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Bulletin Board – Nikola Tesla

In Bulletin Boards on April 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM



  • Template (BAM)
  • Butcher block paper (I used black)
  • Scissors and staplers and everything you normally use for bulletin boards
  • Push-pins
  • String/ribbon


Print off that pretty template with everything you’ll need.  Now, as in the example, space Tesla’s inventions and their related blurbs around the main ‘Tesla.’  Use the string or ribbon, in conjunction with push-pins, to connect each invention to ‘Tesla.’  Additional information and the blurbs about the three-parts awesome can adorn elsewhere on the board.  I’m using the quotes as hall-decor up and down the corridor.

And if anyone’s interested, the font used throughout is simply “Tesla.”

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University


Bulletin Board: S.H.I.E.L.D. Files

In Bulletin Boards on March 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM

S.H.I.E.L.D. Files


  • Black butcher block paper
  • File folders
  • Functional Printer
  • Research
  • Tape
  • Stapler


Before starting anything, you’ll need the information.  I’ve looked at the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and crossed disorders inside with heroes I could think of; some, it might be a stretch to diagnose, and the disorders themselves might not be documented on the character-file.  If you can find evidence in characters’ behaviors, though, that’s all you need to back it up.

So, research a disorder that a hero/ine exhibits and try to tie their history as a character with actual scientific backing, making a one-two of splicing educational value into popular characters.  Everyone is free to use my example, add to it, or take away from it as they see fit.  Print out the information and the pictures you need.

Once you have that figured out, design the file folders with the SHIELD emblem for fanciness; I had a friend stencil out a design for me.  Staple together sheets that talk about the same disorder and, with the tape, figure out where you can put everything on your board.  Once you have the layout figured out, staple everything to the bulletin board.


  • Be open and creative when trying to ‘diagnose’ heroes; talk to other friends you might have, see what they think about the heroes.  They don’t need to diagnose them themselves, but they can help set you on a path.
  • Try to tie this into an invisible illness theme, if you can, and maybe add the idea that those suffering from such a disorder can still do great things; it definitely can’t hurt to be noted.
  • You can definitely do this with other popular culture areas, too, with any combination of educational/entertainment value: Disney characters, major video game characters, Batman, and many, many more!

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: Changing Seasons

In Bulletin Boards on March 1, 2013 at 1:44 AM
Changing Seasons(Samantha Cassell)

Changing Seasons
(Samantha Cassell)

Overview: This board is a tree that changes with the seasons! It’s great for a large board that doesn’t need to change often and can be worked on over the course of a whole year.


Colored Paper: green, red, orange, yellow, blue, white

Large green and brown paper




For Summer/Spring:

Start by cutting out a big tree on a large sheet of brown paper. Make it a shape that will look good both covered in leaves or bare. Hang up the tree with some green grass for it to sit on. A blue background would look wonderful (we were out).

Cut out a ton of leaves. Two different colored greens look good. Fill up the tree!

For Fall:

Orange, red, and yellow leaves now. Put a few of them on the grass so it looks like the leaves are falling. You can get away with cutting fewer of them, so the tree looks a little bare.

So colorful

So colorful

For Winter:

Cover it all in white. The grass needs to be covered, there can be icicles hanging off the tree. Small scraps of white paper look like snowfall, or you can make fancy snowflakes if you feel like it!

My girls got to it before I did

My girls got to it before I did

Tree- Snow

The official version!


  • Make the leaves simple. You’ll be cutting out a lot of them, so a simple pointed oval shape is a good idea.
  • You can cut out leaves in your free time so that when you need more/different ones, you’ll already have a bunch!
  • Keep the leaves! If you only staple them once, you can reuse them when Spring rolls around again.

Credit: Samantha Cassell, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: Resume SuperWords

In Bulletin Boards, Educational Progams on July 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This educational board works very well for halls with graduating seniors or in the spring when students are working on boosting their resume’s for summer internships!


SuperWords Resume Board Text

Generic SuperHero Pictures


  1. Print SuperHero pictures, color, decorate, and cut out.
  2. Arrange and print board text.
  3. Put up board!


  • Feel free to use your favorite superhero or one that fits your hall theme. (Avengers anyone?)
  • A little glitter glue goes a long way to making the superhero cut outs pop!

Text Source:

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Hall Decs: Pennant Banner

In Bulletin Boards, Door Decs on May 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Banner Triangles

Pennant banners are very popular and super easy to make! They also make a big effect and add lots of color without needed a huge amount of paper. The theme possibilities for this are endless, consider zoo, carnival, medieval, sports etc.


Colored Construction Paper


Glitter Glue


Cut your paper into triangles. Decorate with glitter glue and hang!


  • You can easily vary the sizes of your triangles to add interest.
  • Add letters to spell out the name of your hall or school.

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Educational Program: Letter to My Future Self

In Bulletin Boards, In-Services on May 31, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Reflect on the end of summer and start of the new school year with a “letter to my future self”.  It is always interesting and  enjoyable to  be able to look back on who you were, especially when we  are changing as much as we do at college.


Letter Prompts

More Questions

Dear Future Me Flyer


Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: How to Show You Care

In Bulletin Boards on May 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Care Bear Board

This board combines cute and lovable care bears with helpful tips for how to get along with roommates or friends. Great for first year students who will have a roommate for a first time or for returning students who need reminding that they like their friends…


Care Bear Coloring Pages

6 Ways to Show You Care

Directions: Download/print facts and coloring pages. Color your bears (maybe with residents?),  arrange, and put up! Make sure to cite the original article!


Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: Ice Cream

In Bulletin Boards on May 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Ice Cream Board

This board is a fun look at everyone’s favorite treat! Could pair very nicely with ice cream door decs and an ice cream social!


Ice Cream Facts

Directions: Download facts, arrange and print!

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: Birthstones

In Bulletin Boards on February 9, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Birthstone Board

This board is a fun and eye catching board. It is good for sparking conversations between residents when placed in a common area.


Birthstone Board Text and Pictures

Directions: Print board and arrange.


  • All of the pictures can be pulled from the slides and fit on 1 printer page, great for saving colored printing quota 🙂

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University

Bulletin Board: 12 Dancing Princesses

In Bulletin Boards on February 9, 2012 at 2:08 AM

12 Dancing Princesses Bulletin Board

This board tells the story of the German fairy tale “The 12 Dancing Princesses”! This idea can obviously be used for any fairy tale, but the floor theme was German fairy tales and so this one was chosen.


12 Dancing Princesses Text

Coloring Page

Directions: Print text and coloring page. Color and arrange! 🙂

Source: Christine Albain, Valparaiso University