Have you seen the Library Tour of Art?

Self Guided Walking-Tour of Art Collection                  http://www2.cnr.edu/home/library/about_arttour.htm
prepared by Susan Acampora

Gill Library, named in honor of Mother Irene Gill, O.S.U., the founder of the College, houses its own art collection, the College archive, 200,000 volumes and offers access to over 20,000 online full text periodicals. Selected works from the Gill Library art collection are now on view throughout all four floors of the Library.

The library extends special thanks to all who contributed photographs to this walking tour including John Coyne, Ana Fontoura,  Kathleen S. Mannino, Jennifer L. Ransom, and John Vecchiolla.

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Postcards from the Archives – Summer Exhibit

Postcards from the Archives    Go To Exhibit

“Deltiology” is the term used to define the collection of postcards—one of the three largest collectible hobbies in the United States (the others being stamps and coins).

Soon after the U.S. Postal Service authorized the private publication of picture postcards in 1898, Americans began purchasing and sending them with a penny stamp (now 28 cents). Mail service was relatively fast and one could send a postcard that arrived in another town the next day. In the Archives are postcards from CNR students c.1910 saying they would arrive “tomorrow”.
Until the costs of telephones and long distance fees went down in the late 1960’s, CNR resident students’ major mode of communication was by mail. Twice daily, CNR students lined up outside the “Post” awaiting the arrival of letters, laundry boxes, and treats from home.

The College of New Rochelle Archives has a collection of postcards of CNR buildings dating from the turn of the 20th Century. In this display, one can view the changes in campus buildings like the Castle turret, struck by lightning in 1926 and then remodeled. The demolished Sports Building has been replaced by the Wellness Center.
 The charm of ivy covered walls damaged the mortar of buildings like the Chapel and Maura, and ivy was removed in the 1950’s. A small fishpond behind Chapel Hall and a summer house also were removed, and the sundial moved from Maura lawn back to the Rose Garden.

Library Exhibit: The Graduate School Celebrates 40 Years


CNR Graduate School

Celebrates 40 Years

by Martha Counihan,  O.S.U.

It was a need for Westchester-area teachers qualified to teach reading and for art teachers to have more than a BA which gave the impetus for the founding of CNR’s graduate programs. June of 1969 found 17 students the Bureau of Art Education of New registered for MA in art Sister Justin McKiernan, OSU guided the nascent graduate art program and encouraged the inclusion of Art Therapy into the curriculum as hospitals and nursing homes sought skilled personnel in this area.. Initially, faculty of SAS taught many graduate courses, but soon, numbers in the graduate programs necessitated a more specialized and separate faculty.

 The MS program in Education began in 1970. Dr. Catherine Haage of the (SAS) Education Department knew that New York State at that time had no requirement for training in the teaching of reading, and educators’ concern about widespread reading failure was at a critical point. The NY State Education Department law was about to change to require training in reading for certification.  The expected 30 students in the first class were met by 146 men and women in the registration line. Within a few years, new programs and concentrations were added as Westchester area adults sought professional degrees in traditional and new areas.

 From its inception, the Graduate School sought to serve students with work and family responsibilities; classes were and are scheduled for late afternoon, evenings and weekends year round. Small classes have always been the norm. The 1971-72 Graduate Student Handbook provided important information. An interesting note: there were three public telephones available for graduate student use on campus!

Presently, the full time faculty of the Graduate School is assisted by adjunct specialists in the divisions of Art and Communication, Education, and Human Services. Advanced Certificate programs are also available in each Division for those already holding a master’s degree. A Professional Diploma is available for a School District Leader. CNR Graduate School faculty are experts in their areas of expertise, most have created publications, exhibitions, and presentations that enhance their particular discipline and teaching.

Wellness at CNR: Nutrition Exhibit – March 2010

View the March Exhibit online at:  http://www2.cnr.edu/home/library/ZExhibits_WellnessAtCnr.htm

Wellness at CNR – by Martha Counihan

Mens sana in corpore sano,”  “a healthy mind in a healthy body,” is often quoted in speaking about the importance of maintaining a balance of physical and mental health.

The first classes of students at the College of New Rochelle had an hour of gymnastics and sports daily; twice annual interclass “Meets” of basketball and outdoor sports fostered class spirit. Attendance at lectures on diet, exercise, rest, work, and dress was required of freshmen. Two years of non-credit Physical Education continues today at CNR.

The Wellness Center, 2008, is the third building for student sports. Chidwick’s gymnasium , 1906,(area, now closed), the Sports Building, 1932 ( demolished for the Wellness Center) have given CNR students a place and space to maintain physical and spiritual well being  during their years of study.

 In the first six decades at CNR there was required attendance at dinner for resident students (think: a regular balanced diet and portion control!). For an extra afternoon snack, students walked  to the “ville” for tea at Schrafft’s or sundaes at the Boston Spa. Study hour began at 8 pm, and obligatory lights out at 11 pm gave time for enough sleep.

 Many of the titles in this exhibit, loaned by Adrienne Wald, Director of Wellness Education, highlight the importance of a diet derived from plants rather than animal sources.

Nutrition Exhibit Bibliography

Bittman, Mark. Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Google Books Preview

Chevat, Richie, and Michael Pollan. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat. New York: Dial Books, 2009.   Google Books Preview

Linklater, Richard, et al. Fast food nation. Beverly Hills, Calif: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007. Google Books Preview

Nestle, Marion. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. California studies in food and culture, 3. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.  Google Books Preview

Nestle, Marion. What to Eat. New York: North Point Press, 2006.   Google Books Preview

Oliver, J. Eric. Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America’s Obesity Epidemic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.  Google Books Preview

Petrini, Carlo. Slow food: the case for taste. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.  Google Books Preview

Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World. New York: Random House, 2001.. Google Books Preview

Pollan, Michael. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.  Google Books

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.  Google Books Preview

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.  Google Books Preview

Somer, Elizabeth. Food and Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best. A Henry Holt reference book. New York: Holt, 1995.   Google Books Preview

Meinrad Craighead and Korita Kent Exhibit and Video showing

Meinrad Craighead and Korita Kent:  Two Visionary Artists showcased at Gill Library February 2010, February 2010. Continue reading

E-Books arrive at Gill Library (on campus access only at this time)

Welcome to ebrary!

Gill Library now has access to Academic Complete, a growing e-book collection spanning all academic subject areas.

Click on the  button below to view an Ebrary training video.


Virtual Reference Comes to Gill Library

Virtual Reference Service is now available through Gill Library:  ASK 24/7

All branches of Gill Library are now members of the Virtual Reference consortium,  ASK 24/7.     If you have a question and can’t get to the library, use the link on the Gill Library homepage to ASKUS 24/7. Help_Ask247Medium

Ask Us 24/7 is a project managed by the Western New York Library Resources Council in Buffalo, NY. Ask Us 24/7 also receives support from the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse, NY. Libraries participating in Ask Us 24/7 can be found in multiple areas of Upstate New York.

What is Ask Us 24/7?

Ask Us 24/7 is a virtual chat service that connects people with reference librarians. Ask Us 24/7 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You will not necessarily be chatting with a librarian in your community or even at your library, but you will be chatting with a reference librarian. The librarian who answers your call will be able to help you with questions about your library and will help you find answers to other questions you may have by using a range of Internet sources and specialized databases. If you need assistance specifically from your home library, your question will be referred and a librarian from your home library will get back to you via email.


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