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On Tuesday, May 5, during the College of Professional Studies’ Annual Awards and Graduate Recognition Event, three of the college’s highest achieving students were honored with the 2021 Medallion of Academic Excellence. Brittni Jones, Erica Howard, and Robert Lyons were each awarded for their exemplary performance in their pursuit of their Bachelor’s degrees.
From a Fishing App to Million Dollar Philanthropy Efforts, Ryan Oakley ’21 CPS Seeks to Change the World
Ryan Oakley ’21 CPS is the type of person you speak to, even for a short time, and you can just feel his passion to change the world. In small ways, in big ways, in all the ways. A May 2021 graduate with a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in organizational development and management, Ryan now has the educational foundation, the skills and the network to fuel his passions. An excellent student, Ryan was named the student speaker at this year’s CPS Annual Awards Dinner, which recognized and honored him and all of his fellow graduates.
With about a year and a half left in her studies, Leah was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the same way she tackles the rest of her life, with positivity, confidence and determination, a breast cancer diagnosis didn’t slow her down. Leah’s course load never wavered despite surgery and chemotherapy. She attended her online classes at night after having chemotherapy the very same day and, while difficult, she “somehow got through it.” But “got through it” doesn’t quite tell the story. Leah didn’t just get through it, she excelled. Leah graduates this May and was also inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, which is reserved for those in the top 20% of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.2. She was also named the CPS Grit Award Winner, which is given to one student each year who demonstrates passion, persistence and a commitment to education. Leah demonstrated a special kind of persistent, the kind that nothing—not even cancer—can stop.
The summer of 2021 will be full of new beginnings and new pursuits. As our lives re-emerge from social distancing, many will seek fresh ideas or commit to learning new skills. Villanova University’s wide offering of Summer Session courses includes a diverse array of opportunities for all types of learners.
When Chad Allen was preparing for his transition from the Marine Corps, he saw a recurring theme among job listings: degree needed. Allen, who served in the Marines for 11 years, is among nearly 200,000 veterans that exit the military annually, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA ranks entering the workforce as a leading challenge for service members who are making the move to civilian life. And it is what led Allen to explore education opportunities long after he last sat in a classroom.