Event Video: Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future

The science of global warming has been known for nearly 150 years, and we are now starting to experience tangible impacts on the world’s climate. We humans perceive these changes as gradual, but compared to natural cycles, they are unprecedentedly rapid. Fossil fuel combustion is closely linked with the development of a modern industrial society, coinciding with rapid growth of global population. But the buildup of greenhouse gases is creating serious side effects that have now become crystal clear. These facts present humanity with a monumental challenge. We need to bring all of our technological and philosophical wisdom to bear if future generations are to inherit a manageable global system. This lecture will explain the basic science of climate change, our energy systems and technologies, the role of agriculture, and what kinds of things we must do to secure a brighter future. Special event part of our STEM series.

Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future featuring Rick Knight

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Event Video: No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities

Organizers from the Arab American Action Network and Organized Communities Against Deportation will join us to discuss President Trump’s issued executive orders targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims. In the face of these threats and uncertain times we will come together to unpack the implications of these executive orders and the strategies being implemented to protect members of our campus, families, and communities. This event is part of MVCC’s Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities

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Event Video: The Arab/Arab American Experience: Featuring Authors Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh

We welcome acclaimed writers Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh to Moraine Valley for this special event. Sahar Mustafah’s debut, prize-winning Code of the West is a short story collection that spans two continents and follows native Palestinian and Palestinian American characters as they navigate displacement and loss, while battling hatred and fear. Nevien Shaabneh is author of Secrets Under the Olive Tree which is a haunting, mesmerizing novel that touches on the depths of the human spirit and unbreakable bonds that transcend tragedy. It is a story about the power of hope, second chances, and faith in the midst of tribulation. This event is part of MVCC’s Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

The Arab/Arab American Experience: Featuring Authors Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh

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Event Video: GraFEETi, Growth, and Grief: Impact of an Author Friend

Erika Deiters started as a fan of Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal; then the author became the subject of her composition class; eventually Erika and Amy formed a friendship. They supported each other through their cancer diagnoses. Unfortunately, Amy did not survive.
This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series.

GraFEETi, Growth, and Grief: Impact of an Author Friend

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Event Video: Living Life on the Hyphen: Being a Bi-Racial, Caribbean-American Woman

Have you ever felt as though you don’t quite belong? As though you cannot be put into one particular box? If so, then this talk is for you. In this talk, Shanya Gray shares what it was like growing up bi-racial in the Caribbean and what it was like migrating to the United States and living in a culture that was foreign to her. Shanya also shares how she wrestled with not belonging and the process of ultimately becoming comfortable with who she is. Ultimately, in giving this talk, Shanya hopes to share valuable lessons learned from her life’s experiences that can be of encouragement to anyone who has wrestled with not belonging.

Living Life on the Hyphen: Identity & Belonging Amidst Being a Bi-Racial, Caribbean-American Woman

This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series.

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The Newspaper Headline Read, “This Was a House.” Keyword, “Was”

Jodi Marneris’ science teacher said it was near impossible for a tornado to hit the Chicago area. It wasn’t too long after that teacher was proven dead wrong. Jodi’s house was among the ruins of that day of devastation.
This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series.

The Newspaper Headline Read, “This Was a House.” Keyword, “Was”

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Event Video: Leadership and Law

Interested in pursuing a law degree, working in criminal justice or even one day becoming a judge? Check the video from this event. Officials shared stories from the courthouse based on perspectives of those working in law and law enforcement. Guests will included:

Colleen Hyland, Associate Judge, Fifth Municipal District, Cook County Circuit Court
Jerry Barrido, Public Defender, Felony Trial Division
Naheda Zayyad, Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division
Kathleen Lanahan, Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division
Sam Dajani, Detective, Tinley Park Police Department
Bajis Karim, Sergeant, Burbank Police Department

This event was organized by the Arab Student Union.

Leadership and Law: Careers in the Courts & Law Enforcement

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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.

 

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.”