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[Soph] Soph@news: February 2016

Spring Semester Updates from Soph@News!
February 2016

This edition features information on issues pertinent to your student:

  • Career Resources for Sophomores from the Career Center
  • Utilizing the Alumni Association's Nova Network
  • The Villanova School of Business Backpack to Briefcase Professional Development Program
  • The Bridge Society's Professional Development Workshops for Liberal Arts & Science Students
  • Staying Well On Campus

·        Upcoming Opportunities for Sophomores  

·        Vote for Coach Wright and the Augustinian Fund!

Career Resources for Sophomores

Is your son or daughter worried about finding a summer internship? Still hasn’t put a resume together? Wondering how to set up and conduct an informational interview?

At Villanova, there are a number of resources for students to utilize in their career development. Resources are available through your students’ specific College as well as the Career Center.

At the Career Center

Sophomore year is a time for students on campus to explore: in academics, personal development, and career exploration. The Villanova University Career Center is a fantastic resource for all students to become familiar. The Career Center can assist with both big and small decisions. Some of the resources your sophomore may want to take advantage of include:

· Help defining academic and career goals

· Help with the internship process

· Writing a winning resume and/or cover letter

· Interview preparation, including mock interview appointments

The Career Center at Villanova is open Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm. Workshops are held frequently, on both a daily and weekly basis that any student can attend. Career Counselors are available for both scheduled and walk-in appointments to meet with students based on their individual career development needs. Additionally, Career Assistants offer peer-to-peer assistance for walk-in appointments. Career Assistants are trained to assist with reviewing resumes, explaining the basics about Handshake (Villanova’s online job-posting portal) as well as answering many questions about academic majors and resources.

Encourage your child to get familiar with the Career Center resources and programs before the fall of their junior year – they’ll be more prepared for finding and landing internships and offers.

For more information on the Villanova Career Center, please visit their website: Villanova Career Center.

Utilizing the Nova Network

Welcome to the NovaNetwork, a guide to professional development resources provided by the Villanova University Alumni Association (VUAA)!  We encourage both students and parents to connect with Villanova’s more than 118,000 alumni.


Highlights of the NovaNetwork include:


·        The Official Villanova University Network on LinkedIn-- villanova.edu/linkedin: 

The Official Villanova University Network on LinkedIN is open to Villanova alumni, students, staff, faculty and parents. Need specific advice on career path or industry? Visit villanova.edu/careercommunity – post your questions for other Villanovans – you are sure to receive advice via this LinkedIn group.


·        Events Across the World – Take part in one of the hundreds of networking events hosted each year by our regional chapters and industry-based affinity groups.

·        Online Networking & Webinars – Take part in Villanova events from wherever you are via our online resources.


·        Student Volunteers: The Advancement Ambassadors Program is comprised of the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Senior Class Gift program (SCG). SAA works to connect students and alumni through meaningful engagement and programming opportunities, while SCG strives to cultivate a culture of philanthropy on campus. Visit our website, www.villanova.edu/aap to learn more about the organization and how to connect with alumni in meaningful and strategic ways.


Visit alumni.villanova.edu/careers to learn more about the NovaNetwork!

VSB’s Backpack to Briefcase | Professional Development in the VSB Curriculum


Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) is an innovative initiative, integrating professional development into the core business curriculum throughout a student’s four-year academic program. B2B supplements students’ participation in traditional academic courses, providing holistic preparation for success as business professionals. Integrating career and professional development concepts into the VSB curriculum fosters a thoughtful approach to preparing for life after graduation.


The sophomore component of the B2B program is a one-credit professional development seminar that students take in the fall or spring semester.  VSB 2000: Backpack to Briefcase Sophomore Seminar focuses on self-assessment, career decision making, personal branding, internship and job search processes, interviewing skills, networking and using social media. Throughout the semester, students are presented with opportunities to interact with alumni and employers and practice skills critical to success in the career development process.

Please click here for an overview of the entire four- year B2B program.


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Upcoming Events

The BRIDGE Society in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host four exciting upcoming events to enhance students’ career and professional development. All liberal arts and sciences students are encouraged to attend. We also encourage the participation of alumni, parents, and area working professionals who would like to mentor and support our students, and help them learn about a variety of fulfilling career paths. Links to all of our events can be found here.

