Women’s conference set for Saturday

By Margot Harris, guest writer

Sarah Swafford, a Benedictine Col­lege graduate and Dr. Diana Crook, M.D., a Newman University graduate, will be among the speakers at Newman’s Col­lege Women’s Conference. The confer­ence will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Campus Activities Board, the confer­ence is intended to help attendees learn more about dating, relationships and women’s health.

Swafford will be presenting the following topics: “Emotional Virtue: Re­claiming Virtue for a Drama-Free Life” and “Don’t Shoot the Messenger: My Interview with the Guys on Fashion and Relationships.” Crook will be present­ing “What My Daughters Need to Know, and My Mother Didn’t! Rediscovering the Beauty of Women’s Health.”

Swafford’s has worked as Ben­edictine College’s Director of Special Projects for Catholic Identity. Swafford has been traveling around the country, speaking to high school and college men and women and has reflected on it.

“Not just speak­ing, but listening also,” she said. “I re­member that time of my life and my struggles and victo­ries. I just want to help women get through this awesome time in life and not just survive, but thrive.”

Crook works with Lakepoint Fam­ily Physicians and has served on the A Better Choice Pregnancy Crisis Center board since 2007.

This is Swafford’s first year speak­ing at Newman University, and she said she’s happy to be sharing her experi­ences.

“I am so excited to be a part of this conference,” she said. “I know [Crook] is going to shed some amaz­ing light on the beauty of being a woman. I feel like this con­ference is the ultimate pack­age; emotional, physical, and spiritual firepower to help women in their everyday lives.”

A complete itinerary and ticket registration can be found on online at nucwconf.eventbrite.com. Tickets can also be bought in person at the Campus Ministry Office until Saturday. Tickets cost $10 and include lunch.

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