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May 2015 Graduation Information

ATTENTION:  For those students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who will complete all degree requirements at the end of the Spring Semester/Spring II Session must apply for May 31, 2015 graduation by filling out the online Prospective Graduate Form BY NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15TH.

If you registered for a previous graduation term and did not graduate, you must re-register for your new graduation date.

In myNOVA click on Student tab, scroll to the bottom to locate the Graduate Information channel, then click on the Prospective Graduate Form link: 

If you are unable to complete the Prospective Graduate Form due to:

  • a hold on your account,
  • inactive status, or
  • less than 21 earned credit hours on your transcript, please email for your appropriate steps to complete a form.

Villanova HRD Corner: December Edition

Welcome to the 2014 December Edition of the Villanova HRD Corner! In this issue, we have all of our popular reoccurring features (spotlights, HR news, etc.) along with updates and information.

 Special Features:


Reoccurring Features:


Congratulations Professor Chris Castille on Your Wedding Day!

Chris and Ann-Marie on their wedding day, November 29, 2014!  Congratulations from the entire HRD department!



Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Papino

Andrew Papino is a recent graduate of Villanova University’s Master of Human Resource Development Program.  He currently works at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Fortune 200 company specializing in bio-technology headquartered outside of Boston, MA.  He is a participant in the company’s HR graduate rotational leadership development program (GLDP). 

After receiving an undergraduate degree in psychology and anthropology at the University of Rhode Island, Andrew began his professional career in children’s behavioral research where he worked at Rhode Island Hospital in conjunction with Brown University as a clinical research assistant.  During this period, he enrolled in the Master of Professional Counseling program at Lesley University.  However, he became fascinated by the corporate world and decided to pursue HR. Andrew moved to the Philadelphia area after getting accepted into Villanova University where he became a graduate assistant for the HRD program and helped as a teaching assistant for the metrics course.  He interned in HR at DLL Financial Services and then accepted the role as a Talent Acquisition Specialist at SunGard Availability Services.

 Andrew currently resides in Boston and will be moving for Thermo Fisher’s HR program in the second rotation this upcoming spring.  When Andrew is not in the office, he enjoys producing electronic music, exercising, and reading about street art. 

Q.        When did you graduate from the Human Resource Development Program at Villanova and were you a student of the campus or online program?

A:         I graduated from Villanova HRD’s on-campus program this past May 2014.


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HR News: Why 'Wellness' Program Scams Cost Employers and Harm Employees

Article by: Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the most popular fad at large today in the employee health benefit world is the "wellness" program.

We wrote last month about how some big employers may be using these programs--which include incentives for smoking cessation and weight loss along with mandates for annual checkups and preventative disease screenings--may be aimed more at saving companies money than at promoting better health. The goal is to charge higher premiums for workers who don't participate, or who fail to meet wellness milestones.

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Villanova University: Carnegie Reclassification Process

“As a University, as a community, we must be willing to change, to evolve. To wait is to lose our competitive edge, to become irrelevant. We must retain and attract leadership in both faculty and staff that is eager to propel us into the future . . . with vision and an ability to access and respond to a changing landscape.” —Fr. Peter Donohue, President


In July 2014, Father Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University, released an update regarding what he called "the next big thing” for Villanova—an evolution into a "Doctoral/Research" university, as defined by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, by fostering an environment and infrastructure that effectively supports research, scholarly excellence and student-professor partnerships.

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VU SHRM Ends the Semester with a Strike! (Sans Bumpers)

VU SHRM celebrated the end of a successful semester with a trip to the bowling lanes! We are looking forward to a great spring 2015 semester of VU SHRM programming, offering students a number of professional development events, webinars, happy hours and social events. More to come soon!


Wired Wednesday: 10 Tips for Study Music

How to Select Music for Studying : 10 Tips

It is said that to study it’s necessary to have a quiet environment without distractions. However, for some, studying in a quiet environment can backfire. This ‘quiet environment’ can make you end up fighting boredom and succumbing to the allure of sleeping at your desk! This is why the importance of choosing the right music for studying can’t be underestimated.

Although some studies say that listening to music while you study isn’t good, for many people it’s vital. It’s calms them down, which can lead to productive studying. Music can also help elevate your mood and motivate you to study longer.

The real challenge is to select the right music for studying. The wrong type of study music may end up distracting you from your study. So today we are going to offer some tips and ideas on how to pick the best study music for you!

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Holiday Humor


All About Nova: Villanova Basketball Update

In a great early season test the 12th ranked Villanova Wildcats traveled to Brooklyn this past week to participate in the 2014 Progressive Legends Classic. On Monday they took on the then 14th ranked Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University and blew the doors off with a decisive 77-53 win. In their Tuesday night matchup they took on the then 19th ranked Wolverines from the University of Michigan. This game was much closer than the first with the Wildcats pulling out a hard fought 60-55 win. A large lead quickly disappeared for the cats and it took a huge block by Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston near the end of regulation to ultimately seal the deal. Villanova is currently 6-0 on the season and looks to keep their perfect record alive when they visit the La Salle Explorers on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM ET.


Student Spotlight: Chris Neufeld

Chris Neufeld is a Superintendent, Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence. Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.  His Rank in the Air Force is Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt).  He's a current student in the online HRD Program.

"I am the Superintendent of the Career Enlisted Aviator (CEA) Center of Excellence which is the first level of technical training that all CEAs in the Air Force attend.  I’ve really enjoyed this assignment because it showed me very quickly how curriculum is developed utilizing science and feedback from the field.  I also do a lot of leadership development training on the side which has been extremely gratifying. "

Q:  What have been some interesting assignments/posts you have had over your career (both locations and jobs)?  Why?

