It seems like just yesterday we were talking about Y2K problems, yet the freshmen who arrived on campus yesterday weren't even born by the time Y2K fizzled out. And it doesn't seem that long ago since I graduated from college in 1979. It's hard to imagine that was over 40 years ago. But here we … Continue reading Welcome Class of 2025!
It was late Thursday afternoon, and my picks for March Madness were due early the next day. As I wrote in a previous post, I haven't really paid much attention to college basketball this year, so my picks were going to end up being completely random. So I decided to go with the quickest, most … Continue reading I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing
OK. I can't take credit for the title. It was the headline of a story in the student newspaper about our recent snowstorm. I've been at Nova for almost 35 years, and this is the first time I've heard that term. And I just had to use it. As I noted in a previous post, … Continue reading Villasnowva!
I start teaching in a little less than two weeks, and in addition to getting all the course material ready, I also thought I'd check out my classrooms this week to make sure everything was there that I would need and that I knew how to work the technology. Plus I had to take … Continue reading A Different Way to Get Ready for the Semester
Four years ago, Villanova Men's basketball team won its second national championship, in dramatic style, with Kris Jenkins hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer for the victory. The clip below never gets old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7FFJUz0tdo It was a big win for the team and the school, and I am sure it raised the name recognition … Continue reading An Unexpected Benefit of Winning a Sports Championship
Well, it looks like we survived the first week back at school without having to reverse our plans. And I think that's all we can do, just focus on getting through one week at a time. Besides a minor glitch right before school started, Villanova's students seem to be following all the guidelines that have … Continue reading Week One Is in the Books; Just Thirteen More to Go
Paul Ziobro has written a wonderful story in the Wall Street Journal about a game of tag that is taking place between UPS and FedEx drivers. While FedEx Corp. and UPS fight for customers and global supremacy in the delivery sector, a friendlier battle is being waged on streets across the U.S. FedEx and UPS … Continue reading All Rivalries Should Be This Friendly
It’s one of the greatest moments in sports history. North Carolina had just tied the game at 74, with 4.7 seconds left. Villanova called a timeout. And this video picks it up from there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAepPm6nStQ As I watched the replay earlier this week, one of my first thoughts was how different this would have been … Continue reading Imagine If This Had Been Played During the Lockdown
It was, no doubt, a strange way to end four years of college for this year's graduates. With formal commencement exercises canceled, Villanova put on a virtual graduation ceremony. And it was wonderful. Here are some screenshots of the ceremony which was broadcast live yesterday afternoon. The top photo is of our President, Father Peter … Continue reading Villanova’s Wonderful Virtual Graduation
It is a challenging time for higher education, with most schools having closed their campuses this Spring and switched to an online teaching format. In addition, many schools have canceled all on-campus events for this summer. And there is tremendous uncertainty as to what will happen come the Fall semester. My employer, Villanova University, has … Continue reading Thank You, Villanova