Saturday's Event Schedule for Parents' Weekend

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Session I | Session II | Session III

Check back in mid August for specific details.

Time & Location Description
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
President's Lounge Connelly Center
Parents' Weekend Information Center
Stop by the Parents Weekend Information Center in the Presidents Lounge for information on Philadelphia and Main Line area restaurants, attractions and entertainment.
9:30 am
The Pavilion
Junior Ring Ceremony
The ceremony will feature distinguished faculty members distributing class rings to the members of the Class of 2014. Reservations for the event must be made by September 16, 2013, you can register online at Please call the Campus Activities Team at 610-519-4211 for more information.

9:30am - 11:00 am
Bartley Hall 1054
Open House in the Clay Center, Villanova School of Business
Join the staff of the Clay Center to speak with VSB academic advisors and to learn about the Center’s programs and services.  
9:30 am - 11:30 am
St Augustine Center
Open House in the Office for Undergraduate Students, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Join the Office for Undergraduate Students’ staff and faculty advisors to learn about the office’s programs and services including academic advising, internships, law advising and professional development.
9:30 am
Cinema, Connelly Center

Global Education - Study Abroad Information Session
Learn from Villanova students about their experiences in semester abroad programs and find out how your son or daughter can take advantage of these exciting opportunities.
9:30 am
Bartley Hall 2001
Fifty Years After Vatican II: A Serendipitous Past Event with a Future Remembering the Experience, Divergent Interpretations, Continuing Hope
Professor Bernard Prusak, S.T.L., J.C.D., will present a session on the history and the continuing relevance of the Second Vatican Council in the life of the Church.
9:30 am
Driscoll Hall 240
The Future of the Book
Join us for an open discussion with English Professors Jean Lutes and Lauren Shohet on the practical and aesthetic values of reading in a time of rapid changes in the book industry.
9:30 am
Bartlety Hall 1010
Non-Business Majors:  Earn a Business Minor in ONE SUMMER: Summer Business Institute Information Session
Students and parents from Arts & Sciences, Engineering and Nursing are invited to learn more about the Villanova School of Business’ innovative Summer Business Institute (SBI).  SBI is a 16-credit accelerated business minor program designed for non-business students, offering the opportunity to learn business fundamentals, enhance academic credentials and broaden career options and opportunities – in one summer!
9:30 am
Driscoll Hall 246
The Engineering Entrepreneurship Mindset at Villanova
To be successful, engineers need more than technology, they need to be creative, and innovative; and they need to consider how their efforts can contribute to personal success while benefiting their companies, their customers and society.   Professor Ed Dougherty, director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program will explain how Villanova is helping to prepare our engineering students for the future.
10:30 am
Connelly Center

Learning Communities Abroad – London Summer Program
Learning Communities are predicated on linking inside-the-classroom teaching with outside-the-classroom experience.  This idea of ‘learning-by-doing’ is not only important for higher education, but is especially relevant at Villanova University, inspired by St. Augustine’s hope that “I may do what I learn and not just learn what to do.”

The Learning Communities Abroad Program (LCA) builds on these ideas by providing current members of the learning communities the unique opportunity to complement their classroom learning with an 8-week summer program in London, which includes a 4-week professional work placement. Work placements will be based on students’ academic and personal interests and allow the opportunity to test career assumptions early in college. Students will earn 6-credits total for this program.
10:30 am
Villanova Room
Connelly Center
What's Your Major? Helping Your Daughter/Son Navigate Career Choices
Nancy Dudak, director of the Career Center, will present information on the many resources on campus that can help your child with this decision and how you can lend a supportive and constructive ear when they are making their decisions. 
10:30 am
Bartley Hall 032
“A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing”
A Day in the Life of An ACS Student

The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS):  you won’t find it anywhere else.  But what is it?  What do we study?  What do we talk about?  And why is it required of every student at Villanova?In this Parents University session, you can find out by actually becoming an ACS student for a day.  Our class will be about knowledge:  what do we really need to know, and what difference does that knowledge make in our lives?  We will be joined by a few guests you might have heard of:  Benjamin Franklin, Socrates, Adam and Eve, a certain serpent, and of course, Saint Augustine.  If that sounds tempting, come join us at the seminar table for a great conversation! Due to the seminar nature of this program, seating will be limited so arrive early!
10:30 am
Bartley Hall 1010
The Clay Center at VSB:  Student Resource Center
Learn about the resources available to undergraduate business students including academic advising, internship and CoOp opportunities, opportunities to develop leadership skills and get involved through student business societies, etc.   Gain an understanding of how these services and resources help students to be successful both in and out of the classroom and help to prepare them for life after graduation
10:30 am
Driscoll Hall 134
Power of the NovaNetwork: How 111,000 Villanova Alumni Can Help You
Students:  Don’t wait for graduation - tap into the power of the NovaNetwork now! Parents:    Discover how you can take advantage of all the Villanova University Alumni Association has to offer no matter where you live. Network with members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, learn about programs around the world and sign up for online resources. RSVP today by CLICKING HERE and receive a special gift at the session
10:30 am
Driscoll Hall 244
Witnesses to History: Villanova’s Vatican Internship Program
Four Villanova Vatican interns witnessed history on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, as white smoke flowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and Pope Francis emerged as the newest Pontiff.  These students were in Rome as part of Villanova’s exclusive Vatican Internship Program, helping contribute to the Vatican’s communication with the rest of the world – through social media, web and multi-media technology. Join Villanova students (Danielle McMonagale, Sean Hudgins and Lauren Colegrove) and the program’s director (Professor Jill Flanagan) as they discuss their memorable experiences and provide more information about this truly unique program. 
10:30 am
Mendell Hall 154
OUS: Internship, Leadership & Professional Development, and Law Advising Presentations
Join the Office for Undergraduate Students to learn about the Internship, Leadership & Professional Development, and Law Advising programs. Hear about recent internships including specially-designed LAS internships and on-campus recruiting, networking and mentoring programming, 1-credit professional development courses, and pre-law events and advising. Learn how the Office for Undergraduate Students supports students' success in their professional pursuits.

