Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Soph@news!
We’re looking forward to keeping you updated on the Class of 2014 throughout the spring semester.
Falvey Memorial Library Opens New Learning Commons – Last semester, the Library’s second floor was completely gutted to make way for the brand new University Learning Commons. Officially opened on January 17th, 2012, this newly renovated space is home to the research-support librarians, Learning Support Services, the Mathematics Learning Resource Center, and the University Writing Center. The Learning Commons in Falvey Library is designed to be an engaging, state-of-the-art center for learning and inquiry in a single physical setting for key academic services.
Sophomore Students Advance to National xAct Competition Finals – A team of five VSB students, including three sophomores, won first place in the on-campus division of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Extreme Accounting (xACT) Competition and represented Villanova in the national competition in New York City. The team which included Alyssa Mazzarini '14, Matthew Santoriello '14, Ariana Weihn '14, Daphne Lam '13, Ali Galgano '12 and faculty advisor Kenneth Hiltebeitel, PhD, won $1,000 for being the on-campus winners and $10,000 for being one of five national winners. The xACT challenge is a high-level case competition that tests students’ critical thinking, decision making, teamwork, time management and presentation skills. The winning team from each participating school is considered for the national finals, but only five teams are ultimately chosen to compete.
MLK Day of Service and Celebration - More than 300 students returned from winter break one day early to take part in the University's fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16th. As part of the region-wide King Day initiatives, students traveled to 19 sites throughout Greater Philadelphia to volunteer with local residents and community organizations. Furthermore, the University's MLK celebration continued on January 26th, as Villanova hosted the “Freedom School” – a series of sessions addressing important issues of social justice relating to and extending the vision of Dr. King.
FEATURED: Rising Junior Housing Selection…
The time has already come 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 2012-2013 academic year. We encourage you 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 on-campus and who were admitted to the University as first-time residents during the 2010‐2011 academic year are eligible. 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 junior housing selection process. Here are some highlights:
· Students will confirm their intent to reside on-campus for the 2012-2013 academic year by completing an online housing application. The application is available from January 25 - 31, 2012. Students will agree to the terms of the housing contract, enter their preferred roommates, and indicate their study abroad plans when they complete the housing application.
· Students who complete the housing application, except those studying abroad in the Fall 2012 Semester, will be randomly assigned a housing selection time. Student’s selection times will be posted around February 3, 2012 on NOVASIS.
· Students will then be able to choose their housing assignment online at their designated selection time beginning around February 7, 2012.
· Selection times are random and computer-generated. Separate selection times are generated for male and female students. Factors such as previous housing assignment, assignment to a converted triple room, difficulties with roommates, academic standing, participation in special activities and other factors are not considered when generating selection times.
· Historically, the demand for residence in certain halls, especially the West Campus Apartments, exceeds the capacity of those halls. It is possible that students with later selection times may not secure their first or second choice of housing. It is important that students think about other housing options beyond their first or second choices and discuss alternate housing options with potential roommates.
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 preferred apartment.
West Campus Apartments:
Students may choose specific apartments in Farley, Gallen, Jackson, Klekotka, Moulden, Rudolph, St. Clare and Welsh Halls. All apartment types in these halls are priced the same.
· Farley, Gallen, Jackson and St. Clare Halls
There are two apartment types in these halls:
1. Apartments with 4 single bedrooms, 2 baths and a kitchenette (full refrigerator, microwave, sink and cabinets, but no stove/oven).
2. Apartments with 2 double bedrooms, 2 baths, and full kitchens.
· Klekotka, Moulden, Rudolph and Welsh Halls
All apartments in these halls have 2 double bedrooms, 1.5 baths and full kitchens.
Space is reserved in the residence halls for students who wish to reside in a traditional residence hall or who are unable to secure an apartment assignment once all have been filled. Students will be able to select specific rooms in St. Mary’s, Corr, Austin, or St. Rita’s Halls.
How about choosing roommates?
Students can select to live with a group of four (including themselves) 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, but cannot guarantee preferred apartment types 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 Fall semester 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!”
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!”
What is your biggest worry or concern regarding junior housing selection?
“If I live in the apartments, I’ll be living with three roommates instead of just one so I imagine there will be some new challenges that go along with that like who does the cooking and cleaning up the common areas.”
Can’t Miss Opportunities…
RA Applications - Residence Life is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Resident Assistant (RA) staff. Students who are RAs have the opportunity to build leadership skills, create community, and make a difference in the lives of their peers. RAs are housed in both the halls and the West Campus Apartments and receive a waiver of room charges and a meal plan for the academic year. Encourage your student to apply! Applications are available to students on NOVASIS and are due by January 31. More information can be found at www.reslife.villanova.edu
Parent Webinars – Attention parents! Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Health Promotion Influencer Series parent webinars! The next featured parent webinar addresses how to keep the lines of communication open with your student about dating and relationships. Understand ways to identify warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, and identify ways in which you can still provide appropriate support and assistance from a distance. To register for this webinar on February 21 at 8:00pmEDT, click here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/250849526. Learn more about future webinars and register today at: www.villanova.edu/healthpromotion, and click on Influencer Series.
Study Abroad Deadline - The deadline to apply for study abroad in the summer or fall semester is Friday, March 2, 2012. All summer & fall semester paperwork and VU program applications must be submitted to the Office of International Studies by this deadline to be considered eligible for summer and fall 2012 study abroad. Students can learn more about the application process at http://www.villanova.edu/vpaa/intlstudies/.
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