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Librarian Joe Dmohowski to Speak about Nixon: Sep. 18 at the Whittier Museum

September 9th, 2014 by John Jackson

Nixon on the football team

Librarian Joe Dmohowski will be speaking at the Whittier Museum on September 18 at 7:00 pm about “Nixon at Whittier College: The Education of a Leader.” The event is open to all current and interested members of the Whittier Historical Society. Joe is a new board member for the Society and a long-time member of the Wardman Library family, not to mention an expert an all things Nixon. We’re looking forward to it, Joe!

Here is the description of the event from The Whittier Museum Gazette:

Joe Dmohowski will examine Richard Nixon’s memorable career at Whittier College during the Great Depression years, 1930-34. How did a shy and unassuming 17-year-old Quaker evolve into a “big man on campus” and political leader? In his first semester, he became co-founder and the first president of a men’s student society, the Orthogonians. Nixon was not athletically gifted, but joined Poet athletic teams throughout his college career. His varsity football coach, “Chief” Newman, would become one of this most significant influences. Success on the college debate team and in theatrical productions would also figure prominently. A selection of archival photographs from the era will accompany the talk. Please join us for this special event to learn more about Richard Nixon’s college years and to take part in our annual member meeting.

The Whittier Museum is located at 6755 Newlin Avenue. For more information, call 562-945-3871.

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Welcome Anne Cong-Huyen as our new Digital Scholar!

July 7th, 2014 by John Jackson

20140426_131420We are delighted to announce that Dr. Anne Cong-Huyen has joined Whittier College as the Digital Scholar for the newly-formed Digital Liberal Arts center. Anne brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her position. Most recently, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a PhD in English from UC Santa Barbara and her research interests include literature and media of migration and labor, Asian American studies, globalization and neoliberalism, postcolonial studies, and transnationalism. As the Digital Scholar for Whittier College’s Digital Liberal Arts Center, Dr. Cong-Huyen will work closely with faculty to foster digital scholarship projects tied to the curriculum and research, explore emerging technologies and their pedagogical implications, and lead workshops for faculty and staff on issues pertaining to the development and use of innovative technologies and digital scholarly resources.

Dr. Cong-Huyen says she is excited to be at Whittier College. She hopes to find ways to link Asian American and Latin American students to conversations about American ethnic studies at the national level. This September, she will represent Whittier College at the regional meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies. She has taught courses on Ethnic Los Angeles, Asian Migration and Global Cities, and Asian-American Popular Culture, and she is currently working on a monograph entitled, Global Temp: The Culture of Temporariness in Global Cities.

Laurel Crump, director of Wardman Library, is thrilled to have Anne join us in the library. “Anne brings a high level of enthusiasm and creative energy to our new Digital Liberal Arts Center. I am very much looking forward to working with her ideas and plans for the new digital collaborative workspace in the Library.  She is a great addition to Whittier College!”

To learn more about Dr. Cong-Huyen, visit her website and follow her on Twitter at @DigLibArts. Please join us in welcoming Anne to Whittier College!

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Summer Hours in Effect until August 15

June 4th, 2014 by John Jackson

beach umbrella and bench

This is a courtesy reminder that we have shorter hours during the summer. Between Tuesday, May 27 and Friday, August 15, we are only open 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays (closed weekends). Then, from August 16-31, we will be closed completely. Between September 1-2, we will be open 10-4 again. Normal hours resume on Wednesday, September 3.

Of course, don’t forget that you can access our electronic resources, including our ebooks, from the comfort of your own home…  or beach lounge. ;-)

image source: olivier olindo on flickr (CC by-sa)

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Alejandra Gaeta

May 12th, 2014 by John Jackson

Today, we are spotlighting the last (but certainly not least) of our graduating library student workers. Be sure to read about our other graduates as well! We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Alejandra Gaeta.

 Becky and Alejandra

What is your major?

English and Latin American Culture and Literature (WSP)

What three words best describe you?

