Summer I and II: June 2, 2004-August 6, 2004

Fondren Library Center

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Hamon Library

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

August Interim (August 7, 2004 - August 18, 2004)

Fondren Library Center

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

First Weeks of Fall Semester (August 19, 2004 - August 27, 2004)

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Fall (August 19, 2004 - December 11, 2004)

Fondren Library Center

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-2:00am
  • Friday: 8:00am-midnight
  • Saturday: 9:00am-midnight
  • Sunday: 1:00pm-2:00am

Hamon Library

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am- 12:00 am
  • Friday:8:00 a.m.-  6:00 pm
  • Saturday:9:00 a.m.-  5:00 pm
  • Sunday:1:00 p.m.- 12:00 am

For other library hours see web page at 



The Map Library still has some maps available from their annual map giveaway!!! The maps you may take for free are placed on the round table outside the map library doors. Great for decorating and gift wrap.



We are excited to announce that Alycen Cuellar has accepted the position of Director of the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon.  She will begin on Monday, July 26 and will temporarily be located in the CUL Library Office, Room 300, Fondren Library East while her permanent office in Room 320 is being completed

Alycen brings to SMU and the Friends of the Libraries community a background rich in development, special events, marketing and public relations.  As a long time resident of Dallas, she is well known as a successful businesswoman in her work with The Dallas Museum of Art, The Rachofsky House, Christie's Auction House and most recently in her own art consulting and design business.  She has also served as adjunct faculty teaching Art Appreciation with the Dallas County Community College District.

Being so involved with the Dallas community Alycen personally knows and has worked with many of the members of the Friends of the SMU Libraries community so she will feel right at home beginning her work as Director of the Friends.

Please welcome Alycen to SMU and the Central University Libraries.


Bill Dworaczyk's  team's entry for the "24 Hour Video Race of Dallas" short film competition won the audience award. Rob co-wrote, directed and edited this short.

Bill's entry for the "EDOC Eight Day Video Race" competition won Honorable Mention. Ron wrote and edited this short.




2-Jul Bickston, Dev FLC IIS
6-Jul Olson, Cindy FLC Circ
17-Jul Horne, James CMIT
20-Jul Barnett, Steve Collection Development
23-Jul Martin, Russell DeGolyer
24-Jul Bellavance, Maria CIP
26-Jul Youngblood, Dawn FLC Maps
26-Jul Silcox, Tinsley Hamon


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2-Aug Quevedo, Jim FLC IIS
9-Aug Meyers, Theresa V.G. FLC Ref
12-Aug Milazzo, Chris FLC Systems
20-Aug Nolen, Toni FLC Ref
27-Aug Milazzo, Joseph FLC Gov.


Beautiful Harper Rose Wolff was born Saturday, June 19th.  Daddy Chris Wolff began working in the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library earlier this summer. Chris is working on his PhD in Anthropology/ Archaeology. Mother Rebecca teaches in the ESL program.  Harper weighed in at 6 lbs. 15 oz.   Photos by: Chris Wolff.  There will be a baby shower for Chris, Rebecca and Harper on August 12th at 1:00pm in the Anthropology Department.  For more information, contact Dawn Youngblood.




I have taken up kayaking on White Rock Lake. I recently purchased a bright red (of course) Wilderness Pungo Classic 12 kayak. Note the SMU Mustang proudly displayed on the starboard bow. Next will be the name "Peruna" on the back (stern) of the boat. It has been properly christened with champagne. Thanks to Mike and Robin Stovall for introducing me to this wonderful sport! Now, if we can only get Billie into a kayak.....!


Sandra Setnick's son Benjamin has been accepted into the SMU Evening Law program and will begin attending this fall. Sandra is relieved that he turned out OK after all, and she is a very proud Mom.  Benjamin had this to say: "I'm still a bit overwhelmed as this is a big decision, committing the next four years to full time work and part time school. I know that the support of my friends and family have gotten me this far, and will get me through this as well."


Rob Walker of CMIT is pleased to announce the birth of his new daughter  Lili Donatella Walker.  She was born  6/21/04, weighing in at  7lbs 2oz and measuring  19 1/2".  Mother and baby and sister are all doing fine.


Maria Bellavance of CIP enjoyed another fantastic trip to Portugal in June. The highlights were:

  • A stopover in Rhode Island for the celebration of her 35th Class Reunion at Brown University and enjoying a weekend with family.
  • Reliving the rich history of Portugal with her guests during the first week while playing the role of a tour guide. The rental car had 6,000 more kilometers at the end of the month!
  • A Catamaran Boat Cruise along the coast of Algarve ending with swimming in the high sea.
  • Getting caught up in the excitement of the Euro 2004 Soccer Tournament with the Portuguese team making it to the final match only to lose it against Greece.
  • An incredible exhibit of sand sculptures near a beach in Algarve with the theme “Stories of Enchantment.” See pictures for a sampling.
Exhibit theme:

"Stories of Enchantment"

  The Artists are Portuguese, Spanish, French and Dutch

Witches and Castles in so many fairy tales
Amazing detail inside a boat

Maria Bellavance’s daughter Angela will be spending 12 days in Vietnam at the beginning of August to present a lecture on her work at the Fermi Laboratory during a World Conference of Nuclear Physicists. Mom is very proud of her!!!


