You are exploring: VU > Library > Blogs > Falvey Memorial Library Blog

Remembering Lewis Becker and “Sing a Song: A Celebration of Traditional Music of Ireland and Elsewhere in Print”

Lewis Becker, LL.B.

Lewis Becker, LL.B.

Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Poster

Lewis Becker, LL.B., professor emeritus in the Villanova School of Law, passed away on June 12. Prof. Becker was an avid collector of traditional Irish and other music in print and a friend of Falvey Memorial Library. He generously shared part of his collection with Falvey for an exhibit, “Sing a Song:  A Celebration of Traditional Music of Ireland and Elsewhere in Print,” held March 13 through April 27, 2006. “Sing a Song” is now online in the new Archives Library exhibits page.

Becker began collecting after hearing a televised concert of the Clancy Brothers in the late 1950s and he amassed an impressive collection. On March 13, 2006, he hosted a preview of “Sing a Song:  A Celebration of Traditional Music of Ireland and Elsewhere in Print” and explained how he began collecting.

Well known folklorist Mick Moloney presented a talk on traditional Irish music at the official opening on March 16, 2006. A fiddler illustrated parts of Moloney’s lecture with music.

On April 6 another event occurred. Two musicians, Prof. David Caudill, the Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair at Villanova School of Law, and Richard H. Swain, director of library services at the Francis Harvey Green Library of West Chester University, played various musical instruments and sang.

Maureen McKew said, “The Becker exhibit illustrates high points in the history of the collection and transmission of traditional and popular music. … Of particular interest to Villanovans are a broadside and a songster containing songs which grew out of the virulently anti-Irish, nativist riots in Philadelphia which resulted in the burning of St. Augustine’s Church and the subsequent growth of Villanova College.” (Compass, Vol. II, Issue 3)

Sing a Song: A Celebration of Traditional Music of Ireland and Elsewhere in Print ” was organized by Special Collections librarians, Bente Polites (now retired) and Michael Foight (now Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator). Graphic designs were created by Bernadette Dierkes (now director of Creative Services) and Lorraine Gallagher-Williams/Lorraine McCorkle, graphic designer.

1 People Like This Post

All New for 2016! Recommended Summer Reading from Department of English Faculty

With longer summer days many of us are looking for good books to fill our cravings for leisure reading. The Villanova Department of English publishes a blog which provides information about events, people, internships, job opportunities and, each summer, a recommended reading list compiled by their faculty. The list provides faculty suggestions written in their own voices, with selections ranging from popular to classics to books just under the radar. You may be certain that time spent perusing this list will be well-spent – and if you are not careful, you just might learn something!

With permission graciously granted by Associate Professor and department chair, Evan Radcliffe, PhD, we are reprinting the current list, including links to Falvey’s catalog where available and a link to Interlibrary Lending (ILL) if the book is not in Falvey’s collection.


Recommended Summer 2016 Reading from English Faculty


Two books I plan to read this summer are Ali Eskandarian’s Golden Years (ILL) and Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom (ILL).  The title of Eskandarian’s book comes from David Bowie, and its subtitle is “An Iranian American Beat Novel”!  LaValle’s book revises H. P. Lovecraft and, as one review notes, provides “a metafictional commentary on Lovecraft’s own storytelling choices and racism.”

Golden Years book

Ballad of Black Tom



Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son.  A stunning evocation of mysterious North Korea as seen in the life of Pak Jun Do (who becomes Commander Ga) and his love for Sun Moon. Insightful writing and character development.
Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector (ILL) — a diverse collection of finely rendered short stories by the author of All the Light We Cannot See (ILL) (previously recommended):  from the African coast with an isolated blind shell collector who discovers a cure for a deadly disease to “The Hunter’s Wife,” who can communicate with spirits, to “The Caretaker” with a Liberian immigrant who buries whale hearts and saves a young woman from suicide.

Donna Leon ( ILL) for better-than-average beach reads. In 22 novels featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, she provides a tour of Venice and unconventional mysteries with no easy solutions. She has a fine ear for dialogue and is a gifted stylist: an abandoned building with “rusted stanchions holding flowerpots out of which trailed the desiccated memory sticks of flowers” and a crooked art dealer who speaks with “oleaginous civility” (from Drawing Conclusions, 2011).

