Westminster College to Celebrate AV Week Oct. 16-20

Monday, October 15, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will celebrate International Audio Visual Week, Oct. 16-20, with a series of campus events that are free to the public.

The Titan Terror Project Showcase is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 12:45 p.m. in the Mueller Theatre at the McKelvey Campus Center. This is the conclusion to a short film contest that required the Westminster community "filmmakers," as well as Mercer and Lawrence County residents, to create a thrilling or mysterious three-minute mini-movie without the use of graphic violence or gore.  This is the first year that the College received entries from high schools.

The showcase includes the top 10 entries selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges. A second panel of five judges will screen the top 10 entries based on creativity, story, how well it meets the contest theme, and production values. Hundreds of dollars in prizes are available for the grand prize, runner up and audience choice winners, and for those in attendance. The "Audience Choice" winner will be determined by live vote at the showcase.

The event is being hosted by the Westminster Cable Network (WCN), Titan Radio (88.9 FM), Audio Visual Services, and is sponsored by many generous donors.

Visit http://www.westminster.edu/resources/av/ttp/ttp_overview.cfm and https://www.facebook.com/TitanTerrorProject for more information.

Other AV Services events include:
• Tuesday, Oct. 16
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., AV Classroom, McKelvey Campus Center, Room. 180
Telemedicine: Communicating for Effective Healthcare
- Presented by Todd F. Morando, MBA, MSN, PHRN, RN, and senior of director of Emergency and Critical Care at Sharon Regional Health System. He and Stacey Winners from Cleveland Clinic will present on the use of telemedicine in the health care field. Telemedicine allows patients to communicate from a remote location with specialists at another hospital. Prizes will be available to those in attendance.

• Wednesday, Oct. 17
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mueller Theater, Witherspoon Lakeview Room
Going Green in a Technological Age: Waste Reduction and Energy Conservation
- Jerry Zona and Megan Gahring from Lawrence and Mercer County Solid Waste and Recycling will present on how to both purchase energy efficient products and dispose of them responsibly. The presentation will also include the live dismantling of a piece of equipment. Prizes will be available for those in attendance.

• Friday, Oct. 19
5 p.m., AV Services Office, McKelvey Campus Center
Service and Support Award Reveal
- This award is open to all qualifying Westminster College alumni and is presented annually. The winner is selected from a large pool of nominees for the following: providing extraordinary service beyond their basic job description; providing superior sustained service or a special one-time contribution to the mission of their place of employment; continually contributing to a respectful, diverse, and collaborative work environment; exhibiting exceptional resourcefulness, innovation and creativity; and exemplifying excellence and integrity in workplace relationships, interactions, and decision making.

• Friday, Oct. 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Witherspoon Maple Room, McKelvey Campus Center
Building A Business From the Ground Up: Position Yourself For Success Now!
- Westminster College alumnus Ted Haynes '99 and Michael Smith are owners of Confluence Productions, a filmmaking company in Pittsburgh. They will present on the attainability of owning your own business, even as a recent college graduate, and what current students should be doing to align themselves with a successful future.

Haynes earned a bachelor's in political science; has a background in sales management; and has written, produced, directed and acted in nearly 20 short and feature films.

Smith is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer. He has 25 years of movie making experience. Smith earned an associate's in electronics by age 18.

• Saturday, Oct. 20
9 a.m. - noon, Hoyt Science Center Loading Dock
E-Recycling Drive
- Held biannually, the campus and community are encouraged to dispose of used electronics in a way that is safe for the environment. Certain items are free for consumers to recycle. Since its inception at Westminster, the drive has collected 45,000 lbs. of out-dated technology that has been properly recycled.

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, visit www.infocomm.org .

Contact AV Services at (724) 946-7188 or email for additional information.  A complete schedule of events is available at www.westminster.edu/resources/av/av_week.cfm.

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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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.