October 4, 2021 at 12:15pm
Dane Lisser

Chalk the Walk kickstarts Homecoming Celebration

Students representing numerous organizations at Millikin University had the opportunity to get creative and unleash the power of sidewalk chalk during the University's annual Chalk the Walk event on Oct. 1.

Held on the northside of campus behind Shilling Hall, the event kickstarted Millikin's 2021 Homecoming Celebration, themed Big Blue Rewind, which invited guests to turn back time, reconnect with friends and celebrate their shared history of Millikin. This year's event was the first time that student Linnea Nordstrom, a senior English (secondary teaching) major from Toluca, Ill., had participated in Chalk the Walk.

Video and Photos courtesy of the Herald & Review

Nordstrom's creation was an elaborate representation of her co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. "I've always liked walking around and seeing all of them," Nordstrom said in an interview with the Herald & Review. "It's a really fun thing we do."

The event was organized by Millikin's University Center Board (UCB), a student programming organization.

"It's a great opportunity for different student organizations to get more involved," said UCB President Katie Bodlak, a senior theatre design and production major with a minor in digital media marketing, from Chicago. "It's a fun way to make the campus more beautiful for homecoming as the alumni arrive on campus."

The chalk creations were automatically entered into a contest. "It's a fun way they can also get funding for their organization," Bodlak said.

Prizes include $500 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third. Criteria included creativity and an accurate representation of the organization.

Tate Heinle, a junior musical theatre major, created an elaborate lion for his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. "The lion is one of the symbols of the organization," he said.

Along with Chalk the Walk, students decorated the campus and showed their school pride by painting windows or adding a special frame to Facebook posts. The creative chalk creations provided a colorful scene around Shilling Hall.

"It makes walking to class exciting," Heinle said.