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Learn a foreign language this summer!

Do you know what foreign languages your friends at Regent are learning? Between May 2019 and April 2020, the Regent community studied 40 modern and 4 ancient language courses using the Mango Languages software. 55% of all learning sessions were on mobile devices, with an average session length of 16 minutes, which suggests that dedicating a small amount of time each day is all that is required to make meaningful progress in a foreign language.

Here, by order of registered learners, are the twenty most popular Mango languages at Regent during the past year:

Rank Language Regent Registered Learners
1 French 495
2 Spanish, Latin American 324
3 German 254
4 Japanese 82
5 Hebrew, Biblical 66
6 Hebrew. Modern 65
7 Greek, Modern 79
8 Chinese, Mandarin 31
9 Arabic, Egyptian 31
10 Hindi 31
11 Tagalog 24
12 Greek, Koine (New Testament) 23
13 Italian 22
14 Korean 18
15 Portuguese, Brazilian 11
16 Romanian 11
17 Russian 10
18  Arabic, MSA  9
19 Latin 7
20 Arabic, Levantine 6

Mango offers an amazing array of language and cultural products available 24/7 to current Regent users and alumni, including 72 foreign languages, 17 ESL courses, and special cultural training courses, such as Arab etiquette and Chinese business customs. For advanced learners, Mango even has full-length foreign films with subtitles and special learning tools.

Whether you are planning a mission trip to Japan, getting in touch with your Irish roots, or have always wanted to read the Bible in the original Hebrew and Greek, Mango Languages can help you achieve your goals. Language study is a crucial component for understanding another culture. While complete fluency in a language requires years of study, even basic proficiency will make you feel more at ease when abroad and impress your overseas contacts with your good manners in taking the time to learn some of their language. It will also make your time in a foreign country much more rewarding. As the great filmmaker Federico Fellini put it, “A different language is a different vision of life.”

Alumni benefits at the Library

The Library faculty and staff offer our sincere congratulations to all new graduates of Regent University. We are honored to have played a role in your accomplishment and would like to take this opportunity to remind you that Regent alumni have lifetime borrowing privileges at the Library. In addition, we are able to offer alumni access to thirteen online databases. So no matter where the future takes you, keep us in mind for your information needs.

To check out materials or use databases, please submit the online Alumni Registration Form. Processing may take up to five business days for verification and approval. For more information, please see the Services for Alumni page.

New premium video databases

The Library has purchased subscriptions to two premium video databases:

Academic Video Online (AVON) is the world’s most comprehensive streaming academic video collection. It contains nearly 70,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas, including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, performing arts, and more. AVON has more than twice the content of any other academic video database. Just a few of the providers represented include CNN, BBC, PBS, Sony Pictures Classics, 60 Minutes, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Behavioral and Mental Health Online (BMHO) is a multimedia resource with more than 2,500 videos and almost 3,500 books, documents and transcripts, BMHO is a fundamental resource for studying and teaching in the areas of behavioral and mental health. This ever-growing multi-media resource includes videos of real clinical mental health sessions, DSM-5/ICD-10 video content, psychotherapy transcripts, reference works, clinical mental health textbooks and workbooks, psychological experiments, and more.

As always, the Library depends on our users to help select, renew, or cancel online subscriptions. Please share your opinion or questions about AVON or BMHO in the comment box below.

Important message from the Library

 

 

 

 

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
– Psalm 20:1

A climate of fear has descended on the world, and for many university students across the country who spent the past week moving out of campus housing, feelings of anxiety are just beginning to set in.

The librarians and staff at the Library are aware of the emotional toll the past week has taken on many of our students, and we want to assure our users that all essential library services – research assistance, instruction, interlibrary loan, materials acquisition – will continue without interruption or reduction.

The librarians have set up a special FAQ Central page to answer some of the most common questions students may have about Library services during the closure. This page will provide our users with up-to-date information about Library services, new online acquisitions, and recommendations from the academic library world on making the most of the evolving situation.

The Library is committed to the academic success of our students and will provide every possible support in the coming weeks. May the Lord keep the entire Regent family safe through this trial and grant that we all emerge from it with a strengthened faith and closer relationship with Him.

Image from Regent University Facebook: March 20, 2020

Remembering Reinhard Bonnke

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/evangelistreinhardbonnke/

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who dedicated his life to bringing the Gospel to people all over the world, passed away at the age of 79 on December 7, 2019.

Although his ministry would eventually reach to every continent, it is Africa where Bonnke had perhaps the most profound impact, bringing millions of people to Christ from his first visit in 1967 to his final Crusade in 2017. For his love and devotion for the people of Africa, Bonnke became affectionately known as “the Billy Graham of Africa.” Dr. Corné Bekker, Dean of the School of Divinity and a native of South Africa, attended several of Bonnke’s prayer meetings and recalls that “There would be a wonderful time of worship, he would preach the Gospel, very simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then he would give an invitation for people to come forward, and people in their thousands, sometimes, hundreds of thousands of people, would come forward and dedicate their lives unto the Lord.”1

Throughout the years, Bonnke was a regular guest on the 700 Club and in March 2013 preached at the dedication services of the newly completed University Chapel. The Library has a selection of his books and video spanning 1992-2013. During February, a display in the Library will commemorate the life and work of this tireless servant of the Lord.

1George Thomas, “Remembering ‘God’s General’ Reinhard Bonnke,” CBN News, December 9, 2019, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/december/remembering-gods-general-reinhard-bonnke.