Downtown Display: Can You Hear Me Now?!

Display about Hearing Loss
One of the worst places for people with a hearing loss to work in is the library, because everyone whispers. I am one of those people.

In his thirties my father had the hearing of a fifty year old man.  He slowly lost his hearing and became profoundly deaf in his 60s.  He had to retire early because his hearing aids could not give him the hearing he needed for his job.  I have also been losing my hearing over the years starting in my early 40s.  I now have a hearing aid that is much better than his, but my hearing is still not perfect. I often have to ask people to repeat themselves and to face my way so I can read their lips.

Hearing loss can be very exasperating for the hard-of-hearing person and the people with whom he communicates.  Family and friends get tired of repeating everything, and for the person with a hearing loss, it sounds like everyone is mumbling.

Age-related hearing loss has been a problem for generations, but now noise-induced hearing loss is a growing problem.  People who listen to music through ear buds in the high decibel range could lose their hearing many years before they should.  A decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound which increases on a logarithmic scale.  Listening to sounds greater than 85 decibels for extended periods of time can cause permanent hearing loss.

Young people today may have the option of cooler hearing aids (see below), but being hard of hearing is a permanent and frustrating state of being.  Prevention is the best cure.

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Guerilla Goodness Update

If you missed our last post, you may not know that members of the library staff have been leaving notes around the library for students to find that will encourage them during this last week of classes and finals.

One student appreciated the notes she found so much, that she brought one staff member a little treat as a thank you!

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Keep working hard, everyone! We are behind you one-hundred percent!

Yes, You Can

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It’s pretty impossible to see, but that highlighted mark says 100.

Last Friday, a student stopped by my office to show me the paper that she’d expected to fail miserably, actually turned out better than she thought:  100%.  Her grade was the highlight of my day, not because I’d helped her with the research and MLA formatting and because she stopped by to thank me, but more so, because I remember just a month ago, how unsure she was of herself. Just a month ago, she’d admitted to me that she was thinking about actually dropping the class. Today, was a bit different.

“I think I might get an A in the class,” she whispered in slight awe.

“Really? What’s the lowest grade you’ve gotten so far,” I asked.

“An 88,” she responded.

I couldn’t help, but to crack up.

“What?”  she asked. “What?”

“Ummm. I think you might get an A in the class too, ” I said.

I’ve worked with community college students for almost ten years now, and often I’ve observed something interesting about you.  Often, you don’t see yourself the way that we see you.  You may not see yourself as smart and knowledgeable as you really are.  But you’re reading this right now, which means you’ve stuck with it even through your self-doubts.   You’re probably tired and ready for this semester to be over, but still, you study; you write; you show up.  You take that final exam and  finish that semester paper.  You have “grit,” and that in and of itself is a quality to be commended.

I have a suggestion, though. Besides being consistent and staying committed to school to the very end, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to see yourself as we see you: smart and unique, someone who is a student, yes, but someone who is also a scholar, a person that offers some distinct knowledge, a person whom we -Reynolds faculty and staff- can learn from.  (I cannot count the number of times I’ve learned something from a student while helping her/him with research.)

In an attempt to help you see yourself a bit more clearly, and taking a cue from the Kindness Girl blog, we’re committing to a small gesture this exam week.  While studying in the library, if you find a little card in a study room or sitting on a computer keyboard that says, “To you, the Reynolds Student,” open it up.  Or if you discover a sticky note just sitting there on a dusty, old book, and it gives you a little boost, take it, pull it out during your exam and read it every so often.  (We promise it contains no answers to exam questions.)  If you are a student who discovers no notes of small, good hope this week, please accept this blog post as our  attempt to say it how it is: You can do this. And if you cannot see that in yourself, know that, we see you, and your success, so very clearly.  If you cannot see that, for this week only, see yourself through our eyes.

 

Five Quick Tips for Finals

chalk board Alright, students, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that spring semester is almost over and summer is on its way!

The bad news?

Before that celebratory trip to Virginia Beach, you’ve got to pass your final exams. But after hours and days and weeks of study and preparation, is there anything more you can do to make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Try these common-sense exam tips from test prep expert, Kelly Roell:

  1. Fuel Your Body – Should you have an energy drink before an exam? (Probably not.) Skip lunch? (Definitely not.) What should you eat the day before? (Chocolate and green tea, anyone?)
  2. Arrive Early to Chat – “The instructor said that question would definitely be on the test?? I don’t remember that!” These are the kinds of things you may hear yourself saying if you show up early and get some insight from your fellow classmates before the test begins! (Not sure when your exams start? Here’s a link to the exam schedule.)
  3. Pace Yourself – Don’t rush it! You may end up regretting it.
  4. Stay Focused – This is a hard one. The key here is to allow yourself mini mental breaks throughout the test so you don’t end up zoning out.
  5. Review Your Work – Ever get a test back and realize you answered a question incorrectly that you knew you knew? This is why it’s important to go through and review your test before you hand it in.

See Roell’s article on testprep.about.com for more detailed information on all of these great tips!

Good luck on your exams!

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First Library Student Expo

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Mazhar Anik, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, and Alice Starke experience viruses in 3D

Over 200 students, faculty and staff attended the first Library Student Expo, held April 22 and 23 at the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries.

Through their instructors, students submitted assignments completed as part of their coursework. Items came from multiple disciplines, ranging from Biology to English to Middle college

Projects included artwork, posters, sculptures, and even a student directed video. Refreshments were served.

Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library
Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library

Students were impressed with their peers’ work. One student remarked “They made this in biology? I have to take biology!”

Another student asked, “Can I enter my work next year?”

Dr. Susan Hunter, the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, encouraged colleagues to attend the Expo.

“I had the opportunity to stop by the library and see this Expo and I was not expecting what I saw. The students’ projects were sophisticated, professional and creative. I think you would be amazed at the depth and breadth of these student work examples.”

Thanks to all students and faculty participated in this inaugural event! A big thank you to Beth Bensen-Barber, Kristin Hott, Jerrod Hunter, Chris Thomas and Shalini Upadhyaya for volunteering their students’ work. Hopefully next year will be even bigger!

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Poetry written by students in Middle College

The Library Student Expo is Reynolds Library’s spring semester event. The Expo showcases Reynolds students’ accomplishments completed during the school year. In the fall the library hosts the Library Open House, which introduces new and returning students to the library. Both events are free; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Dates for the fall semester Library Open House will be announced in August.

Student Expo at Reynolds Library!

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The library will be hosting a Student Expo at the Parham Road and Downtown Campus Libraries next week.  Drop by to take a closer look at all of the great student projects on display in the library and grab some refreshments while you’re there.

Wednesday April 22nd
12PM – 2PM
Downtown Campus Library

Thursday, April 23rd
12PM – 2PM
Parham Road Campus Library

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Spring Garden Fest: Book Signing on April 25th

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At this year’s Spring Garden Fest, Reynolds’ own Cindy Conner, and author of the new book Seed Libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people, will be signing copies of her book at the Goochland campus library on April 25th from 12 noon to 1:15PM.

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Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. If you already have a copy, bring it to the event for her to sign.  Hope to see you there!

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