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Library Newsletter: Current: May/June 2017

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 Graduation 2017 Edition  
Monroe College students, faculty and staff are always welcome at the library! Borrow a book, bring your research questions, or just come to read and study in a quiet place. 

Honoring Derek Walcott

Caribbean Day Festival Honors Sir Derek Walcott

Rasta Rider by Derek WalcottRasta Rider on the island of St. Lucia, oil painting by Sir Derek Walcott, 2002
Photo Albert Sydney

Come to the Caribbean Day Festival! 

This annual Monroe College event recognizes the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. We'll celebrate various Caribbean countries through music, dance and food.

This year, the festival honors Derek Walcott, a Nobel-Prize winning poet, playwright and painter whose works often drew upon his family's origins on the island of St. Lucia. We'll have a selection of books by Walcott and other great Caribbean authors available at the Festival for you to peruse and to borrow. So save the date: Thursday, June 29th, and join us in the Mintz at 12:00 noon.

Two Poems by Derek Walcott

The Fist                  

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Midsummer, Tobago
The fist clenched round my heart
loosens a little, and I gasp 
brightness; but it tightens 
again. When have I ever not loved
the pain of love? But this has moved
past love to mania. This has the strong
clench of the madman, this is 
gripping the ledge of unreason, before
plunging howling into the abyss.
Hold hard then, heart. This way at least you live.

Broad sun-stoned beaches,

white heat.
A green river.

A bridge,
scorched yellow palms

from the summer-sleeping house
drowsing through August.

Days I have held,
days I have lost,

days that outgrow, like daughters,
my harboring arms.

Source: Collected Poems 1948-1984 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986)

Completing Your Degree - You Can Do This

Stay Focused and Graduate on Time  

The New York Times published a helpful article recently titled “6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time (and What to Do About It).”  At a time when research from the National Center for Education Statistics underscores that fewer than half (44%) of undergraduate students graduate within four years of starting their college education and only 60% do so within six years, it offers important advice for our underclassmen working hard to stay on track toward graduation.

The academic, financial, and potential career benefits of completing a college degree on time are well-reported.  Accordingly, the faculty and staff at Monroe work hard every day to help students stay focused on finishing their degree programs and earning their moment on the graduation stage. It’s why we launched our well-known “Commit to Complete” initiative and our innovative MAP: Monroe Advantage Plan, which allows students to participate in three full semesters a year.

Balancing classroom and home responsibilities can, of course, be a challenge sometimes. As the New York Times points out, students may be slowed down by any number of factors, including work schedules or taking too many classes outside their major. The article looks at six major roadblocks to degree completion and offers practical solutions for each one.

A key sticking point for many students seems to be time management: 

“Many of our students did great in high school, but they come here and don’t realize that you can’t just study the night before for a test,” said Zulmaly Ramirez, an academic advocate for first-year students at the University of South Florida. 

“They used to spend 80 percent of their academic time in class and 20 percent on homework.”
In college, that’s reversed.

Read Six Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time for a full list of common roadblocks to on-time completion, and how to avoid them.

When you need some motivation, take a look at this chart from the Pew Research Center, which shows that the value of a college degree is greater now than it has been in almost fifty years.


Remember that many students right here at Monroe have accomplished this very difficult, and very wonderful, thing. The students who came before you faced many of the same challenges that you might be facing today. Instead of giving up, they kept fighting for their future. You can do it too. 

Graduate Research Center

The Graduate Resarch Center
Ustin Hall - Room 215
2375 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY


New and Noteworthy in the Collection

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Bronx Library


Thomas P. Schnitzler Library
Jerome Hall (lower level)
2468 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY


SPRING 2017 

Monday - Thursday:
8 am - 8:30pm

9 am - 2 pm

Sunday: Closed

New Rochelle Library


Thomas P. Schnitzler Library
Franklin Hall 
(enter through Main Hall)
434 Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

(914) 740-6437


Monday - Thursday:
8:30am - 10 pm

8:30 am - 4 pm


12 noon - 5 pm

Books by Derek Walcott

Listen: A Reading of Love After Love

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