This is the first post in a series by Lauren Young, fourth year biology student, LibRAT and chair of SLAC (more on those acronyms below!). Lauren will be (meta)blogging about how she is working this year to combine her love of science and writing, in her preparations for a career in science communication. These preparations intersect with her deep involvement with and many valuable contributions to Kennedy Library.
Love at First Study
It’s a running joke with my friends that Kennedy Library is my second home. Since freshman year, one of my favorite things to do is discover new nooks and crannies for studying in the five-story building.
What can I say? It was love at first study.
Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & University Archives. This summer he is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the second in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.
First page of the Student Roads Committee’s report, submitted to President McPhee, March 1942. Many street names the students recommended are still used throughout campus today. Julian A. McPhee Papers, University Archives, Cal Poly.
When the Streets Had No Names
One of Julian McPhee’s most overlooked contributions is the naming of streets on Cal Poly’s campus. Pepper and Mt. Bishop Streets and California Boulevard were all named as the result of a collaboration between McPhee and the Student Roads Committee together with Alfred L. Ferrini, a prolific Central Coast land developer during the mid-20th century. As with McPhee, several local landmarks bear Ferrini’s name, including Ferrini Square, Ferrini Apartments, Ferrini Enterprises, and Ferrini Road, all of which can be found around Foothill Boulevard.
Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & Archives. This summer he is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the first in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.
Having lived the entire 22 years of my life within the city of San Luis Obispo, I have always been simultaneously intrigued by the rich history contained within the Central Coast and dismayed by the public’s lack of awareness of SLO’s relevance.
June 2013 is officially here, and that means the day I’ve been
dreading expecting avoiding eagerly anticipating is finally here: graduation.
Obviously, I’ve got some mixed feelings. This is a huge step into the next stage of any young adult’s life. It’s like going from adult life with the training wheels still on to full-fledged grown-up individual. My heart is doing little backflips right now just thinking about commencement, and I’ve still got two weeks to freak out about it.
So, on the threshold of the next stage, my boss asked me to write about the graduating experience. All I could think was, “AAAAAAAaaaaaahhh!”
This year, two talented student assistants from Kennedy Library were recognized with honors at Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year awards reception. Glen Beebe, a programmer in Library Information Technology, was named Cal Poly’s top student employee out of 49 nominees from across campus, and Jennifer Ray, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) librarian student assistant was named second runner up. Three cheers for Glen and Jennifer!
The prestigious John Cotton Dana Award is given by the American Library Association (ALA) to recognize “outstanding achievement in the promotion of library services.” Kennedy Library is one of eight winners of a $10,000 grant and likely the first inspired by 1980s glam rock.
Some of the best ideas are born under pressure.
That’s certainly true with Cal Poly 24-hour Hackathon participants Jack Maize, Ali Albiani and Kevin DeBoer, who won an award for best library app. Jack, Ali and Kevin are the minds behind the app concept Fish Bowl, which allows users to reserve Kennedy Library’s fish bowls, the collaborative study rooms on the second floor.