"The Power of Women in Education"Tuesday, February 12 at 4 pm * College Hall

On February 12, “The Power of Women in Education” features keynoters Esther Barazzone ‘64, president of Chatham University; Fiona Crawford, associate director, Roskamp Institute; and Amy C. Wick Mavis, executive director, PACE Center for Girls, Manatee. The moderator will be Maribeth Clark, associate provost at New College.

February keynoter Esther Barazzone, PhD, became president of Chatham College (now Chatham University) in 1992, after a career as a faculty member and administrator at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Philadelphia University. She has led Chatham through a period of major institutional renewal and expansion leading to national recognition and elevation to University status in 2007. Barazzone was a Charter Scholar in the first graduating class of New College, earning her BA in Philosophy and History in 1968. She holds a PhD and MA in European Intellectual History from Columbia University, where she was a Fellow of the Faculty. She received a U.S. Student Fulbright award to Spain and studied at the Wharton School of Business Administration and at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

“As an administrator, I have never assumed that tradition or habit should dictate how something should be done,” states Barazzone. “That has often led me down a path that others have sometimes called innovative. This approach was just as natural as breathing to me – a way of thinking that I learned at New College. I have always been grateful for this truly provocative, highly individualized education provided within a very caring environment.”

Fiona Crawford, PhD, is associate director of the Roskamp Institute, based in Sarasota with a memory clinic and clinical research offices in Tampa. Crawford is one of two lead researchers for the institute, which utilizes a broad range of scientific approaches to understanding the causes of and potential therapies for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and addictions, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. Crawford holds a BS with honors in Biochemistry & Genetics from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of London, England. Roskamp Institute recently launched its own PhD program in partnership with Open University of the UK. For years, New College students have worked as research assistants alongside Roskamp scientists.

“I have been very impressed by the caliber of New College students over the years, and know that many of them have expressed an interest in pursuing a PhD program with us,” states Crawford. “In my experience the New College student exemplifies the type of student for whom this program is best suited; self-motivating, energetic and broad-thinking, and I must say that we had New College applicants in mind as we designed the program.”

Amy C. Wick Mavis has served as executive director for PACE Center for Girls of Manatee County for 13 years. PACE provides gender competent programming for girls in 20 counties throughout the State of Florida, and is the only program in the country that effectively targets girls and reduces their involvement in crime. In 2007, following Ms. Wick Mavis’ vision, PACE Manatee developed and opened a unique program serving girls between the ages of 8 and 11 (SONG: Saving Our Next Generation). Wick Mavis has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College and a graduate degree in Education from the University of Delaware. In 2006, she received the Florida Achievement Award from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Each program will begin at 4 pm at New College’s Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, followed by a networking reception. Net proceeds from donations of $25 per session will benefit scholarships for New College women. The sessions are free for New College students, staff and faculty.

The Power of Women forum series, sponsored by Sarasota Magazine and the Private Client Group at National City Bank, introduces the extraordinary women of the Sarasota-Bradenton area to the students of New College of Florida, the state’s public honors college.  A student panel participates in each session, and a formal mentoring program has been established in tandem with the series.

For reservations, call 941-487-4800 or e-mail PoW!@ncf.edu.

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