10:30 am
Connelly Center
Second Floor


14th Annual Ethics Symposium
Undergraduates whose papers have passed a faculty review process will have the opportunity to share their ideas with their peers and their families. There will be awards given to the top two papers in the group. All are welcome to attend!  Refreshments will be provided. The symposium is sponsored by the Ethics Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
10:30 am
CEER 001
Fifth Annual VSB Global Accounting Firms Case Competition
The case competition began during the spring semester, with VSB freshmen student teams interacting with an advisor from one the global accounting firms in analyzing the case. The six finalist teams of fall semester sophomore students will deliver their oral presentations to an audience of parents and students.
11:30 am
Villanova Room
Connelly Center
President's Welcome
Parents are invited to join University President Reverend Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A. for his remarks on the current state of Villanova University. A continental breakfast will be available free of charge!
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dougherty Hall
Food Truck Fest - CANCELLED
Due to conflicting events in the Philadelphia area, the availability of food trucks is very limited for this weekend. Villanova dining halls will serve lunch free for Villanova parents and siblings under 12.
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
St. Rita Hall
Campus Ministry Open House
Families are welcome to stop by and meet Campus Ministers who will be available to discuss all of the programs, services, and events available to students
1:00 pm
Driscoll Hall 134
Off Campus Housing Information Session
Staff members from Student Life will be on hand to discuss the process of moving off campus and to answer any questions you may have.
1:00 pm
Health Services Building, Room 200
Your Student and Alcohol
You’ve seen them accomplish many milestones…their first words, their first steps, driving a car, graduating high school…but we’d like to add one to YOUR list of accomplishments as a Villanova parent: successfully navigating the discussion about alcohol. The evidence is overwhelming: 77% of college students identify parents as their leading influence, even when it comes to decisions around alcohol use. Join staff from the Health Promotion and Dean of Students offices for a discussion about current trends in alcohol use and tips to leverage your influence as parents.
1:00 pm
Bartley Hall 1011
“All of Us Home” – Social Justice Documentary
“All of Us Home,” a short film written, directed and produced by a social justice documentary class at Villanova, highlights the work performed by the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) in order to bring attention to the ongoing problem of homelessness in Philadelphia. This inspirational film takes a look at the work of the student volunteers and their positive relationship with the guests at SREHUP. In the process, it explores the roots of homelessness such as extreme poverty, drug and alcohol addiction and a lack of quality education.
1:00 pm
Bartley Hall 1010
Engineering Service Learning at Villanova
This presentation will introduce the mechanics of engineering service learning at Villanova. Field related learning opportunities that include international partners in multiple countries and the success that the College of Engineering has had over the past several years with integrating engineering service projects into the curriculum will be presented. This session will specifically address the "What, Why and How" of engineering service learning at Villanova. 
3:00 pm
Villanova Stadium

Villanova Wildcats Football vs. Stony Brook

Ticket brochure will be mailed home or go to to order your tickets! Please call the Athletics Ticket Office at 610-519-4100 if you have any questions.

7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Connelly Center Cinema

Campus Activities Team presents "MOVIE NIGHT"    Monsters University

Free for all students and family members!

9:00 pm, The Pavilion                Parents Weekend Comedy Concert

Jim Gaffigan

Known for his clean brand of humor, Jim Gaffigan is one of the hottest comedians performing today. Gaffigan has had an unprecedented number of appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman" and “The Conan O’Brien Show" as well as many other shows and movies. In addition, Gaffigan’s hilarious new book about family life titled Dad is Fat is currently on the New York Times bestseller list. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at noon,  please go to to purchase tickets.

One Book Villanova Parents Book Club

The 2013-2014 Villanova One Book Selection for this year is Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum.

Visit the One Book website for upcoming events, information on ordering the book, past selections and program information.


For More Information

For more information about Parents Weekend, please contact:
Office of Student Development
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085
(610) 519-4210