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Dec. 4, 2009
Members of the Maryville and Northwest communities welcomed the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony Thursday evening. More than 150 people were in attendance at the ceremony on the lawn of the Gaunt House, the historic structure on the south edge of campus that serves as the presidential residence.
Remarks were made by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson and Bridget Brown, director of the Newman Center representing the Campus Ministerial Alliance. Student Senate President Erin Holm flipped the switch, illuminating the 30-foot black hills spruce tree.
As a light snow started to fall, students in the Horace Mann Laboratory School's Bearcat Choir, a volunteer group of 37 third- through sixth-graders directed by Vanessa Parsons, sang Christmas carols.
Following the ceremony, attendees retreated across the street to the warmth of the Alumni House and enjoyed hot apple cider and cookies where the Bearcat Choir also performed for guests.
In addition, several individuals attending the tree lighting ceremony donated more than 50 pairs of gloves and mittens, which will be given to the local Ministry Center.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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