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The 8:30 | STAR WARS Edition (12/7)

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Tasty coffee is, but a substitute for rest it is not. You can study much, Padawan, but at least 6-8 hours of sleep you require in order to concentrate during your tests. Coffee and exhaustion are of the dark side…

Jedi Master Rob LeBlanc
First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian


TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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To provide students with additional late night study facilities, the main Library will have extended hours beginning Monday, Dec. 7th. We’ll be open most nights until 3:00 a.m.

As always, you can use your Wildcard to swipe into the 24/7 lounge, Falvey Hall lounge and Reading Room after hours. Take advantage of our cozy and inspirational spaces for quiet study. Check the Hours link on the library homepage for a full listing of extended hours.

From everyone at Falvey, good luck on your papers and final exams!


SAVE THE DATE

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

On this day in 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. The infamous naval base assault was the impetus for the United States joining World War II. To dig deeper into Pearl Harbor and other events surrounding World War II, check out our holdings.

Image by U.S. Navy photographer, MCC David Rush. "A Sailor from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band plays taps during a joint U.S. Navy/National Park Service ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The theme of this year's historic commemoration, "Pacific War Memories: The Heroic Response to Pearl Harbor," emphasized the brave efforts of those who fought at sea, on land and in the air to turn the tide in the Pacific. More than 2,000 distinguished guests and the general public joined service members, Pearl Harbor survivors and their families and friends for the annual observance." Image description via Wikimedia Commons.

Image by U.S. Navy photographer, MCC David Rush. “A Sailor from the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band plays taps during a joint U.S. Navy/National Park Service ceremony commemorating the 67th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The theme of this year’s historic commemoration, “Pacific War Memories: The Heroic Response to Pearl Harbor,” emphasized the brave efforts of those who fought at sea, on land and in the air to turn the tide in the Pacific. More than 2,000 distinguished guests and the general public joined service members, Pearl Harbor survivors and their families and friends for the annual observance.” Image description via Wikimedia Commons.

I think history is continuous. It doesn’t begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.” – Richard Holbrooke


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Cosmic 'Caturday

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Darth Santa, a.k.a. Teddy

This cat is so relaxed and you will be too when you attend the stress buster event at the Library on Dec. 10! Don’t miss the games, free food, hot drinks, Star Wars selfies, cootie catchers, and a special appearance by Will D. Cat! The next day, on Dec. 11, you can visit with therapy dogs, attend a yoga session, make your own stress balls, and more! See the poster below for all the details!

(According to the Pinterest post, Teddy, or as I like to call him, Darth Santa, “was awesome and completely chill” about wearing this costume.)

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (12/4)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

The final Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Meeting this semester. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. Open to all. Come join in for games and fun. Questions? Contact: Matthew Pasquale 

ACS Writing Awards Reception. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Questions? Contact: Sandra Suprenuk

Gender & Women’s Studies Meet & Greet. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: Joyce Harden


Flashback Friday

Student studying--a bit too hard! From the 1980 yearbook

Finals gotcha feeling overwhelmed? Check out this #fbf picture from the 1980 yearbook. Looks like someone hit the books a bit too hard!


GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2015

Goodreads has announced their 2015 Choice Awards! These selections were chosen via Goodreads user ratings and are categorized by genre. They’re the perfect additions to your Goodreads Want to Read lists!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

National Cookie Day is the day, and cookie eating is the way… to celebrate. Why are so many “national days” food related? The answer is unclear, although perhaps it is an interesting research inquiry. But we’re not complaining for any reason that encourages the eating of chocolate chip cookies. Mmmm. Did you know the word “cookie” comes from the Dutch “koekie,” or “little cake”? Also, if you want to try your hand at some classic Italian cookie dough, check out this recipe in our digital library, straight from The Philadelphia Italian Market Cookbook out of the Celeste A. Morello Collection.

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“Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say, friend is someone to share the last cookie with.” – Cookie Monster

Photo by Keith McDuffee


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (12/3)

 

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SAVE THE DATE…

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! The final Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Meeting this semester. Friday, December 4 at 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC is always accepting new members. Open to all. Come join in for games and fun.DualShock_4

 


STUDY STRESS?

