The community is invited to participate in a Computer and Cell Phone Recycling event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, sponsored by the Penn State Shenango Information and Technology Club and Starkey’s Computer and Electronics. The free event, which is limited to the recycling of personal computers and cellular phones less than 10 years old, will be held in the Faculty Parking Lot located on Penn Avenue next to Penn State’s Science building. Old-style cathode ray tube computer monitors will be accepted for a $20 fee.
Items being accepted without any charge include all other computers; servers; laptops; components, such as keyboards, mice wires, cables, flat-screen monitors; and cellular phones, which were purchased after 2001. Penn State Shenango students, under the leadership of IST Instructors Lisa Bertin and Brian Bradshaw, and the IT department staff, under the direction of IT Director Greg Singer, will work on all salvageable equipment to be given to the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell for their Assistance With Education, Shelter, Organization, Money management, and Employment (AWESOME) program once it is restored.
Such items as televisions, television satellite equipment, video-cassette recorders and compact-disc players, stereo equipment, computer and television game assemblies, cameras or video cameras, microwave ovens, coffee makers, hair dryers, bread machines, all other appliances, light bulbs, cardboard or paper, and household hazardous waste, will not be accepted. Batteries, including lead acid, computer backup and UPS (uninter-ruptible power supply), will also not be accepted.
This will be the fourth consecutive year that the campus has been involved in the salvage, repair and donation project, which is two-fold, first, to teach students how to take apart and fix a computer system and, second, to help support the Prince of Peace’s AWESOME program.
The AWESOME program is one of many that is offered at the Prince of Peace Center. The program enables its ‘clients’ to take classes to better their lives. One particular component of the AWESOME program is to offer computer classes so that these clients can look for jobs online, compose resumes and cover letters, and help their children with homework. Once an eligible client has completed 12 classes, the Prince of Peace Center provides them with one of the restored computer systems.
For more information, contact Lisa Bertin at 724-983-2908.