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The natural sciences department won this year's Homecoming office decorating contest with its comic book-inspired scene on the second floor of the Garrett-Strong Science Building.

The natural sciences department won this year's Homecoming office decorating contest with its comic book-inspired scene on the second floor of the Garrett-Strong Science Building. (Photos by Taylor Allan/University Relations)

Nov. 4, 2012

Natural sciences department wins Homecoming decorating contest

Northwest Missouri State University offices and departments showed their Homecoming spirit last week during the annual Homecoming decorating contest. Six offices competed this year, and the Department of Natural Sciences was crowned the winner.

Office decorationsThe Office of University Advancement took second place, and the Wellness Center took third. The winners receive prizes from Campus Dining, including a catered lunch, worth $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.

The entries are judged on creativity, color, originality, use of the Homecoming theme and overall effectiveness. Participants should not use department funds to create their displays.

The Natural sciences department office, located on the second floor of the Garrett-Strong Science Building, dressed its entrance with a vibrant comic book-inspired scene that included goal posts rising over Northwest’s Administration Building and high rise buildings. The scene also included a can of Stomp hornet spray – with a tag proclaiming its endorsement by Bobby the Exterminator – firing spray at a football.

Office decorationsUniversity Advancement staff decorated their basement offices in the Alumni House with a comic book theme. Words like splat, bam and kapow color the staircase and walls. The doors of office’s calling center was covered with an altered Bearcat paw – with the letters CC for ‘Cat Callers – that was illuminated when lights were turned off in the room. Lightning bolts hung from the ceiling and chairs were dressed with green capes.   

At the Wellness Center, villains and superheroes of the DC Universe were displayed on the walls of the center, with each character representing one of the six dimensions that make of Northwest’s Wellness Wheel. Planets scattered throughout the facility also were illuminated with flashlights when the ceiling lights were turned off.

Northwest celebrated its annual Homecoming week, “Superheroes and Villains,” Oct. 28 through Nov. 4. The offices of Admissions and Student Affairs and the Intercultural International Center also participated in this year’s contest.


For more information, please contact:

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

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