Genesee Community College's PTK Student Honor Society Hosts Wind Symposium

Wind turbines in Western New York? Join the discussion about what’s right for your town at the Wind Symposium, scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2007 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Genesee Community College, Room T-102. Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for the two-year college, the Wind Symposium promises to be a lively presentation about the issues surrounding wind power in Western New York.

Two experts in the field of wind energy will be speaking at the symposium. Brad Jones, of Performance Plus Business Consultants in Naples, NY, has worked with a number of citizens groups across the northeast to study and understand the costs and benefits of commercial wind development. Brad works as a business consultant and holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mark Mitskovski was Project Manager for the Wind Turbine Project in Lackawanna, NY. The project, called Steel Winds, took place on former Bethlehem Steel property. Energy developers built the turbines on a bluff created by years of dumped slag.

“Phi Theta Kappa is pleased to be able to offer information about this topic, since it impacts communities throughout Western New York,” said Phi Theta Kappa President Colleen Kowalczyk, a nursing student from Albion, NY. “Hopefully people use this opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about wind energy.”

The Wind Symposium is free and open to the public. Questions may be submitted online prior to the symposium at For more information contact Colleen Kowalczyk, President of Phi Theta Kappa, at

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