Today is the day that The University of Scranton Celebrates 5.06, our 8th Annual Day of Giving!
The focus of this year’s Day of Giving is on Student Scholarships, and I’d like to call your attention to two funds:
The Sara Farrell Hutchison ’08 Memorial Scholarshipwill be awarded to non-traditional female students studying in any of the health-related fields. Marian Farrell Ph.D., Professor of Nursing, is offering to match each dollar raised, up to $25,000, to the scholarship she initiated in her daughter’s memory.
The Opening Doors Scholarship Fund allows students from the Cristo Rey Network of High Schools to attend the University at no cost. Jim Slattery ’86 has offered to match the first $25,000 donated to the scholarship.
Gifts to the Friends of the Library will go toward the endowment and become part of the regular spending plan of the Friends, which supports collections, resources, and services. Gifts to the 30th Anniversary Fund will go toward more immediate building updates to help improve the student experience.
As a thank you for your generosity, every gift gets a free pennant!
You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that tomorrow, Friday April 29, is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day? People are encouraged to “celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day”. I am choosing to share here a short poem by Toru Dutt, originally published in Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan (C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1882). It speaks to me of the spring we have been flirting with this year.
Sonnet—Baugmaree A sea of foliage girds our garden round, But not a sea of dull unvaried green, Sharp contrasts of all colours here are seen; The light-green graceful tamarinds abound Amid the mangoe clumps of green profound, And palms arise, like pillars gray, between; And o’er the quiet pools the seemuls lean, Red,—red, and startling like a trumpet’s sound. But nothing can be lovelier than the ranges Of bamboos to the eastward, when the moon Looks through their gaps, and the white lotus changes Into a cup of silver. One might swoon Drunken with beauty then, or gaze and gaze On a primeval Eden, in amaze.
Please consider sharing a poem you love or that inspires you with a friend tomorrow – either in person or at #pocketpoem.
The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.
Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the Library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research.
A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.
Winners will be announced in May after the deadline for Intersession and Spring projects. Although there are two different dates to submit an application, only one judging will take place.
For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page: www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize
We are happy to report that the bikes are back! Anyone with a valid Royal Card can come to the Library Circulation Desk, fill out a waiver, and borrow a bicycle. We currently have 5 bikes, but more may be available later in the year. Happy Spring!
The Weinberg Memorial Library’s book sale is fast approaching! The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library will hold its annual book sale slated for Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM to 8:00PM and Sunday, May 1 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 29 for current (2021-2022) Friend’s members and Schemel Forum members. Interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library? Information for membership can be found at the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
The book sale will have a vast array of hardcover and paperback books including non-fiction books, fiction books, cookbooks, children’s books, and young adult books. The library is still looking for volunteers to help with the book sale. Volunteer shifts are flexible.
Any questions about the book sale or want to volunteer? Please reach out to Melisa Gallo at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 941-6195.
All current University of Scranton health and safety protocols in place for the weekend of the book sale, as indicated in the Royals Back Together plan, must be followed by guests and volunteers.
We look forward to seeing you at the Weinberg Memorial Library’s annual book sale!
Environmental Art promotes the natural beauty of our environment and the ideal practice of sustainable living through artworks of all types, including painting, photography, repurposed goods, sculpture, and more.
In conjunction with the Environmental Art Show, the library will be hosting an Artist Talk with Laura Kern on April 25th, 2022, in the Heritage Room starting at 5:30 pm.
The event is open to all however we ask that you please RSVP by April 22nd.
Laura is an interdisciplinary artist based in Waymart, PA. She received her BA from Keystone College in 2022 and currently works as an intern for the International Sculpture Center.
Her work addresses environmental issues and the relationship between man and the environment. Laura’s art will be featured as part of our virtual exhibit premiering on April 19th.
All guests must follow the University of Scranton Health and Safety Protocols. If you have questions about this event, please contact Marleen Cloutier at email@example.com
The deadline to apply for an Affordable Learning Implementation Grant for Summer/Fall 2022 has been extended to April 29th, 2022.
Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by replacing expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes.
For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, full-time faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.
Looking for more Affordable Learning resources? You can simply search the catalog by typing in “Scranton Affordable Learning” into the Catalog search box on the library home page. Or select the new Open Access Search tab to search for Open Access and OER material through our new CloudSourceOA database.
For additional information about Affordable Learning and how to find resources that can be used as part of the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, materials presented at the March 9th discussion on implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Learning materials in the classroom can be viewed on the Library’s OER Research Guide.