Southern Methodist University

September 2006

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LEAD September event: Brown Bag with Gillian McCombs

Gillian McCombs will discuss the program of the 72nd World Conference and Council of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Seoul, Korea.  This year’s theme - Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society. 

According to the IFLA website at, it is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It has 1700 Members in 150 countries around the world, and it was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for its headquarters.

This event will be in the CIP conference room on Thursday, September 28 at noon.  Please bring your lunch.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.

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.


Now is the time to join!  The Friends of the SMU Libraries were able to award over $30,000 this year in grants to the SMU libraries due to membership support and the fundraising event, Tables of Content.  The Friends have implemented an annual renewal system (instead of the previous revolving renewal system) with all membership renewals now happening in August. In addition to streamlining accounting and database processes for the Friends staff, we hope the change will simplify the renewal process for our members as well. If you are currently a Friends member, you should have received a letter with complete details on the new process. If you have questions about your renewal or if you are interested in becoming a Friend, please call Amy (8-1939) or Cindy (8-3225).

            The faculty/staff membership rate starts at $30. The first Friends program of the year "The Secret Novels of Isis from Imperial Rome," is presented by Melissa Dowling, Altshuler distinguished Teaching Professor of History. The event will take place on Thursday, September 21 at the Bridwell Library. The reception begins at 5:00 pm followed by the lecture at 5:30 pm. The program is co-sponsored by the Bridwell Library and is part of Bridwell's popular Bibliophiles Lecture Series.


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

New Director of Development

Bonner Allen began as CUL's Director of Development on Monday, August 28th.  Bonner most recently held a position as the Director of Development at Childrens' Medical Center in Dallas where she organized fundraising events, oversaw the volunteer fundraising committee and helped double donations to the Hospital.  She has held other positions as a consultant for the Brynn Bagot Public Relations firm, as finance director for the Jeb Hensarling for Congress campaign, and as manager of the Affiliate operation of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  She will work closely with other members of the CUL development staff, including Amy Carver, Director of Friends of SMU Libraries, Andrea Luttrell, Grants Writer, and Anne Brabham, CUL's Development Officer. Bonner's office is in the Dean's Suite at FLE 300, and her phone is 8-1741. 

New Grants Writer

Andrea Luttrell (featured in this issue under Staff Spotlight) began as Grant Writer 2.  Andrea will be working with CUL and the School of Education and Human Development to secure public and private grants that share interests in both of these areas. Her office is in Fondren Library East, room 204, and her phone is 8-3743.

New Administrative Assistant in CIP

Meg Ruckman is the new Administrative Assistant in CIP.  She will handle the administrative duties in CIP and some other duties for CUL, which include supply and equipment requests and questions of payment for CIP materials, CIP calendar scheduling, management of Kronos and the general CUL communication with the SMU Accounts Payable department.  Meg has extensive experience in many areas of accounting and management including quality control, budgeting, recruiting, payroll, supervision, and customer service. Her extension is 8-3685. 

New part-time staff in CIP

Lacey DeMara began work in CIP in acquisitions.  She will be here in CIP mostly in the afternoons, and she is taking some evening classes at SMU.  She has many years of library experience and has worked at the Plano Public Library and the Plano Municipal Reference Library.  Her extension is 8-4682. 

Congratulations to Alisa Rata and her fiancé, Dan Stutzbach who became engaged on August 4th.  Dan will complete his PhD in computer science soon and join Alisa in Dallas, where he is starting his own business. If you'd like to read Dan's account of the surprise proposal, complete with silly pictures, see his journal entry at

Happy Birthday!!!

Janet Allmon - September 6th

John Milazzo - September 7th

Amy Turner - September 8th

Terre Heydari - September 15th

Claudia Pulte - September 15th

Angela Laack - September 28th




Fall 2006

HAMON ARTS LIBRARY - HAWN GALLERY: Lorraine Tady: Recent Work - August 21st - September 24
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 - 5 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
For more information, call: 214-768-1853

Probe (SPLT-TRNS), 2006, 20" x 24", oil on canvas

Lorraine Tady graduated with a MFA from Southern Methodist University in 1991.  She has held various adjunct and sabbatical replacements positions at SMU since 1995 (including Painting and Drawing Lecturer in 2002-2003) and will return in the Fall of 2006 to teach a beginning painting course.  The paintings selected are intimate investigations into the language of painting, including topography (thick vs. thin), "drawing into" vs. "drawing onto", wet into wet, wet over dry, transparency vs. opacity, tonality, structure, edge, form and space, adhesion and friction. The process employs diagramming, mapping, plan/elevation, cross-section, translation/re-translation inquiry (or subverting the clarity these systematic intentions may imply) allowing the image to be intuitively found, extracted, analyzed, shifted, and represented in various arrays.  Tady has shown regionally and nationally since 1991, and is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX.


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



 Andrea Luttrell, CUL's Grants Writer

Professional/Educational background:

Although I am a proud Texas native, much of my education took place in New York City. I graduated with a B.A. in English from Barnard College and received my M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus in fiction from N.Y.U.  In New York I worked in the children’s division of Simon & Schuster, for Kurt Vonnegut’s editor at Penguin Putnam and, later, in the publicity department of Random House. During graduate school I served as a Supplemental Instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and as an adjunct in the undergraduate creative writing department of N.Y.U. I also served as editor-in-chief of Washington Square: The Literary Journal of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at N.Y.U. Before coming to S.M.U., I held the position of Development Associate at The Children’s Nature Institute of Los Angeles where I was responsible for writing grants, designing publicity materials and planning fundraising events. I am extremely excited to be back in Texas and working for S.M.U.

Hobbies and interests:

Writing, reading, knitting, traveling and playing with my very rambunctious miniature poodle, Bobosky.

Interesting facts about you:

At the age of 7, I won an event at the Kowbell Amateur Rodeo in Mansfield, TX. It was my one and only foray into rodeo sports.

Book or website you would like to recommend:

Websites: for all Buffy fans

The City in Which I Love You – Li Young Lee
Because They Wanted To – Mary Gaitskill
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Pastoralia – George Saunders
Fear – Irini Spanidou




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 


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