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A Villanova Presidents’ Day

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Today, Feb. 20, is Presidents’ Day. As part of  Villanova’s Demisemiseptcentennial (175th Anniversary), we are honoring the University’s presidents. A series of banners along campus walkways documents Villanova’s presidents, beginning in front of SAC with the Rev. John P. O’Dwyer, OSA, our first and third president, and ending with the current president, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. On one side is an image of the president and on its reverse is a brief biography except for Father Peter’s as shown below.

Rev, John P. O'Dwyer, 1st and 3rd president

Rev, John P. O’Dwyer, OSA, 1st and 3rd president

 

Reverse of Father O'Dwyer's banner

Reverse of Father O’Dwyer’s banner

 

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, President since 2006

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, President since 2006

 

On the back of Father Peter's banner, a quotation ending with "Let us Create!"

On the back of Father Peter’s banner, a quotation ending with “Let us Create!”

The Creative Services team, led by its director, Bernadette Dierkes, designed the banners using source materials provided by Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator. Christine F. (Chrissy) Quisenberry, Director of Presidential Initiatives and Events and a member of the 175th Anniversary Committee, directed the placement of the banners.

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Foto Friday: 175th Anniversary (Demisemiseptcentennial)

175 and counting!

175 and counting!


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Be my valentine!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What fictional character would you ask to be your valentine?

Lexie McClatchy – “Noah Calhoun from The Notebook.”


Justin D’Agnese – “Hermione Granger.”


Madeline Ruocco – “Spider-Man.”


Ryan Smith – “Princess Leia.”


Cate Ronan – “Prince Charming from Cinderella!”


Kent Wu – “Elsa from Frozen.”


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‘Cat in the Stacks: A Reminder to Love

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Library’s role.


Love has been an important topic in the world in recent months. This week, while we celebrate Valentine’s Day, reflecting on some of the different types of love might do us – writer included ­­­– some good. Of course there are those with a silly mind, like those over at the digital collection responsible for the tweet below, but we’re talking about ‘love’ here and not ‘love making.’

First and foremost, with Valentine’s Day directly in our rearview mirror, romantic love can take center stage. I know that for some, romance and dating isn’t exactly your scene. As our Valentine’s Day listicle shows, however, romance and love in art and literature serve to sweep us off our feet from the daily tedium. One need not be a romantic himself or herself to experience the pleasure of reading Pride and Prejudice or any of the books our librarians recommended.

Next, in the wake of Brit Bennett’s visit to the Falvey yesterday, let’s talk about love of self and love of community. Bennett’s The Mothers, on some levels, talks about how one can recover the love of self after keeping a dark secret. While maybe not the exact message of Bennett’s book, my message for you is this: no matter how you feel that you let yourself down, remember to recover that love of self that helps you move forward.

Lit Fest and The Mothers

The Mothers also deals with a community of churchgoing mothers back in the protagontist’s hometown. While their gossip and talk might seem counter to Nadia’s (the protagonist’s) lifestyle, Nadia (like Bennett herself has said in interviews) retained a love for her hometown that transcended the seeming pettiness of a few of its members.

Having a place you call home is an important foundation toward building a successful career, successful relationships and a successful lifestyle. That place that you call home is generally populated with people who love you, and people who want to see you succeed themselves.

I hope for some of you that this description reminds of Villanova, and more specifically the Falvey Memorial Library. Think about it, the Falvey fits the criteria of home: we want to help lay the foundation for your success and the building is filled with those who want nothing more than to help in the fruition of your education. In this week of celebrating love, we want you to remember that you always have a place in our hearts here at the Falvey.

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In the recent months, love has become more than an emotion; it has become a political concept. As we continue our odyssey through the semester, however, let us Wildcats remember that love is at the heart of all that we do. Love of home, love of self, love of topic (e.g. history, engineering, mathematics, etc), and love of community drive everything we do.

As your campus library, we’re proud to say that the entire Villanova community is our Valentine, and we’ll be sending you all the love possible as we continue through the semester.


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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Five Books for Valentine’s Day

As the university library on one of the most romantic college campuses in the world, the Falvey Memorial Library has found it judicious to bring some Valentine’s Day literature recommendations to our constituents. Whether you’re single and looking, single and happy, or taken, these books are the perfect companions to spend the day with.

1. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

This recommendation comes from First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian Rob Leblanc. A contemplation of beauty and love in the midst of the destruction and horror of The Second World War, “The Book Thief” offers the perfect chance to embark on the journey of a boy who uses literature to overcome terror. Whether you’re cuddled up with your significant other, enjoying the heat of the fireplace over a couple of novels or if other obligations have prevented you from seeing your other half, this story will engross you in a world where love truly conquers all.

2. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See

English & Theatre Librarian Sarah Wingo recommends this book for romantics of all kinds. Also set in WWII, this Pulitzer Prize winner recounts the journey of a blind French girl and a German boy as they come of age during WWII. Their paths eventually cross during the American landing at Normandy on D-Day. Following their exchange, one’s path to safety is ensured, while the other remains dangerously trapped on the battlefields of Europe. For anyone thinking about the very nature of romance and love, this story provides an interesting peak at the very drives at the heart of our nature.

3. “The Pastoral Symphony, or, La Symphonie Pastorale” by André Gide

La Symphonie Pastorale

Recommended by Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian Barbara Quintiliano, this novella is available in our collection in both English and its original French. Also incorporating the device of blindness, this one recounts the relationship that develops between a pastor’s son and a blind girl named Gertrude. As the pastor himself attempts to shield Gertrude from sin, his son falls deeply in love with her and proposes marriage. From there, the story takes an interesting turn that forces the reader to consider lessons of the bible, honesty, and responsibility in love.

4. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” by William Shakespeare

Love Labour Lost

Interested in what happens when four secular men take the oath not to give in to female temptations? Theology / Humanities Librarian Darren Poley recommends this Shakespeare piece. Featuring sovereign decrees, secret romances, and a king in disguise, this comedy features the claim that man’s highest study ought to be love.

5. “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

Information Services Specialist Gerald Dierkes recommends kicking back on the recliner and reading this lovely story from romantic tale expert Nicholas Sparks. “It’s not specifically about Valentine’s Day,” Dierkes says, “but it is a good love story.” For those of you interested in how emotions of the heart may conquer ailments of the body, this book is especially for you.

(Photos courtesy of the Falvey Memorial Library Collection and Google Books)


Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

 

 


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Dig Deeper: Literary Sensation Brit Bennett to Visit Falvey

As a part of the Villanova University Literary Festival, co-sponsored by the English Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Falvey Memorial Library (among a slew of other departments), Brit Bennett will visit Speakers’ Corner on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., providing you the perfect opportunity to bring your bae to a romantic evening of intellectual discussion and fiction reading.

The traditional “Dig Deeper” post includes a number of the author’s primary texts and a few scholarly articles for thinking through the author’s work. Bennett, however, as a new author presents a series of difficulties as far as building this kind of post goes.

Brit_BennettBrit Bennett poses for a photo.

First, her work is so new that scholars haven’t yet incorporated it into their theoretical pieces. Second, Bennett is very forthcoming about the aims and intentions of her work, especially so in her essays titled “I Don’t Know What to Do with Good White People” and “Ripping the Veil,” which means I can’t provide you with philosophical musings for thinking through what she might mean.

The novel itself ­– The Mothers – uses a fresh and much needed narrative voice to depict the black, middle-class life of its characters. According to an interview with Fusion, The Mothers took Bennett a long period of writing and re-writing to complete, and it mirrors her own life so far in a few crucial ways. Without spoiling anything too much, you should know that it’s available through interlibrary loan currently, and will arrive in the Falvey’s collection in the coming weeks.

Bennett herself was born and raised in southern California. She attended Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. From there, she moved east to earn her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan.

As a graduate student myself, I can tell you that the jump from graduate school success to gracing the pages of Vogue, Essence and the New York Times must have been one shocking journey. It all begins, however, with engagement.

Brit Bennett NYTBrit Bennett, as featured in The New York Times.

Bennett took a topic important to her – racial issues in America – and set herself to writing the most informed pieces about that topic. So far she has produced the “Good White People” piece from above and The Mothers (as well as a piece in The New Yorker praising the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates).

All of these pieces weave a fine strand through the young career of one of the literary world’s up-and-coming stars. Bennett’s central concern is the resolution of some of the racial issues plaguing 21st-century America. Here are a few links for you to dig deeper into the fields of race and trauma theory, curated by our English & Theatre Librarian, Sarah Wingo:

 


Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

 

 


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Peek at the Week: Feb. 13-17

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Quote of the Week:

“I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo,”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet (but, you probably guessed this citation).

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And if not, this would have been a helpful hint (photo from pixabay.com)


Happy almost Valentine’s day! Unless you hate Valentine’s Day, in which case I offer you a happy & regular Monday, February 13th.

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Just a nondescript bouquet of roses, making no claim to any specific upcoming holiday (photo from pixabay.com)


This Week at the Library:

Tuesday, February 14th,
-Faith & Culture Pop-Up Lectures, Room 204, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
-Literary Festival 2017: Brit Bennett, Speaker’s Corner, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15th,
-Speaker: Delia Popa, Room 205, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16th,
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 204, 12:05-1:15 p.m.

