For nearly 20 years, Villanova’s Facilities Management Department has partnered with faculty in the College of Engineering to leverage the campus infrastructure as a test bed for cutting-edge stormwater management research. This has led to best practices in stormwater control measures being implemented as part of new construction and renovation. It's also led to numerous stormwater test sites that benefit the College of Engineering’s long-standing research in this area.
Each fall, Villanova University hosts one of the largest Special Olympics competitions in the nation as thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers come together to celebrate the culmination of countless months of training, hard work, building friendships and overcoming challenges both athletic and unique to living with intellectual disabilities. Ten Villanova students from the Social Justice Documentary Film class followed the Delaware County 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 Special Olympics soccer teams for 15 weeks as the athletes grew and developed toward their ultimate goal of winning a gold medal at the Villanova Fall Festival. read more
Day after day, haunting images of abject human misery pour out from Aleppo, Mosul, Baghdad and numerous other Middle Eastern towns and cities—each more heartrending than the last. Sectarian violence threatens the very existence of religious minorities, especially those steeped in Christian heritage and tradition. On Dec. 5-6 Villanova University will convene a conference attended by international scholars, government officials, and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness and seek solutions that will protect and preserve the human and civil rights of religious minorities in this fragile region. read more
Villanova University was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its continued efforts in community engagement and service. The award, given by the Corporation for National & Community Service, honored Villanova in the category of General Community Service for 2015. It is the highest commendation a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement. read more
For the first time in 2016, Forbes introduced the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program—selecting 1,000 students from the nation’s top schools and giving them free access to the publication’s Under 30 Summit, a gathering of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers. Twelve Villanova University students were selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars and spent Oct. 16-19 in Boston at the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit. read more
Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, welcomed roughly 60 attendees to its Inaugural Conference October 15. Titled, “Whose/Whose Irish? : Philadelphia Stories from Penn to the Present” the day-long event, held on the University’s Main Campus, featured four panels presenting new research on Philadelphia Irish history and culture. The research ranged from 18th century “Scots-Irish” immigration to hostilities against post-Famine Catholic Irish. read more
Three Villanova University professors have received grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to support their research and teaching. Adriano Duque and Irene Kan from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Tuan Samahon from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law were each awarded 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), marking the second consecutive year that three Villanova faculty members received the honor. read more
The Center for Peace and Justice Education at Villanova University will present its 2016 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award to No Strings International (NSI), a not-for-profit organization which uses the artistry of puppetry to produce films that help some of the world’s most vulnerable children build life-saving skills and overcome the trauma they have experienced due to war and natural disasters. read more
President-Elect Donald Trump may have handily won enough votes to secure an Electoral College victory, but the transition from the campaign to the White House is off to a rocky start. Villanova faculty experts are available to discuss allegations of voter fraud and hacking, the impending state recounts, discord within the Trump transition team, and controversial Cabinet appointments.