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Thank you to our Interim Director, Bob DeVos

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

— Melody Beattie

BOB DEVOS

Falvey Memorial Library sends warm thanks to our interim director, Robert DeVos, PhD, associate vice president for instructional analysis, professor, mathematics and statistics, who has served in the interim capacity since July, 2014. Bob’s wealth of knowledge and long history at Villanova University (he will celebrate his golden anniversary here in 2017,) was well utilized over the academic year as he gamely tackled the myriad of challenges and joys that being a library director can bring.  His time and dedication to the library over the past academic year was much appreciated. Our new director, Millicent Gaskell, begins at Villanova tomorrow.



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‘Caturday: SS Villanova Victory

Your first thought might have been of a football game when seeing the title of this blog post. It’s not about a win by a Villanova Wildcats team, but instead refers to the S. S. Villanova Victory’s contribution to the war effort.

I was stunned to find this gem in a May 15, 1945 edition of The Villanovan, which is available through the Villanova University Digital Library. It was news to me that not just one, but two ships, had been named to honor Villanova College. As you can see in the article below, the first ship was launched in 1937 and the second, pictured below, in 1945. The photo is from the Villanova University Archives.

Many ships built during World War II were named after colleges and universities. According to the American Merchant Marines website, Victory ships were “armed with one 5-inch stern gun, one 3-inch bow gun, eight 20 mm machine guns.”

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Villanova Victory article May 1945


‘Caturday post written by Luisa Cywinski, writer on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader, Access Services team.

Photo used with permission from the Villanova University Archives.


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Commencement ‘Caturday

Please join us in honoring two Falvey Memorial Library staff who will be participating in the 2015 Villanova University graduation ceremonies.

Joanne Quinn, ’84 CLAS, Communication & Service Promotion team leader, will be receiving a Master of Arts in Communication.

Raamaan McBride, Access Services Specialist, received his BA in Business Administration at Temple University in 2010 and will be receiving a Master of Science in Human Resource Development at Villanova this weekend.

Congrats to the newly graduated ‘Cats!

Joanne Quinn, MA '15, and Raamaan McBride, MS '15

Joanne Quinn, MA ’15, and Raamaan McBride, MS ’15


‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader, Access Services.


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The Great, Good Place

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American author Henry James wrote a short story in 1900 in which protagonist George Dane, a successful author (and as most surmise, James’ alter ego), dreams of a ‘great good place’ far from the busy day to day trappings of reading, writing and responsibilities. AKA, what today’s generation would label #firstworldproblems! 

Sociologist Roy Oldenburg borrowed the term for the title of his influential book The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community, a treatise on the human need for third places for congregation and happiness. Oldenburg found communal bliss in places like pubs, cafes and libraries.

We hope that the Class of 2015 and all members of the Villanova community who come to Falvey Memorial Library have utilized and enjoyed our third place creature comforts (i.e. the comfy chairs, whiteboard art, Peet’s coffee and the close company of others in the same boat) as much as the academic trappings of reading, writing and responsibilities. As Pete Hamill wrote, (and Oldenburg included in his introduction),  “But aside from friends, there must also be a Place. I suppose that this is the Great Good Place that every man carries in his heart…”

Villanova University Class of 2015, we hope you remember Falvey as a great, good place. 


Photo by Joanne Quinn. Follow the library on Instagram @falveylibrary.


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Senior Week Special: Congrats and Farewell to Falvey’s Friendly Front Line

A whole new set of smiles will soon greet patrons visiting Falvey Memorial Library as our intrepid, friendly – and soon-to-be degreed seniors in Access Services go off to conquer the world. The University’s Commencement ceremonies begin this Friday, May 15. For full schedule and to sign up for Commencement text updates, click here.

Best wishes, smooth sailing – and know that you’ll always be remembered fondly here at the Library. #OnceaWildcatAlwaysaWildcat!

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Some of our smiling seniors (clockwise from top left): Marissa, Kristi, Jonathan, Vanessa, Kaitlyn and Liz.

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Some of our smiling seniors (clockwise from top left): Lily, Jane, Prathyusha, Jeff, Tri and Annemarie.


Photos by Luisa Cywinski, team leader for Access Services


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The Curious ‘Cat: What’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “After your final final, what’s the first thing you want to do for fun?

GALLOTaylor Gallo—“The first thing I want to do for fun is lay out by the pool [at] home.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHUNDIPrathyusha Chundi—“First, I want to meet my friends, get together and have some party.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETERPeter Rokowski—“I need to get through a few books that I’ve been putting off for a couple years … I’m working on my thesis … so I haven’t had time to read leisurely for about six years now.”

 

 

 

 

 

larkinPatrick Larkin—“I’m gonna go out to dinner with my dad; my dad’s gonna come in. So there’s that, and then I’m out the next day. That’s probably what I’ll end up doing; just sit down and relax for a little bit is probably what I’ll do, and just let my mind clear out … ‘Cause I’m going to start working again when I get back home, probably five days afterwards, … so I’m going to do as little as possible. Then in the next couple of days watch the Blackhawks play.”

