"Noteworthy": Professional and personal accomplishments
Journalism professor Jody Ross conducted a workshop for publications reporters on the library staff, on September 25. "The Write Stuff: ABCs of Journalism for the Occasional Writer" covered basic tenets of Associated Press style, common grammatical pitfalls, ways to capture the reader's attention and tips for reporting on special events. Judy Olsen and Bill Greene helped plan the workshop, which was attended by more than 20 aspiring journalists.
Merrill Stein served as a panelist in the May Palinet Interlibrary Loan Conference, participating in "Document Delivery and ILL - Pulling It All Together.” The panel, which included librarians from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania's Law Library, explored how an ILL department could access, use and track activity from a variety of document delivery and ILL products to find solutions to current challenges.
Darren Poley, his wife Beth and their five daughters welcomed their infant son on September 28. Theodore Rex Poley weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 1/2 inches.
On October 2, Joe Lucia made a conference presentation at the West Virginia Library Association annual meeting in Huntington, entitled "Fostering the Intellectual Commons: One Book Villanova and Libraries 'Beyond the Book.'"
Darren Poley published "The Bible: A Practical Guide for Librarians," in Catholic Library World, v. 77, no. 1, September, 2006.
An original pen and ink etching done by graphic designer Lorraine Gallagher-Williams, Creative Design department, now hangs in the permanent art collection at The Westtown School in Chester County. Her 1992 work, "Bacon Cottage," depicts one of the campus buildings circa 1799, the Quaker school’s founding year, and was selected for its artistic integrity and historic value. Gallagher-Williams’s art hangs in good company with other notable Pennsylvania artists and their works, among them Violet Oakley’s "George Fox on Pendle Hill," George Gillet Whitney’s "Winter Lake Scene" and N.C. Wyeth’s "The Giant."
Donna Blaszkowski, graphic designer, Creative Design department, conceived, designed and produced the printed materials for the recent presidential Inauguration. Her graphic interpretation of the theme Unitas, Veritas, Caritas was selected by Rev. Peter Donohue to brand the five-day event, from invitations to cocktail napkins to banners to program covers. Bernadette Dierkes, design director for the Inauguration’s print materials, noted, “Donna’s talent and creativity, along with her generous investment of time, gave Villanova University a professional and elegant presence throughout campus and across the country.”
Bernadette Dierkes, design director, Creative Design department, represented Villanova University at the September 23 visit of Gerry Adams, president of Northern Ireland’s Sinn Fein political party, at the Eastern University Campolo School for Social Change, 10th and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia. Dierkes, along with Villanova’s Dr. Joseph Thompson, professor of political science, were invited guests to attend the keynote address where Mr. Adams set out his party’s vision “to create an inclusive society and to promote reconciliation.” Dierkes assisted Thompson as a volunteer in developing Villanova University’s Habitat for Humanity Belfast work camp/service learning program, from 1994 through 2002.