In this issue...

In the Spotlight: Beginning of Semester Key Dates & Information

You're Invited! Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events - August, September & October 2012

Recent News from Campus

Villanova in the Media

Useful Links for Neighbors & Friends
August 2012

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the August 2012 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

Beginning of Semester Key Dates  & Information

Freshman Move-in – Wednesday, Aug. 22
It is anticipated that traffic will be heavy around campus, particularly the areas near the Main Parking Lots and South Campus, as the Class of 2016 arrives with their families. Move-in to the residence halls is staggered beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the day.

First Day of Classes – Monday, Aug. 27
The Fall 2011 semester officially begins on Monday, Aug. 27 with classes starting for undergraduate and graduate students. The first day of classes for the Law School is Thursday, Aug. 23.

Regular Semester Hours for All Campus Fitness Centers
As of Monday, Aug. 27, the three on-campus fitness centers will be operating on regularly scheduled semester hours. Friends of Villanova will have limited access to the Fitness Center located in the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness when classes are in session during the semester. Please visit the Friends of Villanova program website for more information.

New or Renewed Friends of Villanova Cards
Please note that Friends of Villanova cards cannot be purchased or renewed during New Student Orientation and the first week of classes, Thursday, Aug. 23 - Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

You're Invited! Upcoming Events & Opportunities

One Book Villanova Selection Announced
Join the University community in reading the 2012-2013 One Book Villanova selection, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan. The book recounts Grennan’s efforts to reunite Nepalese child victims of human trafficking with their parents, as well as the obstacles he encountered. Opportunities to discuss the book, explore the issue of human trafficking, meet the author and attend special events will be offered throughout the year. Visit the One Book Villanova website for details. Email to find out how your book club can be part of One Book Villanova.

Art Gallery Presents Jean-Noel Vandaele
Jean-Noel Vandaele's "Yello Head" paintings and drawings have amused, bemused and challenged art exhibition audiences from Paris to Tokyo ever since he ended his career as an abstract painter to take up his brush as a figurative artist. His work, recreations of master artists using flat colors and a signature yellow head, will be featured at the Villanova Art Gallery Aug. 23-Oct. 4 in an exhibit entitled, "Hello Yello!" An opening reception will be held in the gallery Aug 23, from 5-7 p.m. The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. Visit the Art Gallery website for more information.

Football Home Kickoff September 8
Come cheer on the Wildcats! After meeting Temple University Friday, Aug. 31 at the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup game at Lincoln Financial Field, the Villanova football team will take on Fordham in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Visit for a full schedule and ticket information. 

A Man for all Ages
What is it about Augustine’s life and thought that has so often been accepted as a guide through cultural change over the centuries? “Augustine: Ancient Inspiration, Modern Muse” welcomes leading international scholars to Villanova to explore how Augustine impacts the self-image of ages other than his own. The conference, held Sept. 13-15, is open to the public although registration is required. This is the fourth installment of Reconsiderations, an international conference on St. Augustine and his thought, sponsored by Villanova’s Augustinian Institute.

2012 St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration
There are many opportunities for Neighbors and Friends to participate in this four-day, signature University event. The Celebration kicks off on Thursday, September 20 with the St. Thomas of Villanova Lecture entitled, “The Neediest Among Us: U.S. Health Care, The Poor and The Uninsured.” It will be delivered by Susan Dentzer, the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy, and an on-air analyst on health with The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The 7th annual Day of Service will take place Saturday, September 22. Register individually or as a group to join 5,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in performing service throughout Greater Philadelphia. Visit the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration website for more information and to register for the Day of Service.

How I Learned to Drive Zooms into Villanova Theatre
Opening the 2012-2013 Villanova Theatre season is the coming-of-age drama How I Learned to Drive, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play, written by Paula Vogel, will run from Sept. 25 - Oct. 7 and be directed by Shawn Kairschner. Information on the full season and links to purchase tickets are available on the Villanova Theatre website or by calling (610) 519-7474.

Refer to this map of campus (in PDF format) to find the locations for these events!

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events -
August, September & October 2012

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through October 2012. The list includes on-campus home football games during September and October. The full football schedule, as well as schedules for all varsity sports, can be found at 

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:
  • Freshmen Move-In: August 22
  • New Student Orientation: August 23 - 26
  • Fall Semester First Day of Classes: August 27
  • Parents Weekend: September 14-16
  • St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration: September 20-23
  • Homecoming Weekend: October 26-28

Recent News from Campus

Grant Supports Local First Generation College Students
The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Villanova University to provide financial assistance for students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. The multi-year award will benefit 20 Villanova students from the five-county greater Philadelphia region by establishing a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program at the University. Villanova is
the first university in the northeastern US to be awarded First Generation Scholarship funding

College of Nursing Welcomes First DNP Class
In June, the College of Nursing welcomed nine new students as the inaugural class for the
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. The goal of the DNP program is to prepare advanced practice nurses (APRNs), including nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse-midwives, with advanced knowledge in evidence-based practice, organizational leadership and financial acumen to lead innovation in nursing practice and healthcare. The complex issues and changing landscape of healthcare have created a need for APRNs to respond effectively and implement solutions with interdisciplinary teams or independently in order to achieve positive healthcare outcomes

Promoting Engineering Education & Careers
The College of Engineering at Villanova University continues to be a leader in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math-related) education and careers. For the third consecutive year, the College of Engineering hosted some of the nation’s top high school students of diversity for an education and development program – Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) Summer Engineering Institute – aimed at increasing underrepresented minority high school students’ exposure to engineering. Goals of the three week program included raising students’ awareness about various engineering majors, increasing understanding of careers that emphasize engineering, enabling students to participate in engineering research and reinforcing the many ways engineering is integral to society. Read more here.

Villanova’s Olympic Streak Continues
Since the 1948 Summer Olympics (also held in London), at least one Villanovan has competed in at least a single event at the Summer Olympiad. The tradition continued in 2012 as six Villanovans were selected to represent their respective countries the 2012 Games in London. The six athletes were Lisa Karcic ’09 VSB and Andrew Sullivan ’03 A&S in basketball, Marina Muncan ’06 A&S, Sheila Reid ’12 A&S and Adrian Blincoe ’03 VSB in track & field, and Dotsie Bausch ’95 A&S who won a silver medal as part of the US team pursuit cycling team. (After his selection, Blincoe had to withdraw from the Games due to injury.) Another former Wildcat, goalkeeper Jillian Loyden ’08 A&S, was an alternate on the US women's soccer team.

Visit the Media Room to stay current on Villanova news and happenings.

Villanova in the Media

Villanova's Talley 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Season
Delaware County Daily Times - 07/25/2012

Referee Hank Nichols Remembers All The Calls As He Enters The Hall of Fame - 07/27/2012

Social Innovation Must Be In Core Curriculum
The Financial Times - 07/30/2012

Villanova's Wayns: Never A Doubt
Philadelphia Daily News - 08/01/2012

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Announces Ten Grants Supporting Brain Aneurysm Research
Digital Journal - 08/07/2012

Useful Links for Neighbors & Friends

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Ignite Change. Go Nova. - Telling the Villanova Story

Villanova University Walking Trail, the official site of Villanova Athletics

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