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Student Success Video Series in Academic Video Online

Going to university is an exciting and challenging experience. While classes teach us so much, it is important to seek guidance from other sources too. Based on the Cognella book series, the videos in the Student Success Video Series can help! Learn about a variety of life skills for independence and teamwork, including time management, communication, test taking, health, budgeting, and much more. These video guides feature advice from experts in education, mental health, and finance. Listed below are just some of the many videos included in this series.

A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation is a great resource for being an effective communicator. The video addresses components of communication such as body language, written communication, tone of message, and word-choice. Learn about the importance of communication during and after higher education as you pursue a career, and how to navigate professional surroundings with social and networking skills.

A Student’s Guide to Stress Management explains what stress is, why we need it for motivation and success, and how to recognize when stress levels are too high. This video is invaluable when it comes to managing your response to stress and finding effective ways of approaching stressful situations.

Whether you’re a freshman new to everything or a seasoned senior ready to take on the world, you should watch A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career. In this video, you’ll learn how to find a career path right for you. While many other videos and programs look at career seeking through your degree, this video helps you discover how you can use your unique skills and personal goals to make an impact on the world around you.

Remember to check out the 20,000 + physical titles available from the Music and Media Collections! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, Science

Animal Welfare on Video

The Cove is an eye-opening 2009 documentary that follows Ric O’Barry and other activists on their mission to stop the brutal capture and killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and throughout the cetacean hunting business. A remarkable crew of filmmakers and free-divers travel to Taiji to capture footage of the annual slaughter, to the dissatisfaction of both local and global fishing authorities. This controversial film won many awards including an Oscar and a Sundance Film Festival award for its efforts in the fight to save dolphins the world over.
SH387 .C6 2009 DVD

The 2013 Canadian documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine follows photojournalist and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur as she navigates through the ethical dilemmas of the fur trade, animal testing, and the cattle industry. Using photography, McArthur focuses on the animals’ experience to draw attention to her cause. View this title on the streaming site Docuseek!

2008 PBS documentary Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History examines the cruel history of experimentation and exploitation of our closest animal relative. From circuses and the space race to HIV/Aids testing, chimpanzees have been captured by humans since the mid-1800s. Writer and director Allison Argo narrates this award-winning feature documentary about the future of these intelligent creatures and their lives in sanctuaries in the US and Canada.
QL737.P96 C4 2007 DVD

For nearly 60 years orcas have been captured and trained by humans. But only since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 has the practice of keeping orcas in captivity been viewed with a more critical eye. The gripping 2013 documentary Blackfish tackled the issue head on. Despite the surrounding controversy, the film was nominated and won several awards for best documentary. Orca entertainment shows are scheduled to end at SeaWorld’s parks in Florida and Texas sometime in 2019.
SF408.6.K54 B5 2013 DVD

In the moving documentary Love and Bananas actress and director Ashley Bell goes on a 500 mile rescue mission across Thailand to give Noi Nah, a blind 70-year old elephant, her freedom. Critically endangered Asian elephants like Noi Na are often used for logging and kept in trekking camps where tourists can ride them. Because they are not domesticated animals like dogs, their spirits are broken as calves in a torturous device known as the “crush box.” Dedicated and passionate conservationist Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, a “Hero of Asia”, leads the harrowing 48-hour journey to her elephant sanctuary.
DS 563.5 .L68 2018 DVD

By Sarah Pavey 

Photo of a laptop screen displaying an online survey. Text on the photo reads "research practices survey, for first-year students"
News & Events

Research Practices Survey

This fall, the University libraries are participating in a nation-wide survey of first-year college students.  The Research Practices Survey provides insight into the perceptions and experiences of students around library research before they start college.  We plan to use the results of this survey to help us better understand which aspects of the research process to focus on in our teaching and outreach, as well as in our planning for supporting the new curriculum.  The Research Practices Survey is administered through the HEDS consortium (Higher Education Data Sharing consortium).

We encourage all first-year students to participate and help us create the best library instruction program we can.  All first-year students should have received an email with a link to the survey from the email address UniversityofStThomas@hedsconsortium.org.  The survey will run through September 25, 2019.  If you have any questions about the Research Practices Survey, please send them to Ann Zawistoski.

illustration of red and orange flowers with the text "they tried to bury us they didnt know we were seeds - Mexican proverb"
Latin America, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Latinx Unidos display

This summer, we were fortunate to have two students working with us through the REAL program.  As part of their work at the library, Jackie Ponce Chacon and Mirta Loja Guaman designed the Latinx Unidos book display that is in the lobby of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library.  We asked Jackie and Mirta for an introduction to their display.

Two women stand in front of their book display titled "Latinx Unidos"

Jackie and Mirta in front of their book display

Hello, our names are Jackie and Mirta,
illustration of flowers in red and orange with the text "They tried to bury us they didn't know we were seeds"
We are excited that we got to work on this project because it’s significant to us and a way to represent our community. The Latinx community has been through many ups and downs these past few years, and we wanted to bring attention to the different problems that Latinos face while trying to “assimilate” in the United States. The books we chose for our display were inspired by the quote “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds” by Dinos Christianopoulos. These books were written by Latinxs authors to help readers understand how their experiences either affected or influenced their lives. We hope you enjoy our selection of books, and at least check them out! 🙂


Book List:

Image credit: “They tried to bury us” image by Misha Zadeh, from amplifier.org in the Hear Our Voice exhibition.

