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Michael Petrino, ’14, Joins Los Angeles-Based Trickfish Amplification as Touring Bassist and Multi-Instrumentalist

Trickfish Amplification, a California-based company that produces professional-grade musical instrument amplification product, has hired Michael Petrino, a 2014 graduate of Villa Maria College’s Music Industry program.  Petrino is an up-and-coming professional bassist with roots deep in the Buffalo, New York music scene. After graduating with an Associate Degree in Business from Bryant & Stratton College in 2008,…

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Students Embark on Italy Trip

On May 25, a handful of Villa students began a two-week study abroad program in Italy. Under the direction of Interior Design Professor Sandra Reicis, students will visit San Marco and Doge’s Palace in Venice. Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Colosseum and Borghese Gallery in Rome, the Vatican Museums, and Naples in Pompeii. The three…

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Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker Set to Accept Founder’s Award, Address Graduates at Villa Maria College’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Villa Maria College announced today that Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will accept the Founder’s Award on behalf of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at the College’s 2017 Commencement ceremony. The Founder’s Award is given to a person or persons who have made an outstanding contribution to society…

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Villa Maria Graduate Develops Animated Video to Create Awareness for Autism, Video Trailer Released to Coincide with National Autism Awareness Month

East Amherst resident Diego Raf Diaz is embarking on a video project that he hopes will show the world – particularly impressionable children – that people living with autism shouldn’t be shunned or outcast, that they can lead beautiful, productive lives and deserve love and respect. And while Diaz recognizes that living with his condition…

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Villa Maria College Celebrates 52nd Commencement: Gruarin, Norton, Barnhard and the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to Receive Awards.

Villa Maria College will celebrate its 52nd commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. and takes place in the auditorium, will award degrees to 78 students. In addition to their diplomas, two students will receive the College’s highest awards. Lucy Norton, a graphic design major, will be awarded the…

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Villa Maria College Launches New Athletic Teams

Golf, Cross Country, Bowling, and Swimming Added to Villa’s Athletic Program After announcing the re-launch of intercollegiate athletics in January, Villa Maria College is expanding its athletic programs with the addition of four new sports.  Beginning in the fall of 2016, Villa Maria College will add men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s bowling,…

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Villa Maria College Celebrated Fifty-first Commencement

Celebrating their Fifty-first Commencement, Villa Maria College recognized the Class of 2015 with a day of exercises that began with a Hooding Ceremony in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, and closed with a reception on the campus lawn. Immediately following the ceremony, there was a Liturgy and then a brunch for all attendees. Commencement exercises…

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Villa Sponsors 2015 Decorators’ Show House

Using their talents to give back to the community, students, faculty and alumni of Villa Maria College are once again participating in the 2015 Decorators’ Show House. The results of their work will be on view to the public from April 25 through May 17. Along with The Buffalo News, the Junior League of Buffalo has…

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Villa Students Remake Room for Special Spaces Buffalo

Working with Special Spaces Buffalo, professional designer and Villa Maria College alumnae Reagan Hardie, Interior Design program students Emily Bolles ’15, Tara Clack ’15 and Kayla Alba ’16 remade a young girl’s bedroom. Over the course of several weeks, the Villa team designed and coordinated a dream bedroom for Talon, who is afflicted with a life-changing…

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Creative Writing & Literature Graduates Make an Impact

The first two Creative Writing & Literature graduates, Kerry Kate Abel-Smith ’14 and Lloyd Mitchell ’14, are serving their communities at each end of New York State. Having completed their studies and presented their Senior Projects in December, they are applying their skills in the real world. Lloyd is a reporter and photojournalist for the Canarsie…

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