2012 AV Week Celebration Spotlights a Vibrant AV Industry

Monday, October 29, 2012

Westminster College Audio Visual Services again celebrated AV Week from October 14-20, a tradition started by InfoComm International highlighting the innovative contributions of AV technology in our lives.

The department kicked off AV Week with an Open House event to remind the campus where AV is located and reveal their Online Technology Museum. Visitors visited a booth that had Tavern Sticky Buns and Starbucks coffee and could walk inside and view the online Museum on a large screen television. In the main office, visitors could look at new AV equipment and ask questions.

On Tuesday, October 16, the presentation Telemedicine: Communicating for Effective Healthcare took place, when Todd F. Morando, MBA, MSN, PHRN, RN, Sr. Director of Emergency and Critical Care at Sharon Regional Health System and Stacey Winters, a representative from Cleveland Clinic discussed the use of Telemedicine, a tool that allows patients to remotely connect with specialists in another hospital. Telemedicine also allows patients and doctors to interactively review and discuss test results. Read more about this event here.

Representatives from Lawrence and Mercer County Solid Waste & Recycling presented on Going Green in a Technological Age: Waste Reduction and Energy Conservation on Wednesday, October 17. Jerry Zona and Megan Gahring discussed the importance of recycling e-waste and gave a demonstration on how to disassemble recyclables. Read more about this event here.

The most well-attended event of AV Week, The Titan Terror Project Showcase, took place Thursday, October 18 in Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. Students, faculty, and members of the community gathered to view the top ten entries of the Titan Terror Project contest, calling all movie makers to create a 3 minute or less, scary movie without the use of gore or violence. Audience members voted live on the Audience Choice Award. Two rounds of judges selected Chelsea Haybarger, sophomore Broadcast Communications major at Westminster, the Grand Prize Winner, with her submission, Cannibals of the Lake. Sean Schachner, Westminster 2011 graduate, was named the Runner Up Winner, for his submission, Follow Me. Using immediate audience response clicker technology, the audience in attendance voted AV Support Technician Stephen Bendig,  the Audience Choice Winner for his submission, Tulpa. View the winning videos here. And read more about the contest and showcase here.

On Friday, October 19, Ted Haynes ('99) and Michael Smith, owners of Confluence Productions in Pittsburgh, Pa, presented on Building a Business from the Ground Up: Align Yourself for Success Now!. They spoke about the various businesses that they each have owned and encouraged listeners that it is never too soon to start their own business. They also provided information on business literature and networking. Read more about this event here

Also on Friday, October 19, Westminster alumnus Jesse R. Ligo, Jr. ('82) was named as the 2012 Service and Support award recipient from Westminster AV Services. The award celebrates outstanding service and/or support by a Westminster alumnus, and traditionally is revealed on the last weekday of Westminster College's AV Week celebration. Read more on Ligo and the award here.

The last event of AV Week, the biannual E-Recycling Drive, took place on Saturday, October 20 at the Hoyt Loading Dock at Westminster College. These drives serve to make it convenient to responsibly recycling used electronics. AV partnered with A GreenSpan, Inc. and SIMS Recycling to ensure that these materials are disposed of properly. Not including this latest drive, AV E-Recycling drives have saved over 45,000 lbs of recyclable technology from going into landfills.

Keep an eye out for information on AV Week 2013. If you are interested in being involved, have suggestions or ideas, or would like to be a sponsor, please contact AV Services by email at avstaff@westminster.edu or by phone at 724-946-7188 for more information.

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