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[Soph] Soph@News: Villanova's Four Colleges

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College of Nursing & VU Football Team Inspires Young Minds Twenty sixth-grade boys from Delaplaine McDaniel School in South Philadelphia learned the importance of achieving through education on Feb. 4 when they visited Villanova's campus for the first time. A joint initiative with the College of Nursing's chapter of the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania and members of Villanova's football team, the event allowed the boys to learn about the highly regarded academic and athletic programs at the University.

School of Business Hosts Executive Speaker Series - Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric Company (GE) and recently appointed chairman of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness by President Obama, presented to a crowd of nearly 1000 VSB students and faculty as part of the VSB Executive Speaker Series on January 24. In his speech, he explained the six things he is always working on at GE, told his own personal story of how he got to where he is now and shared career advice. After delivering his talk, Immelt opened up the floor to the audience for an hour-long Q&A session, during which he responded to a wide range of inquiries about his experience, GE and his opinion on various business issues.

College of Engineering Launches new Center for the Advancement of Sustainability - Villanova’s College of Engineering has launched a new center of research that brings concepts of sustainability within the study and practice of engineering to life. The new Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) houses multi-disciplinary research and teaching in a number of emerging areas and seeks to protect and restore the environment through the systems-based integration of sustainability principles into engineering solutions.


College of Arts & Sciences introduces new major Due to today’s globalization and technological innovations, the College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to introduce a new interdisciplinary major: Cultural Studies. Applicable to any geographical area or cultural phenomena, national or transnational in scope, it benefits students by providing a specific understanding of the overarching implications of global cultural phenomena.


FEATURED: A Closer Look at Villanova’s Four Colleges…

College of Arts & Sciences - College of Engineering - College of Nursing - School of Business


College of Arts & Sciences:

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova, the largest and oldest of the University’s four undergraduate colleges, was founded by the Augustinian Order in 1842 to provide an atmosphere of responsible learning to a varied group of students called to intellectual, moral, and professional leadership.  The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences remains committed to and passionate about its mission to provide a transformational learning experience for all its students. A talented, diverse, and caring faculty, who support and contribute to the College’s mission and values, remains at the core of the College’s efforts to mentor and motivate tomorrow’s leaders today. Teacher and student work together, and, as St. Augustine wrote, come to dwell in each other, each learning from the other in the pursuit of knowledge and discovery.


The College emphasizes undergraduate instruction and offers programs of intellectual sophistication and rigor that prepare students of diverse backgrounds for intellectual, moral, and professional leadership in their chosen careers. Students graduate prepared for entry into various professions including communication and media, education, the health professions, human services, and the sciences, among many others. In addition, students are prepared to enter graduate programs in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as business, law, and medicine. Recent statistics indicate that over 96 percent of the College’s students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of their graduation.


Required of every student in the college, the core curriculum covers history, literature, science, ethics, fine arts, philosophy, theology—all the building blocks of intelligent discourse. Students come to understand culture and society, their own and those of others, within a larger historical and intellectual context. Through this experience, students grow as responsible and thoughtful members of the world community.


Learn more about Villanova’s College of Arts & Sciences at http://www.villanova.edu/artsci/college/


College of Engineering:

The major goal of a Villanova engineering education is: "To provide students with the opportunity to develop a greater technical competence in the chosen area of study." The engineering faculty strives to develop a professional attitude in students; namely, the desire to grow intellectually through the continual search for and use of knowledge, and the motivation to become active, articulate and socially aware citizens. The College of Engineering is committed to its responsibility to develop, collect and disseminate new knowledge in the engineering field and related areas.


The College of Engineering offers disciplines in the fields of chemical engineeringcivil and environmental engineering, computer engineeringelectrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The undergraduate engineering curriculum provides the foundation for careers in engineering as well as the basis for further study in engineering and other professions such as law, medicine, and business. Studies concentrate on mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering science, and engineering analysis and design within a particular engineering discipline. The courses place special emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills and an understanding of the importance of ethics in the profession. The College also offers opportunities to develop an appreciation of the social sciences and humanities and the flexibility to pursue minors. In Engineering, leadership training comes from the many service learning activities in the U.S. and abroad pursued by hundreds of engineering students each year and from many professional societies, clubs, and student projects supported by the College.


Within each of the five disciplines, undergraduate engineering students have the option of graduating with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree within a formal, five year program. Qualified students typically begin the program during their senior year, and complete the requirements for the master's program during the fifth year. Students interested in this program are encouraged to discuss this option with their academic advisor, and may apply during their junior year.


Learn more about Villanova’s College of Engineering at http://www.villanova.edu/engineering/


College of Nursing:

The College of Nursing, established in 1953, has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. It has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the State Board of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as an American Nurses Credentialing Center accredited program in Continuing Education. The ultimate goal of the College is to prepare competent professionals who are ethically oriented, and who are educated in Villanova's proud liberal arts tradition to provide leadership in serving the nursing needs of society at large.


The undergraduate enrollment in the fully accredited program is approximately 500 students who come from as close as the mid-Atlantic and New England states, and as far as the West Coast and foreign nations. At Villanova, students are instructed and aptly prepared for a career in clinical nursing by a nationally respected faculty. Additionally, study abroad opportunities are available, as well as service learning experiences.


Nursing education has been a part of Villanova University for nearly 60 years. Through its promotion of Catholic and Augustinian values, its emphasis on service, social justice and altruism, and its long tradition of academic integrity and excellence, it embodies the philosophy and mission of Villanova. The College of Nursing programs and its graduates enjoy an excellent reputation for outstanding clinical competence and leadership skills. Graduates of the College are highly sought and superbly prepared for professional careers in the global community. A proportionately high percentage of Villanova nursing graduates assume leadership roles and management positions in local, national and international health care agencies.


Learn more about Villanova’s College of Nursing at http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/


Villanova School of Business:

The Villanova School of Business is a premier educational institution that offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and executive education. Founded in 1922, VSB is known for academic rigor, creativity and innovation, hands-on and service learning opportunities, a firm grounding in ethics, and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. 


VSB offers seven undergraduate degrees in the fields of accounting, economics, and business administration; seven graduate programs; and an executive MBA program. All programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  The school is also home to prestigious business research centers including the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research, Center for Global Leadership, Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, Center for the Study of Church Management, Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Institute for Research in Advanced Financial Technology.


At the Clay Center in VSB, students receive program services to support their academic, personal, and professional growth. The Clay Center is completely dedicated to undergraduate student academic advising and professional development services, and serves as a “one-stop-shop” resource where all VSB academic support and informational resources are available in one place to help students reach their goals.


The innovative VSB curriculum is challenging and rigorous, designed to prepare students for success in the real world of global business. Through a wide range of options for major and minor courses of study—along with international study opportunities and technological resources including the internationally-recognized VSB Applied Finance Lab – students gain a well-rounded business education. Students also find many extracurricular opportunities to further enrich their VSB experience, including student society membership, service learning trips, guest speaker events, and a wide range of volunteer activities.

Learn more about the Villanova School of Business at http://www.villanova.edu/business/


Can’t Miss Opportunities…

Summer Business Institute - The Villanova Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a rigorous ten-week program held every summer for undergraduate students to earn a business minor. Students’ SBI experience will broaden their skill set, strengthen their academic foundation, improve their problem solving and decision making skills, and serve as an impressive credential on their resume. The Summer 2011 SBI will be held from May 23 through July 27, 2011.  Students may opt to reside on campus or to commute to campus daily. Sophomores are encouraged to apply for the upcoming summer.  The application is due by April 15 and more information, including tuition details, can be found at http://www.villanova.edu/business/sbi/


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.



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