Homecoming Meets Make a Difference Day:
Renewable Energy Shines in Three Events
for immediate release Oct. 22, 1997RECEPTION/AWARDS: Abilene Christian University's Industrial Technology Department will present West Texas Utilities with a plaque in appreciation of their donation of an electric-powered van for student study and use during a brief awards ceremony Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Living Room of the Campus Center. WTU president Floyd Nickerson and corporate communications officer Dub Wellborn will accept the honor. Outstanding alumni awards and a scholarship will also be given at this time.
PARADE: The E-VAN as well as a human-powered vehicle built by students will be in the Homecoming Parade Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The parade travels around campus on East North 16th and Campus Court.
OPEN HOUSE: Come see computer-aided drafting; the two vehicles up close; and the photovoltaic (solar) panels generating electricity on the roof of the Industrial Technology Building (north of Moody Coliseum); and more during an open house Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This is a great place for alumni, prospective and current students, faculty, staff and the public to witness hands-on learning, current technology and people making a difference in the environment by using renewable energy.
DETAILS: "About 15 students have put 20 miles each on the E-VAN this semester. Students in the three courses of the 'energy and power sequence' are maintaining it, studying the systems that make it work, and heightening awareness of this non-polluting form of transportation by talking to people they see driving around town. The department's solar panels are actually generating more energy than the van uses! The research this department does focuses on application, making things work - not just studying something, but doing it. Students are seeing how electric vehicles fit into everyday life by running it to United and Wal-Mart," said Dr. Jim Cooke, chair of the Department of Industrial Technology. (The 1993 electric Dodge Caravan was worth $125,000 when new.)
CONTACT: Jim Cooke at 674-2102 or on site.
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