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A Golden Anniversary: Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, Celebrates 50 Years as an Augustinian Priest

Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary as an Augustinian priest. He was ordained in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, located on campus, Jan. 30, 1965, by Bishop Gerald V. McDevitt, DD, JCD, VG.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Father Gallagher was raised in Rosemont, Pa., where he attended St. Thomas of Villanova elementary school and attended West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. In 1955, he entered the Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, to begin his studies for the priesthood. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1960 and also received a Master of Science degree in Library Science (MSLS) from Villanova University in 1965. He earned his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., in 1965. In 1975 Father Gallagher received his PhD in Administration (Higher Education) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and he has completed additional studies at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.

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Father Gallagher was assigned to Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Mass., from 1965 through 1969, where he was teacher, librarian and director of Reading Services. He was then assigned to Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Pa., where he served as a teacher, librarian and also served as residence hall minister in Tolentine Hall until 1972.

In 1975 he became a professor in Villanova’s Graduate School of Library Science and also served as a residence hall minister in Stanford Hall and in McGuire Hall from 1975 through 1997.

Father Gallagher is the first full-time University Archivist. At the time of his appointment in 1985, he was quite familiar with the University, its history and personnel. University President, The Rev. John M. Driscoll, OSA, PhD, decided that it was important to have a full-time university archivist, someone who could help prepare materials for the upcoming University Sesquicentennial, and Father Gallagher was the logical choice. (Villanova Magazine, Vol II, No. 1, October, 1995, p.13.) Father Gallagher designed a historical exhibit for Villanova’s sesquicentennial.

In 1989, Father Gallagher developed the “Handbook for the Collection and Preservation of University Records.” In 2012 Father Gallagher collaborated with University Legal Counsel in the development of the policy and guide, namely “Villanova University: Retention and Management of University Records,” approved by the University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, and the President’s Cabinet in 2013. This is a comprehensive policy and guide with information for all offices and departments, including what University records should be transferred to the University Archives and those records that are no longer useful. For more information about the University Archives see http://www.villanova.edu/library/archives/. Father Gallagher says, “In effect, the University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University.” And in the 1995 Villanova Magazine article he said “obtaining material is an uphill battle.” Even with the existence of this University policy Father Gallagher hopes that more records will be transferred to the University Archives.

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When asked what is the oldest object in the University Archives, he says it is “the 1793 survey of the property that later became known as Belle Air.” This document is framed and hangs on the wall in the research and exhibit area of the University Archives. Mark Thompson of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC, Philadelphia, acquired the document from the original family. Thompson donated the survey document to Father Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, who presented it to the University Archives.

An interesting artifact, currently on exhibit in the University Archives, the original lock and key from Belle Air, the Rudolph mansion which stood where St. Rita’s is now. Belle Air was where Villanova’s first students and Augustinians lived and studied. The lock and key are all that remain of the mansion which was destroyed in a 1912 fire. Some of the earliest student “jug books” listing student infractions from the 1850s are also housed in the University Archives.

Records, artifacts, photographs, negatives, slides, various memorabilia and much more are all housed in the University Archives, which are now located on the ground floor of Falvey in a suite between University Communications Creative Services and Viewing Room 3. The University Archives moved from the fourth floor to the newly renovated ground floor space during the summer.

In addition to his full time position as University Archivist, Father Gallagher created the sesquicentennial exhibit in 1992 and co-authored with David R Contosta the exhibition catalog, Villanova: College to University: 150 Years of Augustinian Tradition and Promise, 1842 – 1992. He is also co-author of Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University, 1842 – 1992, a pictorial history of Villanova University. Father Gallagher was the research and editorial assistant for Villanova University: American–Catholic–Augustinian.

Since 1989 Father Gallagher has been the weekend assistant at St. Catherine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. He is the spiritual director of the Third Order of Mount Carmel in Spring Lake. Earlier he assisted in other parishes in the Diocese of Trenton, such as Incarnation, Ewing, and St. Alphonsus, Hopewell and from 1975 to 1986 he assisted at the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in Rosemont. Father Gallagher is a member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd degree). For his service to community, in 1984 he was inducted into the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor.

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Father Gallagher, despite his schedule as the University Archivist and parish ministry at St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. on the weekend is also a world traveler. In Italy he has visited Rome (of course), Assisi, Florence, Milan, Pavia, and Venice. He has also visited Ireland, home of his ancestors, many times. He has visited Bermuda, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, England, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, North Africa, Russia and Spain. He has followed in the footsteps of St. Paul the Apostle. He also visited Alaska, Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies.

He is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists (DVAG), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARAC), the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) – Archives and Special Collections Interest Group.

Father Gallagher often says, “Life is a journey – ever ancient, ever new.” And he intends to continue this journey for many more years. He has no plans to retire; he would enjoy celebrating the University’s next major anniversary, its 175th.


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

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Foto Friday: A Life of Dedication

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Congratulations to The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, who celebrates his 50th anniversary today.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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HAPPY GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TO REV. DENNIS J. GALLAGHER, OSA, PHD!

FATHER GALLAGHERWe want to send the warmest of congratulations to our own Father Gallagher, who is celebrating his fiftieth year as an Augustinian today! Later today, the blog will feature an overview of his impressive career and credentials written by Communication & Service Promotion team writer, Alice Bampton, who also spends part of her week as Father’s archival assistant.


TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting to new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


STARTING MONDAY AT THE FRONT DESK:
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If you’re anything like us, you’re greatly anticipating the arrival of those new Red Velvet Oreos in the stores in time for Valentine’s Day…and ugh, midterms!!   Stop by the front desk between Monday, Feb 2 and Thursday, Feb 12 and visit the big red ballot box (beautifully decorated by our own Outreach student worker, Katherine Spenzos!) and let us know the title of a book you love! We’ll pull out five or so lucky ballots to share some packages of Oreos with! Winners will be notified via email on Friday, Feb. 13.


THIS APP LOOKS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Has anyone ever tried to use the eHighlighter app? We’ve always liked that feature on the Kindle that extracted highlighted text from ebooks into one document, but it looks like you can use this with “real” highlighters and “real” textbooks. “Real-ly!” :-)


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Does your Villanova department, team, committee, group or club have social media accounts? Let us know so we can follow you and share your news! (socialmedia@villanova.edu)


GOT ANYTHING ‘SUPER’ PLANNED FOR THE WEEKEND?

You could curl up with a great book set in the Pacific Northwest. Or, maybe one set in the wilds of New England. Just a suggestion if there’s nothing else going on. ;-)


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville


NOW GO TO IT… AND LAUGH!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: The Dreaded Group Work

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-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.


Disclaimer: I don’t claim any authority on advice-giving, that is for absolute sure. So I’m not going to make a list of dos and don’ts or anything, but I certainly think this is a topic worth exploring, since it’s a skill I’d hazard to guess everyone struggles with from cradle to grave—and I’m one of them. So if you’ll stick with me, I’m going to spitball a bit.

How do we work effectively with other people?

And by “effectively,” I don’t mean how to be nice to people and how to split a workload, although that is certainly a part of how to work in a group. But more importantly, I want to consider how we can rethink our collaborative selves to really, really come up with something new and innovative and truly produce a great group project. How can we turn collaboration from an office or classroom buzzword into an actually useful experience? How can we collaborate in a way that isn’t just a more time-consuming process resulting in the same results as individual effort, but instead produces wildly new ideas—and helps us grow as people in the meantime?

simply-minimal-infographic-template-design-vector_fkrRHxvuFirst off, I just used the phrase “collaborative selves” without really knowing what that means, and maybe figuring that out is the first thing to do. Perhaps this collaborative version of your intellectual self has all of your ideas, skills, and worldviews, but instead of erupting with actionable thoughts, this self prefers to simmer. Let’s call this collaborative self Sam.

Sam has nothing to prove. Sam has no explosive desire to speak before listening. When Sam enters situations of collaboration, Sam has a modular list of ideas but is married to none of them. Sam, instead of listening for a moment to shoehorn a preconceived direction for the conversation, is listening and actually digesting another person’s thoughts. More than likely, this listening will result in a shiny, new and relevant idea that never would have existed before the collaboration.

Leaving control on the doorstep can be a sort of wobbly, untethered experience at times, but other people really do have great ideas. I had a fantastic collaborative experience in a class the other day with a student I’d hitherto never met. The close reading assignment was impromptu. We’d made a silent but apparently simultaneous agreement to step into the analysis of the text calmly and methodically, and since neither of us were eager to hear our own voices, we read, chatted, read some more, chatted some more, and eventually came up with a really strong response to the text that neither of us had considered on our own.

Apart from this nebulous and kooky idea of a separate collaborative self, a few concrete ideas can improve collaboration: try not to divide tasks, like splitting up paragraphs of a reading to explain to each other—that’s pretty much just recreating individual work. Silence, no matter how scary, doesn’t need to be filled (I’m terrible at this). Slow down and open your ears, and maybe open your heart, too. Collaboration is as much about a final product as it is about working with other human brains, and how cool is it that we can connect with other people’s brains?


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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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


CAVE Information Session(s). For faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Wednesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu


Charlie Hebdo Où est Charlie? A conversation about the recent events in Paris, for the entire university community. 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. ACS Approved. Questions? Contact: joyce.harden@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


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These puppies are hopefully hitting the stores soon! Enter the name of a book you lurve at the front desk beginning Monday, Feb 2 to win one of five boxes we’ll be giving away on Valentines Day!!


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Were you a part of the National Library Shelfie Day photography? Visit our Facebook to check out a few participants, and like us to keep up to date on everything happening in the library, across our social media accounts, and on our blog!


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – On the Road, Jack Kerouac


GO FORTH AND BURN!

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All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: A Chill Lineup of Spring 2015 Events

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The current exhibit in Falvey’s cultural window to the left of the entrance to Holy Grounds is “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: Spring 2015 Events: Scholarship, Culture, Poetry.” Especially appropriate for this January weather, the exhibit features penguins and snow. “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go …” promotes events that will be held in Falvey during the spring semester. Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

Glass blocks displaying photographs and signs advertising planned events fill three shelves. Books written by speakers are also included as are some origami penguins.

A large sign at the top of the window—a photograph of a penguin’s head on one side and the exhibit’s title on the other—proclaims the “All Dressed Up …” theme. The three shelves in the center hold the glass blocks; books by some of the speakers accompany their photographs. Small black signs provide the date, time and location of various events. Artificial snow is scattered on the shelves and on the glass blocks.

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To GoTo frame the exhibit, Kallie Stahl, graduate assistant for the Outreach team, painted snow in the upper corners of the window and across the bottom. On each side stands a group of three penguins.

Joanne Quinn designed the exhibit and its graphics. Molly Quinn, a work study student for the Outreach team, assembled the photographs and text panels in the glass frames, created the origami and scattered the snow, creating the wintery ambience.


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

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/28)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


CAVE Information Session(s). For faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Wednesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu


Resume Review Day. Recruiters from local businesses will be available to critique resumes and perform mock interviews one-on-one with students. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Questions? Contact: maureen.piotti@villanova.edu


What is ‘America’s Unofficial Ambassadors’ Internship Program? The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies present, Stefan Cornibert, program coordinator for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: joyce.harden@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


Charlie Hebdo Où est Charlie?

Charlie Hebdo Où est Charlie? A conversation about the recent events in Paris, for the entire university community. Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library, Thursday Jan. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. ACS Approved. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an open conversation about the recent events in Paris. Following brief remarks by several members of the faculty, the moderated forum will be open to all. Organized by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures’ program in French and Francophone Studies and the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies.

