2017 Pumpkin Contest Winners: Who Coughed Up Enough Cash to Win?

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.

1st Place: Wicked Witch created by Student Success
1st Place: Wicked Witch created by Student Success with 529 votes.






2nd Place: MVCC Rock Solid Created by Library Night Circulation Staff & Mr. Val
2nd Place: MVCC Rock Solid Created by Library Night Circulation Staff & Mr. Val with 393 votes.







3rd Place: Book Worm
3rd Place: Book Worm created by Library Reference Department with 220 votes.


27 Seasons of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting Free Online

Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting has become a pop culture icon reaching cult status. Open Culture reports that 27 seasons of the Joy of Painting are availa

ble online. You can find these videos on the Bob Ross YouTube Channel.

You are NOT going to want to miss this one…

Bob Ross – Mountain Waterfall (Season 5 Episode 1)

Want your pumpkin to win? Go to the ATM!

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 

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.”

Industrial Applications of 3D Printing

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.

Industrial Applications of 3D Printing

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Event Video: Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences

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.

Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences

The audio of this discussion is available below:

This Made Me Laugh: Student Podcast

This Made Me Laugh is part of the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel podcast network hosted by the Library and Liberal Arts. This is where Moraine Valley students assign a favorite funny text (movie, show, stand-up, etc…) to their classmates and then they get together to talk about them. You can listen to recent episodes of This Made Me Laugh here. If you are interested in learning more about the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel visit our about us page. Students interested in participating in MVBC can contact the library (library@morainevalley.edu).

Here are share some links MVBC’s channels:

MVBC Home Page
Sound Cloud
YouTube Channel

Event Video: Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health #webelieveyou #consentissexy

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.

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Is Your D&D Character Rare?

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!

Event Video: Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

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.

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

The audio of this discussion is available below: