University Kicks off Holiday Season with Annual Islander Lights Celebration

November 24, 2014


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Campus buildings along Ocean Drive were illuminated with blue, green, and white holiday lights during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s ninth annual “Islander Lights” celebration held on Friday, Nov. 21.

The annual event kicked off with a Holiday Bash, which included music, games, and two giant inflatables in the Island Hall Gym. Children brought a new unwrapped present for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” toy drive and were photographed with Santa Claus and “Izzy the Islander.” University students enjoyed refreshments including tamales, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider during the night’s festivities. There was also a performance by the Islander Cheer and Dance Teams.

At the close of the evening, families, staff, and students walked to Lee Plaza for the display of holiday lights. The switch was flipped by Dr. Don Albrecht, Vice President for Student Engagement, and Angel Monjarraz, Student Body President.  

“The best part of the evening was watching the community come together,” said Samantha Wheat, a junior communication major. “The parents, kids, faculty, and students celebrating the holiday season and making a difference in the community for those less fortunate are the true spirit of the season!”