If you have questions, please contact: joyce.harden@villanova.edu


IT’S NATIONAL #LIBRARYSHELFIE DAY!

Who knew, right? Following the lead of our friends from the New York Public Library, today has been declared National #LibraryShelfie Day! So we’ll join in on the fun. Visit the library and post a pic of yourself in front of your favorite bookshelf (Selfie + shelf = shelfie. Get it?) Hashtag it #libraryshelfie along with a Villanova identifying hashtag as well, and post it on your favorite social media platform. If we spot them we’ll feature our favorites on our blog and social media channels.


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OH CANADA

Today is fiftieth anniversary of the iconic and stunning Canadian flag. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed its usage on January 28, 1965, after long, acrimonious debate. The single, red maple leaf was chosen over the usage of a Union Jack, fleur-de-lis or any stars and stripes so as to be “sufficiently Canadian” according to the Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College of Canada, George F. G. Stanley’s memorandum to Parliament member John Matheson, which also includes his original doodles of the flag’s projected design.

Here, a excerpt from ex-Poet Laureate Billy CollinsCanada. How many of the books that he refers to have you read?

O Canada, as the anthem goes,
scene of my boyhood summers,
you are the pack of Sweet Caporals on the table,
you are the dove-soft train whistle in the night,
you are the empty chair at the end of an empty dock.
You are the shelves of books in a lakeside cottage:
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson,
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery,
So You’re Going to Paris! by Clara E. Laughlin,
and Peril Over the Airport, one
of the Vicky Barr Flight Stewardess series
by Helen Wills whom some will remember
as the author of the Cherry Ames Nurse stories.
What has become of the languorous girls
who would pass the long limp summer evenings reading
Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse,
Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse
, and Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse?
Where are they now, the ones who shared her adventures
as a veterans’ nurse, private duty nurse, visiting nurse,
cruise nurse, night supervisor, mountaineer nurse,
dude ranch nurse (there is little she has not done),
rest home nurse, department store nurse,
boarding school nurse, and country doctor’s nurse?


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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The Highlighter: Where can you post announcements in the Library?

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You want to post your announcement in Falvey, but where are the approved posting sites?

This video shows how and where to display your announcement in the Library. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/27)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…


Legal Writing Guest Speaker: Erik Lillquist, Esq. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: michael.j.pennington@villanova.edu


Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL. Faculty is invited to join in the discussion each month features a different topic. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across campus. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu


CAVE Information Session(s). For faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Tuesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu


VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu


CHARLIE HEDBO OÙ EST CHARLIE?

Charlie Hedbo Où est Charlie? A conversation about the recent events in Paris, for the entire university community. Thursday Jan. 29, 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. ACS Approved. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an open conversation about the recent events in Paris. Following brief remarks by several members of the faculty, the moderated forum will be open to all. Organized by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures’ program in French and Francophone Studies and the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies.

Questions? Contact: joyce.harden@villanova.edu


ARE YOU READING ALONG WITH MARK?

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He already broke Amazon with his first choice, Moises Naim’s The End of Power. Now Mark Zuckerberg has his second pick, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, one that you’ll find in Falvey’s catalog as well as through E-Z Borrow and ILL.

The Facebook founder and CEO, who has over 30 million followers, has launched a new book club on Facebook as part of a challenge to himself, for 2015, to read a new book every two weeks. Whether or not he’ll have Oprah’s golden touch remains to be seen, but you have to love someone using their influence to get folks to read.


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Do you follow the library on YouTube? We have a great array of Falvey-produced videos old and new that are instructional and entertaining. Newcomers to the channel are archival copies of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos, which debuted last semester, featuring helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.” – Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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Alert: Library Hours on Tuesday, January 27

The library will follow the University decision and open at 10 a.m. today, January 27.

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Last Modified: January 26, 2015