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We Have a Winner!

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This week is National Student Employee Appreciation Week! To show how much we value our student workers, every year Bethel faculty & staff nominate students for Student Employee of the Year. This year the committee accepted 13 nominations, and it was recently announced that our very own library student worker, Taylor Delzer, is the winner

We might be biased, but we think there is no one more deserving of this award than Taylor!  In her time, she’s trained a number of her fellow student workers, and three of her supervisors! She shows the same passion and care for her work as the full-time library staff. We’re so happy to see her honored with this award, but so sad that she’s graduating this spring! If we’re unlucky in any way, it’s that she’s chosen to become an accountant instead of a librarian!

We asked Taylor some important questions about life and the library.

What’s your first library memory?

When I was younger, we used to bike up to our public library with all the neighborhood kids–it was like a pack of eight of us–and we’d all hang out and get books.

What is your spirit animal?

I don’t like cats, but everyone says I’m like a cat because I like to do my own thing. I guess I would say I’m more of a wild cat, like a snow leopard. They are independent, tenacious, and fierce….Or maybe I’m like a sea otter. Because they’re so cute and they just like to chill…. or maybe I just like sea otters.

What’s your comfort food?

Anything Hazelnut. Is that weird? But not actual Hazelnuts….

What is one lie your parents told you as a child that you still kind of believe even though you know it is not true?

When I was little my dad told me to hide my cat and my sister before the Easter Bunny came or the Easter Bunny would steal them. Because he said when he was a kid the Easter Bunny stole his dog and little brother. He later admitted he was kidding but I still hid my cat in my room to protect him from the Easter Bunny… but not my sister. My dad did a lot of stuff like that. I’ve learned not to take him too seriously.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

People!

My favorite thing about my job is the people. I like working with the Interlibrary Loan team. I like training them and seeing them grow and develop in their roles at work and at Bethel. I’m always super impressed with how fast they learn!

My favorite library task is searching for missing books. You just can’t beat the feeling of finding a book that was missing.

What song do you like to belt out at the top of your lungs in the shower or while driving?

There are so many.  Lately, I like “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. Otherwise, “Don’t Stop Believin” is always a good one.

What book are you most excited to read next?

How to be a Heroine, or What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis. I feel like it’s going to combine other books I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed, like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. Plus, I read too much, so I can definitely relate.

What’s the place you most want to visit in the world?

New Zealand. One of my roommates studied there and it’s so pretty. I just want to go there and explore. And I want to learn to surf.

And because of Hobbits?

A little bit.

 

Bethel Students Named Outstanding Winners at Mathematical Contest in Modeling for Fifth Time

Congratulations to the members of the winning team from Bethel in the Spring 2015 Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications – Mathematical Contest in Modeling (COMAP MCM) and the Math and Computer Science Department on the win and the demonstrated culture of excellence!

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The students on the winning team are:

  • Philip Gibbens (Math and Computer Science, ’16)
  • Ben Visness (Computer Science, ’17)
  • Tyler Miller (Math and Computer Science, ’18)

Nathan Gossett, Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science, writes:

“I’m pleased to announce that a team from Bethel has once again been named one of the 10 Outstanding Winners in this year’s COMAP MCM, … awarded the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Prize, and for the first time … the Frank R. Giordano Award for the ‘paper that demonstrates true excellence in the execution of the modeling process.’”

 

“This is Bethel’s 5th win, meaning that we have accounted for just over 3% of all winning papers in the 15 years that we have been competing.  With this latest win, we have now passed MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in total winning papers.  Even though the competition has been running since 1985, and we have only participated since 2001, Bethel is now tied for 11th place in the all-time records worldwide.  We are tied for 6th place overall since we started competing.”

 

To see the full results go to the COMAP-MCM 2015 Contest page.

Past Winners’ Papers, Presentations and News:

Hi, Scott!

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Scott joined the BU library team January 2014 as a Library Specialist focusing on Reference & Instruction. Scott has a BA in English from Wheaton College. He is currently a student in the Masters of Library & Information Science through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s online program.

You can find Scott at the Research Assistance station at the help desk in the BU library. He works closely with Bible & Theology, Biology, English/Journalism, Humanities, Philosophy, and Theatre departments.

To get to know Scott on a deeper level I asked him the following pretty serious questions:

What do you look forward to most about spring?

Getting outside with my family. We love to play sports and go to the parks. It’s nice to get 3 kids under the age 5 out of the house!

 

What is the title of the last book you read or listened to?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I liked so much about it.  The characters were really likable and well-developed, the pacing was superb, and the narrative voices the author developed were really engaging.  Also, I loved the friendship between the two main characters, and how the author intermingled their stories.  And I’m a sucker for spy stories. Of all the fictional WW II stories I’ve read (and I’ve read quite a few), this was probably my favorite.

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What app can you not live without?

XKCD- to read comics. I pin them outside of my cubicle.

 

What word do you almost always misspell?

Thief, I doubt the order of the i and the e.

 

What food can you not stand?

Anything that is  savory, cold, white, and creamy like: mayonnaise, ranch, sour cream. Gross.

 

What is your default joke?

I don’t have a default joke. I just tend to be sarcastic and have a dry sense of humor.

 

What is your favorite board game?

Right now I would say it is a tie between Carcassonne (we had to look up the spelling for this one) and Dominion. Carcassonne is hard to describe but it is a game where you gradually place tiles on the board in order to create a map. Dominion is a deck building game.

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Do you know any random handy dandy tips or tricks?

To efficiently clean a cast iron pan without scratching it just add oil and kosher salt with a little bit of water and scrub. Everything will come off.

 

Would you rather hear a constant buzzing noise or have the same song stuck in your head?

I would rather have a song stuck in my head. But not a song that would come from my kids like, Dora the Explorer theme song or anything.

 

Would you rather read one sentence of a book a day or read the same book over and over again?

I would much rather read the same book over and over again. It would be so excruciating to read one sentence a day. Besides, anything worth reading should be worth reading over again.

 

Any random facts you would like us to know?

The furthest major city from Minneapolis, MN, is Perth, Australia (10,500+ miles away), and my family lived there for a number of months while we were missionaries.  So I’ve lived as close as you can get to the exact opposite side of the world from Minneapolis (where I grew up).

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If you have any questions for Scott, please feel free to stop by the library, send him an email, or give him a call.

Scott Kaihoi | s-kaihoi@bethel.edu | 651.638.6588