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Meet this year’s Alumni Authors

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: June 8, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News


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Falvey Memorial Library is thrilled to be hosting the second annual Alumni Authors’ Panel. The event will be held this Friday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Speakers’ Corner. At the Friday event you will hear three Villanova graduates from different class years and colleges. Each will discuss the process of writing, publishing and marketing their book. This year’s panelists include Fr. Paul Morrisey ’61 COE, Jim Dudley ’08 CLAS, ’15 VLS, and Tom Swick ’74 CLAS. We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with the Alumni Association.

Fr Paul MorrisseycrFr. Paul F. Morrissey, OSA, D. Min., graduated from Villanova University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He has been an ordained Roman Catholic priest for 49 years. Fr. Morrissey is a pastoral counselor, has served as a chaplain in the Philadelphia prison system since 2006, and is founder and director of Adeodatus Prison Ministry. Fr. Paul is the author of Let Someone Hold You: the Journey of a Hospice Priest, published in 1994, which won the Catholic Press Award and the Christopher Award.

His most recent work, The Black Wall of Silence, published in 2015, is a novel about the cover-up of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. It is Fr. Paul’s sincere hope that this book will foster a healing and hope in the Catholic Church. Born in Upper Darby, he is one of fourteen (!) children and a graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School.

Tom swick pictureTom Swick  graduated from Villanova University in 1974 with a B.A. in English. Swick was the travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for nearly two decades. He is the author of a travel memoir, Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland, a collection of travel stories, A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania with a Maverick Traveler and the recently published The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them.

His work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Oxford American, The North American Review, The Missouri Review, The Wilson Quarterly, Ploughshares, Boulevard, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler and The Best American Travel Writing 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2014. He has lived and worked in England, France, Greece, and Poland, and he speaks French and Polish.

Jim DudleyJames Dudley earned a B.A. from Villanova University in 2008 with a double major in History and Political Science.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer and then returned to Villanova, earning a J.D. from the School of Law in 2015.  His first novel, The Clown Prince of Paris, was published in 2016.

We hope to see lots of past, present and future Wildcats at #NovaReunion16!

Display photo by Kallie Stahl.


The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/11)

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: April 11, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Teacher Training Seminar. 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact:


Thursday, April 14. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner.
2016 Literary Festival & Ida B. Wells Lecture featuring Asali Solomon, PhD. The Africana Studies Program in conjunction with Villanova University’s 18th Annual Literary Festival presents the Ida B. Wells Lecture featuring author Asali Solomon, PhD. Dr. Solomon is the author of the novelDisgruntled.  She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for her stories collected in Get Down, her first book; the volume was also a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2007 she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Dr. Solomon teaches English at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. At the event, Dr. Solomon will read selections from her novel Disgruntled.

Happening @ ‘Nova                                                                                                                                                                                 Be sure to check out these noteworthy events that are taking place on Villanova’s campus soon!

Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series Inaugural Speaker Dr. Gisela Storz: Today!                                         The Program in Biochemistry welcomes Dr. Gisela Storz from the National Institutes of Health, the inaugural speaker in the Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series (made possible by a kind gift to the program), at 4 p.m., April 11, in the Connelly Center Cinema. Her talk is titled “The Genes That Were Missed: Intricate Regulation Provided by Small RNAs and Small Proteins.” Questions? Contact

POWER Meeting: 4/12                                                                                                                                                                       Please join us 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in HSB 200 for a rescheduled meeting of Villanova’s chapter of Interfaith POWER Metro. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kate at the email address below by Monday, April 11. POWER Metro is bringing POWER Philadelphia’s message of putting faith into action by advocating for public policies that will help expand equality and social justice for citizens throughout the state into suburban areas.  Questions? Contact:

Social Identity at Work–Exploring Multiculturalism in the Workplace: 4/12                                                                The Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Career Center present a panel discussion, “Social Identity at Work: Exploring Multiculturalism in the Workplace,” 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Dougherty West Lounge. Professionals from a variety of industries, including Vanguard, Aramark, Campbell’s Soup Co., Verizon Wireless and Villanova, will discuss how their own cultural and social identities have informed and impacted their work lives. Questions? Contact:


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What is a Falvey Haul, you ask? Anything you drag in, out, or around our Library. Got a backpack full of books and a Kindle? Sweet! Show us! Got a gym bag with a laptop and a half-eaten apple? Show us that too! Whether you’re lugging around a box full of 27 newly checked-out Falvey books (looking at you, grad students!) or you’re balancing your Chromebook in one hand and a longboard in the other, we wanna see your haul. Take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and #hashtag it with #FalveyHaul! If we pick you, you can win some sweet Falvey Memorial Library swag – including the chance to win a private study space for you and a few friends during finals week – and some awesome internet attention.

