Monthly Archives: September 2017

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Working together, United States cultural organizations including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Park Service, and the National Endowment for Humanities, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 to October 15.


During this month, organizations celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.”

On the US Government’s website for National Hispanic Heritage Month, you will find a number of online exhibits, resources, and information about events taking place over the course of the month. In particular, the website is hosting “Telling All Americans’ Stories: American Latino Heritage.” This series of stories aims to highlight “the breadth of Latino/a experience [as] as vital aspect of America’s rich and diverse past.”

If you are interested in on-campus events taking place this month, Mundos Apartes, Tierras Unidades (M.A.T.U.) is hosting its third annual Latinx Hispanic Heritage Festival in Pettit Atrium on Thursday, October 5th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.


To learn more, here are a few library resources:


If you are interested in learning more about the differences between terms you may hear this month, such as Hispanic and Latinx, watch this video from the Huffington Post.

FYE Week in the Library!

During the week of September 18 – 22, all 40 sections of First Year Experience (FYE) will meet in the library.  665 students will participate in the Digital Literacy Week program with reference librarians and IT staff.  The first floor will be very busy as first-year students, instructors, and student facilitators move between stations.  If you are looking for a quiet place to study, consider going to the second or third floors.

Understanding the DACA Announcement

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Fr. Denning released a statement to the Stonehill College community regarding the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

We have compiled a list of links below to provide more information on President Trump’s announcement.

– For a quick summary of the impact of this announcement, United We Dream has posted a list of Five Things You Need to Know.

– Read the full transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s statement on September 5th.

– Read the remarks made by President Obama when he initially announced the DACA program on June 15, 2012.

– Read President Trump’s September 5, 2017, press release on his decision.

– View the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website on the DACA program.

– The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is offering a webinar on September 7, 2017, to discuss what this means for current and pending DACA applicants, what clients can and should do now, and how to get support advocacy moving forward.

-The National Education Association has created a webpage of tools and resources for those who may be impacted by this announcement.

– Scholarly organizations such as the APA and scholarly publications such as the Journal of Public Economics have also published studies on the impact of DACA; if you are interested in learning more, our Reference Librarians would be happy to assist.

The MacPhaidin Library Turns 20

Come celebrate with us over the next year as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the construction of the MacPhaidin Library. Construction began in late May of 1997, and the library opened at the beginning of the fall semester in 1998.

Follow along with us as we share pictures and stories of the construction and opening of the library over the next year in the newsletter and on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest).

The images above were taken on September 3, 1997 when the college had an official tree topping-ceremony to celebrate the start of construction. Members of the college community were invited to sign a beam that was then raised into place in the library during the tree-topping ceremony.

What is a tree-topping ceremony? We wondered, too. Here’s an article from Slate explaining the history of the tradition.