Joint Projects

Madasgar

Villanova/CRS Water, Sanitation, Health (WASH), Madagascar (Ongoing initative commencing Spring 2015)

CRS invited Villanova to collaborate with CRS-Madagascar on a 3-5 year water, sanitation, health (WASH) project, beginning with the College of Engineering and extending to the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the College of Nursing.  Villanova University would be CRS-MG’s only university partner.  CRS-MG was awarded a $38 million, 5-year U.S. Food Security grant. WASH is an integral component of the grant and $66,000 of the grant is earmarked for WASH in FY 2015. 

  • Engineering
    • Coordinated by Prof. Jordan Ermilio and VESL
    • Research on the performance and infrastructure sustainability of water systems
    • Villanova awarded a two-year Graduate Engineering Research Fellowship for international development and sustainability. This student will work on the Madagascar project and will be on-site in Madagascar during student internships in the summer of 2015.
    • In the Fall of 2014, two Engineering Courses integrated CRS Projects into their curriculum, and in the Spring of 2015 a French Course has been included in the work, therefore creating interdisciplinary opportunities where Engineering and French students can work together on international development projects that include humanitarian relief
  • Arts and Sciences
    • French is the native language. Coordinated by Prof. Etienne Achille, French and Francophone Studies students will help communicate in French and translate technical manuals
    • Using Global Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), The Department of Geography and Envirmonmental Studies are able to identify areas to evacuated during the cyclone season and optimal distribution sites for U.S. food commodoties. The can provide further training of CRS Malagasy staff in GIS and other relevant tools.
  • School of Business
    • Work on research of Public Private Partnerships to determine performance and profitability.  
  • College of Nursing
    • Educate Malagasy people on health and the relationship of nutrition, water and sanitation.
  • Internships
    • For 8 weeks five interns and one graduate internship advisor with backgrounds in engineering, French and Haitian, biology, business, finance, economics, political science, mathematics and africiana studies will be paired with local agencies doing field based research working in various capacities.  

 

WASH project in Haiti

Villanova/CRS Water, Sanitation, Health (WASH) Training Workshop, Port au Prince, Haiti (Spring 2012)

  Professors Jordan Ermilio (Engineering) and Seth Whidden (French and Francophone Studies), Daniel Caine (alumni engineering consultant), Theresa Donohue and Kathryn Harter (alumni volunteer translators, facilitators)  May 21-26, 2012.  Training seminar for 27 CRS Haitian staff on the delivery of water, sanitation, and waste management services.  Faculty/student prepared workshop materials, included: lectures and case studies.  Workshop presentations and activities were delivered in English and French and included live lectures, pre-recorded Villanova faculty video lectures, and breakout discussion activities.  Participants were provided with copies of all translated materials and given a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar.

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CRS/Villanova Theater Department Drama Project (Summer 2005)

With CRS scholarship support, three Villanova graduate theater students spent one week on the Arizona/Mexico border, interviewing migrants, ranchers, border patrol, human rights activists, parish priests and social ministers, etc. Drawing on their experience, the students wrote, produced, and performed "Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border," an hour-long production that tells the human and complex story of immigration. "Line in the Sand" has been performed for university, church, and community audiences in the Northeast.

Line in the sand poster

With CRS scholarship support, three Villanova graduate theater students spent one week on the Arizona/Mexico border, interviewing migrants, ranchers, border patrol, human rights activists, parish priests and social ministers, etc. Drawing on their experience, the students wrote, produced, and performed "Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border," an hour-long production that tells the human and complex story of immigration. "Line in the Sand" has been performed for university, church, and community audiences in the Northeast.
(Photo credit Kevin Kostic)

Line in the Sand

Villanova grad, Gina Pisasale, portrays Lucresia. Lucresia is attempting to cross the Arizona desert to reunite her and her children with her husband in the States. (Photo credit David Snyder)

Line in the Sand co-authors

Co-authors of THE LINE IN THE SAND and Villanova theatre grads Jared Delaney, Elizabeth Pool, Gina Pisasale, and Baird Kistner, pose at this rest stop in northern Mexico. (Photo credit Kevin Kostic)

Jared Delaney

Villanova grad program of theatre graduate, Jared Delaney, portrays a Tuscan Border Patrol Agent. (Photo credit David Snyder.)