In order to win, you must:

1: Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

2: Post yourself with your haul.

3: Use the hashtag #FalveyHaul

4: Tag THREE (3) friends!

Happy Hauling!

This week in Villanova history. Front page headline:  “Biden lectures on media and politics.” “Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (-Del.), presented a lecture entitled ‘Running for President in the Mass Media Age’ on April 3 in the Connelly Center Cinema.” (Biden is currently the vice president of the United States.) The Villanovan, Vol. 66, No. 18, April 5, 1991, p. 1.  Bound volumes of The Villanovan are housed in the University Archives.


Today is National Barbershop Quartet Day! In the first nineteen years of the twentieth century, barbershop quartet music became all the rage. A barbershop consists of a lead singer who carries the melody, a bass, a tenor, and a baritone. But barbershop music doesn’t always have to be sung by only four people; four parts can be split in a barbershop chorus. Did you know that Villanova professor Michael Hollinger wrote a musical all about women in the face of barbershop quartet culture called A Wonderful Noise?

“With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don’t have the luxury of falling back on anything.” – Ben Folds


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Foto Friday: Nellie’s Swan Song

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: March 18, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

Nellie poses in front of the front desk cart with the basketball hoop game behind her


May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

-Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Nellie says farewell to Villanova’s campus (though she regrets to leave in the midst of March Madness) as she heads back to The Seeing Eye for formal harness training.

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What you need to know about the Zika Virus

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: February 9, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

Barbara Quintiliano, Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian, shared important information about the Zika virus on the Nursing blog and we thought we would share it here, too.

Video from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Zika, a New Threat. What Is It (in Spanish with English subtitles)



Excerpt from Zika virus spreads across Americas as concerns mount over birth defects. (2015). BMJ, 315, h6983.

Zika’s rapid geographic spread would be causing less concern to public health authorities were it not for worrying evidence that the disease is less benign than initially thought. Hundreds of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have sprung up in the wake of Zika infection, but it is an explosion of microcephaly among infants born to infected women that has caused Brazil to declare Zika a “public health emergency of national importance.”


Basic info on Zika:
According to PAHO, “Zika fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), consisting of mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches…and non-purulent conjunctivitis, occurring about three to twelve days after the mosquito vector bite. One out of four people may develop symptoms, but in those who are affected the disease is usually mild with symptoms that can last between two and seven days. Its clinical manifestation is often similar to dengue, also a mosquito-borne illness.”

There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika virus infection. Therefore, treatment for everyone, including pregnant women, is directed at alleviating symptoms.

Factsheet from the World Health Organization (WHO) can be viewed here:

How does Zika virus affect pregnant women and fetuses?

Fetuses exposed in utero to the Zika virus are at risk for microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected. Babies with microcephaly can suffer from various problems, such as developmental delay, intellectual disability, hearing loss, and vision problems.

Click here to read more on microcephaly.

Travel Alert from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
The CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant. These women should consider postponing visits to countries currently affected by Zika virus transmission. Included are the countries of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Click here to read more on CDC precautions.

The CDC has created a webpage devoted entirely to the Zika Virus. Click here to view the page.

Click here to view journal articles available on the topic of the Zika Virus outbreak (Click “find it” to check for full text availability.)

FML164_BarbaraQuintiliano_011_EDIT2-150x150Written by Barbara Quintiliano, Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian.




Yo-Da Winner!

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News


The end of the fall semester went out with a force a la Star Wars. On Thursday, December 10, the Library hosted a Star Wars themed open house and study break event, complete with a plethora of Star Wars paraphernalia. There were Philly soft pretzels, hot chocolate, coffee and tea. There were games a plenty, including “Super Smash Brothers” on WiiU,  “Star Wars Dormtrooper,” “Yoda Ball Toss,” Star Wars coloring books and a giant Star Wars floor puzzle. “Star Wars Dormtrooper” and “Yoda Ball Toss” were Falvey-original games, the latter of which involved tossing a—you guessed it—Yoda ball into buckets with subject librarian portraits on the front of the buckets. “Star Wars Dormtrooper” focused on document delivery. Did you know you could have documents delivered to your dorm?! Yeah, I didn’t either. Read about it here! All you have to do is contact the Library and documents can be digitized and sent directly to you. How great is that?! Dormtrooper to the rescue!

Students who played the select “Star Wars Dormtrooper” and “Yoda Ball Toss” games could choose to enter a raffle to win an AMC gift card and swag bag. The lucky winner of the swag bag and AMC gift card was Michael Franz, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre.


Hope you all had a fantastic winter break, ‘Cats. Keep using the #FalveyForce throughout the spring semester!

