Monday, February 23, 2009

Affording the Essentials is Essential

In today's economy, there are simple strategies for saving. Stretching a dollar doesn't have to hurt. Here are just few easy ways to make your money go further:

1. Shop and cook ahead,
2. BOGO for it: when you see buy-one-get-one-free deals or other sales on non-perishables or foods that can be frozen, buy it in bulk,
3. Bring your own food to work or school - it's healthier and more economical,
4. Instead of going to the vending machine, be ready with a snack you've packed from home,
5. Collect those coupons,
6. Pack your own brown bag instead of going out: you can eat healthfully and save dramatically,
7. Make your own coffee at home and save on every cup,
8. Dare to compare at the price-per-ounce or price-per-unit figures on the shelf to quickly find the lowest cost.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dear Ms. "N"

This poem "Dear Ms. "N" was written on the way home from my trip to Jacksonville to attend the annual fall FACRL librarians conference. The program included a panel held by young librarians that are attending the Master's Degree programs in Library Sciences. The young men and women were collaborated about the future of our profession. It was both entertaining and refreshing. At the end of the conference, I got a chance to talk to them, to shake the hand and wish them to get in love with their careers the same way as our generation did with our profession.

This particular poem is for my colleagues librarians as a way to wish them a happy Valentine's Day and a great Presidents Day!

Dear Ms. "N,"
You are the best librarian!
You are the “number 1” on career’s job-list.
You are the beauty. I am the beast.
I watch you every time
When I visit the library of mine
I noticed your grace
In the great inspirational place
As you reading the reference
With knowledge and confidence.
Librarians like you make a difference
24/7 without preference.
You are the leader
Climbing the professional ladder as a feather.
You are a powerful educational link
Writing with blue ink.
You are an asset to local community –
Our future technical infinity.
You are fun and eclectic.
You are the messenger of new tactic.
All the best wishes,
Hugs and kisses,
Truly yours, and admired
That wants you to be hired
To work and grow
In the future job market of tomorrow.

Finally, signature to clear,
And the date to bear.

Ida Tomshinsky © November 7, 2008

"Dear Teacher"

As the Valentine's day is coming up tomorrow, I researched and came up with "a stunning book" that "is fun to share." This is a delightful children's book titled "Love Letters" by Arnold Adolff and illustrated by Lisa Desimini.

I hope this quite little poem will put a smile on the face of our academic faculty members:

Dear Teacher:
you never
find out
this red
h e a r t
from me.
to stay
q u i e t

Yours As A Mouse.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Is Green Your Lucky Color?

Is green your lucky color?
“Yes, it is,”- green is incorporated in my soul.

Once upon a time,
Long before the green initiative
And energy consumption,
Green was my mother’s favorite line.

Long time ago,
Before green became the hot season’s color
My eyes’ green pigment
Became the style-trend following entertainment.

Yes, green is my lucky color!
Green is incorporated in my soul.
Look at me, I have a green purse
And a green house.

I have a lime bedroom
For a little zoom,
And I have a green dress
For the weekend success.

I like to drink green tea,
And I like the view of my green palm tree;
Green, green, very green ocean,
And green cucumber lotion.

I like the green iguanas
And the green bananas,
A green Honda,
And the green tropical flora.

Hot summer days are green, too.
When the skies are extremely blue.
After the tropical rain, the green grass is new.
The leaves and the trees are sinew.

Which green is your lucky color,
The light green or darker?
Any green is my favorite color.
Any green makes me happier and younger!

2008 Ida Tomshinsky

Top 10 Books on the Environment: 2009

This list was posted by the Booklist Online on February 12th of 2009.

The best “green” books reviewed in Booklist over the past year take distinctive perspectives on the same matrix of forces human and wild, explicating problems, offering solutions, and telling compelling stories of hubris and hope.

