The Winter Wonderland Weekend

For weeks there have been whispers about changes that will be occurring to this year’s Christmas banquet. Questions like “Can I buy my dress?” and “Will it be off-campus?” have been raised in casual conversations throughout campus. While the answers to these questions may shock students, Micah Brewer, head of the Student Government Association’s Special Events committee, is excited to announce that this year’s winter special event – The Winter Wonderland Weekend – is sure to not disappoint!

The Winter Wonderland Weekend seeks to bring a new experience for the students of Toccoa Falls College, while bringing back traditions of the past! The student body will still have the same experiences that have had at previous Christmas banquets. Students will again have the opportunity to dress up, dance, enjoy time with their friends, take pictures, eat a meal, etc. The purpose of this change, is not to take any experience away. On the contrary, it seeks to add a new depth to a beloved special event! The goal of this special event is to focus on the superior qualities of TFC, and to encourage the student body to enjoy the best that TFC has to offer!

Brewer explains that,  “The Point of  the Special Events committee is to offer special events during the most stressful part of the semester. It is to build community, reconnect with friends, and enjoy the final moments of free time given to them.” The purpose of the Winter Wonderland Weekend is to offer more experiences for more people to enjoy. A more traditional Christmas banquet with more traditional things to do.  Brewer states that

“The scales are tipped towards a better event. The Special Events committee will have more resources,  which equates to a more creative experience. More effort will be taken to make this weekend the best it can be, but effort is nothing to be afraid of. The purpose of the change is to emphasize how great TFC actually is. I fully believe that this place can be changed into a Winter Wonderland.”

Here is a tentative schedule of the Winter Wonderland Weekend…

Thursday, December 4th.: A candlelight dinner will be the formal event of weekend. Beginning at 5p.m. a formal dinner will be served in the dining hall. At 7p.m. Aaron Shust will be performing a free Christmas Concert in Grace Chapel. 

Friday, December 5th.: Coffee By the Pound will be hosting live Christmas music. Games will be set-up within the Student Center for the enjoyment of the student body. Keep reading to find out how you can get a free drink for this night!

Saturday, December 6th.: A Christmas Fair begins at 5:30p.m. at the center of campus. The fair will feature: firepits on the field; roasting of chestnuts and marshmallows; fresh popcorn and hot chocolate. Dancing will still occur with a dance-floor being a focal point.There will also be a tacky Christmas sweater contest; a gingerbread house contest; Christmas cookie decoration; games; and more!  The night will culminate with the  annual Christmas tree lighting at 8:00p.m.! Staff and faculty will be encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities alongside students.

Questions you may have…

Who will be catering the candlelight dinner?
Chartwells will be catering the dinner. Chartwells offers three level of catering services. The Toccoa Falls Dining Services uses the first level currently. Those who attend dinner on Thursday will experience the second level of catering. A menu given typical Christmas meal

Will there be assigned seating at the candlelight dinner?
No, there will not be assigned seating.

Concerning the candlelight dinner, what is the assumed dress code?
Those attending dinner in the dining hall on Thursday, December 4th. will be encouraged to dress formally. This is a special event and so formal dress is expected.

What does that mean for the Junior and Senior banquet?
The annual Junior and Senior banquet will continue to be it’s own event. Nothing is planned to change concerning this event; furthermore, it will continue to be an off-campus banquet.

How will dinner be served on Thursday night?
Dinner is free for all; however, you are encouraged to reserve a ticket ahead of time. If you do not have a ticket, then you must scan you card to enter the dining hall.  By reserving a ticket, your meal will not count  towards your meal plan, and you get a certificate for a FREE BEVERAGE of your choice from Coffee By The Pound at Friday night’s festivities!  To reserve your ticket please message sga@tfc.edu with your name and MSC number, and it will be delivered to you through inter-campus mail.

The Aaron Shust concert free, but it is ticketed. If you plan on going to this concert, indicate in your email, and your ticket will be provided to you upon your admission to dinner. If you do not want to attend the concert, you are not obligated to do so.

