Christmas Party: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon, in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. The event is free to alumni and their children who will gather for Christmas carols, games and activities, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Visit from St. Nick: Viterbo students will get a glimpse of St. Nick on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon when Fr. Tom O’Neill, campus ministry, dresses in costume, greets students, and hands out candy in the Murphy Center Lobby.

President’s Christmas Dinner: All Viterbo students are invited to and treated to a formal dinner in the Marian Hall Dining Room beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Wearing a Santa Claus hat, Viterbo President William J. Medland escorts students to their table. Faculty and staff serve the meal.

 Community Candles: Viterbo students are making Christmas merrier for area children with a fundraiser that will allow the students to purchase gifts for the kids. Every $15 donation indicates a child was sponsored for Christmas and will receive something they need (pants, shirt, etc.) and something they want (game, book, etc.). Donations are turned in at the Student Union or can be mailed to Viterbo "Attention Community Candles."

 Angel Tree: Students in Free Enterprise are again placing an Angel Tree in the Murphy Center Lobby. The tree offers an opportunity for people to choose a name, buy a gift, wrap it, and return it to the tree to benefit an area individual in need. Last year’s tree resulted in more than 70 donations to persons in need.

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