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Fall 2022 Mosaic Now Available

The Fall 2022 issue of Mosaic is now available in the Digital Library. For those with visual accessibility needs, an optimized, accessible PDF is also available on the same page.

In this issue, we talk with Victor “Vic” J. Maggitti Jr. ’56 VSB whose $20 million gift was the largest in Falvey Library’s history, profile our 2022 Falvey Scholars, create a poster-worthy send-off for Coach Jay Wright, and explore the pitfalls of staging Julius Caesar for modern audiences.


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Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 3: Christmas Bark

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 3: Christmas Bark

Recipe submitted by Anna Jankowski, ’22 CLAS

Image courtesy of Joe Lingeman.


  • 48 saltine crackers (about 1 sleeve; enough to line a rimmed baking sheet).
  • sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter.
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • cups semisweet chocolate chips (about 11 ounces).


  • Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the saltine crackers in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Place the butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring just a few times, for 3 minutes. The mixture will be thickened slightly and homogeneous.
  • Working quickly, pour the hot toffee mixture over the crackers, spreading it so most of the crackers are completely covered.
  • Bake until the toffee is bubbling and both the crackers and toffee are beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate melt for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to spread the chocolate into an even layer. Set aside to cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into 30 pieces.

For more bark recipes visit this website.


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This Giving Tuesday Consider Donating to Falvey Library

Falvey Library inspires students to challenge their minds and hearts by accessing expansive print, digital, and archival resources and collaborating with expert subject librarians and staff.

That is why we are asking you to consider supporting the Library this Giving Tuesday.

The University is recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and the Library is a critical component of student and faculty research and scholarship. In 2013, the Association of College and Research Libraries honored the Library with the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for its outstanding accomplishments in furthering Villanova’s educational mission – yet there remains opportunities for Falvey to do more in support of Villanova’s student-scholars.

Help the Library this Giving Tuesday to continue to evolve to meet the needs of modern students, acting as the campus’ academic and intellectual hub and a point of alumni pride.

Falvey Library by the Numbers:
Falvey teems with students seeking study space, essential resources and librarians to guide their research and studies. But did you know just how much support the Library provides students and faculty?

In 2020-21 academic year, which was during the pandemic:

  • Students, faculty, and community members visited the Library approximately 146,000 times.
  • The collection was used over 600,000 times, including roughly 16,000 physical circulations, 11,000 streaming video views, 127,000 eBook chapters, and 470,000 journal articles.
  • Librarian staff provided more than 3,400 annual in-person and online consultations.
  • The Library hosted more than 200 academic and social events in-person and virtually.

Falvey Library has never been more essential to the campus community, providing resources vital to student and faculty academic and research success.

Give to support the Library today!

Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is the Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Article originally posted on December 3, 2019. 





Peek at the Week: November 28


In Swamp Thing, Dick Durock, in the role of Swamp Thing, said “The way out is through.”

We’re in the home stretch now, Wildcats. We have just a little over 3 weeks until can purge the stress and anxiety surrounding finals, papers, and grades from our brains. With 75% of the semester done, the only way out is through. Hopefully, Thanksgiving Break gave you the energy boost you need to push through the rest of the semester and finish it with confidence, pride, and relief.

Good luck, Wildcats!


Monday, November 28

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, November 29

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon (2021) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Refreshments Served

Wednesday, November 30

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, December 1

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, December 2

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, December 4

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


As some of you may know, today, Nov. 28 is Cyber Monday (get some of your holiday shopping done by taking advantage of some of these online deals), but that is not the only fun holiday coming up this week.

Today is also National French Toast Day, and the options are plentiful at Villanova. Stop by one of the dining halls this morning for some delicious options, including St. Mary’s Hall’s French Toast Bake and Donahue Court’s made-to-order Texas French Toast. Or, if you’re in the mood for some off-campus food or are more of a breakfast-for-dinner person, find a cozy local diner.

Tomorrow, Nov. 29, is Chadwick Boseman Day, a tribute to the late celebrity who lost his private battle to cancer a little over a year ago. If you’re feeling nostalgic or sad, you can celebrate his work by watching 42, Boseman’s Jackie Robinson biopic, available through Falvey’s DVD collection, or Black Panther, available online through Falvey.

For all the winter-holiday lovers, Thursday, Dec. 1, is National Christmas Lights Day. This December tradition is a radiant kick-off to the winter holiday season that Christmas and non-Christmas celebrators alike can both appreciate (Hanukkah, for example, is also the Celebration of Lights). Celebrate by throwing up some twinkly lights (and any other festive decor), or, my personal favorite, by taking a drive around local neighborhoods to admire the lights.

