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Villanova Magazine - Spring 2017 Issue

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Spring 2017, Volume 31, No. 1

How Far Would You Walk to Change Your Life?

"What should draw us to contemplation is … the opportunity to search for and discover truth, knowing that as we make progress in this search, we share our discoveries with others." — St. Augustine, City of God XIX, 19

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Cover Story

Meet Luis Canales

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A single pair of shoes carried him on a harrowing trek from Honduras. Now, his life’s journey has led him to become a Villanova lawyer.


Voices for Religious Freedom

Proceed With Candor

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Villanova convenes international panel for compelling views of people in peril.

With Good Reason

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Villanova Political Scientist Daniel Mark, PhD, collaborates at the highest echelons to promote religious liberty.

Helping the Cured to Be Whole

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Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, ’89 MSN dedicates her teaching and research to childhood cancer survivors.

In 1984, Mary Ann Cantrell was a registered nurse practicing on the adolescent unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when her patient, a high school football player, awoke as she administered his 4 a.m. chemotherapy treatment. Steve, who was battling stomach cancer, turned to her and said, “Mary Ann, I’m glad it’s you doing my chemo. I feel so safe with you.” Read More...

Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change Surges Forward

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Alumni, parents and students keep the momentum going.

The signs of Villanova’s forward momentum are all around—cranes and scaffolding that signal a transformation of campus spaces, banners and signs that trumpet top rankings and a national championship, and the buzz about Villanova’s national reputation for academics and innovation. You can see and feel all of these exciting developments on campus. Read more...

Wildcats Connect: Playbook for Life

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Retiring head football coach Andy Talley leaves Villanova a legacy of success and service.

Andy Talley sat at his desk in the building named for him, a pile of index cards in front of him, and the words coming slowly for a man accustomed to speaking in public. In just four days, 200 guests would gather on a mid- February evening at Overbrook Country Club to celebrate Talley’s 32 years as Villanova’s head football coach and help ease him into retirement and emeritus status within the program. Read more...


Abbreviations of Colleges and Schools

CLAS: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

COE: College of Engineering

CON: College of Nursing

CPS: College of Professional Studies

CWSL: Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

VSB: Villanova School of Business

Contacts and Credits

Please send correspondence and address changes to: Editor-in-Chief, Villanova Magazine, Constituent Publications Griffin Hall, Villanova University 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085

Vice President for University Communication and Marketing Ann E. Diebold
Editor-in-Chief Marian Butcher
Writers Shawn Proctor, Suzanne Wentzel
Design Barnett Group
Photography Madeline Alexander; Aurora Imaging Company; Kamal Boullata; Luis Canales; the Rev. Richard Cannuli, OSA, MFA; Greg Carroccio; Center for Migration Studies; Jenny Chen; The Christian Recorder, Sept. 26, 1889, courtesy of; Lou Cipollini; Paul Crane; Chris Crisman Photography; David DeBalko; Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD; EwingCole Architects; Florida A&M University Sports Information; Catherine Honohan; Barbara Johnston; Jupiterimages; Mitchell Layton; Kostas Lymperopoulos; Masterfile; Jerry Millevoi; Monmouth University; Teri Moy Photography; Paola Nogueras; Jim Roese; Kevin Sabitus; Stephen Sartori; © SAS Becker Creative Photography; John Shetron; Shutterstock/Babaroga; Sideline Photos; Kyle Terwillegar; © Jeffrey Totaro, 2017 (used with permission of BLT Architects and Villanova University); David Aaron Troy; Villanova Athletics; Villanova University; John Welsh

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