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Throwback Thursday: Belle Masque

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 15, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Group photo of Belle Masque theatre group from 1932 yearbook

These are members of the Belle Masque theatre club. The photograph is in the 1932 Belle Air yearbook, p. 220.

Thanks to Hunter Vay Houtzer, graduate assistant, who  scanned the image.


The Curious ‘Cat: “I.D. that C.D.”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What would the name of your debut album be?” 

 Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist – “Comics and Coffee.”

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian- “Vacation Bound.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer– “Nothing Special.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian– “Little Yellow Wagon.”

Alice Bampton, Communications & Marketing Program Manager- “I Don’t Have A Clue.”

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Today Is Flag Day

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 14, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

American flag

Today, Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day. Villanova has an original 26 star flag, dating from 1837 to 1845, on display in the Connelly Center. The flag, donated by the Connelly Family in 2005, “was typical of that which proudly would have flown over Villanova University when it was founded in 1842.” (Framed plaque on the wall with the flag.) While we are used to seeing stars with five points, this antique flag has six-pointed stars which was not unusual at the time.

Photo of flag on display in Connelly Center

Twenty six star flag, typical of that which was in use when the University was founded. On display in the Connelly Center.

Dig Deeper (History of the American flag):

 Flag:  An American Biography. (2005) Marc Leepson.

The American Flag, 1777-1924. (1990) Scot M. Guenter

The History of The United States Flag. (1961) Milo M. Quaife

Our Flag:  Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America. (1872) George Henry Preble


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

 We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.


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Geoff Scholl Joins Library Technology Department

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 13, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Geoff Scholl, a Bryn Mawr native, recently joined the Technology Development Department as a Library Technology Developer, reporting to Demian Katz, director of Library Technology. Scholl has a bachelor’s degree in English from Cabrini College (now Cabrini University) and a master’s degree in software engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Katz says, “… I am extremely pleased that we were able to find someone with Geoff’s technical experience and enthusiasm.  … [H]e can begin injecting some new ideas into our Digital Library platform …”

When asked what attracted him to Villanova, Scholl answered, “I was attracted to the technology work being done at Falvey, the community and the benefits. Also, I was very impressed with Falvey’s Special Collections which I saw while here for my interview.”

Scholl’s hobbies are games and music. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and cats.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Great Outdoors Month: Where to Enjoy the Outdoors

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 12, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News


Campus view

June, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, is Great Outdoors Month. If after the many cool, gloomy or rainy days we have experienced, you feel the need to expand your horizons beyond our beautiful campus, there are a number of public parks nearby. In Villanova is The Willows Park, an estate that is now a park, located at 490 Darby-Paoli Road. Bryn Mawr offers two parks, Ashbridge Memorial Park, 1301 Montgomery Avenue, and Ithan Valley Park, 642 S. Ithan Avenue. Moving further from campus, in Wayne are Harford Park, 260 Gulph Creek Road, and Radnor Trail, 520 Conestoga Road. Other parks in the area are Haverford Reserve Trails, Parkview Drive, Haverford, and Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne. And, of course, there is Valley Forge National Historical Park, a vast open space with lots of Revolutionary War content at 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia.

Where ever you choose to enjoy the outdoors, remember to stay hydrated and wear loose clothing, a hat and sunscreen. For more tips about walking in the summer go here. Enjoy the remainder of spring!


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.




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Browse Over 100 Publications by VU Alumni in the Community Bibliography

  • Posted by: Stephen Spatz
  • Posted Date: June 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Falvey Memorial Library’s Community Bibliography is an open repository of the entire published output of the Villanova University community, an extensive database which offers a detailed view of our proud scholarly heritage from the historical publications of the 19th Century to the cutting edge research of today. This bird’s-eye view of our institution’s intellectual output includes records of over 100 books and papers that have been published by Villanova alumni over the years, a rich variety of writings that includes military memoirs, business trainers, horror fiction, cookbooks, travel diaries, plays, and on and on.  As you celebrate with Villanova graduates and families this weekend, take a look at this fascinating list of the diverse works published by generations of graduates of Villanova University:




Stephen Spatz is a research support librarian who maintains the Community Bibliography. Contact information: Stephen.Spatz@villanova.edu, 610-519-7508, office-room 235.



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Reunion Weekend FAQs: Falvey Alumni Questions

WILDCAT QUESTION MARK2Other than “Where are the restrooms?” (through the lounge doors, to your left) and “When is Holy Grounds open?” (check the website), here are the questions most often asked by visiting alumni!


Am I able to look at past issues of The Villanovan?

Yes! The collected issues of the Villanovan and the Villanova Monthly are available here. Issues are fully searchable from the Library Catalog and are in PDF format for easy reading, printing and downloading.

Search the full text in the Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.  Selected content from 1995-current in the Lexis-Nexis database is available to the Villanova community members.

Falvey has an index, in Excel format, to assist in finding specific articles published in the Villanovan from 1992 through 2006.


Can I look at old Belle Air yearbooks?

Yes! These are not digitized, but the Library has paper format of the yearbooks available for browsing only during library hours.

Here is the current information on the title and holdings:

Title: Belle-air. Publisher: Villanova, Pa. : Villanova College, 1922- . Call Number: LD4834 .S75

Available Volume  Holdings: 1922, 1924-1941, 1943-2004, 2006 to present. Ask at Circulation for the specific volume.

GRADPICTOAm I still entitled to use the Library as an alumnus?

