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The Office of Student Affairs was the winner of this year's Homecoming decorating contest. Staff members used the story of Hansel and Gretel and added a world of color to decorate the office.

The Office of Student Affairs was the winner of this year's Homecoming decorating contest. Staff members used the story of Hansel and Gretel and added a world of color to decorate the office.

Oct. 22, 2011

Office of Student Affairs wins annual Homecoming decorating contest

Visitors had to cross a colorful path as they entered the Intercultural International Center, which received second place in the decorating contest.

Visitors had to cross a colorful path as they entered the Intercultural International Center, which received second place in the decorating contest.

The Office of Admissions, which took third place, was transformed into a fairy tale castle that included a draw bridge and an armored knight.

The Office of Admissions, which took third place, was transformed into a fairy tale castle that included a draw bridge and an armored knight.

Offices and departments across the Northwest Missouri State University campus decorated their areas in the spirit of the University’s Homecoming week, but only three could earn prizes for their efforts.

A panel of judges from Northwest’s Office of Campus Activities reviewed the decorations and said this year’s competition made it especially tough for the judges. The judges graded the decorations on criteria that included creativity, color, originality, use of theme and overall effectiveness.

Northwest’s 2011 Homecoming week took on the theme of “Once Upon a Time,” inspiring offices to incorporate fairy tale characters and castles into their decorations. Some offices made up fairy tales to accompany their decorations; the biology and chemistry department included a book that depicted the handsome Prince Bobby saving Princess Lisa from the evil Prince Ichabod. Some office staff even dressed their parts, including the Wellness Center staff who dressed as characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

“Each office showed creative ideas and implemented those ideas using so many methods, from costumes to a walk-through storybook, to transforming their offices into castles,” said Kat Donovan, leadership development graduate assistant.  “I was so impressed with all the Bearcat spirit shown in these offices.”

The Office of Student Affairs won this year’s office decorating contest by outfitting its office area with elements of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. The decorations included candy trees and a trail that led to an oven where the legs of an ichabod were stuck in the oven door. A recipe for Ichabod Stew lay on top of the oven. For its prize, the office earned a $150 certificate toward catering from campus dining.

“I particularly liked the Office of Student Affairs because they completely decorated the doorway, entryway, and led a path of bread crumbs to the back of the office where the full Hansel and Gretel story came together by having an Ichabod stuck in an oven,” said Carli Mercer, Greek Life intern in the Office of Campus Activities. “It was creative and original, and fun to see Homecoming coming through a fairy tale story.”

The Intercultural International Center received second place, winning a $100 catering certificate. The Office of Admissions received third place, winning a $50 catering certificate.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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