JUNE 2004








SUMMER I AND II: JUNE 2, 2004-AUGUST 6, 2004

Fondren Library Center

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Hamon Library

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

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JUNE LEAD PRESENTATION: Wednesday, June 9th; 2:30pm-4:00pm 





One of  The Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards 2003-2004 was presented to

James Horne, Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology


The Friends of the SMU grants committee met on April 22, 2004 to review grant proposals submitted by the libraries.  The committee, chaired by Janis Knott, included Missy Collins, Mike Hazel, Pam Lange, Jackie McElhaney and Marilyn Spencer.  Judy Searles was ex-officio.  The Friends board approved the following recommendations at their meeting on May 5, 2004:

$6,000 to Central University Libraries (CUL) Collection Development to fund one-half of the archive capital fee for JSTOR Arts & Science III collection.  This electronic archive of periodical backfiles combines language, literature and music collections as well as titles in such fields as art, architecture and the performing arts. SMU’s researchers and students have heavily used other JSTOR collections; this one will be no exception

$4,000 to CUL Collection Development to purchase the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), which is the largest cooperative research project ever undertaken in the humanities. Over a twelve-year period a team in Oxford has coordinated the work of 10,000 specialists to extend and replace the original DNB into 60 print volumes.  This purchase will also include unlimited free access for a year to the online version.  This is a vitally important biographical reference work for the twenty-first century

$3,000 to CUL’s Fondren Library Center Reference Team to partially fund the expansion of their retrospective bibliographic database holdings.  The money will help purchase the PAIS Archive, a retrospective database chronicling global public policy and social issues from the early twentieth century through the 1970s.  The subscription will provide students and researchers quick and efficient searching of periodicals, books, hearing, reports, government publications and other materials in the social sciences.

$3,000 to CUL to assist in the renovation and refurbishment of the office space for the Friends director and for the CUL director of marketing and external relations.  This new area will provide space devoted to Friends’ activities and create a welcoming ambiance for day-to-day work and for the myriad of Friends’ small group projects and committee meetings

$2,300 to CUL’s Fondren Library Center Reference User Services Team to purchase the Kurzwell 3000 software program, an HP scanner and a 17-inch LCD monitor to expand the Assistive Technology program, which provides adaptive technologies for all library users with physical or learning disabilities.  

$2,000 to DeGolyer Library to purchase books to supplement and expand the Colophon Collection of Moderns.  The Friends of the SMU Libraries formed this collection in the early 1970s. It focuses on American literary writers who came to prominence in the period 1945-1975.

 $1,958 to CUL Information Support Services to purchase an HP color LaserJet printer.  This higher quality printer will help the CUL staff enhance the professional appearance of many print projects while reducing printing costs for publications. Some materials that previously had to be published at a print center can be now be produced in-house.

$1,500 to Bridwell Library Public Services to purchase a notebook computer to assist with user education classes for Theology and religious studies students.

$1,198 to the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Library for the purchase of three sets of anthropological reference books. They are the Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology, the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender and the Encyclopedia of Diasporas.  This provides the library with both print and online versions of these valuable reference tools.  

$1,000 to the Fort Burgwin library to purchase books to augment the collection on the arts of the Southwest region.  These materials would include books on the Native American and Hispano artists, members of the Taos Art Society and artists currently working in New Mexico.

$860 to Hamon Arts Library to purchase The Diccionario de las Música Española e Hispanoamericana, an important new reference source for research in Spanish and Spanish-American music. This ten-volume source contains 28,000 entries and over 5,000 illustrations.

$515 to Bridwell Library for video playback equipment in order for users to view video materials within the library. 

$450 to the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology (CMIT) to purchase video tapes and supplies for the SMU Video Archives Series on the history of Southern Methodist University.  The Friends have supported this project since its inception.

Amount of grants:  $27,781

Grants approved for yearly distribution:

$3,000 to CUL to assist in funding the production of the CUL annual report publication.

$500 to fund the Continuing Excellence Library Staff Recognition Award.  This year’s recipient is Sandra Hearne of the Underwood Law Library.                              

$500 to support the Library School Scholarship Award.  This year’s recipient is Paul Westurn from Underwood Law Library.

TOTAL of all 2004 grants:  $31,781


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2003-2004 SMU Libraries Staff Recognition Awards

  • Continuing Excellence ~ Sandra Hearne, Underwood Law Library

  • Outstanding Achievement ~ Linda Sellers, Ft. Burgwin Library, SMU-in-Taos

  • Employee of the Year ~ Claudia Cruz Pulte, Interlibrary Loans, Central University Libraries

  • Outstanding Student Assistant ~ John McQuillen, Bridwell Library


 Here are some photos from the renovations in DeGolyer:


Here is Mr. DeGolyer peering out over all the books in his library.

