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2022 CONCEPT Journal Release: Recognizing Excellence in Graduate Student Scholarship

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In April, a virtual event was held to celebrate the release of the 2022 edition of CONCEPT,  the scholarly journal of graduate students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). This year’s edition of CONCEPT marks the 45th volume in the series.

Hosted by Emory Woodard, PhD, Dean, Graduate Studies in CLAS, the virtual recognition ceremony served as an opportunity to learn more about the multi-faceted process of getting CONCEPT prepared for publication. From enlisting faculty and graduate students to serve as editors and peer reviewers, carefully evaluating the many student submissions, and painstakingly editing student work—there are many steps involved in this great undertaking. At the event, students and faculty discussed their experiences working on production of the journal. You can view the event here.

CONCEPT accepts papers from graduate students in the arts and sciences and seeks to feature exceptional interdisciplinary work. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies in CLAS and Falvey Library.

This year’s edition features papers covering a wide range of subjects, including Theatre, Psychology, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Human Resources Development, and Classical Studies.

We would like to especially highlight the work of two outstanding graduate student employees at Falvey Library: Emily Poteat and Ethan Shea. Poteat, a history major, is a graduate assistant for Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement and Villanova’s Irish Studies Program. Her paper is titled, “Operation Barbarossa and Hitler’s War on the Eastern Front.” Shea, an English major, is a graduate assistant for the Communication and Marketing department. His piece is titled “The Unracing of Whiteness in Heart of Darkness.”

We are also proud to recognize the efforts of Library staff member Dave Uspal for his technical support of the journal. He is a member of the Technology Services department at Falvey Library.

Check out the article by Graduate Studies CLAS to learn more about the virtual event and to learn more about papers featured in the current issue, which is available in digital and print formats.

Falvey would like to congratulate the many faculty, staff, and students that made CONCEPT 2022 possible!


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Manager on the Communication and Marketing team in Falvey Memorial Library.

 


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Join us for the 2022 CONCEPT Virtual Recognition Ceremony!

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Please join us on Friday, April 22, 1-2 p.m., as we celebrate the official launch of the 2022 issue of CONCEPT, the interdisciplinary journal of graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will recognize this year’s Graduate Research Prize for top paper, along with all of the student authors and editors, faculty editors, and peer reviewers.

CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences and is an opportunity for them to share their scholarship and research.

The 2022 edition of CONCEPT marks the 45th release of the journal. This virtual event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

Please REGISTER here for the CONCEPT Recognition Ceremony. Once registered, you will be sent a link to the event.

Visit the CONCEPT website to learn more about the journal and to browse past volumes.


 


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Join Us For the 2022 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony

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2022 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony

The Villanova community is cordially invited to join us on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the 2022 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony.

This program will provide the opportunity to recognize outstanding undergraduate research by the senior students who were selected as the 2022 Falvey Scholars from across Villanova’s campus. The event also serves as a recognition of the dedication of faculty in supporting undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

During the event, award recipients will share a video where they provide a brief 10-minute presentation to highlight their overall research process and showcase a summary of their winning project. Presentations will emphasize the use of Library resources, which may include one-on-one librarian consultations, reference workshops, library books and journals, access to Interlibrary Loan, databases, and even quiet study space. 5 minutes of live Q&A will take place after each student presentation.

REGISTER HERE

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, is free and open to the public. Join us to recognize some of Villanova’s finest senior scholars!

**Please note that this event will be recorded and photographed. **

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in the Digital Library. View the 2021 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet.


Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships are proud to announce the 2022 Falvey Scholar Award Winners:

Nadjulia Constant and Daryl Jucar

  • Project Title: “Minority Stress and Effects on Cardiovascular Health in African Americans”
  • Faculty Mentor: Theresa Capriotti, PhD

Christopher DiLullo

  • Project Title: “Media on Media: How Media Trade Publications View Streaming Services Compared With Legacy Media”
  • Faculty Mentor: Allyson Levin, PhD

Addison Drone

  • Project Title: “50 Years of Sports Teams in Work Teams Research: Missed Opportunities and New Directions for Studying Team Processes”
  • Faculty Mentor: Narda Quigley, PhD

Nicole Garcia

  • Project Title: “Metal-catalyzed synthesis of isoprene polymers with optimized isomer distribution”
  • Faculty Mentor: Deanna Zubris, PhD

Alec Henderson

  • Project Title: “Mapping Habitat Suitability of the American Chestnut in Pennsylvania: Can we Restore this Foundational Tree to our Forests?”
  • Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Santoro, Professor, and Peleg Kremer, PhD

Mai Khuc

  • Project Title: “Cost Estimation Tools for Data Center Two-Phase Cooling with Vapor Recompression-based Heat Recovery”
  • Faculty Mentor: Aaron Wemhoff, PhD

Erica Mallon

  • Project Title: “Dsk2 interacts with polyubiquitinated substrates to reciprocally induce sedimentation”
  • Faculty Mentor: Daniel Kraut, PhD

 


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Celebrate VU Faculty Who Support Textbook Affordability at a Virtual Forum on March 9!

