First Thursday

Each month during the academic year, the Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host First Thursday gatherings that recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of faculty and staff colleagues across campus. 

At each event, several colleagues talk briefly about a recent professional achievement such as a book or article that has been published; a concert, a performance, or a juried exhibition in which they participated; or a grant they received.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room at 4pm, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Shannon Mariotti, Associate Professor of Political Science

Published her book Adorno and Democracy: The American Years (University Press of Kentucky, 2016). Co-edited volume (with Joseph Lane) titled A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson, (University Press of Kentucky, fall 2016).

Alicia Moore, Associate Professor of Education

Co-authored a book titled, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Practical Guide to Mentor Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. The book is an account of mentorship with heartfelt stories from students, and provides a valuable roadmap on how to conduct research with undergraduates from diverse populations.

Sandi Nenga, Associate Professor of Sociology

Hurst, Allison L. and Sandi Kawecka Nenga.  (Eds.). 2016. Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work. Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield.

Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology

Genetics: A Conceptual Approach. 6th Edition. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, Associate Professor of Spanish

Edited a new book titled La ficción histórica en la televisión iberoamericana 2000–2012, and contributed the chapter “Memoria cultural y la construccion audiovisual del pasado.” The book focuses on historical fiction in television.