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Peek at the Week: February 11th – February 15th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: February 11, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week in the library


Digital Seeds Event Planning Meeting, Room 214, 1:30p – 2:30p

Global Smackdown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

*Cancelled, To Be Rescheduled* Jasmine Cobb, PhD, on “New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation”, Speakers’ Corner, 4:30p – 6:00p

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet / Bob Beck, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p


The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Fundraising Table, First Floor Lounge, 4:00p – 6:00p

General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 10:30a – 12:30p

University Staff Council Meeting, Room 205, 2:00p – 3:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


Scholarly Communication Librarian, Room 205, 9:00a – 11:30a, 2:00p – 2:30p; Room 214, 12:30p – 1:30p

Engineering Entrepreneurship Summer Institute Table, First Floor Lounge, 12:00p – 2:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p


Negotiate Your Next Salary, Room 205, 1:00p – 2:30p

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:30p – 3:30p

Villanova Theatre’s “Youth” will challenge you

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: February 8, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News


This week, Villanova’s Vasey Theatre welcomes Youth to the stage: a fresh, coming of age play written by Villanova professor and Barrymore, Whiting and Terrence McNally Award-winning playwright James Ijames.

Youth tells the story of a church youth group as a mysterious young man starts attending the weekly gatherings. “Wyatt, a self-proclaimed non-believer, arrives and miracles start to occur. Youth pastor Dave and his flock of young congregants must grapple with the meaning behind these remarkable events, even as they wrestle with their own issues of identity, sexuality and faith” (production website).

The cast speaks highly of Ijames’ play and emphasizes the thematic value of the script as well as the impact the show can have on an audience.

Cast member Harry Dietrich (Reggie) describes Youth as a “show that weighs faith and sexuality and where that line is blurred…or if that line can be blurred.”

Jay V. (Wyatt) adds to Dietrich’s description, remarking that “Youth is an exploration of the intersectionality between faith and sexuality, they way we navigate those things, and how we mature through those things.”

In further explaining the play, V. expresses a few of the questions one might have after watching Youth: “Do we ever find the answers we’re looking for? Do we find the place we’re comfortable? Can we find a home and a community while we’re trying to find these answers about ourselves? It [Youth] is really beautiful.”

Like V., the cast and crew predicts that audience members will leave the theater with questions “about themselves, about their own personal faith, about how faith affects your life, and how you adjust to it,” according to dramaturg Adrena Williams.

Jerald Bennett (Pastor Dave) differentiates the results based on the viewer’s religious beliefs. For those who identify as Christian, they might ask themselves, “Am I judgmental? Am I a believer? Am I a real believer? What has this done to my faith?”

“For the non-believer, it will challenge them as well. Youth might make them try again to believe, or to make another choice that I can’t even name,” Bennett says.

The questions most likely result from the timeliness and relevance of the show. Williams explains, “I do think this is the most ‘right now’ sort of a script, and it’s about young people. It’s much more in line with the experiences of students here.”

The “right now” aspect and the relatable quality to the characters inject the show with a captivating kind of realness.

Dietrich predicts that viewers will experience “something unapologetically real,” but almost magical in nature. Dietrich laughs, admitting, “It’s contradictory but true.”

Mary Lyon  (Leila) agrees with Dietrich’s sentiments. “Each character is so unique and so human,” Lyon observes, and she hopes that audience members fall in love with each character.

However, while the cast expects audience members to have a transformative experience in watching Youth, they have had their own transformative experiences while performing it.

Dietrich divulges, “The play has awakened a spiritual side to everybody.”

Bennett agrees, sharing anecdotes from rehearsal. “There were moments [during rehearsal] where people have actually been moved. Some broke out in tears.”

“It made me wonder…is what we’re doing having an effect on us?” Bennet confesses.

Another consistency arises across the entire cast: excitement. Aside from typical performance jitters and anxiety, every cast member acknowledges the importance of the work they’re doing as part of the original cast of this production.

