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Projects deal with the green renovation of Easton’s West Ward and job creation in the Slate Belt

The College’s two current Technology Clinics will present their biannual reports this week. A team working on entrepreneurship and job creation in the Slate Belt will make its final presentation at noon May 5 in room 103 of Hugel Science Center. Another group working on the urban ecology of Easton’s West Ward will give its mid-project report at 4:30 p.m. May 6 in room 108 of Van Wickle Hall.

Tech Clinic is a hands-on course founded in 1986 that brings together students from different majors to help solve real-world problems of a business, non-profit organization, or government body.

The entrepreneurship team is working with the Slate Belt Council of Governments and the Slate Belt Business Incubator Program to help with regional job creation. As part of this project, the students are developing a green, low-speed vehicle (solar golf cart) for possible manufacture in that region. The team also will make a presentation at 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the Washington Township Elementary School.

The students are Dietrich Hoefner ’10 (Takoma Park, Md.), Adam Lessen ’10 (Dresher, Pa.), Jayne Miller ’10 (Bethel, Pa.), Zach Romano ’10 (Hawley, Pa.), Emily Melvin ’12 (Seaford, N.Y.), and Shailesh Shrestha ’11 (Pokhara, Nepal). Dan Bauer, professor of anthropology and sociology; William Hornfeck, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Joe Shieber, assistant professor of philosophy, are the faculty advisers.

The Easton team is working with the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership on issues of green renovation of community places, such as parks and open spaces. The project is supported by a grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The team is made up of Justin Barry ’12 (Bridgewater, N.J.), Hannah Klein ’11 (Wilmington, Del.), James Maloney ’12 (Wallingford, Pa.), Alex Petroulias ’11 (East Quogue, N.Y.), Kelley Reslewic ’12 (Highland Mills, N.Y.), and Chris Vecchio ’11 (Cross River, N.Y.). Faculty advisers are Bauer and Larry Malinconico, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences.

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