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Curious Cat: Going Home For Fall Break

It is almost Fall Break! If you live within a 3 mile vicinity of Villanova, listen for the collective sigh of relief when thousands of students hand in their midterms, getting ready for fall break. In honor of the much-needed respite, we asked students what they would be doing during their fall break.

 


This week’s Curious Cat is brought to you by Allie Reczek, Lindsay Sassion, and Liam Brassington, three of our wonderful undergraduate student workers in the Falvey Memorial Library Communication & Marketing Department. Keep an eye out for them every Thursday, asking students their opinions on a range of subjects and topics. 


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Curious Cat: Study and Stress

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With the first three weeks almost behind us the stress is starting to mount. That’s why we asked students around Falvey Library how they deal with stress.

 

“I call my mom and she helps me calm down” -Catie Magister, Biology ’22

“I listen to music or workout” -Alex DaCosta, Mathematics ’22

“Listen to music, go for walks, or talk to my mom on the phone” -Annabelle Humiston, Psychology ’20


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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Curious Cat: What class are you looking forward to?

Hey folks! Despite the sentiment of the proverb, curiosity has not killed the cat.

With a fresh academic year upon us, we asked students in the library what class they are most excited for this semester or in the future?


 

“Geology, because I am interested about how the Earth works.”
—Grace Callaghan

 

“Business Dynamics, because my professor is super fun.”
—Andrew Frohock


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Summer Reading Stacks

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

 

Welcome back to campus, Wildcats!

How was your summer? More importantly, did you read any good books? Which book did you pack in your beach bag and bring home covered in sand and salt water stains? Which book kept you turning pages for hours during a lazy day at home? Was there a book you started but left unfinished when you packed up to return to school?

Thankfully, National Read A Book Day is Friday, Sept. 6, and Falvey Library wants you to spend the day reading for fun. Yes, read for run. Get outside, and pick up a new book, a favorite book, or a book you didn’t finish. Make sure to stop in the library and pick up a button at the Circulation Desk to show your support for the holiday.

I’ll be picking Whisper Network by Chandler Baker back up. I started the novel at the tail end of my summer, and it’s been sitting on my nightstand ever since. For National Read A Book Day, I’m going to bring the book with me to work and spend my lunch break outside, ignoring my phone and academic responsibilities for just a little bit. It’s an engrossing read, set in a modern-day corporate office after the suspicious suicide of the company’s CEO. Every page has enough thrill and intrigue to keep me guessing.

In thinking about National Read A Book Day, I asked some of Falvey’s staff to reflect on their favorite summer reads:

 

Nate Haeberle-Gosweiler, Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant, recalls The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty by Benjamin Bratton: “This book was more than just interesting. It was a book that made me change my feelings about the world.”

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, picked a throwback: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: “I watched the movie as a kid, but never read the book. It’s cool to read it now, knowing that my kids have read it before me. It’s also really incredible that a book without featured characters that are similar to us is still to relatable.”

Annabelle Humiston, Falvey Library Student Worker, loved Nick Bilton’s American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road: “I’m a huge fan of crime thrillers and this one really kept you on your toes. I want to work in forensics psychology after graduation, so it was both informative and entertaining.”

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin made Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer, catch the book bug this summer. “The book was such an unbelievably gripping work of science fiction that I couldn’t put it down, and I went on to read twelve books this summer,” Hallberg says.

After watching the Chernobyl HBO miniseries and listening to the podcast about the show, Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, picked up Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham. “After watching the miniseries, I realized I didn’t know a lot about Chernobyl,” Stahl admits. “This book was a great resource for the event itself, because it really delves into history.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communications and Marketing, has been talking about Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou for months.”Not only was it intriguing and the author told a good story, it was also fascinating to learns the intricacies of the relationship between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.”

Tara Westover’s Educated really inspired Regina Duffy, Communication and Marketing Program Manager. She says, “Her success story was moving. She grew up in the mountains, uneducated, and with little guidance, achieved her dreams.”

Allie Reczek, Falvey Library Student Worker, is going to finish Hannibal by Thomas Harris. “I only got about 100 pages into the book this summer, but I really want to finish it. I liked it because I read The Silence of the Lambs and then I watched the movies. I wanted to continue the series,” she says.