Lyon likens Youth‘s script to a human being. “We’re working with a live script. It’s breathing, constantly changing,” she observes. “We’re putting our own imprint on it.”

Bennet views their roles as ones of profound responsibility. “We as the actors are the originators of these roles. What we do will be used in the future,” he says with certainty.

Dietrich sees his experience with Youth as one of humility. “I’m extremely humbled that I’m able to be a part of the genesis of this play. I always go back to thinking that when this gets published it’s going to have the play in the front with the original cast and I’ll be on it,” he shares.

“My friends and I are immortalized in this cast, and thought is…ungraspable at this moment,” he concludes.

A pensive performance challenging our perceptions of love, faith, religion, sexuality, and coming of age, Youth will sit with you after you leave the theater. However, before you even walk into the doors, heed V.’s advice:

“Expect the challenge that James offers: the idea that maybe ‘God is Love’…and that holiness, religion, and relationships are greater pathways to the idea of love.”

Buy your tickets here.


by James Ijames
directed by Edward Sobel
Fri, Feb. 8, 8pm
Sat, Feb. 9, 8pm
Sun, Feb. 10, 2pm LIMITED TIX
Tue, Feb. 12, 8pm LIMITED TIX
Wed, Feb. 13, 8pm
Thur, Feb. 14, 8pm (Speaker’s)
Fri, Feb. 15, 8pm LIMITED TIX
Sat, Feb. 16, 8pm
Sun Feb. 17, 2pm (Closing)
TIX $21-25 with great discounts for students, seniors, theatre industry members & groups!


Foto Friday: S.W.A.K. SWAG


Borrow the romance, keep the swag! What better way to spend Valentine’s week than reading a romance novel? Falvey Memorial Library has a great collection of some of the greatest ones ever written. Borrow the book of your choice by taking it to the service desk. And when you do, you may keep the accompanying monogrammed gift bag, laptop sticker, and limited edition “How To Write A Love Letter” postcard. Happy Valentine’s Day from Falvey!

For the weekend: SOTU in Summary

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: February 8, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

 The Falvey Memorial Library is happy to announce the start of a new weekly blog series: Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen, and watch over the weekend. We’re scouring the internet to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you with knowledge for the upcoming week. Have a busy weekend? No problem. We’ve sorted our recommendations by length of time. That way, whether you have four minutes on the train or an entire day to tackle a novel, Falvey has something for you.

Each year, the U.S. President delivers a State of the Union address (sometimes abbreviated to SOTU) in order to offer their view of the nation, as well as their plans, hopes and goals for future legislation. Initially, the State of the Union address was delivered by way of a written report, but starting with Woodrow Wilson, the address was delivered in person since 1913, and has ever since.

Between a 35-day government shutdown and a handful of disagreements with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the SOTU “almost didn’t happen,” as USA Today put it.

However, this past Tuesday night (Feb. 5, 2019), Presidnet Trump delivered The State of the Union Address to a joint session of a divided United States Congress. If you haven’t done your research already, here’s a rundown of what to read, watch, and listen this weekend to know about the 2019 SOTU.


If you have 2 minutes:

The Guardian made a super short video that notes what they consider the highlights of Trump’s address.


If you have 10 minutes:

CNN condensed the entire address into 5 key takeaways.


If you have 25 minutes:

Listen to The Daily‘s Wednesday morning podcast. While discussing Trump’s SOTU address, they analyze the last three addresses delivered by presidents who lost their midterm elections: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.


If you have 45 minutes:

The New York Times annotated a transcript of Trump’s State of the Union address.


If you have 90 minutes:

Did you miss the State of the Union? No worries. The Washington Post published the entire address on Youtube:

The Curious ‘Cat: Beatlemania

On this date in 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

“What is your favorite Beatles song?” 

(Noelle Pennacchia, Reid Koren)

Noelle Pennacchia: “Hey Jude.”

Reid Koren: “All You Need Is Love.”

