Spotlight On: Joseph Key

Thank you for joining us at the Veritas Blog. Today’s Spotlight On features Joseph Key, a senior at Dominican College.  Joseph is a work study student at the Sullivan Library and he is performing in this year’s spring musical, Damn Yankees, on March 13th and March 14th. 

Where are you from?

I am from New York City, the Bronx.

Why did you choose Dominican College?

I am actually a transfer student;  I chose Dominican College to transfer into because of its Nursing program, how small and personal the faculty is and how willing they are to help you succeed.

Do you participate in any clubs, sports or work study at Dominican College?

Since I am a nursing student, a lot of my time is devoted to my classes and studying.  I have been lucky to be a part of the Aquin Players Club this year.

Do you use the Sullivan Library to do school work frequently?

I can’t tell you how many hours I spend in the Learning Commons in the library, studying for one test at a time.  Sometimes I truly believe that the Sullivan Library is my second home, because I work there as well.

Tell us a little about the upcoming Dominican College Aquin Players show, “Damn Yankees.”

The play, “Damn Yankees,” which the Aquin Players are doing this year, is a play about an old die-hard fan of the Washington Senators (which is a team that loses frequently, especially to the Yankees) who is granted a chance to become the greatest baseball player in history and lead his favorite losing team to the championships….but the question is, at what cost?  *cues suspenseful music…*

Is this your first play or were you involved in theater in high school?

This is actually my first play with the Aquin Players, but not my first play on stage. I have been doing theater since I was 12.  I started in a private drama club and then later participated in three plays in high school.

In your spare time, what is your favorite hobby?

When I am not running around to the library, Granito and my room to keep up with nursing, I am writing screenplays and films.  Making films is my favorite hobby as well as my deepest passion.  I hope one day I can actually make a career out of it eventually, in addition to nursing.

Thanks so much to Joseph Key for participating in our Spotlight On feature!  We hope everyone will go to see the play, “Damn Yankees,” performed by Dominican College Aquin Players this Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th.  Performance time is 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. both nights at St. Dominic’s gym, across from Forkel.  Tickets are being sold in Casey hall during the midday hours or contact Krystina.Gonzalez1@dc.edu or Kevin.Salcce1@dc.edu.  Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.  

Book review: “Mind And Media: The Effects Of Television, Video Games And Computers”

One thousand: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of middle school and high school students in the United States each year.

Four thousand: That’s approximately the number of hours of digital media content that youths, ages eight to 18, consume and absorb each year in the United States.

Patricia Greenfield, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a pioneer in the study of the relationship between children and technology, is the author of Mind And Media: The Effects Of Television, Video Games And Computers. First published in 1984, the book was recently revised, updated and reprinted as a classic edition in honor of its 30th anniversary.

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In her vast years of research that spans the pre-Internet era to present day, Greenfield has found that television, video games and computers can bolster development. It all depends on how the media are used, and how parents and educators interact with their children. Each medium has its own message. For example, print and radio provide an opportunity for reflection, serial processing and articulation, while TV and video games provide an opportunity for interactive learning and parallel learning.

Greenfield also raises important questions about the effect of different media on children and adolescents. Many children, who are turned off by school, are not turned off by one or another of the electronic media — quite the opposite, in fact. Greenfield contends that an ideal childhood learning environment includes a multimedia approach to learning.

Mind And Media is a fascinating and fast read that explores the different mediums, their strengths and weaknesses, and the contribution each one has on a child’s learning and development.

A copy of of Mind And Media: The Effects Of Television, Video Games And Computers is available at the Sullivan Library (call number: 302.2308 G837m).

Plagiarism and APA workshop – Tues March 3rd

SophomoreSeriesASCThe Academic Success Center (formerly the Learning Resources Center) is hosting a workshop on plagiarism and use of the APA citation style. According to Greg DiDona, the Assistant Director of the ASC, the staff will define plagiarism and DC’s policy on Academic Integrity, and how to avoid it while writing for disciplines governed by APA.

The one-hour workshop will be held in the Palisades Room in Casey Hall at 2:15 on Tuesday March 3rd. While marketed towards sophomores, all are welcome to attend.

Spotlight On: Reggie Watson

Welcome back to the Veritas Blog, Spotlight On feature after winter break! We hope you enjoyed some time off from school. Reggie Watson, a junior at Dominican College and a work study student at the library, answered a few questions for the Veritas Blog.

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Reggie Watson at the Learning Commons desk.

Q.  Where are you from/ where do you live?

I am from New York City; I currently live in the Bronx.

Q. How did you hear about Dominican College?

At a college fair; my 11th grade teacher is an alumni from Dominican College.

Q. What are you studying?

Computer information system/software development.

Q. What made you choose your major?

I love playing around with computers, especially the software.

Q. Do you participate in any clubs, sports or work study at Dominican College?

No clubs, no sports, just work study in the library.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do during your free time?

I love to read about the newest gadgets and entertainment that are coming out.

Q. Why do you like to study or do school work in the library rather than your dorm or home?

There are no distractions.

Q. Who is your favorite character in a book or movie that you’ve read or seen recently and why?

Steve Jobs, because he showed us that if you put effort into your dreams anything can come true.

Thank you for joining us again at the Veritas Blog, Spotlight On. We hope your semester is off to a great start!

Workshops announced for the Spring semester

The Library will be offering a number of workshops this Spring to help you boost your papers, projects and knowledge, both at school and at work. Topics include database searching, citation management software, e-book downloads, and the best use of Wikipedia in research.

Download the complete list here: Spring 2015 Workshops

While drop-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged to ensure the workshop will run. RSVP online at: http://tinyurl.com/LibWorkshops2015.

Workshop dates updated: Thursday 2/19/2015