Ohio Wesleyan to Light Hudler Christmas Tree on Dec. 3

University Celebrates 5th Year of Holiday-Brightening Event

Ohio Wesleyan will light the Ron Hudler Memorial Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 3. (Photo by Jeff Bates)

DELAWARE, Ohio – The community is invited to join Ohio Wesleyan University at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 3 for the fifth annual lighting of OWU’s Ron Hudler Memorial Christmas Tree.

The free, outdoor event will feature cookies, cider, hot chocolate, and caroling by Pitch Black, OWU’s female a cappella group. The Hudler tree is located north of Edwards Gymnasium, 105 S. Sandusky St., near the intersection of Park Avenue and Sandusky Street, where the lighting ceremony will be held.

Hudler, a 1956 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, operated one of the nation’s largest Christmas tree farms, along with his three sons, prior to his death in 2008. To honor Hudler’s memory, his family donated a 14-foot spruce tree from Hudler Carolina Tree Farms to the campus. Hudler’s twin brother, Don, also was a member of OWU’s Class of 1956.

This year’s tree-lighting event is sponsored by the OWU Spirit and Homecoming Organization, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and Office of University Advancement.

For more Ohio Wesleyan December events and holiday happenings, visit http://events.owu.edu.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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