Chicago Theatre Week


The Chicagoland area has a large and varied theatre scene with over 250 professional theatre companies calling Chicago and its suburbs home. Chicago leads the nation in world premiere productions annually, sending new works to Broadway, across the nation, and all over the world. Chicago Theatre Week has become an annual celebration of all of this.

Now in its sixth year, Chicago Theatre Week offers opportunities to see numerous theatre performances in the Chicago area at discounted ticket prices. It all starts this coming Thursday, February 8th and runs through Sunday, February 18th. Tickets will be priced at $30, $15 or sometimes even less, offering great opportunities to see amazing productions and visit venues that you may not have been to before.

Visit the Chicago Theatre Week website to see a complete listing and to purchase tickets for the 18 different shows, totaling 120 productions, that are being presented this year.

And don’t forget–The Fine and Performing Arts Center here at MVCC hosts a variety of wonderful productions throughout the year.

The New American Writers Museum

The American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, is a new entry in the local museum scene. A current exhibit celebrates the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Upcoming events include a discussion of the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (Feb. 9) and Madeleine L’Engle (Feb. 11). Eve Ewing will discuss her book Electric Arches with poet José Olivarez on Feb. 13. See the website for more information about the museum and events.

Library Hours January 10-16

Here is a quick update on our library hours over the next 7 days.

Wednesday, January 10: 8am-5pm
Thursday, January 11: 10:45am-5pm
Friday, January 12: 8am-5pm
Saturday, January 13: Closed
Sunday, January 14: Closed
Monday, January 15: Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday)
Tuesday, January 16: 7:30am-10pm (normal semester hours begin)

Our librarians and staff members are preparing for a great Spring Semester!

Student Podcasters Giving Voice to Issues

Have you caught the recent wave of podcasts on the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel? They are great! You can listen at the links below or subscribe in many podcasting apps.

Here are direct links to the recent podcasts:

Women Musicians Transcending Boundaries

Seven Minute Radio: Diversity in Music and Art

AB Podcast: Topics of Domestic Violence and Gentrification

The Art of Being Muslim

Middle Eastern Artists and Their Audiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Meet some of the women who have shaped Moraine Valley over the last 50 years. They tell their stories of overcoming many challenges as they worked to establish this college as a nationally recognized institution.

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Event Video: Make Your Statement! SGA Student Feedback Panel

SGA hosted an open panel for students to talk about what they want to see on campus. At the panel students had the opportunity to voice their ideas as well as their concerns. Learn more about the Student Government and what it has to offer.

Make Your Statement! SGA Student Feedback Panel

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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

Remembering 9/11

Last year, for the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, we held a panel discussion with members of the MVCC community to remember and share. Many of our students where very young when the attack happened, so they do not have first hand memories of this day. We thought it was important to share our memories.

How 9/11 Affected Me: A Panel Discussion

Alum José Angel selected for Honor at University of Illinois

Congratulations to MVCC Alum José Angel for being selected to give a special lecture at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. José was our featured speaker for our 2015-2016 One Book program (view his talk here). He has become an important voice for undocumented immigrants and the issues they face.