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Dig Deeper: Spotlight on Bolivia

By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the upcoming talk on Bolivian popular culture as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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But you might not know that the library maintains a number of resources for you to read up on current developments in Bolivia. Through ProQuest and ProQuest Newsstand, you can find a number of recent magazine and news articles that do not require you to be scholar or expert on Bolivian history and culture to understand.

Take a peak at these pieces to catch up:

Bill Gates Sparks Bolivian Controversy

Term Limit becomes a Hot Topic in Bolivia

IDB Approves Large Humanitarian Project in Bolivia

A Student’s Bolivian Adventure

These articles highlight several topics that may be interesting to bring up at tonight’s lecture. Does international attention aid in improving Bolivia? Or does it subvert the nation’s own popular culture? Are the leaders of Bolivia taking advantage of their positions? Or are outside pressures preventing them from effective governance?

You might find the answers to these questions and many more at tonight’s presentation, In Search of Popular Culture in the Bolivian Nation Building Process, by Villanova professor Dr. Jaime Omar Salinas Zabalaga. The Romance Languages Department and the Latin American Studies Program co-sponsor this event with the Falvey Memorial Library.

Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.





The Curious ‘Cat: “Snapchat stories!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What would you like to see on Falvey Memorial Library’s Snapchat?”

Emily Dailey: “Well, what’s behind the curtain [reading room renovations]? And maybe a staff ‘impressions of the day’ as a way for students to get to know librarians.”








Matthew Plucienik: “Pan overs of popular areas to see if they are busy before, you know, you walk over. And the different soups at Holy Grounds.”









Arda Aghazarian: “I guess I’d want to see new books out there that are really cool. Books that are available here.”









Thomas Lusch: “Good question. I’m not really keen as to what a library snapchat would have. Maybe events and flyers and stuff: just letting everyone know.”








Andrew McKeough: “I would like to see you snap a book of the week and also maybe featured sections of the library, like featured study spots.”









Maria D’Jay: “Definitely updates of the whiteboard. And random pictures of people working for motivation.”









Follow Falvey Memorial Library on Snapchat @VULibrary

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On the Path to Sainthood – Father Bill Atkinson, OSA

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA.  Image courtesy of augustinian.org

Who is the Rev. William Atkinson (Father Bill), OSA, a priest who may become a saint, and what is his connection to Villanova University? September 15 is the tenth anniversary of his death and with a movement towards canonization underway, it is appropriate to consider his life.

Born in 1946, Father Bill was a native of Upper Darby, Pa.; he attended St. Alice’s Elementary School there and then graduated from Msgr. Bonner High School (now Bonner Prendergast) in Drexel Hill, Pa. He spent a year as a postulant at Augustinian Academy (now closed), Staten Island, N.Y., and then entered the Order of St. Augustine as a novice at Our Mother of Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, N.Y., in 1964. It was here that his life-changing accident happened on February 22, 1965.

On that cold February day William Atkinson was tobogganing with his fellow novices when his toboggan hit a tree; his broken spine left him a quadriplegic. He was hospitalized in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., then spent a year at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Although he had limited movement only in his head, neck, shoulders and arms, he was determined to continue his studies to become an Augustinian priest. He came to St. Mary’s Hall at Villanova University, at that time the Province’s Collegiate House of Formation where he began his novitiate once again on July 19, 1969. He professed his simple vows, then on July 20, 1973, he professed his solemn vows. Throughout these years, a group of Augustinians cared for Atkinson who occupied a motorized wheelchair. On February 2, 1974, nine years after his disastrous accident, Cardinal John Krol ordained William Atkinson to the priesthood. Because Atkinson was a quadriplegic, Pope Paul VI had to make a special dispensation for the ordination, making Father Atkinson the first quadriplegic priest.

