Edible Book Festival, 2014 Announcement


The Mark O. Hatfield Library invites you to participate in the third annual

Friday, March 14, 2014.  Hatfield Room.

In conjunction with the International Edible Book Festival, we are pleased to sponsor this fun and creative event again this year.  Use your artistic talents or your punny side to make an edible creation inspired by a literary title, author, or character. Pick your favorite mystery, poem, or character from a children’s book—the only limit is your imagination.

Some of last year’s entries are show below. For additional inspiration and ideas, check out these Edible Book Festival entries from Seattle Public Library, UCLA, and Duke University. Your entry doesn’t need to be baked or cooked, but it does need to be made of something edible!

Free to enter– no registration required.  Drop off your entry in the Hatfield Room on March 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you have a copy of the book that inspired your creation, bring it along and we will include it in the display.  Come in to cast a vote for your favorite edible book until 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided!

All entries will be on display from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Even if you don’t enter, you can cast a vote for your favorite edible book.  At 4:30 p.m., our esteemed panel of judges—David Craig (Biology), Ford Schmidt (Hatfield Library), and a CLA student (tbd) —will announce the prizes for:

  • Best Student Entry
  • Most Literary
  •  Most Creative
  • Punniest
  •  People’s Choice

Bistro gift cards will be given to this year’s winners.  For more information and to view all photos of the last two year’s entries, go to:



For questions, contact Carol Drost, x6715, cdrost@willamette.edu

Prizes awarded:

  • People’s Choice – “The Monster Book of Monsters” by Kimberly Miller, Audrey Kaltenbach and Matt Bateman.
  • Best Student Entry – “One Cake to Rule Them All” by Kelsey Kinavey.
  • Most Creative – “Lord of Pies” by Kelly Slaughter.
  • Most Literary – (Tie) “The Picture of Dorian Souffle” by Maureen Ricks; “Lay’s Miserables” by Katie Mariman.
  • Punniest – (Three-way tie) “Their Fries Were Watching Cod” by Sophie Hearn; “Their Eyes Were Watching Cod” by Megan Newcomb and Grace Katzmar; “Pride and Prego Dish” by Liz Butterfield. 
  • Honorable Mention – “Hop on Pop” by Sara Amato.


“The Monster Book of Monsters”

Inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
By J.K. Rowling
Created by Kimberly Miller, Audrey Kaltenbach and Matt Bateman

People’s Choice



“One Cake to Rule Them All”

Inspired by The Lord of the Rings By JRR Tolkein
Created by Kelsey Kinavey

Best Student Entry



  “Lord of the Pies”

Inspired by Lord of the Flies
By William Golding
Created by Kelly Slaughter

Most Creative

  The Picture of Dorian Souffle

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde
Created by Maureen Ricks

(Tie) Most Literary


Lay’s Miserables

Inspired by Les Miserables
By Victor Hugo
Created by Katie Mariman

(Tie) Most Literary


Their Fries Were Watching Cod

Inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Created by Sophie Hearn

(Tie) Punniest


Their Eyes Were Watching Cod

Inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Created by Megan Newcomb and Grace Katzmar

(Tie) Punniest

Pride and Prego Dish

Inspired by Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Created by Liz Butterfield

(Tie) Punniest


Hop on Pop

Inspired by Hop on Pop
By Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Created by Sara Amato

Honorable Mention




Fulbright Scholar Program Panel

Please join us Friday, February 14th at 2:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for this week’s Faculty Colloquium panel discussion.

