With the fall break and Thanksgiving holiday approaching, don’t forget to check the library hours before heading to campus. Building and reference hours for each library are available on the library web site under the About Us drop-down menu.
Please note that all University Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in observance of Thanksgiving.
We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break!
[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library and Information Studies.]
Image Source: Desembarco de los puritanos en América via Wikimedia Commons
A group of Puritans broke away from the Anglican Church in the early 1600’s and became the Pilgrims. They decided to voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to begin a new life, free from persecution. Landing at Plymouth Rock in December of 1621, the Pilgrims established their new social order with the Mayflower Compact. They would have died off, had it not been for Squanto and the Native Americans that taught them how to sustain themselves in this foreign land.
Thanksgiving is a day meant to commemorate the union of two cultures, breaking bread together at the same harvest feast table. But is that how it really happened? Or is Thanksgiving actually based on the traditional English Harvest Home celebration? If Thanksgiving began with the Pilgrims, then why was it not an officially recognized holiday until the 1863 Proclamation? And how come Abraham Lincoln never mentioned anything about the Pilgrims when making his Proclamation?
These are just some of the books available at the UB Libraries that chronicle the story of Thanksgiving and how it came to be.
If you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and need some help, these e-books can be easily accessed from your laptop, phone, or tablet. If you are a guest this year and want to contribute, there are some great recipes for desserts and side dishes as well!
These titles celebrate the holiday with compilations of literature including stories, plays, and poetry about Thanksgiving.
Regardless of its historical origins or what you decide to cook, Thanksgiving is a day to spend with the people you love. So, have a very happy one this year!
As you work on end-of-the-semester writing projects, keep in mind that writing help is available to you on campus!
From the Center for Excellence in Writing mission statement:
“UB’s Center for Excellence in Writing supports writers across the university as they compose, construct, and share meaning. Since learning to write is a life-long endeavor, all members of the UB community are also students of their own writing processes. Committed to the idea that writing both creates and communicates knowledge, understanding, and individual reflection, the CEW provides attentive, respectful readers, offers workshops on writing and writing instruction, and conducts research to guide the future development of writing practices.”
To learn more about the resources available to you, visit: http://writing.buffalo.edu/.
From the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education :
The President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the university. Faculty members who exemplify these qualities are foundational to the University at Buffalo and its academic mission. They provide the guidance and support needed to help undergraduate students develop the skills necessary for not only research and creativity but also for critical thinking and innovation. This award sets the bar for faculty excellence in helping our undergraduates reach their full potential as young scholars, and launching their future careers. In addition to their involvement with students, mentors are leaders within their own departments, extending beyond professional duties to engage other faculty and students in meaningful collaboration and initiatives. A common theme among successful faculty mentors is that their mentoring experiences are as impactful to them as they are for their students.
Faculty may be nominated for the award by students, faculty colleagues and/or university administrators. Individuals selected for the award will be recognized during UB’s annual Celebration of Student Academies Excellence, which will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
The process and portal for nominations may be found at: http://vpue.buffalo.edu/facstaff/faculty-award.php
For more information, please contact Katie Biggie, Special Assistant for Undergraduate Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 829-6170.
Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2013.