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!
Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics will be speaking about:
“My Friends the Triangles: The Study of Geometric Networks”
Mathematical networks have a wide variety of applications outside mathematics: components of an electric circuit connected by wires; genetic similarities among species in a phylogenetic tree; social networks among people; airline flights between cities; links between web pages. My research deals with applications of these networks inside mathematics, to the study of geometric shapes. This is an exciting new area of study, where the interesting problems outnumber the researchers working on them. I’ll introduce this field, and then highlight a few problems I’ve worked on, including some projects with Willamette student co-authors.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Doreen Simonsen and James Miley
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators
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.
Management & Economics Librarian
Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collection Development
Head of Research Services
Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services
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.
More information about the exhibition is available on the Roger W. Rogers Gallery’s website: http://www.willamette.edu/cla/arts/get_involved/exhibitions/rogers/timmerman.html
The Rogers Gallery is located in the Rogers Music Hall. The exhibition will be open to the public until May 17, 2015.
Andries Fourie (curator, Roger W. Rogers Gallery)
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.
Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns.
The Hatfield Library has special hours during the Winter Break.
Wed, Dec. 24 – Fri, Jan. 2 CLOSED
Sat – Sun, Jan. 3 – 4 CLOSED
Mon – Fri, Jan. 5 – 9 8 – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun, Jan. 10 – 11 CLOSED
Mon – Fri, Jan. 12 – 16 8 – 5 p.m.
Sat – Sun, Jan. 17 – 18 CLOSED
Normal building hours resume Monday, January 19th. The Hatfield Library staff wish the Willamette Community a most wonderful and safe Winter Break and a great start to the new year!
Beginning on Monday, Dec. 1, the Hatfield Library will be open extended hours for final exams. Also, don’t forget about the free cookies and coffee provided by the library…usually the cookies are made available after 10 p.m. starting on Sunday, Dec. 7th until they run out.
These are the hours for the end of the term:
Monday, Dec. 1 – Thursday, Dec. 4 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 5 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 8 – Friday, Dec. 12 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 — CLOSED
Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 15. During the break, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on the weekends. Also, the library (and the rest of campus) will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. Regular hours resume on Jan. 19.