Title: The Fulbright Scholar Program

Abstract: If you have ever thought about applying for a Fulbright–still one of the most highly regarded international exchange programs in the United States and abroad–and have questions, come and talk with our experienced Fulbrighters. What’s it like to take your children to a foreign country on a Fulbright grant? What teaching assignments could you expect? What will you bring to the country you’re living in, and what could you expect to take away from the experience? These questions and many more can all be discussed at this Faculty Colloquium focused on the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Our panelists will include:

Ron Loftus (Japan, twice, Core Scholar Grant)
David McCreery (Jordan, Core Scholar grant and Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad leader)
Joyce Millen (Senegal, dissertation award and current Fulbright panelist)
Pamela Moro (Thailand, as a graduate student and Core Scholar)
Scott Pike (Greece, dissertation award)
Todd Silverstein (Norway, Core Scholar grant)
Bill Smaldone (Germany, twice, Core Scholar grant)
Mike Strelow (Spain, Core Scholar grant)

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Doreen Simonsen and Stephanie DeGooyer
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators

Playwright Ricardo Bracho, Feb. 19

Please join us for the first event in the Spring 2014 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a reading and talk by acclaimed playwright Ricardo Bracho, on Wednesday, Feburary 19. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.
Born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, Bracho has had a twenty-year career as a playwright, educator, essayist, producer, and dramaturg. His plays, including The Sweetest Hangover, Sissy, A to B, Mexican Psychotic, Puto and Ni Madre, have been produced in California and New York, and have been developed and read nationally.Bracho

“I feel strongly about theatre: that it is intrinsic to democratic dialogue, that it can transform lives and communities,” says Bracho.

Bracho has participated in the NEA/TCG Residency Program for Playwrights, Mabou Mines Resident Artists’ Suite, UCSB Summer Theater Lab, and was Visiting Artist/Scholar at UCSB’s Center for Chicano Studies. He has received grants, commissions, and awards from the Creative Work Fun, Brown University, Magic Theatre/Exploratorium Museum, UC Santa Barbara, and the Center Theater Group, among others. His poems, essays, and play excerpts have been published in IN YOUR FACE, Behind our Backs/Sumt’n to Say, Encylopedia, Cast Out, Corpus and Virgins, and in Guerrillas y Locas. He has also worked extensively in the fields of harm reduction, drug policy/research, HIV service and analysis, and Lati@, gay men of color, and lgbt youth of color organizing with Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida, LLEGO, the Harm Reduction Coaliton, the H.I.P.H.O.P. Project (Health in Prison, Health Outta Prison) and Fierce!, among others.

This event is sponsored by the Hallie Ford Chair in Writing and the Departments of English, Theatre, Politics, American Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at Willamette University.

For more information, contact:
Scott Nadelson, Hallie Ford Chair in Writing
Willamette University

Finals Week: Extended Study Hours

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 2, the Hatfield Library will be open extended hours for final exams.
These are the hours for the end of the term:

Monday, Dec. 2 – Thursday, Dec. 5 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 13 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15 — CLOSED

Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 16. During the break, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on weekends. Also, the library (and the rest of campus) will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. Regular hours resume on Jan. 13.

Annual Giving Tree 2013

giving-tree-2013-1Items are starting to come in for the Tree of Giving Book Drive!  We are supporting both Hallman and Richmond Elementary schools this year, so we are looking forward to an excellent turnout of books.  Some key things to remember as we approach the final Drive date on December 17th:

– 30% discount at the Willamette Store for Book Drive books

– K-5 Spanish and English language books

(No holiday themes please)

– Drop off locations are at the Circulation Desk in the Hatfield Library & the Willamette Store

– Gloves, hats, and cash for books are also desired

– Check out the LibGuide  for more information: http://libguides.willamette.edu/tree-of-giving

This is our seventh annual Tree of Giving Book Drive!  Please visit our Tree of Giving located near the entrance of the library, and see the beautiful ornaments adorning it.  For every book donated, we add one ornament to our Tree of giving.

So think of the Tree of Giving as you do your Black Friday shopping!  And thank you for your support from the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette Store, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee




Brownbag Discussion with Former Staff to Senator Hatfield

BA feature-length documentary film highlighting the leadership and career of the late Senator Mark O. Hatfield will also premiere Tuesday, November 19 in Portland.

In conjunction with this event, the Mark O. Hatfield Library and University Archives are pleased to announce that several former Congressional staff members to Senator Hatfield, including a number of WU Alums, will be reuniting on campus and making themselves available for a conversation about Senator Hatfield.  This will take place on November 18th at 12-1pm in the Hatfield Room of the library. This gathering will provide an opportunity for an informal discussion of the Senator, his career, and most importantly, the staffers’ personal experiences working alongside the Senator through many incredible moments in Oregon and United States history.

