Announces book distribution event with a lineup of special guests from Buffalo
Villa Maria College is welcoming back students by hosting a free textbook and supplies distribution event to kick off the spring semester with well-known Buffalonians Russell Salvatore, New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Dave Graber, Say Yes Buffalo and Hyatt’s, along with other friends of the college. The event takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. At this time, students are invited to pick up their books and supplies in the book distribution center, which is in the college’s dining hall in the main building, located at 240 Pine Ridge Road, Buffalo.
Villa Maria launched its free books initiative last August. The program was developed as part of the college’s ongoing effort to “prioritize student success and to make higher education accessible and equitable for all.”
"Through this initiative, Villa Maria is breaking down barriers and creating an inclusive environment for students to truly pursue academics," Kennedy said. "I commend the college for taking this proactive approach, and wholeheartedly believe it will increase access to the quality education that Villa Maria delivers every day."
In addition to these guest appearances, students can look forward to activities and refreshments. The college will strictly adhere to all of Erie County’s COVID-19 policies, including the requirement of facial coverings.
At Villa Maria College, the textbooks and supplies will be distributed to all students for free for the second consecutive semester.
“Villa Maria College is really ahead of the game when it comes to student success,” said JaVonntae Hill, a second-year student dual majoring in game design and animation. “This isn’t my first college experience and, compared to other colleges, Villa Maria really goes above and beyond to ensure their students’ success. Eliminating the cost of textbooks and supplies is just another testament to Villa putting education and success first. You truly can depend on everyone at Villa to put your education first.”
The college’s newest student success and equality initiative made an immediate impact on Villa Maria’s students.
“Textbooks and art supplies are notoriously expensive,” said Dr. Matthew Giordano, Villa Maria’s president. “By absorbing that cost, Villa Maria College is alleviating a significant financial burden from students and their families. Students come here determined to meet the academic and personal goals they’ve set for themselves. Our mission is to help them succeed by breaking down the barriers that may stand in their way. In this case, it was the heavy cost of the items needed for success in the classroom that needed to be addressed.”
Another new initiative is the college’s debt relief program, which offers grants that alleviate the financial burden of students who are determined to return to the college and complete their education. Other equity initiatives developed and implemented at Villa Maria College include:
To learn more about Villa Maria’s free books program, visit https://www.villa.edu/villa-maria-college-launches-free-books-and-supplies-initiative-with-the-help-of-hyatts.
For more information, call 716-896-0700 or visit www.villa.edu.