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The Curious Cat: Day of Kindness

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: November 14, 2019
  • Filed Under: Curious 'Cat

Yesterday was National Kindness Day, so we asked student at the library for one kind thing they did for someone else during the week. Here is what they said.

“I gave my friend some cookies that my dad gave me.”

Michael Reilly, Economics, Class of 2022

“I bought my friend a cookie”

Lucia Mattei, Comprehensive Science, Class of 2022

“I bought my friend ice cream”

Angieleana Soto, Psychology, Class of 2022


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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The Curious Cat: Christmas Music – Where do we draw the line?

Folks, we have something important to talk about and it lies at the heart of many familial and friendship squabbles… When is it appropriate to start playing Christmas music? This week’s Curious Cat asked students when they thought it was acceptable to start playing Christmas music.

“Whenever you want to! I started in the Summer!”

Kamryn Don, Class of 2022, Political Science

“Anytime after Black Friday”

Chris Leonard, Class of 2023, Computer Engineering

“After Thanksgiving.”

Regan Montefusco, Class of 2023, Political Science


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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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