Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 14:15

Celebrate the Season with Assumption College

By Brianna DiPanni ’18

The end of November marks the beginning of the holiday season at Assumption College.  The cheerful season will soon be in full swing throughout the entire campus community, reminding students that Christmas isn’t far away.  Every year, the joy of the season brings many festive events to campus. While there are an array of fun celebrations, there are also opportunities for students to give back during this “season of giving” to honor the true meaning of the holidays by compassionately serving the greater community.

The Holiday Giving Tree,
Nov. 19 through Dec. 1
Charlie’s, Hagan Campus Center

Participants are invited to choose an ornament off the “Giving Tree” and purchase a gift for a child in need this holiday season.  Gifts are donated to children receiving services from the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Guild of St. Agnes.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Wednesday, Nov. 29
7 p.m.
Hagan Lawn

Ring in the holiday season with Assumption’s annual Christmas tree lighting. Members of Music Ministry will join Hound Sound and VOCE in singing Christmas carols as the hundreds of multi-colored lights on the tree are lit. Prior to the lighting, College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D.; Vice President of Mission Father Richard Lamoureux, A.A.; and Student Government Association President Ian Burns ’18 will make brief remarks.

AC Band Christmas Concert
Thursday, Nov. 30
8 p.m.
Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall

The Assumption College Band, under the direction of Conductor Bruce Hopkins, will perform a concert of familiar holiday classics along with its regular concert selections in the new Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center.  Different instrumental ensembles as well as soloists will be featured during this free show. 

La Salette Festival of Lights Trip
Friday, Dec. 1
5 – 8 p.m.

The College’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring a free trip to the Festival of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro. Students can spend the evening viewing more than 300,000 lights illuminating ten acres of land, as well as an international Crèche museum featuring hundreds of crèches from around the world.

Christmas in Charlie’s
Wednesday, Dec. 6
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Charlie’s, Hagan Campus Center

Every year, Assumption students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stop by the Campus Center for the annual Christmas in Charlie’s to help celebrate the last day of classes.  The room will be transformed into a winter wonderland and feature an array of crafts, food, and giveaways. Popular staples include the SGA’s Christmas cookie decorating and eggnog table, as well as stations where students can decorate ornaments, stockings, and make Polaroid picture magnets.

19th Annual Tickets-For-Tots Program
Wednesday, Dec. 6
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Charlie’s, Hagan Campus Center

The Assumption College Department of Public Safety will hold its 19th Annual Tickets-for-Tots program, in which on-campus parking citations are forgiven in exchange for a toy donated to the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys-for-Tots program or a cash donation to the Telegram & Gazette Santa Fund. There will also be photo opportunities with Santa’s Helpers for $1 per picture. Proceeds from the photos will also benefit the Telegram & Gazette Santa Fund.

Christmas Dinner Buffet
Wednesday, December 6
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Testa Atrium

Students are invited to celebrate the holidays with President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., and his wife, Filomena, with a delicious buffet dinner in the Testa Atrium.

Lessons and Carols
Wednesday, Dec. 6
7:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Holy Spirit

One of the College’s most popular and beloved holiday traditions is the annual Lessons and Carols performance. This year, the program will focus on the theme “From Darkness to Light” and feature readings and music to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Music will be led by the Assumption College Music Ministry and readings will be proclaimed by various members of the Assumption College community.  A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Lauring Community Room in the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Midnight Breakfast
Thursday, Dec. 7
10 p.m.
Taylor Dining Hall

Students are encouraged to take a study break and attend the highly anticipated annual Midnight Breakfast. Members of the Assumption staff and administration will serve the food at this free event.  The first 100 students receive a free Midnight Breakfast T-shirt. 

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews