University of the Ozarks will celebrate Earth Week 2011 with a series of events that offer a wide variety of fun activities that raise awareness of environmental issues.
The events begin on Sunday, April 17, when Planet Club and PBL will co-host a clean-up of Clarksville’s local hiking trail, Spadra Trail. The cleanup starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 1 p.m.
On Monday, Dr. Doug Jeffries will conduct a symbolic "tree planting" at noon. Later that afternoon, there will be a tie-dye workshop on the campus mall, co-hosted by the Planet Club and the Ozarks Alchemists. Participants need to bring a white T-shirt to this event, but all other materials needed will be provided.
At 7 p.m. on Monday night, Amnesty International and Planet Club will co-host a showing of the movie “A Crude Awakening” in Baldor Auditorium.
Tuesday’s events kick off with the annual Earth Day chapel service in Munger Chapel at 11 a.m. Ozarks Director of Outdoors and Environmental Experience, Jamie Lewis Hedges, will be the featured speaker during chapel. At 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, the Robson Library staff, Planet Club and Ozarks Alchemists will co-host the movie “Gasland” as part of the university’s monthly “Mindfulness Series.” The film will be shown in the Library’s Trustees Boardroom.
Bring your appetite on Wednesday for the “Eco-Friendly picnic,” which will be held on the campus mall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All eating implements are made from bio-degradable materials. There will be live music, and during the picnic, the winners of the Earth Day essay competition will be announced.
Entries in the Recycled Art contest, co-sponsored by Planet Club and SIFE, will be exhibited in the lower level of the Seay Student Center from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Entries in SCM Studio’s “Photography Face-Off” will also be on display in the lobby overlooking the TV studio on the 2nd floor of Walker Hall.
Capping off the week, Planet Club and Ozark Otakus will co-host a showing of “Princess Mononoke,” the epic 1997 Japanese animated hstorical fantasy feature film. The film will be shown on Thursday night in the Walker Hall film screening room.
During the week of April 11-15, the Ozarks dorms and apartments are competing in an energy conservation project. Sponsored by the Ozarks Biological Society and Planet Club, the contest compares the energy consuption of the various residences, and awards the prize to the residence whose energy consumption is reduced by the highest percentage. The winner will be announced during Wednesday’s picnic.