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#TBT: Hoops Mania Saturday, Basketball is Nigh

With Hoops Mania this Saturday, the basketball season will soon be upon us. This photo of Scottie Reynolds comes to you from the 2008 Villanova Yearbook.


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#TBT: Fun in the Fall

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The first day of fall is this Monday, and although we have some time before the leaves fall, we hope this photo from the 1988 Villanova yearbook will get you into the fall spirit.


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT Outdated Upon Completion: The Library’s Brief Two Decades in Austin Hall

 

 

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“The old Villanova College Library in the east wing of Austin Hall proved too small almost as soon as it was completed in 1924. Unfortunately, the Depression of the 1930s and then World War II forced the College to postpone the building of a new library for another two decades.” -Ever Ancient, Ever New Villanova University

We have come a long way since our brief stay in Austin Hall! Can you imagine working in such a small space without headphones to eliminate distractions? Or maybe the headphones are the distractions?


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT Comeback ‘Cats: By Popular Demand, Football Returns to Villanova

photo of plastis football

 

In 1984, Villanova Football made its triumphant return to campus.

A constant at the University since 1894, football was not played at Villanova for three seasons, until alumni and students rallied to revive the Wildcat gridders. The effort even included a benefit at the Philadelphia Academy of Music with legendary comedian Bob Hope!

During this first season, football cheerleaders tossed this palm-size football (now in the University Archives) to the home crowd. The team played at the Division III level and featured a shortened five-game schedule, going undefeated. New Head Coach Andy Talley would helm the team for 230 wins over 37 seasons and send many players to the NFL, including Philadelphia Eagles great Brian Westbrook.

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library, says his favorite Villanova football player is Matt Szczur (pronounced “Caesar”) who led the team to a national championship in 2009.


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#TBT: Falvey Friends are Here for You in Times of Stress

students posing with a dog from Pals for Life at a Library stress relief event

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Sadly, the sun is setting on summer break. Students, faculty, and staff are making a mad dash to prepare for a lively campus once again. While students are busy packing for their return to Villanova, the new dorms on Lancaster Avenue are receiving finishing touches, and materials for campus orientation events are being prepared. It’s a lot to accomplish in a few short weeks!

To help ease stress in frantic times such as these, we are happy to feature a furry friend from Pals for Life in our weekly #TBT. This photo was taken in December of 2017 at the semi-annual Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hour event in collaboration with the Office of Health Promotion. Sometimes all you need is a good friend to remind you that everything is going to be OK.

Falvey is looking forward to having all of our “pals” return to campus soon!


Regina Duffy is communication and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Golden retrievers are her form of stress relief.


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#TBT: Props to Vasey Hall

The Playboy of the Western World play bill, 1960 , at Villanova

THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week, our throwback pic features a playbill from the 1960 production of “The Playboy of the Western World” by John Millington Synge. The playbill is housed in the University Archives along with many other treasures from Villanova’s past.

Did you know that the Villanova’s Theatre Program has been around since 1958? Over that time the program has produced hundreds of plays and musicals in its beloved campus home, Vasey Hall. While Vasey is centrally located on campus, it is a bit tight as other academic offices are also located in the building.

In early 2020, the University hopes to officially open a new, larger space for the Theatre Program—the Performing Arts Center as part of Villanova’s Campus Transformation Project.

We are looking forward to visiting the new space and adding more play bills to our collection. Thanks for the memories, Vasey!


Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: One Book for Nova Nation

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In honor of the 15th anniversary of the One Book Villanova Program, we want to transport you all the way back to 2010 when Falvey celebrated the featured book selection that year, Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji. Our cultural window display designer, Joanne Quinn, mounted a vibrant scene in the cases outside of Holy Grounds in hopes that it would help inspire students to read the book.

In case you missed it, the 2019-2020 One Book Villanova selection is I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda ’07 VSB, Caitlin Alifirenka, and Liz Welch. Martin will be visiting campus on Thursday, September 19 as part of the University’s annual St. Thomas of Villanova celebration. During his visit, he will participate in a book signing event in Falvey Library from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Afterwards, he will head over to the Connelly Center at 6:00 p.m. to deliver a keynote lecture. For more updates about the author’s visit and related One Book events, please visit the One Book Villanova website.

Also, please note that books for students will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Riley Ellipse outside of Dougherty Hall as well as the Connelly Center.


Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: Honoring the late Reverend Anthony M. Genovese, OSA, ’70 CLAS

Father Mickey at the Augustinian Province assembly in 2012

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday we honor the late Reverend Anthony M. Genovese, OSA, ’70 CLAS, who students, friends, and worshipers knew better as simply “Father Mickey.” He passed away on Sunday, July 21, at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery.

Father Mickey was a beloved member of the Villanova Community for many years. He served in many roles on Villanova’s campus, the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, and the St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, most recently as the beloved chaplain for the Villanova women’s basketball team.

In the photo above, Father Mickey (far right) smiles with friends at the 2012 Augustinian Province Assembly. (Photo: Andrew McKeough.)

Together with the University community, we mourn this great loss of Father Mickey, a true Villanovan who left an indelible, positive mark on everyone he met.

 

For a full obituary and information about funeral arrangements for Father Mickey, please visit this site. For more information about Father Mickey’s history at Villanova, please see this story on the Villanova Athletics website. 


 

Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: Sweet Times at the Oreo

The Oreo statue in 1991, The Awakening, and students

The Awakening, an abstract sculpture donated by artist Jay Dugan, greets students as they make their way through campus. The dome of Alumni Hall peeks through the trees.

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Check out this throwback to 1991. Students walk on campus with The Awakening statue, or what is now fondly known as the “Oreo,” in the background. The statue has been a well-loved campus landmark since 1985.

For more information on the Oreo sculpture, check out this sweet blog by Alice Bampton.

Photo Credit: Alan Nyiri, 1991.


Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. She is a big fan of mint Oreos.


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#TBT: Dorm Days

Student in dorm room in 1991

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY

As we inch closer to the start of a new academic year, Villanova is beginning to prepare for the busy days to come. Dorm days are on the horizon again as we approach Orientation and Move-In Day in August.  Enjoy this fun throwback to 1991, when corded phones were all the rage and the dorm room décor looked a tad different.

If you are looking for more flashback photos and information about the history of Villanova, check out the book Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University 1842-1992. It’s available at Falvey’s reference desk for in-house viewing.

Photo credit: Alan Nyiri, 1991.

 


 

Regina Duffy is a communication and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


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Last Modified: July 11, 2019