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How to Be a Part of a Villanova Tradition: St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

Each September, the Villanova Campus community gathers together to celebrate the University’s patron saint—St. Thomas of Villanova. Thomas was an Augustinian priest of Spanish descent who deeply valued the pursuit of knowledge for the purpose of helping others and was specially known for his devout service to the underprivileged. In honor of St. Thomas and in order to highlight the things he valued and held closest to his heart, the University annually holds a lecture, a day of service and a liturgy. Please see the complete list of events.

This year, the 10th annual St. Thomas of Villanova celebration will be held from Thursday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 13. The entire Villanova community is invited to attend the related events and services and to also contribute to the St. Thomas of Villanova service weekend. There are several ways to get involved and be a part of this great tradition!

One major way to be involved in the St. Thomas of Villanova weekend is by offering your time and energy to help serve our neighbors in need in the surrounding Philadelphia area. The Day of Service organizers rely heavily on those who volunteer to work at local service sites. VU will be partnering with approximately 150 service sites this year! And, although the official service volunteer registration was on September 2, there are still many other ways to help our community this weekend and throughout the entire year. Please see this list of weekly volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Day of Service 2010

Library staff including Luisa Cywinski, Laura Bang, Phylis Wright and her husband Jack volunteered with a group at the Carousel House near Fairmount Park in Philadelphia as part of the 2010 Day of Service.

The success of the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service is also dependent on the generosity of others. Please consider donating funds and supplies. Money collected will help Villanova provide transportation to service sites, refreshments for participants and also help guarantee that adequate supplies are available to help our Day of Service volunteers complete their work. Financial contributions and donations of working supplies would be greatly appreciated. Those interested are invited to reach out to Christine Quisenberry for further details.

Additionally, the University will sponsor a campus-wide Community Collection Day in order to meet the needs of the communities in the surrounding Philadelphia area. The collection day is scheduled to take place this Friday, September 11th. This is a great opportunity for our Villanova students, faculty, staff and friends to help support the needs of those less fortunate in the spirit of St. Thomas! Items collected include non-perishable food, office/school supplies, books, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products and baby items. Collected items are sent to many of the agencies that we partner with for the Day of Service.

If you are able, please consider donating your time, energy, money or supplies to this worthy cause! In the spirit of St. Thomas of Villanova, we are called to serve those in need with a giving heart. Be sure to be a part of this Villanova tradition!


Villanova Welcomes the 2015 One Book Author Reyna Grande to Campus


On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Villanova University Community will welcome author Reyna Grande to campus. Grande, author of the 2015-2016 One Book Villanova selection The Distance Between Us, will participate in several events on Sept. 10, including a book signing at Falvey Memorial Library from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner on the first floor. The book signing is open to the public. See below for the detailed schedule of events during the author’s visit.

4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Author’s Book Signing,  Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner with Author and University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS in the Dougherty Dining Hall

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Author’s Lecture, followed by Q&A, Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Reyna Grande offers us a glimpse into her life as a young Mexican girl in her book, The Distance Between Us. In doing so, she gives us the unique opportunity to witness what challenges the children of immigrants often faced when their parents left them behind in Mexico in pursuit of a better life in the United States. Growing up poor and without the guidance of her parents by her side, Grande describes how she was forced to rely on her siblings for strength. With their help and her own firm determination, Grande was able to achieve success despite her difficult upbringing. This honest and at times heartbreaking personal account highlights many issues related to immigration that are relevant today.

The Distance Between UsThe Distance Between Us is the University’s 11th annual One Book Villanova selection. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary last fall with a visit by author Wes Moore, whose book The Other Wes Moore was highlighted on campus with special events throughout the academic year. One Book selections are chosen in order to stimulate close examination of a book and inspire discussion within both the classroom and community on topics that are relevant in society today. The One Book Villanova committee’s co-chairs are Terry Nance, PhD, assistant vice president, Multicultural Affairs (recently promoted to associate vice provost of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer) and Jeffrey (JJ) Brown, director of student development. The Co-Chairs in addition to a committee of various faculty and staff members from all areas of the University choose the One Book Villanova selection each year.

Still need a book? Copies of The Distance Between Us can be purchased for $8.00 from the Center for Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement, or can be ordered online by cash or check. Visit this page for more information.

