A new photo contest invites students to look past the bell-bottoms and Farrah Fawcett hair in classic photos, so they can create their own modernized versions of memorable TCU moments.
The TCU Alumni Association Throwback Photo Contest features six photos on the TCU Reunions Facebook page that include sweethearts with The Skiff, three women striking a defiant pose and friends nonchalantly lounging for the camera. Students can recreate any of these to submit on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #TCUHomecoming.
Kalyn Baldwin, assistant director of alumni relations, new media, said the contest was inspired by this year’s homecoming theme, “Welcome Home.”
“TCU homecoming is such a big part of what we do in the alumni office,” she said. “We’re asking our alumni and students to help us remake our memories of TCU.”
This contest gives students and alumni a voice through social media and helps them maintain the connection they have with the university, Baldwin said.
“Not everyone has the ability to come back and engage with the university as often as they would like,” she said. “So, by engaging with our alumni through social media, we have the ability to showcase our events and make them feel like they are still part of the university.”
Elyse Menger, assistant director of student and young alumni programs in the office of annual giving, participated in the challenge and said it was “fun, quick and easy.”
“It shows where TCU has been and where we are now,” she said. “[TCU] is a place where people will always belong.”
Harmonie Farrow, director of student and young alumni programs in the office of annual giving, also participated in the contest. Farrow said she wanted to help support the Alumni Association and is surprised at the publicity their photo has received.
“We were just really surprised at how many different places around the university have shared it, and how many people that we know who have contacted us about it,” she said.
Baldwin said she hopes this opportunity to revive the past and create new TCU history will help students and alumni become nostalgic about their own cherished memories.
“We wanted to make sure it was a way for people to remember why they come home, and why they come back to TCU.” she said.
The contest runs until Oct. 10. Two winners will be selected, with one being chosen by the number of votes from their Facebook friends and the other by the Alumni Association staff. Prizes include a custom welcome mat and TCU wreath. The winners will be announced Oct. 11 at FrogFest .