Christmas at USF



Christmas in the Castle

Historic Brookside will be decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers. View the various levels of the magnificent stone home as it comes alive for Christmas. Visitors purchase tickets on the days of the event in the second floor lounge of the Pope John Paul II Center. Admission: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. Parking is in the East Campus lot on Leesburg Road.

Hours of Operation:
Saturday, December 3 from noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 from noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 from noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 from noon to 6 p.m.

Star of Bethlehem 2011

At the Schouweiler Planetarium.

Saturday, December 3 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 17 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18 at 5 p.m.

Join us under the Mideastern sky of 3 B.C. and follow the star of the Wise Men. During the live portion of the show, planetarium staff will guide you to the wonders of this winter’s Fort Wayne night sky. The Schouweiler Planetarium is located in Achatz Hall of Science. Parking is available off Leesburg Road. Admission: adults $4, senior citizens and under age 18 $3, $14 maximum per family.

Fair Trade Alternative Shopping Bazaar

Sunday, December 4 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) present high-quality fairly traded handicrafts from disadvantaged producers all over the world at the Fair Trade Alternative Shopping Bazaar on the campus of the university at the Pope John Paul II Center (main lobby). What does it mean to say that these items are fairly traded? It means that the people who produce them earn a fair price, get access to credit and training, and maintain long-term relationships with organizations rooted in the principles of human dignity and economic justice.

Lighting of the Lake

Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m.

Vigil lights will encircle the area of Mirror Lake closest to Spring Street for a shining symbol of Christmas. You may dedicate one or more luminaries at $10 per luminary to a loved one, in memory of someone special, in recognition of a special occasion, or just to wish a student good luck with final exams. Send in the enclosed form by November 30 to order luminaries. If you have questions, call Debra at 260-399-8037. No charge for admission.

Living Nativity

Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m.

In 1223, on a mountain near the Italian town of Greccio, Francis of Assisi led a group of villagers at Midnight Mass in recalling the poverty and humility of Christ’s birth by re-enacting the first Christmas. Thus began the tradition of a Christmas crèche. As Advent begins, members of the university community present a Living Nativity as a witness to the power and presence of God’s love incarnate in the world. The character of Saint Francis will narrate the Christmas story as it unfolds, and all gathered will sing “Silent Night.” The Living Nativity will be presented in the amphitheater next to the Pope John Paul II Center. Parking is available off Leesburg Road, and there is no admission charge. A petting zoo with the animals for the Living Nativity will be available for children from 5-5:50 p.m. free of charge at the Living Nativity site.

USF Share the Warmth Collection Drive

Donations collected from December 1 through 11

The University of Saint Francis teams up with the Volunteer Center RSVP to bring a little warmth to the community. Collection bins will be located around campus for donations of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves. Drop your contribution in one of the bins, take it to Brookside or bring it to any of the events listed.

Christmas Music Concert

Sunday, December 4 at 7 p.m.

University of Saint Francis musical groups will perform traditional carols and classical arrangements by a variety of composers and arrangers. The concert is at the North Campus auditorium (across from Brookside). No charge for admission.

Alumni/Faculty Exhibition

Weatherhead Gallery, Rolland Center
December 3, 2011 through January 15, 2012
Opening Reception: December 3, 6-9 p.m.

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays 1-5 p.m.

The gallery will be closed December 22-January 1 for the Christmas holiday.

This annual tradition showcases new work by alumni of the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. Art by Audrey Riley, Bob Kiel and Michelle Diller in a wide variety of mediums will be on display, as well as work by the faculty of the School of Creative Arts. Visit sf.edu/art. No charge for admission.

Highlights from the University Collection:

Contemporary Ceramics and Paintings
Lupke Gallery, North Campus
December 3, 2011-January 27, 2012

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays 1-5 p.m.

The gallery will be closed December 22-January 1 for the Christmas holiday.

Highlights from the university collection will be on display, with recent acquisitions by ceramic artists Lisa Clague, Janis Wunderlich and Mark Goudy, among others. Many works are figurative in nature. Paintings will also be figurative to complement the 3-D works. For additional information, visit sf.edu/art. No charge for admission.