Category: Friends of the Libraries

Book Club Finishes the Year with Virtual Discussion and Recommended Summer Reads

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The Libraries Book Club, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, Alumni Association, and Wright State Retirees Association, finished up its last book discussion remotely, on Zoom. The discussion was held on April 28th. Our book club program had us reading four titles this year, the last one by local author Jess Montgomery titled, The Widows. Due to the COVID-19 related campus closures, we had to cancel our last meeting, which Jess Montgomery was planning to attend. The group instead discussed titles they had read during the quarantine and made recommendations for summer reading. Titles recommended by the group include:

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung
  • Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
  • Truth by Omission by Daniel Beamish
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The next book club discussion, led by Dr. Sarah Twill, will be Tuesday, June 9th at 5:30 p.m.  via WebEx. The group will discuss Overstory by Richard Powers. Use WebEx to connect. Contact Sue Polanka, University Librarian, for more information.

Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Officers

Catherine Queener
Natalie DeHorn

The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors recently elected the following new officers:

  • President: Natalie DeHorn
  • Vice President: Catherine Queener
  • Treasurer: Toni Walchner

The Board also appointed two new Members-at-Large:

  • Community Representative and WSU Alumna: Emily Hare
  • Student Representative: Christian Sanders

President Natalie DeHorn was co-founder of the Kettering Children’s Choir and served as their artistic director from 1986-2018. Natalie has been an active member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for five years. During this time she has served as a Member-at-Large, Secretary, Vice President, and now leads our Board as President.

Vice President Catherine Queener is a Wright State University alumna who worked for WSU for 28 years in various capacities: as an academic advisor, assistant director, transfer advisor, director of learning communities, and director of first-year programs. Catherine is currently employed as a substitute librarian for the Greene County Public Libraries.

We say farewell to Krishel (Stout) Hicks, our student representative, who will graduate in May of 2020. Thank you Krishel for your contributions to the Board.

And, a big thank you to our President Jane Rininger and Past-President Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service this year. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Friends of the Libraries Annual Luncheon scheduled for April 15, 2020, was cancelled. The Board of Directors held the election of officers and member-at-large representatives virtually.

2020 Top Scholar Winners

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the Wright State University 2020 Top Scholars. Top Scholars is an annual award given to a graduating student from each college and the Lake Campus. Top Scholars are selected by the dean. Each Top Scholar must have at least a 3.6 GPA and be on track to graduate in spring. Any other criteria used to select a Top Scholar are determined by the deans and may vary by college.

Each recipient receives a certificate and a book is purchased and added to the University Libraries permanent collections in honor of each Top Scholar. Book plates, with the student’s name, college, and award year, are affixed to the book and are also added to the libraries catalog record. The subjects of the books are chosen from within the students’ majors and the books are selected by the libraries’ collection management team. The WSU Parent’s Association and the Friends of the Libraries fund the award, now in its 26th year.

We would like to publicly recognize and congratulate our seven Top Scholars for 2020. *

Raj Soin College of Business
Andrew Bordner
Major: Marketing
Book: Digital Marketing Strategy: An Integrated Approach to Online Marketing, by Simon Kingsnorth

College of Education & Human Services
Lauren Mercer
Major: Rehabilitation Services
Book: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, by Joshua Watson and Michael K. Schmit

College of Engineering & Computer Science
Garrett Harris
Major: Electrical Engineering
Book: Principles of RF and Microwave Design, by Matthew A. Morgan

Lake Campus
Jeremy Siegrist
Major: Graphic Design
Book: Enduring Legacy of Weimar: Graphic Design and New Typography, 1919-1933, by Alston W. Purvis and Graphic Design: A New History, by Stephen Eskilson

College of Liberal Arts
Lindsey Dabe
Major: Crime and Justice Studies
Book: Civilization and Barbarism: Punishing Criminals in the Twenty-First Century, by Graeme R. Newman

College of Nursing & Health
Caitlyn Sandy
Major: Nursing
Book: Health and Physical Assessment in Nursing, by Cynthia Fenske

College of Science & Mathematics
Stamatina Tolias
Major: Neuroscience
Book: Neuroinflammation: Latest Findings, by Alfred Galswells

Congratulations to our 2020 Top Scholars!

The University Libraries, Friends of the Libraries, and the Wright State Parents Association would like to thank everyone who, with hard work, collaboration and cooperation, made this year’s Top Scholar awards possible. The Top Scholars ceremony, held in April of each year, had to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus.

*book titles are not yet available but will be purchased, cataloged, and documented once the library reopens.

Spring Semester Libraries Student Assistant Awards

Nine students were selected for the Spring semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries.  Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, with a matching contribution from the Friends of the Libraries.  To date, 409 awards have been distributed totaling over $190,650.

University Libraries’ staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Rebekah Colliver – a Senior majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mack Banfield – a Senior majoring in Psychology

Genevieve Coutinho – a Senior majoring in Nursing

KC Lyphout – a Junior majoring in Dance

Alexis Rakovan – a Junior majoring in Rehabilitation Services

David Reeves – a Senior majoring in Computer Science

Anabelle Smith – a Sophomore majoring in Musical Theatre

Krishel Stout Hicks – a Senior majoring in Nursing

Daniel Talkington – a Sophomore majoring in Neuroscience

The University Libraries biannual Library Student Assistant Award (LSAA) reception that was scheduled for March 13, 2020, was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.