Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the August 2017 issue of Villanova University's Neighbors Update. This newsletter is meant to inform you about Villanova events, campus initiatives and ways to be involved in the life of the University. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.

Pedestrian Bridge Work to Close Lancaster Ave./Rt. 30 for Three Nights Beginning Monday, Aug. 28

Construction on the pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue/Rt. 30 at St. Thomas of Villanova Church will require closure of the road from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for three nights beginning Monday, Aug. 28. Lancaster Avenue/Rt. 30 will be closed between Spring Mill Road/Rt. 320 and Ithan Avenue. There also may be lane closures at 6 p.m. in advance of the closure for site prep and set-up. Motorists should observe the posted detours (follow this link to the Radnor Township website to view the PennDOT-approved detour and traffic control plan). Pedestrians may walk on campus to avoid construction activity. Riders on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line should consider using the Stadium Station stop, although Villanova Station will remain accessible. SEPTA Route 106 Bus riders may experience delays.

Please note that the construction schedule may need to be adjusted due to weather.


You're Invited! Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Below are just a few of the many opportunities to be involved in the life of the University. For more information and additional opportunities, visit the websites for the School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Nursing, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the College of Professional Studies.

The Art of Giving


Through the generosity of alumni, patrons and artists, Villanova's Art Gallery has amassed a world-class collection of more than 8,000 works of art, including those of prominent Philadelphia artists. "A Slice of Art: Donors' Exhibit From the Villanova University Art Collection," which continues to Sept. 25, is an exhibit of 85 of these pieces, many of which are on view for the first time.

Renowned Jesuit to Speak on Campus

The Rev. James Martin, SJ, a best-selling author and a consultor for the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, will present the talk "Building a Bridge: The Church and LGBT Community" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, in St. Thomas of Villanova Church. A native of Plymouth Meeting, Father Martin has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. 

Real Deal on Fake News

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Marimow and other experts will provide a historical perspective on fake news at the roundtable discussion "Fake News and Fake History: A Crisis of Authority." Sponsored by Villanova's Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, the forum will take place 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, in Driscoll Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register.

Celebrating Villanova's Heritage


The 2017 St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration will begin with a lecture by Eboo Patel, author of this year's One Book Villanova selection, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Connelly Center. A reception will follow. Other highlights of the six-day series of events honoring the University's patron include the Day of Service, Saturday, Sept. 23. 

Prepare the Way for Godspell


One of Broadway's beloved musicals ushers in the 2017-18 season at Villanova Theatre. Godspell, which features the songs of Tony and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, is an exuberant take on Matthew's Gospel. It will run Sept. 19-Oct. 1. Please visit the box office for ticket information.

Launch of Institute for Women's Leadership


Anne-Marie Slaughter, PhD, JD, president and CEO of New America, will deliver the keynote address at the Oct. 26 launch of Villanova's Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership. Open to the public, the launch event takes place at 6 p.m. in the Connelly Center and is being held in conjunction with that day's 2017 Villanova University Leadership Summit, "Women Igniting Change."

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events Through November 2017

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through November 2017. Visit for full schedules for varsity sports. 

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:


Recent News from Campus

Villanova President Named to National Higher Ed Board


Representing the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Villanova President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, '75 has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Council on Education's board of directors. The council brings the higher education community together on vital issues affecting institutions and students, and is at the center of federal policy debates in areas critical to higher education.

Fulbright Grants Take Villanovans Abroad


A dozen Villanovans will be teaching or doing research in places such as Colombia, Thailand and Slovenia in 2017-18, courtesy of the prestigious Fulbright Program, sponsored by the federal government. The 12 distinguished awardees received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to be cultural ambassadors overseas. 

Spirituality and Collegiate Sports


In June, Villanova hosted the first Vatican-sanctioned regional follow-up to Rome's 2016 global conference "Sport in the Service of Humanity." Delegates from campus ministry offices and athletics departments at faith-based institutions across the US, as well as representatives from the Vatican, collectively explored how to cultivate the principles of joy, compassion, respect, enlightenment, love and balance in intercollegiate competition. A working group has since been formed to advance the conversation.

Professor Elected Chairman of US Commission


Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor of Political Science, was elected chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. The independent, bipartisan group assesses violations of religious freedom around the world and makes policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of state and Congress. Dr. Mark most recently served as the vice chairman. 

Roots of Hope in Midst of Climate Change


According to a NASA-funded research study, the spread of mangrove trees along shorelines may offer an economic and ecological solution to protecting coastal wetlands from the harmful effects of climate change. Samantha Chapman, PhD, associate professor of Biology, was a key contributor to these recently published findings.

Distinctive Appointments for Law Professors

The title "University Professor" is one of Villanova's highest academic honors. It is bestowed on faculty with extraordinary scholarly achievements, and its reach crosses traditional department and college boundaries. Two faculty members in the Charles Widger School of Law received this distinction in June. Michael Moreland, JD, PhD, was appointed University Professor of Law and Religion, as well as director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy. Brett Frischmann, JD, was named the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics

MBA Students Win MIT Competition


A team of four graduate students from the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate in the Villanova School of Business took first place in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 2017 Real Estate Case Competition. The contest attracts students from top master's programs around the world. 

Students Nominate Associate Dean for Award


At the Wildcat Crossing Recognition Ceremony May 18, Stephen Jones, PhD, the College of Engineering's associate dean, Student and Strategic Programs, was presented with the inaugural Wildcat Crossing Faculty Award. The ceremony honors underrepresented and first-generation students who, through unyielding determination, completed undergraduate or graduate degrees. These students selected Dr. Jones for his commitment to their academic journeys. 


Useful Links for Neighbors & Friends

Printable map of campus

Villanova University Neighbors & Friends website

Cultural Film and Lecture Series

The Villanova University Art Gallery

Ignite Change. Go Nova. - Telling the Villanova Story

Villanova University Walking Trail, the official site of Villanova Athletics

The Villanova University Bookstore

Follow Villanova on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


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Thank you for your continued interest in Villanova University!

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