Tuesday, November 28, 2017

National Book Awards for 2017

Come and check out the 2017 National Book Awards Finalists and Winners display at the Al Harris Library!  The finalists were announced on October 4, and the 2017 winners were announced on November 15 at an awards ceremony in New York City.  The winners by category are: Fiction: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; Nonfiction: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen; Young People's Literature: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway.

Sponsored by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award winners are selected in these four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The Award began in 1950 when a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the 1st annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans and to increase the popularity of reading in general. If you would like to find out more about the National Book Awards, please go to http://www.nationalbook.org/.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 7pm for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2018

Join SWOSU faculty and students for this informative workshop about the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) being held at the University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7, 2018.

The SWOSU NCUR workshop will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 7:00PM in the Al Harris Library Instruction Room (2nd floor). The SWOSU workshop will cover
  • how to write an abstract,
  • design a research poster,
  • and present like a pro!
Why should I present at NCUR 2018?
  • It's a great opportunity to network at a national level
  • Present and promote your research passions
  • Learn about new fields
  • Explore career options
  • It's a road trip to UCO!
The deadline to submit a NCUR abstract is December 5th, 2017.

For more information contact
  • Frederic Murray: frederic.murray@swosu.edu
  • Erin Ridgeway: erin.ridgeway@swosu.edu
  • Taylor Verkler: taylor.verkler@swosu.edu

Monday, November 06, 2017

International Science Fiction

Because the stories of science fiction are set in the greatest extremes of both place and time, the genre is able to present themes and symbols common to all humanity without the trappings of any particular culture to hinder understanding.  That ability to bridge cultural gaps is one reason that science fiction attracts a diverse set of storytellers, as well as having exploded in popularity internationally in the last few decades.

A new display at the Al Harris Library highlights some of the best science fiction authors from diverse cultures and languages.

One is Octavia E. Butler, the first science-fiction writer to win the MacArthur award, who believed that her existence as an African-American woman “equipped her spectacularly well to portray life in hostile dystopias where the odds of survival can be almost insurmountable,” according her obituary in The New York Times.

 Also featured are authors from around the world, such as Cixin Liu, perhaps China’s most popular science fiction author, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a Spanish author who writes both young adult and adult science fiction.

Science fiction’s popularity has ensured that works such as these are translated into several languages in order to reach the international audience hungry to experience places and times that don’t exist – yet.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7pm for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2018

Join SWOSU faculty and students for this informative workshop about the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) being held at the University of Central Oklahoma from April 4-7, 2018.

The SWOSU NCUR workshop will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 7:00PM in the Al Harris Library Instruction Room (2nd floor). The SWOSU workshop will cover
  • how to write an abstract,
  • design a research poster,
  • and present like a pro!
Why should I present at NCUR 2018?
  • It's a great opportunity to network at a national level
  • Present and promote your research passions
  • Learn about new fields
  • Explore career options
  • It's a road trip to UCO!
The deadline to submit a NCUR abstract is December 5th, 2017.

For more information contact
  • Frederic Murray: frederic.murray@swosu.edu
  • Taylor Verkler: taylor.verkler@swosu.edu

Friday, October 13, 2017

Campus power outage south of Davis St. [Update: Power is back!]

Updated 10/13/2017, 4:10pm

Power and A/C are back in the Al Harris Library.



Original post

The Weatherford campus south of Davis St. is experiencing a power brown-out. The Al Harris Library is open and most library computers are working, but there's no air conditioning.

Monday, October 09, 2017

The World of Theatre



For thousands of years people have been telling stories in a variety of ways, including through the form of stage theatre.  The form of theatre that we know today originated with the Greeks.  One of the most famous playwrights of all time is William Shakespeare who wrote plays such as  Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet during the 16th and 17th centuries.  Today theatre is still going strong from the bright lights of Broadway in New York City to community theatres in Oklahoma towns.

To ensure a successful theatrical performance, there must be many people working backstage in addition to the actors on the stage and the director.  This includes the stage manager, set designer, costume designer, and many more staff.  One of the most important persons in a theatrical production is the theatre or stage director who oversees and orchestrates the production as a whole.  The director's function is to ensure the quality and completeness of the production and to lead the members of the creative team, such as the actors, set designers, and costume designers, into realizing their artistic vision of it. Vital to a theatrical production are the actors, because they bring the script to life for the audience, evoking the emotions that were intended by the playwright. The design of the set is also a very important aspect of theatre production, because the set must be designed and constructed with the appropriate props to further bring the script to life.   

Come by the Al Harris Library and check out our display on “The World of Theatre”!

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Family History





 
If you are curious about your family’s history and would like to find out more about your ancestry, come by the Al Harris Library this month to look at our Family History and Genealogy display.  If you see something you like on our display, feel free to check it out!   

You may have heard your relatives talk about incidents that happened in your family or you may have heard about other family members, and you may want to find out more about who they were and who you are.  The SWOSU Libraries has the resources to get you started!  If you have questions about how to start, please ask us and we will point you in the right direction.  In addition to the available printed materials, there are many online resources.