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Alumni Authors’ Panel: Highlighting Literary Achievement

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Villanova University is pleased to welcome back alumni this weekend for the 2015 reunion! The reunion, which is celebrated on campus from Thursday, June 4th, through Sunday, June 7th, will feature a wide array of lively events, activities and workshops in honor of the return of our former wildcats to campus. Falvey Memorial Library will be the site of many of these events, including a panel discussion featuring three alumni authors who will discuss their personal experiences in the creation of one of their published and/or performed intellectual pieces of work. The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place Friday, June 5, at 10:00 a.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner.

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Harvey, Hollinger and Burke

Alumni panelists will include Sean P. Harvey ’00 CLAS on his book The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation; Judy Lee Burke ’75 CLAS on her book Blackrock; and playwright Michael Hollinger ’89 CLAS on Under the Skin. Each panelist will have the opportunity to talk about their individual creative process and the critical reception of their work. The panel will be moderated by Darren G. Poley, Scholarly Outreach team leader and theology librarian. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event as well.

Sean P. Harvey will talk about his book, The Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation, which discusses the complex history of the communication (or miscommunication) between white Europeans and Native American people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Judy Lee Burke will discuss the creation of her book, Blackrock, which is a suspense thriller that follows a female protagonist as she re-embarks on her former career as an architectural designer and gets much more than she bargained for. Playwright Michael Hollinger will discuss Under the Skin, which takes us into the life of a dying man and details the difficult relationship that he with his daughter. Both Harvey and Burke’s books have been published; however, a printed version of Hollinger’s play is still in the process of being created. The play premiered at the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia in January, 2015. Join us as we delve deeper into learning about the writing and publishing process with our authors!

In addition to the panel, Falvey has also mounted a window display on the first floor to further highlight the accomplishments of our alumni authors. In the display, all three of the panelists have been featured along with approximately thirty other alumni authors whom Falvey would like to recognize for their literary achievements. It is our hope to include these and all of Villanova’s alumni authors into our Community Bibliography, which is an open citation repository that houses a list of the published works of the members of the Villanova University community. Any individual associated with Villanova who would like to be featured in our Community Bibliography project should contact communitybibliography@villanova.edu for more details.


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

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‘Caturday: Welcoming Alumni Wildcats!

Looking back at the year 1951, the Alumni Reunion was filled with seriousness, decorum, and…pretzels? Do you know these gentlemen? Are they officers of the Villanova Alumni Association or the Editors of the Villanova Alumnus? Is that man peeking through from the back an early example of photobombing? They’re having fun, that’s for sure!

We look forward to seeing our Alumni Wildcats next week, from June 4 – 7 for Alumni Reunion Weekend!

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Villanova Alumnus editorial staff


Images courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

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


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Millicent Gaskell Begins as Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

Millicent Gaskell Appointed Villanova University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced the appointment of Millicent Gaskell as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library, effective May 29, 2015. This key appointment, the result of an extensive national search, will enable Villanova to build upon Falvey Memorial Library’s impressive legacy as a cornerstone of learning at the University.

Millicent GaskellMs. Gaskell comes to Villanova with broad experience in both higher education and the private sector. For the past 10 years, she held a number of leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Most recently, Ms. Gaskell served as Department Head of Collections Strategy and Management, with oversight of collection development, analysis, acquisitions and metadata and had responsibility for MIT’s $10M collections budget and a 36-member staff. She was honored twice at MIT for outstanding communication and collaboration, as well as for innovation and creativity.

“We are pleased to welcome Millicent Gaskell to Villanova University and to this important position at Falvey Memorial Library,” said the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Ms. Gaskell brings to Villanova a thorough knowledge of current and future technological trends impacting library and information services, as well as extensive experience in implementing digital content management initiatives.”

Falvey Memorial Library plays a central role in ensuring the interdependence of teaching, research and scholarship at Villanova. As University Librarian and Director of Falvey Memorial Library, Ms. Gaskell will oversee a facility that supports research and scholarly activities for faculty and students. Its collections include 1.68 million items with 551,236 stack items, 35,297 electronic journals, and 3,596 print journals.  In addition, its digital library initiative assembles, presents and preserves digital collections that support the teaching and research of the campus and the global community of scholars. Gaskell will oversee a staff of 50 employees at Falvey Memorial Library, including the University Archivist and software development programmers.

“The academic library of the future should be creative and agile as pedagogy continues to evolve,” said Gaskell. “The academic library needs to ensure the long-term preservation of scholarship. We should lead not only in preserving collections, but also in improving the discoverability of these collections. Libraries must engage with faculty, students, and administrators to ensure that the community has the information resources, services, spaces, and tools required in a rapidly changing educational environment.”

Prior to her tenure at MIT, Ms. Gaskell served as Librarian, Senior Librarian and then Manager of Information Services during a 10-year career at QVC. Previously, as Environmental Information Specialist at the South Jersey Environmental Information Center, she built the only public environmental collection and research service in New Jersey.  Gaskell earlier served as Paralibrarian for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Gaskell earned a Master’s of Science in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Ursinus College.

“Ms. Gaskell’s unique background and expertise will allow Villanova to not only build upon the Library’s national recognition by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence 2013, but also to successfully position the institution for the future,” Fr. Ellis added.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.


Article written by Jonathan Gust, Director of Media Relations.

Contact:
Jonathan Gust
Director of Media Relations
Villanova University
(610) 519-5152
jonathan.gust@villanova.edu

 


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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

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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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