Who Knew? WestlawNext Campus Research

April 16th, 2014

Looking for a Hoover Company Profile or SEC financial statement, the library has just what you need in the database, WestlawNext Campus Research. Once you are in the database, click on the news link:


In the next window, click on Hoover’s Company Profiles to bring up the link you will need to follow.

On the left side under Search These Sources, to see a Company Profile, click on Hoover’s Company Profiles or to see a SEC financial statement, click on SEC Filings. After clicking, search the company to bring up the desired information.


Submitted by librarianMaureen Mitchell.

Library Open Houses – April 21-24

April 7th, 2014


The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

“Service to the South Texas College community has always been the focus of the library,” said Noemi Garza, Director of Library Public Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library.  The events are free and open to the public.

On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, events will include the showing of Frozen, pictures with college mascot Jerry the Jaguar, a contest, and a Pursuing Education Fair.

On April 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, activities include the showing of Gravity, a scavenger hunt, games, mariachis, and a community fair.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont in McAllen, attendees will be treated to the showing of Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, festivities will include an information fair, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and the showing of Gravity.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information visit http://library.southtexascollege.edu or call 872-8330.

April 1 – “Forgotten Dead” Presentation by Dr. William Carrigan

March 28th, 2014


Mob violence in the United States is usually associated with the southern lynch mobs that terrorized African Americans during the Jim Crow era. However, the book Forgotten Dead, uncovers a mostly unknown chapter in history, the lynching of persons of Mexican origin or descent.

Dr. William Carrigan, one of the co-authors of the book Forgotten Dead, will visit South Texas College and The University of Texas Pan-American. Carrigan will visit UTPA on March 31 at 5 p.m. and conclude his trip to the Rio Grande Valley at STC’s Pecan Campus Library on April 1 at 6 p.m.  STC’s Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen. Both events are free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carrigan to South Texas and invite our community to attend this event that is so relevant to our area,” STC History Instructor Christopher Davis said. “His presentation will definitely change the way we think of our history.”

For over eight decades lynch mobs murdered hundreds of Mexicans, mostly in the American Southwest. Racial prejudice and economic hardships helped fuel the actions of the mob, and much of the violence happened at a time of tension along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The book relates the numerous acts of resistance by Mexicans, including armed self-defense, crusading journalism and lobbying by diplomats who pressured the U.S. to honor its rhetorical commitment to democracy. It also contains the first-ever inventory of Mexican victims of mob violence in the U.S.

The event is part of a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle lecture series and is sponsored by the STC History Department, STC Library, UTPA History Department and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about event at STC, please contact Esther Garcia at 956-872-6485 or via email at egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit http://offtheshelf.southtexascollege.edu.

Sandy Lessig “Through Their Eyes” Sandy Lessig – March 26 at 6pm

March 24th, 2014

Sandy Lessig event at STC
Originally from Indianapolis, Sandy Breisacher Lessig grew up with a father who was a Holocaust survivor from Breisach, German. She is the creator of “Through Their Eyes”, an interactive video presentation of a survivor and his adult child.

Sandy Lessig will present a video presentation, “Through Their Eyes” that allows her father to share his story of life in Germany under the rise of Nazism and Hitler. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The event will be held at the Cooper Auditorium on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm. It is free to attend and open to the public.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Common Reading Program for 2013-2014.

Film: Inequality For All – March 25 at 6pm

March 19th, 2014


The film Inequality For All will be screening at the D-Auditorium at the Pecan Campus on March 25th at 6:00 pm.  It will be followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel of STC faculty members.

READ! – Daniel Morales recommends…

March 19th, 2014

The South Texas College Library is proud to continue to debut our second series of READ Posters.

This week we are featuring Mr. Daniel Morales and his book recommendations.  Mr. Morales serves as the Chair of the Manufacturing Technology Program.  He has been instrumental in the NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Accreditation of the Precision Manufacturing Technology for STC.  He has been teaching at the college since 2006.

We are proud to have a selection of books that Mr. Morales recommends for everyone to read. Check out his selections below!

formal_poster Daniel Morales copy


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Machinery’s Handbook by Erik Oberg
Precision Machining Technology by Peter J. Hoffman, et al.
Encyclopedia of Muscle and Strength by James Stoppani
You are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises by Mark Lauren
The Goal, a Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eli Goldratt

Author visit, Ron Cooper – March 18 at Pecan

March 4th, 2014

flyer - Ron Cooper


Join us on March 18 at 4:00 pm to welcome Ron Cooper at the Pecan Library – Rainbow Room.  Following a reading, Cooper will be signing copies of his book which will be available for sale.

Women’s History Month visit from Ana Castillo and Leticia Garza Falcon

March 3rd, 2014

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Don’t forget about these great events celebrating Women’s History Month!

Renowned novelist, poet, and scholar Ana Castillo will be visiting South Texas College this March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Castillo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library.  On March 5 at 10:00 am, Castillo will visit the Starr County Campus Auditorium, and she will conclude her visit on March 5 at 6:00 pm at the MidValley Campus Auditorium.

Castillo is a prolific writer and her work has garnered many awards including the American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters.  Her other notable works include The Guardians, I Ask the Impossible, and Massacre of the Dreamers.  She has been regarded as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.

Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Castillo credits the powerful storytelling tradition of her Mexican heritage as the foundation and inspiration for her writing.  She currently lives between New Mexico and Chicago where she teaches at Northwestern University.

Later in the month, on March 26 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Leticia Garza-Falcon will visit the Pecan Campus Library.

Garza-Falcon’s seminal book Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award.  The book explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Castillo and Garza-Falcon’s visits are part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

In addition there are two special exhibits at the Pecan Campus Library which include “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson and the photo exhibit “Mexican American Women.”  The exhibits are in partnership with the Library Art Gallery and the Pecan Latin@s Club.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.

Who Knew? Gale Literary Database

February 28th, 2014

Need to pick an author for a report but don’t know where to start? Gale Literary Database(link), found under Contemporary Authors, is a great way for students who have an idea but need help narrowing down their choices.

A useful feature in Gale Literary Database is the “Dictionary of Literary Biography.”  It allows users to find authors by browsing:

  • genre
  • topic
  • age
  • nationality



Contributed by Gina Otvos, Library Specialist.

READ! – Dr. Ali Esmaeili recommends…

February 26th, 2014

The South Texas College Library is proud to debut our second series of READ Posters.

This week we are featuring Dr. Ali Esmaeili and his book recommendations.  Dr. Esmaeili serve’s the college as Dean of Bachelor Programs, Interim Division Dean of Math and Science, and Interim Division Dean for Developmental Studies.  He has been working at South Texas College since 1990 where he started as a Mathematics Instructor.

We are proud to have a selection of books that Dr. Esmaeili recommends for everyone to read. Check out his selections below!

formal_poster Ali Esmaeili

The Math Book by Clifford Pickover

The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution by Keith Devlin

A Beautiful Mind by Silvia Nasar

The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science by Alan Lightman

The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi by Mario Livio

The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel

Poet and Mystic: Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi