“Don’t Trash Your Trash” Event

cardboard owl
An owl re purposed from cardboard.

Composition Lecturers Sheri Benton, Carol Parsil, and Deidre Perlini organized and hosted the “Don’t Trash Your Trash” event on Friday, October 30, 2016.

Students reading the Composition Common Read text Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash  were invited to “FindART in TRAsh and Transform It.”


Prizes were awarded in three categories:

  • Best Halloween Costume Created with Recycled Materials
  • Best Work of Art Created from Trash
  • Best Poster Presentation on an Issue covered in Garbology.
A collage inspired by Edward Humes book, Garbology
common read garbage man
Composition Lecturer Deirdre Perlini and Kevin Upham pose with “Garbage Man,” his prize-winning sculpture. Upham created  “Garbage man” with plastic water bottles, old newspapers, an aluminum-can flower, and a pizza box.
iPhonecostumemade from garbage
Perlini and Michalea Brahaney,  who fashioned her iPhone Halloween costume entirely of trashed items. Brahaney took first prize in the costume competition.


Emily Garrett and Sara Wawrzyniak with their prize-winning piece, “Stiletto Hanging Rack.” 


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