Bookstore Wins National Window Display Award

by Madi Cannon, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s bookstore is finding creative ways to showcase its wide range of merchandise while fostering school spirit. The National Association of College Stores (NASC) recognized the bookstore’s creativity by naming it the winner of its national dynamic display contest.

The winning display featured a 7-foot hive made of chicken wire and construction paper in honor of Cedarville’s yellow jacket mascot. Merchandise and yellow jacket plush toys surrounded the hive, complete with a mannequin wearing a beekeeper hat. 

“The goal of the hive window display was to welcome students back to campus after Christmas break by promoting school spirit with as much ‘WOW’ factor as possible,” said Hilary Slone, the store’s assistant manager and the designer of the display. Slone, a 2008 Cedarville University graduate, studied studio art in college.

More than 3,000 colleges were invited to enter the display contest, which evaluated entries based on creativity, originality, visual impact and appeal and the scalability of the idea for other stores. NASC featured Cedarville’s winning window display in the September/October edition of The College Store magazine. 

“We received tremendous feedback,” said Slone. “It was definitely our customers’ favorite window display yet.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.