Women celebrate “Hanging of the Greens” at Dimmitt Hall. Dimmitt Hall had several Christmas traditions, including a Christmas tree party, a formal dinner and hanging of the greens. According to a booklet on Dimmitt Hall from the 1950’s, “The Sophomore girls arise early the last morning before the Christmas holidays to hang holly on each door and awaken the house with caroling. The girls eat breakfast at 6:30 clad in house coats and pajamas.” Today “Hanging of the Greens” is a campus wide event that also includes a Yule log service, decorating a Christmas tree and singing carols.
With the Morningside football team heading to the playoffs, we thought it would be fun to take a look back. This photograph from the 1949 Sioux yearbook shows members of the football team participating in some calisthenics. It was captioned, “Coach Pritula works us over.”
Good luck Mustangs!
1949 Sioux p. 68
By Jenny Fleming
Many people may not be familiar with National Geography Awareness Week. In the simplest terms, the focus is on increasing awareness of the importance of geography. During this week, the National Geographic Society, along with other geographic organizations, look to increase geographic literacy by providing materials to support better education in geography.
National Geography Awareness Week, or GeoWeek, was created in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that stated that every third week in November would be National Geography Awareness Week. It was created to promote geographic education in schools and among the general public.
GeoWeek also urges people to think about geo-spatial issues and their responsibilities as global citizens. In the past, each year National Geography Awareness Week has had a specific theme, although from 2014 on, each year will have a slogan celebrating a facet of geography.
In 2014, GeoWeek is focusing on “The Future of Food.” With about nine million people living on this planet, it is important to understand our need for food in light of the challenges of feeding such a large number of people. The impact our need for food has on the planet is a large focus of this year’s GeoWeek.
To learn more about National Geography Awareness Week, check out some of these additional sources:
National Geographic’s Geography Awareness Week
Neves, Marcos Fava. The Future Of Food Business : The Facts, The Impacts, The Acts. Singapore: World Scientific, 2011. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
Wu, Wenbin, et al. "Global-Scale Assessment Of Potential Future Risks Of Food Insecurity." Journal Of Risk Research 14.9 (2011): 1143-1160. Business Source Premier. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
Sowinski, Lara L. "The future of food logistics: production, transportation, warehousing and fulfillment of food and beverages reaches a new pinnacle in sustainability, efficiency and safety." Food Logistics 2013: 18. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
Sundstrom, Jens F., et al. "Future Threats To Agricultural Food Production Posed By Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, And Animal And Plant Diseases -- A Risk Analysis In Three Economic And Climate Settings." Food Security 2 (2014): 201. Academic OneFile. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.
By: Amber Kast
“Land of the free, and the home of the brave.” These words close our National Anthem, the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and are words by which Americans live. Our country has been the land of the free since 1776, but that is only because of the brave—veterans.
Veterans are the brave men and women who have served our country in the U.S. military. They can be from any branch, any time period, and in any type of health (wounded, unwounded, alive, deceased).
Veterans Day is held every year on November 11th, and originated in 1919 on the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice that ended World War I (also known as Armistice Day). Veterans Day was commemorated in 1921 with the burial of an unknown soldier from World War I at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. This tomb is now known as the Tomb of the Unknowns, and every year ceremonies are held there, and floral tributes are placed on the graves of service men and women all over the country.
On Veterans Day, we thank and honor the men and women of the U.S. military who have made sacrifices for our freedom. It is a day of remembrance, where all around the country ceremonies are held, songs performed, and “Taps” can be heard ringing throughout the whole nation.
To learn more about Veterans Day and veterans, check out these sources:
"Veterans Day." Encyclopædia Britannica (2014): Research Starters. Web. 8 Nov. 2014.
Video, TIME. "WATCH: 5 Facts About Veterans Day." Time.Com (2013): 1. Business Source Premier. Web. 8 Nov. 2014.
"Veterans Day." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2014): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 8 Nov. 2014.
Mettler, Suzanne, and Stephen R. Ortiz. Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics : New Perspectives On Veterans In The Modern United States. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 10 Nov. 2014.
By: Bethany Kluender
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an adventure that encourages people from all walks of life to create a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Impossible, right? Well, there are a lot of writers that have been successful, thanks to the help of the community that cheers them on.
