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Examining Moneyball’s Impact on Business and Sports - On February 10th, and all-star roster of leading experts from sports and television convened on campus for the symposium “Moneyball’s Impact on Business and Sports.” Jeffrey S. Moorad VSL’81, vice chairman and CEO of the San Diego Padres, headlined the panel alongside Billy Beane, vice president and general manager of the Oakland A’s; Omar Minaya, senior vice president of baseball operations for the Padres; and Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC. Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell VSL ’68, a guest sports commentator for Comcast SportsNet and the Philadelphia Daily News, served as moderator.
College of Nursing Receives Grant for Disability Simulations in Undergraduate Education - The work of incorporating care of people with disabilities into nursing curricula continues at the College of Nursing. The College is receiving a grant from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). ASPE noted that the Villanova project was selected because they are interested in seeing more work with standardized patient methodology and undergraduate nursing. The overall goal of the project is to improve the ability of undergraduate nursing students to care for people with disabilities by introducing standardized patients who are trained to represent disabilities in their program.
College of Engineering Receives $625,000 Grant for Engineering Entrepreneurship - With a three-year, $625,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation, students in the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor will have access to new entrepreneurship development and intercollegiate entrepreneurship opportunities. This funding accounts for nearly one third of a $2.2 million grant awarded to the newly formed Helping Hands Dense Network (HHDN). The HHDN is a dense network within the larger Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network, made up of 21 higher education institutions focused on graduating entrepreneurially-minded engineers.
College of Arts & Sciences partners with Catholic Relief Services’ Global Solidarity Network – The College of Arts & Sciences along with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Global Solidarity Network (GSN) is offering students the opportunity, via the Web, to participate in the international GSN programs, which focus on gender, justice, and global sustainability, and put students in conversation with CRS volunteers on the front lines of humanitarian relief and development around the world. More information can be found at http://gsn.crs.org/content/home.asp
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 such, communication and media, education, the health professions, human services, and the sciences, among with 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, and theology—all the building blocks of intelligent discourse. Students come to understand culture and society 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 their 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 engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer engineering, electrical 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 analysis and design within the particular engineering disciplines. The curriculum places 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 also 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 the University. The College of Nursing 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, service learning opportunities, a firm grounding in ethics, and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the complex world of business.
VSB offers seven undergraduate majors 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 VSB Clay Center, students receive 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 2012 SBI will be held from May 30 through August 2, 2012. Students may opt to reside on-campus. 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/
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 2012 Spring event will be held from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, 2012. 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.
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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