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At the Web Institute, students received basic
instruction in two courses, taught by Dean
Herman L. Totten and Dr. Yvonne Chandler,
director of the cohort, as well as networked and
bonded during activities that included a pre-
institute dinner, a pizza party, games on
Saturday night, and a "Make Your Own
Sundae" party on Sunday evening. There was
additional excitement when a fire alarm
sounded during class on Sunday, sending the
entire cohort outside the building because of a
leaking sprinkler in one of the rare books
rooms. The respite allowed the group to gather
for the group photograph shown here. The
cohort will attend a second institute in January.
A quote from Shamsha Karim, a student in the
"The program is exceeding my expectations in every
way. I am especially grateful for the Web Institute
portion of the otherwise online program because it
allows us to meet face to face with our instructor
and classmates. This went a long way toward
fostering a sense of community and support. Because
of the program, I have renewed energy and feel I
now have a vested interest in the proliferation and
betterment of libraries." Georgia Public Library
Service News, October 2008.
August 16 was celebration day for members
of Nevada Cohort III, the day the class of 2008
received their degrees. The impressive program
took place at Paseo Verde Library of the
Henderson District Public Libraries. Earlier
graduates, Michael Frazier (MS '04) and
Patrick Griffis (MS '06) served as marshals.
Corinne Dickman (MS '07) and Joseph Gree
(MS '08) were speakers, along with the guest
speaker, Verlia Davis Hoggard, of the Las Vegas-
Clark County Library District Board of Trustees.
Dean Herman L. Totten recognized the
candidates, Dr. Yvonne Chandler performed the
hooding ceremony, and Daphne DeLeon, division
administrator of the Nevada State Library and
Archives, welcomed the graduates to the
Nevada Cohort IV is now into its second year
of study. All members of the program attended
the Nevada Library Association Conference,
August 14-16, 2008, as part of their scholarship
award. On the 17th, they attended a workshop
on diversity and libraries where Dean Herman
L. Totten delivered the opening address. The 86
students in the cohort hale from Nevada, Utah,
California, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, and
Minnesota. Dr. Yvonne Chandler serves as
director of the cohort.
The Virginia Cohort began in fall 2008
with a four-day institute held at the James
Madison University Carrier Library with the
remainder of the instruction delivered online.
The program, that includes 40 students from
Virginia and surrounding states, got underway
with a pre-institute dinner at which the
students were joined by the academic team,
Program Director Dr. Philip Turner along
with his wife Lis, Dr. Yunfei Du, and the
program teaching assistants. Those attending
the dinner joined with the Turners in
celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary.
The opening day began with LIS 5000
instruction, a tour of the newly opened science
library, and a welcome by Cynthia Church on
behalf of the Virginia State Librarian. At the
evening reception, they were greeted by Ralph
Alberico, dean of James Madison University
libraries. The following days were devoted to
beginning LIS 5600 and socialization in the
evenings, a hallmark of the LIS Web Institutes,
with an ice cream social, a pizza party, and a
sing along. The group will meet again in
January at the James Madison University
Dr. Turner would like to give thanks to
those who made the Virginia Program possible:
Dean Ralph Alberico, who provided the space
and computer hookups for the class; Rita
McCandless, cohort student and James
Madison library staff member who served as
local arrangement coordinator; and Ellen
DeFriece, whose father taught at UNT, helped
make the reception happen. He also thanks
Cynthia Church, LIS staff member Jurhee
Cutis, and several alumni who helped in
recruiting the cohort. He gives special thanks to
Toby Faber, who went well beyond the call of
duty in helping to register the cohort so that
they could begin classes before the official start
of the fall semester, along with Dean Herman
Totten and LIS whose support made this
opportunity available to students from the
San Antonio Program
Students, alumni, families, and friends
gathered at the Redland Heights clubhouse in
San Antonio for a poolside picnic event hosted
by the San Antonio LISSA officers, President
Marisa Sparks, Vice-President Chuck Tucker,
and Kelli Wilder (MS '07), former president.
The guests enjoyed a wonderful, decorative
buffet of summer picnic staples, including a
watermelon carved with the UNT logo.
Dr. Ana Cleveland and Jodi Philbrick
welcomed the group on behalf of Dean Totten
and gave an update on UNT-LIS.
On October 4, 2008, LISSA sponsored an
All School Day. On a program title
"Community Outreach in Today's Libraries,"
students, alumni, librarians, and prospective
students in the San Antonio area heard speeches
presented by Jennifer Valesquez, coordinator of
teen services, San Antonio Public Library, and
Julie Gaines, community & technology liaison
librarian, UT Health Science Center. Following
lunch students and others were able to meet for
advising with Dr. Ana Cleveland and Jodi
A "Back to
School Bash" to
celebrate the new
held at the
Houston Hilton Hotel on August 30, 2008.
Magnifying glasses of all shapes and sizes were
distributed on the tables to promote the theme
of "healthy eyes." Dr. Ana Cleveland, director
of the Houston Program, welcomed the group.
Jodi Philbrick and Cheryl Rowan, assistant
director and student coordinator of the
Houston Program respectively, along with the
Houston LISSA officers, handed out an array of
exciting door prizes. Dr. Larry Enoch took
time off from the Web Institute that was in
progress to enjoy the bash, along with Houston
adjunct faculty members Pat Bozeman and
Mon Yin Lung. Dana Rooks, dean of the
University of Houston Libraries and LIS
Advisory Board member, was acknowledged for
her many contributions to the Houston
Denton LISSA officers are planning an All
School Day to take place November 15, 2008.
The selected theme is Beyond the Diploma:
Preparing for Real-World Employment.
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