Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Welcome to the New Oxford English Dictionary online

The OED website got a face-lift on December 1, 2010. There's a new design and new functionality. In addition to easier navigation, John Simpson, editor of the OED says " Perhaps the most important new feature involves the Historical Thesaurus to the OED, published in book form in 2009. The entire text is now integrated with the OED Online"

History Day 2010 in the Library

In a few moments the History Program will begin its annual History Day program. All faculty and students are welcome to attend as History Senior Seminar students will present their research, via poster presentations, from 12:30-2:00 on the library's main floor.

Please join our student scholars for the presentations today!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Day of the Dead Presentations

Photos by Joel Bullock

Tomorrow brings our ninth annual presentation of the Day of the Dead altars. The students of Eric Vaccarella's Spanish 301 (Conversation) class will present their work in Spanish on the library's Main Floor. It all starts tomorrow, November 2, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Vaccarella will be on hand to answer questions about the altars (ofrendas) and the Día de los Muertos tradition in English.

Last Thursday was our Day of the Dead set up day. This has long been one our favorite days in the library. For about an hour or so, Dr. Vaccarella and his students engage in a flurry of activity. When the time is up, the library foyer is transformed into a festive scene of candy skulls, colored tissue paper (papel picado,) and cempasuchil flowers (known as the flower of the dead, or "flor del muerto" in their native Mexico.)

The entire community is invited to see the altars when our students present their work tomorrow. Also, don't miss Joel Bullock's photos on our Facebook and Flickr.