Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wirkus Establishes Fund to Enhance Women Veterans Project

Ms. Kathryn F. Wirkus has established The Kathryn F. Wirkus Women Veterans Historical Project Fund at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her gift will enhance the work of the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project of the University Libraries. 

Born and reared in Miami, FL, Wirkus received her BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Webster University.  Kathryn served in the United Stated Air Force for 27 years on active duty, the Guard and Reserve components, serving in various capacities as an education & training and personnel officer. 

Following retirement from the USAF in 2006, she began a second career as a Colorado State Veterans Service Office, and as the Colorado Women Veterans Coordinator.   She was chair of the planning committee for the first Colorado Women Veterans Conference 2011 and the subsequent Resource Fair 2012.  In 2010, she founded the Women Veterans of Colorado (WVOC) a Colorado non-profit organization, where she serves as president.  The mission of the WVOC is to serve Colorado women veterans and assist in their transaction to civilian life, to provide assistance in preventing homelessness, and to assist in obtaining education and suitable employment, as well as to connect women veterans with each other. 

Ms. Wirkus currently serves as Constituent Services Representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, with responsibility for military, veterans, NASA and aerospace issues. 
Her papers and  oral history interview are included in the Betty Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards - Three from the University Libraries Recognized

The following persons, together representing a century of service to UNCG, were recognized at the recent faculty and staff excellence awards ceremony

Mary Jane Conger- 35 years
Cindy Slater - 35 years
Kathy Crowe - 30 years


Monday, April 8, 2013

The African American Experience at UNCG: Then and Now



The University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department has been collecting oral histories of our African American students from the 1960s. Several of these people will be returning to campus for Reunion this year to participate in a special facilitated session with current students, including members of the Neo-Black Society, to compare the campus "then and now." We are very honored to be able to bring this session for a second year. The first was held last year and was extremely successful with many alumni coming back for the first time in 50 years.  

One attendee said of last year’s event, “What a privilege it was to see the lives represented by the stories you have collected through this oral history project.  Even more amazing was watching the weaving together of the stories and experiences throughout these early years.  For the first time, the story flowed from one year to the next to see what an important role each of these African American Alumni played in forming  who we are today and where we are headed in the future.”  Another attendee called it “one of the most, if not THE most, impactful sessions in my years on campus."
Please make plans to attend this free event to be held Friday, April 12 from 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. in the first floor reading room of Jackson Library.

Tea and Tour

Have you ever wondered about the treasures that are held in the University Libraries' Special Collection and University Archives? Do you know about our rare books, book art, girls books in series, archives of previous chancellors?
Have your own intimate session to see "behind the scenes," then have tea with the Dean of the University Libraries.  Contact Linda Burr at 336.256.0184 for details.

Professors Edward Hellen and Lauren Haldeman Receive Open Access Publishing Support

We are very pleased to report that we have awarded two new grants from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund, co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Professor Edward Hellen in the Department of Physics & Astronomy has been awarded a grant of $1,000 for the following publication:
Article Title: Electronic Implementation of a Repressilator with Quorum Sensing Feedback
Journal Title: PLOS ONE
Date Article was Accepted: 4/1/2013
Estimated Date of Publication: 5/1/2013

Professor Lauren Haldeman in the Department of Nutrition has been awarded a grant of $1,000 for the following publication:
 Article Title: Are Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs associated with obesity among Low Income Hispanic and African American Women Caretakers?
Journal Title: Journal of Obesity (Hindawi Publishing)
Date Article was Accepted: April 3, 2013
Estimated Date of Publication: April-May 2013

Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam Honored by UNCG School of Education

UNCG Librarian Lynda Kellam has received the Early Career Award from the UNCG School of Education.
For more about Lynda and the award, see http://soe.uncg.edu/2013-alumni-awards-celebration/