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Lynda ’90 VSB and Bob ’89 VSB, ’91 G.S. Brady

For some, running a successful home-building business while raising a family of six children, might leave very little time for anything else. But for Lynda and Bob Brady, sharing their gifts with others is a part of what it means to be a success.

As a student athlete at Villanova, Bob received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from VSB while setting 17 individual school records as a Four Year Starter and GTE Academic All American on the Villanova Football Team.  He also is a member of the Villanova Hall of Fame with the honor of having his jersey retired (#8).  
 
Currently Bob is president and owner of Keystone Homes in Bloomington, Illinois, which provides custom new home construction, remodeling and real estate investment services. Lynda is also a VSB graduate, and an active owner and partner in Keystone Homes.

The Villanova commitment to service and the Augustinian values they received at Villanova inspire Bob and Lynda to look for ways to give back to others. The Bradys are members of the President’s Club, Midwest Regional Campaign Committee and the Varsity Club. They have generously supported the University and most recently the West End Zone Project which will provide exciting new facilities for Villanova Football. The Bradys are also active in many non-profit charities in their community having built six St. Jude’s Homes for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, raised over $600,000 for their local Community Cancer Center, chaired The Grape Soirée for Easter Seals, and were spotlighted on the TV show “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” building a new home for a family in need. They donated their time, materials and expertise as well as garnered support from others in the local building community. “There is nothing more rewarding than giving back of your time, treasure and talent in St. Augustine’s fashion.” notes Bob Brady.

Kerry Cooley Bruggemann

Kerry Cooley Bruggemann '06 COE

Villanova University graduates go on to make an impact, to ignite change, to be greater. Kerry Cooley Bruggemann ’06 COE is no exception. The Minnesota native, inspired by Villanova’s academic rigor, commitment to service and overall spirit, has committed herself to the University that helped shape the successful engineer and volunteer she is today. 

Bruggemann is a managing principal with Michaud Cooley Erickson, a Minneapolis-St. Paul based consulting engineering firm. Over the years, she has developed an extensive background in the design of HVAC and plumbing systems for public, commercial, industrial, office and retail building projects. In February, Bruggemann was named the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year for the state of Minnesota. 

Today, Kerry works to preserve and share the University’s unique heritage and personality. Since graduation, she has made enhancing the Villanova alumni community in the Midwest a priority. Bruggemann is member of the Villanova University Alumni Association Board of Directors and serves on the Young Alumni Campaign Committee. As an active member of the Minnesota alumni community, she will once again host the Minnesota New Student Send-Off in August. 

Villanova University is in the midst of one of the most exciting periods in its history – the University’s first provost has been appointed, tremendous progress has been made through the capital campaign, and Villanova will be making a move toward becoming a doctoral/research university in the coming year. Bruggemann calls upon her fellow alumni to be part of the momentum. “Giving back to Villanova, in any way, benefits all of us in the end. In part, we are the architects of our students’ success, serving as guides as our University moves forward into the national spotlight”.

 

  

 

Jan and Paul J. Varello '65 COE

Jan and Paul J. Varello ’65 COE

Jan and Paul J. Varello ’65 COE are helping to chart the future of the College of Engineering with theirhistoric $13.5 million commitment - the largest in the College of Engineering’s history and second largest single gift in the history of Villanova University.

Paul, a Houston resident and the CEO of Sterling Construction Company Inc., credits much of his success to the experience and education he received at Villanova, “I learned to value the Augustinian tradition and the call to do something in service to others. The larger lessons I learned at Villanova have stayed with me my whole life”. The Civil Engineering major was dedicated to his studies and worked summers and during breaks to afford tuition while enrolled at the University. It was through Villanova that Varello learned diligence and determination and gained an appreciation for the opportunities he had at the University.

Since graduation, Varello has supported Villanovaannually. Today, the Varello’s endowed fund will be used at the dean’s discretion, providing the College of Engineering perpetual support and will be used wisely to ensure Villanova Engineering remains a leader in academic innovation and research – reinforcing  the College’s rightful place on the national stage.

Over the years, Paul has remained an active member of the Villanova alumni community, hosting events and attending them when his schedule permits. He will return to Villanova in June for Reunion when he will celebrate his 50th Reunion. 

 

 

Molly Schreiber

Molly Schreiber '11 CLAS

When you ask Molly Schreiber ’11 CLAS why she is involved with Villanova, she responds without hesitation: education.

Molly, a senior associate at the corporate and crisis communications firm, Reputation Partners LLC, based in Chicago, attributes much of her current personal and professional success to the strong academic foundation established at Villanova University. As a recent graduate, her involvement in the campaign, For the Greater Great ®: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, goes without question. “Villanova afforded me incredible opportunities, provided me with lifelong friends and mentors and exposed me to countless formative experiences. I feel indebted to the University and its staff, and I feel honored to be a part of Villanova’s ongoing effort to raise the bar for academic excellence.”

As an honors student, a reporter for the Villanovan and a member of the Villanova Women’s Club Lacrosse team, Schreiber capitalized on a tremendous array of academic, athletic and philanthropic activities. Since graduation, Molly has made her involvement in Villanova University a priority. Through her work with the Midwest Campaign Committee and her membership in the Young Alumni Circle, Molly hopes to inspire other young alumni to give back to the institution that has afforded them so much. “Whether through volunteering time or contributions toward our campaign goals, every gift matters”.

 

JoeCampolo

Joe Campolo '90 VSB

Joe Campolo '90 has been an active member of the Villanova community from the moment he stepped on campus. Over the years, his passion for and dedication to his school has grown.

Today, Joe is the co-founder, partner and president of Arbor Investment Management LLC – a food and beverage private equity firm based in Chicago. In addition, he is chairman of Gold Standard Baking, LLC, Fieldbrook Foods Corporation and Pita Bread Factory, Ltd.

Amid his activities at Arbor and his busy family life, Joe and his wife, Angela, have remained active within the Villanova network. The Campolos are very involved in many aspects of Villanova, but have been particularly committed to the soccer program. In fact, in a dedication ceremony scheduled for October 4, the recently renovated soccer game field will be named Campolo Field in honor of his gift.

"Attending Villanova was one of the most pivotal events in my life.  I believe it's important to give back to the University that has been so instrumental in shaping me into who I've become today." Villanova is grateful to have Joe on its team – he is the Midwest Campaign Committee chair and serves on several other groups, including the President’s Leadership Circle and the Campaign Executive Committee. 

 

 

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Lynley Stephany  Director of Major Giving, Midwest

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