Ebola: The Search for a Cure Added to Films On Demand

By Jessica Serrenti

Films on Demand recently added to its collection a special episode of BBC’s Horizon titled “Ebola: The Search for A Cure.” The episode follows doctors and scientists from around the world as they try to find a cure for Ebola and shows first-hand accounts of the people who caught and survived the infectious disease.

Students can access the episode by clicking on the link above or can visit Films on Demand’s website to find and watch related videos. If off campus, students will be prompted to use their KU login information to sign in.

For more information on Films on Demand, contact Bob Flatley at flately@kutztown.edu.

Happy Leif Erikson Day

By Jessica Serrenti

Each year, the president of the United States proclaims October 9 Leif Erikson Day. But who was Leif Erikson and why do we have a day in his honor? We searched EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Complete, the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Films on Demand to find the answers.

According to Michael Lemonick and Andrea Dorfman’s article titled “The Amazing Vikings,” Leif Eriksson first came to North America in the 13th century and established a settlement called Vinland (Land of Wine) for the wild grapes that grew there in what is now Parks Canada. The settlement did not stay in North America for long, but did leave behind archeological evidence. Leif Eriksson is recognized as one of the first founders of the Americas before Christopher Columbus. Parks Canada has many national parks and museums today to preserve artifacts from the settlement. Check out their website to learn more about Leif Eriksson and see pictures of Vinland.

Today, we celebrate Leif Erikson Day to remember the first Nordic-American immigrants. It is also a day to remember the immigrants who sailed from their home in Norway to New York City in 1825. To learn more about the early lives of the Norwegian American immigrants, click on the link to Films on Demands’s video titled “Go West, Young Man.” 

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers a biography of Leif Eriksson’s life in the World Eras Encyclopedia Volume 4. Click on the link to view the book’s pages.

Now you can go impress your professors and friends with the history you learned about Leif Erikson Day. Enjoy your day!

Rohrbach Library: The One-Stop Shop for Social Work Research

By Jessica Serrenti

Social work majors and minors only have to look one place for all their research paper needs. The Rohrbach Library offers general and social work specific databases accessible on and off campus. When signing into a database off campus, students should use their KU login information. The general research databases cover a large variety of subjects, but can be limited to social work using keywords and filters. Students can access these databases through the links provided below or by visiting the library’s website underneath the tab “Research Tools.”

The database provides information on a large selection of topics and includes nearly 4,000 peer-reviewed journals.

ProQuest includes full-texts of many scholarly journals. Subject coverage is different from EBSCO.

This database provides full-text documents from over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.

JSTOR offers full-text journals in the social sciences and humanities.

The collection contains full-text coverage of nearly 1,000 newspapers including the New York Times and USA Today.

The library also offers four social work specific databases. They can be accessed through the links provided below or through the library’s website. Students can search for databases by subject, journal, or name.

This database includes more than 450 journals in all areas of the profession such as theory and practice, social issues, and social problems.

The index covers full texts of books, coverage journals, monographs, and conference papers dating from 1895 to present day.

PsycArticles provides articles on current issues in psychology dating from 1988 to present. It also includes more than 25,000 articles published by the American Psychological Assocation and related organizations.

The abstracts provide coverage of major journals in criminology from 1968 to the present and include reports from government and nongovernmental agencies.

LibGuides are another research tool students can use to find books, databases, and online sources related to their field of study. Social work LibGuides are available on the LibGuide homepage. Search by the label SWK for social work or by the librarian who created the guides. For more information on the social work LibGuides or research tools, contact librarian Sylvia Pham at spham@kutztown.edu.

Reference librarians are also available to help find resources. Students can visit the library to talk in person or call/text their questions to a librarian at 610-683-4165.

Nearly 30,000 Resources Offered for Education Majors

By Jessica Serrenti

The Rohrbach Library has dedicated an entire section of the ground floor just for future educators. The Curriculum Materials Center, located to the right of the maps and government section, provides books, kits, and access to online databases. The library science collection contains children’s and young adult books as well as fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Education majors can also use the CMC’s kits to create lesson plans or interactive games for their classroom projects or when student teaching.

Librarian Karen Wanamaker oversees the CMC collection and has her office nearby to help students find the resources they need. She has also created LibGuides to help education majors find resources online and in the library. Students can access education LibGuides by visiting the LibGuide homepage and search Karen Wanamaker’s name to see the list.

Currently, there are five online databases for education research. To access these databases, students can click on the links provided below or go through the library’s website. At the homepage, they can be found underneath the tab “Research Tools.” Students can search by subject, journal, or name to find a database. If off campus, the database will prompt students to sign in with their KU login information.

This EBSCO database is the alternative to Academic Search Complete when searching for education-related topics.

The CLCD offers children’s literature titles and reviews that can be searched by a keyword and limited to factors such as age, grade, reading level, and genre.

This resource allows education majors to create lesson plans, curriculum calendars, quizzes, and printable templates. It also provides interactive games for students to use in the classroom that are geared towards a variety of subjects.

The database provides full-length videos for grades kindergarten through twelve that  can be downloaded and streamed directly for use in the classrooms.

ERIC offers journals and references in all areas of education with approximately 1,000,000 indexed articles.

For more information on the CMC’s resources or education databases, contact Karen Wanamaker at kwanamak@kutztown.edu or visit her office on the ground floor of the library, room 21.

Music Research Databases

By Jessica Serrenti

The Rohrbach Library offers music majors and minors four databases. Students can access them by going to the library’s website and clicking on “Articles and Databases” under the Research Tools tab. Students can then search databases by subject, journal, or name. If accessing a database while off campus, students will be prompted to sign in with their KU login information.