Following his ordination the Rev. William Atkinson, usually called Father Bill, was assigned to the faculty of Msgr. Bonner High School in Drexel where he served from 1975 until 2004. At Bonner, he was a beloved presence, teaching theology, serving as assistant school chaplain and a moderator for the football team. He was the senior class retreat coordinator and director of the detention programs. His declining health brought him to the St. Thomas Monastery on campus where he remained until he died on September 15, 2006, surrounded by family, friends and caretakers. His funeral mass was held on Sept. 19 in St. Thomas of Villanova Church and he was buried in the Augustinian section of Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pa.

In mid-August 2014 twenty-five invited guests – relatives, friends and friars –  met with the Rev. Michael Gregorio, OSA, the prior provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and the Rev. Josef Sciberras, OSA, postulator general of the Order of St. Augustine, Rome. Father Sciberras challenged the group: “Convince me that Fr. Bill lived a life of heroic virtue. Persuade me that he is a saint.” (www.augustinian.org) Various attendees testified about Father Bill’s “character, his virtue, his fidelity, his ministry, his humor, his humility and much more.” (www.augustinan.org)

In September 2015 the Cause of Canonization of Father Bill Atkinson, OSA, opened; the formal request was made to Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia. In November, Archbishop Chaput introduced the Cause to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Chaput encouraged the bishops to approve the Cause and they did so unanimously.

Father Gregorio, OSA, says, “Obviously, we are delighted that the cause is underway, and that we will have the opportunity to make the life and virtues of Fr. Bill more widely known. We rely very much on the friends and acquaintances of our brother to spread knowledge of him, to assist us in collecting data that can further the cause, and recommend his intercession to those in need.” (www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/first-quadrilegic-priest-on-path-to-sainthood)

Documentation for the cause is currently being collected and then it will be analyzed by censors, who are usually theologians. If the censors approve the evidence for sainthood, they will send a report to Archbishop Chaput. If the archbishop accepts the censors’ report, he will send it to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who would then make their recommendation to the Pope for Father Bill to be considered “venerable,” one of the steps towards canonization.

The Father Bill Atkinson Guild, sponsored by the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, will work to promote awareness of the Cause and to collect funds for its support. Contact information for the Guild is Fr. Bill’s Cause, Augustinian Provincial Offices, P.O. Box 340, Villanova, PA 19085.


Dig Deeper (Father Atkinson):

Green Bananas:  The Wisdom of Father Bill Atkinson (2010). Steve McWilliams. Steve McWilliams, PhD, is the Villanova University advisor to Students Living with Disabilities. Father Bill had been one of his teachers at Msgr. Bonner High School. Later, McWilliams became one of Father Bill’s caretakers. He asked Father Bill if he (McWilliams) could write a book about him and the priest agreed. McWilliams called his book “Green Bananas” because Father Bill said he did not buy them because he might not live until the bananas ripened. “Green Bananas” is not a biography. It shows Father Bill’s spiritual outlook.

The Effort to Canonize Father Bill Atkinson

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA:  The Cause for Sainthood

Father Bill Atkinson, OSA – Taking Up the Cause

Father Bill Atkinson:  Augustinian Friar

Father William Atkinson a ‘tremendous witness to the rest of us’

Upper Darby native may be next American saint


Dig Deeper (Canonization and Sainthood):

Sharing God’s Good Company:  A Theology of the Communion of Saints

The Cult of the Saints:  Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity

Saints and Their Symbols

Saints and Sanctity Today

The Process of Beatification and Canonization

Holy confusion? Beatification, canonization are different

A new look for the canonization process under Pope Francis?

Duffin, Jacalyn. “The Doctor Was Surprised; or, How to Diagnose a Miracle.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81, no. 4 (Winter 2007): 699-729.

A succinct official description from the U.S. bishops

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Darren Poley, Theology/Humanities librarian, contributed  the information for this “Dig Deeper (Canonization and Sainthood).”

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Introducing the ‘Cat in the Stax

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William Repetto, a native of Chadds Ford, Pa., joined Falvey as a graduate assistant in the Communications and Marketing Department. Repetto is a 2016 graduate of La Salle University, Philadelphia. His bachelor’s degree is in Honors History with minors in French and English. He is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program in the Villanova Department of English and anticipates graduating in 2018.

