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Aaaand we have a #FalveyHaul winner!

  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: April 29, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Congratulations to Ben Hoffman, winner of the #FalveyHaul social media contest! Ben and five of his friends have private access to room 206 in Falvey Memorial Library from today until next Thursday, May 5. Quite a prize, if you’ve seen how swamped the Library is today! Ben and company will also be treated to T-shirts, stickers and a private pizza feast on Monday.

Here’s Ben’s winning tweet, which not only follows all the contest rules, but is quite artistic to boot:

Thank you to all of the #FalveyHaul entrants and as always, stay tuned for future promotions. Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll get a study room all to yourself, too!


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‘Cat in the Stacks: The Myth of Feeling “Ready”

  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: April 28, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

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Here it is – my last finals pep talk! And as I gear up to stare the Real World (™) right in the eye, I’ve realized something. All those feel-good positive vibe memes about not waiting until you “feel ready” to take action are absolutely true. Not because it’s some fancy lifehack, but because the truth is, you are never going to feel ready.

You’ll only ever feel ready enough.

Now before you use this as an excuse to slack on studying, don’t. (I know you won’t, but just in case!) You still have to do the work to be prepared to the best of your ability. But if you are struggling with the fact that no matter how hard you try you cannot predict every question on your final, or you can’t predict your professor’s opinion on your paper, take a deep breath and read on.

When we procrastinate, we joke that we’re being lazy. But we’re not. We watch Netflix and take “What Color is Your Aura?” quizzes and stalk grade school acquaintances on Facebook because we’re, well, a little bit wary. We’re afraid of the uncertainty underlying our to-do list. We think, wow, I could study all night and still not get an A. I could write this paper and then a day later find the perfect resource that would’ve absolutely changed my thesis from the ground up. Well, yes, these things are possible. And yes, these thoughts can paralyze us. But that’s the real challenge behind finals: you have to do your best and forget the rest.

You will never, ever feel ready. Feeling completely ready, accounting for every possible outcome in life, is a total myth. Perfection isn’t real. Certainty is fantasy.

But you can feel ready enough and that is a beautiful thing. You will feel vulnerable but you will also feel daring. And great things happen in the space between dedicated preparation and diving into the abyss to take on the unpredictable.

Good luck, Wildcats.

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Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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2016 Falvey Scholars Awards: Honoring Outstanding Undergraduate Research at Villanova University

Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and the Honors Program proudly joined forces once again to co-sponsor the 14th annual Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Falvey Memorial Library. The Falvey Scholars Awards Program recognizes and celebrates the academic excellence of some of Villanova’s most exceptional undergraduate scholars. This year’s event honored five Falvey Scholars under each of the following categories: liberal arts, sciences, nursing, business and engineering.

The event began at 9:00 a.m. with gathering and light refreshments. Shortly thereafter, University Librarian Millicent Gaskell, Director of Falvey Memorial Library, opened up the program and invited University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, to formally welcome attendees. Gaskell, who acted as event emcee and award presenter throughout the program, then invited the faculty mentors and student award-winners up one-by-one to present projects.

Thomas Cox, Tara Malanga, Chloe DeEntremont, Molly Purnell, Meghan Barker; Catherine Stecyk, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research, Patrick Maggitti, University Provost, Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian

(Front row, from left to right) Thomas Cox, Tara Malanga, Chloe DeEntremont, Molly Purnell, Meghan Barker; (back row, from left to right) Catherine Stecyk, assistant director for Undergraduate Research, Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, University provost; Millicent Gaskell, director of Falvey Memorial Library and University librarian


Presentations by 2016 Falvey Scholars:

Tara Malanga, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Title: “Does Nitrogen Addition Irreversibly Alter Soil Microbial Community Composition and Function?”
Mentor: Adam Langley, PhD

Tara Malanga with Falvey Scholars certificate

Chloe DeEntremont, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Title: “Patriarchally Ever After?: Disney’s Perpetration of Male Dominance through Animals Sidekicks’ Interactions with Princesses and Princes”
Mentors: Sherry Bowen, PhD, and Heidi Rose, PhD

Chloe DeEntremont, award, Falvey Scholars 2016

 

Molly Purnell, College of Nursing

Title: “The Intergenerational Cycle of Obesity: Nursing Implications and Interventions
Mentor: Meredith MacKenzie, PhD

Molly Purnell, award, Falvey Scholars 2016

 

Meghan Barker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Title: “Bumptious Bodies: Analyzing Pregnant Space in Contemporary Artwork”
Mentors: Sherry Bowen, PhD; Maghan Keita, PhD; and Timothy McCall, PhD

Meghan Barker holding Falvey Scholars Certificate

 

Thomas Cox, Villanova School of Business/College of Engineering

Title: “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies”
Mentor: Stephen Andriole, PhD

Thomas Cox, award, Falvey Scholars 2016

After each individual presentation and Q&A session, Gaskell presented the scholars with a Falvey Scholar award.

At the conclusion of the event, University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS gave closing remarks. Personally addressing the scholars, he remarked, “The work and research that you do has the power to change lives.” Father Donohue went on to say that “This [academic excellence] is what Villanova University is all about. There is no doubt that these students will change the world.”

