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How Do You Prep for Finals?

Whether it’s writing papers, napping between cram sessions, or imbibing the many beverages available from Holy Grounds, we’ve got room for you!

By Luisa Cywinski and Alice Bampton

Hello? Help desk?

One paper down, two more to go.


Time to get a refill.


Fun during finals? Massages and food at Falvey and Connelly on April 29

Stop by Falvey Memorial Library or the Connelly Center on Friday, April 29, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. for some finals fun!

There will be free massages, food and stuff! It’s the perfect way to take a break from studying and to relieve your stress.

This event is sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Late Night, Health Promotion and Dining Services.









Student Employees Feted

(l. to r.) Michael Murray, Sean Dunne, Lauren Fiori, Rakhi Devkisan Gagrani, Krishna Teja Narla

On April 5, the Falvey Memorial Library Staff Council hosted the 14th annual student recognition party as a way of expressing appreciation for the excellent and important work student employees perform.

Eleven graduating students received a Certificate of Appreciation signed by University Librarian Joe Lucia, along with a Villanova University alumni license plate holder: Eric Adams, Access Services; Kara Arnold, Access Services; Sean Dunn, Special & Digital Collections; Lauren Fiori, Access Services; Rakhi Devkisan Gagrani, Systems/Technology Management; Daniel Love, Access Services; Eric Maleczkowicz, Academic Integration; Craig McAllister, Access Services; Michael Murray, Programming & Outreach; Krishna Teja Narla, Systems/Technology Management; and Susanna Seibert, Access Services.

Daniel Love won two gift certificates donated by Gullifty’s Pizza Grille & Bar.

Falvey employs ninety-three students across a variety of departments.

Everyone enjoyed the pizza, delicious cookies and the camaraderie. Bill Greene, Access and Information Specialist, served as singing emcee. After the supervisors spoke highly of their student workers, two students, Sean Dunn (Special & Digital Collections) and Krishna Narla (Systems/Technology Management) praised their supervisors, Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator; Laura Bang, Special Collections and Digital Library Assistant; and Kathy O’Connor, Systems Librarian.

Contributed by Mary Heyman, photograph by Alice Bampton




New Sage E-Reference Titles

Falvey Library has just received many new Sage E-Reference Titles.  See the full list or browse those of particular interest to communication students and faculty below.  Remember, other useful Communication E-Reference materials can be found on the E-Reference Resources page.

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
Sample Entries:
Community of Practice
Social Interaction Theories

International Handbook of Children, Media, and Culture
Sample Entries:
Television Culture and Media Socialization across Countries: Theoretical Issues and Methodological Approaches
Girls’ Issues, Gender and the Media: Feminist Activisms in China

Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
Sample Entries:
Attachment Theory
Work Teams

Encyclopedia of Journalism
Sample Entries:
Audience Research
Political Cartoonists
Satellite News Gathering

Handbook of Multicultural Measures
Sample Entries:
Validity and its sources of evidence
Theoretic Foundations of Racial Identity and Ethnic Identity Models
Sexual Orientation-Related Measures

Kristyna Carroll


Seniors Selected to Receive Awards for Research in English, Economics, Engineering, Nursing and Astronomy

Falvey Memorial Library invites you to a special event to celebrate this year’s Falvey Scholars, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011, on the second floor of the Library. Award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report. Presentations will be preceded by a reception with refreshments.

This year’s award recipients are Monica Mazzoli (English), Eric Bifolck (Economics), Kristopher Doll (Engineering), Lynz Parker (Nursing) and Ronald Ballouz (Astronomy).

Falvey Scholars is an annual program established by the Library in order to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Awardees are selected from various disciplines: Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Business. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

A display on the first floor, created by Joanne Quinn, also highlights this year’s winners and their research.


An Easter Treasure: Letters from Saint Elizabeth Seton.

It is with great pleasure and humble thanks on this Easter that we make available the small but important Elizabeth Ann Seton collection.  This collection includes letters from  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton to Matthias and Joseph O’Conway.  Matthias, a prominent Philadelphian, especially within the Catholic community, was the father of Cecilia O’Conway, Philadelphia’s first nun and the first woman to join Seton’s order, the Sisters of Charity.  The correspondence is personal in nature and relates to several members of the O’Conway family.  Members of the Digital Library team are working on formatting transcriptions of the letters for increased readability.

This also marks a first for the Digital Library:  the scanning of materials physically owned and of course created by a Saint.   Indeed actually touching and photographing these sheets of paper involved treating the objects with the highest degree of reverence.  Speaking for only myself, handling the letters as a scanner was a sacred experience.






Photograph taken on Easter 2011



Announcing the "I Love Falvey Library" Video Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Daniel Trucil! Daniel, a graduate student in Communications, will graduate this May. According to Daniel, he “created the concept/script/storyboard and handled the editing” himself. Well done!

It was with great deliberation that our panel of judges selected the winning entry in the “I <3 Falvey Library” video contest. There were some fantastic entries, which made our job even harder. Students used popular music, animation, scrabble pieces, fairy tales, special effects, and other unique approaches to show what they love about Falvey Library. One student even got down on bended knee! Look for our tribute to the runners-up on the library blog and Facebook page in early May.

We hope you enjoy Daniel’s video tribute to Falvey Memorial Library!


Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Keefe editorial cartoon

Mike Keefe; The Denver Post, December 19, 2010

The 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced.  Check out the winners of this year’s prestigious journalism prizes.



Kristyna Carroll


Celebrating Poetry in the Library: You're Invited

Join us for a multi-part celebration of  poetry, especially poetry by our students!

In partnership with Villanova University’s English department, Falvey Memorial Library will host its annual Open Mic Poetry Reading. The reading also serves as the launch party for this year’s issue of Arthology, one of the University’s student-produced art and literary magazine. 

The open mic event will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011, in the library first floor lounge.

In addition to Arthology contributors, the reading will feature contestants for the Senior Class Poet award, given by the English department every spring. Students, faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to arrive promptly to sign up for a spot on the reading list or just to get a good seat for listening to the readings.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is timed to coincide with National Poetry Month, celebrated across the country every April. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of Arthology will be available.

Seniors entrants for the Senior Class Poet award have poems on view in the Library. Look for the posters on the first floor.

A display of Irish poetry with a Villanova connection is also available there for you to check out. (more…)


Alexandra Edwards Receives Award for Cady Stanton Conference Paper

Alexandra (Alex) Edwards, a graduate student in the English department and a graduate assistant to Falvey Memorial Library’s Outreach and Communication teams, presented a paper, “Succession of Language: Women Talking to Women in Shakespeare’s History Plays,” at Villanova University’s 22nd Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference.

Her panel, moderated by Evan Radcliffe, Ph.D., also featured two undergraduate presentations, a first-year student paper on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and another on Marsha Norman’s “‘Night Mother.”

After her presentation, Alex answered questions related to her paper, covering topics such as motherhood and female strategies of resistance.

At the awards dinner which followed the conference session, John A. Doody, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented Alex with the award for the best graduate student paper.

Alex wrote “Succession of Language” for Dr. Alice Dailey’s “Shakespeare’s History Plays” fall 2010 course.


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