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 will join universities nationwide October 22 in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), an initiative started by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This year marks Villanova’s second CSD, demonstrating the University’s ongoing commitment to integrate sustainability programs into its curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, as well as its institutional policy and practice. read more
Sustainability. It can seem like an overwhelming prospect in light of recent environmental disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Fukushima Daishi nuclear meltdown, and the ongoing polar ice melt. However, the Villanova Center for Energy and Environmental Education (VCE3) in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is looking to provide concrete ways to make a difference. The “Faith and Environment Panel: Empowering the Care of Creation,” will examine how faith and sustainability can work together to create a better future. read more
Villanova University will officially dedicate its new state-of-the-art soccer facility, the Higgins Soccer Complex, in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 4. This $3 million project, completed in August 2014, was made possible through the leadership and generosity of several individuals – with the single largest gift of $1 million contributed by Patrick T. Higgins ’79 CLAS and Julianne Bigelli-Higgins ’80 CLAS. The gift was part of the University’s $600 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” 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
Villanova University’s Department of Computing Sciences in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been chosen as one of a select group of university computer science departments to participate in a Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative aimed at increasing the percentage of undergraduate majors that are female or are students of color. read more
A $10 million gift from alumnus Terence (Terry) O’Toole ’80, and his wife, Paula (Polly), in 2013 established a program to provide a four-year Villanova University education for students from the Archdiocese of Newark. After naming the inaugural O’Toole Family Presidential Scholars in Sept. 2013, Villanova has now announced its second cohort of O’Toole Scholars. read more
At a Sept. 22 press conference in Philadelphia, members of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Task Committee on Flood Safety – led by Committee Chair and Villanova University Civil Engineering Professor Robert Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, MSCE ’82 – will present findings and recommendations from a comprehensive report on the lessons learned from the failure of the hurricane protection system during Hurricane Katrina. read more
The Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa has reached U.S. soil, and Americans are quickly learning more about the deadly disease. Villanova faculty experts from a variety of areas are available to comment on Ebola topics, from what nurses can do to prepare for patient care, to the media’s handling of Ebola.