Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays! TWU Libraries Closed 12/20 to 1/4

In observance of Winter Break, the TWU Libraries will be closed Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th.  Regular library hours resume Monday, January 5th (the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton and the Dallas Center Library at 9 a.m.; the Houston ARC at 8 a.m.)

For further scheduling details for the TWU Libraries see the hours pages for Denton, Dallas and Houston

Spring 2015 classes begin Monday, January 12th, 2015.

From the TWU Libraries family, our best to you and yours this holiday season.  We look forward to serving your information needs in the new year.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, December 12, 2014

Denton, Dallas Libraries Closed 12/13 & 12/14

The Intersession Shift  The operating hours of the TWU Libraries, including the Blagg-Huey Library on 
the Denton campus, change between semesters.  Pictured here, operating hours for the Blagg-Huey Library 
for December 8-14, 2014.  Graphic design by Kristin Wolski.     
Hours for the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, vary between semesters.  With the Fall 2014 semester coming to an end, some changes to regular library hours can be expected. 

The Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) and the Dallas Center Library will be closed on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014.

The Spring 2015 semester at TWU begins on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Please see the schedules for the Blagg-Huey Library (in Denton); the Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC for operating hours in the meantime.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fall 2014 Coffee Breaks A Big Success

An Attitude of Gratitude  TWU students Jenna Banaag (L), nutrition major and member of Alpha Gamma 
Delta, and Kendra Blacher (R), pursuing masters degrees in dance and education, hold up a portion of  a thank 
you banner signed by hundreds of grateful TWU students in appreciation for free beverages and snacks they 
received during traditional finals week coffee breaks held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  
Signed in multiple languages and measuring 41 feet in length, the complete banner serves as a happy reminder 
of the many students the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life were privileged to serve during 
the Fall 2014 breaks.  December 11, 2014.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  
Time and fuel.  With these two things students can conquer the world—or at least their final exams. 

That is the theory behind finals week coffee breaks, a growing and eagerly anticipated fall and spring tradition at TWU sponsored by the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division of Student Life. Held at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (which also extended its operating hours before and during finals week); the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC, these breaks feature free beverages and snacks for students to fuel their end-of-semester studies.

Coffee breaks for the Fall 2014 semester, which wrapped up on December 11, 2014, featured photo ops and giveaways in a festive atmosphere at the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton.  Joining in the fun were "guest servers" Dr. Carine M. Feyten, Chancellor and President of TWU, and Dr. Robert Neely, TWU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who helped serve coffee to some of the record 1,800 attendees.  The library was also delighted to welcome the participation of sororities Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Lambda Gamma.  Dispensing treat bags, sweets and hot chocolate to the crowd along with their infectious enthusiasm, these groups were a big hit with students and a welcome addition to the festivities.  Sean Spear and Kristin Wolski, members of the Blagg-Huey Library staff and the TWU Libraries Social Media Team, photographed the Denton event (to see these photos and more, visit the libraries on  flickr  and Instagram.)
Cheers!  Students at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU express their appreciation for 
the free finals week beverages and snacks they enjoyed courtesy of the TWU Libraries and the TWU Division 
of Student Life.  December 7, 2014.  Photograph by Sean Spear.   
The Fall 2014 coffee breaks in Dallas and Houston were equally successful and appreciated.  Over 800 grateful TWU students in Dallas were served free beverages and snacks, and homemade cookies and Cajun coffee were on the menu for TWU students and faculty and staff members in Houston.    

The TWU Libraries consider it an honor and a privilege to play a role in the academic success of TWU students, and look forward to continuing the coffee break tradition at TWU in May 2015 and beyond.

~Sandy Cochran

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thank You, Ryan Hay

Ryan Hay with his beloved mother, Marilyn.  
It happened one year ago today, on a day like any other.  In an accident on a local street, the TWU Libraries family lost one of its own.

He was just 25, and a part of the libraries' systems team for two years--but what made Ryan Hay special had nothing to do with his job.  Intelligent, kind, funny and well-liked, Ryan had a giving nature and generous spirit that colored his interactions with others.  

