Monday, March 27, 2017

Mindy King Appointed Interim Library Director

Mindy King, Associate Professor in the University Library, has been appointed interim library director of the University Library. 

Mindy has served as the Emerging Technology Librarian since 2012, and was the Serials Librarian prior to that. She brings a variety of experiences to this position, including large-scale budget management, emerging technologies, strategic planning for the library, curricular planning, reference service, and was instrumental in transitioning the library’s web site to a more user-supported design. Mindy has served on numerous committees, including several with the UW System’s Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries. At the campus level, she has served on the UPDC committee, Faculty Affairs (now Faculty Council), and the Instructional Technology Team.  She currently serves on the University College Management Team.  

Prior to joining UW-Stevens Point, Mindy was the Health Sciences Librarian at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point. She holds a MBA from UW-Oshkosh, a MLIS from UW-Milwaukee, and a BA in Biology from Concordia College in MN. 

Dr. Kathy Davis, who has been serving as the Library Director, continues her role as the Dean of the University College through July. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

President James Albertson - 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Chancellor Bernie Patterson invites you to a presentation honoring the legacy of former UW-Stevens Point President James H. Albertson and seven other higher education leaders who were involved in the 1967 plane accident in Vietnam.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 22, at 1 p.m. in room 650, Albertson Hall. All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. 

Librarian/Assoc. Prof. Tom Reich

Read more about Albertson's legacy in this press release, including information from librarian Tom Reich, who is scheduled to speak at the event about his research on higher education in Vietnam and Albertson's legacy.  

An event Wednesday, March 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of a tragic loss. It will also be the first time many of the survivors meet.

In March 1967, James H. Albertson, president of the Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, and seven other higher education leaders were conducting a study of Vietnamese public higher education. While traveling between universities in the southeast Asia country, bad weather forced the team’s plane to crash near Da Nang, and everyone was killed. Dr. Albertson, who led the team, was 41 years old.

Their legacy will be honored during a 1 p.m. presentation March 22 in Albertson Hall, the learning resources center built in 1970 and named in Dr. Albertson’s honor. Under his visionary leadership, curriculum at UW-Stevens Point was expanded, the first graduate degree programs were offered, and enrollment more than doubled. He focused on making students better prepared to succeed by becoming global citizens.

A year ago, when one of Albertson’s children posted a Facebook memory of their father, daughter C.L. Fornari heard from a friend: "My father was on that same flight." She and Lynne Conroy, both live on Cape Cod, both are volunteer master gardeners and have known each other more than 20 years. But they never knew they had this loss in common, Fornari said.

“Our connection through Facebook led us to search out and contact other children of the men who were on this team. And this ultimately brought us to the marking of this anniversary in Stevens Point,” she said. Twelve of the surviving children will gather March 22 on campus. “We all share similar histories but it will be the first time that most of us have met,” Fornari said.

Conroy’s father was Vincent Conroy, Center for Field Studies director, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. Others on the team were: Harry Bangsberg, president of Bemidji State University; A. Donald Beattie, School of Business and Economics dean, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Howard Johnshoy, dean, Academic Affairs, Gustavus Adolphus College; Arthur Pickett, Honors Programs director, University of Illinois at Chicago; Melvin Wall, Plant and Earth Sciences head, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Robert LaFollette, Higher Education Adviser, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Operations Mission to Vietnam.

Fornari, one of three Albertson children to attend March 22, will speak at the presentation. Other speakers are Chancellor Bernie Patterson and Tom Reich, who wrote his thesis on higher education in Vietnam, the role of UW-Stevens Point and Agency for International Development. Reich is acquisitions and collection development librarian and associate professor of library science at UW-Stevens Point.

“President Albertson was a rare, visionary leader who did much to lay the foundation upon which our university stands today,” Patterson said. “He was so dedicated to his vision of lifting up everyone through the power of knowledge and education that he traveled to war-torn southeast Asia in 1967, to offer hope to the people of Vietnam.”

At age 36, Albertson became the eighth president of Wisconsin State College-Stevens Point in 1962.  American higher education was experiencing unprecedented growth, both in enrollment and curriculum, as the baby boom generation began entering American colleges, Reich wrote in his thesis. Albertson set the college on a course of steady growth and change, bringing new ideas to the campus and the community. Enrollment grew from 2,500 students in 1962 to more than 5,900 in 1967.

He led the team of educators to Vietnam, working with LaFollette, a former Ball State colleague who then was at the U.S. Agency for International Development. The team was engaged in a “quiet war” in Vietnam, Reich wrote.

“The years of 1966 and 1967 marked significant turning points in American educational assistance. The U.S. was now fully engaged in two wars in the Republic of Vietnam: ‘the fighting war—the familiar war—[where] men kill and are killed. [And] the ‘other war…the quiet war,’ the men who battle on our side do not kill, but they may be killed.’  Americans went to South Vietnam to wage war in differing ways, as they fought ‘to save a country and build a nation…’ By the end of (1966), Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point had made the commitment to join ‘other war,’” Reich wrote.

