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Peek at the Week: Dec. 11-15

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: December 11, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”
-Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows


This Week at the Library: 

Monday, December 11, 
Falvey Memorial Library Open House, First Floor Lounge, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12, 
Stress Relief Event: Pals for Life Visit, Room 205, 9:00-6:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Study Break with the Provost, Reading Room Lobby, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Learning Support Services: Anatomy & Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13, 
Library Technology Developer Presentation and Meetings, Room 301 and 214, 9:00-1:30 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 14, 
Learning Support Services: Test Proctoring, Room 205, 8:00-5:00 p.m.
Library Technology Developer Presentation and Meetings, Room 301 and Room 214, 9:00-1:30 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15,
Learning Support Services: Test Proctoring, Room 205, 8:00-5:00 p.m.
Library Technology Developer Presentation and Meetings, Room 301 and 214, 9:00-1:30 p.m.


#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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Foto Friday: “Spud-tacular!”

“You’re not turning me into a mashed potato!”
-Mr. Potato Head, Toy Story 2


Do finals have you fried? Join us Monday, Dec. 11th from 12-3 pm in our first floor lounge for a day of stress bustin’ fun featuring relaxing activities, good eats and last minute help from librarians. And yes, we will have a hot tater tot bar with all the fixings. Finals 2017: You TOT this!


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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  • Posted by: Darren Poley
  • Posted Date: December 8, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is December 8. It is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America and a Holyday of Obligation for Catholics in the U.S. Therefore Friday, Dec. 8 seems like a very appropriate and timely day to run a feature on the centennial of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared June 26, 2000 in “The Message of Fatima”:

Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history. These manifestations can never contradict the content of faith, and must therefore have their focus in the core of Christ’s proclamation: the Father’s love which leads men and women to conversion and bestows the grace required to abandon oneself to him with filial devotion. This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel.

This same document went on to say, “Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.” Our Lady of Fatima offered a clarion call and foretold the horrors of twentieth-century totalitarianism in Communist Russia and of World War II. The centerpiece however, of this private revelation from 1917, was the plea by the Blessed Virgin Mary when she appeared at Fatima for devotion and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

You will find a link for that document below, in addition to The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops titled “Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Questions and Answers,” which answers among others the question: “What is the difference between public Revelation and private revelations?” and describes how private revelations, like those given during apparitions such as Our Lady of Fatima, “place no obligation on the rest of the Church.”

In your reflection on the Mother Mary this weekend, keep in mind this prayer from “Act of Entrustment” offered by Saint Pope John Paul II at Fatima in 1982 and published in “The Message of Fatima” document:

Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us.

From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.

From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.

Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer all sin: individual sin and the ‘sin of the world’, sin in all its manifestations.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it put a stop to evil! May it transform consciences! May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope!”

Link 1: https://goo.gl/PkA15K

“The Message of Fatima” on the Vatican Website.

Link 2: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/popular-devotional-practices-basic-questions-and-answers.cfm

“Popular Devotional Practices: Basic Questions and Answers” on the USCCB Website.

Link 3: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1336939

“Finding Fatima.” Documentary with archival footage, dramatic reenactments, original interviews with Fatima experts and relatives of eyewitnesses, combined with stunning visuals to tell the entire story. DVD in Falvey’s collection.

Link 4: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/709780

“The miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.” Screen chronicle based on actual 1917 events outside Fatima, Portugal, where three shepherd children report visions of the Virgin Mary and confront anticlerical government oppression in the process. DVD in Falvey’s collection.

Link 5: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1652159

Encountering Mary : From La Salette to Medjugorje. Although hundreds of apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported, this book offers a detective-like investigation of the experiences and interpretations of six major apparitions, including the one at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Online Book in Falvey’s collection.

Medjugorje, Bosnia. Summer 2012. (Photo by Comm and Marketing Dept. Graduate Asst. William Repetto.)

 


Article by Assistant Director of Academic Integration and Theology Librarian Darren Poley.


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ThrowBack Thursday: burgers in 1999

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: December 7, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

TBT to South Campus barbecues of 1999 as show in the Belle Air (1999), p. 380.



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Finals 2017: You Tot This & the Library is Here to Help!

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: December 7, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Feeling a bit stressed and anxious about final exams? Mark your calendars as Falvey will be co-sponsoring an exciting mix of events on Monday, Dec. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 12 to help you relax and get that extra boost as finals approach. You deserve to take a break with us!

We kick off the stress bustin’ fun on Monday, Dec. 11 with the Library’s open house from 12-3 pm in the first floor lounge. Falvey will be hosting a day featuring relaxing activities, good eats, and last-minute help from our librarians! We are proud to announce that the theme of this year’s open house is “You TOT This!” Why? Because we believe in you…and we also believe in the motivating power of tater tots. At the event, we’ll have a spud-tacular hot tater tot bar with all the fixings, video/board games, puzzles, coloring, ornament making and even a visit from Will D. Cat! During the event students will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of the most lit “tater tot” blankets literally on the planet. What a perf way to relax before finals and get some extra motivation!

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We believe in YOU!

The following day, Tuesday, Dec. 12, we’ll welcome our furry friends from Pals for Life from 1-3 pm in room 205 at the Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hours event, co-sponsored by POWER, Villanova Student Advancement and the Office of Health Promotion. Be sure to visit with the Pals for Life therapy animals, enjoy some relaxing activities like stress ball making and coloring and indulge in some free snacks!

Finally, stop by the Reading Room lobby in Falvey Hall for Study Break with the Provost on Tuesday, December 12th from 3-4 pm. Provost Patrick Maggitti, PhD, will be there to cheer you on as you head into finals and offer some comforting hot cocoa and delicious treats.

We hope you stress less with us as we head into finals! Remember: You TOT this! We are here to help.


