Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the March 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: Spring Break Hours for Fitness Centers, Recreation Facilities & Pool

Villanova's spring semester break begins at the conclusion of classes Friday, March 3. Classes resume Monday, March 13. Operating hours for fitness centers, recreation facilities and the Pavilion pool will be modified during this period as outlined below. Regular hours of operation and additional information can be found by visiting the Friends of Villanova Program website.

Fitness Centers:

Jake Nevin Field House/Villanova Stadium & Track: 7 am - 10 pm (Stadium Lights off at 9 pm):

Pavilion Pool: CLOSED


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.

Lit Fest Hosts Notable Writers


For the 19th year, award-winning novelists, poets and playwrights have been visiting campus to read from their works during the semester-long Villanova Literary Festival. Next in this spring's lineup is Owen McCafferty, whose most recent play, Quietly, had its US premiere in New York in July. McCafferty will present at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, in the Presidents' Lounge, Connelly Center. A reception and book signing follow.

Talking Sports Biz


The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law welcomes NBC legal analyst Jack Ford, as part of its 2017 speaker series, 4-5:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, in Room 202 of the Law School Building. These interactive sessions provide a behind-the-scenes look at the sports industry.

Evolving Role of Public Health Departments

Learn how Philadelphia's Department of Public Health stays ahead of threats to the population and what citizens can do to help protect communities. Steven Alles, MD, MFA, of the department’s Division of Disease Control, will speak at the College of Nursing lecture "Emerging Infectious Diseases, Global Migration and Bioterrorism," 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. 

Athletics and Human Flourishing


Academic and industry experts will dig beneath the turf in a conversation titled "The Grace of Playing," 2-6 p.m., Friday, March 24, in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. The program will feature two panels that address the topics of why humans play and the role of sports in human flourishing. See the complete schedule.

Musical Production of Alcott Classic


Villanova Theatre closes out the season with Little Women: The Broadway Musical. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, this new musical, directed by Valerie Joyce, is a fresh retelling of the aspirations and sorrows of Jo March and her sisters. The show will be on stage at Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall March 28-April 9. To purchase tickets, contact the box office.

Mendel & Pope Francis: Care of Our Common Home

Experts from across the country and around the world will explore Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment at the 2017 Mendel Symposium, Friday, March 31, in Driscoll Hall Auditorium. The event will include sessions on the work of Augustinian friar Gregor Mendel-who, in addition to exploring the secrets of heredity, was a meteorologist and beekeeper-and present-day, multidisciplinary perspectives on climate change and sustainability.

Villanova Honors Renowned Ethicist


Villanova's Ethics Program will present the 2017 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics to James Childress, PhD, of the University of Virginia, for his impact on scholarship in that field, at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. At 1:30 p.m., two panels of distinguished guests will speak to emerging ethical issues in military ethics and bioethics. Both events take place in the Connelly Center's Villanova Room. 

Mix Up Your Spring Ensemble


Talented Villanovans are ready to delight audiences of all ages with vocal, instrumental, dance and stage performances. With such offerings as the Wazobia African Dance Showcase, the Jazz Festival and the Spring Choral Concert, the array of student entertainment is as captivating as it is varied. 

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events Through May 2017

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

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:

  • Spring Semester Break: March 4-March 12
  • Easter Break: April 13-April 17
  • Spring Semester Last Day of Classes: May 4
  • Final Exams: May 6-12
  • Commencement Weekend: May 19-20
  • Reunion Weekend: June 9-11
  • Freshman Move-In: August 18
  • New Student Orientation: August 19-22
  • Fall Semester First Day of Classes: August 23


Recent News from Campus

Happy 175th, Villanova!


From the flicker of candlelight to the thunder of fireworks, the sights and sounds of Villanova's launch of its 175th anniversary celebration transformed campus the week of Jan. 15. The kickoff to a year filled with special events included a food drive that yielded 1.75 tons of goods, an interfaith prayer vigil, a community dinner à la 1842, a winter festival and, of course, an enormous cake. 

New History Center Opens


Created with a $10 million gift from Albert Lepage '69 - the largest ever to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest launched in January. The center will bring historical scholarship and perspective to bear on contemporary global affairs and call for greater historical consciousness among citizens, elected officials and industry leaders.

New Leadership for Board of Trustees

In addition to the election of new member and legendary Wildcat Kerry Kittles '96, '09 MBA, Villanova announced the appointment of three trustees to leadership positions on the board. Effective Jan. 1, Joseph V. Topper Jr. '77 serves as chair; Justin G. Gmelich '90 as vice chair; and Nance K. Dicciani, PhD, '69 as secretary.

Villanovans Named Fulbright and Gilman Scholars

A record-tying 14th Villanova student was selected to receive a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant as part of the Fulbright Program, a prestigious international education exchange program sponsored by the US government. In addition, three students were offered the competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the spring semester.

Grant to Advance Clergy's Financial Literacy


The Lilly Endowment has awarded a $750,000 grant to the Villanova School of Business' esteemed Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, which provides programming to help church leaders be stewards of their resources. The funding will allow the center to work with seminaries to incorporate financial literacy into curricula.

High Marks for Online Grad Business Program

The Villanova School of Business was recognized among the top schools in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Online Graduate Business Programs ranking, earning the No. 4 spot. VSB was also ranked No. 3 for Student Services and Technology, and No. 4 for Student Engagement.

NIH Award Supports Research on Blood Substitute


Since his days as a doctoral student, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Jacob Elmer, PhD, has been researching the potential of earthworm hemoglobin as a blood substitute. In December, his work earned him a three-year, $254,000 award from the National Institutes of Health and established a valuable collaboration with researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Elmer's goal is to develop a blood substitute that does not require refrigeration and can be used in war zones and remote areas where donated blood is unavailable. 

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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