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December 4, 2013

CU-Duncan holds annual tree lighting

DUNCAN — Unlike the past few years, weather was not frigid during Cameron University-Duncan’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

This event is something special for Cameron students, faculty and their families, as well as the community. Chosen to help John McArthur, Cameron president, and Ole Kim, CU mascot, light the tree this year were the Lehman siblings: Chris, Alex, Maddie and Paige.

The occasion also marked McArthur’s first time to preside over the tree lighting.

“I’m excited,” he said before the tree was lit. “For me, this is the official kick-off of the holidays for Cameron University.”

Providing entertainment for the evening were the Centennial Singers, conducted by Doris Lambert. McArthur expressed appreciation to be able to hear the students sing and for the tree lighting to provide other students with a small break in the midst of studying for finals.

Lighting of the tree is one way the Duncan campus tries to stay in contact with local residents while stirring up some Christmas spirit. It’s a free event featuring food, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating and music.

Children of all ages were encouraged to decorated a gingerbread man cookie in frosting colors of their choosing. There was also a s’more station where people could roast their own marshmallows and add them to milk chocolate and graham crackers.

“Students ask about this (event) at the beginning of the semester,” said Emily Pritchard, academic and financial assistance advisor for CU-D. “They can’t wait to bring their parents and friends.”

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