Villanova, PA, April 25, 2014 - The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) announced the winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. Sally Scholz, professor of philosophy and editor of the major feminist philosophy journal in the United States, Hypatia, won the faculty ICE Award. Five students—one from each college—also received this honor: Cameron Piper ’14 COE, Stephen Kane ’14 CLAS, Aurora Vandewark ’14 CON, Vanessa Stine ’14 VLS, and Charlie Dolan ’14 VSB.
The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. Each winning students received a trophy and $1,000 prize. The Villanova faculty member who wins receives a trophy and a $2,500 prize.
The student award-winners displayed a number of different exceptional entrepreneurial traits. Piper won the award for his involvement in the entrepreneurship program at Villanova, as well as being involved in multiple entrepreneurship competitions, including the Innovation Chase, Innovation Encounter at Lawrence Tech University and VSEC for two years. Piper’s idea for Liftoff Solutions, a training wheel solution for children's bicycles, won 2nd place in 2012 VSEC.
Kane earned the Meyer ICE Award through his participation as a radio host on WXVU and being a columnist for the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper at Villanova, where he wrote many articles pertaining to the nature of local musicians who struggle to promote their art. Through the newspaper and the radio station, Kane has created a vehicle for the less renowned artists of the area to creatively and openly exhibit their talent.
Vandewark received the ICE Award due to excellent academic achievements and her service and community activities. She has demonstrated her leadership abilities, as well as a dedication to service, through the positions that she has held as chair and committee member of the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, as delegate to the state convention of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, as secretary/treasurer of Nursing without Borders, as philanthropy co-chair and webmaster of Chi Omega Women's Fraternity and as dramaturge and costumer for the Villanova Student Musical Theatre.
Stine was recognized for of her leadership and innovation to both create and modify pro bono projects. She strives to create new programs that help vulnerable populations, including her groundbreaking work with the Notario Fraud Project, which has had immediate success.
Dolan earned this recognition for being an original member of the ICE CaPS program and has been actively involved in the ICE center since its inception and attending the second trip for Villanova in the Valley. On top of this, he is a co-founder of Sequoia Waste Solutions in Pittsburgh, PA.
Faculty award-winner Dr. Scholz is acknowledged for recognizing the changing face of academic publishing, where she has initiated a podcast series for the journal's book reviews and, most interestingly, a video interview series with individual authors. Such innovations bring new generations of readers to the journal while also enhancing the pedagogical possibilities of any given article. Dr. Scholz gets the campus involved with her work by working with a team of graduate students and an undergraduate, as well as Falvey Library and UNIT.