Orphan Master's Son

shellcollector resize

All the Light resize

Drawing Conclusions resized



I’m going to recommend Marlon James’s sprawling Man Booker Prize winning A Brief History of Seven Killings (ILL), which is not particularly brief but is fantastic and well worth the read.  With the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976 as the center point of the narrative, James weaves together a novel which draws connections between the Kingston gang wars, the CIA’s attempt to destabilize Jamaica’s left-leaning government, and even the crack epidemic in inner-city America.  A powerful piece of writing that shines a spotlight on the U.S. government’s complicated and troubled relationship with the Caribbean.

Brief History of Seven Killings resize



I would like to recommend Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels (ILL), starting with the first one Never Mind (they do need to be read in order). The central drama that motivates these five autobiographical fictions is without question grim. The first in the series recounts the hero’s rape by his father at the age of 5. The later ones deal with his horrifically self-destructive drug habit as a teenager, his complicated relationship with his mother, and his struggles to free himself from the shadow of his abuse and raise children of his own. But summarizing the plot doesn’t really do justice to the incredible power of these novels, which are all very funny as well as bitter, angry, and gripping. St. Aubyn has said that when he started them he had decided that he was either going to write a novel or kill himself, and you can kind of sense the immense self-analytical effort and emotional control that has gone into every word. In fact, St. Aubyn is in my view one of the great contemporary stylists, and the elegant rhythms of his prose, the witty dialogue, and the satirical depiction of his decadent upper-class milieu make him the bad boy punk heir of the great English country-house realists from Jane Austen to Evelyn Waugh. Ian McEwan’s Atonement (ILL) wishes it was as good as these novels! Each one is a quick read, but you do have to read them all! My personal favourite is the fourth, Mother’s Milk.

St Aubyn resize

Atonement resize



Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters
If what you look for in summer reading is a narrative that pulls you relentlessly, this romp through Manila during the Marcos dictatorship will do just that. I love it for all the smart ways it tracks how its disparate characters—from the son of a prostitute to a movie star to military henchmen to the richest man in the Philippines—are connected by forces far beyond their control.

Patti Smith,  Just Kids
Smith’s memoir of her intense and intimate friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a hilarious, fast, heartbreaking, and outrageous affirmation of being alive while experiencing and creating art. For me, it’s a rare and precious document of someone who manages to take herself and her work incredibly seriously without ever becoming pompous or losing sight of joy.

Sigrid Undset,  Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy, translated by Tiina Nunnally
A 1200-page Norwegian novel written in the 1920s about a young woman growing up in 14th-century Norway doesn’t exactly sound like summer reading. But people from very different parts of my life keep pushing it on me and describing their reading experience in ecstatic terms, so the Nobel-prize winning Undset has moved to the top of my summer reading stack. Come fall, if you’ve also read her, please come find me so we can chat.

Dogeaters resize

Just kids resize

Kristin Lavransdatter resize



This summer, I’m going to recommend the book that has been an international sensation in the past year or two:  Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (ILL) (2011).  Unless you’re fluent in Italian, you’ll be reading this one in an excellent translation.  The novel tells the story of two girls’ intense friendship in post-War Naples.  It is the only novel I can recall reading that features a true female genius, and it is full of fascinating twists and turns.  If you like it, there are three sequels, with the series as a whole comprising 1700 pages.  If you happen to get through all of that while lazing poolside, I also recommend the 1993 feminist tour de force The Fifth Sacred Thing (ILL) by Starhawk.  She offers a utopian vision that will blow your mind.

Layout 1

Fifth Sacred Thing resize



Tove Jansson, The Summer Book (ILL)
By the author of the wonderful Moomin novels for children–also worth a read–Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book is about the day-to-day adventures of an elderly grandmother and a six-year-old girl summering on a remote island in the Gulf of Finland. Jannson captures the vivacity and spunk of both characters as they play, bicker, and day-dream against the rough beauty of sea and forest. Both funny and moving, this episodic set of stories is haunted by a loss that looms over the book but goes almost entirely unmentioned.

