For its 2008-2009 annual gift, the FOL Board members selected two projects. For its first project, the Board members have chosen to make a monetary donation to the Office of Student Success. The purpose of this gift is to aid Wingate University students unable to purchase required textbooks for classes as a result of financial hardships. The Office of Student Success recently developed a program by which students desiring to be successful, but hindered by financial problems, could apply for and possibly receive funds to help in the purchase of textbooks. The FOL Board deemed this an excellent opportunity to benefit Wingate University students.
The second project selected by the Board members makes commentary on Wingate University’s commitment to its institutional memory. The Board chose to have a map preserved for archival presentation. This is no ordinary map, however. The specific map, a 1952 literary map of the United States of America, originally belonged to Mrs. Frances Cuthbertson Vick (1917-2002), Professor Emeritus, Wingate University. The map hung in Mrs. Vick’s classroom throughout her teaching career. Upon her retirement from Wingate in 1982, Mrs. Vick presented it to Dr. Beverly Christopher, who used the map until her recent retirement. Mr. Tom Alexander of Cherished Frameworks has carefully custom matted and framed the piece to insure its archival preservation. The map will soon be available for display near the Reference Desk on the First Floor.
For 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.
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.
The 2005-2006 Friends of the Library Board, led by Chairperson Susan Shaw, chose to make two gifts to the Ethel K. Smith Library during the fiscal year. The first gift, pictured at the right, was a choice to renovate an existing group study room. This renovation included a mural, designed and painted by artist Linda White of Liberty, North Carolina, a study table accompanied by four, three-position rock study chairs, two soft- seating chairs with laptop tables, and an occasional table. Completed in the Summer of 2006, the room has been embraced by student study groups and faculty for a warm, inviting location to meet, study, and enjoy a coffee from the Ethel K. Cafe. The room has been appropriately renamed the FOL Study Room.
Secondly, the FOL Board agreed to upgrade the presentation technology components for the Library’s Reference Department. The enhancements, which include a new screen, LCD projection system and cart, and room divider screens, have been crucial in providing superior Bibliographic Instruction sessions.