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University Advancement

Mike O’Neill Vice President for University Advancement


Dear Villanova Alumni, Parents and Friends,

“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.”

-St. Augustine

In these challenging and yes, hard times, I hope the strength and unity of the global Villanova community is bringing you an added measure of comfort and support. For me, as a University leader as well as a Villanova parent to a current student and an incoming freshman, I have never felt prouder or more privileged to be a member of this community. Our shared bonds and commitment to one another will only strengthen who we are, and to paraphrase Augustine, “who we are yet to become.”

Please know we are thinking about each of you and taking every step to ensure the safety of our community and the stability of our beloved institution. 

If you have not done so already, you can read about these efforts in the latest message from Father Peter.

I am also writing today to share important updates on several University Advancement topics:

Event Cancellations

  • We have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone all campus events for the remainder of the semester, including Reunion.
  • As we explore potential alternatives for Reunion, the Office of Alumni Relations will be in touch directly with those who celebrate milestone reunions this year. We are committed to working with our reunion class volunteers to provide an avenue and timeframe to celebrate this signature event.
  • We are also cancelling all in-person Advancement and University-sponsored alumni events for the rest of this semester. Please note that refunds will be issued as appropriate and in as timely a manner as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Virtual Engagement Opportunities

  • In this uncertain time, many of us are seeking ways to connect with each other, lift one another up and maintain a sense of normalcy in our day-to-day routines. We are pleased to continue to offer Online Career Coaching and Career Strategies webinars for our alumni.
  • The Office of Alumni Relations will be providing additional virtual engagement opportunities through Facebook and the Nova Network.

Support for Students

  • Many of you have reached out seeking ways to help our students during this crisis, and for that we are incredibly grateful, and find ourselves once again inspired by the caring, mission-driven community that is Villanova. If you would like to have an immediate impact on our students, please make a gift and select the area you would like to support:
    • The Student Emergency Fund: Your gift will provide support to students for living expenses, technology for online learning and other necessities.
    • Tutoring and Learning Support Services: Your gift will allow Villanova's various academic support centers to continue to deliver the services our students need to complete their courses and learning activities online.
    • Career and Professional Development Services: Your gift will help the Career Center team expand its availability to provide virtual appointments to our students even though they are off-campus.
  • Many of you have been kind enough to conduct Zoom/Skype meetings with members of our University Advancement team to stay updated and engaged, and we are grateful for your continued interest in philanthropically supporting Villanova. If you are interested in such an opportunity, please contact Colleen Tormey, Assistant Director, University Advancement at

Lenten Season

  • In his March 16 message to the community, Father Peter referred to the Lenten Season as our time to be called into the desert to reflect on our relationship with God and one another. As we journey through Lent and prepare for Easter, we encourage you to lean on Villanova for spiritual nourishment.
  • In partnership with the Office for Mission and Ministry, we welcome prayer requests so that you and your loved ones may share in the support of the Villanova community. To submit a prayer request, please visit
  • If you would like to receive Mission and Ministry’s Lenten Reflections, please sign up here.
  • We also invite the Villanova community to connect and engage through live streaming of the daily and Sunday Masses offered by the Augustinians at St. Thomas of Villanova parish.

I look forward to remaining in touch as we carefully and thoughtfully monitor the circumstances facing our community and, indeed, the world. As always, I remain inspired by your passion for and loyalty to Villanova. Live well!

Mike O'Neill Signature

Mike O’Neill
Senior Vice President for University Advancement

$1 Million Gift from Alumni Susan and Andrew DiLoreto Supports Sustainability Initiative and Men’s Lacrosse Locker Room

Villanova University has announced a $1 million gift from alumni Susan ’80 and Andrew ’80 DiLoreto. Part of the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” the gift supports sustainability research in the College of Engineering, with broad-based impact, and a new locker room for the Men’s Lacrosse program.

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Villanova University Surpasses $750 Million in Support for Comprehensive Capital Campaign, For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change

Villanova University announced today that its historic comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” has reached $750 million in gifts and pledges.  The University reached its $600 million goal for the campaign in December 2016—18 months ahead of schedule. Villanova also announced that it has exceeded $107 million in gifts and pledges in the current fiscal year, marking the fifth consecutive fiscal year in which fundraising surpassed $100 million. The campaign is scheduled to close at the end of the University’s fiscal year on May 31, 2018.

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Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Receives $5 Million Commitment from Dee ’86 and Nick Adams

Villanova University has announced a $5 million commitment from alumna Deborah “Dee” Silvers Adams ’86 FCN and her husband, Nick, that provides anchor support for the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. The largest philanthropic commitment in the history of Villanova Nursing, the Adams’ gift honors Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick—the College of Nursing’s visionary dean, who passed away in September—and allows her legacy to live on at the College of Nursing and at Villanova.

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Villanova University Receives $1 Million Commitment from Alumnus Kyle Lowry

Villanova University has received a $1 million commitment from alumnus and Villanova Basketball great Kyle Lowry—a three-time NBA All-Star guard for the Toronto Raptors and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist—and his wife, Ayahna, as part of the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” 

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Villanova University Receives $5 Million Commitment from Trustee Patrick McMahon

Villanova University has received a $5 million commitment from alumnus and University Trustee Patrick McMahon ’85, and his wife, Kristen, as part of the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” The McMahons’ gift, announced Oct. 12 at Hoops on the Hudson in New York City—the University’s annual event celebrating the start of the Men’s Basketball season—supports renovations to the Pavilion, which will be named Finneran Pavilion when it reopens.

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Villanova University Receives Grant from Freeman Foundation to Expand Internship Opportunities in Asia

Villanova University has been awarded a grant from The Freeman Foundation to its Center for Global Leadership, housed in the Villanova School of Business (VSB). The grant will expand student participation in internships in East and Southeast Asia. The funding will allow students from across the University’s schools and colleges to take part in internship programs in Asia, including the Shanghai International Business Internship program and the Global Citizens Program in Singapore, as well as expanded internship opportunities for engineering students in Indonesia and Cambodia. 

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