Thursday August 21, 2003 - December 12, 2003

  • Monday through Thursday . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

  • Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 a.m. to midnight

  • Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

DIRECTOR'S TEA/DECEMBER 15, 10:30am Dean's Suite (300 FLE)

Gillian McCombs and the EC invite everyone to the Dean's Suite to share in some Holiday Cheer!



Winter Interterm 2003

Friday, December 12               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 13-Sunday, January 11

Monday through Friday . . . . . . 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Saturday and Sunday . . . . . . . . CLOSED


Christmas Holiday

  • Monday, December 22       closed
  • Tuesday, December 23       closed
  • Wednesday, December 24  closed
  •  Thursday, December 25     closed
  • Friday, December 26           closed

 New Year’s Day

  • Thursday, January 1, 2004


The DeGolyer Library, 

the Friends of the SMU Libraries 

and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies


 The Louisiana Purchase, 1803-2003

A Bicentennial Exhibition & Lecture Series

DeGolyer Library, S.M.U.

October 2003-February 2004

Oct. 16, The Tornado and the Treasure: Thomas Jefferson

and the Louisiana Purchase, James Ronda, University of Tulsa

  Nov. 20, “In Territories So Extensive and Fertile”: Spanish and

English-Speaking Peoples in Louisiana Before the Purchase,

Light Cummins, Austin College

  Jan. 29, How the French Quarter Became Spanish Before

Becoming American in 1803, James Early, S.M.U.

Feb. 17, Multicultural New Orleans, Jeremy Adams, S.M.U.

 The exhibition, curated by Ben Huseman, features books, maps,

and prints from DeGolyer’s permanent collections,

telling the story of the clash of empires and cultures in the Trans-Mississippi region.

  All lectures are at DeGolyer Library (McFarlin & Hilltop.)

Free and open to the public.

 Receptions begin at 6:00 pm., lectures at 7 pm.

 For additional information, call 214-768-3231.

  • October 14, 3pm at ISEM
  •  November 17, 10:30am in the Texana
  •  December 15, 10:30am in the Dean's Suite

President R. Gerald Turner

and Dean Gillian M. McCombs

requests the pleasure of your company

at the 

Dedication of the

 Stanley Marcus Reading Room


 Linda Marcus

for her generous gift of

The Stanley Marcus Library

 to the

DeGolyer Library

Southern Methodist University

 Tuesday, December 9, 2003

10:00 am

DeGolyer Library

 Refreshments served

If accepting, reply to ext. 81741 or  



Chris Giddens, RMT

Treat yourself !

Tuesday December 9th & Wednesday December 10th


LEAD has arranged for Chris Giddens (same guy as last year!), a registered massage therapist to provide chair massages for CUL staff at a wonderful rate of only $10.00 per 15 minute session. Massages will be in Fondren Rm 322 (next to the Systems office) Checks accepted, made payable to Chris Giddens. 


Contact Angela Laack (8-3591) or   to schedule a time. You can view the available times on the V-drive V:\ShareSpace\LEAD\Massages sign-up.doc  Click "Read-Only" to view the document.  


Please schedule your time by Friday,  December 5th.




Please join Central University Libraries


SMU Staff Association

in collecting gifts for

the residents of the 

Community Care Center

Nursing Home.

Sample items needed for Community Care Center:

  • All-occasion cards & stamps

  • Books

  • Flannel Shirts

  • Sweat pants

  • Sweat shirts

  • Pajamas (men or women’s)

  • Personal Care Items (bath powder, lotion, 

  • cologne, cosmetics, perfumes, etc.)

  • One-size fits all nightgowns

  • Robes (men or women’s)

  • Video cassettes

  • Stuffed animals

  • Games (checkers, etc.)

  • Boxed candy

  • Cans of nuts

  • Shaving kits

  • Slippers

  • Hats/caps

  • Socks

  • Gloves

Details of When and Where to come.  Please be on the lookout for the announcement to CUL News.  This page will be updated when the information is available.


