A Message from the President - January 2012

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

The spring semester officially began on Tuesday, however many members of our community got an early start. More than 300 students returned to campus over the weekend to take part in the University's fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service which for the first time featured activities on multiple days. As part of the region-wide King Day initiatives on Monday, students traveled to 19 sites throughout Greater Philadelphia to partner with local residents and community organizations. Service is how our community puts its Augustinian ideals into action and I can't think of a more powerful way to begin the semester. I'm grateful to the Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Development for their hard work on this initiative. 

As we begin the new year and semester, I am pleased to share with you the following information and updates.

President's Report 2010-2011
Faculty and staff soon will receive via campus mail a copy of Villanova University’s 2010-2011 President’s Report. While sent to you digitally in previous years, a hard copy of this year’s report will take the place of the winter issue of Villanova Magazine, which will return in the spring after a redesign.

The 2010-2011 President’s Report focuses on Villanova’s five distinctive offerings as highlighted in our Strategic Plan: Academic Excellence, Strong Community, Personal Attention, Service to Others and Foundation for Lifelong Success. Each story relates to one of those offerings and demonstrates why the Villanova experience is so powerful.

This publication is a way for us to help tell the Villanova story, and to promote our diverse initiatives to peer institutions and our extended community. A copy of the President's Report is being sent to all four-year colleges and universities across the nation, as well as to Villanova faculty, staff, parents and alumni. In addition, a link to a digital version of the report soon will be e-mailed to students and posted on the University's website.  

New Members Elected to the Board of Trustees
I am pleased to announce that three new members recently joined the Villanova University Board of Trustees as of January 1:

Daniel M. DiLella '73 VSB, president and chief executive officer, BPG Properties, Ltd.
Helen Meeks Horstmann, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Penn Orthopaedics
Edward J. Welsh '66 VSB, president and partner, ADCO Electrical Corporation

The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of the University and we are fortunate to have such an impressive and dedicated group of volunteers helping to oversee Villanova's educational enterprise. Please follow this link for more information about our newest Trustees.

Department of Public Safety Awarded Prestigious Accreditation
Villanova’s Department of Public Safety has been awarded accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Villanova is the first college or university in Pennsylvania to become IACLEA accredited and only the 7th non-sworn, private university in the country. The accreditation process included evaluation of the Department’s compliance with a body of over 200 progressive standards to ensure that the delivery of safety and security services to the community is at the highest level of professionalism and integrity. The award, which was formally issued in December, was the culmination of a three year process of self study and continuous improvement, followed by a three day on-site review by external assessors. Please join me in congratulating David Tedjeske, director of Public Safety, and the entire Public Safety staff on this impressive achievement.

Learning Commons Takes Shape in Falvey Memorial Library
The new semester also marks the opening of the Learning Commons on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library. While work on the space is not yet complete, both Learning Support Services and the Research Support Librarians are already in place. They will be joined in the next couple of weeks by the Writing Center and the Mathematics Learning Support Center. I hope you will find time to visit this completely re-imagined and renovated area which will provide our students with a state-of-the-art center for learning and inquiry.

After two consecutive harsh winters, we have enjoyed a relatively mild season so far. I know I join with our Facilities staff, particularly those in Grounds, in continuing to think warm thoughts. We still may see some snow, but spring gets closer every day. Best wishes to each of you for a productive semester.

Fr. Peter Donohue, O.S.A.