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Health Professions Education at Villanova University Celebrates 100 Years

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Villanova, Pa. – For 100 years Villanova University has been preparing students for futures as doctors, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists and other health professions with pre-health education. As part of the 100th anniversary, a Centenary Celebration will welcome alumni, students, faculty and staff to celebrate on Friday, October 30, 2015 in Villanova University’s Connelly Center.

After years of educating pre-health professionals, Villanova University formalized the educational process and developed the Health Professions Advising Office, housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Health Professions Advising Office helps walk students through effective course selection, as well as internships that will help position students to be the best candidates for professional schools. The Office also maintains a network of affiliations which offer combined degrees with Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Salus University.

Every year students from various disciplines at Villanova University are accepted to and attend professional schools across the country. Within the Class of 2015, 83 students are now attending 42 professional schools including Georgetown University School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University’s Physical Therapy Program, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

The Centenary Celebration on October 30 will welcome current students and alumni and features alumni panel discussions, a welcome reception and networking event, and a distinguished alumni panel featuring:

  • Diane Adamczyk, OD ’81 CLAS, professor and director of Residency Education at SUNY College of Optometry 
  • Jerome Canady, MD ’76 CLAS, Canady Surgical Group 

  • Robert Faiella, DMD ’77 CLAS, past-president, American Dental Association

  • Mark Lutschaunig, VMD ’84 CLAS, director, Government Relations, American Veterinary Medical Association

The October 30, 2015 event is from 1 pm – 8:30 pm in Villanova’s Connelly Center. It is hosted by the Health Professions Advising Office, Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, Pre-Medical Club, Pre-Dental Student Association, Pre-Optometry Club, Pre-Veterinary Club, Pre-Physician Assistant Club and SPOTS (Pre-SLP, PT, OT Society).


About Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world.  With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, It is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective. 

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Jennifer Schu

Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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