Vatican officials along with leaders in the world of higher education and college athletics joined together at Villanova University June 7-8 for the first follow-up conference on the Vatican’s “Sport at the Service of Humanity” initiative. Pictured above are Bishop Paul Tighe (Adjunct Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture); Msgr. Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda (Undersecretary, Pontifical Council for Culture); Barbara Wall (VP for Mission and Ministry, Villanova Univ.); Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD (President, Villanova Univ.); Mark Jackson (Director of Athletics, Villanova Univ.); Val Ackerman (Commissioner, BIG EAST Conference); and Rev. Pat Kelly, SJ (Theologian, Seattle University).
Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Michael P. Moreland, JD, PhD, as University Professor of Law and Religion. Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose extraordinary scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries. Dr. Moreland will also serve as the Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. read more
For many women, new motherhood is one of the most joy-filled and exciting times of their lives. But what about the new moms who lack the familial, social and community support systems that are so necessary in ensuring physical, emotional and mental wellbeing for both mother and baby? read more
Villanova University assistant professor of Political Science Daniel Mark, PhD, has been elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Mark previously served as vice chairman of USCIRF, first appointed in May 2014 by then-Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and reappointed in May 2016 by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). read more
A virtual reality CAVE facility is impacting teaching and learning at Villanova University. The technology provides viewers with an immersive experience viewing and interacting with 3D virtual-reality worlds, 3D big-data displays, and 3D models of real-world locations and objects. read more
Villanova University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, today announced the appointment of Brett Frischmann, JD, as the Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, effective August 1. Among Villanova’s highest academic honors, the University Professor recognizes distinguished faculty whose extraordinary scholarly achievement and accomplishment spans disciplines and crosses traditional college boundaries. This interdisciplinary position, based in the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, was conceived and endowed as part of a $25 million leadership gift from Charles Widger ’73 JD. read more
The threat to coastal regions posed by climate change, overdevelopment and other human caused stressors is well-established. Among the most prized and valuable land throughout the world, shorelines everywhere are imperiled by sea level rise, beach erosion and flooding. But a recently published NASA-funded research study in which Villanova University Biology Professor Samantha Chapman played a key role has discovered a new, natural phenomenon that could offer an economic and ecological solution to coastal wetland protection—the spread of mangrove trees. read more
Villanova University has received a two-year grant of $200,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to support an interdisciplinary network of scholars exploring the intersection of religion and politics. Vincent Lloyd, PhD, associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be a key leader on the project. read more
All eyes have been on Washington D.C. as high-profile hearings, investigative bodies, and swirling rumors have made for captivating political theater in our nation’s capital. Villanova faculty experts are available to explain complex legislative processes, shed light on the significance of political events, and put breaking news in to context.