Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Villanova honors two alumni

VILLANOVA At its reunion weekend, Villanova University honored a woman who worked for ESPN for 33 years and a young graduate who has built houses with Habitat for Humanity on five continents.

Rosa M. Gatti, a 1972 Villanova graduate, received the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal. Gatti began working at ESPN during its first year in operation, and held leadership positions and founded the company's diversity committee, according to the university's announcement of the awards.

"Despite an extremely successful and demanding career, Rosa was always committed to Villanova, and she remains actively involved with the university and the alumni association today," George Kolb, Villanova's associate vice president for alumni relations, said in a news release.

Taylor Henderson, a 2005 Villanova graduate, received the young alumni medal. He began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity as an undergraduate, and helped build houses in Philadelphia and South Africa. Since his graduation, he has traveled to Borneo, Malaysia, Chile, New Zealand, and Romania to build houses. He works as an engineer for Dow Solar in Colorado.

"Taylor exemplifies the spirit of service that students cultivate while at Villanova," Kolb said.

- Laura McCrystal

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