Campaign Update for Joyner Library Gallery Space

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A new gallery space at Joyner Library will honor East Carolina University alumna and former faculty member Janice Hardison Faulkner. Pictured above, Faulkner browses through photographs that trigger memories of her service to the state of North Carolina following a career at ECU.  (Photo by Cliff Holl

‘A FITTING TRIBUTE’
New gallery at Joyner Library to honor Janice Hardison Faulkner

Jan. 7, 2013

By Jeannine Manning Hutson
ECU News Services

A planned gallery and meeting area at Joyner Library at East Carolina University will be named to honor Janice Hardison Faulkner, a university graduate and former faculty member who went on to serve in state government for almost a decade.

The campaign to raise $150,000 toward the total cost of $275,000 for the renovation project began in August. As of early January, more than $124,000 had been contributed to the campaign.

Faulkner said she’s proud to have her name associated with the new project “because it connects the university and the community in a special way.”

“It will provide a facility for up to 150 people to sit down in the gallery and will be available to the public for functions and readings. It’s not necessarily filling a gap, because we do a pretty good job now, but it will put a new twist on it,” Faulkner said.

An open area on the second floor of the library will be renovated to provide gallery space for exhibitions, seminars, conferences and receptions for events such as scholarship announcements.

The interim dean of Academic Library Services said the project is a continuation of the library’s mission. “Joyner Library strives to provide an enriched environment for scholarship, collaboration and interaction,” said Jan Lewis. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work of East Carolina’s students and faculty while giving the community the opportunity to experience art, culture and history.”

Faulkner said she likes that the gallery will have easy access for the public – “not buried in a basement somewhere” – and that it is a facility that the university provides for the community.

“And it will encourage art shows, poetry readings and the kinds of activities that lots of people in college expect to engage in,” said Faulkner, who earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from then East Carolina College.

‘Building a nest’

The design of the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery allows it to serve as a student study area when not hosting seminars and conferences. The area will have exhibition lighting for the student and faculty art shows that will be housed in the gallery space.

“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 has an ambiance that is missing from the strictly academic structures (on campus),” Faulkner said.

Faulkner arrived at East Carolina College for the summer session immediately after graduating high school. She joked that it was a way to avoid having to work on her family’s Martin County tobacco farm. “I wasn’t lazy and I didn’t mind working. It was just there was something else out there and I was anxious to know what it was and experience it,” she said.

“My grandfather was so proud to have a granddaughter in college that he left $1,000 in his will, when tuition was $90 per quarter, for me to pay for my education. He paid for the rest of my college degree and the first quarter of my masters,” she said. “He was stingy and everybody speculated what he would do with his money, but I got a pretty good chunk of it.”

The gallery is the first venture of the Joyner Library Advancement Council. The group wanted a project that would reflect the mission of the university and the library by “providing cultural enrichments and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve the quality of life,” said Harry Stubbs IV, chair of the committee.

Stubbs and Dr. Michael Priddy, chair of the council’s fundraising committee, created the plan to honor Faulkner by naming the new gallery after the renovation of the library’s second floor open area. The library has allocated $125,000 from the Verona Joyner Langford Endowment for the project as well.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner has served our university and state with grace and honor. This special place will be a fitting tribute to an outstanding citizen,” said Priddy, who is the former superintendent for Pitt County Schools.

Priddy and Faulkner share a dedication to education and public service.

After earning her undergraduate and master’s degrees at East Carolina and post-graduate work at the Breadloaf School of English in Vermont, Faulkner joined the East Carolina faculty in the Department of English in 1957. She published two English textbooks and numerous articles on folklore, local history, historic preservation and economic development. She was the first chair of the university’s Board of Visitors.

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Gov. Bev Perdue presented Faulkner with the North Carolina Award for Public Service during an October ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History. (Contributed photo)

Her love of books is still evident in her home today – a bookcase dominates one wall in her living room, housing works ranging from “Tarheel Politics” and Bill Clinton’s “My Life” to a Norton Anthology of English Literature and an Oxford Annotated Bible. She donated 350 books from her collection to Joyner Library several years ago, she said.

After a notable tenure at ECU, Faulkner became a well-known and highly respected participant in state politics and government. She served as former North Carolina secretary of revenue, secretary of state and commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles. She was known for her hands-on leadership of the agencies.

Faulkner was honored in 2009 as the first female recipient of the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal, East Carolina University’s highest service award, during Founders Day events. She is the sixth recipient of the recognition by the university.

In October, Faulkner received the North Carolina Award for Public Service during a ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History.

She’s pleased with the fundraising efforts for the project thus far. “I think it’s been successful as a fundraiser, it has attracted a lot of support, and I think one of the reasons is because it fills a need,” Faulkner said.

And does she see the success of the campaign as a tribute to her years of dedication to the university and the state?

“It is a presumption of the folks in fundraising. I don’t know how to think about that. It’s not modest to be proud; that was one of the things we learned out in the country,” she said with a smile.

“I have been very gratified by the responses of people who I hadn’t thought of in a long time. I like to think the response is driven by the pursuit of a worthy cause.”

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To learn more about the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery project, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252-328-4090.

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At her home in Greenville, Faulkner expressed her pleasure that the gallery will provide an accessible public place for community functions and cultural activities. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU’s Joyner Library 5th Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition Runs Through January 15th

GREENVILLE, N.C. (12/3/2012) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University celebrated the opening reception and award ceremony for the 5th Annual Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition on November 15th.

This exhibition, held every fall semester, showcases the talent and hard work of ECU graduate students and provides an inspirational learning environment for all students, faculty, and library patrons.  Cash awards were given, with one funded by the Friends of Joyner Library to add original art to the Library’s permanent collection.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

“The works by the 17 artists participating in this year’s exhibition are inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking.  Joyner Library is excited to host this exhibit and to provide an opportunity for the artists to share their talent with the community and to be recognized for their work,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library & Learning Resources.

C. Barbour Strickland III served as this year’s juror.  With more than 30 years of experience in N.C. arts, Strickland is the owner of FrameMakers, Strickland Art Resources & Gallery, and The Arts Connection website.  He is the former art director of the Greenville Museum of Art and currently serves on boards of art organizations statewide, including as president of the Friends of ECU’s School of Art and Design.

The exhibit runs through January 15, 2013 and is located in the exhibit gallery on the second floor of the library.  The exhibit viewing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090.

2012 Winners

College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Merit Award $400
Artist: Audrey Peck
Title: “Bark Necklace”
Medium: Bark, Copper, Steel, Brass, and Paper

 

Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award $1000
Artist: Graham Erisman
Title: “Emotions of Burden”
Medium: Cast Iron & Fabricated Steel

Uptown Art Supply and Gallery at UBE $100 Gift Certificate
Artist: Catherine Stasevich
Title: “Pond Life Series: Muddy Bottoms Mug with Brown Bullhead”
Medium: Wood Fired Ceramics

School of Art and Design Director’s Award $400
Artist: Lorraine Turi
Title: “Past Life Portrait # 2”
Medium: Scanogram – Inkjet

Graduate Schools Dean’s Award $300
Artist: Kevin Vanek
Title: “Automatons of Industry”
Medium: Cast Iron

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ECU’s Joyner Library hosts award program for the Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award

GREENVILLE, N.C. (11/28/2012) Joyner Library at East Carolina University will honor the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, on Dec. 4.

Danielle N. Martin is the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, which recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University’s Honors College.  The award, in the amount of $500, is sponsored by ECU’s 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.

Martin’s award-winning paper is entitled “The Ever-Changing Social Perception of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States.” The paper has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal, “Explorations: the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina.”

“Joyner Library maintains a strong tradition of supporting undergraduate research on the ECU campus. The Bassman Award, created with the generous support of Dr. Bassman and the ECU community, allows us to further this important work, says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.  “We are especially delighted that Danielle Martin is our winner this year, as she exemplifies the very best of ECU, the Honors College and the EC Scholar’s program.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony in Joyner Library on Tuesday December 4, 2012 in the Administrative Conference Room, Room 2409, 2nd floor of the Library.  Dr. Bassman will be in attendance for the program.

This event is open to the public.  For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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Message from interim dean, Jan Lewis

In 1931, S.R. Ranganathan, a professor of library science and university librarian in India, shared his five simple laws of library science:
1. Books are for use.
2. Every reader his [or her] book.
3. Every book its reader.
4. Save the time of the reader.
5. The library is a growing organism.

These laws have been updated and restated over the years to take into account various types of materials, formats and methods of access and are the basis of a
philosophical framework that has been applied successfully in complex and problematic situations.

As I reviewed this month’s eNewsletter, I realized that many of the articles are directly tied to Ranganathan’s fourth law: Joyner Library’s services save the time
of the reader or library user. This translates into increased productivity, efficiency, and value for ECU faculty, staff and students.

