Author Archives: Lorraine Patrick

Go Further With Food for National Nutrition Month

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight, the Bellevue University Library has some helpful resources to coincide with the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month.

National Nutrition Month is an educational campaign that focuses on the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise along with eating nourishing and nutritious meals.  The campaign known originally as “National Nutrition Week” was first launched in 1973 by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).  By the beginning of 1980, due to an intense increase in popularity, the House of Delegates expanded National Nutrition Week to National Nutrition Month.

Each year, National Nutrition Month has a different theme.  The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.”  This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is focused on educating the public in making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here is a top 10 list of recommended key tips for maintaining a healthy weight and developing good lifestyle habits.

  1. Make healthy living a priority for yourself and your family.
  2. Choose to eat good, healthy food.
  3. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  4. Change to healthy recipes that are tasty and filling.
  5. Eat breakfast every day.
  6. Consider eating your main meal in the middle of the day instead of in the evening.
  7. Eat vegetables first.
  8. Plan and prepare your meals for the following week.
  9. Eat before you feel hungry.
  10. Go for healthy snacks to avoid the sugar crash.

For more information and interesting facts about nutrition, the Bellevue University Library has the following items to keep you on track towards maintaining your healthy weight.  All items can be borrowed for 3 weeks.  You can do it!

The Athlete’s Plate:  Real Food for High Performance by Adam Kelinson TX361 A8 K45 2009

Food Ethics by Paul Pojman and Katie McShane TX357.F639 2015

The Top 100 Fitness Foods 100 Ways to Turbocharge Your Life by Sarah Owen TX361 A8 O95 2009


On Valentine’s Day Make It A Movie Night

It is officially Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. As you head out to buy cards, candy, or flowers, it might be a good idea to stop by the Bellevue University Library first and check out some of our great movies. From comedies to adventures to dramas, the Bellevue University Library offers a wide variety of movies that feature love stories that will win you over.  With that in mind, get a bowl of popcorn, your chocolate and one of the ten films below that can be borrowed from the Bellevue University Library for one week.

Casablanca DVD PN1995.9.F54 C35 1999  In December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Edge of Love DVD PN1995.9.M27 E34 2009 When legendary poet Dylan Thomas reconnects with Vera, his teenage sweetheart, a romantic rivalry begins between her and his wife Caitlin. As the   women begin to bond an unusual trio is formed. The threesome live in bliss until Vera’s husband, a handsome soldier, returns from fighting in the war and jealousy erupts, threatening the trio’s fragile happiness.

I Hate Valentine’s Day DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I338 2010 Genevieve Gernier has a strict philosophy on dating. Her rule: no more than five dates with a man to ensure that she will never get dumped. When Greg Gatlin buys a restaurant nearby her flower shop, they start dating.  However, after five dates, Genevieve is not happy with her rule and does not know how to meet Greg again. The rule that she swore to never break, could end up breaking her heart.

I Love You Beth Cooper DVD PN 1995.9.M27 I23 2009 When Denis, proclaims his love for super-popular Beth Cooper during his valedictorian speech, everyone is speechless. But the real shock comes that night when Beth shows up at Denis’s house with her two best friends to show him how the cool kids party. Beth decides to show him the best night of his life.

Like Crazy    DVD PN1995.9.M27 L55 2012 When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey–only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control.

Love Actually DVD PN1995.9.M27 L68 In Love Actually, the Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower’s young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Loving DVD PN1995.9.B55 L685 2017  This film is a true story about Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial married couple living in Virginia during a turbulent time of racial tension.  Despite their legal marriage license, they were arrested by local police.  Their arrest ultimately led to a legal battle that ended at the United States Supreme Court.

Management DVD PN1995.9.M27 M36 2009- Mike Cranshaw has a chance meeting with Sue Claussen when she checks into the motel owned by Mike’s parents in Arizona. A bottle of wine jump starts a unique courtship between two different kinds of people who are both looking for the same thing: a sense of happiness.

The Notebook DVD PN1995.9.M27 N68 2005  Noah Calhoun regularly visits Allie Nelson who is in a nursing home  because of Alzheimer’s. He reads to her from an old, faded notebook containing the account of a young couple, how they met, fell in love and confronted obstacles to their happiness.

Singing in the Rain DVD PN1995.9.M86 S564 2000 Singin’ in the rain is a musical filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.

Please note that the DVD collection is now located in the compact shelving located in the back of the Library. Please ask a member of the Library staff if you need assistance locating them.

