Alumni, College Leaders Gather for Campaign Celebration

The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75  thanked the alumni in attendance for being a part of the “College of Engineering’s truly historic success and growth in this campaign.”
The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 thanked the alumni in attendance for being a part of the “College of Engineering’s truly historic success and growth in this campaign.”

by Christine Guerrini

On April 15, the College of Engineering proudly hosted a celebration of For the Greater Great®: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change at the Villanova Conference Center. More than 130 guests attended and enjoyed a night of food, drink and conversation. 

Key leadership shared in the evening, including University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75; Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering; Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement; and John Hartner ’85 ME, chair of the College of Engineering Campaign Committee and a member of the College’s Advisory Board. They provided updates on the College’s campaign progress (see “Villanova University College of Engineering Receives Four Campaign Leadership Gifts Totaling $21.5 Million”) and their vision for Villanova’s leadership in innovative engineering programs. 

The evening’s speakers included Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement; Randy Weinstein, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; graduate student Alex Poultney ’14 ME; University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75;  Amy Fleischer, PhD, professor of Mechanical Engineering; John Hartner ’85 ME, chair of the College of Engineering Campaign Committee and a member of the College’s Advisory Board; and Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering.
The evening’s speakers included Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement; Randy Weinstein, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; graduate student Alex Poultney ’14 ME; University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75; Amy Fleischer, PhD, professor of Mechanical Engineering; John Hartner ’85 ME, chair of the College of Engineering Campaign Committee and a member of the College’s Advisory Board; and Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering.

“Engineering students come to Villanova expecting a degree. But our goal is to give them an education that will ignite their heart, inspire their mind, illuminate their spirit, and will last them a lifetime,” Dean Gabriele said.  

In addition, faculty members Randy Weinstein, PhD, Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs; and Amy Fleischer, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, along with graduate student Alex Poultney ’14 ME presented brief talks on flipped classrooms, women in engineering and service learning experiences, respectively. 

To view photos from the College’s campaign celebration, visit FortheGreaterGreat.com