SU System events to promote healthy, productive environment - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
University and A&M College will host Sustainability Week, April
22-26, 2013, "Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Where Blue and Gold
Meets Green." The SU System president, a top Toyota executive, and
others will join faculty, staff, and students from the Southern
University System, for this educational event.
is a field of study where all disciplines collaborate and partner to
find solutions to the national and international problems that face our
environment, economy, and society today and tomorrow," said Francesca
Mellieon-Williams, Ph.D., project director, SU Office of Research and
The week-long SU System observance will
include daily campus-wide sustainability activities led by student
groups, an evening of student showcase and demonstration, a day for
student research competition, and professional development and
recognition for faculty and staff.
"Student led sustainability
activities will encourage the campuses to be more conscious of their
actions and adopt more sustainable practices whether it is with energy
use, food, water, transportation, or waste," said Mellieon-Williams.
first guest speaker on Tuesday, April 23, is Kesavalu M. Bagawandoss,
Ph.D., J.D., corporate technical director, Accutest Laboratories. He
will discuss different opportunities for cleaner fuel. Also on Tuesday,
students from various departments will showcase the practical
application of the concepts learned in the classroom.
research is the focus of Wednesday's activities, April 24, including the
Research Poster Competition, workshops, and presentations. Students
from the Southern University System's campuses submitted abstracts that
were reviewed by an outside panel. More than 60 abstracts will compete
in five categories (health and biomedical sciences; advanced materials
and nanotechnology; energy, ecology, and the environment; understanding
human behavior, institutions, and cultures; and business, commerce and
workforce development, cyber infrastructure, and collaborative
environments. SU System President Ronald Mason Jr. will give remarks and
make presentations to the SU System winners.
On Thursday and
Friday, April 25, 26, faculty and staff will engage in professional
development sessions. The facilitators for these sessions are the
National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science
Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, each of the
System's campuses will recognize their outstanding faculty and staff at
an invitation-only Research and Academic Achievement Awards Program.
James Colon, vice president of Toyota Product Communications, will serve
as the guest speaker at the awards ceremony to honor faculty and staff
for their research and academic achievements.
SU System Sustainability Week information including the schedule and participants is available here.
For more event information, contact:
225-771-3890 ext 204