AV Week, is an international celebration of the entire AV industry. The AV trade association InfoComm International and its members sponsor workshops, presentations, career fairs and other events around the globe to spotlight this industry and recognize the AV professionals who manufacture, design, educate and install AV technology. Once best known for overhead and slide projectors, the audio-visual industry now provides critical support to the business community, educational institutions, government, healthcare organizations, retail outlets, sporting events, entertainment venues, museums, houses of worship, and an increasingly sophisticated residential market. According to InfoComm International, despite current economic trends, the $85 billion worldwide audiovisual industry is strong, as the demand for AV products and services is driven by the value it provides. It has survived 11 recessions throughout history, and continues to grow and innovate. From the classroom, to the boardroom, to a family room near you, audio-visual communications changes the way we view and hear the world. Every day, around the world, audio-visual communication uses the power of sight and sound to educate, entertain, inspire and motivate people! We participate each year here at Westminster College to applaud our colleagues both here and around the globe, spotlighting AV technologies, services, and the impact they have on everyday communications and our lives.
The 2010 celebration initiated even more customs and successfully highlighted the fun and educational uses of AV technology. AV Week 2010 received official public proclamations from Governor Edward Rendell, Lawrence County Commissioners Steve Craig, Dan Vogler, and Richard L. DeBlasio, New Wilmington Mayor Wendell B. Wagner, and President Richard Dorman.
The 2010 theme centered around a responsible, less-paper dependent lifestyle, featuring presentations on eliminating much of the paper from our lives, while facilitating organization and communication. AV technology has made it possible to conduct everyday, cost-efficient organization with greatly reduced use or waste of paper.
If you have questions on how you can be a part of an AV Week event, please contact A.V. Services.
2010 AV WEEK News
- Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell lends his support for the AV Week Celebration
- New Wilmington Mayor Wendell B. Wagner and Westminster College President Richard Dorman sign special proclamations
- Lawrence County Commisioners Steve Craig, Dan Vogler, and Richard L. DeBlasio Proclaim AV WEEK in Lawrence County
- Project Green AV Website features Westminster Audio Visual
- InfoComm lauds Westminster College AV Week lineup
Each day of AV Week had something special. We had notable guest speakers, provided tours of our facilities and technology museum, offered consumer product and market information, provided marvelous giveaways and prizes, led timely demonstrations, training sessions...and more!
Survival of the Fittest: The AV Industry's 11-Recession Survival Streak
Don Rosenberger, President of Dobil Laboratories, Inc., a full-service audiovisual systems integrator, based in Pittsburgh, PA, joined the AV Week slate to discuss how businesses survive a recession, in particular, how the AV industry has flourished through 11 of them. Business students and faculty alike were in attendance.
PNC Virtual Wallet Presentation
Converting to a less-paper dependent lifestyle is made easy by use of such online banking programs as PNC's Virtual Wallet. Rhonda Mill, of the Moraine Point Plaza branch, presented on the user-friendly applications for varying lifestyles.
The Titan Terror Project
The attendance of the Titan Terror Project Showcase was record-breaking. Over 130 students and faculty packed into Mueller Theater to witness the talent and creativity of the top 12 entries. Using handheld instant response clicker technology from Turning Technologies, those in attendance voted "Independent" as the first-ever Titan Terror Project Audience Choice. "Red Light" was selected as the runner up, and "Independent" walked away with the first-ever Titan Terror Project Grand Prize! Winners walked away with a variety of prizes from a new iPod Shuffle to gift cards for Elephant & Castle, The Crane Room, The Springfield Restaurant Group and iTunes, in all totaling to over $300. Check out all the entries now online here. You can also read and see more on the Titan Terror Project at the following links:
- Thriller Spoof of Greek Culture on Campus Wins 2010 Titan Terror Project
- Titan Terror Project Winners Announced
- FACEBOOK buzzes with Titan Terror Project
"Are You Smarter Than a First Year?" Game Show
The "Are You Smarter Than a First-Year?" game show interacted the faculty and students in the audience with the six professors and first-year students, by use of the handheld instant response clicker technology from Turning Technologies, and proved to be fun for all. Dr. Patrick Krantz, Erin Smith, and Dr. Bradley Weaver battled Maureen White, Tricia Johnston and Hannah Shaffer in trivia based on first-year knowledge. Both the Faculty Grand Prize Winner, Erin Smith, and the Student Grand Prize Winner Tricia Johnston, were rewarded for the most points overall. The game show was followed by a short panel discussion by teachers testing the clickers in their classes about their functionality for education.
The Apple, Inc. iPad and Education
Another technology useful in enhancing education, Apple's iPad, was demonstrated by Dr. Keith Corso. Its applications for communication, organization, K-12 and higher education, and teaching tools have been implemented by many businesses and institutions.
Document Camera Showcase
Area educators and students were provided the opportunity to evaluate different document cameras at the first ever Document Camera Showcase. SmartTech, Samsung, and WolfVision all provided demo units free of charge for the showcase. Andy Borts, Instructional Media Technician & Broadcast Events Manager and event coordinator, came up with the idea to help K-12 educators be more aware of what new technologies are available and what prices are associated with them. Read more on this event here.
11th Annual "Gently Used" Equipment Hand-Off Drive
This year marked the 11th annual Gently-Used Equipment Hand-Off. AV Services identified a number of used equipment items that no longer serve a purpose or meet a current standard established by the college, but still have useful years of life left. Through the annual Hand Off, our hope is that these items might continue to provide educational support in a new home, particularly local educational institutions. Over 100 schools and non-profit organizations have benefitted from this program. Details on this program can be found here.
The AV Service and Support Award
The AV Service and Support Award, open to all qualifying Westminster College alumni, is presented annually during each year's AV Week celebration. Todd Hervey, a 1994 Westminster College graduate and award-winning special projects director/editor at Fuel Creative, Inc, was selected from a large pool of nominees for 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. You can read more about Mr. Hervey here. Details on the award, past winners, and nomination forms are available here.
3rd Annual E-Recycling Drive
In conjunction with "Make a Difference Day" and our own departmental effort to "think green", AV Services hosted our 3rd E-Recycling Drive at Westminster College, with the help of A Greenspan, an innovative computer and electronic recycling company. To date, over 11,000 pounds of outdated technology has been recycled at Westminster, diverting it from landfills where various toxic substances can quickly breakdown and leak into our food and drinking water. You can read more about this program here.
A huge thanks goes out to the many individuals and organizations that helped make the 2010 AV WEEK celebration one of the best to date. The fantastic presenters, the dynamic game show participants, the dedicated response clicker testers, all of the Titan Terror Project Entry teams, the Titan Terror Project judges, the event sponsors, the very involved alumni, the amazing AV staff, and everyone who attended, helped promote, assisted, and/or donated over the week deserve recognition.