Meet the BRIDGE Society: Ashden Personius ’18

Bridge SocietyExecutive Board

Ashden Personius (’18), President of the Bridge Society, has served on the Executive Board for the past two years. As President, her responsibilities include leading the Executive Board members, communicating with Bridge’s advisor (Kate Szumanski), and continuing to grow the organization in ways that will best serve the students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova.

Ashden is a mathematics and environmental science double major, while also pursuing a minor in statistics. In her free time, Ashden is involved in Music Activities Stage Crew, Villanova Student Theater, Alpha Phi Omega, LEVEL, Villanova Club Running, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Her favorite aspect of the Bridge Society is the connections made at every Bridge event. From working with professionals, to meeting alumni, to sharing stories and working with Bridge members, “you meet amazing people everyday,” Ashden commented.

Ashden’s goal is that students gain confidence and connections from Bridge Society events. First, she believes it takes practice to be confident enough to step up and present oneself in a professional setting. “The Bridge Society is here to help with that learning curve,” Ashden added. Second, she describes the connections made at Bridge events as “invaluable.” Students are able to utilize these connections for years after graduation.

There are no other overarching professional development organizations specifically for Liberal Arts and Sciences students, which makes the Bridge Society so unique. Moving forward, Ashden sees the Bridge Society continuing to grow on campus and helping students achieve their professional aspirations.


Journalism and Music Writing Internship with TapSongz

TapSongz is a new Music site where kids can find new music. Our goals are to work with young, talented artists by promoting their music, writing up feature articles on their career and helping share their story. ( 

TapSongz is looking for talented college students particularly interested in the music industry and writing to join our staff as a writer. They would have the opportunity of interviewing a variety of artists, bands and musicians and then writing up feature articles on these artists to be published on our website. Students can work on their writing skills, build their connections with music professionals, network with others in the music industry, interview some of their favorite artists, and learn how to build and market a brand. Our LLC has become large enough where we typically qualify for media passes at music festivals in which some students may be interested in attending to cover the event as a media outlet. The position would be a great experience for journalism, communications and public relations majors as well as any student interested in music. 

Tasks would include posting music to social media, conducting phone or email interviews with artists and writing a variety of editorials to be published on our website. Interested students should email their resume and a cover letter to Eric Rustad at

Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition

Calling all undergraduate/graduate entrepreneurs: The 2014 VSEC is now open! Do you have an idea for a product, service or new technology? Do you want to win thousands in prize money for that idea? If you are an entrepreneur looking to make an impact in the world with an amazing new idea, consider Villanova’s largest entrepreneurship competition, the Villanova Student Entrepreneurship Competition.

Stage 1, the submission portion, is live and accepting applicants. The deadline for them is January 27th at 5pm. Full details, along with the timeline of milestones, can be found here:

If you have questions, please contact:

Featured [Internship] of the Week: Environment America

Intern with Environment America!

If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 10.11.09 AMthat affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment America. We’re taking applications now for summer 2013 internships in Washington D.C. and 29 state across the country.

So, what do interns with Environment America and the State Environment Groups do?  Make a real impact on critical environmental issues!

You’ll learn how to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support.  And you’ll work one-on-one with one of our advocates and organizers, providing a unique, mentored experience.

Responsibilities vary, but you’ll do some mix of:

  • Researching critical environmental problems and preparing reports to release to the public
  • Coordinating and attending media events, like news conferences
  • Writing and publishing letters to the editor and working on news releases
  • Attending lobby meetings with lawmakers and other decision-makers
  • Working with coalition partners, like public health groups and other environmental groups
  • Tracking legislation or regulations on the federal or state levels
  • Generating public support for our campaigns, such as by collecting petitions or using social media
  • And you’ll attend briefings and trainings to learn more about environmental issues and gain advocacy and organizing skills.

Our internships are unpaid, and we cannot provide housing or travel assistance. We will work with you to secure academic credit from your college or university if that is an option.

What happens after my internship?

Through an internship with Environment America or one of the State Environment Groups you’ll get the training and the experience you need to be better prepared for a career in the environmental movement.  And each year, we hire passionate, talented and committed college graduates to join our two-year Fellowship Program. Some of our former interns have gone on to become some of our most successful Fellows.


We are looking for current college students who care about our environment and are driven to preserve it for the future. We look for strong leadership skills, academic excellence, problem solving ability, top-notch written and verbal skills, eagerness to learn, and a sense of humor.


We’re taking applications now for summer 2013 internships in Washington D.C. and in 29 states across the country. We will start accepting Fall 2013 applications on June 1st.

Apply now.

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You can find the internship, added to GoNOVAJobs, for summer and fall internships with Environment America (connected to PennEnvironment):

Earth Day at Villanova: 4.22.13

Villanova University

Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2013

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Please join us in celebrating the 43rd Earth Day on April 22, 2013. The following events are free and open to Villanova students, staff, faculty, alumni and the general public.