Sunday, Dec 4, is National Cookie Day. With all the cold weather and holidays, December is the perfect month to warm up the oven and bake (or eat) your favorite cookies, and Sunday is the perfect excuse to do just that. My personal favorite winter cookies are ginger cremes (recipe coming to the blog soon), butter cookies, and pizzelles. If you want a delicious cookie without the hassle of baking, drive to your nearest Insomia Cookies or Crumbl Cookies, my personal favorite (their menu rotates every week, but their sweet honey cornbread cookie is absolutely divine).

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.


Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 2: Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 2: Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Recipe submitted by Darren Poley, Theology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian

Image courtesy of The Charming Detroiter.

Hardware needed:

  • 14-inch heavy skillet with lid.
  • Wooden spoon.
  • 2 quart serving dish with lid.
  • Serving spoon.


  • 3 Tablespoons butter (or cut one half of a stick of butter into thirds).
  • ½ Cup pine nuts (or one 2 oz. bag).
  • 1½ Pounds fresh brussels sprouts (or two 12 oz bags). Trim stems and halve.
  • 1 Cup low-salt chicken broth (or one half of 14.5 oz can of chicken broth).
  • 2 Shallots minced (or one bunch of 6-8 small green onions. Trim roots and dark green stems and mince white and light green bottoms).
  • 1 Tablespoon (or two 0.25 oz boxes) fresh marjoram, chopped.
  • 1/3 Cup heavy whipping cream (or one pint of light cream).


  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add nuts and stir until golden, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer nuts to small bowl.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in same skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add sprouts; stir 1 minute.
  6. Add broth; cover and simmer until sprouts are almost tender, about 7 minutes.
  7. Uncover and simmer until broth evaporates, about 5 more minutes.
  8. Using wooden spoon, push sprouts to sides of skillet. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in center of same skillet.
  9. Add shallots; sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
  10. Stir in marjoram, then cream.
  11. Simmer until Brussels sprouts are coated with cream, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.

Above can be done 4 hours ahead. Just cover and chill. Then stir over medium heat to rewarm.

  1. Transfer warm Brussels sprouts mixture to serving platter.
  2. Mix in half of pine nuts.
  3. Sprinkle remaining pine nuts on top.



Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 1: Buckeyes

Advent 2022 begins today (Sunday, Nov. 27) and ends Saturday, Dec. 24. The season is a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. For more on Advent, read this blog by Darren Poley, Librarian for Theology & Religious Studies; Humanities & Classical Studies. Join Mission and Ministry for Advent reflections from the Villanova community. Sign up to receive seasonal reflections via a daily email, PDF booklet, or print booklet (limited quantity). Explore previous reflections here.

To celebrate the end-of-year tradition, Falvey Library staff are sharing their favorite holiday recipes. Enjoy these daily dishes, and maybe try making one (or two) of these recipes with your friends and loved ones. Happy Holidays, Wildcats!

Advent Calendar Cookbook—Day 1: Buckeyes

Recipe submitted by Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist

O-H! The (un)official dessert of the state of Ohio, Buckeyes (basically a homemade Reese’s peanut butter cup) are named after the nuts of the Buckeye tree (the state tree of Ohio). Though the actual nuts of the Buckeye tree are poisonous, their look-a-like peanut butter balls are a delicious delicacy! Served during every THE Ohio State University football game, many Ohioans expect these treats to be featured on holiday cookie trays. If you enjoy peanut butter and chocolate, check out the simple recipe below.


  • 2½ cups creamy peanut butter (Jif if possible).
  • 4 cups powdered sugar.
  • 1 stick margarine.

Roll into balls (about a tablespoon of the mixture) and chill overnight.

The next day:

  • Melt Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares (bricks or pellets) in a double boiler or in small batches in the microwave.
  • Use toothpicks to dip the peanut butter balls into melted chocolate.
  • Chill overnight.

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





Weekend Recs: Thanksgiving Specials

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

Yesterday, families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving. For many, the holiday involved traditions like a roast turkey, cranberry sauce, baked mac and cheese, pie, and football. I’ll admit, Thanksgiving is by no means my favorite holiday, but one Thanksgiving tradition has my full support: Thanksgiving specials on television and in film. For this weekend’s recs, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best, or perhaps my favorite, Thanksgiving-themed specials (that aren’t the obligatory A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) to wrap-up the November holiday season.

