Green AV Team participates in Annual Environmental Symposium

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Westminster College Audio Visual Services Green AV members Chelsey Isler, Megan Andrews and Erin Sullivan were participants in the recent Student Symposium on the Environment, held on December 5th, 2013 in the Witherspoon rooms of the college.

Sullivan, a senior Environmental Science major and a Green AV team leader who is always busy coming up with new ideas to improve green efforts on campus, was an Honorable Mention award winner for her Environmental Project Poster.

"I recognize the need for students to be proactive on and off campus to help maintain our environment," said Sullivan. "By participating in this showcase or merely taking the time to view the presentations, people are showing an interest in what research and services are already in place and how they can get involved."

Isler and Andrews volunteered together on a presentation entitled "Harmful Chemicals in Electronic Waste," that illustrated how common electronic devices contain things like lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and PCBs.

"These toxic substances can break down and leach into land, food and drinking water if not handled properly when the technology expires," Andrews, a first year student and AV assistant noted.

Isler, who also is the AV Assistant Equipment Circulation Manager, concurred. "It is so important to inform the community about these Green AV efforts. It is essential that others know simple steps that they can and should take to help the environment."

The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition and the Westminster College Environmental program has sponsored and organized the symposium each December to highlight environmental study, research, artistic expression, and service work being done by students in the region.  Students from all disciplines, ranging from high school through graduate school, are encouraged to participate.  Research posters, art work, oral presentations, and even performances are welcome. It is a chance for people showcase their studies, services, and research done on the environment, and network among others who share the same interests.

An award ceremony was held for at the conclusion of this event. 2013 Award winners included:

  • Best Oral Presentation: Adam Humes, Adam Stahon, and Cody Culp from Westminster College.
  • Best Environmental Project Poster: Jessica Stickel and Pasquale DiFrancesco from Allegheny College.
  • Best Environmental Science Research Poster: Sreevani Kalapala from Youngstown State University.

In addition to Sullivan, Honorable Mention awards were presented to Brittany Majors, Ian Davis, Cody Fagan and Lauren Stoczynski, all students at Westminster College.

For more information on the symposium, contact the Westminster College Environmental Programs. Additional information on Green AV at Westminster is available by through Westminster Audio Visual Services.

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Chelsey Isler

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Megan Andrews

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Erin Sullivan