Thank you to all of our students, staff, and faculty who came in to vote for our pumpkins! Your donations have helped raise over $500 for our student scholarship. The library staff is grateful for your generosity!
This year’s pumpkins were creative, thoughtful and great fun! We had 27 pumpkins from 13 departments, 11 students clubs/organizations, and 3 from individual students.
Congratulations to our 1st place pumpkin, “Wicked Witch” created by the Student Success Department.
Let’s be honest. We know the truth about the Library’s annual pumpkin contest. This is not about the best pumpkin. It is about your bank account. You want to win? It is easy. Buy votes.This contest has been going on for over a decade, and the winning pumpkin is always based on the student group, department, or individual who buys the most votes.
The proceeds go to our student scholarship. This is our primary fundraiser for the year, so come to the library and vote!
Voting ends Thursday October 26th at 9pm. Winners will be announced Friday, October 27th at 1pm.
Top Ten Trending Pumpkins as of Tuesday October 24th.
1. Pennywise CREATED BY Technical Services
2. MVCC Rock Solid CREATED BY Night Circulation Staff
3. Book Worm CREATED BY Library Reference Department
4. Wicked Witch CREATED BY Student Success
5. Dragon Ball Z CREATED BY Asian Diversity Club
6. You Can Too! CREATED BY Executive Offices
7. T.P. & Paper Towel Pumpkins CREATED BY Custodian Dept.
8. Disney Pixar “Up” CREATED BY Daytime Circulation Staff
9. The Witch With All the Answers CREATED BY Daytime Circ. Staff
10. Werewolf & Moonlit Forrest CREATED BY Leah Gibbons
Special Event: “Sex Signals” by Catharsis Productions Tuesday, October 24th, 11am-12:15pm, Moraine Rooms, Building M “Sex Signals is an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. Sex Signals enables audiences to identify intervention strategies and positively change the way they think, communicate and act by encouraging bystander intervention in all aspects of their life.”
This presentation will focuses on how 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is being used in industry including automotive, aerospace, and medical. We also discuss additive manufacturing processes, current technologies and future directions in 3D printing. This talk is part of our STEM series.
The video from our panel discussion on the Fourth Light Project is now available. Here is the event description:
“Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz presents a multimedia show unlike any other. This ground-breaking and immersive experience combines live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. At the center of The Fourth Light Project is the work of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the production. The group’s musical and personal heritage lies in the mysticism and allure of the East, but Niyaz was formed in California and one of their aims has long been to build a bridge between East and West – a sanctuary from a modern world of polarized ideologies.” Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.
This program addresses sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.
On gaming day at our 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium, we had a session on the classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons. In honor of this event, I want to pass along some nerdy D&D analysis from the 538 blog, “Is Your D&D Character Rare?” They have released a table of the the most popular races and classes in D&D. This is gaming data analysis on steroids. Check it out!
We are excited to share the video from this week’s STEM talk from computer scientist Ben Lenard. His talk focused on supercomputers at Argonne National Laboratory’s Leadership Computer Facility which help solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine.
Ben is responsible for overseeing the administration and improvement of database systems in the ALCF’s supercomputing environment. These databases are critical to many of the facility’s support services, including job scheduling, job accounting, and business intelligence. In 2016, Ben deployed the IBM Data Server Manager to help streamline database administration tasks. With this tool in place, Ben has a better idea of how the databases are being used, while developers have an improved method for identifying and addressing any performance issues with their queries. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ben has been strong advocate for the ALCF and for computer science, volunteering for events like the Hour of Code and Argonne’s public open house. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences at DePaul University. Prior to Argonne Ben worked in the financial services industry for 13 years as well as academia for 2 years.