Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

How to Beat the Summer Heat

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For those that might be new to living in the Midwest, you will quickly learn that the winter months can be very cold and the summers can be very hot.  The scorching summer heat can be hard on our physical and mental well-being. Below are a few tips on keep cool during the dog days of summer.

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Looking for Merkel Kanopy Video

“Looking for Merkel” is a documentary by Marion Van Renterghem which was released to commemorate Women’s History Month. The primary focus of the documentary is to follow the extraordinary story of Angela Merkel’s road to politics in Germany.

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Library Instruction Sessions Prove Popular with Students

Reference Instruction Librarians Matt Colbert and Lorraine Patrick are taking reference instruction in a new direction.  For the past couple of years, Matt and Lorraine have been offering online library instruction sessions and online workshops through Zoom. Since Zoom works well across different operating systems and remains to be a stable platform for library instruction, this value- added service continues to grow in popularity, particularly with online students, faculty and staff.   The sessions are so popular that on one occasion, when there was a power outage on campus, the students attending the online session patiently waited for Lorraine to reboot her computer so that she could finish her session.

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Be Kind to Animals Month

Each year, humane organizations across the country recognize the important role that animals play in our lives.  The month of May has been designated as “Be Kind to Animals Month” which is aimed at raising awareness of animal welfare issues and celebrating the unique human-pet bond.

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Keep America Beautiful Month

 

Despite the many campaigns and programs to help with community cleanup efforts across the United States, one of the largest environmental issues is littering. Fortunately, the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful launched in 1953, brought the littering issue to light. This non-profit organization has grown to become the largest community improvement organization in the United States with more than 700 state and community based organizations, and more than 1,000 partner organizations.  The goal of Keep America Beautiful is to end littering, improve recycling and to beautify American communities.

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Say Goodbye to Winter Blues

If you are like me, my least favorite month of the year is February. The days are short, it is frigidly cold, and there are days when I feel as if I am not getting enough sunlight or exercise.  For most people, this is a minor concern since February is a short month, but for others, the cold temperatures and the lack of sunlight can be quite debilitating.  Winter Blues is the less serious consequence of seasonal changes. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is the more life-altering condition.  Both are more common than you might think.  Overall 6% of people in the United States have SAD and the “winter blues” affects 14%. Some of the common symptoms include a persistent low mood, a loss of interest in normal activities, irritability, and fatigue.

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National Bird Day

The unusually warm weather last November was the perfect time for my parents and I to visit a local family-oriented attraction filled with activities that focus on enjoying nature, as well as educating the public on environmental conservation. The location is Fontenelle Forest, which is a 1,400-acre forest located in Bellevue, Nebraska. While visiting Fontenelle Forest, tourists can enjoy the area’s sights and sounds by visiting the nature center, exploring the hiking trails, and visiting the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery area.

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National Letter Writing Day

Most letters and notes these days are comprised of texts, emails and instant messages. While great communication tools, there is a lack of personal feeling with electronic communications that one finds with letter writing. Taking the time to write a hand-written letter and sending it to someone is a nice way to brighten someone’s day.  On December 7th of every year, National Letter Writing Day brings connection through correspondence and is a day dedicated to the lost art of writing letters.

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