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2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week Success

Please enjoy a few pictures from the week long activities during the 2018 Student Appreciation Week, October 29th through November 2nd, 2018.

SGA Secretary Samantha Yee and Vice-President Mustafa Mithaiwala cut the ribbon at a celebration for the new Library food vending area made possible by funds from the Student Fee Fund. (10/29/18)

Students enjoying coffee and cake at the ribbon cutting celebration. (10/29/18)

Library Liaisons Karen Barton (SHP), Chris Gaspard (SOM), and Christy Tyson (SOD) prepare for the student paint party complete with spooky drinks and pumpkin cookies.

(10/30/18)

Students enjoy spooky drinks and treats with Liaison Librarian Christy Tyson. (10/30/18)

Students talk with Miguel Vazquez, M.D., creator of Starletta. (10/30/18)

Students line up to take part in the Student Photo Wall. The School of Health Professions was the winner with the most participation! (10/30/18)

Students getting pictures taken at the Halloween Photo Wall (10/31/18).

Students getting to know Library therapy dogs June and Angel along with handlers, Resource Management Librarians Dana Whitmire and Andrea Schorr. (11/2/18)

Students lined up each day to spin the wheel for prizes.


Student wins a prize!

Coming Later This Fall: New Library Furniture and Space Arrangements

Thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund, the Library will be developing new small scale furniture arrangements and installing other new furniture options later this Fall as part of a pilot space design project. Three spaces will be developed to enhance areas for student individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Individual study chairs or pods will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors. The relaxation area will be located on the 5th floor adjacent to a new collaboration study area comprised of two counter-height tables, stools, and whiteboards. Feedback from students will guide the library on expanding furniture and space design options in the future.

Stay tuned for updates. See below for illustrations.

3rd Floor – Front corner window area – 2 pods for individual study

4th Floor – Columns adjacent to the front window area – 6 pods for individual study

5th Floor – Relaxation spaces and group study collaboration tables

Danny Jones Essay Winner Presents During Library Fiesta Celebration

During Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th, Jacob Canfield (pictured here) sparked quite a discussion about his winning essay Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. (Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019)

The audience of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation included Rajia Tobia, past Executive Director of the UT Health Libraries who began the essay contest (Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award) in honor of her late husband who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

The Nixon Library, located on the 5th floor of Briscoe Library, houses approximately 6,000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to early 20th centuries. The Nixon Library also houses the University Archives and a small collection of local historical documents.

Jacob’s presentation will be expanded as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Friend’s starting next fall.

 

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award Winner

Please join us in congratulating Jacob Canfield (School of Medicine), this years’ winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award sponsored by the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library. This annual contest was established in memory of Danny Jones, M.L.S., who served as Head of Special Collections at the UT Health at San Antonio Briscoe Library and who was also a Past President of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Jacob is a first year medical student from Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University Commerce and is involved with the organizations Frontera de Salud and Access Care Texas here at UT Health San Antonio. Jacob loves nature, history, and fossil hunting!

Pictured here congratulating Jacob is Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries. Jacob’s essay was entitled Anti-Vax: 19th Century Insights into a Modern Healthcare Issue. For those of you who would like to hear more about Jacob’s essay, he will be providing a presentation on his topic during the Student Fiesta celebration being planned for April.

A copy of Jacob’s essay is provided here: Canfield,Jacob_EssayAward_2019.

Deadline January 31st to Win $500!

Submit your entry for the Danny Jones Student Essay Competition by midnight on Jan. 31st for a chance to win.

Email in PDF format to Peg Seger (segerp@uthscsa.edu)

All UT Health students as well as interns, residents and fellows are eligible to enter.

Previously unpublished essays (up to 2500 words) in broad areas related to the history of the health sciences or the history of any health science profession are eligible for submission.

The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I.Nixon Medical Historical Library in memory of Danny Jones, MLS, former Head of Special Collections at the UT Health Briscoe Library and Past President of the Friends.

For more information, click here.

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

New Library Reflection Room Dedicated During Fiesta Celebration

 

Omar Akram

Helen Fleck

It’s been a little over a year since a student group led by Omar Akram came to Briscoe Library with a proposal to set aside a room for a meditation space where students would be able to pray or meditate in privacy and comfort. Thanks to many campus collaborators on the project, a room was identified and eventually transformed into a new space that was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting and reception during Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th.

Doing the honors for the ribbon-cutting were Omar Akram and Helen Fleck, SGA Secretary. Pictured below are John Kaulfus, (Chief Student Affairs Officer, Title IX Director) representing the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, Paulina Mazurek (Director of Wellness & Professional Formation) representing the Office for Undergraduate Medical Education, and Owen Ellard Senior Director of Libraries. Attending along with many other students, faculty and staff was Arthur Campos (Architect) representing the Office of Facilities Management and many of his team who worked on the creation of the room.

The room, decorated to inspire a reflective atmosphere, also features 6 black and white photos from a collection taken by campus photographer (Creative Media Services), Brandi Jenkins.

For more information about the room, please contact Peg Seger, segerp@uthscsa.edu.

New Study Rooms Open for Reservations

Looking for more places to study? We have an answer for you.

An additional 22 classrooms on the Library Building 2nd floor are now open and available for after-hours and weekend reservations in the library reservation system. This includes the library computer lab, 2.011.

All of the classrooms will remain open 24/7/365 and reservations are available Mon-Fri between the hours of 6 pm to 7 am and on weekends from 6 pm Friday night to 7 am Monday morning.

Lounge areas and microwaves are also available on the 2nd floor. Direct access to the rooms on the 2nd floor is available through the library 24/7/365.

Please keep in mind that all student study space reservations on the 2nd floor are subject to availability with preference given to academic and non-academic events.

Resources for Distance Learning Students

Student Fiesta Fun!

 

On April 24th, UT Health students got to have some fun with their own Fiesta! Sponsored by the Library, students took part in a Fiesta photo wall, coloring portions of a super-sized fiesta-themed poster, painting, and making fiesta flowers. There were also two therapy dogs on site.

 

Later in the day, the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library hosted an Open House and exhibited photos of the collection that were taken by a former UT Health librarian.

  

 

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