Star Trees Lighting Hiatus
Giving the trees time to recover from stress
Beginning in 2014, Willamette University took a hiatus from the traditional Star Trees lighting to ensure the continuing health of the Star Trees. According to the Office of the President, the trees are healthy but showing signs of stress. The grounds team has expressed concerns about the cumulative effects of light installation and the use of heavy cabling, which may cause damage to the trees during winter storms. The hiatus is intended to give the trees a respite and time to recover.
Instead, please join us for a Holiday Lighting Celebration in Jackson Plaza on December 5, 2015. This year's celebration will begin with a holiday dinner in Goudy Commons and end with a free concert in Smith Auditorium. Free hot chocolate and cookies will also be served.
In addition, the Interfraternity Council, a group of students representing fraternities on campus, will accept donations of coats and clothing during the lighting ceremony to benefit people in need.