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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Catherine Keating ('84) Named CEO of Commonfund

Catherine Keating, who graduated from Villanova as an English major in 1984, has just been chosen by Commonfund, a large investment management firm that works with non-profits, as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Keating, who was previously head of investment management at JPMorgan Chase & Co, was named one of American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking in 2013.  She is also Chair of Villanova’s Board of Trustees.

Catherine Keating

Internship with the Philadelphia Education Fund

The Philadelphia Education Fund is seeking an intern candidate to be part of a five-person development team assisting each member in the functions of Philanthropy, Institutional Giving, Stewardship and Communications. Over a six-month period, s/he will develop valuable knowledge and skills in the following areas:

* Research
* Cultivation and Recognition
* Event planning

Institutional Giving
* Proposal writing
* Sponsorships
* Government Grants

* Raiser’s Edge Development Software
* Database management
* Program reports

* Press releases
* Marketing Materials
* Social Media
* Website

Our ideal candidate will have the following traits:
* Professionalism
* Strong work ethic
* Good writing skills
* Well Organized and Detail Oriented

Our ideal candidate will already have the following proficiencies:
* MicroSoft Office proficient: including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
* Familiar and comfortable with social media

Job Expectations:
This is a 20 to 40 hour per week internship.  The ideal candidate is available parts of 3-5 days per week.

Work will take place at our headquarters on the 7th floor of the United Way building at 1709 Ben Franklin Parkway.

A small stipend may be available.

Please email your résumé/CV and a statement of interest to Jeff Baxt, Communications Manager (jbaxt@philaedfund.org).

If you are interested, you can also contact Kate Szumanski, the Associate Director for Experiential Education with our Office for Undergraduate Students (kathryn.szumanski@villanova.edu).

Internship with Entrepreneur Works

Marketing & Events Internship – Spring 2015

Entrepreneur Works is a non-profit organization that creates pathways of opportunity for talented entrepreneurs. Across the Philadelphia region our clients start and grow small businesses, create jobs for themselves and their neighbors, and strengthen the local economy. Entrepreneur Works offers access to small business loans, training and one-on-one guidance to hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, empowering individuals from all walks of life to prosper and build sustainable communities. For more information, click here.

Position Summary:
Are you interested in helping small business owners in the Philadelphia area tell their stories? Here at Entrepreneur Works we’re looking for an intern with social media savvy, excellent writing skills, event planning know-how, and a passion for working on behalf of underserved entrepreneurs. The Marketing & Events Intern will be a key member of our small marketing team and event planning committee, so expect lots of hands-on experience!

The main focus of the internship will be on helping staff and volunteers to plan and promote our annual fundraising event, Taste of Success (to be held on April 20, 2014). However, other projects may include:
Interviewing Entrepreneur Works clients about their entrepreneurial journeys, and helping to create client “success story” profiles to include on our web site
Helping staff to manage our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages
Working on stories for our e-newsletter
We are certainly open to new ideas! If you think you can make an impact through another original project or initiative, we’d love to hear about it.

We are looking for an intern to work approximately 5-7 hours per week. Exact start date is negotiable.

Compensation & Other Benefits:
This is an unpaid internship opportunity. Students looking for course credit are encouraged to apply!

The intern will also have the chance to gain experience and build skills in: writing and packaging marketing materials to promote a local nonprofit; event planning; fundraising and resource development; and the ins and outs of working for a small, community-oriented nonprofit organization, particularly one that serves traditionally underserved entrepreneurs.

Appropriate Areas of Study:
Students majoring in English, Communications, Non-Profit Management and/or Community Development are especially encouraged to apply, but the position is open to students of any major with strong writing skills and a passion for helping local small business owners.

Software & Technology Used for Position:
- Microsoft Office Suite (including Publisher)
- WordPress
- Drupal content management system (similar to WordPress)
- Adobe Creative Suite 5.0 (particularly InDesign)
- HootSuite

Skills and Attributes:
- Superb written communication skills 
- Social media savvy
- Excellent verbal communications skills
- Experience in social media, marketing and/or event planning
- Passion for working on behalf of a diverse population of entrepreneurs 
- Interest microfinance and entrepreneurship development
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

To Apply
Please email a brief letter of interest and resume to Rebecca Gerber at rgerber@entre-works.org. Please write “Social Media & Marketing Intern” in the Subject Line.  No phone calls, please!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas with Dr. Quigley

English majors (mostly from Ways of Reading and the Virginia Woolf senior seminar) celebrate the end of classes at Dr. Quigley's home.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dr. Alice Dailey's Renaissance Revenge Tragedy Class Visits New York City: Dr. Dailey on Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

Dr. Alice Dailey and several students from her fall course on Renaissance Revenge Tragedy recently took in an exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Dr. Dailey's narrative follows.

"Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” features mourning fashions from Europe and America dating from 1815 to 1915.  The exhibit includes full ensembles, including dresses worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra, as well as exquisite accessories such as hats, parasols, mourning jewelry, and hair pins.  It highlights the development of elaborate conventions for mourning attire across the 19th and early 20th centuries—conventions disseminated through mediums like the fashion magazine to a middle class eager to emulate high-class bereavement etiquette and style.  Having just studied an early 17th-century play about a widow, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, our group was attuned to the rigid decorum that such increasingly elaborate mourning standards imposed, especially on women.  We were also struck by the echoes of another play we had recently studied: Hamlet.  Hamlet complains of the inadequacy of outward mourning conventions—the “inky cloak,” the “customary suits of solemn black,” the “forms, moods, shapes of grief”—to express his inward sorrow (1.2.81-84).  As “Death Becomes Her” notes, the potential substitution of decorous mourning clothes in place of genuine grief became a theme among critics of an expanding and lucrative industry devoted to outfitting female mourners.  The exhibit is at once beautiful and eerie, and our group highly recommends it to anyone visiting New York.  It’s open until February 1, 2015.

From the "Death Becomes Her" exhibit

Dr. Alice Dailey's Renaissance Revenge Tragedy Class Visits New York City: Lauren Clem on the Irish Arts Center

Lauren Clem from Dr. Dailey's Renaissance Revenge Tragedy attended the November 8 readings that were part of the Irish Arts Center's sixth annual Poetry Fest, which, according to the Center, celebrates Ireland and America’s great literary connection by showcasing an unparalleled array of much-published and award-winning poets."

Lauren reports that "The Irish Arts Center’s annual PoetryFest featured artists from both sides of the pond. Saturday’s readings included American poets Adam Fitzgerald and Kevin Young and Irish poets Miriam Gamble and Vona Groarke. The reading was intimate, with all four artists covering serious topics through the lens of such minutiae as gardening, growing up in Massachusetts, and the 90s computer game fad Oregon Trail. Vona Groarke was Villanova’s Heimbold Chair in 2004. Peter Fallon, scheduled to present the following day, also served as a Heimbold back in 2000."