College Announces 2013 Audio Visual Award Winner

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Katie Farley, a senior Biochemistry major, received the Westminster College 2013 Audio Visual Award. She is the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Farley and was Valedictorian of Bangor High School in Bangor, PA.

Gary Swanson, Westminster College director of Audio Visual Services, said, "The award was created in 1999 to provide public recognition of the exceptional work provided to the campus through AV's work-study students.  A ballot of 9 nominees who had received multiple nominations was reviewed by a panel of current faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.   Katie's work was selected as ‘most outstanding.'"

Ms. Farley began her work in AV as an AV Support Technician in August of 2009, and was promoted to Equipment Circulation manager in 2011 after serving as the assistant to that role. According to Swanson, "Few presentation events occur on Westminster's campus without Katie's involvement. She has been consistently recognized by faculty, staff, and her peers for her professional courtesy, cheer, thorough research and the broad knowledge base that she brings to her work. Nominations consistently recognized her as an excellent educator who is inventive, patient, technically-savvy, and inspiring, particularly in a collaborative environment."

Farley completed in depth trials and reviews of 5 national resource scheduling systems to determine what best met Westminster's needs, and then, working closely with the college's talented web developer, led a team effort to build and implement an in-house system that met the department's varied needs better than anything currently offered commercially. Ms. Farley also has dedicated a great deal of volunteer time to numerous recycling and Green AV initiatives, and was part of a team that earned the best non-science poster presentation award at the 2010 Student Symposium on the Environment.

"Her academic successes are even more impressive," Swanson grinned. "She has been on the Dean's list every semester. She has a lengthy list of remarkable public presentations, twice at national conferences. She will be graduating later this month with Honors. She has cloned bacteria.  She has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society for research completed while at the Center for Chemical Evolution regarding the self-assembly of small molecules in water, which could lead to determining how life began on the prebiotic Earth. She will be continuing her education at Yale in the Bio Physics, Bio Chemistry, and Structural Biology program later this year."

Ms. Farley has also been involved with Orchestra and the Campus Programming Council, as well as Chemistry Club and Omicron Kappa Sigma, an all-college honors fraternity.

She will receive a framed certificate and bookstore gift certificate, and her name will be added to the permanent award plaque on display in the audio visual department and the department's awards web page.

For more information, please contact AV Services by email at or by phone at 724-946-7188.

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