Happy Memorial Day!

May 25th, 2015

Happy Memorial Day! 

We say thanks to all who served and remember those who did not come home.

In honor of this holiday, we are closed today. We will be open tomorrow at 7am.

Thanks & Good Luck to Elena!

May 20th, 2015

We are saddened to say farewell to Elena Maans who worked her last day as one of our librarians today! She will be taking an awesome job at a library in Yakima, Washington among the mountains and vineyards of the Northwest. We are very excited for her, and we are grateful for her work and friendship. She has had been a great librarian who diligently served our students.

Thanks, Elena!

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Marea Kahn (left) and Elena Maans (right)

Symbolism of the Mandala (online Video)

May 14th, 2015

Khentul Rinpoche of the Drepung Loseling Monastery discusses the meaning of the sand mandala in Tibetan Buddhism. This event was supported by the MVCC Fine and Performing Arts Center as a part of Mystical Arts of Tibet performance and residency.

The audio of this event is available below:

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye (online video)

April 27th, 2015

Domestic violence has no boundaries. Domestic violence effects women, men, children of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education background, and sexual orientation. Members of the LGBT community face additional barriers in finding resources and support when confronting domestic violence within their relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “ 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars, will explore these issues and help us raise awareness. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye

The audio of this event is available below:

Tomorrow (April 28): Remembering the T in LGBT: Creating Transgender Awareness

April 27th, 2015

Remembering the T in LGBT: Creating Transgender Awareness 
Tuesday, April 28, 11am-12:15 in Building M. Moraine Room 3. Presentation by Kelly George, LCPC, psychotherapist at Live Oak in Chicago.

Topics will include:

  • understanding of the vocabulary and terms
  • understanding gender identity
  • issues facing trans-identified individuals

RememberingThe T--April 2015

 

 

 

 

Earth Week Activities on Campus

April 21st, 2015

Our campus Sustainability Manager send along this schedule of Earth Week events. Some really excellent programs!

April 22, Spring Fest will be in full swing in the Quad (fingers crossed for good weather!) from 11 to 2. The student GO Green! Club will have a lot of terrific activities for folks to enjoy, including a solar energy display and Rubber Ducky Raffle!

April 23, the GO Green! Club is hosting a “MINI-MOVIE” Marathon in U211. From 12PM to 3PM, at ½ hour increments, they will be screening The Story of Stuff Movies. So come on out and tell your students, too, and watch a couple quick flicks (10-12 minutes, hence “Mini-Movie), have a discussion and be entered into a Go Green Gadget Raffle!

April 25, from 11AM to 2PM, in the T Parking Lot, we’re hosting another E-WASTE, TEXTILE & PHARMACEUTICALS collection event! Bring your old electronics, textile materials (stuff that you wouldn’t want to donate to be worn again – see the attached flyer), and unwanted medicines for proper and safe disposal. This year we’re partnering with SouthStar Services for the e-waste. They are a local company doing really great work with populations that otherwise might not have opportunities to work, learn and grow in a professional setting. That’s really exciting for our sustainability mission. Please spread the word about this event to friends, family, etc.!

ARBOR DAY OBSERVANCE Arbor Day is always the last Friday of April. All week long you will see tags on the trees across campus. Those tags will explain the tremendous and plentiful benefits of trees. Check them out! There are QR Codes on them for you to learn more or you can always just ask me and I’ll help you find resources for continued learning.

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars

April 14th, 2015

We are excited to announce this week’s event.

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars
April 16th, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Location TBA
Domestic violence has no boundaries. Domestic violence effects women, men, children of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education background, and sexual orientation. Members of the LGBT community face additional barriers in finding resources and support when confronting domestic violence within their relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “ 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars, will explore these issues and help us raise awareness. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

Free HIV Testing April 29

April 14th, 2015

Posted for the Code of Conduct Office:

Free HIV Testing
On Wednesday, April 29, South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinic staff will be in U209 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to offer free, confidential HIV tests. Students can get a rapid test (oral swab) and will get results in 20 minutes. Additionally, students can opt to get free tests for other sexually transmitted diseases. No appointment needed. This event is sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Progress (GASP) and Student Life. Email us with questions.

Remembering the T in LGBT: Creating Transgender Awareness (upcoming event)

April 14th, 2015

Remembering the T in LGBT: Creating Transgender Awareness 
Tuesday, April 28, 11am-12:15 in Building M. Moraine Room 3. Presentation by Kelly George, LCPC, psychotherapist at Live Oak in Chicago.

Topics will include:

  • understanding of the vocabulary and terms
  • understanding gender identity
  • issues facing trans-identified individuals

RememberingThe T--April 2015

 

 

 

 

ActOut Now Programming for Spring 2015

April 13th, 2015

Over the years, the library has been happy to support the ActOut Now programming. This year, the programs will be held in the Moraine Rooms or the U building due to the library’s expansion project. But, we hope to host this program again next year.

Here’s the event schedule:

Event 1: A Student SpeakOut
Tuesday, April 14 @ 11:00 and 12:30
Wednesday, April 15 @ 1:00
Moraine Room I, M-bldg
Students will have an opportunity to speak out on social problems in the community that concern them. Students from COM102 will share their research based on their service and/or advocacy work in the community and call us to action! Join us in this powerful event that will include students, faculty and other members of the MVCC community. Students will show us what it means to be engaged in our communities and in issues that impact our lives.
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Event 2: ActOut 2015: A Service Learning Fair
Thursday, April 23, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Student Union/U111, U-bldg
Come on out for a day’s worth of exciting activities focused on diversity and social change. This student-driven service learning fair will showcase student work, provide information from local nonprofits, and give us all inspiration to act toward positive social change. See additional details below.

Spotlight Speaker: Nina Shoman-Dajani
Thursday, April 23 @ 11:00
U111, U-bldg
This presentation will focus on the importance of diversity in our democracy and the value of representation from all of the voices in our country, including immigrants. Speaker, Nina Shoman-Dajani works with students through our Learning Enrichment and College Readiness program, and she has led the effort to host a Naturalization Ceremony here on our campus the last two years. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of diversity in our community, as well as the nation.

Video Series: Community Change for the Millennials
Thursday, April 23 @ 9:30, 12:30 – 3:30
U111, U-bldg
This video presentation will feature a series of TED talks given by young people around the country and their version of community change. The talks will be followed by a discussion focused on the videos and the service work of students in Mike McGuire and Tamarra Coleman-Hill’s COM102 courses and their participation in the process of “Deliberative Dialogue” this semester. Please join us in thinking about your role in our larger community!

SpeakOut! Encore: Students Share Stories of Self, Us, and Now
Thursday, April 23, 9:30 – 3:30
Student Dining Area, U-bldg
Public narrative is a form of storytelling designed to motivate people to act on important social issues. Over the course of the day, students from Mike McGuire’s COM102 classes will share their public narratives–telling the story of how they came to the issue, why their story is, indeed, our story, and how we are all in a position to act.

Information Tables: Nonprofit Organizations Share Info
Thursday, April 23, 9:30 – 3:30
Student Dining Area, U-bldg
Approximately 25 local, nonprofit, community benefit organizations will be hosting information tables to tell you about the important work they do and how you and your students can get involved. Plan your next service learning project and make valuable community contacts!