President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner

Request the pleasure of your company


An all-University Holiday Party


Thursday, December 18th 3:30-5:00pm

Grand Ballroom; Umphrey Lee Center


Central University Libraries invites you to attend 

The Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 16, 2003


Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.

An ornament exchange will be held at 1:00pm


Watch for the sign up sheets to be distributed this week.



On Thursday, January 29th from 2:00 to 5:00 there will be a Fondren Library Center Information Commons Inauguration Party. More information will be announced as plans are made.




1-Dec Vitale, Cammie DeGolyer
8-Dec Herbel, Mary Ann CUL Office
16-Dec Cruz, Jorge FLC Systems
18-Dec Foutch, Michael FLC Circulation
19-Dec Setnick, Sandra FLC Ref
21-Dec Pope, Brandon Hamon


This is a new section in which a new CUL staff member will be featured each month.  The purpose is to get to know each other a little better.  Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members ( so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL.

Jennifer Matson
InterLibrary Loan
Fondren Library East 100
Phone: 214-768-1841
Fax: 214-768-1842

Jennifer was born and raised in Pittsburg, KS, and  lived there all her life until coming to Texas  in April. After graduating from high school, she attended Pittsburg State University for 2 years, and then quit to work full time at the Public Library. Jennifer worked at the Pittsburg Public Library from Aug. 1992-July 1999 as an assistant to the head of circulation.  She also did all Interlibrary Loans, and  filled in some in Reference and the Children's Library. In July of 1999, Jennifer went to work for Axe Library at Pittsburg State University working on the Lending part on Interlibrary Loan there. She worked there until moving to Keller, Texas  in April. After working at PSU for a year, she started taking classes again, and plans on finishing her degree here at SMU. Jennifer plans to get a bachelor in Humanities with emphasis in Religious Studies and Music. When she finishes her degree here she plans on going to library school, and wants someday to become a children's librarian!

Jennifer's favorite hobby would have to be reading. She also loves to do scrapbooking, sing, play the piano, listen to music, and play games. Most importantly she loves to shop! Jennifer is very active in her church, and is really involved in the Children's and Youth Ministries there. She teaches the Teen Sunday School class and Children's church. Right now she is working on the Christmas Program. Jennifer has recently starting doing volunteer work for the Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth.

Jennifer's parents still live in Kansas, along with her niece, (a dog named Holly) and older brother and sister in law. Hopefully by the end of the year she will have a new nephew. Currently her brother and sister in law are in the process of adopting a 7 year old boy!

When asked to tell us one or two things about herself that not too many people knew, she said: "Most people do not know that I am an avid football fan! Growing up with mostly boys in my neighborhood, I couldn't help but to learn to like it! My favorite teams would be the KC Chiefs with the Dallas Cowboys coming in second. I also like basketball, but I mainly only follow the Kansas Jayhawks."



International Studies: A World Learning Experience, October28, 2003-January 10, 2004.

JFK: Forty Years--A Time to Remember, November 15, 2003- December 5, 2003.


Geologists’ Maps of a Changing World:

Works from the Collection of Dr. C. Reid Ferring

An exhibit sponsored by the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library

Hawn Gallery, Southern Methodist University

Exhibit open October 23 through December 30, 2003Many thanks to Ellen Buie Niewyk for painstakingly framing most of the pieces in the exhibit; to Sam Ratcliffe for pounding nails in the wall with 1/8-inch precision and fine-tuning our installation plan; to Ganesh Devappa for help with measuring this all out; to Hannah Watson for formatting and cutting out the labels; and to Nayera Sadek for watching over the Map Library while all of this was going on. It was truly a team effort, and the Hawn Gallery, under the care of Tim Silcox and Sam Ratcliffe, is truly a state of the art facility. We are grateful to have its use to promote the importance of maps both historically and geologically. The change in ideas and understanding that these maps represent truly does impact us all.


