Black History Month Film Series

The South Texas College Library will be hosting a film series throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Pecan Campus Library, Rainbow Room

         Loving, Monday, Feb. 20 at 1:00 pm

        Southside With You, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 am

Mid-Valley Campus Library, CLE Room A-105

            Loving, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

            The Good Lie, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 pm

Starr Campus Library, F 1.500

          Think like a Man, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

          The Good Lie, Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:00 pm

Technology Campus Library, A179

            Loving, Monday, Feb.27 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm


Jeff Nichols wrote and directed this biopic about Virginian interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were sentenced to prison in 1958 for violating the state’s laws against miscegenation. The Loving’s decided to fight back, and their case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.


Southside With You 

Young Chicago lawyers Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama spend a sweltering summer afternoon visiting the art museum, eating lunch together, watching Do The Right Thing, getting some ice cream and sharing a first kiss in this dramatization of the President and First Lady’s fateful first date.


Think like a Man

Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursing buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to use the book’s insider information to turn the table and teach the woman a lesson of their own.


The Good Lie

A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.


For more information, call Angélica María García at 872-2277.

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The Unexamined Portrait


New exhibit explores mixed-media

ART TALK: 1 PM – February 22, 2017 (Rainbow Room)
RECEPTION: 5-7 PM – February 22, 2017 (Pecan Library)

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery, in collaboration with the college’s Black History Month Celebration, has curated an exhibit entitled, “The Unexamined Portrait” featuring the work of Los Angeles mixed-media artist Len Davis that will be on display until February 26, 2016. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Pecan Campus Library.

The Library Art Gallery invites community and students to a special talk by Davis on February 22 at the Pecan Library Rainbow Room at 1 p.m.

 The talk will be followed by a reception from 5 – 7 PM in the Library Art Gallery. The Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas. All events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will also feature local printmaker and mixed-media artist, Jessie Burciaga. Burciaga will give also give an art talk with Davis at 1:00 and 5:00 PM.

“The two artists create highly-skilled, layered work that evokes nuanced, overlapping meanings and metaphors; Len Davis through collage and Jessie Burciaga in his mixed-media paintings,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “For centuries, artists have used varying motifs to conjoin real and fantastic to the interior and exterior world. Both Davis and Burciaga join in tradition to help us explore the layers of identity.”

Len Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University in North Carolina, and later moved to Los Angeles. Since 2004, Davis has been exhibiting and lecturing across the United States and working on television and movie set designs for popular sets on Showtime, HBO, ABC, NBC and others. Davis works mainly in assemblage and collage where he uses found objects, drawings, graphite, gouache, and acrylic. About his work, he says, “My artwork is about the people we are, what we create, our capabilities and the issues with which we deal.”

Jessie Burciaga (Brownsville, TX) is a local printmaker and painter who received his degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Burciaga grasps the soul of his border town and imprints it through portraits of its hardworking people. The intention behind these portraits is to capture, immortalize, and display the level of resilience of each person. He says, “My subjects, often considered average by outsiders, are our local urban heroes.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events visit:



From Wrestling Cows to Educating Astronauts to Writing LesFic: “A Tale of Taking the Less Obvious Career Path”

Lacey L. Schmidt, Ph.D. is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology consultant who specializes in team building and leadership assessment and development. She conducts individual assessments as well as designs and implements assessment centers and work samples to help clients make key hiring, promotion, and training and development decisions. She also conducts organizational development assessments and provides coaching to leaders.

Dr. Schmidt has worked with a variety of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as an internal and external consultant as well as an operational leader. She has assessed and coached thousands of manager, director, and executive level candidates (including astronaut candidates and executive chefs), designed and validated numerous assessment tools and processes, implemented award-winning organizational development initiatives to achieve significant P&L improvements, and facilitated ultra high-performance teamwork across industries in extreme environments. Prior to co-founding Minerva Work Solutions, she served as the Senior Scientist for Astronaut Selection and Training with the Behavioral Health and Performance group at NASA-JSC.

Please join us, Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Pecan Campus Library 2nd floor.  There will be a book sale, for those interested in getting her book, she will also be available for book signing.

Event is being sponsored by the South Texas College English Department, Library Services, and the Student LGBTQ group, Open Equal & Free.

For more information please contact; Ms. Colleen Brooks, Faculty English Instructor 956-872-8348





My Very Own Room: Carmen Lomas Garza & Works by Women of the Collection

Carmen Lomas Garza (San Francisco, CA) was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1981. Lomas Garza is an author, illustrator, and artist. About her work she says, “I saw the need to create images that would elicit recognition and appreciation among Mexican Americans, both adults and children, while at the same time serve as a source of education for others not familiar with our culture. It has been my objective since 1969 to make artwork that instills pride in our history and culture in American society.”

The Carmen Lomas Garza collection of artwork and books is a gracious loan from George Gause and Virginia Haynie Gause who began collecting in the 1970s.

