Meet the Team: Tabbitha

Student of the week TabbithaName: Tabbitha

Major: Visual Arts

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: I love being able to make friends so easily! The campus is small enough to feel like a big family. I also love being a part of Brookens Library, whether that be helping students figure out the printers or drawing on the chalkboard wall.

What are your goals for the semester?  Goal 1-Get good grades. Goal 2-Graduate. Goal 3-World domination. I like to set pretty decent goals.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: If my life were a reality TV show it would be called “A Million Places at Once”. I think it would be called that because I have a tendency to be everywhere at once.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of a bunch of clubs including Japanime, AREA, and Queer Straight Alliance. I haven’t been as involved in them since I live off campus now.

What have you learned since working at the library?: I’ve learned how to work with a variety of different people who all learn in different ways. Also I have learned that no matter how many signs you put up, somebody will surely ignore those signs.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan on getting a job in a library. Once I do that I plan on going back to school for a Masters in Library Science. After all of that, I hope to move out of state and get a large house and fill it with rescue cats.

Meet the Team: Malcolm

Student of the week MalcolmName: Malcolm

Major: English

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a UIS student is working at the library! We have a great team and its always growing and changing but for the last 4 years its been very much like a family.

What are your goals for the semester?  To graduate!!!

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: “Life On Bluray” Because my life wouldn’t be a TV show, it would be a movie.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and I am also president of the UIS Greek Life Council.

What have you learned since working at the library?: Since I started working in the library I’ve learned a lot about accountability as well as work professionalism and time management.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to move to Maine and take a 6 month break from school, while starting a management training program. After that I intend to get my Masters

Meet the Team: Connie

Student of the week ConnieName: Connie

Major: Psychology

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a UIS student is the close community we all share. I like that classes are small; my professors know my name and I’m not just a number in a classroom. UIS is the perfect size for me, which is why it was and still is my first choice!

What are your goals for the semester?: My goals for this semester include earning at least a 3.5 GPA. I also want to help and mentor new students and continue to be active on campus. I also hope to be on a Springfest team this year too!

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: “The new age 20 year old life of a poor but willing college student; as told by Connie Sifuentes”. I think the title says enough, but I think most college students will be able to relate to this potential TV show. It will literally be about every struggle us college student go through but continue to do it because loans don’t pay themselves. *cries*

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc., the Marketing chair for Psychology club, and I am also a mentor for the Necessary Steps mentoring program. Being involved in crucial for a full college experience. It also helps your college experience fun!

What have you learned since working at the library?: I learned that you can work and also have fun! Being part of a team is not only essential for accomplishing goals but also good because you always have at least one person willing to help you out when you need it. Research skills are also a plus!

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to go to Graduate school where I’ll get a Masters in Counseling/Clinical Psychology. I then hope to continue my education by earning my doctorate and becoming a child/adolescent psychologist. I also hope to have my own private practice one day!

Cookbooks & Kitchen Items Are Here!!!!

It’s Thanksgiving time, and that means lots and lots of cooking.  Whether you’re traveling home or staying on campus, this is a great time to check out our new cookbook collection and try one of our kitchen items from the Library of Things.  The cookbooks are a part of our new Popular Books collection on the main level of the library.  To provide extra inspiration, we’ve created a special cookbook display at our display shelves near the main desk, be sure to check it out. 

Our Library of Things items are great for both traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving feast items.  Our waffle maker is perfect for making mashed potato cakes, make some whipped cream for pie with one of our hand mixers,  and the immersion blender is all you need for silky smooth butternut squash soup. Check out the whole kitchen collection of the Library of Things here

Don’t know how to cook?  That’s OK, our cookbook collection is designed for beginner cooks and contains title such as:

Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything you Need to Know to Become a Great Cook

And many more!

We’re wishing you a relaxing and tasty Thanksgiving break!

Meet the Team: Daniel

Student of the week DanielName: Daniel

Major: Information Systems Security

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: My favorite thing about being a UIS student is getting to experience the culture of the school. All the great things that goes on through out the school year and bringing people together. I also like the environment which makes you feel at home and everybody you meet is willing to talk and help.

What are your goals for the semester?: My goals for this semester is to as always pass my classes with good grades. I also want to join more clubs and be more involved in activities on campus. I want to have more fun than last year and be positive.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: If there was a reality TV show of my life, it would be called ” Life of Broken Athlete”. I was a soccer player who’s career was ruined by injuries. I have have almost every part of my bones either broken or twisted. this ended my long goals of being a soccer player.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am involved in the UIS FC soccer club and my hobbies are playing soccer and going out to explore. I like to take walks or drive around the city and take pictures and just observe. I also like to play video games like fifa, 2k and others.

What have you learned since working at the library?: Since I started working in the library, I have learn to know how to help others. Working in the library makes you know how to interact with people and also have experience on how to deal with people. Also the library gives you the knowledge on how to do research and gain peoples trust on asking questions about their projects or assignments.

What are your post-graduation plans?: My post-graduation plans are having the knowledge and understanding of how the world works. Having the experience I need in my work field and being able to contribute to the world. Finally being able to go out there and have fun.

Movie Night in the Library

Join us for a Free Fall Movie Night in Brookens Library on Thursday, November 16th, beginning at 9:00 pm. We will be showing “The Goonies” and serving hot cocoa, campfire cupcakes, and other fun snacks. We will also have cozy blankets on hand to keep you warm! You don’t want to miss this first-even event sponsored by Norris Nation.

See you there!

Meet the Team: Diamond

Student of the week DiamondName: Diamond

Major: Clinical Psych

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?:The small size of the university makes it feel like home, along with those on campus. i enjoy having a university that is small, because the relationships you are able to establish with your professors and administrators is something that would be impossible if I were at another university. The opportunities presented at this campus also makes the list as one of my favorite things about UIS.

What are your goals for the semester?: A few of my goals are to continue to develop as an individual in terms of leadership skills, to finish off all of my graduate school applications before the initial deadlines, and to laugh more and worry less. During my undergrad I did quite a bit of stressing, and that has hindered my enjoyment many of the things that UIS offers. Because it is my last year, I want to enjoy it while also learning so that my experience here is memorable.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: It’s Lit Like a Candle- I’d probably choose this because there is never a point in my life that SOMETHING isn’t happening. I’ve always been busy and involved on campus, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I’ve also been privileged to meet people at UIS that have made my time here so much more entertaining.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am involved in theatre on campus. I have been actively involved in theatre here since I was a freshman. Some of my other hobbies include enjoying time outside or reading. I also love to swim.

What have you learned since working at the library?:Working at the library has taught me the importance of a positive attitude as well as what it means to truly assist those around you to the best of your ability. I have learned a ton of research skills as a student assistant. I also hope to continue to learn how to service others to the best of my abilities.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan to enroll in a masters program studying psychology or something related to that field. Once I obtain a masters degree, I’d like to work towards earning my Ph.D. I am super excited about my life after graduation!