April 20, 2006
Morningside College will hold a candlelight vigil to increase awareness of eating disorders on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Randolph Room of the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. The event, sponsored in part by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS), is free and open to the public.
Organizers for the event included students and staff from Morningside College, Briar Cliff University, and Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), as well as members of LaMaison, a non-profit, charitable organization in Sioux City that helps provide supportive, transitional living arrangements for women who struggle with eating disorders.
The Morningside vigil is part of the National Candlelight Vigil event sponsored by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). ANAD seeks to provide a message of hopefulness, positive self-image, acceptance of others, diversity, and freedom of expression. Since 2002, ANAD has coordinated annual candlelight vigils across the nation to increase awareness of eating disorders.
Dr. Brenda Crawford, (right) personal counselor at Morningside College, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Crawford will present information about eating disorders and offer personal reflections on the topic. Dana Rossmeier; Morningside College student, Maryann Backman, board president of LaMaison, and Diane Howard, member of LaMaison, will offer additional comments. WITCC students Brandy Rosenbaum and Kayla Lieber will recite the ANAD pledge.
Music will be performed by Melissa Keiper, student at Morningside College, and Emily Kauk, student at WITCC.
Additional planning committee members include Laurel Blomberg from Briar Cliff University and Penny Schempp from WITCC.