Call Number, Volume 55, Number 2, Summer 1997 Page: 3
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Peth nb latheAnu A Dinner
The annual SLIS dinner at TLA has the reputation of being the fun event of the conference. According to many veteran
attendees, the 1997 celebration was the best one yet. With some 175 graduates, current students, and friends in attendance at
the Los Vaqueros Restaurant, it was indeed a memorable evening.
There were serious moments--introduction of the new dean by Dr. Ana Cleveland, greetings and a brief update on the School
from Dean Phil Turner, recognition of guests and members of the Board of Advisors, and presentation of the Distinguished
Alumnus Award to Sandy Sharps (see separate article). Board of Advisors member Dana Rooks, the recipient of the 1997
TLA Librarian of the Year Award, was recognized. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Elizabeth Crabb, a long-
time member of the Board of Advisors who died last August.
A lively Mexican trio entertained guests with traditional music throughout dinner. As an introduction to the more raucous portion
of the evening, Dr. Ana Cleveland joined with them in singing "La Bamba."
Drs. Yvonne Chandler and Catherine Murphy presented door prizes contributed by members of the SLIS faculty, many
of which reflected their talents, hobbies, or special interests. Among the prizes were a pecan pie baked by Dean Turner, an hour
of telecommunications consulting from Dr. Samantha Hastings, a Julio Iglasias CD from Dr. Ana Cleveland, a bottle of
Australian wine from Dr. Amanda Spink, and an adopted kangaroo at the Fort Worth Zoo from Dr. Donald Cleveland.
With revival of the Alumni Society as its theme, members of the faculty and staff, and several alumni put on a show. The
Informatics, the black-robed, tambourine-beating choir, under the direction of alumnus Greg Sidberry with lead singers Dr.
Yvonne Chandler and alumnus Dexter Evans, and supported by "The Reverend" Herman Totten, were the highlight of
the evening. They entered the hall swaying New Orleans-funeral style to the refrains of"O Happy Day!" -- "O happy day, SLIS
showed me the way, SLIS taught me how to earn my pay, and live rejoicing every day," -- adapted from the original song by
alumna Melody Kelly.
"The Reverend" Herman Totten took his "text" from the Revised Standard Edition of the LC Classification Schedules, and
referred to the parallel text from the Dewey Decimal System. In his best revival style, he called on all present "to rededicate
themselves, to go the extra mile," and to join and support the revived alumni society. The choir chanted appropriate refrains
throughout the "sermon."
As he called "each one, reach one," "The Reverend" predicted that when we
gather for our dinner next year, we will have twice the number of members
as we have today. He then invited those present who had not done so tojoin
the Society, while the choir sang Melody Kelly's version of "Softly and
Tenderly" -- "Ye who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, SLIS is
calling, calling, O alumni come home!" And at least 50 did so by dropping
their checks for life or annual membership dues into a Mexican sombrero. ;
Over $1,800 was collected during the evening, bringing the total amount
from new memberships to almost $8,000. The evening ended with the choir
marching through the restaurant and singing -- "Why should we tarry when
SLIS is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Come home! Come home!"
Those who have not "come home" are urged to join the Alumni Society.
SLIS needs your support. A membership form is located in the back of the
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