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Barnard's Annual Gala raises $2.3 million for financial aid

On April 24, alumnae and friends of Barnard College gathered at New York’s historic Plaza Hotel for the Annual Gala, a dinner and auction to benefit the College’s financial aid program. The event honored recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard AwardPatricia Harrigan Nadosy '68, botanist, former foreign exchange options trader, and trustee emerita, and Elizabeth S. Boylan, professor of biology, provost, and dean of the faculty emerita. Taline Aynilian ’03 served as auctioneer.  The event raised $2.3 million for scholarship aid. 
 
“Scholarships are key to the future of Barnard and the lives of our students—students who will always be grateful for the financial aid they received, and who, I’m sure, will ultimately offer their own support to future generations of deserving Barnard women,” said President Debora Spar.
 
Scholarship recipient Jade Bonacolta ’15 added, “Many things in life are uncertain, but there is one thing I know. Barnard College will have the greatest influence on my life and will lead me to move mountains.”
 
“More than $30 million of scholarship support was offered to Barnard students in the 2011–12 school year,” said Nanette M. DiLauro, Barnard’s director of financial aid. “The proceeds from the Annual Gala directly underwrite this expense, and help Barnard maintain one of its hallmarks—educating exceptional women regardless of their financial means.”
 
Later in the evening, the College introduced Gala Nights, which gathered young professionals for cocktails, desserts and dancing. This initiative, founded and spearheaded by a committee of socially engaged young alumnae, aimed to encourage young professionals to support current students, give back to their college and community, and participate in the New York philanthropic scene.  Gala Nights, which also took place at the Plaza, featured DJ Jason Fioto of Generation Events and proceeds will benefit Barnard's financial aid program, as well.  Read more about Gala Nights in The New York Observer.
 

About the Honorees

Barnard Trustee Emerita Patricia Harrigan Nadosy ’68 was born in Rockville Center, New York. She majored in French at Barnard, and went on to receive her MBA from Columbia Business School in 1970, when women represented only 2 percent of the class. She met her husband, Peter Nadosy, in an accounting class.

Nadosy’s first job in finance was with Morgan Guaranty as a foreign-exchange trader. She spent 15 years at Morgan, as an FX trader, a consultant in the International Money Management Group, a commercial banker, and a corporate advisor. In 1980, with the birth of her first daughter, she became the first person to officially work part time for Morgan. Two years later, she established the bank’s Foreign Currency Options Trading Department. She also taught FX in its Management Training Program, writing their teaching manual and helping create the Global Capital Markets Training Program. After she left Morgan in 1985 to create her own FX options consulting firm, Optfor, Inc., her client roster included Morgan, Chase, the FINEX, and CRT.

Nadosy returned to Barnard for postbaccalaureate studies in biology in 1986 to prepare to enter the CUNY plant sciences PhD program in 1992. She received her PhD in botany in 2002, with her study, The Antioxidant Compounds from Rosemary Grown in Tissue Culture

In 1994, Nadosy joined the Barnard Board of Trustees. Over the course of 13 years, she served on nearly every committee and chaired the Student Life Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Aid, and the Committee on Trustees. She also served on the search committee that selected Spar as president. In 2007, she was named trustee emerita and was awarded the Columbia Alumni Association Medal.

Nadosy has brought her extensive knowledge of finance to Barnard. More than a decade ago, she became involved with an initiative to educate students and alumnae about personal financial management, and spearheaded the creation of Barnard’s Financial Fluency Program for alumnae. In its first three years, this program educated more than 350 alumnae and friends of the College and has now become part of the Leadership Lab of Barnard’s Athena Center. Along with Azita Raji ’83, Nadosy co-chairs the Athena Leadership Council, which provides vital support for the College’s landmark program in women’s leadership.

Nadosy is also deeply involved with the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy, where she sits on the board, is a member of the gardening committee, and one of the founders of the CSPC Guild. She also tends the gardens in Carl Schurz Park as the Peter Pan Zone Gardener.

The Nadosys have three daughters, Meghan Magyar, Andrea Bunt, and Lara Nadosy, and two grandchildren, Maggy Bunt and Peter Magyar, Barnard Toddler Center ’12.

Elizabeth S. Boylan directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s programs on STEM Higher Education, including graduate scholarship programs for members of underrepresented minorities and institutional studies of student retention in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.  She also works with other program directors on developing grants for the Foundation’s Civic Initiatives Program. She is a member of the Project Kaleidoscope Advisory Board at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Society for Developmental Biology. 

From July 1995 through June 2011, Boylan served as provost and dean of the faculty at Barnard. She oversaw several major initiatives to enhance the facilities and programming of the College’s science departments, led the first systematic review and change of its general education requirements since the 1980s, and participated in the design of both The Diana Center and Cathedral Gardens. Boylan also was involved in numerous curricular and faculty development projects supported by private foundations. Recent grants under her leadership include Mellon’s Center of Excellence Award and the Mellon 23, a consortium of 23 liberal-arts colleges with funding for faculty workshops and other career enhancement activities.  

For six years, she served on the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Prior to her work at Barnard, Boylan was associate provost for academic planning and programs at Queens College/CUNY. She was a tenured member of the biology faculty at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. At Queens she served as deputy chair of graduate studies in biology for four years, and as chair of the Academic Senate for three years. She also co-chaired task forces associated with university-wide reform efforts in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, and in secondary education.

A specialist in developmental biology and hormonal carcinogenesis, Boylan earned a PhD in zoology from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College. She was a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  With collaborators, she was awarded a U.S. patent, and has been a consultant and grant reviewer for, among others, the National Cancer Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.