This database offers full texts of music dictionaries and includes biographies contributed by scholars from around the world.

The index provides music periodicals about musicians and the music industry from over 800 publications  dating from 1975 to the present.

This music library has the world’s largest online classical music collection with 24,450 CDs and an average of 500 new CDs every month. The catalogue includes mostly classical and jazz music.

The database includes biographical information on musicians from all time periods in scholarly and popular press articles.

The Rohrbach Library also provides LibGuides as another resource. LibGuides offer research materials such as books, databases, and websites. Students can find the music LibGuide page at libguides.kutztown.edu/music or by clicking on the LibGuide tab on the library’s homepage. For more information on music LibGuides, contact Krista Prock at prock@kutztown.edu.

Research librarians are available to help students find information. Visit Rohrbach Library or call the Research Help Line at 610-683-4165 to talk to a librarian.

First Year Residents — Available Workshops

By Jessica Serrenti

There are many programs still left for first year residents to attend and receive FYRE workshop credit. Students must sign in at these workshops to ensure they receive credit for attending. Most programs are 30 minutes long.

The CASA: Academic Coaches Resource Tables give students the opportunity to ask CASA coaches questions about their classes or other academics. The dates, times, and locations for the workshops are listed below.

  • Tuesday, September 30, from 4-6 p.m. in the Rothermel Hall Lobby
  • Wednesday, October 1, from 4-6 p.m. in the Schuylkill Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, October 7, from 4-6 p.m. in the University Place Lobby

The Diversity-Multicultural Center Resources and Programs offers students the chance to see what services, resources, and programs the Multicultural Center provides. The dates, times, and locations for the workshops are listed below.

  • Tuesday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall
  • Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Rothermel Hall
  • Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. in Schuylkill Hall
  • Tuesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. in University Place

Leadership 101 helps students find the right organizations and clubs to join at KU based off of their leadership styles. The dates, times, and locations of the workshop are listed below.

  • Wednesday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Bonner Hall
  • Tuesday, October 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Deatrick Hall

The Just in Time workshop offers tips and tricks to for students to balance their busy schedules, learn time management, set priorities and goals, and make personal decisions. The dates, times, and locations of the workshop are listed below.

  • Thursday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. in Schuylkill Hall
  • Monday, October 6, at 5:00 p.m. in Rothermel Hall
  • Thursday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. in Beck Hall
  • Monday, October 20, at 5:00 p.m. in Bonner Hall

The workshop, Success in the Classroom, includes peer educators who act as Academic Coaches in sharing their expertise on note taking, study techniques, reading and utilizing classroom syllabi. The dates, times, and locations for the workshops are below.

  • Monday, October 6, at 7 p.m. in University Place

KUmmunication offers students tools to successfully communicate with their roommates. The dates, times, and locations are listed below.

  • Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall
  • Thursday, October, 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Rothermel Hall
  • Thursday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Deatrick Hall
  • Thursday, October 23, at 3:00 p.m. in University Place
  • Thursday, October, 30, at 3:00 p.m. in Beck Hall

Intro to the Library is presented by the Rohrbach Library and teaches students how to find and use the library’s resources. The dates, times, and locations for the workshop are listed below.

  • Wednesday, October 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Schuylkill Hall
  • Wednesday, October 22, at 9:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall

The Stress Recess workshop includes interactive lessons on meditation, mindfulness, goal setting, and deep breathing. Students will learn stress-relieving techniques to use for their busy schedules. The session is presented by KUPHS and takes 45 minutes to complete. The dates, times, and locations for the workshop are listed below.

  • Thursday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Bonner Hall
  • Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. in University Place
  • Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Beck Hall
  • Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Rothermel Hall
  • Thursday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Deatrick Hall

Ku and Its Resources provides students with information about student life, academics, health, and safety. The dates, times, and locations for the workshop are listed below.

  • Wednesday, October, 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Beck Hall
  • Thursday, October 16, at 7:oo p.m. in Bonner Hall
  • Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Deatrick Hall
  • Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall

Career Development Center’s various workshops help students find the right resources to build successful careers at KU. The program topic, dates, times, and locations for the workshops are listed below.

  • Exploring Careers Through Job Shadowing
    •  Thursday, October 16, from 11-11:50 a.m. in MSU, Room 250
    • Tuesday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall, Second Floor Lounge
  • Choosing A Major
    • Tuesday, October 21, from 11-11:50 a.m. in the Building Stratton, Room 116
  • Introduction To Career Development
    • Thursday, October 23, from 11-11:50 a.m. in MSU, Room 250
  • Creating Your Personal Brand
    •  Tuesday, October 28, from 11-11:50 a.m. in the Stratton Building, Room 116
    •  Tuesday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall, Second Floor Lounge
  • Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter
    •  Tuesday, November 18, at 8:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall, Second Floor Lounge

If students have any questions or concerns about the FYRE workshops, they can visit KU’s Housing website or contact Christine Price at price@kutztown.edu.

 

FYRE Workshops Available Today

By Jessica Serrenti

There is still time to receive credit for two First Year Residential Experience workshops happening today.

The first workshop is Academic Coaches-Resource Table from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Rothermel Hall. The session includes drop-in resource tables created by CASA Academic Coaches. Students can ask questions about classes or academics with a CASA coach.

The second workshop is Diversity-Multicultural Center Resources and Programs at 7:00 p.m. in Lehigh Hall. The session will explain the student services, resources, and programs available at the Multicultural Center.

Students will be asked to sign in at the workshops to receive their credit. For more information on FYRE workshops, visit the KU Hosuing website or contact Christine Price at price@kutztown.edu.

 


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