USC’s Earth Week kicks off Monday

first_imgExpectations were high for this year’s Earth Week, which kicks off Monday, but organizers at USC say they lacked the resources and support to hold an event of the magnitude they had hoped.This is only the second year USC has celebrated Earth Week as an organized event, but, nationwide, the awareness week is in its 40th year.Sustainability Program Manager Matthew Oden said many people had high hopes for USC’s Earth Week this year, but it did not come together as planned.“We do realize that there were a lot of expectations from the community, given that this year marks Earth Week’s 40-year anniversary, but right now we don’t have a lot or resources or manpower to make very extensive efforts,” Oden said.Because there is no staff or budget for Earth Week, Oden said it was difficult to coordinate the event. At this point, there is no complete schedule of events, and organizers are not sure if there are events every day.Some events, however, have been coordinated, through the efforts of student groups, including USC’s Net Impact Environmental Business Club and California Public Interest Research Group. The groups have arranged to have vendors on Trousdale Parkway selling eco-friendly products Thursday — including compact fluorescent lightbulbs and canvas bags — and are hosting a guest speaker and a flash mob.The green flash mob, organized by CalPIRG, will take place at Tommy Trojan on Tuesday and feature dozens of students wearing green and blue shirts lying down in the shape of the earth, along with one student dressed as a smokestack to symbolize the harmful effect of pollution on the planet.Guest speaker Dick Lowry of Blue Oak Energy will come to campus Wednesday to discuss the effectiveness of solar energy in the battle against global warming. Lowry, a USC alumnus and director of business development at Blue Oak Energy, will also talk about his company’s approach to alternative energy.Kathryn Jacobsen-Majer, a sophomore majoring in political science and the incoming director of operations for USC Net Impact, said she hopes these events will encourage students to think more about sustainability and the environment.“Our main goal here is awareness,” she said. “There’s so much we can be doing, both to make this a bigger event at USC and to promote alternative energy. We need to mobilize to get people more interested and involved.”Net Impact, a global student organization that promotes sustainable non-profit business practices, is currently aiming to get at least 1,000 signatures on a petition to bring more alternative energy to USC, add more recycling units and LEED certify all buildings.The event will also feature an Eco-Fair, coordinated by Alan Kita, the budget/business analyst for USC TRIO Programs. Kita said, next year, USC hopes to collaborate with organizations that currently employ unsustainable practices to demonstrate the process of becoming an eco-friendly business. For now, however, USC’s Earth Week has limited resources and is unable to make such extensive efforts.“This year, we’re just happy to have people come out and enjoy themselves, and maybe come away from the Earth Week events with a little more consciousness about the environmental impact of what they do, buy and wear,” Kita said.Groups such as USC Net Impact and CalPIRG hope that the 2010 Earth Week events will pique student interest and get more people involved so Earth Week at USC can become a more comprehensive event in the future.“I think Earth Week is just another event for most people,” said Stephanie Ashley, a freshman majoring in earth sciences and creative writing. “But the environment is something that we’re affecting all the time; we should all learn more about how to protect it.”Richard Wei, a volunteer student coordinator for Earth Week, agreed.“Like a New Year’s resolution, environmental sustainability is about more than just a day or even a week,” he said. “We want Earth Week to encourage people to think about the planet in everything they do.”last_img read more

The awards were a plenty at the Wellington High School Class Night

first_imgTop 10 percent – Payton Baker, Connor Church, Parker Daugherty, Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Chayse Easterly, Madison Foster, Shelby Hamel, Avery Lewellen, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith, Houston Sober, Holly Wright.Top 10 percent of Class of 2014 Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award – Jaedyn Ledesma. K-State Scholarship Award – Chance Hain  and Andrew Horn. Louis Armstrong Jazz Award – Tristton Tracy.  John Philip Sousa Award – Chayse Easterly. Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award – Michelle Diver and Houston Sober. Butler Community College – Queen Barnes, Mollie Beggs, Haley Horning. Kansas Scholars Curriculum Completers (ACT scores and GPA combination) – Ben DeJarnett, Katie Rosenthal, Holly Wright. Topeka Capital Journal – all-state academic honorable mention – Gracie Defore. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Wellington High School Class Night was held at the gymnasium on Thursday evening. The following are award presented at the ceremony.Kansas Board of Regents Scholarship – Payton Baker, Connor Church, Parker Daugherty, Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Juden DeJarnett, Chayse Easterly, Madison Foster, Shelby Hamel, Dalton Holt, Adam Hradil, Jerrod Huck, Jaedyn Ledesma, Avery Lewellen, Alexander Mashburn, Abigail McComb, Josef Ramirez, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith, Houston Sober, Sylan Stephens, Brooke Tracy, Tristton Tracy, Holly Wright.Kansas Regent Scholar winners.John Sturgis Family Student Council Scholarship — Avery Lewellen. Wellington.cc computer recipients — Baylee Greenhaigh, Joseph Ramirez, Chance Hain, Andrew Horn, Houston Sober, Jaedyn Ledesma, Michelle Diver, Ben DeJarnett, Gracie Defore, Carlie McComb, Holly Wright, Connor Burden, Chayse Easterly.National Honor Society award – Gracie Defore. PEO Scholarship – Katie Rosenthal.Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative – Holly Wright, Connor Church, Molly Beggs, Dalton Holt, Andrew Peck, Tyson Hodson.Student Council Scholarship Award – Avery Lewellen.U.S. Marine awards – Semper Fidelis – Sabrena Dodds. Scholastic Excellence award – Chayse Easterly. Distinguished Athlete – Jaedyn Ledesma.Darius Jones receive $80,000 scholarship.U.S. Navy award – Darious Jones. Recognition of Valedictorian – Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Holly Wright. Class of 2014 Valedictorians.Turn the program over to the Senior Class President – Senior Class President – Jaedyn Ledesma. Junior Class President – Kindyl Krueger.WHS Grads sign.Follow us on Twitter. Carlie McComb performed guitar solo “So Long, Farewell.” Cowley College Scholarships were given to several students. KWCH-TV Channel 12 Top of the Class – Holly Wright. Kansas Star Scholarship award was given to several students.Kansas Star Award Recipients. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down CJH · 325 weeks ago Why no names for the Cowley County ones???? Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 30th Annual Governor’s Scholars Award – Ben DeJarnett and Holly Wright.last_img read more