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’Cat in the Stacks: Concerning Accomplishments

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.


I’ve been browbeating you about working hard and stress this time of year. I admit it. On this week’s ’Cat in the Stacks, however, I’d like to change the tone a bit and talk about, of all things, accomplishments. Accomplishments come at all levels of our lives – personally, professionally, academically, for example. As you dot the final i’s and cross the final t’s on your semester, I’d like to point out some of the accomplishments that are hidden in plain sight around you every day.

Hunter’s proud of everything you’ve done so far!

First off, Wildcats, take a good look in the mirror. You are a very good example of an accomplished person. Even though they might feel small now, think about the sum of all the minor accomplishments you’ve had this semester: finishing that paper, making those new friends, taking up that new campus activity. By this point in your college experience, and by this point in the semester, you’ve already accomplished so much!

Falvey’s made a number of big strides this semester as well. We’re very proud of how the community rallied around Falvey for the 1842 Day celebration. We had 91 supporters who gave more than $5,000! We’ve also had a very successful piloting of our new 24/7 hours this semester. Also among our proudest accomplishments this semester: hosting Dr. Spencer Di Scala and Tom Mogan for talks in Speakers’ Corner.

On a personal level, I’d love to share some of my own accomplishments with you here! I just went to my final master’s class on Tuesday. (No, I’m not finished my graduate degree; I’ll be your ’Cat in the Stacks for one more semester as I write my thesis.) I’ve also SUCCESSFULLY gone grocery shopping every other weekend for a couple of months in a row now – that’s no small feat.

Hopefully your #GOALS are more ambitious than mine!

Accomplishments, like Christmas presents, come in all shapes and sizes. What are some of the things you’re most proud of accomplishing this semester, ’Nova Nation? Share in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Jingle Bell Rock!”

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: December 6, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week, the ‘Curious Cat asked Villanovans, “What’s your favorite holiday tune (and least favorite)?”

(Julia Mills, Emma Kirchner, Lauren Buttling)

Julia Mills: “”Winter Wonderland” is my favorite. My least favorite is “Carol of the Bells.””

Emma Kirchner: “My favorite is “Jingle Bells.” My least favorite is “Little Drummer Boy.””

Lauren Buttling: My favorite is “Winter Wonderland.” Least Favorite is “Little Drummer Boy.””

(Mary McCarthy, Claire Jansen)

Mary McCarthy: I like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. I don’t like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.””

Claire Jansen: I like “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” too. I don’t have a least favorite.”

(Marlee Newman, Jake Morrissey)

Marlee Newman: My favorite is “Jingle Bells.” My least favorite is “Silent Night.””

Jake Morrissey: “I like “Holly Jolly Christmas.” I don’t have a least favorite. I like them all.”

(Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator)

Michael Foight: “My favorite is “Good King Wenceslas” by Loreena McKennitt. My least favorite is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.””


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Highlighter: Stress Busting Edition

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


’Tis the season, Wildcats! That means more assignments in seemingly less time than ever before. The coming weeks will test you. Yes, literally on the final exams for sure, but you’ll also be tested out of the classroom in how you can effectively manage the burdens of the end of the semester push.

Falvey can help; here are three resources available through the best campus library on the planet:

1). Stress busting events, Dec. 11 & 12. We’ll see you on Monday, Dec. 11, for our annual “open house” in the first floor lounge from 12pm-3pm. This year will include socializing, a raffle, a Will D. Cat appearance, and (drum roll, please!) … A hot tater tot bar with all the fixins’!

tots, tot, tot poster, tater tots, open house, finals, stress relief

We believe in YOU!

We’ll follow that up with a visit from Pals for Life from 1pm-3pm on Dec. 1 in Room 205. That day will also feature a study break with Provost Patrick Maggitti, Ph.D., from 3pm-4pm in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room Lobby; hot chocolate will be served.

2.) Stress busting books. You’ll find articles and books in our databases that explore the scientific underpinnings of stress and even ones that look at the effects of stress on business. You’ll also find, however, a few books that explore the practical side of overcoming stress – like this one by the Harvard Medical School or “Managing Stress” by Brian Luke Seaward. A quick search might even turn up old blog posts, like this Curious ’Cat.

3.) Stress-free spaces. There’s some comfort in hunkering down for those long study sessions surrounded by other people pushing through along with you. You can find a number of collaborative study spaces here in the library from the first floor to the Learning Commons. If you’re more of a silent studier, the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room is also available 24/7.

Disclaimer: These resources can help you deal with the normal stress levels that accompany this time of year. If you are suffering, or you think a friend may be suffering, with what you believe to be beyond normal stress levels, do not hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Center.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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Falveydelphinovian: Bio-Calc in the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: December 4, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Falveydelphinovian blog showcases the students who find themselves situated in Falvey throughout the week.


This is freshman student, Hannah Murray:

“What exam are you studying most for?”

“Bio-Calc. I have to do the practice test and review all the notes from the whole semester. And looking over homework. And old quizzes. I’ve been studying in the Reading Room. I go for one of the spots with the desks since there is more room to spread your stuff out as opposed to the spots that are just chairs.”


Falveydelphinovian posted by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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Peek at the Week: Dec. 4-8

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: December 4, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
-Rosa Parks


This Week at the Library:

Monday, December 4,
Restorative Practice, Room 205, 11:00-1:15 p.m.
TLS Tutoring, Room 214, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5,
Research Brown Bag Lunch, Room 206, 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Learning Support Services: Anatomy & Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6,
Strategies for Test Anxiety, Room 205, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Learning Support Services: General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 7,
College of Engineering: Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute (E2SI), First Floor Lounge, 12:00-3:00
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 10,
CASA Final Study Hall, Room 205, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.


#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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