I hope that the services featured in the eNewsletter will be helpful to you. There is something for
everyone – whether you use microfilm, Teaching Resources
Center bibliographies, the online Chronicle of Higher Education, or all three, and whether you need copyright, IT, Interlibrary Loan, or Research and Instructional Services assistance. Our faculty and staff are
here to help. Please contact us with your suggestions for new services that would assist you or to make suggestions for improvements to existing services.

On December 4 at 10:00am, the Michael F. Bassman
Honors Thesis Award will be presented to an Honors College
student. We’re proud to host this event that recognize and
reward student creativity and

photo courtesy of Joe Barricella

scholarship.

Message from interim dean, Jan Lewis

The articles in this month’s e-newsletter highlight two themes central to Joyner Library’s mission:  collaboration and support for  teaching and research at the
university. Collaboration with area schools and museums, other libraries, and academic
departments at ECU results in stronger services and programs that meet user expectations, provide cultural opportunities, and enrich learning. Recognizing student
excellence in research and writing through the Rhem/Schwarzmann, Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis, and W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards are important ways
the Library reinforces the critical connections between the classroom and the Library.
The Faculty Book Awards are a great way to honor faculty for their contributions
to scholarship. All of these endeavors are supported by the information resources and
infrastructure provided collaboratively by Joyner and Laupus Libraries. A new
search widget, improvements to the Classic Catalog, and the new ECU Libraries landing
page are featured this month. I hope to see you at the Ninth Annual Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. This year’s event, with the theme “Litflix: Adapting North
Carolina Literature into Film” and featuring numerous award-winning authors, is sure
to attract readers of quality literature as well as film buffs.  I look forward to talking to
faculty and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections,
services, and spaces. I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting
me by phone (328-2267),  e-mail or in person.

The library’s enewsletter may be found here:  http://media.lib.ecu.edu/development/E_newsletters.cfm

A message from Jan Lewis, interim dean

 

Interim Dean Jan Lewis and donor Betty Debnam Hunt
Photo by Linda Fox

Welcome back for Fall semester.  There have been a number of changes at Joyner Library over the summer and more are on the way.  Most importantly, Dean Larry Boyer retired on July 31.  He and his wife Sue have an exciting year of travel planned in the U.S., Mexico, Ecuador and Italy; we wish them safe travels accompanied by plenty of excellent adventures.

At the request of Provost Sheerer, I will be interim dean.  I look forward to leading the dedicated faculty and staff in Joyner Library in fulfilling the mission of the Library:  “We connect people to information and empower their lifelong learning by developing robust collections, superior services, and people-friendly spaces.”  As you will read in this newsletter, we have acquired some wonderful online collections and journal back files that add to the robustness of our collections.  These purchases were made possible by end-of-year funds from the Division of Academic Affairs.  The acquisition of the second installment of the Stuart Wright Collection and major donations to our Manuscript Collection and Music Library in recent months also enriched the collections we provide.

The most visible change to services is the new Circulation Desk near the Library entrance.  We had to wait a long time, but we think it was worth it.  The new desk provides greater visibility and facilitates patron/staff interactions.  Be sure to try out the self-checkout machine now located at the desk.  An area for returning items – something I and other patrons missed when it was removed several years ago – will be added soon.

The 2011 faculty survey results showed that the most desired new/expanded service is integration of library resources in Blackboard.  We’ve worked over the summer to develop new ways of embedding resources in Blackboard.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Katy Kavanagh at kavanaghk@ecu.edu.

Changes to our space include the construction of the Pirate CAVE Math 1065 Lab.  We are happy to be a partner in this critical student retention and success initiative.  To make room for the Pirate CAVE, we relocated microform reader/printers to a semi-enclosed space that will provide a quiet environment for their use and consolidated microform materials in fewer cabinets.  Our Government

Documents/Microforms staff and processing areas are in the process of moving to a space closer to the basement stairs.  This summer, we dedicated an important space in the library — the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom in the Teaching Resources Center.  It was an honor to meet Mrs. Hunt, the creator of “The Mini-Page,” and celebrate her contributions to family literacy and education.

I’m anticipating a busy and exciting year at Joyner Library and look forward to talking to faculty and students about how the Library can continue to improve its collections, services, and spaces.  I invite you to be part of the conversation by contacting me by phone (328-2267), e-mail (lewisja@ecu.edu)  or in person.