November 22, 2014  

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Annual Lighting the Way, Songfest Celebrations Planned on Campus

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The traditional "Lighting the Way for the Holidays" will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at The University of Southern Mississippi. (University Communications photo)

The University of Southern Mississippi will usher in the holiday season with the annual “Lighting the Way of the Holidays” and “Songfest” celebrations in early December.

 “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 near the main entrance to the Hattiesburg campus, while “Songfest” is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Reed Green Coliseum. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Student Government Association at Southern Miss sponsors “Lighting the Way” which features musical performances and the annual lighting of the giant Christmas tree in the front portion of campus. Holiday cookies and hot chocolate will be provided for those who attend.

“Lighting the Way is a tradition that is exciting and important because it brings together our University and the community,” said SGA President Ann Marie Chilcutt. “We love the event because we choose one charity from the community to raise funds for and support. This year, we are supporting DREAM of Hattiesburg.”

This marks the 62nd year that the Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega has sponsored “Songfest” at Southern Miss. The event will include 19 chapters of Southern Miss Greek Life competing with songs and skits with holiday flare. The event also helps Chi Omega raise money for its national charity – The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“Our Songfest helps us support the Mississippi chapter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the money that we raise directly helps children in the Pine Belt,” said Songfest Director Logan Venus. “This philanthropy event gets all of Southern Miss Greek Life involved in supporting The Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as Southern Miss students, family and friends and the Hattiesburg community.”