Spotlight on Student Worker Kelly Kuzminski

One year ago Kelly Kuzminski heard about an opening in Media Resources/Edlab from a friend, and she brought exceptional service skills, a professional attitude and strong work ethic to the department. Kelly, a native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, will graduate with a doctorate in Physical Therapy this month.

Kelly most enjoys helping students and faculty locate educational resources to supplement classroom information. Having access to materials has helped Kelly enhance her own knowledge. She feels that the Library has something to offer everyone on campus-whether it is study rooms, books, films, research materials or food. Kelly believes that while many students utilize the Internet for research purposes, there’s nothing like good, old-fashioned books and ledgers to help make an exceptional paper or project.

Within the Physical Therapy Department Kelly is a Graduate Assistant and a student liaison. She is also involved in Seniorcise, Kidsercise and Challenger Soccer.  Kelly enjoys working with the PA Physical Therapy Association’s Political Action Committee. Her hobbies include learning about military history and the American Civil War, touring historical sites, horseback riding, reading, arts and crafts and restoring old furniture. Her favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie and her favorite movie is Forrest Gump. A surprising fact about Kelly is that she’s a Civil War buff who knows an unreasonable amount of information about the four-year conflict.

Currently Kelly is completing her clinical internships. Her career goal is to work with active duty military personnel and veterans with a focus on the rehabilitation of amputees. She also plans to become an orthopedic clinical specialist.

Thank you, Kelly. We wish you all the best!

Spotlight on Student Worker: Kyle Kasman

Kyle Kasman is in the student-worker spotlight this week.  Hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Kyle began working in Media Resources/Edlab two years ago while pursuing his doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kyle has an outgoing personality, and he most enjoys connecting with other people and finding new movies and books about their interests. Kyle’s excellent organizational skills and attention to detail have helped to keep Media Resources running smoothly. His advice to other students is to take advantage of all the services the Library has to offer and to ask the librarians for help.

A member of the PT Club, Kyle is involved in Seniorcise, an exercise program for seniors, and he assists in coordinating a local wheelchair basketball tournament. His hobbies include playing guitar, photography, hiking, kayaking and camping. You might be surprised to learn that Kyle used to sing and play guitar in a band that was almost signed to a record label!

Kyle is currently completing his clinical internships. His favorite professor is Dr. Leininger and his favorite class is Orthopedics, so it’s fitting that one of Kyle’s career goals is to become a Physical Therapist who specializes in Orthopedics.

Thank you Kyle, for all you have done here! We wish you all the best in the future.

Spotlight on Student Worker Donovan Sarango

Donovan Sarango, an Exercise Science major from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has only been working in Media Resources for a few months, and our single regret is that he didn’t start sooner.  His friendliness and enthusiasm are appreciated by our patrons and staff.

Donovan has a variety of activities and hobbies. He’s a member of Ultimate Frisbee (aka Electric City Scranton Ultimate), which is a competitive club that participates in tournaments in and around Pennsylvania. He also plays Intramural Soccer on the Flying Tunas team and volunteers at the Jewish Community Center as a personal trainer. Creative writing and listening to “real” hip-hop are some of Donovan’s other hobbies.

His favorite professor is Dr. Michael Landram and his favorite class is “Essentials to Exercise Strength and Conditioning”. His favorite book is The Great Gatsby and his favorite movie is Deadpool. People may be surprised to learn that Donovan can talk about movies, hip-hop or comic books for hours!

The things Donovan most likes about the library are the friendly environment, the variety of available resources and the quiet atmosphere. His advice about the library to other students is to take advantage of all the resources, especially the films in Media Resources.

After graduation in May, Donovan would like to work as a strength and conditioning coach for aspiring athletes.

Thank you Donovan. We appreciate your good work and wish you the best in the future!

Student Spotlight on Nazia Nowshin

Nazia Nowshin of Moosic, Pennsylvania began working in Media Resources/EdLab in June of 2014. The Library would like to recognize her dedication and hard work as her graduation approaches.

Nazia is resourceful, friendly and has a positive attitude. Since she lives locally, she has been able to work year-round and has helped with numerous projects. She’s also witnessed the expansion of the streaming media databases. Nazia enjoys working in the library because it’s a peaceful place and a great environment for a work-study student. Her advice to other students is to use all the resources available. The library has countless books and DVDs as well as streaming media and print databases that can help students with their classes or research.

Nazia is a Biochemistry major whose favorite class is Microbiology taught by Dr. Sulzinski. Her favorite books and movies are the Harry Potter series and her hobbies include hiking and reading. Along with taking classes and working in Media, Nazia is a Microbiology Teaching Assistant, a member of the Health Professions Organization and a volunteer at the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. A fun fact about Nazia is that she’s quadrilingual! She speaks Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English. Her plans for the future include earning a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences or Microbiology and attending medical school.

Thank you Nazia for your hard work and enthusiasm.  Your future is bright and we wish you all the best!

Academic Video Online: Premium

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The Weinberg Memorial Library began streaming video in 2011, but the recent subscription to Academic Video Online: Premium from Alexander Street offers our community an extraordinary breadth of content. With over 48,000 video titles Academic Video Online: Premium is the largest and most comprehensive video collection available to libraries.

Subject areas of particular strength include Counseling and Therapy, Business and Economics, Education, History, and Theater and Drama. Academic Video Online: Premium contains the full contents of about 30 Alexander Street collections including some like The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy that were already in the Library’s collection. Collections that are new to the Library include 60 Minutes: 1997-2014, Business Education in Video, The BBC Video Collection and Latin America in Video. Links to individual collections and Academic Video Online: Premium can be found in the databases and a complete list can be found on the Streaming Media web page. Students, staff and faculty may also access films by searching the Library’s catalog.

