Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New @ the library

National Conference of State Legislatures. The Path to a Degree; A Legislator’s Guide to College Access and Success. Washington: 2009.

A guide to the steps that are needed for a student to be successful in the college environment, this book covers areas from middle and high school preparation to finances. Sections include college planning strategies, increasing college and workforce readiness, improving college affordability for underrepresented students, Engaging students academically and socially, and what you need to know about minority-serving institutions. This guide gives examples of programs from various universities that address goals in student access and success, including programs pertaining to the First Year Experience.

2011 Scholarship Handbook: 2,100 Programs Offering Private, Federal, and State Money. New York, New York: College Board, 2010.

This book contains a description of various scholarship offering complete with application requirements and contact information for the institutions offering the scholarships.

 GRE Exam: Strategies, Practice, and Review. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2010.  

Provides an in-depth verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing practice and review for Graduate Record Exam. (Call# LB 2367.4 .G7264 2011) 09/16/10

Blue, Carroll Parrott. The Dawn at my back; Memoir of a black Texas upbringing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.

According to the author, this is a story about her mother, Mollie Carroll Parrott, and herself, Carroll Parrott Blue. It weaves the memories of her growing up in the south with her memories of well known Black activists and how she was affected as a Southern Black Woman.

Eldredge, Niles. Darwin: Discovering the Tree of Life. New York, New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ With his theory of evolution by natural selection, Darwin outlined a natural process for the ascent of humankind and linked all creation. After returning from his voyage on the ¿Beagle,¿ Darwin was not interested in upsetting his upper-crust British social milieu of creationists; he kept his theory a secret for over 20 years. During that time, he filled several notebooks, sketching out natural selection with the help of his finds in South America and on the Galapagos Islands. Here, Niles Eldredge scours these notes for clues to that pivotal moment when Darwin stopped being an inquisitive creationist and became an evolutionist. Eldredge reveals the intellectual and intuitive leaps taken by the man who spawned the theory of evolution. Full-color illustrations.”

Simpson, William. The Prince: The Secret Story of the World’s Most Intriguing Royal Prince Bandar Bin Sultan. New York, New York: Regan, 2006.

From Bowker’s Books in Print-“ At a time when understanding our friends is as important as understanding our enemies, Prince Bandar bin Sultan remains one America's most enigmatic powerbrokers. As the illegitimate son of a Saudi prince and a servant girl, Prince Bandar overcame his unrecognized beginnings to rise as one of Saudi Arabia's brightest diplomatic stars, ultimately becoming the Ambassador to the United States-and one of the most influential men in Washington. As Ambassador, Prince Bandar worked with CIA Director Bill Casey to fund covert CIA operations with Saudi petrodollars. He played a key role in the Iran-Contra affair; consulted with President Gorbachev to secure Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan; negotiated an end to the Iran-Iraq war; and, with Nelson Mandela, resolved the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Affair. He served under four different American presidencies and was called "Washington's indispensable operator" by the New Yorker. Yet Prince Bandar was more than this. His entry into Washington society and the Oval Office was unmatched. George H.W. Bush took the Prince and his family on fishing vacations; First Lady Reagan used him to convey messages to her husband's Cabinet; Colin Powell would drop by his house to play racquetball. During the first Gulf War, Prince Bandar even became a de facto member of the National Security Council. In this biography, RAF college classmate William Simpson pulls back the curtain for the first time on the fascinating and startling life of the man who emerged throughout the 1980s and '90s as the most powerful and influential ambassador to the United States since World War II.”

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