Title: Ecological Restoration at Willamette University’s Zena Forest
Willamette University’s Zena Forest is part of the largest remaining contiguous block of forested land in the Eola Hills of the central Willamette Valley, where Euro-American agriculture, urban and forestry activities have reduced the area of original oak habitat significantly. The long-term restoration goal at the property is to enhance the fundamentally interrelated and collective function of upland oak habitat at the watershed scale within the context of our conservation easement as well as our educational mission. To that end we initiated habitat restoration activities on 130 acres of upland oak woodland and prairie habitat in 2009. As an educational institution with rich agency and community partnerships (ODFW, BPA, USFWS, NRCS, TMF and IAE, Salem-Keizer School District, The Forest Guild) we are in a unique position to undertake long-term data collection and analysis in permanent monitoring plots in our restoration units, as well as investigate drivers of landscape and habitat change at a variety of temporal and spatial scales. In this talk I will discuss preliminary impacts of our restoration treatments.
Additionally, I will summarize the work of a number of Willamette University students, whose research at broader scales has advanced our understanding of past climate and human impacts on the landscape. The synthesis of our monitoring work and broader scale research, in conjunction with the expertise of our community partners, has significantly enhanced our restoration efforts and will help to guide our decision making in the future.
February is African American History Month and the Hatfield Library has created a display of books, films, and sound recordings in celebration. In 1976 when President Gerald R. Ford declared February to be African American History Month, he encouraged all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” So come take a look at this interesting exhibit on the first floor of the library; all of the items are available for checkout!
The Willamette University Archives has recently released a new collection called the Student Publications collection. The Student Publications collection includes literary publications, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers created by Willamette University student organizations and groups. Included are the long-running school newspaper The Collegian; the student yearbook, The Wallulah; the Tokyo International University of America yearbook; literary journals; and comedic magazines. Among the newspapers and newsletters are those published at odds with, or in addition to, The Collegian such as Another Voice, The Mill Stream and The Vanguard. In addition to newspapers, Willamette University students have compiled literary magazines, fraternity and sorority publications, and comedic newsletters. The collection ranges between 1850-2014, and has 27.5 linear feet, including files, one oversize box, bound volumes, and digital materials.
A historical note: Individual students, organizations and groups have been gathering and writing since Willamette’s founding. The first known publication, The Experiment, was created in 1850 as a way for students of the Oregon Institute to express themselves. Willamette’s longest running student publication, The Collegian, was begun in 1875. It continues to document the campus climate, events, and students’ reactions to their surroundings.
Contact Ashley Toutain (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about this collection, or click here to read more of what she wrote:
As juniors and seniors, you will research and write more than past semesters. If you haven’t met with a librarian yet to help with your research, now is an awesome time to get to know them! Faculty may also wish to contact them for a library instruction session for your class.
They are all very knowledgeable and friendly. You will see them at the reference desk where you can ask for research help, or set up a time to meet with them one-on-one.
The Department of Art invites you to view “Musicality, Metaphor & Metonymy: Paintings by Tim Timmerman”, this semester’s exhibition in the Roger W. Rogers Gallery.
Timmerman’s paintings narrate the events and dynamics of his own friendships. He does so by physically creating small, assemblage characters (often using toys and figurines), which he then casts as protagonists and antagonists in the painted dramas that he stages and paints to illuminate, symbolically and allegorically, the dynamics of real relationships. His work shows us that we are most human in our friendships because we enact the full and messy spectrum of our humanity in these close relationships, which cast both our virtues and our frailties in high relief.
On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 the requesting interface for Summit materials will be more streamlined. In the past, when you chose “Request Summit (5 days),” you had to login to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to request a book or video. On the 20th, you will now place your Summit requests directly in the WU Libraries’ catalog.
When you click the request option, the requesting form will be automatically populated within the catalog frame. You will then be able to select your Pickup/Delivery Location (Hatfield Library or Law Library, and submit the Request. The status of your requests can be monitored under your “My Account.”
If you want to search Worldcat, you can find a link to Worldcat on the databases page.
The Faculty Colloquium presentations for this semester have come to an end. Karen Arabas’ previously scheduled presentation on “Ecological Restoration Work at Zena Forest” has been moved from this coming Friday to February 13th. Please mark your calendars and join us to hear the intriguing presentations of your colleagues work next Semester.
Time and place: Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room.
Refreshments will be served
Jan. 30: Josh Laison: “My Friends the Triangles: The Study of Geometric Networks”
Feb. 6: Marva Duerksen: “Prosody in Emily Dickinson, and in Musical Settings of her Poems”
Feb. 13: Karen Arabas: “Ecological Restoration Work at Zena Forest”
Feb. 27: Kelley Strawn: “What’s Behind All This ‘Nones’-Sense? – Examining Religious Non-Affiliation in the United States Over Time”
Mar. 6: Holland Phillips: “Echoes of the Danish Folkelig Tradition in Carl Nielsen’s Op. 48.”
Mar. 13: Bill Duvall: “Unexpected Writing from an Engaged Intellectual: Ahmed Kalouaz and Adolescent Literature.”
Apr. 3: Bobby Brewer-Wallin: “My Case Is Altered or Bodies of Elizabeth: Code-switching in Solo Performance”
Apr. 10: Abigail Susik: “Surrealism, Stenography and the Ouija Board”
Apr. 24: Panel on “How Your Research influences Your Teaching” (Followed by a Reception to celebrate another year of research and excellent teaching)
Willamette University’s long running newspaper, the Collegian, is now available digitally and fully keyword searchable. With unprecedented access to history at your fingertips, what will you search for?
Beginning in November 2013, over 100 years of Collegian issues needed to be unbound and assessed for completeness. Microfilm copies were used to fill in any gaps. The unbound Collegians were then mailed to iArchives and digitized. Once scanning was complete, each image was reviewed to ensure its readability. Over a century of Collegian data was then uploaded to the Academic Commons for publication. The Collegian is now searchable, and browsable, all the way back to its first issue in 1875.
In cooperation with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Hatfield Library is housing a temporary exhibit to go with the museum’s current exhibit, Contemporary Bestiary. The museum exhibit “features work by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana who incorporate animal imagery in their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues.” The exhibit includes birds, frogs, dogs, cats, fish, cows, horses, and more and runs from September 13 through December 21, 2014. The library has two wonderful paintings on display near the entrance of the library as well as a collection of books that complement the exhibit.
With election season upon us, be sure and check out the great display of election memorabilia from the political collections of the Willamette archives on the second floor of the library. The exhibit features bumper stickers, lawn signs, buttons and a variety of other interesting campaign materials. An adjoining temporary exhibit showcases campaign items from the personal collections of library staff and friends. Come take a look! And don’t forget to vote!