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Flick or Flip: The Graduate

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Welcome to Falvey’s Flick or Flip? blog series. My name is Anna Jankowski, and I am a Senior Communication and Marketing Assistant at Falvey Library. I am continuing to publish editions of this blog after my good friend Allie Reczek graduated last year. For this series, I will pick a book (flip) that has been turned into a movie (flick) and argue which I thought was better.

For my first Flick or Flip post, I read The Graduate (1963) and watched the 1967 Oscar-winning film starring Dustin Hoffman. I was very excited to dive into this story as I have often heard it referenced in popular culture but never knew why it was such a phenomenon. I also thought it was very timely to my own life as I will be graduating from Villanova in a few short months.

The story follows young Benjamin Braddock, who has just graduated at the top of his class and will be turning 21 in a few years. His two affluent parents throw him a party for his graduation to show off their talented and accomplished son. Benjamin is distracted at the party as he feels all of his accomplishments are meaningless in the grand scheme of life and contemplates what he wants to pursue in the future. At this party, he drives the mercurial Mrs. Robinson home where she attempts to seduce him before her husband arrives. Thus, an affair between this older woman and young Benjamin begins. However, their affair abruptly ends and chaos ensues after Benjamin becomes enamored with Mrs. Robinson’s college-aged daughter, Elaine Robinson.

The book is mostly dialogue with very little context given around the emotions of the characters. It moves quickly and states the actions in a matter-of-fact manner.

The film is quirky, engaging, and disorienting at times. It uses intricate long shots and unique framing to create the scattered world that Benjamin occupies. Most of the movie is silent except for the repetition of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence which plays several times throughout several intricate montages of the film.

Both the book and the movie are relatively uncomfortable to experience. Benjamin is a very difficult protagonist to root for because of his lack of drive and complete disregard for others in his life. It is a great commentary on finding our way.

The Graduate DVD coverThe endings of the book and the movie are slightly different but in very critical ways. There are some interactions and nuances in the relationships between the characters that are altered or completely omitted from the film which was slightly disappointing. The final sequence and final shot of the movie is an iconic moment in film history that is referenced frequently in popular culture. The emotions on the character’s faces convey so much hesitation, adrenaline, confusion, hope, and despair in only a matter of minutes. There is so much we can infer about how they feel about the decisions they have just made based on their eye contact and dialogue or lack thereof. For this reason, as well as several other stunning scenes designed by director Mike Nichols, I recommend…


If you are interested in this visual masterpiece with a bit of a disturbing plotline, the movie is available for rent as a DVD in Falvey Library. We currently have portable DVD players that can be borrowed for a classic movie night! So pop some popcorn, sit down with friends, and get ready to watch this misty classic film about life, love, and searching for your purpose.


Anna Jankowski


Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a senior Communication Major. She works  as a Communication and Marketing Assistant at Falvey Library.






Announcing the Match Program for First Year Students

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Calling all first year students! “Research experience” is a key phrase that employers are looking for on resumes. The Match Research Program can get you this experience and help you stand out! Apply now!

The Villanova Match Research Program provides opportunities for motivated first year undergraduates to pursue undergraduate research in their first spring semester.

Those who apply and are selected will begin collaborating with a faculty mentor this Spring semester, for 10 hours a week, over 10 weeks, and will earn a $1,000 stipend.  No prior research experience is needed to apply! You can apply to multiple research projects and to projects that are outside of your major(s), too. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., so act quickly!

Students are invited to check out the projects they might like to work on here.

Reach out to CRF with questions here!:

Students are also invited to chat with Falvey’s First Year Experience and Humanities Librarian, Rob LeBlanc for any related-research needs.



Celebrate Student Research at Villanova on Friday, Nov. 11

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Mark your calendars! Friday, November 11, 2022,  is an important day on campus as we celebrate excellence in graduate and undergraduate research at Villanova University!

The Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) invites all to attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, November 11th from 1-4 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center! Undergraduates from all colleges who engaged in research will share their work with you and the Villanova community through poster and oral presentations on a variety of topics. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the research happening in our community. The fourth volume of Villanova’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, Veritas: Villanova Research Journal (VVRJ), will also be available at the symposium for all to enjoy. For more information on the event, please visit our webpage or contact

Grad CLAS Symposium

The Office of Graduate Studies (CLAS) invites the Villanova Community to support and celebrate the research of graduate students on Friday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Oral presentations will take place in the Connelly Cinema followed by poster presentations in the Art Gallery.

Research is an essential part of the graduate student experience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova. Ranging from Biology and Chemistry to History and Philosophy, CLAS graduate students pursue a wide variety of fascinating research projects. For this symposium, students were invited to use the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) format to submit a three-minute video about their work. Students were instructed to prepare to address a broad, non-specialist audience. The symposium will feature live oral and poster presentations from the top submissions along with a meet and greet with the presenters and graduate faculty. Refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you there!

This ACS approved event, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies (CLAS) and co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Graduate Research and Education, is free and open to the public.

Please be sure to help us honor the outstanding work of both our undergraduate and graduate students at Villanova!



It’s Not Too Late to Treat Yourself to a Spine-Tingler!


By Lily Umphred

We hope you had a happy Halloween, Nova Nation! It’s not too late to treat yourself to a great book! To get you in the spirit, Falvey Library staff has recommended their favorite spine-tingling reads for you. Pick your favorite, grab some candy corn and a warm blanket, and be prepared to be spooked!

Roberta Pierce, Access and Collections Coordinator:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Papin Sisters by Rachel Edwards

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian:

The Stand by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King- Available to students, faculty and staff via Interlibrary Loan


Christoforos Sassaris, Distinctive Collections Coordinator:

The Shining by Stephen King

It by Stephen King- Available to students, faculty and staff via Interlibrary Loan

Pet Sematary by Stephen King- Available to students, faculty and staff via Interlibrary Loan


David Burke, Metadata Librarian:

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft

Tales of the Uncanny and Supernatural by Algernon Blackwood

Lovecraft Country by Matthew Ruff- Available to students, faculty and staff via Interlibrary Loan

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle- Available to students, faculty and staff via Interlibrary Loan


Meg Piorko, Distinctive Collections Librarian:

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado


Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology:

The Mystery of Suicide Place by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller


More Thrilling Options to Choose From:

Angel of the Underground by David Andreas

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Cujo by Stephen King

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton

How to do Things with Dead People: History, Technology, and Temporality from Shakespeare to Warhol by Alice Dailey

The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror by David J. Skal

Misery by Stephen King

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Shadow Man by Alan Drew

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

You can click the links to find where these books are located. Check them out at the Spine-tinglers display on the first floor of Falvey. Happy reading, Wildcats!



Lily Umphred is a sophomore studying economics and communications. Her favorite spine-tingler is Verity by Colleen Hoover.



Register for our Virtual Falvey Forum Workshops on “Dealing with Data”

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Join us on Wednesdays this fall for the virtual Falvey Falvey Forum series from 12-1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Dealing with Data.” We officially kickoff the series on Wednesday, Sept. 21 as Sarah Hughes, Nursing and Life Sciences Librarian, leads a session on “Using Zotero Citation Manager.”

The Falvey Forum is a series of virtual workshops dedicated to advancing research tips, techniques, and technologies. Drawn from Falvey Memorial Library’s successful Brown Bag seminar series, the conference’s sessions will cover a wide variety of research and library-oriented information aimed at invigorating and improving research, informing new pedagogy, and encouraging the integration of advanced academic research into personal and professional lives.

All events in the Falvey Forum Series are ACS-approved and sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library! Be sure to check them out and recommend them to anyone you think may be interested.

See our Falvey Forum page for a full listing of workshop topics and to register! 



Announcing Mindfulness Mondays

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The Villanova community is cordially invited to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 1-1:30 p.m. this fall. This virtual series began with the first meditation on Monday, Aug. 29, and will run on Monday afternoons throughout the semester until the last session on Monday, Dec. 19.

Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students.

Sessions will take place each week via Zoom. Please follow this link to join each week:

Mindfulness Mondays are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome to attend these ACS-approved events! Please join us!

