Connections Newsletter

Volume #23 - Fall 2010

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Fall Greetings! This newsletter is intended to introduce students and employers to campus and community resources, news and events. You can contact me at 610-519-5234 to learn more about how Villanova can help you piece together your corporate or career goals. And don't forget to stay in touch through our variety of Linked-in and Facebook groups.

Best wishes,
Brenda Grove, Director of College Outreach ("Your College Concierge")

*** For a chance to win an HR seminar or webinar by the Duane Morris Institute, (a sponsor of our Spring Gala for the HRD graduate program), or if you would prefer, a professional book, please reply to this e-mail before 10/157/2010 with the word "drawing" in the subject line.

This is to thank you for reading our e-news and staying in touch.

Your Talent Pipeline

photo of Jennifer Mullen

Have you considered your talent pipeline? Why not supervise an intern or volunteer to become a mentor or a guest speaker or sponsor a student event?

The graduate program in Human Resource Development requires internships of anyone without prior HR experience.  If you would like to mentor or sponsor an intern for a graduate student in human resources, contact (610-519-5234) or the department.

Jennifer Mullen recently moved from the University Career Center to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as Director of the (undergraduate) Internship Program. She brings an expansive vision and creativity to the internship program and a strong desire to help students in their professional development. The College was featured in U.S. News & World Report in the article, "Degrees Are Great, but Internships Make a Difference."  If you are interested in an A & S interns, please contact You may also sign-up on their web site to request an intern and to complete your internship description.  When you post on-line, your information will be viewable by contacts in other colleges and the Career Center.

Career Development


If you or someone you know is job hunting, they are invited to attend Jump Start Your Job Search on Saturday, October 23 at Villanova.  This event will feature networking and four seminars for only $10. Register at  The Linked-in group "Career Transitioner Connections - Delaware Valley" also has a number of resources for job seekers.

The ChemPharma transition group meets at Villanova on alternate Fridays. A listing of many more transition and women's groups can be found on my home page, transition groups_2010.

Seminars and Professional Development

The Philadelphia Human Resource Planning Society is presenting a special leadership seminar. Business and HR Leadership in Uncertain Times featuring Ram Charan on October 20th. To register, go to

Don't miss the HR Summit which will be held on October 15th. Details at GVFHRA also sponsored an in-depth seminar Coaching Innovation and Embodied Leadership  at the Villanova Conference Center in September.

If you want to stay competitive, why not pick up another course on-in or on campus? The Office of Continuing Studies provides a range of professional certifications, including Project Management, ESL, and International HR. It is not too late to register for many courses. Also, you can learn more about graduate HR classes and certificates on our web site or by contacting 610-519-4582.

Continuing Nursing Education offers online courses and on-site programs to health care organizations. For more information visit them in the new College of Nursing building.


Carol Lloyd

At any time of the year, you can discuss ways to promote your employer and connect with students and alumni through the Villanova Career Center. For further information, contact Carol Lloyd (pictured), Assist. Dir. for Employer Services at 610-519-4061 or you can register on-line as an employer. Employers can meet students year-round in the new and expanded career offices.

Additionally, The Villanova School of Business has a variety of ways to connect with students. To learn more about VSB career initiatives through the Clay Center, contact Brenda Stover at 610-519-5898.

Academic News and Recognition

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We hope that you can visit campus or encourage others to do so for our next Graduate and Undergraduate Open House on Tuesday, October 19th to learn more about programs, tour campus or to hear seminars.

The College of Engineering is ranked #9 in the nation. They recently launched a new interdisciplinary graduate degree in Sustainable Engineering The University is also ranked one of the most sustainable. According to the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" list, Villanova's practices place it in the top 10% of colleges when it comes to the environment.

In the U.S. News 2011 "America's Best Colleges" ranking, the Villanova School of Business was ranked #24 nationwide in the Best Business Programs - Accounting Specialty category. The School of Business now offers their mini-MBA program at the Hub in Center City.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer four new academic majors: Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Latin American Studies. For additional news on the College, view their newsletter.

You can easily find out about adult programs at most local colleges at or ask Brenda Grove to arrange a visit from the member schools of your choice.

If you know a HS student looking for a college, Villanova is participating in on-line college fairs, as well as in-person events around the world.  More than 250,000 students will learn about colleges through this new recruiting effort.

Did You Know?

Dana Valentine

Dana Valentine has been named V. P of Human Resources for Veolia Environmental Services (Veolia ES) Solid Waste. In her new position, Valentine will continue to raise the company's standards. Valentine will be responsible for talent acquisition, talent management, team building, and strategic problem solving for one of the largest waste services companies in North America. She holds a master's of science in Human Resources Management from Villanova.

You could have the high value of a Villanova degree without a high cost.  Villanova's academic programs for adults are offered with competitive tuition rates. The Part-Time Studies Division now offers its bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree program in Leadership Studies in Pottstown at Montgomery County Community College. Their office and others are now sponsoring a Linked-in group to help you stay in touch.

In a ranking that drew from the pay reports of 1.4 million graduates from U.S. colleges and covered a 30-year earning span, Villanova University was ranked among the best schools in the nation for the return on investment (ROI) it provides to its students according to Bloomsburg/Business Week.

More than 4,500 Villanova University alumni, students, staff and faculty celebrated St. Thomas of Villanova through a Day of Service on September 11th. Our President encourages everyone to explore the opportunities available to continue giving of your time and talents. To learn more, visit this website.

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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.