(Jimmy Beyer, Alexandra Marasa, Neelam Ferrari, Hamilton Heckney)

Jimmy Beyer: “Hey Jude.”

Alexandra Marasa: “Hey Jude.”

Neelam Ferrari: “Hey Jude.”

Hamilton Heckney: “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

(Jacqueline Dollard, Emily Spahn)

Jacqueline Dollard: “Let It Be.”

Emily Spahn: “Let It Be.”

(Jordan Landa, Cowan McCormick)

Jordan Landa: “Hey Jude.”

Cowan McCormick: “Help!”



No sickness this semester

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: February 6, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘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.

At this point in the semester, my friends, my professors, and every one of my classmates are sick. While I certainly feel lucky that I haven’t come down with a cold, I don’t leave it up to chance. In fact, I go to ridiculous lengths to ensure my physical health. Below, I listed some tips and tricks to stay well this flu season.


  • Emergen-C and AirBorne are your best friends.

AirBorne isn’t just for travel. I recommend it to any of my friends who spend their workdays around lots of people or children. The chewable AirBorne tablets are tasty and will keep your immune system in check. Make sure you’re getting your daily Vitamin C, either through something like Emergen-C, or a daily multi-vitamin.

  • Drink tea instead of coffee.

Did you know too much coffee can suppress your immune system’s effectiveness? Instead of getting that second cup, pick up a caffeinated green tea.

  • Exercise. 

I don’t know the science behind it, but exercise strengthens your immune system and keeps your life healthier in general. Get moving 3-4 times a week…just be sure to clean all the equipment before and after you use it!

  • Wash your hands, your clothes, and sheets frequently.

It should go without saying, BUT…wash your hands. Many, many times. Every day.

Get a travel-size container of hand sanitizer, and use that too.

Wash your clothes after you wear them, and don’t let them pile up. Get germs out of your living space as quickly as possible.

When was the last time you washed your sheets? If you can’t remember (or if you haven’t washed them at all!), you’re putting your health at risk. Clean all those germs off your sheets once a week, especially when it’s cold and flu season.

  • Sanitize everything.

I was a freshman RA throughout most of college, and- surprisingly- I never came down with a cold. I attribute that accomplishment to the fact that I sanitized everything. Every few days, I would take sanitizing wipes and clean the surfaces that I touched every day: the door knob to my dorm room, my desk, my laptop’s keyboard, even the handles on the sinks in the communal bathroom

  • Drink more water.

It seems like water has the potential to improve almost everything. Drinking a healthy amount of water is good for your skin, your energy levels, your digestion, your blood, your oxygen, and yes– even your immune system. So, in case you haven’t heard it enough, drink more water.

  • Go to the health center.

When those cold systems do pop up, don’t take the day off from classes and lounge in your bed. Go to the health center! The nurses and professionals are educated, trained, and happy to help you. Don’t let the systems get worse. Take care of it immediately, minimizing the risk of you, your friends, or your classmates getting sick this semester, too.


Robin, you will be missed!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Reflecting on her favorite memories at Villanova University, she recalled a 2013 photo shoot. “We were all standing on the front steps of Falvey thowing confetti,” she said. “Getting ready for that picture was hilarious!”


When I entered Robin Bowles’ office during her last week at Falvey Memorial Library, I found her trying to stuff a large stack of papers into a binder.

She told me that after announcing that she would be leaving Villanova, words of encouragement and positivity from students, faculty, and staff flooded her email inbox. People wished her luck in her new role, expressing how much they would miss her and how greatly she impacted the Villanova community.

Bowles printed out every single email.

After telling me this information- while still trying to make every piece of paper fit into the binder- she smiled and said, “It’ll be good for when I need a pick me up someday.”

At Villanova, Bowles held a variation of the same role for almost ten years. She was always the biology subject librarian, a position that relies on her Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University. Later, Bowles’ role expanded to encompass the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing as well.

Despite her enthusiasm and passion for her career, Bowles did not originally have dreams of becoming a librarian. It was a friend that sparked her interest after college.