Reception: March 7, 5 PM
Art Talk: March 7, 6 PM
On display at the STC Pecan Library
March 3 – May 3, 2017

South Texas College began collecting artwork in 2006 with a photograph from Ansen Seale. Eleven years later, the college has a collection of over 300 pieces and is a high value asset to the region. To celebrate Women’s History Month and to commemorate the generations of women whose significant contributions have proved invaluable to society, the exhibit will host thirty-eight women in South Texas College’s Collection.



This is Not a Cat

Collages by Carl Vestweber


On display at the South Texas College Starr Co. Library

January 17 – May 12, 2017


Carl Vestweber’s work explores his interests and experiences as an artist, husband and father living in the 21st century. His preferred media ranges from illustrative drawings and paintings to anthropomorphic cat art and abstracted dot collages. While the materials of this work may vary, the colors, themes of playful interaction, family, culture and power structures overlap and represent his experiences and understandings of the world around him.


Interpreting Vogue


Paintings by Carlos Ochoa

Art Talk & Reception: March 2, 1 PM

On display at the South Texas College Technology Library

January 24 – March 9, 2017

Carlos Ochoa is a graduate of the UTRGV Studio Art Program. In his recent Vogue series, he paints over models to embellish the commercial ideal of beauty by manipulating ads found within Vogue magazines. In his newest Vogue series, the viewer is left to interpret the altered art form as well as their own perspective on how companies sell their products by misusing the viewer’s notion of beauty.




Who Knew? Finding Bestsellers in the Library

Does the end of the semester have you feeling stressed? Relax with a bestseller at the library. To find a listing of these titles, go to the library’s homepage and click on the Library Catalog link. On the next page, in the drop down selection for Location, choose Bestsellers, as shown below, and search. Or, simply come in and browse the bestseller shelving display.


Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell



Recharge at the Library and CLE with Free Coffee and Popcorn during Finals Week!

To help make finals a little easier, the South Texas College Libraries and Centers for Learning Excellence (Tutoring) will be offering FREE coffee and popcorn during Finals Week!

Throughout the week the Pecan and Starr Campus libraries, and the CLEs, will be brewing fresh pots of coffee. The Mid-Valley, Nursing & Allied Health, and Technology Campus libraries will be popping fresh popcorn each day. See the flyers below for more information.

Good luck during Finals!

Pecan Campus

 Mid-Valley Campus


Nursing & Allied Health Campus


Technology Campus

Starr Campus

“False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources”

When searching for information online, it can sometimes be challenging to identify reputable resources. There are many websites that might appear legitimate, but they might actually post fake or misleading information alongside accurate information. What steps can be taken to help sort through potentially misleading information?


*Note – Numbers represent categories explained in the full document linked below.

Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, put together a publicly available Google Document cataloging “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.”  The document offers up sites that are known aggregators – they take news stories from other sources and rewrite them with more inflammatory headlines and without contextual facts. The document also lists some tips for analyzing news sources, and for how people can identify potentially fake news. Things like strange domain names, unusual domain extensions, and using ALL CAPS should be warning signs.


To see the document in full, please follow this link: False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources

Contributed by Library Specialist, William Heinrich

Collection at 3201: Number One – Landscape

Collection at 3201 is a project to promote accessibility and visibility of South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection to students, faculty, staff and the community. We invite faculty and staff to pick an artwork from the collection and talk about how it has influenced the way they see the world. We hope this intersection of art and ideas inspires learning about art and culture in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sylvia Benitez, Guadalupe, Guadalupe, Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inch. benitez

Contributed by Jessie Rodriguez, STC Library Art Gallery

When I look at Guadalupe, Guadalupe by Sylvia Benitez I am reminded of a Sigmund Freud quote: “the mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” The analogy works here. Like the tip of the iceberg, what can clearly be seen in Benitez’s Guadalupe, Guadalupe is a view of a natural landscape depicting an inky orange sunrise at the Guadalupe River near her home in Seguin, Texas. Though the work is skillfully painted, I’m most drawn to the part of the painting that draws the subconscious mind. The emotions and feelings lie underneath the surface like the base of the iceberg that stretches far below the ocean. Beyond what we see, landscape painting, the viewer is transported into pockets of distant shadows and allowed to discover and walk into the depths of the painting or the corners of the subconscious mind. The viewer is drawn in, transported, submerged into the memory of the previous dawns and the context of those experiences.

Benitez’s large scale painting alludes to the Romantic era of the 1800s and explores the vastness of the natural world in her landscape paintings. By placing the horizon line lower in the painting, she creates a dreamlike atmosphere of a bright orange morning where we can catch a glimpse into a moment in Benitez’s vision. The dreamlike environment that she paints draws the viewer into this otherworldly realm. What fascinates me about Guadalupe, Guadalupe is how sublime the nature is even with the gestural brushstroke landscape. It becomes a vehicle for expressing a range of psychological and emotional states by the artist. Although I could never know the emotions and feelings going through an artist’s mind, I can only interpret what it means to me and connect in a more spiritual way or remember a feeling that I only experienced at a certain time and place.

Sylvia Benitez trained as an abstract painter in the 1970s at the University of Maryland. She moved to NYC in 1980 and lived there for twenty years until eventually relocating to Seguin, Texas. Her painting was accepted into South Texas College’s Permanent Art Collection in 2016.