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Hospitable Weather Adds to Warmth of Card-Lighting


With SGA President Michael L. Spear and Student Activities' Malinda C. Love to her immediate right, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour shares the glow of the season.
With SGA President Michael L. Spear and Student Activities’ Malinda C. Love to her immediate right, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour shares the glow of the season.
Light reflects off a foil cookie sheet on the Early Educators' entry, which won first prize among student organizations.
Light reflects off a foil cookie sheet on the Early Educators’ entry, which won first prize among student organizations.
Cookies, cocoa and cookies add to the festivities.
Cookies, cocoa and cookies add to the festivities.
Springlike temperatures allowed for comfortable viewing of this year's 38 holiday cards.
Springlike temperatures allowed for comfortable viewing of this year’s 38 holiday cards.
Light and shadow enhance the 3-D aspect of WDCE's winning card.
Light and shadow enhance the 3-D aspect of WDCE’s winning card.

Penn College’s holiday cards were lighted in a seasonal ceremony near the campus mall Wednesday – the first time in recent memory that the event wasn’t wet, frigid or both. After sharing year-end wishes for the campus’s diverse family of students and employees, President Davie Jane Gilmour gave the signal that (through the magic of General Services) illuminated the creativity of 38 student organizations and college offices/departments. She also announced this year’s winners among those entries, crafted with “love, devotion and fun” and selected in online voting by nearly 500 people. Among student organizations, Early Educators placed first, the Physician Assistant Club was second and the PCT 4×4 Club placed third. In the employee category, Workforce Development & Continuing Education took top honors, the Academic Success Center was second, and the Office of Transfer Initiatives finished in third place. The evening also featured Student Government Association President Michael L. Spear, who greeted the end of a busy semester and embraced the promise of a new year, and a welcome by Malinda C. Love, assistant director of student activities for diversity and cultural life. Mild temperatures allowed attendees to walk leisurely among the oversized cards; hot chocolate, coffee and cookies were served inside the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer

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