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Nova News: March at Villanova University

Nova News is a monthly look at news and programs across the University. Find out more about the various events in March happening across campus - programming that highlights the World of Sports Agents, Women's History Month, Pope Francis' papacy, the ethics of war, and more.


Villanova Recognized with Fifth LEED Certification on Campus

Recognized as one of the nation’s greenest colleges by the Princeton Review and other publications, Villanova continues to achieve excellence in sustainability. Fedigan Hall, a residence hall on campus, is the most recent University building to achieve LEED certification. The fifth building on campus to receive this designation, Fedigan earned LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interior. The 80-year-old building features occupancy sensor lights, rain gardens, low-flow showerheads that reduce water usage with mechanical timers, and geo-thermal wells equipped with a ground source heat pump system that supports a large portion of the building’s heating and cooling. To learn more click here.

National Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment

March is National Women’s History Month, celebrated annually to ensure that the history of American women is recognized and celebrated throughout the country. Villanova faculty experts from a variety of disciplines are available for media interviews to discuss topics as varied as the roles women have played in shaping American history from the Revolutionary War days to the present, gender issues in the workplace, literature written by women, the history of women in science and engineering, and much more. Click here for more information.

First Annual Ethics of War Conference Will Debate Moral Issues of Armed Combat

The terms “ethics” and “war” may seem, to some, to be mutually exclusive. What is a “just war?” Is the evolving trend toward technological combat moral? Is perpetual war inescapable or can peace be achieved? These and other soul-searching topics will be examined at Villanova University’s First Annual Ethics of War Conference April 4-5. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Ethics Program and the Center for Peace and Justice Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, together with the College of Nursing, will be held in collaboration with the United States Military Academy at West Point. To learn more click here.

Art Gallery Exhibit Presents “I Never Owned a Lawnmower,” a 40-Year Retrospective of Internationally Exhibited Local Dentist Turned Artist

The wide-ranging multi-media works of Media, Pa. dentist Alan Soffer, who, well into his 30s began what would become a successful 40-year second career as an artist, will be on display at the Villanova University Art Gallery March 3- April 7. The exhibit is titled, “I Never Owned a Lawnmower.” A free public reception to meet the artist will be held, from 5 - 7 pm, March 14 in the Gallery, located on second floor of the Connelly Center on the University’s Main Campus. For additional information click here.


Pope’s Message about Catholic Church’s Mission in the Modern World the Focus of Series

Villanova University will continue its series of conversations inspired by Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, an apostolic exhortation on the Church's mission in the modern world this month through April 9. Discussion of themes central to Francis' papacy, including the role of the Church in the world today, obligations to the poor, and the current socioeconomic system will be led by Villanova faculty members. To learn more click here.

Irish Studies Program Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Full Roster of Events

Villanova was founded by Irish Augustinian priests in 1842 and established the nation's first Irish Studies Program in 1972. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and Villanova’s long Irish history, the Irish Studies Program will host a series of events throughout the month of March and into April. The festivities will open March 13 with the annual Heimbold Chair Lecture featuring Irish poet and scholar Eamonn Wall. On St. Patrick's Day the community is invited to learn how to kick up its heels -- Irish step dancing style -- at a 'Sean-Nós Dance Workshop.' Two Irish films will be screened: “Kings” on March 18 and “What Richard Did” on April 1. A documentary about Eamonn Wall will be shown March 19, followed by a discussion on Irish writing in America. All programs listed are open to the public. For more information, click here.

History Students’ Digital Humanities Project Creates 1920s Ardmore, Pa. Interactive Website

Junior-year Villanova students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History last semester worked alongside faculty and Falvey Memorial Library staff to construct “The Ardmore Project: Suburban Life in the Early 20th Century”. Using research from local archives and online databases, the students designed and built a website based on an interactive map of Ardmore, Pennsylvania in the 1920s. Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, will present the results of the project on Tuesday, March 11. For more information, click here.

Mathematics Professor Receives Commendation on Floor of U.S. House of Representatives

Andrew Woldar, PhD, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was commended by PA Congressman Pat Meehan on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., Jan. 31. Congressman Meehan publicly lauded Dr. Woldar and Villanova for their recent research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Woldar's project on algebraic graph theory was recognized by the NSF for its important contribution to the mathematical sciences. The NSF grant will support a conference at Villanova in June 2014, which will bring together experts, researchers and students to discuss recent advancements in mathematics. For more information, click here.


Villanova School of Business Announces Two Online MBA Programs

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) has announced it will offer two master’s degrees – the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) – through online programs beginning in fall 2014.The online MBA is a new addition to VSB’s highly-ranked part-time MBA program. Students will now have the option to complete the Villanova MBA in one of three program tracks: the Online Track, the Flex Track or the Fast Track. The online MBA allows students to earn the very same Villanova MBA—with the same curriculum, taught by the same faculty—as on-campus, in a convenient and flexible online format. For additional information, click here.

Church Management Expert Available to Discuss Economics of Religious Organizations

This month, the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics celebrated its 10th anniversary. Housed within the Villanova School of Business (VSB), the Center offers educational programs and conducts research in the areas of administration, professional financial management, and human resource management as they apply to the Catholic Church and its institutions. Charles Zech, director of the Center, is available to discuss finance, legal and management issues that all religious institutions must face, as well as the economics of the Church and its people.


NovaRacing Team Prepares for Annual Formula SAE Competition

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is a collegiate design competition in which students manage and finance a racing team. Over the course of one production year, teams design, manufacture and race an open-wheeled prototype based on rules that foster both creativity and technical skill. Each year, since its founding in 2008, the NovaRacing team has started at square one with the design of a new car. Villanova and teams from around the nation and world will travel to Michigan in May for the Formula SAE event at Michigan International Speedway. Click here to learn more.

Structural Engineering Students Recognized in National Competition

A team of Villanova engineering students is one of three finalists in the national 2014 Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Student Structural Design Competition. The Villanova students’ project, titled "Cambodia Pre-School Project," includes design work and actual construction plans for a new model school in Cambodia. The finalist teams will be judged on an oral presentation at the Structures Congress 2014 in Boston, Ma., April 3 – 5.

Franklin Institute Laureates to Speak at Villanova

On April 23, the College of Engineering’s Center for Advanced Communications will host a half-day symposium with recipients of the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Shunichi Iwasaki and Dr. Mark H. Kryder are recognized for the development and realization of the system of Perpendicular Magnetic Recording, which has enabled a dramatic increase in the storage capacity of computer-readable media. For more information, click here.


College of Nursing Expert Available to Discuss FDA’s New Nutrition Label

It’s been 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated that an informational nutrition label be printed on all packaged foods. With health- conscious consumers today more tuned into nutrition than ever before, and a shift in knowledge about nutrition, the FDA has decided it is time for a nutrition label makeover. What needs to go, and what needs to stay? Erin Winterhalter MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE, the director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University’s College of Nursing, has developed what she believes are key components of a new and improved food label.

Health and Human Values Lecture Series Concludes with Lecture on Tele-Health

The College of Nursing will conclude its annual Health and Human Values Lecture series April 8 with a talk by David C. Gordon, the director of the University of Virginia Office of Telemedicine. Titled “Telehealth as a Tool for Nursing to Address Geographic Health Disparities in Rural Communities,” Gordon’s talk will give an overview of the telemedicine network which serves as a model across the United States. The program enables more than 30,000 patient encounters over a range of 40 specialties. To learn more click here.


Insiders Look at World of Sports Agents Is Focus of 2014 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Annual Symposium

The 2014 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium, to be held March 21 at the Villanova School of Law, will offer a revealing look into the inner workings of sports agency. Titled, “An Inside Look at the World of Agents: Past, Present and Future, the program will provide a 360° analysis of the sports agent world. From the cutthroat nature of the business to future challenges, this behind-the-scenes look at one of the most competitive careers is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the business of sports. Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt will moderate panels featuring "Super Agents" Tom Condon, Leigh Steinberg and Arn Tellem, who have represented all-star athletes like Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman and Joe Johnson. For additional information click here.

Villanova School of Law Offers 50 Full-Tuition Scholarships as Part of Innovation Scholars

Villanova Law has announced a new "Innovation Scholars" program that will fund up to 50 full-tuition scholarships for the incoming class of fall 2014. Recipients will receive full-tuition for all three years of study. The program celebrates the inauguration of the new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To learn more click here.

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