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Fall opening of College of Agriculture and Technology's Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo
features animals, renewable energy demonstrations, more
Sept. 30, 2009 --
of Agriculture and Technology announces the fall opening of the Bill and
Alice Nix Petting Zoo on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 8-10. This year, on
Saturday, Oct. 10, the petting zoo will also present demonstrations on
renewable energy to introduce a new program in Renewable Energy
Technology. ASU’s College of Agriculture and Technology offers this new
program in partnership with the Arkansas Delta Training and Education
Consortium (ADTEC), a group of community colleges. There will also be
demonstrations on the creation of bioenergy and computer-aided drafting.
Admission to the petting zoo for all three days is free, as are the
Dr. Samy Sadaka, of the University of Arkansas Extension Services, will
operate a biodiesel trailer to demonstrate making biodiesel on the farm.
The trailer can take oil seeds and extrude the oil. Oil can then be
converted to biodiesel. He will also demonstrate energy savings by using
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). The audience will see the wattage
consumed from regular lamps, and they can compare that wattage with that
used by CFLs.
Jack Osier, of Arkansas State University – Newport, will demonstrate
solar-hydrogen fuel cell cars, and Mike Nagy, of Arkansas Northeastern
College, will provide demonstrations of wind energy. Erin Gordon, of
East Arkansas Community College and Terry Turner, of Phillips Community
College, will offer demonstrations using solar energy.
ASU’s College of Agriculture and Technology will also present posters
summarizing research related to biofuels, bioenergy crops, cellulosic
ethanol, and algae culture conducted by college and ABI faculty members
Dr. Beth Hood, Dr. Brett Savary, Dr. Jay Xu, Dr. Ganapathy Sivakumar,
Dr. Steve Green, Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, and Dr. Kevin Humphrey.
The Petting Zoo will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday to
schools by reservation only; visiting students, pre-K through second
grade, will enjoy hayrides and the Petting Zoo stations.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the zoo is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
There will be horseback rides on Saturday, as well. Petting zoo animals
include sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, calves, rabbits, miniature
horses, and a miniature donkey.
The Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, sponsored by the College of
Agriculture and Technology, is open twice a year – once in the spring
(usually during the month of April) and once in the fall (usually during
the month of October).
Any students, faculty or staff at ASU can volunteer to help. For more
information, contact Sherry Ellis, Agriculture Studies Office, at (870)
972-2087, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.