President’s Report 2020-2021

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A Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

Villanova attracts and forges world changers.

No matter the year. No matter the circumstances. Villanovans ignite change. Even when things are tough—especially when things are tough.

In my President’s Report for 2020–2021, I have chosen to celebrate Villanova students who have taken action during this year when we were told to stay put. These students are creators, connectors and innovators. They have delivered what our community and our world needs—visionary ideas, unwavering commitment, points of connection, moments of levity and joy.

In a year like no other, these students made their mark, leading with vision and purpose.

Ultimately, these stories represent the stories of so many Villanovans who, during this uncertain year, have taken action and have gotten involved.

Again and again, Villanovans adapt, create and innovate. Villanovans ignite change.

Here’s to the change-makers.


The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75

The Change-Makers
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The Aviation Entrepreneur

Phong Nguyen Dang ’21

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The Collaborator

Anna Staiger ’21

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The Award-Winning Educator

Mervin Woodlin Jr. ’18 MA, ’22 MS

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The Sustainable Engineer

Alicia Piscatelli ’18 MS, ’21 PHD

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The Wellness CEO

Ronell Smith ’21

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The Sports Analyst

Ethan Carpenter ’22

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The Influencer

Alex Tantum ’22

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The Podcast Creator

Arun Thottakara ’21 JD

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The Podcast Creator

Joe Manganiello ’21 JD

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The Health Advocate

Tierra Smith ’21 MSN, CCRN-CSC

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The Student Leader

Ted Bolte ’21

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The Nonprofit Visionary

Michael DiMaio ’23

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The Conversation Starter

Laurenlee Dominguez ’21

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The Winning Candidate

Lauren Sum ’21

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The Campus Connector

Jasmine Mays ’21

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The Sharer of the Faith

Matt Davis ’21 MS

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The Budding Researcher

Joey LaMorte ’23

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The Community Champion

Michael Harding ’23 JD

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The Fashion Designer

Ioana-Taisia Turcescu ’23

“We are an Augustinian community that moves forward, that is not complacent, that believes the best way to improve your own life is by improving the lives of others.”

— The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75


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