Marist College Turns Purple for P.S. I Love You Day

Article by Katy Zielinski | esPResso Staff Writer

On Feb. 12, 2016, purple sticky notes covered the Marist College campus. The dining hall served purple rice crispy treats and purple cookies. Marist students sported purple t-shirts with the message, “P.S. I Love You.”

P.S. I Love You Day is a non-profit organization founded by Marist sophomore Brooke DiPalma. After her father committed suicide in 2010, DiPalma wanted to share her story to prevent similar tragedies. Since 2010, DiPalma’s goal has been to spread the simple message that everybody is loved in order to raise awareness about mental illness.

This powerful message made its way all over campus. On the day of the event, students went to the student center for a photo booth and to show their support for the cause. In freshman residence halls, hundreds of sticky notes spelled out “P.S. I love you” with encouraging messages written on each note.

“It was incredible to see the entire Marist community come together for this amazing cause and the outpouring of love and kindness that come about as a result of the hard work of Brooke, the Class of 2018 Student Government Board, the Naturally Foxy club and Purple Thread,” said Katie Kilgallen, a junior who is highly involved in the event.

P.S. I love you days are held annually on the second Friday in February.  For more information about this event, visit


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