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Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Awards 2015 Alumni Medallions


Three Villanova graduates and longtime dean honored  

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes the lives and accomplishments of its most distinguished alumni every year at its Alumni Medallion awards.  On October 22, three alumni were recognized as 2015 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion recipients at a special on-campus celebration.  

The evening also honored the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, currently assistant to the president, longtime Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and most recently vice president for Academic Affairs. Starting this year, the Alumni Medallion has been renamed the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA Alumni Medallion. 

“Father Ellis has served as friend, colleague and mentor to countless faculty, staff and students over the years.  His devotion to this college and its faculty has served both enormously well and it is with that dedication in mind that we tonight announce the renaming of the CLAS Alumni Medallion to the Reverend Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Alumni Medallion,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as she presented Father Ellis with the first medallion bearing its new name.    

“The professional and philanthropic endeavors of Brian F. Harrington, Diepiriye Anga and Michael B. Smith are a reflection of all we strive to be as a College,” said Dean Lindenmeyr.  “We are proud to honor them and their commitment to truly making a difference in the lives of others.”

The 2015  Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion Recipients are:

Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Alumni Medallion
Brian F. Harrington ’85  (English)

The first recipient of the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, Alumni Medallion is Brian F. Harrington ’85, founder of the Each One Counts Foundation, which seeks to provide complementary pain management therapies to terminally or chronically ill children receiving hospice or palliative care.  Since its founding, Each One Counts has funded more than 25,000 pain management sessions of massage, music, art, hydro and acutonics, as well as distributing more than $750,000 in grants to its pediatric hospice and palliative care partners.  In addition to running the charity, Mr. Harrington is senior vice president of Institutional Advancement for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, a 137-bed specialty facility, located in Yonkers, New York. He received his BA in English.

Young Alumni Medallion
Diepiriye Anga Esq., '11 (Political Science)

Diepiriye Anga received her BA in Political Science with minors in Peace and Justice and Africana Studies.  She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2014.  While at Penn Law, her activities included serving as national director of International Relations for the National Black Law Students Association.  In that role, Ms. Anga led students from around the country on a service break trip to assist with anti-human trafficking efforts in her native Nigeria.  In fall 2013, Ms. Anga was a semi-finalist in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She is currently an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York City. She maintains an active pro-bono practice where she assists clients with asylum, immigration and civil and human rights matters.  She is also a supervising attorney for Fordham Law School’s Iraqi Refugee Project. 

Graduate Alumni Medallion
Michael B. Smith, MA '94, PhD (History)

Michael B. Smith, PhD has taught History and Environmental Studies at Ithaca College since 2001.  During his time at Ithaca, he has received a fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support his work in the scholarship of teaching and learning.  He co-edited the book Citizenship Across the Curriculum (Indiana University Press, 2010). In 2013 Dr. Smith spent several months in rural Nicaragua working on a sustainable development project.  Recently he completed the NEH grant project on a digital teaching and learning tool called “Untangling the Web of Historical Thinking.”  He received his MA in History from Villanova University and his PhD from Indiana University.  


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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