Roxanne Chalifoux, a member of the Villanova band, was shown on television tearfully playing her piccolo following the men’s basketball team’s NCAA third round loss to North Carolina State. She has since become an internet sensation, with the video and photos of her playing the piccolo going viral. In the days since, the news media has lauded Roxanne for her emotion and perseverance in continuing to play through the tears. On Monday, the senior Biology major was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Roxanne sat in and played the Villanova fight song with The Roots and answered questions from Fallon about her experiences. Click on the link below to watch the clip of the Tonight Show segment.
Villanova University has selected Giorgi Japaridze, PhD, a professor of Computing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as the recipient of its 2015 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his scholarship in logic and computer science. The award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to their field. read more
Villanova University has announced the launch of a new doctoral program in Theology. Students in this rigorous, six-year program, housed within the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, will be challenged to relate faith and culture to their times. The program – which will welcome its first class of students in fall 2016 – is open to people of all faiths and spans ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary thought. read more
Villanova University School of Law announced that John F. Scarpa, former Co-Chairman and Founder of American Cellular Network Corporation, and his wife, Jana, have committed $5 million for the naming of The John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship. read more
The United States and many other countries across the globe have a long history of being colonized. Many of today’s scholars tie current global conflicts to the continuing legacies of colonization and to 21st century modes of colonization. Over the past two decades, postcolonial theory has become increasingly influential in addressing the role played by global media and communication in perpetuating and alleviating injustice. Yet, there has never been a scholarly conference on postcoloniality and communication held in the United States. Recognizing this, Villanova University’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society is presenting a groundbreaking conference, “Communication, Postcoloniality, and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations” from March 26-29, 2015. read more
Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Deborah J. Tyksinski, PhD, as the founding dean of Villanova University’s new College of Professional Studies (CPS), effective June 1, 2015. This key appointment for the University, the result of a national search led by a committee of faculty, staff and administrators, will ensure that CPS is well positioned to meaningfully serve adult learners in the evolving higher education landscape. read more
Villanova University’s Moeness Amin, PhD, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Villanova University’s Center for Advanced Communications (CAC), has been recognized internationally for his expertise and influence in the field of signal processing. In December 2014, Dr. Amin won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, which recognized his fundamental contributions to signal processing algorithms for communications, satellite navigations, and radar imaging. Most recently, Dr. Amin was invited to join the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) as one of its 2015 Fellows for his contributions to signal processing for radar and satellite navigation. read more
Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced a series of new leadership appointments at the University. These appointments include Kenneth G. Valosky, as Executive Vice President; Michael J. O'Neill, as Senior Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations; Neil J. Horgan, as Vice President for Finance; and, Robert H. Morro, as Vice President for Facilities Management. read more
Easter Sunday, which falls this year on April 5, is the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter marks the end of Lent and is a foundation of the Christian faith. Villanova faculty experts are available to discuss Easter traditions around the world, what Easter means for Christians and Easter symbols.