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Hispanic Heritage Month

By Sofia Wolf

Did you know that September 15 to October 15 was National Hispanic Heritage Month? Although this month of celebration and recognition recently ended, there are still opportunities to learn about Hispanic culture. Here are some top film and music picks available for check out from the Music & Media Collection that celebrate Hispanic history, art, and culture!

Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla

Call Number: M 3.1 P53 I56 1997 CD

Enjoy famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing the music of Astor Piazzolla in this Grammy Award-winning audio recording of traditional tango, infused with elements of jazz and classical music to create tango nuevo.

Chicano! The History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement

Call Number: E 184 .M5 C4 2007 DVD

Learn the story of the Chicano movement, a civil rights movement to empower Mexican-Americans from 1965 to 1975.  It features the Chicano land struggle, Cesar Chavez and the UFW (United Farm Workers), the Los Angeles High School Walk-Outs, and the creation of the political party La Raza Unida.

The Long Road Home: The Odyssey of a Young Mayan Refugee From Guatemala

Call Number: F 1465.3 .S6 .L6 2002 DVD

A young Mayan man, Ricardo, fled his village in Guatemala to seek refuge in Mexico after government militias sought to destroy the resistance among the indigenous Maya people during the 1980s. After years in a refugee camp, he and his family crossed into the United States illegally seeking to join other family members. With the help of the “sanctuary movement,” the helped the family settles in Chicago, where they have an opportunity to tell their story.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Study Night in the Library: Put Procrastination Behind You!

No need to feel this way – come to Study Night in the Library – October 16, 7-10pm!

Mid-terms are right around the corner . . . and you’re invited to Study Night in the Library!

Plan to attend on Monday, October 16 from 7pm to 10pm  – second floor, Great Hall.

Not sure if you want to come?

Do you have some pretty important assignments that you have been putting off?  Not sure how to begin?

Bring them in and we’ll help you get them done!

Are you fairly on top of things, but would like to learn more strategies for handling your time and anxieties?

You’ll find librarians; tutors; consultants from MaRC, Wellness Center and Center for Writing; quiet spaces, exercise breaks, study tips, refreshments, and a motivational coach!

Enter the drawing for movie tickets when you check in your phone for the evening, and sign up for a free five minute chair massage during the hours of 7:30 – 9:30!

Be sure to RSVP @   www.stthomas.edu/wellness/    

If you have any questions please call Julie at 651-962-5014 or jakimlinger@stthomas.edu

 

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Treasures from the Rare Book Collections – The Father Brown Mysteries

 

G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective Father Brown is one of his most popular fictional creations. While initially produced as contributions to periodicals like the Pall Mall Magazine and McClure’s Magazine, the Father Brown stories soon gained great popularity and were later compiled into anthologies.

The hero of the stories  –  a short, squat, helpless appearing Catholic priest – was based on an actual priest, Father John O’Connor.  O’Connor was a lifelong friend of Chesterton and contributed to his conversion to the Catholic faith.

The original inspiration for the stories was Chesterton’s discovery of Fr. O’Connor’s profound knowledge of the depths of human depravity.  This came about through a conversation at a dinner party at which two Cambridge University students commented sarcastically about the naïveté of modern Christian priests.  Chesterton was struck by the paradox of the outwardly innocent appearance of his priest friend and a his friend’s deep understanding of sin and evil.

Father Brown’s detective pursuits are truly Chestertonian in that they shun the techniques of science and the undiluted rational powers of man. “Mere facts are commonplace,” says Father Brown. The sleuth depends on a deep knowledge of the human heart instead of methodical observation to solve mysteries.

The Chesterton-Belloc Collection housed the Department of Special Collections features over 1200 works by the English author G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936).     Among the materials in this collection, you will find a variety of editions of works from his Father Brown detective series.

 

 

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Mindfulness Films

By: Sophia Wolf

In mid-October, it is now more than a month into the semester. As essays, exams, and presentations begin to pile up, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. However, mindfulness, stress relief, and mediation are closer than you think. The Music & Media Collection offers many films on these topics, both as physical DVDs or through the online streaming databases. Take a look at three new mindfulness and mediation films and documentaries now available to borrow from the Music & Media Collections. These films can be found on the “New to Our Collection” bookends!

The Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health 
Call Number: BF 161 .M56 2016 DVD

In this program, learn about the relationship between physical health and emotions. Researchers and clinicians talk about how improvements in psychological functioning can mitigate and even prevent the symptoms of many diseases. Learn how mindfulness techniques such as meditation and yoga can improve emotional problems and how physical exercise can lift mood, sharpen thinking, and ease stress.

On Meditation
Call Number: BL 627 .O5 2016 DVD

This documentary explores the deeply personal practice of meditation. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is at once profound and simple: the focused attempt to move beyond “thinking” into a deeper state of awareness. But what does this path truly look like? Learn from the first-hand experiences of those who have developed a meaningful practice, from teachers to everyday people to celebrities.

