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Foto Friday: “Fly Eagles Fly!”

“Fly, Eagles fly! On the road to victory!”

“The Eagles’ Victory Song,” was written by Charles Borrelli and Roger Courtland.

The staff of Falvey Memorial Library are ready for the NFC Championship Game! Go Eagles!


The Curious ‘Cat: “New Year, New Memories (Part II)!”

Last week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in the upcoming year?” This week, the ‘Cat asked Villanova students the same purrr-ing question!

(Drew Lauer, Patrick Peterson)

Drew Lauer- “March Madness.”

Patrick Peterson- “March Madness.”

(Kalin Schultz, Michael Zegeer )

Kalin Schultz- “Basketball season.”

Michael Zegeer- “My computer engineering internship at Carnegie Mellon University.”

(Emily Gardner)

Emily Gardner- “I’m excited for a new apartment so my friends can come over and bake!”

(Annabelle Humiston, Liana Perez)

Annabelle Humiston- “I just planned a trip Chicago!” 

Liana Perez- “I’m excited to see all my Villanova friends since we’ve all been in different states.” 


Villanova Basketball Alum’s MLK Artifact


via National Park Service Digital Image Archives


Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To this day the speech is a key piece of oration for the Civil Rights movement. Like every great orator, MLK had some prepared speech notes for his address—notes that actually did not include the famous “I have a dream” section (which was spun on the spot from the heart)—but he did not keep them. What happened to those notes, you ask?

They came into the possession of Villanova alum and College Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling, class of 1960.

ravelingGeorge Raveling, 10th on Villanova’s all-time rebounding list and the second ever black basketball player at Villanova, was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was not only a talented college basketball player, but also went on to be an inspiring coach. He got his coaching start as a part-time assistant to Villanova coach Jack Kraft and later went on to coach full-time for Washington State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California. Since retiring from coaching, Raveling has worked as Director for International Basketball for Nike.

So how did Raveling become the proud keeper of MLK’s speech notes? Raveling and his good friend Warren Wilson were only young men when they decided to go to Washington D.C. for the march in 1963. They were approached by one of the march’s organizers and asked to provide security—and they agreed. Raveling wound up just a few feet from MLK on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was enthralled by MLK and his message of equality and civil rights. After the speech concluded and the crowd on the steps moved to disperse, he simply asked King, “Can I have that?”

And so they became his.

The notes have since been museum-treated and framed and are stored in a vault for safe-keeping. Raveling does not want to ever sell them, but is interested in their public display; he is currently in talks with various educational and museum groups.

You can read the full Sports Illustrated article on George Raveling and the MLK speech notes here. USA Today also covered the story. To learn more about Raveling’s induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, check out this article via VU Hoops.

Article by Michelle Callaghan, former graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing team. 


Foto Friday: “Around the World!”

“Maps and geographical prints showcase the evolving ways humans have viewed the earth and cultures, lands and peoples.” Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator, Falvey Memorial Library

Featured in the Library’s fall edition of Mosaic, John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith discussed their collection of antique maps. Generously donating more than 200 maps to Villanova University, the Smiths’ maps are now housed in Falvey’s Special Collections. Selections from the collection, co-curated by Laura Bang, Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, and Matt Grey, Digital Library Intern, are now on display on Falvey’s first floor! The collection is also available for viewing on the Digital Library.












The Curious ‘Cat: “New Year, New Memories.”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in the upcoming year?”

Regina Duffy, Communications and Marketing Program Manager: “I’m really looking forward to the Falvey Scholars Awards event at the end of the spring semester. It showcases the amazing work of undergraduate senior student scholars from the different colleges. It’s a really great way to close the semester!”

Robin Bowles, Research Support Librarian: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the new dorms on Lancaster Avenue.”

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

Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “The new season of Victoria on PBS and the Winter Olympic Games.”

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “My first grandchild.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The new Black Panther film.”

Caroline Sipio, Temporary Access Services Specialist: “Reading more and spending time with my loved ones and dachshunds.”

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


“Mambo Italiano:” Falvey Staff Celebrate the Season!

The staff of Falvey Memorial Library celebrated the season long after the holidays were over. The luncheon took place on Wednesday, January 3, and acknowledged the hard work of the Falvey community the year prior. Staff were treated to tasty Italian dishes and delectable desserts from Carlino’s.

The main course featured delicious dishes including: baked ziti, meatballs, chicken marsala, roasted potatoes and string bean almandine.

Some had dessert first, filling their plates with petit pastries, cookies and pumpkin crunch coffee cake.

Except for First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian, Rob LeBlanc, who thoroughly enjoyed the chicken marsala.

Crisp salad and a fresh fruit and cheese tray rounded off the meal (and bread rolls too!)

Tables were decorated with pine trees and snow (Life Savers for after lunch.)

It was the perfect afternoon for catching up with friends and co-workers, each sharing stories of their holidays and planning for the year ahead.


Foto Friday: “Don’t Be Melan-Collie.”

Have the holidays left you feeling a little ruff? “Don’t be melancholy,” says Cali the Collie. The New Year is right around the corner. We hope it’s a howling good time!


Kallie’s Chords: “Season’s Greetings!”

Merry everything, Wildcats! Enjoy this time with your family and friends. In case you’re in need of some holiday tunes at your festive gathering(s), I’ve compiled a list of jolly tracks to brighten up your get together. See you next year, Nova Nation!


Foto Friday: “Season’s Greetings From Falvey Memorial Library!”

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness in the coming new year!


The Curious ‘Cat: “Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String…”

Last week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff what present they were most excited to give this year. Continuing to share the joy of the season, the ‘Cat asked Falvey staff, “What is one of the best holiday gifts you’ve received?” (Spoiler alert: They also shared their least favorite presents).

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “My favorite present was the Ewok Village. My girlfriend also gave me black socks which I really liked. My least favorite present…I got these weird flashlights last year and they didn’t work.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “My favorite present was the X-Box 360 that my wife purchased for me because it’s not only the console itself, but all of the hours spent playing the games. The worst gift I got was an envelope filled with calling cards from my aunt [they never got used].

David Burke, Metadata & Resource Management Librarian: “The best present was a black cat named Sneakers; I got him when I was six. When I was a kid, the worst present you would receive was a sweater when all you really wanted was a toy.”

Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian: “The best present is babysitting money from the in-laws. The worst gift…someone signed me up for a Beer of the Month Club, but the beer I receive monthly is really bad.”

Margaret Duffy, Manager of Budget & Administrative Services: “The best present I ever received was a Precious Moments figurine with a father and son. Engraved in the figurine is the phrase, ‘These are big shoes to fill.’ The worst present I received was an ugly pair of pajamas from my color-blind husband.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing: The best present (which I asked Santa for this year), is a Silhouette Cameo. The worst present I ever received was when I asked for a treadmill, but our cat ended up needing surgery (which was the same cost as my treadmill).

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Last Modified: December 19, 2017