A Monthly Update from the College of Professional Studies
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, efforts are now shifted to crossing that finish line. If you are succeeding in your classes, we applaud your efforts and hope you maintain this momentum. Some of us though, may be struggling to attend to our coursework with the current climate. Whether you are struggling or not, it is always important to check in with yourself. We want to thrive and not just survive!

On Thursday, April 16, Dr. Stacy Andes, Director of the Office for Health Promotion, met with CPS and graduate students to discuss the importance of self-care and its correlation with success. If you missed Dr. Andes’ presentation "Finishing the semester strong by taking care of yourself,” you can view the recording here . Below are some important notes from her session that highlight the findings from self-compassion researcher, Kristen Neff. In these challenging times, they apply more than ever.

  1. Practice Self-Kindness and not Self-Judgement. We are not perfect beings and it is inevitable that we will occasionally miss the mark. It is important to respond to these situations with kindness. Treat yourself as you would a loved one who is in the same situation. You would not berate them, so don’t beat yourself up over it either! Having that same compassion with yourself as you would have with others is not self-indulgent or selfish but actually enhances your mental well-being.
  2. Common Humanity versus Isolation. When someone encounters a challenging situation, it can bring up feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and other insecurities. Recognize that these are universal feelings and engage in shared experiences. Honor those emotions and take time to check-in with loved ones. Schedule a virtual meet-up, play a Scattergories over FaceTime, or just use the old-fashioned telephone. Join the conversation and share your experience with your fellow CPS students during one of our Virtual Lounges!
  3. Mindfulness versus Over-Identification. When negative feelings creep up, it is very easy to immediately attempt to switch to the polarizing positive side or, even further criticizing yourself for thinking these thoughts. Don’t avoid the negative emotions but allow yourself to observe them with openness and clarity. This will allow you to create an internal balance. For more sessions on mindfulness, you can attend the Mindful Mondays Virtual Lounge.

To view her entire presentation that contains more resources, click here . There is a team behind every one of you and we encourage you to reach out to them in times of need.

We wish you the best of luck as you finish this semester strong!

The Advising Team
Student Spotlight
Maryana Strosin ’20 CPS
I was born in Ukraine and lived there throughout my high school years. In 2006 I immigrated to the USA and started working at Villanova in 2011. I have met many great people here. A lot of them I look up to and hope to become like them one day. I hope that a degree in Leadership through the College of Professional Studies will help me with achieving my life goals. I am grateful for all the help and guidance I received from everyone in the College, University, my family and my friends. I hope I can pay back all the support by paying it forward.

I love spending time with my family. We enjoy evening walks and outdoor activities. Three things that I use for my spiritual health are prayer, music and a good book.

During these trying times it is the support I get from my husband and my daughter as well as my Villanova family that keeps me going. I have been blessed to have such amazing people in my life and it is with their help and understanding that I am able to continue my education. 
Virtual Lounges
We certainly miss seeing you and would love to see you in our lounges! We’ve provided different avenues for you to converse with your peers, advisors, and other members of the CPS community. Each day features a different theme so please, pop in when you can!

Mondays 12:00-12:30 pm EST
Join CPS faculty, Erin McCloskey, for simple and peaceful Mind/Movement Sessions! Whether you’re sitting or standing, this is a great way to move the body and reset in the middle of the day. There is no pressure to activate your video or audio.

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm EST – SPECIAL THURSDAY EDITION 4/30
Features our "Walk a Mile with... Series" where we will interview various Villanova celebrities for 5,280 feet! Take a break from your day to join us for a 15-20 minute walk! You can view upcoming and past interviews on our events website .
Tune in this week for a special THURSDAY edition as we interview Father Peter Donohue, OSA, President of Villanova!
Virtual Villanova Alumni Series
The College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development are hosting informational sessions with Villanova Alumni in various industries. If you are interested in learning about different fields like law, healthcare, supply chain, marketing, and consulting, this is your chance to chat or just listen to industry professionals! Each session will be 30-45 minutes. You can register through Handshake .
Upcoming Dates & Deadlines
Tuesday, April 28: Follows Friday class schedule (Full Semester Day Classes)
Wednesday, April 29: Follows a Monday class schedule (Full Semester Day Classes)
Thursday, Apr. 30: Final Examinations End (Fast Forward 4)
Thursday, Apr. 30: Final Day of Classes (Full Semester and Fast Forward 4)
Friday, May 1: Reading Day (Full Semester)
Saturday, May 2: Final Examinations Begin (Full Semester)
Thursday, May 7: Final Grades Due (Fast Forward 4)
Friday, May 8: Last day to invoke S/U grade (Fast Forward 4)
Friday, May 8: Final Examinations End (Full Semester)
Monday, May 11: Final Grades Due (Full Semester) at 12:00 pm EST
Tuesday, May 12: Last day to invoke S/U grade
Friday, May 15: Commencement (Link will be provided)
Summer & Fall 2020 Advisement
Summer and Fall courses are filling up! Please schedule an appointment with your Advisor to discuss classes and registration if you have not done so already. Virtual appointments are easy with our online scheduling platform. To schedule, follow these easy steps:
  • Visit the online scheduling platform: https://calendly.com/cps-advising-team 
  • Choose your designated advisor on the main page and the date/time that works best for you.
  • You will receive a link to meet via Zoom

Please note: You must meet with your Advisor to obtain your PIN to register for Summer and Fall courses. 
CPS New Academic Offerings
CPS 3400 Internship
We are excited to offer academic credit for internship experiences! Students may earn up to 6 credit hours for approved internships. If you are interested in completing an internship, please contact your advisor for more information.
New Minors
Starting summer 2020, we will be offering two new minors in Leadership as well as Organizational Development and Management! Adding a minor can complement your major coursework and enhance your marketability. Each minor will be comprised of 6 courses (18 credits) to complete. Contact your advisor for more information!
LDR 5940 Building Habits for Effective Leadership
Offered fully online June 26-27, Building Habits for Effective Leadership will highlight key principles for effective leadership and will explore connections to individual and organizational habits. Additionally, students will explore the ways in which Covey’s seven habits contribute to one’s leadership effectiveness, along with ideas for future improvement in each of these areas. Contact your advisor for more information!
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option
For the Spring 2020 semester, the University has amended their policy regarding Satisfactory (S) and Unsatisfactory (U) grades. Please review the   March 25 Message from the Provost   and  Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading FAQS  t o learn more.
Villanova Career Center
Job Search Resource - VAULT
A note from Meredith Okenquist ‘96 CLAS, Career Transitions Coach

The Villanova University Career Center offers many job search resources to meet the needs of students and alumni seeking new position opportunities. Vault is an online career intelligence resource that you can incorporate into your job search research and interview preparation strategies.

Vault is a career management solution that provides access to in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession. And, the resource assists with how to best position yourself to land that next job. Vault’s resources are known as some of the most comprehensive and thorough in the industry. To access the Vault platform, click here .