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Friends of the Library Annual Gift for 2007-2008: Group Study Room

October 9th, 2008 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Green RoomFor its most recent annual gift, the FOL board chose to remodel Room 110 on the first floor of the Library. The room can now effectively facilitate group study via the following additions: large white board, conference table with six chairs, and various soft seating options. A variety of student constituencies from the School of Pharmacy, the Physicians Assistant Department , and numerous combinations from the undergraduate programs have already found the FOL Group Study Room extremely useful.


Annual Homecoming Author Coffee Features Elizabeth Silance Ballard-Ungar

August 24th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Elizabeth Silance Ballard-UngarElizabeth Silance Ballard-Ungar’s collection of short stories, Three Letters from Teddy and Other Stories, to touch the heart. Those who are acquainted with Teddy Stallard and his teacher, Miss Thompson, will enjoy further stories of this teachers ability to touch the lives of her students. Other stories include “The Christmas Nandina” which tells of a dying woman’s effort to make her last Christmas special for her three young boys. “Big Rocks Cafe” shows us another aspect of the of the homeless while The Mirror” shows us another face of aging. These and other stories will touch you and perhaps cause you to look at those around you in a different way.

Her short story, “Three Letters from Teddy,” first appeared in 1974 and has been almost continuously in print every year since that time in various publications. Marian Wright Edelman selected it to appear in her 1994 Annual Report of the National Children’s Defense Fund. Congressman Dan Burton, Indiana, requested permission to have the story reprinted and distributed to every educator in his district. It has also been selected for the course packs of the schools of education in several universities including the University of South Florida, UNC-Greensboro, University of Northern Iowa and others. (Righter Publishing)

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Authors Coffee will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30am in the Ethel K. Smith Library. A book sign- follow. Tickets For are $5.00 per person. For reservations or more information please contact Luanne Barbee at lbarbee@wingate.edu or call her at 704-233-8093.


Friends of the Library Perpetual Book Sale

May 1st, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Features, Friends of the Library

Book sale purchases are available during regular operational hours of the Library. The collection items for purchase rotate and are updated on a regular basis. Check out the materials regularly as the Library is often the recipient of estate collections, personal libraries of professors, and community members.

Pricing is as follows

  • Coffee Table Books – $5.00
  • Large Softback Books – $.50
  • Large Hardbacks- $1.00
  • Small Paperbacks – $.10

For donation information, please contact: Keith Lassiter at 704-233-8090 or lklassiter@wingate.edu


The 2007 Friends of the Library Annual Faculty Award

May 1st, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library
Photo Courtesy: Luanne Barbee

Photo Courtesy: Luanne Barbee

Each year at the FOL Author’s Luncheon the FOL Board presents an award to a Wingate University faculty member. As outlined in the Friends of the Library Board: The Faculty Award is presented to an outstanding member of the faculty who is supportive of the Library, encourages his/her students to take advantage of the Library’s resources, and pursues independent research via the    facility. There is a monetary gift that accompanies the award. The recipient is awarded $500, of which $400 is to be spent on behalf of the recipient’s department and $100 to make purchases for his/her personal library.

For 2007, the FOL Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Lauren Merkle. She has been praised by the Library staff for initiating research projects in her    class assignments, encouraging students to conduct empirical research in her discipline area, and even conducting her own Bibliographic Instruction sessions for the subject-specific databases and resources.

The award was presented to Dr. Merkle by last year’s recipient, Dr. Brian Odom.


Annual Spring Author’s Luncheon Featured Nan Graham

May 1st, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library
Photo Courtesy of Luanne Barbee

Photo Courtesy of Luanne Barbee

Author Nan Graham was a pure delight at the annual spring luncheon. She read excerpts from her books,  Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute: Secrets of a Late Bloomer. As expected, her southern wit and charm captivated the entire audience. As did her southern accent (dialect). She related the story of when she started doing the radio commentary in Wilmington that one of the producers suggested she go to a school in Atlanta where they would teach her to improve her speech and lose her accent. Ms. Graham said she responded in the following manner, “Sir, will have a sex change operation before I let anyone take away my southern drawl. And no one dared doubt her.
The entire luncheon was filled with more of the same humor that only a true southern belle can offer. She may not have won the pageant back in her college days, but it was clearly evident that she won the hearts of all those in attendance.    Hopefully, Ms. Graham will have another    opportunity to grace our campus. Maybe then she will have the opportunity to give an instructional class in cousin removal. After all, she is a self proclaimed expert in the art.


Annual Spring Author’s Luncheon Featured

February 14th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library
Photo Courtesy: Patricia Roseman

Photo Courtesy: Patricia Roseman

Nan Graham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A.B. in English and received her M.A.T. in English from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently teaches honors courses in Southern literature at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Graham has been a regular biweekly commentator for WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington since 1995. Her on-air tag line, “a lifelong Southerner,” reveals the focus of her humorous commentaries on growing up in the South.

Her first collection of radio essays, Turn South at the Next Magnolia, was on the SEBA (Southeast Booksellers Association) bestseller list and was praised as “relentlessly Southern” by Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music and The Prince of Tides: “Nan Graham is as Southern as black-eyed peas, scuppernong wine, she-crab soup, Crimson Tide tailgating and a dog with ticks. She is so relentlessly Southern she makes me that feel I was born in Minnesota and Bailey White in Ohio!” (http://www.nangraham.com/biographyl.htm).

