Dear Friend of the College,
Welcome to the April 2012 e-newsletter for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inside A&S. I hope that you enjoy the Easter recess and continue to enjoy the lovely spring we're experiencing.
I am thrilled to announce that Jessica Wamala ’13, a Villanova Presidential Scholar, is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service. A Political Science, Honors, and Arab and Islamic studies major with a minor in Arabic Language, Jessica exemplifies the qualities of an academic leader, applying what she has learned in the classroom to directly address social injustices through education and awareness.
In addition, I'd like to congratule Professors Emmanuel David, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology, and Catherine Warrick, Ph.D., an assistant professor of political science, who have been awarded Fulbright Grants. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
In this issue, you'll also read about the continuation of the Literary Festival, sponsored by the English Department, and the University's annual celebration of Earth Day, this year featuring a tribute to Rachel Carson's famous book, Silent Spring.
Futhermore, a special atrophysics symposium, "From the Origin of the Universe to Accretion by Black Holes: A Symposium in Honor of Rashid Sunyaev, 2012 Recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics," will be held on Wednesday, April 25, and is jointly sposored by the College and the Franklin Institute. And the Waterhouse Family Institute is delighted to host the“7th Annual Hearts and Minds Film Festival” on April 13-14. You'll read about both events here in Inside A&S.
I wish you all the very best as you wrap up the semester and prepare for final exams. Happy Easter to you and yours.