Thursday, November 7, 2013
Westminster Public Relations major Emily Moorhead, participated in a national webinar podcast for InfoComm International as part of the organization's promotion of International AV Week.
Moorhead, who is also the Public Relations manager for Westminster's Audio Visual Services department, was joined on the panel by the Vice President of Sales Worldwide for Listen Technologies, Cory Schaeffer, Betsy Jaffe, director of Public Relations at InfoComm International, and Tim Albright, host of InfoComm Today.
InfoComm International is a trade association that represents the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. From offices around the world, InfoComm serves its members and the industry through education, resources, and a wide variety of events. AV Week, which Westminster has participated in for a number of years, highlights the prevalence and value of the certified professionals, the career opportunities, and the advancements of a vibrant $75 billion AV industry.
Jaffe informed podcast listeners that this week long celebration was originally started by Ernie Bailey who is a Technical Manager at the University of Arkansas Medical School.
"AV Week started at InfoComm to help build awareness of the Audio Visual Industry among the public," said Schaeffer. Her company is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and says that their main focus is to get people excited, and attract new people to the work that is done in the Audio Visual Industry. She stresses the idea that "educated consumers are good consumers," which directly correlates with what AV Week is about.
Jaffe, Schaeffer and Moorhead all emphasized the need for industries to branch out to their communities and political leaders in order to make this celebration a huge success. Collaboration is a main focus with this kind of event and through communicating with others AV professionals can educate the public and thank those who have made this industry a huge success.
"One thing I love about AV Week is it really showcases how charitable the industry actually is," said Jaffe. "That to me is very important for us. We don't get to see that a lot because a lot of the time...we're all at trade shows and seeing each other off site. But seeing how involved our members are in their local communities is very heartening and we know that the industry is really making a difference in people's lives every day."
Schaeffer at Listen Technologies held tours of KSL Radio and Television studios and at the Adobe building, had fun with an AV version of Jeopardy, and also had hearing screenings for members of the community as part of their AV Week Celebration.
Jaffe spoke of a national radio interview featuring the Executive Director of InfoComm, David Labuskes, and a collaboration conference held in New York for experts to discuss the issues with conferencing.
Moorhead related that Westminster College celebrated AV Week with a special Titan Terror Tailgate, Titan Terror Showcase, Panasonic Lamp free Projector and Crestron AirMedia presentation, 3D Printing and Scanning demonstration, MondoPad and DisplayNote presentation and another E-Recycling Drive. "We really like to highlight how technology influences education," Moorhead added.
"Participating in a podcast with such an impressive group of professionals was certainly a rare and meaningful experience," said Moorhead, who hails from Butler, PA. "AV Week is such a marvelous event, and it's great to see that Westminster's part in the celebration is getting attention outside of the bubble."
Listen to the podcast in it's entirety here.
2014 will mark InfoComm's 75th anniversary, and plans are already underway to make the celebration bigger and better than ever, possibly spreading the events throughout the entire month of October.
For more information on AV Week, or how to participate with Westminster College's AV Week events, please contact AV Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (724) 946-7188.
Contributed by Savanna Adams, AV Assistant Public Relations Manager.