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.
In this month’s Student Assistant Spotlight we are highlighting three assistants.
Angela Sellers is from Pilot Mountain, NC. She is an assistant in the library and is also involved in many on campus activates including, FCA, CSU, Chemistry Club, Biology Club, and the Pre-Professional Health Care Organization.
Angela is a biology major and will graduate in May 2006.
Greg Iacovelli comes to Wingate University from Blenhiem, NJ. He is currently a Junior and is studying Social Studies Education. This is Greg’s first year as a library assistant and he says he enjoys working at the library for its “stellar staff.” He also enjoys attending WU Football games . He is involved in WU Connectors, SNCEA, and the Wingate Peer Mentor program. We are very glad to have Greg as an assistant.
Anna Caldwell is from Harrisburg, NC. She is an English Major. Anna has been a library assistant with us since her Freshman year. She is a very enthusiastic library assistant and enjoys reading, watching “House” and NC State Basketball. Anna also likes Dr. Pepper. She says that at Wingate University she likes that there is always something to do on the weekends.
In this month’s student assistant spotlight we highlight three of our assistants. Chris Wilson comes to us from Roanoke, Virginia. He is a freshmen Chemistry Major. His interests include playing guitar, listening to music and playing a variety of sports. We are glad to have Chris as part of our team.
Rachel Butler is from Charlotte, North Carolina . She is a sophomore studying Elementary Education and wants to teach 4th—6th grade Math. She has been active in CSU and FCA. Rachel currently assists Mrs. Williams in periodicals. Her interests include reading children’s’ literature, traveling and spending time with friends.
Peter Eck comes to us from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a sophomore transfer student from N.C. State. He is studying History and has plans of attending Seminary after college. Peter’s interests are fishing, camping, hiking; road trips and the outdoors.
Faces of Family
Collection of Paintings
Friday April 22nd, 2005
C. Douglas Helms Gallery
George Batte Fine Arts Center
Jennifer Layton and David Richards are in our student assistant spotlight this month. They are two very devoted assistants at the Ethel K. Smith Library.
Jennifer is a sophomore transfer student from Lees-McRae College. Her home is in Albemarle, NC. She is studying to be a corporate lawyer. Her major is History and she is also pursuing minors in legal studies and women’s studies. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta (Law fraternity). Aside from her vigorous interest in Law she also enjoys spending time with friends, hiking and traveling. Her avid
interest in travel will take her to London in the fall with the Wingate in London program. She describes herself as “super excited” about the opportunity to study in London. Jennifer currently assists Mrs. Williams in the Interlibrary Loan department.
David is a senior, Religious Studies/Philosophy Major. He is from Fayetteville, NC. He is a member of the Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy), Theta Alpha (Religion), and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. Upon graduating from Wingate University David plans to take a year off before attending Southeastern Seminary to get his Masters of Divinity and
going into Pastoral Church Ministry. David has been involved in many on campus clubs and organizations including CSU, EUP (Earthen Vessel Project) and SGA. He has been a library assistant all four years at Wingate
University. His hobbies include reading sci-fi (Star Trek), novels, and religious and philosophical books. His favorite author is C. S. Lewis.
In this month’s Student Assistant Spotlight are two Wingate University juniors Krishma Manandhar and Mary Garabedian.
Krishma is a Business Finance major from Kathmandu, Nepal. She has lived in the United States for seven years with an American family in Weddington, North Carolina. Krishma is currently an RA in Cannon Dorm. She is involved with the International Club, is a Presidential Ambassador, and is in Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta, and Leadership Fellows. She likes working for the Library because it is where one can excel in academics and meet new people; she has met some of her best friends through working at the Library. She is also looking forward to going home to Nepal to visit with her family in May.
Mary Garabedian is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Business Management. Mary has a strong background in music, as she has been playing the violin for thirteen years. She is very involved with Wingate University. She is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, serves as a representative to the Wingate University Music Student Advisory Council, and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and the Order of Omega. Mary works with Mrs. Williams in the Periodicals Department as an assistant, she also has performed on the violin for the annual Spring FOL Luncheons.