Following her book signing in Falvey, Grande will be giving a public lecture in the Villanova Room in Connelly Center. This talk by Grande will serve as both the kick-off and the keynote lecture of our St. Thomas of Villanova weekend on campus, which is a celebration marked by service to the surrounding communities. Make sure to be a part of these landmark campus-wide events!

Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Program manager. News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFadden


Suffering from FOMO? Stay Informed about Falvey Events!


boyWith the new semester well underway, it is clear that we all have a lot going on in our lives. From classes and meetings to social engagements, there isn’t much wiggle room in our schedules. It’s hard to keep up with what’s going on at Villanova, causing some to suffer extreme cases of FOMO. According to Oxford Dictionaries, FOMO (aka the Fear of Missing Out) is “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.” Take note: Falvey can help to quell your deepest, darkest fears and ease symptoms of FOMO. With so many events happening on-site, the Library is the place to be when you don’t want to miss out on something hashtag-worthy.

Falvey will be co-sponsoring a number of exciting events throughout the fall semester. Events range from interactive presentations and formal lectures to social meetings and informal gatherings. Highlights will include the following:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
One Book Villanova Author’s Visit & Book Signing
Reyna Grande, author of the 2015-2016 One Book Villanova selection, The Distance Between Us, will come to Villanova’s campus. As part of Grande’s visit, she will sign copies of her book in Falvey.

Most Fridays, 2:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge, Falvey Memorial Library
Villanova Electronic Enthusiast Club
The Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) will meet most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather weekly to play video games in a safe and fun environment. Meeting dates include Sept. 11 & 18; Oct. 2, 23 & 30; Nov. 6, 13 & 20 and Dec. 4.

Monday, Sept. 14, 3:00 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920
Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, will present “Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920.” The talk will describe how ten junior-year students who participated in a research seminar with the Department of History undertook a group project to examine how the farms and mills of the Mill Creek Valley transformed into the familiar residential properties of today. The talk will also detail how students, working alongside Falvey’s Digital Humanities staff, were able to construct an interactive website to communicate their research.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4:00 p.m., Room 204, Falvey Memorial Library
Arthur Cola: The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine
Arthur Cola will present a lecture titled “The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine” about his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts. Cola’s seventh novel, Pure and Tarnished Hearts, is a tale of three teens under the leadership of The Rev. Thomas O’Malley, OSA, who came to America from Ireland during the famine era. However, it is more than a coming of age adventure story, it is also historically accurate in presenting actual events that took place in the United States during the famine era. This period of history saw riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics. Villanova University, called Villanova College at that time, is featured in the story, as is the St. Augustine Church and a variety of iconic places in and around the Philadelphia area.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3:00 p.m., Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library
Religious Diversity Day: Talk by Daniel Mark, PhD
To celebrate the various religious backgrounds of Villanova students, faculty and staff, as well as to create opportunities for interfaith engagement, Campus Ministry will hold a Religious Diversity Day. As part of this celebration, Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, will present a talk in Falvey titled, “Home Improvement: Forgiveness and Family Life: An Orthodox Jew in Conversation with the Roman Catholic Church.”

Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30, Falvey Memorial Library
Cultural Studies Food Week–The Taste of Justice: Rhetoric and Reality
In our annual speaker series, students will learn about the politics of food production and consumption as they relate to nutrition and other issues. Each evening’s event will include Q and A for students as well as tasty culinary treats.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m., Room 205, Falvey Memorial Library
Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Rodger Van Allen, PhD
Rodger Van Allen, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, will speak about the focus of his research during his tenure at Villanova.

Thursday & Friday, Dec. 10-11, Falvey Memorial Library
Falvey Stress Relief Fun!
Falvey Memorial Library will be co-sponsoring a series of events in order to help students relieve stress during finals time. Events will include a Falvey open house featuring games and free refreshments, stress-relieving workshops organized by POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources) as well as free massages courtesy of the Campus Activities Team.

Stop suffering from FOMO. Make sure not to miss out on these important events! Stay updated on noteworthy happenings in Falvey Memorial Library by connecting with us via social media and through our upcoming-events page. All events are free and open to Villanova students, and most are ACS approved!

Any Questions? Please contact Falvey’s Outreach Team:
Gina Duffy, regina.duffy@villanova.edu, 610-519-3872
Laura Matthews, laura.matthews@villanova.edu, 610-519-4458


Event Spaces at Falvey

Due to the growth in the number of event venues at Falvey and the capacity to have multiple programs going on simultaneously, the number of events in the Library has skyrocketed into hundreds each academic year.

