On Saturday, March 2, 2013, as our Topper basketball players prepared for their upcoming game against Middle Tennessee University, the Honors College at WKU roused school spirit in an entirely different way. Beginning at 4:30 that afternoon, the “Honors Night with the Topper Basketball Team” kicked things off with a reception in Diddle Arena for current and prospective Honors students as and their parents.
The turnout was relatively large, with students and parents arriving in a steady stream throughout the course of the hour before tip off at 5:30. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ransdell made an appearance to support the Honors College and the WKU Men’s Basketball team. An array of refreshments was also available to members of the Honors College as they mingled and projected the outcome for that night’s game. The atmosphere was filled with the excitement of a highly anticipated game. Honors students of all ages appeared in their most spirited Honors attire in order to enter the “Most Spirit” competition hosted by the Honors College.
In addition to the reception, Honors students also had the option of receiving recognition on the basketball court at 15:00 during the first half of the game. The cheer that emanated from the crowd as the Honors College was recognized further proved the pride in the work of the Honors College students and faculty. Although the Toppers lost the game in a close second half, the spirit and pride projected from all WKU fans that night could not be diminished.
Arete contribution submitted by Megan Skaggs