Commentary and images used with permission. For more information about Nan Graham, please visit: http://www.nangraham.com

Please join us for a delightful afternoon. Nan Graham’s books will be available for purchase at the luncheon and a book signing will follow the author’s talk.


Friends of the Library Perpetual Book Sale

February 4th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Book sale purchases are available during regular operational hours of the Library. The collection items for purchase rotate and are updated on a regular basis. Check out the materials regularly as the Library is often the recipient of estate collections, personal libraries of professors, and community members.

Pricing is as follows

  • Coffee Table Books – $5.00
  • Large Softback Books – $.50
  • Large Hardbacks- $1.00
  • Small Paperbacks – $.10

For donation information, please contact: Keith Lassiter at 704-233-8090 or lklassiter@wingate.edu


The 2006-2007 Friends of the Library Board Annual Gift

February 4th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

The 2006-2007 Friends of the Library Board selected its annual gift during the Fall of 2006. Encouraged by the

Photo Credit: Luanne Barbee

Photo Credit: Luanne Barbee

upgrades to one of the Library’s study rooms by the 2005-2006 Board, an agreement was made to upgrade the chairs and tables in the Computer Commons of the Reference Department. Threerock, padded chairs and new tables were delivered in early January. The total gift includes: nineteen chairs and seven tables, one of which is   designed for patrons with disabilities.

Student response to the new, more comfortable furniture has been extremely positive. Of the gift, Debra H. Hargett (WU ’01—Ethel K. Smith Library Reference/Serials/ Special Collections Librarian) commented, “Students have been enjoying the comfort of the new furniture. One evening I overheard two individuals conversing about how cool the chairs were. I commented to them that I was glad they   approved of the new seating arrangements. Before I left the Reference Computer Commons area, they asked if we had new chairs upstairs. Based on that question and the increased activity at the Reference computers, I would say the furniture is a hit.” The Board has successfully heightened the research experiences for Wingate University students, faculty, and guest patrons. Stop by the Ethel K. Smith Library and check out the new seating.

The 2006-2007 Friends of the Library Board selected its annual gift during the Fall of 2006. Encouraged by the upgrades to one of the Library’s study rooms by the 2005-2006 Board, an agreement was made to upgrade the chairs and tables in the Computer Commons of the Reference Department. Threerock, padded chairs and new tables were delivered in early January. The total gift includes: nineteen chairs and seven tables, one of which is

designed for patrons with disabilities. Student response to the new, more comfortable furniture has been extremely positive. Of the gift, Debra H. Hargett (WU ’01—Ethel K. Smith Library Reference/Serials/ Special Collections Librarian) commented, “Students have been enjoying the comfort of the new furniture. One evening I overheard two individuals conversing about how cool the chairs were. I commented to them that I was glad they

approved of the new seating arrangements. Before I left the Reference Computer Commons area, they asked if we had new chairs upstairs. Based on that question and the increased activity at the Reference computers, I would say the furniture is a hit.” The Board has successfully heightened the research experiences for Wingate University students, faculty, and guest patrons. Stop by the Ethel K. Smith Library and check out the new seating.


FOL Welcomes Wingate Alum

October 10th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Author, Kevin Winchester. Homecoming 2006The Friends of Library Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Kevin Winchester will be joining the group for its annual Author’s Coffee Talk. This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ethel K. Smith Library’s Cornwell Room. Admission is $5 per person. To reserve a space, please contact Luanne Barbee at 704-233-8093 or at lbarbee@wingate.edu.

The Friends of the Library began a new tradition in the fall of 2002 by offering an academic aspect to the Wingate University Homecoming festivities. The

FOL group invites local and regional authors to speak. Guests enjoy a delightful author’s discussion, assorted coffees and

pastries, book signing, and a chance to meet and talk with the author.

Mr. Winchester lives in Waxhaw, N.C. He holds a BA from Wingate University and a MFA in creative writing from Queen’s University. In 2005, he was selected to attend the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont. Most recently, his short story, “Shine,” was published in Gulf Coast Literary Magazine. Forthcoming is a creative, non-fiction essay to be published in the January 2007 issue of Tin House Literary Magazine. His past works have appeared in the Asheville Literary Review, “Main Street Rags;” Short Story Anthology, “Everything but the Baby,” “Southern Hum,” and “Story South.”

This is a Lyceum event.


Give “Our State” for the Holidays

October 10th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Believe it or not, the holiday season is once again quickly approaching, and gift-giving can be as easy as 1-2-3. A subscription to Our State magazine is the perfect gift to keep North Carolinians connected with their state: an excellent idea for parents, children, teachers, friends, or military personnel. It is quick, easy and economical (one year is only $24.95). Plus, it is the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Imagine, in less than five minutes, you can “wrap up” your holiday shopping in advance of the seasonal rush. No other gift expresses your warm wishes for the coming year better than a subscription to Our State magazine. All holiday orders must be received by December 1, 2006. Each subscription received by December I will start with the January 2007 issue. So, take a moment to contact the Library’s Access Services Assistant, Mrs.Williams at nwilliam@wingate.edu, and find out how you can order the perfect gift!


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