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PSU begins Earth Week celebration on April 15

April 13, 2010 12:00AM

The Pittsburg State University campus will begin its Earth Week observances with a Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce coffee at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, at PSU's Nature Reach on the third floor of Heckert-Wells Hall.

Nature Reach, part of the Biology Department's Life Science Education Program, is celebrating its 25th anniversary program this year and is involved in many of this year's Earth Week activities.

Tuesday, April 20

The Earth Week events continue on Tuesday, April 20, when the university will host a free screening of "Dirt! The Movie" on the Jungletron in Carnie Smith Stadium. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, "DIRT! The Movie" brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact of soil. Gates open at 6 p.m. Participants can bring snacks, but food and drink will not be allowed on the field. PSU Students bring with a valid ID may enter for a chance to win a prize valued at $300.  In case of rain, the movie will be shown in Grubbs 109.

Wednesday, April 21

At noon on Wednesday, April 21, students are invited to bring their lunch to the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center where Nature Reach Director Delia Lister will give a demonstration with live raptors and birds of prey.

At 3 p.m. on that day, there will be a video presentation in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom from the Society for College and University Planning: Sustainability Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities.

Thursday, April 22nd
April 22nd is Earth Day, when students and staff may show their support by purchasing and wearing a limited edition 2010 PSU Earth Day organic cotton t-shirt, available in the Nature Reach Office or at tables in the Overman Student Center and on the Oval.

April 22 is also PSU Science Day, when more than 450 high school students will be on campus for academic science competitions.

Saturday, April 24

The third annual Bike Ride for Nature Reach will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Gorilla Village. Registration for the 12-mile ride is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Nature Reach Program. At a rest stop along the course, riders can view raptors in their own enclosures and have a healthy snack.

Throughout the week

The PSU SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) chapter has arranged for additional recycling bins to be installed in many buildings and classrooms on campus. Students caught recycling by SIFE members will win a prize.

From April 15-April 24, Sodexo Food Services is offering $.25 refills to individuals that bring their own mug to fill up. They will also start the "Green with Envy" Reusable Container Program through which diners may purchase a reusable plate. Sodexo will also be offering locally grown & raised products throughout the week across campus and will be discounting stainless steel refillable bottles with free refill cards.
During the month of April all of the coins thrown in the fountain at Meadowbrook Mall will go to Nature Reach.
PSU Earth Week 2010 is sponsored by University Committee for Energy and Resource Conservation , Nature Reach, Students in Free Enterprise, International Student Association, Pittsburg Meadowbrook Mall, Wheat State Pizza, Tailwind Cyclists, Broadway Animal Hospital, Green Gorillas, Commerce Bank, Office of Campus Activities, and Sodexho Food Services.

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