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Librarians Welcome International Graduate Students

Librarians Jutta Seibert and Alfred Fry welcomed Villanova University’s international graduate students at an orientation on Friday, August 19. The session is part of the events planned by the Office of International Student Services each fall. Approximately fifty new students attended; students come from all over the world, but this year’s majority is from Asia. Most of these students are pursuing degrees in engineering and sciences. Seibert and Fry introduced the students to the Library’s various resources and services.

Seibert is coordinator for Academic Integration and subject librarian for History, Art History, Irish Studies, Sociology and Criminology. Fry is the subject librarian for Engineering, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computing Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.

For research help or appointments, students should call 610-519-4270 or text at 610-816-6222 or, if they know which librarian they wish to contact, they can go to the Staff Directory for the individual’s contact information. The Library’s help page contains a wealth of useful information: how to find a book in the library, how to find articles, citing and evaluating research, Interlibrary Loan services, and much more. Students may also visit librarians in their offices without making appointments – our librarians love to help!

Librarians Alfred Fry and Jutta Seibert introducing international graduate students to Falvey's resources

Librarians Alfred Fry and Jutta Seibert introducing international graduate students to Falvey’s resources


Jutta Seibert presenting Library resources

Jutta Seibert presenting Library resources


Photographs by Regina Duffy, Communication and Marketing Dept.


Foto Friday: Ignite Change

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“Ignite Change” banners depict those awarded Mendel Medals or honorary degrees.

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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‘Caturday: An Orwellian Playlist – and Access to Lighter Ones, Too


ShowTwo questions, reader! Did you know that English author and futurist George Orwell was born on this day in 1903? Might be an interesting time to pull his dystopian novel 1984 off the shelf and mull over its anti-totalitarian views in light of this week’s #Brexit/#Regrexit referendum. What would George say, indeed!

Second question – did you know that the Library has a Spotify account? Spotify, as you may be aware, is an online music service that allows you to play titles on demand from a library of over 30 million songs. (As fans of libraries, this fact makes us drool!) They have free ad-supported and paid levels – and have infamously been in the news for having artists like Taylor Swift and Adele pull their work, largely due to this free access.

The good news is that access remains for Falvey’s Spotify account which features all ten of Kallie & Michelle’s Infinite Playlists! If you’re a regular reader of Library News, then you’re familiar with one of our most popular features – awesome playlists custom-made to get you through the academic year, created by graduate assistants, Michelle Callaghan and Kallie Stahl. Remind yourself to them a listen next time you need ‘Music to Research By” or a sentimental soundtrack for a roadtrip home! How to find us? Open your Spotify account and search ‘falveylibrary.’

george-orwell-300x220And special for today, you’ll find a darker, literally Orwellian playlist – inspired by renowned works of the author, 1984 and Animal Farm in particular. Bookended by cuts from Pink Floyd’s 1970s social critique Animals, the playlist ranges from punk to reggae to country, to a #nofilter vintage rousing chorus by Pete Seeger about the Spanish Civil War (which Orwell fought in and wrote about in Homage to Catalonia). Let us know in the comments if we left any good ones out! All in all, it makes for doubleplusgood and provocative listening for your Saturday!


From Peace to Politics to the Latest Innovations at Villanova, Enjoy a Fascinating Array of Speakers at #NovaReunion16 Events in Falvey


Reunion Events at the Library!

Falvey Memorial Library is proud to welcome former Wildcats and their families back home to Villanova for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016The Alumni Association has organized a wonderful lineup of events from Thursday, June 9, to Sunday, June 12th, to help alumni remember why they love Villanova so much. Events range from receptions and picnics to workshops and panels. In fact, Falvey will be hosting several of these events on Friday, June 10th, and Saturday, June 11th, as part of the wider campus schedule of activities. See below for a full list of events that are taking place at Falvey Memorial Library this weekend.

