INA, Ill. – The Rend Lake College Homecoming basketball games tomorrow night in Waugh Gym will begin with 100 tees. No, not technical fouls. These are the best kind of tees. They are free and designed by a student at RLC.
The first 100 fans in the door tomorrow night will receive a free tee-shirt featuring the college’s new logo and graphic design student Kathy Krutsinger’s winning design entry for the Big Read at RLC.
The new RLC logo is being officially launched to the public during Homecoming. It features the words Rend Lake College under the college’s clock tower, a prominent piece of architecture on the Ina campus. In addition to the first 100 lucky fans getting a tee, more shirts will be launched into the crowd throughout the night by the college’s cheerleading and dance teams. The first game tips off at 5:30 p.m. Other attractions include the crowning of RLC’s student and faculty/staff 2010 Homecoming Kings and Queens.
Krutsinger, 20, grew up in Bluford where she attended Webber Township High School. She is a member of the RLC Student Ambassadors and plans to transfer from RLC to Eastern Illinois University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She submitted her design in response to a call for entries last month, initiated by Sandy West, coordinator of technical services and collection management at RLC. West is coordinating the Big Read at RLC for the third and final year with RLC Reference Librarian Beth Mandrell.
“We felt Kathy’s was the design submission that most closely fit the contest rules,” West said.
The tee-shirt design contest was open to anyone. Entries were to be themed around a mystery concept and include the words “The Big Read.” Krutsinger’s design was selected by Dean of Special Programs Andrea Witthoft from several entries and has earned the student a $100 gift card, which she will be presented with at Homecoming. The design features a magnifying glass over the words “The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett” and splattered blood stains.
“I think that design should evoke an emotion to the viewer,” Krutsinger stated. “As a designer, it is my job to not only let people obtain information, but to remember the contents in a unique way.”
Hammett’s great American crime novel was chosen by RLC for the Big Read this year. The Big Read at RLC will officially launch its celebration of Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” the night of Feb. 24 during the college’s Homecoming ceremonies. The NEA’s Big Read will allow the college to bring his novel to more than a thousand readers in RLC District #521. Click here for more information.
Administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read is meant to address the national decline in literary reading. Partners, such as RLC, are able to choose one title from a list of great novels that they would like to promote for readership in their respective communities.