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#URSuccess Contest Rules

Do you want FREE HOUSING next semester? Then you want in this contest.

The ultimate goal of Purdue University Residences is student success. We at UR want to see that success, so we’re holding our third annual #URSuccess contest, where residents capture themselves or others being successful in University Residences or around campus. Last year’s winner was a YouTube video of residents brushing their teeth with their Faculty Fellow, while the runner-up was a wall of Swipe Out Starvation cards in the shape of the Purdue P. Posts can be funny, or sentimental, or artistic, or even just a selfie.

Post your interpretation of University Residences success on social media with the hashtag #URSuccess and you’re in the contest.

2014 First Place Winner: Alex Hamlin (Shreve)

OFFICIAL RULES
1. An entry can be text, image, video, vine, meme – anything on social media that includes the hashtag #URSuccess.

2. You can post as many times as you want between before the deadline of Feb. 29, 2016, by 5 p.m.

3. You must be currently enrolled at Purdue and plan to live on campus next year. Only entries posted by students who have signed a housing contract for 2016-17 by the deadline (Feb. 29) are eligible to win prizes.

4. Your legal name must be listed on your profile or included in your post. We have to know your name to give you a prize.

5. Your post settings must be set to “public”  or we can’t see it. We have to see it to give you a prize.

PRIZES
Entries will be judged by a team of administrators, and prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality.

First Place: FREE HOUSING for the Fall 2016 semester (meal plan not included)

Second Place: A free parking pass for the entire 2016-17 academic year

Third Place: Pizza and milkshakes at Harrison Grillé for you and 10 friends.

Res Life Staff Prize: The Resident Assistant or Staff Resident with the highest number of quality posts from his or her floor will receive a customized dinner for you and 10-12  friends at the Athletic Dining Room.

Winners will be contacted the week of March 7 through their Purdue email address and/or the social media platform from which they posted. You will have until March 11 at 5 p.m. to respond to your notification, or your prize will be forfeited. Once you respond, University Residences staff will contact you to coordinate the details of your prize. No cash value can be exchanged for your prize if you win.

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#URSuccess Contest Winners 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated in the second annual #URSuccess contest! We received more than 100 incredible entries, making it tough for our panel of judges to choose these four winners.

Only students who are living in University Residences next year were eligible to win, and posts were judged on creativity, originality, and fitting the theme of success in University Residences.

First Place: Alex Hamlin (Shreve)

Alex filmed a Shreve 2-West floor program where the residents gather to brush their teeth together, Toothbrush Monday. The guys manage to make good oral hygiene a bonding experience. Alex won a customized dinner for 20 friends at the Athletic Dining Court.

Second Place: Drake Krohn (Cary Quad)

Drake captured the Swipe Out Starvation wall in Cary Quad, where each card represents money raised to help end starvation. Drake’s prize is a customized dinner for 15 friends in the Windsor Hall Kitchenette.

2nd Place - Drake Krohn

Third Place: Anna Francis (Shreve)

Anna and her friends showed off what’s great about Purdue’s campus. Anna will receive pizza and milkshakes for 10 friends at Harrison Grillé

Director’s Choice: Shreve 5-West (Shreve)

The gentlemen of Shreve 5-West contributed many #URSuccess posts, none better than a poster celebrating the service worker on their floor. Shreve 5-West will get a meal at the Sagamore Restaurant at Purdue Memorial Union.

Director's Choice - Shreve 5-West

#URSuccess Contest Rules

The ultimate goal of Purdue University Residences is student success. We at UR want to see that success, so we’re holding our second annual #URSuccess contest, where residents capture themselves or others being successful in University Residences or around campus. The winners get sweet prizes, so it’s worth your time.

Last year’s winner was a YouTube video of a resident rounding up friends and going sledding at Slayter Hill. Second place was an RA’s Instagram photo of a diversity-themed bulletin board, and the third place entry was a tweeted photo of a jam session in someone’s room in Cary Quad. We saw a lot of cool hall programs and plenty of our awesome dining courts.

Posts can be funny, or sentimental, or artistic, or even just a selfie. Post your interpretation of University Residences success on social media with the hashtag #URSuccess and you’re in the contest.

2014 #URSuccess First Place – Matt Tornquist, Cary Quad

OFFICIAL RULES

1. An entry can be text, image, video, vine, meme – anything on social media that includes the hashtag #URSuccess.

2. Entries must be posted by March 31, 2015, by 5 p.m.

3. You must be currently enrolled at Purdue and plan to live on campus next year. Only entries posted by students who have signed a housing contract for 2015-16 by the deadline (March 31) are eligible to win prizes.

4. Your legal name must be listed on your profile or included in your post. We have to know your name to give you a prize.

5. Your post settings must be set to “public”  or we can’t see it. We have to see it to give you a prize.

Third Place - Stephanie Leeth, Hillenbrand

2014 #URSuccess Second Place – Stephanie Leeth, Hillenbrand

PRIZES

Entries will be judged by a team of administrators, and prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality.