If you just want to visit the library for old time’s sake, we will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. By the way, did you go to school here back when we kept books on the second floor? :-)

Friday, June 10th

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  • Villanova Authors’ Panel Discussion
    • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Three former Villanova alumni authors will discuss the creation of their published or performed works.
  • Creating the Business Model for the Parish of the 21st Century  
    • 2-3 p.m., Room 207, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Charles Zech, PhD, Director, Center for Church Management and Business Ethics, and Professor, Economics, will present this talk.
  • Teaching and Researching in Virtual Worlds at Villanova’s CAVE
  • 2-3 p.m., CAVE, 2nd Floor of Falvey Hall
    • Frank Klassner, PhD, Professor of Computing Sciences, Director of the Center of Excellence in Enterprise, will present this talk on the CAVE, a virtual reality facility housed in Falvey.
  • Making Sense of the 2016 Election
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present this talk.
  • Film Presentation – Room for Peace 
  • 2-3 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Stephen McWilliams, PhD, Director of International Studies/Human Services and Liaison for Students with Physical Disabilities will present “Room for Peace,” the latest film from the Villanova Social Justice Film Program.
  • The Future of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship at Villanova
  • 2-3 p.m., Idea Accelerator, Lower Level of Falvey Memorial Library
    • Il Luscri, Executive Director, Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute, will present this talk about the new Idea Accelerator in Falvey.
  • Teaching and Researching in Virtual Worlds at Villanova’s CAVE
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m., CAVE, 2nd Floor of Falvey Hall
    • See the description above.
  • An Augustine App-Book: Reading the Confessions in the 21st Century
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Father Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, Director, The Augustinian Institute; Kaley M. Carpenter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Augustine & Culture Seminar Program; and Lisa Kemble, Assistant Director, Application Development, UNIT, invite you to discover how St. Augustine meets 21st century students  in a fully loaded “App-Book.”
  • Estate Planning
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m., Room 207,  Falvey Memorial Library
    • Ryan M. Bornstein, Partner, Harvey Ballard & Bornstein, LLC, Professor, Charles Widger School of Law will present a talk.
  • Taking Advantage of Villanova’s New Classification and U.S. News Ranking
  • 3:15-4:15 p.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Ann Diebold, Vice President, University Communication, will discuss how University Communication is amplifying Villanova’s national reputation and how you as alumni can help share this message.

Saturday, June 11

  • Design Concepts for Lancaster Avenue
  • 10– 11 a.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
    • Chris Kovolski ’96, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations and External Affairs will present an overview of the $225 million project currently underway.
  • Inclusion and Diversity Task Force Update
  • 11 a.m. – noon, Idea Accelerator, Lower Level of Falvey Memorial Library
    • Learn about the work of the VUAA Inclusion and Diversity Task Force. Please RSVP to Dana Jacob.

Please be sure to check the Alumni Association’s webpage for information about registration, hospitality needs, answers to frequently asked questions and updates to the Reunion ’16 schedule. You are also invited to call the Alumni Office at 1-800-VILLANOVA (1-800-845-5266) or email alumni@villanova.edu with questions as well.

Don’t miss this opportunity to reminisce about your college days, meet up with old friends and learn what Villanova is up to these days. Remember, you are always welcome home!


Meet this year’s Alumni Authors


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Falvey Memorial Library is thrilled to be hosting the second annual Alumni Authors’ Panel. The event will be held this Friday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Speakers’ Corner. At the Friday event you will hear three Villanova graduates from different class years and colleges. Each will discuss the process of writing, publishing and marketing their book. This year’s panelists include Fr. Paul Morrisey ’61 COE, Jim Dudley ’08 CLAS, ’15 VLS, and Tom Swick ’74 CLAS. We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Alumni Association.

Fr Paul MorrisseycrFr. Paul F. Morrissey, OSA, D. Min., graduated from Villanova University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He has been an ordained Roman Catholic priest for 49 years. Fr. Morrissey is a pastoral counselor, has served as a chaplain in the Philadelphia prison system since 2006, and is founder and director of Adeodatus Prison Ministry. Fr. Paul is the author of Let Someone Hold You: the Journey of a Hospice Priest, published in 1994, which won the Catholic Press Award and the Christopher Award.

