Connections Newsletter

Volume #20 - Spring 2009

This newsletter is intended to introduce students and employers to campus and community resources and events.  You can contact me at 610-519-5234 to learn more about what Villanova University can do for you.

Best wishes,
Brenda Grove,
Director of College Outreach On-site Programs
("Your College Concierge")

Academic Programs - Open Houses

Gather information on any of our affordable adult programs at the Graduate and Part-time Undergraduate Open House on Tuesday, March 10th. Attendees can have their application fees waived, tour campus, attend seminars and speak with faculty. 

Find out more about one of the world's best  Executive MBA programs at  the EMBA Open House on Wednesday, February 25th.

The Division of Part-Time Studies (PTS) serves adult students.  Students can choose Fast-Forward, accelerated courses which start mid-semester or traditional or on-line courses which lead to certificates and degrees, such as our newest interdisciplinary degree in Media and Technology.  Contact 610-519-4300 or for more information.

Recruiting and Internships

Villanova Career Services invites you to  participate in a Graduate Business Talent Finder Fair on Wednesday, February 18th at the Union League. Villanova also is hosting a Non-Profit Career Fair with on Thursday, March 26th at Villanova.  Employers can meet with representatives of many area colleges, as well as candidates from across the Delaware Valley.

The Chester County Economic Development Council is seeking employers who wish to post internships for HS and college students through a new initiative and the website myinternshipgopher. You can also use the services of Campus Philly which is hosting an on-line Internship Fair from February 16th - 27th.

Development Opportunities

March Madness arrives early in Continuing Studies!!  This office provides corporate on-site training and certifications to meet the needs of a variety of professions.  Six programs start in March: Treasury Management, Internal Audit, Supply Chain Management, Management Accounting, Paralegal Studies and the Essentials of Human Resources.  Additionally our upcoming Project Management seminars can help prepare you for the last chance to take the PMBOK III exam before the new  Body of Knowledge changes in June.

James Kane, our new Director of Continuing Studies, is  planning new courses for next year and would welcome your input, particularly any interest in adding the Global Certification in HR (GPHR) or the American Payroll Association (FPC or CCP) certification to your skill inventory. For more information visit or call 610-519-4310.

Continuing Nursing Education  offers online courses, and on-site programs to health care organizations.  For more information visit us in the new College of Nursing facility or contact Dr. Lenore DeSilets at 610-519-4931 or

If you just love learning or want to see some of the country's best instructors, don't miss the One Day University on Saturday, March 28th.

The GVFHRA, "Hot Topics In HR" half-day seminar is being hosted by Villanova Outreach Office on Thursday, February 26

The University is hosting a Technology Fair highlighting numerous vendors and the technologies utilized on campus. The public is encouraged to attend on Thursday, March 12th (10:00 & 3:00)  to enjoy presentations and to try to win the door prizes! 

The Villanova School of Business will host the  Regional Workforce and Beyond, summit onMarch 19th, 12:45–5:00 p.m. at Villanova. This economic summit, co-sponsored by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and Select Greater Philadelphia, will focus on labor issues and policies for the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. The keynote speaker will be Mark Schweiker, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  A cocktail reception to follow. For more information, contact Cathy Costello or click to register or for directions.

A major highlight of the Year of Sustainability at Villanova, will be our International Conference on Sustainability on April 23, 24, & 25.  Don't miss our special guest speaker, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  Attendees can register for only one day to  attend any presentation that day and ride the campus shuttles which are powered by bio-fuels!

The GVFHRA, "Leadership through Turbulence" half-day seminar is being hosted by the Graduate Programs in HR and the Office of Continuing Studies on Thursday, April 30

Talented Students and Friends

Meet our students, graduates and other professionals at the Villanova SHRM Networking event at the Union League on Thursday, April 2nd. Our guest speaker will be Joe Frick, CEO, Independence Blue Cross. Registration

Are you looking to diversify your vendors.? You could find a new contact in the Women's Yellow Pages.  and see profiles of local Women of Achievement.  They also feature a listing of events of local women's groups. For example the February e-women's network features  Beryl Byles, a coach and personal mentor, who will be speaking on "How to Be True to Yourself" on Tuesday, February 17th.

Did You Know?

Penny-pinching? Explore itunes U which Villanova joined this past year.  This site features thousands of free pod casts, including lectures and information for prospective students.  If you want to enjoy a free music service, try This site allows you to customize radio stations/playlists for your computer or opt for free downloads to a purchased mobile player too. 

Did you know that web casting, blogs and Twitter are changing the way we market?  Some studies now indicate a greater ROI  through in bound channels instead of more traditional marketing methods.  Our local Congressman, Joe Sestak, serves his district  by offering web site visitors a Directory of state and federal grant sources, as well as options to view video presentations. Further ideas can be found through this B to B  white paper gallery of free tips.

If you or someone you know is searching for career connections and networking, you may want to attend a monthly transition group sponsored by ASTD.  Further details can be found at The Greater Valley Forge HR Assoc. also sponsors a free career transitions group and will waive the yearly membership fee for the Association for any HR professional who is unemployed.

The College of Engineering is now offering a graduate certificate in Sustainable Engineering which will  have the option of expanding into a full masters degree.   The College also offers several graduate degrees on-line and at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

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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.