We are often still asked, “Why does the Library have events at all?” The answer is quite simple: If a library has value, it is more than a learning resource center or a conduit for data. The university library retains much of its value as a place where things happen, especially the organized and the unexpected acquisition of knowledge outside the classroom.

It is not just a place where study and research occurs, but also a place where ideas become connected and many discoveries are made by scholars who are living, learning and thriving in the community the library serves. It is an anchor institution for a university education. It is also a place where the many members of the university are enriched by experiences that can help them interpret the world they are trying to explain by means of the academic enterprise.

Room 204

Room 204

One of the seminar rooms in Falvey’s Learning Commons, which is often filled with studying students when not in use for an event, is Falvey room 204. This is an exceptional space for presenting to a group in a setting that can accommodate either rows of chairs or an arrangement of tables and chairs. Its default layout is classroom style.

Room 204 2

Room 204, which is part of the Learning Commons, is a visible seminar room across from the elevator on Falvey’s second floor. The space, with its large screen and projector, is ideal for the many types of lectures and symposia co-sponsored by the Library.

  Room 205

Room 205 3

An ideal forum for lectures, panels, workshops and group meetings is Falvey room 205. A much-sought-after space on the Library’s second floor, this multi-faceted room also functions as a social space for receptions and informal gatherings. Although room 205 is quiet and enclosed, it offers a view into the lively activity of the Learning Commons on the second floor. When not in use by the Library as a meeting, reception or program space, Falvey 205 is an open student study area.

Room 205 2

  Learning Commons Lounge

Learning Commons Lounge 2 by John Welsh
A secluded forum in the Library is the lounge located on the second floor in the Learning Commons in Falvey, near Learning Support Services, across from Room 202. When this public area opened in 2012, it was described as “the new lounge space with funky furniture and cafe lighting.”

Given its out-of-the-way location on Falvey’s second floor, even though it is a public event space as a part of the Learning Commons, it is “a neat little comfortable back corner where thoughts can brew and be blended.” It is occasionally used as a venue for casual events hosted by the Library.

 Speakers’ Corner

Speakers Corner 1

The Library sponsors events, but it also hosts many campus events, and its major forum is affectionately called Speakers’ Corner. Inaugurated as a new space for intellectual, cultural, and social programming in February 2012, Speakers’ Corner is a public area on the first floor of Falvey.

This highly visible event space is a popular venue in Falvey, and events in this venue are always open to the public.
Programming in Speakers’ Corner has included poetry readings, book signings, musical and orientation events.

If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about any of our spaces, please contact a member of Falvey’s Scholarly Outreach team, which manages this event space for the Library.

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/25)


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


On Thursday, Sept. 10, Reyna Grande, the author of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir  will visit Villanova University.  Her book was chosen as the new OneBook Villanova, the campus wide reading program that is now in its eleventh year. First year students were mailed the book during the summer and all others can purchase the book from the Center for Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Student Involvement or by ordering online by cash, check or budget transfer.

Ms. Grande will appear in the library’s Speakers Corner between 4:40 and 5:30 on September 10 to provide readers with an opportunity to meet the author and get their book signed.


MAGSDifferent types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals/magazines, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade publications. For more information, see this handy checklist on the Falvey website: https://library.villanova.edu/help/faqs/typesofperiodicals/


POPEDISPLAY SMIn celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo.

There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.

Follow #VillanovaUatWMF for official Villanova papal visit information.

9600ac4544e0459e8d432eb953017ad4-0.500The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou

From the catalog: Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life. New York : Random House, [2015]


Is that your final answer? – Regis Philbin

Incidentally, Regis Philbin celebrates his 84th birthday today so, Happy Birthday, Reege! Who remembers Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s classic primetime run when Reege used to make sure we were absolutely, positively sure that our answer was correct? One way to do that these days, ‘Cats, is to consult your subject librarian! Falvey has, well, about about a Million resources to help you on your way!


If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


Librarians Welcome New Faculty at Annual Breakfast



Falvey Memorial Library was again proud to host the traditional continental breakfast for Villanova University’s New Faculty Program, which took place Monday, Aug. 17. The program is hosted by VITAL, the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, and tailored to support the needs of new faculty members by easing them into their new teaching positions, answering questions and introducing them to campus resources. The library’s Learning Commons meeting rooms provided a bright, spacious environment for the new professors to network with subject librarians and begin their Villanova experience.

