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

STC Alumni Series: Mariana Prado

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery continues its STC Alum Series with an exhibit celebrating STC graduate Mariana Prado. The series seeks to support a new generation of professional artists who started their careers at South Texas College. Prado recently completed a residency at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York after receiving her BFA from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2021. 

Mariana Prado is originally from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and now resides in the Rio Grande Valley. She specializes in soft yarn sculpture, oil painting, and plastic arts. 

The exhibit will be on view from September 22 through December 9, 2022, at the STC Technology Campus Library at 3700 W. Military Hwy, Bldg. A, in McAllen, TX. 

There will be a reception and art talk on November 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

STC’s 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.

Contact (956) 872-6207, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit: http://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

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 Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit: http://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryartgallery.

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

Sequence in Print

STC Library Art Gallery showcases printmaking artists in the community.

South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents “Sequence in Print,” an exhibition showcasing two RGV-based printmaking artists turned instructors, Eduardo Garcia from South Texas College and Jesse Burciaga, a new instructor at UTRGV Brownsville. The exhibit on the first floor also features an array of artwork with different printmaking techniques from community members who participated in the “Creatures of the Night” call for artwork inspired by fright and folklore. 

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Oct. 12, 2022, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. “Sequence in Print” is at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, Bldg. F, 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, TX

Artist, Eduardo Garcia received his MFA from the University of North Texas and joined STC in 1997. “Printmaking allows for the creation of multiples from one matrix. I feel that this aspect makes printmaking the most democratic art form since prints can be shared with many,” said Garcia. 

Jesse Burciaga received his MFA from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He got his artistic beginning by making artwork of the people in his community and now teaches students at UTRGV. Burciaga says his artwork reflects his self-described fronteño culture (living on both sides of the Mexican American border).

Along with this exhibition, printmaking workshops will take place every second Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with Eduardo Garcia, Jessie Burciaga, Melissa Terry, and Chris Leonard. The workshops will highlight the artists’ processes and methods. The exhibition and workshops are free and open to the public.

Sept. 14 – Screen print on Clay with Melissa Terry and Chris Leonard
Room B. 115 Ceramic Studio

Oct. 12 – Collagraph Printing with Eduardo Garcia
Room B. 101 Printmaking Studio

Nov. 9 – Monoprint with Jessie Burciaga
Room B. 101 Printmaking Studio

The exhibition will open Sept. 19 and run through Dec. 2, 2022.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and 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 the library at (956) 872-6120, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

 Sequence in Print Poster

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.

Roma High School logo

Roma High School Art Exhibition

Roma High School Art ExhibitionSouth Texas College Starr Campus Library Art Gallery exhibits artwork by Roma High School students who participated in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE).

South Texas College Starr Campus Library Art Gallery partners with Roma High School to present an exhibition displaying featured works of art by students. The exhibit will be displayed at the STC Starr County Campus from September 6 to December 2, 2022.  

 Roma High School Event flyerA workshop and reception will be held at the library on September 29, 2022, from 10 – 11 a.m. at 142 FM 3167 Bldg. K, Rio Grande City, TX.

 STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ 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 (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, or visit library.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

 

 

 

 

Canción del Perro Exhibition

South Texas College hosts soft sculpture exhibition at the Mid-Valley Campus Library.

Artist lecture, workshop, and reception: October 6, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The South Texas College Mid-Valley Library Art Gallery presents “El Canción del Perro (Song of the Dog),” an installation featuring soft sculpture by artist Angelica Raquel Martinez.

Angelica Raquel Martinez will show her process of building soft sculptures with detailed embellishments during Song of the Dog Posterher exhibition on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Angelica Raquel Martinez is a Texas State University and the University of Texas San Antonio graduate and is now a high school educator. In her multi-disciplinary studio practice, Martinez uses narratives focused on folklore, familial storytelling, and her personal experiences to investigate the ideas of morality and the soul using animal imagery. The exhibition, artist lecture, and workshop are free and open to the public.

The exhibit opens on August 22 and will be on view until December 9, 2022, at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N Border, Bldg. E, in Weslaco, TX.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ 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.

Contact (956) 872-3488, gotvos@southtexascollege.edu for more information or visit https://library.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.

Call for Art: Creatures of the Night

Call for Artwork BannerSouth Texas Library Art Gallery showcases the printmaking talent in the community alongside some of the big hitters in the local scene.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to send original printmaking artwork in the theme of “Creatures of the Night: Fright and Folklore.” Artworks must be 2D, in any printmaking medium, and ready to hang on the wall. Prints must be appropriate for all ages. The call for art deadline is September 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Call for Artwork Entry Form

The artwork will be exhibited alongside Eduardo Garcia and Jessie Burciaga, two RGV Printmaking Faculty at STC and UTRGV Brownsville, respectively, at the STC Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, September 19 through December 2, 2022. A reception for the exhibition will be held on October 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. There will also be three printmaking workshops on the second Wednesday of each month, September through November. The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.

To participate, fill out and attach the entry form to your ready-to-hang print by September 7 at 5 p.m.

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

Resources:
 Simple printmaking : a beginner's guide to making relief prints with linoleum blocks, wood blocks, rubber stamps, found objects & more  Bats of Texas - eBook CoverCreature Image from ARTStor

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!