Neighbors and Friends are invited to be involved in the Villanova University community. Below are just a few examples of opportunities to explore your interests, gain new knowledge, and be entertained - all right here on campus.
The Villanova University Art Gallery, located on the upper floor of the Connelly Center, features rotating exhibits by a diverse array of guest artists. All exhibits and artists’ receptions are open to the public and are free of charge.
Villanova University enjoys a rich tradition of athletic success. Wildcat student-athletes have won 19 NCAA team championships and 118 NCAA individual championships through 2011 – both tops in the Big East Conference. Team schedules and ticket information can be found on the Villanova Athletics website.
Neighbors and Friends are invited to join the Villanova community in worship on campus. Daily and weekend Mass schedules are available on the Campus Ministry website.
Cultural Film and Lecture Series
Villanova's Cultural Film & Lecture Series features ten films per semester featuring multiple showings and a lecture/discussion of each film. The series is integrated thematically; some past series titles are: "Cinematic Images of Women," "Bonding: Family and Friends," "Making Art: The Artist Looks at Himself," "Myths, Memories and Obsessions" and "Film, Faith and Philosophy."
Films screen in the Connelly Center Cinema on Sundays at 3:30 and 7 p.m., and with a speaker on Mondays at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Cinema box office, approximately 20 minutes prior to any showing and admission is FREE for all attendees.
Falvey Memorial Library
Neighbors and Friends may enjoy access as Courtesy Members to select resources at the Falvey Memorial Library. Courtesy Membership is free of charge but members must first obtain a Friends of Villanova card from the Wildcard Office in Dougherty Hall.
One Book Villanova
One Book Villanova is a campus-wide effort spanning the academic year that presents to the University a book worthy of close reading, discussion, course adoption, and the stimulation of dialog among all members of the campus community. The 2011-12 One Book Villanova selection is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Visit the One Book Villanova website to find out more information about the book and its author. The website will be updated to include details about the author’s visit to campus during the academic year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your local book club can be part of One Book Villanova.
St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration
Each fall, the Villanova community begins the academic year with a celebration honoring St. Thomas of Villanova, the 16th-century Augustinian bishop of Valencia, Spain, and patron of the University. Highlighted by a Day of Service, the Celebration includes a series of activities over four days designed to bring to life the University’s Augustinian ideals of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas – Truth, Unity and Love. Visit the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration website for more information and opportunities to be involved.
Senior Citizens Personal Enrichment Program
Neighbors and Friends age 65 or older are eligible to take classes free of charge through the College of Professional Studies’ Personal Enrichment program. Participants are not eligible to receive class credit and classes are not considered part of a degree program.
Each year the University’s award-winning Theatre department produces a four-play season with selections chosen from a broad range of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. Productions are directed by faculty and distinguished guest artists, and designed by resident and freelance designers. Graduate students, supervised by a full-time production staff, are the mainstay of the production season, serving as actors, stage managers, and as members of the production crew. The arts are an especially popular activity on campus and through its Division for Student Life, the University also supports the Villanova Student Theatre and the Villanova Student Musical Theatre.