In this issue...

In the Spotlight: Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Drill - March 24

You're Invited! Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events - March, April and May 2012

Recent News from Campus

Villanova in the Media

Useful Links for Neighbors & Friends
March 2012

Dear Neighbors and Friends:

Welcome to the March 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

Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Drill - March 24
Villanova University will conduct a full scale disaster and emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Conducted in cooperation with local emergency responders and hospitals, the drill will simulate a mass casualty incident in The Pavilion. The exercise will allow emergency responders throughout the area to practice their skills in a simulated mass casualty scenario. It will also serve as a way to test the University’s emergency response procedures in a large scale incident. Pease be advised that there will be a significant amount of activity around The Pavilion, Villanova Stadium and the athletic complex during this time. More information can be found on the Public Safety website.

**Please note that the Davis Center will be closed Saturday, March 24 to minimize pedestrian/vehicular traffic in this area. The Farley and Stanford fitness centers will remain open as will Butler Annex, Nevin Gym, and St. Mary’s gym/pool.**

You're Invited! Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Lenten Season
The Center for Campus Ministry coordinates the daily and weekly celebration of Mass on campus. All are welcome to attend, regardless of faith. Check the Campus Ministry website for a Lenten schedule and the Office of Mission and Ministry website for a collection of daily Lenten reflections prepared by members of the Villanova community.

TODAY: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans' Levee System
The Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) presents Dr. Robert Traver, professor, director of VCASE and director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, on Friday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in CEER 205. He will present “Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of the New Orleans Levy System – What Did We Learn?” Immediately following the 2005 hurricane, the American Society of Civil Engineering commissioned an External Review Panel to oversee the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers investigation into the causes of the levy system failure. Dr. Traver served as a member of this panel, and will discuss his experiences, the causes of the failure, and what was learned.

Conference to Explore Human Rights
Experts from across the United States and beyond will gather at Villanova March 19 and 20 for a conference to discuss Catholic Social Teaching and Human Rights. Speakers will consider some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, including education, international rights, and women and human rights, and how principles of Catholic Social Teaching can be applied. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Preregistration is required.

Events Highlight WWII Experiences of Japanese Americans
As part of One Book Villanova, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, PhD, professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA, will discuss the impact and implications of the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II on Tuesday, March 20 at 4 p.m. in Driscoll Hall 132.  On Friday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall 1011, A.H. Nishikawa, PhD, a local Japanese American citizen who grew up in an internment camp, will share his family's experiences. Please visit the One Book Villanova website for more information.

Ancient Maya View of Time and 2012
The calendar of the ancient Maya is sometimes said to end its current cycle on December 21, 2012, which some have feared might herald the end of the world. How did the Maya understand time, and what did they expect in the future? What do we? Please join us in a discussion of this by Lowell Gustafson, Ph.D., associate dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, on Wednesday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall Room 1011.

Nova Feis: Celebration of Irish History & Culture
Please join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner, on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. for a lively event to celebrate the library’s recent digitization of the musical archives of the Philadelphia Ceili Group. The event will also honor Irish-American Heritage Month and the University’s Irish Studies program and will feature music by the Philadelphia Ceili Group, dances by the Villanova Irish Step Dancers, and poetry readings and songs by Villanova University faculty. 

Dance Clinic for Children Ages 4 - 13
The Villanova Dance Team is holding a Dance Clinic for all children ages 4-13 on March 24 in Jake Nevin Field House. Visit the Dance Team website for more details and to register for the event.

Center for Peace & Justice Education Presents Maria Bello
Maria Bello '89 A&S returns to campus Tuesday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema to share her journey from Villanova student to acting and activism, including her co-founding of WE ADVANCE, an organization that empowers women throughout Haiti. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for faculty/staff/public. They can be purchased online in advance and all proceeds go to WE ADVANCE.

Villanova Theatre Presents “Carousel”
Villanova Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel from March 27 to April 1 and April 10 to April 22. Directed by Valerie Joyce, the powerful musical fable of passion and redemption features such unforgettable songs as “If I Loved You,” and the show-stopping “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The full schedule and ticket information can be found at the Villanova Theatre website

TEDxVillanovaU Brings Dynamic Speakers
On March 28, TEDxVillanovaU will explore igniting change through dynamic talks and presentations—each less than 18 minutes long. It is part of the TEDx program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share ideas. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxVillanovaU aims to bring a TED-like experience to Villanova University. Talks will be held from 1-5 p.m. in the Connelly Center’s Villanova Room. A reception will follow.

CEO of the Panama Canal Authority To Speak on Campus
The College of Engineering welcomes Alberto Alemán Zubieta, chief executive officer of the Panama Canal Authority, on Friday, March 30 as part of the Patrick J. Cunningham and Susan Ward ’80 Endowed Lecture Series in Engineering. Mr. Alemán will discuss the Panama Canal Expansion Project and share insights into the impact it will have on world maritime commerce. Initiatives include the construction of two new sets of locks, one each on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Canal; widening and deepening of existing navigational channels; and four dry excavation projects in order to open a new 6.1 km-long access channel to connect the Pacific locks to the Culebra Cut. He will also discuss how the project will accommodate advancements in the shipping industry while ensuring that the Canal continues to serve as a source of national pride and significant revenue. His talk begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema.

