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Falvey bids farewell to Jim Fox

jimfox_ed_lhJim Fox, part time stacks coordinator with Access and User Assistance, retired on April 30 after more than 13 years of service. Jim began his time at Falvey working as a microfilm supervisor, overseeing the use of the microfilm machines and supervising the students who worked in the Bound Periodicals Stacks. When the library underwent renovations, Jim was reassigned to Access and User Assistance and assumed the position of part time stacks coordinator. Jim’s new duties expanded to include Interlibrary Loan.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1958, Jim taught history at Upper Merion High School until his retirement in 1996. Following retirement Jim returned to the University to work in the library. He also taught history at LaSalle University, Penn State University and Neumann College.

Jim’s loyalty to the students, the library and the university was unmatched. He had a knack for connecting with the students, and they were Jim’s first priority. He loved hearing their stories and would frequently quiz them on University history or engage them in conversation about Villanova basketball or football.

Jim was a true asset to Falvey Memorial Library. He performed many necessary tasks that required a great deal offox-whiteboard stamina as well as technical skill. When asked, “Hey, Jim. How are you doing?” he would always answer, “Miserable as ever!” but nothing could be further from the truth. He performed his duties without complaint and never failed to miss an opportunity to show an interest in each one of us.

Jim’s retirement will allow him to spend more time with his wife Teresa, his children and grandchildren.

Article and photo by Laura Hutelmyer. Whiteboard art by Joanne Quinn.


Falvey staff members honored for their years of service to the University

Five Falvey Memorial Library staff members were recently honored at the University’s service recognition dinner on April 28.

William (Bill) Greene, Access Services, who received a mantle clock for 35 years of service; Luisa Cywinski, Access Services team leader, who received a watch for 25 years of service; Natalie Tomasco, Resource Management specialist, a watch for 25 years of service; Mary Heyman, Business and Administrative Services specialist, a desk clock for 20 years of service; and Marie Roman, Resource Management specialist, 15 years of service. They also received service-recognition pins.

Dinner attendees were treated to “a wonderful time” and “delicious food,” according to Mary Heyman.  Associate Vice President for Human Resources Ellen LaCorte, Ph.D. , provided welcoming comments, and University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., congratulated each staff member and awarded the service-recognition pins.

In addition to the staff mentioned above, three librarians celebrated service anniversaries:  Susan Markley, Resource Management team leader – 30 years of service; Merrill Stein, Assessment – 20 years of service; and Barbara Quintiliano, Instructional Design and Research librarian – 10 years of service.

In 2009, several other Falvey staff members were honored: Domenick Liberato, Access Services – 20 years of service; Margaret Duffy, manager of Budget and Administrative Services – 10 years of service; and Ward Barnes, Access Services – 10 years of service.

These committed staff members and librarians have provided two hundred twenty years of dedicated service to Falvey Memorial Library and Villanova University, a truly impressive number.

Submitted by Alice Bampton


Laura Bang joins Special Collections and the Digital Library

laura-bang-copy-3Laura Bang, who recently earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland, has joined Falvey Memorial Library as a curatorial assistant in Special and Digital Collections.

Laura will hire, train and supervise students and staff  in the Digital Library. She will also help develop and mount the Special Collections’ online and physical exhibits and catalog Special Collections’ acquisitions. Laura will also serve on the Humanities/Social Sciences liaison team.

Originally from Santa Barbara (Ca.),  Laura received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College. Last summer, while in graduate school, Laura worked at the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Laura noted that the IYL is located in a fifteenth-century castle and that her work there was her “favorite experience in library school.”

Her hobbies are reading, baking and photography. Laura said she “is excited to be here” at Villanova.

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton


Cambridge Collections Online: Titles in Philosophy, Religion & Literature

Cambridge Collections Online offers subject or theme based collections of content within a richly functional, fully cross-searchable online environment. The Complete Cambridge Companions is available as a complete collection and as two sub-collections comprising the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture.

Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication.  The new additions are as follows:

  • The Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture
    Louie, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture
    Shuffelton, The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Jefferson
    Norton/Taylor, The Cambridge Companion to Hume (2nd edition)
    Hodge/Radick, The Cambridge Companion to Darwin (2nd edition)
    Manning, The Cambridge Companion to Paul Tillich
    Ker/Merrigan, The Cambridge Companion to John Henry Newman


Falvey Scholars Present Their Research: From Hookah Smoking to Economic Helping Hands

Six Villanova students presented their senior projects during the eighth annual Falvey Scholars awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. This annual program, established by the Library, recognizes outstanding undergraduate research. The collaborative efforts of the Library, the Honors Program and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships make this program possible.

This year’s recipients represent all of the University’s undergraduate colleges, and each winner’s presentation highlighted the value of utilizing library resources and staff.

brittany-parisi2_nt_edtArtsBrittany Parisi (Political Science), “Evolving the Third Sector: The Convergence of Local and International Civil Society in India.” (Satya Pattnayak, Ph.D., faculty mentor)

christopher-mckay-1_edBusiness – Christopher McKay (Economics), “Equity vs. Efficiency: When is Lending a Helping Hand Being Too Helpful?” (Mary Kelly, Ph.D., faculty mentor)

susanmischinski1_edEngineering – Susan Mischinski (Engineering), “The Effect of Bone Microstructure on Crack Initiation and Propagation In Human Cortical Bone.” (Ani Ural, Ph.D., faculty mentor)

thompsonmoran2_edNursing – Ashley Thompson and Kelly Moran (Nursing), “Social Ecological Model to Address Hookah Smoking of Villanova Students.” (Ruth McDermott-Levy, Ph.D., RN, faculty mentor)

shreya-trivedi-1_edSciences – Shreya Trivedi (Biology), “Analysis of the role of inflammatory pathways on estrogen-induced uterine tissue remodeling in the ovariectomized immature rat.” (Louise Russo, Ph.D., faculty mentor).

“This program is exciting and rewarding for the Library; it allows us to experience the intellectual work of our outstanding students,” said Joe Lucia, director of Falvey Memorial Library.

This year’s winners were chosen from a group of candidates-either an individual Villanova University senior or a group of seniors- working together with the faculty adviser for their senior thesis or capstone project. The candidates were then selected by the Falvey Scholars Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the collaborating departments.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in the Villanova Digital Library.

Compiled by Akua K. Adoo, Publications and Communication intern; photographs by Alice Bampton, Laura Hutelmyer and Natalie Tomasco


Open Mic Poetry Reading and Senior Class Poet

By Gerald Dierkes

“Poetry’s energy connects us to one another.” So began the English department and Falvey Memorial Library’s fifth annual Open Mic Poetry Reading on April 8. Judy Olsen, this year’s master of ceremonies, welcomed students, faculty, staff and guests to the event, held in the Library’s first floor lounge. Ms. Olsen, the librarian liaison to the English and theatre departments, and also the Publications and Communication librarian, introduced senior class member Christine Simmons.

Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons (pictured at left) presented the just-released 2010 issue of Arthology, Villanova University’s student literary-art magazine. Christine, editor-in-chief of Arthology, made copies of the current issue available for the first time.

Cayce Lista, a senior, kicked off the poetry reading with two of her poems, “Kingussie Bound” and “Peninsular.” “Traveler,” which is featured in Arthology, was written and read by Christine Simmons. Next, Gerald Dierkes, a library staff member, read two works by poet Dessa Crawford: “Choices” and “Clone.”

Mathematics professor Timothy Feeman, Ph.D., shared his poem about the rhythms and hums different road surfaces produce while he’s riding his bicycle, and the different songs of which those sounds remind him. (more…)



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