In this month’s Student Assistant Spotlight are two very special assistants at the EKS library. Natalie Edwards and Kelly Griffith are “behind the scenes” in their tasks as library assistants.
Natalie is a senior this year majoring in History, with a minor in English, and hopes to attend the University of South Carolina or UNCG in the Fall of 2005 to work on her Masters in Library Science and Masters in Public History. Natalie has been working with Mr. Richard Pipes and Ms. Marilyn Brown as a “cataloging assistant” for the past 2 years . She says that she likes working in cataloging “because it really gives you a chance to see the process behind exactly why books have the specific call numbers that they have.” Natalie, a native of Marshville, NC, is also very active in her volunteer work with the Mephibosheth Angelic Riders Horse Farm, which provides therapeutic horseback riding for handicapped children.
Kelly is also a senior this year. She is Majoring in Business Management with an Accounting Minor . Kelly’s job as a library assistant is in the area of “Access Services.” She primarily assists Ms. Williams with the Inter-Library Loan requests. Kelly enjoys working in the library because of the “help I can provide and the people I work with.” Kelly loves working in a more specialized capacity at the library. Apart from Kelly’s devotion to her job in the library, she is also a member of Delta Sigma Pi (professional fraternity), and Delta Mu Delta (honors business society). She is also a peer tutor for Spanish and Business classes. After graduation in May, Kelly plans to return to her home town of Clayton, NC to begin her search for a career in Interior Design.
In this month’s Student Assistant Spotlight are two of our seniors, Rachel Galyon and Julie Worthington. Both of them are Athletic Training Majors and are just as devoted to their job at the library as they are to the Wingate University Athletic Department.
Julie is from Alexander, NY. She is working with the Men’s Basketball team this Spring semester and is looking forward to the upcoming season. She has enjoyed her 4 years at Wingate University and upon graduation plans to attend massage school or work toward her certification in Athletic Training. Her favorite part of working at the library is hanging out with the cool staff and other assistants.
Rachel is from the small town of Sweetwater, TN. She was assigned the Football team this semester and was very excited to be a part of their great season. She plans to attend the University of TN at Chattanooga to get her master’s degree in Health and Human performance with an advanced athletic training concentration. She will also be thrown head first into planning her wedding. Rachel was engaged as of October 22nd to her fiancé Jason, from Chickamauga, GA. Rachel is very anxious to graduate, but she has enjoyed her time at Wingate and agrees with the library assistant t-shirt “This IS the best job I have ever had.”
Cara Balcerak and Joe Kanekar are two of our library assistants at the EKS Library. Joe Kanakar is a Junior, Finance major. His home is in “downtown” India (Bombay). He is on the Wingate Tennis team. Joe works during the evening hours and is of great assistance in helping patrons at the Circulation Desk. Joe enjoys working with the “nice staff” at the library.
Cara Balcerak is a Freshman, Elementary Education Major. She is a commuter from Marshville, NC. She enjoys reading “the Classics” and spends her study time in the Library’s Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) and the Children’s Room. Cara currently assists with Ms. Brown and Mr. Pipes in Technical Services.
Two of our Library student assistants participated in the University Summer Research projects this past summer.
Seth Allen studied with Dr. Nancy Randall and conducted interviews with Mexican Nationals in Union County. These interviews were to determine their opportunities for upward social mobility. As part of his project he was able to make the use of his growing fluency in Spanish, as well as learning more about the growing Latino communities in Union County.
Jessica Lane and Dr. Allison Dixon studied the Bruce Effect in mice. Exposing pregnant pure breed and hybrid females to foreign males has been found to block pregnancy in mice. It was through dissection that they were able to determine the effect of the males’ pheromones on fetal development.
They will be presenting their projects during the Fall semester.
We are so proud of them!