Ms. Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland (GIS Russian Area Studies Major, Class of 2019) sent a photo of herself standing, with warm smile and conveyed greetings, next to a statue of Alexander Sergeevich himself.
Before departing for Ukraine, Lucy wrote of her Russian Area Studies’ experience at Villanova:
“I am grateful beyond words for the support, mentorship, and enthusiasm I have found at Villanova University’s Russian Studies program. After graduating, I am honored and excited to be leaving for a Fulbright Student Fellowship in Ukraine, where I will be conducting research at the Odessa Center for Nonproliferation at Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University and at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. It has been with the vital support and guidance of each and every one of my faculty mentors close to the Global Interdisciplinary Studies: Russian Area Studies program that I am able to embark on this next adventure. I could not be more grateful and appreciative for all that they have taught me during my years at Villanova University…. I have also been fortunate enough to be able to watch the Russian Studies program grow, and it is wonderful to see so clearly that this program is being left in the hands of a remarkable group of students.”
Read the full text of Lucy’s “RAS Legacy Statement,” along with those of graduates of past years, here.