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Stories from the Front

Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin: Stories from the Front

Stories from the Front

Author Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin

Author Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin

In her newest book, Bronze Star-decorated combat commander Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin outlines her experiences and those of 13 other brave women and men affected by Military Sexual Trauma. Join us for a frank discussion about the invisible wounds left behind by assault, trauma, hardship, and combat. Copies of Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield will be available for purchase and signing.

Event Title: “Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin: Stories from the Front”
Speaker: Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin
Date: Wednesday October 19th, 2022

1PM in the Technology Campus Auditorium

6PM in the Pecan Campus Student Union Building

Cover of Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, And Resilience On The MST Battlefield

After serving 30 years in the Air Force, and as its most senior-ranking Latina officer upon retirement, Colonel Carrington Firmin was horrified by the appalling murder of a fellow Latina, Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, in April 2020. Vanessa’s horrific death became the catalyst for repressed memories of the colonel’s own sexual assault during initial training and the repeated sexual harassment she endured early in her career and catapulted her on a soul-searching journey to document others’ experiences and to advocate for change within the armed services. Her poem “Into the Light,” featured in Stories from the Front, captures her feelings and recounts how she came to end her silence on the negative aspects of her military career. The colonel is proud of her service and the strong bonds she had with so many military professionals, but acknowledges that now is the time to share the full reality of all that she experienced and endured.

Stories from the Front is published by Blue Ear Books on April 22, 2022, to commemorate the second anniversary of Vanessa Guillén’s murder.

Blue Ear Books official website

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

Kick off STC Library’s Title IX 50th Anniversary series with a classic film about women in sports. Join us for snacks and a movie on Monday, September 26th at 11:30AM in the cafeteria of building H.

Can’t make it? Join us for an encore showing with an introduction and Q&A session with Title IX Coordinator Lauren Starnes on Thursday, September 29th at 6PM in the Student Union building.

 

Happy Constitution Day

Constitution Day Resources

Happy Constitution Day

The signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia happened on September 17, 1787. September 17 is now celebrated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Informational Websites

Library Resources

Constitution Day Books

 Blessings of liberty : a concise history of the constitution of the United States

Blessings of liberty : a concise history of the constitution of the United States

Historical dictionary of U.S. Constitution

Historical dictionary of U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution : Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

The U.S. Constitution : Discover How Democracy Works with 25 Projects

 Approaching the U.S. Constitution : Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

Approaching the U.S. Constitution : Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

The U.S. Constitution and constitutional law

The U.S. Constitution and constitutional law

 Women and the U.S. Constitution : History, Interpretation, and Practice

Women and the U.S. Constitution : History, Interpretation, and Practice

Interpreting the Constitution

Interpreting the Constitution

Constitution: Overview, Issues and Interpretations

Constitution: Overview, Issues and Interpretations

How to read the Constitution and why

How to read the Constitution and why

The men who made the Constitution

The men who made the Constitution

i'Mpossible

Joshua Rivedal: From Impossible to I’m Possible

i'Mpossible with Joshua Rivedal

Joshua RivedalSeptember is National Suicide Awareness month. STC Library invites our students, faculty, staff, and community to join us for a presentation on how mental wellness is attainable and suicide is preventable. Our presenter, Joshua Rivedal, is the founder and creative director of The i’Mpossible Project. As a public speaker and educator, his primary focus is on suicide prevention and mental health; speeches and seminars on his experiences as a survivor of suicide loss, an attempt survivor, an abuse survivor, and youth suicide prevention—often paired with standup comedy or his one-man show Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt (based on his book The Gospel According to Josh).

Event Title: “From Impossible to I’m Possible: Suicide Prevention CPR”
Speaker: Joshua Rivedal
Date: Wednesday September 21st, 2022
Time: 6PM CST

Register here: Link

From Impossible to I'm Possible

If you or someone you know are faced with a mental health crisis, please call the crisis hotline of the local mental health or local behavioral health authority for your county. You may find this number by using the online mental health services search form or by calling one of the numbers below.

Student Success Workshops

Student Success Workshop recordings now available!

Student Success Workshops

In the Spring 2022 semester, STC Libraries partnered with the Center for Learning Excellence to offer six Student Success Workshops available though Zoom for STC students. The workshops are now available through the Center for Learning Excellence’s YouTube channel at the following links.

Keep an eye on this blog as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds for more opportunities to brush up on your library know-how and studying skills!

Pride Films

Pride films available on Swank

June is Pride Month; celebrate with STC Library

A list of films for Pride Month: Woman on Fire, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Deep in Vogue, Moon Manor, and Wig.Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month with some great films from Swank available to watch with your South Texas College account.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Three transgender performers well known for their lavish costumes and lip-synching in Sydney travel across the Australian Outback in their ramshackle bus, “Priscilla,” on their way to a gig at a casino.

Angels in America – New York City, 1985. A gay couple’s relationship is rocked by the revelation that one has AIDS; a young man named Joe Pitts is offered a job by conservative icon Roy Cohn–who also learns he has AIDS.

Before Night Falls – Javier Bardem stars as Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, whose political views and homosexuality landed him in jail under Castro’s repressive regime.

