March 2003

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University






March 8th-March 16th

DIRECTOR'S TEA/ Friday March 21, 10:00am Bonnelli Conference Room; Meadows School
  • Staff Service Awards will be presented.
BOOK CLUB/ Thursday March 20; 7:00pm, Meadows Museum

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

Collected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

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.


  • May (TBA)
    • SMU Library Staff Recognition Awards will be presented. 

Saturday, April 5, 2003

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


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 museum’s 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.




Sunday March 9-Bird, Sherilyn; CIP
Monday March 10-Babatunde, Sola; CIP
Friday March 14-Stockton, Barbara; CIP
Tuesday March 25-Friedrich, Betty; DeGolyer
Friday March 28-Nickel, Lois; FLC Gov.
Saturday March 29-Ratcliffe, Sam; Hamon
Monday March 31-Ruppi, Cindi; CIP

We are pleased to announce a Meadows School of the Arts Faculty Research Grant has been awarded to Tim Silcox for the 2003-2004 academic year.  This grant will be used to support the presentation of Preserving the Heritage of African-American Filmmakers:  Digitization and Restoration of the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection. 

Tim has been invited to present his paper at the conference "Archiving the Cinema" at Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, UK in early April, 2003.

Missy Collins, the Dean's office, was a winner in a national juried photography competition sponsored by the Washington National Cathedral. Her photograph won in the "Peace and Contemplation" category. Her work will be on display in the exhibit "Seeing the Light: reflections of the spiritual" at the National Cathedral from February 9 through June 2003.
From February 11 to February 16, Bruce Evans attended the annual meetings of the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) and the Music Library Association (MLA); both happening at the Renaissance Hotel at the Arboretum in Austin. Since the meeting was in Austin, the Texas Chapter of MLA served as the Local Arrangements Committee for this year's meeting.

Perhaps the most intriguing and useful session for both MOUG and MLA was the opening Plenary session of MOUG (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year) entitled "The Truth About CAT(aloger)s and DOG(ged Reference Librarian)s: Generating Symbiosis in the Relationship Between Public and Technical Services." The featured speakers for this were a music cataloger and music reference librarian from UNT, the music cataloger and music librarian from U. of N. Colorado, and the music cataloger/reference librarian from U. Tennessee at Knoxville. The overall message of this session was how catalogers and reference librarians can enhance each other's work. For example, at the UNT Music Library they have what they call a "tag-team" reference system. If the music reference librarian thinks a music cataloger can better answer a reference question, the music cataloger is consulted. On the other hand, they said that the cataloger needs to have patron needs in mind when cataloging (i.e. there's nothing wrong with tinkering with a cataloging record locally to make it more useful). If anybody has any further questions about this, feel free to get in touch with Bruce Evans. The rest of MOUG featured the 25th anniversary luncheon, a presentation on MARS, and a Q&A session for music catalogers with OCLC music cataloging expert Jay Weitz.

MLA opened with a brass choir performance in the Renaissance Hotel atrium. It was just like hearing a concert in a cathedral. Highlights of MLA itself include an opening plenary session on the Texas Music Office in Austin, which supports music interests in the State of Texas, and a talk on the history of Texas music before the 1936 Texas Centennial; the Local Arrangements Committee Reception at the UT Architecture Library, which Bruce Evans organized; several music cataloging-oriented subcommittee meetings, in one of which they announced that there would be an effort to harmonize all of the electronic resource formats with the content that they are carrying, in which they hope to work into every chapter of AACR2 an introductory session on electronic resources; an informal meeting of the Texas MLA, which Bruce Evans chairs, in which new members could ask questions about the organization; the 2nd plenary session on changes in the recording industry; the Voyager Music Users Group meeting; and lastly a presentation by Morris Martin, head of the UNT Music Library, on all of the special collection databases that the UNT Music Library has created and maintains.


An exhibit for the Shuler Museum will be put up in the display cases in the Fondren Library Center Lobby, in late through Mid March. It will highlight the fine Paleontology program we have at SMU. Included in the display will be information on the development of the paleontology program, and current research and information on the scholars and graduate students associated with the program.  An exhibit on the Korean War will follow.


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

  • International Mirth Month

  • International Listening Awareness Month

  • National Collision Awareness Month

  • National Frozen Food Month

  • National Nutrition Month

  • National On-Hold Month

  • National Umbrella Month

  • 1st National Pig Day

  • 2nd-8th National Procrastination Week

  • 3rd I want you to be Happy Day

  • 4th International Pancake Day

  • 13th National Open Umbrellas Indoors Day

  • 16th-22nd National Poison Prevention Week

  • 17th Act Happy Day

  • 20th National Common Courtesy Day

  • 25th Pecan Day

  • March Astrological signs:
    • Pisces: February 19 - March 20
    • Aries: March 21 - April 19
  • March Birthstones
    • Aquamarine
    • Bloodstone
  • March Flower: Jonquil
  • There are no US Federal holidays in March, but there are several important State and Religious holidays.
    • Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the Union on March 1. 
    • Texas celebrates March 2 as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico. 
    • On March 4, the people of Pennsylvania commemorate the granting of the state's charter to William Penn in 1681. 
    • The Irish celebrate March 17 as the feast day of St. Patrick. 
    • In Maryland, March 25 is set apart for a celebration of the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
    • The Jewish festival of Purim usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar. 
  • According to the Georgian calendar, March is the third month of the year.
  • According to the early Roman calendar, it was the first month and was called Martius. 
  • The ancient Romans later made January 1 the beginning of the year, and March became the third month on the calendar. 
  • March has always had 31 days. 
  • Its name honors Mars, the Roman God of war.
  • The winter ends with March, and end comes Spring. Spring in the northern half of the world begins with March 19, 20, or 21. Its the day when the sun is directly over the equator. 
  • March can either feel wintry or springy, with as many blustery, windy days as there are mild, sunny days.
  • In the northern hemisphere, the animals end their hibernation and many plants come to life again in March. The sap flows in the trees again, and the buds begin to show up. Bears, woodchucks, and chipmunks leave their hibernating spots. 
  • People begin to start looking for the first robin, for the beginning of Spring arrival.
  • There are many superstitions about March. We often hear that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." This means that the first day of March is often stormy, and the last day is mild and warm. Another saying is, "April borrowed from March three days, and they were ill." This refers to the first three days of April, which are generally rough and blustery like March. A third saying calls the first three days of March "blind days" because they are "unlucky." If rain falls on these days, farmers supposedly will have poor harvests.
  • According to the ancient Roman calendar, the "ides" of a month always fell on the 13th day of the month, except in March, May, July, and October, when it occurred on the 15th of the month.  The Ides of March gained in notoriety as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC...hence the phrase: "Beware the Ides of March."
  • March is the beginning of meteorological spring. As the sun moves northward once more, the days will get longer and warmer. The earth's trip around the sun brings the Northern Hemisphere more directly into the path of the sun's rays. The average temperature increases 10 to 12 degrees in the month of March - the greatest monthly increase during the year. The Spring Equinox or one time of the year when the days and nights are equal in length occurs on March 22nd. After that the days continue to grow longer as the Northern Hemisphere tilts more toward the sun.
  • Find out your sun sign astrology for the month of March 
  • “Mad as a March Hare” alludes to the frenzied capers of the male hare during March, its rutting season.



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