Villanova Magazine - The Alumni Association - Spring 2017

Volunteer Spotlight

George Coleman '78 VSB smiling headshot

A Tireless Advocate

George Coleman ’78 VSB has never slowed down in his work for Villanova and its students.

When George Coleman ’78 VSB took a summer job at age 16 at the Larchmont Shore Club in New York, he had no idea that it would be his first introduction to the power of the Villanova network. Read more...

Value of Villanova

Members of the Black Alumni Society meet for brunch to wrap up Homecoming Weekend and discuss plans for supporting this community of students and alumni.

Creating Lifelong Value

Fourth in a five-part series on the Villanova University Alumni Association’s new platform for alumni engagement.

When asked about their affiliation with Villanova University, alumni relate powerful stories of academic, professional and personal opportunities that continue to have an influence on their lives. And they’re willing to share their passion with today’s students. Read more...


School Spirit Soars at Homecoming

At Homecoming 2016, a crowd of Villanova fans—alumni, family and friends—visited campus to celebrate and rally together. The Homecoming Festival featured performances from student a cappella and dance groups; the Villanova Band; cheerleaders; and the Villanova mascot, Will D. Cat. Families enjoyed lively music, caricature artists and giant lawn games.

In the Homecoming football game that afternoon, the Wildcats thrilled thousands in attendance, defeating Albany 24–13. Before kickoff, Villanova’s players entered the field for the first time from the team’s locker room in the new Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center. They were greeted by a throng of alumni and supporters who cheered them on to victory.


Volunteer Leaders Conference Marks Alumni Accomplishments

John Hughes is presented an award from the Alumni Association
John G. Hughes ’84 CLAS accepts the Nova Challenge Award on behalf of the Villanova University Club of Fairfield and Westchester.

The annual Volunteer Leaders Conference offers Villanova University Alumni Association volunteers from around the country the chance to engage with one another and University leadership through a day of networking, education and collaboration.

Through interactive workshop sessions and panels, attendees at the 2016 event, held Oct. 21, learned how to become more effective and strategic in their roles and how to engage and inspire future leaders.

Tracy Setlock Brala ’90 VSB, Victor J. Maggitti ’56 VSB, and Ronald Abbazio ’18 VSB talking at a table.
Tracy Setlock Brala ’90 VSB, immediate past president of the Villanova University Alumni Association, networks with Victor J. Maggitti ’56 VSB, Reunion Volunteer Service Award winner, and Ronald Abbazio ’18 VSB, Outstanding Student Volunteer Award recipient.

During a lunch led by University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, outstanding leaders were recognized for their volunteer accomplishments.

The following were the 2016 award recipients: David C. Ridenour ’79 VSB, Goodwill Ambassador Award, Katrina Ercole ’86 VSB, Distinguished Service Award, Victor J. Maggitti ’56 VSB, Reunion Volunteer Service Award, Matt Clark ’11 MBA, Leadership Award, Villanovans in Healthcare, Creative Achievement Award, Villanova University Club of New York City, the Rev. Ray Jackson Community Service Award, Ronald Abbazio ’18 VSB, Outstanding Student Volunteer Award.


Always True to Villanova

Patty Esposito ’80 CLAS—with her husband, Jim ’79 VSB, and children, Reilly ’16 CLAS, Connor ’10 VSB and Emily ’13 VSB—receives the Villanova University Loyalty Award.
Patty Esposito ’80 CLAS—with her husband, Jim ’79 VSB, and children, Reilly ’16 CLAS, Connor ’10 VSB and Emily ’13 VSB—receives the Villanova University Loyalty Award.

Patty Esposito ’80 CLAS, a dedicated supporter of the University for three decades, was presented with the 2016 Villanova University Loyalty Award at Homecoming.

Esposito serves on the Villanova University Alumni Association Board of Directors and is an active member of the Villanova University Club of North Central Jersey. She received the inaugural Reunion Volunteer Service Award for her longtime leadership on Class of 1980 Reunion committees. Esposito is also a former member of the Villanova Parent Ambassadors and is a college fair volunteer in North Jersey for the Alumni
Recruitment Network.

Instituted in 1932 by the Villanova University Club of Greater Philadelphia, the Loyalty Award is one of the University’s oldest awards. The recipient is selected by the vote of previous award winners.

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