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Briar Cliff Hosts Christmas Party for Persons with Disabilities

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff hosted a Christmas Party for Persons with Disabilities, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in the Saint Francis Center on campus.

At the Christmas party, sponsored by BCCares, the Briar Cliff community welcomed approximately 100 residents of Siouxland Residential Services, Mid-Step Services and Opportunities Unlimited. While being served a holiday lunch, residents enjoyed festive tunes by Dr. Jeremy Owens, assistant professor of music at BCU, on the piano.

During the event, the Cliff Singers, under the direction of Dr. Sean Burton, associate professor of music at Briar Cliff, led Christmas carols. The program closed with Santa Claus delivering gifts donated by Briar Cliff organizations, students and employees for their guests.

“This event not only brings holiday cheer to our guests, it makes a lasting impression on our students who really enjoy taking part and donating their time and talents to help others,” said Gil Ridenour, associate campus minister for BCCares. BCCares is a function of the Campus Ministry department at BCU, offering students volunteer service opportunities on campus and throughout Siouxland. For more information, please contact Ridenour at 712.279.5485 or

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit

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