Early this morning, students and staff at Luleå University of Technology got a particularly warm welcome. With torches in their hands, students in the Chamber Choir at Musikhögskolan were singing carols along the snowy avenue on campus.
During December and January, early each morning, outdoor candles along the avenue on the campus at Luleå University are lightened, it started last year and has become a tradition that has come to stay. The light of torches is a way of caring extra for students and staff during the darkest time of year. In the morning when students, on their way to the morning's first lecture at LTU, they now feel extra welcome as they go through the torch-lit avenue.
- This a way for us to show that we care for our students. December is a dark time of year, and torches are meant to brighten up the winter darkness and make it a little easier to get up in the mornings and get to school. Not least for all our international students who may not be used this winter darkness, it may probably mean a lot, says Johan Sterte, rector vice- chancellor at the Luleå University of Technology who attended the event early this morning.
This morning called not only for the many torches, but even for the sounded of the beautiful song "The rays of a star" on the avenue. The students at Campus were given hot chocolate and cookies, and could also listen to beautiful, wonderful sounding carols, this early dark December morning.
- Oh, how nice, was a frequent comment from students and staff this morning.
Josefine Wäppling Bernárdzon, project manager at the LTU-career and one of those who fixed the surprise this morning in cooperation with Student Services, was in place already 7:00 in the morning. She was happy to say that the surprise - a different start to the day – was really appreciated.
Over 200 students, stopped, enjoyed the warm chocolate and listened to carols, and many of them were international students.
- We feel it is important to meet students, they do not always have to come to , we also want to meet them where they are, and this Tuesday morning in December, we met them on their way to the lecture, and gave them some hot chocolate, cookies and carols, says Josefin Wäppling Bernárdzon.