News & Events

Destination Moon (Music and Media Collections)

July 22, 2019 arked the 50th anniversary of the United States moon landing. Celebrate the event this by watching fascinating archival footage on one of the many streaming services provided by the Music and Media Collections!

First Man on the Moon is a 2014 feature length documentary that takes a close look at Neil Armstrong’s remarkable life story and his journey to the Apollo 11 mission. Enjoy stunning archival footage and informative interviews as you learn more about his achievements and legacy.

If you’re looking for a retrospective, Apollo 11: The First Moon Landing is the documentary for you. While only 45-minutes long, the production takes you from launch, to moonwalk, to splashdown, and beyond. Jane Pauley hosts this NBC News Time Capsule documentary special.

Watch what 1 billion people watched live in 1969! From the NASA Video Collection, here are mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface. Continue watching for more footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they explore the moon and return to Earth.

To see what people 100 years ago thought a moon landing would be like, watch these classic silent films!
A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune). Directed by Georges Méliès, this 1902 silent short was based on Jules Verne’s novel From the Earth to the Moon. Astronomers travel to the moon and encounter underground lunar inhabitants.

Fritz Lang’s 1929 film Woman in the Moon takes a less fanciful approach. The story is set in a world where space travel is motivated by an entrepreneur’s theory that there is gold on the moon.
PT 2615 .A62 F7 2004 DVD

Also available is the 2016 blockbuster Hidden Figures that tells the true story of the women who made the moon landing possible with their contributions to the space race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe star in this landmark film about women in science!
PN 199 .H532 2017 DVD

For more science and history, check out Episode 4 of the BBC documentary series The Planets. The 50-minute episode examines our journey from the space race to what we learned from the surface of the moon.
QB601 .P53 2000 v. 2 DVD

Stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located to the far right of main circulation desk at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

By Sarah Pavey

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

American Plays

The Music and Media Collections at O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library has so many viewing categories to choose from! Be sure to visit us on the first floor and check out the many performances of classic American plays.

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) is the definitive adaptation of playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work, featuring the incomparable Sidney Poitier. A stellar cast (including Claudia McNeil) brings this drama to life in which an American family struggles against racism to achieve the American dream. This play is essential viewing.
PS 3515 .A515 R3 1999 DVD

Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) follows the story of an American family torn apart by addiction and illness. It was the first film in history in which all four leading actors won Best Acting awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Katharine Hepburn, Sir Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Jr., and Dean Stockwell star.
PS 3529 .N5 L6 2004 DVD

Dustin Hoffman leads the cast of the 1985 adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. The drama centers on a Willy Loman, a traveling salesman battling demons of the past. Our DVD copy contains a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the collaboration between Hoffman, director Volker Schlöndorff, and Arthur Miller himself.
PS 3525 .I5156 D4 2002 DVD

 

Sarah Pavey

Libraries, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Study Night in the Library, May 6!

Students!  Be sure to Register for this night in the library that is designed to help you organize your assignments and get some productive studying done.  You’ll find a stress-free, supportive environment in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to help you relax and be more confident in your ability to be prepared to successfully complete your end-of-semester assignments and final exams!

Along with librarians who can help with your research, citations and other questions, there will be math tutors from MaRC, consultants from the Writing Center, free five-minute chair massages between 7:30 and 9:30 pm, healthy snacks, a meditation room, study tips, goodie bags to take home, and more!

Don’t miss this event designed to help you succeed!   We’ll even take good care of your phone if you wish to turn it in at the check-in table to avoid distractions.

Register Here!

Sign up now for a night of success — it all begins at 7pm on Monday, May 6!

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.

Just for Fun, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Comedy, Music, and Improvisation! Noonartsound in the Library, May 7

Noon to 1pm    Tuesday, May 7, 2019     O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108    University of St. Thomas

This final presentation of the 2018-2019 noonartsound series, Let’s Play! Comedy, Music, and Improvisation, will focus on the concept of improvisation in daily life and its importance as an agility-based life skill. Interactive exercises along with musical demonstrations will be featured!   Free and open to all, we hope you will join us!

About our presenters:

Since 1984, Dr Chris Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature. He is also head of the UST Music Business, Recording Arts, and the Popular Music degrees. 2001 – 2005, he became the Director of Guitar Studies for MMTA for whom he lead – authored and edited the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar pedagogy syllabus. In 2011, he wrote the film score for Per Bianca, which won Best Film at the Minnesota 48-Hour Film Festival and won a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Dr. Kachian is concert touring this summer to Sweden, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Italy.

Professor Bernard Armada came to St. Thomas in 1997 and teaches rhetoric, public speaking, and argumentation in the Department of Communication and Journalism. He has studied and performed sketch comedy, improvisation, and music around the Twin Cities for over fifteen years. He is a staunch believer that the fundamental principles of improv can greatly improve people’s personal and professional lives.