University of New Mexico departments are all invited to participate in this year's Homecoming Campus Decorating Contest. Each department will receive a specially designed letter "U" poster to decorate, incorporating the theme "It all begins with U."

The top three winners will be determined by a popular vote during the Faculty/Staff Luncheon Friday, Sept. 23, in the Student Union ballroom, and receive great prizes. Each participating department will receive a commemorative 2011 Homecoming poster.

Contestants will be judged on the best use of the theme, creativity, quality of decorations, enthusiasm and interaction and involvement with the UNM community.

The "U" posters are now available for pick up at the Hodgin Hall reception desk through Friday, Sept. 16. Participating departments should deliver their decorated "U" to Hodgin Hall Wednesday, Sept. 21 by noon. To obtain a registration form go to Campus Decorating Registration form.

Winners will be announced on UNM Alumni.

For more information, interested departments can visit UNM Alumni or e-mail Lisa Lindquist, call (505) 277-7870 or Laura Montoya and (505) 277-3733.

Media contact: Steve Carr, 277-1821; e-mail: scarr@unm.edu