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#TBT: Fun in the Fall

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The first day of fall is this Monday, and although we have some time before the leaves fall, we hope this photo from the 1988 Villanova yearbook will get you into the fall spirit.


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT: National Video Games Day

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Pick up them sticks! It’s National Video Games Day, not to be confused with the entirely different National Video Game Day celebrated on July 8th. This photo comes to you from the Villanova Yearbook of 1994, showing us what may be the best example of the division between those who play and those who do not. So, whether you play on mobile, console, or PC, take a moment to relax with a game, after you’re done your schoolwork, of course…


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University. He is also Thresh main in League of Legends.

 


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#TBT: Look how they grow up

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This photo comes to you from the Yearbook of 1994, when the trees beside Falvey Library were little more than saplings. Look for their leaves to turn a vibrant orange this fall.


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT Outdated Upon Completion: The Library’s Brief Two Decades in Austin Hall

 

 

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“The old Villanova College Library in the east wing of Austin Hall proved too small almost as soon as it was completed in 1924. Unfortunately, the Depression of the 1930s and then World War II forced the College to postpone the building of a new library for another two decades.” -Ever Ancient, Ever New Villanova University

We have come a long way since our brief stay in Austin Hall! Can you imagine working in such a small space without headphones to eliminate distractions? Or maybe the headphones are the distractions?


Nathaniel Gosweiler is a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department at Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in Communication at Villanova University.


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#TBT: Falvey Friends are Here for You in Times of Stress

students posing with a dog from Pals for Life at a Library stress relief event

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Sadly, the sun is setting on summer break. Students, faculty, and staff are making a mad dash to prepare for a lively campus once again. While students are busy packing for their return to Villanova, the new dorms on Lancaster Avenue are receiving finishing touches, and materials for campus orientation events are being prepared. It’s a lot to accomplish in a few short weeks!

To help ease stress in frantic times such as these, we are happy to feature a furry friend from Pals for Life in our weekly #TBT. This photo was taken in December of 2017 at the semi-annual Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hour event in collaboration with the Office of Health Promotion. Sometimes all you need is a good friend to remind you that everything is going to be OK.

Falvey is looking forward to having all of our “pals” return to campus soon!


Regina Duffy is communication and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Golden retrievers are her form of stress relief.


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#TBT: Props to Vasey Hall

The Playboy of the Western World play bill, 1960 , at Villanova

THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week, our throwback pic features a playbill from the 1960 production of “The Playboy of the Western World” by John Millington Synge. The playbill is housed in the University Archives along with many other treasures from Villanova’s past.

Did you know that the Villanova’s Theatre Program has been around since 1958? Over that time the program has produced hundreds of plays and musicals in its beloved campus home, Vasey Hall. While Vasey is centrally located on campus, it is a bit tight as other academic offices are also located in the building.

In early 2020, the University hopes to officially open a new, larger space for the Theatre Program—the Performing Arts Center as part of Villanova’s Campus Transformation Project.

We are looking forward to visiting the new space and adding more play bills to our collection. Thanks for the memories, Vasey!


Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: Honoring the late Reverend Anthony M. Genovese, OSA, ’70 CLAS

Father Mickey at the Augustinian Province assembly in 2012

THROWBACK THURSDAY

 

For this week’s Throwback Thursday we honor the late Reverend Anthony M. Genovese, OSA, ’70 CLAS, who students, friends, and worshipers knew better as simply “Father Mickey.” He passed away on Sunday, July 21, at St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery.

Father Mickey was a beloved member of the Villanova Community for many years. He served in many roles on Villanova’s campus, the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, and the St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, most recently as the beloved chaplain for the Villanova women’s basketball team.

In the photo above, Father Mickey (far right) smiles with friends at the 2012 Augustinian Province Assembly. (Photo: Andrew McKeough.)

Together with the University community, we mourn this great loss of Father Mickey, a true Villanovan who left an indelible, positive mark on everyone he met.

 

For a full obituary and information about funeral arrangements for Father Mickey, please visit this site. For more information about Father Mickey’s history at Villanova, please see this story on the Villanova Athletics website. 


 

Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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#TBT: Dorm Days

Student in dorm room in 1991

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY

As we inch closer to the start of a new academic year, Villanova is beginning to prepare for the busy days to come. Dorm days are on the horizon again as we approach Orientation and Move-In Day in August.  Enjoy this fun throwback to 1991, when corded phones were all the rage and the dorm room décor looked a tad different.

If you are looking for more flashback photos and information about the history of Villanova, check out the book Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University 1842-1992. It’s available at Falvey’s reference desk for in-house viewing.

Photo credit: Alan Nyiri, 1991.

 


 

Regina Duffy is a communication and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


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#TBT: Celebrating America’s Independence

Centennial Record cover, 1876, about July 4th

THROWBACK THURSDAY

In honor of the Fourth of July, we’d like to highlight a recent exciting addition to Falvey’s Digital Library: The Centennial Record of Portland, Maine.

On the cover of volume one, issue three from March of 1876, there’s a depiction of the signing of the Declaration of Independence from 100 years prior–July of 1776. Below, you’ll also notice pictures of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Faneuil Hall as well as the list of the 13 colonies that adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Feeling festive? Be sure to check out some of the other volumes of The Centennial Record in our Digital Library for a closer look into America’s past.

On behalf Falvey Memorial Library, please have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!

 


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Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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A Small Treasure Found in the Stacks

Merriam Webster dictionary defines ephemera as an item of “no lasting significance” and usually pertains to paper items expected to be used temporarily like tickets, greeting cards, menus, pamphlets, bookmarks, and brochures. Though sometimes ephemera is far from transit; ephemeral items are often found in scrapbooks, keepsake boxes, the drawers we never clean out, or, in our case, books. This 1968 football ticket was discovered as a bookmark in a book from the stacks. Its new home is now in the University Archives where it’ll join a collection of Villanova ephemera related to the history of the campus. Preserving such items are significant because they give insight to past events and social attitudes of time.

…By the way, Villanova won the game 21-10!

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Last Modified: June 27, 2019