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Westminster College Audio Visual Services Celebrates AV Week

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Posted on Friday, November 3, 2006

Westminster College Audio Visual Services hosted a number of on-campus events in celebration of AV Week Oct. 22-28.

Audio Visual staff provided tours of their facilities, presented job information, and initiated dialogues between interested students and their alumni network of AV professionals. Visitors were welcomed to their AV Museum that provides a glimpse of how far classroom technologies have changed at Westminster in the last century, and partnerships were celebrated with area K-12 school districts through used equipment donations and speaking engagements.

President R. Thomas Williamson said, "One of the greatest advances in education in many years has been the convergence of audio visual and computer technologies. The resulting visualization methodologies have benefitted our students at Westminster immensely. During this special week we offer our thanks to our audio visual and information technology departments who help our students see concepts and data more clearly than ever before."

"The audiovisual industry is a $55 billion industry worldwide," said Gary Swanson, Westminster College director of audio visual services. "The audiovisual industry is an integral part of information communications technology that includes new media, projectors, high definition TVs, digital signage, and remote video, video and collaborative conferencing, interactive display, systems integration, and security systems. The industry's scope also includes presentation professionals and lighting and staging for corporate events, entertainment, sports and concerts."

"The audiovisual industry is changing the way the world learns, works and lives," said Dr. Randal A. Lemke, executive director, InfoComm International, the professional audiovisual trade association. "AV is impacting lives by assisting medical technicians in diagnosing patients, engaging students through distance learning, enabling companies to meet with investors from around the world without leaving their boardroom, keeping government infrastructure safe through sophisticated command and control centers and creating a comfortable home environment through automated systems."

During AV Week, a host of companies and organizations from around the world celebrated AV Week with special events at schools, job fairs and community outreach activities.

Contact Swanson at (724) 946-2840 or e-mail for more information.