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Traditions provide a sense of campus unity

Traditions provide a sense of campus unity

Sky Barron, Reporter

March 13, 2019


Filed under Campus, Featured, News

Whether students are walking from class to class, future Mustangs are touring the campus or visitors are just driving by, the history and traditions of Midwestern State University are shown through the statues, street names, and the bricks on the buildings. The campus was founded in 1922 as a local...

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights continues 44-year tradition

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights continues 44-year tradition

Alana Earle, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local

The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights originally began in the 1920's as a collection of decorations on a newly-wed's lawn, became a way to spread holiday cheer to thousands of people who visit the showcase. Dirk Welch, MSU-Burns FOL coordinator, said, "Its [Fantasy Of Lights] purpose is to provide a...

Traditions contribute to campus life

Traditions contribute to campus life

Ryane Hatten

May 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

From its beginnings in 1922 as a junior college housed within a high school building, Midwestern State University has become a campus of 255 acres and 70 buildings. The university offers a variety of academic programs in liberal and fine arts, mathematics, sciences, business and applied sciences. Whether...

Fantasy of Lights concert brings joy

Fantasy of Lights concert brings joy

Stephen Gomez

November 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Hiding from Jack Frost, students, faculty and families took shelter in Akin Auditorium where the band members filled the air with festive music. Matthew Luttrell, associate professor of music, officially started the concert slightly past 7 p.m. Addressing the crowd of around 300, Luttrell said jun...

Fantasy of Lights kickstarts holiday cheer

Fantasy of Lights kickstarts holiday cheer

Tyler Manning

November 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As part of the celebration and to help raise funds for the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights, the 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place this Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m., starting at the pavilion near Sikes Lake and Wichita Falls Museum of Art. "The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is solely supported throug...

Fantasy of Lights workday brings in community for repairs

Tre' Jones

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

The @MidwesternState Priddy Scholars are up early on a Saturday morning, helping to prep for Fantasy of Lights. #gen1MSU pic.twitter.com/dKSRmrG9hq — M.O.R.E. at MSU (@moreMSU) October 7, 2017 About 100 people volunteered to help paint, sweep and clean off the exhibits for the Fantasy of Lights displays for the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lig...

Elementary school choirs sing at Fantasy of Lights

Elementary school choirs sing at Fantasy of Lights

Stephen Gomez

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus

Lights are on, get them ready. On the steps, at Hardin. It's a cute little sight, the children singing tonight. Jack Frost nipping at their nose. The children of Fain, Wichita Falls Independent School District, Ben Milam Elementary School choirs warmed up the chilly night at 6 p.m. with Christmas ...

Fantasy of Lights spreads holiday cheer

The Wichitan

November 30, 2016


Filed under Op-Ed, Staff Editorial

OUR VIEW: Everyone should take a walk around campus to see the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights this winter.Before Thanksgiving break, the annual MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opened on Nov. 21. With 20,000 beautiful lights and 35 entertaining, exciting holiday displays, this is an event that everyone should...

Fantasy of Lights brings holiday excitement to Wichita Falls

Fantasy of Lights brings holiday excitement to Wichita Falls

Kara McIntyre

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The Fantasy of Lights is open from dusk until 11 p.m. Nov. 21 - Dec. 25 The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opened Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. with chimes from the Hardin Bell Tower. Then, two minutes before the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, University President Suzanne Shipley, came out, welcomed the crowed of about 200, turned on the lights and welcomed...

8 MSU students volunteer at Fantasy of Lights workshop

8 MSU students volunteer at Fantasy of Lights workshop

Taylor Warren

October 6, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Cinderella and her pumpkin coach. Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Santa and his reindeer. Just a few of the exhibits that were brought out, washed off and repainted this past Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Fantasy of Lights workshop. Eight MSU students — and dozens ...

Alumni invited to Fantasy of Lights

Savanah Campbell

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, Local, News

Fantasy of Lights is back on campus and is inviting the MSU Alumni Association to come Dec. 8 for a free event at 5:30 pm. Alumni classes get the chance to look at the displays, go into the Hardin administration Building for hot cider, hot chocolate, sweet treats, and to get a picture made with Santa. Leslee...

Interview with Don Henschel

Cody Samples

December 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, Campus Watch

FOL Interview from MWSU Campus Watch on Vimeo. RELATED STORIES Setting up Fantasy of Lights takes more than 600 hours 40 years of holiday cheer kicks off with three concerts Music of the Hardin bell tower Jesse Rogers' last turn at Fantasy of Lights Fantasy of Lights funded through donations New 5K r...

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