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Anna Maria debuts LaVigne Lecture featuring best-selling author Julianna Baggott

Joanne McDonnell, M.Ed.
Program Director, Master of Education

“Beyond mastering the content of what they intend to teach in the classroom, our graduate candidates are practitioners that value and apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning to meet the needs of all students. Following the completion of a Master of Education degree from Anna Maria College, graduates have the education, professional dispositions, and experience to successfully collaborate with all groups, in any given school community, while still honoring themselves as a professional and the students they serve.”

Gregory R. Ciottone, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Masters in Health Emergency Management

“All healthcare professionals should have training in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management. This master degree will equip health professionals with the necessary best practice skills and training to elevate their roles in leadership, planning, operations, logistics and response assessment.”

Lisa Carpino, M.H.A., M.A.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Program Director, I/O Psychology

“As the fastest growing career area, Industrial/Organizational Psychology professionals are in high demand. This newly offered graduate program blends psychology and business to prepare graduate students to apply best practice principles to organizational and leadership challenges.”


Baggott explained that efficiency and creativity do not necessarily have to be mutually exclusive; rather, they can be “mutually beneficial.”

Baggott explained that “efficient creativity means that you are open to out of the blue insights all the time.” She said that this has been helpful as she builds her personal life and advances her writing career. As an author and mother of four, she urged those in the audience to accept the collision of personal and professional worlds. However, she advised audience members to “build an uninterrupted window of that you can count on” and aggressively guard that segment of “muse time.”

Her lecture gave way to a fruitful discussion with many questions posed by the faculty and students in the audience. Many centered on modern technology’s impact on the craft of creative writing and creativity in general.

Following the lecture and discussion, a book signing reception was held outside of the Zecco Performing Arts Center.

Baggott is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author who has published 20 novels under her own name and pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. Her work includes novels for adults and younger readers and poetry collections. Recognized in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR and other top-tier media, Baggott’s works have been published in more than 100 overseas editions. Baggott teaches in the Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts and she holds the William H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross. In addition to her writing and commitment as a professor, she and husband, David Scott, co-founded Kids in Need - Books in Deed, a nonprofit organization that focuses on literacy and provides free books to underprivileged children in Florida.

The Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63 Lecture Series was established through the bequest of the late Edith Mooney LaVigne ’63, alumna and trustee. Open to the campus and outside community, the annual series will allow Anna Maria to invite a contemporary author to campus each spring.

Photo caption: Pictured left to right before the LaVigne Lecture are Assistant Professor Craig Blais; AMC Interim President Mary Lou Retelle, Author Julianna Baggott and AMC Vice President for Academic Affairs Billye Auclair.

For a photo album of 2015 Academic Symposium highlights, click here.