Curt Holleman has been appointed by President Turner, to the search committee for Ross Murfin's replacement. They will begin work this summer.  In the words of President Turner: "Ross Murfin has been an outstanding provost who has my confidence, that of the deans, and of the general academic community. It will be a great challenge to find the right person to follow in his footsteps."




5-Jun Wehring, Brad FLC Ref
13-Jun Ripley, Erika FLC Ref
13-Jun Stovall, Billie FLC ILL
14-Jun Graff, Sonia CIP
21-Jun Amy Carver CUL Development Officer
21-Jun Niewyk, Ellen Buie Hamon
22-Jun Wall, Lisa CMIT
23-Jun Golder, Melanie FLC ILL

While attending the movie, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," with my daughter in Chicago, two rows behind us sat Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He attended the show with a burly bodyguard and a 20-something, clean-cut version of himself. We walked out of the theater with him and his entourage. Mr. 20-something couldn't take his eyes off of Jessica! She covertly took a picture of them with her cell phone camera. It is, however, difficult to identify who is in the picture. On the following 80 degree, sunshiny day when my daughter left her office, the streets were covered with piles of snow! Will Ferrell was filming his upcoming movie "Anchorman."


Timothy Heydari Son of Terre Heydari has graduated from J.J. Pearce High School.  He was a member of the French Honor Society, National Honor Society and was named Texas Scholar and Academic Athlete of the Year.

Timothy will attend SMU in the fall. He has been chosen as a University Scholar and has qualified as a candidate for The Hilltop.  He has also been named one of the Scholars at Perkins Hall.

Here he is with his proud parents.


This is a new section in which a 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. If you have a staff member in your area that you would like to nominate (new or old) please contact me.  (You can even volunteer yourself :) )






June is:


Adopt-A-Cat Month (National)
Aphasia Awareness Month (National)
Candy Month
Dairy Month (National)
Drive Safe Month (National)
Firework Safety Month (June - July 4th)
Flag Month (National)
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month (National)
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (US) 
Iced Tea Month (National)
People Skills Month (International)
Rose Month (National)
Safety Month (National)
Scleroderma Awareness Month (National)
Send A Rose Month
Tennis Month (National)
Turkey Lovers Month
Vision Research Month
Zoo and Aquarium Month


1 The term "Don't give up the ship!' is coined by Captain James Lawrence, U.S. Chesapeake.(1813) 
1 Snow falls in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, Cleveland, Ohio and other places. (1843) 
1 Superman Comic is published (1938) 
1 Ed Sullivan's final show. (1971) 
2 PT Barnum's circus begins first tour of US (1835) 
2 Grover Cleveland is married while in serving as U.S. president.(1886) 
2 Congress grants U.S. citizenship to people of American Indian descent.(1924) 
3 The Rolling Stones begin their first US tour. (1964) 
4 China becomes the first to record a solar eclipse. (780 BC) 
4 After winning 122 straight races, hurdler Edwin Moses' winning streak is broken. (1987) 
5 Bobby Kennedy is assassinated. (1968) 
6 Chrysler Corporation is founded. (1925) 
7 The United Colonies make a name change and become The United States. (1775) 
8 "The Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC Tv. (1948) 
9 Disney's Donald Duck makes his debut. (1934) 
10 Dutch colonists settle on Manhattan Island (1610) 
10 Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a lightening storm and discovers electricity. (1752) 
11 The movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released (1982) 
12 John Lee Richmond pitches baseball's first "Perfect Game". (1880) 
13 Pioneer 10 becomes the first satellite to leave the solar system. (1983) 
14 The U. S. Army is formed. (1775) 
14 Isaac Fischer Jr. patents sandpaper. (1834) 
14 Benjamin Grushkin patents Chlorophyll (1938) 
14 Walt Disney's Bambi is released (1942) 
15 George Washington is appointed the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army(1775) 
16 The premiere of Ghostbusters II (1989) 
17 The Statute of Liberty arrive in New York City. (1885) 
17 King John signs the Magna Carta. (1215) 
18 Women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony is arrested for voting in Rochester, N.Y. (1873) 
19 After a 83 day filibuster, the Civil Rights act of 1964 is approved. (1964) 
20 The first rocket plane to use liquid propellants is tested (1939) 
20 Muhammad Ali is convicted refusing induction into armed services. (1967) 
21 Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine. (1834) 
22 Doughnuts are created. (1847) 
23 US Secret Service is created. (1860) 
24 Henry VII is crowned the King of England. (1509) 
25 Lt Colonel George Custer and the 7th Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of Little Big Horn. (1876) 
26 The Saint Lawrence Seaway is opened. (1959) 
27 The Federal Savings and Loan Association is created. (1934) 
28 Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending WW I (1919) 
29 Shakespeare' Globe Theater burns down. (1613) 
30 French acrobat Blondin crosses over the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. (1859) 



This is a new section where staff can list things that they are selling or giving away.  Send items to ( well, not the actual item just a picture or brief description) 

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

Page author: Theresa Van Goethem Meyers