Festivities Inaugurate Christmas at FSC

Dec 5, 2013

by Cary McMullen | Publications Editor
The Christmas season officially got underway at Florida Southern on Dec. 4 with three events ranging from the festive to the inspirational.
The evening began with the annual Alumni Christmas Dinner in the Honeyman Pavilion. Alumni from around the Central Florida region joined faculty and staff for a dinner that included traditional holiday foods. Participants had their pictures taken with a playful “Mocsie Claus,” and National Alumni Board of Directors President Laurie Alter ’80 brought a word of seasons greetings.
The dinner was followed by the Festival of Lessons and Carols in Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. The service, based on one presented each Christmas Eve at King’s College, Cambridge University, featured readings from the Bible alternating with carols and hymns. Members of the faculty served as readers, and music was presented by the FSC Chamber Singers. Soloists included senior Adam Davidson, senior Lauren Williams, Associate Professor of Music Diane Willis Stahl, and Professor of Religion Waite Willis. The service concluded with the traditional lighting of candles and singing Silent Night.
The evening concluded with the lighting of the McKay Tree, adjacent to the Water Dome. Named for FSC Trustee Dr. Sarah McKay, the tree was decorated with red and silver globes and strung with lights. Student Government Association President Jared Goodwin presented Dr. McKay with a gift, and Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Robert H. Tate thanked her for her service to the school, noting that she “carries the spirit of the Christmas season in her heart every day of the year.”
There was a drawing for prizes, including gift cards and an iPad Mini, which was won by Austen Snodgrass.