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Earth Fest encourages clean environment
Contact: Gail Fagan 381-2741
Posted: 04/23/2003
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Earth Fest, held April 22 at The University of Texas-Pan American, showcased some of the many ways to keep our environment safe and clean.

Students, faculty and staff browsed tables featuring environmental friendly products, such as low-flow showerheads, compact fluorescent light bulbs and pencils and rulers made from recycled materials. The Pre-dental Society handed out composting buckets and sold fruit cups as a fund raiser.

Irma Degollado, a UTPA freshman, and other Pre-dental Society members hand out composting buckets and items made of recycled materials during Earth Fest held April 22 on the UTPA campus.
Samples of organic produce including mangos, oranges, apples and red potatoes provided by Mission based South Tex Organics were also available to Earth Fest attendees.

Jessica Rodriguez, a senior biology major and secretary of the Environmental Awareness Club, one of the event's sponsors, handed out native plants in exchange for environmental pledges by participants.

"The most common pledge is to recycle but we also got ones pledging to save energy, to save water and to walk instead of driving to places," Rodriguez said.

Activities during the event included a performance by the South Texas Indian Dancers and a Bob Davis karate show.

Members of the South Texas Indian Dancers group perform a traditional dance during Earth Fest held April 22 on The University of Texas-Pan American campus.
Kelly Hobbs, a political science major and president of the Environmental Awareness Club, said their group was just recently organized and hoped the fest would help build membership.

Kathryn Dodd, a UTPA lecturer in biology, is faculty advisor for the group.

"The goal of the club is to create awareness about environmental issues and provide a means for students to find out what they are interested in be it locally or nationally in regard to the environment," said Hobbs.

Other sponsors of the event included the Pre-medical Society; Pre-dental Society; Bacchus and Gamma; Sigma Lambda Gamma; and Silver Tongue Orators Society.

For information on the Environmental Awareness Club, contact Kelly Hobbs at 956/874-3883 or khobbs@panam.edu

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