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Villanova Women Win Second Straight Cross Country National Championship – The Villanova University Women's Cross Country Team has captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship and the ninth national championship in program history. Villanova senior Sheila Reid won the NCAA women’s individual title with a time of 20:06.9. The Wildcats were ranked no. 1 in the nation and won every scored race they entered this fall. Congratulations to the Women’s Cross Country Team!
Villanova Hosts MLK Celebration - A Day of Service and keynote address focusing on the myths of African-American Advancement highlighted Villanova University’s four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 17-20 to honor the life and work of the iconic civil rights advancement leader. The January 19 address, given by Stanford University professor and Villanova alumna Dr. Monica McDermott, was free and open to the public. Events kicked off with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 17 and concluded on Jan. 20 with Villanova’s annual Freedom School, offering more than 20 sessions focusing on topics surrounding Dr. King’s work and achievements. The annual four-day observance was co-sponsored by Villanova’s Center for Peace and Justice Education.
One Book Villanova – Author Visit - Craig Mullaney is the author of this year’s One Book Villanova, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education. Mullaney will visit campus on Monday, January 31, 2011 for various events including book signings, a community dinner, and a keynote address where he will speak about his book and the stories behind it.
The Unforgiving Minute is the extraordinary story of one soldier’s singular education. From a hilarious plebe’s-eye view of the West Point experience to the demanding leadership crucible of Ranger School’s swamps and mountains, to a two-year academic whirlwind at Oxford, Mullaney’s winding path to the battlegrounds of Afghanistan was unique and remarkable.
Bob Woodward: Spotlight on Leadership – On Monday, February 14, 2011 Villanova University will host Mr. Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post, and one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. Mr. Woodward has authored or coauthored 16 national bestselling books and he is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of the Watergate scandal and September 11. Mr. Woodward's presentation will look at the leadership successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Bush—and will offer lessons that can guide President Obama in his administration.
Tickets are available at www.villanovatix.com. Student tickets can be purchased for $2 and faculty/staff tickets can be purchased for $5. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Monday, January 24.
FEATURED: Rising Junior Housing Selection…
Believe it or not, it’s already time for your sophomore to start thinking about their junior year housing! Soph@News is here to help explain Rising Junior Housing Selection and the process that sophomores will go through if they wish to reside in on-campus housing for the 2011-2012 academic year. Feel free to talk with your sophomore about their housing options, roommate situations, expectations and needs for their junior year housing.
Who is eligible for the Rising Junior Housing Selection process?
Current sophomores who reside in the residence halls and who were admitted to the University as first- time residents during the 2009‐2010 academic year. Students who obtained housing via a wait list (transfers and commuters) are not eligible to participate in this housing selection process.
How does the housing selection process work?
This month, current sophomore residents received detailed information from Residence Life about their housing options for junior year and instructions about participating in the room selection lottery.
Students will first need to confirm their intent to reside on-campus during their junior year by completing the Housing Contract online through NOVASIS. Students who complete the housing contract will be issued a computer-generated random lottery number on January 25th.
The lottery number is used to assign students to a selection time— the lower the lottery number, the earlier the selection time. Students will then be able to choose their housing assignment and roommate(s) online at their designated housing selection time. This selection time will run between January 27th and February 15th.
What are the housing options for junior students?
Junior students typically reside in the West Campus Apartments, as well as in certain Residence Halls. Students who wish to reside in the West Campus Apartments will be able to choose their type of apartment and preferred floor. However, students may not choose a specific apartment or specific building.
Students may choose from:
1. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Floor Apartment with 2 Double Bedrooms, 2 Baths and Full Kitchen
2. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Floor Apartment with 2 Double Bedrooms, 1 ½ Baths and Full Kitchen
3. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Floor Apartment with 4 Single Bedrooms, 2 Baths and Kitchenette (no stove)
All apartment types in all halls are priced the same.
Historically, there are not enough apartment spaces to accommodate all juniors and seniors interested in living in the West Campus Apartments. Therefore, space is reserved in the residence halls for those students who wish to reside on campus, but do not receive an apartment.
Students who wish to reside in the Residence Halls will be able to choose their specific hall and room assignment. Students will be able to select specific rooms in St. Mary’s, Corr, Austin, St. Rita’s or Fedigan Halls. St. Mary’s Hall has single, double and triple rooms. Austin, St. Rita’s and Corr Halls have single rooms. Fedigan Hall has double rooms.
It is possible that students with a later selection time may not secure their first or second choice of housing. It is important that students have thought about other housing options beyond their first or second choices.
How about choosing roommates?
Students can select to live with a group of four preferred roommates in the apartments. Students who select the apartments as individuals or as a group of only two or three will be housed with random roommates. Residence Life will make every effort to assign these students into preferred apartment types or floors, but cannot guarantee preferred apartment types or floors after consolidation.
Students may also choose to live in the apartments as a group of five if one of the group members anticipates leaving in the spring semester to study abroad or to participate in an internship program. This option is only available to those students housed in a two‐bedroom apartment. Additionally, students may request to add a fifth person to their apartment for the spring semester to accommodate a student returning from a study abroad or internship program.
Where can I go for more information?
To learn more about the Rising Junior Housing Selection, and for details on specific apartments, residence halls, or other Res Life information, visit the Residence Life website at www.reslife.villanova.edu
What are you most excited about for junior year housing?
The kitchens in the apartments and having the opportunity to make my own delicious food and share it amongst my friends! - Wesley Anderson, Rochester, NY, Mechanical Engineering
When your assigned selection time hits, do you have any highly sought after housing choices?
Definitely the apartment building Klekotka! It’s so close to Second Story Convenience Store for all of my late-night snack needs! Maureen McManus, West Chester, NY, Mechanical Engineering
What is your biggest worry or concern regarding junior housing selection?
If I live in the apartments, my biggest concern will be if I should walk or drive to main campus for class. Masiha Khan, Wayne PA Mechanical Engineering.
Can’t Miss Opportunities…
At the Half- At the Half is a 3-day, 2-night FREE leadership and team building experience for sophomores that will focus on developing leadership skills, building community, and growing personally and professionally. At the Half is also a chance to have fun and connect with fellow sophomores and Villanova staff and faculty. The get-away is at the beautiful NorthBay Adventure located on the Chesapeake and will include energizing activities and workshops to help sophomores reflect on their interests, experiences, values, and passions as they relate to college and their future.
The upcoming 2011 Spring event will be held from Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10, 2011. Transportation and meals are provided. Registration is now OPEN and can be done at the Student Development Office, or online at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/lifeatvu/half.html .
Resident Assistant Applications - Residence Life is seeking dedicated student leaders with a passion for helping others and building community at Villanova to serve on the RA staff for next academic year. RAs at Villanova are sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal, organizational, and decision-making skills. RA’s compensation includes free on-campus housing and a free meal plan. If your sophomore may be interested, encourage him/her to apply! Applications are available on NOVASIS and are due on Tuesday, January 25.
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