Summer Book resize



Find out why Millennials love the Bern!  I’ve just finished The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America (ILL) by Jonathan Tasini who spoke at Villanova a short time ago.  The book is an accessible and quick read for anyone who wants to learn about Bernie’s vision of a forward-looking, sustainable, and more just USA.  Drawing heavily on Bernie’s speeches, statements and interviews, Tasini’s book has been called “the most relevant book of 2016” (Barbara Ehrenreich).  Don’t miss it!

Bernie Sanders resize

I would recommend reading Colum McCann’s new collection of short stories, Thirteen Ways of Looking (ILL).  His lyricism really emerges in the short story, which is where I think he is at his best. The stories are beautiful vignettes from a range of characters, including a retired judge in the title story.  He struggled with that story for over a decade, and I’m glad to see it in print.  It has some Joycean echoes, but ultimately it is a literary murder mystery that plays on perspectives.  Also if you are into reading plays, I would suggest Scorch by the 2017 Heimbold Chair, Stacy Gregg.  It just won the Irish Times Best New Play award.

One that I plan to read before leaving Italy is Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Altre Parole, which she also published in English, as In Other Words (ILL).  She was fascinated by the possibilities of finding new expressions when she moved to Italy with her family, and so at age 47 she gave up writing in English and tried to write and speak only in Italian.  Her finding joy in what the NY Times called her “lexical displacement” is what attracts me the most to the book.

13 ways of looking resize

Scorch resize

In Other Words resize

I recommend The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking, 2014).  Using as her backdrop the wealthy Grimke family of abolitionist fame, Kidd explores the slave-holding world of Charleston, South Carolina, from the turn of the nineteenth century through its first three decades.  The novel is told through the juxtaposed voices of the thoughtful, brilliant but stuttering Sarah Grimke and her slave, Handful, the young girl who has been given to Sarah as her personal property.  Kidd beautifully interweaves their lives to reveal the struggles each faces to experience the freedoms they desire just beyond their reach.

Invention of wings resize



Kate O’Brien.  I love the quiet beauty of Kate O’Brien’s The Ante-Room (ILL) and The Land of Spices (ILL), and highly recommend her writing. As Eibhear Walshe says, O’Brien’s novels are “deceptively traditional in form but radical in content.”  Like many great Irish novels, some of O’Brien’s novels were even banned in Ireland. The Land of Spices, a novel set in an Irish convent, was banned for a single sentence!

David Treuer.  There is no better speaker than David Treuer: he’s funny, brutally smart, and incredibly charismatic.  I’ve heard him read from Rez Life (ILL) and Prudence (ILL) and listened to as many interviews with him as I can. But, I really recommend his writing: from personal essays about fencing and learning from Toni Morrison at Princeton to novels like The Hiawatha (ILL) and nonfiction like Rez Life, he writes with both clarity and force.

Ante-Room resized

Land of Spices resize


Rez Life resize

Prudence resized

The Hiawatha resized



Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

In Ben Fountain’s novel, Billy Lynn and the remaining soldiers of Bravo Company are honored for their heroism at a Dallas Cowboys football game.  From the national anthem to a halftime performance by Destiny’s Child, Billy Lynn struggles in relating his experiences on the battlefield to American spectacle and pageantry.  Fountain’s work is beautifully written and imaginative in confronting how American culture–not U.S. soldiers–frame the nation’s understanding of war.

Billy Lynn's Long resize



This summer I’m going back to Dostoevsky’s 19th century novel Crime and Punishment.  It’s a great novel, even in the translation by Constance Garnett, which was the version in which I first read it years ago.  That old and inaccurate translation has been superseded by newer ones; I’m going with the translation by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky.

Crime and Punishment resize



All the Light We Cannot See (ILL) by Anthony Doerr would be a perfect summer book. It’s easy to read, has an interesting structure, and is filled with suspense.

All the Light resize



Evie Wyld, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (ILL).  Not even my kind of book – not just one, but TWO depressed boozy male protagonists – but so vivid and beautiful, in both its people and its Australian flora/fauna, that I loved it all the same.

After the Fire resize



And if nothing in this year’s list interests you, there are recommendations from 2015 and 2014 to provide more choices. Happy summer reading – find a cool spot and enjoy!

2015 LIST

2014 LIST







Some "Light" Summer Reading – Not. A Baker’s Dozen Plus of Longest Novels

What better way to spend summer’s longest day (June 20 this year) than with a really long book? Since it is summer reading, let’s look at fiction (written in English).

