Faculty Colloquium: Josh Laison

Please join us on Friday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for the weekly Faculty Colloquium. This week’s Colloquium will be presented by Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics. The title of the talk is: “A Sampling of Pure Mathematics Research for Non-Mathematicians”.

Abstract: In this talk I’ll provide an introduction to the experience of doing research in pure mathematics by guiding attendees through some of the stages of progress made so far in my current projects. I’ll use two projects as case studies: one with a current Willamette mathematics major, and one with colleagues at Willamette and a few other schools. Rated E for Everyone.


Tips for Smart Printing #3

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Here is this week’s Tip for Smart Printing: Tip #3

Store your projects in Google Docs for an environmentally-friendly peer editing!

Did you know that you can save your Microsoft Word documents in your Google Documents (Google Docs)?  Everyone at Willamette has access to Google Docs due to our campus transition this summer to Gmail.

To access Google Docs, log into your Gmail account, and click DOCUMENTS along the top left side of the screen.  To upload a document, click the Upload icon that is located next to the Create button, select the file you want to upload and then click open (see screen shot below). The file will automatically be converted into a Google Docs format that you can edit directly online, and download as a Word Document.

The beneficial aspect of Google Docs is that you can share access to the document.  Individuals and groups can either only view the document or be able to edit it.  You can also add comments to document without changing anything by clicking INSERT and COMMENT.

And here is a quick progress report for the amount of unclaimed/wasted paper that comes from the library printers.  Roughly 1/5 of the box has been filled with unclaimed printouts from the library’s printers. There is a natural spike around mid-terms and finals, so please remember to pick up your printouts!

Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at jrepplin@willamette.edu.


Movie Screening

Next Wednesday, February 29th at 7 p.m. in Ford Hall, there will be a screening of a new fillm from Egypt in connection with Africa Week. Sponsored by Film Studies, the French Department, and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, it is also the result of our ongoing connection with the Cascade Festival of African Film.

Here is a summary of the fllm from the festival website:

The 22nd festival opens with Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, a film by one of Egypt’s foremost directors that dramatically captures the fusion of oppressive politics, repression, and the desire for freedom and creativity that have fueled the Arab Spring. Framed like The Arabian Nights and set in modern-day Cairo, the film centers on a popular talk-show host named Hebba. When pressured by her husband to tone down government criticism in her show so he can get a much-desired government job promotion, she turns her show’s attention to the lives of ordinary women. The results are not at all what her husband or his bosses expected.


New Video Recording Room

A joint venture between WITS and the Library has brought together video capture technology and a space in the library that you can be used to record presentations for practice or for a course assignment. Possibilities are only limited by your imagination, but include recording SSRD practice sessions, mock interviews, how-to demonstrations and language exercises.

As well, the Tegrity recording technology provides the ability for you to combine Power Point slides, websites or anything that can be displayed on a computer screen into your recording in combination with audio and video of themselves as presenters. The room, on the first floor of the library, is available on a first-come-first-served basis for all the hours the library is open. Staff are available in the library to provide assistance.


Tips for Smart Printing #2

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Here is this week’s Tip for Smart Printing: Tip #2

Selective Printing!

Be sure to use the print preview in your word process and web browser, and only print the pages you need. Simply enter in the pages that you need printed, and you will help reduce the amount of paper left by the printer.

Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at jrepplin@willamette.edu.


Fiction Writer: Anthony Doerr

The Hallie Ford Chair Literary Series at Willamette University presents fiction writer Anthony Doerr, Monday, March 5 in the Hatfield room at 7:30 p.m. Winner of The Story Prize, the country’s most prestigious award for a collection of short fiction, Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, including the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, the novel About Grace, and the story collection The Shell Collector.

His most recent book, Memory Wall, a second volume of stories, was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Boston Gobe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Amazon.com. Doerr’s short fiction has won three O.Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, two Ohioana Book Awards, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


Faculty Colloquium: Finding Grants

Please join us on Friday, February 17th at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for the weekly Faculty Colloquium. This week’s Colloquium will be presented by Willamette’s Office for Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR) and the Dept. of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The title of the talk is “Funding for Research and Teaching: What Kind of Grant Makes Sense for You?”.

Abstract: In this one-hour interactive discussion we will share useful tips for getting your research and programs funded. We will cover the gamut of all things grant-related at Willamette, including the on-campus process for seeking funding, examples of successful projects, and upcoming opportunities for research and program grants. Feel free to come with questions and project ideas. Light refreshments will be provided.


Awareness of Your Printing Habits

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Starting in February, the Hatfield Library began a Printing Awareness campaign to show how much unclaimed and wasted paper is generated from just the four printers within the Hatfield Library.   We began collecting all of the unclaimed paper at the beginning of the semester, and throughout the rest of the semester, library staff will continue to gather unclaimed paper.  The paper left in the baskets next to the printers will be collected before the library opens each day and placed in the clear box near the 1st floor printers.  NOTE: This does not include any paper from the blue recycling cans or any other locations in the library.

It isn't a fish tank! This box collects unclaimed and wasted printouts exclusively from the four Hatfield Library printers.

Unclaimed paper box by the first floor printers in the Hatfield Library.

New tips for printing will be posted near the printers on a weekly basis throughout this semester and on signs near computers on the first floor of the library. Check back on this page to view all of the printing tips, and additional info.

Tip #1. Large documents and documents with images take time to print… sometimes a really long time.  Try to be patient!

Tip #2. Selective Printing!  Use print preview and only print the pages you need by entering in the pages that you need.

Tip #3. Store your projects in Google Docs for an environmentally-friendly peer editing! .

Tip #4. Use the Sticky Notes tool and Highlighter tools in Adobe Reader to take notes on the articles you are reading.


Tips for Smart Printing #1

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Here is this week’s Tip for Smart PrintingTip #1

Large documents and documents with images take time to print
… sometimes a really long time.  Try to be patient!

Large documents may not necessarily have a lot of pages.  Think about the digital storage size of the document.  For example, an article that is a three page PDF document scanned at high resolution may be 3Mb (megabits) in size, whereas a standard 20 page PDF document might only be 300kb (kilobits) in size.  Which one do you think will take longer to print?

Documents that are really large in storage size will naturally take a lot longer, so if you’re printing a thesis with a lot of images be prepared for it to take several minutes to print.  You might warn others who are waiting for their print jobs that your print out will take a while.  We’ve had documents so large that it take one minute to print just one page–and they were 100+ pages long!

So please be patient with your print jobs.

Click here for all past printing tip posts. If you have a tip for us, email John Repplinger at jrepplin@willamette.edu.


WU Book Donation to Harritt Elementary

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Here’s a brief story (click here) from the Salem-Keizer School District about Harritt Elementary School receiving a large book donation from Willamette University students, faculty & staff. Once again, thank you Willamette Community for your generosity during the annual book drive!

Harritt Elementary received over 200 new books (Image source: http://www.salkeiz.k12.or.us/)