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Getting Your Event Designated "ACS Approved"

Augustine and Culture Seminar Program (ACSP) CULTURAL EVENTS introduce first-year students to the local as well as intellectual and cultural possibilities that college life has to offer, particularly within the Catholic and the liberal arts traditions. By assisting students as they become a part of the Villanova community, for instance via OUS and CASA workshops on navigating social and cultural life on Villanova's campus and engaging students in the life of the mind through what may be their first encounter with public lectures, conversations with internationally-known authors, professional theatrical or musical productions, or student-organized discussions, “ACS Approved” events aim to show that learning is not confined to the classroom. Rather, “ACS Approved” events take the intellectual and interpersonal dialogue outside the classroom in order to expand student learning in creative ways through different venues, whether on or off-campus. Students who successfully attend and share, through written work or class discussion, three (3) or more of these events with their ACS professors per semester will satisfactorily meet their ACS Cultural Event requirement.

ACS Approved events should meet most, if not all, of the following criteria.

ACS events…

(1) assist students in developing the social-cultural, interpersonal, self-care, or academic skills needed to thrive in college;

(2) relate directly or thematically to the texts of the Augustine & Culture Seminar for a given semester (found here);
(3) showcase any of the varied cultures inside or outside the Villanova University community;
(4) illustrate, exemplify, or otherwise relate to the Augustinian, or more broadly to the Catholic, intellectual
(5) feature dynamic and/or engaging content.


We typically do not approve (for academic, course credit) events that:

1. Involve service activities. (These events should be undertaken for their intrinsic worth and not for course credit.) 

2. Involve fundraising or that involve a fee to participate. (Course credit should not depend of a willingness or ability to pay a fee.) 


How do I go about gettting my event "ACS Approved"?

At least two (2) weeks in advance of your event, please email and include the following information about your event:

1. Title

2. Date/Time/Location

3. A description of the event indicating how/why it is appropriate for the ACS Cultural Event course credit. 

    [Does your event require an entry feel? Is it a fundraiser? See "criterial for 'ACS Approved' events" above.]

4. A contact person. 

NB: Please do not also email ACSP faculty with information about cultural events. There are simply too many events taking place on campus in any give week for our faculty to advertise each one: such emails will be ignored (and may generate ill-will). ACSP Faculty and students routinely consult with the Campus Currents/Wildcat Newswire and with the University's events calendar.