Alumni

Officially formed in 2006, and recognized by both the Villanova University Alumni Association and Special Olympics Pennsylvania, the Villanova Special Olympics Alumni Chapter seeks to unite former committee members and focus their support of the Fall Festival.

Every committee member who joined the organization came from a different background.  Some have family members or friends with intellectual disabilities, others had worked with their local programs during elementary and high school, and some simply have a general passion for service and commitment to the community.  Regardless, by the time we all were finished with the program, the enthusiasm and emotions of the athletes impacted each of us in ways that we will never forget.

Thanks to the support of over 700 committee alumni, the event has grown to be the largest of its kind in the world.  Through continual improvement and hard work, the Fall Festival has been recognized as a model program for Special Olympics International, and frequently receives information requests from other states looking to establish similar programs in their area.

Each year during the Fall Festival, the VSOAC will offer several opportunities for committee alumni and their families.  More specific information on these events will be available at this website in late Summer.

If you have any suggestions for alumni events, or any questions, please feel free to contact us!  See you in November!

2013 Alumni Committee
Matthew Harris '06
Chapter Co-President
2005 Fall Festival Director
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Danica Feustel '07
Chapter Co-President
2006 Fall Festival Director
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Chrissy F. Quisenberry '98
Former Advisor
1997 Director of Support Services
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Alumni Events

In Villanova's 33rd consecutive year hosting Special Olympics of Pennsylvania (and the 25th hosting the Fall Festival) , the event continues to grow and evolve into one of the largest and best student-run programs of its kind in the world.

Several events for committee alumni and their families take place at the Fall Festival, which runs and entire weekend.  Check back to this website in late summer for more details.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Former Festival Directors Pledging Their Support to the Chapter

Charlie Hannon '11
2010 Fall Festival Director

Allison Kahl '10
2009 Fall Festival Director

Alessandro Roco '09
2008 Fall Festival Director

Jennifer Park '08
2007 Fall Festival Director

Danica Feustel '07
2006 Fall Festival Director

Matthew Harris '06
2005 Fall Festival Director

Colleen Gruffi '05
2004 Fall Festival Director

Jennifer Fleckenstein '04
2003 Fall Festival Director

Maureen Dirscherl '03
2002 Fall Festival Director

Laura Menard Fitzgerald '00
1999 Fall Festival Director

Christopher Culp '99
1998 Fall Festival Director

Andrew Ranley '95
1994 Fall Festival Director

Stephen Ball '94
1993 Fall Festival Director

Erin Wynne '93
1992 Fall Festival Director

Ronald Baglio '92
1991 Fall Festival Director

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The Villanova Special Olympics Alumni Chapter is dedicated to uniting old committee members, and focusing alumni efforts in providing support for the Fall Festival.

Since 1989, over 700 Villanova students have been members of the Fall Festival committee.  Any questions, please contact the chapter at spoalumni@villanova.edu.