Faculty OER Adoption Award Forum

Villanova faculty, staff, students, and friends are cordially invited to join the Affordable Materials Project (AMP) in celebrating faculty members, Jeanne Liedtka, JD, and Valentina DeNardis, PhD, who were awarded Open Educational Resource (OER) Faculty Adoption Grants for 2021-22 in a virtual forum on Wednesday, March 9, from 3-4 p.m.

At this event, faculty will share their insights into the benefits and challenges posed by redesigning their courses using FREE, OPENLY LICENSED TEXTBOOKS. Students will also share feedback on using OER.

This event is perfect for faculty considering or curious about OER and everyone interested in educational affordability, accessibility, and inclusivity. This ACS-approved event is co-sponsored by the AMP and Falvey Memorial Library.

REGISTER HERE

Please be sure to join us at this event to celebrate faculty who support textbook affordability at Villanova!

 


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


 


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2022 Falvey Scholar Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted!

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By Kallie Stahl

The 2021 Falvey Scholar Award recipients (from left to right, top row): Chloe Benson, Nicholas Yoo; (middle row) Jacqueline Thoet, Audrey Lawrence; (bottom row) Danielle Markey and Tara Reddy, Kaylan Purisima, and Annelise Laughlin. Photos courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

Attention faculty and Villanova seniors: Falvey Scholar Award nominations are now being accepted. The Falvey Scholar Awards are given each spring semester to individual or group projects of seniors who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research during their undergraduate careers at Villanova. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of scholarly literature of the sort provided and supported by the library.

Villanova faculty:

  • Faculty can nominate students until Sunday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. by using the link provided on following page: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/
  • Once nominated, students will be asked to apply in order to be considered for the award by using a link on the same page. Faculty mentors who plan to nominate should encourage students to apply.
  • Please consider nominating a student who exemplifies the awards criteria.

Villanova seniors:

  • Villanova seniors, if you’d like to be considered for the Falvey Scholar award urge your faculty mentor to nominate you by forwarding them the nomination link provided on following page: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/
  • Students MUST be nominated by a faculty mentor before applying in order to be considered for the award.
  • The deadline for faculty nominations is Sunday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. The deadline for student applications is Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

The Falvey Scholar award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. 2020 winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205, on Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. that will include presentations by the award recipients on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in Falvey’s Digital Library. If you have questions, please contact: libraryevents@villanova.edu


 

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 

 

 


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Love is in the Air at Falvey!

Valentine's Day Book Display

Love is in the air at Falvey Library as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delightful display and some sweet treats!

Be sure to stop by to see our romance novel themed display on the Library’s first floor featuring a delectable assortment of well-loved classics, including:

You can “check out” one of the copies of the featured books above or simply browse the stacks on your own to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit!

All of our library loves are also cordially invited to visit our table on Falvey’s first floor on Monday morning to sign up for our new e-newsletter, Find it At Falvey! The table will feature cute giveaways, including word searches, stickers, and sinfully-sweet treats to satisfy every sweet tooth!

Can’t make it over to Falvey on Monday? You can sign up to receive the latest Falvey events and news right in your inbox by signing up for the Falvey Memorial Library e-newsletter: Click here.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Wildcats! Be sure to show your fellow Villanovans some love.

 


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Olivia Dunn ’23 CLAS is a current junior at Villanova, majoring in Communication with specializations in Journalism and Public Relations. She works in Falvey Library as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.

 


 


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Flip or Flick: The Outsiders

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Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”


By Allie Reczek

The Outsiders novel, written by S.E. Hinton in 1967, follows the life of Ponyboy Curtis (yes, his real name) and the “greasers” as they battle the “Socs” (short for socials), in this coming-of-age tale. The greasers, known for their greasy, long hair and low-class, scum reputation and the Socs, the upper-class kids from the good side of town, are always at war with each other. The social and economic differences that exist between these two groups cause constant tension and rivalry in town, ultimately leading to the accidental death of a Soc at the hands of a 16-year-old greaser named Johnny. This accident sends Ponyboy and Johnny on a journey that takes a toll on the rest of the greasers and results in more death and destruction than any young person should experience.

From the first few pages of this novel, readers root for Ponyboy and the rest of the greasers, understanding that just because you are from a lower social class does not mean that you have less to offer society. Readers learn the importance of family and that the people who have your back no matter what are the ones worth staying beside.

The Outsiders movie adaptation was released in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starred C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillion, and Ralph Macchio. Coppola does a remarkable job at keeping to the storyline and plot of the novel, where almost nothing was left out or changed. This film brings this seemingly simple story of a young boy and his life to reality, where viewers can truly empathize with the greasers, and understand the relationship and love between these boys.

