Extended Hours and Library Blog Hiatus

The Library Extended Hours ends tomorrow night, June 5, at Midnight. The Library will close at 6 p.m. on the last day of final exams, Thursday, June 6. On Friday, June 7, the Library will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m with a closure during the day for the campus Ivy Cutting ceremony. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 – 9, the Library will be closed.

The Library congratulates all our students for another successful academic year and wishes our graduating seniors well as they move forward into a new stage of life.

The Library blog will be on hiatus during summer break, to resume during autumn quarter, 2013. Enjoy the nice weather, and we hope to see you soon!

Is it time for a study break or a cram session?

Ready for a break from all of the intensive studying? Why not stretch those legs by walking to the SPU Library to take a look at our latest book display, peruse our Popular Fiction book collection, or tour the quarterly finals week 3-D artwork? And in spite of the mayhem that may overtake the rest of the campus during the finals week frenzy, the Library Reading Room offers a quiet place to kick back, relax, and read a magazine, newspaper, or book. Need to stock your bookshelves with summer reading? Our book sale cart, located by the Circulation Desk, has a variety of used books selling for 25 cents each.

Or, if instead of a break you need a cram session, come to the Library prepared for study and research by bringing your Sea Pac Card pre-loaded with Debit Dollars for printing and scanning, your group study room reservation in order, and the call numbers in hand for any library Course Reserve item you may need to check out. Take a look at our study tips for more ideas on how to study effectively at the Library. The Everyday Writer is a wonderful citation resource, call number PE1408 .L86 2009, and our librarians are trained to provide citation guidance as well. Also, don’t forget that the Library is on an extended hours schedule this week and next, so come and stay awhile anytime between 7:30 a.m. to Midnight now through June 5, 2013.

Campus Closure on Monday

On Monday, all campus offices are closed and classes are canceled in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2013. However, the Library will be open from 3 – 11 p.m.

If Memorial Day has sparked your research interests and you are looking for something to read during the extra day, take a look at some of the related resources that our Library currently owns.

The SPU Library hopes all its patrons enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend.

Gold Stars on the Honor Roll: Remembering Then and Now

One of the larger sized items in the SPU Archives is the Honor Roll, or, more correctly, the Honor Roll of Seattle Pacific College Students in the Armed Service of Our Country.  It is a list of the students who served in various military branches during the Second World War.

Honor Roll

The top portion of the Honor Roll plaque held in the Archives – some of the letters have been lost

Looking for a way to honor their fellow students who had left school to fight for the United States, SPC students held a donation drive during the 1942-43 school year to fund a lasting tribute to those who served. An article in the May 27, 1943 Falcon newspaper states:

“The realization of the small part we [students still on campus] are playing in this great struggle for freedom as compared with the hardships you[students who enlisted] are enduring, has created a feeling about the campus that we must do more for you – honor you to the best of our ability.”

Out of this feeling arose the plan for a permanent plaque in your honor.That plan led to the plaque that is held by the Archives today. Subsequent issues of the Falcon mention adding names to the plaque as more students were called to serve.

Plaque Names

Some of the names of students who served – both men and women are recognized on the plaque

During the summer of 1944, the plaque was placed in the main hall of the Administration Building (Peterson Hall today) to help students remember their fellow students who were serving.

The Falcon, Nov 2, 1945The plaque on the wall in Peterson Hall, photo from the Falcon November 2, 1945.

Unfortunately, not every SPC student who served returned alive. Those who gave their lives had a gold star placed next to their names. Of the 309 names on the plaque, 10 names are accompanied by a gold star.

Names with Star

Some of the names on the plaque, including one gold star

The plaque is no longer in Peterson Hall; it is now housed in the University Archives. But the students’ vision of a permanent honor of those who served is still present on campus. The Chapel on the second floor of Alexander Hall has a memorial to all Seattle Pacific students who gave their lives in military service.

Alexander Chapel Memorial

The memorial in the Alexander Chapel – the bottom lines read: In honor of Seattle Pacific Veterans of Foreign wars/In Memory of Seattle Pacific Alumni who died/in defense of Liberty and Justice for All

Adrienne Meier, Social Sciences Librarian and University Archivist

The View (from downstairs)

Here is the latest message from Ryan Ingersoll, Head of Library Technology at the SPU Library:

Did you know the Tech Desk is more than just a place to print your documents? Not only is our goal to provide collaborative space, but also relevant technology tools for students to use in the creation of digital projects. All library computers are loaded with an extensive suite of software. Whether you need to create a brochure or flyer in Adobe InDesign, create floor plans in AutoCAD, or analyze data in IBM SPSS the software you need is here. Additionally, the Tech Desk provides a range of tools for check out including iPod touches and Flip cameras for movie creationMacBook Pros for use within the library (perfect for a study room!), headphones, and audio recorders.

What if you don’t know how to make a movie or use Evernote, for example? Ask the Tech Desk! Our staff is trained to provide assistance with many of the technology tools we provide. If we don’t know the answer we will research it for you. As you finish up your projects for the year we encourage you to stop by to see how we can help you. If you need one-on-one assistance send us an email and we will schedule a time with you. Visit our website to learn more about what we have to offer. Our knowledge base provides helpful tutorials and showcases the different tools we check out.