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Easter Break

Attention All On-Campus Students, Faculty and Staff!

This is just a reminder that there will be no classes on Saturday, March 30th or Monday, April 1st! The last day of class for Wednesday-Saturday students will be Wednesday, March 27th. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Shift students will meet for the first day of their next term on Tuesday, April 2nd. The campus and the library will continue to be open during regularly scheduled hours.

If you have any questions, please contact your administrators.

Enjoy your break!


March is National Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? “National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013)

The theme this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday”. For more information on National Nutrition Month, visit:


African American History Month: Bessie Coleman

African American History Month grew out of Negro History Week, which was established in February 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The original history week was in February to include both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s Birthdays. In 1976, the Nation’s Bicentennial, the celebration was extended to be a month-long. For more information on Black History Month visit  

Bessie Coleman

The First African-American Female Pilot

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Born on Jan. 26, 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in rural east Texas, one of 13 children in a family whose parents were both illiterate. Despite suffering many hardships as a child, she excelled in math and completed all grades. Coleman left Texas when she turned 18 and enrolled in the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Langston. After a semester, she decided to head to Chicago, where she moved in with a brother and fell in love with flying. Although she was rejected from every U.S. flight school she applied to, who discriminated against her as both a woman and African-American, Coleman refused to let the setbacks stop her.

With support from Chicago locals, Coleman headed to Paris in late 1920. On June 15, 1921, Coleman became the first African-American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot’s license, graduating from the famed Federation Aeronautique Internationale. In fact, she was the first American to be awarded this type of license, which permitted her to fly anywhere in the world.

When she returned to the U.S., Coleman utilized barnstorming to gain a foothold in the aviation world. In 1922, she appeared in her first American airshow, an event honoring veterans of the all black 369th Infantry Regiment of World War I. The show billed Coleman as “the world’s greatest woman flier,” and featured aerial displays by some of America’s top pilots.

Tragically, Bessie Coleman’s life was cut short on April 30, 1926, in Jacksonville, FL, where she was thrown from her plane as she was preparing for an event the next day. Though her dream of starting her own flight school wasn’t realized during her brief lifetime, she did inspire countless others to pursue their dreams of flying, opening the field up for both women and African Americans.


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Holiday Reading

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Hi students! Our winter break is coming up and while the campuses will be open, we won’t be having any classes from December 16th through January 6th! Why not take this opportunity to do some leisure reading over your holidays? You can come in and check books out on campus or you can read a variety of eBooks from the comfort of your home or local coffee shop!

Below are just a sampling of the eBooks that we have available through eBrary that might be a fun read over the break:

Andrews, S. E., & Bowis, D. (2008). 100 must-read books for men. London, GBR: A & C Black.

Baldick, C. (2005). Oxford English literary history, volume 10: The modern movement, 1910-1940. Oxford, GBR: Oxford University Press, UK.

Best of Shakespeare : Retellings of 10 classic plays. (1999). Cary, NC: Oxford University Press.

Bird, W. L. (2007). Holidays on display. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

Bloom, C. (2010). Gothic histories: The taste for terror, 1764 to the present. London, GBR: Continuum International Publishing.

Brock-Broido, L. (2004). Trouble in mind. Westminster, MD: Knopf Publishing Group.

Brottman, M. (2008). Solitary vice: Against reading. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press.

Burrows, S. (2008). Familiar strangeness: American fiction and the language of photography, 1839-1945. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Cather, W. (2004). Vintage Cather. Westminster, MD: Knopf Publishing Group.

Cohen, S. S. (2009). After the end of history: American fiction in the 1990s. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.

Collins, W. (2001). Haunted hotel. London, GBR: ElecBook.

Dostoevsky, F. (2005). Best stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky: Including ‘notes from the underground’. Westminster, MD: Ballantine Books.

Downing, J. (2005). Lost tribe. Canberra, AUS: Pandanus Books.

