Nothing conveys the holiday spirit more than the festive “Lighting the Way for the Holidays” and “Songfest” events held annually at The University of Southern Mississippi. The public is invited to attend this year’s free festivities, set for Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Hattiesburg campus.
Activities for the 6th Annual “Lighting the Way” program begin at 5 p.m. with performances set to commence at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) at Southern Miss. The 61st Annual Chi Omega Songfest will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.
“Lighting the Way is a special event that rings in the holiday season for the school and community while supporting a local charity,” said Southern Miss student and event coordinator Serena Williams. “This event is now recognized as a university tradition and we hope to continue this tradition of service and spirit during the most special time of the year.”
Southern Miss mascot Seymour will be on hand as part of the festivities which include a photo booth with holiday props; pictures with Santa; ornament decorating and various holiday games with prizes. There will also be plenty of free hot chocolate and chili.
Holiday music will be performed by The Arc Southeast Mississippi Show Choir; Petal High School Jazz Band and A Spirit of Southern ensemble. The evening will culminate with the lighting of the University tree by Interim President Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas.
Student organizations and community businesses have purchased smaller trees that will line the front entrance to campus. Proceeds from the sale of these trees will go to The Arc of Southeast Mississippi, a United Way non-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through a multitude of services and programs.