Joyner Library to cut ribbon on Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery

Joyner Library to cut ribbon on Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery

GREENVILLE, N.C. (3/07/2014) – Former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr. will be among those in attendance Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. when a renovated gallery and study space in Joyner Library is dedicated to honor East Carolina University alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner.

The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery is a dynamic space that will serve a variety of needs. The renovations define the formerly open space as a true exhibit area to showcase art created by ECU faculty and students. The 3,700-square-foot gallery area will accommodate up to 200 guests.

State of the art technology includes two 80-inch LCD panels for digital art, two projectors with 100-inch retractable screens and 16 ceiling speakers. Art will be displayed with an AS Hanging System, which uses cables and hooks to hang traditionally framed and non-traditional works.

In addition to Hunt, who appointed Faulkner to lead reforms in several state offices while he was governor, ceremony speakers will include ECU administrators Marilyn Sheerer, provost, and Austin Bunch; Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library; and Michael Priddy.

The Joyner Library Advancement Council selected the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery as its flagship project in fall 2012. Chartered in 2010, the council provides advocacy, consultation and opportunity for involvement with library initiatives.

Council members, then chaired by Harry W. Stubbs IV and vice chair Michael D. Priddy, launched a campaign that raised in excess of $130,000. More than 125 donors rallied behind the cause.

“I don’t know what it is about my life experience that attracts people to celebration of it, but I sure am glad,” Faulkner said in an August 2012 interview about the project in The Daily Reflector.

“The opportunity to name the gallery in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner was especially important to me,” said Priddy, former Pitt County School superintendent and current council chair. “I am thankful that many felt called to be a part of this endeavor. I am also pleased that we can not only honor Janice, but also recognize everyone who made this project come to life. Their names are immortalized, and they’ll warm Janice’s heart each time she sees or hears their names.”

Funding was also provided by ECU’s Division of Academic Affairs, Joyner Library and the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment.

“It is a unique and inviting venue for lectures, programs, conferences and receptions. It is a space for experimentation with the new forms of displaying art using the technologies embedded in the gallery. It is a place where students can study, relax and learn. It is a tangible recognition of the life-long contributions Janice Hardison Faulkner has made to East Carolina University and the state of North Carolina,” said Lewis.

When not in use for planned events, the space will be furnished with comfortable seating for student study. The gallery includes a green room that doubles as a place for large group study and collaboration when not reserved for presentations.

In an interview with ECU News Services published in December 2012, Faulkner said of the project: “One of the first things we do when we’re separated from home as college students is to build a little nest, a place that is familiar and comfortable, and meets the requirements you’re looking for like a quiet place to study or a place to put your feet up while you read. So it (the gallery) has an ambiance that is missing from the strictly academic structures (on campus).”

At the entrance of the gallery, a tribute case honors Faulkner. The items on display represent important moments in her outstanding career. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from then East Carolina College. In 1998, Faulkner received an honorary doctorate from ECU.

Among her many accolades, Faulkner was recognized by ECU in 1993 with its Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2007 as one of ECU’s 100 Incredible Women by the ECU Women’s Roundtable. She received the Jarvis Medal in 2009, East Carolina’s highest honor, and in 2012 received the State of North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award given by the state.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner breathed life into the people of our state through her teaching, her leadership and especially her friendship. Being in her presence creates excitement, not quite knowing what wisdom or admonition she might offer at any moment,” said Priddy.

“This gallery is just like her, a place for the sharing of thought, insight and inspiration,” he added. “For me, that is a library: a place where those things permeate the souls of all who enter. Being able to recognize her life and contributions and breathing energy into a gathering space came together naturally for the council and her lifelong friends and supporters.”

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252-328-4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

Joyner Library Pet Food Drive

Joyner Library preservation technician Tracie Hampton organized collection drive for The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina. The PFPENC is a new program that provides free pet food through donations to individuals who cannot otherwise afford to feed their pets.  Sometimes the ability to feed a pet is the one thing that is standing between a person keeping that pet in a loving home and feeling there is no option but to leave them in a shelter.  

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Pictured is Tracie, the pet food collected, and Preservation/Conservation mascot Presley Connor.

Knights of Pythias Donation to Joyner Library

Neill Lindsay, Grand Chancellor and Bill Spade, Grand Secretary, both of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina donated $1,000 on behalf of the group to Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department in December 2013.  The funds will assist in the processing of the Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina Records collection which is housed in the ECU Manuscript Collection.  The collection dates back to May 2009 and contains records (1873-2010) of the fraternal secret society Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina. Records include biennial and annual reports of local lodges, the Records of Proceedings for the annual sessions of the Grand Lodge, financial records, constitutions and bylaws, publications and items such as the 1909 Pythian Service Book.

