Alumni Stories

Dominique Kilmartin (Class of 2015) 

Dominique Kilmartin

My name is Dominique Kilmartin and I graduated in 2015. When I think back on my years at Villanova, it is indisputable that some of my fondest memories involve my work with the Italian department. Learning Italian at Villanova is not solely an academic experience, although the Italian education I received was superior. Rather, learning Italian at Villanova was an experience that transformed me into a culturally astute individual in the complexities of today’s world. The department offered a wide range of classes that, not only allowed me to continuously improve on my grammatical and conversational skills, but also enabled me to understand various aspects of Italian culture. By receiving a diverse education in the classroom and experiencing Italian culture first-hand through the department’s fantastic Urbino study abroad program, I am now able to understand and appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity. As a student at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, it is apparent that the Italian skills I fostered at Villanova are invaluable. Having the ability to converse in a foreign language and conduct business with cultural awareness are essential skills in today’s technologically-centered world. Deciding to pursue my education with the Italian department was one of the greatest decisions of my life, and I highly recommend others to embark on this amazing academic experience as well. 

Cristina Paluch (Class of 2015) 

Cristina Paluch

Cristina Paluch graduated from Villanova University in May of 2015 with a double major in both Italian Studies and English. She is currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she is participating in a one year Teacher Education Program in order to get her Master of Education and Teaching Certification. She will graduate in May of 2016 and will be certified to teach both Italian and English. She plans to start teaching English and Italian at the secondary level (grades 7-12) for the 2016-2017 school year. She feels that her time at Villanova helped improve her language skills and prepared her to be successful in following her desired career path. During her time at Villanova, she was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy during her junior year (Spring 2014). This experience, paired with the language skills she received from Villanova’s Italian major, allowed her to immerse herself fully into the Italian culture. She is now excited to be able to consider job opportunities in Italy, as well as in the United States. 

Vincent Ventura (Class of 2015) 

Vincent Ventura

After graduation, Vincent Ventura (’15) found a rare opportunity to live in Italy and work at Expo Milano 2015, the latest world’s fair. With dual degrees in Italian Studies and Communication, Vincent was selected (alongside 120 other university students through an online application) to represent the US Department of State and serve as a cultural diplomat. With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, Vincent learned about the ethics and global challenges associated with food production and discussed these topics with guests visiting the USA Pavilion.  Additionally, his responsibilities included leading tours in both English and Italian, translating live events, publishing blog entries, and even singing in a student-led a cappella group. “Without my experiences at Villanova, I would not have the skills to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event,” he says. “It wouldn’t have been possible.” Vincent is an alumus of both the Urbino Study Abroad Program (Summer 2012) and the Villanova Vatican Internship Experience (Spring 2014).

Vincent Ventura at the USA Pavilion
Vincent Ventura at the USA Pavilion
Vincent Ventura after an acapella performance
Vincent Ventura after an acapella performance
Vincent Ventura participating in the World Food Week panel
Vincent Ventura participating in the World Food Week panel
Vincent Ventura after a tour
Vincent Ventura after a tour
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Did You Know?


According to UNESCO, Italy has more than half of the world's arttreasures, many of which are included in its World Heritage List andconsidered as having outstanding universal value.

Did You Know?

According to a recent survey by Dr. De Mauro and his research team atthe Università per Stranieri di Siena, Italian is one of the world'smost studied languages. Worldwide, the number of students studyingItalian is almost equal to the number who study Spanish.

Italian-speakers (native and foreign) have made Italian the 19thmost spoken language in the world, although the population of Italyrepresents only 1% of the world’s population.