by Chelsea La Rue
For many, this is a busy time of year with holiday shopping and preparations. For some, that means stringing a few lights and garland off the front porch or inflating the giant Santa in the front yard.
At William Penn University, one of the traditions that brings a little competition to college staff and faculty is the annual “Door Decorating Competition”. Every year, the staff council plans a theme and reminds Penn employees of the rules for the event. All offices are encouraged to participate in the holiday activity. This year, the theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
“I’m really excited to try and top last year’s door,” Ashley Wagamon, Student Accounts Officer, said.
Last year, the Business Office door was decorated with tiny elf bodies, with the head of the elf being a superimposed photo of each office staff member. There was also a photo of one staff member sitting on Santa’s lap. The comical door attracted a lot of attention for the “Winder Wonderland” theme. All of the staff members in the office discuss their ideas and decide on the best for the door.
The decorating began on Nov. 20, and all doors must be fully decorated by Nov. 30 so voting for the winner can begin. Voting days are scheduled for Dec 3-7. The voting system is unique; it doubles as a Christmas charity.
In order to vote, a person will be placing non-perishable food items or gently worn clothes into a bin next to the favorite door. Voting can be done by any staff, student or employee as many times as the voter deems necessary. Voters are urged to bring many items to support not only the staff decorators, but also to help the families in need. Penn will be donating the items to the less fortunate just in time for the holidays.
The winning door will be based on the number of items left in each door’s bin and will be announced on Dec. 10. The winning door owners will receive a much deserved plate of goodies made by Marjorie Vande Wall.