Island University Invites Community to Campus for Holiday Cheer

Published: December 08, 2016

Island University Invites Community to Campus for Holiday Cheer

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The holidays are here and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now sparkles in blue and green lights! More than 1,000 people came out to celebrate the 11th annual Islander Lights on Dec. 2, an event which culminated with the lighting of a large holiday tree in the center of Lee Plaza. Click HERE for photos. Other festivities included a life-sized snow globe, pictures with Santa, crafts, music, a holiday movie and refreshments.

“The main reason why Dr. Killebrew and I started this tradition is because we wanted to make the campus feel like we are all one big family,” said Kathy Killebrew, First Lady of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Islander Lights was pretty small when it first began. It included just a couple of student booths and a few lights, but each year it grew and grew, and now it’s a huge festival that involves hundreds of people.”

Islander Lights was free and open to the public with a donation in support of Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts for Christmas. 

“This is the sixth year Islander Lights has paired with Toys for Tots,” said Jennifer Randolph, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Assistant Director of Student Activities. “We hope our traditions say who we are as a campus community – that we are fun and welcoming, but that we also remember what the season is all about.”

More than 450 toys and $1,000 were collected during Islander Lights to benefit Toys for Tots.

On the same night as Islander Lights, the Department of Music at A&M-Corpus Christi held their 16th annual Holiday Gala in the Performing Arts Center. Click HERE for photos. The concert featured Islander students and faculty in a wide variety of holiday favorites for the whole family, from familiar Christmas carols to new arrangements. Pre-performance activities included a holiday coloring station, craft station and special appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves. More than 350 people attended Holiday Gala.