By Alice Bampton
Celina Wildemann, a senior biology major, is Falvey Memorial Library’s latest student employee of the month. A native of Middletown, R.I., Celina has worked for the Digital Library since her first year at Villanova University, scanning books and documents (see “1611 King James Bible now online”). Celina also worked in the Digital Library last summer.
The University Staff Council (USC) at Falvey selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees. Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, Laura Bang, the supervisor who nominated Celina, says “She is a dedicated worker with great attention to detail. … Celina also has a great attitude and is often excited about the materials she scans for us. She is also involved in several campus activities but balances the load very well. She is an exemplary worker among the Digital Library students, and she is quick to mentor other students.”
Celina sings in the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish choir and is a board member of the pastoral musicians. Among her other campus activities are raising money for the eighth annual “Walk for Water (for Wasala)” and participating in intramural dodge ball and outdoor soccer. She led a Habitat for Humanity trip to Slidell, La., during the fall break.
She says, “I like to smile. I also love cats, the fall season, sports, snowboarding and running.” Celina plans to attend physical therapy school next year.
Be sure to look at the illustration of Celina, created by Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist. The color illustration is posted on a pillar behind the circulation desk.
The student employee of the month idea originated with Manager of Access Desk Services Phylis Wright who, with University Librarian and Library Director Joe Lucia and the Falvey USC team, chose this way to honor student workers. At the start of the semester Phylis asks library supervisors for nominations of outstanding student employees. She notes that the USC team “received so many [nominations] that our . . . team is finding it a difficult task to choose . . . [the winners]” – a very nice comment on the quality of Falvey’s student workers!