First Place: Customized dinner for you and 20 friends at the Athletic Dining Room – you get to work with a Purdue Dining & Catering chef to select your personalized meal! Your favorite foods will be prepared by a professional chef.

Second Place: Customized dinner for you and 15 friends in the Windsor Hall Kitchenette, personalized to your tastes and prepared by a professional chef.

Third Place: Pizza and milkshakes at Harrison Grillé for you and 10 friends.

Winners will be contacted by April 6 through their Purdue email address or the social media platform from which they posted. You will have until April 10 at 5 p.m. to respond to your notification, or your prize will be forfeited. Once you respond, University Residences staff will contact you to coordinate the details of your event, which will take place during the spring semester of 2015. No cash value can be exchanged for your prize if you win.

Nichol Wuertemberger

 2014 #URSuccess Third Place – Nichol Wuertemberger, Cary Quad

Gingerbread Contest

Take a stroll this week through the student lounges by the Great Hall of Purdue Memorial Union and gaze at the gallery of edible edifices on display, constructed by teams of students and staff from campus dining courts and caterers. These candied citadels are entries in the 2014 Gingerbread Contest – see the gallery on the PMU Facebook page!

This year’s theme is “Tunes of Christmas,” and each gingerbread house was judged by a panel of Housing & Food Services administrators and voted on by students and staff. The panel is evaluating entries for appearance, creativity, detail, difficulty, adherence to the theme and student/staff participation. Fans could vote based on whatever criteria they choose, such as which house you’d most like to take a bite out of. Eating the entries on site is possible, but discouraged until everyone’s had a chance to see them.

The primary rules given to participating organizations (all five residential dining courts, the Athletic Dining Room, PMU Catering and the Central Production Kitchen (CPK)) are that (1) all components of the houses must be made of edible products, with exceptions for the base and any battery-operated devices (such as lights). Edible materials include candies, nuts, cereal, crackers, pasta, ice cream cones, pretzel sticks, gum, etc., and (2) that student workers most do a minimum of 50 percent of the design and construction.

The panel judged the gingerbread houses Dec. 10 and will award ribbons for first, second and third place. Earhart Dining Court is the defending champion and home to the traveling trophy. The judges’ first place winner will receive a bowling and pizza party at PMU and a $1,000 prize to be used in the dining operation. The people’s choice winner also receives a traveling trophy, with Hillenbrand Dining Court the reigning winner of the fan vote.

The winners will be announced Friday afternoon on Dec. 12.

#HealthyBoiler Contest Rules

Purdue Dining & Catering believes healthy Boilers are happy Boilers, so to promote healthy habits on campus we’re holding a #HealthyBoiler social media contest. All you have to do is share a photo on social media of a healthy activity (like eating your vegetables or going for a walk) with the hashtag #HealthyBoiler and you’re eligible to win prizes!

Entries will be judged by a team of administrators, with prizes awarded for posts that creatively convey the message of #HealthyBoiler. Visit choosemyplate.gov for information on healthy eating and much more.

CONTEST REQUIREMENTS

  1. Each entry must be published on a social media platform with an image and the hashtag #HealthyBoiler.
  1. Entries will be considered on a monthly basis for the months November, January, February and March. To be eligible for that month’s prize, an entry must be posted within that month.
  1. You must be a current full-time student at Purdue. Your full name must be listed either on your profile or included in your post so that we can verify your enrollment.
  1. Your profile/post settings must be set to public.
PRIZES

The four monthly winners will receive a free Healthy Boiler T-shirt!

Winners will receive their award during fall semester of 2014 or spring of 2015. Students will be notified of their winnings via the social media platform used to post. Staff will then work with the student to deliver the prize. If participants do not respond to notification within 30 days, the prize will be forfeited. No cash value can be exchanged for prizes.

#URSuccess Contest Winners 2014

First things first, thank you to everyone who participated in the #URSuccess social media contest! The quantity and quality of participation blew us away, enough that we wanted to share not only the winning entries but also a group of finalists who perfectly captured various aspects of success in University Residences. Some entries are funny, some are heartfelt and all are a reminder that living on campus is a dynamic and unique experience. There was singing, there was sledding, and there were zombies.

All we asked for were social media posts with the hashtag #URSuccess showing us something great about living on campus. Posts could include a photo or video and were judged on creativity and originality. In order to be eligible for a prize, the student had to have re-contracted to live in University Residences again next year, since the contest was part of our contract renewal campaign. After the 10-week contest concluded March 31, a panel of HFS administrators chose three winning entries, featured here:

First Place: Matt Tornquist (Cary Quad)

Matt produced a video of snow day sledding on Slayter Hill, getting ready to brave the cold in his room and then joining all the students who trek to Slayter for a day of fun when classes are cancelled. Matt won a customized dinner with 20 friends at the Gathering Place in Meredith Hall, where he will get to plan the menu with a professional chef.

