Fifth annual Falvey Scholars program
Throughout the afternoon of May 3, six senior Honors Program students presented their thesis research to the Villanova University community in Falvey Memorial Library's first floor lounge. These outstanding undergrads, Jennifer Ellis, Lauren Linkowski, Jenna Cucco, Erin Arizzi, Sean Wright and Matthew Fallon, were selected from those seniors who presented their theses at Honors colloquia earlier in the semester.
Soon after arriving at Villanova five years ago, University Librarian Joe Lucia initiated the Falvey Scholars awards to “connect the Library with undergraduate intellectual activity, especially research.” During his introductory statements at this latest Falvey Scholars session, Lucia also noted that the “Honors Program provided an ideal partner for identifying exceptional student work that could be presented in the Library and recognized for its excellence in a formal way.” The Falvey Scholars program is now an established part of Falvey’s outreach activities, which Lucia and Darren Poley, programming and outreach librarian, plan to expand to include other areas.
The students' faculty advisors and other faculty members introduced the students and described the scope of their research projects. After completing their presentations and fielding questions from the audience, the Falvey Scholars received framed certificates of achievement and Amazon.com gift certificates.
Their research topics were varied, covering theology, sociology, literature, history, political science and original poetry. Jennifer Ellis, advised by Dr. David Schindler, presented “Class and Political Engagement in America.” Lauren Linkowski’s “A Chapbook of Original Poetry” is the first senior thesis written as poetry; her advisor was Dr. Lisa Sewell, herself a poet. Jenna Cucco, advised by Dr. Anthony Godzieba, presented “Revelation as the In-Breaking of God in History.”
Advised by Dr. Bryan Crable, Erin Arizzi spoke about “Kenneth Burke and Middlemarch: A Perspective by Incongruity.” Sean L. Wright, advised by Dr. Christine Kelleher, presented his research on “The Impact of Deindustrialization on Community Organizing in Philadelphia.” Matthew Fallon’s topic was “Republics in Renaissance”; his advisor, Dr. Emmet McLaughlin.
Each Falvey Scholar’s thesis will be digitized for the Villanova University Digital Library collection.
The Falvey Scholars were selected by a committee, which, in addition to Lucia and Poley, also included Dr. Edwin Goff, director of the Honors Program; Karima Bouchenafa, associate director, Honors Program; Jane Morris, director of Undergraduate Grants and Awards; Nora Pillard, assistant director, Undergraduate Grants and Awards. Maintaining a balance among disciplines, the committee selected the top six theses.
Contributed by Alice Bampton