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Winter 2012
Editorial Director
Dr. Lyn Lepre
Copy Editor
Kevin Lerner
Managing Editor
Jennifer Abbey, ’12
School of Communication
& the Arts
128 Lowell Thomas
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
A Note from the Dean
Our community pulls together
s you no doubt know
now, the Marist family was
devastated recently by the
terrible off-campus fire that
occurred on Fairview Avenue in the
early morning hours of Saturday, Jan.
21. We lost three of our best. Eva R.
Block, 21, of Woodbridge, Conn., was a
senior fashion design student. Kerry R.
Fitzsimons, 21, of Commack, N.Y., was
a senior biomedical science major with a
minor in chemistry. Kevin P. Johnson,
21, of New Canaan, Conn., attended
Marist’s Summer Business Institute as a
high school student and was enrolled in
the College from 2008-2010. His father
is a graduate of the Marist Class of 1969.
I had the privilege of working to put
together and attending the interfaith
memorial service in remembrance of
Eva, Kerry and Kevin that took place on
Wednesday, Jan. 25. Through the trag-
edy, my faith in the strong bonds that
characterize the Marist family were con-
firmed. The service was moved from the
campus chapel to the McCann Center
because of the tremendous outpouring
of support, and in less than 24 hours
the Marist community put together a
truly beautiful and uplifting memorial
service. I have never been more proud
of my colleagues in Communication &
the Arts. The Music Department, under
the direction of Art Himmelberger and
Sarah Williams, selected music, con-
tacted students, arranged for staging
to be moved to the McCann Center,
rehearsed into the early morning hours
on Wednesday, rehearsed again imme-
diately prior to the memorial service and
then gave a moving performance. I am
convinced that no other music program
at any school could have accomplished so
much in so little time, and it reminds us
how important music education truly is,
both in times of joy and sorrow. Lydia
Biskup, adjunct professor and director of
the fashion internship program, mus-
tered the courage and strength to speak
about Eva to those of us gathered at the
service. Lydia spoke from the heart.
She touched ours.
We must move forward together despite
our tragic loss. I know that the Marist
family will be stronger somehow for
having experienced this horrible tragedy.
I am proud to once again be associated
with this, the third issue of
. I
hope you enjoy reading this issue as
much as we enjoyed putting it together
for you.
Photos by Sabrina Clark, ‘12