Rey and BB-8 gif via giphy, sourced from the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

Article by Laura Matthews, Library Events and Outreach Specialist. 


Falvey Memorial Library Snowy Day Reads and Flicks

  • Posted by: Laura Matthews
  • Posted Date: January 22, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

With winter storm Jonas on the horizon (although we may be erring on the side of caution and we’ll believe it when we see it), we have polled the Library staff and librarians to find out what their favorite snowy day reads and DVDs are.

Sarah Wingo, Humanities II team leader and subject librarian for English, literature and theatre, Sarah-Wingo-150x1502 says her sense and sensibilityfavorite movie to watch when she is snowed in is without a doubt Sense and Sensibility (the 1995 version with Alan Rickman). You unfortunately won’t find the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility streaming on Netflix, but you will find it in our collection. Oh, how very exciting!


The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats is Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant’s, book pick for a snowy day. If you haven’t read the book, you absolutely should. The illustrations provoke emotion and are all around fantastic.RS4518_FML164_LauraBang_001_EDIT
Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations. the snowy dayAlthough Falvey Memorial Library doesn’t hold this book in its collection, you can easily borrow it from another local institution through E-ZBorrow. If you haven’t used E-ZBorrow before, it is a great resource. If you are a first time user and need help with E-ZBorrow, feel free to ask a librarian or staff member.

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LuisaCywinski_headshot-thumbnail-150x1501Access Services team leader, Luisa Cywinski, plans to settle in and watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Yes, that would be episode four, aka where it all began. Never seen the first Star Wars film? Star Wars Episode IV would be a good place to start. Guess who has it on DVD? We do!

When housebound due to snow, Darren Poley, outreach librarian, theology and DarrenPoley-200x3001humanities subject specialist, fellowship-of-the-ringand curator for the Augustinian Historical Institute, enjoys watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You won’t be able to find this trilogy streaming online but you will be able to find it in the Library’s collection. All three. On DVD. Yes, you read that correctly. May I kindly suggest you walk quite swiftly to the Library and borrow the trilogy immediately? Do it. If sadly by the time you get to the Library someone else has borrowed the entire DVD trilogy, have no fear, you can borrow the entire literary trilogy.

GeraldDierkes-border1Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater, was tempted to say that he could be found watching The Shining whilst snowed-in; he said that he would be merely tempted, but this is not conclusive. cold mountainWhether or not you are on the fence about watching The Shining, you can find it in our collection on VHS. If you don’t have a VHS player, I truly am shocked. Good thing the Library does! You could resort to renting the movie and watching it in the Library. Or you could just borrow the book because the Library has that, too. If watching a VHS in the Library during a snow storm isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps you may be interested in Gerald’s plans to finish reading Cold Mountain. If that sounds like fun to you, we have both the book and the DVD.

Be sure to stop by the Library today to borrow a book or DVD prior to the storms arrival. Stay safe and warm, ‘Cats!

Article by Laura Matthews, Library Events and Outreach Specialist. 

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Meet "Nova" and The Seeing Eye at the Special Olympics Fair


Article by Laura Matthews, library events and outreach specialist.

IMG_2217Four years ago, while at The Special Olympics, I found out about raising puppies for The Seeing Eye. I raised my first pup in 2012, a female yellow lab named Carey. She went on to become a breeder. Last fall, on October 28, 2013, the only female from Carey’s first litter of six pupsseven week old “Baby N”was delivered to our house.“Baby N” was named Nova! A complete, bizarre, and utter coincidence; especially because less than a year later I myself would become employed at Villanova. (I love it when life comes full circle!) Nova would spend 12-15 months with us learning and growing while being exposed to all sorts of new things. She spent at least one day of the week on Villanova’s campus with my father, who also works here.

Raising puppies to become guides for the blind is bittersweet, yes, but incredibly worth it.


The Seeing Eye called – it is Nova’s time to return for her formal harness training. She will more than likely become a guide, or as I like to say, a blind person’s new best friend or perhaps she will be a breeder like her mom. Regardless, I am excited to see what her future holds. The Seeing Eye knows how much I enjoy The Special Olympics and has allowed her to stay so she can make an appearance on Saturday November 8th. On Wednesday November 12th she will say her goodbyes to Villanova’s campus and return to The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey.

If you are interested in learning more about The Seeing Eye or perhaps you are thinking about raising a puppy (I highly suggest the latter, it is more rewarding than I can put into words) please visit The Seeing Eye’s website: And you should probably click on “Raise a Puppy,” – just saying!


Come on out to the 2014 Special Olympics Fall Festival! The festival will be held November 7, 8, and 9, rain or shine.



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