Listener, Procrastinator, Bookworm

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

About a year or so (Fall and Spring semesters)

What did you like most about working for the library?

Meeting everyone who works there, even if I only get to see them every once in a while because I work downstairs with Becky, we sometimes went around and had some great conversations.

What are your plans after graduation?

Well for the summer I have an Archival internship at the UCLA Chicano Studies and Research Center. In the fall I’m probably going to start graduate school at UCLA in their MLIS program.

Congratulations, Alejandra, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Jessica Harris

May 9th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Jessica Harris.

Jessica Harris

What is your major?

Social Work.

What three words best describe you?

Kind, honest, loyal

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

4 years!

What did you like most about working for the library?

What I like most about working for the library is the staff. They are really the best people to work for and are always caring. The student staff as well as I have meet some really great people.   

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to take a break from a year before applying to graduate school. 

 

Congratulations, Jessica, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Kelly Tran

May 8th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Kelly Tran.

Kelly Tran

What is your major?

My major is Business Administration with a minor in Biology.

What three words best describe you?

Creative, Nap-lover, Awesome 

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

I have worked for media services for 3 years.

What did you like most about working for the library?

Being able to drive the golf cart around!  

What are your plans after graduation?

Hopefully find a job & try to survive the real world. Eventually I’d like to go back for my masters as well. 

Congratulations, Kelly, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Shavontae Simpson

May 7th, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Shavontae Simpson.

Shavontae Simpson

What is your major?

Biology

What three words best describe you?

Imaginative, Curious, Understanding

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

I have worked for Wardman Library for 4 years.

What did you like most about working for the library?

I liked the friendly atmosphere and I enjoyed the people I worked with. I am thankful I have been able to work with many kind and wonderful people.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m taking a gap year. During this year, I may take a class or two at a local college and prep for the MCAT. I hope to find a job that relates to my future career goal during this year off. I will also plan for medical school.

Congratulations, Shavontae, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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Free food, coffee, and games for Finals!

May 7th, 2014 by John Jackson

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The Library will be open for extended hours for finals and with the support of your Student Senate (thank you!) we are offering the following special services, too!

  • Free coffee & decaf coffee at 8:00 am Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
  • Free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights
  • “Brain food” (string cheese, cereal bars, beef jerky, green tea, vitamin water, regular water, and fruit) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights
  • “Take a Break” jigsaw puzzles, coloring books, and many board games available to help you de-stress and focus
  • A photo booth for all you zany types out there (complete with tiny Benedict Cumberbatch on a stick)

cumberbatch

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Library Volunteer of the Day: Pablo Lora

May 5th, 2014 by John Jackson

lora

Today, we wanted to give a shout-out to one of our volunteers, Pablo Lora. Pablo is one of our neighbors in Pico Rivera, and comes to us through In2Vision Programs (www.in2vision.org), a Santa Fe Springs-based instructional agency. Pablo has been with Wardman Library this semester, doing the hard work of straightening stacks and bringing damaged books to librarians to review. Pablo says, “I like working [at Wardman Library] because there are a lot of books and I like helping to clean things up!” Thanks, Pablo!

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Graduating Library Student Worker of the Day: Duncan Ketel

May 2nd, 2014 by John Jackson

This week, we are spotlighting our graduating library student workers. We’re thankful for all the work they do in helping us maintain library operations and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Join us in congratulating each of them on their academic achievements!

Today, we are celebrating Duncan Ketel.

Duncan Ketel

What is your major?

Environmental Science

What three words best describe you?

Goofy, Charming, Gregarious

How long have you worked for Wardman Library?

Since Fall freshmen year.

What did you like most about working for the library?

Just getting to work with all the interesting and intelligent people.

What are your plans after graduation?

Move home temporary to work a summer job as a unit director of a summer camp. And I’m waiting to hear if I got accepted into the Food Corp.

 

Congratulations, Duncan, on graduating from Whittier College! And from all the staff at Wardman Library: thank you!

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