Congratulations to Smurthwaite and Ford for winning the Residence Hall Division in Homecoming!!
This year was the 100th year of homecoming at KSU! It was filled with lots of excitement and fun for Smurthwaite. We were paired with Ford Hall this year for the activities. Each pairing was given a decade as their theme. Our theme was the 1940’s and our women did a splendid job of displaying that through out the week. Our homecoming chair this year was Qingling (Kelly) Li with the help of Bethany Herl. We had high rate of involvement from the house and our events went fantastic. The week of homecoming was filled with many activities including the 5K, Crazy Cat Kickoff, Spirit Signs, Paint the Ville, Children’s Carnival, and the Parade.
The first event our members participated in was the Homecoming 5K! We had two members run this year, Natalie Davis and Megan Scharping. Both did very well and finished in the first half of the runners! Having these two in the race help earn our pairing with extra points for the week.
Smurthwaite runners Megan Scharping (purple and white) and Natalie Davis
The second event we participated in was Crazy Cat Kickoff. This event was hosted my our own Emily Klesner who was on the All University Homecoming Committee. For this event our team had two pairings with members from Smurthwaite. Ford Hall, Jardine, the Living Community, and Moore Hall. We had a lot of fun participating in the 5 rounds of events. We received 3rd in this event.
Smurthwaite members, Mary Conner, Hannah May, Karley Mishler, Makynna Johnson, Grace Reilly, and Emily Klesner, posing with Willie after Crazy Cat Kickoff
Our pairing put a large amount of effort in to our Spirit Sign and our window in Aggieville this year! They turned out amazing and were placed in the top 3 in both signs and paintings. Both did an amazing job or portraying our 1940’s theme and have so much talent in them!
Smurthwaite and Ford Hall’s Spirit Sign (above) and Paint The Ville Window
The Children’s Carnival was a blast for us. Our women truly enjoyed getting to have fun with the children of the community. Ford and Smurthwaite designed a ring toss booth for the children that went over wonderfully.
Kirsten Nilges, Kelsi Briggs, and Valerie Nguyen all dressed up for the Carnival
Madison McLenon and Ford Hall members at our Ring Toss booth
Our women worked very hard to make this years float stand out with in the residence hall division. They put a lot of time and thought into it. Our float did well in the rankings of the division and helped get us over the edge to win 1st place overall.
The Smurthwaite/Ford Float
Our fantastic volunteers who walked the parade, Bethany Herl, Alex Aye, Qingling (Kelly) Li, Ashlea Baalmann, Lauren Teschner, and Miranda Stubbs
Overall, homecoming week was a great success for Smurthwaite. We truly enjoyed getting to work with Ford hall and appreciate all the hard work they put in. The week was a way for us to stand out among the residence halls and put our mark on campus. We were sad to see the Cats get a loss at the game, but we will always be there to cheer on our team!
Your Smurthwaite Sisters