Westminster College's Audio Visual Department again joined InfoComm International in its AV Week tradition to highlight the prevalence and value of the certified professionals, the career opportunities, and the advancements of a vibrant $75 billion AV industry. We applaud our colleagues here and around the globe, spotlighting AV technologies, services, and the impact they have on everyday communications and our lives.
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2011 Westminster College AV WEEK Recap
Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor of computer science and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Katie Gray, Americorps Pennsylvania Campus Compact Volunteer in Service to America in the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, explained the project and demonstrated the robotices programming used for the project in Westminster's Mueller Theater
The grand prize winner was Westminster undergrad, Joe Ligo and Ambassador Films Crew (Kyle Grabigel, Andrea Tice, Richard Ligo, Brad Weaver, Eric Forester, Robert Mara) for the production of their film, "Interrupted".
The runner-up and audience choice winner, Ryan Boosel and Joy Cycle Entertainment Crew (Jess Walsh, Steve Kudelko, Kim Herman, Mark McPheron, Katie Thorn, Ethan Rochow, Nelson Boosel), were rewarded for their film, "Knock Knock". Boosel is from New Wilmington, Pa. and attends Point Park University.
The top 10 videos can be seen by clicking here, and the nearly 40 entrants can be reviewed here.
Web Services Coordinator Jonathan Smith, Web Developer Bill Quigley and AV Services Director Gary Swanson unveiled a dynamic new campus-wide marketing tool that will make it dramatically easier for departments and student organizations to target their announcements in a timely and cost effective manner.
This event demonstrated and discussed Apple's iPad device and featured a trial program currently underway in eight area public schools. Apple Higher Education Representative Megan Rosati discussed iPad educational initiatives occurring nationally and Pennsylvania Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Coordinator, Justi Glaros presented the iPad trial program that she has spearheaded locally with eight school districts in Lawrence and Mercer Counties. New Castle Kindergarten Teacher Chris Ferry joined the presentation live via "Facetime" from his classroom, showcasing how his particular students have gravitated to the devices, and candidly sharing his own experiences with the program.
This device, simply called a Tricaster, can be set up in a matter of minutes and includes multiple camera and playback connections, internal DVR decks, high-end graphics, special effects and virtual sets wowed the capacity crowd. Jim Davis from DVS Direct demonstrated this compact, portable system, illustrating how it has become the industry standard in portable live television production for major networks and small production houses.
Lectures, presentations, special events, training, alum relations video communications and other events can be recorded easily so that they can be "automagically" formatted and redistributed through sophisticated yet easy to use software applications. John Caswell from Mediasite provided a broad overview of the exciting opportunities these applications present and showcased how they are revolutionizing education for small and large campuses nationwide.
Friday morning, 6 winning names were selected from the local schools and non-profits that had entered the drawing. Tara Hershey, an excited Jeanette Middle School teacher and a 2010 Westminster graduate who was one of the winners selected said, "It will have an immediate benefit for our school district," Another winner, Deacon Tim Wren, Director of the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Center, agreed. "We are just extremely grateful for this gift. We want to thank the college and AV Services for having this program, and helping us and those who use our services." Over 100 schools and non-profit organizations have benefitted from this program. Details on the program and entering in future drawings can be found here.
The Westminster College Preschool in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and the Yerang Preschool in Korea are learning together this fall through a unique collaborative project spearheaded by Westminster preschool teachers Diana Reed and Deborah Roud, and Westminster Education Professor SoYoung Kang. Assistance is also provided by various members of the Audio Visual staff. Reed, Roud and Kang collectively presented on how the project was developed and has progressed, providing background on the two schools and the early obstacles they have overcome. The audience was treated to video segments shot by the Westminster preschool students and a video tour of a day at Westminster's preschool, all of which are being shared with the Korean children.
The presentation, "Digital Photography Seminar: Myths and Misconceptions" took place in the AV classroom and was directed at amateur photographers seeking to improve their image capture. Sweeny is a member of the prestigious Professional Photographers of America, and a member of the chamber of commerce for both New Wilmington and Grove City. He led a very informative session on lighting techniques, getting the most out of your camera, and overcoming common problems.
Dr. Darwin Huey, a 1974 Westminster College graduate has earned the 2011 Service and Support Award from Westminster's Audio Visual Services.
Each award winner is selected by a panel of judges 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
- Exemplifying excellence and integrity in workplace relationships, interactions, and decision making
Details on the award, past winners, and how to nominate someone for the 2012 award are available here.
Saturday, October 29th, AV Services held their bi-annual Electronic Recycling Drive as rain mixed with snow fell across the area. An event record of 11,000 pounds of appliances, computers, televisions and more were collected to be recycled safely by A Greenspan, Inc. To date, over 32,000 pounds have been responsibly recycled through these drives, diverting it from landfills where various toxic substances can quickly breakdown and leak into our food and drinking water. You can read more about AV's last E-Recycling Drive here, and check out our GREEN AV intiatives here.
Please support these fine sponsors who have helped to make the 2011 Westminster College AV Week celebration possible:
|South Beach Tanning||Westminster College Preschool|
|wcn247.com||Pennsylvania Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV|
|WCN & Titan Radio||Drinko Center|
|Attorney Frank Matune: 724-704-0430||Apple|
|Crane Room Grille||DVS Direct|
|Westminster College Bookstore||sonicfoundry/Mediasite|
|Sweeny Photography||Westminster College Information Systems|
|Sodexo||Westminster Celebrity Series|
|PNC Bank||HIP Printing and Copies: 724-453-0620|
|Gorilla Joe Printing Company||Shenango Valley Cinema|