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Peek at the Week: October 31

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Paris is Burning, Dorian Corey said, “It’s important to go after your dreams but don’t lose sight of enjoying the journey of life.”

Happy Halloween, Wildcats! As members of the Villanova Community, chasing your academic and professional dreams is clearly important, but as the lovely and wise (late) Dorian Corey would agree, you shouldn’t lose sight of the other things that bring you joy in life. In the spirit of the holiday, enjoy yourself and have some (responsible) fun this week.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 31

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Halloween Haunts with Distinctive Collections | 1:00 p.m. | Falvey Library First Floor | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Games & Light Refreshments Served

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, November 1

Fall 2022 Film & Philosophy Series: Jean-Luc Godard’s Hélas pour moi (1993) | 5:30 p.m. | Room 415 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, November 2

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Community Data Solving Social Enterprise & Business Problems | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Interfaith Human Library: Where Books Talk & We All Learn about Life in a Multi-faith World | 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff | Light Refreshments Served | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday November 3

Lecture on “Cervantine Blackness” Featuring Nicholas Jones, PhD | 4:00 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to Villanova Community

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, November 4

Scholarship@Villanova Event Featuring Alan Drew on The Recruit | 2-3 p.m. | Room 205 | Free & Open to Villanova Community | Light Refreshments Served

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, November 6

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As you already know, today is Halloween (and for all my fellow former Girl Scouts, Girl Scout Founder’s Day). But here are some holidays this week that you may not know about.

Aptly coinciding with Halloween, today is also National Magic Day. For anyone who has the perfect mix of charisma and dexterity, pull a Jimmy Woo (as inspired by a very bored Scott Lang) and celebrate by learning a magic trick. As someone who has tried and failed to successfully complete a magic trick, I will probably celebrate by watching Now You See Me instead.

National Author’s Day is tomorrow, Nov. 1. Celebrate by reading a book from your go-to author or by checking out a new author. We have plenty of options here at Falvey.

Tomorrow is also National Cinnamon Day. Whether its churros, snickerdoodles, apple crisp, or a classic cinnamon roll, autumn is the perfect season to enjoy all things cinnamon. If you’re a fellow cinnamon enthusiast, celebrate by enjoying your favorite cinnamon treat. (The cinnamon crumb muffins at Java’s Brewin’ in Limerick are my absolute favorite).

Coming off the heel of Halloween, Friday is National Candy Day, the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite sweets. (It is a holiday after all). As a huge peanut butter fan, I will be savoring the seasonal Reese’s Pumpkins.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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Peek at the Week: October 24

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In 10 Things I Hate about You, Patrick Verona said, “Don’t let anyone, ever, make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. Go for it.”

Confidence is not always effortless. Confidence is a skill that, for most, is acquired through hard work and self-love. It’s not always easy to feel like you deserve the things you want, and sometimes it seems less difficult to lower your standards or settle on your dreams.

Attainable goals are important, but having big dreams is not something to dampen as you get older. I say: dream big, be confident (or fake it ’til you make it), and go for it.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 24

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Company & Industry Competitive Intelligence | 5-6 p.m. | Room 206 | Free & Open to Villanova Students | Pizza Served | Register Here

Tuesday, October 25

Book Discussion on Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a One Book Villanova Event | 1-2:15 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Light Lunch Served | RSVP Here

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is available here.

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, October 26

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Visualizing Data with Social Explorer and Policy Map | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, October 27

Ethics & Algorithms Panel | 4 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public | View Livestream Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, October 28

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday October 30

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As some of you might know, Diwali, a Hindu holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, is being celebrated this week. The 5-day celebration ends on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Here are some other (less significant) holidays coming up this week.

Tomorrow, Oct. 25, is Punk for a Day Day. Dust off your Doc Martens and, if you’re really feeling bold, grab yourself some Manic Panic. If you’re not into the punk aesthetic, check out some punk music. Spotify has some pretty decent punk playlists with punk from the 60s all the way to the 2020s. My personal favorites are “I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones, “St. Jimmy” by Green Day, “I Wish I Was a Riot Grrrl” by Destructo Disk, and “Mr. Moustache” by Nirvana (if we’re adopting a fairly loose definition of punk rock).

For all our pumpkin spice enthusiasts, Wednesday, Oct. 26, is National Pumpkin Day. Whether it’s eating pumpkin pie, drinking a pumpkin spice latte, going to a pumpkin patch, or even lighting a sweet pumpkin candle, celebrate by enjoying your favorite pumpkin festivity. I know I’ll be getting a pumpkin iced coffee from Dunkin’.

Friday, Oct. 28 is International Animation Day. Take some time out of your day to watch a new animated movie or series you’ve been meaning to check out, check out some animation content creators, or watch your animated comfort movie. (At this point in the semester, I will probably be watching one of my ultimate comfort shows, Avatar: The Last Airbender).

National Cat Day is this Saturday, Oct. 29. If you can’t get home to see your furry friend, watch some cute cat videos online or visit a cat cafe in the area. In celebration, here is a picture of my rescue cat, Yelena (affectionately named after Florence Pugh’s character in Black Widow) who lays on me for hours, meows at my door at 6 a.m., and enjoys booping my face with her paw.

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.

 

 


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Peek at the Week: October 17

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Solitano Jr. said, “You have to do everything you can. You have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive…you have a shot at a silver lining.”

Welcome back, Wildcats! As you return from Fall Break, hopefully refreshed and recharged, try to channel your newfound energy into something that you think is meaningful. Whether it’s academics, your job, athletics, or a hobby, give it your all (or at least all that you can reasonably give without overworking yourself). Great things can come out of any situation when you work hard and, although often unbelievably difficult, stay positive.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, October 17

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, October 18

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Food as a Universal Human Right Talk & Tasting | 4:30-6:30 p.m.| Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, October 19

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Introduction to Data Visualization | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, October 20

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Food as a Universal Human Right Talk & Tasting | 4:30-6:30 p.m.| Room 205 | Free & Open to the Public

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, October 21

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, October 23

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

For all the Italian food-lovers and carb connoisseurs, today is National Pasta Day. Celebrate by eating your favorite pasta dish. Pasta seems to be on the menu at St. Mary’s Hall and Dougherty Hall, so swing by either dining hall for an easy on-campus option.

Information Overload Day falls on Tuesday, Oct. 18. With the unfathomable amount of information at our disposal everyday, it is unsurprising that we get stuck in the doomscrolling loop and experience information overload. Information Overload Day is a day to unplug and give yourself a break. Although many of us did just that over Fall Break, routinely making time for yourself is still important to continue throughout the semester’s entirety. Celebrate the day by taking some time, whether it’s a minute or an hour, to relax (preferably without technology, but if the only way you can relax involves technology of some sort, c’est la vie).

Saturday, Oct. 22, is National Color Day. Colors are all around us, and they can often make our surroundings come to life. Whether its neons, pastels, or neutrals, celebrate by appreciating the colors around you. We take them for granted, but colors truly have a larger impact of our lives than we often realize.

National Crocs Day is this Sunday, Oct. 23. Do you remember when crocs were deemed as one of the ugliest shoes on the market? I do. But as a former swimmer (and lime green girl), crocs have always held a special place in my heart, and now, many of our closets. Celebrate the day by wear your favorite pair of these semi-aquatic shoes. I will definitely be wearing my worn-down black crocs (with Spider-Man and Captain America charms) in celebration.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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Peek at the Week: September 26

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger Rabbit said, “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.”

For many of us, we’re at the point where the semester is in full swing. Workloads are increasing, and you might be beginning to feel the effects of the semester. With midterms around the corner, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, overworked, and burnt out. (I know I feel like I’m practically army-crawling my way towards Fall Break).

With all of this in mind, try to give yourself a moment to laugh. Whether it’s a funny TikTok, one of your favorite movies, or a moment with your friends, a little laughter in your day can have the power to relieve some weight off your shoulders.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 26

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, September 27

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, September 28

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Present Real-Time Analytics with ARCGIS Dashboards | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

2022 One Book Villanova Author’s Visit and Book Signing | 5:30 p.m. | Villanova Room, Connelly Center | Free & Open to the Villanova Community

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is available here.

Friday, September 30

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, October 2

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Do you ever feel like you’re absolutely confused in class and your professor is making no sense? Well, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, you can be festive and celebrate National Ask a Stupid Question Day by, as the name suggests, asking a stupid question. I promise you that we all ask stupid questions, and sometimes it’s even the smart thing to do.

For all our coffee-drinking readers, this week holds not 1, but 2 coffee-related holidays. Thursday, Sept. 29 is National Starbuck’s Day, and Saturday, Oct. 1 is International Coffee Day. Celebrate by picking up your favorite brew at your favorite shop. (Holy Grounds and Dunkin’ are definitely on my list of stops for the week).

Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day, a perfect excuse to tune out the world and listen to your favorite podcast. Although I’m not a huge podcast fan myself, but I might check out a new true crime podcast or the latest episode of The Leftovers.

Saturday is also International Music Day. Celebrate by listening to your go-to album, by checking out a new artist, or, if you’re musically gifted, playing an instrument you enjoy. (I’ll probably still be riding the wave of the My Chemical Romance reunion, jamming to The Skallywags, and relaxing with Hozier).

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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Peek at the Week: September 19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

We’re all here at Villanova to obtain some type of deeper knowledge or experience, in most cases a degree, but sometimes what you find in college is much more than a (still important) framed diploma or a resume-booster. You find friends, you find hobbies, you even find yourself.

This week, give yourself some time to go out and find something, something that makes you happy, something that makes you mindful, even something you hate. You never know what you might find if you look.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 19

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, September 21

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Using Zotero Citation Manager | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, September 22

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, September 23

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As many of you may already know, tomorrow is 1842 Day, our very own Villanova holiday of gratitude and giving. You can celebrate by showing your support and making a donation to a campus resource that you feel passionate about or has impacted your ‘Nova experience for the better. To return some of the gratitude, five lucky people who give a gift to the library will receive some Falvey swag.

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day. Celebrate, if you haven’t already, by registering to vote (and check out this blog if you want some helpful links and information about the Pennsylvania midterm elections).

Thursday, Sept. 22, is Hobbit Day. If you’re a fellow LOTR fan and feeling festive, celebrate by reading any part of the classic series, watching the movie adaptations, or by eating “second breakfast” and “elevensies,” as Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins would have wanted. I know I’ll be rewatching The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. How could you go wrong with Christopher Lee, Treebeard, and the Battle of Helm’s Deep?

Friday is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Did you know that according to research from Gates in 2011, bisexuals make up more than half of all LGB individuals? That’s a significant portion of the LGBTQ+ community that identifies with bisexuality. You can celebrate by showing your own bi pride, engaging with a bisexual artist or performer (with options like David Bowie, Alan Cummings, Megan Fox, and Amy Winehouse, the options are endless), or by learning more about the community.

 

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.

 

 


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Peek at the Week: September 12

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery wrote, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.”

Although it rarely seems like it, college is a time of and for mistakes. Mistakes are often fundamental to learning, both in life and in education. But mistakes often feel bigger and more insurmountable than they are.

Give yourself some grace. Your mistakes are opportunities to learn, and tomorrow is a new day.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, September 12

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Company & Industry Competitive Intelligence 101 | 5-6 p.m. | Room 206 | Free & Open to Villanova Students | Register Here

Wednesday, September 14

Digital Scholarship Lab Open House | 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Room 218A | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, September 16

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, September 18

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Celebrate National Day of Encouragement today by saying something nice to someone or (sometimes a harder task) yourself. Today is a day for good vibes, and good vibes only!

For everyone with a sweet tooth, Tuesday is International Chocolate Day. Whether you prefer dark, milk, or white, grab yourself a chocolate treat (hint: Holy Grounds at Falvey is a great place for some chocolate sweets).

If you’re a superhero fan, Batman Day is this Sunday, Sept. 17. You can celebrate by binging your favorite Batman movies, shows, or comics. If you’ve never watched a single Batman movie in your life, The Dark Knight is probably the most well-received and, in my opinion, the all-around best. If you’re already a seasoned fan, check out Joseph McCabe’s 100 Things Batman Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, of course, available through Falvey.

 

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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Peek at the Week: September 5

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Othello, Shakespeare wrote, “Our bodies are gardens, to which our wills are our gardeners.”

Happy Labor Day, Wildcats! By going to Villanova and furthering our education, we are all tending to our gardens. We have the immense potential to better ourselves in the process, but a garden that is over-watered or overworked will wilt.

Take a break this Labor Day. Do something that makes you happy. It might just make your garden bloom.


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Tuesday, September 6th to Thursday, September 8th

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4:00-9:00pm | Room 301 | Free

Friday, September 9th

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30pm | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

Today is Labor Day, as you likely know, but there also are some other fun holidays coming up this week.

Tomorrow, September 6th, you can cross off a book from your reading list by celebrating National Read a Book Day. Whether it’s one of your favorite re-reads, a recommendation from a friend, or a new novel you’ve been dying to start, this Tuesday is a perfect day to crack open a book and read (But we might be a little biased at Falvey).

If you’re more of a numbers person, this Friday, September 9th is International Sudoku Day. So, find a newspaper, grab a puzzle book, or open your app and play some Sudoku.

Friday is also International Box Wine Day. If you’re 21 or older, buy some Franzia to celebrate and (responsibly) enjoy the weekend.

 

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.

 


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Peek at the Week: August 29

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Verse 64 of Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu said, “A journey of  a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Welcome and welcome back, Wildcats! A new year at Villanova brings new beginnings, whether it’s your first year or your last. As you embark on your 2022-2023 journey, remember that all of your fellow Wildcats are taking the step with you. Happy fall semester!


THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, August 29

Mindfulness Mondays | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to all Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!


HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

Celebrate We Love Memoirs Day on Wednesday, August 31, by reading or listening to one of your favorite memoirs. If you need a bit of humor in your day, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel provides some genuine laughs and things to reflect on (and, bonus, as a graphic novel, it’s a pretty quick read).

September 2 is College Colors Day. So, if you’re stuck picking out an outfit for Friday, throw on some blue and white to show your ‘Nova pride.

 

 

 

 

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


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The Final Hurrah: Reflections from a GA

By Jenna Renaud

My two years at Falvey Memorial Library and Villanova have officially come to a close. At the close of last semester, I wrote a similar post reflecting on the changes that Fall 2021 brought; however, now I am faced with a much more daunting task—reflect on the entirety of my GA experience.

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Jenna’s personal Tolkien collection for celebrating National Hobbit Day

Thinking back to my first day at the Library, I’m struck by how different it is from the end in almost every way. My first day, I came down to almost an entirely empty office. I spent the semester in office only two days a week. My first semester was filled with time spent in the stacks helping Access Services and writing Cat in the Stax each week, discovering my voice and role in the Library. The post that stands out the most from that time was one of my first, talking about how to celebrate National Hobbit Day through Falvey’s collection. This was during a time where the majority of my inspiration came from items laying around my home office—including my husband’s new collection of Tolkien books.

Second semester, I focused on finding new ways to connect with the Villanova community and started the Read with the (Other) Jenna book club. Although short-lived, it was fun to dig deeper into books including Angela’s Ashes and Aftershock. Despite not being in-office with the team, our Zoom meetings were definitely a highlight of every week, discussing everything from Mosaic to upcoming events to the pros and cons of scrapple (don’t ask!).

