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December 2008/January 2009
Every December, Geneva’s Clarke Hall goes from a typical women’s residence hall to a sparkling winter wonderland. Each floor decorates their hallway from top to bottom then invites the campus community to tour the results. The event has been a holiday tradition for the last 10 years, but visitors to this year’s Winter Wonderland were in for something new.
Following some of the issues raised during International Justice Week, each floor chose a justice-related theme and raised money for a different mission or charitable organization. For donations of a dollar or less, the girls sold everything from hot apple cider to handmade crafts.
“There have always been free refreshments in the past, so I think people were a little surprised that we did a fundraiser this year,” says senior Melissa Gulstrom. “But everyone really seemed to appreciate it.”
The snowy first-floor's “Santa Land” raised funds for the Angel Tree ministry, which provides Christmas gifts for children whose parents are in prison. The second floor chose a Disney theme and collected donations for Greater Grace Orphanage in Nigeria. Visitors to the third floor entered a 3-D replica of a Jamaican village where donations went to support an upcoming student mission trip.
As they teamed up to help those in need, the women of Clarke Hall bonded on a new level. “Winter Wonderland has the tremendous ability to bring floors together,” says Rachel DeBenedittis, a residence assistant on Clarke’s first floor. “It really gives us the chance to share ideas, work together and see how we deal with pressure!”
Geneva student development staff recently filled care packages to send to students at Westmont College, a sister CCCU institution in Santa Barbara, California. Westmont lost eight campus buildings and the homes of 15 faculty members in a November wildfire. Pictured from left: Residence Directors Austin Hanlin, Lindsay Grimm and Sarah Dompier; Assistant Director of Student Development Paul Perrine; and RDs Scott Hwang and Brian Jensen.
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