Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the December 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.

In the Spotlight: Merry Christmas Villanova Week Kicks-Off the Season and Marks the Conclusion to the University's 175th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate the Christmas season now through Dec. 10 with a series of events highlighted by the tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 and performances throughout the week by talented student groups. The events also include the final activities marking the University's year-long 175th Anniversary Celebration. Visit the websites for the Office of Music Activities and the University's 175thAnniversary for a list of times, dates and events.


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.

Showcasing Augustinian's Art


Now through Dec. 18, visitors to the Art Gallery can enjoy Sacred and Profane: The Art of Richard G. Cannuli, OSA." Representing more than three decades of inspired work by the professional artist, Augustinian friar and current gallery director, the exhibit features contemporary and mixed-media icons, vivid liturgical vestments, and watercolors.

Wildcats Through the Years


As part of Villanova's 175th anniversary celebration, Falvey Memorial Library has put on display "Wildcats Past & Present: Moments From the History of Sports at Villanova." A collaboration of Special Collections and the University Archives, the exhibit spotlights different eras of athletics on campus through photos, clippings, memorabilia and other items. It runs until Jan. 11, 2018, and will continue to be available digitally.

Famed Activist to Give MLK Address


The keynote speaker for Villanova's 2018 celebration of the memory and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is civil rights activist Diane Nash, who received the Rosa Parks Award from King himself in 1965 for her contributions to the movement. Nash, who also took part in antiwar and women's rights movements, will share her experiences at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Connelly Center's Villanova Room.

Sign of the Times: Racism


Theologians from Villanova and Boston College, respectively, will present the next two talks in Villanova's yearlong lecture series exploring Catholic social teaching and racism. Katie Grimes, PhD, will discuss Anti-Blackness and the Catholic Church." at 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29. M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, will focus her remarks on "Catholic Social Teaching, Racism and Women of Color," at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7. Both events will take place in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. 

Meet the Authors


Villanova welcomes to campus Tuesday, Jan. 30, the first of five critically acclaimed writers featured in the 20th annual Literary Festival. Kicking off the semester-long event is Tyehimba Jess, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2016 for his collection Olio. Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of the short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, will visit Feb. 15. Stay tuned for details.

Here Comes Mr. Burns


Anne Washburn's darkly comedic Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play will be on stage at Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall Feb. 6-18, 2018. In a desolate world, survivors gathered around a fire in the woods discover a shared love in retelling one of the great stories of their time: an episode of The Simpsons. Please call 610-519-7474 for more information or buy tickets online

Hoops Action

The Pavilion is closed for renovations in 2017-18, but Nova Nation can still cheer on the Wildcats "at home." Most of the Men's Basketball home games will be played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Women's Basketball, meanwhile, will hold court in the Jake Nevin Field House on campus. Order tickets online for Men's and Women's games, or call the Villanova Ticket Office at 610-519-4100.

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events Through April 2018

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through April 2018. Visit for full schedules for varsity sports. 

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

  • Fall Semester Last Day of Classes: December 11
  • Final Exams: December 13-19
  • Spring Semester First Day of Classes: January 6
  • Spring Semester Break: March 3-March 11
  • Easter Break: March 29-April 2
  • Spring Semester Last Day of Classes: May 3
  • Final Exams: May 5-11
  • Commencement Weekend: May 18-19
  • Reunion Weekend: June 1-3
  • Freshman Move-In: August 22
  • New Student Orientation: August 23-26
  • Fall Semester First Day of Classes: August 27


Recent News from Campus

University Ranked in Nation's Top 50

Once again, Villanova placed in the top 50 of the nation's best colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. In the 2018 results, the University earned the No. 46 spot in the list of "Best Colleges" and the No. 17 spot for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" among national universities. 

Oncologist Awarded Mendel Medal


Dr. Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at the University of Chicago, received Villanova's 2017 Mendel Medal and delivered the lecture "Genomic Landscape of Breast Cancer in Diverse Populations." Villanova selected Dr. Olopade for her pioneering work in the risk assessment and treatment of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer.

President Signs Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

Reaffirming Villanova's mission to welcome diverse perspectives and foster challenging dialogues, University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, '75 was among the first college presidents to sign the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. It is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. 

Leader in Entrepreneurial Education


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers recognized Villanova's Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute for its "Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines." Through a variety of programming and events, the ICE Institute brings together faculty and students from all colleges to spur innovative thinking and creative problem solving.

Students Named to Prestigious Forbes List

In the second annual list of Forbes Under 30 Scholars, 28 Villanovans were among the 1,000 students from top institutions nationwide selected for this distinction. The honorees were invited to attend the 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit, which took place in October in Boston and offered powerful networking opportunities.

Stellar Scientist Makes Waves


Two astronomy announcements that lit up the October sky connect to a Villanova astrophysicist. Amber Stuver, PhD, is on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) research team that was the first to detect gravitational waves from the collision of neutron stars. In addition, the founders of LIGO were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Stuver has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 1999.

There's a Map for That


Included on the international team that recently produced a catalogue and atlas of the world's reptiles is Aaron Bauer, PhD. The Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology at Villanova, Dr. Bauer has described more new species of reptile than has any other living scientist. The data complete a world map of 31,000 species of humanity's closest relatives and reveal areas with critical conservation needs. 

National Standout in Nursing Education


In 2004, the College of Nursing was one of only three institutions to earn the National League for Nursing's inaugural honor of Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College has enjoyed the designation ever since, and this year is no exception. The NLN formally recognized Villanova at the league's 2017 Education Summit in San Diego in September.

Villanova Honors Criminal Justice Reformer


Susan Burton, the founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, draws on her experience in the criminal justice system to help others break the cycle of incarceration. To acknowledge her dedication to reform and to empowering others, Villanova presented Burton with its 2017 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award Oct. 19. 


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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