So… Flip or Flick?

While both versions of this story are captivating and gut-wrenching, I would have to choose Flick. The movie adds another layer of connection to the charactersThe Outsiders movie cover and their journey through life, where viewers get a visual glimpse into the lives of Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Dally, Johnny, Two-Bit, and Steve. Because Coppola maintains the integrity and structure of the storyline, I did not feel that anything important was missing in the film and it only further enhanced the plot. While Ponyboy and the greasers may be the Outsiders in their world, this story is one that I feel everyone can relate to in some way. There comes a point in all our lives where we feel as if we don’t fit in or belong. The Outsiders proves that sometimes it is OK to be on the outside; it proves that as long as you have people who love you and are there for you through thick and thin, nothing else matters. Finally, we are reminded to stay optimistic and appreciate life, even when it may seem like nothing good will last. Even when dawn goes down to day, we ought to remember that the gold does in fact stay.

“Stay Gold, Ponyboy.”

 

 


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Allie Reczek ’22 CLAS is a current senior at Villanova, majoring in Psychology with minors in Communications and Sociology. She works in Falvey Library as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.


 


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Flip or Flick: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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By Allie Reczek

When we think of Halloween stories and the terrifying characters associated with them, we tend to think of witches, zombies, vampires, or even the horrid Frankenstein’s monster. However, the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is not like these frightening stories at all. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a Gothic novella published in 1886. The main character, Dr. Henry Jekyll, is known as a brilliant scientist, currently questioning the internal psyche of man. He is incredibly handsome and widely respected by all who know him.

During one of Jekyll’s experiments to understand the good and bad inside of us all, he develops a potion to transform humans into their evil counterparts. Taking it himself, Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde—gruesome to look at and dangerous to the core. He commits murder while in the body of Hyde, but eventually transforms back to the good Jekyll after consuming another potion. After repeated voluntary transformations, Jekyll becomes unable to control when he becomes Hyde, even without taking his experimental concoction. Knowing that soon he will be Hyde forever and people will be after him for his crimes, Jekyll decides that there is nothing else he can do but take his own life. 

There are several movies based off of this novella, however the 1931 version directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March is widely considered to be the best adaptation. Despite its 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie takes a different approach to this story. Many of the supporting characters in the movie are not included in the novella and vice versa. In the movie, Jekyll is about to marry his fiancée, Muriel Carew, but after unsuccessful attempts to stay as Jekyll, he decides that he has to let her go. When he is Hyde, he murders dance hall girl, Ivy Pearson, after she rejects him and fears his horrifying appearance. Unlike in the novella, instead of Jekyll ending his own life and leaving a suicide note, he is shot and killed while he is Hyde. Although this was a movie made in the 30s, I was surprised at how realistic the transformation from Jekyll to Hyde appeared. Even without the movie magic of 21st century films, this adaptation did a great job at maintaining an engaging storyline that I am sure terrified audiences when first released. 

So… Flip or Flick? 

Flip! While the movie should not be overlooked, I think the book did a better job at explaining this horror story. This novella explores the idea of good and evil, allowing readers to question if we can ever overpower the evil inside us all or if it is only a matter of time before it takes over. Through its classic 19th century European stylistic writing and thought-provoking ending, this book is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a psychological thriller this Halloween season. This story reminds us that it is not witches, zombies, or vampires that are scary, but rather it is what is inside of us that is truly the scariest thing of all. 

 


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Allie Reczek ’22 CLAS is a current senior at Villanova, majoring in Psychology with minors in Communications and Sociology. She works in Falvey Library as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.


 

 


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Register for the Interfaith Human Library Event on Nov. 3!

Interfaith Human Library event


Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner for the Interfaith Human Library event.

At the Interfaith Human Library you can “check out” human “books”—VU faculty, staff, graduate students of diverse backgrounds—for an interactive conversation about their religious traditions. This may include those from Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian Universalist, or other faith backgrounds.

Please register here.

This ACS-approved event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library. It is open to Villanova faculty, staff, and students. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event or religious diversity at Villanova, please contact the Rev. Julie Sheetz.


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“Trick or Treat” (Yourself to a Great Book)!

Halloween Display 2021


By Allie Reczek

Happy spooky season, Wildcats! As the last day of October quickly approaches, Falvey has compiled a list of killer thrillers to check out in our Halloween display on the first floor of the library. Click the links below to find where these books are located.

Want more spine-tingling recommendations? Be sure to check out The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. You also can’t go wrong with anything by Stephen King or Anne Rice. Be on the lookout for the next Falvey Flip or Flick review on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde! Flip or Flick, this story is sure to give you goosebumps.

Happy reading and happy Halloween!


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Allie Reczek ’22 CLAS is a current senior at Villanova, majoring in Psychology with minors in Communications and Sociology. She works in Falvey Library as a Marketing and Communications Assistant.


 

 

 


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Last Modified: October 28, 2021