Villanova University has received a $10 million commitment from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., to establish the Center for History in the Public Interest. This commitment marks the largest-ever gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University’s oldest and largest college. The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest will be a multifaceted resource that draws upon the past to impart lessons for the modern world.
Villanova University has chosen The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert as its 2016-17 One Book Villanova program selection. The Sixth Extinction sounds a clarion call warning that a massive annihilation of 20-50 percent of all living species on Earth could occur by the end of the 21st century unless man-made climate change is acknowledged and sustainability efforts are stepped up immediately. read more
Daniel Mark, PhD, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University and member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), was recently elected vice chairman of USCIRF. Dr. Mark was first appointed to the Commission in May 2014 by then-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and reappointed in May 2016 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). read more
In a galaxy not so far away, two stars are eclipsing each other—a rare interstellar event. Known as eclipsing binaries, such stars comprise only two percent of known stars. Andrej Prsa, PhD, associate professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Science, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study these types of stars. The grants, totaling $470,000, will enable Dr. Prsa and his research group to refine and develop models for studying these unique stars. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Mark C. Alexander, JD, as the Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, effective July 1. A recognized leader, scholar and teacher specializing in constitutional law and the intersection of law and politics, Alexander currently serves as Associate Dean for Academics and Professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Law. This key appointment is the result of a national search with participation by faculty, students, administrators and alumni. Alexander replaces John Yukio Gotanda, who in February was named president of Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawai'i. read more
The Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA) has announced the selection of Rear Admiral Mark Handley, ’81 College of Engineering, and Charles L. Jenkins, Sr., PhD, ’58 Villanova School of Business, as the 2016 St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal recipients. The St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the VUAA, is presented annually to alumni for outstanding service and those who best symbolize the spirit and legacy of St. Thomas. Handley and Jenkins will receive their awards at a ceremony on campus during Villanova’s Reunion Weekend on Friday, June 10. read more
Villanova University has named Anthony S. Fauci, MD, preeminent immunologist, pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as the recipient of its 2016 Mendel Medal. The award recognizes Dr. Fauci’s significant contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in preventing, diagnosing and treating infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, influenza, malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola and the Zika virus. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, as The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB), effective August 1. A leader in business education recognized for her commitment to teaching and research, Russell currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland at College Park (UMD). This key appointment is the result of a rigorous national search led by a committee of faculty, administrators, students and alumni. read more
Cleveland and Philadelphia are gearing up for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively. Who will each candidate select as their running mate? How does Bernie Sanders endorsement of Hillary affect the DNC and the general election? Villanova University experts are ready to weigh in.