Yay! They’re Back!

It's Fall Festival weekend at Villanova University, the time of year when our campus is taken over by the Special Olympics. Held during the first or second weekend in November since 1989, the campus hosts over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, 4,000 volunteers, and the many corporate sponsors and media outlets that will provide coverage for … Continue reading Yay! They’re Back!

AcaSPOlooza

This post is a summary of an event I attended at Villanova tonight with my wife and son which combined two of my favorite activities at Villanova- student a cappella groups and the Special Olympics. I've written before about how big the Special Olympics are at Nova. For one weekend in November, our campus hosts … Continue reading AcaSPOlooza

Look for the Helpers – Part Two

A few years ago I wrote a post, "Look for the Helpers", which was my review of the wonderful documentary about Mister Rogers - “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. The post title is in reference to one of Mister Rogers well-known quotes: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the … Continue reading Look for the Helpers – Part Two

Music Monday: Villanova’s Famous Musical Students

Like many ideas for a blog post, this one just randomly popped into my head. And while it may not be of much interest to many readers, I found it fascinating to find out who are some of the famous musical artists who attended Villanova. I'll start with those individuals who actually graduated from Villanova: … Continue reading Music Monday: Villanova’s Famous Musical Students

I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

Established in 1953, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is one of the crown jewels of Villanova University and provides an educational experience that challenges students to become nursing leaders working at the forefront of modern health care, in every corner of the world. The College educates nurses to emerge as strong leaders in … Continue reading I Couldn’t Be Prouder of These Villanova Graduates and Students

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

That is the motto of the Special Olympics, and it was in full evidence this weekend for the annual Fall Festival held at Villanova University. It is my favorite weekend at Villanova, and each year I leave impressed both with the athletes as well as with the Villanova students. Held during the first or second … Continue reading “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Welcome to Villanova’s A Cappella SpOlooza

This was almost more than I could handle. Tonight, Villanova put on an event that combines two of the things I have come to love at Villanova - a cappella performances and the Special Olympics. The event, known as A Cappella SpOlooza (SpO is the nickname used on campus for the Special Olympics), serves as … Continue reading Welcome to Villanova’s A Cappella SpOlooza

“Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

Villanova University was blessed to have Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good brand, as its commencement speaker this past weekend. Bert started selling t-shirts with his brother John out of a van back in 1989. But as their web site points out, it was not very prosperous. They lived on peanut butter and jelly, … Continue reading “Life Is Good” Co-Founder Delivers Inspirational Commencement Speech and a Few Well-Thrown Frisbees

Town and Gown Relations

My wife and I bought our house about 28 years ago, and one of the items that attracted us to the house was that it was within walking distance to Villanova University, my employer. I had always wanted to be able to walk to whatever school I was teaching at, and it's not just because … Continue reading Town and Gown Relations

It’s the Little Things

Villanova's men's basketball coach Jay Wright is a national figure, well known for his movie star looks, his stylish suits, his composed demeanor, and his thoughtful interviews. His players have had great success both on and off the court. Currently the team is ranked 6th in the nation, and for the past two years has … Continue reading It’s the Little Things