Multicultural affairs host 16th Annual Christmas Fest

December 18, 2008

by Maggie Bullock

Students and faculty gathered last Tuesday in the Student Center, Main Floor to “Celebrate the Season” at the Department of Multicultural Affairs’ 16th Annual Christmas Fest.

People brought their lunch while various performers from area schools and campus organizations presented their talents.

Adam Collins, coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, said there was an excellent turnout for the event.

“Considering the weather conditions and time for the event, I was pleased with [the] attendance from parents and staff,” Collins said.

At the event, numerous groups participated to help make the event special such as the Grambling Middle-High School Band, the Carroll High School Choir and the Tech Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

“We have a list of about 12 groups who normally participate, but not necessarily in successive years,” Collins said.
Collins said there were a lot of people that helped to put the Christmas Fest together.

“The students of Black Student Union not only decorated but they served as the backbone for the event and all facets of the Division of Student Affairs – from Residential Life to Student Activities – historically have contributed in meaningful ways,” Collins said. “Tech TV provided video coverage and our campus student leaders hosted the event, serving as emcees.”

Collins also said his favorite part about the festival was hearing the overwhelmingly positive responses from participants and spectators following the event.

“Seeing the successful culmination of our collective efforts to promote diversity through musical performances is what makes this event special,” Collins said. “As an added bonus, talented performers were inspired by other performers. It was amazing to see Tech’s Concert Choir give a standing ovation to Carroll High School’s Choir and later Carroll stood and gave Tech an ovation.”

Daniel Flowers, a senior biology major, said this was his first year to attend the Christmas Fest and was really impressed with the diversity of performers.

“They didn’t have just one type of music and they had big and small choirs,” Flowers said. “I could tell they made an effort to get all those performers.”

Flowers said Christmas events like this are always good to help get students in the Christmas spirit.

“Most [students] aren’t from Ruston, so stuff like [the Christmas Fest] might make them feel like a tradition is around them even if they aren’t with family,” Flowers said.

Laura Hogan, SGA president and a senior English major, said Collins asked her to participate as an emcee for the event.

“I had done the same last year and it was a great experience,” Hogan said. “I loved hearing all of the local elementary choirs sing.”

Hogan said this year’s Christmas Fest was as good as last year’s.

“I thought the turnout was great,” Hogan said. “It’s a great symbol of the Tech family, including the community, gathering together to celebrate the holiday season.”