Monthly Archives: November 2006

Christmas in Kentucky at The Kentucky Buidling

Christmas TreeA Christmas party was held at The Kentucky Building following the Bowling Green Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2006. There was music, food and family fun during the event. Children had their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event also featured ornament making, magic shows, dramatic performances and many other family activities. There was a Holiday Ornament Exhibit concurrently. The ornaments on display were created by the fourth grade classes of Warren County (public, private, city, county).

If you missed out the party, you may view this album of selected photos by Jan Renusch.


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Faraway Places Featured Ronald Messier


This Thursday, November 16, 2006, Ronald Messier, Professor of Middle East history at Vanderbilt University, talked about Medieval Morocco in our Faraway Places series at Barnes & Noble. Prof. Messier directed the excavation of the ancient city of Sijilmasa in southeastern Morocco, famous for its gold trade and its contacts with Timbuktu and other cities in West Africa. Since 2004 he has been at work excavating medieval Aghmat 30 km from Marrakech, the chief commercial and cultural center of the region prior to the arrival of the Almoravids.

If you missed out the lecture, you may view a photo album of the event and download the Podcast of his talk.

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Christopher Canyon Visits Southern Kentucky Schools

Christopher CanyonChristopher Canyon visited schools in southern Kentucky as part of the “On the Same Page” event. Christopher Canyon is the illustrator of several wonderful books for children. When he isn’t in his studio, Christopher enjoys traveling and providing educational and entertaining programs for schools, libraries, and conferences.

“On the Same Page” is a community-wide reading project for children sponsored by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners. This year, the book Take Me Home, Country Roads illustrated by Christopher Canyon has been chosen for the event.

Here are two photo albums of his visit, one to Cumberland Trace Elementary and the other to Briarwood Elementary.

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Centennial Mosaic Dedicated at Helm Library Courtyard

Dedication of the WKU Centennial MosaicOn November 16, 2006, WKU’s Centennial Mosaic was dedicated. The ceremony was held in Java City. President Ransdell, Dr. David Lee, Dean of Potter College, and Prof. Kim Chalmers, Head of Art Department, addressed the floor. After WKU Women’s Chorus sang the “Freedom We Gather Here,” the Centennial Mosaic was unveiled at the Helm Library Courtyard. If you missed out the dedication, you may still view pictures of the event. Here is an album of chronological shots of the Mosaic as it was being built.


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Position Changes at the Kentucky Buidling

It’s always a little sad when one of our long-time library family members decides to leave us for those carefree days of retirement. And so, it is with some reservation that I announce Pat Hodges, our faithful Manuscripts and Folk Life Archives Librarian, has decided to retire at the end of this semester. Pat came to WKU and worked as a graduate student in Manuscripts with Penny Harrison. After getting her degree, Pat came on board as faculty and has spent 35 and a half years in that area. In 1987, the Folk Life Archives were added to Pat’s care and she has skillfully managed both units since that time.

Also, I’d like to announce that we have done some shifting around within the Department of Library Special Collections and have reassigned Jonathan Jeffery to the position of Manuscripts and Folk Life Archives Librarian. And, Sue Lynn McDaniel will be moving to the research library, filling in the position of Special Collections Librarian. Keep your ears open when we begin a search for a new University Archivist in January.

Timothy Mullin, Department Head
Library Special Collections

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Gay Perkins to Edit WKU’s Scholar

Gay Perkins, Professor and Business Librarian of the Department of Library Public Services, was awarded a WKU Faculty Scholarship Grant in the amount of $2,000 this year. She continues to serve as the editor of the university’s Scholar magazine.


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Nature Published Charles Smith’s Article on Wallace

Charles H. Smith, Professor and Science Librarian of Department of Library Public Services, made a discovery in his article “Reflections on Wallace (1823-1913,” which was published by the prestigious academic journal Nature in September 2006. He was interviewed for, and then quoted in, an August 7th News & World Report feature article on the same research. This year, he has been awarded a University Scholarship for the tenth year in a row. His achievements in academic research have won him the acceptance into Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, 2007 edition.

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SLIS of Indiana University Recognizes Haiwang Yuan

University Libraries faculty member Haiwang Yuan is featured in the newsletter (web version) of School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), Indiana University at Bloomington, for the book he recently authored: The Lotus Lantern and Other Tales from the Han Chinese.

Haiwang graduated from SLIS in 1995 and came to Western two years later. He is currently working on a sequel to the book with the help of the Western Kentucky University’s Summer Faculty Scholarship, the second he has acquired. He used the first to fund his trip to China in 2005 to collect folktales for The Magic Lotus Lantern book.

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“Political Scandals in Kentucky”


Kentucky Live! presented Dr. James C. Klotter on “Political Scandals in Kentucky” on the evening of November 9 in Barnes & Noble.

James Klotter is the author, coauthor or editor of seventeen books. Notable among these include: Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor and American Manhood, A New History of Kentucky, and Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900-1950. The Kentucky Live! lecture series are sponsored by The Friends of the WKU Libraries & Museum.

If you missed out, here is an album of selected photos of the event. If you missed out, you can listen to the lecture via our Podcast.

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Dewayne Was Surprised with a Birthday Party

the happily surprised Dewayne StovallDewayne Stovall, Government Information & Law Specialist, was deeply touched when his colleagues threw a surprise party to celebrate his 50th birthday in the Libraries’ Government Document & Law Collection Unit. Faculty and staff from other units came to share his joy and extended their wishes. Here’s an album of selected photos of the event.

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