The Library and Media Center will be open 10am-5pm for the Labor Day holiday.
Just for you
The Library and Media Center will be open 10am-5pm for the Labor Day holiday.
(Guest post by LAMC Associate Director Kat Ryner)
With mixed emotions we report that Carol Morris retired this summer after 22 years staffing the library circulation desk. While we’ll miss her good cheer and her dependability (imagine working 4 pm until past midnight, 5 days a week, for over 20 years!) we’re happy for Carol as she begins to enjoy her retirement with her husband on the water down in Ridge.
The embodiment of a life-long learner, Carol took many art classes here over the years. Professor of Art Sue Johnson points out that not only is Carol a gifted artist, but her presence in classes elevated every student’s work. Through the many relationships she’s developed with students, staff, and faculty, Carol inspires everyone who knows her.
Students will remember her kindness and her reassuring presence in the library most nights, and of course the way in which she announced the closing of the building at the end of the night. As quoted in a 2014 Point News article “Students Voice Appreciation for Campus Library,” Carol “reached super-star status through “The Library’s Closing Song,” in which she graces every square-inch of the three-story building with a decree that the battle of homework is over, that it’s time to finally call it quits.” A student in the article stated, “I think it should be the anthem of the whole college. It is one of the sweetest sounds that you can hear at night… It’s the swan song that makes you reconsider the decision to pull an all-nighter. I’ve never seen her, I’ve just heard her song. She’s an ethereal creature to me.”
Thank you, Carol, for your years of dedicated service. We miss you!
The Library will be open Sunday, August 26 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 12 midnight
Tuesday 8:00 am – 12 midnight
Wednesday 8:00 am – 12 midnight
Thursday 8:00 am – 12 midnight
Friday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon – 12 midnight
The SMCM Library, Archive & Media Center Student Employee Class of 2018 had the opportunity to select a book from the collection that was meaningful to them during their time at St. Mary’s. They then posed for a portrait with that book and shared a bit about why it’s important to them.
Jerome Burley (graduated Fall 2017)
Mike Connaughton (graduated Summer 2017)
Summer is here! The water is cool, the sun is shining, and the Library is open.
Throughout the St. Mary’s summer session the Library hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: Closed
Memorial Day (May 28) and July 4th: Closed
So if you want to get a jump start on your SMP, work on a summer research project, or just need a break from the heat, stop in and say hello! We’ll be happy to see you.
For Senior Hannah Murphy, education and teaching have always been among her top interests.
Born in Annapolis, Hannah grew up in Owings, Maryland after her family moved there when she was in the third grade. Foreshadowing her later interests, she took Spanish all throughout high school, reaching the AP level.
When it came time to pick a college, Hannah looked to smaller liberal arts schools and those with historical settings including Hood College and the College of William & Mary, as well as St. Mary’s. While there were many factors that influenced her decision – including the MAT program, scholarship funds, and the fact that SMCM was her grandfather’s favorite out of all the colleges she visited – what sealed Hannah’s decision to come to St. Mary’s was the great experience she had spending a night here as a prospective student. And on top of that the beautiful waterfront setting didn’t hurt. “Can’t discount pretty,” Hannah says.
Hannah began working in the Archives the fall of her Junior year. The previous summer, she had interned at the Calvert Marine Museum sorting, cataloging, and scanning photos and negatives. She really enjoyed working with the staff there as well as the general atmosphere and was looking for an additional on campus job when she saw the Professional Fellowship Program position open up in the Archives. Her job duties range from sorting and cataloging incoming materials, to cataloging the images on the college’s Flickr site, to assisting Archivist Kent Randell with research about the college. Her favorite thing about working in the Archives is helping to preserve the history and make it accessible to the community, now and in the future. Through working at the Archives, she has gained quite a bit of knowledge about the history of St. Mary’s, which came in handy when a visiting parent asked her questions about the college.
