JUNE 2012 – End-of-Year Wrap Up and Highlights
During this past fiscal year, the NCSU Libraries has been pleased to bring you more than thirty programs and events highlighting the incredible research, scholarship, alumni, faculty, and students of North Carolina State University. Starting with an exhibition of Dean Marvin Malecha’s beautiful drawings in the D.H. Hill Exhibition Gallery in the fall and finishing with a sneak preview of the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library – the year’s programming included three current and former Board of Trustees Members, Dr. Michael Steer’s groundbreaking research in detecting road-side bombs, and the inspiring story and imagery of Caldwell Scholar Saul Flores. See below for more information about our signature series and our ongoing programs from 2011/2012. Thank you to all of our Friends for your support and participation in these events. We look forward to a wonderful 2012/2013.
(pictured: Dr. Robert Bashford, NC State alum and Dean of Admissions at UNC-CH’s School of Medicine, talks with eager students following his Amazing Alumni presentation with friend and fellow alum Ben Jenkins.)
Help us finish the year strong!
The NCSU Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for North Carolina State University and its partners. As the cornerstone of a great research university, the Libraries supports the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics innovation that is the economic engine of growth for the state.
The generosity of our Friends truly does matter. Your support allows us to provide materials and opportunities to our students and the campus community that would not otherwise be available—including the latest technologies, books, and publications to support teaching and research.
Show your support for the NCSU Libraires before our fiscal year ends on Saturday, June 30 by making a gift online today. Your gift will enable us to conclude fiscal year 2012 in a strong position and be ready for next year’s challenges. If you have not yet made a gift during this year, it is not too late to be included on our Honor Roll. Making your gift by June 30 will earn you a spot on this year’s Honor Roll, which will be printed in the next edition of our FOCUS magazine. If you have already given, you can move to a higher level by increasing your gift.
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The Friends of the Library is a group of community members, faculty, students, alumni, and corporate partners who support the NCSU Libraries.
The Friends enriches the intellectual and cultural environment of the NC State community by promoting excellence in library collections and services, attracting distinguished special collections, and sponsoring special events.
The Friends also acts as an advocacy organization by elevating public awareness of and raising funds for the Libraries.
This month we are in planning mode, getting ready to unveil wonderful programs and exhibits for the fall.
Coming up next month:
Beat the Heat in the Sandbox — the Tech Sandbox!
Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 am – noon
D. H. Hill Library, NC State University
Come spend the morning in the Tech Sandbox of the D. H. Hill Library for games, Howling Cow ice cream, and a tour of the library’s technology-enhanced learning spaces. All ages welcome, free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested. Click here to register.
Photo from last summer’s Tech Sandbox event.
Now that the summer is upon us, we thought this would be a perfect time to reflect on the past fiscal year, and share some brief highlights with you.
Friends of the Library Fall Luncheon and Spring Meeting
Hundreds of Friends of the Library members helped us celebrate the NCSU Libraries at these annual events.
October’s Fall Luncheon featured Dr. Michael Steer, whose work on electronic warfare applications is credited with saving countless lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(Pictured: Dr. Michael Steer with members of NCSU’s Army ROTC Wolf Rifles team)
Mark your calendars for this year’s Fall Luncheon on Monday, October 22, 2012 at noon at the McKimmon Center. Our keynote address will be given by “Canopy Meg” Lowman, director of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a research professor in the College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences at NC State University. More details soon.
On Friday, April 20, Friends of the Library members and guests attended the 2012 Friends of the Library Spring Meeting, held at the in-progress James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Craig Dykers, principal with Snøhetta design firm, gave keynote remarks, which were followed by a cocktail reception. Designers and architects from Snøhetta and pearce brinkley cease + lee – the project’s executive architects – led tours of the building to enthusiastic groups of guests. Read more about the evening and see pictures here. (Pictured: Friends of the Library President Anna Ball Hodge addresses a crowd during the Spring Meeting.)
Fabulous Faculty, Amazing Alumni and Stellar Students
The past fiscal year was a busy one for the NCSU Libraries’ signature speaker series, with two Fabulous Faculty programs, three Amazing Alumni programs and two Stellar Student programs. Current NC State students especially enjoy the opportunity to interact with NC State notables. For example, student Julianne Black came to hear Robert Jordan, proud NC State alum and former lieutenant governor. Black says, “It was nice to hear about another proud and successful NC State alumnus. I hope that I can be able to come back and talk about the achievements I made after graduation from NC State one day as well.”
These three series are wonderful ways to keep connected with NC State and we hope you will join us for these programs in the coming year.
(Pictured: Amazing Alumni speaker Barbara Mulkey,
chair of the NC State University Board of Trustees, is all smiles with moderator Catherina Gomes, an NC State student majoring in chemical engineering.)
We enjoyed ten wonderful, varied book discussions featuring NC State faculty during the Read Smart discussion series, which is a collaboration between NCSU Libraries and Cameron Village Regional Library.
Whether you are a “regular” or whether you haven’t yet attended a Read Smart book discussion, we hope you will join us this fall. Read great books, meet other readers, and interact with knowledgeable NC State scholars — you can’t get better than that!
(Pictured: Cris Crissman and Angela Wiseman, College of Education, lead a discussion of The Night Circus.)
We were honored to show two powerful and beautiful exhibits this past year in the gallery in the D. H. Hill Library. In the fall, visitors experienced The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect: Drawings, Sketchbooks, Provocations, an exhibit featuring more than a decade of work by Marvin J. Malecha, dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University and former president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
This spring, “Saul Flores Photographs: The Walk of the Immigrants” graced the gallery. This exhibit featured photographs taken by NC State student Saul Flores during his epic trip through ten countries while walking the path that migrants make when seeking refuge in the United States.
There is still a little time to see this exhibit — it is free and open to the public in the Exhibit Gallery at the D. H. Hill Library during regular hours from now through late July.
This exhibit was produced with generous support from the Goodnight Educational Foundation Library Endowment for Special Collections.
Read more about Saul’s journey and see more photographs here.
(Pictured: top, Athena’s Nest for Pegasus by Marvin Malecha; bottom, photo by Saul Flores)
Other NCSU Libraries News
Everything you can imagine . . . and more
The NCSU Libraries has launched a $10,000,000 initiative to ensure that the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library can become nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. Funds from the Everything you can imagine . . . and more initiative will be used to enhance its inspiring spaces, sustain the building’s excellence for the future, and supply the immersive technology that will make this signature building a competitive edge for the people of North Carolina and the students, faculty, and researchers at North Carolina State University. Check out ABC 11’s news story here.
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