April 2011

nota bene: the newsletter of the Bryan College Library
April  2011 Volume 3, Issue 7

In This Edition:

The English Department

What do a limerick contest, a "bomb scare," and a big slice of pizza have in common?

photo of English Department display

Usually, nothing. Now that we have your attention, though, all three of them do happen to be part of our latest Bring Your World Into Our World display (featuring the English Department). Stop by and you'll find some of the great work the department's students are producing (an audio project ["Bomb Scare"] by the Advance Creative Writing class, for instance) or the wonderful experiences they're gathering (Italy, anyone?) during their Bryan career. Take time to read the interviews with English professors who love the written word and want to instill in their students a sense of maintaining the integrity of the text, of reading well and writing well.

Last but not least: as part of the display, we have a limerick contest that ends April 22. Try your hand at writing one of these catchy little poems. We're giving out prizes for the funniest, wittiest use of language, and best Bryan College-related  limerick. 

Conversation with Arthur and Molly Rouner

by Connie Sanders

Dr. Arthur A. Rouner, Jr. will be on the Bryan campus on April 11-13th. He will be speaking in the Monday and Wednesday Chapel service. An afternoon reception, hosted by the Worldview Initiative, will be held in the Spoede Lounge of the Library at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th. This would be a great time to bring questions and to visit with Dr. Rouner and his wife.

Dr. Rouner and his wife, Molly, have a ministry of reconciliation in the African genocide countries of Rwanda and Burundi.

Fresh Perspectives in Research

Bryan College's inaugural undergraduate research conference is taking place Friday, April 15, on the 2nd floor of the library. Eighteen student representing a variety of disciplines will present their research. With topics such as conservation ethics, Signifyin(g) (a literary device used in African American discourse), a theology of leadership, Tsar Nicholas Romanov II, and zombie apocalypse literature with its counter-cultural social themes--not to mention three literary critiques given entirely in Spanish--this is an event you won't want to miss! schedule

The conference is hosted by the newly formed Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR), and it is sponsored by the Center for Origins Research (CORE), the Academic Support Center (ASC), the Library, and various faculty and alumni donors.

Evening of Readings:
Juvenile Literature

April 25 (Monday), 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us (and some little people!) as we explore some great children's books. Wear your jammies!

If you'd like to read a favorite children's book, let Keri-Lynn know by Wednesday, April 20.

What's New
in the Collection

Here are just a few of the many items we added last month:

Main Collection


Hitchens, Christopher. God is not great: How religion poisons everything. 200 H636g

Aquinas's shorter summa: St. Thomas Aquinas's own concise version of his Summa theologica. 230.2 Aq55a 
Sabin, Scott C. Tending to Eden: Environmental stewardship for God's people. 261.8 Sa135t 
Hammond, Peter. Slavery, terrorism & Islam: The historical roots and contemporary threat. 297.09 H184s
Mangold, Tom. Plague wars: The terrifying reality of biological warfare. 358.38 M314p
Johnson, Abby. Unplanned: The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line. 363.46092 J630u
Jaeger, Werner Wilhelm. Paideia: The ideals of Greek culture. 370.938 J175p, V. 1-3
Wanliss, James. Resisting the green dragon: Dominion, not death. 363.7 W188r
Skloot, Rebecca. The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. 616 Sk45i
Arndt, Michael D. Little Miss Sunshine: The shooting script. 791.43 Ar616L
Kaufman, Charlie. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind: The shooting script. 791.43 K162e
Morris, Ian. Why the West rules--for now: The patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future. 909.09821 M831w
Cornwall Alliance. Resisting the green dragon. AV 363.7 R311


Closed for Easter Holiday
The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, and will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25.

Mrs. Polly Revis, Mrs. Connie Sanders, and Mrs. Stephanie Wood were trained on the CoLibri book preservation system this past month.

Mrs. Keri-Lynn Paulson attended "Giving Undergraduate Research a Worldwide Voice: Institutional Repositories as Publishers" on March 15 at Kennesaw State University. 

BC Yearbooks Online: The library now has free online access to Bryan College yearbooks and other materials produced by the college.

"No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it."
- Hal Borland





March seemed to come in like a lamb and out like a lion just to be contrary this year. In any case, there will still be plenty going with the library regardless of the weather. April 10-16 is National Library Week, which we will celebrate with daily trivia questions for entries into a prize drawing on that Friday. Also that week is Fresh Perspectives: the First Annual Bryan College Undergraduate Research Conference which the library has been pleased to support. The final week in April starts with our final Evening of Readings and is also National Preservation Week (something near and dear to our Archivist, Stephanie Wood). Finally with the students gone, the second week in May will be our Great Weeding Project, which you will no doubt be hearing more about in the weeks to come.

While you are waiting for things to slow down for summer, take a few minutes to smell the roses, and notice the displays in the library. Our current “Bring Your World into Our World” display features the English department, and you can deepen your knowledge of Bryan’s heritage with items on display in the two entryways and a tall display case in the upstairs study area sporting items “From the Archives.” Besides, everyone knows the view from the 2nd floor is worth the trip by itself.

One last thing: we could use your final picks of the school year for additions to the collection. We hope to be wrapping up our ordering soon, so let us know what you see as needs for your area, especially if you have not done so in awhile. We try to keep a well-rounded collection, but that is difficult if everyone does not make sure their area is well represented with requests.

-Dr. Gary Fitsimmons
© 2011 Bryan College Library
Please direct your comments or questions to
Dr. Gary Fitsimmons (Library Director) or Keri-Lynn Paulson (editor)


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