The Library Learning Commons is excited to welcome Director of the Office of Academic Success Thomas (Tom) Tylee. Tom started at Chadron State College on January 2nd and hit the ground running for the Spring semester. Tom comes to us from Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) in Scottsbluff, where he worked from 2012-2017.
The Director of the Office of Academic Success position encompasses the duties performed by the previous Learning Center Coordinator, as well as incorporating some new functions. The Office of Academic Success is now part of Academic Affairs, under the purview of Dean Jim Margetts.
The Office of Academic Success encompasses three main areas:
- The Learning Center, which will continue coordinating tutoring directly with departments, walk-in tutoring, writing assistants, supplemental instruction, and supervised study hall.
- Career and Academic Planning Services, which will still be staffed by Deena Kennell and Janet Hartman. The unit will continue to provide major exploration, career services, and internships.
- Academic Support and Intervention, which includes initiatives like Early Alert and Back on Track. While CSC has done these in the past, they fall under the same umbrella now. New initiatives will be to conduct workshops to help students build success skills and to develop ways to support advising efforts.
Tom is excited about the opportunity to create a campus-wide impact, drawing on many of the skills he’s honed in his career. Tom’s first teaching job was at the tender age of 16, when he spent his junior year of high school in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. In the evenings, he taught English to people ranging in ages from 4 to 68. After that first teaching experience, he spent time doing many odd jobs – he made bicycle helmets, wrangled horses in Wyoming, and did a tourism survey of Idaho. While attending classes to be a commercial pilot, he worked as an English tutor. He quickly found he enjoyed English more than aviation, and decided to change his career goals to be an English teacher. Most of Tom’s experience in the classroom has been as a Transitional Studies Faculty member, teaching developmental writing. He has also spent a fair amount of years working in Writing Centers. At WNCC, his main focuses were in advising and international recruitment and retention.
Tom sees persistence and completion as his two main areas of focus for this year. He understands the struggles many students face, having failed his first semester and nearly dropping out of college. He readily admits that he didn’t like college until he had a reason to be there, and he knows firsthand the importance of motivation and interest – both self-directed and from the classroom.
If you’d like to discuss any academic success initiatives with Tom, his office is in The Learning Center on the main floor of the LLC. And he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-432-6381.
Mary Clai Jones is an Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Chadron State College. The title of her talk is Corelli’s Designing Fictions: Fashioning the Woman of Genius. Marie Corelli was one of Britain’s most popular novelists. Her celebrity, paired with late 19th century technological advancements, launched her onto the public stage; and, her role as an outspoken woman writer within the male dominated literary world, made her a controversial figure. Jones’s presentation will explore the ways in which Marie Corelli’s fiction examines and reimagines gender biases within the masculine space of the published world.
Other Spring 2018 Graves Lecture Series speakers include:
April 10 Mary Donahue
April 17 Dr. Tom Smith and Dr. Deane Tucker
Mary Donahue is a professor of Art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. As a teacher and practitioner of art and graphic design, she is interested in the human story and how it is portrayed. Donahue went undercover as an “extra” in the Coen Brothers’ first TV/Netflix series, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” set to air in 2018. During her time as an “extra,” she had an eye-witness account of the process of professional movie-making and the human story behind the production. The title of her presentation is On the Trail of the Oscar-Winning Filmmakers, the Coen Brothers…in the Nebraska Panhandle.”
Tom Smith and Deane Tucker will wrap up the series with a discussion on the challenges Cuba has faced since the 1959 revolution, including the recent death of Fidel Castro. During the lecture, Smith and Tucker will analyze some of the changes and continuities that have occurred since the revolution; they will also reference the present conditions as well as possible future paths. The title of their talk is Cuba: Change and Continuity.
The presentations begin at 7pm, and beginning this semester, all presentations will be held in the Sandoz Center Atrium (rather than Library Room 111).
Our New Year’s resolution was to get rid of some old stuff and bring in some new stuff. This was recently applied to the Rotating Collection. There were 68 titles that were selected by faculty and staff in 2016 that we needed to make decisions about whether to keep them or return them. With the input of all our selectors (and a little nudge from circulation statistics), we decided to keep twenty-eight titles for our permanent collection. These “new” titles are listed below.
