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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
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EarthSRU 'Earth Days 2013' features 'Global Wealth Film Festival'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, in conjunction with a number of campus and off-campus organizations is again hosting the "Global Wealth Film Festival" as part of the SRU's Earth Days 2013 programming. Cody Lundin, best known for his role on TV's "Dual Survival," will join the activities.

"This year's films will expose audiences to a number of environmental issues and challenges through the seven days," said Shannon Wright, an environmental studies major from Cannonsburg and festival organizer. "The seven films selected, run the gamut of environmental and sustainability concerns and have been chosen to reflect the interest of our students."

"The films will enhance our efforts to assist SRU students in becoming global citizens and stewards of their local communities," said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director founder of the PA Film Institute. "The films, coupled with guest speakers, broaden the definition of sustainability/environment to better allow our students to understand the immediate impact on their lives and the lives of their family members. There is no area of a student's life that is not impacted daily with a need to practice sustainability and exhibit good environmental stewardship," she said.

The festival runs the weeks of April 15 and April 22 with most films including a guest speaker. Most films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Advanced Technology and Science Building, excepted as noted. All events are free.

"Vanishing of the Bees" will open the festival April 15. The film addresses the worldwide mysterious disappearance of honeybees and the consequences to our food tables. Charles Vorisek, president of the Pennsylvania State Bees Keepers Association, will be the speaker.

"End of the Line" will be shown April 17 with Julie Snow, SRU associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, as speaker.

"180? South" will be shown April 18 with Langdon Smith, SRU associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, as speaker.

J. David Hughes, author, geoscientist and fellow at the Post Carbon Institute will discuss "The Energy Sustainability Dilemma: Powering the Future in a Finite World" followed by a screening of "Gasland" at 7 p.m., April 22, in the Smith Student Center.

Lundin, star of the Discovery Channel's "Dual Survival" will discuss sustainability, water management and self-reliance in a world of depleting resources at 7 p.m., April 23, in the Smith Center, following the film "Blue Gold: Water Wars."

"Dirt! - The Movie," with guest speaker Jack Livingston, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment, will be shown at 7 p.m., April 24, in ATSH Auditorium.

"No Family History," a joint presentation with the CSIL and Relay for Life, will be shown at 7 p.m., April 25. The film examine evidence of environmental links to breast cancer.

The festival is co-sponsored by the University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research; Student Government Association; the President's Commission on Sustainability; the Phipps Conservatory; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; and the Pennsylvania Film Institute.

For a complete schedule of Earth Days 2013 events visit: www.sru.edu/president/Sustainability/Documents/mastersche.pdf.

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