Villanova University celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 25 for a new Performing Arts Center that will unite the University’s artistic community under one roof, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities across disciplines. The $60 million project will be funded entirely through philanthropic support. The project has been bolstered by six gifts of $1 million or more, including two gifts of $20 million.
Andrew Ahr ’18 CLAS and Austin Rios ’18 CLAS, Computer Science majors in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wanted to come up with a senior project that would benefit others. The result is IXAM, a mobile application that allows users to test their vision against the 20/20 benchmark right on their iPhone or Android and find out what kind of prescription they might need. read more
A team of Villanova University biologists researching sea urchin bioerosion on rocky temperate reefs have settled the centuries-old question of whether the prolific spiny echinoderms sculpted the pits into which they fit snugly, along with quantifying the speed and consequences their activity poses to nearshore systems. read more
The Villanova University Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences named Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman the recipients of the 2018 Praxis Award in Professional Ethics. Since its inaugural year in 2007, the Praxis Award honors and celebrates the contributions of a professional or academic in ethics. This year’s award will be presented at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center. read more
Villanova University has announced a $5 million commitment from alumna Deborah “Dee” Silvers Adams ’86 FCN and her husband, Nick, that provides anchor support for the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. The largest philanthropic commitment in the history of Villanova Nursing, the Adams’ gift honors Dr. M. Louise Fitzpatrick—the College of Nursing’s visionary dean, who passed away in September—and allows her legacy to live on at the College of Nursing and at Villanova. In December, Villanova President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced the naming of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing—made possible through philanthropic support from alumni, parents and friends. read more
Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, was recently elected to join the Executive Committee of The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for a three-year term. read more
The Villanova University Art Gallery has partnered with the Villanova Office of Disability Services to celebrate the accomplishments of artists of all abilities with the exhibit “Expressions and Impressions: Artists Living with Disabilities.” The exhibit will showcase more than 100 works of art—including paintings, photographs, sculpture and other media—by artists who are part of the communities at Inglis House, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, The Arc of Delaware County, and Independence EDGE Studio, as well as members of the Villanova community. read more
Villanova Theatre is proud to present Whiting Award winner Anne Washburn's wildly imaginative Mr. Burns, a post electric play, directed by Jill Harrison and on stage February 6-18, 2018. Set against the backdrop of The Simpsons, this rocking, rollicking musical mythology with score by the late Michael Friedman is "so smart it [will make] your head spin" (The New York Times). In the wake of nuclear threats, wildfires, bomb cyclones, and mudslides, Washburn's armageddon-inspired play feels timelier than ever. read more