Hotspot Program

Attention Students! Need Home Internet?

STC Library now has free WiFi Hotspots available!

The Hotspot Program provides students the ability to remotely connect personal laptops or tablets to online Library databases, eBooks, and streaming videos, Blackboard, and other helpful online resources. The application for the Hotspot Program is open for Summer 2021, and provides internet service through the Summer sessions.

Students must be actively enrolled to qualify; see the eligibility requirements here.

There is a limited number of hotspots available so apply now!

Applications are due by May 14, 2021.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Grant #LS-246193-OLS-20).* (2021)

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Call for Muralist: Historic Bethel Garden

Bethel bannerSouth Texas College Library Art Gallery, in coordination with the RGV Bethel Garden Mural Taskforce and Keep McAllen Beautiful, Inc., is seeking muralists to help portray and preserve the history and culture of African American life and its significant impact on McAllen’s history. Bethel Garden is located at 1322 S. 16th Street, McAllen TX, 78501 (corner of S. 16th and Booker T. Washington Streets).

The City of McAllen recently adopted Bethel Garden, a Texas Historical landmark and the former site of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church – McAllen’s first African American church (1941– 2004). The McAllen City Parks and Recreation Department was tasked to make improvements to the site which included the construction of four additional mural panels. The call for muralists is also an opportunity to focus on the former Booker T. Washington High School (BTW) which was located across the street from the church (1946-1957). The BTW School was the only high school available for African American youth in Hidalgo and its neighboring counties.

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Those interested are invited to submit up to three designs for one or more of the 4 – six by six foot mural panels in separate themes focused on:

  • Faith – the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Hope – the Booker T. Washington High School
  • Love – Community Charitable Services
  • Unity – the La Paloma Neighborhood (formerly known as the Booker T. Washington Addition)

The Bethel Garden Mural Taskforce is accepting potential designs through June 30, 2021.

A total of four murals will be painted. This mural project is made possible through a grant to provide artist materials and small stipend.Mural Panels

According to Ray Howard, a community organizer, “McAllen’s Bethel Garden is a tribute to its African American heritage and cultural influence. It is a continuous celebration of our inclusion and contributions to the City’s growth and development over time. Under Mayor Darling’s leadership, coupled with interagency collaborations and a host of volunteers, the treasured memories of our McAllen ancestors and their vision for an even better future for all is preserved for generations to come”.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/callforart

The taskforce that will choose muralists include:
Pastor Nick Maddox, Bishop Michael Smith, Sharon Smith, Dr. Ray Howard, Cristela Cano, Valerie Ramirez, and Dr. Lisa Irby.

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War and Peace on the Rio Grande

South Texas College Library looks at history of the Rio Grande Valley in new Civil War exhibit

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South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery and History department proudly present UTRGV’s CHAPS traveling exhibit “War & Peace on the Rio Grande, 1861-1867” at STC’s Mid-Valley Library, which begins on April 5, and will be on view until June 30.

The Mid-Valley Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, TX.

Roseann Bacha GarzaCivil War on Rio GrandeExhibit coordinator Roseann Bacha-Garza will speak on April 13 at 3 p.m., on the Civil War, as well as its history and impact on the border region. In her presentation, Garza is expected to explain how historic storytelling relates to both art history and the coordination of exhibits. *click here to access eBook

Marianne MonsonWomen of Blue & Gray

Author Marianne Monson is also slated to speak on her book “Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies,” on April 27 at 3 p.m., covering those diverse women who defied norms to participate in the war as abolitionists, teachers, and soldiers.

The Parallel series has been developed to highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

All events are free and open to the public.

History Database Spotlight: History Study Center

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

Explore History Study Center

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight


History Study Center
is an online resource providing a vast collection of digitized primary and secondary sources for the study of history. It is suitable for a wide range of uses, from students looking for quick and reliable facts on a historical topic, to examining hard-to-find primary source texts. History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. It provides over 40,000 documents and articles, with over 50 reference works, 3,000 images and links to 2,000 Web sites.

What does History Study Center provide?

  • Study Units: selected material on over five hundred historical topics. More about Study Units
  • Historical Documents: hundreds of primary source texts from historical sourcebooks. Sourcebook details for reference articles, maps and historical documents.
  • Maps and Reference: thousands of maps, articles and biographies from historical atlases and encyclopedias. Sourcebook details for reference articles, maps and historical documents.
    Also included are Topic Overviews, essay-length introductions to historical themes and texts. More about topic overviews
  • Multimedia: images and video clips, all captioned to provide historical context, plus links to selected Web sites of interest to historians. More about Multimedia Collections
  • Journals: Full text articles from over 70 journals relevant to history. Journal details

You can access History Study Center from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


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ARTchitecture – An AEDT & Art Collaborative Exhibit

“ARTchitecture” explores the connections between visual art and architecture.

AEDT BannerTopic: AEDT / ARTchitecture Open House, Presentations and Roundtable
When: Mar. 9, 2021 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) – Virtual

Register for this webinar: https://southtexascollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lmLVgG9GTQS3OaEBYjSLwg

Take a Virtual Tour below!

South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels,” which highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

“ARTchitecture,” features photographs, renderings and drawings by former and current students and faculty in the AEDT program and will be on view March 1 – August 20, 2021. The exhibit will be on view at the STC Technology Campus Library Art Gallery. The Technology Campus Library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy in McAllen, Texas.

A full day of presentations about architecture, engineering, drafting and technology and its connection to the visual arts will take place on Tuesday, March 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants may join at any time and choose the sessions that are of interest. Participation is free and open to the public with registration.

Schedule

“The parallels between art and architecture have existed throughout history. It continues to be evident today. Needless to say, the beauty of their parallel influences is timeless,” Laura Salas, STC AEDT Program Chair and Associate Professor.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

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Explore Home Improvement Reference Center

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight


Home Improvement Reference Center
is a full text database designed for use in public and school libraries. Content contained in the database will focus on home improvement and home repair. The main navigation will direct researchers to high-quality repair information. Thousands of repairs will be available in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, plumbing projects, wood projects, decorating projects and maintenance. In addition to the repair information, other magazines and reference books focusing on home improvement will be included in the database. The intent of this new product is to provide full text articles that show instructions, tips, and suggestions for a variety of home improvement projects.

What does Home Improvement Reference Center provide?

  • Step by step instructions are provided in high-quality PDF files
  • Magazine and reference books are included
  • Conduct keyword search or browse project categories
  • Set up a personal account through STC and save your searches
  • Set up search alerts: new search results can be sent as an automatic email notification

You can access Home Improvement Reference Center from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


Mathematically Artistic and Then Some

The STC Library celebrates long-time RGV educator and artist with an exhibition and virtual workshop.

Lisa Irby BannerImage: Lisa Irby, “Face of the Family,” Cut paper on tagboard.

South Texas College Library Art Gallery continues its monthly spring semester series, “Parallels,” which highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

“Mathematically Artistic and Then Some,” featuring paintings and paper cut designs by Dr. Lisa Irby, will be on view at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, second floor, February 1 to March 23, 2021. The STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

A virtual paper cut design workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Participation is free and open to the public but must register in advance.

Workshop materials:
– 9 x 12” Black tagboard or any thick surface to apply cut paper pieces
– Cardstock, assorted colors
– Glue, craft preferred
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Eraser, white gum Preferred
– Double-sided Tape
– Mod Podge, to cover finished artwork

Dr. Lisa Irby received her Educational Doctorate in 2002 and a Masters of Counseling and Guidance in 1987. From 1988 to 2018 as a teacher, instructional facilitator, and school administrator she served students, teachers and parents in both the public and private school sectors. Her instructional approach to education allowed her to incorporate artwork as a means of connecting the various educational disciplines. Irby is now a full time artist, working mostly in acrylicpainting and more recently, drawing on her previous experience as a stained glass artist, she creates vibrant and intricate cut paper designs. Dr. Irby also serves in local committees that seek to uplift African American history and voices in the Rio Grande Valley.

