- Major: English
- Minor: History and English
- Class: 2014
- Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
- Campus Activities: English Advisory Board, Prism
- Interests: Books, Movies, Travel
- Favorite Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Kirstie is a junior majoring in English, with a double minor in History and Sociology. She has been a library assistant at the Ethel K. Smith Library for all almost three years, and became a Saturday Supervisor last year. She is originally from Indian Trail, NC.
After graduation she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Publishing or British Literature. Kirstie stays busy with the English Advisory Board, her work in Conferencing and Facilities Services, and her teacher assistantship. Kirstie is such a positive and valuable part of our EKS Team!
- Major: English
- Class: 2013
- Hometown: Vernon, NJ
- Groups: Girl Scouts
- Favorite Color: Red
- Favorite Book: “Anything Edgar Allan Poe”
- Pictured With: Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems, introduction by Dawn B Sova; Falls River Press 2012.
Jennifer is a senior majoring in English, with a minor in Technical Writing. She has been a library assistant at EKS for all four years, and also became a Saturday Supervisor her junior year. She has proven to be a responsible and valuable part of the Library team. She is originally from New Jersey, but upon graduation she plans to stay in this area and pursue a graduate degree.
Jennifer volunteers with numerous organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. On campus she is a member of UCAN and participates in the Alternative Spring Break options. Her interests include reading, writing soccer, travel, and DIY projects. Congratulations Jennifer A. La Vine, our featured Ethel K. Smith Student Assistant.
Super Senior – Normally a term to used to denote those undergraduates who achieve their Bachelor’s Degree beyond the 4 year mark. Every year in December there are a number of these super seniors to complete their undergraduate work. This year, the EKS Library has 3 assistants who will reach their goal. They have given the term Super Senior an entirely new meaning for the EKS staff. They have been super in attitude, in work ethic, in dependability, and in personality. These three will no doubt be the movers and shakers who will be super leaders.
Greg will continue to make history wherever he goes. Rachelle will produce net gains in many arenas. Jennifer will have her trials periodical-ly, and win with no ill to follow. Super Seniors? Yes they are, in every sense of the words. The EKS will be hard pressed to fill their capes. Best wishes you three!!
A new communication tool is now available for our fabulous EKS Library Assistants. A secure blog site has been created as a resource for Library Assistants. Web links to the Wingate University Homepage, EKS Library Homepage, Library Assistant Handbook and other documents are easily accessible. The blog is intended to be used as a reference tool as well as a mode of communication between assistants and supervisors. A short Windows Movie Maker project has been linked as well to highlight and honor our Senior Assistants that graduated in May 2007 and a couple graduating in December 2007. This is a new venture and I hope the assistants use this tool and find it helpful. I had a lot of fun creating the blog and feedback so far has been positive.
Every year at commencement, there are library assistants who walk the stage to receive their diplomas. On Saturday May 12, 2007 the four assistants above will join that group. Just as each one of them will admit to Wingate University leaving it’s mark upon their lives, so to will the University have to admit that these assistants have left their marks upon the University. These marks have been extremely apparent and noticeable to the staff of the Ethel K. Smith Library. Some of the words to describe these marks include dedication, devotion, determination, dependability, desire, and dutiful, for starters. But the greatest mark these four have left upon the hearts and minds of the library staff is delight. The smiles in the picture are not fake nor were they coaxed. These four always had a smile to offer and a cheerful attitude at every shift. Even with the pressures and hassles of tests, exams, papers due, and presentations to give, their delight never wavered. As they go on to pursue careers in law, nursing, education, business, or something different entirely, one thing is sure. The Ethel K. Smith Library will never be the same without them. Congratulations ladies, may your marks upon this world be as evident as your marks upon this place.
Q: Where is your hometown?
R: Wingate, North Carolina
Q: What is your Mafor?
R: History Major with a Legal Studies Minor
Q: What do you plan on doing with your degree?
R: I hope to be attending law school in the fall of 2007
Q: Why didyou get interested in that field?
R: Ilove learning about the past in order to try and understand the present.
Q: What organizations have you been a member of atWingate?
R: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Q: What do you think will be your most cherished memory ofWingate?
R: I really don’t know. I have lots of good memories of Wingate. Maybe all the different people I have met.
Q: How long have you been a library assistant?
R: Since the fall of my sophomore year.
Q: What has been the best part of being a library assistant?
R: Probably having the opportunity to work and do homework at the same time.
Q: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
R: Hopefully, I will be a successful business attorney with either my own law firm or a partner in a successful law firm.
Q: Can you provide a quote that would sum up who you are?
R: No matter what roadblocks you face in life, always maintain your integrity and be true to yourself. Because with a strong sense of determination and faith both in GOD and yourself, anything is possible.
The Ethel K. Smith Library staff is excited to highlight one of its very important student Assistants, Airen Little! Airen will be graduating from Wingate University this December in the area of Human Services and would like to establish a career in the education field.
Miss Little is from Monroe, North Carolina, and is a transfer student from South Piedmont Community College and Western Carolina University. She was enrolled in a Massage Therapy Program and decided that although it was a lot of fun she noted, “It was something I didn,t want to do for the rest of my life”
That is when she decided to attend Wingate University.
After Wingate she plans to attend graduate school. Airen said she is waiting to hear back from various schools, and then proceeded to say, “If that doesn,t work out, then I guess I’ll be looking for a job!”
