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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Salary Negotiation Workshop for Villanova Women!

There will be two workshop dates offered to Villanova graduate student women and alumnae to help enhance their earnings for the rest of their working lives.

Participants should attend only one workshop. The dates are:

Tuesday, October 6 at 6 p.m.


Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m.

Registration Fee: $15 (includes dinner)


Health Services Building, Room 200

This workshop is co-sponsored by VSB Graduate Business Programs, CLAS Human Resource Development Program, CLAS Masters in Public Administration, VU Alumni Relations & Villanova Women's Professional Network

Monday, September 28, 2015

Villanova English: First Fall Coffee Break

The Villanova Undergraduate English Blog posted some great pics from the First Fall Coffee Break! Please check them out, and be sure to attend the next Coffee Break to meet and chat with current grads, undergrads and faculty in the English department. Plus snacks!

Villanova English: First Fall Coffee Break: Pictures, taken by English major Karen Loor, from the first fall Coffee Break--Cupcake Edition.

Thesis/Field Exam Workshop a success!

Last Monday was the annual Thesis and Field Exam Workshop. The event was hosted by Dr. Heather Hicks and there was a great turnout of first and second year grad students.

The Workshop was incredibly helpful and gave great time parameter suggestions for students to think about re: finding a faculty director and second reader, as well as tips for deciding how long to take on a thesis. It was also a great reminder that Field Exam and Thesis proposal examples are available right here on The Yawp!

Some important dates to keep in mind for students planning to finish their degree Spring 2016:
  • December 8 is the last day for students to submit a thesis or field exam proposal to Susan Burns
  • January 31 is the last day to apply for May graduation
  • Deadline for submission of theses for May graduation is April 29
  • Seventh Annual Thesis and Field Exam Symposium is April 30 at SAC 300 from 10:00am-12:00pm, followed by lunch

If you have any further questions about the Thesis and Field Exam options, please e-mail Professor Hicks at heather.hicks@villanova.edu.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Graduate Workshop for Thesis and Field Exam options

This Monday is the annual Thesis and Field Exam Workshop. All graduate students are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they are finishing up their degree this year or later. 

Dr. Heather Hicks is leading the workshop and will discuss suggestions for identifying a thesis or field exam topic, approaching a director and second reader, and how to undertake the work itself. It's a great opportunity to think about the thesis and field exam, as well as an opportunity to begin setting up groups among yourselves. 

Additionally, there will be pizza!

Monday September 21 at 7:30 in SAC 300

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Upcoming Events Hosted by the Gender & Women's Studies Dept.

10/1 Erin Giles “Keep It Real with Erin Giles, Founder of End Sex Trafficking Day”
Co-sponsored with Villanova SVA, POWER, and Peace & Justice.
Connelly Cinema

10/27 Joanna Barsh, Author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership
Co-sponsored with Villanova Women’s Professional Network and College of Engineering
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

11/2 Brenda Elsey (History, Hofstra University), 
“The Unbearable Whiteness of the Women’s World Cup, 2015” 
Co-sponsored by History, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Romance Languages & Literatures
Driscoll Auditorium (Driscoll 132)

11/4 Stefanie Knauss (Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova)
“Less sex, more fun: A feminist-theological analysis of celibacy as a lifestyle”
Lunch faculty research workshop
Devon Room, Connelly Center

11/10 “Perspectives and Experiences of Women in Engineering: A Panel of Recent Graduates”
Moderated by Amy Fleischer (Mechanical Engineering, Villanova), co-sponsored by the department of Mechanical Engineering
Tolentine 215

11/11 Film screening: The Empowerment Project
Followed by student discussion
Bartley Auditorium (Bartley 1011)

12/4 “Experiments in Voice and Body: Performing Positions, Perspectives, and Power”
Original Performances by students in COM 3242 Performance Art and COM 3245 Voice & Diction (Drs. Rose and MacDonald).
Garey Hall, Communication Studio