Monthly Archives: March 2009

Murder at the Museum

murder mystery flierOn April 24, the Kentucky Library & Museum will be the scene of a murder mystery party and auction to benefit VSA Arts of Kentucky. The mayhem begins at 6:00 p.m. Can you solve the crime?

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75th Anniversary Celebration of the WKU Federal Depository Library Program

Cutting the cakeA crowd of 80 administrators, faculty, students and community members met in Helm Library Room 100 to celebrate WKU’s 75th Anniversary of the Federal Depository Library Program. Dr. Mike Binder, Dean of University Libraries, welcomed the group and gave a brief history. Provost Dr. Barbara Burch introduced US Congressman Brett Guthrie who gave brief remarks regarding the importance of our US Government collection. Rosemary Meszaros, the Depository Librarian, thanked committee members and turned the talk over to Dr. Edward Yager from the Political Science Department. Tours of the Depository and Refreshments were offered upon the conclusion of the program.

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Screening of Civil War Movie at Kentucky Library & Museum

poster for An American Drummer BoyCome join us on Thursday, April 16 for a screening of An American Drummer Boy, the third feature film written and directed by Dorian Walker of Bowling Green, Kentucky. This independent film is the story of a young boy’s journey to manhood. Based on a compilation of true Civil War stories, the movie blends adventure, emotion, humor and real-life drama.

For more information, call 270-745-2592.

5:30-6:00 Reception
6:00 p.m. Director’s remarks and screening
8:00 p.m. – DVD signing

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KY Library & Museum Summer Camp

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Jimmie and Wes Performed at Java City

Jimmie and WesThe Buchanans, poet Jimmie and guitarist Wes, from Glasgow, Kentucky performed their own original musical visions for the crowd at Java City today.

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Spring Break Artists

Spring Break art campers2009 Spring Break Day Campers enjoyed a variety of art activities, including painting with acrylic and watercolors, block printing, foam core sculpture, collage and more. As part of camp, children toured Kentucky Museum art exhibits including Side by Side 2009 and the US Bank juried Exhibition, the largest art exhibit in the region. Campers also toured the Western Kentucky University campus to view newly installed sculpture. This year’s camp was a tremendous success.


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Meet and Welcome Josh Hawkins, New Director of Development

Josh HawkinsJosh Hawkins graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Studies (emphasis in Education). He is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at WKU and is expected to graduate in December 2009. After spending three years as a student in the Phonathon program, Josh began his career in Institutional Advancement as an office associate in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at WKU.

In July 2004, Josh was hired as the Director of Development for the College of Education at Auburn University. His responsibilities included prospect identification, cultivation, proposal and stewardship to foster gifts of $25,000 or more. This included not only prospect research, but working with the college’s faculty, staff and alumni in researching and developing detailed giving opportunities within the college.

In August 2006, Josh returned to WKU as an Assistant Director in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. While in that position, he was responsible for the Alumni Association Membership campaign, Faculty-Staff campaign, President’s Circle membership solicitation (gifts of $1000 or more) and seven alumni chapters throughout the region. During this time he also served as an adviser for the Alumni Leadership Scholar program.

In January 2008, Josh was hired as the Director of Development for Co-Curricular Activities at WKU. His responsibilities included the areas of Student Affairs, Campus Services, Honors College, DELO, Leadership Studies, University College and several others within the university.

In March 2009, Josh began serving as Director of Development for University Libraries and Student Affairs.


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WKU Libraries Far Away Places Presented “The Dead Sea Scrolls” with Joseph Trafton

Joseph TraftonWKU Libraries presented Joseph Trafton, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at WKU, who spoke on “The Dead Sea Scrolls” as part of the “Far Away Places Series” at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane) on the evening of March 19th, 2009.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in eleven caves along the northwest shore of the Dead Sea between the years 1947 and 1956. The area is 13 miles east of Jerusalem and is 1300 feet below sea level. The mostly fragmented texts, are numbered according to the cave that they came out of. They have been called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times.

Trafton, who has a M.T.S. and Th.M. from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Duke, was first introduced to the Dead Sea Scrolls during his masters work in a course on the Jewish setting of the New Testament. He continued studying about the scrolls at Duke. When his adviser moved to the Princeton Theological Seminary, Joe was invited to be part of an international team of scholars assembled to edit and translate the scrolls called the Princeton Theological Seminary Dead Sea Scrolls Project. He was assigned five fragmentary scrolls, the first of which was published in 2002. As part of his research he has traveled to Israel and visited Qumran, the archaeological site connected with the scrolls. At WKU he teaches an undergraduate course on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In addition to this work on the “scrolls” Joe is the author of two books, The Syriac Version of the Psalms of Solomon published by the Society of Biblical Literature, and Reading Revelation: A Literary and Theological Commentary published in the “Reading the New Testament Series” by Smyth & Helwys in 2005. One reviewer called it “a balanced approach to Revelation that makes good use of contemporary scholarship.”

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Shdowdancer Performed in Honor of St. Patrick’s Day

ShadowdancerToday at noon on the Java City patio, Bowling Green’s own Celtic band, Shadowdancer performed their unique interpretation of some old Irish favorites in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

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WKU’s Federal Depository Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Western Kentucky University Libraries is celebrating 75 years as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Since 1934, WKU Libraries has housed federal documents and assisted all constituencies in locating government data in an effort to ensure the American public access to its Government’s information.

There will be an anniversary celebration open to the public on Friday, March 27at 10:00 a.m. at Helm Library on Western’s campus. Guest speakers will include Congressman Brett Guthrie and Dr. Edward Yager from WKU’s Political Science Department. Tours of the Federal Depository will be offered to any interested parties.

“Effectively delivering research and information to the community is our role,” said Mike Binder, Dean of WKU Libraries. “Working with the Federal Depository Library Program has been a natural partnership and we are proud to have assisted hundreds of citizens over the years in locating appropriate government documents.”

WKU Libraries is one of 1,250 libraries throughout the United States and one of 20 in Kentucky offering information from all three branches of the Government at no cost to the public. Overseen by Congress, the U.S. Government Printing Office administers the Federal Depository Library Program and serves to provide this network of libraries with the tools they need to keep America informed.

For more information, contact Jennifer Wilson, Marketing Coordinator at 270-745-6977.

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