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The Curious ‘Cat: Scaredy Wildcats!

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On Tuesday, June, 20th Jaws celebrated its 42nd anniversary; the feature film premiered in 1975. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What is your favorite horror film?”

Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist: “The Exorcist.”

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “Carrie.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Alien.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Wrong Turn.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing:”Get Out.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre: “The Shining.” Side note: Sarah’s cat, Bruce, is named after the mechanical shark featured in Jaws. “We named him Bruce because he had the coloring of a great white (he’s also a pretty large athletic cat) and when he walked past our coffee table (with his tale in the air) it looked like a shark fin.”

Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun…Bruce!
cat bruce

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Moodboard Monday: Regina Duffy

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.

Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I work on the Communication and Marketing Team, scheduling events and writing editorial projects for the Library’s blog and newsletter, Mosaic. I also dabble in social media postings.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

The last book I read was The Shining. I had seen the movie previously, but while I was on jury duty (for ten hours,) I flew through the book in one sitting. I was very interested in the book and I actually preferred it over the movie; they were two very different experiences.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

I binged on “Game of Thrones” [HBO] last summer and I’m excited for the show to return in July. I also enjoy “House of Cards” [Netflix], but I have yet to watch the new season. I’m interested to see where that show is going to go. “Parenthood” [NBC; Netflix] and “Stranger Things” [Netflix] helped me through my maternity leave: I had something to watch when I was getting up at all hours of the night. “Parenthood” was a heartwarming series, while “Stranger Things” was just plain creepy.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

I haven’t had much free time lately to go to the theatre.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

I really enjoy “Modern Love,” “Dear Sugar,” and “This American Life.” Those are what I listen to frequently when I am doing chores around my house. I also like “Criminal” because there are a lot of interesting stories on that podcast.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I have Sirius XM (satellite radio) and everyday on the way to and from work I hear “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. So, I’d have to say him.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I like to go have a meal outside on a nice day. If you’re looking for a good chicken taco and the best salsa verde, plan a visit to Cantina Dos Segundos. I also like Jones, it’s a Stephen Starr restaurant. The place reminds me of “The Brady Bunch;” a lot of 70’s retro.


Photo of Jones courtesy of VisitPhilly.com

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I recently prepared Annie’s organic macaroni and cheese for my daughter. And yes, I can share the recipe. First, you add water, and then you microwave for two minutes. Just call me Chef Duffy.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy going to the beach, playing with my daughters outside, going to the park, and exploring the zoo.

Name an app you’re crazy about.

I just discovered Bitmoji and I’ve been having fun with it.

Bitmoji Gina


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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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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The Curious ‘Cat: “Game of cones!”

Curious 'Cat - imageIt’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! The Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What is your favorite ice cream flavor?”

1Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing: “As a homegrown Philly girl, I prefer chocolate ‘wooder’ ice from Rita’s.”

Nora Ramos, Custodial Services: “I like coffee ice cream and mango sherbet.”

Merrill Stein, Team Leader Assessment/Liaison Team Leader: “Mint chocolate chip.”

Robin Bowles, Research Support Librarian: “Rocky road; for when you can’t decide what you want, so you just get everything.”

Gina Duffy, Communication & Marketing Program Manager: Dole Whip at the Ocean City [NJ] boardwalk. Try it…your mind will be blown.”

Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader: “Pistachio.”


The Curious ‘Cat: “The Falvey Bee!”

Curious 'Cat - imageCelebrating the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Curious ‘Cat hosted a Falvey Bee, asking Villanovans to spell the word “stichomythia.”

Jeannine Ahern, Finance/Administration Specialist: “Stychomithia.”


Jacqueline Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “Stygomythy.”


Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator: “Stythomythia.”


Lorraine Holt, Finance/Administration Specialist: “Sticomythia.”


Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Sticomythopia.”


Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “Stichomythea.”


For future reference, stichomythia, according to Dictionary.com, is defined as “dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usually speaks in one line of verse during a scene of intense emotion or strong argumentation.” Tune to ESPN 2 for the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on Thursday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. 


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Go go gadget…”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanovans, “What kitchen gadget would you be?”

Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer– “Corkscrew.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer– “Mason jar because not everyone has one, but when you do, you use it for everything.”

Barbara Quintiliano, Instructional Services Librarian/Team Leader– “Sandwich press.”

Alfred Fry, Science Librarian– “A portable flour sifter.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre – “A Wusthof kitchen knife.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian– “An offset spatula because it’s special and unique with a specific purpose, just like me.”

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Kallie’s Chords: A High Note Playlist

There’s just something about that summertime feeling, a day at the beach, a picnic in the park, quickly eating your favorite ice cream before it melts in the sunshine. It’s hard to define the euphoric sense of the season; however, I tried to do just that in the Spotify playlist below. A crafty compilation of cheery and soothing beats, these songs will keep you grooving all summer long.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Turn it up!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What was the last song you listened to during your summer jam session?”

William Repetto – “Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian – “Urgent by Foreigner.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian for English & Theatre – “The Hamilton soundtrack.”

Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian – “Down by Marian Hill.”

Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader – “Les Préludes (a symphonic poem) by Franz Liszt featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti.”

Em McAndrew – “Rat a Tat by Fall Out Boy.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist – “Disco 2000 by Pulp.”

Sounds like a real hootenanny! For more trendy tracks, be sure to check out the latest installment of Kallie’s Chords. A new playlist will be posted on Monday. Until then, enjoy the weekend,  Nova Nation!

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Last Modified: May 19, 2017