April 2003

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University





TABLES OF CONTENT/ Saturday April 5th

Invitational brochures will be sent in March.

Table Hosts for 2003 are:

Anne and Alan Bromberg

Lee Cullum

Ron Davis

John Gage

Richard Haddaway

Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey

Bonnie and Lou Jacobs

Cal Jillson

Dian Malouf

Judy Mohraz

Jasper Neel

Douglas Newby

Rose Mary Rumbley

Laurie Shulman

EASTER BREAK/ Friday April 18th-Sunday April 20th.

********************Only Good Friday is a University Holiday********************

Libraries will be open Saturday and Sunday.  See for library hours.


See Division News (below)

BOOK CLUB/ Thursday April 24; 7:00pm, Meadows Museum

Co-Sponsored by the SMU Friends of The Library and the Meadows Museum

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino

Cost: $5 per book club meeting; $2.50 each for Friends and museum members

Info: Call Judy at 214-768-3225 or Lisa at 214-768-2516.


FUTURE DIRECTOR'S TEAS/ Wednesday, May 7th;  3pm, Texana Room
  • SMU Library Staff Recognition Awards will be presented. 
LEAD EVENT/ Tuesday, April 22nd; 2:00pm, Texana Room

Amy Carver will be giving a talk on fundraising resources for library projects.


The Friends of the SMU Libraries is joining with the Meadows Museum to co-sponsor a book club that will explore literary works connected to the museumís renowned collection of Spanish art. The group will meet once a month on a Thursday evening at 7 p.m.


  • Feb. 20 (Book: Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto)
  • Mar. 20 (Book: Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca)
  • Apr. 24 (Book: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino)
  • May 8 (Book: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges)

Where: Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus

Cost: $5 per book club meeting; $2.50 each for Friends and museum members

Info: Call Judy at 214-768-3225 or Lisa at 214-768-2516.


The time to begin annual performance evaluations is approaching. You will be contacted by your supervisor - probably over the next several weeks - to schedule an appointment for the evaluation. All evaluations must be turned in to the CUL Office by Tuesday, April 15; these will be turned in by your supervisor. You may access the forms and the guidelines from the V:drive - under ShareSpace and the folder is Performance Evaluation Forms.

Remember that you will need to save the file to your computer to work on the form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your supervisor.




Wednesday April 2--Kelly Sanderson; CIP
Thursday April 3--John Phinney; ISEM
Sunday April 27--Troy Sherrod; FLC Periodicals
Monday April 28--Amy Collins; CIP

Steve Barnett's (CIP and Collection Development) band Baboon has been nominated for "Best Rock Band," "Best Song," and "Best Album" (they can also be written in for "Best Overall"). Those who are interested in voting can go to:  and click on the link at the top of the page. Ballots are apparently due by April 4th, and they would appreciate all the help they can get!

Former CUL Staff member Michael Garrett sent this interesting article to the ILL listserv


Bill Dworaczyk 25 years hired 1/17/77
Lois Nickel 15 years hired 5/4/87
Cammie Vitale Shuman 15 years hired 4/6/87
Tim Silcox 10 years hired 6/15/92
Amy Collins 5 years hired 11/10/97
Robert Eason 5 years hired 6/16/97
Bruce Evans 5 years hired 1/27/97
Toni Nolen 5 years hired 4/21/97
Mary Queyrouze 5 years hired 1/21/97
Barbara Stockton 5 years hired 9/8/97
Theresa Van Goethem Meyers 5 years hired 9/22/97
Christine Asberry 3 years hired 6/23/99
Missy Collins 3 years hired 10/19/99
Daniel Delgado 3 years hired 7/26/99
Bill Jenkins 3 years hired 8/16/99
Angela Laack 3 years hired 4/19/99
John Milazzo 3 years hired 10/18/99
Brandon Pope 3 years hired 7/1/99
Amy Turner 3 years hired 9/27/99
Melanie Golder's son, Will, a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, has won the coveted position of Manager of the student-run facility, St. Robert's Auditorium, for which he has worked the past three years. The good news is that he has a job for the summer (tuition money!) The bad news is that he won't be coming home this summer.


Fondren Library Center has an exhibit entitled  "REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN WAR: THE FIFTY-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR (1953-2003)".  It will run until Friday, April 26th. While books from the FLC collection are showcased, several pictures, documents, and items of material history were provided by retired navy captain Edward J. Williams, Jr., who served aboard a destroyer in the last months of the war. Captain Williams was also a staff member at SMU after his retirement from active military service.
NCMIT is sponsoring a Korean Film Festival; Thursday, April 10th & Saturday, April 12th; Dallas Hall, Room 306 (McCord Auditorium) for details, please go to or contact Lisa Wall or 214-768-4397


According to the 2003 Chase's Calendar of Events April is:


Alcohol Awareness Month

1st-7th Laugh at work week

National Humor Month

National Pecan Month

National Poetry Month

National Smile Month

National Soft Pretzel Month

School Library Media Month

6th-12th National Library Week

6th National Repot Your Plant Day

7th National Workplace Napping Day

10th National Siblings Day

19th Husband Appreciation Day

20th-26th National Coin Week

25th National Hairball Awareness Day

30th National Honesty Day

  • April Astrological Signs:
    • Aries: March 21 - April 19
    • Taurus: April 20 - May 20
  • April Birthstone: Diamond
  • April Flowers:
    • Sweet Pea
    • Daisy
  • April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love. 
  • Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season. 
  • In some parts of the world, it's planting time. In other parts, it's the harvest season. Professional baseball begins in April. Then the amateur athletes begin to go outside in the warm weather. Spring cleaning starts and people start mowing their yards again. 
  • Special days celebrated in April: 
    •  April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. No one knows where the custom began, but some historians believe it started in France. They had a New Year's festival that was celebrated from March 25 to April 1, and they would then exchange gifts. But, later, King James IV changed the holiday to January 1 for New Years. The people that still celebrated it April 1 were called 'April fish' and sent mock presents.  April Fools' Day may also be related to the ancient Roman spring festival Hilaria, which celebrates the resurrection of the god Attis.
    • Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days. Arbor Day is mostly celebrated by school children. Most states celebrate the holiday as does most provinces in Canada. Southern States and Hawaii celebrate it somewhere between December and March, while most Northern states celebrate it in April or May.  The holiday began in Nebraska. Through the efforts of Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper publisher, April 10, 1872 was set aside as Nebraska's first Arbor Day. After his death, the legislature made April 22, the legal holiday for Arbor Day. 
    • The Jewish festival of Pescah (Passover) is celebrated early in April. Easter is almost always in April, and, with it comes other Christian celebrations such as Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The story of the Passover, also called Pesah, is told in the Bible in the book of Exodus, Chapter 12. It begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month Nisan, which usually begins in March or April.  The word Passover comes from the Biblical story of the 10th plague, which God brought on Egypt for keeping the Israelites in bondage. The story says that the blood of a lamb was put on the lintel and two side posts of each Israelites' home. When God saw the blood, this would save the people in that house.
    • Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, thus making it the
      most important Christian festival of the year. On the third day, Christ' tomb was empty, he arose, and people talked with him. Christians believe his resurrection means that they too will some day receive a new life after death.  The holiday can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, since it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon in the Northern Hemisphere. The new plant life that comes in the spring is associated with the new life that Christians gain because of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The word Easter may have come from the English word, Eastre. Some believe Eastre was the name of a pagan goddess of spring, a spring festival, or the name of a season.
  • The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1775, when British soldiers and American revolutionaries clashed in Massachusetts. 
  • William Shakespeare, the playwright, was born on April 23, 1564. 
  • Feast day of the Patron Saint of England is April 23. 
  • The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam surrendered.




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