NaNoWriMo began in July 1999. It all started with Chris Batey, who began the project with 21 other writers in the San Francisco Bay area. It was eventually moved from July to November to “take advantage of the miserable weather.” Since then, NaNoWriMo has grown extraordinarily; in 2013, 400,000 people participated from all over the world. The rules are simple: you must start a new novel on November 1st and have until 11:59:59 on November 30th to submit your novel for verification. All genres, from fanfiction to historical romance, are accepted and notes are permitted. You win a free paperback proof from CreateSpace and the satisfaction of completing a novel in 30 days. Not many people can say that!
NaNoWriMo has also developed programs to develop and encourage literacy at a young age. The Young Writers Program has a word count of 30,000 words, and it has been used at thousands of schools, with 90,000 participants total. NaNoWriMo has also used libraries and other community spaces with their Come Write In program, which allows WriMos to have a place to meet up and craft their novels together.
Some examples of novels that have been published after NaNoWriMo are: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown and hundreds of others, traditionally and self-published.
The Morningside Writers’ Guild, a student group on campus, is hosting their own kick-off party from 1-5pm on November 1st, in the Yockey Room. Anyone is free to come for any amount of time. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Habinck at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find them on Facebook as Morningside Writers’ Guild.
Some sources from our library about NaNoWriMo and the writing process include:
Lessons from NaNoWriMo by Larry Burton
Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print by Laurence Block
The Writer's Market (2013)
The Creative Writer's Survival Guide : Advice From an Unrepentant Novelist by John McNally
Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process by Margaret-Love Denman and Barbara Shoup
By Kayla Moeller
Halloween may bring to mind costumes and candy or horror films and haunted houses, but do you know where Halloween comes from? Halloween is actually from the ancient Celtic times. There are three traditions that have made the tradition of Halloween.
The first tradition is the Celtic Festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated “summer’s end”, also known as Samhain, by slaughtering cattle and feasting. The Celts believed that the ancestral dead rose with the ghosts and demons on this night, and that they held the secrets to afterlife and the future. According to Geo Athena, “Celtic tradition tells us that part of the process of entering spiritual awareness is drawing our attention away from fear” [B].
The second tradition is known as the Roman Festival of Pomona that was celebrated on November first. Pomona is the goddess of orchards and harvest therefore they had feasts with many apples and nuts. This is why we still use apples and nuts during the holiday [A].
The third tradition is All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. When Christianity spread in Greece, the priests tried to get rid of the Celtic Festival of Samhain because the pagans celebrated this tradition. All Saints’ Day started because of Pope Boniface IV; he made this day for early Christians who died for their beliefs. [A]
Halloween was not accepted in North America until the 19th Century. In the beginning, teenagers did not go out and “trick-or-treat” because it was thought to be improper [C]. Halloween as we now know it did not appear until much later in the 1930s.
To learn more about Halloween and how it originated, check out these sources:
[A] Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History. Bannatyne, Wesley Pratt.
[B] Trevarthen, Geo Athena. "The Celtic Origins Of Halloween Transcend Fear." Phi Kappa Phi Forum 90.3 (2010): 6-7. Business Source Premier. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
[C] Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween : From Pagan Ritual To Party Night. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
International Business, Times. "Halloween History, Roman And Christian Influences." International Business Times 31 Oct. 2012: Regional Business News. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
By: Bethany Kluender
October 20-26, 2014 is Open Access Week, which celebrates the ability to access scholarly research for free online after publication. Originally, this weeklong event was limited to one day; October 14, 2008 was designated as “Open Access Day,” and since then it has become an international and interdisciplinary movement. It aims to break down barriers to research—expensive paywalls or copyright infringements—which limits the expansion of knowledge. There are also many seminars, presentations, and webchats promoting Open Access Week, which are listed here: http://openaccessweek.org/events
The theme for this year is Generation Open, which highlights the importance of students and young researchers as advocates for change and how scholarly publishing is different throughout different career stages.
To learn more about this event and the impact of Open Access Week, please read the following items from our library and additional websites:
Open Access by Peter Suber
“Open Access Journals—What publishers offer, what researchers want” by Suenje Dallmeier-Tiessen, Robert Darby, Bettina Goerner, etc.
