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A Connection between Poverty and Mass Incarceration: Dr. DeFina To Discuss Award Winning Work

DefinaRobert DeFina, Ph.D., professor of sociology, is the recipient of the University’s 2008 Outstanding Faculty Research Award for his work, The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Poverty. On Thurs. Mar. 26, Dr. DeFina will share his work, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

One of the most pressing social problems of the last thirty years is the persistence of poverty in the face of overall economic growth. Researchers have examined a variety of possible causes including de-industrialization, lower minimum wages, de-unionization and technological change. However, much remains unexplained. (more…)


Dr. Shawn Howton on Real Estate Investment Trusts: A Unique Tool for Research

howtonWhat makes real estate investment trusts unique? In his presentation, “The Valuation Effects of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Common Stock Repurchases,” Shawn D. Howton, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, Villanova School of Business and director of the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, will address the unique characteristics of REITs. The talk will take place on Wed., Mar. 11, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge of Falvey.

Dr. Howton will shed light on what REIT’s are and why they make for a unique laboratory for research. He will also outline the findings of his working paper, Do REIT repurchases signal value changes in rivals? An analysis of the stock price reaction of non-repurchasing REITs. He will focus on how values are affected by open market stock repurchases for these unique firms.

Not only is there an active Villanova Real Estate Society, advised by Dr. Howton, and a Real Estate minor, but there is also a lot of interest in this field around campus, according to Dr. Howton. The talk will be of special importance to anyone with an interest in commercial real estate.

Dr. Howton’s presentation is part of the Scholarship @ Villanova series sponsored by Falvey this semester.


Check Out a DVD or Videotape for the Weekend

DVDDid you know that students may borrow DVDs and VHS tapes from the Library for three days? The collection includes independent and mainstream titles, classic and foreign-language films, academic titles and documentaries.

The DVD collection is located on the Library’s main floor. You can browse DVD titles on the shelves next to the reference collection or search for them in the catalog. Simply bring your selection to the main service counter to check it out.

To obtain a VHS tape, use the online catalog to look up its call number. Bring the title and call number to the service counter and we will retrieve it. The Library plans to relocate videotapes to the main floor, like the DVDs, at some point in the future.

You can find these titles in the library collection by using the catalog Advanced Search option. Limit format to “Video.”

Check out the circulating collection of DVDs and videotapes!


A Quiet, Positive Force Lives on at Falvey: Dr. Mary Ann Griffin

Mary Ann GriffinA group of University faculty and staff gathered with family members outside the newly constructed library classroom on Feb. 16 on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library to dedicate the teaching-learning space to the memory of Mary Ann Griffin, D.A., director from 1984 to 1995. The ceremony was modest and the words spoken, sincere, a fitting tribute to the late director’s quiet strength.

Rev. Dennis Gallagher, O.S.A., University archivist, read a contemporary rendering of the Beatitudes, recalling that Dr. Griffin always kept these teachings of Jesus Christ before her as her own personal “plan of action.” Fr. Gallagher honored Dr. Griffin as “a dreamer” and “a seeker of truth,” like St. Augustine. (more…)


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