A: "Two assignments stand out.  I deployed to Kabul Afghanistan for one year to train, advise, and assist the Afghan Air Force on a new aircraft and in the ways of western aviation, essentially a yearlong exercise in change management.  We developed training and qualification programs catered to their capabilities and resources with the hope they would become self-sufficient.  My current assignment would be the other." 

Q: How has your service helped you in your graduate career at Villanova?

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Professional Spotlight: Doug Allen, Cooper Health System

Douglas Allen, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Cooper Health System.

Doug is a senior executive in Human Resources with more than 30 years of experience. Doug has served in a leadership capacity at several large healthcare organizations including St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Hahnemann University Hospital and currently Cooper Health System.  Doug has a proven track record of strong leadership, workforce development and development and implementation of strategic plans. 

In addition to his robust Human Resources background, Doug has numerous professional accomplishments.  He is an ICF Certified Professional Coach, MBTI Certified Practitioner, a trained facilitator in DiSC Assessment Tools, and holds his SPHR certification.  Doug is faculty to the Villanova University Continuing Education Department and has taught the PHR/SPHR SHRM program.  Doug also sits on the boards and serves as a committee member of many prominent organizations – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy School, the New Jersey Hospital Association Unemployment Committee, and the Workforce Investment Board.


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Happy Thanksgiving from Villanova's HRD Program!


Big Data in HR Webinar Recap

The Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development has presented their second event in their Fall Webinar Series.

This webinar was presented by Michael Blair, Sprint, President, International Personnel Assessment Council and Jay Janovics, CEB-SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, Director, Optimization Services.  

If you were unable to attend the first webinar, please click the following link to watch the full presenation:

Big Data in HR



If you are interested in receiving a PDF of the presentation, please email!

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Student Spotlight: Britney Butler

Britney Butler, a second year student in the HRD program, recently ran in one of the largest 10k runs in the Tri-State area! 

"I set out a goal the run the Benjamin Franklin Bridge just for my own personal accomplishment until a friend mentioned that there was an actual run the race.  I had never run that long of a distance before so I was unsure if I really should sign up for the 10k race (6.2 miles).  I self-trained using the 10k coaching setting on the Nike+ app on my iPhone for 8 weeks.  At times it was hard to get the runs in with my work and school schedule but I pushed and got it done.  November 2nd, race day came and it was a bitter 40 degrees with winds above 20mph.  It was an amazing and satisfying experience and I finished in 416th place out of 1,742 women, I think I did a pretty good job for my first 10k ever!"

Britney, congratulations and thanks for sharing your story!  If you are a student and would like to share a story or accomplishment, please send to! 


10 things I wish I knew on my first day at Google

This upcoming November I will reach my 5th “Googleversary”. And boy, what a crazy ride this has been. I’m looking back on a journey that started in Dublin, had a quick stop in New York, and then ended in our headquarters in California. Well, “ended” is certainly the wrong word considering that I’ve spent a significant amount of my past three years traveling throughout Latin America, building a successful partner ecosystem for our cloud computing business.

Besides racking up an unfathomable quantity of flight miles, there were many work experiences and human interactions I made along the way that shaped my behavior and thinking. Google is really an interesting place. You are surrounded by these intimidatingly smart people coming from the best colleges and employers. You have top notch managers ranging from “best in class” MBAs to former marines who fought in the battle of Fallujah. And what a work culture — always promoting autonomy and the habit of thinking big.

I sometimes look back on the “Omid” I was 5 years ago and often wish I knew the things I know today. Throughout this time I learned some highly valuable lessons — some through fatal failures and others through hard-earned successes. Lessons that bear validity beyond Google and which I hope to share with a wider audience.

1) Outperform your Core


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Successful 26th Annual Special Olympics Hosted By Villanova!

Villanova Universisty hosted the 26th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Fall Festival November 7, 8 and 9. This event, organized by Villanova students, is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization offers over 260 local and sectional events and four major statewide events - Winter Games, Summer Games, State Floor Hockey Tournament, and Fall Festival - in 23 sports with the opportunity for athletes to advance to regional and international competition. 

VU SHRM had the opportunity to volunteer this year in the cheering section!



Villanova HRD Corner: November 2014 Edition


Think 'n Write Thursday - Re-visioning Your Paper

Revision:  re-visioning your paper

By: Nancy Margolis

Many of you might be in the thick of writing research papers that are due in a short few weeks.  Hopefully, you have left time for a crucial part of the writing process:  revising your work.  Here are some tips on how to effectively revise.



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FREE Big Data and HR Webinar for HRD Students and Alumni! 

REGISTER HERE for our newest FREE webinar!!!

Webinar: Big Data and HR
When: Monday, November 17, 5:20pm-7pm

Speakers: Michael Blair, Sprint, President, International Personnel Assessment Council & Jay Janovics, CEB-SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, Director, Optimization Services

Webinar Summary

It will focus on how HR can use talent analytics to uncover talent drivers, inform strategic decisions, and optimize talent management practices. 

The authors will us a combination of theory, research, practice, and case studies to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Gain insight into how leading organizations are assembling their data and building talent analytics capability
  • Understand how vast, differentiated data sources (big data) are being used to answer strategic workforce management and talent-related questions
  • Become familiar with the actionable insights that have been realized through talent analytics
  • Understand how talent analytics can be used to identify needs as well as inform solutions about an organization’s talent management practices
  • Identify ways in which HR can use big data and talent analytics to inform and better understand key business challenges in today’s  organizations

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