JCU Celebrates 45th Anniversary at President's Gala
On Saturday, September 23, 2017 President Franco Pavoncello welcomed 160 guests, including Trustees, parents, alumni, and students to the Hotel Hassler to celebrate JCU’s 45th Anniversary at the President’s Gala, “Building for the Future.”
The Gala was an opportunity for the JCU community to celebrate recent achievements and developments, especially the acquisition of the first University-owned property, a building in Piazza Belli. During the evening, President Pavoncello announced the name of the new building, the Caroline Critelli Guarini Campus, in memory of the mother of Hon. Frank J. Guarini, beloved Chair of the JCU Board of Trustees. “I am so grateful to John Cabot University for honoring my mother and all that she achieved throughout her lifetime,” said the Hon. Guarini.
Chairman Guarini and Vice-Chairman William J. Martini were awarded a medal and a plaque respectively, in appreciation of “their wisdom, leadership, and generosity” in leading the Board.
President Pavoncello also announced the name of the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ryan Anderson, in recognition of his humanitarian commitment and academic success. In 2001, Anderson began his career at the United Nations World Food Programme as an intern, while still pursuing his BA at JCU. After graduating from JCU and earning a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he continued to work for the WFP and led a team of humanitarian assistance in Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami. He was then sent to war-torn areas such as Sierra Leone, Darfur, and Rwanda, and is currently serving as Head of Programme in Kampala, Uganda.