Honors Alumni Newsletter 2012

Dr. Thomas W. Smith

A Letter from the Director

Dear Honors Alumni and Friends of the Honors Program,

Welcome to our first Honors Alumni Newsletter!  I’m delighted to bring you up to date on all the changes that have taken place in Honors over the last year or so.  Villanova is an exciting place, and as always, Honors is at the center of our dynamic and stimulating community. 

I became the new Honors Program director about a year ago and in that time the Program has moved forward in important ways.  Last year we changed our admission process, and for the first time admitted students into Honors at the same time we admitted them to Villanova, improving our ability to get our message out about the distinctive excellence of Honors as well as to compete more effectively for the best students from around the nation and world.  We moved into a wonderful new space in Garey Hall, which has provided more room for classes, a student lounge, and staff offices.  The students are proud of their new space, and made themselves at home right away.  We are planning on some innovative changes to our curriculum, including new learning communities, interdisciplinary programs, and study abroad experiences for Honors students.  Yet despite all these changes, the heart of the Honors Program remains the same: excellent students and excellent teachers pursuing the best that has been thought and said together.  Inside our newsletter you will find more information about many of these changes.

We’re also working to make sure we reach out to the Honors Alumni community.  The distinguished alumni of Honors have paved the way for our current group of excellent students, and part of what we would like to achieve over the next months and years is to reconnect our alums with Honors and with our students.  We also want Honors to become a resource for our alumni to remain engaged in the intellectual life.  In the fall we held a wonderful ‘Philosophy on Tap’ event for Alumni returning to campus for homecoming weekend.  Thanks to Dr. David Schindler for leading our discussion of technology and human freedom.  This spring we hope to host an Honors Alumni event during Reunion Weekend as well.  Please take a few moments to look at and respond to this poll so we have a sense of what you would like to see happen.  In the newsletter you will also find Dr. Anna Moreland’s recommendations for a few good books to read in the coming months.  Please take some time to join the Villanova University Honors Program Alumni LinkedIn group as well.

I’m grateful to all the people who helped bring this newsletter to life, especially our student editors, Nina Rizk and Alex Andreassen who wrote all the copy, and to Cayce Lista, our Program Assistant, who put the whole thing together.  Working with our students is always a joy and a delight and is one of the many things I love about this position. 

I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with you at our upcoming events.  I hope this finds you and your families well and that your New Year is off to a wonderful start.

Sincerely,