Villanova University Virtual Reality Competition (VUVR)

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VUVR allows the Villanova community to explore virtual reality and augmented reality as a medium for compelling interactive experiences that educate. The competition is open to students, staff, and faculty of the University, with a grand prize of $1,000.

 Learn more about the competition rules and how to participate.  

2024 Competition Schedule Overview: 

  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024 11:59 p.m.
  • Virtual Workshop: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey Room 205
  • Optional Virtual Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey Room 205
  • Deadline to Submit Semifinal: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Final Round: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey 205
     


 

Monday, April 15th, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Zoom; St. Rita Hall, Multifaith Prayer Room

We invite the Villanova Community to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 1-1:30 pm during the spring semester. Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space, both in person and virtually, where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well-being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students. 

Sessions will take place each week in person and via Zoom.

JOIN HERE 

Sessions will take place on most Mondays from January 22 through April 29. *Please note: there will not be sessions on March 4 (Spring Break) and April 1 (Easter Break).

Mindfulness Mondays are ACS-approved and are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome at these events!

A full list of dates is available here.   

 
Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at 10:00 AM in Room 205

Please join us on Wednesday, Apr. 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 205 of Falvey Library for the St. Catherine of Siena Research Award Symposium. The St. Catherine of Siena Undergraduate Peace and Justice Research Award is awarded annually to an undergraduate student for a research project relevant to peace and justice issues. Submitted papers are evaluated by the Center for Peace and Justice Education affiliated faculty. The top three students, including the winner, present their work on a panel with a faculty respondent to a university-wide audience. This event, co-sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Falvey Library, is free and open to the public.

 
Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at 12:00 PM in Room 132, Driscoll Hall

Learn how to save a life! Join Savage Sisters, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives, for a training on Wednesday, April 17, 12-1:30 p.m., in Room 132, Driscoll Hall. Participants will receive two free doses of Narcan. 

You can find more information HERE.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Stacy Andes, Director of Health Promotion.

 
Wednesday, April 17th, 2024, at 5:00 PM in Speakers' Corner, Falvey Library

The annual Ida B. Wells Lecture brings to Villanova’s campus leading scholars, writers, and public intellectuals to share their insights with the University community. The Ida B. Wells Lecture focuses on issues of particular interest to Black Americans. The 2024 Ida B. Wells lecture will be given by Dr. Yaba Blay on Wed., April 17, at 5 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner. Dr. Blay's research explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity, and challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality. The lecture will be co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Sociology and Criminology, the Department of Communication, and Falvey Library.

 

Please join us on Thursday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. for a virtual talk by Drs. Amanda (Mandy) Regan and Eric Gonzaba titled, “Mapping the Margins: Gay Travel Guides & the Promise of Digital History.” This talk is being presented by Falvey Library at Villanova University as part of the Digital Seeds Speaker Series.

Professors Amanda Regan and Eric Gonzaba will discuss their NEH- funded project entitled Mapping the Gay Guides. The project utilizes the Damron Address Books, a longtime gay travel guide that began in the mid 1960s. First published in an era when most states banned same-sex intimacy both in public and private spaces, these travel guides helped gays find community spaces that catered to people like themselves. Much like the Green Books of the 1950s and 1960s, which African Americans used to find friendly businesses that would cater to black citizens in the era of Jim Crow apartheid, Damron’s guidebooks aided a generation of queer people in identifying sites of community, pleasure, and politics.  Mapping the Gay Guides maps over 100,000 historical listings across all 50 states to understand changes in LGBTQ+ space and culture over half a century. Regan and Gonzaba will explain the importance the gay print culture beginning in the 1960s and the possibilities of understanding queer histories in a different light utilizing this kind of historical data.

This ACS-approved event, sponsored by Falvey Library, is part of the 2024 Digital Seeds Speaker Series and is free and open to all.

