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How Do You Prep for Finals?

Whether it’s writing papers, napping between cram sessions, or imbibing the many beverages available from Holy Grounds, we’ve got room for you!

By Luisa Cywinski and Alice Bampton

Hello? Help desk?

One paper down, two more to go.


Time to get a refill.


Fun during finals? Massages and food at Falvey and Connelly on April 29

Stop by Falvey Memorial Library or the Connelly Center on Friday, April 29, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. for some finals fun!

There will be free massages, food and stuff! It’s the perfect way to take a break from studying and to relieve your stress.

This event is sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Late Night, Health Promotion and Dining Services.









Student Employees Feted

(l. to r.) Michael Murray, Sean Dunne, Lauren Fiori, Rakhi Devkisan Gagrani, Krishna Teja Narla

On April 5, the Falvey Memorial Library Staff Council hosted the 14th annual student recognition party as a way of expressing appreciation for the excellent and important work student employees perform.

Eleven graduating students received a Certificate of Appreciation signed by University Librarian Joe Lucia, along with a Villanova University alumni license plate holder: Eric Adams, Access Services; Kara Arnold, Access Services; Sean Dunn, Special & Digital Collections; Lauren Fiori, Access Services; Rakhi Devkisan Gagrani, Systems/Technology Management; Daniel Love, Access Services; Eric Maleczkowicz, Academic Integration; Craig McAllister, Access Services; Michael Murray, Programming & Outreach; Krishna Teja Narla, Systems/Technology Management; and Susanna Seibert, Access Services.

Daniel Love won two gift certificates donated by Gullifty’s Pizza Grille & Bar.

Falvey employs ninety-three students across a variety of departments.

Everyone enjoyed the pizza, delicious cookies and the camaraderie. Bill Greene, Access and Information Specialist, served as singing emcee. After the supervisors spoke highly of their student workers, two students, Sean Dunn (Special & Digital Collections) and Krishna Narla (Systems/Technology Management) praised their supervisors, Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator; Laura Bang, Special Collections and Digital Library Assistant; and Kathy O’Connor, Systems Librarian.

Contributed by Mary Heyman, photograph by Alice Bampton




Seniors Selected to Receive Awards for Research in English, Economics, Engineering, Nursing and Astronomy

Falvey Memorial Library invites you to a special event to celebrate this year’s Falvey Scholars, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 29, 2011, on the second floor of the Library. Award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report. Presentations will be preceded by a reception with refreshments.

This year’s award recipients are Monica Mazzoli (English), Eric Bifolck (Economics), Kristopher Doll (Engineering), Lynz Parker (Nursing) and Ronald Ballouz (Astronomy).

Falvey Scholars is an annual program established by the Library in order to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Awardees are selected from various disciplines: Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Business. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library, the Honors Program, and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

A display on the first floor, created by Joanne Quinn, also highlights this year’s winners and their research.


Announcing the “I Love Falvey Library” Video Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Daniel Trucil! Daniel, a graduate student in Communications, will graduate this May. According to Daniel, he “created the concept/script/storyboard and handled the editing” himself. Well done!

It was with great deliberation that our panel of judges selected the winning entry in the “I <3 Falvey Library” video contest. There were some fantastic entries, which made our job even harder. Students used popular music, animation, scrabble pieces, fairy tales, special effects, and other unique approaches to show what they love about Falvey Library. One student even got down on bended knee! Look for our tribute to the runners-up on the library blog and Facebook page in early May.

We hope you enjoy Daniel’s video tribute to Falvey Memorial Library!


Celebrating Poetry in the Library: You’re Invited

Join us for a multi-part celebration of  poetry, especially poetry by our students!

In partnership with Villanova University’s English department, Falvey Memorial Library will host its annual Open Mic Poetry Reading. The reading also serves as the launch party for this year’s issue of Arthology, one of the University’s student-produced art and literary magazine. 

The open mic event will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011, in the library first floor lounge.

