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[Soph] SOPH@News: The Learning Commons

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The University community was saddened last week by the sudden passing of a member of the Class of 2016, Billy Zimmerman.  In response to their classmate’s death, many of our students are experiencing grief in various ways.  If your son/daughter is struggling, please encourage them to utilize the campus resources available.  We are a caring community with a compassionate commitment to supporting each other and helping our students get through this tragedy together.


Individual grief counseling is available at the Counseling Center, by appointment, by calling 610-519-4050, or stopping by 206 Health Services Building.  Their website also has a page on coping with grief and loss.  Spiritual counseling is available at Campus Ministry. You may call 610-519-4080 to set up an appointment or stop by St. Rita Hall to speak with someone.  If you have concerns about a specific student, you may call the Counseling Center or the Dean of Students office, 610-519-4200, to consult about the best way to support the student.  





Falvey Memorial Library Receives Excellence in Academic Libraries Award - The Association of College and Research Libraries has named Villanova’s Falvey Memorial Library as a recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The award recognizes library staff and programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution. Falvey Library was selected for its continuous innovation in serving the University’s mission through an organizational structure built around teams and collaborative philosophy. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the achievements of Falvey Memorial Library,” said Joseph Lucia, University Librarian. “There are many extraordinary academic libraries doing many creative things at this time so it is difficult to stand out from the pack.  We are truly honored to have been selected.”


The Alternative Spring Break; Villanova’s Service Trip Experiences  -  During Villanova’s spring break, March 4-10, hundreds of students from across the University participated in service experiences domestically and globally. Campus Ministry’s Service Break Program provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to practice their faith through service to the poor around the world during the University’s breaks. This spring break, students participated in Habitat for Humanity trips and Mission trips at over 20 different locations including Fort Smith, Arkansas; Beaumont, Texas; Antigua, Guatemala; and Chulucanas, Peru. Through service and reflections, students are transformed by identifying their connection with the global community as they experience another culture, spirituality, and socio-economic situation while volunteering their time. 


Junior Year Course Registration – It is almost time for sophomores to select courses for fall semester of their junior year. Beginning March 15, students will meet with their advisor to discuss their current course progress and the options for classes next semester. Advising is an important part of the process to keep students on the right track towards a timely graduation while allowing students to take the classes that interest them. After a student meets with his/her advisor, he/she will be given access to the course registration system, and a certain registration time when he/she can log-on and select classes for next semester. Registration times for students will occur throughout the end of March and into April.


FEATURED: The Learning Commons - A Space Dedicated to Research, Learning, Mathematics and Writing

Library Research Center – Math Learning Resource Center – Learning Support Services – Writing Center

The Learning Commons located in Falvey Memorial Library unites essential academic services in a high-energy, learning-centered environment. Besides the Research Center, Learning Support Services, the Math Learning Resource Center and the Writing Center, the Learning Commons also houses presentation rooms, the print reference collection, and various study spaces for the benefit of all students and their academic pursuits. Soph@news is taking you behind the scenes of the Learning Commons to show you all of the valuable academic resources available for your son/daughter.


Falvey Library Research Center:

The Library Research Center is a one-stop-shop for any and all research needs. Here, research librarians assist students in navigating the vast quantity of print, electronic, and media sources in order find and evaluate information for research projects.  Each research librarian is considered a subject librarian – an expert in one particular subject who has developed a broad understanding of the knowledge, culture, and professional values in that area. Individual subject librarians are available to provide research support for the humanities, sciences, social sciences, life sciences, engineering, business, and human resources. The research librarians strive to support students and their research needs by developing lifelong learners who recognize when information is needed, and who can analyze the information found and use it in an effective, appropriate, and ethical manner.   

Villanova students, faculty, or staff may schedule an appointment with a research subject librarian for assistance with term papers and other research projects. More information about the Falvey Library Research Center can be found at http://library.villanova.edu/about/departments/academicintegration/liaisonteams/ 


Math Learning Resource Center:

The next stop in the Library Learning Commons is the Math Learning Resource Center, or MLRC. The MLRC offers free tutoring support for math courses and study space for individual or group math projects. The MLRC provides students with a comfortable atmosphere and a mathematical environment designed to support students in their math courses and with math assignments that might be particularly challenging. Whether a student needs to refresh themselves with some foundational math topics, or needs help with his or her Calculus III class, trained MLRC tutors can provide the assistance necessary for success. Students can make an appointment with a tutor or take advantage of the MLRC’s walk-in tutoring hours. All students are encouraged to use the MLRC regularly as part of their study process. More information about the MLRC can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/mathematics/mlrc.html


Learning Support Services:

Also found in the Library’s Learning Commons is the all important Learning Support Services, or LSS, where academic support is provided for students of all learning abilities.  LSS offers a variety of academic support services that are designed to help Villanova students maximize their academic success. All students, including successful students who want to enhance their academic skills and those who are struggling, can benefit from the services of LSS. These services include weekly study skill workshops, study groups and homework help sessions, academic coaching, accommodation support for students with learning disabilities, and study skills consultations. Workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions are available for university-relevant skills such as time management, organization, study strategies, academic reading, learning styles, test-taking, and test anxiety. Tutoring and homework help sessions are also available in several subjects at various campus locations. All services and programs are free of charge.

The primary goal of Learning Support Services is to collaborate with students, as well as with University faculty, in order to help students become efficient, independent, and successful learners at Villanova. More information about Learning Support Services can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/learningsupport.html


University Writing Center:

Writing is one of the most difficult tasks for college students, which brings us to our last stop in the Library’s Learning Commons: the University Writing Center. There to help students at any point in their writing process, the Writing Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students can take advantage of private one-on-one sessions with a qualified tutor. Students can bring in anything from an outline to a formal draft and peer-tutors will work with your son/daughter to improve his or her writing. Tutors are comprised of fellow students from all academic colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Nursing), who go through a rigorous semester-long training before they are certified as Writing Center tutors. The tutors cater to individual student needs and rely on the effective relationship of peer tutoring. Students can make an appointment or utilize the Writing Center’s walk-in hours, and tutoring services are free of charge.  More information about the Writing Center can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/acsp/writingcenter.html


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 2013 Summer Business Institute will be held from May 29 through August 1, 2013.  Students may opt to reside on-campus. Sophomores are encouraged to apply for the upcoming summer and applications are due by April 15, 2013.  The application and more information, including tuition details, can be found at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/business/undergraduate/minorsnonbusiness/sbi.html  


The Career Center’s Walk-in Hours & Workshops – Villanova’s Career Center is an invaluable resource for sophomores – and they don’t even have to make an appointment to visit! Students can take advantage of the Career Center’s walk-in hours Monday through Friday from 11am-3pm, when they can stop by to ask questions or get advice on their resume and cover letters. Appointments are also available if students need some more time with a career counselor. Furthermore, the Career Center offers ongoing workshops on a weekly basis which cover topics including how to write a winning resume, how to nail the interview, how to network for professional success, and how to land a great job or internship. More information can be found at www.careers.villanova.edu


Parent Influencer Series - Don’t miss out on this spring’s Influencer Series of educational webinars brought to you by the Office of Health Promotion. The Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships & Sexual Violence” webinar will take a closer look at the characteristic unhealthy relationship patterns that often emerge in college student relationships, tell-tale signs of abusive relationships, and the underreported sexual violence incidents that occur on college campuses around the country.  Another webinar entitled “VU Dining: Keeping Your Students Healthy” will include topics such as components of healthy eating, how to encourage healthy eating on and off campus, and resources and services available to your Villanova student.   For information on webinar registration and to read more about the various topics and speakers, please click here.  


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