The hustle and bustle of the holiday season arrives at West Virginia University this week with a host of holiday charity projects and a December Convocation. Students are also completing their last week of classes in preparation for finals week Dec. 11-16. Events include:

p. Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • 79 p.m., Canned Food Sculpture Competition in the Mountainlairs Vandalia Lounge
  • 610 p.m. WVU students and local school students will construct a Toy Mountain in the Mountainlair Food Court

    p. Wednesday, Dec. 6

  • 11 a.m., Canned Food Sculpture Competition judging and announcement of winners, Mountainlair Vandalia Lounge. All canned food items will be donated to Christian Help, Inc. Food Pantry.
  • 1:30 p.m., Toy Mountain will be presented to members of the U.S. Marine Corps for their annual Toys for Tots campaign in a ceremony featuring West Virginia Auditor Glen Gainer, WVU President David C. Hardesty and Major James Tuemler. Following the 10-15 minute ceremony in the Food Court, the Marines will load the toys into two”hummer”transport vehicles parked in front of the Lair.

    p. Thursday, Dec 7

  • 56 p.m.&67 p.m., President Hardesty will host two ceremonies in his office at which time students may pick up their class rings and enjoy refreshments in the lobby of Stewart Hall.

    p. Friday, Dec. 8

  • 6 p.m.&8:30 p.m., Wheeling attorney Cathy M. Armstrong, chair of the West Virginia Higher Education Interim Governing Board, will be the featured speaker at WVUs December Graduates Convocation at the CAC Concert Theatre. This year, graduates will wear traditional caps and gowns and will cross the stage as their names are called. In the past, graduates did not dress in formal attire and only stood as a group as their college was recognized.