2024 Jigsaw Puzzle Competition Results

The pieces have fallen into place, and the 1- Hour Jigsaw Puzzle Competition results are in!

PAIRS COMPETITION

3rd Place

Annie R. & Anna J.

Time: 00:13:15

2nd Place

Mal-Gin G. & Nellie M.

Time: 00:11:35

1st Place

Michelle F. & Lauren P.

Time: 00:05:44

SINGLES COMPETITION

3rd Place

Bernadette D.

Time: 00:17:43

2nd Place

Chrissie R.

Time: 00:12:56  

1st Place

Michelle F.

Time: 00:11:12 

A big congratulations to all our winners!

The excitement and support we received during the Puzzle Contest was truly overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing response we received from all of you. Whether you entered the contest, shared it with your friends and family, or simply showed your appreciation, your involvement made this event an incredible success.

Congratulations to those lucky individuals whose efforts awarded them trophies. You have now been contacted and your small prizes will be with you very soon! We hope that these prizes bring you delight and serve as a small token of our appreciation for your support.

We firmly believe that the spirit of participation and camaraderie matters just as much as the prizes themselves. Your involvement in this competitions reinforces the sense of community we strive to foster, and for that, we extend our sincerest thanks. Your engagement drives us to continue creating exceptional experiences and events that resonate with you, our valued customers.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us in celebrating the 1-Hour Jigsaw Puzzle Competition. We are truly humbled and honored to have such a fantastic community surrounding us.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, or ideas for future jigsaw puzzle events, please feel free to reach out to us. We value your input and take every opportunity to improve.

Wishing you all the best of luck in your future jigsaw puzzles.

MVCC Library

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Moraine Valley Authors 2024

The MVCC Library is excited to share with you this year’s virtual Authors Display. The faculty and staff of Moraine Valley Community College have contributed a truly impressive variety of materials that showcase their creativity and hard work from last year. In this display you can find dissertations, articles, poetry, film reviews, conference presentations, novels, non-fiction books, book chapters, music albums, artwork, and a children’s book all published sometime in 2023. Please enjoy the display and join us in congratulating everyone on their tremendous efforts.

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The Skill of Emotions

With the changing times and the importance of mental health at the forefront of our minds, the significance of emotions and their impact on everyday life (work, school, relationships, etc.) is a noteworthy conversation to have. The best way to start that conversation is, of course, with Emotional Intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence is a term that wasn’t present in anything I was taught growing up, but the term is important in almost, I dare to say, every aspect of life, especially during contemporary times, with the importance of mental health being on everyone’s radar after COVID. Emotional Intelligence (EI for short) is defined as a set of skills that help to accurately name emotions you yourself or others might be feeling and being able to regulate said emotions in yourself/others.

Understanding EI from that definition is easier said than done but luckily, there is a more simple way to understand EI. EI is formed by four basic clusters which are as follows:

1.Identifying emotions in yourself and in others, through verbal/nonverbal means

2. Understanding how emotion vocabulary gets used, how emotions transition over time (How anger may lead to embarrassment/shame and how that leads to you making an impulsive choice

3. Emotional management which includes not only managing your own emotions but others

4. Using emotions in cognitive activities like solving a problem or making a decision

EI does not come naturally for some, and that is largely because EI is a skill. Like riding a bike is a skill, we learn, cultivate, and improve on our skills as we grow, and this is undoubtedly true for EI as we learn to listen to what our emotions are telling us. Emotions are information that helps us understand a situation we are in and how we perceive that situation. By processing the information and data provided by emotions, a person can make a better decision in a plethora of moments/situations and avoid acting impulsively.

EI is so important to understand in contemporary times because of the plethora of correlations one can make in regards to many subjects, mental health being a notable example. Those who have a good set of emotional intelligence skills are healthier, happier, and more productive. EI can also predict outcomes in school (how well you work in a group) and the workplace (whether you’ll get a promotion or how you handle situations). As seen in a study, those with EI skills can elicit information, and strangers even rated interactions with those having good EI skills as more pleasant.

With all that being said here is one exceptional way to, sooner than later, improve your emotional intelligence skills- extend your emotional vocabulary. By having emotional granularity (precise labeling of emotions) a person can have less serious bouts of anxiety and depression. In a 2015 review of emotional granularity those “who could differentiate their emotions while experiencing intense distress were less likely to engage in potentially harmful coping strategies.” (McCoy 28).

If you would like to find out more about EI and how to improve your EI skill check out our issue of Psychology Today (the specific issue this month is on Emotional Intelligence) and some of our audiobooks/books (such as Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman) in our collection about EI.

Brackett, Marc, McCoy, Katrina, . “The Art of Emotional Intelligence.” Psychology Today, Vol. 57. No.2, April 2024, pp. 26-30 

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A Cat’s Social Life

When I first adopted my cat, I was of the opinion like many that cats would be les social and more independent than dogs. While this may be true in some cases, this is a misconception, and I first noticed it when getting to know my own cat. In cat psychology (Yes, it is a real brand of psychology) one can see that when compared to dogs and infants, cats are not all that different. One aspect that has been studied to explain why a cat’s behavior is commonly seen as aloof/cold, while a dog is happier/caring is their sociability. 

“One of these studies was basically looking at the sociability of cats, and we ran basically the exact same experiment that had already been done with dogs and we look at how a cat reacts to a person, how long they’re going to spend near to them, and we saw that cats spent basically equivalent amounts of times with people as we saw with the dogs.” (Vitale, 2024, 2:35) 

The results between cats and dogs didn’t show any large discrepancies. There were cats that spent a lot of time near/with a person, while some fell in the middle and others spent no time at all with a person. These results were consistent in dogs, considering that all dogs are not hyper-social, contrary to popular belief.  

Through this study, people can see that the attachment a dog/cat portrays for their owner is the same type of attachment styles that infants portray for their caregiver. Another aspect that is important for those thinking of adopting a kitten is that there is a certain age period where socialization is important. If you want to help ease future social anxiety for your cat when being introduced to other animals or new people, you should try to introduce them to different social interactions (dogs, other cats, people) in-between two-to-eight weeks of age.  

Another fun fact about a cats sociability is their ability to be sensitive to social cues which in turn can cause them to mark socially important areas with their scent. This can be a reason why your cat, if like mine, continually scratches at your couch day after day.  

“cats like to scent mark around socially important areas. So, the couch is a perfect example. Everyone’s hanging out on the couch. There’s a lot of smells on the couch. So, the cat’s just trying to add their smell to this socially important area by scratching” (Vitale, 2024, 19:35) 

In case you’re wondering how to stop your cat from scratching at your couch, Vitale says to place a scratching post/cat tree in a socially important area, so your cat doesn’t feel left out. 

For more information on the psychology of cats please check out our databases and check out the particular podcast episode, Speaking of Psychology: “What’s going on inside your cat’s head? With Kristyn Vitale, PhD” 

Extra information from our own catalogue- Changes in sociability of shelter cats, Decoding Your Cat, and more!

Resources 

Mills, Kim, Host. Vitale, Kristyn, Researcher “What’s going on inside your cat’s head?”.” Speaking of Psychology, 275, American Psychological Association, February 2024, https://www.apa.org/news/podcasts/speaking-of-psychology/cat-human-bond.   

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