His most recent work, The Black Wall of Silence, published in 2015, is a novel about the cover-up of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. It is Fr. Paul’s sincere hope that this book will foster a healing and hope in the Catholic Church. Born in Upper Darby, he is one of fourteen (!) children and a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School.

Tom swick pictureTom Swick  graduated from Villanova University in 1974 with a B.A. in English. Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for nearly two decades. He is the author of a travel memoir, Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland, a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler and the recently published The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them.

His work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Oxford American, The North American Review, The Missouri Review, The Wilson Quarterly, Ploughshares, Boulevard, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler and The Best American Travel Writing 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014. He has lived and worked in England, France, Greece, and Poland, and he speaks French and Polish.

Jim DudleyJames Dudley earned a B.A. from Villanova University in 2008 with a double major in History and Political Science.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer and then returned to Villanova, earning a J.D. from the School of Law in 2015.  His first novel, The Clown Prince of Paris, was published in 2016.

We hope to see lots of past, present and future Wildcats at #NovaReunion16!

Display photo by Kallie Stahl.


Foto Friday: Alumni Authors’ Arriving Soon!


Campus may be a tad sleepy now, but it’s just one week until Reunion Weekend, when the mantra Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat never rings truer.

Each year, the Alumni Association welcomes back Villanovans with an amazing weekend of events and activities to “commemorate your time as a Wildcat and to celebrate the future of the University.” Click here for Reunion 2016’s schedule.

Library News will also be a good source of information for #NovaReunion16 activities here at the library. Check back throughout the week as we spotlight our Community Bibliography, FAQs about accessing vintage Belle Airs and Villanovans, and Reunion events taking place at Falvey. For today’s Foto Friday, we’re happy to share the photo above of our new display promoting the Alumni Authors’ Panel Event, which will take place Friday at 10:30 am  in Speakers’ Corner.


Thanks to Kallie Stahl, Communication Services student employee, for her work on designing and mounting this year’s display. Photo by Kallie, too!

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Sarah Wingo and Kallie Stahl in the Classroom

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Sarah Wingo, Humanities II team leader and subject librarian for English, literature and theatre, taught an eight week honors course last semester. Her course, “Superheroes as Modern Mythology,” looked at comic books and their heroes as modern mythology. Wingo focused on the DC and Marvel comic books and movie franchises and also explored fan culture, history and other topics related to comic books.

When asked how a librarian with her background in Shakespeare and other early modern English playwrights became interested in pop culture comic book superheroes, Wingo answered, “[O]ne of the things that always fascinated me about Shakespeare … is that during his time Shakespeare wasn’t seen as the highbrow cultural icon that he is today. Shakespeare’s plays were a form of popular entertainment. … I’m interested in popular culture and popular entertainment, whether it be in Elizabethan England or 2015. I’m interested in what it says about us as a society and how we engage with it as a society.

Wingo went on to explain that she had watched the Batman, Spiderman and X-Men series in the 1980s and ‘90s and more recently her partner, who is interested in comic books and related media, has stimulated her interest in comic books and superheroes. She said, “It is easy to dismiss comic books and superheroes as childish, but just like Shakespeare they are responding to their times and dealing with cultural and societal themes that are important to the society in which they are created.”

As a finale to the course, Wingo invited Kallie Stahl, a graduate assistant to Falvey’s Scholarly Outreach team, to give a presentation on her current research on fandom. Fandom, according to Stahl and the “Urban Dictionary,” consists of a “community that surrounds a TV show/movie/book, etc.” The community may include message boards, online groups and other forms of communication.

Stahl is a second year graduate student, working on a master’s degree in communication. Her interests are popular culture, new media and cultural studies. Her research on fandom focuses on “Castle,” a popular television program.

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