Happy Holidays

Decorating Main Campus – by the numbers

By Whitney Dreier

St Clair in lights
The week before Thanksgiving, members of the Administrative Services staff venture into the Dulany Hall basement, which stores more than 75 boxes of holiday-themed décor. By the time students return from their fall break, the campus is fully decorated. Trees and wreaths and swags stay up until the first week in January, when staff returns from the New Year holiday.

This year, decorations were placed from Nov. 12 to 20 and will come down around Jan. 4, 2013. New this season is a Cougar-themed tree on the first floor of AHSC, which is decorated exclusively in silver and navy.

“Getting into the holiday spirit is always fun, even though it is a bit earlier than most people get out their decorations at home,” says Ember Davis, assistant director for Events, Protocol and Design. “It’s nice to switch up the work routine a little, so instead of sitting at a desk, we are lugging boxes and fluffing tree branches.”

The maintenance staff is hard at work as well; the staff checks every outdoor bulb and spends dozens of cold hours on the lift, hanging decorations. “It is such a team effort to get everything perfect, and we are especially grateful for their patience and cooperation in the decorating season,” Davis says. Here’s a look at the collaboration, by the numbers:

12 wreaths
28 greenery swags
6 Christmas trees (full-sized, pre-lit)
2,000 feet of lights on the Bass Commons buildings
1,000 lights replaced after this fall’s hail storms
2,500 lights on Bass Commons
4,300 lights on the Kirkman House
1,800 feet of ribbon/bows (indoors and out)
15,000 ornaments
20 extension cords
16 feet – tallest tree
6 feet – widest wreath
24 hours on the lift decorating
300 man hours for Administrative Services (EP&D, Maintenance) staff
400 man hours to complete the Kirkman House Animated Lighting display from conception to completion

On Nov. 30, Columbia College officially turned on the campus Christmas lights during the annual Holiday Lighting ceremony. For the second year, animated lighting is featured on Kirkman House, home of the Graduate Studies division. First Lady Bonnie Brouder and Sallie Coley, Director of Events, Protocol & Design, worked to create a grand light display that passersby will see regardless of the direction they are driving, thanks to the building’s location at the corner of Rogers and Tenth streets.

“This year, there will be additional light strands in the design,” Davis says. “It’s the coolest holiday lighting in town.” The lighting is synced to a radio station, so if you’re parked in the Tenth Street lot, tune into 106.5 FM, and enjoy the show from the comfort of your car. Be sure your friends and neighbors know about the fun!

If you love Columbia College this time of year, share the spirit with friends and family by sending a holiday-themed e-card. Visit the Alumni Relations page for the complete collection.


Anonymous said...

My kids and I look forward to the Columbia College Holiday party for weeks in advance. Thanks for the festivities!