Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

An art installation created by students in Thomas Nelson’s 3D art class is on display in the Hampton Library for a limited time. Each student in the 3D art class created between eight and fourteen pieces in repetition throughout the year. By doing this a comfortable evolution of the object was created and a better understanding of the medium they were using was formed.

Together as a class an installation of all the pieces will be on display in the library from April 22 till May 6. Come out and see what we have created!

95+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips – Transparent Language

95+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips: Transparent Language Online Now Available FREE to students, faculty and staff at Thomas Nelson Community College.

Taking language courses at Thomas Nelson? Planning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Just want to brush up that language you studied before but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

We are excited to announce that we now offer Transparent Language Online to all library patrons, free of charge. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone:

  • Alphabet Courses: Full-length alphabet courses are available for 18+ languages to familiarize you with new writing systems, empowering you to learn one (or more!) of those “intimidating” languages like Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, or Arabic.
  • Essentials Courses: These courses guide you through 30+ lessons of pure language fundamentals, including meeting and greeting, expressing wants and needs, planning for a trip, dealing with money, asking for help, and beyond.
  • Supplemental Vocabulary: Hundreds of topically-organized vocabulary lists will teach you thousands of new words and phrases through a completely redesigned suite of fun, interactive activities that build all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. No more drilling paper flashcards!
  • Grammar Reference: An extensive index of grammar materials rounds out the learning experience, providing both written and multimedia explanations of grammar rules and patterns.

Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.

Best of all, Transparent Language Online works on any Internet-connected device, so you can learn from your laptop, phone, or tablet.

To learn more about Transparent Language Online and set up your free personal account, go directly to the site at http://library.vccs.edu/license-bin/linker.plx?xtntlang.  When you first go to the site you will see a login window, look for the New User setup button and click there to create your account.  This must be done from a computer on campus, after that you can use Transparent Language from anywhere.

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Limerick Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations! to the lucky faculty winners of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Writing Contest. Below is the list of faculty winners and their poems.

1st Place  ($50.00 winner):  “Dilemma” by Janice Hoffman

My faucet is all out of whack;

I have to call the plumber back,

but what shall I do?

I haven’t a clue—

I don’t want to see his bare crack!

2nd Place ($40.00 winner):  “Her Heritage” by Rick Dollieslager

Lil Miley got blasted for twerking,

It’s some kind of sex dance, with jerking.

Her act is so bad,

If it weren’t for her dad,

Lil Miley wouldn’t even be working.

3rd Place ($30.00 winner):  “Dancing Drunk,” by Janice Hoffman

There once was a man who would spin;

he’d dance, and he’d twirl, and he’d win,

but when he got drunk,

his salsa was sunk—

He just couldn’t handle his gin.

4th Place ($20.00 winner):  “An Adjunct Went Out in the Snow,” by Jane Harrington

An adjunct went out in the snow,

Determined that class was a go.

His car hit a ditch

He said, “Man, what a . . . glitch.”

While the temp dropped to seven below.

5th Place ($10.00 winner):  “Modern Fashion” by Brian Cooley

I once had a pair of blue jeans

That were coming apart at the seams

Till one day I bent

And heard a big rent

And inspired some internet memes