Eliot, T. S. (2006). T.S. Eliot: Selected poems. Westminster, MD: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated.

Elsey, G. M. (2005). Unplanned life: A memoir. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

Etzioni, A., & Bloom, J. (2004). We are what we celebrate: Understanding holidays and rituals. New York, NY: New York University Press (NYU Press).

Forster, E. M. (2000). Room with a view. East Rutherford, NJ: Viking Penguin.

Forward S. (Ed.). (2003). Dreams, visions and realities: An anthology of short stories by turn-of-the-century women writers. London, GBR: Continuum International Publishing.

Fries, K. (2003). Body, remember: A memoir. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Gewanter, D. (2009). War bird. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press.

Hamilton, E. (2010). Legends of the Chelsea hotel: Living with the artists and outlaws of New York’s rebel mecca. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Hawthorne, N. (2001). House of the seven gables. London, GBR: ElecBook.

Hawthorne, N. (2001). Scarlet letter. London, GBR: ElecBook.

Humphreys, G. J. (2004). Spiral: A novel. Westminster, MD: Knopf Publishing Group.

Jamison, D. (2007). Perishable: A memoir. Chicago, IL, USA: Chicago Review Press.

Jones, N. W. (2007). Gay and lesbian historical fiction. Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kadushin, R. (Ed.). (2005). Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin fiction. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Kaldas P., Mattawa K. (Eds.). (2009). Dinarzad’s children: An anthology of contemporary Arab American fiction. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.

Langton, J. (2009). Biker: Inside the notorious world of an outlaw motorcycle gang. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lessing, D. (2008). Stories. Westminster, MD: Everyman’s Library.

Liberman, A. (2009). Bibliography of English etymology: Sources and word list. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Macklin, R. (2004). War babies: A memoir. Canberra, AUS: Pandanus Books.

Marling, K. A. (2000). Merry christmas!: Celebrating America’s greatest holiday. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Martin, J. (2004). Modern dance. Hightstown, NJ: Princeton Book Company Publishers.

Martin, S. (2007). Possibility of music. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

McMahon, T. A. (2010). Phoenix fiction: Loving little Egypt: A novel. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Melville, H. (1981). Moby dick. Westminster, MD: Bantam Books.

Miller, G. (2009). Watch. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Mulholland, N. (2007). Psychology of Harry Potter: An unauthorized examination of the boy who lived. Dallas, TX: BenBella Books.

Nafisi, A. (2003). Reading Lolita in Tehran: A memoir in books. Westminster, MD: Random House, Incorporated.

Neve, B. (2008). Elia Kazan: The cinema of an American outsider. London, GBR: I.B.Tauris.

Plante, D. (2005). American ghosts: A memoir. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Richter, J. (2010). Threshold. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Roberts, A. (2009). Something has to happen next. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press.

Roskies, D. G. (2008). Yiddishlands: A memoir. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Sharma, R. (2010). Modern English literature. Jaipur, IND: ABD Publishers.

Sinclair, M. (2004). Creators. London, GBR: Continuum International Publishing.

Standiford, L. (2008). Man who invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits. Westminster, MD: Crown.

Treadway, J. (2010). Please come back to me. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Van Gelderen, E. (2006). History of the English language. Amsterdam, NLD: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Wilde, O. (1891). Canterville Ghost. London, GBR: ElecBook.

Wilde, O. (2001). Picture of Dorian Gray. East Rutherford, NJ: Viking Penguin.

Wilde, O. (2004). Importance of being earnest: And other plays. Westminster, MD: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group.

Winchell, M. R. (2006). Reinventing the south: Versions of a literary region. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

Zachter, M. (2007). Dough: A memoir. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Remember that you can also access hundreds of free eBooks through Project Gutenberg!

Questions? Contact your librarians!


Hello Students!

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, November 22nd. There are no classes on this day and all campuses will be closed in observation of the holiday. We hope you enjoy this time with your family and friends.