Here you go! It’ll be okay.

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Photography by Joonas Lyytinen


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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today is #roofoveryourhead day, a day to appreciate and be thankful for things you might take for granted daily, such as the roof over your head, the food in your refrigerator, or warm clothes on your back. Want to observe this holiday? Donate a toy for Christmas or support a local shelter. Speaking of roofs over your head, our extended hours are coming up next week for finals, and you know you can always find a warm corner in the library!

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“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” – John Wooden


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (12/2)

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SAVE THE DATE…

Thursday, December 10th
Library Open House
1-6 pm, First Floor
Sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library
Highlights: Free food, hot drinks (and hopefully games with VEEC and an appearance by the Wildcat- still working on this!)

Friday, December 11th
Stress Free Happy Health Hours
10 am-4 pm, Room 205
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion, POWER and Falvey Memorial Library
Highlights: Each hour will feature a stress-relieving activity! Adult coloring books, make-your-own stress balls, game hour with board games and puzzles, snack and hydration hour, and more. And not least, there will be dogs from Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dogs!

Contact person: Kristy Sillay (kristy.sillay@villanova.edu ), Coordinator of Peer Education Programs and Community Standards,  advisor of POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources). FYI: POWER Peers provide health education and programs across campus.


30 YEARS AGO…


Jefferson Starship’s We Built This City was #1 on the Billboard charts. Also named #1 on the “Most Awesomely Bad Songs….Ever” list by VH-1 and now defunct magazine Blender, WBTC, shockingly, was written by Elton John’s collaborator, Bernie Taupin, who also wrote Your Song, Tiny Dancer and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Proving that we all have our off days! 🙂 Co-written as well by a guy named Dennis Lambert, but not the one who works here at the library.  😉


NEW MEDIA NEWS
9783319173375_p0_v3_s192x300Speaking of building cities, you may be interested in this new ebook from Springer. From the publisher: From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places offers a fascinating exploration of the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and spatial planning, expanding the concept of “urban smartness” from the usual scale of buildings or urban projects to the regional dimension. The book is a source of valuable insights for both scholars and local administrators and operators involved in smart city projects.


NEED A STUDY BREAK?

Find out what the top baby names were last year, or the year you were born! See where your name ranks in popularity. From this site, you can view the changes in popularity of baby names, sort popular names by decade and state (in U.S. territories), and learn the top five names over the last 100 years. Shout out to Sue Ottignon, our research support librarian (who’s always a good place to start!), for providing this link. Turns out that the year the name Susan was most popular is 1960. In that year, the number of births is 39201, which represents 1.885 percent of total female births in 1960.


WE BUILT THIS EARWORM
earwormYou have enough on your mind these days without it being colonized by the Jefferson Starship. (Sorry about that.) Fortunately, researchers at the University of Reading in the UK have come up with a easy way to eradicate those annoying earworms – you know, those songs that get stuck in your head. Just pop a stick of gum in your mouth! According to the researchers, chewing gum allows you to shift focus and get past the tune. Want to read more about the study? Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

It’s the first week of Advent, which might be hard to believe but here we are (wasn’t it just summertime!?). Advent is a period of preparation leading up to Christmas, and you can probably relate, with finals on the horizon and study guides accompanying you to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try not to forget your inner life this December. Remember what Advent is all about – spiritually preparing for a great moment.

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“The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”  – Frederick Buechner

23 days until Christmas!


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Photo Essay: James and Kathryn Murphy Reception on Nov. 12

On Thursday, November 12, Villanova University Community members and friends gathered to honor James Murphy, PhD, founder and former director of Villanova’s Irish Studies program and his wife, Kathryn Murphy.

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A reception and poetry reading event was held in order to highlight the couple’s recent donation of 300 signed, first-edition Irish poetry books to Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library.

Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history and interim director of the Irish Studies program, planned the reception along with the help of Joyce Harden, administrative/events assistant for interdisciplinary and area studies programs, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

(From left to right) Craig Bailey, James Murphy and Kathryn Murphy are all smiles at the event.

