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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Kelly Peterson captured about half of Meredith crammed into a common room to watch the Super Bowl.
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.
Annie Sheahan shared a touching moment from a program at Windsor, where students sent Valentine’s cards to a retirement village.
Nichol Wuertemberger shared another photo of the Shreve Chatterbox, with the guidelines for participation listed on the right.
Hannah Young praised the staff of the dining courts for coming to work and cooking during a very snowy winter at Purdue.