Our first Campus Coffee Hour of the new year will feature our colleagues in the Office of Veterans Services.
February 1, 2019
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge
Representatives from the Veterans office will be on hand to answer questions about the many services and programs they offer.
Campus Coffee Hours are a great way to network on campus. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare will be available. Please join us!
During the Winter Break, the University introduced a new print management system. There will be a few initial changes outlined in the IT Department’s Knowledge Base.
All returning students and new students must swipe their HawkCards at a printer before printing for the first time this semester. Simply typing in your credentials may result in printing problems, so remember to SWIPE not TYPE.
If you run into any problems, let us know!
Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
New All-Gender Restroom in Library
The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library is pleased to announce the availability of an All-Gender restroom beginning January 14, 2019. Anyone can use this restroom regardless of gender identity or expression. The new restroom is located on the first floor of the Library building, replacing a women’s restroom. Single-gender restrooms are located throughout the Drexel Library and the Post Learning Commons.
The Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library strives to create an environment that is respectful, safe, and conducive to study.
For more information, please contact Anne Krakow, Library Director, email@example.com
Philadelphia has been called the birthplace of America’s Independence and a “city of firsts”. The first public park, permanent theater, hospital, school, and library were all established here. Far more than just architecture and institutions, Philadelphia is a city of human ideas and expression. It was here that the first treatise on the abolition of slavery was written and where people gathered to form the first philosophical society in America.
From early scientific invention, to politics, commerce, and the arts – people from all walks of life shaped what is now historic Philadelphia. Browse Historic Philadelphia…better yet, you can find these books on display on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
– Susan Clayton
This display curated by Susan Clayton, Circulation Services Manager.
Among the thousands of books released this year, only a handful were chosen by The New York Times to appear on the “100 Notable Books of 2018.” These exciting and interesting selections include various genres and discuss different issues and time periods. The Saint Joseph’s University Library has many of these titles available for check-out. To find these books in our catalog, take a look at the list below!
- An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
- The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
- The House of Broken Angels: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
- Lake Success : A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
- The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories by Denis Johnson
- The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
- The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
- There There by Tommy Orange
- Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
- Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
- The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French
- Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
- Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault
- Calypso by David Sedari
- Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
- Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing
- Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith
- The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
- God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
- We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler
- What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
– Elizabeth Angelucci ’19
Peruse the list and get that special someone a great holiday gift, find something for yourself, or simply use the list itself as a gift.
See Season’s Readings 2018 for this year’s list as well as links to all the previous years. Enjoy!
– Marian Courtney
Wednesday, 12/12 and Thursday, 12/13
Back again by popular demand! Jim Earley, nationally certified (NCTMB) sports massage specialist, will be giving 5-minute chair massages to help alleviate some of the stress of finals. Take a break and treat yourself!
LEGOS, Coloring, & Health Snacks
Wednesday, 12/12 through Friday, 12/14
Ongoing 24 hours in the PLC Cafe.
Free Earbuds and Earplugs — while supplies last!
Tuesday, 12/11 through Tuesday, 12/18
Available at the Main Service Desk of Drexel Library.
See Hours/Events for library hours during finals.
Remember: You can reserve a study room two weeks in advance! From Library website, click on “Spaces” and follow directions.
– Marian Courtney
If you missed coming in the Library a couple days last week, you were in for a treat by Friday’s end! Library staff and Grounds Crew were busy sorting, attaching, and decorating the various Christmas trees throughout the building. Do the lights match? Are the ornaments in the right places?
Several iterations of manger scenes appeared on Friday as well. There is one hanging at the Main Service Desk. Another is sprawled out across the top of the Atlas Case. This one has a starry backdrop and some twinkly lights.
There is a very special Christmas creche in front of the live evergreens in the Post Learning Commons Atrium. From the University Collection, it was created in the 20th century, but fashioned after the 18th century Neapolitan style. The particular figures of Mary and Joseph, the materials used to create them, as well as the coloring of their garments, is unique to this style.
Next time you are walking through the Atrium, take a few minutes to contemplate this exhibit, not only for its spiritual significance, but also for the fine craftsmanship that was employed. You will also find there a pamphlet with more information, put together by Carmen Croce, SJU Scholarly Press.
– Marian Courtney
As part of this Campus Coffee Hour, our colleagues on the Administrative Staff Council of SJU will be unveiling a Virtual Giving Tree. By going virtual, we hope it is easier for you to help those in need.
Members of the ASC will be on hand to answer questions you may have about the Giving Tree or general questions about their organization.
Friday, November 30th
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Post Learning Commons, 2nd Floor Lounge
Coffee, tea and light breakfast fare will be available as well as comfy seating and beautiful views.
Kick off the holiday season with us!
At 14,000 feet above sea level the light is different. It is brighter, clearer, warmer, more intense yet also more welcoming then the light those of us who live closer to sea level are used to experiencing. The less atmosphere between you and the sun the more direct your connection to the light source, and with thinner air there ends up being less between you and your subject. El Alto is a wonderful place for taking photographs.
But it is not just the lack of atmosphere that shapes these photographs, rather it is the energy supplied by the students, teachers, and parents. From the kids hanging out on a bench between classes, to the instructors interacting with their students, it was abundantly clear that the school was the center of the community.
Community was central to all of the Fe y Alegria schools we visited. Rather then treat education as a way to memorize information or take tests, in the schools we saw Fe y Alegria was carrying out education for the whole student. Whether that student was a five year old learning basic math or a returning adult student learning skills to pursue a better job, the schools were structured in a way to ask, “how can we do what is best for the whole student, how can we best serve the community?” Fe y Alegria schools often take as their mission to serve the poorest parts of society, seeing education as a means to improving life chances, but also recognizing that poverty itself is a serious barrier to education that requires extra steps to overcome. Education as pursuit of social justice.
These photographs capture various moments of education at Fe y Alegria schools. From the formally structured moments like music practice, and instructors working one on one with adult learners, to the informal moments between classes, what I saw, and hope to capture in these photographs was not just the importance of education to these communities but also a way of treating education that isn’t instrumentalist, focused on just getting you to the next step in life, but one that thinks carefully about what it means to help people develop and communities to thrive.
Note: These photographs were taken as part of a University sponsored partnership through the office of Faith and Mission to visit Fe y Alegria schools throughout Bolivia. In the spring of 2019 these schools will be sending a delegation here to Philadelphia and Saint Joseph’s University.
Associate Professor, Communications
Photos pictured are but a sampling of the full display, which can be viewed on the 2nd floor of the Post Learning Commons.
Take a few moments out of your busy day and come share in David’s experience.