Salt Lake Community College programs are helping Earth Jam Productions president Dan Marsh learn the multimedia skills he needs to take his company to the next level.
“I wanted to gain experience so that I could actually do some filming, make some of our own DVDs and promos for [the event],” said Marsh. “These are things I have always asked other people to do, now I’m gaining the personal experience. I can start doing a lot of that myself and help out my organization.”
Marsh is in the video production program that is part of the Mass Communication Center (MCC). He has learned how to use professional cameras and work in student news programs such as Express and Insight.
Marsh did an Insight story about the 2013 Earth Goddess Pageant. For the past eight years, Marsh’s company has held the Earth Goddess Pageant.
This fundraising pageant is not based on just the way a woman looks. The pageant is based on how the woman is on both the inside and out.
Involvement is one of the most important parts of being Earth Goddess. Each year the new Goddess is asked to be on the board of Earth Jam and become active in planning and promoting Earth Jam events.
– Nina Gilardinelli, 2013 Earth Goddess
Newly crowned 2013 Earth Goddess, Nina Gilardinelli, says “It’s great to be able to be involved with the organization that puts on Earth Jam every year.”
Both Gilardinelli and Marsh say that SLCC students can make a difference in the environment by doing small things such as recycling, reusing and reducing use of everyday products. Other things are as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth and not littering.
“By continuing to do this event it makes a difference, it creates a celebration and fun time for people to come together. As long as we keep the issues out in the open,” said Marsh. “You can just go to one place and learn about a lot of different things.”
Students can also make a difference by volunteering for programs and events. They can write stories, create websites or give of their time in service.
This year’s Earth Jam is on April 27 and 28 at Liberty Park. They have two different stages with entertainment, a children’s area and booths.