For more information about reserving a ticket for the Aaron Shust concert email  music@tfc.edu

Homecoming 2014

Friday, October 10

Homecoming Golf Classic
10:30 a.m. Apple Mountain Resort and Golf Club, 901 Rock Ford Creek Road, Clarkesville, Georgia. The 18-hole tournament in a two-person Lauderdale format with a shotgun start. Fee includes green fees, cart, Chick-fil-A lunch, golf balls, TFC logo towels and tees, and prizes. Cost is $55.00

On-Site Registration
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Gate Cottage

Alumni Board Meeting
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. President’s Dining Room

Women’s Varsity Soccer Game
5:00 p.m. Soccer Field. TFC vs. Johnson University FL. No charge. Eagle Club concessions will be available.

Homecoming Tailgate Picnic
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.Soccer and Baseball Pavilion. Now in its 9th year, this event has become an annual tradition. Good food for alumni, students, guests, and the entire Toccoa Falls family. We will have a tent set up with tables and chairs for all to enjoy! Cost is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children ages 2-10.

Men’s Varsity Soccer Game
7:00 p.m. Soccer Field. TFC vs. Clearwater Christian College. No charge. Eagle Club concessions will be available.

Crowning of Homecoming Queen
7:45 p.m. – during halftime of the men’s soccer game under the lights.

TFC Sweets and Treats
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Earl Field – center of campus. Come to the tent on Earl Field for delicious sweets, treats, or a cup of coffee. Complimentary.

Saturday, October 11

Alumni Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Parkerson Student Center. Reunion classes ending in “4” and “9” will be recognized, and certificates will be presented to the 50th and 60th year reunion classes. The TFAA president will report on behalf of the Alumni Board. Cost is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children ages 2-10. Childcare is available with preregistration.

Gathany Museum Open
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Gathany Museum. The museum will be open for Homecoming participants to tour.

Campus Lunch Buffet
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Parkerson Student Center. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 2-10 (pay at the door).

Homecoming 5K
12:00 p.m. Meet at Gate Cottage for the 22nd annual 5K run or walk through campus. Cost is $15.00 and includes a dri-fit shirt.

High School/Academy Reunion Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Gate Cottage. Enjoy an open mic time with former classmates. Always a favorite! Cost is $10.00.

Duck Race
1:00 p.m. Meet along the creek below Forrest Hall. Buy a rubber duck to benefit a student organization. Come cheer your duck to victory as it races down the creek. Prizes will be awarded. Cost is $1.00 per duck.

Women’s Varsity Volleyball Game
1:00 p.m. Lois DeLany Gym. TFC vs. Piedmont International University. No charge. Eagle Club concessions will be available.

Campus Dinner
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Parkerson Student Center. Cost is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children ages 2-10.

Women’s Varsity Volleyball Game – Honoring Seniors
5:00 p.m. Lois DeLany Gym. TFC vs. Johnson University (TN). The seniors on the volleyball team will be honored during the match. No charge. Eagle Club concessions will be available.

Annual Alumni Basketball Game
7:00 p.m. Lois DeLany Gym. See our varsity athletes take on former players. No charge. Come cheer your team on to victory!

Coffee at the Falls – an exclusive event for alumni and parents.
9:00 p.m. Gate Cottage. Enjoy hot drinks with a sweet treat. You will also have a unique opportunity to see Toccoa Falls in lights. Complimentary.

Sunday, October 12

President’s Prayer Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Gate Cottage. Come join the 2nd annual breakfast hosted by Dr. Robert Myers. He will share from his heart about the Lord’s leading for the future of Toccoa Falls College. Seating for the breakfast is limited. Cost is $10.00. Childcare is available with preregistration.

Gathany Museum Open
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gathany Museum. The museum will be open for Homecoming participants to tour.