“Riding the Wave of Open Access: Providing Library Research Support for Scholarly Publishing Literacy” by Linlin Zhao.
The Open Access Week Website: http://openaccessweek.org/page/about
A blog post by Adi Kamdar, written for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/celebrating-open-access-week-research-should-be-free-available-and-open
The Right to Research Coalition’s website: http://www.righttoresearch.org/act/oaweek/
By: Brianna Martens
Financial planning are two words that can make college students cringe. Don’t worry, though--this time we are not talking about filling out forms or paperwork. Instead, we’re talking about Financial Planning Week!
Financial Planning Week is a week entirely dedicated to the education, recognition, and work behind financial planning. The FPA (or the Financial Planning Association) organizes Financial Planning Week every year at the beginning of October. Not only is this week for planners themselves, but also for people who benefit from the guidance of professional financial planners.
The FPA’s mission is to increase public understanding of the importance of financial planning. To do this and also celebrate Financial Planning Week, the FPA and its chapters put on events such as educational seminars, hotlines, and media interviews. Whether or not you attend any of the events put on by the FPA, there are many small ways you can celebrate Financial Planning Week.
Here are a few suggestions from the FPA:
To read more about Financial Planning Week or financial planning in general, please check out the following resources:
Norman, Tessa. "Advisers Spreading Knowledge And Expertise For Financial Planning Week." Money Marketing (2013): 10. Business Source Premier. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
Robb, Cliff A. "The Personal Financial Knowledge Conundrum." Journal Of Financial Service Professionals 68.4 (2014): 69-72. Business Source Premier. Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
Lyons, Patrick A. Map Your Financial Freedom : Charting A Course Through Adulthood And Retirement. Durham, North Carolina: Lyons Den Press, 2009. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 7 Oct. 2014.
By Brianna Martens
There are few things that can make you laugh, cry, or even lie in bed wondering how to move on with your life like a great book can. To honor all of the great books that have been written every year, the first week in October is known as Great Books Week.
While there is very little information out there about the history of Great Books Week, we are still able to appreciate its celebration of timeless masterpieces. Some of these masterpieces, such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, can be found on the official Great Books Website (posted below), along with what year they were chosen as a great book. What, though, makes a book a great book? Are there actual rules and regulations, or does the person who reads it determine if a book is great?
Believe it or not, the definition of a “great” or “classic” book is often a hotly debated topic. Though the experts may not agree on every detail, according to AboutEducation.com there are a few universal qualities that can help determine if a book is classic or not, such as:
For further reading, please check out these resources on the subject:
"What Literature Teaches Us about Emotion." Review of Contemporary Philosophy 10 (2011): 256+. Academic OneFile. Web. 6 Oct. 2014.
Mar, Raymond A., et al. "Emotion And Narrative Fiction: Interactive Influences Before, During, And After Reading." Cognition & Emotion 25.5 (2011): 818-833. Business Source Premier. Web. 6 Oct. 2014.
Stefán, Snævarr. Metaphors, Narratives, Emotions : Their Interplay And Impact. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 6 Oct. 2014.
By: Christie Vos
Lillian Dimmitt at a social function, possibly the annual Birthday Dinner, given to honor Miss Dimmitt and to commemorate the birthdays of all the women living at Dimmitt Hall. Date unknown.
Miss Dimmitt was born February 10, 1867, in Danville, IL, the daughter of a Methodist preacher. She attended Illinois Female College and Illinois Wesleyan University. She earned an M.A. from Columbia University in 1913, and also spent time at the American School of Classical Studies
She came to the University of the Northwest in February 1893 to replace a faculty member who resigned. That term she would be teaching Physical Geography, third year German, Latin and Greek. She continued on during the school’s transition to Morningside College. She became Professor of Latin in 1897 and Dean of Women in 1916. She continued in that position until 1940 and continued to teach into the 1960s.
The college named the women’s dormitory Dimmitt Hall in 1948.
Lillian Dimmitt died September 11, 1965, at the age of 98. Her home became the Lillian E. Dimmitt Alumni House.
Morningsider Fall/Winter 2005 p.17
Morningside College: A Centennial History p. 28-29