Dig Deeper
To learn more about the practice and benefits of mindfulness meditation, we invite you to read some of the following e-books which are part of Falvey Library’s collection:

These e-books are available to any student, faculty, or staff with a valid Villanova email address.

Please also check out these helpful resources being offered by Campus Ministry:

For FREE guided meditations, please see UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center website.

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




Confronting Cujo, the Fearsome & Famous Canine


Since we are nearing the end of summer and preparing to enter the spooky season, what better way to start the transition than with a good horror book? To help continue the celebration of famous dogs from literature, I want to focus on a fearsome canine from a darker type of book: Stephen King’s Cujo. This once-friendly St. Bernard turned vicious animal is famous for terrifying children and adults alike. The name “Cujo” itself elicits fear and endures as an everlasting part of pop culture.

To give you a little teaser if you haven’t yet read the book…

Cujo was released in September of 1981. The book is centered on the story of two families in the small fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, which is a location often featured as a setting in many of King’s works.

Cujo is a member of the Camber family—longtime residents who live on the outskirts of the town. Charity, a homemaker, and Joe, a mechanic, are married and have one young son named Brett. At the beginning of the novel, Cujo is their large, congenial, and obedient St. Bernard.

We learn that Joe is an angry alcoholic who is abusive to his wife and son. Charity would like to leave Joe, but she isn’t financially able to do so. She is, however, the recent winner of a $5000 lottery (minus taxes) and in exchange for buying her husband some equipment with her winnings, she’s able to bargain herself a trip to see her sister Holly in a different state, accompanied by Brett. Joe is left alone with Cujo as he works on cars in his garage.

On the other side of Castle Rock, lives the Trenton family, new residents from another state. We meet Vic, an ad executive, his wife Donna, and their small son Tad. Vic is having some troubles at work and is on the verge of losing a big account and Donna is lonely and she reveals that she’s been unfaithful to her husband. Tad struggles with nightmares, and imagines a ferocious dog-like monster in his closet every night.

While everyone is dealing with the traumas in their own lives, the Camber’s dog Cujo goes off on an adventure and follows a rabbit down a hole and in the process gets bit on the muzzle by a rabid bat. Over the course of the next few days, Cujo’s personality completely transforms as the disease progresses. Slowly, he becomes unhinged and vicious to everyone he comes across, including his owner, Joe Camber. In a fit of rage, he mauls Joe to death and roams the empty property.

Around this time, Vic goes on a business trip, leaving Donna and Tad at home. Donna was experiencing car trouble and decides to visit the Camber residence for help. She barely makes it to the Camber’s when she receives a surprise greeting from Cujo, who at this point is deadly and grotesque, fully taken over by rabies. With Joe Camber dead, Charity and Brett on a trip, Vic out of town, and no one for miles, she is utterly trapped in her car with her son.  Donna is forced to take up the fight of her life to figure out how she and Tad can escape the wrath of Cujo.

You’re going to have to check out the book for the ending!

At the beginning of the novel, Cujo starts off with a warm, pleasant, and playfully-curious demeanor. This is typical of most St. Bernard dogs. They are well-loved, often portrayed in books and films as family dogs, like in the popular 90’s movie, Beethoven as well as the Disney animated film, Peter Pan.

Fast facts about St. Bernard Dogs, Courtesy of the American Kennel Club

  • Typical Height is 26-28 inches (females) and 28-30 inches (males)
  • Average Weight is 140-180lbs (males) and 120-140lbs (females)
  • Life Expectancy is 8-10 years
  • Got their name by helping a monk named Bernard of Menthon (later canonized), who created a hospice that would aid pilgrims journeying to through the Swiss Alps to Rome. Their keen sense of smell would enable them to help travelers trapped beneath snow drifts.

Dig Deeper:

“Remarkable Rescues by St. Bernard Dogs” (Scientific American)

“St. Bernard History: The Original Rescue Dogs of the Italian-Swiss Border” (AKC Staff)

“The Dogs of St. Bernard” The Christian Recorder

“Barry the First St. Bernard” (Hello It’s DOG! Podcast)

headshot picture of regina duffyRegina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager. Her favorite dog is the loveable and ever-faithful Golden Retriever.





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.



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.



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.


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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