The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship at the Villanova School of Business Presents the 2011 Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Awards

VILLANOVA, PA, June 23, 2011—The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) at the Villanova School of Business (VSB) is pleased to announce the winners of the third annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award. William P. Wagner, PhD received the award during the Faculty and Staff Awards and Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 12, and Trenton Alenik VSB ’11 received the award during the Class of 2011 Graduates’ Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 14.

William P. Wagner, associate professor of Accounting & Information Systems, was selected for his commitment to provide students with the tools necessary to be competitive and effective in the marketplace by developing innovative courses that address the ever-changing technological landscape. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Wagner co-developed and taught the Mobile Application Development course, a cross-college course that featured faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences and was designed to give students a technical and business view of the multi-billion dollar mobile application market. Wagner’s efforts were recognized by Verizon Communications, who sponsored and supported the course. Wagner also coordinated timely in-class presentations from numerous industry insiders, such as Brad Blumberg, CEO of Smarter Agent, and Chuck Sacco, vice president of client strategy at Movitas. This fall Wagner will offer a version of the Mobile Application Development course to Villanova MBA students.

Trenton Alenik VSB ’11 received the award for his continual efforts to innovate creative solutions and for his dedication to leadership in campus-wide entrepreneurial endeavors. As president of the Villanova Entrepreneurship Society for two years, Alenik was instrumental in growing its active membership from 5 to over 60 students. He also served on the original board of the Villanova Social Entrepreneurship Competition (VSEC), a student-founded challenge that encourages students to come up with solutions to social problems by utilizing lessons learned in the classroom. Since VSEC’s inception, winning teams have received well over $100,000 in cash and prizes to support their ongoing efforts to creatively solve issues of social importance. Alenik is also being honored for founding a socially-conscious company called Global Sustainable Water. Using a one-for-one business model, this company provides a case of water for those in need for every case they sell.

“It gives me great pride to award William Wagner and Trenton Alenik the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award,” says Patrick Maggitti, PhD, assistant professor of Management and director of VSB’s ICE Center. “Both Professor Wagner and Trenton saw opportunities to improve the educational experience of VSB students and developed innovative and creative solutions. Their efforts have had an immediate impact and will be appreciated by students for many years to come.”

Inspired, designed, and endowed by Patrick Meyer VSB ’74, the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award was created in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation and creative excellence that enhances VSB and Villanova University. Meyer ICE Award winners receive a crystal statuette designed by Patrick Meyer and a cash award ($2,500 for faculty recipients; $1,000 for student recipients).

Founded in 1922, The Villanova School of Business is ranked #7 in the nation among undergraduate business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The school is home to six Centers of Excellence in the areas of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship; marketing and public policy; global leadership; church management; business analytics; and real estate.

The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) serves as a driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within one of VSB’s core strategic pillars of excellence which include a global mindset, ethics, technology, and innovation.

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