Villanova Student Arts Festival
On Saturday, March 31, join student artists and musicians from Villanova and other local colleges as they exhibit their work during the University’s day-long Student Arts Festival in Connelly Center.

New Exhibits in Villanova University Art Gallery
“Ray Sternbergh – a Retrospective,” which features never before publicly seen landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, sculptures, and more by the late artist, runs through April 11.  “Objects and Elements, Sculpture by Carol Cole” runs from April 20 to June 9. A reception to meet the artist will take place on Friday, April 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery located in the Connelly Center.

Business Analytics Thought Leader Lecture Series
The Villanova Center for Business Analytics Thought Leader Lecture Series continues on April 13 with Bill McDermott, co-chief executive officer of SAP AG. He will speak on the current use of analytics by SAP and SAP customers, and future trends on the use of analytics. SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software and is at the forefront of the integration of transactional systems and analytics. The lecture will take place in the Villanova Room at the Connelly Center at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Visit the event website for more information and to register.

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

Noteworthy Dates and Campus Events -
March, April and May 2012

Attached for your reference is a list of noteworthy dates and campus events scheduled to take place through May 2012, including on-campus home games for Villanova's nationally ranked men's lacrosse team. The full schedules for every varsity team can be found at

Additional Upcoming Noteworthy Dates:
  • Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Drill: March 24
  • Davis Center Closed: March 24
  • Easter Recess: April 5 - April 9
  • Spring Semester Final Day of Classes: May 3
  • Spring Semester Final Day of Exams: May 11
  • Commencement Weekend: May 18 - 20

Recent News from Campus

Villanova Stadium Lights Update
The lights in Villanova Stadium continue to be turned off each night by 9:15 p.m. The only exceptions are varsity games/matches. We have been working to adjust, where possible, start times for some of these events which would make use of the Stadium past 9 p.m. Accordingly, the start time for the women’s lacrosse game on March 27 has been moved up to 6 p.m. For events that will end past 9 p.m., the lights will be turned off as soon as possible once it is safe to do so. Please refer to for updated men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse schedules.

FYI: Exterior Maintenance Planned for Church
The University is planning some exterior maintenance of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in preparation for the 125th Anniversary of its dedication. It is anticipated that work will begin in mid-May and be completed over the summer. The work includes painting the wood trim on the steeples, windows and doors; replacing the protective plexiglas over the stained glass windows; minor roof repairs; and caulking the front steps. No scaffolding will be used and ladders will be removed at the end of each work day. No work will be performed on weekends and funerals will be accommodated as best as possible.

Digital Exhibit Captures Chaos in the Streets
As part of an ongoing series of digital exhibits, Falvey Library’s has created “Chaos in the Streets: The Philadelphia Riots of 1844.” A hotbed of religious and ethnic prejudice, most notably toward Catholics and the Irish, 1840s Philadelphia saw some of its most violent days and neared a breaking point. The collection features letters and journals with firsthand account of the riots, which give visitors a close look at policing the city more than 150 years ago.

Partnering Organizations Needed For Day of Service
Villanova University’s annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service will take place Saturday, September 22, 2012. Each year, more than 4,000 Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends perform community service across the Greater Philadelphia area, including many sites in and around Radnor Township. Please contact Chrissy Quisenberry if you know a local organization who would like to participate in this year's Day of Service.

New Approach to Treating Prostate Cancer
This year alone, one in six men who learn they have prostate cancer will be at risk for a terminal prognosis, according to the American Cancer Society. Calvin Li, PhD, is working to reduce that risk. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Li, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, is exploring the combined effect of thermotherapy and radiotherapy for late-stage prostate cancer.

Padres CEO Makes Landmark Gift to Law School
At the recent Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium “Moneyball and its Impact on Business and Sports”, it was announced that Jeffrey Moorad ’81 VSL, vice chairman and CEO of the San Diego Padres and one of the event’s headliners, had committed $5 million to create the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law. VSL’s new Center will prepare students for careers in amateur and professional sports through rigorous academic study, innovative programs, internship opportunities, scholarship and research.

Villanova in the Media

Ties With CRS Helps Villanova Make Connections to World
Catholic News Service - January 30, 2012

Villanova Opens New Learning Commons
Campus Technology - February 17, 2012

Villanova Class Explores Slowly Emerging Diversity
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 22, 2012

Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation Bash Proves a Winner
Main Line Media News - March 6, 2012

Villanova Law Student Win's Super Lawyers' Pro Bono Award
Daily Local News - March 9, 2012

Villanova's Wayns Thinking NBA Draft
Philadelphia Daily News - March 15, 2012

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