 

Second Place: Stephanie Leeth (Hillenbrand)

Stephanie is an RA at Hillenbrand who snapped this photo of a bulletin board she designed, which celebrates diversity and encourages students to be mindful of some commonly-used offensive phrases. The second place prize is a meal with 10 friends in the Athletic Dining Room in Cary Quad where the Boilermaker athletes eat.

Stephanie Leeth Feb 17

 

Third Place: Nichol Wuertemberger (Cary Quad)

Nichol’s photo is a quintessential res hall experience… Everybody grab an instrument and annoy the neighbors! Nichol’s prize is lunch with 10 friends at the Sagamore Restaurant in Purdue Memorial Union, a favorite food spot of Purdue faculty.

Nichol Wuertemberger March 27 (2)

 

Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically):

Hannah Addie had two entries as finalists, one of engineering students on her floor making homemade snowboards and another of her RA staff dressed as characters from The Walking Dead.

Hannah Addie Feb 7

Hannah Addie Feb 3

Nicoletta Fala shared videos from several events in Shreve. Forewarning: karaoke.

 

Steven Kalacinski parodied a football training event to create the “RA Combine.” (Read bottom to top for sequential order).

Steven Kalacinski Feb 24

 

Stephanie Leeth shared two videos, one that includes projectile food and the other a song written and performed for an RA.

 

Elliot Mathieu took the time to celebrate his resident assistant on RA Appreciation Day.

Elliot Mathieu Feb 19

 

Lorrie Newhouse shared a photo of the hand-made invitations to a Valentine’s Dance from Tarkington to Windsor and then a group shot at the event.

Lorrie Newhouse Feb 13

Lorrie Newhouse Feb 21

 

Kelly Peterson captured about half of Meredith crammed into a common room to watch the Super Bowl.

Kelly Peterson Feb 4

 

Joel Phillips made a compilation video of the dining courts, residence halls and sledding at Slayter Hill.

 

Raymond Riley found his way to the Shreve Chatterbox for a study break. As detailed in our Of-the-Months post from March, the Chatterbox is a ballpit with questions written on some of the balls to encourage students to get to know each other by jumping in and start conversations.

Raymond Riley Feb 20

 

Annie Sheahan shared a touching moment from a program at Windsor, where students sent Valentine’s cards to a retirement village.

Annie Sheahan Feb 11

 

Nichol Wuertemberger shared another photo of the Shreve Chatterbox, with the guidelines for participation listed on the right.

Nichol Wuertemberger March 25 (2)

 

Hannah Young praised the staff of the dining courts for coming to work and cooking during a very snowy winter at Purdue.

Hannah Young Feb 5

 

#URSuccess Contest Rules

University Residences isn’t just a place to sleep at night. It’s much more than that. It’s a place to live, a place to learn. And let’s be honest, a place to play. And if you’re lucky, a place to sleep during the day sometimes.

We at UR want to capture everything that is great about the residence hall experience – the late night cramming, the late night pizza deliveries, the early morning cramming – and show it off to your peers. So we’re having a contest to see who can best demonstrate #URSUCCESS. And the winners get prizes, so keep reading.

Success in University Residences could be a photo of 40 people piled in a lounge to watch the Super Bowl, a video tour of the coolest room on campus or a Vine video of you studying for a test and then later showing off you got an A (or a B, tests are hard). It can be funny, or sentimental, or artistic, or even just a selfie. Post it on social media with the hashtag #URSUCCESS and you’re in the contest.

CONTEST REQUIREMENTS
1. Each entry should be one of the following and include the hashtag #URSUCCESS:

Image
Video
Vine Video
Meme
Standard text post

2. Entries must be posted by March 31, 2014, by 5 p.m.

3. You MUST be currently enrolled at Purdue and MUST plan to live on campus next year. Only entries posted by students who have signed a housing contract for 2014-15 by the deadline (March 31) are eligible to win prizes.

4. Your legal name must be listed on your profile or included in your post. We have to know your name to give you a prize.

5. Your post settings must be set to “public” – or we can’t see it! We have to see it to give you a prize.

HOW TO WIN
Entries will be judged by a team of administrators, and prizes will be awarded based on creativity and originality.

PRIZES
First Place: Customized dinner for you and 20 friends at the Gathering Place in Meredith Hall – you get to work with a Purdue Dining & Catering chef to select your personalized meal! Your favorite foods will be prepared by a professional chef.

Second Place: A meal for you and 10 friends in the Athletic Dining Room in Cary Quad – test the limits of the phrase “serving size” as you eat where the Boilermaker athletes eat.

Third Place: Lunch for you and 10 friends at the Sagamore Restaurant in the Purdue Memorial Union – enjoy fine dining at a favorite food spot of Purdue faculty that includes a made-to-order hot serve station.

Winners will be contacted April 4 through their Purdue email address or the social media platform from which they posted. You will have until April 8 at 5 p.m. to respond to your notification, or your prize will be forfeited. Once you respond, Housing & Food Services staff will contact you to coordinate the details of your event, which will take place during the spring semester of 2014.

No cash value can be exchanged for your prize if you win. Best of luck and may the odds be ever, well, you know.