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USF SI at the 2010 Miami Book Fair International


USF SI’s East Coast Coordinator Maria Treadwell and Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss attended the 2010 Miami Book Fair International this past weekend. USF SI’s  booth was a hit this year at the fair. The  interest in our programs by fair goers was very high. Many LIS adjuncts, alumni, and current students were excited to see our presence at the fair and stopped by to catch up with the staff. Over 75 prospective students were anxious to stop and get information on our master’s program.

Alumni Anthony Verdesca (1999) and Maria Treadwell

2008 grad, Katia Nunez (center) with her sister (left) and Maria Treadwell (right)

The Street Fair included the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work and the more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibits. Thousands of South Florida schoolchildren kicked off the Street Fair, making the trip downtown Friday to hear authors and participate in Children’s Alley activities. The street fair was full of surprises with performers on stilts and mariachis singing. Here are a few pictures we captured. To view more photos from the fair click here.



SLIS Fall 2010 New Student Orientation

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010 the School of Library and Information Science welcomed new students with an orientation session.  Co-sponsored by the SLIS Student Organizations, approximately 50 visitors were encouraged to interact with not only each other, but also with staff, faculty, graduate assistants, and representatives of student organizations.  The three-hour event included presentations by: Diane Austin, SLIS Assistant Director; Daniel Kahl, SLIS Academic Program Specialist; Jessica Voss, SLIS Communication and Information Officer; Bill Harris and Lana Brand, Student Group Presidents; Dr. Vicki Gregory, SLIS Professor and former Director; and Dr. Kathleen McCook, SLIS Distinguished Professor and former Director.  The event concluded with a student organization meeting that included discussion, interaction, and a pizza party!

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Students and new faculty listen to presentations made by SLIS staff, faculty, and student organization representatives.

Dr. Vicki Gregory speaks about the importance of accreditation and professionalism.

Congratulations to the Summer 2010 Graduates!!

Happy Graduation to all the SLIS students who graduated on August 7, 2010! Dr. Andrews, Dr. Yoon, and Mr. Daniel Kahl sent off the new graduates at the Summer 2010 SLIS Graduation Reception in the CIS Atrium.View more photos here.

From left to right: Dr. Yoon, Fazana Baksh, Karen Kaufmann, Nilusha Dedigamuwa, Shalu Gillum, and Dr. Andrews

SLIS Student Organizations' representatives that helped with the Graduation Reception setup and cleanup. A big thanks to them!!

SLIS Faculty, Staff, and Students mingling in the atrium at the reception.

Spring 2010 Graduation Reception

Over a dozen SLIS spring 2010 graduates along with their families and friends gathered together with SLIS faculty and staff on Saturday, May 8th to celebrate their graduation. The graduation reception took place in the CIS building atrium from 2:30 – 4:00 pm prior to the 6 pm commencement ceremony at the USF Sun Dome. Director Dr. Jim Andrews, Assistant Director and Instructor Diane Austin, Distinguished University Professor Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Associate Professor Dr. Cora Dunkley, Assistant Professors Dr. JungWon Yoon, Dr. Debra Slone and Dr. Derrie Perez, Instructor Rich Austin and Office Manager Dina Castellon welcomed all of the attendees to the event, which culminated with a traditional graduation picture that is taken of all the graduates and faculty members in attendance on the atrium stairs.  Some fellow students, Bill Harris, Jeffrey Austin, and Lana Brand, as well as Sarah Austin  came out to the event to volunteer their time for the event and help congratulate the graduates. View more pictures from the event here.


SLIS Fall Graduates Attend Tampa Campus Celebration and Commencement

More than a dozen SLIS Fall graduates and their families and friends gathered together with SLIS faculty and staff on Saturday, December 12 to celebrate their graduation. The event took place in the CIS building atrium prior to the 6pm commencement ceremony at the USF Sun Dome. Distinguished University Professor Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Assistant Professors  Dr.  JungWon Yoon and Dr. Stephanie Maatta-Smith, Fieldwork Coordinator Dr. Linda Alexander, Academic Program Specialist Wendy Steiger and Assistant Director and Instructor Diane Austin welcomed attendees to the event, which culminated with a the traditional  graduation picture on the atrium stairs.  Graduate assistant Jyoti Deo, one of the fall graduates, generously provided the refreshments for the graduation celebration. Thank you, Jyoti! View more pictures from the event on USF SLIS Flickr site.

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Recharging after forays into curriculum and mission

On the morning of Wednesday, December 9, 2009, faculty, staff and students of the USF SLIS were represented in meetings to address the continuing evolution of the school’s curriculum and mission. Dr. James Andrews led the overall effort, which included breakout sessions into smaller discussion groups. Idea results from the smaller groups were then collated when the session re-convened.

The need for discussion of future curriculum choices and refining of the school’s mission are, in part, a result of the feedback received during the recent ALA re-accreditation process. Concrete decisions regarding any changes to the curriculum and mission are envisioned for the spring semester when more of the faculty will be present.

A group of 12 faculty, GA’s and staff then shifted gears into a celebratory mode. They adjourned to nearby Antonio’s for a luncheon and, for those who wished to participate, a token gift exchange.

What better gifts for librarians to exchange, of course, than books!

The format was one in which participants choose to either take a wrapped, anonymous book from the collected stash or steal one from someone that’s already unwrapped their draw.

The surprise results appeared to tickle everyone.

Dr. Jungwon Yoon happy with her selection.

For example, Dr. Yoon seemed so excited by her book about chocolate that she attempted to magically produce dessert from the very pages of the tome.  🙂

Dr. Cora Dunkley's draw

Good food, good company, good discussion and good spirits were enjoyed by all.

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East Coast Graduation & Holiday Reception

On December 6, 2009 the SLIS East Coast Program held their 14th graduation and holiday reception in the SEFLIN Meeting Room at the Boca Rotan S.E. Wimberly Library on the FAU Campus. There were 14 SLIS graduates in attendance who each got a professional picture taken in their cap and gown  and a frame for them to put their diploma in, both given to the students as gifts from East Coast Assistant Director Maria Treadwell.

Along with the graduates, in attendance at the event were their families, alumni, Director Jim Andrews, Assistant Directors Maria Treadwell and Diane Austin, Communication and Information Officer Jessica Voss, Emeritus Faculty member Henrietta Smith, and Jennifer Moore from the CAS Foundations Office.

Diane Austin and Dr. Henrietta Smith

To view more pictures from this event go here.