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Foto Friday: “O Tannenbaum!”

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: December 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
how lovely are thy branches.
Not only green when summer’s here
but in the coldest time of year.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
how lovely are thy branches.”

O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) is a German folk song written by Ernst Anschütz.


Join the “Merry Christmas Villanova Week” celebration TONIGHT at the OREO! The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m.


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#Throwback Thursday: Orientation circa 1976

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: November 30, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

The Belle Air (1977) reflected upon fall orientation by listing the thoughts of a typical, ’76 era student:

“will i like my roommate?…confusion…meet your o.c….new friendships…what’s a parietal?…’the three musketeers’…eucharistic celebration, villanova style…hoagies and bluegrass…music in the mall…i.d.’s, keys, and meal cards…drop and add what?…i want to go home…marge, our fearless leader…we’ve only just begun.”
-Belle Air (1977), p. 83



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’Cat in the Stacks: ’Tis the Season

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: November 30, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-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 Memorial Library’s role.


’Tis the holiday season, ’Nova Nation! And you know what that means; it’s time for giving. You might expect me to now tell you all the ways that giving to ’Nova enhances the student experience (etc., etc.,), but I’m going to take it a couple steps further in this week’s column. The holiday season gives us the chance to give on all levels – as humans, as students, and, yes, as Wildcats.

First, the bad new: we still have finals week!

I must start with a Bah Humbug! For students the holiday season brings about finals week, or alternatively, it brings about those dreaded due dates for term papers. My advice remains the same though; give, give all you got! Most of us will cruise into a couple weeks of break after these final long nights of study. Breaks feel somehow much better when you can kick your feet up and wait for those A-plus grades to keep rolling

Giving it all you got at the end of the semester will inspire you to give to others during the holiday season. I come from a Catholic background, so we celebrate Christmas back at the ole ’Cat in the Stacks household. Giving always makes me feel one thousand times better than receiving. Seeing the smiles on the faces of friends and family when you’ve really found that present that means a lot to them, OR, even when you’ve just given some of your free time for a quick chat can make me smile brighter than anything.

Lastly, of course, it’s a good time of year to give back to ’Nova. This year’s 1842 Day showed us just how willing our students, parents, and alumni are to give back to the university. There are those Falvey-centric donations you could make, but check out the sweet ornaments the university used to celebrate #GivingTuesday earlier this week:

The period after Thanksgiving always seems to me a period during which we move from giving thanks in the abstract to giving back our time, our efforts and everything else to both the special people in our lives and work/education we’ve dedicated our lives to. What is your favorite part of the giving season, ’Nova Nation? Let us know in the comments below or via Twitter and Facebook!

Here’s Hunter, in a much more pleasant mood than me!


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Wildcat Wish List!”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What’s on your holiday wish list?”

(Vaishnavi Warrier, Abhimannu Majumder)

Vaishnavi Warrier– “I’m on the dance team and we are doing a Secret Santa, so I actually have a wish list. I’m asking for a Young the Giant CD.”

Abhimannu Majumder– “Asics shoes.”

(Madisen Diehl, Shannon Testa)

Madisen Diehl– “A CD by a band called The National, the album is called Sleep Well Beast.”

Shannon Testa– “I’m going to New York City, so tickets for the MOMA [Museum of Modern Art.]”

(Madalyn Sullivan, James Smith)

Madalyn Sullivan– “Ugg boots.”

James Smith– “An Apple phone case.”

(Lauren Conniff, Caroline Sipio)

Lauren Conniff– “Clothes from Express.”

Caroline Sipio [Temporary Access Services Specialist]– “A Sonicare toothbrush and more books by F. Scott Fitzgerald.”


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The Highlighter: Three Books on World Hunger

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6pm, Falvey Memorial Library will host a Q&A Panel titled “Local Perspectives on Global Hunger” in Speakers’ Corner. While details of the event continue to come in, I’d like to take this week’s “Highlighter” as an opportunity to bring some of our resources on world hunger to you. Here are three books you might read to prepare for the event:

  1. World Hunger: Twelve Myths” by Lappé and Collins

Foremost among these myths: hunger in other parts of the world does not affect the people back here in the states. Give this book a read to see how two experts make the argument that solidarity with the hungry rather than distance from the problem may help bring about a resolution.

