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Winter 2011
presentation skills.
“We want to see if they’ve retained
the core values,” she said. “That also
includes things like technology and
creativity. We want them prepared for
the working world.”
Baker, Kopin and Liporace agreed
the experience was well worth it. In ad-
dition to having representatives from
the fashion industry present during
their f inal presentation, they felt their
teacher, John Mincarelli, provided
them with valuable experience.
“It’s an impressive thing to be able
to show people,” said Baker, who was
planning on bringing a portfolio of
the project on a job interview. “It’s so
detailed. It really shows how much
thought we put into this process.”
Alzheimer’s prevention on campus
lzheimer’s disease is usually the
farthest thing from a college stu-
dent’s mind. But one group of com-
munication students chose to bring
the disease to the forefront of Marist
students’ attentions with their capping
project: the Alzheimer’s Awareness
fair .
The fair, entitled, “Brainstorm:
Forecasting Alzheimer’s Disease,” was
planned by Megan Flood, ‘11, Jennifer
Hill, ‘11, and Amanda Lavergne, ‘11,
and sought to raise awareness about
Alzheimer’s on campus. The fair was
held in the Cabaret on Monday, Nov. 8
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“It is important for the Marist stu-
dent community to not only know how
to prevent the disease for themselves
and their loved ones, but to gain an
understanding of what the disease is
rather than be afraid of it,” Lavergne
Flood, Hill and Lavergne set up in-
formational tables and activities that
show different things they can do to
keep their brain healthy. The fair’s
exhibits included the Alzheimer’s
Association, the Hudson Valley Swing
Dance Studio, a hydration station,
Neuberger Museum, a fondue station,
DuBois Farms, which donated 100
apples, and yoga with Brenda Hicks.
“We also wanted to give students a
personal look at the disease through a
pamphlet, which will be available at our
event, containing narrative testimoni-
als in order to stress the importance of
prevention,” Flood said. “What we re-
ally wanted to emphasize, was that this
capping project for us is not just some-
thing to get through, it is an emotional
For Flood and Lavergne, Alzheimer’s
is a personal cause.
“My grandmother has Alzheimer’s
disease,” Flood said. “I watched her
go from someone who was the f irst to
answer the questions while watching
Jeopardy to someone who does not even
know who the President of the United
States is.”
Lavergne’s experience is similar.
“I’ve observed my grandmother as
she watches her older sister and role
model slowly succumb to the disease,”
she said.
Hill has a personal investment in this
project as well, but her’s stems from
a professional involvement. She in-
terned last summer for the Alzheimer’s
Association Connecticut Chapter help-
ing to advocate for awareness and plan
“I was inspired by fundraisers I saw
while interning at the Alzheimer’s
Association and how helpful local busi-
nesses were in donating,” Hill said.
“We thought it would be a unique idea
to combine these elements into one
Many local businesses contributed
to this event, not only participating by
hosting a table, but also giving dona-
tions to be raff led off during the fair.
With this event Flood, Hill and
Lavergne hoped to spread the word of
Alzheimer’s, and educate students on
early prevention.
“It really matters to us, and we want
to reach people it matters to also,”
Flood said.
photo by Michael Polito, L.L.C.
The chocolate fondue station was a popular stop for students during the Brainstorm event.
photo courtesy of Amanda Lavergne, 11