In addition to her job in the Archives, Hannah worked as an RA in Queen Anne and Caroline residence halls, and is currently the RHC for Waring Commons where she oversees a staff of seven RAs and serves as liaison between the students, RAs, and the Office of Residence Life. Through working as an RA and RHC, she has had to mediate quite a few roommate disagreements, mostly over things like room temperature and lights.
She also spent the Spring semester of her Junior year studying abroad in Granada, Spain. Hannah highly recommends study abroad, saying it’s “awesome and everyone should do it.” She really enjoyed living in a Spanish speaking country for a few months totally immersed in the language and culture.
As a Spanish major with minors in Ed Studies and History, Hannah will be entering the SMCM MAT program in the summer, focusing on becoming a middle or high school Spanish teacher (she just passed her Spanish Praxis exam!). Her interests in Spanish and Ed Studies led her to focus her SMP work on English Learners, a group that doesn’t necessarily get the resources it needs. Her SMP looks at addressing critical thinking skills among English Learners. Her project is based on the Common Underlying Proficiency theory – which posits that cognitively demanding tasks (like critical thinking) are common across languages, despite the surface differences between languages that we observe. Using this theory, Hannah developed a Spanish Enrichment program at Spring Ridge Middle School that helped five English Learners address critical thinking skills, such as identifying the main idea in a text, by reading articles in their home language. Hannah believes that the home language should be seen as a resource when gaining these critical thinking skills, which are more important for the students to grasp than learning them in English. By the end of the six week program, the students showed greater proficiency in learning these critical thinking skills and were able to identify the main ideas in a text.
Hannah will be presenting her work at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Oklahoma City, and hopes to continue this project through her MAT master’s thesis in addition to possibly working with Dr. Katy Arnett to continue the program with St. Mary’s students through the Spanish department or the course ESL Across the Curriculum (EDUC 491). She is also considering getting certified as an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher. Post SMCM MAT program, Hannah hopes to work in Frederick County, Maryland which has a quickly growing Latinx population.
Senior Cecelia Marquez is fascinated by invisible forces that shape our everyday live, be it through historical materials or how we live our day to day lives.
From Bethesda, Cecelia initially attended Ursinus College in Pennsylvania after graduating high school. After two years at Ursinus, she felt it was time for a break and moved to Arizona where she worked in collections management and volunteered in the archives of a local history museum. Two years later, wanting to finish her degree and move forward with a career, Cecelia decided it was time to come back to school.
Coming back, it was important to Cecelia to find a small school for the personal connections with faculty and staff that you can’t always get at a larger school. Her family also wanted her to be close to home after the years spent away. She was initially intrigued by the Museum Studies program at St. Mary’s and the possibility of working hands-on with a fine art collection through the Boyden Gallery. Ultimately, Cecelia ended up majoring in Art History with an Art Minor, focusing on film photography. (Fun fact: until taking Advanced Photography in Fall of 2017, she had never used a digital camera!)
While she enjoys learning about different art movements – some of her favorites include both the strange, political Bauhaus and the colorful, impressionistic Fauvism movements – she is most interested in using art as an avenue to explore and understand history and culture. For her SMP, Cecelia is exploring how people map their identities – such and race, gender, and more – to the built environment. She is looking at St. Mary’s as well as other public liberal arts colleges New College of Florida and the U.S. Naval Academy. One of the questions she’s exploring is how does the water setting come into play on all three campuses. The St. Mary’s component has led her to do a lot of research on the building of the college and she plans to assess how students, faculty, and staff use the college today and how it relates to their identities.
Cecelia began working in the SMCM Archives during her second semester in the Spring of 2017 because she loves archives and archival materials. A valuable resource that she feels most people don’t know exists, she says it’s a great way to learn about the history of a place. During her time in the archives, Cecelia has found the silly – like an official college letter from 1997 describing damage to car paint caused by peacocks that used to roam the campus – to the serious – like the time the college was sued by the ACLU in the 90s (for more on both stories, visit the archives!). Though she gets to handle lots of fascinating materials, her favorite part is working with Librarian and College Archivist Kent Randell, whom she says truly embodies the St. Mary’s spirit. Not only is he a flexible and supportive boss, but also a great person to talk to about research and or geek out with over music.
