From Underdog to Internationally Recognized, Marist Fashion Flourishes

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Marist Fashion, a program housed within the School of Communication and the Arts, has garnered significant recognition from a multitude of media outlets within the last year. The program, however, had modest beginnings, according to a Sep. 1977 edition of the Marist Circle, which states that the school’s first inkling of a fashion program originated when nearby women’s school Bennett College closed and Marist agreed to “take in” Bennett Fashion students. Since then, the program has grown exponentially; as of Fall 2017, 563 Marist students are either majoring or minoring in Fashion Design or Merchandising, as stated by Jared Todisco, the Marist College Reports Manager for Institutional Research and Planning. In this year alone, the program was ranked within the top 50 fashion programs internationally by Business of Fashion, students in the program have appeared on national television as part of an “upcycling competition” on Good Morning America, and Marist’s “FM/AM” magazine has been awarded multiple prestigious honors by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The cumulative message of these accomplishments is obvious: Marist Fashion is thriving, and will continue to do so in the future. Continue reading

Hudson River Housing Continues Commitment to Revitalizing Local Area

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Nestled on Mill Street is an antiquated house with new purpose. Hudson River Housing, a local non-profit organization, resides here. This incorporation “improves lives and communities through housing with compassion and development with vision,” according to their website. With the group’s unwavering dedication to bettering the Poughkeepsie area and helping the community reach its full potential through not only housing but also programming, this organization does not receive a fraction of the recognition it deserves for the meaningful work it does.   Continue reading

Marist’s Annual Sustainability Week Has Concluded; Commitment to Environmental Protection Continues

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The week of October 23 was an enlightening one for Marist College students as Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC) sponsored the school’s 11th Annual Sustainability Week. The theme of the week, “Sustainability: A State of Affairs,” was reflected in an array of events designed to raise awareness regarding the importance of environmentally-friendly living. Though the week has been a custom since 2006, the formatting has altered since its inception. Continue reading

Is There a Disparity in Hurricane Preparation Between Native and Non-Native Floridians?

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Concave roofs on homes and businesses, streets submerged in water, and remnants of walls, windows, and other materials littering the ground—only some of the horrifying, nearly post-apocalyptic imagery to emerge in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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