Repetto says, “My online persona is the ‘Cat in the Stacks,” but he also will be covering events and working with Falvey’s social media accounts. His future plans are to “pursue a PhD at a highly rated university.” His hobbies include comics and cartoons, gluten-free cooking and watching ice hockey.

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Meet Hunter Houtzer, One of Our New Graduate Assistants

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Hunter Houtzer, one of the two new graduate assistants with the new Communications and Marketing Department, comes to Falvey from Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Houtzer will participate in activities relating to the numerous events held in Falvey and contribute to editorial projects such as writing our new weekly Peek at the Week column. Peek is a entertaining way for Wildcats to find out what’s happening in the library each week!

Houtzer received her BA in Communication Studies and BFA in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) in December 2015. Her minor was anthropology. She is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program in the Department of Communication at Villanova and anticipates graduating in May 2018.

When asked about her future plans, Houtzer replied, “Not sure! Something heavily writing-based, hopefully including travelling of some sort.” Her hobbies include reading, writing and “over using parentheses.”


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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#FalveyPeek at the Week: Sept. 12-16

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“I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”
-Anne Lamott, whose guide Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life is one of the loveliest, gentlest motivators ever written (perfect for today since Septmber 12th is National Encouragement day!)

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Don’t be this guy. (Photo from Pixabay.com)

This Week at the Library: 

September 12th, Getting Started with Zotero Workshop, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Room 204
September 13th, One Book Villanova Event: #FriendEarth: Issues of Sustainability and the Environment, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Speaker’s Corner
September 13th, OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, 12:05-1:15 p.m., Room 204
September 14th, Meet Browzine Workshop, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
September 14th, Religious Diversity Day Panel, 4:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Speaker’s Corner
September 14th, Religious Diversity Day: Villanova Interfaith Activism – Pizza and Information, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Room 205
September 15th, OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, 12:05 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 204
-September 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month: “In Search of the Popular Culture in the National Building Process of Bolivia”, 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Room 205
September 16th, Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club: Regular Group Meeting, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge
September 16th, Parent’s Weekend Presentation, 3:00 p.m.-4:00, Room 204


I’m sticking with the Anne Lamott theme (back-to-back, a la Drake), and using this tip as a call to literature-lovers (and perhaps also literature-toleraters):
“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul,” –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life.
Reading is my own favorite course of action, but what would you expect from a library blog writer (who just may have one more Lamott quote in me, yet)?

Pictured: me ~figuratively~ around books. (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Me ~figuratively~ around books. (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Save the Date:

-Monday (today), September 12th, Bryn Mawr Film Institute: College Night, 6:00 p.m., The Bryn Mawr Film Institute
-Wednesday, September 14th, National Live Creative Day (and what better muse than the library??)
-Friday, September 16th, Nova Nights: Family Night Style, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., 108 Dougherty Hall

Rumor has it: 

The new iPhone is finally out this week, which is always good news for those of us who’ve a weird obsession with checking emails at increasingly breakneck speed regardless of time, physical location, and other demands of the universe. The iPhone 7 is said to be water resistant, have dual cameras, and a new “home” button. This launch will be an important one for the company, which has been experiencing a recent decline in sales—however initial reviews have been poor, mostly over the new wireless headphone design which is both expensive and easy to misplace. (But at least it comes in a brand new “jet black” color!)

Waste time on the latest technology! (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Now you can waste time with the latest technology! (Photo from Pixabay.com)

Books for Propulsion when it’s Hard to Move:

-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
-The Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott (last time, promise) who writes:
“The problem is acceptance, which is something we’re taught not to do. We’re taught to improve uncomfortable situations, to change things, alleviate unpleasant feelings. But if you accept the reality that you have been given- that you are not in a productive creative period- you free yourself to begin filling up again.”


#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and also on forgetting all the horribly embarrassing memories from middle school. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!

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Remembering 9/11 on Campus

Sunday, Sept. 11, is the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11/2001, the morning Islamic extremists hijacked four American airplanes. Two airplanes flew into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania.

