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Women’s History Month at the Library

The Drexel Library and Post Learning Commons is helping the campus celebrate Women’s History Month in March. On March 2, we hosted a Campus Coffee Hour with the Women’s Center.

For the duration of the month, the Library is highlighting some of the work by women who teach, write, research, and publish on our campus in a display called “Women@SJU Publish,” found on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons. Titles include works of popular fiction, histories, and research studies by our faculty, and all are available to check out.

If you are interested in reading more about women and women’s issues, Catherine Collins, one of our reference librarians, also compiled a recommended reading list which you can access here:
Women’s History Month Reading List.


Glimpses: St. Joseph’s College During the Vietnam War Exhibit

Filmmaker Ken Burn’s recent documentary series on PBS The Vietnam War: An Intimate History brought the viewer back in time over 50 years to examine one of the most controversial periods in the United States during the 20th Century.   The Vietnam War played out on the world stage, but the program made clear local connections to people from communities across America and the hamlets of the former North and South Vietnam.  Saint Joseph’s College had its own links to the conflict, too.  In a new three-part exhibition, the Archives and Special explores some them through the camera lens of a young graduate, newspaper articles from the campus and the efforts of two alums and students to assist Vietnamese orphans.

Vietnam in Retrospect: Photographs 1969-1970 By Richard Zanoni ‘67

United States Army sergeant Richard Zanoni ’67 used his new hobby of photography to record daily life in Can Tho on the Mekong River Delta of South Vietnam during his tour of duty.  Some of his 35 mm film images captured a different side of the war, than what many Americans saw back home on television, with children at play, a barber cutting hair, a woman selling her goods in the marketplace and Buddhist monks.  However, others remind you that the war was ever present.  One shows a smiling Vietnamese boy carrying his younger brother, who had lost his leg and another, a little girl eating rice from a discarded beer can.  What happened to the people in his photographs is something that Sergeant Zanoni has often thought about since the war.

Fifty Years On:  The Vietnam War on Campus

Saint Joseph’s was not unlike many other college campuses in the country during the Vietnam War.  There was early support from the student body favoring continued participation in the war.  Faculty members held “scholarly discussions” on the merits of the conflict.  There were peace vigils and protests.  Guest speakers also appeared before student audiences.

This part of the exhibition draws heavily on articles from The Hawk student newspaper that can be found in The Hawk Digital Archive 1930-2015 .  It is a sampling of materials and not intended to be a comprehensive history of the events that took place on campus during the Vietnam War.  Perhaps, the Archives will hear from some of the “Golden Hawks” about their personal experiences.

Humanity in a Time of War: “Project Vietnam” Lends a Helping Hand to the
Stella Maris Orphanage

Lieutenant James L. Tobin ‘64 and Captain Edward Essl ’55 of the United States Air Force met a group of Vietnamese nuns struggling to run the Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Orphanage near Da Nang, South Vietnam in 1966.  Lt. Tobin wrote to Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Boyle of the Saint Joseph’s College Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program requesting assistance from the College to aid the children. By the spring of 1967 “Project Vietnam” had been organized by the students to help solicit funds in order to build a hospital wing for the orphanage.  Through car washes, collection canisters and social mixers $1,540.00 was raised and presented to Sister Angela of the orphanage.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of the Spring Semester in the Gerard Manley Hopkins Special Collections area on the 3rd floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons.  A reception will be held there on Thursday, March 22nd at 3 P.M.  Richard Zanoni will be there to speak about his photographs.

Thank you to the Saint Joseph’s University Office of Veterans Services for their assistance with Vietnam in Retrospect.

How to Avoid Common Mistakes People Make with Insurance (Brown Bag Lunch Talk)

Visiting Professor Todd Erkis in the Finance Department will discuss his recently published consumer self-help book, What Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know: An Insider Shows You How to Win at Insurance, and answer questions.

Todd is the former Chief Actuary of Lincoln Financial and worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years prior to teaching full time at SJU.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. It is also available through Amazon.

Tuesday, November 7 noon -1 p.m.
Wachterhauser Seminar Room

(2nd floor, Post Learning Commons)
Bring your lunch. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library and the Administrative Staff Council.

Please rsvp here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Take a break on Monday, August 21 and join us outside the Post Academic Center to view the upcoming solar eclipse. From 2:00 – 3:00pm, the Library will have special viewing glasses and moon pies to help you enjoy the eclipse. The Physics Department will provide information on the eclipse as well as a device to view sun spots.

While Philadelphia is not in the path of totality, there will be a partial eclipse visible. The eclipse will last from 1:20 p.m. to 4 p.m., reaching maximum coverage at 2:44 p.m. Other parts of the country, like Columbia, South Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee will experience a complete eclipse.

For more information, please contact Anne Krakow,

Finals Week in the PLC and Drexel Library

During Finals Week, there will be an assortment of activities and snacks available to students with the intention of minimizing stress
and strengthening well-being. Some of these will be Library
initiatives while others are student-generated and/or developed through a partnership between the Library and another department.
The following list is just some of what is being offered.

Tuesday, December  13th
24 Hours
Free earbuds and earplugs*

finals_fall2016Wednesday, December 14th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Thursday, December 15th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
5:00-6:00 PM 
Stress-busters and snacks in the Atrium with Adult Student Life
9:00-11:00 PM
Massages in the Atrium

Friday, December 16th
24 Hours
Legos and coloring in the Cafe
Healthy snacks
Free earbuds and earplugs
2:00-4:00 PM
Pop-up Park in the Cafe with Student Life

Saturday, December 17th
Open until 12 midnight, reopens Sunday at 9:00 AM

Free earbuds and earplugs

Sunday, December 18th
Opens at 9:00 AM, continuing 24 hours until Tues., December 20th when we close at 9:00 PM

Free earbuds and earplugs

* Earbuds and earplugs are available on request unless supply runs out

Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge

Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge
Currently on Exhibit
Post Learning Commons 3rd Floor


Curated by the Civic Museums of Pavia and presented in partnership with the municipality of Pavia and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, this exhibit presents photographs of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century by six Italian photographers, Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari , Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli.

Founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Ticino River, Pavia was a center of art and culture for centuries. Several times capital city during the Middle Ages (8th – 13th century), Pavia preserves many historical and material traces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, including the massive walls that encircle it, splendid churches with richly sculpted façades (San Michele, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro), and the lofty towers that overlook the palazzi and populate the city skyline. The Visconti family took control of the city in the mid-1300s and built an elegant and richly decorated castle, the characteristic Covered Bridge over the Ticino, the majestic cathedral (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci) and the Certosa, a masterpiece of Renaissance art. The origins of the university—one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe– also date to that period (1361). World renowned literati and scientists taught here in the 18th and 19th centuries, from the physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery, to the poet Ugo Foscolo, the naturalist Lazzaro Splallanzani and the neurologist Camillo Golgi. For the beauty of its monuments and the wealth of its educational tradition, Pavia is known as the “City of Knowledge”.

Come Make Flashcards for Finals!

Flash Card Craft Night!colored_index_cards


A short presentation from an LRC tutor about study skills and flash cards, followed by free time to make your own flash cards for your Finals!


Wachterhauser Seminar Room, Post Learning Commons 2nd floor


December 9th, 7pm-9pm