COS goes green with 2012 Open House

The College of Sciences welcomed students, families, faculty, staff and members of the public to their fifth annual Open House Saturday, September 15.

In an effort to improve the environment, the College of Sciences made the tradition a green event this year. Guests and volunteers had the opportunity to plant mangrove plants and build oyster mats that will aid in recreating reefs at Canaveral National Seashore’s Mosquito Lagoon. 

Dr. Linda Walters from the UCF Biology program led the green efforts and volunteers were given free green bandanas to wear to the UCF football game later in the day. In total, 940 plants were potted and 105 oyster mats were completed at the Open House.

While guests had the opportunity to get their hands dirty outside, more Open House activities were held in-conjunction inside the Nicholson School of Communication.

The College of Sciences had bags full of UCF literature and free give-a-ways for guests, who also had the opportunity to visit a variety of tables that had information on the UCF Arboretum, research from UCF Biology graduate students, touch tanks with living organisms, UCF Alumni Association and the Nicholson School of Communication.

After visiting UCF staff, students and volunteers at various tables, guests had the opportunity to go on a Communication Ride, which stopped at various stations set up to explain the dynamic departments within NSC including the Journalism program, the Advertising program and the Radio and Television group.

Dr. Tim Brown led a mixed group of RTV students and Open House volunteers through the UCF television study. Tours left every 20 minutes and gave volunteers the opportunity to put on a newscast.

The Central Florida Future wrote a review of the College of Sciences Open House, which you can read by clicking here.

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