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Northwest Missouri State University

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Homecoming office decorating contest

Left, Kim Todd, user consultant in the Office of Information Systems, imprisons a student worker at the office's Salem Village Jail, while a live mummy greeted visitors to the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Information Systems and the Office of Student Affairs took first and second, respectively, in Northwest's office decorating contest. (Photos by Taylor Allan/University Advancement)

Oct. 28, 2010

Winners of Homecoming office decorating contest announced

MARYVILLE, Mo. - With its homemade stock, broomsticks, skulls and other props, Northwest's Office of Information Systems took first place in the University's annual office decorating contest this week.

Information systems staff members, located on the first floor of the B.D. Owens Library, dressed their office in a witchcraft theme inspired by the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Wanted posters with the descriptions of Fort Hays State University football players hung on the office's walls, and staff members wore period costumes. Bars on the office's windows helped transform it into the Salem Village Jail.

"The Office of Information Systems' decorations definitely stood out," said Brittany Davis, special events and marketing graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Activities. "The various workers dressed appropriately for the era and gave a great performance using the homemade stocks. Overall, the office was very entertaining and involved with the office decorating contest, and it was a blast to see them having fun."

The Office of Student Affairs was awarded second place, and the University Wellness Center took third place. Student Affairs took on ancient Egypt, incorporating a student dressed as a live mummy and pyramids throughout the office. The Wellness Center went country with staff members dressed in costumes, antique props and country western scenes throughout the Wellness Center.

The Office of Information Systems will receive a catered lunch, and the second and third place winners will receive catered refreshments. Each of the winners received certificates.

Nine offices entered the decorating contest which followed this year's Homecoming theme, "Blast From the Past." Offices were judged on creativity, color, originality, use of the theme, and overall effectiveness.

"Everyone did an awesome job and the judges definitely enjoyed themselves as they were looking at all the great decorations and themes," Davis said. "Each office was unique and really showed off their particular office's strengths."

The Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics used dry ice to create the illusion of a fire smoldering in its cave scene, "Bobby 10,000 B.C." The International and Intercultural Center was decorated with students' artwork and artifacts to show a "Blast from the Past: Around the World." And the Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center staff dressed as member's of Northwest's past including J.W. Jones, Mabel Cook, B.D. Owens, Herb Dieterich, and Bobby Bearcat as a vintage football player. Northwest's Kansas City Center in Liberty also competed, decorating each of its doors with images and symbols from past decades.

The results of other Homecoming Week contests and activities will be announced during an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Charles Johnson Theatre in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2010 activities and events, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468