Academic Video Online: Premium is available 24/7 and can be used on computers and mobile devices. Faculty, students and staff may use the films in classes, for research, at on-campus student club and organization meetings and at on-campus events promoted within The University of Scranton where no admission is charged.

Streaming media is a powerful pedagogical tool. The sights and sounds of streaming video bring an added dimension to research and education. Academic Video Online: Premium offers a breadth of content and a variety of features to make valuable information accessible to our students, faculty and staff.

 

The International Film Series Presents: The Black Balloon

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Image courtesy of Neoclassics Films Ltd.

When Thomas and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, he just wants to fit in. That becomes more difficult when his pregnant mother is hospitalized and his father puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Thomas struggles with the responsibility since he both loves and is sometimes embarrassed by his older brother. Will the support of his family and new girlfriend be enough to help Thomas fit in and accept his often chaotic family life?

Director Elissa Down drew on her experiences growing up with two autistic brothers, and she offers a realistic and sympathetic look at a family with an autistic teenager.  The Black Balloon is in English and stars Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward and Toni Collette.

Please join us on Wednesday May 4th at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Professor Allison Lai will lead a discussion following the film.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

Spotlight on Student Worker: Brandon McKenzie

A psychology major from Westchester, New York Brandon McKenzie began working in Media Resources/EdLab in the fall of 2014 and as his graduation date gets closer, the Library would like to thank him for his hard work and commitment.

Brandon is helpful and friendly to all patrons and his interest in films and theater make him a great fit for Media Resources/EdLab. He is involved in the Liva Arts Company, a non-profit, student-run organization designed to serve the academic, social, and cultural needs of the University of Scranton. It produces two musicals each year. Last spring Brandon played the part of Roger in Rent and he will be playing Doody in the upcoming production of Grease. He’s also a member of Colleges Against Cancer, a club that plans events on campus to raise money for the American Cancer Society and brings awareness about cancer to the student body. His hobbies include playing music and reading, and his favorite books are the Maze Runner series. Something people would be surprised to learn about Brandon is that he is in an episode in the second season of The Good Wife.

Brandon has a variety of interests and his career aspirations include being a counseling psychologist, actor, musician and personal trainer.

Thank you for your hard work Brandon and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

The International Film Series Presents: Her

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Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Set in Los Angeles in the not-too-distant future Her leaves the viewer with plenty to think about and discuss. It tells the story of Theodore a lonely writer who is having trouble accepting the break-up of his marriage. When he purchases a new operating system, OS1, which is advertised with the words “It’s not just an operating system; it’s a consciousness,” his life begins to change. Before long Theodore comes to depend on “Samantha,” the voice of his constantly evolving operating system. When the relationship becomes intimate, it leaves both of them wondering if a romance between a human being and a cyber consciousness can be sustained.

Directed by Spike Jonze, Her is in English and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

Please join us on Wednesday April 13th at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Professor Donna Witek will lead a discussion following the film.

Please note: This film portrays adult situations and language.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

Spotlight on Student Worker: Alexis Kuhner

Alexis Kuhner began working in Media Resources in June of 2015 and quickly became accustomed to the department. She immediately began working on summer projects and her friendly personality made her a natural at assisting patrons.

Alexis is a Business Administration major from Philadelphia. She chose Scranton because the Jesuit mission appealed to her, and the location provided her the opportunity to be fairly close to home, while still having the distance and opportunities to become her own person.

In addition to her studies and work, Alexis handles social media for Octaves, the University’s a capella group.  She uploads their videos to YouTube and posts to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. She’s also the audio specialist for the club.  Alexis is on the senior class committee for Shamrockin’ Eve where she manages the social media accounts.

The class Alexis most enjoyed during her four years at the University was Introduction to Finance and Investments and her favorite professor is Dr. Jinghan Cai. In her spare time Alexis likes to cook, read and hike, and her favorite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The advice Alexis would give to other University of Scranton students would be to take advantage of the resources available at the Library and to check the Media Resources collection before you rent a movie.

A surprising fact about Alexis is that she plans to attend culinary school after graduation, and her career goal is to open her own restaurant!

Thank you, Alexis, for all your hard work. We wish you all the best!

 

 

Spotlight on Student Worker Thanaporn Sermsuwan

A professor suggested Thanaporn Sermsuwan apply for a work study position at the Library in the spring of 2014 and since then she has been a reliable, creative force in Media Resources/Edlab. Thana has worked at a table sit promoting the use of our streaming media collections. She demonstrated how to use the Films on Demand and Alexander Street Press resources and handed out informational flyers. Last year before each International Film Series screening, Thana set up snacks, welcomed viewers, and passed out schedules of future screenings. This is in addition to the everyday responsibilities of working in Media Resources/Edlab.

Thana is a Health Administration major from Raritan, New Jersey who is active in intramural sports and is a member of Colleges Against Cancer. In 2014 she completed the inaugural Scranton Half Marathon. A fun fact about Thana is that she was born in Thailand, and English is her second language! The thing she enjoys most about the Library is learning about Media Resources. Before she began working in Media Resources, she didn’t know it existed. Her advice to other students about the Library is to ask for help because the staff and faculty are always willing to assist you.

We wish Thana all the best as she graduates in May and pursues her goal of working as a hospital administrator. Thank you, Thana, for your hard work and support of the Library!