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Clarke Lecture to Tackle Eating Disorders, March 16

posted March 9, 2010

The Clarke University Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series will present the alumni lecture of this year’s series on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Audrey Beauvais, a 1956 Clarke graduate, will present “Eating Disorders: A Cross or a Chance” in this year’s series focused on the topic of addiction. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Beauvais said the addictive eating disorder does not focus on what you are eating or not eating, but instead what is eating at you. That factor in our lives is what makes it so challenging to pinpoint and treat an eating disorder. In her lecture, Beauvais will show how this challenge can be successfully treated with a team of health professionals and the support of family and friends to travel with the sufferer on his or her journey to renewed good health.

Beauvais graduated from Clarke with a degree in foods and nutrition, later completing graduate coursework in consumer affairs from Northern Illinois College. Throughout her career, she has worked in the food industry on various levels.

Beauvais has done research for the Quartermaster Food & Container Institute for the Armed Forces in Chicago and has been a freelance nutritionist in the kitchens of Kraft Foods, Sara Lee, Culinary Arts & Services Butterball, Weber Kettles, Maxim and Beef Board. She has been a high school teacher and managed Home Economist Bulk Foods. Beauvais has owned her business since 1995 operating Apple-a-Day Baskets and in 2007 began operating “The Discerning Cook,” focusing on providing culinary classes, seminars, counseling, restaurant consulting and recipe development.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (536)588-6318.

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