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October 2006

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Date:  October 19th, 2006
Time:  3:00 p.m. Location:  Texana Room

Come help celebrate the new academic year with the first Dean's Tea of the semester. 
Enjoy the opportunity for getting together with friends, meeting new faces, and catching up on the fall semester activities. See you there!

    Issues of Global Importance Film Festival                                                                        

Co-sponsored by the Norwick Center for Media & Instructional Technology, the SMU Chaplain's Office, and the Friends of the SMU Libraries

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         An Inconvenient Truth - A film about Global Warning                                                  Thursday, October 12th  7:00pm                                                                                     Invisible Children - A film about child soldiers in Northern Uganda                 Friday, October 13th 7:00pm                                                                                       


Southern Methodist University McCord Auditorium (306 Dallas Hall) 3225 University Blvd Admission is FREE                                                                                                                 Free Parking - Southside of Daniel between Hillcrest and Airline                                               We look forward to seeing you at the festival.                                                                             For further information contact Lisa Wall at  214-768-4397 or .                                                                        


The Sixth Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony, sponsored by the SMU Staff Association and the Office of the President, was held October 10th in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Art Center. This year’s keynote speaker was Dean Geoffrey Orsak from the School of Engineering. The event celebrated the staff who had reached their 25 year milestone with SMU. This year, our own James Horne from CMIT, was among the recognized. We give our applauds to several others from CUL who have already reached that milestone and who were in attendance as past recipients. 

LEAD October event: Suicide Prevention. Have you ever wondered how to handle a potentially suicidal student?  What questions to ask?  What to do?  SMU library staff are invited to a QPR Suicide Prevention Training session presented by Dr. Karen Settle and Dr. Cathey Soutter of the Counseling and Testing Center from 10-11:30, Monday, October 16 in room 100D, Fondren Library West.

LEAD November event - Tour in CIP, Tuesday Nov. 14 at 10 am.


Please join the Central University Libraries for Let’s Talk About It!, book discussion series. The next discussion will be on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the DeGolyer Library at 7:00 pm. The book for the next discussion is Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska. All discussions are free, but please reserve your spot by calling Carol Baker at 8-2942.


Please join the Friends of the SMU Libraries for a lecture by Allen Wier, author of Tehano, a novel of nineteenth-century Texas.

DeGolyer Library

Thursday, Oct. 26

Reception – 6:00 pm

Lecture – 6:30 pm, followed by a book signing

There is no charge, but space is limited so please make a reservation by calling 214.768.3684.


Are you an avid knitter? Do you love to crochet? Are you eager to learn?

If so, please join us in the newly formed CUL Knitting Circle for drinks, snacks, yarn, and good conversation. The group will meet bi-monthly on Wednesday evenings in the upstairs lounge at Passion Knit in Snider Plaza. Bring your latest project to knit or crochet and enjoy the company of fellow CUL yarn-lovers as we exchange patterns, offer advice on techniques and chit-chat over cookies and tea. Please see the schedule below for meeting dates and times. All are welcome! For further information, call or email Andrea Luttrell at x83743 or

      Date                           Time

Wed, Nov 1                   4:30 – 6pm 

Wed, Nov 15                  4:30 – 6pm 

Wed, Nov 29                  4:30 – 6pm 

Wed, Dec 13                 4:30 – 6pm 

Wed, Dec 20*                4:30 – 6pm 

Wed. Jan 3                    6 – 8pm                                               

[All attendees on Jan 3rd will get 20% off Passion Knit yarn bought during the CUL Knitting Circle meeting!!]

*A special Christmas meeting for anyone needing to finish last minute gifts!




Congratulations Bill Dworaczyk, now President-Elect of the SMU Staff Association! Bill has been on the Staff Association Board for the past 6 years, chairing the Staff Recognition Committee and the Staff Development Day Committee. His term as president will begin next May. 


Please welcome the following new staff members to SMU and CUL!!

New Evening & Weekend Supervisor for Hamon

As of September 5th, Derick Ellis is the new Evening & Weekend Supervisor for the Hamon Arts Library.  Derick has been working as a student in the library since January and is a full-time staff member.  His hours at Hamon are Sunday through Thursday from 2pm – 10pm and Wednesdays from 10am-6pm.  As the Evening & Weekend Supervisor, Derick is responsible for assisting patrons with fines, putting material on reserve and the general supervision of library staff and services. 

Congratulations, Derick!




Happy Birthday!!!

Ada Negraru - October 8th

Beverly Mitchell – October 11th

Lara Corazalla - October 12th

Gillian McCombs - October 18th

Bill Dworaczyk - October 20th

Andrew Norton - October 22nd




Fall 2006

HAMON ARTS LIBRARY - HAWN GALLERY:                                                    Deborah Garwood: Evans Pond, A Long-Term Study of a Single Place, October 2-November 19.
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
For more information, call: 214-768-1853


Overland Narratives: The Plains & the Rockies Revisited -
Oct 5, 2006 - January 26, 2007


The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Bible Collection, 1996 - 2006 -
September 7 - November 18, 2006



Meg Ruckman, Administrative Assistant, CIP

Professional/Educational background:

Meg majored in Business management with a minor in Accounting. She stopped working to raise three sons. Later on she re-entered the job market and worked her way up the ladder from receptionist to Administrative Support for Management and held positions at Origen Financial, City of Arlington and UTA, City of Mansfield. She also put in a couple of years as a QA Tester/Analyst for Sabre.

Hobbies and interests:

Gardening, travel, movies.

Interesting facts about you:

Born and raised in Odessa, the youngest of five children. There was no television in our house until my first year in college. I worked for GW when he owned Rangers baseball team and have two grandsons.




Fall Semester 2006 - August 17 - November 30 (last day of classes)


Fall Semester 2006

24/7 Study Hall begins Thursday, 9/14 and Friday 9/15 ;SMU ID only after 10:00 pm


Fall Semester 2006

  • Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 midnight
  • Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm - 12:00 midnight


Fall Semester 2006

  • Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday - CLOSED
  • Sunday - 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For other library hours see web page at 


If you have comments, suggestions, or requests about the content of the newsletter, please contact Marja Pietilainen-Rom at x83700 or