Days after the March 23, 1967, plane crash, Burdette Eagon, dean of innovative programs at WSU-Stevens Point, was asked to assist with the project. He traveled to Vietnam in mid-April, and served as chief-of-party for the Wisconsin contract until 1974.  Eagon will attend the March 22 event.

Albertson’s legacy continues at UW-Stevens Point. In addition to Albertson Hall, the Albertson Medallion Award is given to less than 1 percent of those graduating each year. It is the highest award UW-Stevens Point gives to students.

Albertson award winners have been invited to the March 22 event. It is open to the public in Room 650 of Albertson Hall, 900 Reserve St. Materials from University Archives will be on display following the presentation. 

Read more about UWSP President James Albertson here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Featured Book: The Girl at the Baggage Claim by Gish Jen

The Girl at the Baggage Claim:  Explaining the East-West culture gap

By Gish Jen

Call Number:  CB 251 .J46 2017

Review from Publishers Weekly

Publisher's Description:  A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business. 

Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves–a family, a religion, a troop–that claims our first allegiance? Gish Jen–drawing on a treasure trove of stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology–reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make–how it shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba. As engaging as it is illuminating, this is a book that stands to profoundly enrich our understanding of ourselves and of our world.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Celebrating Women's History Month - Resources, Quizzes, Book Talk

Resources on Women's History

Check out the Library's many biographies, herstories, videos, and other great works by women in celebration of Women's History Month. 

"Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business" 

This year's theme is women in labor and business and how they fought to make the workplace a less hostile environment. The National Women's History Project includes this year's honorees and how they expanded women’s participation in commerce and their power in the paid labor force.

Take some of these Women's History Quizzes! 

Upcoming Events 

Theresa Kaminski presents, "Angels of the Underground"
Thursday, March 30th 
5:00 p.m.
ALB/LRC 104 Reference Studio 

Description: Angels of the Underground tells the true story of four American women who risked their lives during World War II to oppose the Japanese occupation of the Philippine Islands. These women smuggled food and medicine to U.S. military prisoners and passed information to American guerrillas operating in the Philippine countryside. Their experiences provide us with a fuller understanding of the warfare in the Pacific theater and remind us that Women’s History Month is about remembering the ordinary women who’ve done extraordinary things in their lives.

Bio: Theresa Kaminski holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Workshop on 3D Printing and Scanning

Description: Curious about 3D printing and scanning?  Explore the equipment and software surrounding this new technology and turn your ideas into reality. 

Intended Audience: Campus wide (Approved for SBE event credit for students)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: ALB 107 (Library)

Presenter: Matt Sonnenberg

The workshop is free, but we would like you to register here. Hope to see you there! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Featured Book: Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan

Earning the Rockies:  How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

By Robert D. Kaplan

Call Number:  E 161.3 .K37 2017

Review from the New York Times

Publisher's Description:  An incisive portrait of the American landscape that shows how geography continues to determine America’s role in the world—from the bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and Balkan Ghosts

As a boy, Robert D. Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father tell evocative stories about traveling across America in his youth, travels in which he learned to understand the country literally from the ground up. There was a specific phrase from Kaplan’s childhood that captured this perspective: A westward traveler must “earn the Rockies” by driving—not flying—across the flat Midwest and Great Plains.

In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his own cross-country journey to recapture an appreciation of American geography often lost in the jet age. Traveling west, in the same direction as the pioneers, Kaplan traverses a rich and varied landscape that remains the primary source of American power. Along the way, he witnesses both prosperity and decline—increasingly cosmopolitan cities that thrive on globalization, impoverished towns denuded by the loss of manufacturing—and paints a bracingly clear picture of America today.

The history of westward expansion is examined here in a new light—as a story not just of genocide and individualism, but also of communalism and a respect for the limits of a water-starved terrain, a frontier experience that bent our national character toward pragmatism. Kaplan shows how the great midcentury works of geography and geopolitics by Bernard DeVoto, Walter Prescott Webb, and Wallace Stegner are more relevant today than ever before. Concluding his journey at Naval Base San Diego, Kaplan looks out across the Pacific Ocean to the next frontier: China, India, and the emerging nations of Asia. And in the final chapter, he provides a gripping description of an anarchic world and explains why America’s foreign policy response ought to be rooted in its own geographical situation.

In this short, intense meditation on the American landscape, Robert D. Kaplan reminds us of an overlooked source of American strength: the fact that we are a nation, empire, and continent all at once. Earning the Rockies is an urgent reminder of how a nation’s geography still foreshadows its future, and how we must reexamine our own landscape in order to confront the challenges that lie before us.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Praxis Guides

The Praxis® tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.

The Library has a number of Praxis titles in the Reserve area of the Library, including:

PRAXIS II English Subject Assessments

PRAXIS Core for Dummies

Praxis II, mathematics: content knowledge (5161) exam secrets, study guide : your key to exam success

Check out this collection!