When asked what she does in her spare time, she stated, “What spare time?” She said she loves to read when she gets a break from her studies, and travels to Charlotte to see her boyfriend. Being as busy as she is, she regularly reserves some time during Thursday evenings to watch her favorite TV shows, The Office and Grey’s Anatomy.
We wanted to know what was her favorite thing to do while working at the Ethel K, she stated, “Everything is fun at the EKS Library! If I had to pick something it would be looking for books in the main stacks— it,s like a treasure hunt.”
Airen also said, “I’ve loved being at Wingate. The campus is beautiful and the faculty and staff are great!”
Nina Panachetti, Laura Smith and Carrie Butler are in our student assistant spotlight for the month of February.
Laura Smith is a senior and is majoring in Chemistry with a double minor in Biology and Math. She will be applying to Pharmacy school for the Fall of 2006. She is involved in Chemistry Club, Biology Club, Leadership Fellows and several other on-campus organizations. She is also a volunteer at Pet Smart and the Animal Shelter.
Laura enjoys read-ing, movies, sports and caring for ani-mals. Laura has been an assistant at the library for her whole college career.
Carrie Butler is a junior English major in the Hon-ors program. She is Presi-dent of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, a member of Leadership Fel-lows, FCA, CSU and the English club. Carrie is looking forward to spend-ing next fall in London with the Wingate in London program. She went to Hong Kong with W’international and says that it was “amazing.” This summer Carrie will be working with Dr. Fisher on a sum¬mer research project and will be studying the shifts in the representation of evil in British Literature.
Carrie has worked in the Library for the past three years and works with Mrs. Sganga with the CMC materials.
Nina Panchetti is originally from Italy and grew up in Nigeria. She is a junior, majoring in Biology and when she graduates plans to attend school to be a Physician’s Assistant. Nina is a member of the International Club, Chemistry Club and Biology Club. She likes reading, listening to music and go-ing to the movies. She has been a library assistant for the past 3 years and says that she really enjoys her campus job, and all of the friends that she has made at Wingate University.
Submitted by: Krishmaa Manandhar (Student Assistant)
Twenty three seniors along with Dr. Murray, Dr. Pam Thomas, Mrs. Odom and Mrs. Searcy had the opportunity to experience one of the significant events of the year.
We paid our heartfelt respects to all of those who sacrificed their lives for the future of America at the Arlington Cemetery. We experienced the scenery of Washington D.C. in a night tour of the monuments and historical sites. We had a private tour of the Pentagon where we were forever mesmerized by the 911 memorial. The rotunda of the Capital left everyone in awe with our personal tour given by Congressman Hayes’ assistant. We were able to meet shortly with Senator Richard Burr for a photo and a quick discussion in which he shared his experience of being in the political arena throughout his long career.
The highlight of the tour was the meeting with the Ambassador of Nepal, Mr. Kedar Shrestha, who invited us to his house. He was very gracious. He generously offered us Nepalese snacks. He dis¬cussed the current situation in Nepal, its unique culture and his role as an ambassador.
Throughout the tip the students and faculty were able to appreciate and realize the enormity of this trip. To sum it up, it was truly one of the greatest opportunities that all of us will remember forever.
Tags: Leadership Fellows
Submitted by: Jennifer Layton (Student Assistant)
Katherine Butler Hathaway once said, “A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without families in order to be open to influences, to change.” I spent the fall of 2005 with the Wingate-in-London group. This quote by Hathaway sums up my trip abroad. I left my family and friends, the familiar, at the end of August. Studying abroad has always been a dream for me. Wingate-in-London made it possible for me to do just that. When I first arrived in London, I , like others on the trip, was in complete culture shock. Everything was astoundingly different from home. The first few weeks we had to dodge cars and bikes because we were not used to cars coming at us from our right side first. Here at home, I now look in the wrong direction. Furthermore, the lingo was wildly unusual. We had to get used to calling our apartment a “flat” and referring to the subway as “the tube”. We learned quickly that to thank anyone for anything in London, you simply say “Cheers!” While traveling across the city for classes, taking in the culture and sightseeing, we became up-close and personal with some of the locals. No matter where you are trying to go or what you are trying to accomplish in London, you are NEVER alone. Often I did get annoyed with people being in my space all of the time. This was something I had to adjust to.
Fortunately for me, London was not the only new culture that I experienced while away. I traveled nearly every weekend. I revisited Paris, France (1st trip in 2001). A few weeks later, I took off for Lucca, Italy where I stayed with an Italian family for a week along with two fellow Wingate University students. During our fall break in Lucca, we visited Florence and Pisa. After flying back to London, I had only 36 hours to unpack, repack and fly out to Northern Ireland. My room-mate from my freshman year at Lees-McRae College is from Northern Ireland. I spent a lovely 4-day week with her family in Armagh. She took me on a trip along the north coast, which was so beautiful and had a lot of history. A few weeks later, I took off for Amsterdam with the girls in my flat. Amsterdam was one of my most relaxed trips; it is such a beautiful city. My last and final trip was Venice two weeks before my return home. Venice was stunning as well and an intriguing city but due to its small vicinity, it did not take long to see most of it. My trips were not limited to my personal ones. We, as a group had to go on several “academic” trips. We visited Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, Plymouth, and Edinburgh/Glasgow (Scotland). Each, left an impression on me and I will forever be changed. I have seen the world through new eyes and will be much more receptive to new cultures as a result.