Those who attended the packed memorial held in his honor had different memories of Ryan and varied stories to tell, but a common thread stood out--Ryan was a giver.  He volunteered to help, he went out of his way, he went above and beyond.  Ryan was there for family, he was there for friends, he was there for colleagues.  What made Ryan special was that he was, indeed, always there. Always 
ready to lend a hand, or a joke or a smile or a sympathetic ear, Ryan gave the greatest gift anyone could--in this season of giving or any other.  Ryan gave himself.    

We miss you, Ryan, and wish you were with us still.  Thank you for everything you did for all of us, and the ways you enriched our lives.  Thank you for being a good friend, a wonderful colleague, and a great example of how to treat others.  

Thank you, Ryan Hay, for being you.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tech the Halls

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the Houston ARC, are equipped with the technology you need to succeed with your research and studies.  

In addition to WiFi, copiers and outlets for charging phones and other devices, our facilities in Denton, Dallas and Houston are furnished with a range of technology geared toward the success and convenience of TWU students.  While this is true year-round, finals on the horizon make this a particularly good time for a roundup of some of the ways the TWU Libraries tech our halls for students at TWU.

B = Blagg-Huey Library (Denton)
D = Dallas Center Library
H = Houston ARC  


B  D  H
The Blagg-Huey Library has computers on every floor, including its ground level.  Using a flashdrive?  Make sure you take it with you--it is very common for these to be left behind.  Computers in the Houston ARC are connected to printer E in the adjacent Mega Computer Lab.

B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), a laptop is a good option when you're using a study room or can't locate an available computer.


B  D  H
Free of charge with Pioneer Portal login info, printing is available in black and white.  

B  D
Available for student use free of charge (in Dallas and on floors 1-3 in the Denton library), scanners are a good alternative to copiers--just scan your material and email it to yourself or save it to a flashdrive.  To cut down on wait time, library staff members at the Denton library Information Desk can tell you which scanners are currently available. 

Presentation rooms with HDTV
B  D
Get some practice time in for your upcoming presentation by reserving a presentation room in Denton or Dallas.   

Phone chargers
B  D
Available for checkout with a current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) and the front desk (Dallas), phone chargers are available for both iPhones and Android models.

B  D  H
Listen to videos or other audio without disturbing those around you.  Just present your current TWU ID at the Circulation Desk (Denton) or at the front desks in Dallas or Houston.

Digital Sign
Enter the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus and it's the first thing you'll see--a bright electronic sign above the Information Desk with the latest news and other library information.  Stay current by checking it often. 

B  H
In a hurry?  Kiosks in the Houston ARC and on floors 1 and 3 of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton allow students to check the catalog, find an article, verify library hours and more--all without logging into a computer.

Website / Mobile / Ask a Librarian / Social Media

B  D  H
Did you know that many library services and resources are at your fingertips 24/7, even away from the library?  The TWU Libraries website and mobile are electronic portals to research and other information for TWU students--and faculty and staff members--near and far.  Questions?  Connect with the libraries and library staff members by text, chat, email or phone. Like to stay informed?  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our blog--and there's lots to see on Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube

Dedicated library personnel are eager to answer your questions and help you with tech and other library issues--so if you have a question or need other assistance, please let us know.   

~Sandy Cochran with Marilyn Goff, Eula Oliphant and Sean Spear

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's Do This: The Fall 2014 Finish Line

The Fall 2014 finish line is in sight, and as a TWU student you're no doubt in full prep mode for final exams.  Remember--the TWU Libraries will be right there with you to help.

In other words, more library time to study plus free coffee and snacks to help TWU students power through the final stretch of the Fall 2014 semester (extended hours info is available here; coffee break info is available here.)  

You're welcome.  

Let's do this.

~Sandy Cochran 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Texas Woman's University (including the libraries in Denton and Dallas, as well as the Houston ARC) will be closed Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  

The Blagg-Huey Library in Denton will resume regular Fall semester hours on Saturday, November 29th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.); and the Dallas Center Library and Houston ARC will resume regular hours on Monday, December 1st.

The TWU Libraries family wishes you and yours a holiday filled with peace, joy and gratitude. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

~Sandy Cochran  


Colleague to colleague  Staff members of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU hold up a banner containing expressions of gratitude between library colleagues.  The chance to acknowledge each other in this season of thanks, the brainchild of staff luncheon organizers, afforded library staff members the chance to express appreciation for--and to be appreciated by--the people they spend their days with.  Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  November 22, 2014.
One of the best things that can happen to us is remembering to be thankful; another is feeling appreciated.  On a recent afternoon the staff of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus was fortunate to experience both of these, as its members got together to enjoy each other's company and express the many ways they are thankful--for each other.   