A Zen Life
Call Number: BQ 988 .U887 Z4 2006 DVD

D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was one of the 20th century’s most important writers and thinkers. During his life, Suzuki became the first advocate of Zen Buddhism and its practices for those in the West. He traveled and lectured around the world and has had a major impact on religious, artistic and philosophical thinking. This vivid portrait of the man includes rare footage of Suzuki himself and commentary by many whose lives and thinking he influenced.

News & Events

PsycINFO, et al. TRIALS

Currently we subscribe to PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycTESTS directly from the American Psychological Association. However, other vendors provide different interfaces. Are they easier and clearer to use?

Which vendor presents PsycINFO in the best possible way: Ebsco, ProQuest, or APA?

I love PsycINFO. It’s definitely a librarian’s database! It targets searches, letting you find exactly what you want. It has a fantastic thesaurus to help you choose the best words to use, limits by age group, methodology, and topic area. Let’s see if the other interfaces highlight these great tools better than APA does.

ProQuest’s PsycINFO

  • To get full text or search in PsycTESTS, click on the Change Databases link at the topof the page, scroll down to where PsycINFO is and click on the boxes next to PsycArticles, PsycBooks, and PsycTests.

ProQuest's Change Databases is at the top of the page

Ebsco’s PsycINFO

  • To get full text or search in PsycTESTS, click on the Choose Databases right above the search boxes, scroll down to where PsycINFO is and click on the boxes next to PsycArticles, PsycBooks, and PsycTests.

Choose Databases is located about the search boxes

The trial is open until October 31, 2017. Let Merrie Davidson know which interface you like the best!

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Tommies! New Resources!

By Sofia Wolf

As UST welcomes new students to campus – whether first year, international, or transfer students – the Music & Media Collections at OSF Library cannot wait to share the many resources we have available for these new (or returning) Tommies. Found in room 104A in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the Music & Media Collections has over 25,000 physical DVD and CD titles available for check out as well as numerous streaming databases featuring academic films and interviews, documentaries, foreign films, major motion pictures, and everything in between. Viewing stations, listening/view rooms, and external disc drives available for check out make it easy to utilize our resources. If you have been to the Music & Media Collections in the past, make sure to drop by this semester to browse the many new titles that were added throughout the summer.

 

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theological Libraries Month, Theology

Reformation Day is Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever.  In the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be hosting an event to commemorate the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries offers our users two databases that feature primary sources from the Reformation and Post-Reformation periods to help you study this period of history.

The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts is a collection of Christian texts from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras of interest to historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. The database offers a constantly growing treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, and polemical treatises written by more than 300 Protestant authors.

The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation is comprised of hundreds of titles written during the 16th and 17th centuries, and provides online access to hundreds of hard-to-find works, including papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors’ manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints’ lives, and devotional works.

 

Media/Music Collections, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Additions to Swank Streaming Service

By Sofia Wolf

If your summer of Netflix-binging has left you desperately searching for a good movie, Swank has your solution. Swank is a video streaming service available for free to all UST students, faculty, and staff through the Music & Media Collections and we recently added 41 great movies to its online collection

These new films include many recent hits spanning multiple genres to match any movie night you are planning. Adventure and comedy can be found in the hilarious coming-of-age story The Edge of Seventeen or Newt Scamander’s magical missteps in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Get your fill of drama, romance, and heartbreak in the films The Danish Girl, Sense & Sensibility, or Things to Come. Seeking action and suspense? The crime drama Dheepan or the horror/thriller Get Out are sure to excite.

Swank can be found in the list of “Online Video Resources” on the UST Films page and easily accessed on or off-campus by signing in with your St. Thomas username and password. Follow the arrows to access the database.

 

 

 

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Tales from the Archives — 40th Anniversary of Coeducation

Did you know that University of St. Thomas was officially an all-male school in its undergraduate program for the first 92 years of its history?  It wasn’t until September 1977  that women were first admitted as full members of the undergraduate class.   While the school’s administrators anticipated that only 100 – 125 women would enroll in the first year, St. Thomas welcomed 221 women students for the Fall Semester.

 

From the Aquin, September 7, 1977

To accommodate the women undergraduates, the physical campus underwent a bit of a facelift prior to their arrival.   Bathrooms and locker rooms were remodeled in existing buildings to provide spaces for women. But the most visible change to the campus landscape was an addition to Murray Hall.  Constructed during the summer of 1977, housing for up to 94 female students was created.

Construction of the Murray Hall residence addition June 1977. 

The transition to a coeducational institution went very smoothly by all accounts.  By the 1980-81 academic year, 40 percent of the undergraduate student body were women.  That same year, Rachel Wobschall was voted the by the student body to be the first female Tommie Award (formerly the “Mr. Tommy” award) winner.

Two female students in a Murray Hall residence room, May 1978. 

To explore more of the history of the University of St. Thomas, visit the University Archives webpage.

 

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Coffee Bené Rewards its Loyal Customers!

Get Rewarded!

The Coffee Bené Rewards program is now in place – you can sign up at coffeebene.com/rewards to earn points for your purchases at Coffee Bené!

Just remember to give your phone number to the barista whenever you order and your purchase will be recorded and points awarded.  Click to  Read more about it!

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené shop is set to open again this Fall Semester and we can’t wait!!    Enjoy your August and we’ll see you soon!