July 11, 2022

Member of the Board of Trustees Margaret La Rosa D’Angelo ’70Ed, ’22HON, and her husband, Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus Peter P. D’Angelo ‘78MBA, ‘06HON, beneficiant alumni and longtime benefactors to St. John’s College, have pledged a $20 million donation—the biggest single present within the 152-year historical past of St. John’s College—to assist the development of the brand new Well being Sciences Heart (HSC) on the Queens, NY, campus. Their assist directs $15 million towards the development of the HSC and 5 million {dollars} to the College’s most important wants.

Mr. D’Angelo, President of Caxton Various Administration, LP, a personal funding firm, earned his grasp’s in enterprise administration from St. John’s. Mrs. D’Angelo is a graduate of The College of Schooling at St. John’s. Each have been awarded honorary levels from the College.

“St. John’s College holds a particular place in our hearts,” expressed Mr. and Mrs. D’Angelo. “We’re enthusiastic about its route, funding within the well being sciences, and unwavering dedication to be a spot that turns alternative into outcomes for hard-working college students who need to make a distinction on this planet.”

Mr. D’Angelo was first elected as a Trustee of St. John’s in 2003; he was elected Chair in 2011 and voted Chair Emeritus in 2016. Throughout his service as a Trustee, he gave time and expertise to a number of committees, together with the Government, Audit and Compensation, and Academic High quality committees. He additionally chaired the Funding and Fiscal Useful resource Administration Committees. He served as a member of each the nationwide and government marketing campaign committees for the College’s “Fulfilling the Dream” capital marketing campaign.

Mrs. D’Angelo, affectionately referred to as “Peg,” is a present Trustee of the College and an avid supporter of training, entry, and alternative for all. She is a previous Chair of the Board of Catholic Charities of Lengthy Island. She has served as a Trustee of the Church of St. Anne in Backyard Metropolis, NY, and Sacred Coronary heart Academy in Hempstead, NY. A believer within the transformative energy of Catholic training, she takes a proactive method to amplifying educational experiences that interact, enlighten, and encourage younger folks.

The brand new 70,000-square-foot Well being Sciences Heart, presently underneath development and scheduled to open within the Fall of 2024, will grow to be the everlasting dwelling of St. John’s Bachelor of Science diploma in Nursing program. The brand new nursing program at St. John’s launching subsequent month is presently housed within the Faculty of Pharmacy and Well being Sciences—the biggest supplier of health-care personnel in Queens County and one of many main health-care educators within the New York Metropolis area.

“The middle’s design and versatile room layouts will promote inter-professional training amongst current educational applications and can allow college students to study collectively and work as a workforce, just like the real-world scenario present in any medical setting,” remarked Simon G. Møller, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Tutorial Affairs, College Distinguished Professor, and Provost Endowed Chair. “The middle’s state-of-the-art simulation amenities will permit college students to study in a protected, sensible, medical atmosphere earlier than they start medical rotation assignments at off-campus websites. The beneficiant assist of Peg and Peter D’Angelo will assist make this occur.”

The middle, estimated to value $106 million, is partially funded by a $1.25 million federal appropriation from the US Division of Well being and Human Providers’ Well being Sources and Providers Administration secured by Consultant Gregory W. Meeks within the US Home of Representatives and Senator Charles E. Schumer within the US Senate. As well as, St. John’s secured a five-million-dollar New York State Increased Schooling Capital Matching Grant and a $700,000 Empire State Improvement grant from Spherical XI of the Regional Financial Improvement Council initiative.

On the suggestion of the D’Angelos, and with the approval of the St. John’s Board of Trustees, the Well being Sciences Heart will likely be renamed to honor St. Vincent de Paul, the Seventeenth-century Catholic priest who mixed religion, mind, and appreciable enterprise acumen to revolutionize strategies of caring for and educating these in want. Revered by the highly effective and beloved by the poor, St. Vincent de Paul bridged social courses by his works of charity and his advocacy for the disenfranchised. St. John’s was based and is sponsored by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians).

“The Vincentian mission of service and training that burns vibrant at St. John’s is one which we want extra of in the present day,” remarked Mrs. D’Angelo, who chairs the Mission and Pupil Success Committee of the St. John’s Board of Trustees.

Collectively, the D’Angelos have already left an indelible mark on St. John’s. The couple has endowed a scholarship for arithmetic majors in search of to pursue a profession in training, and established the Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Chair within the Humanities inside St. John’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences—the College’s oldest division. The D’Angelo Chair and lecture attracts high-profile, multi-, and cross-disciplinary visiting professors to the Faculty for a semester of instructing and scholarly trade.

Opened in 2009, the strikingly stunning D’Angelo Heart on the College’s Queens campus stands as a visual reminder of their generosity and distinctive devotion to alma mater. Modeled after the Nice Corridor on Ellis Island that welcomed immigrants to the USA, the middle— generally referred to by college students as “the DAC”—is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot, multipurpose educational facility that could be a standard hub of scholar life and exercise on campus.

“Few people have made a better impression on St. John’s College than Peg and Peter, who stand as fashions of all that St. John’s seeks to attain,” acknowledged Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President. “The D’Angelos not solely give their time and expertise to St. John’s, however have been sage trustees and terribly beneficiant benefactors as effectively. Whether or not in brick and mortar or within the foundational Vincentian values they emulate, they exhibit distinctive devotion to alma mater and an actual spirit of supportive service to generations of scholars at St. John’s. I’m grateful to the D’Angelos for his or her extraordinary philanthropy and for all that they do for St. John’s.”

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