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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Students decorate the Christmas tree at the Chancellor’s Residence

Student Ambassadors from the Office of Admissions decorated the Alumni Christmas Tree on November 27 at the Chancellor’s Residence. It is the official kick-off to a busy holiday season at the residence.

Sabrina Leshore hangs ornaments on the 11-foot tree.

Sabrina Leshore hangs ornaments on the 11-foot tree.

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Hundreds of ornaments for the 11-foot, live tree were contributed by alumni at the annual Alumni Holiday Drop-in event, which is Friday, December 14, this year.

Mrs. Barbara Meadors, wife of Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, hosts the tree decorating each year. She explained the traditions of the tree, located in the main room.

“This is the 8th year of the Alumni Christmas Tree,” Mrs. Meadors said. “Every year our alumni contribute ornaments, which are numbered and inventoried in a permanent registry.”

Carolina Goins selects an ornament from the hundreds donated by UNCP alumni.

Carolina Goins selects an ornament from the hundreds donated by UNCP alumni.

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The Ambassadors are student-workers in the Office of Admissions who give tours to prospective students and their families. This group was experienced in holiday decorating, although they had never seen a live tree so large.

“It’s beautiful, and it will be more beautiful when we get done,” said Carrie Sacco, assistant director of Admissions and coordinator of the Ambassador program.

“This is intimidating because I’ve never decorated a tree this big before,” said Caroline Goins from Wadesboro, N.C. “We have four trees that we put up every year at home.”

Some of the ornaments, which may be signed or personalized by alumni donors, intrigued the Ambassadors.

“This one is from North Hall where I live,” Goins said. “And this one has ‘PSU’ on it from before the University’s name changed.”

Family holiday decorating traditions varied among the Ambassadors.

From right: Kristen Usrey, Carrie Sacco and Sabrina Leshore pose in from the decorated tree.

From right: Kristen Usrey, Carrie Sacco and Sabrina Leshore pose in from the decorated tree.

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“We put our tree up at home last week,” said Kristen Usrey, who is also from Wadesboro. “I put the hooks on, and my mom hangs the ornaments.”

“My little brothers – I have five younger brothers - and I put up the tree while my mom is at work,” said Sabrina Leshore of Charlotte, N.C. “It’s fun for the babies.”

Decorating for the season continued this week at the Chancellor’s Residence under Mrs. Meadors’ direction. Last year, the residence had a Southwest theme, and Mrs. Meadors gave a preview of this year’s theme.

“The drought affected what we had planned for this year,” she said. “We are going with a Native American theme based on four sacred plants, sage, cedar, tobacco and sweet grass.

“These plants have special meaning for American Indians,” she concluded.

Annual events at the Chancellor’s Residence include the Faculty Pot Luck, Alumni Drop-in and several smaller events.

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