8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale

Falvey Library Speaker’s Corner
  •  Join Villanova faculty and invited experts in a discussion on the economic opportunities and environmental challenges posed by natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale. The discussion will include questions posed by the audience. Continental breakfast provided.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sustainability Fair

Lower Level Connelly Center (indoors)

  • Eco-vendors, student environmental organizations, information about campus environmental initiatives and Green Jobs, alternative energy companies, raffles of Villanova basketball and football tickets, Dining Service samples, and other displays will take place in the bottom floor of Connelly Center. In addition, students in Introduction to Environmental Science (GEV 1051) will display the results of their semester-long research on Villanova’s campus environment.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sustainability Fair Farmer’s Market

Lower Level Connelly Center (outdoors)
  • Dining Services has arranged for local vendors, including area farmers, to offer locally grown produce, breads, meats, beverages and other products. Cash only. There will also be a chef on site preparing free samples!

 4:30 p.m. Earth Day Keynote Address

Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
Connelly Cinema
  • Katherine Gajewski was appointed by Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter to head the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Mayor Nutter pledged in 2008 to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America. Greenworks Philadelphia is an ambitious plan released in 2009 that sets 15 sustainability targets in the areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement to realize the Mayor’s goal by 2015. The city has made substantial progress towards sustainability objectives under the leadership of Ms. Gajewski and Mayor Nutter.

Many thanks to the following co-sponsors: Falvey Library, Dining Services, the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Peace and Justice, Villanova Center for Liberal Education, Maintenance and Grounds staff, and the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography and the Environment, History.

For further information, contact Paul C. Rosier at

Sexual Assault on College Campuses Panel Tomorrow

Gender and Women’s Studies present Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A Range of Perspectives and Information With Leslie Gomez and Gina Smith, Pepper Hamilton Law Firm Kimberly Hill, Villanova Office of Health Promotion Elisa Lopez, Villanova Campus Security Marciano Lopez, GC Nova 6 pm, Thursday, April 11 Radnor St. David’s Room Co-sponsored by GCNOVA, Peace and Justice, and the Office of Health Promotion

If you have questions, please contact:

Save the Date: 4/12 NY AD DAY


Deadline to RSVP to NY AD DAY is Tuesday, 4/9.

In preparation for the NY Ad Day, consider attending:
Practice with the Pros: Advertising/Marketing Mock Interviews on 4/5 in Garey Hall between 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Register for a great opportunity to gain face time w/ professionals during a 30-min. practice interview. An employer will ask industry-specific interview questions & provide feedback on your performance. Practice your interviewing skills, ask questions & learn from the best in the business!

Click here to sign-up via GoNOVA Jobs; search by “Employer” on “Practice with the Pros.”

VSB’s Summer Business Institute (SBI)

  • New year!
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SBI – Invest in your future

VSB’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) is an academic option, designed exclusively for non-business majors.  SBI allows you to earn a business minor – in one summer!

Below are the remaining info sessions.  Can’t make any of those?  Call the Clay Center at 610-519-5532 to schedule an individual appointment.

Application period now open (rolling decisions), click here to apply.
Deadline to apply  – 4/15


24 Hour Imagination Quest 4/13-4/14

24 Hour Imagination Quest

Villanova University and University of New Haven

Saturday, April 13th – Sunday, April 14th, 2013


The 24 Hour Imagination Quest takes place over a weekend.  It is a fast paced team competition.  Students will join the competition as individuals and then form teams.  Explaining it in terms of TV shows, think of it as a combination of the Amazing Race, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and Fear Factor.  The students are constantly on the move or feverishly working on their presentations and prototypes.

At noon on Saturday, the students are given an ambiguous topic (such as “creation of products or services to improve education”, or “develop methods to improve transportation on or around campus”; or it might even be something fantastic such as “develop a product or service for space aliens who are exactly like humans, except they have only three fingers per hand”).

During the 24 hour period, the students must develop an idea, examine the technical/business feasibility, develop a top level design, produce a basic business pitch, create a simple prototype and create a TV commercial.  Along the way, they need to present their results to a different set of judges (so even though they make several presentations during the 24 hours, the teams cannot assume the judges know anything about their idea — each judging panel is different.)   By noon on Sunday they must present their ideas in the form of a simple prototype, a business pitch and TV commercial.  The competition will be over at noon on Sunday, followed by lunch and an award ceremony which will be completed by approximately 1:30PM.

This year the competition, involving students from Villanova University and the University of New Haven, will take place on Villanova’s campus April 13 and 14.  

Email if they would like to participate.

Adam Smith Essay Competition

This coming spring, the Economics Department is once again holding its student research paper competition, the Adam Smith Contest.

Eligible papers (written by Villanova Economics majors or minors in the class of 2012, 2013 or 2014 in conjunction with Villanova coursework) may address any topic in economics.   Entries up to 10,000 words are acceptable.

The deadline for paper submission is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013.  Submissions should be emailed to  Finalists will present their papers at a luncheon mid-April 2013.  Finalists will be judged on both written content and oral presentation.  Winners will be announced after presentations end.  First- and second-place winners will be recognized with cash awards of $2000 and $1000, respectively; honorable mention awards (if any) will be $500 each.   The Adam Smith Contest is funded by a gift from John Haines (A&S ’79).