How do you find a really long book? You could peruse the shelves at a library or a book store. Or you could let your fingers do the walking—go online and search. That search brings up interesting choices: whose list do you believe—Wikipedia’s, Amazon’s, Mental Floss’s, ListVerse’s or someone else’s? They share some selections, but not others. How are the book lengths determined—by the number of pages, characters or  words? All three are used, but counting the number of words seems to be the most accurate.

Pop Dot Comics (1)

Tomm gives Ke$ha a run for her money

The longest novel written in English is The Blah Story (2007-2008), a twenty-three volume work by Nigel Tomm, which contains 11,338,105 words in 17,868 pages. Merriam Webster defines novel as “an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events.” Elements of fiction include character, plot and theme. Broadly defined, The Blah Story includes these elements, but Tomm’s work isn’t something that most of us would choose to read for pleasure. “Overwhelmingly creative, Nigel Tomm demolishes the barrier of words and meaning, giving vitality and expressive strength to the pattern of his most exclusive novel—The Blah Story. It is a new way of conceiving text that frees the imagination, allowing you to personalize each and every word by your own creativity.” This is the description provided by Amazon.com (emphasis added by this writer—nice sales pitch, Amazon!) for the first volume of the novel and, although there are now twenty-three volumes, The Blah Story is considered a single novel. Creative Tomm may be, but do you really want to read even the first volume’s seven hundred twenty eight pages, in which the bulk of the text consists of the word “blah” interspersed with nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs, leaving it up to the reader to substitute words for the “blahs” in order to create logical sentences?

Pop Dot Comics-1

We hope Marcel won’t mind.

Let’s look at somewhat more traditional long novels and, for this blog, consider only works originally written in English. Very long books written in another language and then translated into English, such as Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (approximately three million words), Thomas Mann’s Joseph and His Brothers (no word count given on Amazon’s list) and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (560,391words), therefore, aren’t on my list but are mentioned here just in case one of these huge books appeals to you.

Marienbad My Love, “the world’s longest ‘open source’ novel” can be downloaded as the original 2008 edition. A later edition is available in print and for a Kindle. Marienbad My Love by Mark Leach consists of seventeen volumes and 17.8 million words. This book appeared on only one list.


Mission: Impossible to read in one sitting

Not quite as long, L. Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth (1985-1987) has only ten volumes containing 1.2 million words. Sometimes seen as a series of novels, Hubbard intended Mission Earthto be a single novel, published in ten volumes.”

A Dance to the Music of Time (1951-1975) by Anthony Powell follows Mission Earth with fewer than one million words in twelve volumes. It is “sometimes regarded as a novel sequence” which begs the question: is Dance a single novel, as Hubbard’s Mission Earth claims to be?

Pop Dot Comics copy

Richardson ponders his next chapter

Traditional in format and first published in 1794 , Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson, is merely 984,870 words in one thick volume.

Poor Fellow My Country (1980) by the Australian author Xavier Herbert is another lengthy work—852,000 words! Slightly less wordy is Women and Men (1987) by Joseph McElroy at 850,000 or 700,000 words (both are estimates). If you want to sample McElroy’s work in a shorter format, Falvey owns his Lookout Cartridge (531 pages, no word count available).

A close contender to Women and Men in number of words is Madison Cooper’s Sironia, Texas (1952) with 840,000 words. Miss MacIntosh, My Darling (1965) by Marguerite Young has either 750,000 or 576,000 words – that’s quite a variation, but I’m not planning on counting the words myself to verify either total!

Varney: still in print, still dreadful

Varney the Vampire, originally published as a series of “penny dreadfuls” from 1845 to 1847 and then as a book in 1847 has 667,000 words. The author is either James Malcolm Rymer or Thomas Preskett Prest. Varney is still in print although not in Falvey’s collections. (Ed. note: We noticed that Varney is currently being offered free for Kindle devices at this link. Read at your own risk!).

With only some 22,000 fewer words, Atlas Shrugged (1957) by Ayn Rand is almost as long as Varney the Vampire although Atlas Shrugged was first published just over one hundred years later.

