Halloween Employee Contest Winners


Thank You MVC Family!

A huge thanks goes out to all employees who helped make Halloween a memorable event for over 350 children from Bethune Elementary. It is truly a beautiful thing to see employees so actively engaged in empowering people and transforming communities. This entire event would not have been possible without the Student Government Association, Kevin Williams Writing Lounge, and Brother to Brother.


Halloween Employee Contest Winners

Our panel of expert kindergartners (with help from Professional Development staff) determined our contest winners across campus. This of course had nothing to do with the candy (aka bribes) that was passed out at each department. Without any further wait, we are pleased to announce the following Halloween winners! Winner can pick up their prizes (100 Grand candy bars) in W162.



  • Best Costume as a Group – Business Office
  • Best Department Theme – Academic Advising
  • Best Decorated Door – Recruitment Services
  • Best Haunted House – Office of Student Life (Kevin Williams Writing Lounge)
  • Scariest Headless Character – Criminal Justice
  • Loudest Hallway Group – President’s Office
  • Best Hidden Treasure – Chemistry


Photo Gallery Now Live!

Be sure to view the entire photo gallery by clicking on the link below.



Trick-o-Treat Photo Gallery Live!


Over 350 Kids on Campus!

Bethune Elementary brought elementary children over to participate in MVC’s Annual Trick-o-Treat Parade (photo gallery). In total, over 350 little ghosts, superheroes, and princesses from across the street paraded through our hallways in search of wonderful treats, smiling faces, and unforgettable memories!


A counselor at Bethune Elementary had this to say:

“Thank you, our students had a blast! The school does such an amazing job organizing these events each year. Together we are creating memories that will last a life time.”


Transforming Communities

This event would not have been possible without a team effort. Once again, MVC family members worked together to provide lots of kiddos an unforgettable experience and provide that we really do help transform communities. A very special thanks to our very own Student Government Association, Kevin Williams Writing Lounge, and Brother to Brother.


This would not have been possible without help from the many volunteers and departments who participated, including Trio, Financial Aid, Admissions, Advising, Business Office, Dean Suite, Recruitment, Student Life, Veteran’s Affairs, Machine Shop, Emeritus Center, Dual Credit, Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Language Center, Alternative Teacher Certification, Library, ECHS, Police Department, Teaching and Learning Center, Administrative Suite, Marketing, ARCO, Chemistry, and Allied Health.


Photo Gallery Now Live!

Be sure to view the entire photo gallery by clicking on the link below.



Annual MVC Trick-o-Treat Parade

It’s That Time of Year

350 Ghost and Goblins from across the street want to parade through our hallways in search of treats! Bethune Elementary would love to bring their Pre- K thru second graders over for the Annual MVC Trick-o-Treat Parade.


Please let Cathy Edwards know if your office would like to participate in giving out treats or if you personally can assist in walking the students around the building. They will be here Friday, October 28th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Employee Costume Contest

As if helping create a memorable experience wasn’t reason enough, here’s one more reason to dress up! The Office of Professional Development will be on the lookout for the following employee costumes (and awarding prizes of course):

  • Most Original Costume
  • Best Duo Costume
  • Best Kid-Friendly Costume
  • Best Decorated Department

What are you waiting for? Start planning your department’s decoration theme for the Trick-o-Treat parade, coordinator your costumes, and buy candy in bulk.

Schedule for Children’s Tours/Office Visits:

  • Pre K & Kinders pick up at Bethune 8:15 – have candy ready in offices at 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Need (4 staff volunteers for tours)*
  • 1st graders pick up at Bethune 9:30 – have candy ready at 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • (Need 4 staff volunteers for tours)*
  • 2nd graders Pick up at Bethune 10:30 – have candy ready at 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Need (4 staff volunteers for tours)*

Important Notes:

  • A few staff volunteers needed to help escort the little ones around the building.
  • Volunteers can be in or out of costume!
  • Decorate Your Doors!



Halloween as a Learning Moment

As we enter the month of October on a college campus, conversations in the hallway and chat amongst departments may (okay, will) turn towards the topic of Halloween. While Halloween is an opportunity to engage with students, staff, faculty, and administration in the form of classroom events, campus parties, departmental decorations, and of course free candy, we also need to consider the topic of cultural appropriation. Since this article is written by Office of Professional Development, we’d like to make this Halloween a learning moment for all.


“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign created by Ohio University

What is Cultural Appropriation?

Essentially cultural appropriation is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of another culture, while distorting the original meaning or significance in the process. Such examples of appropriation would be dressing as a geisha, Pocahontas, Pancho Villa, or other representation of a culture not your own.

Recent college campaigns now seek to bring awareness to this issue. “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume,” was created by Ohio University in 2013 and the University of Michigan has a page dedicated to raising awareness.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. What culture does this style reference and what is my relation to that culture?
  2. Why am I choosing to wear this costume?
  3. How accurate and/or respectful is my costume to that culture?

Interested in Learning More?