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Conversation: Started

Prepare to be inspired and engaged during this thought-provoking symposium. We’ll discuss and explore the connections between theory, practice, and performance, hearing from innovators and thought leaders within the Ithaca College community and from around the country. “Conversation: Started” is offered as part of the celebration of the inauguration of Shirley M. Collado, the ninth president of Ithaca College.

Individual sessions are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. 

SESSION 1: Breaking the Ice—and the Mold
1:00-2:15 p.m.
Ithaca College faculty, alumni, students, and staff kick off “Conversation: Started” by sharing their innovative and motivational approaches to learning and living that celebrate IC’s unique manifestations of theory, practice, and performance.


Searching for Ancestral Voices

  • Kathleen Mulligan, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts
  • Fiorella Fernandez ’18, Acting

Harnessing the Power of Collaboration: When Teams Make Magic

  • Christine Bataille, Assistant Professor, Management
  • Lisa Famularo ’16, Business Administration
  • Daniel Ruthman ’17, Business Administration
  • Ndella Seck ’17, Business Administration

Global Health: How One Small Country Impacted Our Practice, Hearts, and Futures in a Big Way

  • Jill Mayer DPT ’11, Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
  • Mary Taylor ’08, Registered Professional Nurse, Center for Counseling, Health, and Wellness
  • Sarah Woychick DPT ’18, Physical Therapy

We Know More Than We Think: Punk Music and Full-Contact Aesthetics

  • Alex Reed, Associate Professor, Music Theory, History, and Composition

Imagination and Creativity: Requirements for Scientific Discovery

  • Luke Keller, Dana Professor, Physics and Astronomy

From Classroom to Career: How I Launched My Career in Broadcasting 

  • Ciara Lucas ’17, Journalism


SESSION 2: The Power of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation in Higher Education
2:30-3:45 p.m.

The future of higher education depends on strong collaborations and innovative approaches. This session embraces and explores the work of national leaders who have been catalysts for change in higher education by pushing the boundaries of the academy, building inventive initiatives and models, and creating valuable partnerships across sectors.


  • Eve Burton, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Hearst Corporation


  • Armando Bengochea, Program Officer for Diversity and Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
  • Deborah Bial, Founder and President, The Posse Foundation; Education Strategist
  • Sarah Bolton, President, The College of Wooster
  • Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark


SESSION 3:  The Woke Ones: Identifying and Cultivating Student Leadership and Talent
4:00–5:15 p.m.

How can we help students channel their activism responsibly and constructively? Why is it critical to use a strength-based approach to develop promising—and often unnoticed—youth from all walks of life? Leaders, scholars, and practitioners within K-12 and higher education environments discuss the innovative ways they cultivate talent, spark change, and stay woke.


  • Leilani M. Brown, Chief Marketing Officer, Starr Companies 


  • Timothy K. Eatman, Inaugural Dean, Honors Living-Learning Community; Associate Professor, Urban Education; Rutgers University–Newark
  • Marta Elena Esquilin, Associate Dean, Honors Living-Learning Community; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, American Studies Program; Rutgers University–Newark
  • Kyle Finck, Youth Journalism Leader, High School Insider (Product of Los Angeles Times)
  • Chastity Lord, Chief Operating Officer, Color of Change

If you plan to attend, please RSVP through our Weekend on South Hill registration page.


Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Athletics & Events Center, Glazer Arena

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