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Fisk University Students Host Christmas at Fisk: Winter Wonderland
Student-Run Event Gives Toys and Gifts to Underserved Children

Nashville, Tenn. – December 3, 2012 – Fisk University will host its seventh Christmas at Fisk: Winter Wonderland on Thursday, December 6. Approximately 125 children from North Nashville will receive gifts and toys purchased with money raised and/or donated by Fisk student organizations. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Henderson Johnson Gymnasium on Fisk’s campus. “This celebration is a highlight of the year because it demonstrates the best qualities of Fisk students, and our commitment to our community,” said Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Management Jason Meriwether. The evening’s events include distribution of unwrapped gifts from students, games and activities for the children hosted by a Fisk student dressed as Santa. This annual occasion is organized by the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Fisk Student Government Association, the Greek Letter Organizations and other Fisk student clubs. These organizations solicit wish lists from local children through the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and the Fisk THRUST & GUSTO after school programs. Students raise money and accept donations to fulfill the kids’ wishes. “Fisk’s students have worked extremely hard to infuse the holiday season with love and enthusiasm” said Morgan Woods, President of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. “I love seeing our students brighten the faces of kids who participate in the program, especially when each receives a gift from Santa’s Workshop.” For more information, please contact Jason Meriwether, APR at 615-329-8597 (office) or at ###

About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 10% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation and “#1 Liberal Arts HBCU in Research” according to Washington Monthly which also ranks Fisk in the top 6% of the 254 leading liberal arts institutions based on social mobility, research and service. Fisk ranked in the top 20 percent of 650 higher education institutions and is the highest ranked HBCU on Forbes’ “2012 Top Colleges List.” The Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern Colleges” publication has included Fisk in its rankings for twenty consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report lists Fisk at #145 in the elite Tier One group of 1,400 liberal arts institutions and #5 on the list of “The Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).” Fisk has earned three R & D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has earned a R & D 100 Award. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African-Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit