March 2005









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 


Spring Break 2005 (March 11, 2005 - March 19, 2005)

Friday - March 11, 2005
8:00 am -   5:00 pm
Saturday - March 12, 2005
9:00 am -   5:00 pm
Sunday - March 13, 2005
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday - March 14, 2005
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday - March 15, 2005
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday - March 16, 2005
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday - March 17, 2005
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - March 18, 2005
8:00 am -   5:00 pm
Saturday - March 19, 2005
9:00 am -   5:00 pm

Easter Weekend 2005 (March 24, 2005 - March 27, 2005)

Thursday - March 24, 2005
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday - March 25, 2005
Saturday - March 26, 2005
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - March 27, 2005
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.



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.

TABLES OF CONTENT Saturday, April 2

This evening of dinner and conversation is a fundraiser for the Friends of the SMU Libraries. Fourteen tables are hosted by notable SMU and Dallas leaders facilitating the dinner discussions at each table. Guests indicate where they wish to sit when making reservations. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.   Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

FILM FESTIVAL Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15

The Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology and the Friends of the SMU Libraries co-sponsor the spring film festival. Showings begin at 7:00 pm each evening.  McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd.


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.



Heather Barrett joins CIP as the new  Serials/Acquisitions Librarian.  This is a newly-restructured position in CIP, involved with both serials cataloging and serials acquisitions responsibilities.  Heather comes to us as a new MLS graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi; she holds a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.   We are excited to have her join us.

Beverly Gibbons has accepted the position of Fine Arts Librarian in the Hamon Arts Library. Beverly comes to us from the Dallas Museum of Art, where she currently serves as Head of Digital Imaging and provides reference in the Meyer Library.  Please extend her a warm welcome to the Hamon Arts Library.
Carolyn Keenon joins CUL as  the administrative assistant for both CMIT and HR activities for CUL. Carolyn has extensive experience in the corporate sector as an administrative assistant and office manager. She also has several years experience in higher education working as an assistant in the registar's office at Oklahoma Baptist University. Please join me in welcoming Carolyn to the staff.



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

9-Mar Bird, Sherilyn CIP
10-Mar Babatunde, Sola CIP
25-Mar Friedrich, Betty DeGolyer
28-Mar Nickel, Lois FLC Gov.
29-Mar Ratcliffe, Sam Hamon
31-Mar Ruppi, Cindi CIP


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


"Dis-Reality of the Southwest," January 28-April 28. The photographer, MFA student Jeff Junkin, describes the show as "digital photo collages dealing with Native American sites in the southwest United States." It will include seven or eight images, 42"H x 56"W, printed by inkjet on watercolor paper.


The Southern Pacific Railroad: the 'Road of a Thousand Wonders.' will open March 31 with a lecture and book signing by Richard Orsi in conjunction with the Clements Center. He will also give a seminar April 1.  It will have photographs, manuscripts, ephemera, and books.



2 Peter the Great becomes Emperor of Russia (1721)

3 First Opium War between China and Britain begins. (1839)

3 Clarence Birdseye marketed frozen peas (1952)

4. Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd (1842)

6 Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States (1860)

7 Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly. (1874)

8 Montana became the 41st State (1889)

8 President Franklin D. Roosevelt forms the Civil Works Administration to help create jobs for millions of workers unemployed during the Great Depression. (1933)

9 Giant Pandas are discovered in China (1927)

10 Direct dial telephone service is first available coast to coast. (1951)

10 Sesame Street premiered on PBS television (1969)

10 The Edmund Fitzgerald and it's entire crew is lost during a storm on Lake Superior. (1975)

11 Forty one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sign a compact calling for a "body Politick" just off the Massachusetts coast. (1620)

12 The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the 2and time. This was the first time a space vehicle was used more than once. (1981)

13 The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens to the public, connecting New York City and New Jersey. (1927)

13 The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18 (1942)

14 The first streetcar went into operation (1832)

14 Yale University goes Co-ed. (1968)

15 The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation. (1777)

19 Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. (1863)

20 Ford quit making the unpopular Edsel (1959)

22 President John F. Kennedy, the youngest person to become a U.S. president, is assassinated in Dallas , Texas as his motorcade traveled through the city. (1963)

23 A patent is issued for the horseshoe manufacturing machine. (1835)

24 Charles Darwin publishes his theory on evolution "On the Origin of the Species", sparking great controversy. (1859)

26 The first lion was exhibited in America (1716)

28 The "Grande Ole Opry "debuts on radio. (1925)

30 The United Stated and Great Britain sign a peace treaty in Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War. (1782)


Cataract Awareness Month

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month

Craft Month

Deaf History Month

Foot Health Month

Frozen Food Month

Furniture Refinishing Month

Gardening, Nature and Ecology Books Month

Humorists Are Artists Month

International Hamburger & Pickle Month

Irish-American Heritage Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Middle School Month

Mirth Month

Noodle Month

Peanut Month (National, US)

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Science Month

Women's History Month (National US)

1st  Elve's Day

1st National Pig Day

 3rd I want You to be Happy Day

 5th  Multiple Personality Day

6th National Frozen Food Day

8th Be Nasty Day

9th Employee Appreciation Day

9th Panic Day

12th Girl Scouts Day

14th  National Potato Chip Day

15th Everything You Think is Wrong Day

16th Everything You do is Right Day

19th Poultry Day

22nd National Goof Off Day

23rd National Chip and Dip Day

24th National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

25th Pecan Day

26th Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

30th I am in Control Day


Easter Bunny, colored eggs, jelly beans, and lot's of chocolate. He (or she, as we are never quite sure about this) comes on Saturday night leading to Easter Sunday morning. He brings lots of chocolates and other candies. That's one meaning to Easter, especially if you are a kid or a "Chocolaholic".

A second meaning is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday is a time of fasting, sacrifice and prayer. It is the Christian way of replicating in a small way what Christ sacrificed for us, both in his fasting and his final death on the cross.

There is a famous Easter game called the Easter Egg Hunt. Early morning kids go outside to find the many colored Easter eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden the night before. The Easter Egg Hunt was the first game ever invented. It is said that the reason this tradition started was because of the Easter Bunny dropped the eggs on the way to deliver them and they hide themselves. That is how the Easter Egg Hunt was supposedly invented. For more information see the Easter Egg Hunt page.

Most of us will celebrate both parts of this spring holiday. Upon awakening Easter Sunday morning, the children will hunt for the Easter basket left by the Easter Bunny. Then the family will dress in their finest new spring clothes, and go off to church to celebrate Christ's resurrection. From there, the holiday tradition varies. Some have a big breakfast of brunch feast. Other family will have a big main meal with baked ham being the most common meat. Brightly colored hard boiled eggs will also be popular. It is not a day for high cholesterol diets. It is a day to feast as the long Lenten season is over and Christ has arisen.


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You go home after a long day at work, you still answer the phone in a business manner.

7. You make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.

8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.

10. You learn about your redundancy on the 10 o'clock news.

11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job.

12. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

13. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

14. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic, and you turn around to go and get it.

15. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

16. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)

17. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

18. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

19. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

20. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.


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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