“You search Google like nobody I’ve ever met,” they said, and asked if she ever considered becoming a librarian. She laughed as she told the story.

While the friend’s observation was funny, it was also true. Bowles almost immediately started looking at programs, and went on to receive a Masters degree in information science from Drexel University.

After holding library positions in Colorado and York, PA, Bowles (originally from King of Prussia) was excited to return to the Philadelphia area when she received a job offer from Villanova University nearly ten years ago. She remarked that she profiled Villanova for graduate school, attended her high school graduation at the Villanova Pavilion, and once held a job at the Devereux Foundation, just down the road.

For Bowles, accepting the librarian position at Falvey “felt like a homecoming.”

It was clear that Bowles felt at home here. She kept her office door open, placed beautiful flowers and plants across her windowsill, and decorated her open wall space with countless doodles created by her two young daughters. She even let them cover her white board with colorful drawings of animals and aliens, and naturally she couldn’t bear to erase them.

Along with her home away from home, she also found her second family at Falvey. While Bowles loved so many elements of her job, she said she’ll miss the people most.

“The hardest part about this process is realizing that there is nothing that is going to match the people I have met at Villanova,” she said.

Now, she is headed to Montgomery County Community College, where she will serve as the director of two academic libraries.

In her new role, she is most excited to return to “get back to the basics” of research services and oversee a reference desk and the employees who staff it. She said, “I really miss being at the front desk, seeing everybody come in, getting the everyday questions.”

After meeting with Robin, it was obvious that she not only believes in the power of libraries, but the power of librarians as well.

For Bowles, a library has “people power,” and she sees that power reflected in the Falvey Library staff. She is steadfast in the belief that Falvey subject librarians are the key to students’ success, and she will carry this belief and passion with her to Montgomery County Community College.

From everyone at Falvey Memorial Library, we thank Robin Bowles for her commitment, her spirit, and her love for Villanova University.


New Resources for the Chinese New Year

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: February 5, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

The Highlighter is the run down on the best resources The Falvey Library has to offer.

The 2019 Chinese New Year is celebrated on Tuesday, February 5th. Chinese New Year is celebrated in the form of a festival, marking the start of the new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. The Chinese New Year includes visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks (the most fireworks in the world are set off on this holiday), and gift giving.

Chinese New Year is a holiday celebrated by over 20% of the world’s population, and is considered the biggest holiday in China.

Interested in learning more about Chinese holidays and traditions? Check out these books from our collection:

Astronomy and Calendars: The Other Chinese Mathematics

By Jean-Claude Martzoff


The Moon Year: A Record of Chinese Customs and Festivals

By Julie Brendon and Igor Mitrophanow


Many thanks to Jutta Seibert for contribution to this blog post.

Peek at the Week: February 4th – February 8th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: February 4, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week in the library


Access Services Student Staff Meetings, Room 301, 11:00a – 12:00p

Global Smackdown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet / Bob Beck, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p

AAP Freshmen Village Meeting, Room 205, 5:30p – 7:00p



IGR Meeting, Room 205, 10:00a – 12:30p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Lit Fest: Poet Ross Gay, Speakers’ Corner, 7:00p – 9:00p

General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p



Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Dr. Jennifer M. Dixon, Room 205, 12:00 – 1:30p

Access Services Student Staff Meetings, Room 301, 2:00p – 3:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Navigation a Successful Major Change, Room 205, 5:00 – 6:00p



Access Services Student Staff Meetings, Room 301, 2:00p – 3:00p

STEMing Diversity Panel, Speakers’ Corner, 4:30 – 6:00p



History Career Day, Room 205, 11:00a – 3:30p

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:30p – 3:30p


Foto Friday: A Song of Ice and Fire

Sarah Wingo, Gina Duffy, Kallie Stahl, Caroline Sipio

“You should think less about the future and more about the pleasures at hand” (even during a polar vortex). Have a fabulous first Friday of February!

―Quote by George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire

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