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Announcing the Spaces & Places Video Contest Winner!

After viewing the videos and discussing the merits of each entry, a panel of library staff and students has chosen the winner of the Falvey Memorial Library Spaces & Places video contestKailash Choudary, Kartheek Reddy Chiluka and Shishir Kaushik submitted a video highlighting their favorite place in the library, the group study rooms. The winning group of students focused on the group study rooms, but also included the wider view of a typical day on campus, moving from Mendel field, to the Library, and then to the classroom where their group study efforts paid off.

Watch the winning video below! (Next week, look for the runner-up in the video contest.)

Disclaimer: This video is solely intended for the purposes of satire, parody, lampoonery, or spoof.  This constitutes ‘fair use’ of all such copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of United States Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any such material is distributed without profit.


The Madonna on the Third Floor: A Gift from Alumnus Alan Fischer

by Alice Bampton

Have you noticed the small statue of a woman, her hands held together in prayer, standing inconspicuously in a niche on the third floor of Falvey? Who is she and why is she in the Library? Is she a patron saint of students or libraries? She is the only statue in Falvey; she must be important.

A closer look at the figure shows a plaque on the base of the sculpture: “Dedicated May 16, 1968, in honor of Mr. & [sic] Mrs. Albert K. Fischer on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary. For those I love so much in a place I love. Alan ‘68”   This tells us the first name of the person who donated the statue and the occasion, but there is more to discover.

With the help of the Alumni Office, this writer was able to contact Alan Fischer ’68, who generously shared the following information: “I have always had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and a deep love for my parents. Consequently I saved for four years at Villanova to purchase the statue as a way to thank them all for the help I received to get through Villanova.” Fischer’s graduation from Villanova University coincided with his parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, and they are the Mr. and Mrs. Albert K. Fischer named on the plaque at the base of the figure.



Scholarly Research Sharing Aided by Open Access Publishing

Falvey Memorial Library announces its institutional membership to Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Launched in 1997, Hindawi publishes a growing number of open access journals in engineering, medicine and the sciences, and now includes Nursing Research and Practice, as well as social sciences titles such as Journal of Anthropology and Urban Studies Research.

Read more about Hindawi and open access publishing on Barbara Quintiliano’s recent blog post.


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