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:

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:

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:

Two Arab Heritage Month Events: Authors Reading & Immigrant Communities

We are happy to be hosting these upcoming Arab Heritage Month events.

The Arab/Arab American Experience: Author Conversation and Reading Featuring Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh
Tuesday, November 7th , 11am-12:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L?
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.

No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities
Wednesday, November 8th, 11am-12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L??
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.

Special Event: Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
This program will address 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.

Identity, Friendship, SWAT Teams, & Survival: 2017 TLC Talks

The TLC Talks feature staff, administrators and faculty from across the college, who are knowledgeable and passionate about intriguing subjects inspire us with ideas worth sharing. The event is free and open to the entire college community. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. For links to past TLC talks, visit: http://ctl.morainevalley.edu/special-programs/tlc-teaching-learning-community/

Here is the schedule of 2017 talks:

Wednesday, Nov 1st: 11am—11:50am

GraFEETi, Growth, and Grief: Impact of an Author Friend
by Erika Deiters

Erika 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.

Living Life on the Hyphen: Exploring My Identity and Belonging Amidst Being a Bi-Racial, Caribbean-American Woman
by Shanya Gray

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.

Wednesday, Nov 1st: 12pm—12:50pm

Running to the Sound of Gunfire: The Mindset of a SWAT Officer
by Francisco Arteaga

What would your first instinct be if you heard the sound of gunfire? Would you even know what it sounds like? In gunfire situations when the community needs help, they call the police. But what about when the police need help? They call SWAT. Officer Frank Arteaga shares his SWAT experience and the mindset needed while preparing and carrying out a SWAT operation.

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

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.

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

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility featuring Ben Lenard, Argonne National Laboratory 
Wednesday, October 11th: Noon-1pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Ben will talk about how supercomputers at LCF help to 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.