GAs Jenna & Ethan outside of Falvey

GAs Jenna & Ethan at the Finals Stress Buster event

With the kick-off of the 2021-22 academic year came student workers, another GA, and the return of office work. It was definitely a transition going into the office four days a week, but it was a much needed change of pace. Passing off Cat in the Stax to Ethan, I looked for new recurring blogs to take on, settling on Peek at the Weeks and Weekend Recs. In addition to having another GA to collaborate with, we had student workers in the office again! Kelly showed Ethan and I the ropes for poster deliveries (something I had yet to experience) and Anna and I collaborated on what is to this day my favorite Weekend Recs following the drop of Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version) album. The semester flew by and was such a fun experience, getting into the swing of how things were pre-pandemic.

And with that, it was my final semester! Ethan and I had the opportunity to attend more Villanova Theatre performances, including their most recent production, Curtains, which you can read more about here. In addition, Ethan and I took on a new project introducing In Case You Missed Ita YouTube series where each month we broke down the top stories based on social media data. Our Wordle episode was probably my favorite, along with all of the bloopers when we forgot how to talk. The spring semester also brought more in-person events, including one with Lit Fest author Camille Dungy, where I was the point person. My final event of the semester was our baseball-themed stress buster, with everything from soft pretzels to Bundt cakes (Get it? Bunting? Like in baseball?).

Maybe the past two years haven’t been “traditional,” but I wouldn’t change anything! Big thanks to Joanne, Shawn, Kallie, Gina and Ethan for being the best team and taking my graduate student experience to the next level. 168 blog posts later—I’m out!

This isn’t good-bye, it’s just see you later (I definitely need to come back for updated Falvey swag)!


Jenna Renaud is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Peek at the Week: April 25

By Jenna Renaud

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Word of the Week: Nudiustertian  

(adj) of or relating to the day before yesterday 

Maybe you’re thinking to yourself “Why wouldn’t I just say the day before yesterday or the name of the day?” And that’s a valid point. But if you want to impress your friends and family with your extensive vocabulary, throw nudiustertian into conversation.  

For example, “I really should have done more studying nudiustertian morning for my upcoming finals.”  


This Week at Falvey  

NOW–Wednesday, June 15 

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory Exhibit | Falvey First Floor & Virtual | Free & Open to the Public 

Monday, April 25 

Russia’s War on Ukraine: Historical Turning Points | 6–7 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

Wednesday, April 27   

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Bringing Historical Maps into GIS | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Register Here 

Thursday, April 28

Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speak Series Lecture Featuring Poet Maria Famà | 2:30–3:45 p.m. | Register Here 

Friday, April 29

Falvey Library’s Semi-Annual Stress Busting Open House: Make Finals a Grand Slam | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | Free & Open to all Villanova Students 


This Week in History 

April 29th, 2004– World War II monument opens in Washington D.C. 

18 years ago today the World War II monument opened in Washington D.C. providing recognition of the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war.  

The monument was formally dedicated by US President George W. Bush, although the memorial was inspired decades earlier by veteran Roger Durbin. Durbin served under Gen. George S. Patton and in February 1987 he asked US Rep Marcy Kaptur why there was no memorial on the National Mall to honor World War II veterans. Kaptur then introduced legislation to build one, initiating the 17-year journey until it opened.  

The World War II monument is my favorite memorial in Washington D.C. In high school, I spent part of one summer exploring Washington D.C. and taking a writing seminar. As part of the seminar, we had to choose a monument to visit, reflect on, and then write about. I have always taken an interest in World War II, in part due to my Jewish heritage and the atrocities my Great Aunt lived through as a young girl in Romania during the Holocaust. When it came time to choose a monument, I was immediately drawn to the World War II monument.  

What has always struck me about the World War II monument is all the symbolism and how each detail and piece represented something about the war and the many lives lost. From representing the war in Europe to the war in the Pacific to the hundreds of thousands of American lives lost, the monument produces a sobering effect. Read this article from the National Park Service talking about the various aspects of the monument to learn more. 

Read more about the monument’s opening from History.com. 


Jenna Renaud is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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