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Communication trade show eyes social change

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Working to promote social change, Mercyhurst University communication majors will present their capstone projects in the form of a trade show, “Campaigns for Change,” on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union.

Eighteen seniors will take part in the trade show, with six teams of three competing to see whose project draws the most attention and votes from attendees. Dr. Anne Zaphiris asked each group to identify a community problem that can be addressed through a campaign for change, challenging them to find better ways to improve the lives of those in their community and beyond.

The student teams include:

Alcove, created by Andrew McDermott, Lucy Mendoza and Amanda Moore, addresses mindfulness and how it can be used to reduce stress and anxiety.

Hate2Waste, created by Macarena Aguirre, Andrew Davis and Elizabeth Montemorano, focuses on reducing food waste.

Pace, created by Alan Abramek, Alison Hosko and Brittany Smyth, raises awareness about how walking more can improve health.

Pawsitive Tales, created by Brent Clapper, Jade Gelsimino and Margaret Urso, aims to get more shelter dogs adopted by sharing their stories.

Safe Rides, created by Katherine Donohue, Rebecca Lima and Trae Williams, advocates safe transportation after a night out.

Square One, created by Dalma Bordon, Carly Contraguerro and Chris Merritt, prepares college students to adjust to “adult life” after graduation.