ASU gets lit for Christmas

Students celebrate Christmas at Memorial Oak Grove

By Eunice Tibay
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Marsalis Mahome

Students and visitors watched the Memorial Oak Grove light up during the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 28 to welcome in the holiday season.

"We really wanted to do something to kick off those holidays for ASU students," said Heather Valle Brown, Assistant Director of Student life.

With eight student organizations participating in the event, Valle Brown noted that the event’s success was a result of these organizations and departments working together.

"There are multiple departments across campus and student organizations that this program wouldn’t be the same without," Brown said. "It’s very much a campus-wide program."

In addition to the Christmas tree, 24 oak trees were also wrapped in lights.

"I love Christmas," Destiny Davis, freshman, said. "When the lights came on, it was just kind of like super exciting because it makes it real that Christmas is coming."

The event was filled with other activities such as photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Roscoe and Bella, bounce houses, a synthetic skating rink and free hot chocolate and cookies.

The ASU Symphony Orchestra also had a free Holiday Pops concert where they played several Christmas songs.

In addition, there was a booth where attendees could donate to the Ram Family Scholarship Campaign in honor of Giving Tuesday.

"We decided to kick off this event this year," senior Victoria Galvan, SGA Senator, said. "This is the first time we had an event on Giving Tuesday, and we just ask that students donate, or faculty, staff—anyone—because anything helps, and it’s all for the students."

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting has been an ASU tradition for seven years, and was open to both the ASU and San Angelo communities.

"It’s a really great event to bring everybody together," freshman Katelan House said.

For Aly Flores, a junior, the event was a great way to bring people out and get everybody into the Christmas spirit.

"I love that it’s at the end of November just before December starts," Flores said. "That way, it kind of brings all the Ram Fam together, and lets people come in from the community, and we all just get to celebrate Christmas as a whole."

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