Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the September 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: Construction Update

The University's transformation of its main parking lots along Lancaster Avenue continues with great progress being made on key elements. The new surface parking lot is complete and in use around Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls; pre-cast elements are quickly giving shape to the new parking garage being built on East Main (Pike) Lot that is scheduled to be completed by early 2017; a new stormwater management system has been installed under Pike Field; and improvements to sidewalks and roadways are in progress or will be soon. Please note that traffic signal improvement along Lancaster Avenue will take place through mid-September and widening of parts of Lancaster and Ithan Avenues is scheduled for the next few months. The work in Lancaster Avenue will require periodic lane closures. Please read the official notices from PennDOT linked above for more information.

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.

Gallery Displays Local Sculptor's Artistry


In its first exhibit of the 2016-17 academic year, the Villanova University Art Gallery has been showcasing Philadelphia-area sculptor George Nista's work. "Pursuing Beauty" features approximately 40 pieces, some in bronze and some in plaster, including several three-quarter life-size sculptures. The exhibit continues through Oct. 6. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Connelly Center.

An "Electra" Start for Theatre


This action-packed retelling of Sophocles' Greek tragedy about a family torn apart by adultery, assassination and revenge kicks off the 2016-17 season of Villanova Theatre at Vasey Hall. Electra, adapted by Frank McGuinness and directed by the Rev. David Cregan, OSA, PhD, runs Sept. 20-Oct. 2. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office.

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Speak on Campus


Join the Villanova community in reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. This Pulitzer Prize-winning account of why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before is the 2016-17 One Book Villanova selection. Kolbert will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Connelly Center's Villanova Room. Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, also marks the beginning of the four-day St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration.

Villanova Hosts Irish Dance Festival


Teams from across the country will compete at the third annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, hosted by the Villanova Irish Dance Team, Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Jake Nevin Field House. Visit this link for details about the schedule and ticket sales.

Presidential Election Discussion: Oct. 5

Please join Jim Brown '73 CLAS, former chief of
staff for US Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA), and Charlie Gerow '80 VLS, chief executive officer of Quantum Communications, for a discussion of the Presidential election and key election issues as campaigning reaches a fever pitch. The discussion will be moderated by Matthew Kerbel, PhD, professor and chair of Political Science. It will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 5. in Driscoll Hall Room 134.

Neighbors & Friends Day at Villanova Football, Oct. 8


Neighbors and friends of the University have a special opportunity to receive FREE tickets to see the Wildcats take on the University of Rhode Island Rams at Villanova Stadium Saturday, October 8. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. Tickets must be picked-up in person from Sep. 19 - Oct. 5 at the Villanova Ticket Office in Jake Nevin Field House. The Ticket Office operating hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Be sure to reference "VU Neighbors" to receive your FREE tickets and discounted $3 access to the Kid Zone for families.

Honoring Work With Vulnerable Youth


The University will present the 2016 Adela Dwyer-St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award to No Strings International, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Driscoll Auditorium. Created by members of Jim Henson's Muppet Show team, No Strings produces puppet films that help children build life-saving skills and overcome trauma caused by war and natural disasters.

NIH Immunologist to Receive Mendel Medal


Anthony S. Fauci, MD, a preeminent immunologist, pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, is the recipient of Villanova's 2016 Mendel Medal. The award recognizes his significant contribution to the body of scientific knowledge in preventing, diagnosing and treating such infectious diseases as influenza, malaria, tuberculosis, Ebola and the Zika virus. Dr. Fauci will deliver the Mendel Medal Lecture at 2 p.m., Friday,  Nov. 11, in the Jake Nevin Field House.

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events Through Early November 2016

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through early November 2016. Visit for full schedules for fall varsity sports. 

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:


Recent News from Campus

Experts Fill Leadership Posts

As the 2016-17 academic year gets underway, Villanova welcomes three new appointees. Mark C. Alexander, JD, is the Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. A graduate of Yale Law School, he previously was the associate dean for Academics at Seton Hall University School of Law. Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, is The Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. Most recently, Dr. Russell served as the senior associate dean of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. J. Leon Washington, the dean of Enrollment Management, comes to Villanova from Lehigh University, where he was the vice provost for Admissions and Financial Aid.

Alumnus Commits $10M to Create History Center


Villanova University has received a $10 million commitment from alumnus Albert Lepage, the retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., to establish the Center for History in the Public Interest. This commitment marks the largest-ever gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of the center's primary goals is to have a tangible impact on the way history is taught.

Professor Named Vice Chairman of US Commission


Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor, Political Science, was elected vice chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which is dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion abroad. President Barack Obama, as well as bipartisan Congressional leadership, appointed Dr. Mark to the commission in 2014.

Aqua and Engineering Pool Expertise


Aqua America Inc., one of the largest US-based, publicly traded water utilities, has partnered with the College of Engineering to provide mentorship opportunities, hands-on water quality expertise and foundation support for the College's international water infrastructure projects. Representatives from Aqua and the College recently traveled together to Nicaragua and Peru.

New Master's Takes Analytics Into Account

The Villanova School of Business; The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; and the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG have created a learning approach for graduate business students by launching a master's program that emphasizes analytics in accounting. Its purpose is to develop auditors suited for the age of big data.

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


Neighbors Update is an initiative of the Office of Government Relations and External Affairs. Questions and feedback are welcomed and can be submitted by emailing or by calling Chris Kovolski at (610) 519-7450.

Thank you for your continued interest in Villanova University!

Villanova University Initiatives

Lancaster Avenue Development Project

Design Concept for Lancaster Avenue

Economic and Community Impact Report 2011

Economic and Community Impact Report 2011

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan