For this graduate, plastics really did matter.

In that oft-quoted moment in film history, Dustin Hoffman’s character in “The Graduate”–facing his uncertain future–gets sage advice about what to do with his life. And that advice became a punchline for a generation.

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But for Ron Sherga, a 1976 WIU biology and geology graduate, plastics have been anything but a joke. Recycling plastics, in fact, has led him to an environmentally conscious career.Ron Sherga '76

Sherga is the owner of Sher-Results LLC, (Arlington, TX), which assists companies and organizations with recycling and sustainability issues, and has been a leader in plastics recycling for 30 years.

During his time at WIU, Sherga was a Member of Theta Chi, and the campus groups including Interhall Council and University Union Board. He will return to his alma mater on April 7 to deliver the keynote speech at Western’s Seventh Annual Environmental Summit.

And perhaps he can be said to have erased his own carboon footprint: the facilities he has managed or owned have been responsible for reusing two billion pounds of scrap plastics.

Will you be at this year’s summit?

Looking for what you might be able to do with a biology major?

Or are you a 70s-era alum who remembers Ron?

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2 thoughts on “For this graduate, plastics really did matter.

  1. I really appreciate the nice promo for myself and this great event.
    NOW for the rest of the story…as Paul Harvey said;
    Dustin Hoffman went on to marry a woman with the last name of Gotsegen….Her father was a customer of mine. I sold him plastic materials so he could make Beta video cases and tortilla warming trays at his plastics plant in southern California.
    I guess art sometimes does imitate life!

    Trivia Note: in “Its a Wonderful Life”…they use a plastics factory to attract business to the town.
    Hope to see you at THE SUMMIT !

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