In addition to Arthology contributors, the reading will feature contestants for the Senior Class Poet award, given by the English department every spring. Students, faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to arrive promptly to sign up for a spot on the reading list or just to get a good seat for listening to the readings.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is timed to coincide with National Poetry Month, celebrated across the country every April. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of Arthology will be available.

Seniors entrants for the Senior Class Poet award have poems on view in the Library. Look for the posters on the first floor.

A display of Irish poetry with a Villanova connection is also available there for you to check out. (more…)


Alexandra Edwards Receives Award for Cady Stanton Conference Paper

Alexandra (Alex) Edwards, a graduate student in the English department and a graduate assistant to Falvey Memorial Library’s Outreach and Communication teams, presented a paper, “Succession of Language: Women Talking to Women in Shakespeare’s History Plays,” at Villanova University’s 22nd Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference.

Her panel, moderated by Evan Radcliffe, Ph.D., also featured two undergraduate presentations, a first-year student paper on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and another on Marsha Norman’s “‘Night Mother.”

After her presentation, Alex answered questions related to her paper, covering topics such as motherhood and female strategies of resistance.

At the awards dinner which followed the conference session, John A. Doody, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, presented Alex with the award for the best graduate student paper.

Alex wrote “Succession of Language” for Dr. Alice Dailey’s “Shakespeare’s History Plays” fall 2010 course.


James Cautillo – April Student of the Month

James Cautillo has been selected Falvey Memorial Library’s Student Employee of the Month for April. James, a sophomore humanities and mathematics major, works for Access Services where he scans documents, shelves books, helps at the Circulation desk and assists with Garey Hall remote retrieval.

Phylis Wright, James’s supervisor, said, “James is an incredibly versatile student. Every member of Access [Services], both student and staff alike, has benefited from his open willingness to take on additional work. … James does it all with a gracious and friendly spirit. My hope is that he will give Falvey a couple more years of his excellent work before he graduates and leaves us.”

James, from Winthrop, Mass., plays the piano and is learning to play the guitar. He loves hiking and is interested in karate, astronomy, theology and literature.

Phylis, manager of Access Desk Services and also the Library’s University Staff Council (USC) representative, initiated Student of the Month as an appropriate way to honor student workers. When the Falvey USC team asked department supervisors for nominations of outstanding students, they “received so many that our team is finding it a difficult task to choose,” a nice comment on the quality of Falvey’s student workers.

Congratulations, James!

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton; the sketch of James posted on the pillar behind the Circulation desk by Joanne Quinn.


In Memory of James L. Mason

(Falvey received a generous bequest from the estate of James Mason ’64 A&S. The Christian Recorder, an online 19th century African American newspaper published in Philadelphia, is now available to students and scholars.)

By Gail Ciociola

My cousin Jim passed away in September 2009. He was in his mid-sixties at the time and I thought that he was entirely too young to have left us.  Though I still think that, I know this also has to do with the boyish face that he had maintained throughout his lifetime. And to bring a very quick smile to it, all one needed to say was Villanova.

Jim attended the University both as an undergraduate and graduate student in the 1960s.  He studied what would remain the two constants in his life: literature and theatre. My own first exposure to theatre at Villanova and at any forum, in fact, I owe to Jim. His mom, my Aunt Catherine, had taken me to see him dramatize a series of character sketches from Shakespeare in the old black-box theatre that sat in the vicinity of Dougherty Hall and what is now the Connelly Center. He proudly became that day My Cousin the Actor, even boasting the same name of a then well known film star. (more…)


Digital Library intern: Marie Marbæk Johansen

Marie Marbæk Johansen, a graduate student in the Drexel University Library and Information Science program, has joined the Digital Library as a volunteer intern.

A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Marie received her bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in information studies, both from Aarhus University. After completing her master’s degree, Marie worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), a public service station. At DR she worked with information technology strategy and policies.

Marie is interested in history, exhibitions, information management and the ways in which libraries can use new technologies and media. Marie also loves books and the cultural history of food and cooking; in fact, she combines these interests by collecting cookbooks. At Drexel she curated an exhibit on 19th century American cookbooks.

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton


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Last Modified: April 13, 2011