Heroes of the Frontier: A Novel by Dave Eggers
Imagine Me Gone: A Novel by Adam Haslett
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The Hike by Drew Magary
I Will Send Rain: A Novel by Rae Meadows
Damaged: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline
Vinegar Girl: The Taming of the Shrew Retold by Anne Taylor
Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online by Mary Aiken (155.9 Ai42c)
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth (158.1 D858g)
A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Mother Teresa (234.5 T272c)
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (302.3 J954t)
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that will Shape our Future by Kevin Kelly (303.483 K297i)
The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future by Frank Browning (305.3 B821f)
White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (305.50973 Is2w)
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (355.070973 R53g)
The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind’s Gravest Dangers by Ali S. Khan (362.1 K527 n)
A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age by Greg Jenner (395.09 J432m)
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky (509.252 Ig5w)
Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical by Brian Clegg (510 C587a)
The Glass Universe: How Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel (522.19744409252 So12g)
Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Human Fossils by Lydia Pyne (569.9 P995s)
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass by Peter Brannen (576.84 B735e)
This is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate our Behavior and Shape Society by Kathleen McAuliffe (612.8 M119t)
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich (616.85 D639p)
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson (808.51 An23t)
But What if We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as if it were the Past by Chuck Klosterman (909.8312 K697b)
The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan by J. Kael Weston (956.7044 W528m)
The LLC is excited to have two temporary, part-time employees join our staff. Because of a budget freeze, we are currently unable to hire a new Electronics Resources Librarian. In order to maintain library services until the position is filled, some assistance was required.
Whitney Hensley started at the library on November 6th. She has been busy assisting the librarians with projects, including maintaining the periodicals, compiling statistics, maintaining catalog records, and planning for History Day.
Whitney graduated from Chadron State with a BA in History, minor in Museum Studies. She also studied photography for a year and a half in London. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, reading, and travelling, as evidenced by the fact that she’s been to three continents and 16 countries. The other members of the LLC are definitely a little jealous she took a road trip to a warmer climate over the Winter Break – a road trip to the South, with stops in St. Augustine, FL, Savannah, GA, and Athens, GA. She really enjoys going to art galleries, museums, and looking at architecture, so she always stops to explore these sites during her travels.
Nathaniel Doherty started December 5th. His primary duties have been working in the Richards Media Lab and compiling database usage statistics.
Nate is currently a graduate student in American Literature, pursuing his PhD from Stony Brook University. He has a Master’s in American Literature from University of Ireland, located in Dublin. When not working on his dissertation, he enjoys reading and playing games, particularly social and role playing games. He is enjoying exploring virtual worlds in the media lab. As an educator, he is very excited about the pedagogical potential of virtual reality.
FYI – the questions in the newsletter were tricks. Both Nate and Whitney studied across the pond, in Ireland and England, respectively. And, they’ve both been to three continents (Nate – North America, Europe, and Asia; Whitney – North America, Europe, and Africa).
The Fall 2017 Graves Lecture Series opened on Tuesday, October 10th featuring Family and Consumer Science Faculty – Dr. Josh Ellis, Dr. Kim Madsen, and Dr. Yvonne Moody. The title of their talk was Wellness across the Lifespan. A few of the topics that were discussed include:
- High-impact practices.
- The FCS partnership with the Panhandle Public Health Wellness Council.
- Models and strategies to promote worksite wellness.
- Emotional wellness.
On Tuesday, October 24, Dr. Kim Cox explored the question “What’s in a Hand?” She enlightened the audience on the sense of touch and how she believes that during the 18th and 19th century, touching hands did not merely signify communication for British writers. Instead, it was a form of communication that writers invoked as a means of acknowledging and commenting on the material conditions of gender and also the politics of sexual expression that otherwise went unspoken during that period.
Dr. Michael Stephens and Dr. Jim Margetts wrapped up the Fall Series on November 14th in the Sandoz Atrium. Dr. Stephens discussed the influences and approaches he utilized in his work that was commissioned by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association – Relics and Remnants. The presentation concluded with a performance by the composer (Stephens) on the soprano saxophone and Dr. Jim Margetts on the piano.
The Spring 2018 Grave Lecture Series dates have not been confirmed, but will most likely commence in late February. There will be, however, one change – the location. This spring we will be holding all presentations in the Sandoz Atrium. Keep posted for the upcoming speakers and dates!
Vince and Cindy were finally able to take a second honeymoon and decided to go to the Wild Mediterranean. Vince said that Cindy really deserved it because of her Five-Carat Soul and the fact that her Courage is Contagious.
The first day they were just wandering around enjoying the sights when Before You Know It they found themselves at a lecture about Improbable Destinies, The Origins of Creativity, and Signs of Hope all leading up to the question of Why Buddhism is True. The auditorium was packed with scholars, historians, artists and ordinary people just like Cindy and Vince.
On their second day, at the Ninth Hour, Cindy and Vince met their new friends Grant, Stanton, Leonardo da Vinci, the Secret Sisterhood, the Blood Brothers, and Mr. Dickens and his (friend) Carol. They all made a Return to Woodbury Park on their way to Darwin’s Backyard. When they arrived they found Freud talking to The American Wolf about What it’s Like to be a Dog. The wolf said, “Go look it up in The Asshole Survival Guide”. There was complete silence for a few seconds until Cindy said, “We’re Going to Need More Wine”.
We have received new titles for the Rotating Collection. Here is the complete list.
Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh
American Wolf: The True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt by Robert I. Sutton
Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do by John Bargh
Best American Short Stories, 2017
Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populists vs. the Establishment from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham
Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill by Deanne Stillman
Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing—Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card
Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-hop History by Chuck D.
Courage is Contagious: And Other Reasons to be Grateful for Michelle Obama by Nicholas Haramis
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn
Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years, No. 2 by Nelson Mandela & Mandla Langa
Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory by James T. Costa
Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty by Philip Jett
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver
Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee
End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale Bredesen
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language by Daniel Tammet
Everything is Awful: And Other Observations by Matt Bellassai
Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Fresh Complaint: Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides
Freud: The Making of an Illusion by Frederick Crews
Golden House by Salman Rushdie
Grant by Ron Chernow
Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain
Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead by Paul Vigna
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge
Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution by Jonathan B. Losos
In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
Modern Ethics in 64 Arguments: A Stone Reader by Peter Catapano & Simon Critchley
Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva
Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-yet Deported by E.J. Dionne, Jr., Norman Ornstein, & Thomas E. Mann
Origins of Creativity by Edward O. Wilson
Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles
Relive Box, and Other Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal
Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury, No. 8 by Robert Kirkman
Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon
Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf by Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney
Signs of Hope: Messages from Subway Therapy by Matthew Chavez
Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by Walter Stahr
Supreme Power: Seven Pivotal Supreme Court Decisions that had a Major Impact on America by Ted Stewart
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories that are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union
What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton
What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns
What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
Wild Mediterranean: The Age-Old, Science-New Plan for a Healthy Gut, with Food You Can Trust by Stella Metsovas
And the Library loves Sigma Tau Delta. The LLC was pleased to host the induction ceremony for the Nebraska Sigma Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta on Friday, November 3. Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society, so the club’s executive board thought the library would be the perfect venue for the event. And, they had an “in,” since club Vice President and Treasurer Stephanie Gardener has worked at the library for the past three years. Members of Sigma Tau Delta have been very active in both regional and national events over the past year. Stephanie has participated in many of these events, and she is the recipient of the LLC newsletter’s November student worker shoutout.
At the ceremony, three students were inducted, Jessica Hanks, Mary Anne Johnson, and Marqui Keim. Dr. Kimberly Cox served as Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Mary Clai Jones spoke on the “Magic of Harry Potter.” Numerous students participated in the ceremony. Historian Alyssa Ermish gave background on both the international organization and the local chapter. Vice President/Treasurer Stephanie Gardener, Secretary Zane Hesting, and Representative Member Regan Garey presented the inductees with their ceremonial pin and certificate. After the ceremony, the inductees, club members, and invited guests enjoyed sandwiches and cupcakes complete with toothpick book toppers designed by Dr. Cox.
Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony
Back row – Nalani Stewart, Rachel Mitchell, Dr. Kimberly Cox, Zane Hesting, Dr. Mary Clai Jones, Alyssa Ermish, and Stephanie Gardener
Front Row – Lydia Privett, Marqui Keim, Jessica Hanks, Mary Anne Johnson, and Regan Garey.
In March 2017, Dr. Cox, Stephanie, and fellow student Rachel Dowling travelled to the International Sigma Tau Delta Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, where both Stephanie and Rachel were on student panels. Rachel presented a fiction piece, entitled “Dear Mina.” Stephanie’s panel was focused on dark fiction, and she presented an original piece called, “Through the Closed Door,” a fiction piece inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Also at this conference, Stephanie was elected to a one-year term as Assistant Student Representative for the High Plains Region (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming).
The Chadron State chapter also had an excellent showing at the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference held in late October in Hays, Kansas. In fact, CSC had the most students presenting out of any of the colleges and universities in the High Plains Region. Chapter sponsors, Dr. Kimberly Cox and Dr. Steven Coughlin, accompanied seven students who had been chosen to present their original works. In the creative non-fiction category, Alyssa Ermish presented “A-sexual Awakening” and Stephanie Gardener recited “Voice.” Marqui Keim presented her critical essay “It’s My Life: Portia in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’” In the poetry category, Carlie Enns delivered “Happy Little Trees,” and Zane Hesting presented “Love’s Bramble.” Kaitlin Macke presented “Inheritance” and Jessica Hanks shared “Dressing Room” in the fiction category. CSC also had the opportunity to take over the social media accounts for the International Sigma Tau Delta organization for the entire weekend. Their road trip and tweets from the conference can be found here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/HPRconference17?src=hash
Another exciting project for Sigma Tau Delta members is Tenth Street Miscellany. Members of Sigma Tau Delta and other English majors have been active in reviving Tenth Street Miscellany and slightly changing its focus. Originally, the literary journal was launched as a platform for Chadron State students to share their creative works. It was expanded this year to open it up to all undergraduates in the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains region. The idea is to give the journal more reach and increased professionalism. Tenth Street Miscellany is totally student run, and the editorial board uses a blind submission process to evaluate submissions. They receive occasional input from advisors Dr. Steven Coughlin, Trudy Denham, and Markus Jones. No surprise that the journal is staffed by some familiar names. Alyssa Ermish and Stephanie Gardener are co-managing editors. Zane Hesting and Shaniya DeNaeyer are Assistant Editors. Kaitlin Macke is Art Editor. Categories in the journal include poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, art, and critical essay. The theme of the 2018 edition is “Find Your Voice.” You can follow their progress on twitter @10thStreetTweet, on Facebook @tenthstreetmisc, and on the web https://tenthstreetmiscellany.wordpress.com/
On November 2nd, in honor of National Cookie Monster Day, Project Strive TRiO hosted a cookie decorating contest for the students involved in the program. This event was held in the Project Strive TRiO area and approximately 21 students participated. The students decorated the cookies and then the cookies were judged by LLC staff – Deena Kennell, Shawn Hartman, Tamara Toomey, and Janet Hartman. First and second prizes were awarded for:
Winners received TRiO Bucks which is “fake” money that can be used to purchase a variety of items (Chadron State College apparel, movies, gift certificates, and much more) during the Strive Christmas Party or during their end of the year banquet. According to Jennifer Schaer, Project Strive Director, “The event was well received by the students and they all had a blast decorating the cookies. They were really thrilled when an unexpected visitor, the Cookie Monster (aka Pat Beu) stopped by.”
The Project Strive Staff hosts educational events throughout the year to help the students succeed while attending Chadron State College. The next scheduled Project Strive event is a FAFSA workshop. This will be held in LLC Room 106 on Tuesday, November 7th at 11 am and 5pm. This is offered not only for Project Strive students, but also for any CSC students that are interested in attending. Other events this year include:
- November 14 Kevin Hines “Cracked, Not Broken”
- November 15 Forensic Event
- November 28 FAFSA Day
- December 7 Home for the Holidays: Family Survival Skills
- December 12/13 Pet Therapy
Project Strive TRiO is located in Room 112 located on the lower level of the Library Learning Commons. If you are interested in participating and/or helping with any of the events or if you know of anyone interested in the program, contact Jennifer Schaer, Director via email at email@example.com or via phone at 308.432.6069.
Are you running around (the Internet) looking for those last minute gift ideas for family members? Can’t decide whether to give the light-up reindeer tie to Uncle Tom or Grandpa? Don’t remember if your cousin on your step-dad’s side of the family has 7 or 8 kids? Or is it 10 now? STOP! We have the answer for you. We have created the ultimate holiday shopping guide. We have recommended books for all ages from infants to adults.