National Bird Day

On January 5th of every year, nature lovers and bird watchers across the country recognize National Bird Day.  National Bird Day is one of several designated holidays celebrating birds.  The origin of National Bird Day dates back as early as 1894 when Charles Almanzo Babcok, who was the Superintendent of Schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania intended to have a day dedicated to advance bird conservation as a moral value.  National Bird Day is technically not a national holiday, since it was not voted to be a holiday by Congress but nevertheless, January 5th of every year is popularly known as National Bird Day. Continue reading

Library Hosts 38th Annual Holiday Party

The Bellevue University Library has a long-running tradition across the Bellevue University campus.  For the past 38 years the Bellevue University Staff has provided refreshments and musical entertainment to all Bellevue University employees and staff for its annual holiday party. Continue reading

The Origin of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, also known as “Turkey Day,” is a uniquely American holiday rich in cultural traditions.  The Thanksgiving holiday became an official federal holiday set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.  Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Continue reading

The Origin of Halloween

From carving pumpkins to wearing costumes, Halloween is a unique holiday that has something for everyone.  This holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.  In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints.  The evening of October 31st was known as All Hallows Eve and later Halloween.   When the colonists came to America in the 1800’s, Halloween was extremely limited because of the rigid Protestant belief system.

However, as the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups and the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge.  Colonial Halloween festivities included the telling of ghost stories, dancing and singing.  By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common.  In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with Irish immigrants in 1846 due to the potato famine.  The Irish helped to popularize Halloween with traditions such as trick-or-treating, and dressing in costumes.  Over time, Halloween has evolved into a community-based event with child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating, haunted houses or corn mazes, and pumpkin carving.    Americans today spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

Be sure to stop in the Bellevue University Library to see our Halloween decorations and borrow one of the suggested titles below.  The Bellevue University Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-10:30pm, Saturdays 8:00-5:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am-5:00pm.

The Devil’s Detective:  A Novel by Simon Unsworth PR6121.N795 D48 2015

Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackson PR6102 R325 L36 2015

The Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe PR6055.A82 S55 2015

The Shadow Land: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova PS3611.O74927 S53 2017

Shirley Jackson:  A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin PS3519.A392 Z64 2016


Did You Know? Fall 2017 Edition

did-you-knowThe Freeman/Lozier Library is always changing to keep up with the latest trends and services to offer you our best.  Our More Than Books newsletter has a “Did You Know” section that keeps you informed about the changes that have taken place in the library.  Here is the latest news from that newsletter:


The Library is offering more online library instruction sessions? 
Due to the success of the evening online library instruction sessions, the Reference Department is offering daytime online instruction using Blackboard Collaborate.  The next two daytime online instruction sessions will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., and on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. Both online library instruction sessions are Central Standard Time.  The links to sign up for either session can be found on the Library Events Calendar located in the    bottom right hand corner of    the Library’s website  We will continue to offer online library instruction using Blackboard Collaborate in the evening.

The Library collected cans for the all campus food drive? 
The Library collected 274 cans for Bellevue University’s 4th Annual Food Fight.  The Library Staff then competed with other departments to come up with a creative design using the cans.  The Library staff created an iron throne.  All proceeds were donated to the Bellevue Food Pantry to help the local community.

The Library has a new flag?
Based on a student recommendation, the Library recently purchased a Bellevue University flag which has been placed next to the Nebraska flag and the United States flag in the back of the Library.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 20 No. 4, Fall 2017.

BRUIN Homecoming 2017

SONY DSCThe week of Monday September 18-22, 2017, Bellevue University alumni, students, faculty and staff banded together to begin a new tradition on the Bellevue University campus.  This new tradition is BRUIN Homecoming!  Throughout the week there were special student activities on campus including a photo scavenger hunt, intramural co-ed dodge ball, and an evening bonfire.  Continue reading

Library Staff Honor Barbara Haney at Retirement Party

RetirementLively classical and patriotic tunes drifted through the Bellevue University Library on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 3:00pm, as the Bellevue University Library staff paid tribute to Barbara Haney, who after 25 years of dedicated service decided to officially retire.  Library staff members, Allie O’Connor (clarinet) and Lorraine Patrick (viola) kicked off the retirement party playing music by classical composers such as Mozart, as well as adding a few patriotic tunes.

As the crowd of Bellevue University employees gathered in the library, a surprise video was shown that was created by the Library staff and the Audio-Visual department thanking Barbara for her 25 years of service (23 of which were in the Library). One colleague, Allie O’Connor, summed up Barbara’s role as “positively impacting so many people she has no idea how much she will be missed.”  Barbara and her family were deeply touched.

A beautifully matted and framed date due card was gifted to Barbara with library staff signatures next to the day they began working with her.  Date due cards were once used in libraries and were placed in book pockets before computers. She was also given a humorous book written by Dr. Seuss and an Amazon gift card.

Barbara Haney originally thought no one would come to her retirement party.  However, she was overwhelmed by the large turnout and graciously shared how much she has enjoyed working in the Bellevue University Library as the Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Supervisor.

Barbara Haney is best known around the Bellevue University campus as being “the very nice lady with the lovely English accent.”  To the Library Staff, Barbara is best known for putting people at ease, having a keen eye for decorating and photography, and for making delicious English sausage rolls.  She is also known for her outgoing personality and for being a good listener.  As a way to remember her and her service, a section of the Library will be dedicated to her.

Barbara plans to spend her retirement traveling with her husband and spending more time with her grandchildren.  She will continue to stay in touch and will stop by for special events.

Congratulations Barbara- we wish you the best!