By Andrea McKeffery
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College shed light on the merits of going green as it hosted its Earth Day event on April 24. The college set up many informational exhibits and had guest speakers.
Starting at 10 a.m., CCC set up the exhibits in the center of Civic Hall for students to stop by and look at while passing through the building and during their breaks. CCC’s Biology Department teamed up with students from Rutgers University and put about nine exhibits on display. The exhibits informed students and faculty about topics including the Endangered Species of Tropical Dry Forests, Endangered Species of Deciduous, Exotic Bears, New Jersey’s Scarce Wild Life, Endangered Amphibians and Reptiles of New Jersey, Endangered Asian Animals, Endangered Mammals of New Jersey, and Protected Sea Turtles. Students showed amazement by all the facts they were learning from the displays.
Camden County College welcomed Thomas Belton, author of “Protecting New Jersey’s Environment; From Cancer Alley to New Garden State,” to discuss his book and thoughts on Earth Day. During his presentation, the college unfortunately had a power outage and cut off his power point presentation. However, the students still remained intrigued by the author’s discussion. After the lecture, co-sponsored by the Wolverton Library, Belton had a book signing for those who won his book during raffles. About 200 students attended the lecture and walked through the exhibits.
The college also welcomed Julie Feinstein, author of “A Field Guide to Urban Wildlife,” for a lecture and a book signing.
Camden’s LEAP “S.T.E.M” Academy University Charter School also came for a visit and listened to the lecture. The S.T.E.M program is for students who are interested in going to school for science and technology. The students admired the college’s campus and observed the college students going about their day.
“I thought the lecture was really cool, even though the lights went out, and I learned a lot. It even made me want to stop by the exhibits,” said nursing major Jennifer DiGiavonni.
After the lecture, the Biology Department got involved by raffling out Earth Day T-shirts to a handful of students. Designed by the Biology Club, the T-shirts were a bold green with the Earth Day logo and the college’s name printed on the front.
“I think the lecture was really interesting and the T-shirts were fabulous,” said Student Government Secretary Margarete Roberts. “I’m trying, hoping to win one.”