(From left to right) Dr. Craig Bailey, Dr. James Murphy and Kathryn Murphy were all smiles at the event.

 

The reception opened with a festive set of live tunes from musicians (from left to right) Darin Kelly, Siobhan Murray, and Tomás O Cathail.

The reception opened with a festive set of live tunes from musicians (from left to right) Darin Kelly, Siobhan Murray, and Tomás O Cathail.

 

Award-winning poet and former 2011 Heimbold Chair, Moya Cannon, reads selections of poetry.

 

The crowd listens attentively as Moya reads. It was a packed house!

The crowd listens attentively as Moya Cannon reads poetry selections. It was a packed house!

 

At the event’s close, Dr. Murphy acknowledged the crowd and thanked his wife Kathy for her support.

In addition to the generous donation of books, the Murphy’s have contributed greatly to the Irish Studies program since its inception in 1979. See here for a timeline of noteworthy dates for the Irish Studies Program.


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Dig Deeper: Careers in International Development Day 2015

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Careers in International Development Day at the Connelly Center is not your usual job fair – it’s a symposium designed for career exploration and a perfect event for students interested in pursuing careers that address global poverty and related issues. Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President of InterAction, an alliance of 190 International Non-governmental agencies will open the day at 1:30 p.m. in the Cinema with an overview of the changes, challenges, and opportunities in the field. From 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room, professionals representing a variety of career paths, including the UN, USAID, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing, Global Health and others will meet students in roundtable breakouts (repeating every 30 minutes) to share their professional experience and offer advice on what students need to get a foot in the door. In the Villanova Room Market Stall area, students can meet one-on-one with representatives from graduate programs, post-graduate overseas internship and volunteer opportunities and relevant VU curricular and extra-curricular programs from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Catholic Relief Services organized and will host the event in partnership with Villanova University, the College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health, the Villanova School of Business, the VSB Center for Global Leadership, the Career Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education.


Dig Deeper

The library’s collection includes many books, article databases and statistical sources about international development. For the policy wonk, Columbia International Affairs Online includes full-text  case studies, policy briefs, scholarly articles and books. Public Affairs International  Service (PAIS) is an article database covering similar territory. Because international development is truly interdisciplinary, academic research on international development can be found in many specialized databases, such as  PubMed for health, EconLit for economics, and  Compendex or Inspec for engineering.

Since 1990 the United Nations has published the Human Development Report, which identifies trends in development, and the Index, which is a tool used to assess country level development in terms of life expectancy, education and income. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development publishes numerous books and statistical series on development in many dimensions all available in the OECDiLibrary. AidData.org takes a data driven approach to improving outcomes by publishing datasets, visualizations and reports.

Villanovans across the disciplines are engaged in research on various aspects of development aid. Suzanne Toton, EdD, writes about Catholic relief, world hunger and social justice. The writing of Kishor Thanawala, PhD, explores economic development and justice. Latin American Development is the area of expertise of Satya Pattnayak, PhD. Jonathan Doh, PhD, is a prolific researcher on nongovernmental organizations and global corporate responsibility. Christopher Kilby, PhD, is a thought leader on the economics of foreign aid. Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, is a practicing nurse, educator and researcher on international community health.

Careers in International Development Day speakers represent a variety of organizations, all with interesting web sites well worth exploring with links below:

Speakers Organizations

Alliance to End Hunger
InterAction
United States Agency for International Development USAID
Doctors Without Borders
Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center
Catholic Relief Services
Uhl & Associates
TriLinc Global
Oiko Credit
Village Capital

 

Post-Baccalaureate Volunteer Organizations

Acumen
Amigos de Jesus
Augustinian Volunteers
Catholic Volunteer Network
Catholic Relief Services
Jesuit Volunteers
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Mennonite Central Committee
Mercy Volunteer Corps
Peace Corps
Profugo
Unite for Sight


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'Caturday: Homecoming 1964

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Okay, so maybe the Beatles were booked that weekend. But no matter: Villanova’s Homecoming 51 years ago featured a concert from another Brit and Top 40 favorite, George Shearing.  Shearing, a jazz pianist and blind from birth, enjoyed colossal record sales and worldwide fame, inventing the “Shearing Sound”. As mentioned in Billboard, Shearing and The Serendipity Singers appeared at the Field House on October 9, 1964, to a capacity crowd of 3,700 enthusiastic Wildcats (okay, we added that part.)