REGISTER HERE

Speakers’ Bios:

Amanda (Mandy) Regan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Geography at Clemson University. She is a historian of the late-19th and 20th centuries and specializes in women and gender as well as digital history. She received her PhD in 2019 from George Mason University where she was a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM). From 2019-2021 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History. At Clemson, she teaches in the department’s new Digital History Ph.D. program. Currently she is working on two projects. First, she is the co-director of Mapping the Gay Guides an NEH funded digital history project that draws on Bob Damron’s Address Books – a prolific set of travel guides for gay Americans in the last three decades of the 20th century. Second, she is revising a book manuscript entitled Shaping Up: Physical Fitness Initiatives for Women, 1880-1965 which is under contract with the University of Virginia Press.  

Eric Gonzaba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is a historian of race and sexuality in the United States, particularly focused on nightlife and LGBT cultures. He is the creator of Wearing Gay History, a digital archive and museum that explores global LGBTQ history through t-shirts. From 2021 until 2024, he served as co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History, the oldest LGBTQ historians' association in the United States, and is the co-chair of the upcoming 2024 Queer History Conference. Gonzaba's work has previously been supported by grants and fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, the Point Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Gonzaba received his PhD in 2019 from George Mason University, having defended his dissertation just a few days after Mandy. 

 
Friday, April 19th, 2024, at 2:00 PM in Connelly Center Cinema (Panel) & Grad Center Student Lounge in Vasey Hall (Reception)

Please join us on Friday, April 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Connelly Center Cinema as we celebrate the official launch of the 2024 issue of CONCEPT, our interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ceremony will recognize this year’s Graduate Research Prize for top paper, along with all of the student authors and editors, faculty editors, and peer reviewers. 

The panel discussion will be held in the Cinema, followed by a reception beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Grad Center Student Lounge in Vasey Hall.  This event will also be livestreamed.

CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences and is an opportunity for them to share their scholarship and research.

The 2024 edition of CONCEPT marks the 47th release of the journal. This ACS-approved event, co-sponsored by Falvey Library, the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Graduate Research and Education, is free and open to the public.

Visit the CONCEPT website to learn more about the journal and to browse past volumes.

 

 

 

The Villanova Community is cordially invited to join us on Monday, April 22, 1-3 pm (or until supplies last!), on the Falvey Hall Patio to celebrate a major milestone: the 75th anniversary of Falvey Hall as the home of Villanova University’s Library!
 
We’ll offer a variety of delicious treats including cake, cookies, and candy for attendees to savor during this sweet moment! In honor of the Library’s namesake, we’ll also be raffling off a limited amount of custom Father Falvey socks.
 
You can help us commemorate this momentous occasion! Make sure to stop by to sign our big anniversary card and take a trip down memory lane by sharing your favorite Falvey memories! We want to know what part Falvey has played during your journey at Villanova.
 
We hope to see you there. Cheers to 75 memorable years!

 
Monday, April 22nd, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Zoom; St. Rita Hall, Multifaith Prayer Room

We invite the Villanova Community to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 1-1:30 pm during the spring semester. Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space, both in person and virtually, where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well-being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students. 

Sessions will take place each week in person and via Zoom.

JOIN HERE 

Sessions will take place on most Mondays from January 22 through April 29. *Please note: there will not be sessions on March 4 (Spring Break) and April 1 (Easter Break).

Mindfulness Mondays are ACS-approved and are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome at these events!

A full list of dates is available here.   

 

Please join us on Tuesday, April 23, from 4-5 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner for a talk by Steven T. Goldsmith (he/him), PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, 2023-2024 Faculty Fellow in Climate, Justice, & Sustainability, Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova University, titled “Broadening Diversity in the Environmental Sciences Through a High School Environmental Justice Focused Research Experience.”

