Two Hobart and William Smith Colleges employees with experience guiding and mentoring students — Brandi Ferrara and Katie Flowers — were recently named to positions of increased responsibility.
“For several years, Brandi Ferrara and Katie Flowers have been valuable members of our professional staff, said Robert Murphy, director of The Salisbury Center for Career Services. “These latest promotions expand on their talents and abilities to guide our students in significant ways.
Ferrara has been promoted to senior associate director in The Salisbury Center for Career Services, housed on the first floor in Trinity Hall.
She oversees all phases of the center in coordination with Murphy and will continue to grow and develop the Professionals in Residence series, which brings alumni, alumnae, and parents to the Colleges to meet with current students to discuss their careers and student career possibilities. In her new role, Ferrara will enhance Pathways, a comprehensive development plan to prepare students for professional endeavors, using an interactive workbook focused on the developmental process in career planning. She also plans to add a structured Job Shadowing program as part of Pathways and will continue to develop and organize the various off-campus career events that are provided for students.
Ferrara joined the HWS staff in 1999 as a career services coordinator, and holds an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s and a master’s from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.
Flowers was named associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, formerly known as the Public Service Office, housed on the second floor in Trinity Hall.
She facilitates the Bonner Leader Program, in which students contribute service hours toward a specific project. Flowers manages the “What Do You Stand For activities involving students in the Classes of 2011 on a specific issue as well as the “HWS Athletes for Geneva’s Youth initiatives. She coordinates AmeriCorps and Peace Corps recruitment, supervises 100 America Reads and America Counts tutors each semester, the First Book Geneva Campus Advisory Board, and helps organize the Alternative Spring Break program.
Flowers, who has been at the Colleges since 2004, holds a bachelor’s from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and her master’s in education from University at Buffalo. In more than three years at the Colleges, she has worked with numerous groups and committees of faculty, staff and students in tutoring and mentoring as well as overseeing grant-funded programs and activities involved hundreds of students at these Colleges and area elementary, middle and high school levels.
Prior to joining HWS, Flowers was an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., working on student programs and leadership development; and later a graduate assistant at the University at Buffalo.