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|SUMMER TERM/ Wednesday, May 28th-Thursday, July 31st|
Desperately searching for a good home for a sweet mixed breed who wandered up to my curb (at the time he was too small to get up the curb!) last fall. As far as we know, the dog is currently about a year old. He is a long, skinny dog (probably around 40 lbs.). We have no idea what mix of breeds he is, but he has a very sweet temperament and is good with kids and other dogs. We thought we had found him a home twice (which is why we still have him), but something happened both times. Since we already have two other large dogs (an old border collie mix and a lab mix puppy both adopted from Operation Kindness) and two small children, it is not possible for us to keep this dog any longer. Please help!!! Call (8-1939) or email Amy Carver (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
A GOOD HOME
4 Female and 1 Male 7 1/2 week old kittens need to find a good home. For information, please contact June Hagler (82397) or 214-378-7638.
|Tim Silcox, Director of Hamon Library, is happy to announce that after a national search, the Hamon Arts Library has hired Alisa Rata as the new Music, Theatre, and Dance Librarian. Many of you will remember Alisa, who completed her undergraduate degree in Viola Performance here at SMU. She went on to receive master’s degrees in Musicology and Library Science at Indiana University. Please stop by and give Alisa a big SMU welcome – or better yet, “Welcome Home.”|
A RARE FIND
Some months ago, DeGolyer Library director, Russell Martin, informed Anne Peterson, Curator for Photographs at DeGolyer Library, that he had discovered a three-volume set of 19th century photographs of India in the collection. They were uncatalogued, and Anne and Russell found out later that they were purchased years ago by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. Although they probably were not "published," Anne stated that she certainly would categorize them as photographically illustrated books with original tipped in albumen photographs. The albumen prints were wonderful to look at, but the photographer and exact time they were made remained a mystery. First she looked at the obvious. They have Henry Bartle Edward Frere's bookplates glued in each and the penciled in date of 1874, but are not in any way travel albums. Anne found out that Frere was a rather important British diplomat, and guesses that these books were probably given to him as some kind of presentation copies. Each of the three volumes, 16/16 x 131/4", have red leather bindings embossed with gold lettered titles, Photographs of Western India, v. I., "Costumes and Characters," v. II., "Scenery, Public Buildings," and v. III. "Scenery, Public Buildings." The images were most certainly made by a single very skilled photographer. Each photograph is numbered underneath on the mount and often the same number is visibly scratched in the negative emulsion. Naturally she looked at the bottom of the photographs for any identifying photographer's name or studio mark, and there are none. The print size varies a bit but most are approximately 8 1/4 x 6 1/4". There are 290 photographs in the three books and most have identified locations. The subjects vary from temples to workers, ships, mountains, aqueducts, cities, etc. Sects are represented as well as such occupations as bearers, "itinerant doctors," native converts to Christianity, gardeners, knife grinders, royalty and ship workers, etc. However, aside from the first volume, people are not very conspicuous in the images other than the occasional Indian worker or one or two British men in the landscape. To try to identify the maker, Anne sent an email to the Victoria & Albert Museum, because she saw they had a “notes on” photographs western India. Their list was too fragile to copy so that was a dead end. After a few more queries she spoke to Roy Flukinger, curator at the UT Ransom Center in Austin. He looked up Christie’s catalogue sales and found a very similar single volume with photographs by William Johnson had sold in 2001 for a Kings ransom! After a little more digging Anne found one of the images in the DeGolyer’s v. I. reproduced and identified as being by Johnson in a Smithsonian Sackler exhibit catalogue. The photographs were probably made in the 1850s and 1860s, and Johnson turns out to have been one of the founding members of the Bombay Photographic Society – another wonderful accession at the DeGolyer.
|Curt Holleman's son, Josh, graduated from Harvard Law School, and his daughter-in-law, Tammy, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in June. They are moving to Austin, where Josh is joining a law firm and Tammy is pursuing graduate education at the University of Texas.|
|Shannon Cain, Administrative Coordinator for Public Services will be leaving CUL as of this Friday, June 13th (He says 13 is his lucky number!) Shannon has taken a position as an admissions specialist in the Perkins School of Theology Student Services Department. We all wish Shannon the best of luck and thank him for all his hard work and many accomplishments of the past 14 months here in Fondren.|
Despite continued pressure from
Library and ITS management to abandon the attempt, Systems Office staff
member Jorge Cruz proceeded to recklessly endanger any number of
University projects and priorities by stubbornly jumping out of a perfectly
good airplane on Saturday, June 21 2003. Upon hearing of the incident in
question, fellow co-workers were noted to exclaim, "I always *knew*
there was something wrong with that guy! And this proves it!" Rumors of
a last minute attempt to divert Mr. Cruz from his chosen course of action by
lacing his water bottle with a sleeping potion remain as yet unconfirmed.
