Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2011

SU Hosting High School Students, Watershed Cleanup April 1-2

As part of the Texas Water Symposium series, Schreiner University is hosting two community events April 1-2.

On Friday, April 1 from 12-3 p.m. local high school students are invited to come on campus and learn about the different aspects of water usage and the effects we are having on our water supply.

Hands on stations in the Moody Science Lab and Quinlan Creek will engage students as they participate in various activities.

Topics that will be covered include: nutrients, irrigation, climate change and many others.
 
Biology TEKS objectives will be incorporated into each station. Groups or individuals need to contact Dr. Chris Distel, assistant professor of biology, at cadistel@schreiner.edu for more information and with the number of students attending.

On Saturday, April 2 Schreiner University’s Volunteer Program, Upper Guadalupe River Authority, Kerr County Environmental Health Department and Scrape Solutions of Kerrville, are hosting a Watershed Cleanup Day to eliminate illegal waste plaguing Kerr County’s watershed. The watershed that will be cleaned is one of the dirtiest spots in our county. It is the seasonal creek bed of Nichols creek. This creek bed feeds straight into the Guadalupe River, between Kerrville and Ingram. Volunteers will gather—rain or shine—to remove harmful material from this creek bed. Removing such material will help rid groundwater of dangerous pollutants, strengthening the surrounding environment and reducing the need for local governments to spend unnecessary tax dollars on cleanup that can easily be taken care of by concerned volunteers of Kerr County. A pile of trash is not an attractive sight, but trash can do worse than spoil the natural beauty of a place. Pollutants leaching from trash can enter your drinking water. If you would like to volunteer for this essential community effort to protect our watershed system, please contact Elizabeth Loggie, associate director of volunteer programs at Schreiner University, at 830-792-7211 or e-mail her at ehloggie@schreiner.edu.

Both of these events coincide with the Texas Water Symposium being held on the Schreiner campus March 31, to bring focus to the environmental needs in our community and how education in action can improve and change our natural resources. The symposium is free and open to the public. The hour-long program begins at 7:00 pm, followed by discussion time with Q&A. The events are recorded and aired on Texas Public Radio one week later. The Texas Water Symposium series is co-sponsored by Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance.

For more information about the series, check the Web at www.schreiner.edu/water, www.hillcountryalliance.org or contact Dr. Tom Arsuffi at 325-446-2301 or tom.arsuffi@ttu.edu; or Amy Armstrong at 830-792-7405 or anarmstrong@schreiner.edu.

To have an e-mail reminder sent to you prior to an event please visit our CAMPUS CALENDAR.  Just click on the event you are interested in and choose the option "set reminder" on the detail page.
 
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