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The Information Technology 2005 Homecoming Parade Float entitled: "Traditions & Transitions: Technology History at Northwest" won first place in the Homecoming Parade Float Competitive Division.
The Homecoming Parde, which took place Saturday, Oct. 22, began at 9:15 a.m. in front of Roberta Hall with the parade route concluding at the court house in the downtown square.
The Informations Technology float consisted of two tractors, one wagon and a flatbed, the first recreating the Centennial statue and the second showcasing Northwest computing history from the 1960s to 2005.
Students Allen Long and Christine Foster, both Computer Lab Consultants with Client Computing, helped to recreate the Centennial statue by becoming living statues in bronze spray paint and makeup. Student Allen Lode, also a Computer Lab Consultant with Client Computing, represented 2005 computing at Northwest with a wireless notebook computer, Blackberry Handheld and portable CD player.
Owens Library staff member, Pat Waytt, represented 1970s computing. Jon Rickman, Vice President of Information Technology, pulled the first wagon with his antique John Deere Tractor, while Richard Morgan-Fine, Client Computing PC Tech, pulled the flatbed with his antique Allis Chalmers tractor.
Float Walkers were Client Computing student employee Adam Clark and Information Technology professional and support staff members: Dale Grasty, Tim Carlyle, Diane Runde, Diana Stephens and Kim Todd.
Other members of the Information Technology Homecoming Parade Float Committee included: Jon Rickman, Tim Carlyle, Richard Morgan-Fine, Diane Runde and Cheryl Birkenholz.
Birkenholz created decorations for the 1960s-2005 portion of the float. Birkensholz was responsible for the production of Northwest logo buttons, which were given away during the parade.
Kim Todd was responsible for the production of the silicone wristbands, which were given away during the parade. The silicone wristbands were hunter green with the words: "Once a Bearcat, Always a Bearcat" embossed on them.
The Homecoming Construction Team included Client Computing student employee Anthony Gomez and Information Technology professional and support staff members: Cheryl Birkenholz, Sheila Heather, Merlin Miller, Diana Stephens, Kim Todd and Tabatha Verbick.