STAPLES - The cover of Mary Sermeta's book, "The Consequences of Alcohol," gets right to the point.
The photograph shows her 25-year-old daughter dead on the ground, the victim of motorcycle drunk driving accident on Sept. 8, 2001.
Sermeta knew she wanted that photograph on the cover. She left it to Central Lakes College student Tammy Wippler to design the rest.
Wippler is an award-winning student in the Communication Art and Design program at Staples, a 2007 high honors graduate.
She has been a behavior analyst for the state of Minnesota since 2003 and a professional social worker for eight years.
Sermeta said she had read about other real-world projects by students of the Communication Art and Design program at CLC. She had been impressed, so she contacted instructor Leon Dahlvang to seek assistance.
"As soon as I met Tammy, I knew she was the right person for the job," Sermeta said. "She was very sensitive and caring toward me and the subject matter of the book as well as its cover."
The CLC program allows Wippler to build on her interest in art and technology.
Wippler's work so impressed Sermeta that the author asked her to create a poster promoting the sale of the book. A Web site also is in the works, with Wippler organizing that, too.
"The Consequences of Alcohol" is expected to be released in limited numbers by the end of the month, available for $10 from the author at P.O. Box 245, Brainerd, MN, 56401, and later through Amazon Books and other retail outlets.
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