Creative Readings, Spring 2017

Join us in the Library on the Lakewood Campus on Wednesday, April 12th, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm for a Creative Readings event featuring three members of our talented English faculty and their writings in multiple genres:

Sara Fall – Creative Nonfiction
Leah Rogin-Roper – Fiction
Ian Tyson – Poetry

Coffee, tea, hot cider, cheese and crackers, and sweet snacks will be served.

Creative Readings, Fall 2016

Join us on Wednesday, November 9th, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm for a Creative Readings event featuring four members of our talented English faculty and their writings in multiple genres:

Carlos Manuel Castillo – Personal Narrative
Stina French – Flash Fiction/Poetry
Katy Owens – Poetry
Anthony Rosso – Fiction

Coffee, tea, hot cider, cheese and crackers, and sweet snacks will be served.

Kanopy for Streaming Video

Kanopy is a video streaming solution for colleges that offers a Netflix-like user experience and a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films, and training videos from thousands of producers. You can explore their films via this trial link through September 30th, 2016.

Kanopy touches on all topics, and featured producers include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Video Project, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, and many more. Films can be watched from anywhere, anytime, by all staff and students.

Love it? Hate it? Tell us your thoughts about this trial product.

Check Out State Parks!

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Have you always wanted to check out Colorado’s state parks? Now you can, for free! The RRCC Library has two state park pass hang tags and two adventure backpacks that can be checked out for up to seven days by RRCC students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the parks pass, the backpacks each contain a pair of binoculars, a Colorado wildlife guide, a tree & wildflower guide, and a brochure to help you discover more about all 42 of our wonderful state parks.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado State Library are pleased to announce the expansion of the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 287 libraries statewide in collaboration with military, public and higher education libraries beginning on June 20, 2016–just in time for the first day of summer.

Creative Readings, April 13th

Take a break from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13th, to enjoy a sampling of the creative works of four members of the Red Rocks English Department faculty:

Lisa Donovan – Hybrid Memoir
Paul Gallagher – Poetry
Sandra Sajbel – Poetry
Kyle Whitecotton – Short Fiction

Light refreshments will be served.

Quiet study areas will be available in the Library’s study rooms during this time.

iPads Boost Math Success

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Dean Barchers, Math

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While Dean initially purchased the iPads with grant money awarded to the math department, the Library manages inventory, security, checkout (including legal agreements that the College requires of any students who check out equipment), sending due date reminders, and finally, coordinating updates to operating system and apps with IT. On the rare occasion that loss, theft, or damage to the devices occurs, the Library has processes in place with the cashier’s office, the IT department, and the campus police to replace or retrieve the iPads.

“There is no way I would do this without the Library as a partner.”

Interested in learning more about how the Library can support student success in your department with mobile computing equipment? Contact Deirdre Adams-Buckley [CONTACT INFO, link to form?]

Creative Readings

Join us in the Library from 4-5 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd, for a Creative Readings event featuring four members of our English faculty and their writings in multiple genres:

Amy Braziller – Memoir
Sara Fall – Fiction
Elizabeth James – Poetry
Elyse Marsh – Creative Nonfiction

Coffee, tea, hot cider, cheese and crackers, and sweet snacks will be served.

Library/Campus Closed, Tuesday, October 20th

Library closureOffices and services on both Red Rocks campuses will be closed on Tuesday, October 20th, so that all college faculty and staff may take part in staff Development Day. There are no classes, and the Library will be closed all day.

Need to get some work done anyway? Lots of great resources are available 24/7 here on the Library’s web site–click “Looking for Articles?” over there on the left to access high-quality information.

We’ll re-open again at our usual time, 8:00 am, on Wednesday the 21st.

On Display: Student Travel Experiences

The exhibit currently on display in the Library highlights the RRCC faculty-led trips taken in the last few months. Each year, RRCC Faculty offer a variety of opportunities for students to study, travel, and experience learning in a broad, innovative, and exciting manner. Students often comment that the trips are life-changing and inspire them to pursue more opportunities for learning in the surrounding community and overseas. The photos on display throughout the Library are from four different trips: Paris, India, Hawaii, and the Civil Rights Road Trip. Interested in traveling abroad to earn credit? More trips for 2016, including Paris and Tanzania, are currently being organized!

Paris in the Spring

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At the Opera Garnier

In preparation for the trip, students took three courses all designed around the trip to Paris. The first class was French for Travelers, where students practiced basic language skills in various scenarios such as ordering coffee or buying train tickets. The next two classes, Creative Writing and Expatriate Writers in 1920s Paris, were intertwined. Students read several novels by the likes of Hemingway, Barnes, Stein, and Fitzgerald as well as poems and short stories. They then wrote in imitation of the authors, stretching their creative abilities in preparation for writing about Paris.

