Students with a fondness for the “Harry Potter” series will delight in the newest way Doane will inspire school-wide spirit, the Doane Spirit Cup. Starting this year, students and student organizations can participate in a year-long competition to win the Doane Spirit Cup, a plaque, and an engravement of their name on the cup. The Spirit Cup will be awarded next May at the Leadership Award Ceremony.
The Spirit Cup is the brainchild of Sarah Campfield M.Ed., the Director of Campus Life, and she is ecstatic to introduce this to the Doane community.
When asked about the origins of the Spirit Cup Campfield said,“It stems from the Harry Potter House Cup.”
For those who are not familiar, each house within the Harry Potter world is awarded points for good deeds, conversely, points are deducted for misbehavior. The Spirit Cup functions in a simpler fashion. Participants earn points through displays of school spirit including: attending home and away games, participating in Leadership workshops/series, attending programs hosted by Doane University, and showing genuine school spirit (wear black and orange on Fridays, submitting photos, etc.). These points will be tallied monthly.
Campus Life believes the Spirit Cup invites friendly competition among peers and fosters an inclusive community for both new and returning students. Deb Sherard, Office Manager of the Students Affairs Office, shared her thoughts on the new initiative, “the Doane Spirit Cup is a great way to showcase student involvement across campus.”
“It’s a brand new year, and this is a great way to be a part of something bigger than yourself; by working with your team or striving to showcase your individual Doane-ness. The Doane Spirit Cup is a great way to let students know that we want to recognize and reward them for showing school spirit,” Campfield elaborates.
“This is also a part of a “Spirit Initiative”; we are taking a look at Perry Campus Center and we want to add more student vibes and engagement to Perry and this school as a whole,” she continues.
Along with the Spirit Cup comes the increased presence of Thomas the Tiger at games and on-campus; for example, Tiger Tuesday will happen once a month, an activity with Thomas during lunch. The Doane Spirit Cup competition will commence Sunday, Sept. 8, during the Student Organization Summit.
For more information on the Doane Spirit Cup, Tiger Tuesday, and more upcoming events sponsored by Campus Life, be sure to check your Doane email and Tiger Life Weekly.