Taking a break from our full schedules, staff members connected with colleagues over lunch and dessert.  The high point of the luncheon for many was the 
opportunity staff members had to thank our library colleagues, in writing, for all that they do. Despite the filling lunch everyone walked a little lighter that day, knowing that not only do we belong to a great team, but our efforts are appreciated by our colleagues. 

In this season of gratitude, the TWU Libraries family has much to be thankful for. 

For you and yours, we wish the same.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 21, 2014

Coming Soon: Fall 2014 Coffee Breaks

Time and caffeine.  With these two things you can conquer the world—or at least your final exams. 
A time-honored tradition at TWU continues in December with finals-week coffee breaks at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; and the Houston ARC.  The Denton campus library is also extending its operating hours before and during finals week.  All TWU students are welcome and encouraged to use the libraries’ facilities--and enjoy the free refreshments provided--as you prepare to wrap up the Fall 2014 semester.                               

BLAGG-HUEY LIBRARY (DENTON)                      
Extended library hours as listed.  Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, feature free coffee, tea, bottled water and healthy snacks in the library’s first-floor lecture hall (room 101).  Giveaways and a photo op.  Student organizations participating on select nights with treats and other giveaways for students. 

Friday, December 5
th   Open 7 a.m.-midnight
Saturday, December 6
th   Open 9 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee breaks at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 7
th   Open 10 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Monday, December 8
th   Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9
th   Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m. ● Coffee breaks at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10
th   Open 7:30 a.m.-midnight ● Coffee break at 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 11
th   Open 7:30 a.m.-midnight 

Coffee breaks, sponsored by the TWU Division of Student Life and the TWU Libraries, feature free coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bottled water and healthy snacks near the 
library’s front door during regular operating hours  Monday-Thursday, December 8th-11th.  Select snacks also available Saturday, December 6th during regular operating hours.

Free homemade cookies and Cajun coffee with chicory available for all students, faculty and staff during regular operating hours Monday-Thursday, December 8

For more as finals week nears—including details about an exciting new button contest in the works--check this blog; like the TWU Libraries on Facebook; or follow us on Twitter.

~Sandy Cochran; Graphic design by Kristin Wolski

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cruisin' With The Chancellor

Showing us how it's done, Texas Woman's University Chancellor and President Dr. Carine Feyten checks out the Blagg-Huey Library, the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence and other spots on and near the Denton campus of TWU.

Love the car, Dr. Feyten.

TWU New Music Update from Denise Spranger on Vimeo.

~Sandy Cochran 

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tribute to the First Americans

Giving Thanks for Native Americans  Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the contribu-
tions and rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.  Image courtesy of the Native American Heritage Month page of 
the Library of Congress.
In recognition of the first Americans and their significant contributions to the establishment and growth of the United States, November is Native American Heritage Month.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress; the National Archives and Records Administration; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Gallery of Art; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Annie  Annie "Walk Aslant" Cheyenne maiden. 
Photograph by L.A. Huffman.  Copyright The 
Newberry.  Part of an extensive collection of 
materials on American Indian history and cul-
ture accessible in the database American Indian 
The TWU Libraries are honored to join this monthlong tribute, and recommend to Pioneers a visit to a database of unique materials from one of the finest archival collections available on American Indian history and culture.

American Indian Histories and Cultures, one of over 200 databases made available by the libraries to current TWU students and faculty and staff members, contains materials spanning four centuries of North and Central American Indian history and culture.  This extensive collection includes manuscripts (treaties, speeches, petitions, diaries, travel journals and ledger books); artwork (illustrations, sketches, watercolors, oil paintings and American Indian art); American Indian newspapers from the 1960s to the 1990s; rare printed books; photographs; and maps (navigating through this much material can be overwhelming; look for Not Sure Where to Start? on the homepage for an introduction to the database, complete with guided tour.)  Rare and diverse, the materials contained in American Indian Histories and Cultures provide unique insights into the history and culture of Native Americans for scholars, educators and students.  