In addition to working in the archives, Cecelia has been involved in many groups and events on campus including The Point News, the Campus Farm, the Veggie Co-op, and a Habitat for Humanity building trip.
After graduation, Cecelia plans on leaving a little time to chill before pursuing more school. She plans on becoming more involved in animal rights activism, planning to attend a summer conference in Berkeley, CA before road-tripping back to the East Coast to continue her activism here. Once she feels she’s invested enough time in that movement, she plans to travel to Guatemala where she wants to work and live on an organic farm and finally learn Spanish. Eventually, she plans to go to grad school to study architecture and urban planning, focusing on architecture and urban planning as tools to build resilient and inclusive communities.
Marisa McCormick, a Junior Chemistry major with minors in Math and Materials Science, is great at making connections. Whether it’s finding career advice in a TV show, or combining passions for cross-country and 3D printing, she is inspired to make connections that are uniquely her own.
Marisa grew up in Prince Frederick after her family moved from Oxon Hill, MD when she was 6. In addition to an early interest in forensic science, she also began her cross-country career as a sophomore at Calvert High. When it came time to head off to college, Marisa knew she didn’t want to go to a big school. To keep her options open, she applied to Towson and toured UMBC, but found the large buildings on campus overwhelming. The modest buildings, beautiful campus, and the waterfront at St. Mary’s attracted her to the college, but it was the open and welcoming people and personal connections she made while visiting that made the biggest impression. Meeting Chemistry faculty member Dr. Kelly Neiles (“I loved her!” says Marisa; Editor’s note: we all love her!) and getting a personal campus tour from the members of the SMCM cross-country team sealed the deal.
For Marisa, math has always been a subject that just “clicked.” In middle school, she got into the crime show NCIS and was inspired by the character Abby Sciuto to learn more about chemistry and forensic science. Now, Marisa is interested in going to grad school for forensics or analytical chemistry. And though Materials Science was originally just a class to fill out her schedule, she found it so interesting that she picked it up as a minor. Inspired by work done through a directed research project with Chemistry faculty member Dr. Troy Townsend, she is looking to combine her interests in forensics and materials science through her SMP. Current ideas include investigating ways to link 3D printing and forensics through 3D printing fingerprints or shoe prints.
One of our newer hires, Marisa began working at Library Circulation during the Fall 2017 semester. When looking for a job, working around her class and cross-country schedules was a top priority and the Library’s late evening hours provided the perfect opportunity. Having already spent a lot of time in the Library studying, researching, and doing group work, she knew she already liked the environment and thought it would be a perfect fit. Her favorite part of the job is shelving; she finds organizing the materials very satisfying and appealing to her analytical side.
If you haven’t picked up the clues by now, Marisa also runs for the SMCM cross-country team and has since her first year here. She enjoys running, even outside of practice, and has always found the team very inviting and great at creating a positive environment. At the request of Chemistry faculty – and cross-country team faculty advisor – Dr. Randy Larsen, Marisa combined her passions to create 3D printed ornaments for the cross-country team this holiday season – “It was cool to show them what I was working on.”
In addition to classes and cross-country, she is a Chemistry department SMACS tutor, which offer students drop in tutoring for chemistry classes once a week. For fun, Marisa enjoys watching Netflix, especially anything funny or crime shows (of course!).
For senior Psych major and Ed Studies minor Stephanie Schindler, the right college experience ended up being a lot closer to home than she ever thought.
