Westwood, MA (PRWEB) August 13, 2010
The event, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, was attended by an estimated 8,000 people including graduates and several individuals of prominence. Among them were the Mayor of Cambridge, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, celebrated writer Chinua Achebe, and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Duncan delivered the Commencement Address and honorary degrees were bestowed upon Chast, Achebe and Reggie-Kennedy, who also accepted an honorary degree on behalf of her husband. The university conferred over 2,700 degrees.
According to SmartSource Regional Sales Manager Bob March, “We were very proud to have been a resource to Lesley University for this major milestone commencement ceremony. We have enjoyed a working relationship with the University since 2007, providing AV support on a regular basis to multiple departments and for diverse events including many large-scale, university-wide events for the Centennial and the Office of Advancement among others.”
In addition to the 2010 commencement, SmartSource has provided audio-visual equipment for such Lesley University events as the Xu Bing Artist Lecture, Senator Kerry Lecture, Luis Gonzalez Palma Artist Lecture, Jonathan Kozol Lecture, and two Lesley University Reunion Weekends. Among the most challenging other than the recent commencement exercises was the “Legacy of Leadership” celebration honoring Lesley University’s former president, Margaret McKenna, which was held at the Kennedy Library in April 2007.
In meeting the University’s needs for its 2010 Centennial Commencement, SmartSource provided a full array of state-of-the-art, high performance audio-visual equipment. It included 14 high luminosity projectors flown from the truss, six 9’ x 16’ and one 13’ x 24’screens flown from the truss, two JBL VerTec sound systems, 20 Meyer UPA/UPJ center fill powered speakers, one Yamaha M7CL digital mixing console, one Eagle pro switch system, and seven Sony HDCamera record setups. Considerable time was required on the organizing and plotting of schematics for the truss layouts and cable runs involved in the equipment set-up. Other challenging aspects of the assignment involved the power rolls in the video signal, and the light control signal choking video sync.
Continued March, “It meant a great deal that Lesley University not only trusted us with this event, but requested our input on what would give their 2010 commencement even more impact. We literally were asked to design a stage plot and projection scenario that would be appropriate for the event – a major responsibility and indication of trust.”
Lesley University’s Director of Public Affairs Bill Doncaster commented, “We take great pride in executing major events flawlessly as it represents the high standards we have set for our institution in all areas. It’s vital to have partners like SmartSource onboard to help ensure that our events proceed as planned. SmartSource continues to be a reliable and responsive resource in meeting our most critical audio-visual requirements.”
About SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals
Founded in 1984 and formerly known as Rent-a-PC, Inc., SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals serves broad-based corporate IT, association, professional AV and trade show technology rental needs. The company is widely recognized for its outstanding customer service, technical expertise, geographic reach, breadth of product, and end-to-end solution. Its extensive line features brand name products from Apple, Dell, HP/Compaq, IBM, NEC, Eiki, Meyer, Stumpfl, and others. Among its products are computers, servers, copiers, professional AV equipment, LCD and plasma monitors, kiosks, digital signage and video walls. SmartSource employs over 250 including over 100 field technicians. Its 24 strategic locations are in: Anaheim, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; College Station, TX; Dallas, TX; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Eugene, OR; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Long Island, NY; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Queens, NY; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Sunnyside, NY; and Washington, DC. Kirtland Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Cleveland, Ohio, holds a majority interest in SmartSource Rentals. For more information, visit the website or call: (800) 888-8686.
About Lesley University
Lesley University is a 9,000-student, multi-site university for women and men, and one of the nation's largest providers of graduate professional education opportunities to K-12 educators. Anchored by a strong liberal arts curriculum, Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts, human services and the environment at its Cambridge and Boston campuses, online, and in 150 locations in 23 states. Lesley's four schools include the School of Education, the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, The Art Institute of Boston, and Lesley College, an undergraduate residential college. Lesley University prepares individuals for lives and careers that make a difference, and serves the evolving needs of students and a diverse society through innovative programs and pedagogy, high quality instruction, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach.