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#TBT: Falvey During Finals

two pages from 1991 Belle Air yearbook, article entitled "All You Need Are Pillows"

With Reading Day right around the corner and classes coming to a close, let’s throw it back to the 1991 Belle Air and Falvey during finals. Author of this article and alumna, Rachel White, writes about how around finals time the library is filled with “thousands of last minute crammers and a number of truly studious people.” Maybe you recognize yourself in one of these two groups. And although in an ideal world the library is the perfect quiet place to study, between the thousands of books and hundreds of people around you, it can be fairly easy to get distracted. 

Falvey offers a productive space to study if you’re in the right mindset. Which is unfortunately the case for studying pretty much anywhere. If you want more study or presentation tips, check out some of my recent ‘Cat in the Stax! 

Although studying in the library looks a little different 29 years later, there are individual study seats in the Dugan Polk Family Reading room and on all floors of Old Falvey. Come in with a focused mind-set and you can still find a productive place to study at Falvey.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: In the mind-set for a nap.

 

 

 

 


 


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Wildcats: Then & Now

picture of a Football Brochure, 1958

The spirit of the Villanova Wildcats is strong in all that we do – whether it’s dominating in the sports realm, succeeding academically, or “proving them wrong” by wearing our masks on- and off-campus. Above you can see a picture depicting the 1958 football schedule along with two pictures of Wildcats. Although Will D. Cat’s look may have evolved over the years, ultimately the ability of Wildcats to successfully survive and adapt is the spirit the Villanova community embodies. 

Here are a couple of fun throwback facts about the Villanova Wildcats:

  1. Villanova’s Wildcat most closely resembles the bobcat, which is found in the Southwest part of the United States.
  2. In 1930, 1945, 1947, and 1949 Villanova acquired a wildcat that was kept in a cage on campus at the Fieldhouse and traveled to both home and away games.
  3. For a short period during the late 1970s and early 1980s the word “cat” was added to the name of the individual sports: “Trackcats”, “Watercats”, and “Polocats.”

To read and see more about the evolution of the Wildcats, visit the digital library exhibit Wildcats Past & Present: Moments from the History of Sports at Villanova.


Headshot of post author and graduate assistant, Jenna NewmanJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Rocking my Villanova mask around campus.


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#TBT: Falling Leaves Then & Now

Photo courtesy of The Belle Air, 1965.

In keeping with the theme of this week’s ‘Cat in the Stax post, let’s check out the beginning of the fall season from the Belle Air of 1965. Changing colors in the trees, crunchy leaves on the ground, and new friendships forming continue to mark this beautiful season.


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Cranking the AC so I can wear oversized sweaters.

 

 

 


 


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Throwback Thursday: “That Tailgate Touch”

By Kelly McMahon

picture of students tailgating

Tailgating the Villanova vs. Creighton game this weekend? Get some inspiration from the 1985-1986 edition of the Belle Air and the article, “Partying with that Tailgate Touch.”

Before 1985, students tailgated before football games in the Lancaster parking lot (formerly known as Main Parking Lot before it was transformed into The Commons) with “cars, RV’s (sic), boats, and other assorted vehicles.” After the University created a tailgating policy that prohibited festivities from the parking lots, Villanovans gathered on Sheehan Beach for every home game.

The yearbook published some of the students’ memories of the tailgates, including “I can’t remember,” “I’m not sure but I think I had a good time,” and “I don’t know; is it 1:30 yet?”

 


Kelly McMahon CLAS ’22 is a student assistant in the Communication and Marketing department at Falvey. Like the students in the picture above, she will be tailgating this Saturday for the Villanova vs. Creighton game.

 

 

 

 


 


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#TBT: Caps off to Vintage Villanova!

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Enjoy this throwback pic from 1939, when a couple of students experienced Freshman initiation for Villanova’s Centennial Class of 1943.

Did you know that vintage head caps like the ones in this photo can be found within the University Archives’ collection? The University Archives, housed on Falvey Library’s ground floor, contains many historic items from Villanova’s past, including photos, publications, and memorabilia.

cap, 1939, villanova college,

If you are looking for more cool throwback pictures and information about Villanova’s history, you could also check also out the book Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University 1842-1992. You will likely recognize many familiar faces, names, and landmarks on campus from years past.


Gina's headshot

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


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#TBT: A Tribute to Our Library’s Father

Reading Room, Old Falvey, 1964, Father Falvey, Father's Day
THROWBACK THURSDAY

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, so what better way to celebrate than by honoring the Library’s namesake and founding father, the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, OSA, MSLS, with a #TBT?

Father Falvey, who served as head librarian from 1940-1962, was a driving force to unify the library’s physical collection and fund raise to facilitate the creation of a modern building for Villanova. During his tenure as University Librarian and until his death in 1962, he was committed to the continued growth of the Library.

This is a snapshot of students hard at work in the Reading Room in October of 1964. The Reading Room first opened in 1949, in what was then the Villanova College Library. It was renamed Falvey Hall in 1963 in honor of Father Falvey.

Happy Father’s Day to all of ‘Nova Nation!

Discover more photos like this in the University Archives.


Gina's headshot

Regina Duffy is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Her father likes to send emails in “All Caps.”


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Last Modified: June 13, 2019