Friday, February 17th,
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


#MindfulnessMonday

Chocolates/candies/flowers are cheaper on February 15th. Also, chocolate stores in the freezer for up to six months. Perhaps this information will help you have multiple #mindfulnessmondays. Or at least, #improvedmondays.

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Looking at you, corporate drugstores (photo from pixabay.com)


Save the Date:
Tuesday, February 14th,
Singing Valentine Delivery, All Day

Friday, February 17th
Nova Nights: Silent Disco, Café Nova, 9:00 p.m.


#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and on leaving enough time to de-ice/de-snow her car in the morning before leaving for campus. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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A Memorial Service and Exhibition Opening Attracts Many Visitors

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrating the Memorial for the Revolution's victims

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon celebrating the Memorial for the Revolution’s victims

On Feb. 8, over 150 people attended the memorial service for the victims of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Corr Chapel and then came to Falvey Memorial Library for the opening of the exhibit, “Blood and Soul:  The Russian Revolutions of 1917.” His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, celebrated the memorial service in the presence of the rare Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God which was then brought to Falvey for that evening only.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon gave the opening blessing for the exhibit, “Blood and Soul:  The Russian Revolutions of 1917.” Speakers were Michael Foight, coordinator of Falvey’s Special Collections and Digital Library; Michael T. Westrate, PhD, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and committee member of the Russian Area Studies Concentration; Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-founder of the Russian Area Studies Concentration Program. Dean Lindenmeyr welcomed guests and gave a brief presentation about Russian history.

Guests visiting the exhibition had the opportunity to view the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God which had resided with the imperial family and to which it is said they prayed before being taken into custody and the Romanov Gospel which also belonged to the imperial family. These rare treasures were only on exhibit for that evening. The exhibit was curated by the Very Rev. John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America and St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary Icon Repository, South Canaan, Pa., and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, director of the University Art Gallery and curator of the University’s art collections.

The Romanov Gospel on exhibit Feb. 8

The Romanov Gospel on exhibit Feb. 8

A bountiful buffet of homemade Russian foods such as a whole salmon, pate, salad, spreads and deserts was set up in the Speaker’s Corner and in the Holy Grounds Café.

A buffet of homemade Russian foods

A buffet of homemade Russian foods

 

Christel Krugovoy and Anastasia Plisko preparing the buffet

Christel Krugovoy and Anastasia Plisko preparing the buffet

 

Kallie Stahl, Communications & Marketing, preparing flower arrangements

Kallie Stahl, Communications & Marketing, preparing flower arrangements

 

One of the cases filled with Imperial Russian objects

One of the cases filled with Imperial Russian objects

 

The Very Rev. John J. Perich and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, co-curators of the exhibit in front of the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God

The Very Rev. John J. Perich and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, co-curators of the exhibit in front of the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God

 

Audience with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the Very Rev. John J. Perich

Audience with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the Very Rev. John J. Perich

 

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and Very Rev. John J. Perich present a Siberian rock crystal to Dr. Westrate

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and Very Rev. John J. Perich present a Siberian rock crystal to
Dr. Westrate

 

The exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 1. As part of the centennial commemoration of the Russian revolutions and the Enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow there will be occasional lectures and programs while “Blood and Soul” is open.

 

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Words of wisdom for future Wildkittens!”

Curious 'Cat - imageIn honor of Early Action Candidates’ Weekend, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What advice would you give to an early action candidate?”

Amy Vera – “I would say talk to the students. We all have different experiences, but we all have one thing in common: that we really love Villanova or else we wouldn’t be here.”


Michael Medina – “I would attend outside-of-class things, like seminars or presentations offered. It would give you a feel of what the values of the university are and you’d know whether those line up with your personal values.”


Natalie Garinther – “I would say to talk to the students because that’s the best way to figure out what the students are like. There were a lot of students sitting in on classes this morning, and that’s a good way to figure out what class sizes would be and how teachers interact with us.”


Rebecca Walters – “I sat in on an acapella rehearsal before I came, so maybe sit in on extracurricular activities. That would be my advice: ask people about their extracurriculars.”


Alison Mabery – “Look at a club you wouldn’t normally be interested in!”


Vivek Mohan -“I would say to try to sit in on classes to just get a good feel of how it is. I know class size is a big factor for a lot of people, and Villanova has a good class size.”


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Foto Friday: Villanova’s Demisemiseptcentennial

Banner on Kennedy Hall

Banner on Kennedy Hall

There are banners all around campus to celebrate this landmark demisemiseptcentennial (175th) anniversary.

 

Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing.


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Last Modified: February 10, 2017