Fr. Peter Donohue, Falvey Scholars 2016, closing remarks

The Falvey Scholars program is one of the keynote events that is included in the Spring Undergraduate Research Exposition, or EXPO ‘16: a week-long series of programs that recognize the work that Villanova’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty accomplish throughout the year. Falvey is proud to help highlight the contributions of the Villanova community with its Falvey Scholars Program!

Fr. Peter Donohue, Falvey Scholars, 2016, awards, undergraduate research


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The Curious ‘Cat: What would be a fitting caption for this photo?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What would be a fitting caption for this photo?

(Photo #1—napping)

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Sarah Stiglianese—“how I feel about writing my papers for finals week”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scott Dahlke—“Tuesday”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo #2—headstand)

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Marjorie Ruiz (not pictured)—“Reading upside down is the newest trend.”

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Do Hwan Kim— “Efficiency is key.”

 

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Rebecca Lin—“Our professors told us we needed to see things from a different perspective.”

 

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Michael Lee—“thinking on top of your head”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo #3—collapsed shelves)

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How about you? Tell us, please, your own fitting caption for any of those three photos.


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The Highlighter: Too Many Students Don’t Know These Easy Strategies for Studying for Finals

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Uncommon yet practical tips from a professional study coach to help you achieve optimal results—interested? Nicole Subik of Villanova University’s Learning Support Services has prepared four quick-and-easy strategies.
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For additional study strategies or techniques for time management, test-taking, test anxiety and more, contact or walk into Learning Support Services on Falvey’s second floor.


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Win a Private Study Suite for Finals Week!

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Foto Friday: Falvey Scholars Day

  • Posted by: Laura Hutelmyer
  • Posted Date: April 22, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Join us this morning in room 205 to celebrate our Falvey Scholars!


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/22)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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2016 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony.
9:00 a.m. in Room 205.

This ceremony is one of the keynote events of EXPO ’16 week, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate research from across Villanova’s campus. At this event, award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.

Provost, Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, will open the event. The event will be emceed and awards will be presented by University Librarian Millicent Gaskell.

The following students will be presenting:

9:30 a.m. – Tara Malanga, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Does Nitrogen Addition Irreversibly Alter Soil Microbial Community Composition and Function?” Mentor: Adam Langley, PhD

10:00 a.m. Chloe DeEntremont,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Patriarchally Ever After?: Disney’s Perpetration of Male Dominance through Animals Sidekicks’ Interactions with Princesses and Princes” Mentors: Sherry Bowen, PhD, and Heidi Rose, PhD

10:30 a.m. – Molly Purnell, College of Nursing on “The Intergenerational Cycle of Obesity: Nursing Implications and Interventions” Mentor: Meredith MacKenzie, PhD

11:00 a.m. – Meghan Barker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Bumptious Bodies: Analyzing Pregnant Space in Contemporary Artwork” Mentors: Sherry Bowen, PhD; Maghan Keita, PhD; and Timothy McCall, PhD

11:30 a.m. – Thomas Cox, Villanova School of Business/College of Engineering on “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies” Mentor: Stephen Andriole, PhD

Presentations will be followed with a closing by University President the Rev. Father Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus.

For more information about Falvey Scholars:
http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/


#FalveyHaul

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Happening @ ‘Nova

Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium – Today!
The 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium takes place on Friday, April 22, in the Villanova Room. Undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of science and engineering are invited to present their research in poster form at the symposium. Questions? Contact Vikram.iyengar@villanova.edu.

Student-Led Passover Seder: Tonight!
The Student Board of Villanova Hillel will host a Seder with delicious, traditional, catered Passover-style food 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, in SAC 300. If you have questions, please contact Hillel Board representative George Russell or faculty adviser Dr. Winer. This event is sponsored by Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. Questions? Contact rebecca.winer@villanova.edu.

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies’ Senior Thesis Defense: 4/23
The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies proudly presents our Senior Thesis Defense Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Garey Hall cafe. Graduating students will showcase their mastery of interdisciplinary scholarship, in addition to their research skills, through a series of presentations on various disciplines. This event is open to the public. Please consider joining us! Questions? Contact Madeline.cauterucci@villanova.edu


Daffodil_DSC0031 resizedThis week in Villanova history.  From “Scope” in The Villanovan, Vol. 66, No. 20 (April 19, 1991), p. 13. “Have you noticed the changes on campus – the ones that happened close to the ground?  It takes about 500 hours a week to keep ‘Nova looking healthy and ‘green.’ ”  (Original photo was black and white.)

Bound volumes of  The Villanovan are housed in the University Archives.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today is Earth Day! In 1970, the very first Earth Day took place in the United States and was celebrated by 20 million Americans, predominantly on college campuses via environmental education and protests. Today, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day internationally [source]. A common practice on Earth Day is to plant trees, perhaps because of Earth Day’s proximity to Arbor Day. If you’d like to see what public events are happening near you, check out the interactive map on EarthDay.org. Visit our stacks to learn more about Earth Day and Environmentalism.

