UHart Spirit Week to take place

New tradition begins at the University of Hartford

By Kim Bigelow | 10/03/14 | Updated 10/03/14 | Posted in News, Campus News

The Student Alumni Association is creating Spirit Week, a five-day event spanning from October 13-17 leading up to Hawktober weekend.

Kenneth McClary, the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, said they got the idea from Clark University.

"We just molded it to be what we want it to be," McClary said, "A spirit week catered towards the University of Hartford. So we didn't recreate the wheel. This is something that's going on across different campuses across America so I thought it would be a good idea to bring it to the University of Hartford."

Spirit Week will hold an event every day of the week leading up to Hawktober weekend.

Monday will be a Cake Boss competition similar to the popular TV show. Each team will get a cake to decorate on a theme selected by random draw.

Tuesday will be a campus-wide spirit day in which students are invited to wear their UHart gear and/or red and white to show their school spirit. Students can win random prizes by posting their outfits on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #Uhartspirit14 .

An Instagram scavenger hunt will be held on Wednesday. Teams will solve "Insta-Hunt" clues and photograph them. The team with the most correctly photographed clues will win. Teams can sign up by emailing and should do so by 5 p.m. on October 14th. The cost is $5 per team and the winning team takes home all the money.

A drive-in movie will be held in the Konover parking lot on Thursday. The popular movie Neighbors will be playing at 8 p.m. Students can watch from their car or bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Friday will host Midnight Mania, with a concert by UHart's own West End Blend to follow in the Sports Center.

The Student Alumni Association is pushing for Spirit Week to be an annual event and calls on the help of students to make it happen.

"We have to demonstrate to the University officials that this is a worthwhile activity to be invested in," McClary said, "We can't just say, okay, we're gonna have a bonfire or we're gonna have a fireworks show, we're gonna have a comedy show. It all has to be systematically planned and students have to come out and show that, you know, it's worth an investment."

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