November 22, 2011
OBU will present its 74th annual “Hanging of the Green” Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel. The community is invited to attend the celebration, titled “Festival Noel.”
The first OBU Hanging of the Green ceremony was in WMU Memorial Hall in 1937. After the singing of carols, representatives from all dormitories lit candles of good will from the candle there and carried the light to their own houses. The custom of Hanging of the Green has continued through the years. It moved in 1945 to the newly completed Brittain Hall, in 1957 to the University Auditorium, and in 1961 to John Wesley Raley Chapel.
Traditionally, 20 outstanding seniors are nominated and selected by faculty as honorees for the evening. These students are seen to embody the OBU ideals and represent a wide variety of majors, disciplines and hometowns.
This year’s honorees include Taylor Breen from Phoenix, Ariz.; Jordan Bruce from League City, Texas; Courtney Bryant from Moore, Okla.; Timothy Castleberry from Sand Springs, Okla.; Clay Dodgion from Macomb, Okla.; Kelly Fink from Shawnee, Okla.; Ethan Groff from Henryetta, Okla.; Joshua Kardatzke from Wichita, Kan.; Kyle Kleeburg from McKinney, Texas; and Brendan Laughlin from Albuquerque, N.M.
Also honored will be Nadia Majed from Broken Arrow, Okla.; Sean Muzljakovich from Bartlesville, Okla.; Kali Oldacre from Holdenville, Okla.; Clay Phillips from Heavener, Okla.; Charles (Chuck) Porter from Owasso, Okla.; Ellen Richard from Perkins, Okla.; Amity Walker from Shawnee; Jaqueline Walter from Lawton, Okla.; Chad Ward from Cleveland, Okla.; and Hannah Wright from Wichita, Kan.
The Christmas program will feature performances by students and faculty in OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, including the University Ringers, University Chorale, Bison Glee Club, Bisonette Glee Club and the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra. The narrator of the program will be Dr. Kevin Hall, OBU professor of religion and Hollums Chair of Bible.
For more information, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305.