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“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.”
– Sen. John Hoeven


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‘Cat in the Stacks: Library to the Rescue!

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


Hear that? That’s the sound of finals tip-toeing around the corner, ready to pounce. Are you ready? Of course you are! You’re a Wildcat.

Since I thoroughly trust that you’re doing everything you can to be prepared academically, I’m going to remind you about self-care. I know, I know—you know that you should get sleep and should take breaks, but you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and you don’t think you’re going to have enough time to study and take care of yourself.

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But I know you also know that a lot of the studying and grinding you’re doing is all for naught if you can’t get your pesky brain to cooperate on game day.

No, you really don’t want to pull an all-nighter. As awful as it sounds, waking up early and studying or writing or just getting organized works way better than skipping sleep. If you do have to pull an all-nighter, at least fake it—pick a night before a “late start” kind of morning, and go to bed very, very late, but go to bed, even if it’s only for a few hours.

But no matter what, your waking hours are going to be a little out of step for the next couple weeks. That’s why Falvey has a 24-hour study space accessible via Wildcard.

You also have to eat right and move a little. A break to walk to Connelly or the cafeteria for a bite to eat won’t hurt you! It’ll probably help you. The fresh air and the noms will help cement in your brain all the things you studied before walking out of the door.

Now, if you are a little behind and need the library to rescue you, fear not. We judge no one within these halls! You can haul your books to the fourth floor and study in silence. You can scour our catalog and online databases for those last minute resources that’ll really tighten up your paper—those late-in-the-game finds are always the best! And when you’re really up the creek without a paddle, don’t forget about our librarian live chat.

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And if all else fails, listen to some music to pump yourself up!


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/21)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

CONCEPT Reception. 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 205. Join us as we celebrate the publication of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. Editors, authors and peer-reviewers involved in the project will be recognized for their contributions. Light refreshments will also be served! Questions? Contact: Lisa.Sewell@villanova.edu


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TOMORROW! 9:00 a.m. in Room 205.

Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation & Reception Ceremony. This ceremony is one of the keynote events of EXPO ’16 week, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate research from across Villanova’s campus. At this event, award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.

Provost, Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, will open the event. The event will be emceed and awards will be presented by University Librarian,Millicent Gaskell.

The following students will be presenting:

9:30 a.m. – Tara Malanga, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Does Nitrogen Addition Irreversibly Alter Soil Microbial Community Composition and Function?” Mentor: Dr. Adam Langley

10:00 a.m. Chloe DeEntremont,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Patriarchally Ever After?: Disney’s Perpetration of Male Dominance through Animals Sidekicks’ Interactions with Princesses and Princes” Mentors: Dr. Sherry Bowen and Dr. Heidi Rose

10:30 a.m. – Molly Purnell, College of Nursing on “The Intergenerational Cycle of Obesity: Nursing Implications and Interventions” Mentor: Dr. Meredith MacKenzie

11:00 a.m. – Meghan Barker, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on “Bumptious Bodies: Analyzing Pregnant Space in Contemporary Artwork” Mentors: Dr. Sherry Bowen, Dr. Maghan Keita  and Dr. Timothy McCall

11:30 a.m. – Thomas Cox, Villanova School of Business/College of Engineering on “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies” Mentor: Dr. Stephen Andriole

Presentations will be followed with a closing by the Rev. Fr. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, in which he will focus attention on the importance of both undergraduate and graduate research on campus.

For more information about Falvey Scholars:
http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/


Happening @ ‘Nova
Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium: 4/22
The 2016 Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 22, in the Villanova Room. Undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of science and engineering are invited to present their research in poster form at the symposium. Questions? Contact Vikram.iyengar@villanova.edu

Student-Led Passover Seder: 4/22
The Student Board of Villanova Hillel will host a Seder with delicious, traditional, catered Passover-style food 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 22, in SAC 300. If you have questions, please contact Hillel Board representative George Russell or faculty adviser Dr. Winer (rebecca.winer@villanova.edu). This event is sponsored by Hillel of Greater Philadelphia.

The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies’ Senior Thesis Defense: 4/23
The Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies proudly presents our Senior Thesis Defense Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in Garey Hall Cafe. Graduating students will showcase their mastery of interdisciplinary scholarship, in addition to their research skills, through a series of presentations on various disciplines. This event is open to the public. Please consider joining us! Questions? Contact Madeline.cauterucci@villanova.edu.


TWENTY DOLLARS

Did you hear the big news yesterday? Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. This calms rumors that Hamilton would be replaced on the $10 bill (as many fans of the huge new hit musical Hamilton are relieved to know).  The bills should be changed by 2020 — as there are currently 8.6 billion Jackson $20 bills in circulation.

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Image via Biography.com


QUOTE OF THE DAY

According to tradition, today is the date recognized as the day Rome was founded in 753 B.C.. The most popular foundation legend of Rome is the story of Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of the war god Mars, the former of whom founded Rome after slaying his brother. You can read The Foundation of Rome by Augusto Fraschetti online today via Falvey.

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“A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.”
– Benjamin Disraeli


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