Albatross: Their World, Their Ways. By Tuie De Roy and others. 2008. Firefly, $49.95 (9781554074150).
In this magnificent book about a magnificent bird—the revered, now endangered albatross—wildlife photographer De Roy and contributing scientists cover all aspects of albatross beauty, biology, and conservation.
American Earth: Environmental Writing since Thoreau. Ed. by Bill McKibben. 2008. Library of America, $40 (9781598530209).
The environmental movement has been guided by writing of clarity and power, including books by McKibben, who has created a defining and essential anthology featuring 100 pioneering, eco-minded writers.
Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis. By Rowan Jacobsen. 2008. Bloomsbury, $25 (9781596915374).
Jacobsen celebrates the marvels of the honeybee, reveals the many ways we’ve endangered this essential pollinator, and calls for action to prevent a “fruitless fall.”
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future. By Greg Melville. 2008. Algonquin, paper, $15.95 (9781565125957).
Melville’s Larky tale of a coast-to-coast road trip in a car running on french-fry oil, including stops at a wind farm, a renewable energy lab, and a green home, is splendidly entertaining and educational.
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America. By Thomas L. Friedman. 2008. Farrar, $27.95 (9780374166854).
Friedman makes the all-important connection between business and environmentalism in this call for a green revolution.
The Hudson: America’s River. By Frances F. Dunwell. 2008. Columbia Univ., $74.50 (9780231136402); paper, $29.95 (9780231136419).
The beautiful and historic Hudson River became “grossly polluted,” a story with a happy and instructive ending brilliantly told by Dunwell, a key figure in the river’s restoration.
Nature’s Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm. By Steven I. Apfelbaum. 2009. Beacon, $25.95 (9780807085820).
Ecologist Apfelbaum candidly chronicles the complex challenges he faced while restoring an 80-acre swath of woefully depleted and toxic southern Wisconsin farmland and turning it back into a thriving prairie.
Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles. By Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly. 2008. Overlook, $26.95 (9781585678600).
A fun book about smog? Jacobs and Kelly capture the aura of 1950s sci-fi movies in this lively history of Los Angeles’ monstrous smog.
Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land. By Amy Irvine. 2008. Farrar/North Point, $25 (0-86547-703-5).
Drawing on her Mormon family history, Irvine revels in Utah’s breathtaking beauty and protests its destructive exploitation.
Why I Came West. By Rick Bass. 2008. Houghton, $24 (9780618596751).
Bass tracks his ardor for the wild, especially his love for Montana’s Yaak Valley, in this moving and instructive memoir of his life as a writer and wilderness activist.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Titles from LRC

CEET program:
1. A Guide to MATLAB for Beginners and Experienced Users by Brian R. Hunt
2. Brief Calculus: An Applied Approach by Ron Larson

* Due to the fact that we got damage to the Library Collection, we will need to replace the books in mathematics and physics. Mr. Pino, you request is fulfilled and is ready for the check out. Thank you for request.

CJ program:
1. The Color of Guilt and Innocence by Steve Holbert and Lisa Rose
2. The First [48]: The Most Intense Investigations: DVD

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hewlett-Packard Can Help College to Go Green

The HP got an all-new Eco Solution Program to design new products and services with a perspective operations to better our planet. For example, the modern HP products use less energy and that means that they are saving money- and that's good for everyone.
How to reduce the environmental impact?

a. recycle old equipment
b. reduce power usage
c. return empty HP print cartridges

Well, don't you think that to be environmental responsible is a good business?! HP can help any college campus to go green.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

GreenPrint Software


GreenPrint is a software that maximized your printer's output in order to save paper, toner, and energy. The software eliminates waste by allowing you to highlight and remove unwanted pages (e.g. banner ads and legal jargon), creates PDF files with one click, and keeps a tally of paper, CO2, and trees saved. The version for Windows is free. There is a fee for the Mac version and upgraded versions.
The rubric is brought to you from GreenPrint: Saving Money Today, Trees Tomorrow. Retrieved February 4, 2009.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Talented Freshman CJ Student

Diane M. Bazil (D.M.B.) is a freshman student at the Criminal Justice program. She has a passion for creative writing. She always care with her a folder with motivational creative writings.

When students approached Diane and asked her why she decided to study "Crime and Justice" at ITT Technical Institute instead of "Crime and Punishment" by F. Dostoevsky in a Literature program, she said that she made a practical choice to get a professional career that pays more money, and her passion for writing is her hobby that keeps her motivated and helps her to keep the promise to herself to stay in school and achieve her educational goal.

Good luck, Diane! Do not give up! May all your goals and dreams come through.

Diane M. Bazail's Embrace Quote
"Each night as I call out your name, I feel your warm embrace wraps around me like a heated."

Diane M. Bazail's Possibilities Quote
"With my heart pounding against the untamed wind, he sat ocean side, a comfortable distance away from me, yet close enough, to leave open all."

Monday, February 2, 2009

Guide to February '09 Activities

February- Continue to participate in the "Right to Research" campaign in the Virtual Library. Our goal is information literacy for everybody. If you forgot the log in or the password, come see the Librarian to retrieve them. Which group will participate for the whole of 100%?

February- Celebrate Diversity in Our Community-Black History Month
(We have bookmarks with motivational quotations.)

February 01-The Super Ball XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL

February12-Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration (1809-2009). Stop by the LRC and pick-up the fliers from

February 14-Valentine's Day (Pre-Valentine's Day of Chocolate Testing-Friday, February, 13)
There are coloring pages available in the LRC

February 16-Presidents Day (the school is closed)

February 22- George Washington's birthday