Published in 1994, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth has only 593,674 words—a veritable light weight book! David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (2006) comes in at either 543,709 (Wikipedia) or 484,001 (Amazon) words—that’s quite a difference in the word count! Remembrance Rock (1948), written by Carl Sandberg follows with 532,000 words. And James Clavell’s Jai-Jin, not on all lists, is even shorter at 487,700 words—who counted these?

Sorry to have bursted your bubble, Leo

Sorry to have burst your bubble, Leo

How do these novels compare in size with such well known ones such as War and Peace (1869) written by Leo Tolstoy in Russian and later translated into English? War and Peace contains about 560,000 words; that puts it near the bottom of this list. And where does Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind (1936) rank? At over 400,000 words, it is at the bottom of this list.

If nothing on this list appeals to you, there is always “The New York Times” list of best sellers. Books are divided into categories such as print (hardcover and paperback), e-book, fiction, non-fiction and more. They are ranked by popularity—if you are looking for a super long book, you are on your own.

imagesArticle by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. Graphics by Joanne Quinn. 


Foto Friday: “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”

6th extinction resize

“The Sixth Extinction:  An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert is this academic year’s Villanova One Book selection. “The Sixth Extinction” is one of the New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, a national book critic’s circle award finalist and a Pulitizer Prize winner.

All incoming freshmen students will receive a copy in their mail. Others can purchase copies for $8.00 each. Books can be ordered through Villanovatix.com and picked up in Falvey Memorial Library. Please print out your order confirmation and bring it to Falvey to pick up your book. You can also pay cash and pick up your book at Falvey’s circulation desk.

One Book Villanova is selected by a committee comprised of faculty, staff and students who select the book from a list of nominated books. One Book Villanova is a community reading program; students, faculty and staff participate. Local book clubs have also joined in.

The exhibit was created by Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communication and Service Promotion team leader.

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Service Promotion team member.


The Curious ‘Cat: What brings you to the Library on this beautiful summer day? Do you have a favorite place to study?

Curious 'Cat - image

Jonathan Fabriziani resizeJonathan Fabriziani:  To study for the  OAT [Optometry Admission Test], organic chemistry. … All over, this is one of my favorites [second floor lounge].








Kristian Richardson:  To print out pictures for my bulletin board.  … Speakers’ Corner – the chairs are very comfortable.

Luke LaBarge resizeLuke LaBarge:  Homework. … Usually third floor. Today I didn’t feel like going upstairs.








Caitlin Beggs resizeCaitlin Beggs:  I’m a PhD nursing student in the middle of a summer intensive and working on papers. … Speakers’ Corner.









Serah Nthenge resizeSerah Nthenge:  It’s nice, it’s quiet, I can concentrate.









Chase Young resizeChase Young:  I’m doing my calculus homework; that’s why I’m here.










Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and  Service Promotion team.


Farewell, Bill Greene: Retirement Party Photos!

Cheers to 42 Years resize 2

Falvey recently said goodbye to William L. (Bill) Greene who spent 42 years here as a full time employee, most recently as an Access Services specialist, plus several years as a student worker and a part time employee. The Library honored Greene at a farewell luncheon in the Holy Grounds café on May 25. Falvey librarians and staff as well as retirees and former employees attended. Below are some of the photographs from the party as well as others from Greene’s activities over the years.

Bill's cake resize

Luisa Cywinski and Bill Greene with Mick Jagger

Luisa Cywinski, Access Services team leader, and Bill Greene with Mick Jagger


Bill opens a gift

Bill opens a gift


Guests enjoying the party

Guests enjoying the party


Bill with his commemorative book cart

Bill with his commemorative book cart

And below are some photographs of Bill’s activities in the past.

Jutta Seibert with Bill at a student workers appreciation party

Jutta Seibert, Academic Integration team leader, with Bill at a student workers appreciation party


Bill crooning to Jackie Mirabile

Bill crooning to librarian, Jackie Mirabile, at her retirement party


Decorating the Falvey tree

Decorating the Falvey tree


Big Planz Man in 2011

Big Planz Man in 2011

book truck placque 500






Foto Friday: The future’s not ours to see…


…but the past is, in the library’s fascinating collection of Belle Air yearbooks!


Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother
What will I be
Will I be handsome
Will I be rich
I tell them tenderly

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be
Que Sera, Sera

Doris Day’s familiar strains were all the rage back in the summer of ’56. The song, Que Sera, Sera, hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The library issues a warm welcome and invitation to all alumni to come visit us this weekend! We’re open from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and have a great lineup of speakers to inform and entertain you! We also want to doff an extra tip of our hat to Villanova’s Class of 1956, who (along with ’61,’66, ’71,’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06 and ’11) are back on campus this weekend for an incredible milestone – their 60th reunion! Welcome back!


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

2016-06-03 18.40.29
  • 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


2016-06-03 18.40.29

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.


The Community Bibliography – A Falvey Memorial Library Project

Community Bibliography

The Community Bibliography is “[a] celebration of Villanova University community authors and scholars past, present and future.” It is “an open repository of the entire published output of the Villanova University community.” The goal is to digitally preserve “our proud scholarly heritage, from our community’s historical publications of the 19th century to the cutting edge research of today.” Community is defined as any individual (faculty, staff, student, alumnus, Augustinian, administrator) affiliated with Villanova University.

This Bibliography may be of interest to Villanova alumni returning for Reunion 2016 (Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12). The Community Bibliography hosts citations for alumni authors from the Class of 1920 through the Class of 2015. Here is an opportunity to check out what your classmates have accomplished.

The Community Bibliography evolved from discussions among Library Director (at the time) Joe Lucia; Darren Poley, Theology/Outreach librarian; Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator;  and Andrew Nagy, a former Falvey technical developer. Poley explains, “The idea was to use the citation management software Andrew developed for the Finding Augustine project to manage a comprehensive list of published artifacts by anyone affiliated with Villanova since the inception of the University. Michael and I agreed that his team would manage the image management associated with creating an institutional repository, while my Outreach team would oversee the development and maintain a bibliography that would be fully searchable on the Web and that [we] would not need to worry about copyright issues since it would only be supplying the citations.”

A data entry pilot project began in January 2007 and that was a pivotal year for the Community Bibliography. In May the project officially came under the supervision of the Outreach team and, three months later, the project gained momentum with increased multi-faceted data gathering. Later that year Falvey personnel began talking to people outside of Falvey about inter-operability. In November a content review produced procedural and system refinements.

The Community Bibliography was unveiled to the University’s academic leaders at a March 1, 2008, gala dinner in Falvey. There, Poley said, “Our Community Bibliography specifically allows for all works, popular and scholarly, to be documented, but why bother? This information is already gathered both formally and informally. Professors keep track of works for Curriculum Vitae, offices and departments monitor faculty and staff publications. But how does one know altogether what Villanova as a community has published? The problem is that there is no one place where information on all of these works is available … Our Community Bibliography becomes the device for allowing ourselves and others to see in a measurable way what our community has produced.”

A February 2008 newsletter article, “The ‘institutional repository’ rethought:  Community Bibliography debuts,” not only explains the significance of the project, but also tells how it relates to the Faculty Fulltext project created by the Digital Library.

Stephen Spatz, assistant Outreach and Research Support librarian, does most of the day-by-day work on the Bibliography. He gathers and uploads citations of works by Villanova University community members; he searches mostly Falvey’s database collection, but also occasionally locates materials in faculty and departmental webpages and “even in a few cases, typewritten bibliographies, both published and unpublished.” He says, “There are currently about 12,000 citations in the database, most of which cover the most recent scholarly output of the VU community, but about 5% predate 1980 and, even in some cases, stretch back into the 19th century.” Spatz also maintains the Digital Library’s Faculty Fulltext database “which aims to parallel the citation-only content of the Community Bibliography with full-text versions of the most recent scholarly output of VU faculty.” Spatz also supervises students who do some of the data entry.

The two projects, Community Bibliography and Faculty Fulltext, developed from an academic movement to counter the commercialization of intellectual property, making information freely available as a means of sharing and promoting scholarship. Falvey’s early creation of these two projects puts it on the cutting edge of new ways of using technology to share scholarly information.

Community Bibliography submission form

For more information contact communitybibliography@villanova.edu


Darren Poley, Stephen Spatz and Michael Foight generously contributed information for this article.


« Previous PageNext Page »


Last Modified: June 6, 2016