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Traditions provide a sense of campus unity

Sky Barron, Reporter March 13, 2019

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...

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MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights continues 44-year tradition

Alana Earle, Reporter November 19, 2018

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...

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Traditions contribute to campus life

Ryane Hatten May 12, 2018

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...

Matthew Luttrell, associate music professor, conducts the MSU Wind Ensemble during the  MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opening ceremony in the Akin Auditorium, Monday Nov. 20, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Fantasy of Lights concert brings joy

Stephen Gomez November 20, 2017

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...

Suzanne Shipley, university president, addresses guests during the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights Opening Nov. 20. Photo by Francisco Martinez

Fantasy of Lights kickstarts holiday cheer

Tyler Manning November 20, 2017

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...

Fantasy of Lights workday brings in community for repairs

Tre' Jones October 10, 2017

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...

Students from Fain Elementary School Choir sing at the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights Dec. 6. Photo by Alyssa Mitchell

Elementary school choirs sing at Fantasy of Lights

Stephen Gomez December 7, 2016

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...

Fantasy of Lights spreads holiday cheer

The Wichitan November 30, 2016

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...

Melissa McIntyre plays flute in the University Wind Ensemble Fantasy of Lights concert Nov. 21. Photo by Topher McGehee

Fantasy of Lights brings holiday excitement to Wichita Falls

Kara McIntyre November 21, 2016

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...

Sherima Ferlance, finance junior, Susan Marrs, Kiwanis sponsor, Justin Esdaille, accounting junior, and Mary Rhoads, kiwanis member and MSU graduate, clean the candy canes off with brushes during the Fantasy of Lights Workshop, Oct. 3. Photo by Rachel Johnson

8 MSU students volunteer at Fantasy of Lights workshop

Taylor Warren October 6, 2015

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...

Alumni invited to Fantasy of Lights

Savanah Campbell December 3, 2014

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...

Interview with Don Henschel

Cody Samples December 2, 2014

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...

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