FTC Kicks off Holiday Season with Lighting Ceremony


Christmas Tree, Kwanzaa candles, and Menorah located in the FTC courtyard (Photo: R. Evangelist)


By Rebecca Evangelist

On December 2nd, Five Towns College held a Holiday Lighting Ceremony during common hour. At the ceremony, the college lit a Christmas tree, Kwanzaa candles, and a Menorah to celebrate the season. Students and staff were invited outside by Assistant Dean for Campus Life,  Michael Cavalli. Cavalli spoke at the ceremony along with a special holiday message from FTC President Dr. David Cohen.

After the Lighting Ceremony, students and staff were invited to the Upbeat Café to listen to live music performed by students. Free food and drinks were also available.


FTC Students are getting excited about the holidays. “We always see my mom’s side of the extended family, which we obviously didn’t get to last year with Covid-19. So, I’m definitely excited to do that again,” said Jeff Kramer, a freshman Mass Communications and Broadcasting major. “You know the holidays are just my absolute favorite time of year. I love the whole cheer, the movies, the music, and everything that comes with it.”

“I’m going to go up with my family on a trip to Irland to see everyone on my mom’s side for Christmas and New Year,” said Marykate Kopka, a freshman, and Mass Communications Audio Technology major.  “[I’m looking forward to] seeing my cousins again, [and] having more Irish candy, just being there [with] my cousins for the [New] Year.”



The holidays are also a great time to give back to the local community and help people in need. Five Towns College Office of Residence Life is holding a Toy Drive and collecting new, unwrapped toys in the Upbeat Cafe. Donated toys will be given to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. The Toy Drive at Five Towns College ends today, December 3rd. The Office of Residence Life is also holding a holiday card writing event on December 7th. Stop by to write kind greetings to go along with the toys. At Five Towns College, students and staff love to help others, especially during the holidays.