Villanova University has announced the successful conclusion of its historic comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” at more than $759 million. The campaign, which launched in October 2013, surpassed its original $600 million goal 18 months early, with momentum and contributions continuing through to its conclusion on May 31, 2018.
Villanova University has chosen "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson as its 2018-19 One Book Villanova program selection. Stevenson’s stirring memoir chronicles his evolution from a young lawyer who founds the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of society’s marginalized – those whom have either been falsely convicted or received harsh prison sentences-- to a prominent standard bearer for equal justice. The book, which introduces the reader to several clients he has represented, is a testament to the power of promoting the value of compassion in restorative justice. read more
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced the appointment of Donna Sullivan Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the Connelly Endowed Dean of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, effective June 30. Her career in the nursing profession spans more than two decades and has included a blend of roles in nursing practice, academia, administration and research in the US and abroad. This key appointment is the result of a national search with participation by faculty, students, administrators and alumni. read more
Mark Jupina, PhD, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading a new collaborative effort involving faculty and students in the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences that will provide players on the Villanova baseball team the opportunity to take virtual batting practice, whether it be in the University’s virtual reality CAVE environment, or wearing head-mounted displays such as the Oculus Rift or Microsoft HoloLens. read more
Villanova University student Corinne Gillenwater has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide. Gillenwater, a sophomore in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a four-week summer programme. A native of Pembroke, Mass., she will be studying racial justice and slavery, colonialism and independence, global feminisms, migration and refugees, environmental stability, and health and well-being at the University of Bristol. read more
Officially, Dr. Wenqing Xu began her research into pyrogenic carbonaceous matter (solid-residues from incomplete combustion, such as soot and charcoal) as a Chemical and Environmental Engineering doctoral student at Yale University. In reality, however, the seed was planted more than 20 years ago during her childhood in an undeveloped region of northwestern China. That experience, and her family’s limited access to running water, sparked Dr. Xu’s interest in environmental issues, which ultimately led to her career in environmental engineering. Today, that passion for the environment has been rewarded with the National Science Foundation’s coveted CAREER grant for her work. read more
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the results of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grants taking place in 2018-2019, with 30 current Villanova University students and alumni recognized by the program. Fifteen Villanova students and alumni won the prestigious award, with an additional eight named alternates and seven earning recognition as semi-finalists. Villanova has had at least one student selected for the coveted award each year since 1994, and has been listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students for the last 10 years. This year marks the largest single-year number of Fulbright awards in the University’s history. read more
A Villanova University professor whose work with NASA’s Kepler mission has provided revolutionary new data on binary stars has been awarded a two-year, $449,000 grant from NASA to support his research. read more