Access American Indian Histories and Cultures, with current Pioneer Portal login information, from the TWU Libraries homepage (see Databases A-Z List under the heading Research.)  For assistance please contact us. 

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

When Quitting Is Cool: The Great American Smokeout

If ever there is a time when it's cool to be a quitter, The Great American Smokeout is it.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 American deaths--all preventable.  The Great American Smokeout (November 20th, 2014) is a great time for tobacco users in the TWU community and everywhere else to either quit or make a plan to quit, while friends and family members of smokers can learn how to be a good resource for their loved ones.  By quitting--even for one day--smokers take an important step toward a healthier life, one that can lead to a reduced risk of cancer. 

Our friends at Student Health Services (SHS), your campus healthcare provider and resource, will mark The Great American Smokeout on Wednesday, November 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.  All TWU students and staff and faculty members who want information about smoking/tobacco cessation--for themselves or someone else they care about--can get it by visiting the SHS table they will find there.  "Quit kits" will be handed out, and while supplies last tobacco non-users who make a pledge will receive a free t-shirt.  

For more information on being a quitter, like TWU Student Health Services on Facebook and follow @HealthyTWU on Twitter.

Join The Great American Smokeout--when quitting is cool.

~Sandy Cochran

Friday, November 14, 2014

Supporting the Scrubs

The TWU Libraries would like to offer our full support to the TWU faculty members, students and preceptors working on the front lines in hospitals and clinical settings in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  

Events over the past month related to the spread and containment of Ebola virus disease have caused anxiety in some members of the public and the health sciences community.  Knowing the facts and being mindful of new developments can help alleviate some of that anxiety.  

Toward that end, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) website is dedicated to presenting up-to-date research as it becomes available.  Some of the research is available free of charge; full access to the NEJM is available, with Pioneer Portal login information, through the TWU Libraries (from the libraries' homepage, do a catalog search for the journal title.)  A collection of NEJM articles and other resources on the Ebola outbreak is available here.

Another useful resource for valid medical information and research is the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), an online portal created by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center.  Through this initiative, publishers provide open access to full-text articles and books for healthcare workers, clinicians and researchers in places affected by disasters or epidemics.  Activated for a limited time, this service is useful for students and others working in settings with limited-to-no on-site access to medical research.  The Ebola outbreak is an EAI active event; the free access period ends November 14, 2014. 

Sometimes information overload can contribute to anxiety levels.  The TWU Libraries can help with that too.  The libraries in Dallas and Denton feature study rooms and lounge spaces that can serve as “soft places to land,” allowing students to take a break from it all.  Place a reservation for a study room here

Once again, the TWU Libraries salute the efforts of our TWU family of healthcare students and faculty members, as well as the medical community at large.  

Please let us know how we may be of service.

~Kimberly Richardson

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Releases: Nutrition & Public Health E-Books

They may be of significance for research purposes, or matters of personal interest. Whatever your level of interest or expertise, nutrition and public health are subjects that pertain to each of us, every day.  The TWU Libraries are pleased to now provide access, with Pioneer Portal login information, to two important online resources you can turn to--whatever the reason--for current, thorough and authoritative information on nutrition and public health topics.


What It Is   The role of nutrition in combating disease, and otherwise improving quality of life, is undeniable.  This 4-volume revision of an award-winning work reflects scientific advances in the field of human nutrition and presents the latest understanding on a wide range of nutrition-related topics--including food safety, weight management, vitamins, bioengineering of foods, plant-based diet, raw foods, organic food, biofortification, nutritional labeling and the effect of religious customs on diet.  This new edition also features broader cross-referencing of emerging opportunities for the potential prevention and treatment of diseases.

Format   E-Book


What It Is   An authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods and approaches of global public health.  Covers all dimensions of the field, from details of specific diseases to the organization of social insurance agencies.  Includes articles on public health aspects of diseases and conditions, aging, diet, injuries, ethics and the law, measurement and modeling, consumerism, anthropology and sociology, economics, public health history and global issues.

Formats  E-Book, Print

~Sandy Cochran with Kris Reed

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Are Invited to the Dallas Center Library

Nursing Excellence at the Dallas Center  Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU, an exhibit
commemorating a milestone year in the history of the TWU College of Nursing, is currently on display at the
Dallas Center Library on the sixth floor of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
In Dallas, just off of I-35E at Inwood Roadis an eight-story building with TWU in really big letters on its sides.  What is this place, you wonder, as you fly/crawl down the freeway?  We are the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, and we invite you to visit.  

You may have heard of the Dallas Center, but did you know that all TWU students and faculty and staff members have full access to Dallas Center services?  Your parking pass works in our parking garage, and with your current TWU ID you have access to the Dallas Center fitness center, Office of Student Life, computer lab and library.

The Dallas Center Library, on the center's sixth floor, features a physical collection focused on the health sciences.  Dallas Center Library patrons, regardless of TWU campus home or field of study, also enjoy full access to high speed internet, TWU Libraries online resources, Wi-Fi, free printing and the Interlibrary loan services of the TWU Libraries. Whether students attend classes in person or online, they are invited and welcome to make use of the Dallas Center Library's resources.

Welcome  The staff of the Dallas Center Librarylocated on the sixth floor of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Insti-
tute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, has created a warm and inviting space to enrich the library experience 
of all Dallas Center Library patrons.  Here, the front desk of the Dallas Center Library in the Halloween spirit.   
In town?  Stop by and visit.  The Dallas Center Library shines especially bright during the holiday season.  In October, for example, Halloween decorations of all kinds--including a variety of pumpkins, a witch, Frankenstein’s monster and more--filled the library with the Halloween spirit.  Currently, the library is the site of Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU, an exhibit curated by Woman's Collection staff members to commemorate a milestone in the history of the TWU College of Nursing. Containing photographs, historical nursing uniforms and nursing faculty publications, Celebrating 60 Years will be available for viewing through November, 2014.  

The staff of the Dallas Center Library has dedicated itself to creating a space that enriches the library experience of every TWU student and faculty and staff member who visits.  We hope you are one of them.

Happy holidays!

~Ellen Hamlett

Psst!  It is also a "well-guarded" secret that we have chocolate.  ;)     

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The WASP and the Archive: A Veteran's Day Salute

Flying High  Holly Hollinger Grasso, 44-W-5, completing advanced 
flight training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. Grasso was a 
member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII (WASP), volun-
teer civilian pilots and the first women in history to fly for the U.S. 
military. The official WASP archive is housed in the Woman's Collection 
of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU. Cover image
courtesy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots Archive, Texas Woman's
University, Denton, Texas.   
A Veteran's Day salute to the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII (WASP), the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, for their dedicated service.  The Women Airforce Service Pilots Archive, the group's official archive housed in the Woman's Collection of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU, is the subject of a cover feature in the official newsmagazine and publication of record of the Association of College & Research Libraries.  

College & Research Libraries News selected the archive as the cover feature for its November 2014 issue (left).  Featured in the cover image is Holly Hollinger Grasso, 44-W-5, a graduate of the first women's flying training detachment for the U.S. Army.  Grasso is pictured completing advanced flight training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.  

Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of WWII, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. Volunteering as civilian pilots, they relieved men for overseas duty and became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, better known as the WASP.  Under the leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love and General Henry “Hap” Arnold, the WASP trained and went on to soar beyond all expectations of the Army Air Corps.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots Archive, the official archive for the Women Airforce Service Pilots, is the largest repository of WASP materials in the United States.  The collection includes over 1 million pieces of paper, over 25,000 photographs, over 700 oral histories, nearly 1,300 biographical files and 500 individual WASP collections.

Researchers from around the world--including historians, scholars, filmmakers, documentarians, publishers, journalists and the media--use the Women Airforce Service Pilots Archive at Texas Woman's University to advance their research and learn about a group of brave and determined women who flew into action, as none had before them, in their country's hour of need.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mims’ The Word: November and the Face of Men’s Health

Halloween 2014 is over and November is upon us--Daylight Saving Time, cold weather and all.  Yes, we have fully stepped into fall, and into Men’s Health Month.  

Often dubbed No Shave November or Movember, this month traditionally sees men everywhere letting the face fuzz flourish to raise awareness for men’s health issues, most notably prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.  

How is TWU--the largest state university for women in the United States--observing Men's Health Month?  The big ticket item is the Men’s Health November Q&A Lunch sponsored by Student Health Services.  Taking place on November 17, 2014, this lunch is open to any and all who have questions about men’s health issues who plan to eat that day.  RSVP by November 13 to ensure you get a plate.  For more information about this event make your way over to the Healthy TWU blog.