Gabriele Bauer, PhD, and Director of VITAL also introduced the new faculty members to Falvey’s newest entrant, Millicent Gaskell, University librarian and library director, who began here in May.

Photos by Alice Bampton.



Foto Friday: Find Yourself in the Stacks

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Welcoming the Class of 2019! #Nova19


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Villanova community invited to submit family photos for Welcome Pope Francis Display


To celebrate the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer, created the “Welcome Pope Francis” window exhibit. The World Meeting of Families, an international conference on the family, meets September 22-25. Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia September 26-27.

In the spirit of the World Meeting of Families congress that precedes the Pope’s visit, Villanova students, faculty and staff are invited to share their family photographs with the University community by including them in the window display. You have two ways to participate: bring in a copy of the photograph and hang it on the window or post the photograph on social media with the hashtag #FalveyFamily (Falvey Memorial Library is on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

Quinn asks participants to submit copies, not original photographs; the photographs will not be returned. She adds, “Submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays and publications.” You may submit photos now; this is your chance to be part of a world-wide celebration of families.

A large banner welcoming Pope Francis flanked by a “big head” portrait of the pope leads the viewer into the display. Two posters inviting people to “Celebrate your family,” a large poster displaying “The World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 Official Prayer” and accompanying official image, two papal flags and assorted books about Pope Francis and other popes complete the exhibit. A large open space is for the family photos. Kallie Stahl, Outreach student employee, assisted with the design and mounting of the display.

This eye-catching exhibit is in the large window to the left of the entrance to Falvey’s Holy Grounds, visible to anyone entering the Library. The exhibit will be up until the end of October.


Article by Alice Bampton.


Foto Friday: In Corso

Sneak peek CORTONA

We’re taking a sneak peek as conservation work continues on the Falvey Hall Reading Room’s hidden treasure, the baroque masterpiece by Pietro da Cortona. Follow along on the Conserving a Giant: Resurrecting Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David” blog.

Photo by Alice Bampton.

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Dig Deeper: The Revolutionary War and American Independence

“… these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

 Not just a list of grievances, the Declaration of Independence is also a checklist for good government. Its approval and adoption by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia (woot woot!) marks the beginning of a new nation, the United States of America.

Bell_Tower_of_Independence_HallIt’s easy to take the ideological stories of the birth of our nation and its heroes for granted as they have been taught to us since elementary school and romanticized in movies and television. But have you, as an adult, visited the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall (where the Declaration and its forebear, the Articles of Confederation,) were debated? Or walked the streets near Declaration House at 7th and Market where Thomas Jefferson wrote the document? Have you ever read or researched with a critical eye, materials that dig deeper into the symbolic, mythical and political realities of the document’s history?

The following links, curated by history liaison librarian, Jutta Seibert, are great scholarly resources for getting beyond the myths and into the historical context of the American Revolution. Why not take some time this July 4th weekend to explore some of Falvey’s many resources written about that time? She’s also included authentic primary materials from the Digital Library, to truly complete your step back into history.

 New Books

Books about the Declaration of Independence

Books about the American Revolution

Books about the history of the U.S. Constitution

 Primary Sources in Digital Collections

Falvey Memorial Library has a strong collection of primary sources about this monumental period in American history. Here are some suggestions from the library’s digital collections. Additional primary sources, available in print or microform only, can be discovered with the help of the library’s online catalog.

American Founding Era
This collection brings together scholarly digital editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Dolley Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry.

America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922
Follow the War of Independence and the birth of a new nation in contemporary newspapers.

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800
Follow the events of the American Revolution from a local perspective.

American Periodicals Series
Read the first magazines published in the American colonies and in the early republic.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Digital copies of over 37,000 books and pamphlets published and sold in the American colonies and the early republic.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
Digital copies of over 36,000 books and pamphlets published and sold in the early republic.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Digital copies of works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900’s.

American State Papers, 1789-1838
Legislative and executive documents of the first 14 U.S. Congresses.

Interested in the other side of the story? Discover British opinions on events in the American colonies through contemporary newspapers and magazines:

Online References

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution

Dictionary of American History

American National Biography Online

Encyclopedia of the American Revolution

A Companion to the American Revolution

Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution


Jutta Seibert

Links and resources prepared by Jutta Seibert, team leader for Academic Integration and subject librarian for History. Introduction by Joanne Quinn.


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