Yes! VU alumni are eligible for a free courtesy membership that allows borrowing privileges and on-site access to most of our online databases. To apply, simply come to the Falvey circulation desk with a photo ID. Check out the  ‘Alumni — Courtesy Membership’ and ‘Courtesy Member Borrowing’ pages for more information.

Villanova Alumni and residents of Radnor or Lower Merion townships may apply annually for borrowing privileges and on site access to subscription databases. There is no fee for these privileges.

Villanova University Catalogs

Are you on social media?

Heck yeah! We are on social media! Follow both the main library and the digital library on a wide selection of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads, Google+ and Pinterest! Or, get a great sampling of all of them on our Rebelmouse account.

Thanks to Sue Ottignon, the Good Places to Start librarian, for her help on this post!

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Meet the Authors – 2017 Alumni Authors

It’s that time of year, Nova Nation, the University welcoming Villanova alumni back to campus for Reunion 2017. Each year, Falvey Memorial Library celebrates the work of past and current alumni authors with a featured display. Now on exhibit in the Library’s first-floor, this year’s display highlights the work of four alumni authors: Michael London (’74), Gregory Noone (’87), Lori Lucchetti (’77) and Christian Giudice (’97).

Photo courtesy of Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Program Manager

Win in Your Life: Follow the Path of Champions; Learn from the Villanova Wildcats by Michael London
Michael London is the founder and publisher of a universally-heralded travel guide used by professional group tour planners across North America since 1994. He has been actively involved in serving his community, creating innovative marketing and customer satisfaction improvement initiatives for over two decades. Inspired by the service-oriented principles of his alma mater, Villanova University, and embodying an entrepreneurial approach to life, London has used and taught “a core values” approach for business and personal success. He was selected to be the primary trainer for the Saturn Culture and Management program for a critical region of the country in the largest project ever undertaken by General Motors. And now with Win in Your Life, London has created a work that utilizes the skills and knowledge acquired over a lifetime of service and adventure that distils the principles of winning used by champions.

International Law and Armed Conflict: Fundamental Principles and Contemporary Challenges in the Law of War by Laurie R. Blank and Gregory P. Noone
Gregory P. Noone, PhD, JD, is the Director of the Fairmont State University National Security and Intelligence Program and an associate professor of Political Science and Law. Dr. Noone also serves as the Fairmont State University rugby team’s coach and faculty advisor. He is a member of the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize) and has advised the government of Uganda and the government of Sudan. Dr. Noone worked for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by the U.S. Congress to promote research, education, and training on the prevention, management and peaceful resolution of international conflicts. While at USIP, Dr. Noone received a Special Act Award for his work in Afghanistan. He is a Brockton, Massachusetts, native who received a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, an M.A. in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America, an M.D.S. (Master of Defense Studies) from The Royal Military College of Canada, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations) from West Virginia University.

A Rainbow of Memories by Agnes Losi Consadori, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein and Lori Consadori Lucchetti
Lori Consadori Lucchetti graduated from Villanova University in 1977 with a B.A. in Political Science and from The George Washington University in 1988, with an M.B.A. in International Finance/Organizational Behavior. Lucchetti co-authored A Rainbow of Memories with Agnes Losi Consadori and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein in 2010. The story is about a family’s classic American journey of leaving everything behind to seek a new life. Lucchetti’s mother, Agnes, saw the work as a gift to her family. Rich with humor, tenderness and a keen sense of detail, this book highlights family’s central importance and will be a cherished family heirloom for years to come.

Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran by Christian Giudice

Christian Giudice grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Villanova University in 1997 and earned his M.A. in Journalism from Temple University. He has contributed articles to the Gloucester County Time, the Ann Arbor News, Boxing Digest, The Jerusalem Post, Clemson Alumni Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Notifight.com, Sports Illustrated, and various boxing websites. His book, Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran, has been featured on Ring Magazine, KO Magazine, UK newspapers and on a host of sports radio talk shows.

Are you an author? Please contact alumni@villanova.edu with your information if you would like to be included in next year’s alumni author display. Enjoy #NovaReunion17 Wildcats!

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Throwback Thursday: St. Thomas of Villanova Church

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 8, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
A view of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church from a 1929 Belle Air yearbook

A rear  view of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church from a 1929 Belle Air yearbook. Note the frame around this photograph!


Reunion 2017 – Falvey Memorial Library Open House

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: June 8, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Celebrating Reunion 2017 and the 175th Anniversary of Villanova University, Falvey Memorial Library will be hosting an Open House on Friday, June 9, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Library. Don’t miss your opportunity to view the multi-million dollar renovation of Old Falvey – now the most popular and beautiful place on campus to study- The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. Author Michael London (’74) will be in attendance to discuss his recent publication, Win in Your Life: Follow the Path of Champions; Learn from the Villanova Wildcats. Please join us for light refreshments while you flip through Falvey’s collection of Belle Air yearbooks. Also, be sure to visit the Library’s first floor to see current and past works by Villanova alumni authors and performers, which are showcased in a featured window display.

A Panoramic View of the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

A Panoramic View of the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Villanova University Alumni Association, is free and open to the public. For additional information about Reunion 2017, please visit the Alumni Association website.

Be sure to stop by the Library for additional Reunion 2017 events:

Friday, June 9th
College of Professional Studies Presentation featuring Dean Tyksinski
Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Friday, June 9th
Demisemiseptcentennial-Celebrating 175 Years at Villanova
Falvey Memorial Library, Speakers’ Corner, 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th
A Diversity and Inclusion Conversation with Dr. Ed Hastings
Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Welcome back, Nova Nation! Enjoy your weekend with fellow alumni, family and friends. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!


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