 

 

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: The Marist Mindset

The Marist Mindset List was released this month detailing what has always and never been true for the class of 2023. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What’s most surprising?”


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“I still use my iPhone to make calls. Also, neither YouTube or Wikipedia are acceptable academic resources.”

Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator:

“I still picture Alex Trebek with a mustache.”

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Gina Duffy, Communication and Marketing Program Manager:

“I like that a majority of students will be renting their textbooks.”

Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist:

“I still use my iPod, which is apparently nostalgic.”


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


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The Curious ‘Cat: Summer Adventures

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What was one highlight of your summer?”

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature:

“Camping in West Virginia.”

Jackie Smith, Finance and Administration Specialist:

“Celebrating my son’s 40th birthday in the Poconos.”

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager:

“Having my son Colin begin his first Villanova courses.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing:

“Vacationing in Nashville.”


Kallie Stahl MA ’17 is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her summer highlight was visiting Cape Cod. 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Curious ‘Cat: Clifton Strengths

On Thursday, July 25, Jennifer Derry, MEd, Director of Training and Staff Development, led a Clifton Strengths training session for Falvey Library staff. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff,

“What is one of your five themes?” 

Geoff Scholl, Library Technology Developer: “Harmony.”

 

John Banionis, Metrics and Assessment Librarian: “Strategic.”

 

Gina's headshotRegina Duffy, Library Events and Program Coordinator: “Empathy.”

 

Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist: “Connectedness.”

 

Brian Warren, Library Technology Developer: “Ideation.”

 


Kallie Stahl MA ’17 is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Clifton Strength is WOO (Winning Others Over). 


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The Curious ‘Cat: “What kind of shark?”

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Celebrating Shark Week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Library staff,

“If you could be any species of shark, what would you be?”

1Mike Sgier, Access and Collections Coordinator: “Jaguar shark” [The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.]


3Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “The Greenland shark because they are the longest living vertebrate on the planet.”


4Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature: “I don’t know why, but the hammerhead shark is my favorite; they just look so cool.”


Darren Poley, Theology, Classics, and Humanities Librarian: “I would be a friendly brownbanded bamboo shark.”


Geoffrey Scholl, Library Technology Developer; Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “A whale shark because they look more dangerous than they really are. They’re actually super chill.”

 



Kallie Stahl MA ’17  is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. (This blog is was originally published July 26, 2017, in a slightly altered form.)


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The Curious ‘Cat: Recent Reading Recommendations (Part II)

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature, about her recent reads: 

Book-to-screen adaptation: His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Authors who visited Villanova: I’d highly recommend checking out one of Michael Hollinger‘s or James Ijames’s plays. They are both exceptional playwrights and faculty in Villanova’s theatre department. Their plays have been produced at Villanova and professionally in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Genre you never read before: I’ve been trying to read more books related to politics and activism and one that I really enjoyed was Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis.

Book whose cover you loved: Penguin has been doing these really gorgeous hardcover editions of their classics for about 10 years now and I really like them.

Book you meant to read in the last year: The Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

A ghost story: Through the Woods (graphic novel) by Emily Carroll

Climate fiction book: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

A biography: I’m not a big reader of biography, but I like memoirs. I recently read Michelle Obama’s book Becoming, which is excellent. I’d also highly recommend any of Carrie Fisher’s memoir and nonfiction work.

Book recommended by a friend: The Book of The Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

Your summer reading recommendation: Circe or The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Interested in additional reading recs and/or research help? Contact Wingo: sarah.wingo@villanova.edu


Kallie Stahl, MA ’17 CLAS, is communication and marketing specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Recent Reading Recommendations

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked First Year Experience Librarian Rob LeBlanc about his recent reads:

Book-to-screen adaptation: Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Author who visited Villanova: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Genre you never read before: (Kitchen science) What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert Wolke

Book whose cover you loved: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Book you meant to read in the last year: (Re-read) Dune by Frank Herbert

A ghost story: End of Watch by Stephen King

Climate fiction book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A biography: John Adams by David McCullough

Book recommended by a friend: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Your summer reading recommendation: The Book Thief by by Markus Zusak

Interested in additional reading recs and/or research help? Contact LeBlanc: robert.leblanc@villanova.edu


Kallie Stahl, MA ’17 CLAS, is communication and marketing specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Last Modified: July 10, 2019