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TBT: Heading Home


Happy (almost) Spring Break, Wildcats! Whether you’re headed home to see the folks, traveling with friends, or relaxing on campus, Falvey Library wishes you a safe and restful week!

Photo courtesy of the Villanova Digital Library (Belle Air, 1969). #TBT


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: “Twinkles in Their Eyes”

Image courtesy of the Villanova Digital Library (Bell Air 1964, p. 166)


Villanova’s 2024 Winter Gala has concluded, and students will now wait another year to dress up and take some pictures in Driscoll all while freezing in their suits, dresses, and heels in the chilly Pennsylvania weather.

Today’s TBT features a Junior Week formal from 1964. Would you wear any of these styles? Don’t forget, vintage styles are making a comeback! Maybe keep some inspiration in your back pocket for next year’s Gala.

Now that this Winter Gala is over, students are forced to face a long two weeks before they can bask in the relief of spring break, which is coming up after classes end on March 1. We hope that for those who attended the Winter Gala this past weekend, you enjoyed every minute with your friends dancing on the floor and saw “twinkles in their eyes and glows on their faces,” and that those memories will hold you over these next two weeks (and until the Winter Gala next year!)

Happy Thursday!


AJ Balinski ‘26 CLAS is a Communication major from Gibraltar, Mich. She works as a Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Chapel Christmas Carols

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


The holiday season is in full swing! This week we’re throwing it back to Dec. 12, 1951. The program, advertising a holiday concert for the Rosemont College Glee Club, featured traditional carols and a special Christmas message. Happy holidays, Villanova!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: An Apple a Day

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


Look out the window… The snow outside marks that finals week is here, and we are so proud of you for getting through fall semester!

Today’s TBT is from Volume 7 of Villanova’s The Spire, and is a reminder for you to take care of yourself this week. We know that studying for exams are tough and essays are long and tedious but don’t forget to eat and sleep well (things your mother would tell you) and mitigate your stress levels.

Luckily, Falvey Library can help you out with that. Falvey’s Stress Busting Open House is today, Thursday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., on the Library’s first floor. You can come pick up a couple sweet treats, color, or play Mario-themed video games. Please join us today.

Hang in there, you’re in the final stretch now!


Isabel Choi ’26, Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Villanova Football—A New Era

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


To celebrate Villanova Football’s 2023 CAA Conference championship, we’re throwing it back to 1968 for this week’s TBT. The Villanovan featured a multi-page spread on the Wildcats upcoming season on Sept. 13, 1968. The article included scouting reports on all the Wildcats’ future opponents. Read the full rundown in the Villanova University Digital Library.

Come cheer on your #8 Wildcats in the second round of NCAA FCS Playoffs this Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon. They will take on Youngstown St. in Villanova Stadium. Tickets for the game can be purchased here!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Recipes For Your Next Festive Gathering

The People’s Home Journal, v. X, no. 11, November 1895. Photo courtesy of the Villanova Digital Library.


The 1895 cover of The People’s Home Journal is this week’s TBT (Throwback Thursday). Looking for some recipes for the upcoming holiday? Check out this dish featured in the aforementioned journal: Fried Squash—“Cut a crook-neck squash in slices and soak them in cold salted water one hour. Wipe them dry, dip them in batter and fry brown in a little butter, or dip them in egg, roll in fine bread crumbs and fry in boiling-hot fat.” Other recipes include: “egg plants, fish cakes, egg salad, devilled almonds, and chocolate cake.” Read the full journal publication here.

What are some of your favorite holiday dishes? Drop them in the comments below.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. 

 

 


 

 


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TBT: Kennedy Hall History Available to the Villanova Community

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


Kennedy Hall is this week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT)! The negative above showcases the Architect’s rendering of the Student Service Building (Kennedy Hall) in 1968.

The Kennedy Hall mailroom is now retired, with Villanova students currently picking up their mail in Falvey Library. However, the Villanova community can purchase a mailbox faceplate from Kennedy Hall! “Each mailbox is $250 and includes a stand for display, a certificate of authenticity and the ability to personalize with any four digits—whether it’s a graduation year, anniversary or other number significant to you.”

Mailboxes are on sale until tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 10), and a portion of each purchase supports the Villanova Scholarship Fund. Purchase a Kenney Hall mailbox here (until supplies last).


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: The Olympic Flame

Villanova University Archives, Villanova University. Special Olympics, 1992.


This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) celebrates the lighting of the Olympic flame at the 1992 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival. Hosted and organized by Villanova University students, the festival is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. More than 1,200 athletes will compete at the 35th Fall Festival at Villanova University Nov. 3-5. To learn more about Fall Festival, visit this webpage.

Ethan Shea, former Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library, highlighted additional throwbacks to past Special Olympics on this blog. In 2019, Beaudry Rae Allen, Preservation & Digital Archivist, curated an exhibit containing facsimiles of photographs and programs from the early days of the event.

Best of luck to all the athletes competing this weekend!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: The Last Stretch Towards Fall Break

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Happy Early Fall Break Wildcats—you have this under control! 

We know you’re probably drained from all the exams this week, but don’t worry, Fall Break is just around the corner, and you have the student body of 1985 to thank! 

In the 1986 issue of The Villanovan (our TBT today) a columnist pushes to keep Villanova’s Fall Break that had been established just a year prior in October 1985 after three years of student advocacy in favor of its inauguration. 

Now that the University has challenged the status of Fall Break once again, the students were not ones to give up so easily. It is because of consistent student activism and support that the university decided to continue Fall Break for its students and why we, in 2023, still reap the benefits of a strategically placed break right after midterms.  

So after your exams are over, use this time over break to rest, relax, and have fun. Don’t let Fall Break go to waste! 


Isabel Choi ’26, Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.


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TBT: National Good Neighbor Day

Try These: A kind thought, a kind word, a kind deed --Elbert Hubbard

Happy National Good Neighbor Day! Today’s TBT is a 1915 postcard with a few kind suggestions. 

Small acts of kindness bring us closer together and make everyone’s day! 

Here are just a couple small things you can do that mean so much: 

  1. Pick up any trash you see on the ground. 

  2. Write letters to your family just because. 

  3. Give someone a compliment. 

  4. Hold the door for someone.  

  5. Text your friends that you love them.  

  6. Pass along a good read or a good song. 

  7. Share a snack with a friend. 

  8. Let someone print before you. 

  9. Check up on an old friend 

  10. Stay smiling! 


Isabel Choi ’26, Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.



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