Faith & Learning Scholars Program
Senior Scholars and Faculty Mentors at the Recognition Dinner Dialogue Thursday, April 6, 2017 together with Founding Director Dr. Beth Hassel, PBVM, DMin (front row, far right) read and discussed over dinner “Thinking Vocationally: Wisdom for the Road” by Gordon Smith.
Graduating seniors of the “Faith and Learning Scholars” program were recognized at the close of the evening, receiving certificates and Honor Cords representing faith and wisdom.
Front row left to right: Maria Camila Peralta, Kayla Jones, Mackenzie Helmick, Elizabeth Cangialosi, Emily Tenuta, Dr. Bette Mariani, Alison Mabery, Taylor Spurlock, Kelsey Hanson, Andrew Stock, Gabriella Berman, and Dr. Hassel.
Middle row left to right: Courtney Morrissette, Maura Dougherty, Caroline Dolan, Sarah Hopkins, Dr. Stefanie Knauss, Dr. Rachel Smith, Alexandra Brodin, Dr. Alan Pichanick, Paul Elhallal.
Back Row left to right: Dr. James M. Wilson, Patrick Wenger, Nicholas Crowley, Thomas Palazzolo, Dr. Nancy Sharts-Hopko, Dr. Robert Styer, Gregory Branigan, Dr. Christopher Daly, Evan Kurt, Erin Peterson, and Dr. Peter Busch.
Not pictured are Faculty Mentors: Fr. Francis Caponi, OSA, Dr. Denise Hanes-Downey and Dr. Tamara Kear; and Senior Scholars Megan Appleton, Patrick Connolly, Fizza Javed, Robert Kluge, Kara McPeak and Faith Wells.
The final dinner-dialogue of the year was held April 7, 2016 and the featured reading was discussed during the meal: "The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of your Life" by Os Guinness.
Graduating seniors of the “Faith and Learning Scholars” program were recognized at the close of the evening, receiving certificates and Honor Cords representing faith and wisdom. Pictured together with Dr. Beth Hassel, PBVM, DMin, the program’s Founding Director (center) are:
Back row from left to right: Eric Ragone, Colleen Topper, Mary Frances Roth, Patrick Connolly, Robert Kluge, Elke Nordeen, Marie-Elena Cronin, Adam Vincent, Brian Engelhart, Jordan Piper, Krystian Seebert, Alexa Serrano, Christina Dziedzic, Bailey Morley, Brendan Delaney, and Bridget Sweet.
Front row from left to right: Sarah Stankiewicz, Margaret Lamb, Bernard Jacobson, Yun-Hwa Jang, Dr. Hassel, Jane Van de Weghe, Alissa Welker, Alyssa Sbarra, Christine Fossaceca, and Rodrigo Rivera.
Not pictured: Tiffany Holohan, Cynthia Horvilleur, Suzanne Krepelka, Vallena Lipske and Sarah McMahon.
98 sophomore, junior and senior Scholars gathered with their faculty Mentors and distinguished guests in the Villanova Room for the final Dinner Dialogue of the year. The article discussed was “Inspiring Faith and Engaging Reality: Promoting Virtue in a Secular Age”, by Mark Ravizza, SJ. The Faith and Learning Scholars program, now beginning its fifth year, is a three year long program and features “Dinner with Big Questions,” i.e. Augustinian-styled Dinner Dialogues held four times annually attended by the scholars seated together with their faculty mentors.
The 24 Senior Scholars of the Center for Faith and Learning Faith and Learning Scholars program pictured here with Director Dr. Beth Hassel, PBVM, D.Min (front row, right), received their set of red and gold Honor Cords, representing faith and wisdom, at the close of the event. Similar to their Mentors these are worn at Commencement:
Left to right, back row: Jessica Swoboda, Noah Thacker, Christian Bruni, Kelly Gabriel, Wyatt Kimble and Alexander Kuczmarski.
Middle row: Lilly Rizzo, Sara Thoms, Megan Hopkins, Conor Dawson, Meaghan McCann, Rosalina Jowers, Anna Bauer, Brian DiCola, Mark Mullany, and Kimberly Tower.
Front row: Sarah Garwood, Elisabeth Nichols, Colleen Francke, Elizabeth Prather, Jennifer Warren and Dr. Hassel, Director.
Not pictured: Alexander Abdalla, Tiffany Ferrette and Mary Sondermeyer.
“Faith and Learning Scholars” program graduating senior Scholars are pictured with Center for Faith and Learning Founding Director Beth Hassel, PBVM, D.Min at the first Annual Recognition Dinner Dialogue held April 1, 2014. In all 104 sophomore, junior and senior Scholars and their faculty Mentors from all colleges of the University gathered to enjoy a meal and discuss the scholarly article selected for the evening: “Augustine’s Advice for Teachers and Students: Ever Ancient, Ever New” by John Immerwahr, PhD, Philosophy. At the end of the evening graduating senior Scholars were presented with red and gold Honor Cords by their faculty mentors, the color RED representing FAITH and the color GOLD representing WISDOM. Senior Scholars wore their Honor Cords at Commencement.
Pictured from left to right are: Katherine Garvey, Villanova School of Business; Christine Lafferty, Villanova School of Business; Samantha Williams, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Danielle George, Villanova School of Business; Beth Hassel, PBVM, D.Min, Founding Director, Center for Faith and Learning; Samantha Thoma, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Matthew Whalen, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Christine Conroy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Michael Corcoran, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Anna Beeman, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Graduating senior Scholars not pictured: Grace Cipressi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Thomas Horton, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Center for Faith & Learning Scholars program is now accepting applications for
the 2018-2019 academic year.
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Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges.