Spring 2005 Regular Hours (January 12, 2005 - May 7, 2005)

 Fondren Library

8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - midnight
9:00 am - midnight
1:00 pm - 2:00 am

Hamon Library

Monday 8:00am-midnight
Tuesday 8:00am-midnight
Wednesday 8:00am-midnight
Thursday 8:00am-midnight
Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-midnight

For other library hours see web page at 

LEAD EVENT CIP RESTRUCTURING Thursday, January 20th at 10:00am in the CIP conference room.

CIP has done some restructuring over the last 6 to 9 months, resulting in a new project-based workflow. Come and learn about the this new way of doing things in CIP, including both the obstacles and opportunities that brought about this change. Sherilyn Bird and Kris Reed will discuss the project management approach to Technical Services at the next LEAD program on Thursday, January 20th at 10:00am in the CIP conference room. This presentation is a sneak preview of their Poster Session to be held at the ACRL Conference in Minneapolis next April.

Refreshments will be served

DEAN'S TEA Wednesday, March 2; 10:30 a.m. Texana Room

Staff reaching "milestone" years at SMU will be recognized and presented with certificates for their years of service.

Dr. Harold Jesky and Dr. Claude Albritton (in memoriam) will be recognized as SMU "Scholars of Science" at the tea. Dr. Jesky and Mrs. Albritton will be present. The exhibit honoring these two gentlemen will open on March 2 in the Fondren Library Center.



January 29, 2005 - Day Trippin' to Fort Worth,

    Stop #1: Amon Carter Museum. On the opening day of the exhibit

    Stamped with a National Character: Nineteenth-Century American Color-Plate Books, WILLIAM S. REESE, guest curator, gives a special

    guided tour to the Friends.

Stop #2: LUNCH

    Stop #3: Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT.) BARNEY LIPSCOMB, the Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany at the BRIT, gives members a private tour of the herbarium and the botanical library. Dr. Lipscomb also presents a talk,

    Art and Science: A Botanist's Eye: Redouté and the Art of Floral Illustration, a look at the history and evolution of art and botanical science from the first century AD through the life of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, one of the greatest botanical illustrators and flower painters of all time.

    Bus leaves Moody parking lot at 9:00 am. Lunch included.

    RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  The cost of the day trip is $50 per person and space is limited.  The reservation deadline is Monday, January 24th, 2005.  The bus will leave the Moody parking lot on campus promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, January 29th, and will return to the Moody parking lot by 5:00 pm.

     To make a reservation please call or email Alycen Cuellar at the Friends office 214/768-3225 or acuellar@smu.eduOnce your reservation has been confirmed please mail your check to Colophon, SMU Box 0153, Dallas, TX 75275-0153.


FRAN VICK, director emeritus of University of North Texas Press and

GERALD SAXON, Dean of libraries at University of Texas at Arlington,

co-present Saving Family Sagas: Writing and Recording the

Stories That Define Us.

6:00 pm reception; 7:00 pm lecture, book signing to follow

DeGolyer Library, 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane.


 In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. You will be charged for these calls. 

Call this number from your cell phone 888-382-1222.
It is the national DO NOT CALL list. It only takes a minute of your time. It blocks your number for 5 years. Please pass this on to everyone you know who doesn't want to be hassled by sales people!


Friday, March 4

10 am at the home of Jeanne Tower Cox

Honorary Chair - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

This event kicks off the fundraising drive for the Remember the Ladies! campaign to raise $1 million to fund a full-time archivist position for the Archives of Women of the Southwest. For a gift of $5,000, supporters can honor a woman (mother, daughter, sister, teacher, mentor, friend, etc.) who has had a significant impact on their life. Honorees and donors will be recognized on a plaque in the DeGolyer Library. We need 200 gifts at the $5,000 level to reach our goal. Ebby Halliday has given a lead gift of $25,000 to the project. The event is by invitation only. Please contact Amy Carver at 8-1939 or  for more information.


The Center for Information Processing is happy to announce that Stacey McGee Beach will begin working in CIP on January 18th.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Queyrouze, Mary FLC Systems


Holleman, Curt FLC Collection Development




7-Feb Baker, Carol FLC Public Svc
8-Feb Reed, Kris CIP
20-Feb Swanson, Ruthann CIP

Maria Bellavance had a great time on a Caribbean Cruise with her daughter Angela, Angela's Fiancé, and his whole family, during the week of Christmas.  There were eight in the group and they were treated regally by the Royal Caribbean international staff on the "Rhapsody of the Seas".  Christmas decorations throughout the ship created a spirit of celebration throughout the ship that included many fun activities including caroling, a visit from Santa (with presents for all the children on board), Daily Roman Catholic Masses, and Interdenominational and Jewish services.  The waiter assigned to their dining room table was Portuguese, born in Algarve, where Maria has her Condominium!  Needless to say, she thoroughly enjoyed speaking in her native language and teasing the waiter the whole week long.  She also took advantage of the shopping opportunities in Key West, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.  She even tried kayaking for the first time.



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 :) )





Spring Exhibits:

First Part of Spring: PERIODICALS: An SMU Treasure--Old and New

Second Part of Spring: SCHOLARS OF SCIENCE: Claude Albritton and Harold Jeskey

Late April: Faculty Recognition Exhibit




1 Paul Revere was born (1735)

1 The ball was first dropped at Times Square in New York City. (1908)

3 Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge (1870)

6 Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph (1838)

7 Astronomer Galileo Galilei discovers four of Jupiters moons. (1610)

9 The United Nations opens it's headquarters in New York City.

10 The world's first underground passenger railway system opens in London, England (1863)

11 American League baseball adopts the "Designated Hitter" rule (1973)

12 Batman debuts on television (1966)

14 The United States of America ratifies a treaty with England ending the Revolutionary war. (1784)

14 The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins in Superbowl VII , and become the first undefeated team in NFL history. (1973)

14 The Simpsons debut on television. Will Tv ever be the same again!?! (1990)

15 The Pentagon opens (1943)

15 Happy Days premieres on television (1974)

16 Operation Desert Storm begins to oust Saddam Hussein's' Iraqi forces from Kuwait. (1991)

17 The U.S. Supreme court rules that taping on home VCRs does not violate copyright laws. (1984)

20 The Beatles release "Meet the the Beatles", their first album to the U.S., sparking a new "English invasion". (1964)

20 At 69 years, 349 days old, Ronald Reagan becomes the oldest person to become U.S. president. (1981)

21 Edward Jenner introduces the smallpox vaccine, which eventually leads to wiping out this deadly disease.(1799)

21 The first Kiwanis club is formed in Detroit. (1915)

21 Science fiction writer George Orwell dies. (1950)

22 A historic Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade legalizes abortion. (1973)

23 The deadliest earthquake in history strikes Shansi, China, killing 830,000 people. (1556)

24 WWII Yalta agreement signed by the U.S., England, and Russia. The agreement defined how Germany would be divided and administered after the war's end.(1945)

25 The first Winter Olympic games begin in Chamonix, France. (1924)

25 The first Emmy awards were given out. (1949)

27 The Russians liberate Auschwitz in WWII (1945)

27 Tragedy strikes the Apollo space program as a fire in the command module kills astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White, and Lt. Cdr. Roger Chafee . (1967)

28 U.S. space shuttle Challenger explodes 72 seconds after liftoff, killing the seven crew members. Among the crew was school teacher Christa McAuliffe. (1986)

29 Baseball's American League is founded (1900)

30 Tet New Year offensive launched by Viet Cong guerillas in Vietnam. (1968)

31 Confederates appoint Robert E. Lee their Commander in Chief.


February :

3 Rock singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash. (1959)

6 The board game Monopoly first went on sale.(1935)

6 Astronaut Alan Shepard hits three golf balls on the moon. (1971)

7. The Beatles come to the U.S. for the fist time. (1964)

8 The Boy Scouts were founded. (1910)

9 The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show. (1964)

9 An act of Congress is passed authorizing the US Weather Bureau

10 Glenn Miller receives the first ever gold record for selling a million copies of a song. And the song....."The Chattanooga Choo Choo"

10 France cedes Canada to England, ending the French and Indian War. (1763)

11 Robert Fulton patents the steamboat. (1809)

11 The Yalta agreement is signed by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. (1945)

12 Women in the Utah Territory win the right to vote. (1870)

14 The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre occurred. Mobsters, dressed as policemen, gunned down seven members of a rival gang. (1929)

15 The Post Office uses adhesive postage stamps for the first time. (1842)

16 Nylon is patented. But it won't become popular for a few more decades. (1937)

16 NBC TV begins it's first nightly newscast. (1948)

18 Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.(1885)

18 A ninth planet is discovered in the solar system and is named Pluto. The discover is Clyde Tombaugh. (1930)

19 A prize is inserted into a Crackerjacks box for the first time (1913)

20 John Glenn become the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the earth.(1962)

21 Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. President not visit China. (1972)

22 Frank Woolworth opens the first "Five Cent Store in Utica,N.Y. (1879)

23 The Tootsie Roll rolls into stores in America.

23 U.S. marines raise the America flag in Iwo Jima (1945)

25 Samuel Colt patents the revolver.

26 A bomb explodes at the World Trade Center killing 6 people (1993)

28 The Salem Witch Hunts begin. (1692)

28 The final episode of M.A.S.H. is aired. (1983)

29 Yellowstone becomes the first National Park (1872)


Autism Awareness Month

Bath Safety Month

Book Blitz Month (National)

Clown Month

Crime Stoppers Month

Coffee Gourmet Month (International)

Hobby Month (US National)

Human Resource Month

Letter Writing Month (US National)

Oatmeal Month (US National)

Prune Breakfast Month

Radio Month (US National)

Retail Bakers Month

Soup Month (US National)

Stamp Collectors Month (US National)

Tea Month (US National) - a/k/a Hot Tea Month

3rd Sleep Day

4th Trivia Day

6th Bean Day

8th Bubble Bath Day

10th  Peculiar People Day

12th National Pharmacist Day

13th  Blame Someone Else Day

20th Penguin Awareness Day

24th Compliment Day

29th National Cornchip Day


African American History Month (Black History Month)

American History Month

Bake For Family Fun Month

Bird Feeding Month (US National) (Wild Bird Feeding Month)

Candy Month

Canned Foods Month

Cherry Month

Chocolate Month

Creative Romance Month

Friendship Month

Grapefruit Month (National)

Library Lovers Month

Potato Lovers Month

Snack Food Month (US National)

Umbrella Month

5th Disaster Day

6th Compliments Day

9th Clean out your computer Day

13th Get a Different Name Day

15th National Gum Drop Day

16th Do a Grouch a Favor Day

17th Random Acts of Kindness Day

21st National Chocolate Mint Day

24th National Tortilla Chip Day

26th National Pistachio Day


Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility.  On February 14, the ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage so honoring her was thought to be a fertility rite. 
    At the feast held the next day, the women would write love letters and stick them in a large urn. The men would pick a letter from the urn and for the next year, pursue the woman who wrote the chosen letter. This custom lasted until the 1700's when people decided their beloveds should be chosen by sight, not luck.

The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates and jewelry are the big hits of this holiday as is romantic dinners.

It is a romantic event for lovers and a fun event for kids and family. Many a couple become engaged or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.

Did you know? While 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes  before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men.  Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day.

Join in the fun and festivity as you surf through the many pages and links. Make sure to surf over to the links page for quizzes, fun and games, clipart, ecards, love poems and even take a love test. And much more too!

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre During the "Roaring twenties(1920's)", mobs, crime and gangsters were at a height in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was banned, spawning the rise of Bootlegging and mob activity. Chicago , Illinois experienced more than it's share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen, massacred seven members of a rival gang.

Did you Know? February 14th was formerly thought to be the first day of bird's mating for the season. This sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other.

We celebrate Valentine's Day, because until 1969, it was one of the many Saint's Days observed by the Catholic Church. It was dedicated to the patron saint of romantic causes, St. Valentine.
    Although it was removed from the Church's calendar in 1969, the religious meaning coupled with Valentine's Day's roots in Roman paganism have allowed it to continue as a holiday for everyone.
    Early Christians saw Valentine's Day as a way to honor St. Valentine, of whom there were actually three. The Catholic Church recognizes three saints by that name, all who were martyred on February 14. 
    The St. Valentine the day is named for was, most likely, a priest in the 3rd century who performed secret marriages when the Roman Emperor Claudius II thought single soldiers were more likely to enlist in the army. That St. Valentine was imprisoned and executed on February 4, 270. It is believed he sent the jailer's daughter a note saying, "From your Valentine." The phrase is still widely used on valentines today.
    In 496 A.D., February 14, was declared in the name of St. Valentine by Pope Gelasius. It remained a Church holiday until 1969, when Pope Paul VI took it from the calendar.


February 2004 has 5 Sundays!  This is an occurrence that only happens every 28 years ... 1920, 1948, 1976, 2004, 2032, 2060, 2088.

Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent):  The custom of dispensing ashes comes from "for dust thou are, unto dust shat thou return." (Geneis 3:19)

Fastnacht:  The German celebration of Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday (the last day before Lent.)

Lent:  Lent was established as 40 days in approximately 600AD.  The name comes from words meaning spring and long, referring to the 40 days until Spring.

Mardi Gras:  The French and Southern United States day of celebration on the last day before Lent.

Pancake Tuesday (or Pancake Day) is the English version of Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday when thin, flat pancakes are cooked and eaten.

Shrove Tuesday:  The name comes from the custom of making confessions and receiving forgiveness on the last day before Lent which was known as being shriven.

Lotus Totus Good Luck Message

  •  ONE:

    • Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

  •  TWO:

    • Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

  •  THREE:

    • Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.

  •  FOUR:

    • When you say, "I love you," mean it.

  •  FIVE:

    • When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.

  •  SIX:

    • Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

  •  SEVEN:

    • Believe in love at first sight.

  •  EIGHT:

    • Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

  •  NINE:

    • Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

  •  TEN:

    • In disagreements, fight fairly. No name-calling.

  •  ELEVEN:

    • Don't judge people by their relatives.

  •  TWELVE:

    • Talk slowly but think quickly.


    • When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"


    • Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.


    • Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.


    • When you lose, don't lose the lesson.


    • Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.


    • Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.


    • When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  •  TWENTY:

    • Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.


    • Spend some time alone.

"God grant me the Serenity to accept the people I cannot change,
the Courage to change the one I can...
and the Wisdom to know it's me."


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

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