T-Shirt contest to offer cash prizes

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The third annual T-shirt Contest, sponsored by the IUP Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, will give students the opportunity to design a custom T-shirt that promotes IUP with positive messages.

“Each year, students have submitted more and more designs,” said Meghan Delsite, the center’s graduate assistant for community engagement who is organizing this year’s event.

“We’ve seen some great creativity over the last few years, and the competition has been tough.”

The winner of the President’s Grand Prize will be determined by Facebook voting, which will occur March 22 and 23.

The other categories will be determined by their sponsoring offices.

“We’re looking for T-shirts that show off students’ IUP pride and school spirit,” Delsite said.

The categories are: Most School Spirit, sponsored by the Vice President for Student Affairs; Best Representation of Your Student Organization, sponsored by the CMSLE; and Best Alcohol-Free Message, sponsored by BACCHUS, according to Kevin Foster, CMSLE assistant director.

“Any shirt that meets the criteria for the president’s award will automatically be entered into that category,” Delsite said, “and those student organizations will be featured in a social media campaign on the IUP pages.”

Delsite said the contest is a great opportunity for students to earn money and free publicity for their organizations.

“The ‘best representation of your student organization’ [category] always amazes me,” Delsite said.

“Seeing how students represent the organizations they love is really meaningful, and I love seeing the sheer number of diverse student groups on this campus.”

Submissions must be turned in before March 20 to be eligible for judging.

The winners of all categories will be announced March 24.

Organizations looking to participate also have the opportunity to submit their T-shirts to the Co-Op Store for the chance for their designs to be sold in the store.

These designs also must fit the guidelines provided for the contest.

“[CMSLE] has been fortunate to receive support from multiple offices and departments around campus to provide prizes for the winning T-shirt designs,” Foster said.

There will be four cash prizes eligible for groups who win.

Interested students can sign up on CrimsonConnect, and more information is available on the registration form.