Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the May 2016 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: Villanova University Commencement This Weekend, May 13&14

Villanova University Commencement events will take place over two days this weekend - Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

The largest event, the University Commencement ceremony, will take place on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. in The Pavilion. Saturday features College Convocation Ceremonies in various locations and Commencement concludes with the Baccalaureate Mass at 4 p.m. on the Campus Green in the heart of campus.  

Please be advised that traffic will be heavy around the University throughout Commencement. For more information about Villanova University Commencement, including a full schedule of events and weather contingency plans, please visit

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.

Villanova Construction Updates at Communication and Review Committee Meeting: June 2

Neighbors and Friends are invited to attend the June 2 meeting of the Communication and Review (CARe) Committee at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Radnor Township Building. This committee, comprised of representatives from the Township, residents and the University, conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public and feature discussion of the construction project that is transforming the University's main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue. The June 2 meeting will include an overview of activity that is planned for this summer and fall, including work to Lancaster and Ithan Avenues. Visit this University website or the Radnor Township website for more information about the project.

Showcasing Artist's Myriad Subjects


"The Diverse Artistic Universe of George H. Rothacker" features the breadth of the Delco-based artist's interests and styles. The exhibit, which opens Monday, May 23, includes 54 acrylic paintings on canvas that span a quarter century of visual storytelling. A free public reception to meet George Rothacker will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 10, in the Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Connelly Center. The exhibit continues until July 28.

Tax Talk in Election Year

Villanova University's Graduate Tax Program will host its inaugural Tax Policy Symposium, "Fundamental Tax Reform and Tax Policy Issues in Election Year 2016," Thursday, June 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. A cross section of business leaders will discuss the economic and societal issues surrounding the need for fundamental tax reform. The Hon. Patrick Meehan, U.S. Representative of the Seventh District of Pennsylvania and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, will be the featured speaker. The event is free, but registration is required.

Summer Fun at Villanova


Make Camp Villanova your children's destination for fun this summer. The University is hosting a variety of sports and youth camps beginning in June and July for students from elementary through high school. With offerings such as basketball, cooking and video-game development, Camp Villanova appeals to a wide range of interests and abilities. Choices include day and overnight camps, as well as weekly sessions.

Disney Institute Coming to Campus


The College of Professional Studies invites friends of Villanova to learn about and register for the Disney Institute's Leadership Excellence workshop series, Saturday, June 11 (and possibly Friday, June 10, if demand is high). These sessions will help participants develop the skills they need to identify, put into practice, and sustain their personal and organizational values and vision. Sessions will be held in Bartley Hall, Room 1011, during Reunion Weekend.

Philadelphia Freedoms Hit the Court


Mylan World Team Tennis returns to the Pavilion this summer when the Philadelphia Freedoms play their first home game Tuesday, Aug. 2, against the Springfield (Mo.) Lasers. The Aug. 10 match with New York Empire will feature Andy Roddick, the men's singles champion in the 2003 US Open. See the 2016 schedule and purchase tickets.

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events Through August 2016

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through August 2016, including a list of local graduation ceremonies taking place in The Pavilion.

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:


Recent News from Campus

Buzzer-Beater for the Record Books


In a sequence of smooth moves - Daniel Ochefu mopped the floor, Ryan Arcidiacono drove up the court and dished back to an open Kris Jenkins, and Jenkins shot a perfect three-pointer as time expired - the Wildcats outscored UNC to win the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Memorable tributes followed this historic win. Among them: a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama; the opportunity to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange; and a Center City parade attended by more than 60,000 fans.

The Nation's Top Undergraduate B-School


In the 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking, the Villanova School of Business was recognized as the No. 1 undergraduate business school in the nation. Factors that determine the ranking are student and employer satisfaction, as well as student internship and recent graduate salary statistics. "This external recognition underscores our commitment to providing a truly exceptional academic experience for our students," said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, '75, University president.

Basketball Hall of Famer to Address Class of 2016


George Raveling '60, director of International Basketball for Nike and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will speak at the University's 173rd Commencement on Friday, May 13. Raveling; Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ, founder of Hour Children; and Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, all will receive honorary degrees.

Gift Establishes Center for Irish Studies

The Connelly Foundation has made a leadership gift of $1 million to elevate Villanova's current Irish Studies Program, one of the oldest of its kind, to a Center for Irish Studies. The new center will add academic programs and increase opportunities for study abroad and exchange programs. Villanova was founded by Irish Augustinians in 1842 and, over the years, has launched partnerships with such institutions as the National University of Ireland Galway, University College Dublin and the Abbey Theatre.

Monitoring Brandywine Watershed's Quality


A student research team led by Steven Goldsmith, PhD, assistant professor of Environmental Sciences, partnered with the volunteer organization Guardians of the Brandywine and with Victory Brewing Co. to determine potential contamination sources in the East Brandywine and two other local watersheds. The researchers presented their findings April 25 on campus.

150 Years of Swing


To honor the sesquicentennial of Villanova's Baseball program, the University hosted a celebration April 16 at the Conference Center following a game against St. John's. Coaches, players past and present, supporters and other dignitaries paid tribute to the country's third-oldest collegiate baseball program. Villanova Baseball has amassed more than 1,880 victories, seven NCAA tournament appearances, and five regular-season or tournament BIG EAST titles.

Alumnus Makes $22.6M Gift to Athletics

A $22.6 million total leadership gift - the largest ever to Villanova Athletics - from William B. Finneran '63 will advance the renovation of the Pavilion and provide support for the Men's Basketball program. The renovation's planning stages will get underway immediately and will involve the Villanova community, season ticketholders and Wildcats fans. The process also will include market feasibility studies, focus groups and surveys.

Pledge to Protect Pollinators

Villanova University recently became the second campus in the nation to sign a pledge to continue its commitment to using neonicotinoid-free insecticides on its grounds. Called BEE Protective, the pledge is a joint venture organized through the Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides. Neonicotinoids are known to have acute and chronic effects on honey bees and other pollinator species.

Professor Awarded International Prize


Renowned radar signal processing expert Moeness Amin, PhD, director of Villanova University's Center for Advanced Communications, has been awarded Germany's prestigious Humboldt Prize. This international honor recognizes researchers whose discoveries and insights have had a significant impact, and who are "expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future."

Useful Links for Neighbors & Friends

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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