RD Ashley Babladelis, center, flanked by RA’s Sorna Kamara, a junior from Dallas, left, and Meredith Johnson, a soph from London, KY – all veterans of Knight Hall Halloween.
Jim Durham, News Bureau Director
Perhaps no other Georgetown College tradition has the potential to connect current students with the community than Knight Hall Halloween. And, certainly no other effort bonds 250 freshmen – girls who’ve only been away from home for two months than choosing costumes, decorating halls and purchasing treats for the children of their professors, GC staffers and Scott County citizens.
The young women of Mary Frances Knight Hall are continuing the tradition and invite the public to their annual Halloween event from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 28).
Ashley Hatcher Babladelis ‘08, who just returned this fall as Resident Director of Knight Hall, knows well the magic of this night. Also, an Area Coordinator for Campus Ministry, she was full of anticipation for what her freshmen would bring. “This all makes you feel like a kid again,” she said, her eyes wider than a child’s.
Her freshman Fall (’04), Ashley’s hall on second floor was decorated like a magical forest. “I remember making a huge waterfall near the bathroom out of blue streamers and Christmas lights. Whenever the shower ran, it would sound like an actual waterfall,” she said. “We all dressed up as fairies.”
Then, as an RA in Knight her sophomore year (’05), Ashley and her residents had a Disney Princess themed hall. “They built a huge castle out of cardboard boxes,” she recalled.
Ashley Hatcher would go on to become a President’s Ambassador and serve Campus Ministries, leading one of our Spring Break mission trips to Brazil. The Psychology major won the Outstanding Student Leader award her senior year and graduated cum laude.
Since graduating from Georgetown, she received an M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. And, she married Nick Babladelis, an ’08 graduate of Wake Forest University. Her husband is pursuing an MA/ThM in Biblical Studies at Asbury Seminary while doing some freelance photography and working part-time for the Georgetown News-Graphic.
Ashley is looking forward to participating in her third Knight Hall Halloween and serving as co-hosts with husband Nick, who will experience his first. “It’sso much fun to see professors and staff members bring their kids by,” she said. “I love this event because it creates such a connection between the students, in their living space, with faculty, staff and the community.”