Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Acts of Shakespeare

Interested in acting? Beginning this September, there will be a staged reading series in Chattanooga State's amphitheatre where Chattanooga State and UTC students will perform Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Students interested in participating should visit the library's mobile classroom this August 31st for an informational meeting with Evans Jarnefeldt, Theatre Professor.

To learn a little bit more about the series, we spoke with Prof. Jarnefeldt:

1. Tell us about the Acts of Shakespeare reading series. What should students expect at a "staged reading?"

"Staged reading" means we won't sit behind tables and mutter through old words. Starting September 1st we will get on our feet and explore Much Ado About Nothing one act a week, for five weeks. Also, "staged" doesn't mean meticulously directed. This is a student driven experience. Participants will be asked to consider how the forces of language and circumstance inform movement. Narrowing the scope to one act per week gives us plenty of time for interactive exploration, which is really what interests me. In fact, I almost subtitled this project "a staged experiment".

2. How did you get involved in this project? Tell us a little about what you do at Chattanooga State.

I am an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Humanities & Fine Arts department. I created Acts of Shakespeare as a way for students from Chatt State & UTC to come together and explore the work of Shakespeare, in a low-pressure and collegial environment. Having taught Acting in both Theatre departments, I see the valuable and unique perspectives that each student group brings. Acting is a great avenue for that sharing.

3. Who will be performing?

Attend our August 31st informational meeting if you want to be considered for the core company. 6 students (3 from each campus) will be cast in roles in Much Ado About Nothing. In addition to having defined roles, these students will participate every week and be central to our exploration. That being said, ANYONE can participate. Every Tuesday from 4:30pm-6pm we will meet at amphitheater. Attendees will read the remaining roles and then fully participate in our explorations. Also, all performance needs an audience, especially the experimental kind! So if you want to hear Shakespeare aloud or are curious to discovery what I mean by "exploration" and "experiment", then come have a look-see.

4. Who can and should attend this meeting?

Anyone interested in participating. We will have an ice-breaker activity, which will involve Chatt State attendees and UTC core company members. You'll get to know more about this great Shakespearean comedy, as well as our process (including dates, times, and locations). From the pool of students that have no time conflicts we will cast our core company. Anyone else, with more limited availability, will be invited to participate as much as his/her schedule allows.

5. What are your future plans for the series?

Hopefully, Acts of Shakespeare will become a true series and happen every Fall. That said, we can't just stop with Shakespeare. Reading/exploring theatre masterpieces from a variety of playwrights is important to our campus's cultural enrichment. I have already discussed the possibility of similar projects with Rachael Falu and Juan Santillana, focusing on the works of August Wilson and Lope De Vega respectively. August Wilson is one of America's most important playwrights. His Pittsburgh Cycle is a collection of ten plays that unabashedly reveal African-America life in each decade from 1900 to 2000. Lope De Vega is a hilarious and prolific Spanish playwright, who has made claim to having penned more than a thousand plays. This dwarfs Shakespeare's output of thirty-seven plays. So if you are interested in exploring, not only Shakespeare, but also other giants of theatre history, attend our August 31st meeting.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Special Library Hours in August

The hours for KLIC will change in between the summer and fall semesters!
  • No night hours and no weekend hours.
  • Open Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
We will be closed Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18 for college convocation and for library staff training.

Regular, normal fall semester hours will resume on Monday, August 24.

Have a good break in between semesters!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Water - The Essence of Life: August is Water Quality Month!

National Water Quality Month


That liquid substance we drink. Or we heat up into a gas for a heat source. Or we freeze to keep things cold.Water is needed to sustain life. The quality of water affects the quality of life.

The Water Quality guide gives information and links about many resources.

The guide is packed with information. The guide's theme is "Chattanooga: Water Driven." And the guide gives you local information. Quiz time! (Answers found in the guide)

1. What was the name of the farm owned by Thomas Crutchfield that also means "dwelling by the river" in Latin?
2. Atlantic Distributors, Inc, our Chattanooga State neighbor down Amnicola Highway, has protected what on its property?
3. What is used to heat and cool our campus buildings?
4. A sign in the Tennessee Riverpark by the Chattanooga State entrance warns children, pregnant or nursing women should not eat what?

Check out the Water Quality guide (http://library.chattanoogastate.edu/waterquality) with links to library videos, books, and also to websites in governments and organizations and much more.

Friday, July 24, 2015


After the recent attacks on military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, the nation honors those who put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of Chattanooga. We also mourn the loss of Navy Personnel Randall Smith and U.S. Marines Carson Holmquist, Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells and David Wyatt. 

Many in the Chattanooga State community have asked what they can do when tragedy strikes close to home and we've gathered a few resources for those wishing to donate or pay respects.

Where to Donate:  

  1. National Compassion Fund (provides direct assistance to victims)
  2. Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga 7-16 Chattanooga Heroes (support the families of those who lost their lives)
  3. Donate blood to Blood Assurance (donate blood to local survivors and community members)
  4. Officer Dennis Pedigo (assistance for rehabilitation costs for his leg injury)

What You Can Do:
  1. Observe the funeral procession for David Wyatt as it passes by Chattanooga State on July 24 at 2:00p
  2. Observe the funeral procession for Randall Smith as it passes by Chattanooga  State on July 28th at 3:30p
  3. NoogaStrong, ZumbaStrong Fundraiser on Saturday, August 1, 10:00 AM to Noon at Ooltewah Baptist Church
  4. Pay your respects by visiting the memorials on Lee Highway and Amnicola Highway or at the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist
  5.  Purchase a #NoogaStrong sticker at Merchants Warehouse for $7, half of the proceeds will go the family of David Wyatt
  6. Attend a benefit concert on August 7 at the ICCM, proceeds will go to families of the victims 
Students and staff who would like to speak with someone about the events of July 16 can visit Chattanooga State's Counseling Services, located in the Student Center building or call 423.697.4421. They are available for walk-ins or by appointment.

The library has a Chattanooga Strong display in the front entry, highlighting books from the collection on the history of the US Navy and Marines as well as books on overcoming grief. 

KLIC staff would like to send a special note of thanks to Chattanooga State Police, Security, and Administration for their swift action during the lockdown.