Villanova University lost fifteen alumni that day; they are commemorated in a stained glass window in Corr Hall Chapel. The window, installed in November 2006, was designed by the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, ’73, an artist, professor and curator and director of the University Art Gallery. Vetrate Artistiche Toscane, a stained glass studio in Siena, Italy, created the window from Father Cannuli’s design.

On the left of the window is a panel depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary in prayer. The right panel shows the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and fields, the sites where the four planes crashed. At the bottom of this panel is list of the fifteen Villanovans who perished that day, fourteen in the World Trade Center and a flight attendant on United Airlines flight 175.

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Right panel with Twin Towers, Pentagon, Pa. field and panel with alumni names

Right panel with Twin Towers, Pentagon, Pa. field and panel with alumni names


List of alumni who perished on 9/11

List of alumni who perished on 9/11


In addition to the permanent commemoration in Corr Chapel, Falvey Memorial Library has installed a small commemoration at the circulation desk.

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Falvey’s Commemoration

Villanova has not forgotten 9/11.


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.



Foto Friday: A Gift to the College of Nursing

Foto Friday Sept 9


Located in front of Driscoll Hall

Located in front of Driscoll Hall


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “It’s game day!”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanovans, “With football season underway, do you have any game day rituals?”

BrandonBrandon Conway – “A group of my friends did the fantasy draft, but I’ll just go to the Nova game.”










Kaitlin O’Sullivan“No.”












Ryan Murphy – “I’m a Patriots fan, so there’s not many of us around. There’s a group, about five of us that order hot wings from Campus Corner and watch the game together.”









Edward DePulu – “My parents are Notre Dame fans, so growing up I would watch the games with them. I’m a freshman so maybe I’ll develop some rituals for Nova games.”









Sukripa Shah“I don’t really watch football because I like soccer. Not too many people watch soccer here; not like at home. The thing that really bugs me are the game times. No one wants to watch a soccer match in the morning.”








Kallie Stahl“I wouldn’t say rituals, being a Cleveland Browns fan, game day is typically associated with moods. Pre-game I’m happy and hopeful, by halftime I’m frustrated, and post-game I’m usually filled with sadness.”


Dig Deeper: Ana Flores

Today, Sep. 8, Ana Flores, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia, will visit the Falvey Memorial Library to give a presentation titled “Building Bridges: Cultural Activities that Bring Communities Together.” Flores (photo below) will be discussing Mexico and the Mexican Community in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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You can see her profile on the Latino Film Festival website. Her true role in the community, however, shines through in news articles published in the last couple of years concerning her work and contributions, including articles in:
Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods
Al Día News
Philly Voice
On the U.S. Embassies & Consulates in Mexico website.

For those of you interested in catching up on contemporary discourse in Latin American studies, the library maintains a number of resources that cover a wide array of Mexican and Latin American cultural movements. Look into the CIAO Database, which aggregates content regarding international affairs, or you can always search the PAIS, or Public Affairs International Service database, to find out contemporary geopolitical issues concerning Mexico and other Latin American nations. Some of this information may be particularly suited for discussing Ana’s work with the Mexican Consulate.

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The Falvey Memorial Library also provides access to journals in the areas of Hispanic cultural studies and Hispanic research. These journals include The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, The Hispanic Research Journal, and The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.

Academic sources can sometimes prove challenging to read, especially if the source comes from outside of one’s area of study. For journalistic pieces on Mexico and Latin America, it is also worthwhile to use the ProQuest Newsstand.

Do not be put off by Hispanic/Mexican studies due to your own monolingualism; most of the sources here have articles in both English and Spanish. These resources were brought to my attention by resource librarians Sue Ottignon and Merrill Stein, and I would encourage anyone looking for more information to reach out to them for their expertise as well.

Flores’ visit to the library is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, an important part of your Villanova experience, brought to you by the Romance Languages Department and the Latin American Studies Program.

Ana Flores-Falvey 8.31.16


Website photo 2 Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.



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