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30 Days: The Complete Second Season

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By  Morgan Spurlock

30 Days features a diverse group of participants, each given the opportunity to experience first-hand a world antithetical to their own, comfortable existence. Each episode examines a very different subject and is hosted by Morgan Spurlock, creator of Super Size Me. In the final episode, Spurlock is also a participant as he turns the camera on himself. Episodes include: “Immigration”, “Outsourcing,” “New Age”, “Pro-Choice/Pro-Life”, “Atheist/Christian” and “Jail”. Call number: HN59.2 .A13 2007

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The Learning Paradigm College

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By John Tagg, Peter T. Ewell

In The Learning Paradigm College, John Tagg builds on the ground-breaking Change magazine article he coauthored with Robert Barr in 1995, “From Teaching to Learning; A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education.” That piece defined a paradigm shift happening in American higher education, placing more importance on learning outcomes and less on the quantity of instruction. As Tagg defines it, “Where the Instruction Paradigm highlights formal processes, the Learning Paradigm emphasizes results or outcomes. Where the Instruction Paradigm attends to classes, the Learning Paradigm attends to students.”

The Learning Paradigm College presents a new lens through which faculty and administrators can see their own institutions and their own work. The book examines existing functional frameworks and offers a way to reenvision and recast many familiar aspects of college work and college life, so that readers may better understand their learners and move toward a framework that focuses on learning outcomes.

Divided into five parts, the book introduces the Learning Paradigm, concentrates on understanding our learners, provides a framework for producing learning, discusses the six essential features of the Learning Paradigm college, and focuses on how to become a Learning Paradigm college.

Eminently clear and accessible descriptions of the features of the Learning Paradigm are paired with examples of how institutions of higher education around the country are transforming themselves into Learning Paradigm colleges. The Learning Paradigm College is both hopeful and realistic about what all those involved in highereducation can achieve. Call number: LB2331 .T24 2003

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Dying to Be Thin

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Director: Larkin McPhee

Nova explores the serious consequences of eating disorders in Nova: Dying to Be Thin. Anorexia and bulimia have become mainstream maladies, with open discussion of the millions of cases throughout the U.S. Anorexia alone accounts for the highest death rate of any psychological illness. If patients survive, the effects of self-imposed starvation can be extreme, from bone loss to heart damage. Nova goes behind closed doors to explore experimental treatments for these eating disorders. Call number: RC552 .E18 D95 2004

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Teaching Online: A Practical Guide

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By Susan Ko, Steve Rossen, Steve Rossen

Suitable for courses in online teaching, web-based instruction, teaching with the Internet, or the online classroom, this book answers the most common questions and concerns of instructors who want create electronic educational environments.

Topics covered include choosing software and technology tools, building an online classroom, creating an online syllabus, course conversion, online classroom management, integrating online and face-to-face activities, and student support issues. The text is supported by a web site that provides new strategies, tips, and information on emergent technologies.

Pedagogy includes “Important” points that highlight key topics; “Definition” boxes that feature key terms with brief definitions; and “Sidebars,” which focus student attention on important points. Call number LB2395.7 .K67 2001

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Bad Baby Names: The Worst True Names Parents Saddled Their Kids With, and You Can Too!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

baby-namesby Michael Sherrod, Matthew Rayback, Joey Gates, Joey Gates (Illustrator)

Throughout history, people have named their children truly terrible things, and this book has the proof. Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback combed through U.S. federal census records to find the absolute worst names parents have given their children. The result is this hysterical new take on the baby name book. Here are some samples of the hilarious names inside: Fanny Pack, Fanny Whiffer, Post Office, Warren Peace, Rubella Graves, Nice Carr, and Hell Hellickson. And then there are the names we thought Bart Simpson was making up as he prank called Moe’s Tavern: Hugh Jass, Al Caholic, Anita Bath, Amanda Hugginkiss, and Maya Buttreeks. This book is also filled with original illustrations and great photos that take a stab at what some of these babies may have looked like. Bad Baby Names is truly a one-of-a-kind book that makes a great gift for a friend, family member, or just yourself. Either way, Bad Baby Names is sure to make you laugh. Call Number CS2357 .S54 2008

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

twilightBy Stephenie Meyer
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back. . . .
Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight will have readers riveted right until the very last page is turned. Call Number  Browsing Meyer

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Piece of Cake: A Memoir

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

cakeBy Cupcake Brown

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness.

Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty.

And that’s when things got interesting.

You have in your hands the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years maybe it’s the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once when Cupcake’s story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake’s troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead. Call Number Browsing Brown

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Overcoming Prescription Drug Addiction: A Guide to Coping and Understanding

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

prescriptionby Rod Colvin

If you or someone you love has fallen into the addiction trap, you know the pain and anguish it causes and the feelings of shame that often go with it. Author Rod Colvin understands your anguish. He watched his thirty-five-year-old brother, Randy, struggle and eventually die from his long-term addiction to prescription drugs. Drawing from his personal experience and his background as a counselor, Colvin now offers help and hope to those who struggle with this devastating disease. By arming readers with knowledge, he helps them along in their journey toward recovery.

This book covers such topics as: the nature of addiction as a chronic, progressive disease, drugs of addiction and how they hijack the brain, the most commonly abused prescription drugs, steps to take if you or a loved one has become hooked on drugs, treatment options, including medical detox and family interventions, insights on recovery offered by addiction medicine physicians, compelling stories of recovery as told by former addicts. Call Number RM146.5 .C65 2008

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