Fourth Annual Light It Up Blue Promotes Autism Awareness

March 28, 2014

April is National Autism Awareness Month, drawing attention to the complex developmental disability that now affects one in every 88 births in the US.

Reflecting its Vincentian mission to make a positive difference in the world, St. John’s University will hold its fourth annual Light It Up Blue event—a day of information, music, and other activities to promote autism awareness.

In the keynote feature, Jacqueline Laurita, a star of Real Housewives of New Jersey, will deliver “A Mother’s Perspective” concerning her own experiences raising a son with autism. The event takes place at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Marillac Auditorium, Queens campus. The presentation is sponsored by The School of Education; the Division of Student Affairs; the Dean’s Scholars; Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education; Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity; Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity; and Sigma Chi Beta Fraternity.

The entire St. John’s community is invited to attend the presentation and these other Light It Up Blue activities throughout the day on April 3:

  • Light It Up Blue Mass
    11:45 a.m., St. Thomas More Church
  • Light It Up Blue Luncheon
    12:45 p.m. (invitation only)
  • Jacqueline Laurita, “A Mother’s Perspective”
    1:50 p.m., Marillac Auditorium
  • Athletic Fun Run
    3:15 p.m. (around campus)
  • Light It Up Blue Zumba Fundraiser
    6 p.m., Marillac Terrace A
  • Mini Concert
    7:15 p.m., Marillac Terrace B (highlighting SJU faculty)

The day’s activities sponsors are Campus Ministry, the Division of Student Affairs, and The School of Education. The cosponsors are Athletics, Sigma Chi Beta Fraternity, College of Professional Studies faculty, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. In loving memory of Pamela Shea-Byrnes.

For more information regarding Light it Up Blue, please contact Mary H. Pelkowski, Associate Dean for Student Engagement at ext. 6258 or via email at Pelkowsm@stjohns.edu