ITS student group conducts used cell phone drive
By: Kristen Rapin
ATHENS, Ohio (May 11, 2009)—The Telecommunication Systems Management Association held its second annual cell phone
drive on the Ohio University campus May 4-6. The group collected used cell phones and accessories to raise money for Kids on
Campus while helping the environment.
“The drive benefits everybody,” TSMA president Russ Brocker said. “It helps community members get rid of the cell phones in
their drawers, it keeps the environment clean, and it provides local children opportunities that only Kids on Campus can provide
Brocker said recycling these cell phones minimizes the impact resource extraction has on the environment, as well as prevent ma-
terials such as arsenic, copper and lead from entering the water, soil and air.
“We have to be proactive when it comes to addressing the issue of e-waste,” said Brocker.
“The event has been a fun bonding experience for us, and a way to get TSMA’s name out,” said junior Britney Grimmelsman who
does PR for TSMA. “It’s a great way to help the environment, while also helping a local organization like Kids on Campus.”
Students to collect electronics to
refurbish, donate to charity
Ohio University students will be collecting used electronics to
benefit My Sister's Place and Kids on Campus through May 4.
The drive, in its second year, is spearheaded by the Telecommu-
nication Systems Management Association (TSMA) and club
president Russ Brocker.
"Since it (was) just earth month, we're trying to go off that and do
something good for the environment," said Britney Grimmelsman,
a spokeswoman for the McClure School.
Don't throw away that old cell Grimmelsman said the event received about 50 cell phones and
100 various accessories last year.
Students can donate used cell phones, chargers, beepers and
Don't know what to do with that cell phone you accessories between noon and 3 p.m. in Baker University Center
abandoned for one with more bells and whis- outside the fourth floor.
tles? Here's your answer.
The Telecommunication Systems Management
a student organization for information and tele-
communication systems majors, is sponsoring a
cell phone donation drive.
Phones will be sent to Eco-Cell, which will auc-
tion them to individuals and hospitals in devel-
Proceeds from the auction will be given back to
TSMA, which plans to donate the money to Ohio
University's Kids on Campus program. Kids on-
Campus provides underserved, at-risk children
with afterschool and summer programs.