Candles light up Kaufman Mall
The glow from hundreds of candles helped brighten the evening at the Old Dominion University Illumination, a new holiday tradition for members of the campus community, their families and area residents. On hand to help usher in the season musically was the University Chorale, under the direction of Nancy Klein, and the Doorway Singers (below, far left). The Nov. 28 program also featured greetings from several international students, including study-abroad student Mami Tokuhashi (below, left) of Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, who took classes at the English Language Center this fall. Addressing the crowd, Runte said, "Today, may our lights symbolize hope, that the world will once again know peace; the generosity of spirit and deed, which allows us all to share what we have; and the open, enlightened mind, to understand, respect and value the traditions of all cultures and religions." Those attending the ceremony donated cans of food for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.