In Paris, students traveled by foot and by metro, exploring several different neighborhoods while walking the footsteps of the expatriate authors. Beyond the Arc De Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre, they also visited the Catacombs, Versailles, Monet’s gardens at Giverny, and the Opera Garnier. Students sat in the sidewalk cafes and watched Paris pass by. They practiced their French with Parisians and managed the metro on their own.

Nearly all caught the travel bug, planning trips of their own and feeling newly confident. Most telling, perhaps, is that three students applied to and were accepted by the American University Paris. Interested in going in 2016?

India: Himalaya Adventure

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Jama Masjid
Old Delhi, India

India is a land of startling diversity and stark contract awash in a sea of color. Spirituality is the cornerstone of Indian civilization. This adventure explored ancient and modern manifestations of India’s complex religious history. They began in Delhi with Muslim Mosques and Hindu Temples, followed by a trip to Agra to experience the grandeur of the Taj Mahal. The second half of the trip was spent surrounded by the magnificence of the Indian Himalaya. In the Ladakh region, they explored Buddhist monasteries and spent the night at Pangong Lake on the India-China border at 15,000 feet.

Hawaii: Biodiversity and Geology

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Snorkeling with manta rays, Kona coast
Photo credit: Ellie Camann

In May 2015, Ellie Camann, Steve Kaye, and Kelly Worden took 18 students to the Big Island of Hawaii as part of their BIO 228 and GEY 228 courses. Together, they spent 10 days investigating the biodiversity and geology of the island, including conducting sand analyses and bird surveys, visiting biologically diverse and geologically interesting areas, and sampling the intertidal for algae and invertebrates. Students compiled their experiences and demonstrated their learning in comprehensive field journals and exams. Many commented that this was the learning experience of a lifetime!

The Civil Rights Road Trip

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Service learning in action: students paint the home of a disabled veteran with Brothers Redevelopment.

The Civil Rights Road Trip group spent the spring 2015 semester participating in a 6-credit multidisciplinary experiential field study that included 3 courses: Sociology of Diversity, Service Learning, and the History of the Civil Rights. After completing these courses and approximately 500 hours of volunteer work during the semester, the group went on a hands-on diversity experience by embarking on a 11-day Civil Rights Road Trip through the southeastern United States. The trip began in Washington, DC, where students stayed at Gallaudet University and visited many popular sites, including the United States Supreme Court, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Museum, the National Mall, and US Capitol building. The group then got on a bus that became our second home for a week and made a brief stop in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic site before venturing to Alabama, where they were able to walk in the footsteps of history through Kelly Ingram Park and at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

Following this, the group spent an emotional and through-provoking afternoon at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was by far the favorite stop on the trip. After a break on a Gulf Coast beach, students travelled to New Orleans and after exploring the city, spent an evening volunteering at Villalobos Rescue Center as featured in the popular television show Pitbulls and Parolees. Whitney Plantation, the only plantation tour devoted to telling the story of slavery, was the next stop before finishing the trip in Memphis, TN, where everyone got a taste for great BBQ after visiting the Stax Record Museum, Graceland, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Not only did our students, who represented a wide variety of different backgrounds and experiences, bond with each other and experience diversity in a new and close-up way, they also walked away from this experience with a greater appreciation of what those who have come before then have suffered so that many of the rights that we take for granted are available for all. The time spent volunteering has turned them into individuals who are now invested in giving back to their own communities and who are an inspiration to their families and others they come in contact with, and their instructors could not be more proud of them all.

About the Graham and Barbara Curtis Collection

The diaries and surveys of early explorers and western expeditions in American intrigued Graham R. Curtis, a local geologist. He began collecting prints during the 1976 Bicentennial, when on July 4, he gifted family and friends each with an original print from the western explorations of the 19th Century. The response he received from them was overwhelming, so he and his wife Barbara, an elementary school teacher, began collecting in earnest.

It was a true labor of love, amassing this comprehensive collection of just over 350 original prints. This collection contains multiple examples of such well-known artists as Albert Bierstadt, Karl Bonder, George Catlin, Thomas Moran, A.E. Mathews, Seth Eastman, Charles Bird King, Alfred Jacob Miller, and John J. Audubon. It encompasses works ranging in subject matter from studies of quickly vanishing indigenous people, landscapes, flora and fauna, migrations, to early settlements. Other than in the Library of Congress, there is not elsewhere such a complete representation of the 19th Century exploration into the Western United States.