decorate tree at Chancellor's Residence
Kahlid Tapia, Kendra Wilson, Janet Whitley, Aleeshi Herring, Cerece
Grier (on ladder), Marvin Andrade, Kisha Hunt and Kelvin Hunt
As the house lights
went down, the crowd let out an awe-inspired gasp, and a Christmas carol
The scene was not
at the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University
of North Carolina at Pembroke but at the Chancellor's Residence. On
a gray December 3 afternoon, the student Ambassadors decorated the Alumni
traditionally kicks off the holiday season at the Residence," Mrs.
Barbara Meadors said. "Once the tree goes up and the ornaments
go on, the Ambassadors sing, then .. 'tis the season.'"
who are student representatives in the Office of Admissions, were appropriately
awe-inspired by the experience. Some had never seen a live Christmas
tree before, let alone one like the 12-foot tree in the Main Room of
the Chancellor's Residence.
really big," said Aleeshi Herring, a sophomore. "I have never
seen a real tree in someone's home before. I'm from New York."
said Cherece Grier, a junior from Fayetteville. "I like the big
red (glass) ornaments, the doves and the snowflakes."
The Alumni Christmas
Tree is one of many traditions initiated at the Chancellor's Residence
by the Chancellor's wife, Barbara Meadors. The Residence will host hundreds
of students, faculty and alumni during the holidays and thousands more
during the year.
Kisha Hunt, Cherece Grier, Janet Whitley,
Valisha Adams, Kendra Wilson and Aleeshi Herring
"The tree is
a tradition that was started when Chancellor (Allen C.) Meadors and
I moved into the Residence," Mrs. Meadors said. "Every year
at the Alumni Holiday Drop-in, we encourage Alumni to contribute an
ornament, that we enter into a permanent catalog."
Jackie Clark, Vice
Chancellor for Enrollment Management, added some perspective to the
"To have current
students hang ornaments that were contributed from our alumni, connects
the past with the present, new with old," Clark said. "There
are 20 Ambassadors, whose official role is to represent the University,
primarily as tour guides for prospective students and their parents.
They are well-rounded students, who excel academically and socially
at the University."
While the Chancellor's
Residence got dressed in its annual holiday finery, nothing stands still
at the University. As the ornaments were hung, another tradition took
a new tradition got its start at the Residence," Mrs. Meadors said.
"As a community service project, we are filling holiday gift bags
for patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fayetteville."
and I are contributing paperback books for the gift bags, and our 'elves'
are putting a Christmas ornament in each bag for patients to give as
gifts, because they are unable to get out and shop for themselves."
Kalid Tapia did the honors by placing the angel on top of the three,
and then he led the Ambassadors in a rousing rendition of "The
Twelve Days of Christmas." For the students, there were just a
few more days of classes before holiday break.
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