Christmas Came Early

  • Our executive board dressed up in their Christmas best for the last chapter meeting of the year
  • Some of the best entries from the door decorating contest!

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on the numerous blessings that we enjoy every day and sometimes take for granted. There are many people out there around the world with far less and sometimes we forget how much we truly have. Another great thing about the holiday season is the time that it allows us to spend with family. With pure Michigan temperatures commonly ranging from five below to the mid-teens, it allows the opportunity for some quality time with family and friends around a warm fireplace. Before heading home to enjoy some of these things over winter break, our Scholars were able to celebrate together as well!

This year our chapter hosted the first Christmas Door Decorating Contest. Scholars were encouraged to decorate their doors with a Christmas theme and prizes were awarded to the top three entries. Executive Vice President Taylor Skelton, Administrative Vice President Andrew Najor, and Chapter Advisor Steve Ruthenberg were the objective judges for the contest. About 1/3 of our 80 Scholars participated in some manner and decorated their doorways with a festive design.

In addition to the door decorating contest, a white elephant gift exchange was organized and executed by numerous Scholars this year. A $10-$15 limit was set for gifts and some basic rules were laid down. For example, each gift could only be stolen a maximum of three times and could only be stolen once per turn. As usual there were a few prank type gifts and a few diamonds in the rough, but all in all it was a great time to share some laughs and spend some quality time hanging out as a chapter.

Before our last chapter meeting of the semester, our executive board decided to spice things up by rocking ugly Christmas sweaters or some other Christmas-themed attire. As it turned out, "Christmas-themed attire" also included a full-fledged Santa outfit. Needless to say, it was a fun-filled last meeting and our chapter benefactor and chapter advisor encouraged all the Scholars to finish the year strong and enjoy the winter break.

Not many people have their entire college tuition paid for them, especially at a major university. Chick Evans brought Christmas a little early to the 965 current Scholars in school. For that we are very thankful and appreciate the opportunities we have now to spend some of the holiday season with our new Evans Scholars family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Michigan State University Evans Scholars!