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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Villanova Neighbors Update

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September 2018

In the Spotlight
University Partners with Radnor and Lower Merion Townships to Foster Relationships

To kick off the academic year and encourage the development of positive connections and mutual respect, Radnor Township police, Villanova University and Home Properties of Bryn Mawr worked together to host a barbecue for students, staff and local residents at Home Properties on Sept. 5.
In addition to dinner and dessert, the students received copies of “The Good Neighbor Guide” pamphlet, which contains rules and advice about courteous behavior. Additionally, Villanova is working with Lower Merion police as part of its Community Harmony Program to bolster relations between residents and University students living off campus in Lower Merion Township.

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Elections 2018 Speaker Series
Join members of the Villanova University Political Science Department for the Elections 2018 Speaker Series! Topics to be discussed: Congressional Elections, Russian Meddling, Election Outcomes and their Implications, and Emotions. Each discussion will take place in the Falvey Memorial Library Speakers’ Corner from 7 to 8 PM and will be followed by Q&A from the audience.

The Book Club Play
The curtain lifts on Villanova Theatre’s 2017–18 season with The Book Club Play, a hit comedy about books and the people who love them, which takes a turn for the hilarious as one beloved club is infiltrated by a documentary film crew. Karen Zacarías’ side-splitting show, directed by James Ijames, runs Sept. 18–30. Please visit the box office for ticket information.

Student-Produced Social Justice Documentaries Hit the Screens
Villanova University hosts screenings of two student-produced social justice documentary filmsThe Mayor of Graterford, which examines prisoners sentenced to life in Pennsylvania’s justice system, and Sankofa, which explores systemic issues of identity loss and mental slavery in Ghana and the US—Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Ireland House Open Meeting Sept. 27
Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies will host an open meeting to discuss a proposed Ireland House in Center City Philadelphia. Ireland House would be a gathering place for Irish business, culture, community and education to come together. Boston, New York, Chicago and many other cities have Ireland Houses or their equivalents, and the Irish government is supportive of Philadelphia having one. Please come out to learn about the proposal or voice your ideas Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Event Room in Garey Hall. Click here for a campus map.
Lore Kephart ’86 Historians Lecture Discusses the Last American Century
Professor Robin Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in US History at UCLA, will present the Lore Kephart ’86 Historians Lecture, “The Education of Ms. Grace Halsell: An Intimate History of the American Century,” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7–9 p.m., in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

When Irish Feet Are Stepping
Teams from across the country will compete at the fifth annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, hosted by the Villanova Irish Dance Team, Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Jake Nevin Field House. Tickets will be available online and at the door.

Recent News:
Mendel Medal to be Awarded to Climate Change Researcher
Veerabhadran “Ram” Ramanathan, PhD, an internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, has been named the recipient of Villanova’s 2018 Mendel Medal. The Mendel Medal, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, is given to outstanding contemporary scientists in recognition of their accomplishments.
The Mendel Medal Lecture will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center. Dr. Ramanathan’s Mendel Medal Lecture is titled: “Climate Change: Scientific Basis and Solutions to Bend the Curve.” The event is free and open to the public.

Villanova Recognized for Sustainable Dining Services Initiatives
Villanova recently became the first university to receive the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Certificate—recognizing its efforts to offer and label vegan and oil-free options in its dining locations. Plant-based eating is gaining momentum at schools across the country.
Villanova has also been awarded membership in Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle, a program that recognizes pioneering institutions leveraging their buying power to change the way animals are raised for food. Villanova joined the Leadership Circle by committing to source eggs from chickens living in more humane conditions within two years. Villanova has already achieved that goal and is now sourcing Certified Humane® pasture-raised eggs from Vital Farms, a partnership of small family farms.

Professors’ Novel Research Methods Rank Roadway Risk Factors
Associate Professor Seri Park, PhD, and Assistant Professor Virginia Smith, PhD, colleagues in the Department of Civil Engineering, published a study titled “Exploring Spatial Relationship between Roadway Safety and Wet Condition Risk Factors Based on Systemic Safety Analysis Approach” in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, a publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Their team studied crash data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to investigate the relationship between level of crash severity and physical roadway variables. Their findings may eventually help identify areas of high crash risk in existing roadway infrastructure.

Save the Date:
Villanova University is co-hosting restaurant week with the Bryn Mawr Business Association and the Wayne Business Association November 5th through the 9th. Participating restaurants will offer discounts and specials to those wearing Villanova gear or showing University ID. More information to follow! Click here for a current list of participating restaurants. 

Other Resources:
The Office of Government and Community Relations at Villanova recently launched the "Villanova Neighbor Updates" Facebook Page!  Like us on Facebook to be informed about the University and the campus community. Additionally, check out our Twitter page. For more information on the Neighbors and Friends program at Villanova University, please click here.

*Please click here for a printable schedule of noteworthy events from August 2018 to early November 2018. 

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