April 30, 2011

On This Day in TWU's History...The Pillar

The Pillar Yearbook Committee posing with copies of the 1989 yearbook
The first Pillar Yearbook was published in 1963 and distributed just before the first year of classes ended.   The Pillar continues to be an important student publication. A complete set of the TWU yearbook is available for browsing from Alloway Library's Reference Collection.

We salute you, the first class of Trinity Junior College, for blazing a new trail in Christian higher education. We salute the student yearbook staff for producing the first “Pillar” to mark the completion of a year of milestones and miracles … I am told that my Convocation address concerning the great pillar of cloud and of fire which led God’s people of old served as an inspiration to you to select the name “Pillar” for your school annual. May it always remind you that though today we have no visible pillar of cloud or fire to guide us, we do have the assurance that God is still concerned to direct His people.
Calvin B. Hanson, The President’s message, Pillar 1963, p. 11

April 20, 2011

On This Day in TWU's History...

April 20, 2005
Six years ago today, a ground-breaking ceremony took place for a new music facility that would house practice rooms and music faculty offices. The site is located to the southeast of the abandoned Cal Hanson Chapel. The much-needed facility was designed by Site Lines Architecture Inc., and opened its doors to students in the fall of 2006.

April 19, 2011

On This Day in TWU's History...

April 19, 1964

47 years ago today,  a ground-breaking ceremony for the Arts and Science Building Project took place with the Honourable Leslie Peterson, Minister of Education, presiding.
A fundraising flyer from the era encouraged donors to "buy a square foot of progress for   $7... to help the men and women of tomorrow."

A quick review of the University Archive online database turns up photos that tell the story of a multipurpose building housing a snackbar, bookstore, and  an arts vs science rivalry.

With more recent renovations in 1994, the building is now knows as Anna and J.G. Neufeld Science Centre.

April 02, 2011

It's supposed to be dog-eared

Alloway Library Student Assistant Danielle Smith spotted this item recently and wondered what kind of animal we should get for stressed TWU students:
Yale University Law School is an intense place, and its library is no joke. However, to help students unwind, the library is offering a rather unusual checkout option: Monty, a Jack Russell-border terrier mix.

Monty lives at home with Yale Law access librarian Julian Aiken, who has had Monty certified as a therapy dog. That means he's amenable to being handled by a lot of strangers, and can mind his manners while doing so.

Aiken says that so far, the law students seem to like the idea of an in-house therapy dog — all of Monty's half-hour sessions have been fully booked for his three-day trial period.

Seth Wayne, a third-year law student, signed up for one of the sessions, which involve sitting on a couch for half an hour in a back office with a small wiry-haired brown dog. You can pet him, give him a biscuit, maybe give him a drink of water — and that's about it.

"I think there's hard data available that dogs lower your blood pressure and make you more relaxed, just being around them," Wayne says. "That experience just has a tendency to calm you down."

While it's working out for the students, there is still the question of how to catalog Monty.

"When the idea for this therapy dog was tossed around," says law librarian Blair Kauffman, "our head of cataloging said, 'I can catalog anything — I can catalog a dog.' "

And she did. An official-looking entry in the law library catalog soon appeared for Monty, along with a Library of Congress classification number in the library catalogue
An update to the story indicates that Monty has since been withdrawn from the collection or was never even in circulation to start with.
Librarian Julian Aiken claims that circulating an untested stress reliever to its already overwhelmed students was simply a joke : “The idea of circulating [Monty] at the Yale Law Library is one that has been humorously kicked around.” 

By the way, the original bylines for these stories are from mid-September, not April 1!

April 01, 2011

Feedblitz test

I'm STILL trying to figure out why the blog is not being sent via Feedblitz to subscriber's emails. This means a post like this, to see if it will work this time....changing the article source address.