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Homecoming Window Decorating Contest

Homecoming Window Contest

To celebrate Homecoming 2014, we invite your organization (or team) to show its school spirit by decorating the windows of the Recreation Center. A maximum of 25 groups will be chosen to showcase their organizations by creatively painting and decorating the windows. Each group will be asked to submit a drawing of their proposed painting for approval prior to the competition. Groups will then have the opportunity to decorate the windows the week of Homecoming on Jan. 20 through Jan. 22.

The Homecoming Window Decorating Competition Committee will evaluate and judge the paintings on Thursday, Jan. 23 and prizes will be awarded to the top designs.

2014 Results

Congratulations to all the teams that participated this year, including our top three winners.
Below are the full results:

  1.  Women's Club Rugby
  2.  Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  3.  Student Nurses Association if Pennsylvania (SNAP)
  4.  Sigma Sigma Sigma
  5.  Hillel
  6.  Pi Kappa Alpha
  7.  Women's Club Soccer
10.  Alpha Sigma Alpha
11.  Phi Sigma Sigma
12.  Phi Sigma Pi
       Society of Women Engineers
14.  Delta Zeta
15.  Club Softball
16.  Rowing
17.  Judo
18.  Her Campus Drexel
19.  Dragons for Israel

Rules & Regulations

  • Completed Homecoming Window Decorating design applications are due to Bryan Ford, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, by Thursday, Jan. 16 at 12 p.m.
  • Applications can be submitted electronically or in-person.
  • Any individual, group, or recognized student organization may submit a design application. Awards will be given in 2 categories – 1 for individual/group and 1 for recognized student organization. Limit of 1 submission for each group or organization.
  • Designs must be submitted electronically (PDF or JPG) or in-person (hand-drawn) by Monday, Jan. 13 at 12 p.m. or their assigned window will be awarded to next team on the waiting list.
  • All approved designs will be eligible to sign up for a designated time slot to decorate a window of the Recreation Center during the week of Jan. 20, 2014.
  • No more than 25 windows will be assigned to groups/teams/individuals with approved designs.
  • All designs, once complete, will be judged by the 2014 Homecoming Window Decorating Committee on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 using the rubric in this packet.
  • Awards will be given to the best overall student organization design (1) and the best overall individual/team (1)
  • All painting materials will be provided by the Homecoming Window Decorating Committee. Participants/groups are not permitted to use their own materials.
  • Windows will be labeled with the number you are assigned (and/or organization name).
  • Painting on any other window will result in loss of opportunity to participate.
  • Designs should be tasteful and not include obscene language or offensive imagery.
  • Designs may not reference or contain images of alcohol, drugs, nudity, or explicit sexual content.
  • If a design is deemed inappropriate, it will be painted over and the organization may be refereed to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.
  • Every effort should be made to not get any paint on the walls or other areas around the assigned window.
  • Any cost to clean up the area around your window will be charged to your organization.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules may result in disqualification.

Homecoming Window Design Winner - FUSE

2013 Winning Design - FUSE


1st Place: $200

2nd Place: $100

3rd Place: $50

Contest Timeline

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 - Window Decorating Applications Available

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - Applications & designs due to Bryan Ford ( or Rec Athletics office suite, Recreation Center

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 -  Applicants will be notified if their design has been approved and timeslots will be assigned

Monday, Jan. 20-22, 2014 - Groups, teams, & individuals will have the opportunity to paint their assigned window

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - Homecoming Window Decorating Committee will judge windows

Contest Scoring

The following point structure will be used to select the winners of the Window Decorating contest:

Guidelines - 10 points

All designs must meet the criteria of the contest by:

  • Adhering to all guidelines listed in rules & regulations
  • Submitting all applications & designs by the deadline

Craftsmanship - 30 points

Designs will be judged on their artwork in the following areas:

  • Neatly executed designs
  • Use of basic design elements

Creativity - 30 points

Designs will be judged on their creativity in the following areas:

  • Original design
  • Creative use of space given

Drexel Spirit - 30 points

Designs will be judged on their use of Drexel University and spirit by:

  • Use of Drexel University in design
  • Representing Drexel in a positive way