Nova News takes a monthly look at news and events across the University. This edition highlights noteworthy University-wide happenings, like the grand opening of Villanova’s new virtual reality CAVE (CAVE automatic virtual environment) facility, a campus-wide resource, research tool and interactive classroom. Also included is an announcement about the University’s second cohort of O’Toole scholars, an update on Villanova’s continuing sustainability initiatives, and news of upcoming Fall Break student service-learning trips to locations across the globe. Featured faculty experts from a variety of academic departments are highlighted as sources available to discuss a wide range of breaking news topics, from Enterovirus D68 to the NFL’s continuing controversy. Read on to learn more about what’s happening in October at Villanova.
Villanova University’s annual Mendel Medal Lecture, featuring world-renowned epidemiologist and “microbe hunter” W. Ian Lipkin, MD, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, October 31 in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center on the University’s Main Campus. Professor Lipkin, the recipient of the University’s 2014 Mendel Medal, will deliver a lecture titled, “Of Microbes and Man: A Delicate Balance.” The event is free and open to the public. read more
Villanova University has received a $2 million commitment from Villanova School of Business (VSB) Professor Robert L. Nydick, PhD, his wife, Susan, and their sons, Robert III and Gregory, as part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” read more
Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s (SOPA) Fall Festival will return to Villanova University for the 26th consecutive year on November 7-9, 2014 and welcome more than 1,500 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners representing 36 Pennsylvania counties to compete in bocce, long distance running/walking, powerlifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball. read more
The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) and Wesley Enhanced Living, a non-profit organization serving the aging population based in Hatboro, Pa., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2014. The collaboration will benefit assisted living communities by improving radar data monitoring of the elderly in private residences. read more
Villanova University continues to strengthen its partnership with Ireland with a visit Nov. 10 from Fiach MacConghail, Irish Senator and Director of the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland. The visit is part of Villanova University and the Abbey Theatre’s growing relationship, which includes the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio, an opportunity for Villanova students to learn and work in the world-renowned theatre. read more
Villanova University has a history of excellence in the field of communication, with many alumni having gone on to successful careers as print and broadcast journalists, filmmakers and members of successful media, public relations, advertising and communication firms. As one of the most popular majors at Villanova, and one of the largest departments within the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the Department of Communication provides students the chance to explore and discover the unique opportunities the communication field has to offer. read more
In his seminal work, City of God (De Civitate Dei), St. Augustine articulates a distinctive commitment to intellectual engagement between the Church and the world. He created communities focused on the search for truth in unity and love, while respecting differences and the complexities of Catholic intellectual thought. With the Civitas Dei Medal, Villanova University recognizes Catholics who, through their work, have made exemplary contributions to the Catholic intellectual tradition and have shown particular commitment to the pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness. Villanova’s third annual Civitas Dei Medal will be presented to Mary Ann Glendon, J.D., LL.M. on Wednesday, November 5. read more
The Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will welcome Richard Alley, PhD on November 4 and 5, 2014. Dr. Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University and is one of several earth scientists who are contributors to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore. read more
Villanova University’s virtual reality CAVE facility, which uses immersive video for telepresence applications, as well as computer-generated graphics for 3D visualization, officially opens on October 2. The CAVE (CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment), housed in Falvey Memorial Library, was funded by a $1.67 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Its central campus location will allow the facility to be a university-wide resource, research tool and interactive classroom accessible to all Villanova students and faculty. read more
The 2014 midterm elections, marking the half-way point for President Obama’s second Presidential term, will be held on Tuesday, November 4. All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures, four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races. Villanova University faculty experts are available to discuss probable outcomes for the elections, how the elections could change the political landscape in the U.S., and how the second half of the President’s term could be impacted.