"Baylor University Library Advancement News Volume Number Winter Ireland Illuminated"
Baylor University Library Advancement News Volume 7, Number 1, Winter 2006 Ireland Illuminated: Baylor Travels to the Emerald Isle The Baylor Libraries is providing a unique opportunity to illuminate the Emerald Isle for the participants of an 11-day tour through the cities and country sides of Ireland. This inclusive trip will highlight the rich culture, history and thriving modern identity of this special place. Dr. Sarah-Jane Murray, assistant professor of medieval literature and French, is acting as a special guide for the tour. One can tell that Dr. Murray loves her native home by the passionate way she describes “her.” “My favorite image of Ireland is of a large mountain, rising up from the sea. You can’t see the top of it because a blanket of mist is hiding it, yet sunbeams pierce their way down through the clouds,“ Dr. Murray said. “We chose to make the theme of our trip ‘Ireland Illuminated’ because light has always played an important part in Celtic culture. Not only will we visit some of the most famous and beautiful monastic sites, we will also see some of Ireland’s most famous illuminated (i.e., decorated) manuscripts.” (See Ireland Illuminated on Page 2) Left: The spectacular Cliffs of Moher, located in County Clare, Ireland, will be just one of many stops on the 11-day “Ireland Illuminated” tour. (Photo from www.wikipedia.com) INSIDE 2 Dean’s Message 3 Schumacher Grant Venable Gift for Crouch Fine Arts Library 4 Lynne Truss at Ferguson-Clark Series 6 Blue Tape to Glass Vault 7 Rapoport Paintings Upcoming Events Connect@BU Libraries Happy New Year! Thanks to all of you for your support this past year. You provided the financial means for creating exceptional resources and facilities, such as the newly renovated Crouch Fine Arts Library Media Center. This renovation was made possible by a generous lead gift from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass., and funds from the Ferguson-Clark lectures and the Library Fellows. Please drop by the Baylor Libraries the next time you are on the campus. You will be delighted to see our students actively engaged in collaborative research and study along with individual scholarly exploration. — Reagan Ramsower Dean of Libraries Ireland Illuminated One such manuscript is the famous Book of Kells, which is located at Trinity College in Dublin. “A medieval visitor to Ireland claimed that the Book of Kells was so beautiful that it could not have been the work of a man... it must have been created by an angel,” Dr. Murray said. Dr. Murray is excited about sharing her homeland with the group, showing people around and chatting informally about Ireland, her people and her traditions. Dr. Murray was actually born just a few minutes away from the Giant’s Causeway, which visitors will see on day six of the tour. “Over the years, Ireland has become a large part of my research and teaching,” Dr. Murray said. “I look forward to sharing some ancient tales and more modern, personal experiences with everyone.” John Wilson, director of library advancement, had a unique reason for creating this tour. “I was having a conversation with Professor Beth Willingham about the usefulness of facsimiles in courses here at Baylor. She seriously got me thinking about this trip and thus, drawing attention to the need for purchasing this type of material for classroom use,” Wilson said. “I have also seen how our students come alive and learn when they can see and touch this material. It is an amazing transformation for them in their scholarly endeavors.” (Continued from Page 1) Located at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, the Long Room is the main chamber of the Old Library, which houses the Book of Kells. (Photo from www.paddi.net) Babs Baugh, president of the Alumni Association and owner of Independent Traveler in San Antonio, arranged the trip. “Traveling always stretches your life, your view of the world, your ability to deal with different circumstances. You become more alert, more interesting and more alive,” Baugh said. “And traveling with friends is the best because you can share the joy at the moment --- and remember the beauty, the discovery and even the misadventures together when you get home.” Dr. Murray agrees with Baugh. “You’re going to have the time of your life. There’s nothing like it, and you get to discover Ireland with a group of Baylor friends,” she said. She also adds, “You haven’t really lived until you’ve heard someone play the tin whistle!” -Mary Goolsby Library Advancement Ireland Illuminated Details Dates: May 22-June 1, 2006 Cost: $2,733 double occupancy $395 single supplement $1,867 land only Deposit: $350 by Feb. 10 Final payment: Due March 17 For detailed interary and registration information, visit www.baylor.edu/lib/gifts/ireland. Questions? Call Babs Baugh Independent Traveler 1.800.638.9896 2 Schumacher Foundation Awards Renovation Grant In early Sept. 2005, the Libraries received a $30,000 lead gift from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass. The check enabled the Libraries to move forward with the renovation and refurbishment of the Crouch Fine Arts Library, located on the third ﬂoor of Moody Memorial Library. Along with this grant, additional gifts from Library Fellows and other donors provided for new vinyl ﬂooring, paint for the walls, materials to update the service desk and the addition of 12 Herman Miller work