Going with the flow: Water careers on display

The Water Association of Student Steward Urban Program held their third annual career event on at St. Cajetan’s Event Center Feb. 28.

The Greenway Foundation was represented by Bekky Harkins at the OWOW Career Fair at St. Cajetans on Feb. 28 Photo by Kylie Henson • khenson2@msudenver.edu

“This third fair was the most successful,” he said. “We’re going to maintain momentum from that and go forward,” said MSU Denver student McCarthy Kessler. He has been a WASSUP member for two and a half years, and said he thought the turnout was great.

The three hour event had a steady stream of students from beginning to end.

The event hosted numerous water-minded companies and nonprofit organizations offering jobs, internships and advice.

Director of One World One Water Center, Tom Cech, mediated the employers’ panel. They discussed what they expect from employees and shared their own stories about how they got started.

WASSUP’s Spiritual Liaison Jamie Akens, put a cultural spin on the event this year.

“It’s not just research and hard science,” he said, referring to water. “People sing about it and make art about it. It’s a lifestyle.”

Besides companies and organizations, the event also had artists displaying water influenced art and live music.

Ben Fedak, a member of the Social Action rough Art Organization, was hired to help with advertising. He displayed artwork on campus about the event, using shrink wrap as his canvas.

Colorado does not have an abundance of water, yet every day the life-sustaining liquid is readily available for us – for now – at least. Most of us turn our faucets on every few hours without ever considering where our water comes from.

Auraria campus offers clubs that prepare students with skills to preserve this invaluable resource. WASSUP is just one of the clubs dedicated to educating students from all three schools on campus about the importance of water.

Individualized Degree Program student, Alisha Bannon, heard about the event from one her professors. She immediately volunteered to participate in First Friday.

“I wanted to see the options in environmental elds and water volunteer options,” she said.

Every first Friday of the month, WASSUP members get together to clean up Cherry Creek using elongated grabbers and needle pick-up kits. Kessler explained that it’s one way to make an impact. “We’re doing what we can for the community,” he said, “and we see kids playing down there sometimes. We try to keep it clean.”

Kessler found volunteer work at the event as well. Trout Unlimited offered an opportunity to plant willow trees between Gunnison and Crested Butte along waterways to prevent erosion. Students from Colorado, Washington and Montana were invited.

“Costa Sunglasses will be sponsoring the event,” Kessler explained. “They’re going to put us up in a house and we’ll be fly fishing too. It’ll be community give back and a little social networking.”

The event had a big turnout and WASSUP members were pleased with how well it went. Akens said their goal is to create relationships between companies and students, but they also want to make people aware of how much water affects us on so many levels. He reminds everyone to give a little thanks for every sip.

Author: Maria Muller

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