According to the 1965 Belle Air, we know Shearing played, appropriately, Autumn Leaves. Were you there? If so, did he perform with his quartet or sextet? Was it awesome? Inquiring ‘Cats want to know!!

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (11/6)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Club Meeting. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. Questions? Contact: Laura Matthews


SAVE THE DATE…

Reception for James & Kathryn Murphy. Thursday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Please join us as we celebrate James and Kathryn Murphy’s planned donation of 300 signed, first-edition Irish poetry books to the Library.

The event marks the unique contributions the Murphys have made to Irish studies and also Villanova’s long standing connection with leading Irish writers, such as Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon and Ciaran Carson. Award-winning poet and former Heimbold Chair, Moya Cannon, will present readings.


Did you know—

Discount Tickets for Students this Weekend—The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts offers $10 student tickets to select Kimmel Center Presents and Broadway performances through KimmelSTIX, a web-based, members-only program. KimmelSTIX is open to high school, college, and graduate students, ages 17 to 30, with a valid student I.D. card. Buy tickets online with your KimmelSTIX promo code, pay no service fees, and get the best available seating!
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This weekend’s highlights include—

Mozart and Schumann, Philadelphia Orchestra, Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Juilliard Quartet, Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

Mozart and Schumann, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Jethro Tull, The Rock Opera, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

All Beethoven, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Latin Jazz Explosion! Poncho Sanchez Latin Band, Sunday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Closer to Villanova—
Clover Market
The Clover Market closes out its fall season in Bryn Mawr with an antique and food market featuring vendors like reFIND furniture, Salvation Nation, Sardine Clothing Co., Reanimator Coffee, Foolish Waffles and more Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Read more about it here.


NEED BOOKS? GO (IN)TO AMAZON!

It goes without saying that Amazon has become a prime retailer of books, both hard-copy and Kindle. But did you know they’ve opened an actual storefront, a bookstore in University Village, Seattle? A rather satisfying quote from the NBC article: “It’s kind of freaky being ‘in’ Amazon.” It would be a rather trippy experience to be inside the interwebz, indeed!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

On this day in 1854, John Philip Sousa was born. Sousa is the composer responsible for the most patriotic of marching band tunes, “The Washington Post,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “The Liberty Bell,” Sousa certainly defined the genre of patriotic marching band music. And let’s not forget about the sousaphone, named after good ol’ Johnny himself for popularizing the instrument’s use in his military band.

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“I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time.”John Philip Sousa


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (11/5)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

VITAL Mindfulness Session. 12:30 – 2:15 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: Ramona Kuzewski 

Graduate Theology Colloquium. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: Karen Cunningham


SAVE THE DATE…

Tomorrow! Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Club Meeting. Friday, November 6 at 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC is always accepting new members. Open to all. Come join in for games and fun.

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Did you know—

Tag it! If you want to easily add a search term or category to an item, Falvey’s catalog will accept your tag. Here’s how:


Throwback Thursday

Talk about an action shot! Check out this throwback pic from the 1958 Villanova yearbook!

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John Bauer, Villanova ground gainer who averaged better than 5 yards per carry last season, tucks his head and goes through Richmond’s line for a touchdown.


IF YOU COULD UNINVENT THE WHEEL…

The Atlantic ran an “unscientific” poll to see what 101 Silicon Valley techsperts would uninvent in an alternate universe. Top two responses were nuclear weapons and, well, selfie sticks. The juxtaposition of the two is a bit jarring, no? What would you uninvent?

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Today is National Doughnut Day, and while it is a great excuse to sugar up on some doughy rings of goodness, the “holiday” actually has an interesting historical background. Created by the Salvation Army during World War I, Doughnut Day celebrated Salvation Army workers who offered morale boosts to front line soliders–often in the form of doughnuts and coffee. Fun fact: some of the doughnuts were fried in soldiers’ helmets!

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“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” – Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons


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