stations for listening and viewing. These “pods” are ergonomically correct for users and provide a modern and inviting atmosphere. The final phase of the renovation project will be the additon of a new group study area for students. This will be completed by the end of the spring 2006 semester. Our students and the Libraries are grateful to the Schumacher Foundation and to all of the generous donors who helped make this project a success. Last year, over 35,000 patrons utilized the Fine Arts Library for study or interactive learning. No doubt, the updated facility will only increase the usage of this high-trafﬁc area. - John Wilson Library Advancement Right: Renovations to the Crouch Fine Arts Library were made possible in part by a gift from the Schumacher Foundation of Dover, Mass. The project will be completed in the spring of 2006. (Photo by Mary Goolsby) Venables Double Gift for Crouch Fine Arts Library Dr. and Mrs. John R. Venable of Temple, both Baylor graduates, have doubled their charitable gift annuity to the Baylor University Libraries, speciﬁcally for the Crouch Fine Arts Library. “We both have a unique appreciation for the value of the library as part of the learning process,” Dr. Venable said. Known as the Ethel P. Venable Fund, this annuity will allow the library to signiﬁcantly broaden the holdings of the ﬁne arts collection by providing funds to purchase additional ﬁne arts materials. Mrs. Venable, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1945, began her love of music and art at an early age, and this sizable expansion of support reﬂects the Venables’ desire to encourage students to prize and learn from the arts. The annuity guarantees both the u n i v e r s i t y a n d t h e Ve n a b l e s a percentage of interest from the funds, and also ensures income from the gift for the life of Mrs. Venable. “This contribution allows the Crouch Fine Arts Library to be excellent instead of simply adequate,” said John Wilson, director of library advancement. “It not only gives the library an overwhelming vote of conﬁdence as to what the Baylor Libraries are accomplishing, but also provides the ﬂexibility needed in purchasing unique and rare materials essential for a growing, first-class library.” The collection, which resides within the ﬁne arts library, will focus on the acquisition and maintenance of holdings in the areas of music, the visual arts, artisan pieces and literature, as well as the performing arts. “To anyone considering a donation [to the Baylor Libraries], I would say ‘Congratulations, just do it.’ I would tell them there is no place to contribute that would benefit Baylor and the learning process more,” Dr. Venable adds. - Jonathan Ludwig Library Advancement 3 Lynne Truss Wows Waco Hall Aud Approximately 1,000 people attended the fourth annual Ferguson-Clark lecture on Nov. 3 in Waco Hall. British author Lynne Truss was this year’s featured speaker. She is the author of the international best-seller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. The event raised approximately $10,000, which was used to help complete the renovation of the Crouch Fine Arts Media Center at Moody Library. (All photos by Baylor Photography) Above: Truss (right) autographs a copy of her book for Lynn Woodward, coordinator of campus advocacy. Below: Truss reads an excerpt from Eats, Shoots & Leaves, at the lecture. Above: Truss poses with student assistants following the patron reception At right: Dr. Amanda Sturgill (left), assistant professor of journalism, and Kerrville senior Brice Crozier (right) meet Truss after the sponsor dinner at the Armstrong Browning Library. 4 dience Above: Carla Sue Ferguson Garrett (center) attends the patron reception with family friend, Karen Wright, of Bedford (left), daughter, Melinda Mallory, of Hurst and son and daughter-in-law, Parker and Terri Clark, of Tyler. Above: Truss models an Apostrophe Protection Society T-shirt presented to her by the event mascot at the author lecture. Below: Dr. Bob Collmer, retired Baylor professor, visits with Carliss Hyde and Dr. Truell Hyde, II, professor of physics and vice provost for research, in the Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library. Above: Truss hands an autographed book to Tyler freshman Ben Carter, who attended along with his mother, Milly Schneider (right), and grandmother, Nona Hicks (not pictured). At right: Stan Ward (left) and Ben Lauderdale of Tyler (right) receive a copy of Truss’ new book, Talk to the Hand. 5 The Future of History Evolves From Blue Tape to a Glass Vault For almost 30 years, the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) has sought to collect historical materials so future generations might have the opportunity to learn about the past from the past. In an effort to ensure the preservation of these items, plans are underway to construct a special collections room to house them securely while allowing access to those who wish to study and research them. The room, which is to be built in the W.R. Poage Reading Room, will be called “The Glass Vault” and will securely store numerous rare books and special needs items currently located in Poage Library. The initial planning was referred to as the “Blue Tape Project” because of the blue painter’s tape used to demonstrate the layout of the room. Construction of the glass wall and installation of the granite floor is scheduled to begin in Feb. The plans also include shelving for up to 3,000 “Potential donors of papers