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Foto Friday: Villanova Then and Now

Villanova College, Delaware C., Pa, 1856

Villanova College, Delaware Co., Pa

The photograph above was digitized from the original in the University Archives. The original was taken in 1856 by J. E. [James Earle] McClees (1821-87) of Philadelphia; McClees is one of the first photographers to make photographs on paper. This view shows the Monastery, the Academy (now part of Alumni Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus) and a large barn which burned in 1898, was rebuilt in 1899 and again destroyed (information on photograph). This view was taken from Lancaster Avenue. To learn more about McClees see this exhibition catalog.

Modern view

The Academy (now Alumni Hall) is barely visible in the center of this 2017 photograph, behind the Augustinian cemetery and St. Rita’s chapel.


 Original photograph  is in University Archives; digital version in the Digital Library. Modern photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Wildcats in the classroom!”

Curious 'Cat - imageWith a new semester underway, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What class are you looking forward to?”

Francesca Cocchi – “I’m in a short story writing class. I’m excited! I normally write more creative essays and stuff like that, so it’s a little out of my comfort zone, but it should be fun.”

Matt Zabloudil – “I’m excited to take my acting class, Fundamental Principles of Acting. I just got out of it and it’s pretty exciting.”

Scott Leighhow – “Non-Linear Dynamics, which sounds like it’ll be pretty cool.”

Amber Shelton – “My French Service Learning Internship class. It’s a joint class between the French Department and Engineering Department!”

Denzell Stanislaus – “I’m in the Master’s program for School Counseling here. I’m most excited for my Lab in Group Dynamics course—it’s about group counseling.”

Jane Richter – “I’m in the Political Science grad program! I’m in a class called Congress, so I’m most excited for that.”

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We Have Winners!


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Christian Miller, a first year student from Washington, D. C., won this man’s ugly Christmas sweater in the raffle held as part of Falvey’s Finals Stress Bustin’ Open House  on December 16, 2016.

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McKenzee Chiam, a comprehensive science major, won the woman’s sweater.


Photos by Alice Bampton and Hunter Houtzer, Communications and Marketing Dept.



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‘Cat in the Stacks: Spring, Forward


I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your new ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey’s role.


This time last semester, we talked a little bit about your new school year’s resolutions. We looked at how accomplishments come in various forms for students at different stages of their college careers. We now find ourselves halfway through the school year, so, while our professional counterparts set their new year’s resolutions, we must decide how we’re going to finish out the last half of our two-part odyssey.

It may be too late for a new school year’s resolution, but another semester offers fresh chances to set revised goals. As far as I can tell, these goals may be revised in two separate ways – either revised upward or revised downward. If you find yourself revising your goals upward, then you have met your expectations of last semester and find yourself ready to take the next step. If you’re revising downward, however, do not be discouraged; sometimes students bite off a lot more than they can chew and get bogged down either academically, professionally, or emotionally.

(an example of positive goal setting.)

The sophomores and juniors among us know this all too well. I mean, the first couple of semester weren’t too bad, right? You can surely pack on an internship, a serious relationship, and a second major. Perhaps some of you found out that you really can do it all, but, if you are at all like I was, you recognized that trying to do everything spreads your energy too thin. You might consider revising your goals toward prioritizing those activities most beneficial to your most important future goals.

Seniors find themselves moving into the dorms or into the off-campus house for the last time in their undergraduate careers. I remember the bittersweet feeling very well: excitement at the thought of moving on to the next step of one’s life, coupled with the fear of leaving behind that lifestyle established over the last three and a half years. Goals range for seniors from starting a career and moving out of mom and dad’s house to just finishing strong to boost that GPA (or perhaps it’s about time to set aside some of that schedule for some serious socializing).

Freshman, of course, have this second half of the year to revise their first impressions. If first semester didn’t exactly go as planned, then you still have this second half of the year to improve your academic standing. If you surpassed expectations, then you now have the opportunity to challenge yourself with maybe an added extracurricular, taking the next step to learn that new language, or starting to lay the foundation for adding a minor. You still have time to consider these options, but ask any of your older friends and colleagues: the time flies by.

Falvey in Spring

(Time flies: before you know it, the Falvey will look like this again.)

We here at the Falvey Memorial Library have set some goals of our own for this semester. While we’re disappointed that we can’t open up a brand new reading room for you or share the excitement surrounding an election every semester, this semester still holds some exciting events here at the Falvey.

We will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a display and an exhibit. We’ll once again be hosting speakers as a part of the English Department’s Literary Festival – including Brit Bennet and Reginald Dwayne Betts. We’ll also be welcoming a new class of Falvey Scholars and celebrating Villanova’s 175th birthday along with the rest of the university.

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(Russian Revolution banner from Home Before the Leaves Fall)

In other words, we’ll be revising our goals right along with you. While we remain dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date resources and spaces available to advance your studies, we’ll be striving this semester to provide interactive and relevant events to enrich the academic, literary, and historical culture of the university.

