Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

HNU Library Summer Squawk: New Year, New New Things!

August 11, 2011

We have a lot of “new” this fall, and we’re also planning many wonderful events. Expect more as we break into the fall semester! And the drum roll begins…


All events open to the Holy Names community. Nibblies will be served.

Poetry in the Library, Sunday, August 21, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. A special event for student orientation (a “Mass alternative”), but open to all. We will have fun co-creating a poem to celebrate a new year and new students!

Gaming Night, Monday, August 22, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Another Orientation event open to all in the Holy Names community. Play traditional board games, use our computers to play online games, or take off your shoes and have fun with Twister.


We've got the whole world at HNU!

We've got the whole world at HNU!

International Reception, Thursday, September 8, 12:30 – 1:30. International students and faculty and everyone else (who isn’t international, anyway?) are invited to a fun reception co-sponsored with the Student Success Center. Mingle and nibble international treats while enjoying International Bingo and other activities.  Guest musician Doug Jones, a student in the Holy Names University music program, will entertains us with “international” renderings.

Chad Williams

Chad Williams

Cushing Salon Literary EventThursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. Chad Williams will read from his book, “Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era,” which in 2011 won the prestigious Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians.

Chad will also be on hand to sign copies, which will be for sale. Produced in cooperation with Jon Neeper of the Holy Names University Bookstore.

Other fall events in work: Expect a panel discussion about “Jesus of Galilee,” featuring Robert Lassalle-Klein, Sr. Sophia Park, and others; student poetry readings; lunchtime music concerts;  two book talks (“12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”; “Teaching to Transgress”); an art event featuring the work of student Alex Sing; and more! Propose an event and we’ll make it happen.

We also have some wonderful personnel news!

Eugenia Chan

Eugenia Chan

New Role: Eugenia Chan has been our half-time temporary research librarian since October, 2009. With generous support from Academic Affairs we have managed to hang on to her all this time.

Eugenia has now moved into a new role as Head of Access Services — a regular, full-time position — where she trains and supervises student workers, oversees facility management and classroom scheduling, oversees our checkout system and our systems for borrowing books and articles worldwide — plus a little research help (and of course, “other duties as assigned”).

Stop on by and say hi!


Cushing Library Hawk Squawk: 2 Events and a Kudo

March 16, 2011
Christiana Hargrave playing the piano at Cushing Library

Christiana Hargrave playing the piano at Cushing Library

Thanks to Christiana Hargrave!

Christiana was our debut pianist, and graced our February 24 Cushing Salon with a lovely prelude performance. If you have gifts in this area you’d like to share with the library — how about a lunchtime brown-bag recital? — drop us a line.

Upcoming Cushing Salon Events

All are “RWBS” (Refreshments Will Be Served). Everyone welcome: faculty, students, staff, alums, and the community.

“The Oracles of Delphi and Dodona: Ancient Sites of Women’s Wisdom and Gods’ Prophecy,” a talk by Dr. Marguerite Rigoglioso

Wednesday, April 6, 5-6 p.m., in the Events lounge.

In ancient times, priestesses delivered the wisdon of the deities. In this provocative talk, author Marguerite Rigoglioso reveals the fascinating operations of the oracles and Delphi and Dodona in ancient Greece, exploring how women functioned as the most famous psychics and channelers of all times.

Sponsored by Professor Truxler and Salazar’s Integrative Studies Across Cultures Course ISAC 101: The Ancient World.

NEW! “Transformational Art: The Beauty of Mathematical Mapping,” a talk by Professor Ian Sammis.

Thursday, April 14, 5-6 p.m. in the Glass Lounge.

Expect a lively and learned talk from Professor Sammis, whose fascinating artwork was featured in a recent faculty colloquium. Professor Sammis’ colorful work will be on exhibit all spring in the library’s Lower Level, enlivening the spaces between the study desks facing the perimeter road. Watch for an announcement that the art is up for viewing!

Picture Perfect: HNU Plans Its Dream Library

February 1, 2011
Top Pick from Library Smart Talk

Top Pick from Library Smart Talk

The crowd in the packed library classroom oohed and ahhed at the beautiful slides of library interiors displayed last Friday by renowned library space-planning consultant Linda Demmers in a campus-wide smart talk on “visioning the 21st-century Cushing Library.”

“It’s a terrific turnout,” said Daniel Ransom, librarian at Cushing Library. The student body was particularly well-represented, thanks to ASHNU leaders such as Anitra McCain, Regine Baffert, Lesley Vodicska, and others involved in organizing student attendance at this event.

The power of the paintbrush came through loud and clear. The crowd gasped with surprise at before-and-after slides where libraries had accented drab interiors with bright colors. “We should have a painting party!” said Elaine Bauer, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.

The highlight of Linda Demmers’ presentation was when she displayed  dozens of slides representing a wide variety of library interiors and furnishings. Students, faculty, and staff used index cards to vote for the features they liked the most. At the end of this exercise, Ms. Demmers tabulated the results in a spreadsheet and then used these results to demonstrate the preferences of the audience.

The top pick? Comfortable, high-backed diner-style tables. “They would look great under the windows,” said Nicole Greenland, systems and faculty technology development librarian.

“This was so much fun, and we learned so much, not just about what other libraries are doing, but what students and faculty would like to see us do here,” said library director Karen Schneider. She added, “Linda also offered ideas for low-cost upgrades we could do sooner than later, such as adding more power outlets, working closely with Campus IT to improve the wifi, hanging more student artwork, and buying some colorful, comfy chairs.”

In addition to recommending that the library continue pursuing the “low-cost remodel” approach, Linda Demmers emphasized that the library needs a master plan before taking any major steps to renovate or rebuild the facility.

Next steps include a presentation by ASHNU at this week’s student forums, and later in February, a student survey to further identify student needs for the next-generation Cushing Library, coordinated between the Library and ASHNU. Additionally, the library had previously submitted input to be considered for the next draft of the university’s “Next Steps” planning document.

Art Talk by Professor Simons, Nov 4, 6-8 p.m.

November 2, 2010

Robert Simons: TortugaThursday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. (Art talk from 6:30 – 7:45)

Art talk by Professor Robert Simons: “Simultaneous Contrast: An informal and very illustrated conversation about making art.”

Location: Cushing Library, Holy Names University (3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland CA 94619). This is a 45-minute talk with socializing before and after. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome: faculty, students, staff, HNU alums and retirees, and the general public.

Professor Simons is the second Cushing Library Artist-in-Residence. His work will be on display through December.  Professor Simons has taught in the art department of Holy Names University since 1975. His colorful, engaging, and challenging work has appeared in many regional exhibits.

Examples of Professor Simons’ work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, the California Palace of The Legion of Honor, and the United States State Department, Art-In-Embassies Program.