For the past 101 years, SHSU has presented an annual tree-lighting ceremony, and for the last 15 or so, the LEAP Ambassadors have been involved.
And for the last five or so, the Pre-Law Society has also been involved. And this year we had delegates from both organizations, including: Amari Gallien, Jacelin Daniel, Yajaira Gutierrez, Emeralda Espinal, and Michelle Cardenas.
It’s one event where many administrators, staff, faculty, students, and organizations come together for a celebration and appreciation. This year’s event was spearheaded by Evie Covarrubias, with help from the entire Student Activities Department.
Organizations sign in around 5pm, and the program officially kicks off at 6pm. And it literally “kicks off,” because following introductions by the SHSU Homecoming King and Queen–Braden Wright and Uri-El Jackson…
the Orange Pride dancers were one of the first acts in the program.
The SHSU Chorale also performed, with their outfits reflecting the unseasonably warm temperature of the evening.
The Student Activities staff did a great job of handing out candles and other illuminating devices, making for an immensely attractive lighting ceremony.
Following the hanging of ornaments–including both the LEAP Ambassadors and the Pre-Law Society–Provost Stephenson did a lively countdown for the tree of lights.
Owing to a brief technical malfunction, the University had the opportunity to experience the countdown excitement twice before seeing the lighting.
The wait was worth it! Following the lighting, the always-gracious Charlie Vienne spoke, announcing the Alumni Association’s awarding of numerous scholarships…
…alumnus David Smith, Director of Good Shepherd Mission, discussed partnerships between the University and community…
…and the crowd was again entertained additional by the Orange Pride dancers.
All of us–the LEAP Ambassadors–are now juniors, and we’ve had an opportunity to get involved with the University traditions. This is one of the best, and we look forward to the year ahead (after, of course, wrapping up finals), and participating in more of SHSU’s traditions, and maybe starting a few of our own!