Did I say books? Well what else are we going to recommend? Go ahead and have fun with this list. See how many books you have read from this list. You just might find something interesting to read.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea
Little Blue Truck (series) by Alice Schertle
Dinosaur Dance and Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton (she has written many board books)
No Matter What by Debi Gilori
If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
And some classics…
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Ages 3-8 – Classic Reads for Kids
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (and other Dr. Seuss titles)
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (and other Silverstein titles)
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (and other Dahl titles)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Eloise by Kay Thompson
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban (and other Hoban titles)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (and other Twain titles)
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Curious George (series) by H.A. Rey
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Ages 9-12 – Must Have Books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Serafina by Robert Beatty
Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Rachel Renee Russell
Mr. Lemoncello by Chris Grabenstein
The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Mistress of all Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy by Serena Valentino
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Teens – Must-Have Books That Teens Will Love
Queen of the Shadows by Sarah J Maas (and other Maas titles)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M, McManus
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
The Very Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Winter (Lunar Chronicles Series #4) by Marissa Meyer
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Otherworld by Jason Segel
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Alex and Aliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Girl Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Far From the Three by Robin Benway
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
All the Wind in The World by Samantha Mabry
The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies
Must Have Fiction
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
Origin by Dan Brown
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
Camino Island by John Grisham
Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
16th Seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown
The Little French Bistro by Nina George
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara
The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
4321: A Novel by Paul Auster
The Mistress by Danielle Steel
Must Have Non-Fiction
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Grant by Ron Chernow
Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The End of Alzheimer’s: The Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline by Dale Bredesen
Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition by Kate Hudson
Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Relentless: A Memoir by Julian Edelman
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur
Thrift by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to American Warriors by George W. Bush
Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin
It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice
The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith
Big History by Dorling Kindersley
Smithsonian Natural History by Dorling Kindersley
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith
If you visit the library reference desk between 1-4pm on Tuesday and Thursdays, you’ll be greeted by part-time staff member Eric Reitcheck. He is one of the many great part-time workers who help the library hum along. Eric has been with us since February, but this is not his first time working in the LLC. He also provided night-time reference assistance from December 2012-June 2013 before moving to Seattle. Upon returning to Chadron earlier this year, he accepted a position that was able to leverage the skills he learned in his undergraduate education. Eric graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a double major in theatre and broadcasting, and he is excited to utilize his skills at CSC. In his position, Eric splits his time between the library and working on projects for the Dean of Essential Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. As such, he wears many hats. He sets programming for the campus radio station, assists with scene shop construction, and coordinates the Memorial Hall acoustic shell. The radio station is arguably Eric’s task that has the furthest reach (KJZC 90.5 FM can be heard about 20 miles outside of town, in any direction… ). We recently had a discussion about the radio station. Below is a transcript:
How long have you been in charge of programming for the radio station?
I was brought on in February of this year, in order to get an understanding while Dr. Sandy Schaefer (radio station co-founder) was still here. After we moved the radio station from Old Admin to the Student Center in August, I took over programming.
What is the vision for the radio station?
My vision for the radio station is to be a voice for Chadron State College, a showcase of CSC talent much in the same way as athletics or performance. I want people to be able to hear what the students, faculty, staff, and citizens of Chadron are capable of producing. I want to be the source for one-of-a-kind programming that can only be produced here, for CSC, by CSC. I want the radio station to not only be entertaining, but also informative and educational – even if that isn’t the intention of the DJ.
Can you tell us a little about the format?
Our station operates 24/7 on the 90.5 FM frequency with the call sign KJZC, broadcasting a variety of hits from the last 60 years through what’s on the charts today. The station plays a wide selection of genres. In the space of one hour, the station has played The Beatles, Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Kesha, Foreigner, P!nk, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, The Killers, David Bowie, Selena Gomez, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bob Dylan, Kane Brown, and so much more. I had three rules that I set for the station once I took over programming. The first rule for the station was “if I liked it, and I could legally play it, I played it.” The second rule for the station was “it has to be a song that has been or would have been played at a college party over the last 60 years.” The third rule was “a song from the past 2 years or newer played no less than every third song” in order to keep the station fresh and geared towards our core audience: the students. I’ve since expanded the selection slightly, rotating songs that have been ranked as “the greatest songs ever written” in any genre, cycling those about 6 hours at random times during the day. But nights remain the same: a party soundtrack with a healthy mix of new and old hits, designed to please everyone at least half of the time, no matter the age or background. And if the station plays a song you don’t like, chances are the next song is something you do. We have even kept 30 hours of jazz music broadcast each week on the overnight hours, operating on the same playlist that station co-founder Sandy Schaefer programmed.
What are some things in the pipeline for the radio station?
Future projects for the radio station include online streaming, so people outside of the Chadron listening area can hear the station from their computer or smartphone. Additional programming ideas are themed radio shows, live broadcasting from college events, and interviews with people from around campus – both students and staff. One stand-out program that I am particularly excited about is the “DJ for A Day” program, in which students and faculty can choose the music for the station for one hour. I think it’s a great way for people to get involved with the radio station in a way they wouldn’t have expected, while also helping shape the direction of the station and exposing the listeners (as well as yours truly) to music we may not be familiar with.
Do you do any programming besides music?
Music isn’t the only type of programming we plan to do though. Anyone who wishes to produce shows with a sports, news, historical, or personal interest will be free to pitch a proposal for their show, granted that it falls within FCC standards and the CSC Code of Conduct.
How can people get involved?
If anyone is interested in performing or producing content for the station, I would urge them to contact either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Jim Margetts (email@example.com). And if anyone hasn’t yet heard the station yet, I would urge them to give it a listen, and give it at least 30 minutes. If you don’t hear a song you like, let me know, and we’ll get it worked out.