Friday, April 18, 2014

‘Social Scavengers’ go hunting

The School of Communication hosted the event Saturday, April 20

Social Scavengers,” an event hosted by Liberty University’s School of Communication, brought in students from all majors Saturday, April 20, to compete for various prizes based on their social media involvement during the event.

Activity — Students check in to the scavenger hunt at the Hancock Welcome Center. Photo credit: Nathan Rohrer

Beginning at 11 a.m., students registered their teams on the outside terrace of the Hancock Welcome Center, according to senior communications student and product manager for the department Ashley Thomas.  Students were given the option to group into teams of two or three, or to choose to work by themselves.

The hunt took six teams to nine different locations around Lynchburg, including The Drowsy Poet, City Stadium, Cinemark Movies 10, Dickey’s and the monogram.

Various clues took them around Lynchburg, and once a team arrived at the specified location, members had to take a creative photo and tweet it,  according to Thomas.

“Certain locations, such as Dickey’s and Snowflex, allowed students to gain bonus points throughout the race,” she said.

According to Student Assistant and General Manager of the School of Communication Joe Marcus, in order to participate in the event, at least one team member needed a smartphone and a Twitter or Instagram account.

Local businesses, Panera Bread and Father’s Table, donated food for the event, and 90.9 The Light broadcasted live from the Welcome Center.

According to Marcus, this was the first time that the School of Communication was given a budget for an event of this kind, and he hopes that “Social Scavengers” will inspire future events.

One of the teams, known as the “Freudian Slips,” was excited to begin hunting as members waited for the 11:30 a.m. start of the event.
“It has cool prizes, and I love scavenger hunts,” team member Christopher Heverly said.

The top three teams received prizes, including $150 in Target gift cards, $200 in Diamond Candle gift certificates and $50 in La Caretta gift cards, as well as Cinemark movie tickets and Chipotle discounts, according to Marcus.

In first place for the “Social Scavengers” hunt was team “Leppy Lovers,” consisting of teammates Jillian Diblin and Sarah Baaram. In second were the “Freudian Slips,” followed by “Team Jex.”

According to Marcus, the winners will be featured on the School of Communication’s Facebook.
“We wanted to do something that would allow students to get together and have a good time,” Marcus said.

For more information about the School of Communication and future events, visit liberty.edu/communication.

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