Please bring your own lunch and lots of questions for this causal get-together. Light refreshments will be provided.  For additional information please contact Mary McRobinson, University Archivist, 503-370-6764; <mmcrobin@willamette.edu>

Information on The Hatfield Project and documentary film The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon’s Mark Hatfield, including ticket information, can be found at: http://hatfieldfilm.com

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Hallie Ford Literary Series: New Voices Showcase

Please join us for the final event in the Fall 2013 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette. On Monday, November 18, at 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the library, we will host a New Voices Showcase, featuring poet Emily Kendal Frey and memoirist/essayist Jay Ponteri. The two debut writers will read from and discuss their work and answer questions about the first book experience. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store.

Emily Kendal Frey’s first full length poetry collection, The Grief Performance, won the Poetry Society of America’s 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. She teaches at Portland Community College and The Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Read Emily’s poems here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/22629 and here: http://bombsite.com/issues/1000/articles/6252.
Read an interview with her here: http://www.bookslut.com/features/2011_06_017747.php.

Jay Ponteri is the author of the memoir Wedlocked, released in the spring of 2013. He directs the creative writing program at Marylhurst University and is the founder of a summer creative writing camp for high school students. His essay, “Listen to This,” was cited as a Notable Essay of 2009 by the editors of Best American Essays.

Read some of Jay’s recently published work here: http://www.ghostproposal.com/issue3/jayponteri.php.
Read a review of Wedlocked here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/04/wedlocked-by-jay-ponteri.html.

Or listen to a podcast in which Emily and I discuss his book here: http://latenightlibrary.org/wedlocked/.

Colloqium: Gauging and Strengthening Quantitative Skills at Entry

Please join us this Friday, November 8th at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Hatfield Room for a special presentation by Margot Black, Director, Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center, Lewis & Clark College. James Friedrich (Department of Psychology) is sponsoring Professor Black’s presentation.Margot_Black_sm

Title: Gauging and Strengthening Quantitative Skills at Entry: New Options for Improving Students’ Course Placement and Academic Success

Abstract: Mathematically underprepared students are a large and growing concern in higher education. This can pose special challenges for small, liberal arts colleges with limited course offerings. Identifying and addressing the needs of these students enhances their success across a wide range of courses in the sciences, humanities, and arts. Doing so also contributes to broader institutional success in terms of graduation rates and retention. If a college admits students with such varied quantitative preparation, I suggest that it bears the responsibility of providing certain resources necessary to help them be successful in their courses. In this talk I will discuss how Lewis & Clark College handles math proficiency and placement testing as well as options for remediation for those students who need it most. Such placement and support efforts ultimately contribute to the academic success of all students, including those initially seen as having strong quantitative preparation.

Bamboo Musical Instrument Exhibit: Sounds of Harmony Series


Please visit our temporary exhibit Sounds of Harmony, which will be on display until November 3rd outside of the Archives & Special Collections entrance.  This display of traditional bamboo musical instruments complements the talks and music demonstrations related to the Music in the Reconstruction of Identity and Healing/Therapy of the Modern Mind-and-Heart series.








Dynamics and Problems of Using Games to Teach

Please join us this Friday, November 1st at 2:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for a presentation by Frederick J. Oerther, III, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics.

Title: Dynamics and Problems of Using Games to Teachoerthersmall

Brief Description: This presentation will argue for the usefulness of games as an educational device. We begin by discussing the nature of games and describing the student’s “game experience” in the classroom. Then we will make some assertions about how the game experience might be expected to contribute to the learning process – including the leveraging of scholastic motivations that games may offer on the basis of social and phenomenological factors. The features and properties of a specific form of game, which may be most useful in the classroom, called the “Fully Human Interactive Game,” are surveyed. We conclude with a discussion of some of the problems which may accompany using games to teach.