A Maryland native, Stephanie grew up in Mechanicsville – at the north end of St. Mary’s County – in a house her family built right next to her dad’s childhood home. After attending private Catholic schools through K-12, including high school at St. Mary’s Ryken, when it came time to look for colleges, her mom only had one rule: it had to be an in-state school. Stephanie visited a few Maryland schools that just didn’t feel like the right fit, including Salisbury University, which she describes as “too big.” However, when she visited St. Mary’s as a prospective student, something clicked. Stephanie was drawn in by the small size, which created a comfortable atmosphere that reminded her of Ryken. Receiving a full scholarship sealed the deal; according to Stephanie, it felt like “St. Mary’s chose me.”
She didn’t always have her sights set on a Psychology major, though. As a first year student, Stephanie was planning to do a student designed Biology and Environmental Studies major (back before there was an official ENST major), but she realized during the first semester of Principles of Biology that a Bio/ENST major wasn’t for her. Despite not being very interested in Psychology class in high school, after taking Psych 101 in the Spring of her first year at St. Mary’s, Stephanie was hooked! Fast forward a few years later, and Stephanie has been inducted as a member of Psi Chi (the Psychology honors society) and has completed her Senior Seminar project in Psychology, focusing on new religious movements (like Scientology) and investigating how they view mental health and how these views affect the mental health of their followers.
Stephanie has worked in the Library since the fall of her Junior year. While searching for an on-campus job, one of her friends, who was already working in the Library, recommended that Stephanie apply. While she enjoys working in the Library environment and getting to help people use the Library, one of Stephanie’s favorite parts of her job is finding misshelved books that have been designated missing or lost. Since beginning her job, Stephanie has found 15 books that were considered missing or lost but were simply shelved in the wrong place! Though she has a knack for finding these misplaced books, Stephanie still wants to encourage everyone not to put books back at random places on the shelves. (Editor’s note: you can put books you don’t want to check out on any cart on the first or second floor.)
In addition to working at the Library, Stephanie has been involved with a number of clubs on campus including acting as a Peer Health Educator, living in the Women in Science House Living & Learning Community (WISH), serving as President of Circle K, and participating in many Sustainability Club events.
Looking forward, Stephanie is interested in pursuing a career as a Special Education teacher. After graduation, she plans on getting a MAT focused on Special Ed from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and in the meantime you may find her substitute teaching in the Southern Maryland public school system in the Spring.
For senior Anthropology major and Museum Studies minor Sam Sisay, working at the Circulation Desk in the SMCM Library, Archives & Media Center is more than just a job. It’s also a great opportunity (from an anthropological point of view, of course) to observe people and gain a unique perspective as they use the library.
A self-described nerd and crochet enthusiast who loves the color pink, Sam was born in D.C., grew up in Silver Spring, and currently calls Hyattsville home. Though she was accepted to St. Mary’s out of high school, she attended both Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, and Montgomery College before finally transferring to SMCM in 2014. Having always been attracted to small schools, the beautiful and welcoming campus struck Sam as “a place I could be at.”
As a kid, Sam loved going to the museums in D.C. with her dad – especially the Museum of Natural History. Combined with the fact that she has always been interested in learning about the cultures of other people, studying Anthropology and Museum Studies was the perfect fit. But it was actually the television show Bones that put anthropology on Sam’s radar. When she learned it was inspired by a real life forensic anthropologist, she became interested in learning more. In Spring of 2018, she plans to complete a Senior Tutorial for her capstone experience. At the time of the interview, Sam was still pondering her options for project.
Sam began working at the LAMC her first year at St. Mary’s. Having volunteered in libraries before, she knew she like the environment and it was a perfect fit as a work study job. Her favorite things about working in the LAMC are the people she works with, interacting with the students who come in for help, and of course, all the good people watching! Due to her exceptional work these past years, Sam has now moved into the Saturday closer position. In this position she is responsible for building closing procedures on Saturday evenings, as well as supervising other LAMC student employees during her shift.
When it comes to post SMCM plans Sam doesn’t have anything concrete at the moment, and plans on taking things one day at a time.