Spreading positivity on campus one window at a time

by Samantha Holm

Colorful paint, sticky notes and bold quotes have adorned the residence hall windows since last Wednesday. They serve as a reminder to students that Whitworth can be a unified and uplifting community, even during this season of social distancing.

With fewer events occurring around campus this semester, the Marketing & Communications Office launched the Whitworth Window Campaign on Sept. 30 to provide students with an opportunity to inspire one another in a creative and safe way. To enter the competition, students had to snap a picture of their decorated window, upload it to their Instagram story, and tag Whitworth’s official Instagram page. Two winners were selected on Oct. 6 and rewarded with $50 gift cards to use at the Mind & Hearth or the bookstore.

Kathryn Wagner, digital content assistant at Whitworth and organizer of the Whitworth Window Campaign, said, “I thought it would be fun for people to walk and see encouragement in windows, and for roommates to come together to create them.”

Roommates were instructed to spend no more than $10 on supplies, so they had to work together to develop a captivating, but inexpensive window design. Students enjoyed this process, particularly roommates Leah Yand and Georgia Goff, one of the two sets of winners.

First-year Georgia Goff said, “It was a great way to spend some time with my roommate and focus on bringing some light to campus.”

The window of their room in Ballard Hall is decorated with a painting of Winnie the Pooh, along with an inspiring quote from the beloved children’s show. Duvall Hall and Arend Hall boast impressive window designs as well.

Wagner said that there are plans to hold another window campaign in the spring, so don’t be disheartened if you didn’t participate this time.

This creative campaign proves that the quest for unity never stops for Whitworth, even amidst a pandemic.