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Left to Right:  Bill Spade, Jan Lewis, Joyner Library interim dean, Dale Sauter, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service, and Neill Lindsay.

photo by Dawn Wainwright

From the Dean

interim dean Jan Lewis with major gift officer Dwain Teague during the 2013 ECU Homecoming Parade

interim dean Jan Lewis with major gift officer Dwain Teague during the 2013 ECU Homecoming Parade

Dwain Teague and I had a wonderful time on the Joyner Library float in the Homecoming Parade. It was great to hear student, faculty and community shout-outs for Joyner along the route. And the Pirate victory over Tulsa made it a perfect day!

Congratulations to the Joyner Library faculty and staff who presented at the recent North Carolina Library Association conference and to those who were elected to offices. Their involvement is critical to the success of the Association and to achieving its mission of promoting libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy. Two faculty members’ multi-year contributions to the Association were recognized: Eleanor Cook received the Marilyn Miller Award for Professional Commitment, while Alan R. Bailey received the Roadbuilder’s Award (Academic Librarianship). Read more about Joyner’s involvement in the NCLA on pages 10-11. Congratulations also to Barry Munson who is now a four-time recipient of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ Willie Parker Peace History Award and to Fred Harrison and Arthur Carlson on the publication of their recent books.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback during the Scopus database trial. That trial has now ended and a decision will be made within the next few weeks as to whether the ECU Libraries will subscribe to Scopus. Trials of three other databases are currently underway. Please visit the Database Trials page for more information.

Have you visited The ScholarShip recently? If not, take a look at the most recent additions which include articles and presentations by faculty as well as theses and dissertations completed by ECU graduates. The ScholarShip is a permanent repository for the scholarly output of ECU, and provides a persistent URL to point to your work. It is easy to upload your publications to The ScholarShip. For more information, please see The ScholarShip Deposit Process or contact us at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

This is the final issue of Joyner Library’s eNews for fall semester. On behalf of everyone at Joyner Library, I extend warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

2013 Michael F Bassman Honors Thesis Award

Jacob Subash is the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.  Jacob’s research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” was completed under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, BSOM.

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Dr. Brett Keiper with winner Jacob Subash and Dr. Michael Bassman

Jacob entered the university as an East Carolina Scholar and recipient of the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Award. He graduated in May of 2013 magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry.  Subash was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior at East Carolina University for 2012-2013.

Two honorable mentions were also awarded, to Mukund Patel, for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine and Chelsea Hughes, for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz, in the Dept. of Psychology.

Mark Sanders with honorable mention Mukund Patel

Mark Sanders with honorable mention Mukund Patel

 

Deadline Approaching for Joyner Library Awards Program

Joyner Library is pleased to accept nominations for the 2013 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.  The Award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in the East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award is sponsored by the Joyner Library and honors Dr. Michael F. Bassman, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures, formerly Associate Vice Chancellor of the Honors Program, and its first Distinguished Honors Professor.

One winner is selected each year. The winner will receive a cash award of $500. The prize will be formally awarded at a reception in Joyner Library on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Theses completed and submitted for graduation in December 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, December 2013, or Spring 2014 will be considered in this award cycle.  The deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 award is Friday Nov. 8, 2013.

Additional information and details for nominating a thesis for the Michael Bassman Honors Thesis Award may be found at:

http://libguides.ecu.edu/BassmanAward

For questions, contact Bryna Coonin, Coordinator, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award  E-mail: cooninb@ecu.edu  Or phone (252) 328-0431.

 

Joyner Library Responds to Student Demand with Trial 24/5 Schedule

GREENVILLE, N.C. (8/15/2013) Joyner Library responds to student demand with trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year.

Beginning August 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.  This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours to work on assignments, use library resources, collaborate on group projects, and complete an array of other academic tasks. With the extended hours, the library opens at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and remains open until closing at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.

After 11:00 p.m., an ECU OneCard is required for entry.  At 2:00 a.m. the basement, second and third floors are closed for housekeeping and reduced staffing, however the first floor remains open overnight.  The second and third floors reopen at 7:30 a.m.  Security staff are present during all operating hours.

According to Mark Sanders, assistant director for Public Services, “We are committed to being responsive to our patrons’ needs and 24 hour access is one of the requests we most frequently receive from students.  We will monitor the hourly building use data during the overnight period of the fall and spring semesters to see if it supports making 24/5 access permanent.  I’m hopeful it will.”

“After sharing the news with my roommate she was more than excited about the 24/5 access to Joyner. I’m certain she’ll utilize this resource to her advantage and she will benefit greatly!” says Cortney Hagans, senior Accounting major.

Joyner Library’s complete operating hours can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/libhours.cfm.  Operating hours are reduced during breaks, intercession periods, and the summer semesters.