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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
Elizabeth Long

“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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Boston, MA

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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Taylor De La Pena: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

 

Photo - Taylor De La PenaTo honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.

Excerpt from “Purging”
by Taylor De La Pena

“The first thing I noticed about Robin was the sort of feline, fluid way which she moved and carried herself that seemed to extend even to the tips of her shiny, iridescent black hair. She was stunning in a bizarre way. I wouldn’t have called her pretty, per say; her eyes were stone gray and her lips were too thin, as if those features had aged prematurely. But she possessed a sort of alien beauty, something intriguing, something that made it almost impossible to look away.”

Taylor De La Pena, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “When I started writing ‘Purging,’ I thought it was going to be about the modeling industry and eating disorders. But once I started writing, I realized it was less about eating disorders, and more about how society values and commodifies women based on physical appearance. I think that’s what I love about writing; I don’t see it as a creation that is meant to teach other people about something, but rather as a way for me to think more deeply and figure out my own opinions.”

Taylor De La Pena is an English and Spanish major from Redondo Beach, California. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, trying new restaurants, and traveling. After she graduates in 2015, she plans to volunteer in Peru for a year with the Augustinian Volunteers.

 

 


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Katie Kline

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 Katie Kline

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“My name is Katie Kline, and I am a senior honors Nursing student. I am a Presidential Scholar, College of Nursing Ambassador, member of SNAP, and member of Delta Delta Delta sorority here at Villanova. After graduation, I will be starting my career as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital in PA.”

Project Title: “What to Know About Home Genetic-Test Kits”


neonatalI am inspired by watching the little Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies grow – I cannot wait to start my first job in NICU in July!

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Lauren Conrad.

My favorite Villanova memory is moving into Stanford freshman year and meeting my random roommate who, to this day, is one of my best friends here at VU.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by keeping up-to-date with the constantly changing information on my topic!

Today I’m feeling the color pink.

I’m listening to See You Again – Wiz Khalifa (ft. Charlie)

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is just relaxing after I (hopefully!) pass my nursing boards!

Happiness is spending time with family and friends.

Everyone should know that I love to bake.

I am amazed by how quickly these four years at Villanova flew by.

Thanks, Katie!


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The Curious Cat: Which of the following changes to the Library would you most like to see?

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This week, in the spirit of upcoming finals week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students a multiple choice question: “Which of the following changes to the Library would you most like to see?

1. A green roof on Falvey Hall, next to the Library’s fourth-floor windows
2. Adirondack chairs for the porch outside of Falvey Hall
3. A Mezzanine for additional study space in Falvey Hall’s Reading Room
4. Your own idea

Timothy ConcannonTimothy Concannon—“I would go with the additional study space. . . . More space to study in is probably the best bet . . . I think this is the most useful.”

 

 

 

 

 

Cierra BelinCierra Belin—“I would like the mezzanine . . . because I find that there is not enough space to study when finals come around . . . more study space would be ideal for the students.”

 

 

 

 

 

Serena GrewalSerena Grewal—“I think probably the additional study space . . . would be most useful for all students. . . . I just think that a lot of students would like extra study space.”

 

 

 

 

 

RS8956_DSC_3326-scrJohn Garvey—“I would like to go with the green roof because  . . . the green roof serves a lasting, practical purpose in terms of having more space to plant plants. In the long run it’s going to help the environment . . . this improvement would be more lasting, affect something outside of the immediate student body . . . This would have an impact on the whole planet, even in a small way. ”

 

 

Andrew KimAndrew Kim—“I would say the mezzanine for extra study space because I see people struggling to find a seat . . . the upstairs fills up really quickly. I think everyone could use extra study space in the Library.”

 

 

 

 

RS8963_DSC_3334-scrGabi Im—“I definitely think that more spaces to study are necessary, especially during finals time and midterms, or just in general when it’s really busy . . . I would definitely go with more study space.”


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar Nicholas Ader

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 Nicholas Ader
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Graduating this May, Nicholas Ader will further his studies in biology and biochemistry through a co-mentored PhD program at the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health through his NIH-Marshall Scholarship. He plans to study the cellular basis for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Project Title: “Comparison of Human Nrf2 Antibodies: A Tale of Two Proteins” and “Novel Activators of the Nrf2 Pathway: A Quinone Alone?”


I am inspired by the endless possibilities to discover, not only in science, but also in the lives of other people through conversation and companionship.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Pete Souza, the Presidential Photographer.

My favorite Villanova memory is too hard to identify.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by finding a balance between being a full-time student and a scientist. Between coursework and experiments, it’s hard to find time for anything else!

Today I’m feeling the color green.

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Jason Isbell via Wikimedia Commons

I’m listening to Jason Isbell. It’s usually Taylor Swift in the lab.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is an epic road trip with my friends out West. We’re calling it “Take the West with No Rest.”

Happiness is making a friend smile.

Everyone should know how to put themselves in the shoes of another person.

I am amazed by the dedication of my fellow Villanovans striving continuously to make the world a better place.

Thanks, Nicholas!


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Mood Board: Falvey Scholar John Szot

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 John Szot
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John Szot is a Senior Biology and English major from Keene, New Hampshire. He works in the Curry lab, which studies the hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina chickadees about an hour north of Villanova. He enjoys fishing, reading, and playing the piano.

Project Title: “Song Recognition in Black-Capped and Carolina Chickadee Hybrids: An Experimental Approach”


I am inspired by William Carlos Williams. Also, actor-firefighter Steve Buscemi.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Daniel Day-Lewis, which I guess means I’d be whoever Daniel Day-Lewis decided to be that day.

My favorite Villanova memory is the Special Olympics Fall Festival, every year.

While working on my research project, I was challenged by perfecting the art of self-discipline. With no deadlines or constant professorial oversight, I found I really needed to learn to put the onus on myself to come into the lab and get work done.

Today I’m feeling the color Crayola macaroni orange.

I’m listening to Startalk, with Neil Degrasse Tyson. And Run the Jewels. Definitely Run the Jewels.

One Summer Adventure I’m daydreaming about is finally getting to jump from the highest rock at the Fitzwilliam quarry.

Happiness is faith, family, and friends.

Everyone should know that there’s a proper way to tie your shoes.

I am amazed by waterbears, waterfalls, and Waterloo.

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Waterbear via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks, John!


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Jenny Lee: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.


Newark
by Jenny Lee

When we drive home,
we pass through Newark
where the factory lamps
burn against the oily night,
like lanterns hung
on the branches of a winter tree.

Sitting in the passenger’s seat
of your car, drowsy from
the warmth of the heater and my
knitted scarf, I think those lights
are so beautiful,
I could cry.

Once, I confessed this to you,
and you laughed.
“Don’t you see the dirty fumes
coming from the factories?”
My cheeks grew hot
and I didn’t mention the lights again.

But the next time we drove home,
we passed
through Newark,
and I was sleeping
in the passenger’s seat when
you woke me gently to say,
“Look. Your favorite lights.”


Jenny Lee, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘Newark’ was inspired by all the times I drove by the Newark/Elizabeth area during nighttime. The view of all the factory lights always struck me as intensely beautiful, despite knowing the area is extremely polluted in reality. The strange dissonance remained with me, and I felt the need to put it into a poem.”

Jenny Lee is an English major from Haworth, New Jersey. She enjoys “being with friends, going to coffee shops, and eating breakfast foods at night.”


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