This semester at Villanova I have had the opportunity to
- go to a women’s soccer game
- a women’s volleyball game
- volunteer at the Special Olympics
- watch a student production of Seussical
- attend a lecture on Homelessness
- listen to student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas
- watch men from the cross country team compete at Nationals via live streaming from Kentucky
- attend a Christmas musical concert by the men’s and women’s choirs, including a few a capella songs
The total cost of all the above was $40 for four Seussical tickets; everything else was free.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed all of these events, and now when I look back on all of it, my first thought is, “Why haven’t I been taking advantage of such opportunities for the past 29 years?”
And there was certainly many more events that we could have attended during the semester; this weekend alone there were also performances by the Villanova Jazz Band, another Christmas show (this one featuring Irish dancers), and a separate a capella performance.
While many of the events noted above featured our wonderful students, there are also many presentations by faculty, both our own and visitors. Here is a sample of some of the talks that have taken place this semester:
- “Detecting Cosmic Photons with Cryogenic Sensors”
- “To Stand Behind the Lectern, Alongside, or Without it–Is the Lecture on the Way Out?”
- “21st Century Nursing Ethics: Preserving Integrity and Building Moral Resilience”
- “Humanity in Crisis: The Rights of People Displaced by War.”
- “Artificial Intelligence Turbocharges Analytics”
- “How Dante Can Save Your Life.”
Admittedly, I did not attend any of these lectures, but I am sure that there were likely several informative and entertaining presentations among the dozens that are made over the course of a semester that I would have enjoyed.
I am blessed to work at a great University, and while there’s nothing I can do to make up for the past 30 years of ignoring many of the opportunities that a college campus offers, I plan to actively seek out such events starting with the next semester.
Who know, one or two of them could provide the raw material for a blog post…