VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute (ICE Institute) at Villanova University has announced the winners of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards. Six students were selected to receive this honor: Abigail Buckenheimer ’16 COE, Natalie Galvez ’16 CLAS, Meghan Long ’16 CON, Lincoln Escobar ’16 VSB, Michael Bambrick ’16 CPS, and Sara Resetar ’16 VLS. Sue Metzger, Instructor of Accountancy & Information Systems in the Department of Computing Sciences, earned the faculty ICE award.
The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB and Edward Meyer ’86 VSB in honor of their father, Charles Paul Meyer ’30 VSB, to recognize the spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that are a hallmark of Villanova University and the ICE Institute. Meyer ICE Award winners, both faculty and student recipients, receive the Meyer family designed trophy and cash awards to assist in their innovation efforts.
“This year’s Meyer ICE winners represent the best and brightest members of our community. The diversity of their achievements clearly illustrates the different ways Villanovans view innovation and creative excellence,” said II Luscri, executive director of the ICE Institute. “The Meyer family vision and creation of this award has allowed our University to put innovation and creativity at the forefront of curricular and co-curricular pursuits, across all schools, and we are excited to welcome this year’s class to the great list of former winners.”
Faculty award-winner Metzger is acknowledged for spearheading VU Women in Tech, an annual university event launched in 2016, which is designed to inspire women to consider opportunities with technology. VU Women in Tech challenged this year’s attendees, which included students, alumni, faculty and staff, to be innovators in tech fields. Metzger took the initiative to create the new program in response to suggestions from Villanova students. Metzger organized and executed the event, which hosted 18 speakers and inspired 130 attendees representing every college within the University.
An entrepreneurial standout from her first days at Villanova, Abigail Buckenheimer was selected as Villanova’s first University Innovation Fellow (UIF), serving on campus as a student ambassador for the national program. In the summer of 2015, she participated in the Villanova Summer Innovation Incubator (VSII), where she, along with her team, designed a low-cost, portable blood testing unit that can measure the Complete Blood Count (CBC), the most commonly ordered blood test. She and her teammates continue to advance the project. Additionally, Buckenheimer has participated in the ICE Center’s 24 Hour Imagination Quest and Android Hackathon.
Natalie Galvez got her first taste of entrepreneurship managing her own business, Natalie’s Cake Creations, while still in high school. Her love of baking and innovative spirit carried over to Villanova where she re-established the defunct Villanova Baking Club, a group that now consists of more than 700 active members. Galvez then went on to assist with the formation of the Cuban-American Student Association (CASA) at Villanova, and is on track to become one of the first Villanova students to graduate with a minor in business entrepreneurship. Galvez is currently developing an ICE curriculum through her course work that will further enhance the innovative and creative culture at Villanova.
Meghan Long began delving in to the topic of electronic aggression and cyberbullying during her freshman year at Villanova in 2012. After identifying a significant gap in nursing literature, she developed a research proposal to determine if there is a relationship between traditional physical bullying, electronic aggression, and health risk behaviors in high school students. Long’s study was funded by the Davis Family Undergraduate Student Research Fund in the College of Nursing. Long has been a vocal advocate for innovation and creativity in nursing, and was selected by the College of Nursing to represent the undergraduate nursing program at the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 2016 annual scientific conference, as well as the National Student Nurse Association convention.
After coming to Villanova from his home country of Nicaragua, Lincoln Escobar co-founded Fistudo LLC, a social media platform that hosts and displays events. Escobar helped lead the company for two years, during which he negotiated equity deals and executed legal partnerships. He has won numerous awards while at Villanova for his entrepreneurship, including first place in the ICE Center’s 24 Hour Imagination Quest in 2013 and 2014 and second place in the Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition (VSEC) in 2014 and 2015. Escobar helps spread his passion for entrepreneurship on the Villanova campus by sharing his experiences and words of encouragement with other student entrepreneurs.
Michael Bambrick has repeatedly demonstrated the spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova’s academics by leveraging what he has learned in his coursework to implement real-life ideas. For example, in his marketing course, Bambrick created a real plan for a company that could connect the world to the web via satellite. Bambrick created a collaborative hub of innovation for his classmates, faculty and peers. Additionally, he has selflessly contributed his skills in graphic arts and web page design to the College of Professional Studies’ Disney Institute program.
As a JD/MBA candidate, Sara Resetar demonstrated innovation and determination by developing a unique student pathway at Villanova that would encompass her professional interests and accomplish her goals in the long-term. Resetar thrived as a sports agent with signed clients, successfully landing clients with opportunities abroad and in the Philadelphia region. She moved on to work with a New Jersey law firm, dedicating her focus to transaction and litigation. Resetar was selected to participate in the “Villanova in the Valley” Program for the 2015-2016 academic year, using concepts learned in the program to assist in the growth of multiple companies. Resetar currently serves as a student counselor at the Villanova University School of Law’s Clinic for Law and Entrepreneurship, and has also used her abilities and experiences to foster the growth of the Villanova University Women’s Ice Hockey Program in an effort to elevate the team to a varsity sport.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.