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For a list of all events, please go to the Calendar of Events.

January 15: Villanova vs. St. John's - Women's Basketball

Villanova Women's basketball game vs. St. John's kicks off the BIG WEEK of events celebrating 175 years at Villanova. The first 175 people entering the game will receive a free tee shirt. Trivia contest during a time out- with a great prize! Come cheer on the Wildcats to victory and celebrate our strong history! 2:00pm Tip-off Pavilion

January 18 and 19: Donation Nation

Help us collect 1.75 tons of food! Bring your donations to the West Lounge of Dougherty Hall on January 18 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and January 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please see flyer for more information on what to donate!

January 19: Fireworks

You don't want to miss this! 5:45 pm at the Riley Ellipse Come and celebrate the kick-off event for the 175th Anniversary Celebration! Fr. Peter will welcome everyone and share a few words to kick-off our year-long celebration and then a FIREWORKS display to remember for another 175 years! Event will end at 6:00pm in time for the 1842 Dinner and Discussion.

January 20: Demisemiseptcentennial Winter Festival

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate 175 years of Villanova! You don't want to miss this event! Villanova will be transformed into a winter wonderland and you are invited to share in all of the excitement. The Riley Ellipse will feature tents of food, activities and fun! Celebrate with ice skating, carriage rides through campus! 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Riley Ellipse.

January 21: Student Gala

The Student Gala celebrating the 175th anniversary of Villanova University begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are required and available through Come and enjoy this student-only event! There will be festive food, fabulous dancing and special guest appearances!

February 21: Theology on Tap

Join University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA for Theology on Tap! February 21, 2017 at 9:00pm, Presidents’ Lounge. Cape May Brewery’s Demisemiseptennial Ale and light food will be served. Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry

April 24-28: VITAL Interactive Display

Connelly Center Lobby, 10:00am- 1:00pm - Spirited Voices on Learning and Teaching - How does our learning and teaching embody the essence of Villanova? Share what you have learned at Villanova or taught your students on the Anniversary Wall displayed in the Connelly Center. Sweet treats will be served. Co-hosted with the Villanova Institute for Learning and Teaching

July 1-31: Donation Nation - YouGiveGoods

Make a difference in the life of a child. Participate in this online donation experience with We are reaching out to the entire Nova Nation to ask assistance to virtually collect 17,500 items for Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit dedicated to providing children in need with essential items. Simply add items to your cart and they will be shipped directly to Cradles to Crayons. Co-hosted by the 175th Anniversary Committee & the Villanova University Alumni Association. Co-hosted with the Villanova University Alumni Association

September 6: Launch of Wildcats Past & Present: Moments from the History of Sports at Villanova

Special Collections and University Archives, at Falvey Memorial Library, join in the celebration of Villanova University’s 175 anniversary, (1842-2017), with a collaboration of materials to present the exhibit, “Wildcats Past & Present: Moments from the History of Sports at Villanova,” featuring assorted and unique items representative of the varied sports played at Villanova College, and later Villanova University. The exhibit, located on the 1st floor of the Library, launches in September, 2017, and run through to the end of the fall semester.

October 27: Festival of Augustinian Imagination, Prelude

Drawing on and transforming the Augustinian-Catholic intellectual tradition, prominent philosopher, William Desmond (David Cooke Chair at Villanova) has opened up new ways to think about Love, Community, and Truth. This symposium, as a prelude to the Festival of Augustinian Imagination, will draw together professors, graduate students, and William Desmond himself, to explore the meaning of Caritas, Unitas, and Veritas in the 21st Century. Dougherty Hall, East and West Lounge, 10am-7:15pm.

November 8: Festival of Augustinian Imagination, The Inner Life of Unitas

Join us to explore the areas of grace and tension between the celebration of self and the life-giving energy of community. This workshop will draw on embodied experience and creativity to reflect on the dynamics of community as a unity full of internal life. Vasey Studio, 2:30-4pm

November 10: Festival of Augustinian Imagination, The Inner Life of Unitas

This workshop is designed to allow members of the Villanova community to share with each other the tools of activism with a focus on the ever-growing importance of allyship. Billie Murray and Terry Nance of the Department of Communication will lead the group in discussing advocacy in the form of bystander intervention training, organizing, messaging, and social media campaigns. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in order to build a community based in allyship and to help further develop a toolkit of best practices for responsible activism. St. Augustine Center, Room 300, 1-3pm

November 15: Festival of Augustinian Imagination, The Endless Horizon of Veritas

This lecture will dwell on the moment between the creation of Eve and the fall. This moment of indeterminate length – for humans had not yet fallen into time – has been little studied. Yet it is pregnant with extraordinary possibility. Other interpreters of the patristic period failed to exploit this possibility; but it proved an opportunity for Augustine to unleash his theological imagination – and, incidentally, to illustrate a perfect simultaneity of veritas, unitas, and caritas. Driscoll Auditorium, 7:30pm.

November 16: Festival of Augustinian Imagination, The Endless Horizon of Veritas

Augustine’s understanding of truth is more than a way to check on whether the words correspond to the facts; in fact, it can appear to lack an objective point of reference. This lecture will refer to his theory of the internal word (On the Trinity) as a basis for his method of interpreting the Bible (Confessions XII), thus showing what he means by ‘standing in the truth’ rather than possessing it. Falvey Library, Room 205, 4pm.

November 30-December 1: Holiday Bazaar

Villanova Room

December 1: Tree Lighting Celebration with Carriage Rides

Riley Ellipse, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

December 8: Closing Ceremony of the 175th Anniversary

Campus Green, 4:30 p.m.

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