Library Event: “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence through Stress Reduction”


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence through Stress Reduction
Drs. Mary Montminy-Danna and Lisa Zuccarelli
Monday, October 31, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
McKillop Library


Drs. Mary Montminy-Danna and Lisa Zuccarelli’s pilot study of female survivors of intimate partner violence aimed to design an interdisciplinary model of stress reduction through the use of safe conversation, structured interviews and the use of a commercial biofeedback program. This approach is not typical of most domestic violence services, which usually provide counseling, advocacy and shelters. The opportunity to discuss with these women the amount and source of their stresses and their current coping mechanisms created an emotionally supportive environment for performing this study.

Biofeedback is used to train individuals to override the body’s stress responses, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. Controlling these can result in restoring parasympathetic response, bringing calm to the body. By directing one’s mental activity through physical, visual and auditory stimulation, one can alter the potentially harmful physiological responses caused by chronic disturbances, such as pain, anxiety or other stressors. The autonomic system is controlled by hormones and neurotransmitters. Under chronic stress, humans over-secrete certain hormones, particularly cortisol, upsetting the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis. This can result in the shut-down of protective feedback mechanisms, creating altered metabolic states and a blunted immune response.

Salve Regina University, in line with its Mission, supports research that focuses on creating a world that is merciful, just and harmonious through its Antone Award for Academic Excellence: Special Project Award.


Mary Montminy-Dana, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, receved her B.A. in political science, from University of Massachusetts Boston, her M.S. in counseling from Northeastern University and M.S.W from Boston University. Montminy-Dana completed her Ph.D. in social work at Boston College.

Lisa Zuccarelli, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and biomedical Sciences, received her B.A. in biology and chemistry from Albertus Magnus College, her M.S. in physiology and neurobiology from New York University, and her Ph.D. in biology from New York University.

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American Archives Month at McKillop Library



Each October, the Society of American Archivists hosts American Archives Month to increase the visibility of and participation in archives across the country. If you’re interested in archives, or are just curious what an archivist does from day to day, this month is a great time to get involved.

#AskAnArchivist Day, Wednesday, October 5
Ever wonder how an archivist becomes an archivist? When it’s appropriate to wear gloves? Most interesting items in a collection? Use or view the hashtag #AskAnArchivist on Twitter if you have questions about how archivists do things, favorite collections, or anything else about the profession. You can tweet @SalveArchives to keep things local or just use the hashtag if you want to read a range of responses from repositories across the country. You can also start a conversation on Facebook

Shadow the Archivist
If you’re interested in what an archivist does all day, come shadow in the archives! Sign up at for a 30-60 minute block with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea. Participate in projects in progress, learn some best practices, and see new acquisitions. This activity is open to all Salve students, staff, and faculty.

New Digital Collections
Keep an eye on the Salve Archives social media for new digitized materials and the launch of Shared Shelf, a media management system that will make it easy to find and use Salve’s archival collections.

Update Oct. 11: The Archives has digitized and posted its first batch of historical Salve photos on Shared Shelf — view the collection at Here’s a preview:

May procession - 1950s

May procession – 1950s


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Library Displays: Vote 2016



For your convenience, we have compiled voter registration and absentee ballot forms for most New England states and have made these available in the library vestibule (lobby area inside front entrance doors on right side wall).* It’s not too late! Click here for voter registration deadlines by state.


Also read facts and myths about the candidates on our gray board displays located in the West Wing (right side) of the 1st FL.

*If your state is not included or you have questions, please see a librarian!

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Library Event: “Queen Esther in the Tapestries of Early Modern Spain”


“Queen Esther in the Tapestries of Early Modern Spain”


Thursday, October 6, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Munroe Room, McKillop Library

Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns, assistant professor of modern and classical languages and women, gender, and sexuality studies, will present a lecture and discussion on the role of Queen Esther in the manuscripts of Isabel de Carvajal and in Lope de Vega’s “La Hermosa Ester.”

Dr. Colbert Cairns highlights the central role that the biblical figure of Queen Esther had in shaping the culture and the national identity of 16th century Spain. Queen Esther is a Jewish Queen and a heroine yet she holds a lot of meaning for post-expulsion, Iberian Catholic society. The story of the Book of Esther featured in a series of three Flemish tapestries that were donated to the Cathedral de la Seo in Zaragoza, Spain in 1520. They were hung as part of Holy Week celebrations on the Cathedral walls for the next five hundred years and became part of the religious lives of all Zaragozan citizens. These tapestries reflect the contradictory ways that Esther could be both heroine and member of a persecuted minority.


Emily Colbert Cairns, a graduate of Hamilton College, received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on conversos and crypto-Jews in the early modern period in the Spanish speaking world.

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