Homecoming decorating contest inspired by Sammy’s 50 birthday

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Faculty, colleges and departments across campus participated in the Homecoming festivities by decorating their offices on Monday. The theme of this year’s office decorating was “Samtastic” because of Sammy’s 50 birthday. The 22 entries included the Education department, Criminal Justice department, Music, Health and Kinesiology, Business, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Visitor’s Center, Bearkat One office, Student Activities, Program Council, Registrar’s office, and Financial Aid Operations.

The offices had to register online so the judging committee would know which office to judge. Decorations were provided by the Homecoming Committee.

“The committee supplied some decorations to use, but they could get more if they wanted to,” Cutty Gilbert, Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Criminal Justice Center, said. The judging committee consisted of two alumni, one student, and one faculty member from SHSU.

The participants could win two possible awards: Best Decoration or Most Original Decoration. The Best Decoration was for the office whose team demonstrated “Samtastic” the best and Most Original Decoration will go to the office that was most creative. This is the first year the committee has decided to do two awards.

“All offices really did a great job and we wish all of them could win,” Gilbert said.

The contest winners will receive the traveling plaque, a plaque which is passed down to the winners to keep for a year until the next decorating contest, and coffee and bagels from Einstein Bros Bagels. Thursday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. the winners of the contest will be notified by Gilbert and Charlie Vienne, the Alumni executive director, along with a representative from Einstein Bros Bagels.