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Sister Jackline Mayaka wearing her religious habit and white veil with faculty member in graduation regalia

Villanova Nurse Honored at the United Nations

Sister Jackline Mayaka, FSJ, ’15 FCN, ’17 MSN, RN (left), a PhD student in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, received the Inspiring Nurse Award from Nurses with Global Impact during the third annual International Nurses Day at the United Nations in May. Sister Jackline’s work as a community health nurse and midwife in Kenya and her studies at Villanova have focused on bringing effective, professional nursing care to vulnerable populations, particularly HIV-positive mothers and their babies.

MPA Students Top Global Competition

A Villanova team of five Master of Public Administration students took first place in the global 2019 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration Student Simulation Competition. Competing against nearly 600 students from 27 countries, Villanova's MPA students impressed the judges with their quick thinking and collaboration in proposing public policy solutions to complex issues during a simulated forced migration crisis.

Making Cultural Connections

Through a partnership between the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the six clinics in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, undergraduate students are gaining valuable, hands-on experience with their Spanish language skills and cultural competencies. As Community Interpreter interns, the students act as translators and interpreters, assisting Villanova student lawyers in their interactions with clients in the Hispanic community.

Hand holding a smartphone with a screenshot of the Savvy Dating app game

Boosting Student Startups

Two Villanova undergrads, the creators of Savvy, billed as the world’s first live mobile dating game, tied for third place in the inaugural Big East Startup Challenge, held during the 2019 Big East men’s basketball tournament. Fernando Delgado ’19 CLAS and Brendan Kenny ’21 VSB joined teams of student entrepreneurs from the Big East conference’s 10-member institutions in pitching their innovative business ventures to a judging panel, which included Kristy Wallace ’99 CLAS, CEO of Ellevate Network.

Headshot of Mary Hirschfeld, PhD, associate professor of Economics and Theology

Vatican Prize for Economist and Theologian

Calling it “a fascinating dialogue between the world of economics and the world of faith,” the Vatican’s Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation bestowed its “Economy and Society” International Prize on the book Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy, written by Mary Hirschfeld, PhD, associate professor of Economics and Theology. The prize is given every two years to work that upholds the Catholic Church’s social doctrine.

Green peas in a pod

On Mendel and GMOs

Villanova hosted its third biannual, multidisciplinary Mendel Symposium in March, assembling international experts in food security, genetic engineering and plant diversity to explore connections between 19th-century Augustinian Friar Gregor Mendel’s plant hybridization research and today’s food supply challenges. Symposium attendees were called to consider how these issues raise philosophical, ethical, security and economic questions related to stewardship of the Earth’s resources.

Campus Wins Award for Beauty

Villanova’s expert grounds maintenance crews, responsible for keeping campus spaces in tiptop, lush green shape, have been recognized with the highest honor — a Grand Award — in the Urban University Grounds category from the Professional Grounds Management Society. “We strive to make every first impression a great one and make Villanova University a little more beautiful every day,” says Jared Rudy, superintendent of Grounds.

Two Villanova Men’s Indoor Track and Field team members running with two other runners close behind them

Hats Off!

In May, more than 2,500 Villanova graduates walked across the stage and into the next chapter of their lives. Over two days, more than 15,000 guests arrived on campus to celebrate our graduates at three Commencement ceremonies, three masses, five undergraduate convocations and one Naval ROTC commissioning ceremony.

Photos by Pete Brown, Paul Crane, James Judy, Sydney Mueller, John Shetron and Marissa Reinhart

Cap reads “Thanks Be to God” in gold letters Cap reads “Oops!! I did it again! M.A. 2019” in white paint with stars Two female students giving the peace sign, wearing caps that read “Nevertheless she persisted” and “Oh the places you’ll go” Jeweled and flowered cap that reads “Earned it. Thanks Mom & Dad” Cap with white flowers that reads “First Gen Thanks Fam” Cap decorated with a felt picture of Gritty, the Flyers’ mascot Cap with painted pink flowers and gold lettering that reads “And so the adventure begins” Cap with childhood photo Cap with a United States Marine Corps emblem Student holding cap that reads “Life opens at the close” Cap reads “NOVA: How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Flowered and jeweled cap that reads: “She believed she could so she did. Thanks Mom & Dad.” Cap with painted handprints on it.