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


National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month 

1st-7th Cookie Cutter Week

1st Day Without Art

National Tie Month

1st-7th Tolerance Week

8th-16th Recipe Greetings For The Holidays

10th Human Rights Day

13th Day Of The Horse

15th-21st International Language Week

19th One Day

21st Humbug Day

25th A'phabet Day (or No-L Day)

25th-31st It's About Time Week

29th Tick-Tock Day

31st Make Up Your Mind Day

  • December Astrological Signs:
    • Sagittarius: November 22-December 21
    • Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
  • December Birthstones:
    • Blue Topaz 
    • Turquoise
    • Zircon
    • Lapis Lazuli 
  • December Flower
    • Narcissus
  • December is the twelfth and last month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. This is used used in almost all the world today. 
  • It was the tenth month in the early Roman calendar. 
  • It became the twelfth month in a later Roman calendar. 
  • Until 46 B.C., December only had 29 days. But the Roman statesman Julius Caesar added two days to December, which made it 31 days. 
  • In the northern half of the world, Winter begins in December. 
  • Winter does not begin until December 21 or 22, and most of December is usually warmer than other winter months. 
  • The latter part of December has long been a holiday season. 
  • Christians celebrate Christmas Day, as the birthday of Jesus Christ. 
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, most birds have gone to warmer climates. But many animals are active. Mink, ermine, beavers, and foxes grow beautiful coats of fur. Nature finishes preparing for the long winter ahead. Many people make feeding places for birds and squirrels. 
  • President James Monroe proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine in his message to Congress, December 2,1823. 
  • John Brown, American abolitionist, hanged at Charles Town, Va. (now W. Va.), December 2, 1859.
  • Illinois admitted to the Union, December 3,1818.
  • First human heart transplant performed by Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon, December 3, 1967. 
  • Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States, born at Kinderhook, N.Y., December 5, 1782.
  • Motion-picture producer Walt Disney born December 5, 1901.
  • Amendment 21 to the United States Constitution, repealing prohibition, proclaimed, December 5, 1933. 
  • Europeans celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas December 6
  • Columbus discovered Hispaniola, December 6, 1492.
  • Delaware ratified the Constitution, December 7, 1787.
  • Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in World War II, December 7, 1941. 
  • John Lennon shot and killed in New York City, December 8, 1980. 
  • Mississippi admitted to the Union, December 10, 1817.
  • The Territory of Wyoming authorized women to vote and hold office, December 10, 1869.
  • Spain ceded Philippines to the United States, December 10, 1898. 
  • Indiana admitted to the Union, December 11, 1816.
  • John Jay, American diplomat, born December 12, 1745.
  • Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution, December 12, 1787.
  • The Council of Trent opened, December 13, 1545.
  • Alabama admitted to the Union, December 14, 1819.
  • The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, ratified, December 15, 1791.
  • Boston Tea Party, December 16, 1773.
  • Orville Wright made first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., December 17, 1903.
  • New Jersey ratified the Constitution, December 18, 1787.
  • Amendment 13 to the U.S. Constitution, ending slavery, proclaimed, December 18, 1865.
  • Continental Army camped for the winter at Valley Forge, Pa., in the Revolutionary War, December 19, 1777. 
  • The United States took over Louisiana, December 20, 1803. 
  • The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 21, 1620.
  • Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator, born December 21, 1879. 
  • United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812, December 24, 1814. 
  • Christmas, celebrated by Christians as the birthday of Jesus Christ. December 25 
  • George Washington and his men started across the Delaware River to Trenton, N.J., December 25, 1776.
  • Battle of Trenton in the Revolutionary War, December 26, 1776.
  • Iowa admitted to the Union, December 28, 1846. 
  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, born at Staunton, Va.,December 29, 1856.
  • Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, born at Raleigh, N.C., December 29, 1808.
  • Texas admitted to the Union, December 29, 1845. 
  • The United States acquired territory from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase, December 30, 1853.


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