Additionally, there will be no classes on Friday or Saturday, November 23rd and 24th. However, the campuses and library will be open. Feel free to come in and use this time for research or studying!

Questions? Contact your librarians!

Reminder: Daylight Savings Time

Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00am. You’ll need to move your clock BACK one hour. This means we “gain” an hour this Sunday! What will you do with your extra hour?


You can’t turn on the TV or check your mail without getting some sort of campaign announcement about the upcoming election. All the commercials and fliers can be a bit annoying, but that shouldn’t distract us from how lucky we all are to have the right to vote in the United States today. That isn’t the case around the world and just a short time ago, that wasn’t true for every citizen here.

A brief history of the right to vote in the United States:

  • September 17, 1787. The Constitution of the United States of America was ratified. States retained full control of their electoral franchise. The Constitution prescribed no requirement for voters—merely linking the requirement for voters for the members of the House with those required for voting for members of the most numerous branch of the state legislature (Article I, section 2, paragraph i).
  • The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, ratified in 1868 and 1870, made illegal all attempts to prevent individuals from exercising their voting rights on the basis of race. However, these amendments were in practice ineffective because the people who controlled the local political systems created impediments such as literacy tests, residency requirements, and poll taxes to block citizens’ from voting.
  • On June 4, 1919, forty-one years after its initial introduction, the United States Congress voted approval on the Nineteenth Amendment: legalizing suffrage for women in the United States. During the following fourteen months, thirty-six state legislatures voted in favor of the amendment, leading to its acceptance on August 18, 1920.
  • The Twenty-fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution was enacted in July, 1964. This amendment sought to protect the right of U.S. citizens to vote by banning any poll or other voting tax.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Johnson in August, 1965. The act overcame some of the weaknesses in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It authorized federal voting examiners to register voters for federal and state elections, suspended literacy tests, banned the use of poll taxes, and provided limited federal approval of new state registration laws and voting statutes. Penalties were also established for those who sought to deny any person the right to vote.

One final reminder that every vote counts: During the 2000 presidential election, according to Zelden, “between the vice president, Albert Gore, Jr., and the Texas governor, George W. Bush, the two were separated by only some 200 votes—out of more than five million cast—in Florida, which held the decisive electoral college votes needed by each candidate to win the presidency. Al Gore had challenged the accuracy of the Florida vote totals, calling for selective hand recounts. George W. Bush defended these totals and challenged the validity of recounting votes by hand. Ultimately, the issues raised by the Florida recounts landed in the Supreme Court, which ruled by a 5-4 vote that Florida’s methods of recounting votes were so disorganized and diverse from county to county that they amounted to an unconstitutional violation of the equal protection clauses of the Constitution and of the Fourteenth Amendment. In addition, the ruling held that as the time allowed for counting votes had expired, the Florida recounts were finished and the candidate ahead at that time, George W. Bush, was the winner of the Florida vote—and hence became the forty-third president of the United States.” (2008).

You can cast your vote in the general election on November 6th. In addition to the Presidential election, this is also your chance to vote on many local and state politicians and on amendments or additions to local and state laws. For more information on voting in your area, visit


Allison, C. N. (1999). “Voting Rights Legislation.” The Sixties in America. Ed. Carl Singleton. 3 vols. Salem Press. Salem History Web.

Constitution. (2010). In Encyclopedia of American Studies. Retrieved from

Kanjirathinkal, M. J. (1999). “Civil Rights Act of 1960.” The Sixties in America. Salem Press. Salem History Web.

Maguire, E. J. (2006). “U.S. Constitution Is Adopted.” Great Events from History: The Eighteenth Century. Salem Press. Salem History Web.

Pallante, M. (2008). “Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Document Analysis.” Milestone Documents in American History. Schlager Group. Salem History Web.

Zelden, C. L. (2008). “Bush v. Gore: Document Analysis.” Milestone Documents in American History. Schlager Group. Salem History Web.