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Graduation Fair Surveys

February 4th, 2007 by Amee Odom in Features, From the Director

Wingate University held its Spring Graduation Fair February 12 and 13, 2007. The Ethel K. Smith Library participates in this Fair in order to conduct exit surveys of the graduating class. The survey provides data that includes the following: major, reasons for coming to the Library, frequency of visits, and rating the level of assistance the student received. This is an excellent opportunity for assessment and review.

New Staff Member

February 4th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Features

The Ethel K. Smith Library would like to welcome Keith Lassiter as the new Evening/Weekend Circulation Supervisor. He is also currently attending Wingate University full time in pursuit of a B.A. in Human Services with a Religious Studies Minor. He has intentions to pursue a Master’s of Library Science. Please stop by the Library during evening or Saturday hours and welcome Mr. Lassiter to the Wingate family!

I Didn’t Know You People Did That!

November 9th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features, Reference

We also carry a vast array of newspapers for your review:

  • Charlotte Observer,
  • Enquirer Journal (Monroe),
  • Home News (Marshville),
  • New York Times (Sunday only),
  • News and Observer (Raleigh),
  • Sunday Times (London),
  • Triangle (Wingate University),
  • USA Today,
  • Wall Street Journal,
  • And magazines galore …

Also, we can help you give a holiday gift that keeps on giving! Donate a book to the EKS Library in honor of your favorite reader or loved one. Information about Honors, Memorials and General Donations are posted on our website:

New Areas for Your Laptop

November 9th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features

“The Library as Space” is a recurring thematic concept in Library school classes, conferences, and workshops. With this in mind, the Ethel K. Smith Library staff took some time during the Fall Break to rearrange the furniture in the Haskins Room and on the Mezzanine (both equipped with wireless access). Rather than spend time each morning putting the tables and chairs back in place, we decided to follow the students’ lead and put the furniture where they need it in order to Plug in and Power Up! You will notice that the tables and chairs are closer to the walls for more convenient outlet access. This small change has proven extremely beneficial. Traffic has certainly increased in these areas and students are staying longer at these tables marked “Laptop Accessible Workspace.” The Library staff would like to encourage you and your students to Plug in and Power Up!

Holiday Shopping Spree

November 9th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features

The FOL Board will have a table at the upcoming Holiday Shopping Spree! Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 2, to head over to the Rotunda of the Batte Center from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to join the Friends of the Library or make a donation in someone’s honor dur­ing the holiday season. The Spree will also host many other vendors!

Checkout Poetry Contest For Cash

November 9th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features

Like to write poetry or short stories and possibly get paid to do so?

The Lyricist, Campbell University’s Literary Magazine, is sponsoring its Annual Creative Writing Contest. This competition is open to everyone and they encourage any interested writers to submit their original work by January 10, 2007, so the winning entries can be part of this year’s magazine. In the Poetry Division, first prize is $100.00 and second prize is $50.00. In the Pose Short Story Division, first prize is $100.00 and second prize is $50.00.

For more details, please stop by the EKS Library Circulation Desk for a flier outlining requirements and entry information. Good luck to all!

I Didn’t Know You People did That!

October 10th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features

Sure, at the EKS Library, we can help you:

  • Check out or return materials.
  • Check out a movie, DVD, CD or albums.
  • Request bibliographic instruction.
  • Obtain easy access to reserved coursework.
  • Reserve a quiet study room.
  • Utilize wireless access.
  • Obtain materials via the Library’s ILL service.
  • Utilize the Library’s computer lab.
  • Obtain access to NC-Live.
  • And much more….

Got questions?

Our friendly Library Assistants and Staff are here to help you! Don’t forget to bring your Wingate University ID card.

Give us a call at 704-233-8089 or check out our website at

Ethel K. Cafe

October 21st, 2005 by Alison Simpson in Features

Carrie ButlerCongratulations to Carrie Butler for winning the Contest for naming the New Coffee Shop located in the Library. The official name is the Ethel K. Café.

Great job, Carrie!

EKS Welcomes Mrs. Debbie Hargett

September 19th, 2005 by Alison Simpson in Features

Debbie HargettThe EKS Library has added a Reference/ Periodicals Librarian. Mrs. Debbie Hargett comes to us from Union County Public Schools. She is also a Wingate University Alumna. She is a licensed Media Coordinator (K-12), a licensed Public Librarian, and holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professional memberships include the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina School Library Media Association.

While in Union County Public Schools Mrs. Hargett served on an assortment of committees, the Odyssey of the Mind program, and was the first recipient of the Unionville World Class Teacher award. Her interests include reading, photography, and camping. She has a husband, two children and a dog named Pippi. The EKS staff is delighted to have Debbie join our staff.

Leadership Fellows travel to Washington DC

March 15th, 2005 by Alison Simpson in Features

In February, the senior representatives of Leadership Fellows had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC with Mrs. Amy Odom, Mrs. Susan Sganga, and Dr. Pam Thomas. Along with some sight seeing, students had the privilege of meeting with some important leaders and discussing what aspects of leadership are important to them.

Senator Elizabeth Dole was able to take time from her busy schedule for a quick introduction. Although she was only able to talk with us briefly, everyone was impressed by her poise and sincerity. The group was also able to meet Congressman Robin Hayes. In response to our many questions, Congressman Hayes remarked that loyalty and consistency are two of the most important characteristics of a strong leader.

During the trip, the Leadership Fellows were also able to attend a lecture by Wilma Mankiller, who is an author as well as the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her lecture focused on the role of women, especially Native Americans in today’s society.

Some of the many sites the group was able to visit included the Capitol Building, the Pentagon, the National Cathedral, the Presidential and War Memorials, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. Along with these historical places the group also participated in a filming of CNN’s show Crossfire. We also found the time to have some interactive fun at the new Spy Museum. The four-day trip concluded with a stop at Arlington Cemetery. Overall, it was an enlightening as well as a very enjoyable trip.

Submitted by Jessica Lane

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