Holiday decorating contest judgment day is Dec. 11

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Religious themes are acceptable; contest will award individual decorator for first year.

By Daniel Carde

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

This college’s Staff Council will judge their Holiday Decorating Contest Dec. 11, senior multimedia specialist Dana Morris said Nov. 30.

The council this year has added a second category for their contest, which recognizes the office or department with the most impressive holiday décor. The new category will honor the best individual office area.

Each category will only have first and second place prizes this year, a change from the previous years’ three-place system.

It’s an opportunity for staff to show their holiday spirit, she said.

The psychology department won in 2013 with its “Houston, We have Presents” theme with aliens receiving gifts from each other, academic associate Cynthia Munoz said. The department placed second in the 2014 contest.

“We like to work together as an office,” Munoz said of the department’s 2013 win. “It’s something to do for the holidays and to get together as coworkers.”

The office with the best decoration will win a pizza party, with second place receiving a cake, Morris said. Prizes may be claimed at anytime, with previous winners claiming their prizes during the spring semester when staff could include students, she said.

The individual with the best decorated work area — cubicle, office or desk — wins a gift basket with holiday prizes while second place gets a stocking of holiday prizes, Morris said.

There are no restrictions to the contest other than decorations must reflect the holiday season, with religious holiday themes being acceptable, Morris said.

“If someone wants to do a Nativity scene, that’s fine,” she said. “If they want to do something Hanukkah themed, that’s cool, too.”

For more information, call Morris at 210-486-0886.


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