and artifacts want to be satisfied their donations will be preserved for the researchers and students for generations to come,” West said. “I envision the Poage Library and its related collections will be known as a place where treasures of the past are available to all who visit.” One such donor is for mer Texas Supreme Court justice Jack Hightower. He is donating his collection of over 2,500 books, some signed by former U.S. presidents, and hopes “that they will be used by the public—especially students working on their master’s or higher degrees who will have access to these historical works.” “I am delighted with the design (of the room). I think it will be a real credit to the library,” Hightower said. “A high standard was set with the Armstrong Browning Library, and the room will continue the tradition of excellence found at all Baylor special collections.” Anyone interested in joining the Standing Committee or contributing funds to help complete the project is welcome to contact Ben Rogers, director of BCPM, at 254-710-3540 or e-mail him at Ben_Rogers@baylor. edu. Friends of Jack Hightower might consider contributing to the project in honor of his 80th birthday in Sept. -Tina Libhart Library Advancement Jack Hightower (left) and Fowler West have been instrumental in the development of the the Glass Vault. (Photo by John Wilson) books, but funds are still needed in order to purchase these units. The Standing Committee supports the library by providing funds for special projects. Fowler West, acting chairman of the Standing Committee, hopes that others will join the committee so that these resources can be secured and the project will be ﬁnished. “The Standing Committee is not just a once-a-year minor fundraiser. We are a hands-on group that is dedicated to help bring history to anyone interested in history,” West said. “Our committee is working on a project that goes to the heart of our library and its resources... What more important mission could we have? “ West believes the Glass Vault will also “attract other valuable materials to our collection.” Below: The Glass Vault will house special needs materials in the W.R. Poage Reading Room. (Photo by Ben Rogers) 6 Gifts & Opportunities Rapoport Foundation Donates Paintings The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, a Waco-area supporter of the arts and civic initiatives, donated several paintings to the Baylor University Libraries. The collection of originals, prints and one-of-a-kind paintings includes a watercolor drawing by an elephant, a print of “Moses and the Burning Bush” by Arnold Friberg and a tissue paper collage by the Rapoports’ daughter-in-law. “I think frequently young people graduate from universities without being exposed to art or to the idea that a picture can sometimes be more educationally rewarding than a book of 400 or 500 pages,” said Bernard Rapoport, founder and chairman of the foundation. The paintings “have found a home in several areas of the Central Libraries where students and library staff can enjoy them,” said John Wilson, director of library advancement. Rapoport, the son of a Jewish Russian immigrant, grew up during the Great Depression and an era of widespread racial bigotry. Because of the intolerance and social injustice he experienced and witnessed during his formative years, Rapoport grew passionate for the aid of the disadvantaged. Today, the foundation supports initiatives in education, arts and This painting of a mother and child, dontated by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, is located in the corridor between Moody and Jones Libraries. (Photo by Mary Goolsby) Upcoming Events 2006 Feb. 23-24: - Board of Advisors’ Meeting March 1-Apr. 28: Tenth annual Creations@Baylor exhibit highlighting the scholarship and creative works of Baylor ‘s faculty and staff March 3-6: Armstrong Browning Library International Conference– “This Is Living Art: Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Twenty-First Century,” A Bi-Centenary Celebration March 7: Creations@Baylor reception, 3-5 p.m. in Moody Allbritton Foyer M a r c h 2 5 : A D a y a t H i s tori c Independence- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with the dedication of Baylor Park on Windmill Hill at 2 p.m. Apr. 21: Browning Day and Unveiling of Two Texas Historical Markers at Armstrong Browning Library May 22-Jun. 1: Ireland IlluminatedLibraries trip to Ireland culture, healthcare, and communitybuilding in the Waco area and across McLennan County. The donation to Baylor represents Rapoport’s belief that a focus on the ﬁne arts is crucial to a well-rounded education. Rapoport says his work with the new Blanton Museum of Art at UT furthers his desire to promote the beneﬁts of exposing students to the ﬁne arts. “Having been through many art museums, seldom do I walk out of a museum without feeling enriched,” he said. “I think every university should have a growing library.” - Jonathan Ludwig Library Advancement Connect! is published twice a year by the Baylor University Libraries to highlight contributions to library collections and endowments. Reagan M. Ramsower Dean of Libraries John S. Wilson Director, Library Advancement and Special Projects Tina Libhart, Mary Goolsby Co-editors Comments or questions: John S. Wilson Baylor University Libraries One Bear Place #97148 Waco, TX 76798 254.710.3457 John_Wilson@baylor.edu www.baylor.edu/library 7 Yes, I Want to Connect! 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