“My paintings and works are invitations for my viewers to experience color through subtle nuances or bold, dramatic displays.  The unique characteristics of each of my images are meant to inspire conversations, penetrate imaginations, and ultimately entice viewers to linger longer and experience my passion for art and creative expression,” says Irby

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STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Black History Month Virtual Event: “Learning to Love Lincoln”

STC Library presents scholar, author, and professor Diana Schaub of Loyola University Maryland, who will be discussing Frederick Douglass’s speech, “Oration in Memory of Lincoln.”

“Having originally been a severe critic of Abraham Lincoln, the radical abolitionist Frederick Douglass grew to appreciate Lincoln’s prudential statesmanship. In his 1876 “Oration in Memory of Lincoln” he recapitulated that intellectual and emotional journey for the benefit of all Americans.”

This event is free and open to the public, and will be conducted through Zoom.

Event Title: “Learning to Love Lincoln: Frederick Douglass’s Journey from Grievance to Gratitude”

Speaker: Professor Diana Schaub

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm CST

Registration is available here: Learning to Love Lincoln

All are invited to read this important, captivating speech by Frederick Douglass prior to the event. The speech is available to STC students, faculty, and staff through STC library’s ebook collection at this link, and also available to the general public here.

For more information please contact: Bryan H. Smith, or Debby Hutchins.

Explore Artstor

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight


Artstor
provides faculty and students with a complete image resource that supports study across disciplines. The Artstor Digital Library provides straightforward access to curated images from reliable sources that have been rights-cleared for use in education and research. You are free to use them in classroom instruction and handouts, presentations, student assignments, and other noncommercial educational and scholarly activities. It’s easy to find related material, which makes the difficult task of building context and finding comparisons much simpler. Faculty can also ensure their students are working with the appropriate images by sharing their course material in image groups.

What does Artstor provide?

  • Approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images (and growing)
  • Images come with high-quality metadata from the collection catalogers, curators, institutions, and artists
  • Artstor LibGuides tailored for librarians, faculty, higher ed, and secondary school students to get started–or become experts–using the Artstor Digital Library
  • Curriculum Guides include selected images for teaching courses curated by experts in their field with a course syllabus outlining topics and themes, a set of images for each theme, and a description of how the images can be used in that course
  • 22 Subject Guides highlight collections, search strategies and search terms to help users across disciplines find relevant content in the Artstor Digital Library

You can access Artstor from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Ana Naumann.


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Common Journey of Mathematics & Art

New STC exhibition examines relationship between mathematics and art

“Common Journey of Mathematics & Art” exhibition runs January 19 through March 23, 2021 at STC Pecan Library.

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Image: Kirk Clark, “Sky Angel,” Acrylic on mylar, 2020 

South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents the first in a monthly spring semester series that highlights the connections between seemingly unconnected disciplines—Mathematics, AEDT, History, and Science– with Art.

In collaboration with the Mathematics and Art Departments at STC, the Gallery presents: “A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art.”

The monthly series of exhibitions will be supported by virtual lectures, book displays and a library database exploring how, working between disciplines, we can achieve better outcomes—moving from STEM to STEAM and foster the creation of art by thinking across boundaries.

“A Common Journey of Mathematics and Art,” will be on view at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Jan. 19 to March 23, 2021. The STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., Bldg. F in McAllen, Texas.

There will be a virtual conversation and tour on Tuesday, Mar. 23 at 3 p.m. with the curators of the exhibit, STC Faculty Mario Morin, Kirk Clark and Nathan England.

“Throughout human history, two natural elements of human thought and progress can be evidenced by mathematics and art,” said Morin, an organizer of the exhibit and STC Mathematics Chair and Instructor. “While not usually combined in outright terms, the nature and behavior(s) of the two schools of thought both complement one another. and sometimes are necessitated in the study of the other.

“Our Spring 2021 Mathematics + Art Exhibit will highlight these interactions through three themes: Geometry, the Golden Ratio and Infinity,” Morin added. “Each of these concepts spans hundreds, if not, thousands of years of human history and has had remarkable impact on our everyday lives (whether we may recognize this or not).  Our intention is to both expose this marriage of thought & art but also to encourage further exploration into the possibilities that may exist.”

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STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art and its role in culture, support academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information contact gotvos@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.