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Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning Dedication

On November 9, International College will host a dedication ceremony that will lead to the renaming of its 10 year-old Center for Lifelong Learning in honor of a lady whose legacy of philanthropy and community service set unprecedented standards in Naples. The establishing of the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning not only pays homage to her extraordinary humanitarianism, but follows the awarding of an ultra-generous endowment provided by the Frances Pew Hayes Family Foundation.

“Our college as well as the community residents who benefit from lifelong learning owes a great deal of thanks to the family of Mrs. Hayes,” says College President Dr. Terry McMahan. “We’ve already benefited from the leadership that Mrs. Hayes’ son [Howard Black] has provided on our College Foundation, but to follow that service with this generous endowment is an incredible act of generosity and respect for this program.”

International College’s lifelong learning program was launched ten years ago when the college was six years young. Apart from the academic programs which lead to a college degree, lifelong learning was designed to provide educational enrichment for older adults. Participants enjoy a diverse range of activities which include stimulating seminars from noted lecturers, roundtable discussions, art and cultural events, and excursions to area attractions.

“We determined to expand our academic mission to also provide this important service to our senior community. As a not-for-profit college, we’re always striving to ensure our degree-seeking students have the resources they need to achieve their goals, but in the case of lifelong learning, resources will be less of an issue because this new endowment will carry the program through the future,” adds Dr. McMahan.

The dedication ceremony for the program will take place at International College’s Naples Campus on November 9 at 11:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend a musical history program: “Bow and Sword: The Life and Music of Josheph Boulogne” which will be facilitated by Dr. Ron Bowman at 1:00 p.m. after the dedication.
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