News & Notes: May 2022 – BCULibrary

News & Notes: May 2022 – BCULibrary

The Official Newsletter of the Carl S. Swisher Library

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

It is hard to fathom that the semester is over. Did it not just begin? I am positive there are many who are shouting, “The end to this semester is long overdue!” What appears to have been a quick 16-week jaunt to some was a never-ending marathon to others. The question is one of perspective.

Perspective is one of my favorite words. It colors our views and beliefs. When there is disagreement or confusion, people often take sides without having all of the information or being able to see the entire picture. We do it without thinking. As we drive down the highway and encounter an accident and quickly assess the damage, we determine who’s at fault even though we did not actually witness the accident. We also do this when news is brought to us. We make judgements without having the full picture and fail to realize that we may never have all of the facts. Making decisions about life without all of the information, charts, statistics and diagrams can be extremely uncomfortable. Do I stay here after graduation and continue working? Do I return home? Do I move out of the country and try something new?

Lean Into Your Discomfort by Shola Richards (edited)

“Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” -Jerzy Gregorek

There is a very powerful positivity philosophy that has withstood the test of time: Lean into your discomfort.

Staying in your comfort zone will accomplish nothing meaningful for you in the short or long term. But, if you choose to make the hard choice of leaning into the things that could bring you temporary discomfort (e.g., having a challenging conversation with a loved one, starting a new workout routine, or asking for help when you are struggling), you will absolutely grow into a stronger person because of it.

So, how can we lean into our discomfort from a practical perspective?

Expand your comfort zone by doing micro-experiments that make you temporarily uncomfortable. Expanding one’s comfort zone through the use of micro-experiments is a common habit of the most successful people on earth. And if it’s good enough for them, we might as well try it too, right?

A simple micro-experiment for leaning into discomfort is the willingness to take a cold shower. 90% of people would never do this, because it’s too uncomfortable–but, that’s exactly the point. If you have the mental toughness to deal with the discomfort of willingly stepping into a cold shower, you’ll quickly realize that you have the mental toughness to do pretty much anything. You DO NOT have to step into a cold shower to test yourself, how you choose to do it is up to you, but yes, training your mind to move through discomfort is a requirement in order to live your best life.

Regardless of what it is, don’t make the easy choice of staying within your comfort zone. Instead, make the hard choice of doing something uncomfortable in the pursuit of your growth, happiness and freedom. 

Upcoming Holidays & Themes

Star Wars Day – May 4, 2022 – The “Star Wars” universe is a massive achievement. It is hard to think of a time when “Star Wars” didn’t exist, given its extraordinary influence and popularity in pop culture. It all started with the book “Dune” by Frank Herbert. First published in 1965, it is widely regarded as the base inspiration for “Star Wars,” given the huge similarities between characters and the storyline of the two. Either way, George Lucas set his story in outer space and took the risk of producing a sci-fi movie in 1977, a time when the genre was pretty much dead in Hollywood. Nobody expected the first “Star Wars” movie to do as well as it did. Backed by a meager $9.5 million for production, it had a limited theatre release and was expected to bomb at the box office. There was no way that this sci-fi opus would be a hit. On May 25, 1977, “Star Wars” (later renamed to “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope”) was released. Read more.

National Day of Prayer – May 5, 2022 – Throughout history, there have been few national days of prayer. In fact, there were only a few noteworthy ones between the 1700s – 1900s. The National Day of Prayer that we know today was founded in 1952, and it was co-founded by the United States Congress and President Harry S. Truman who signed it into law. Every president since has signed a proclamation that encourages Americans to pray on and celebrate this day. The national holiday has always been the first Thursday of May every year since it was founded in 1952. It stands as a day that continues the decision-making of the country’s founding fathers, which used the morals from biblical lessons in difficult situations. Basically, using God’s guidance to make important decisions in the country and for yourself. Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, the National Day of Prayer has become recognized by Americans nationwide, and it is even recognized and celebrated in all Hallmark calendars. Read more.

Mother’s Day – May 8, 2022 -Celebrations go back to ancient times when Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. However, the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday” stands as the modern precursor. This European tradition fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Many believed the faithful would return on this day to their “mother church”— the main church near their home — for a special service. The Mothering Sunday tradition shifted over time into a more secular holiday where children would give their mothers flowers and other gifts. This custom would blend into the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s. Read more.

