Villanova University will observe the 40th anniversary of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) November 16-20 with a full slate of activities that aim to educate, advocate and serve those whose lives are afflicted by these poverty-induced conditions. Now a national observance, HHAW originated at Villanova University in 1975 under the guidance of the late Father Ray Jackson, OSA, an Augustinian priest whose legacy also includes co-founding the University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education.
Villanova University has further reinforced its commitment to sustainability and its desire for a sustainable campus and future by joining the White House Day of Climate Action, which will take place on Thursday, November 19. This action unites more than 230 higher education institutions across the United States, which share the common goal of a low-carbon, sustainable future. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, will be honored by the American Catholic Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 20 with its 2015 Barry Award. This annual award recognizes an American who, “by his or her character and contributions to the Church and community, and by professional accomplishments, has distinguished him/herself.” The award is named for John Barry, Father of the American Navy, who by his activity, lifestyle, patriotism and achievement established the qualities for which the award is presented. read more
Villanova University has honored the Rev. David Hollenbach, SJ, with its fourth annual Civitas Dei Medal—an award that 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. Father Hollenbach is University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, and director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. read more
Villanova University will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gregor Mendel’s “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” and celebrate its connections to Mendel and to the field of genetics by hosting the inaugural Mendel Symposium. This Dec. 7 event will bring together some of the world’s leading minds to discuss the lasting impact of Mendel’s work across many disciplines, from law and medicine to sustainability and ethics. The Mendel Symposium will take place in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, located on the main campus of Villanova University. read more
Villanova University—the nation’s only Augustinian Catholic University—has launched an interactive digital app that brings St. Augustine’s Confessions to life. The official launch coincides with St. Augustine’s birthday, Nov. 13. The Confessions continues to be widely read across the country and around the world, used extensively in great books programs and university classrooms. This app will allow users to read and analyze Augustine’s fourth-century work in a variety of new ways. read more
Villanova University has announced its third cohort of O’Toole Family Presidential Scholars: Maria Sancha Rivera from Saint Dominic Academy and Jersey City, N.J., and Keith Michael Mathews from Queen of Peace High School and North Arlington, N.J. The O’Toole Family Presidential Scholarship Program at Villanova was established in 2013 through a $10 million gift from alumnus Terence (Terry) O’Toole ’80, and his wife, Paula (Polly). The program identifies students as high school sophomores and provides a system of support to assist them in preparing for entry into, and success during, college. read more
Villanova University was recently recognized as a sustainability leader in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking fourth in the Dining & Food category. In addition to the Dining & Food ranking, Villanova also received a Silver STARS rating. read more
Political strategies have been launched and debates held. The Republican and Democratic candidates for President of the United States have begun facing off against one another both at the podium and on the campaign trail. How will the race shift now that American voters are starting to familiarize themselves with the candidates? Faculty experts in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are available to discuss all aspects of this upcoming political season – from campaign finances to how the candidates’ non-verbal communication impacts voters.