But I’m a Cheerleader – When her parents suspect that she’s a lesbian, a high-school student (Natasha Lyonne) is sent to a sexual-rehabilitation camp.

Deep in Vogue – Deep in Vogue celebrates the colorful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern Vogue and its people. Synonymous with the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York this documentary asks why we need Vogue in Manchester now more than ever.

Do I Sound Gay? – A look at the stereotype of the “gay voice” examines its connotations in modern society.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Cameron, a high-school track athlete, is forced to attend a Christian gay conversion therapy center after her legal guardian discovers she is a lesbian. But Cameron finds camaraderie and solidarity with the other gay teens there and learns how to survive in an intolerant world.

Moon Manor – With advancing Alzheimer’s and a determination to do things his way, Jimmy’s decided to throw himself a fabulous FUNeral before his intentional death, showing his estranged brother, salt-of-the earth caretaker, sharp-witted death doula, a novice obituary writer, a cosmic being, and the guests at his FUNeral — that sometimes the art of living just may be the art of dying.

Moonlight – The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Stonewall – A gay runaway in the 1960s finds a sympathetic community at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. In time, harassment from the police galvanizes his political conscience.

Suited – A look at a tailoring company in Brooklyn that provides custom attire for LGBTQ clients features profiles of the owners and the diverse community they serve.

Tell It To The Bees – A female doctor pursues a romantic relationship with the mother of her young patient in 1950s Britain. The latter is evicted from her rural home; they all risk social ostracization when the doctor allows the two of them to live with her and her bee colonies.

Wig: A New York Drag Story – This feature documentary offers a vibrant cultural history of drag and the annual outdoor festival that came to epitomize it: Wigstock. Drawing on unfiltered access to some of New York’s most famed drag artists – tenured veterans and talented newcomers alike – Wig follows legendary drag queen Lady Bunny as she aims to resurrect Wigstock for a new generation.

Woman on Fire – Woman on Fire follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.

 

June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month; celebrate with STC Library

In the United States, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Many events are held during June to recognize the impact LGBTQIA+ people have made on society.

Transgender 101 with Antonia Harter

Antonia HarterAntonia Harter presented Transgender 101 in the auditorium at Mid-Valley Campus on Tuesday, March 22nd at 10AM. Through a partnership with faculty member Jenny Chamberlain, STC Library was able to record the presentation for posterity. Antonia Harter has presented Transgender 101 for students, faculty, and the community at STC for over ten years. She has decided to retire the presentation this year, and so we were privileged to archive this influential and historic lecture.

We are excited to share the full presentation and Q&A session, now available on our YouTube page.

View the recording here: https://youtu.be/j5o8cgj71KA

Pride Resources

STC’s LGBTQIA+ Student Rights and Responsibilities – Resources for students. South Texas College is committed to providing support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and + gender identities in our community. We believe that a campus environment that celebrates differences in sexuality, sexual identity and gender identity is beneficial to the entire community.

Resources and Support for LGBTQIA+ College Students – This resource is intended to be a welcoming guide for supporters to build bridges of understanding when someone they know comes out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Stonewall Forever – An online monument that explores LGBTQIA+ life before and after Stonewall.

Pride Talk with Jo Reyes-Boitel – STC’s 2021 Pride celebration featured a talk with local author Jo Reyes-Boitel about her work, being a queer woman, and how she established her voice as a writer. Includes readings from Michael + Josephine and mouth.

LGBTQIA+ Studies Resource Guide – A guide with resources from the Library of Congress. These collections tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQIA+ life in America and around the world.

The Advocate – Established in 1967, the oldest continuing LGBTQIA+ publication in the United States. The website contains approximately thirty percent of the print issue online, updated daily.

Digital Transgender Archive – The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.

In the Valley

RGV Pride “Mexi-Dogs” Fundraiser – June 4th at 11AM at VAC South Texas. Organized by RGV Pride.

Pride Month Movie Night – June 6th at 6PM at The Broken Sprocket. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project and Planned Parenthood South Texas.

Rainbow Power Pride Night – June 9th at 6PM at the Landmark on Tower. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project.

Pulse Vigil: RGV Memorial in Solidarity – June 12th at 6:30PM at Mount Calvary Christian Church. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project.

RGV Pride Festival – June 25th from 12PM – 3AM in South Padre Island.

Living Beyond Borders

Living Beyond Borders with Margarita Longoria

Living Beyond Borders

STC Library is thrilled to host local librarian and author Margarita Longoria for National Library Week! Join us for a discussion of libraries, books, publishing, and Margarita’s recent anthology Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America

Margarita Longoria Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers. A powerful exploration of what it means to be Mexican American.” – Penguin Random House

Join us on Zoom Webinar on April 7th at 6PM. To register, visit the link below.

Event Title: “Living Beyond Borders with Margarita Longoria”

Speaker: Margarita Longoria

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

Register here: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZUo6oubMQwa-Kk6iSi4rIA

Project Management

Project Management with William Roper

Project Managment

IT project management involves planning, scheduling, execution, monitoring and reporting of IT projects. Learn from STC alumnus William Roper about this important part of the IT field.

Event Title: “Project Management”

Speaker: William Roper

Date: Thursday, March 24th 2022

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

Register here: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R1vnC3mmT0uQKCunevwIWA