Saturday, March 29, 2014

Student Sculpture Exhibit - Plaster and Rope

This Spring, the Introduction to Sculpture class has prepared two different types of artwork, one using rope and one using plaster.

An exhibit of the students' work is on display in the Armacost Library through April 16th.  A Reception for the Artists, open to all, will be held on April 2, 2014 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. in the second floor library lobby.

Repetition, Rhythm, & Rope

Students, working with partners, worked together to create a sculpture that uses the principles of repetition and rhythm as a focus. Additionally, the use of rope as their main material created special problems, which needed to be solved according to the ideas and developed forms.  Each group encountered problems that were structural and aesthetic, coming to solutions and decisions along the way. The resulting pieces reflect patience, innovation, perseverance, problem solving and excellent craftsmanship.

Rope Sculpture by: Carrie Jo Caffrey and Daniel De la Torre

Planar Sculpture Artwork

Students cast and carved plaster sculptures with several goals in mind; to learn to cast plaster keeping the integrity of the material so as to be able to carve a blank form and create a single sculpture of well developed planes, to make a piece considering the relationship of forms as they develop around the sculpture, and to work towards excellent craftsmanship. This is the first piece of the semester and represents students that are both non-art majors and art majors in an Art Studio Foundation Class.

ART 145 Introduction to Sculpture
Professor Renée Azenaro
Spring 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Libraries Going Green

There are many ways nowadays that libraries are improving upon their sustainability methods, from reducing unnecessary waste to bringing indoor plants into the picture to improve indoor air quality. In the Armacost Library we have been making an effort toward a more green environment. Taking a look at other academic libraries has been a helpful way of doing so. Here are some of the ways other libraries have been making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and improve other aspects of their library with environmentally friendly features.

photograph by Nicole Loughan, 2013

Natural Light:  Skylights and a larger amount of windows have been common additions to new libraries being built. This helps to conserve both energy and money as the lights have to be turned on less often. Recent studies have also shown that students feel less tension and anxiety when spending long periods of time next to windows and with natural light as opposed to solid walls and indoor lighting.

photograph by Alice Dubin, 2013

Indoor Plants:  Plants are being used indoors more and more commonly to reduce carbon dioxide and other common harmful compounds in closed buildings. Plants indoors can also help people inside to feel less stressed and more productive.

Reducing the Use of Unneeded Resources:
  • Printing is often a necessity in academic libraries. Many schools, including our own, have made efforts to reduce the amount of paper we use by turning in papers electronically or assigning homework online.
  • Energy efficient lighting and motion sensors for both lighting fixtures and water faucets have been popular installations to conserve common resources.
  • Many academic libraries have cafes for students. One way that has been very successful for reducing the use of plastic cups around schools is asking them to bring their own reusable mugs.

For more information, please visit these resources:

- posted by Sara Frank

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nutritionist and Author Marion Nestle Visits Redlands

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On Wednesday, March 19th, the University of Redlands will host an evening with special guest speaker Marion Nestle, which will take place at 7:00 P.M. in the Orton Center. Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Throughout her career, Marion has published several articles in a variety of professional publications, and has authored and/or co-authored nearly a dozen books that primarily address issues concerning nutrition, health and food politics.

Marion Nestle's research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity and food safety while emphasizing the role of food marketing. The lecture that Marion Nestle will be giving on Wednesday evening will no doubt incorporate her research findings, and the best way to become acquainted with her research is to read some of the work that she has published over the past years. The Armacost Library, which is located on the University of Redlands campus, carries several of Marion Nestle’s books, including her most recent work, titled Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

Posted for Travis Upshaw, Night Supervisor at Armacost Library

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Women's History Month 2014

It wasn't until the 1970s that women's contributions to history and culture in the U.S. began to be celebrated and recognized.  In 1981, a congressional resolution officially established a “National Women’s History Week,” and in 1987 the National Women's History Project lobbied for expanding the celebration to the entire month of March.

The theme for 2014 is "Women of Courage, Character, and Commitment." The theme "honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience."   

The 2014 honorees include:

Chipeta (1843 – 1924) 
Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat

Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author

Agatha Tiegel Hanson, (1873 – 1959)
Educator,  Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community

Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863 – 1934)
Women’s Employment Pioneer

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and Public Health Activist  

Roxcy Bolton  (1926 – Present)
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer

Arden Eversmeyer (1931 – Present)
The Old Lesbian Herstory Project, Founder

Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935 – Present)
International Women’s Rights Activist

Ann Lewis (1937 – Present)
Women’s Rights Organizer and Women’s History Advocate
Jaida Im (1961 – Present)
Advocate for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran
Lisa Taylor (1974 – Present)
Civil Rights Attorney
Explore this year's honorees, the issues for which they advocated, and other courageous and committed women in the Armacost Library.  Just a few of the books and DVDs available listed below.  Ask us what else is available @ mylibrarian

Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction 
Feminist, Queer, Crip
Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women
Trafficking Women's Human Rights