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.
The DiLoretos’ gift supports two areas, with one half supporting Villanova’s ongoing commitment to sustainability through a major interdisciplinary research project underway in the College of Engineering. Led by William Lorenz, Director of Villanova’s Sustainable Engineering Program, and C. Nataraj, PhD, Moritz Professor of Engineered Systems, the project seeks to develop a metrics-based tool to help Villanova assess its sustainability footprint and the associated positive societal impacts consistent with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
“Andy and I are pleased to have the opportunity to work with the College of Engineering on an initiative to further sustainable knowledge and practices at the University and beyond,” said Susan DiLoreto. “We are impressed with the enthusiasm and depth of thought exhibited by the Engineering staff and students as they move forward from preliminary concept to development.”
“We were particularly inspired by the project’s correlation to the Augustinian tradition and to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, which discusses care of the earth as a moral and spiritual concern and calls on everyone ‘to be protectors of God’s handiwork,’” she added.
Leveraging the expertise of the College’s Sustainable Engineering program and its Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems, the tool will be developed to fully integrate with emerging, long-term sustainability master plans at the College of Engineering and the broader University.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our faculty to make a direct and lasting impact on our campus community and to lead the way as colleges and universities advance their commitment to sustainability,” said Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, Drosdisck Endowed Dean of Engineering. “The DiLoretos share our enthusiasm for this project, and we are grateful for their generous support as we move forward.”
"The DiLoretos’ gift has provided significant momentum for Villanova's overall commitment to sustainability, including new University-wide initiatives that are in development,” said Lorenz. “In addition, we will be using the results of the DiLoreto-supported research, including advanced mathematical techniques, not only to develop Villanova's sustainability plan, but also to launch a software system that will share our research and experience with other universities around the world."
The other half of the DiLoretos’ gift supports the new Men’s Lacrosse locker room in Villanova Stadium. The new space features a team lounge area with studying and social spaces, the latest in audio and video technology, wooden lockers and graphics that celebrate the team’s history and Villanova Athletics’ tradition of excellence.
“The new locker room is a huge step forward in our commitment to lacrosse at Villanova. We are extremely grateful to the DiLoreto family and the many other supporters whose leadership and generosity made this possible,” said Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics. “We must continue to build upon this momentum and provide the right type of support to allow this program to excel at the championship level. We could not be more excited about the program’s future.”
“Our gift was inspired by our son Andrew’s participation in the program from 2004-2009, and to recognize the outstanding leadership of Coach Corrado and the hard work and dedication of his staff,” said Andy DiLoreto. “Coach Corrado is creating a truly elite program at Villanova—one we all can be very proud of.”
The Men’s Lacrosse locker room is one of several Athletics facilities supported through philanthropic investment in the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, including the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center, the Higgins Soccer Complex, the Track & Field locker room, Villanova Field Hockey Complex, enhancements to the Davis Center, and the Women’s Lacrosse locker room, which was dedicated last weekend. Renovations to the Finneran Pavilion—the home of Villanova’s National Champion Men’s Basketball program—are entirely donor- funded; the highly anticipated facility will open in Fall 2018.
“Villanova is an academic and athletic powerhouse, and this gift further strengthens that tradition,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement. “We are grateful to Susan and Andy for making this investment to support areas that are meaningful to their family, and to further bolster the tremendous impact of this campaign.”
Scheduled to close on May 31, 2018, the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change currently totals more than $750 million in gifts and pledges—$150 million above its $600 million goal.