As far as officially-sanctioned university events, the Men's Health Q&A Lunch is the only Men's Health Month item on the agenda.  Unofficially, you might notice the men in the Blagg-Huey Library (on the Denton campus) looking a little hairier in November.  A few of us are participating wholeheartedly in No Shave November, growing out our beards for 30 days and (hopefully) in the process raising awareness of men's health issues.  At the end of the month the TWU community will be asked to vote for the most epic beard in the library, so watch for updates on the Blagg-Huey Beard Off (catchy, right?).

We Mustache You a Question, But We'll Shave It For 
Later.  Jason Mims, Stacks Manager at the Blagg-Huey Library 
on the Denton campus, will be observing No Shave November by
participating with colleagues in the Blagg-Huey Beard Off to raise 
awareness of men's health issues, including prostate and testicular 
cancer.  The TWU community will be asked to vote at the end of the 
month for the "most epic beard in the library."  Photograph by 
Kristin Wolski.  
Fun aside, there is a serious aspect to all the beard-growing and mustache-wearing this month.  No Shave November has become an international event aimed at "growing" awareness of men's health issues by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free.  Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would  usually spend on shaving and grooming for education about cancer prevention, saving lives, and aiding those fighting a men's health battle.  No Shave November   

Movember, started in Australia in 1999, is observed by growing a mustache and donating for prostate cancer and depression research (fun fact:  mo is Australian slang for mustache).  Movember and No Shave November, while both fun, were designed primarily to help those suffering from cancer and other illnesses, and to encourage related awareness, education and research.  We mustache you--how about that for a worthy cause?  To participate, just stop shaving (that goes for all you guys and gals.)  If you feel like donating money or time, follow the Movember or No Shave November links provided above.    

Men’s health issues affect all of us, not just men (in the same way that women’s health issues affect all of us, not just women.) Whether you’re growing one gnarly beard or walking several gnarly miles, awareness of cancer (and other health issues) is a worthy goal all Pioneers can share.   If you choose to participate--just get growing.

Alright, T Dub, that’s it for this one.  Catch you on the other side of Movember.

~Jason Mims

Friday, November 7, 2014

Professor's Corner: The Arabian Nights in Contemporary Culture

The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, is just around the . . . corner.  Join us on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 for Scheherazade's Charms: The Arabian Nights in Contemporary Culture.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free and open to all.  


Scheherazade’s Charms: The Arabian Nights in Contemporary Culture


The frame-tale collection of stories known as The Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights, has been one of the most popular and most frequently-adapted texts of world literature for three centuries.  Since its introduction in the West through the 18th-century translations of Antoine Galland, this medieval collection of ancient Arabic, Persian, Egyptian and Indian tales has captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide.  What makes this text so compelling, especially to modern readers?  This Professor’s Corner session will explore retellings of The Arabian Nights--including the Disney film Aladdin; the graphic novel series Fables; and contemporary novels from Egypt, Algeria and the U.S.--alongside the original in order to understand what continues to draw us to these stories. We’ll also discuss what makes the storyteller Scheherazade such a great role model.  A brief suggested reading, including the frame tale of Scheherazade and King Sharyar, and the story of the Trader and the Jinni, is available here.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  A MapQuest map and directions are available here.)

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

This session's presenter is Dr. Gretchen Busl, Assistant Professor of English at Texas Woman's University.    

Readings are available here.  Background of The Arabian Nights is available here.

The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library (; 940-349-8752.)

December 10, 2014:  Finding Fairies in Greek Myths (Dr. Chera Cole, Speaker)
January 14, 2015:  Beckett at Play (Dr. Patrick Bynane, Speaker)
February 11, 2015:  Fire in the Sky: The Frightful Appearance of Comets in Literature (Dr. Brian Fehler, Speaker)
March 11, 2015:  Shakespeare's King Lear in Adaptation (Dr. Ashley Bender, Speaker)
April 8, 2015:  The Legends of King Arthur (Dr. Matthew Brown, Speaker)
May 13, 2015:  It's Epic! Derek Walcott’s Omeros (Dr. Carl Smeller, Speaker)
Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University (; 940-898-2343)

Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.

~Dr. Stephen Souris