Featured Perch Project
The Maia chapter at the University of New Mexico lit up campus with over 13,000 luminaria for their stunning event called Hanging of the Greens. The immensely popular happening has become not only one of the oldest UNM traditions, but also a unifying event that brings together student organizations, departments, alumni and members of the local communities. This year, in light of COVID-19, Maia adapted the event to include virtual activities such as a wreath-making workshop, luminaria workshops with kits provided for students, and a streaming of The Polar Express. Student organizations participated by submitting videos of themselves "caroling" and expressing holiday wishes. When in person, procession traditionally ends at the on-campus home of the UNM president where a ceremonial wreath is presented to ring in the holiday season. This year, Chapter President Kaylee Maxon worked with Dr. Garnett Stokes, the 23rd-and first woman-president of UNM, to create a video that helped to carry on the tradition. Maia thought it was especially important to continue the tradition of Hanging of the Greens because they wanted to help establish a feeling of normalcy as well as togetherness even though members of this community are separated. What a great perch project and way to "virtually" bring people from all over campus and community together regardless of creed, religion, or beliefs. Great job, Maia chapter!