Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vietnam Era Lecture Series

Vietnam Era Lecture Series Begin
Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:30 p.m.
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. Daniel Crosswell will present "A Brief History of the Vietnam War" on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. in the Schwob Memorial Library. This is the first in a monthly series of lectures about the Vietnam era. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 12:00 noon.

Dr. Crosswell, a distinguished military historian, is the first appointee of the
Col. Richard R. Hallock Distinguished Chair in Military History
in CSU’s Department of History and Geography.

Dr. Crosswell spoke last year on American exceptionalism and the drafting of the
Constitution as part of CSU's Constitution Day observance.

Dr. Crosswell arrived from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with expertise in World War II and U.S. Military History in the postwar era. His published works include two nationally recognized monographs on Gen. Walter Bedell Smith and articles on allied command history in the European theater of operations in World War II.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Constitution Day Celebration

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

In honor of Constitution Day, you're invited to join us for a lecture by Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Easton.

Democracy: What is a 1/315,000,000 share worth?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

Dr. Easton enjoyed a long career in politics and government in Providence, Rhode Island before beginning his post graduate studies and teaching profession. For 12 years, he represented one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, a minority/majority ward, on the Providence City Council. For 6 years, he was City Council President. He also worked for the city in various capacities over the years as Assistant Director of the Home Improvement Program, Director of Code Enforcement and various positions in the planning department as well as founding and/or leading several non-profits in Rhode Island and Florida. He holds an A.B. in Urban Studies from Brown and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island and earned his Doctorate this year from the University of Connecticut where he has taught for the last 9 years. He has also taught at Capital Community College, Clark University, Trinity College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and lectured at many colleges in Rhode Island and Florida.

Sponsored by the CSU Department of Political Science and the CSU Libraries.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

McNaughton Collection: Featured Book

The Bag Lady Papers
is a memoir of exactly what the book cover says, “the priceless experience of losing it all”. Alexandra Penney, bestselling author and former editor-in-chief shows how a single parent’s worst nightmare became her reality. In December 2008, the woman who had feared all of her life of becoming a destitute bag lady became just that overnight. A more vocal victim of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, Penney lost almost everything she had ever earned. She channeled that anger to blog posts on The Daily Beast. The Bag Lady Papers tells her journey from having it all, to having nothing at all, and facing it. I cannot say that everyone has been in a position like Penney, but her honest struggle and strength portrayed in this work is not only admirable but inspiring. Seeing someone up so high, fall so far, and come back again should show us all that there is nothing we can’t overcome with the determination and focus had by Alexandra Penney.

I will work harder than I ever have before – which was pretty hard indeed – and see what happens. I have the feeling something good will come of it: tough, challenging work and laserlike focus have always paid off for me…. Was it better to have it and then lose it? Yes, yes, yes! Even though I lived with horrible bag lady fears of losing it all, now that those financial fears have materialized, I’m in good shape and looking to what’s next. Experiences – good and bad, exciting and boring, tragic and absurd – make up a life. Not to have lived to the fullest is the saddest, most irresponsible life I can think of. ~Alexandra Penney

The McNaughton Collection can be found near the stairs leading to the second floor of the main library. Every month up to 20 new books will be added to the shelves. So if there isn’t anything that catches your attention now, revisit the shelves next month for more interesting titles.

Guest Blogger: Tiana Chatmon, CSU Student

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

They're Here!

On Monday, our favorite photographer, Michelle Viers, spotted the arrival of the newest library furniture. According to Michelle, some students could barely wait for the new chairs to be unpacked! CSU student, Jessica D'Amato stated she likes the comfortable back support while enjoying the privacy of the tall furniture. For those who would rather "kick back", the bean bags remain popular for relaxing and listening to music.

Photos by Michelle Viers

Monday, September 10, 2012

Need Assistance with the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or MCAT??

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Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want — at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.

If you have an eye on graduate school, the Admissions and Placement Preparation Center offers full-length practice tests to help you earn a top score on the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and more. You'll also find complete preparation for the TOEFL, TOEIC, and CLEP.

In addition to the Admissions and Placement Preparation Center, you'll find the Job Search & Workplace Skills Center, the Jobs & Career Center, the U.S. Citizenship Center, and the Skills Improvement Center.

You can access LearningExpress Library™ via GALILEO or directly at:

For more information about LearningExpress Library™, please Ask a Librarian or call 706-507-8671.

Wishing you much success!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Spotted at the Library!

Information Commons Assistant (and avid photographer), Michelle Viers spotted two students taking advantage of the brand new whiteboards. As secondary math majors, Jennifer Robinson and Tarah Crooks love using the whiteboards in lieu of chalkboards when working on math assignments.

Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. ~Mattie Stepanek (1990-2004)

Photos by Michelle Viers

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Inaugural Lecture Series

On Thursday September 13, 2012, the Simon Schwob Memorial Library, the Center for International Education, and the Department of History and Geography will begin the Inaugural Lecture Series for the M.A. in History, Race, Ethnicity, and Society with two distinguished speakers: Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers.

Renown authors, Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers have worked for six decades in promoting peace, in cultivating relations among international scholars, and in resolving ethnic and racial conflicts in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Drs. Georg and Wilma Iggers were pioneering figures in the American Civil Rights struggle in the 1950s. They helped formulate the legal basis for the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, and were instrumental in the fight to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. They fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and have since dedicated their lives to promoting social justice and peace.

Lecture Schedule:
Thursday, September 13th
Dr. Wilma Iggers

“My Life in Revolutionary Times: Considerations of Race and Gender in Czechoslovakia, Canada, and the American South”
The Center for International Education, Spencer Event Hall, 12:30 PM

Dr. Georg Iggers
“Civil Rights in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1950s. Reflections of a Jewish Refugee from Nazi Germany”
Simon Schwob Memorial Library, 3:30 PM (Refreshments will be served at 3:00 PM)

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