Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Welcome Mat Is Always Out at the Denton Campus Library

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU was pleased to welcome the Mature Members
of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony for a tour of our beautiful building.  Standing L-R:  Bruce
Robert Branch, Virginia Delph, Deborah Gardner, LaMargo Branch, Jeanette Yarbro, Mary Adams, 

Trudy Driver, Ruth Skillens, Margaret Dyer, Betty Calhoun.  Seated/kneeling L-R: Joyce Watkins, Marie 
Gibson, Edwina Nicholson.  February 22, 2014.  Technical assistance with photograph provided by Kristin 
Every once in a while, if we’re lucky, we are reminded of the treasures in our midst.  This sentiment was illustrated in a most convivial way by a group's recent visit to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

The Mature Members Ministry of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, including Blagg-Huey Library staff member LaMargo Branch and her husband Robert, took a leisurely tour of the library on a recent Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A view of the library through their eyes reminds us that although the library's mission centers on education at TWU, we also heartily welcome--and have much to offer--guests to our beautiful building.

The church members carefully perused the library, appreciating holdings and exhibits on three of its four floors (the Garden Level, home to the TWU Libraries' Children's Collection, was not part of their visit.)  A highlight for many was an exhibit featuring numerous pieces from LaMargo’s extensive African artifact collection, a passion she has been pursuing for over 25 years.  Featured in the Denton Record Chronicle and on the TWU website, LaMargo's impressive private collection is one she regularly and generously shares with library patrons and guests.  LaMargo, whose family's roots are in The Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa, works in the library's Interlibrary Loan Department.  She has been a member of the TWU Libraries family since 2003.

As their tour continued, ministry members were also impressed with the Woman's Collection on the library's second floor, particularly the WASP and their history.  Some group members hadn't realized before their visit that a Woman's Airforce Service Pilots program had existed, and were fascinated to learn that
at the height of World War II more than a thousand women left homes and jobs to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military.  The group was able to view artwork commemorating these brave women, and particularly admired the life-size bronze by artist Jewel Pfeifer Estes honoring their service.

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU invites you and your group to visit during library hours.  You may find our Visiting the Libraries page helpful.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the building (find a library tour guide here or near the Information Desk on the first floor) and enjoy the rotating library exhibits.  Comfortable seating, a balcony and vending machines await you on the first floor; the Woman's Collection, a preeminent research center on women's history, is housed on the second floor; current periodicals and a quiet area can be found on the third floor; a rich variety of artwork in various mediums is displayed throughout the building--and this is but a portion of the library's offerings.  For assistance before or during your visit, please do not hesitate to contact the library's Information Desk in person (to your right as you enter the building) or by phone (940-898-3701).  A library staff member will be happy to help you.

We hope you will join us and enjoy, as the members of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony did, the many treasures to be found at the Blagg-Huey Library.

The welcome mat is always out.

~Sandy Cochran

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What The Best College Teachers and Students Do: Dr. Ken Bain to Speak at TWU

Dr. Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard
University Press, 2004) and
What the Best College Students Do 

(Harvard University Press, 2012), is scheduled to speak on the 

Denton campus of TWU on Friday, March 21, 2014.
One date.  Two free sessions.  If you're interested in what the best college teachers and students do, mark your calendar for Friday, March 21, 2014, when distinguished academic and renowned author Dr. Ken Bain will be the featured speaker at two sessions of the 2014 Academic Success Lecture on the Denton campus of Texas Woman's University.

Dr. Bain, author of the now-classic What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004) and its sequel, the international bestseller What the Best College Students Do (Harvard University Press, 2012), will gear each session's remarks toward a specific segment of the TWU community (the morning session will focus on teaching and learning; the afternoon session will center on students and will include a discussion of What the Best College Students Do.) The registration deadline for the morning session is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  No registration is necessary for the afternoon session.


1)  Teaching and Learning Session

Open to all TWU 
administrators, faculty, staff, graduate teaching assistants and adjuncts.

Friday, March 21, 2014
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Available at TWU Denton (ACT 301); Dallas (IHSD 3510); and Houston (IHSH 3115)
Register here (the registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014)

2)  Student Session
All students on the TWU Denton campus are invited to attend.  A discussion with Dr. Bain of his book What the Best College Students Do.  Students will have an opportunity to meet Dr. Bain at a reception after his presentation.

Friday, March 21, 2014
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Available at TWU Denton only (CFO 202)
No registration required

Dr. Ken Bain
Dr. Ken Bain is President of the Best Teachers Institute and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of History and Urban Education, at the University of the District of Columbia.  Read more about Dr. Bain here.

What the Best College Teachers Do
 by Dr. Ken Bain won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for Outstanding Book on Education and Society and is widely acclaimed as a compilation of best practices for university teaching.  It has been used as a text by several TWU professors in preparing doctoral students for their academic teaching roles. Translated into 12 languages, it has been one of the top-selling books on higher education and was the subject of an award-winning television documentary series in 2007. Online access to the full text of the book is available through TWU Libraries here.  It is also available in print at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

What the Best College Students Do by Dr. Ken Bain won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize in 2012 and has become an international bestseller.  It has been translated into Korean and Spanish; other editions are forthcoming.  It is available in print at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.

The 2014 Academic Success Lecture is hosted by the Office of Teaching & Learning with Technology (TLT) at Texas Woman's University.  For more information, contact TLT  at 940-898-3409 or visit their website.

~Sandy Cochran

Weekend Update: Libraries Closed Saturday, March 15th

As Spring Break 2014 draws to a close, please remember that the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas, and the ARC in Houston, will be closed on Saturday, March 15th.

The Denton campus library will reopen on Sunday, March 16th at 2 p.m.  The Dallas Center Library and the Houston ARC will reopen on Monday, March 17th.  For more information please consult the libraries' Hours & Directions page.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Professor's Corner: Nobel Laureate Mo Yan's Short Stories

Mo Yan (2008) is the subject of the next session
Professor's Corner on Wednesday, March 12th,
2014 at the 
South Branch of the Denton Public
Library.  Image courtesy 
of Wikipedia.
The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, March 12th. All are invited.

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s Short Stories

Mo Yan, China’s most critically-acclaimed contemporary author, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012.

Growing up in extreme poverty in a peasant family in Shangdong province, Mo Yan received only an elementary school education.  In the preface to Shifu, You'll Do Anything For A Laugh, his collection of short stories, he writes that hunger and loneliness were his storytelling muses.  Mo Yan (a pen name which means “don’t speak") writes what he knows best—human suffering and social injustice.

Mo Yan is well known for such daring novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this session of Professor’s Corner, we will survey three of his short stories—“Soaring,” “Shen Garden,” and “Abandoned Child”—to examine how he combines satire, the supernatural, and the mundane to offer social critiques in an art form.

Wednesday, March 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.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

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

This session's presenter is Dr. Lei Zhang of Texas Woman's University.  Dr. Zhang earned her doctorate at TWU, where she now teaches.  Her dissertation is titled “Old Adversaries, New Understanding: A Rhetorical Analysis of Chinese and American Narrative Templates.”  Dr. Zhang has presented previously at Professor’s Corner.

Mo Yan (Wikipedia)

Shifu, You'll Do Anything For A Laugh by Mo Yan

This session is part of the free series entitled Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group, the purpose of which is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors 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.

Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University;; 940-898-2343

April 9, 2014    
The workshop of the poet (Dr. Haj Ross)
May 14, 2014     Contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative (Dr. Gretchen Busl)
June 11, 2014     
Poems by Thomas Gray (Dr. Ashley Bender)
Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled 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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Weekend Update: Libraries Closed / Remember to Spring Forward

The TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas will be closed this weekend, March 8th and 9th, 2014.  Please check the calendars for the TWU Libraries in Denton and Dallas and the ARC in Houston for Spring Break hours and resumption of regular Spring schedules.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:oo a.m. on Sunday, March 9th.  Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour.

~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, March 4, 2014