  1. Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization” by Runge, Senauer, Pardey and Rosegrant

Why is it that parts for my cell phone can readily be shipped from around the world, but food can’t be readily shipped to parts of the world that are suffering with hunger? This data-driven and factual account of world hunger might help you answer similar questions. Don’t be turned off, though, by its mathematical analysis; its prose is as easy to read as any book on such a heavy topic.

  1. The Atlas of World Hunger” by Bassett and Winter-Nelson

Not your typical atlas, this reference work combines startling visuals with concrete information to help you conceptualize the scope of the problem. If you find yourself pressed for time and want a couple of quick rundowns before the event on Wednesday, this might be your best bet.

If you find yourself particularly persuaded by the arguments and details in these books, you might consider researching more in-depth on Falvey’s databases, where you’ll find an almost innumerable amount of information on world hunger. Might we suggest a visit to Humanities Librarian Robert LeBlanc or Political Science and Geography & the Environment (and many other topics) Librarian Merrill Stein?


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


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Peek at the Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 1

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: November 27, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“How did it get so late so soon?”
-Dr. Seuss

As in, it’s almost officially winter!


This Week at the Library: 

Monday, November 27, 

Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian Presentation and Meetings, Room 205 and 214, 9:00-1:45 p.m.
AMP Committee Meeting, Room 206, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 28, 

Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Wildcat Crossing Committee Meeting, Room 206, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Overbrook High School Research Presentation, Room 205, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Learning Support Services: Anatomy & Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29, 

Library Technology Developer Presentation and Meetings, Room 205 and 206, 9:00-1:30 p.m.
Learning Support Services: General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 30,

Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian Presentation and Meetings, Room 205 and 206, 9:00-1:45 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Who are the French Jihadis?, Room 205, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 1, 

Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian Presentation and Meetings, Room 205, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speaker’s Corner, 2:30-4:30 p.m.


#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Photo taken by Alice Bampton. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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Foto Friday: Thanksgiving Dessert

Have an Oreo on us for afterwards this Thanksgiving! We hope you’re enjoying your break, Wildcats, and can’t wait to see you back on campus soon.


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


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: November 22, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What are your plans for the holiday?”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “I’m not sure yet. Being recently married, we’re still trying to sort out the family time sharing. I’ll also attend a few well-established friendsgivings.”


Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English, Theatre, & Romance Languages: “I’ll be attending a Friendsgiving bringing garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread, and cheesecake.”


Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Usually, I’d hitch my wagon on someone else’s Thanksgiving. But this year my family is traveling from Denver to Philadelphia, so we’re going out to a restaurant called The Little Lion. It’s going to be a very non-traditional Thanksgiving.”


Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian: “I’m going to my sister-in-law’s house. She’s a vegan and all the food is going to be good (but someone else is bringing a turkey).”


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “I’ll be at my sister-in-law’s house eating turkey. I’ll be bringing the appetizers and the vegetables.”


Caroline Sipio, Temporary Access Services Specialist: “I’ll be cooking in my pajamas, making an apple crisp pie for my family.”


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Kallie’s Chords: Homecoming (Part Two)

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: November 22, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats! During fall break, I posted the first segment of my homecoming playlist. The compilation features songs that remind me (and some of my colleagues at Falvey) of home. If you’re looking for some upbeat tracks for the journey home, check out the first installment. The second part of the playlist (link below) features a mix of mellow tracks, perfect for relaxing post Thanksgiving dinner. Turn up the volume and unwind after eating all that stuffing; these songs are perfect for a cat nap. Enjoy this time with your family and friends. All of us at Falvey are thankful for you, Nova Nation!


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Falvey Memorial Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: November 21, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

All of us at Falvey are thankful for you, Wildcats! Happy Thanksgiving, Nova Nation!

Library Service Hours:

Tuesday, November 21st, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22nd, CLOSED

Thursday, November 23rd, CLOSED 

Friday, November 24th, CLOSED

Saturday, November 25th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 26th, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.


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