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 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
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 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
The amount of money Americans spend on Halloween is more of a trick than a treat. In fact, Halloween is the second most commercial American holiday of the year after Christmas. An average of $6 billion is spent on all things Halloween, with $2 billion spent on candy alone. Villanova School of Business experts are available to explain this spooky trend.