A crucial component of revising any goals involves dialogue. Large companies hold important meetings to establish the year’s objectives. As you plan your semester, you should take into account the advice of professors, parents and friends; they might have an interesting perspective on your goals and ambitions. We here at the Falvey would love to hear your goals, and would love your feedback on our own – start the dialogue on Facebook or by tweeting us @FalveyLibrary.

Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


A New Face at the Circulation Desk: Michael Sgier

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Michael (Mike) Sgier, a native of Denver, Col., joined Falvey’s Access Services team at the beginning of January 2017. He previously worked at the University of the Arts Libraries.

As an Access Services Specialist, he reports to Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services. He is the service desk coordinator and will assist with library processing. Cywinski says, “He has several years of experience in library services and with various types of access services processing including resource sharing, stacks maintenance and course reserves.”

Sgier has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in printmaking from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minn. Sgier is a printmaker and cartoonist based in West Philadelphia. He is an “avid reader and coffee drinker, bicyclist (when the weather agrees), and [is] always looking to discover a new art form, whether it’s a movie, book, or another graphic form.”

When asked why he made the transition to the east coast, Sgier said after finishing graduate school, “finding full-time work was proving difficult. A friend of mine from New Jersey suggested I look at Philadelphia, and it just so happened that a job was available at the University of the Arts Library. Plus, I was interested in east coast cities, having spent most of my time in mid-west locales.”

And, just to help you, he pronounces his surname “SKEER.”


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Today’s database: a powerful tool for research on MLK and African American and African History and Culture

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Falvey Memorial Library is fortunate to be able to provide access to hundreds of instructional databases for the Villanova Community. While the choices may be vast, each searchable collection presents a unique treasure trove of information. Today, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a uniquely browsable resource, the Oxford African American Studies Center. Touted as “the online authority on the African American Experience,” the Oxford AASC provides a wide array of primary source documents, educational resources and articles, and multimedia.

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The database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

Feel free to contact a librarian if you’d like further help exploring and utilizing any of Falvey Memorial Library’s databases.

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Foto Friday: Will D Cat Visits Falvey

Will D Cat in Falvey

Will D Cat is a fan of Falvey; here he is in the stacks, but we’ve spotted him in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, in the small second floor lounge, visiting librarians and even behind the circulation counter.

Today Will is competing in the UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, Jan. 13-15, in Orlando, Florida. Last year Will placed third in the Mascot Open Championship and he was the Fan Favorite! Go Will D Cat!


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Lights, Camera, Wildcats!”

Curious 'Cat - imageIn honor of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards Ceremony this past Sunday, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanovans, “Who would play you in a movie of your life?”

Joanne Quinn [Director of Communications and Marketing] – “Shrek.”









Laura Bang [Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant] – “Carrie Fisher.”









Sue Ottignon [Research/Web Service Librarian] – “Cate Blanchett.”









Melanie Wood [Academic Integration Technical Specialist] – “Michael Shannon.”









Jacueline Smith [Business Processes & Administrative Services Specialist] – “Joy from Inside Out.”









Margaret Duffy [Manager of Budget & Administrative Services] –  “Renee Zellweger.”

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More Photos from the Holiday Lunch


Academic Integration Team Leader, Jutta Seibert, and Margaret Duffy, Director's Office

Director of Academic Integration, Jutta Seibert, and Margaret Duffy, Director’s Office


Librarians Rob LeBlanc and Laura Bang talking with Kallie Stahl and Sarah Wingo

Librarians Rob LeBlanc and Laura Bang talking with Kallie Stahl and librarian, Sarah Wingo


Joanne Quinn with librarians Linda Hauck and Sue Ottignan. (Sue is camera shy!)

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communications and Marketing, with librarians Linda Hauck and Sue Ottignan. (Sue is camera shy!)


Margaret Duffy and Jee Davis who will join Falvey this month

Margaret Duffy and Jee Davis who will join Falvey this month


A tower of cupcakes, especially the chocolate ones, made us all very happy.

A tower of cupcakes, especially the chocolate ones, made us all very happy.


Photographs by Alice Bampton






Falvey’s Holiday Lunch – More Photos

Roberta (Robbie) Rosci and Laura Hutelmyer, Collections Directorate

Roberta (Robbie) Rosci and Laura Hutelmyer, Collections Directorate


Stephen Spatz, Collections Directorate; Christopher (Chris) Hallberg and Demian Katz, Library Technology Development

Stephen Spatz, Collections Directorate; Christopher (Chris) Hallberg and Demian Katz, Library Technology Development


Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith and Lorraine Holt, Director's Office

Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith and Lorraine Holt, Director’s Office


Falvey staff enjoying the party

Falvey staff enjoying the party


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.



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Last Modified: January 11, 2017