MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Sonya Sanderson, chair of MTSU’s department of Health and Human Performance, has always loved to decorate her office door for the holidays.
“This year, my Halloween decorations must have really impressed because several people asked, ‘What are you going to do for Christmas?’”
Sanderson thought it would be fun for others would join in, and her coworker Paco Ramos, a lecturer in the department, said they should bring back a practice they had both participated in as graduate teaching assistants back in 2000 — a Christmas door decorating contest.
Sanderson loved the idea and put it into action.
“Missy Mullins, our office coordinator, sent out a friendly competition email to all faculty, graduate teaching assistants and staff on Oct. 25, and invited them to decorate their doors and that I would give prizes to the top three doors,” Sanderson said.
Department members had just over a month to put their creations together, and five judges, staff from other departments, picked winning doors on Thursday, Dec. 1.
“We awarded gift cards to popular restaurants and coffee shops for $15, $10 and $5 for the top three doors, and also awarded prizes to the most creative, best craftsmanship and...