National Mental Health Awareness Week – May 10-16, 2022 – National Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, which provides an opportunity for the whole of the world to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation in the U.K. started the event 21 years ago. A couple of years down the line, World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on October 10, 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary-General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10. Read more.

Memorial Day – May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history. The first national commemoration of Memorial Day was held in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, where both Union and Confederate soldiers are buried. Several towns and cities across America claim to have observed their own earlier versions of Memorial Day or “Decoration Day” as early as 1866. (The earlier name is derived from the fact that decorating graves was and remains a central activity of Memorial Day.) But it wasn’t until a remarkable discovery in a dusty Harvard University archive the late 1990s that historians learned about a Memorial Day commemoration organized by a group of Black people freed from enslavement less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Read more.


Whether you have an iPhone and use Siri, prefer an Android device that uses Google Assistant, or have an Amazon Alexa set up in your home, you have access to your own personal voice assistant! TIP: Plus, you may also have Cortona (used on Microsoft Windows) or perhaps you use a Samsung device that has Bixby.

No matter what platform you prefer, these tools have accumulated a huge amount of data about how people talk, what they want to do, and the solutions they may want. Using artificial intelligence (AI), with a simple voice trigger like “Hey Siri…” you can perform a task, interact with an app on your device or get information instantly.

For example, I might say, “Alexa, what is the temperature right now?” if I’m trying to decide if I should wear a coat on my way out of the house. Or I could request, “Hey Siri, set a timer for 45 minutes” so that I can take the bread out of the oven when it is finished baking. You can shave some time off a task by asking your personal assistant for help – and do this “hands-free!”

However, most people aren’t aware of the MANY options these powerful tools are capable of because AI capabilities are constantly improving. Let’s take a look at just a smidgeon of what you do with your personal assistant.

1. Translate a word or sentence from another language.., “Hey Google, how do you say where’s the bathroom in Italian?”

2. Play a song (from your device’s music library), or a Playlist (opens your default music app like Spotify). “Hey Siri, play my Workout playlist.”

3. Find out what movies are playing in your area. “Alexa, what movies are playing near me?”

4. Open and play a podcast… “Hey Siri, play the Smartless Podcast.”

5. Remember where you parked your car. Before leaving your location say “Hey Siri, remember where I parked.”

6. Connect to an app (like Uber or Lyft) to summon a ride. “Hey Siri, get me a ride on Uber to JFK.”

7. Open an app (very helpful when you can’t find the app you need on your phone as there can be so many!). “Hey Google, open the Panera app.”

8. Perform a calculation. “Alexa, what is the square root of 134?”

9. Flip a coin or generate a number. If you want to decide who “goes first, who takes the trash out, etc.” – you can say “Hey Siri, flip a coin.” Or to pick a winner for a drawing, you can ask, “Hey Siri, pick a random number between 1 and 100.”

10. Find scores and game times of a sports team. “Alexa, when is the next San Francisco Giants baseball game?”

11. Ask what time it is in another location – such as a city or country. “Hey Alexa, what time is it in Liverpool?”

12. Calculate a tip amount. “Hey Google, what is a 20% of $69.50?”

13. Identify a song. Just hold your phone close to the speaker and say “Hey Siri, name the tune” or “What song is playing?”

14. Enable or disable device features. “Hey Siri, turn on airplane mode” or “Turn off the flashlight.”

15. Convert measurements… for example, “Alexa, convert 50 kilograms to pounds.”

16. Hear how a name or word is pronounced, “Hey Google, how do you pronounce B-E-L-A-L?”

17. Find out dates of events or holidays… “Alexa, what is the date of Easter in 2025?”

18. Check on a flight status. “Hey Siri, what is the flight status of Southwest flight 1234?”

19. Ask what’s on your calendar for a particular day. “Hey Google, what’s on my calendar for tomorrow?”

20. See what’s in the news for the day. “Alexa, what is today’s news?”

21. Find a particular business near you. “Hey Siri, where’s the closest Dunkin Doughnuts?”

22. Set a one-time or regular reminder. “Alexa, remind me to water the plants every Sunday at 11 a.m.”

A free weekly meeting to connect entrepreneurs. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to own a business to attend. No pressure environment.

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 160 communities.

As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission.

Click HERE to learn more.

UCF Business Incubator – Volusia County

As a mixed-use facility, the Volusia County incubator serves a wide variety of early-stage businesses. Located at the U.S. Customs terminal at Daytona Beach International Airport, this 9,600-square-foot modern facility features private offices, a spacious training room, conference rooms, shared office equipment, kitchen, and reception area.

The Volusia County incubator was established in July 2011, as a partnership between the University of Central Florida, Volusia County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. It provides business development and operational support to early-stage, innovative businesses throughout the Central Florida region. We offer three programs designed to help businesses: Traction Program, Growth Program, and Soft Landing Program. Click HERE for more information.

The African American Entrepreneurs Association’s mission is to create and nurture a team of like-minded African American entrepreneurs and supporters within our communities by establishing structure, accountability, and utilization of our personal and professional experiences to help one another grow economically, socially, and professionally while mentoring and using these life experiences to provide resources and professional education to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Finally, check out the Carl S. Swisher Library’s Entrepreneurship libguide for additional information including databases.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2

for Gamers by Sam Francois

Released November 14, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2 is claimed to be one of the best controllers ever. Some would say it is simply because of the four paddles on the reverse end of the controller that add extra controls. But this controller has added a whole new experience to the gaming universe with fully customizable and mappable controls. The Xbox Elite Controller was designed to meet the demands of today’s competitive gamers with over 30 new ways to play. Microsoft has even taken it a step further by adding three individual unique profiles to your controller. Besides the paddles, the controller has added hair-trigger locks to enhance your trigger pulling speed and adjustable-tension thumbsticks. The controllers’ compatibility includes Xbox One, Series S|X, and PC with some even arguing it is the best PC
controller. Besides the customizable controls, the controller has taken it a step further when it comes to out-of-box experiences with the changeable thumbsticks and extra pads. In addition to all of its new features, Microsoft has added an internal battery pack with a 40-hr gameplay battery life. Needless to say, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller 2 is a must have if you are looking to take your gaming to the next level.

These strange, funny, and downright odd collections will break up that long stretch of driving.

PHOTO: The Neon Museum

The beauty of a road trip is that you can do anything that strikes your fancy, whether that’s sitting down at all of the best barbecue spots in Texas or taking the time to hit the waves at the best surfing spots up and down California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The most intrepid explorers of America’s byways, though, will opt for destinations slightly less mainstream. From strange collections to macabre displays to downright odd odes to quintessentially American foods, here are 16 bizarre and entertaining museums to add to your next road trip.

How to Use (or Not Use) a Hyphen

By Mary Norris | April 25, 2022

Among the many books about punctuation, precious few are devoted to a single mark. There’s “On the Dot,” by the Brothers Humez, which celebrates the period, or full stop; “Semicolon,” a thoughtful treatise by Cecelia Watson; and “Fucking Apostrophes,” a jewel of a book by Simon Griffin. The hyphen, which may not technically qualify as a punctuation mark, because it operates at the level of the word rather than the sentence—it doesn’t make you pause (though it may give you pause)—has inspired not one great book but two: “Meet Mr. Hyphen (And Put Him in His Place),” a classic by Edward N. Teall, published in 1937, and “Hyphen,” by Pardis Mahdavi, which came out in 2021.

Mahdavi, an Iranian-American (hyphen hers), was a dean at Arizona State University when she tackled this project, as part of a series for Bloomsbury Academic called Object Lessons, “about the hidden lives of ordinary things.” The invention of the hyphen has been credited to Dionysius Thrax, a Greek grammarian who worked at the Library of Alexandria in the second century B.C. Mahdavi writes, “The elegant, sublinear bow-shaped U-hyphen . . . was used to fuse words and highlight words that belonged together.” Much later, in fifteenth-century Germany, Johannes Gutenberg used hyphens liberally (in their modern form) to justify the columns of heavy Gothic type in his Bible. Gutenberg was born to Friele Gensfleisch (Gooseflesh), a merchant, in Mainz. J. P. Morgan might not have been so keen to get his hands on an edition of the historic work had it been known as the Gensfleisch Bible. Read more.

