Halloween at the Island University opened the door- and maybe a window or two- for Islanders to experience the importance of collaboration and creative expression.
University Center Programs (UCP) hosted a Halloween themed, window and door decorating contest between student organizations faculty and staff that hold offices in the University Center. The Halloween decorating contest gave Islanders the chance to show off their decorating skills for the ultimate prize: a skull trophy. Held every fall by University Center Programs (UCP), the contest served to celebrate Halloween and champion artistic vitality amongst Islanders.
Delaney Foster, coordinator for Student Engagement and Success (SEAS) and a judge at the window decorating contest, said she was delighted with how many organizations and departments participated.
“My job was the best,” Foster said. “I got to check out all the creative efforts of our students, staff and faculty and determined who created the spookiest and most on-theme decorations.”
Richard Owens, associate director of the University Center and a coordinator of the window decorating contest, said UCP is hoping to have many more departments and colleges participating next year.
“We had a record number of student organization participate this year,” Owens said. “We were very impressed by all their creativity and artistic ability.”
The windows were judged on general spookiness, how closely the group stuck to the Halloween theme and overall aesthetics. Foster said her favorite part of the contest was seeing how each organization brought a unique style to their decorations.
“I love the idea of different people interpreting one concept in many different ways,” Foster said. “It shows how diverse and creative our Islanders really are.”
Three winners from the UC departments and three winners from University Center Student Organizations were selected to win prizes for their Halloween themed window decor. Winners in the UCSO category included: University Center Student Activities marketing won first place, second place went to the Campus Activities Board and Student Volunteer Connection got third place.
Winners in the University Center departments category included Project Grad in first place, Student Support Services in second place and Student Services Center in third place.
“Everyone got a chance to show off their artistic and creative talents,” Owens said. “This contest served as a fun and competitive way to get Islanders into the Halloween spirit.”