 

wurtsterPatrick Wurster—“go outside and play Kubb (aka Ye Olde Viking Game)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCCACristina Rocca—“I’m a senior, so I’m graduating. The first thing I’m gonna do for fun—probably pop a bottle of Champagne, sit on my porch and drink it … And then the seniors have a party, like Party on Deck—something like that, so I’ll be going to that.”


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Nomnomnomatology winners!

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As you may have read, finance-and-accounting major and sophomore Mihir Shah is the lucky winner of the library’s Nomnomnomatology contest for a private study suite for late night hours finals week and a sumptuous feast of Villanova’s final four favorite foods to nosh on while studying!

And – who’s the best friend ever? He’s sharing it with a bunch of his study buddies also from the Class of 2017, including (photo above, L-R), Brendan Shea (finance and accounting), Samantha Faust (communication) and Patrick Wallace (psychology.) Mihir is on the far right.

Mihir and his friends enjoyed Little Bites brownies, hot fries from Campus Corner, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and now have private access to a suite in the Library this week, just in time for finals.



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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Joseph Schaadt

This week, we are featuring the 2015 Falvey Scholars and giving you the chance to get to know these bright young adults up close and personal. Not only are they very smart – they’re very interesting! Just last week, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program announced the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University. Click here for a listing of their projects as presented at the 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony.
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Featuring Joseph Schaadt
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“I’m a mechanical engineering major from the Bay Area in California and I work in Dr. Aaron Wemhoff’s Multiscale System Analysis Laboratory (MSAL) here at Villanova as part of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2). When I’m not conducting research aimed at improving the energy efficiency of data centers, I can be spotted playing on the Villanova men’s water polo team or using my free time to play recreational basketball with my friends. While at Villanova, I have enjoyed taking advantage of the numerous opportunities to do service in the community, being involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as the Vice President of our student chapter, and being a cohost on The Zone, a sports talk program on WXVU 89.1 Villanova Radio.”

Project Title: “Load Capacity and Thermal Efficiency Optimization of a Research Data Center Using Computational Modeling”


I am inspired by my father Russell. His diligence, hard work, confidence, and pursuit of excellence are something I try to copy daily.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York. He has a great passion for his job and is able to reach and inspire millions of people through his art.

My favorite Villanova memory is being at the Syracuse basketball game my sophomore year when we upset them in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center. I was with some of my best friends Ricky, George, Adam, Brandon, and Chris that day and had a great opportunity to go to a car show, see Reading Terminal market, and explore the city of Philadelphia after. Juice the Cuse!
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While working on my research project, I was challenged by having to explore a topic so foreign to anything I had ever known. It forced me to step outside of my comfort zone, learn quickly, and seek out experts in my field of research who could offer advice when I needed help.

Today I’m feeling the color Yellow. I can’t wait for summer!

I’m listening to the Grateful Dead. Their music is relaxing and has a special peace about it and always reminds me of my Dad and my home.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is adventuring around my birthplace and home of San Francisco with my Dad. I can’t wait to get back to the city by the bay.

Happiness is the feeling of what it’s like to have a wonderful family, close friends, and good health.

Everyone should know that everything you want in life is just outside your comfort zone or else you would already have it.

I am amazed by the inherent beauty and complexity of life on Earth. It’s easy to forget just how many great things there are to see in this world and how little time we have to do it!

Thanks, Joseph!


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Foto Friday: “Bring out … The Comfy Chair!!!!”

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If ever a photo needed a caption, this is it!

Rev Peter Donohue VU PresidentEveryone’s favorite good sport, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 LAS presided at the Annual Staff Recognition Dinner this week, and applauded Falvey’s own Bill Greene, Access Services specialist with a rather special tongue-in-cheek tribute! Staff members with 40 years of service were each presented with a commemorative captain’s chair, emblazoned with the University seal. Bill immediately gave his a whirl, and settled in comfortably. So comfortably, in fact, that Father Donohue immediately and theatrically went into ottoman-mode and offered Bill a place to rest his weary feet as well! (As photographer, I apologize for the somewhat blurry image, as I was giggling so hard, the camera couldn’t focus!)


Blurry photo by Joanne Quinn, Communication and Service Promotion team leader


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Elizabeth Long

This week, we are featuring the 2015 Falvey Scholars and giving you the chance to get to know these bright young adults up close and personal. Not only are they very smart – they’re very interesting! Just last week, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program announced the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. These six remarkable senior students have been selected from a pool of candidates from various disciplines for their outstanding undergraduate student research projects at Villanova University. Click here for a listing of their projects as presented at the 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony.
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Featuring Elizabeth Long
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“I am a senior nursing major from Kensington, CT. I have been fortunate to participate in multiple activities on campus including the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). It has been a wonderful experience participating in undergraduate research as a Davis Grant recipient and also as serving as the Vice President of the National Student Nurses Association this past year. I have Villanova to thank for all of these enriching opportunities!”

Project Title: “Nurses’ Perceptions of Human Trafficking in an Urban Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study”


I am inspired by the strength of my patients.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Joe Biden.

My favorite Villanova memory is going on a nursing service experience to the Dominican Republic.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by recruiting subjects.

Today I’m feeling the color purple.

I’m listening to The Wolf, Mumford and Sons

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One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is exploring New England.

Happiness is laughing with my friends.

Everyone should know I love barbecue.

I am amazed by my fellow Villanovans.

Thanks, Elizabeth!


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