Salve Regina University Relations: Alumni Award Press Release


For Immediate Release


NEWPORT, R.I. – Mary Ann Lafferty Della Valle of Radnor, Pa., a 1963 graduate of Salve Regina, was honored with the university’s Alumni Achievement Award during its recent Reunion Weekend.  This award is presented to Salve Regina graduates who demonstrate significant civic or professional achievements and possess great potential for future distinction.

Della Valle, retired associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, received her Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Salve Regina in 1963. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. Della Valle dedicated her career to teaching nursing students at the University of Pennsylvania and conducting research in the Department of Genetics.  She has received numerous awards for her innovative teaching and commitment to her students, including the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Della Valle also helped to establish a scholarship for nursing students in the pre-freshmen residential program after retiring in 2010.

Salve Regina University, founded under the sponsorship of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, is an independent college in the Catholic tradition of education. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Salve Regina offers associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and the Ph.D. in Humanities.

Undergraduate academic programs are based on the liberal arts, offering concentrations in the arts and sciences and in pre-professional and professional programs. Salve Regina enrolls 2,500 men and women from 37 states and 17 nations.



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