Urban communities often suffer the greatest damage from poor water, air, and soil quality. Geoscience programs, including the environmental sciences, are the foundation for jobs tasked with remedying these problems; however, the racially minoritized residents who disproportionately experience environmental burdens are vastly underrepresented in these fields. This partnership with Walter B. Saul High School in Philadelphia uses an immersive, locally based, culturally responsive research experience in urban environmental geochemistry, through an environmental justice lens, to broaden a pathway to the geosciences for underrepresented minoritized students.  Students are engaged though both school-based active learning modules and a solutions-based summer research experience carried out alongside Villanova undergraduate students.  This talk will highlight successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

This ACS-approved event, sponsored by The Villanova Strategic Initiative for Climate, Justice and Sustainability (SICJS) and Falvey library, is free and open to the public. 

 
Thursday, April 25th, 2024, at 12:00 PM in Speakers' Corner, Falvey Library

Please join us on Thursday, April 25, from 12-1:15 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner or via livestream for a book talk and Q&A event featuring historian Amy Jane Cohen. At the event, Cohen will discuss her recently published book, Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy (Temple University Press, 2024). The event will be moderated by Olukunle Owolabi, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of Africana Studies.
 
In Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape, Amy Cohen recounts notable aspects of the Black experience in Philadelphia from the late 1600s to the 1960s and how this history is marked in the contemporary city. Learn more here.
 
This ACS-approved event is being presented by the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and is co-sponsored by Falvey Library, Falvey Library DEI Committee, Department of History, Department of Political Science and Africana Studies. It is free and open to the public.

View the Livestream Here  

 
Friday, April 26th, 2024, at 10:00 AM in Speakers' Corner, Falvey Library

The Villanova community is cordially invited to join us on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in Falvey Library's Speakers' Corner for the 2024 Falvey Scholars Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony.

This program will provide the opportunity to recognize outstanding undergraduate research by the senior students who were selected as the 2024 Falvey Scholars from across Villanova’s campus. The event also serves as a recognition of the dedication of faculty in supporting undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. During the event, award recipients will provide a brief 10-minute presentation to highlight their overall research process and showcase a summary of their winning project.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, is free and open to the public. Join us to recognize some of Villanova’s finest senior scholars!

Livestream link: https://vums-web.villanova.edu/Mediasite/Play/46f867442c5945109c3bff77be30d2191d

 
Monday, April 29th, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Zoom; St. Rita Hall, Multifaith Prayer Room

We invite the Villanova Community to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 1-1:30 pm during the spring semester. Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space, both in person and virtually, where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well-being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students. 

Sessions will take place each week in person and via Zoom.

JOIN HERE 

Sessions will take place on most Mondays from January 22 through April 29. *Please note: there will not be sessions on March 4 (Spring Break) and April 1 (Easter Break).

Mindfulness Mondays are ACS-approved and are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome at these events!

A full list of dates is available here.   

 
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, at 1:00 PM in Falvey Library; Corr Hall

Join the Office of Belonging and Inclusion and Falvey Library to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month on May 1, from 1-2:30 p.m. (or until supplies last), with free mochi donuts and a bubble tea bar. Stop by the Suite Lounge in Corr Hall to grab some bubble tea, then head over to Falvey Library’s first floor for some mochi donuts.

 
Friday, May 3rd, 2024, at 11:00 AM in Front of Falvey library; Idea Lab Patio

We think you’re all that and a bag of chips!

Stop by Falvey Library’s front entrance on Friday, May 3 (Reading Day) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies last) and enjoy FREE bags of your favorite chips. (We’ll have a wide selection of brands and flavors!) Our furry friends from Pals for Life will be there to help you stress-less. Prefer sweet to salty? Public Safety will be bringing the Mobile Treat Unit to share some cool treats. Everyone’s favorite Community Canine, Taffy, will also be there for some fun! Booyah! POWER will be offering de-stressing activities for attendees. Before you bounce, make sure to chillax with our friends in the Idea Lab (Ground Level, Main Library) for some treats and lawn games.

Worried about finals? As if! You got this, Wildcats. Good luck! This event, sponsored by Falvey Library, the Office of Health Promotion, POWER, Public Safety, and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is free and open to all Villanova students.