Spreading Light During the Holidays

by Brian Aldaco

On November 28, the LEAP Ambassadors participated in one of Sam Houston’s oldest traditions. Since 1921, students and faculty at SHSU have gathered to light the university Christmas tree. Emceed by SHSU’s 2017 homecoming king and queen, this year’s ceremony included a performance by Orange Pride and an SHSU musical group. As always, the LEAPsters had their decorated wreath prepared to hang on the tree and join the wreaths of other university organizations. After hanging our wreath on the tree and singing the last few lines of Jingle Bells the ceremony ended. From all the LEAPsters, we want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

SHSU, LEAP Ambassadors, LEAP Center, SHSU Tree Lighting, Christmas 2017

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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