All posts by Rebecca Komperda

Book Drive for Open Books!

Dominican University will be hosting a Book Drive in collaboration with Open Books from Monday, November 3 until Thursday, December 4.  Look for the book drop box at Rebecca Crown Library, near room Crown 111!

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture providing literacy experience for thousands of readers annually through inspirational programs and creative capitalization of books. Every month, thousands of books are donated to classrooms and nonprofits as well as providing free books to hundreds of students participating in their instructional programs.

Dominican University is asking for YOUR help in providing the most popular and engaging titles. Open Books welcomes all books: Fiction, Nonfiction, Children’s Books, Cookbooks, Craft Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Foreign Language Books, College Textbooks, Poetry, Plays and more. CDs and DVDS are also accepted!

For more information on Open Books programs, stores, and volunteer opportunities.


Last Zotero Workshop Of the Semester!

The FINAL Zotero Workshop of the semester will be an online webinar taking place this Saturday, November 8 from 5:30-6:30 pm!

Learn how to assemble bibliographies with ease using Zotero software.  This workshop will cover setting up an account, collecting and organizing sources, and building citations with the click of a button.  No prior experience is necessary.

Come one, come all! Sign-up is free and sign-up is here!

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On this Day: King Tut’s Tomb Discovered

On November 4, 1922 King Tutankhamen‘s Tomb was discovered by Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. Upon Carter’s initial arrival in Egypt in 1891, majority of the Egyptian tombs had already been discovered,except for King Tut’s. The steps leading up to King Tut’s was discovered under debris near the tomb of King Ramses VI, also in the Valley of the Kings. Twenty-four days later on November 26, 1922 Carter and Lord Carnarvon, archaeologist, entered into the interior chambers of the tomb. Over the next several years Carter continued his exploration through the four-room tomb, where his most superb finding was of a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins. Within the final coffin, which was made of gold, the mummy of King-Tut, which was preserved for more than 3,000 years was discovered. The remaining treasures can now be found in the Cairo Museum in Egypt.

For more information on King Tutankhamen check out the books found in the Rebecca Crown Library.

Learn How to Use Prezi!

Throughout the semester Rebecca Crown Library offers various resource workshops covering the topics of Zotero, Google and Prezi. There are only four workshops remaining for this semester be sure to view our calendar of the upcoming workshops.

The highlighted workshop this month is the Prezi Basic taking place on Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 p.m. in Crown 111. Please register for this workshop at least 24 hours prior to start.

Come out to learn how to create dynamic presentations using Prezi software. This workshop will cover the basics of setting up an account and using a template to create your first Prezi presentation. No prior experience is necessary for this Prezi Basics Workshop. Register Here!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) initiative is to raise awareness of the issues those with disabilities are faced with as well as to celebrate  the contributions of American workers with disabilities. This years “Expect. Employ. empower.”

The beginning of NDEAM dates back to 1945 when the first initiative made by Congress was through the in-statement of a law honoring the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” Seventeen years later, in 1962 the word physically was removed to be more inclusive for those with all types of disabilities. But the initiative didn’t start  end there, in 1988 Congress increased awareness by dedicating a month as National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Ana Castillo’s Lund-Gill Lecture Tonight

The 2014-2015 Lund-Gill Endowed Chair is the internationally distinguished Chicana creative writer, playwright, essayist, editor, translator and scholar, Ana Castillo.

Within the Latin community, Ana Castillo is not only revered as one of the most prominent Latina writers in the United States but also an esteemed representative of the Latina feminist movement. She has also dedicated her life to human rights, free expression, cultural exchange and exploring the political and ethical implications of personal experience.

Her current endeavors include teaching an honors English class on ‘Writing Life Stories’ strengthening students to develop their own voice as well as being  the founding publisher and editor of La Tolteca, focusing on the advancement “of a world without borders and censorship.”

All are welcome to the Lund Auditorium on Thursday, October 9th to hear Ana Castillo deliver the Lund-Gill Chair Lecture, “Twenty Years of Xicanisma: Latina Empowerment in the U.S.” Admission is free, but reservations are required through the Lund-Gill Chair website.

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact:

Dominican Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Dominican University takes a strong initiative in fostering the education of diversity both on campus and in the wider community. September 15 through October 15 is celebrated as the National Hispanic Heritage Month. In lieu of our diversity initiative the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Success and Diversity, and the Dominican University Alumnae/i Association will be hosting the 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Reception. For the past 11 years Dominican University has been honoring the history and heritage of our proud Dominican family in recognition of this event.
Rebecca Crown Library is also a proud contributor to the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month through our collection of Latin/Hispanic authors.  Crown Library houses authors such as Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, José Gamaliel Gonzalez and Reymundo Sanchez, just to name a few.
La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 
A 1984 coming-of-age novel dealing with the young Esperanza Cordero’s experience and assimilation to growing up in Chicago amongst the Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. The novel takes us through Esperanza’s journey in finding a better life and having to “say goodbye” to the impoverished Latin neighborhood is all so familiar with.
Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago by José Gamaliel Gonzalez
An autobiography by José Gamaliel Gonzalez, an artists empowering his marginalized and oppressed community, on his reflection of his life and role present within the developing Mexican, Chicano and Latino art within the city he calls home.
Lady Q by Reymundo Sanchez 
A raw and powerful memoir highlighting Sonia Rodriquez’s struggle in her survival on the streets as well as well as holding top rank within a new mafia, the Latin Kings and becoming a Latin Queen.