3/10/16: BRIDGE Society: Mentoring and Networking Event – Careers in Communication, Media, and Public Relations


3/16/16: BRIDGE Society: Mentoring and Networking Event -- Romance Languages and Literatures Alumni and Student Mentoring Event


3/30/16: BRIDGE Society: Mentoring and Networking Event – Careers in Non-profit Work, Education, Counseling and Psychology

The BRIDGE Society is always is looking for alumni and parents to serve as professional mentors at our events. If you have any questions about our upcoming events or would like to participate, or if you know someone who would enjoy serving as a professional mentor at one of our upcoming events, then please contact Kate Szumanski.


Staying Well On Campus

Amidst the busyness of life on Villanova’s campus, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the stress of academic work, extracurricular commitments, and relational challenges. Additionally, students are young adults accomplishing a number of developmentally appropriate tasks related to identity creation and meaning making. Below are some of the many health and wellness resources Villanova offers to support your student in staying well and maintaining a healthy balance in life.

Office of Health Promotion: Provides evidence-based health resources, facilitates opportunities for students to build skills that empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices, and instills a sense of personal responsibility for individual health and its impact on the health of the community.

Parent Resource – Student Health 101 is an interactive e-newsletter that is helpful for students to recognize resources available here at Villanova and to hear how other college students are dealing with common topics like stress, lack of sleep, peer pressure, etc.  The Student Advocate is a great resource for parents, which is a condensed version of the student issue and can always be found at this link: http://readsh101.com/villanova-pp.html.  Parents can receive text alerts with features from the monthly issue of Student Health 101 by texting VILLANOVA to 40691.

University Counseling Center: Provides services that help students function optimally with regard to emotional, academic, social and psychological issues. Consult the website below to learn about who might visit the center, with whom they would meet, services provided, and resources about common topics.

Student Health Center: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the dedicated employees of our Health Center work round the clock to help our students manage their physical health. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Lenten Activities: There are opportunities throughout the season of Lent for interested students to pray and reflect as part of a campus community. Stations of the Cross will be held on Wednesday evenings during Lent at 7:30 PM in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church. A Lenten Reconciliation Service offers communal opportunity to reflect on relationships with God and others every Wednesday during Lent at 6:30 PM. A communal Lenten Penance Service will take place on March 21 at 7:30pm. Consult the Campus Ministry website for additional information.

Feast with the Friars: A time for students to engage in fellowship and community with some of the Augustinian Friars on campus over delicious grub.  Student can sign up through www.villanovatix.com to save a spot at the table with some of our favorite Augustinians on March 31! (This event is coordinate by fellow Sophomore, Brian King!)     

Summer Business Institute - The Villanova Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a full-time, rigorous ten-week program held every summer for non-business majors to earn a business minor. The SBI experience broadens students’ skill sets, strengthens their academic foundation, improves their problem-solving and decision-making skills and serves as an impressive credential on their resume. Approximately 75% of last year’s enrollment was composed of students who just completed freshmen and sophomore years; as underclassmen, this an ideal time for students to prepare for and broaden their opportunities in regard to internships and other academic pursuits during their remaining college years. Taught by Villanova School of Business full-time faculty in an immersive, cohort setting, SBI’s case study integrated curriculum culminates with a group capstone project, sponsored this summer by Wawa. Summer 2016 SBI will be held from May 31 through August 3, 2016. Students may opt to reside on campus or to commute to campus daily. Sophomores are encouraged to apply for this upcoming summer. Applications are due April 15, 2016; students can apply at http://tinyurl.com/applytosbi. More information, including tuition details, can be found at business.villanova.edu/sbi.

2016 Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge: Help Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright Advance to the Next Round

Coach Wright and the Augustinian Fund have advanced to the third round of the 2016 Infiniti Coaches’ Challenge, earning $10,000 for the charity. The true challenge begins now as the field of 16 coaches/charities will be reduced to 4. Third round voting ends on February 28th at 11:59am EST. We need to get the entire Nova Nation out in full force voting for Coach Wright and Augustinian Fund!   

Click To Vote - ESPN.com/Infiniti

General Information about the Coaches’ Charity Challenge: http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2016/index?next=rules