 

As taken from http://alumni.tfc.edu/homecoming/schedule

The Clean Water 5K

Whether through a poster, save the date, or Facebook event, the possibility that you have seen information for the Clean Water 5K is considerably high. As race day approaches, the decision to sleep in or join the cause may currently weigh in your mind.  In an interview with race coordinator, Loise Mehl, she discusses how the Clean Water 5K is an opportunity to serve the community of Toccoa, and the world.

Louise Mehl has been involved in promotions like the Clean Water 5K for many years. For the last four years, she along with other women of the Toccoa Falls Community have been meeting in a small group to invest within each other, and grow in the their knowledge of Christ. Mehl is using her skills alongside the women of this small group to make a lasting difference. Preparations for the race began last spring and have shown the women working together with the community to plan, promote, and serve. The race has partnered with the Fields of Life humanitarian organization based in Uganda, working in the country to meet needs in schools and community initiatives. She has worked for the organization Fields of Life in the past, and trusts the ground work that they are accomplishing. Many times the money that is given to such organizations may lack a trust ratio to be used properly. However, Mehl has seen herself what can be accomplished through the donations given.

According to the Fields of Life website, the purpose of this ministry is to”… share the Christian faith by collaborating with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based projects.” The goal that Fields of Life currently has set, is to dig 1,000 wells by the year 2020. The Clean Water 5K seeks to help in reaching this goal by raising $10,000. This is a simple, purposeful, and legacy-oriented cause allowing both students of Toccoa Falls College and members of the community to make a difference.

On Saturday morning September 27th, race registration will open at 7:30AM. Registration will be located at Gate Cottage. Beginning at 8:45AM, a DJ will help racers “warm-up”.  The race will begin by Gate Cottage at 9AM. Winners will receive prizes based on their registered categories of judging. While the race is timed, everyone is encouraged to set their own run or walk pace. Members of the Toccoa community will be attending along with students, faculty, and staff of Toccoa Falls College. Students of Toccoa Falls College are encouraged to not drive on the campus’ main road. Furthermore, the main road onto campus will be closed to incoming traffic for a short period of time between 8:45AM and 10AM.

For more information or questions concerning the Clean Water 5K, please message Loise Mehl at lmehl@tfc.edu

To donate or become further involved with Fields of Life, refer to the links below.

http://www.gofundme.com/cleanwater5k

http://fieldsoflife.org/

Taste of Toccoa

It is an incredible privileged to attend college where the surrounding community offers many unique events. Many times events that are off-campus are not attended due to a lack of knowledge by students. One such event that will be occurring is Taste of Toccoa.

Taste of Toccoa is an event in which the surrounding community is invited to experience the food of multiple venues. The event is a great way to try entree’s and desserts from local restaurants while spending time with your friends. Along with experiencing food, students may also browse local shops like [ash-lings] Booksellers. This event is an annual occurrence with this being the 24th. year of the event. The event is held in Historic Downtown Toccoa. The event will be held Thursday, April 24, beginning at 5 P.M. ending at 8 P.M.

Take a quick adventure into town tomorrow night to enjoy a taste of Toccoa!

What is Mr. TFC?

You might be asking yourself this very question,
“What is Mr. TFC?”

Here is all that you need to know about the event that is arguable the most hilarious and creative of the entire year…

Rachel Johnson, a coordinator of the event, states that Mr. TFC is likened to, “A competition formed by various tests of manliness”.

There are four representatives who have been voted by their peers as prime examples of this manliness. The following are representative of this year’s competition

Freshman representative – John Thar

Sophomore representative – Keith Nicely

Junior representative – John Zendrosky

Senior representative – Josh Gailer

Tonight the event will begin at 7 P.M. in the gym. Admission is free. Judges include: 2013 Mr. TFC, Tahd Adams; Terrace Assistant Resident Director, Kahri Halbersma; Vice President of Student Development, Dr. Ken Gassiot; and President Dr. Bob Myers. There will be three separate tasks that each contestant must accomplish, as well as a talent portion.

By the end of tonight, we will know who the 2014 Mr. TFC truly is.

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