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Students share podcasts about Westminster's red-shouldered hawks

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Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

Westminster College students enrolled in the unique cluster course BirdTok are sharing a series of podcasts about the red-shouldered hawks currently on campus. The BirdTok cluster class combines the biology of birding with digital media essentials, allowing students to explore the intersection between nature and technology. BirdTok gives students the opportunity to learn about the different species of birds found on campus while developing skills in digital media production.

The podcast series is a product of this innovative approach, allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to create educational content about red-shouldered hawks currently residing on campus.

Student podcasters include:

Group 1 (listen HERE):
•    Saige Heigel, a junior strategic communication and social media major from Kersey, Pa.
•    Ashlyn Lang, a senior environmental studies major from Sewickley, Pa.
•    Jordan Zupko, a senior sports management and marketing and professional sales major from Mineral Ridge, Ohio
•    Noah Sofrann, a junior accounting major from Pittsburgh

Group 2 (listen HERE):
•    Paige Williams, a senior accounting major from Butler, Pa.
•    Nate Kacey, a senior environmental science major from Pittsburgh
•    Malia Duffy, a junior accounting major from Allison Park, Pa.

Group 3 (listen HERE):
•    Dan Horgan, a senior creative media production major from Glenshaw, Pa.
•    Connor Dale, a senior sports management and marketing and professional sales major from Fairfax, Va.
•    Kaylee Madey, a junior accounting major from Emsworth, Pa.

Group 4 (listen HERE):
•    Patrick Ekeu, a junior computer science major from Temple Hills, Md.
•    Olivia Herman, a senior biochemistry major from Hamburg, N.Y.
•    Payton Waight, a junior marketing and professional sales major from Ithaca, N.Y.
•    Kendra Granchi, a junior psychology and business administration major from Geneva, Ohio

"Through the collaboration of these four groups of students, the podcast series highlights the importance of conservation and safety and showcases the benefits of interdisciplinary education," said Bradley Weaver, lectuer in the School of Communication. "BirdTok is an excellent example of how Westminster College is leading the way in providing innovative and engaging educational experiences for students."