Alumni Medallion Recipients 2012

Alumni Medallion Recipents

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes distinguished alumni who have made and continue to make meaningful and lasting contributions to bettering the world around them

11.21.2012 VILLANOVA, Pa. –Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently recognized its 2012 Alumni Medallion recipients at a special on-campus celebration. 

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ 2012 Alumni Medallion recipients include:

Alumni Medallion

Vice Admiral Nanette M. Derenzi, USN, ’83, History

Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi is the 42nd Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy. As the Judge Advocate General, DeRenzi is the principal military legal counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations, and serves as the Department of Defense representative for Ocean Policy Affairs (REPOPA). As the JAG, she also leads the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legalmen, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy JAG Corps community.  She holds various decorations and awards, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).

DeRenzi graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University in 1983. She was commissioned through the JAG Corps Student Program and, in 1986, graduated from the Temple University School of Law. She later earned a Master of Laws degree (Environmental Law) from the George Washington University School of Law.

Alumni Medallion

Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr. ’71, Political Science

Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr., is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the executive vice president of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation. In his role as executive vice president, he oversees the Chamber’s three non-for-profit foundations: the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), and the National Chamber Foundation (NCF).  Before that, Martinez-Fonts served as assistant secretary and special assistant to the secretary for the private sector at the Department of Homeland Security. He was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the department. Martinez-Fonts worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the department. He served under-secretaries Ridge, Chertoff, and Napolitano.

Martinez-Fonts received his undergraduate degree in political science from Villanova University in 1971, where he serves on the Alumni Association Board. He received his M.B.A. in finance from Long Island University in 1974.

Young Alumni Medallion

Ivanley Noisette ’08, Political Science

Ivanley Noisette graduated in 2008 from Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and concentrations in Peace & Justice, Africana Studies, and History and received a Master of Public Service from the William J. Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, in 2011, with concentrations in Development, Education and Social Change.  In recognition of his excellent academic and leadership record, Noisette was awarded the first George J. Mitchell Scholar ever bestowed on a Villanovan in 2011 and studied Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. 

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Noisette led efforts to establish the Hope for Haiti Little Rock Initiative, organizing post-earthquake relief fundraisers and disaster preparedness initiatives in collaboration with the Clinton Foundation and the American Red Cross.  He spearheaded a multi-media campaign to raise awareness of the earthquake’s incredible destruction.  Regarding Africa, Noisette has worked as a research assistant with Bridge2Rwanda where he proposed higher education recommendations to the Rwandan Presidential Advisory Council on the competitive market for merit-based scholarships.  Additionally, for the Ministry of Education in Kigali, Rwanda, he wrote concept notes for three new offices: International Student Cultural Exchange, Office of University Partnerships and Skills/Test Prep Center and organized workshops on the Modular System of Higher Education. 

Graduate Alumni Medallion

Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei, PhD, Philosophy

Dr. Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City and a Research Associate for The Balzan Project on Literature as an Object of Knowledge at St. John’s College, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.  She graduated from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Philosophy with a minor in English in 1993.  Dr. Gosetti-Ferencei received her Master of Arts in Philosophy (1995) and was the first to receive a PhD in Philosophy from Villanova University (1999). 

Dr. Gosetti-Ferencei’s publications include Exotic Spaces in German modernism (Oxford University Press); The Ecstatic Quotidian: Phenomenological Sightings in Modern Art and Literature (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007); Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language (Fordham University Press, 2004); and a translation, with Matthias Fritsch, of Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religious Life (Indiana University Press, 2004). She has also published a book of poetry, After the Palace Burns (Zoo Press, 2003), which won the Paris Review Prize in poetry.

Among her notable awards and achievements,  Dr. Gosetti-Ferencei has earned the Fordham University Undergraduate Teaching Award for the Arts and Humanities, American Library Association Outstanding Academic Title/CHOICE Award (for The Ecstatic Quotidian), been named a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford along with the John Tich Award for Excellence in Philosophy at Villanova.