When asked about this surprising yet altogether understandable turn of
events, a spokesperson for CUL management simply replied, "No
|Mary Ann Herbel's daughter Stephanie graduated in May from UNT with Masters in Kinesiology and she has recently earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She will be pursuing her dream of being a Strength and Conditioning coach at collegiate level. Mary Ann's son Jeremy made the President's Honor Roll his first year at SMU (his junior year in college). He will begin his senior year at SMU this Fall and graduate in May with BBA in Marketing from Cox School of Business.|
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 (email@example.com) so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL.
EXHIBITS & PROGRAMS
HORTON FOOTE AND THE TRIP TO THE BOUNTIFUL, 1953-2003/ May 15-July 18; DeGolyer Library
From its debut on television and Broadway in 1953, to its production at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 2003, Horton Foote´s The Trip to Bountiful has become a classic of the American stage. This exhibit features original drafts, screenplays, publicity photos, playbills, posters, and other memorabilia documenting the history of the play (and movie), with glances at other events in Horton Foote´s distinguished career . This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information contact Russell Martin, 214.768.3231, firstname.lastname@example.org
HAMON LIBRARY EXHIBIT
Through September 28, in conjunction with the Pollock Gallery, of SMU's Division of Art, the Hawn Gallery will be the venue for “John Himmelfarb: The Card Catalog Drawings.” This exhibition consists of over one hundred small scale drawings by Harvard alumnus John Himmelfarb and brings together a selection of works the Chicago artist has executed on now obsolete library card catalog cards. Himmelfarb carries the cards when traveling to allow him the ability to constantly draw as a sort of travelogue of his thoughts as he moves through his world of places and things. Art Critic John Brunetti wrote of Himmelfarb, “Consistently blurring the boundaries between drawing and painting, [he] revels in line’s evocative potential to create a synthesis of graphic sign, text and elusive image that challenges one’s ability to interpret visual language. In the process, he initiates inward journeys whose rewards are not measured by reaching specific destinations, but by the experience of the chosen path.” Himmelfarb is represented in several major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, and the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Mildred Hawn Gallery hours:
May 27-August 20: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm (closed July 4th).
August 20-September 28: Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm and Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm (closed Labor Day).
According to the 2003 Chase's Calendar of Events July is:
Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Bison Month
National Dog House repairs Month
National Hot Dog Month
Roots and Branches Month
2nd I forgot Day
3rd Stay Out of the Sun Day
4th Independence From Meat Day
6th Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
7th-13th Nude Recreation Week
10th Don't Step on a Bee Day
19th Cow Appreciation Day
21at National Get Out of the Doghouse Day
23rd Hot Enough for Ya Day
24th Virtual Love Day
25th-31st National Salad Week
27th Parents' Day
31st Mutt's Day
DID YOU KNOW?
ABOUT AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
Schoolchildren in America learn the basic history of the events surrounding the Fourth of July, but the details of this monumental occasion in American history somehow fall through the cracks.
Although July 4th is celebrated as America’s official split from Britain’s rule and the beginning of the American Revolution, the actual series of events show that the process took far longer than a single day. The original resolution was introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7, 1776, and called for the Continental Congress to declare the United States free from British rule. Three days later a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson was appointed to prepare an appropriate writing for the occasion.
The document that we know as the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4th although the resolution that led to the writing of the Declaration was actually approved two days earlier.
All of this had occurred with some of the delegates to the Congress not even present; New York, for example, did not even vote on the resolution until July 9th.
Even more interesting is the fact that not a single signature was appended to the Declaration on July 4th. While most of the fifty-six names were in place by early August, one signer, Thomas McKean, did not actually sign the Declaration until 1781.
Nevertheless, July 4th was the day singled out to mark the event of the United States establishing itself as a nation
Only four American holidays are still celebrated on their proper calendar days: Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s and Independence Day. Of all the secular holidays, the Fourth of July is the only one whose celebration date resists change. Even in more provincial times, suggestions to alter the day of the festival to the preceding Saturday or the following Monday when July 4th fell on Sunday were protested.
The feeling about the sanctity of America’s Independence day was best expressed in a quotation from the Virginia Gazette on July 18th, 1777: “Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more. Amen and Amen.”
(Copied from http://www.fourth-of-july-celebrations.com/ Click on the link for more information on Fourth of July traditions and celebrations.)
THINGS TO DO IN THE
DFW AREA TO CELEBRATE THE 4TH:
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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/322494/ LONE STARS AND STRIPES-GRAND PRAIRIE
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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356771/ 4THFEST INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION-BEDFORD
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356784/ RED WHITE AND YOUTH CELEBRATION-GRANDBURY
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356934/ LIBERTY BY THE LAKE-LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356777/ OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY-SOUTH DALLAS
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356468/ PLANO PATRIOTIC POPS CONCERT-PLANO/RICHARDSON
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356962/ PLANO'S FOURTH OF JULY-PLANO
http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356923/ INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION-RICHARDSON
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http://www.guidelive.com/profile/356956/ FLOWER MOUND'S CELEBRATE AMERICA-FLOWER MOUND
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