Chesnutt Library Blog

“Because it’s all about ‘U,’” the Chesnutt Library Blog is designed to promptly and efficiently provide timely news, inform of library events, books, databases and more for our students, staff and faculty. In our effort to enhance communication, the Chesnutt Library Blog will bring academic resources together in one place, with one click, with one purpose in mind - Educational Excellence - designed to enhance learning, guarantee access and promote scholarship.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spotlight on New Titles!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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 November is National Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Native American history, cultures, and contributions.

This commemorative month celebrates the accomplishments of American Indians and recognizes American Indians as the original inhabitants of the United States. The tradition began in 1986 as a celebratory, evolved in 1990 to the entire month of November, and it has become standard practice for the President to designate the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month yearly by setting forth a proclamation. The 2012 Presidential Proclamation of National Native American Heritage Month can be found on the White House website.

Learn more with books, databases, and articles from our collection and check out the list of sites and resources for more information.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Students Take the LIBQUAL Survey for a Chance to Win Prizes Nov 27th - 29th

Take the Chesnutt LIBQUAL Survey for a chance to win giveaways on November 27th-29th in the Jones Student Center.

Only current FSU students are eligible.

You must be present to win.

Friday, 11/9/12 - Mrs. Amerson helping students with survey,
as well as providing hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks.

Friday, 11/9/12 - Students taking LIBQUAL Survey .
LIBQUAL Survey giveaways.

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November is Arts + Health Month

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Arts and health is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming health and healing by connecting people with the arts at key moments in their lives. This field integrates literary, performing, and visual arts and design into a variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.

The field of arts and health has five areas of focus:

1. Patient care - the integration of the arts into the patient experience has a positive impact on health outcomes.
2. Healing environments - the arts create safer, supportive, and more functional environments in health facilities and community centers.
3. Caring for caregivers - arts programming for caregivers creates a more normative environment within which care can be provided.
4. Community well-being - arts and health benefit communities by engaging people in programs aimed at prevention and wellness activities and sharing information to improve health literacy.
5. Education - medical and nursing schools in a number of countries see the value of integrating arts courses to help students develop observation, diagnostic, communication, empathetic, and other essential skills.

The following FSU academic departments and resources are directly related to the field of arts and health: 
Check out our list of books, databaes, and articles that are related to Arts and Health Month.
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Thought Provoking Chronicle of Higher Education Article on HBCUs

Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, November 9, 2012

"Historically Black Colleges and Universities Must Embrace Diversity"

November 8, 2012, 1:50 pm

By Marybeth Gasman

Paul Quinn College, in Texas, recently announced that its number of Latino applicants has increased by over 300 percent. Alcorn State University, in Mississippi, recently hired a white coach for its football team. A few years ago, Morehouse College, in Atlanta, had a white valedictorian. St. Philip’s College, in Texas, is the only college in the nation that is designated by the federal government as both an HBCU and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Is the landscape changing at many of the nation’s HBCU’s?

Latino enrollment at HBCU’s is increasing, especially in regions of the country where the Latino population is growing rapidly. My guess is that Latino enrollment will continue to grow at HBCU’s just like it is growing at most majority institutions across the country. Latinos are the largest minority in college today, and given the U.S. Census projections, the population will continue to grow at colleges. Some historically black institutions are reaching out to Latino students to increase enrollments that have gone down because of African-Americans’ increased attendance at majority institutions. Other HBCU’s do not have a Latino admissions strategy but are merely enrolling interested Latinos who apply.

White enrollment at HBCU’s has leveled off and has actually dipped in recent years when compared with the 1990s. However, those white students who are attending black colleges are quite vocal about their experiences, talking about the supportive environment they encountered and recommending HBCU’s to other students. For example, I recently interviewed Rob Shorette about his experience at Florida A&M University, and he raved about the influence the institution had on his thought process and how transformative his experience was.

