A Message from the President - April 2011

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Despite the quick approach of final exams and Commencement, activity on campus takes a needed break at this holy time of year. Whether you are celebrating Easter, Passover or simply the arrival of warm weather, I hope that the next few days provide opportunity for relaxation and fellowship.

Before we leave for break, I would like to share with you the following updates:

Middle States - A Word of Thanks
I have communicated with you often this year about the reaccreditation process the University is going through with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The process, which happens every ten years, is extremely thorough and has involved many members of our community under the leadership of tri-chairs John Kelley, Ph.D., executive director of the Office of Planning & Institutional Research; Steve Merritt, dean of Enrollment Management; and Sally Scholz, Ph.D., professor of Philosophy.

The Middle States process recently culminated with a visit to Villanova by a team of educators from peer institutions. The visiting evaluation team, led by John J. DeGioia, Ph.D., president of Georgetown University, reviewed our Self-Study Report and recommendations, met with students, faculty and staff, and provided some initial feedback and suggestions. The visit was a great success and the team mentioned to me how much they enjoyed seeing our community up close. Information about the process, including the Evaluation Team Report, can be found on the Office of the President tab on the myNOVA portal.

As a result of the hard work of so many here at Villanova – especially John, Steve, and Sally – we fully anticipate being reaccredited in June 2011 by the Middle States Commission. I will be sure to share that news with you when in happens. In the meantime, please accept my sincere thanks for your contributions to this process and your continuing commitment to Villanova University.

Summer Hours for Employees
As part of the University’s continuing commitment to helping employees maintain work/life balance, I am pleased to announce that Summer Hours again will be offered this year. Full-time staff employees will have the opportunity for early dismissal at 12 p.m. on Fridays from May 20th through August 5th. This year, the Fridays of the holiday weeks (Memorial Day and Independence Day) have been added.

Final discretion regarding time-off for departments that have 24/7 operations will be handled by each department. Please remember that in all cases, the needs of our students and internal and external campus communities must continue to be served in an exemplary fashion.

I encourage you to visit the Summer Hours policy posted on the Human Resources website for additional information and for a list of the Fridays included in this year’s schedule. Please contact your supervisor or the Human Resources Department should you have any questions about this policy.

The semester quickly winds down when we return from break on Tuesday, April 26. During this busy time, please don't forget to take care of yourself. What better way to do that than by joining me for National Walk at Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 27? Join your fellow workers on one of two walks leaving from the Oreo between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visit the Healthy Living section of the Human Resources website for more information and to register. See you there - rain or shine!

Best wishes for a peaceful Easter break.


Fr. Peter Donohue, O.S.A.