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School of Business Ranked #7 in the Nation - The Villanova School of Business (VSB) was once again recognized as one of the best undergraduate business schools in the nation in the 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.  VSB ranked #7, placing among the top 10 business schools in the nation. This is an improvement of 13 spots from the previous year’s ranking. The annual ranking is determined by academic quality, professional development, business relevance, and student satisfaction. Congratulations to VSB’s faculty, staff, and students!

College of Nursing Selected for Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program - The College of Nursing announced that, after a rigorous process, it has been selected as a Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program site by the United States Peace Corps. Through this exciting new partnership, the College will welcome returned Peace Corps volunteers to campus.  The goal of the Peace Corps Fellows/USA program is to give the returned volunteers an opportunity as Fellows to continue working with underserved populations in a domestic setting while engaging in formal study to advance their own nursing career.

Villanova Student Basketball Managers Inspire Teams, Films, and Communities Both ESPN and the New York Times have recently featured the heartwarming story of Frank Kineavy and Nick Gaynor, two Villanova University students who are overcoming the physical, academic, and social challenges of cerebral palsy to study at Villanova and be involved in campus life as managers for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both perform those jobs in wheelchairs, which did not stop either from making the dean’s list last semester, becoming the subjects of a student-produced documentary, or attaining local celebrity status. While their circumstances and paths to Villanova differ, the stories of these two young men, presented together, show viewers what students with disabilities are capable of when provided the chance to fully participate in campus life. Frank and Nick’s New York Times article can be found at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/sports/ncaabasketball/08villanova.html?_r=1&ref=ncaabasketball

Villanova Women's Track Wins National Championship in Distance Medley Relay In an incredible race that was streamed live online to a worldwide audience, the Villanova women's track team claimed the national championship in the distance medley relay. The winning time for the Wildcats smashed a school record that had stood for 23 years since 1988; the new mark is also the second-fastest ever run in NCAA competition. Congratulations Wildcats!


FEATURED: The Summer Internship Crunch!


Does your student still need an internship position for this summer? Despite what you may think, it’s not too late! Even with summer looming closer and closer, with the help of the Villanova Career Center, and if your student is motivated and acts fast, there are still plenty of opportunities for a summer internship. Here’s what your student should do ASAP:



(!) Perfect a Resume

A strong resume will aid in the process of articulating skills, talents, and interests. Students can utilize the resume writing resources available on the Career Center’s website (www.careers.villanova.edu) and/or stop by the Career Center for assistance in writing and perfecting a resume.


(!) Develop a Plan of Action

The internship search is a time-consuming process, and since it is already late in the game, having a solid work plan and organized records is vital to ensure that students do not miss deadlines or fail to follow up on a lead, contact, or interview. It is often helpful for students to treat the internship search like a class and dedicate a certain amount of time to it per day.


(!) Take Advantage of Contacts

Utilizing contacts does not mean that students are not getting a position on their own - the majority of available positions are filled by word of mouth. Students will discover important information about employment opportunities through personal contacts. Your student should let friends, relatives, faculty, etc., know that he/she is looking for an internship. Career Center staff and VU alumni can also be used for informational and networking purposes. Students should use these contacts to obtain the name of individuals with whom it might be valuable for them to speak with.


(!) Apply Apply Apply

Utilizing multiple job search strategies works the best – students should not simply rely on one resource (i.e. Monster.com). They should use their contacts, the Career Center, professional associations, past internship contacts, and various internet sites, in addition to pinpointing companies on their own, to find any and all internship opportunities. Students should apply to as many opportunities as possible that fit their interests and qualifications to increase their chances of success.


(!) Interview and Follow-up

A strong interview and appropriate follow-up is key to scoring that last minute internship. The Career Center conducts practice interviews to help perfect technique. Guidelines on professional communication and follow-up can also be found in the Career Center and on their website.


(!) Make an Appointment with a Career Counselor ASAP

The Career Center’s counselors are available to assist with every step of the internship process. Students should make an appointment ASAP to get personal advice on searching for internships, networking, resume writing, interview skills, etc. The Career Center is open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and students can call 610.519.4060 to make an appointment.  More information on the Career Center and all of their services and resources can be found at www.careers.villanova.edu


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.


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 and more information, including tuition details, can be found at http://www.villanova.edu/business/sbi/

Bat Boy: The Musical flies to stage at the Villanova Theater - Bat Boy: The Musical wrestles with the notion of American prejudice, the fierceness of modern religion, the idea of genetic engineering and loads more. Part Little Shop of Horrors, part Les Miserables, part DraculaBat Boy: The Musical is a masterpiece of issue-strewn, big-hearted comic horror. Students can catch the show from March 29th to April 7th at the Villanova Theater.



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