Claire Lattimore of CIP has been given the Tau Cross and Crown award by the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.  It is for her many years of volunteer service.  It was a surprise ceremony held to honor her years of dedicated service, which included serving on committees such as the vestry, altar guild, and the habitat for humanity group. Here is what Claire had to say: "The one thing I haven't done is work in the library! Well, I did for a very short time but decided that I did not want to volunteer to do the same thing I did at work! I do volunteer once a month at our bookstore, that's about the closest to books that I get. I also am on a team that serves food at the Austin Street Shelter (homeless shelter) once a quarter; have helped with 3 Habitat Houses (they let me pick up bent nails at one site); and serve on the Church's Wedding Guild (I make sure the groom steps out when he is supposed to) and thus may hold some sort of record for number of weddings attended! I'm also co-convener of our Women's Book Group that is reading Nickled and Dimed for our August meeting." She jokingly added that although it is a cumulative award, her fellow church members reminded her that she is not absolved of continuing service in the future. 


This is a new section in which a CUL staff member will be featured each month.  The purpose is to get to know each other a little better.  Please feel free to send me the profiles of your newest staff members ( so that we can introduce them to the rest of CUL. If you have a staff member in your area that you would like to nominate (new or old) please contact me.  (You can even volunteer yourself :) )






August is:
  • American Artist Appreciation Month

  • Cataract Awareness Month

  • Catfish Month (National, US)

  • Eye Exam Month (National, US)

    • National Eye Exam Month was founded by Sears Optical in 1989 to raise awareness of the importance of regular eye exams. Here's the Web site: - but nowhere does it say what month this is observed!

    • "Sitting too close to the television will damage your eyes. Myth. Many people sit too close to the television because they can’t see well, but sitting too close will not make your eyesight worse. Source:

    • "Eating carrots will improve your vision. Myth. Carrots are high in vitamin A, but an overall healthy diet is more essential to good vision."  Source:

  • Immunization Awareness Month (National, US)

    • "(NIAM) NPI has designated August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Each year, this commemorative month increases awareness about immunization across the lifespan as parents and children prepare for the return to school, and the medical community begins preparations for the upcoming flu season. NIAM provides an opportunity to create positive messages for the media and to highlight local, grassroots immunization initiatives." -

  • Inventors Month (National, US)

  • Romance Awareness Month

  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

  • Water Quality Month (National, US)

  • 1st Raspberry Cream Pie Day

  • 2nd Ice Cream Sandwich Day

  • 4th Chocolate Chip Day

  • 6th Rootbeer Float Day

  • 10th S'Mores Day

  • 17th Pencil Day

  • 22nd Be an Angel Day

  • 25th Kiss and Make Up Day

  • 30th National Toasted Marshmallow Day


1 The first U.S. Census is completed. There are four million people in the U.S. in 1790.

2 Wild Bill Hickock is killed during a poker game. He was holding a "Dead Man's Hand", two pair aces and 8's. (1876)

3 The Nautilus, a nuclear powered submarine is the first submarine to cross the North Pole under water. (1958)

4 Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon. (1693) I'll drink to that!

5 Little Orphan Annie comic strip debuts. (1924)

6 Murderer John Hart is the first person to be executed in an electric chair (1890)

6 Baseball pitching legend Cy Young pitches his first his first game, a win. (1890)

6 The Atom bomb is dropped on  Hiroshima, Japan by the U.S. (1945)

7 The "Order of the Purple Heart" is created by President George Washington (1782)

8 The Daughters of the American Revolution organization is created. (1890)

8 The USSR finally declares war against Japan. (1945)

9 Animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes premieres, with new star Betty Boop! (1930)

9 President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first and only president to resign while in office (1974)

10 The village of Chicago is incorporated. (1833)

10 "Smile, You're on Candid Camera". Allen Funt's wildly popular show debuts. (1948)

11 The Beatles begin their last US concert tour. (1966)

12 US annexes Hawaii. (1898)

13 Spanish defeat the Aztecs Indians and conquerors Mexico City. (1521)

14 Japan surrenders, ending World War II. (1945)

14 Get a whiff of this...the Whiffle Ball was patented on this day. (1953)

15 The Panama Canal is opened. (1914)

16 Gold is discovered in the Klondike. (1896)

17 Construction is started on the Berlin Wall. (1961)

18 The 1,000 Islands bridge, connecting the US and Canada is dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (1938)

19 Indianapolis Speedway holds it's first auto race (1909)

20 The Civil War is formally declared to be over by President Andrew Johnson. (1866)

21 Venetian blinds are patented. (1841)

21 Hawaii becomes the 50th state. (1959)

22 The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre (1911)

23 The first picture of Earth from the moon is taken by Lunar Orbiter 1. (1966)

24 The infamous Mount Vesuvius eruption buries the city of Pompeii. (79)

25 Ivan the Terrible, the first Tsar of  Russia was born. (1530) 

25 Amelia Earhart completes her trans-continental flight. (1932) 

26 Julius Caesar's Roman army invades Brittain (55 BC)

27 The island volcano of Krakatoa in Indonesia erupts. It was heard over 3,000 miles away and was one of the biggest natural disasters ever recorded. (1886)

28 Senator Thurmond begins a 24 hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Bill. (1957)

29  Walt Disney's Mary Poppins is released. (1964)

30 The Late Show with David Letterman premieres on CBS. (1993)

31 Heavy weight champion Rocky Marciano dies in a plane crash near Newton, Iowa. (1964)



This was a pretty interesting story from The Sunday Wichita Eagle Newspaper a couple of weeks ago. Was in a housing subdivision around 119th st. South and Maple. Anyhow a resident in the area saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange like in the subdivision's pond and when he went to investigate, it was a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a child's basketball which became stuck in its mouth. The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The resident tried numerous times to get the ball out but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate the ball and release the catfish.




Submitted by Hannah Watson.

This is real neat if you are into critters. Check it out.

Birth of a Hummingbird!!  

Courtesy of Hannah Watson's 7 year old niece Christina.


This is a new section where staff can list things that they are selling or giving away.  Send items to ( well, not the actual item just a picture or brief description) 

Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University

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