USF launches contest to celebrate its new Pinterest page

TAMPA — Green and gold nail polish, bull-horned cupcakes, campus artwork — these images and more make up the first batch of pins on the University of South Florida's new Pinterest page.

Now, a new campus contest hopes to add a lot more.

It's a way for USF to celebrate its recent membership in the Pinterest site, one of the fastest growing social networking resources on the Web. If you haven't heard of it yet, be warned: The site, which pulls together fun or inspiring images, creative craft ideas, recipes and more, can be addictive.

USF joins several other schools, including University of Miami and Duke University, among Pinterest's millions of users.

"It's a unique way to showcase life at the University of South Florida," said Jenna Withrow, USF's social media coordinator.

Starting Monday, students and USF fans will be encouraged to pull together their own USF spirit pin boards for a chance to win prize packs from the campus bookstore.

First place gets $100 in merchandise, second place gets $50 and third place gets $25.

Those winners will join other contributors chosen by the school to add to a new USF community board — a new way students can show off school spirit, Withrow said.

The contest ends at 11:50 p.m. Aug. 5.

Existing pin boards created by USF include images of Bulls apparel, campus traditions, residence hall decor and a board called "Not Quite Bulls," a collection of wanna-be bull animals, such as bull mastiff puppies, French bulldogs and bullfrogs.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at kwilmath@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3337.

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See USF's pins for yourself at pinterest.com/usflife.

USF launches contest to celebrate its new Pinterest page 07/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 5:12pm]

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