On December 10, 2009, WKU Libraries celebrated its annual holiday as a tradition in the beautiful Kentucky Building with a band and good food. As part of the tradition, Dean Binder and Department Heads gave out the Margie Helm Awards to those excelled in the past year.
This year’s Faculty Award goes to Sandy Staebell; Staff Award to Jennifer Wilson; Team Award to the Java City Entertainment Committee consisting of Jack Montgomery, Dan Forrest, Michael Franklin, Jeannie Butler, Glenda White, Jennifer Wilson, and Mike Binder; and the Student Award to student assistants Matthew Mattingly from the Department of Library Special Collections, Jennifer Earheart from the Department of Library Technical Services, Megan Derr and Danie Peach from the Department of Library Public Services, and Kelly Lafferty from the Dean’s Office.
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On the afternoon of December 9th, 2009, WKU Libraries welcomed Second Secretary Liu Jiangyi and Attache Liu Xiao from the Education Office of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China at Washington DC. They were on an inspection tour on behalf of the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing as WKU is one of the applicants for hosting a Confucius Institute. If the application were approved, Hanban would donate 3,000 items of Chinese materials in the form of journals, monographs and videos to be housed on the first floor of the Helm Library adjacent to Java City.
The Chinese officials were taken to the Libraries by Amy Eckhardt, Director of the Office of Scholar Development, and Liping Chen, Director of Flagship Chinese Program, Honors College. Receiving the Chinese guests were Mike Binder, Dean of Libaries; Brian Coutts, Head of Department of Library Public Services; Connie Foster, Head of Library Technical Services; Haiwang Yuan, Special Assistant to the Dean for Web & Emerging Technologies; Bryan Carson, Special Assistant to the Dean for Grants & Projects; Jack Montgomery, Collection Services Coordinator; Jennifer Wilson, Coordinator of Marketing; and Doug Wiles, Library Security Officer. The party then went to the Faculty House for an reception.
E.A. Diddle w/ SIAA trophy
E.A. Diddle came to WKU in 1922 as athletic director. He coached the football team through 1929 and the baseball team until 1957. But as most people know, he came to fame waving a red towel while coaching the Hilltopper basketball team to a 759-302 career record.
A collection of records regarding Diddle has been created from a variety of sources including the Diddle family. These records, housed in University Archives, include early athletic department correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and interviews.