Thursday, October 6, 2011
Westminster College will celebrate International Audio Visual Week, Oct. 16-22, with a series of campus events that are free and open to the public.
During AV Week, a host of companies and organizations around the world will celebrate with special events at schools, job fairs, and community outreach activities. To learn more about the AV industry, click here.
Westminster's Office of AV Services will celebrate with a number of projects including:
• Monday, Oct. 17
o 11:30 a.m., Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center: "Transformers: Mentoring through Robotics" presentation on the partnership between Westminster and Laurel School District that is designed to develop and focus on math, science, and computer skills by creating and using robots. Coordinated through Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the program will be presented by Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor of computer science and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Katie Gray, Americorps Pennsylvania Campus Compact Volunteer in Service to America in the Drinko Center.
• Tuesday, Oct. 18
o 12:45 p.m., Mueller Theater: Titan Terror II, a short-film contest that challenged contestants to tell a thrilling story without the use of gore, will showcase this year's entries. Sponsored by AV Services, WCN 24/7 television, and Titan Radio. Additional information is available here.
• Wednesday, Oct. 19
o 11:30 a.m., Mueller Theater: "Getting the Message: Westminster's Digital Signage Project" presentation of a new campus-wide marketing tool. Presenters will be Westminster staff Gary Swanson, director of AV Services, and Jonathan Smith, web services coordinator.
o 1:50 p.m., Mueller Theater: Demonstration and discussion of the innovative Apple, Inc., educational technology devices and programs currently in use in eight area public schools as part of the iPad Kindergarten Pilot Program. Speakers will be Apple representative Megan Rosati and Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit IV coordinator Justi Glaros.
o 3:30 p.m., AV classroom (McKelvey Campus Center 180): "Tricasting: Delivering Network-Quality Broadcasts from Anywhere to Anywhere" presentation of a compact portable system that has become the industry standard in portable live television production. Presenter will be Jim Davis of DVS DIRECT, a digital video editing system integrator with over 20 years' experience in the field.
• Thursday, Oct. 20
o 12:40 p.m., AV Classroom: "Record-Deliver-Watch-Manage: Lecture Capture 101" presentation. Captured lectures and presentations, special events, and training and alumni relations video communications are being created through sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, software applications. Presenters from Sonic Foundry will provide a broad overview of the opportunities these applications present and showcase how they are revolutionizing education.
• Friday, Oct. 21
o 10:30 a.m., AV Offices: AV Services' 12th annual gently-used equipment hand-off drive winners will be drawn. A number of used equipment items no longer serve a purpose at Westminster but can continue to provide educational support in local education or non-profit settings.
o 11:30 a.m., Mueller Theater: "Connecting Cultures: The Westminster Preschool/Korea Collaborative Technology Project" presentation will highlight the technologies that connect children from diverse cultures despite perceived barriers. The unique project is spearheaded by Westminster preschool teachers Diana Reed and Debi Roud and Dr. SoYoung Kang, Westminster associate professor of education.
o 3:30 p.m., AV classroom: "Digital Photography: Myths and Misconceptions" seminar will be led by local professional photographer Shawn Sweeney.
o 4:30 p.m., AV Offices: The AV Service and Support Award winner will be announced.
In conjunction with Make a Difference Day, AV Services will conduct its fifth biannual E-Recycling Drive from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 29, at the loading dock area of the Hoyt Science Resources Center. The campus and community are encouraged to dispose of used electronics in a way that is safe for the environment. Disposal fees range from $3-$35, depending upon the item. For a complete price list, click here.
Since its inception at Westminster, the drive has collected over 21,000 pounds of outdated technology for recycling by A GreenSpan, an E-Steward recycler who does not export materials. Through recycling events and other activities, AV Services has become a source of green information for the campus.
Contact Swanson at (724) 946-7188 or email for additional information. A complete schedule of events is available here.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.