Local author Vince Vawter, 2014 Newbery Honor winner for his book Paperboy, spoke to faculty and students in the CCI Patrick Auditorium January 27. His recent book for young people is set in Memphis, TN in 1959 and features an 11-year-old boy who stutters. A School Library Journal reviewer says, “Vawter portrays a protagonist so true to a disability that one cannot help but empathize with the difficult world of a stutterer.
Associate Professor and Associate Director Suzie Allard (SIS) has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Library Journal Teaching Award (see press release below and the Library Journal’s feature story on Allard at http://www.libraryjournal.com/TeachingAward2013). "The LJ Teaching Award is presented annually by Library Journal and ProQuest and is one of the most prestigious national awards in the field of library and information sciences," said Dean Mike Wirth. " This is a wonderful honor!"
August 9 saw the new crop of SIS students in Knoxville for Orientation. Two-thirds will be distance education students. All students beginning classes in the fall come to campus for the intense series of sessions covering everything from Blackboard training to cohort meet and greet. Students get to meet with their advisors, develop friendships with fellow students and see the facilities where their learning originates.
The last Spanish fort built in the Americas was on Isla de Vieques in Puerto Rico, http://vieques.com/fortin-spanish-fort/. The site is now a learning center, gallery and museum. Professor and Director Ed Cortez recently established the location as a future practicum site for SIS students to learn hands-on while working with the cultural and historical materials of the indigenous people of the island.
Bob Rabin, curator and museum director and Dr. Cortez worked through the details to establish this unique and picturesque site as a place for SIS students to learn relevant skills and techniques they can apply to their future jobs. Rabin and Cortez are pictured above standing in front of the Bolivian Flag with the bust of Simon Bolivar just behind them.