During Winter Fest, the Christmas trees made by eleven student organizations and nine campus departments went on display for the public. The organizations had about a week to complete their trees, and the winners were marked with a sign at Winter Fest. The contest was intended to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and to celebrate being a part of the university community.
The Leadership Team and Student Involvement had pictures of students volunteering with children and all sorts of fun adventures and volunteering oppourtunities. Their tree won for the student organization category for best overall marks in creativity, theme, time and effort, and event appropriateness.
Amnesty International and the International Peace Studies Association had little paper decorations all over it with messages and symbols of peace and unity. Thier tree was awarded marks for decorating with the best overall them in the student organization category.
Out of all the campus departments, Financial Aid topped them all. Their tree was decorated with a santa hat as a tree topper, and it had fake arms coming out of it and big black boots at the bottom of the tree. The rest of the tree was decorated in red paper lanterns hanging down the sides, resembling a santa suit, and the Santa tree was holding a mailbox full of letters. Attatched to the “belt” of garland was a letter of thanks to students for filling out their FAFSAs. There was a green present and a red bag full of play money. Financial Aid reiceived marks for the best overall in creativity, theme, time and effort, and event appropriateness.
The winners of the tree decorating contest were decided at 3 p.m. Thursday by five judges made of staff and students. The judging took place anytime on Wednesday and Thursday during regular Marcowich Wellness Center hours.
Some of the other student organizations and campus departments who participated were:
Global Awareness and Education Committee
Circle of Native Nations
Student Health and Counselling
Colleges Against Cancer
YU Info Desk
Business and Economics club
SUFAC and Student Government Association