Retirements, Resignations, Reassignments. Oh, my!

Retirements, Resignations, Reassignments. Oh, my!

Mr. Andre Janson retired in July 2021 after 15 years of service as the Evening Reference/Instructional Librarian assisting students, faculty, and staff with both reference questions and Circulation Desk responsibilities. He also taught Bibliographic Instruction classes in the evenings. He holds a BA, MA and MLIS with a background in History. He taught the then required information literacy course here at B-CU for several years, and he particularly enjoyed helping students. After retiring, he contributed a piece to The West Volusia Beacon about changes to DeBary. Click to read it.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Nightingale arrived the to library in Spring 2019 as an Assistant Archivist and was later promoted to Archival Coordinator. He earned his B.A. in History with a minor in Writing & Rhetoric from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2016 and completed a Master’s in Public History in 2019; his thesis focused on the CME Church in the Civil Rights Movement. “When the Carter Tabernacle Church in Orlando celebrated their centennial in 2016, I went to the celebration and began asking questions.” This chance encounter led him to conduct additional research on the role CME churches played in the civil rights movement, especially since not many know about the church.

Mr. Nightingale was originally an electrical engineering major upon entering UCF, but after a year and a half, he felt it wasn’t for him and made the switch to ‘undecided’ where he concentrated on completing his general education requirements. It was in a U.S. History course that he developed a love for the subject and decided to major in it. He quickly fell in love with writing about history, which culminated in his selection of Public History for graduate studies. His accolades include interning at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and UCF’s John C. Hitt Library Special Collections documenting the Black Student Union, presenting at the Zora Neale Hurston Academic Conference, African American Association of Museums, and UCF Graduate Research Forum, Adjunct Professor at Bethune-Cookman University, Communications Manager for The Association of African American Museums Emerging Museum Professionals Committee, and Board Member for the University of Central Florida’s College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Chapter. 

Dr. Clarissa West-White has been reassigned as University Archivist, Assistant Professor.

A native of Quincy, Florida, Dr. West-White initially arrived to Bethune Cookman University in Fall 2014 as Assistant Professor of English. She has worked in the library since January 2018 and completed the Masters in Information in Spring 2019. Since arriving, she has served as department chair and on numerous committees, advised student organizations, completed archival projects, was a Jessie Ball DuPont Summer Seminar Recipient, a Robert Frederick Smith Intern with the National Museum of African American History & Culture -Smithsonian Institute, Key Wet Literary Seminar Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Recipient, National Information Standard Organization (NISO) Plus Scholarship Recipient, and Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources Institute Recipient. She was most recently elected president-elect of the Florida Association of College and Research Librarians where she is also a board member, and continues to serve on the Academic Conference of the Zora Neale Hurston Festival. This semester, she completed the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning and Entrepreneurship Librarian Launchpad certifications.

She has secured and or served as Principal Investigator on grants totaling nearly $50,000: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Open Education Resource (OER) Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Grant Project, Appointed PI, $15,000, 2021; SCWAReD Advanced Collaborative Support Program The Black Fantastic: Curated Vocabularies, Artifact Analysis and Identification, $29,500, 2021; Carnegie Whitney Grant, American Library Association, Received, $4,700, 2019.

Speaking of the Library…

One of the signs posted on the second floor.

Each day library staff has to rearrange and clean the furniture. This takes a toll on them physically as well as the furnishings. We simply ask that everyone care for the library: It is your library. The carousels on the second floor near the windows are meant to be used by a single student: He or she can spread their things out and sit their items next to them on the seat. Should students require a space for 2 or three people to sit and study, we ask them to consider checking out one of the study rooms along the back of the first floor. There are several. If you need a larger space, there are larger study rooms available. Likewise, we want to remind you that you are not to eat in the library as well. Although there is plenty of surveillance in the library, we do not wish to police our students. Please work with us to ensure that the library is a clean (pest and rodent free) place for all students to visit and study.

See what YOUR library offers. *Note the study rooms on the first floor.

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