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Comm Trade Show focuses on 'health & wellness'

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mercyhurst University communication seniors will demonstrate their four years of acquired skills as they educate the community on many common health issues at a health and wellness fair on Wednesday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.

Heart disease, organic foods, holistic medicine, stress reduction and energy alternatives will be the focus of the annual Communication Department Trade Show. As part of the the capstone course, five student groups selected a health-related topic and planned a communication campaign around it. Each group will maintain a booth at the health fair.

Attendees at this year’s event can learn how to read labels for healthier eating, relax in a meditation zone, and enter to win a FitBit.

Senior Marcela Delgado said the event is also an opportunity to watch theory meet practice.

“This experience allowed me to apply the knowledge I acquired through my career at Mercyhurst,” Delgado said. “It makes the transition into the job market much easier knowing that I can perform as an entry-level communication professional.”

Each year an average of 250 students, faculty and members of the community attend the trade show. Students in another communication course are publicizing the event in hopes of increasing attendance.

“This event is a great representation of what our students can do,” said Meghan Waskiewicz, chair of the communication department. “From writing to video production, from social media to public relations, our students have a wide range of skills that will be evident to attendees.”

Faculty and professional judges will evaluate the booths. The event is free and open to the public.