Connections Newsletter

Volume #17 - Fall 2007

Adult Professional Education

In 2008, more employers will focus on developing the supervisory and leadership skills of their employees, as reported on the nation SHRM website. If you share this priority, these two departments would like to assist you.

Professional certification programs are offered through the Office of Continuing Studies which works with professional associations, to provide relevant courses employing industry standards, for example, the Supply Chain Management program. Advanced Project Management courses are held on the weekends and begin throughout the semester. Visit the Continuing Studies web site or call 610-519-4310. Programs can be offered on-site at area employers. Please contact Denise Plaugher at 610 316-1825 to discuss hosting a program.

Additionally the College of Nursing provides non-credit programs with a wide appeal. Upcoming courses include Managing Change and Critical Competencies for Dealing with Organizational Conflict.

The Office of Part-Time Studies serves those adult students who are seeking to complete an undergraduate degree or who plan to take prerequisites for graduate study. The Part-Time Studies Spring 2008 Course Brochure includes the course schedule, accelerated options, as well as the reduced tuition fees for evening students. Fast-Forward classes start in March. Convenient advising appointments are available by contacting 610.519-4300, or visit Part-Time Studies for more information.

Villanova is hosting "One Day University" on Saturday, February 23rd. Participants will enjoy presentations by some of the nation's best instructors from Harvard University, Villanova University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Seminars will range from Positive Psychology, to the American Experience to Moby Dick.

Open House - Information Sessions

The EMBA Open House will be held at the Villanova Conference Center on the evening of February 28th. Click here for details. For details on of the information sessions for MBA or Masters of Technology Management seminars , check the VSB events page.

The Graduate and Part-time Undergraduate Open House will be held on March 11th from 3:30 pm until 7:00pm. All colleges will participate. Attendees can speak with faculty, attend seminars and will receive an application fee waiver.

Do you need directions to Villanova or anywhere else? There is a new service for your cell phone that delivers you free text messages using Mapquest. Dial 347-328-4667 (DIR ECT IONS). You can also use the University directions link, here.


The University provides summer intern housing through our office of Conference Services which has served many of the area employers. Space is still available.

The Greater Philiadelphia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast roundtable on Recruiting and Retaining Global Talent on February 27th at the Union League. The cost is $75 for non-members.

Campus Philly is coordinating an online internship fair, February 23-29th. . OurSchool of Business internships and co-ops are coordinated through the new Clay Center. Staff can be reached at 610-519-5532.

Our most recent University Career Fairs were on February 5th and 6th in the Connelly Center. The next fair will be in the Fall. These events are coordinated by Career Services which provides a range of services, including on-line recruiting.

Career Paths and Employee Engagement

The Eastern Technology Council recently hosted an entertaining career discussion by Matthew Emmens, CEO of Shire Pharmaceuticals. Matt discussed his career strategies and his new book, Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business, A Tale of Triumph over Yes-Men, Cynics, Hedgers, and other Corporate Killjoys. He strongly emphasized the importance guiding your own destiny and being willing to take risks. Zenobia is told as a fable which reinforces his perspective that "imagination is one of the most powerful and overlooked elements of business success."


The University is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Division of Part-time and Continuing Studies by providing new scholarships to adult students attending our exceptional evening undergraduate programs.

Did You Know?

Villanovans of distinction
Michele M. Doris, '80, ChE, was recently recognized as one of the 2007 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Michele is employed by the Rohm and Haas Co. as the Business Service Project Manager for North America. She also chairs the company's influential women's leadership network with more than 4,000 members.

Colleen Smith who earned her first degree at Villanova in psychology, has been name the Chief People Officer, a newly created position, at, an innovator of online, on-demand digital printing for business documents and marketing materials. Smith brings over twenty years of knowledge and expertise to the company, including hands-on leadership and experience in managing human resources-related functions for global organizations.

Marguerite Schlag, EdD, R.N., received the National Volunteer Award for her service to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Schlag is the Director of the Graduate Nursing program at Villanova.

Patrick T. Higgins, '79, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, at Pharmasset, Inc. He is responsible for coordinating the global product launch and marketing activities for Pharmasset's drug candidates.

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External Groups

We encourage your involvement in  professional groups.  Please check out our links to area associations and their upcoming meetings.