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SU Showcase 2011 offers wide variety of events

April 20, 2011

Will Wallak
(315) 443-5887

A full schedule of fun and interactive programs is slated for SU Showcase 2011 “Sustainability for a Livable Future” on May 2 in the Schine Student Center. Both the campus community and the general public are invited to explore the various attractions geared toward sustainability novices and gurus alike.

showcaseDave Eichorn, meteorologist and current SUNY-ESF environmental studies graduate student, will kick off things with a morning “teach-in” on climate change. The “green museum” will follow, running throughout the day, and feature an expo of student work by Showcase Fellows and student-produced exhibits on the “Anthropocene Era” and “Visions for a Sustainable Future,” among many other exhibits. SU Showcase will conclude with an evening program on creative, visual approaches to understanding global warming.

A sustainable dinner, concert and films is just a sampling of the pre-SU Showcase events set for the week leading up to the big day. The weeklong schedule will begin on Monday, April 25, with a sustainable dinner to be served up in all SU dining halls. Each day for the rest of the week other sustainability-related events will be held to raise the campus’s environmental awareness and generate excitement for the May 2 Showcase main event.

The full SU Showcase schedule of events running from April 25–May 2 is:

April 25
Sustainable Dinner
All SU dining halls
A special menu of locally sourced foods presented by SU Food Services.

April 26
7 p.m. • “Crude” film screening
Life Sciences Complex, Room 105

April 27
7:30 p.m. • Big Tree concert
Jabberwocky Café, Schine Student Center, free general admission.
Big Tree is a pop band for naturalists whose sound taps into organic folk, greasy blues, ambient rock and modal jazz.

April 28
7 p.m. • “Plastic Planet” film screening
Life Sciences Complex, Room 105

April 28-May 4
Art for a Livable Future
Menschel Gallery, third floor, Schine Student Center.
Photography and multimedia art by SU and SUNY-ESF students, faculty and staff.

Monday, May 2
SU Showcase “Sustainability for a Livable Future”
Schine Student Center

  • 8 a.m.
    Climate Change in Our Own Backyard, and the Effect of Arctic Warming
    Presenter: Dave Eichorn, meteorologist
    Schine 304. Buffet breakfast provided.
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    SU Showcase Green Museum
    Schine Student Center Atrium and Panasci Lounge on third floor; Syracuse Center of Excellence
    • Showcase Fellows exhibits on Energy, Lifestyles, Stuff, Sustenance and Infrastructure themes
    • Timeline of “The Anthropocene Era,” tracing human impacts on global ecosystems
    • All day: Interactive exhibits, games, prototypes, posters and 3-D displays
    • All day: First annual Syracuse Sustainability Video Exhibition

Special events

  • 10 a.m. • Tour of Sustainable SU
    Visit the Syracuse Center of Excellence building, 207 E. Washington St., and other sites of interest
  • 11 a.m. • “Voices in the Wind”
    A puppet production by students from SU and Van Duyn Elementary School in Syracuse, under the direction of Geoffrey Navias of Open Hand Theater.
  • Noon-2 p.m. • “Kill a Watt”
    Engineering students will measure the energy drain from your portable devices.
  • 1 p.m. • Fashion Show
    Recycled and up-cycled fashions by students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • 2 p.m. • Tour of Sustainable SU
    Visit the Syracuse Center of Excellence building, 207 E. Washington St., and other sites of interest.
  • 2-4 p.m. • Presentations of student research and designs
  • 4 p.m. • Fashion Show
    Recycled and up-cycled fashions by students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Atrium Market
    Schine Atrium
    Local produce and products including cheeses, baked goods, jewelry, pottery, lotions and garden supplies will be available for purchase.
  • All day
    Schine Dining Food Court
    Featured local and sustainable foods will be available for purchase.
  • 6 p.m.
    “The Politics of Environmentalism” presented by Democracy Matters
    Schine 304
  • 8 p.m.
    Visualizing Climate Change
    “Mapping the Threat of Sea Level Rise” by Mark Monmonier, SU Geography
    “The Canary Project: Art and Media that Deepen Public Understanding of Climate Change” by Susannah Sayler and Ed Morris, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Some SU Showcase events and times are still being finalized and other events may be added. For the latest updates and additional details on all scheduled events, visit the SU Showcase website at http://sushowcase.syr.edu.

There are still a limited number of opportunities to participate in SU Showcase, and more event volunteers are needed to help run the day’s activities. For more information visit http://sushowcase.syr.edu/Registration_2011.html.

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