Hiring a white employee at an HBCU is nothing new. As most of us familiar with such colleges know, many of the founders of HBCU’s were white, some of the first students were white, and many faculty members were white. Today black colleges have many white administrators, staff, faculty, and students. Unlike majority institutions, HBCU’s do not have a legacy of exclusion and discrimination. They have always been open to enrolling and hiring whites, and in fact, played a noble role during the 1950s when they were a safe haven for Jewish professors fired from majority institutions because of trumped-up charges of Communism.

The increased diversity at HBCU’s is welcome by many at the colleges. Some presidents are speaking out publicly about increasing diversity. For example, M. Christopher Brown at Alcorn State recently told ESPN that as a public university, Alcorn has an obligation to all citizens of the state. He also noted that that “Alcorn used to be a great black school, now it’s just a great university.” Some alumni of black colleges applaud Brown, noting that the nation is changing and as such HBCU’s need to actively embrace diversity. Others are nervous about Brown’s comments, worrying that actively moving away from the label of HBCU will take the blackness away from the colleges.

Some HBCU advocates think that if these historic institutions become less black in terms of their student body, the institutions will lose sight of their mission. These advocates are worried because historically black colleges play an important role in the lives of African-Americans, especially in terms of the willingness of many of the colleges to enroll low-income, often underprepared students, and their track record for sending blacks on to graduate education. Other advocates think that adding diversity only strengthens the institutions; HBCU’s can maintain their histories and traditions just as majority institutions that diversify do. One alumnus I talked with vehemently stated, “You can increase diversity and still have educating black students as your primary mission.” Still others think that it is advantageous for HBCU’s to enroll whites, Latinos, and Asians because it exposes these students to black culture and provides opportunities for learning and mutual respect.

The question that I’m left with is this: How can historically black colleges embrace diversity fully while also adhering to their institutional mission of educating, empowering, and uplifting African-American students? I no longer think that HBCU’s have a choice as to whether or not they should actively reach out to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. The numbers are clear. African-Americans have options, and most are choosing to attend majority institutions. If HBCU’s are to survive and thrive in the 21st century, they must fully embrace others.

There are many benefits to the growing diversity at HBCU’s. First, diversity of all kinds makes an institution stronger. Second, based on the experiences of nonblack students that have attended black colleges, more and more students will have an appreciation for and knowledge of black culture—a benefit to everyone in our nation and our youth. And lastly, alumni from diverse cultures will give back and share their resources with HBCU’s, making them stronger over all.

Given the changing situation, how can historically black colleges pass on their legacy and maintain their cultural traditions and mission? How can they continue to be “historically black?” The answer includes educating all students on African-American history and the history and contributions of HBCU’s; maintaining longtime traditions on campus and sharing these with newcomers (majority institutions have had to learn to do this too); adding new traditions that are more inclusive to others and encouraging black students to embrace these new traditions (majority institution have also had to learn how to do this); and continuing to employ the best African-American faculty and staff and enroll the best black students.

Marybeth Gasman is a professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

FSU is a Military Friendly School!

Earlier this semester, FSU was named a 2013 Military-Friendly School by Victory Media, which is the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. There are currently 12,000 VA-approved institutions in the United States that can accept GI Bill money of which only 1,700 met the 15% military-friendliness threshold via the voluntary survey. FSU is among this 15%. 

FSU is doing its part to embrace service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. FSU was noted for key areas, such as the following:

*Support to specific military installations
*Classroom-based programs on military installations
*ROTC program or participation in cross-town ROTC program
*Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans

Being in such close proximity to Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield, FSU remains an attractive higher education option for active duty military personnel, veterans, and military spouses. As one of the oldest UNC-system institutions, FSU continues to prove its commitment to learning and literacy. With the influx of personnel and resources via the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Chancellor Anderson stood up the Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS) to foster education, research and the commercialization of scientific technologies. 

Take a look at our list of books and articles that focus on higher education, military personnel, and recent overseas operations.

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