If you have 18 minutes and 36 seconds…and want to take part in a Thanksgiving musical tradition, listen to Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” Although the song’s length makes it somewhat of a feat, it’s worth one listen around the Thanksgiving season. (Although if my mom had it her way, it would be on a continuous loop on Thanksgiving Thursday).

If you have 21 minutes…and are a Constance Wu admirer, watch Fresh Off the Boat’s first Thanksgiving episode, “Huangsgivng.” It accurately portrays some of the pre-Thanksgiving stress, and Randall Park and Constance Wu are, as always, great.

If you have 22 minutes…and love Friends, watch “The One with the Football.” As a sitcom, Friends has a host of Thanksgiving episodes, but this one shakes it up a bit by focusing on Thanksgiving’s football tradition.

If you have another 22 minutes…and are a fellow Bob’s Burgers fan, watch “Dawn of the Peck.” The Thanksgiving specials of Bob’s Burgers are always worth the watch, but “Dawn of the Peck” features some less standard Thanksgiving conventions, including a Thanksgiving race, vengeful (living) turkeys, and Donna Summer.

If you have 1 hour and 24 minutes…and want a sprinkle of romance in your Thanksgiving queue, watch Spike Lee’s first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It. It’s an offbeat comedy, quirky in that signature Spike Lee way. (Lee also made a Netflix series version of the film).

If you have 1 hour and 34 minutes…and want to watch a relatively anti-colonialist take on Thanksgiving (at least for the 90s), watch Addams Family Values. The privileged youth summer camp’s Thanksgiving play gets quite the Wednesday Addams reckoning. (Plus, Joan Cusack is an absolute treasure in this movie).

If you have 2 hours and 9 minutes…and want to watch something only tangentially related to Thanksgiving, watch The Blind Side (also available in Falvey’s DVD Collection, if you’re currently on campus). It only has one brief Thanksgiving dinner scene, but it’s brimming with family and football.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.


TBT: Thankful for Wildcats

Whiteboard art created by Joanne Quinn on November 17, 2017.

Falvey Library is thankful for our Wildcats! Happy Thanksgiving, Nova Nation!


Cat in the Stax: Thanksgiving Travel and Population Growth

By Ethan Shea


Thanksgiving Eve. Every traveler’s worst nightmare.

Thankfully, more people can visit their loved ones this year, but returning to pre-pandemic travel means more traffic and delays. It feels like roads just keep getting busier, and that’s because they are. With a seemingly ever-increasing population, things are bound to become more crowded.

Which brings me to my tangentially related point. Increasingly busy holiday travel always reminds me of the potential challenges posed by global population growth. Fittingly, the human population made headlines recently, so it’s the perfect time to reconsider my concerns.

In fact, the global population reached a massive milestone this month. According to the United Nations (UN), on Nov. 15, 2022, the global population surpassed 8,000,000,000.

Our population took only 12 years to increase from seven to eight billion, but the UN predicts it will take another 15 years to reach nine billion people. This means global population growth may finally be slowing.

It’s easy to fear the unknowns of rapid population growth. When the time comes (perhaps it already has), will we be prepared to make the adjustments needed to accommodate for a billion more people?

Everyone has their own opinions of what will occur over the next 15, 50 or 500 years, but considering the future of humanity in light of a holiday based on thankfulness encourages us to look on the bright side.

Because of modern medicine and new technology, the average life span of humans has increased over the past century, leading to the population growth recognized earlier this month. Things are far from perfect, but perhaps reaching a population of 8,000,000,000 shows us that things are getting better. That’s for you to decide though.

If you’d like to check out some resources concerning the global population, look no further than Falvey! Here are a few worth noting:

Global Population: History, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth – Alison Bashford

Global Population Health: A Primer – Richard Skolnik

Global Population Policy: From Population Control to Reproductive Rights – Paige Whaley Eager

Global Population at a Glance: 2002 and Beyond – U.S. Census Bureau

Thanks for indulging me with this non-traditional holiday blog, and Happy Thanksgiving from myself and everyone here at Falvey!

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a graduate student in the English Department at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.

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Falvey Library Service Hours: Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving traditions may be as varied as the number of families which celebrate them, but one thing that we all can agree on is the benefit of an attitude of gratitude on this special day. In that spirit, Falvey Library wishes you, your family, and friends the warmth and blessings of the season.

Please take note of our amended hours during Thanksgiving break. Throughout the break, Villanova students, faculty and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard for quiet study, contactless pickup, printing, and self-scanning services. Virtual resources (articles, e-books, and more!) are always available via our website:

Joanne QuinnJoanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Library.


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Last Modified: November 21, 2022