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Cadet Yousuf Malik, ’17 receives $150

Congratulations to Cadet Yousuf Malik, ’17, for winning $150 in this year’s Preston Library Cadet Library Survey drawing. The survey was available to cadets from Monday, March 24 until CAD on Friday, March 28.  We had good participation from the Corps (350 cadets) and representation from each class was equally distributed. We thank all of the cadets who use Preston Library and for participating in the survey. Cadet input is a valuable resource which we use to improve library resources, services, and facilities. Survey results can be viewed here.

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Robert E. Lee in War and Peace
by Don Hopkins

The Friends of Preston Library’s Spring Program will be on Tuesday, 25 March, at 7 p.m. in the Northern Auditorium, Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Don Hopkins, who will give a talk based upon his recently published book, Robert E. Lee in War and Peace: A Photographic History of a Confederate and American Icon. We are co-hosting this program with Washington and Lee University: the Friends of Leyburn Library and Lee Chapel. We have not done this before, but think it will be an enjoyable event to get us together.

Robert E. Lee is well-known as Confederate general, and educator in later life, but most people are exposed to the same handful of images of one of America’s most famous sons. Nearly seven decades have passed since anyone has attempted a serious study of Lee in photographs. Don Hopkins’ painstakingly researched and lavishly illustrated Robert E. Lee in War and Peace, has ended this wait.

William C. Davis, award-winning Civil War author, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech stated: “This is an iconic revelation. In decades of photographic research, I have never seen several of these Lee images. Equally impressive is the background research that Hopkins employs to provide context and enriched meaning to each image. His work deserves to be acclaimed a milestone in Lee biography as well as in the broader field of Civil War photographic history.”

Born in the rural South, Donald A. Hopkins has maintained a fascination with Southern history and military history since he was a child. He served in the Vietnam War as battalion surgeon with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, “The Walking Dead,” and was awarded the Purple Heart medal and Bronze Star with “V” for valor. In addition to published papers in the medical field, he has written several Civil War articles and three books including The Little Jeff: A History of the Jeff Davis Legion, Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia, for which he received the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal. Dr. Hopkins is a surgeon in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife Cindy and their golden retriever Dixie.

Please join us for a stimulating, educational, and engaging program on General Lee. Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signature by the author. Lee Chapel will also host a book signing for Dr. Hopkins from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Museum. A signed book can be pre-ordered by contacting Margaret Samdahl (msamdahl@wlu.edu) or by calling the Lee Chapel Museum Shop (540) 458-8095.

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Air Assault: Sharing Military Experience by William Crisp, ’63

AIR ASSAULT: SHARING MILITARY EXPERIENCE by William Crisp, VMI class of 1963, draws on the author’s experience as a rifle platoon leader with the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 8th Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division (Airmobile), Vietnam. The writer discusses a broad range of military issues, not solely limited to the Vietnam era, but applicable to many current situations. Topics range from fighting, to the importance of chow; training; enlisted men and NCO’s; officers and tactics; “Shank Mechanics and Hospitals;” goin’ out; goin’ home. Considerable space is devoted to “influences,” including a discussion of the VMI Rat Line.

After military service, Crisp served as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and worked for twenty-five years as an East European business specialist with the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna, Austria. With his wife and daughter he returned to his homes in Staunton and McDowell, Highland County. He then taught in VMI’s International Studies department, and served as head coach of the VMI Rugby Football Club. The book is available from bookstores and online orders from Xlibris.comAmazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com.

Mr. Crisp kindly donated a copy of his book to Preston Library where it will find a welcome home.

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Dr. Straw explained aspects of Miley's photography.

Dr. Straw explained aspects of Miley’s photography.

The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Fall Program on Thursday, 14 November, at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Dr. Richard A. Straw, who gave a talk based upon his recently published book, Rockbridge County: The Michael Miley Collection. Dr. Straw showed several examples of Miley’s photographs which illustrated his artistry and innovative techniques. These photographs provided a fascinating insight of life in Rockbridge Country following the Civil War.

Dr. Straw is a professor of history at Radford University. He specializes in the American South and teaches courses about the Old and New South, Appalachian history, and Southern music. He earned his doctorate at the University of Missouri.

See also the nice write-up on Dr. Straw by Radford University.

 

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2013 Graduating Cadets

Graduating, L-R: Robert Kanter, Kelsey McCusker, Joe Carr, Chelsea Loy, Tyler Weston

Preston Library staff hosted a pizza luncheon on Thursday, 2 May, for its cadet assistants in the newly renovated Periodical Room. Each graduating cadet spoke about his or her plans following graduation and received a card signed by the staff. Preston Library’s cadet assistants are outstanding and we could not operate the library without them. We wish them all the best in their exams and in their work following graduation. Well done!

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Exams begin Saturday evening, 4 May.  Coffee starts Friday night, 3 May. The coffee service will be located in the Periodical Room.coffee

1. The library will be open late (hours below) so you can get in some quality studying.

and…

2. We’ll have coffee, cocoa, and tea.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 2000 starting Friday, 3 May – Friday, 10 May.  Grab your books and go to Preston Library for the best study break on Post.

Coffee has been generously donated by Aramark.

Spring 2013 Exam Hours:

Friday, May 3                 0800 – 0200
Saturday, May 4               0800 – 0200
Sunday, May 5                 1000 – 0200
Monday – Friday, May 6 – 10   0800 – 0200
Saturday, May 11              CLOSED
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L-R, Brittany Robertson, Bob Camper, Cadet Loy, Don Samdahl, Eric Osborne

L-R, Brittany Robertson, Bob Camper, Cadet Loy, Don Samdahl, Eric Osborne

The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadet Chelsea Loy with this year’s Camper Award. Board members of the Friends, library staff, and Mrs. Camper’s son, Bob, recognized Ms. Loy for her leadership and service to Preston Library. Ms. Loy worked in Preston Library’s technical services department as a Library Cadet Assistant.

A brief ceremony was held in the library’s Periodical Room and Chairman of the Friends of Preston Library, Major Eric Osborne, recognized Cadet Loy. The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants. Ms. Loy received a letter of recognition, a certificate, and a cash award. Cadet Loy plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in public health following graduation. We wish all the best to this outstanding cadet.

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Cadet Brandon Goodwyn '16  A happy winner!

Cadet Brandon Goodwyn ’16 A happy winner!

Preston Library conducted its 2013 Cadet Library Survey from Monday, March 25 until CAD on Friday, March 29.  From the Corps, 328 cadets participated in the survey.  Cadet input in these surveys provides the library with helpful information for improving resources, services, and facilities.  One lucky cadet, Mr. Brandon Goodwyn ’16, won the $150 Amazon gift card in the drawing for participating in the survey. Congratulations, Cadet Goodwyn!   Survey results can be viewed here.

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L-R Chairman of FPL Major Eric Osborne and Richard Williams

The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Spring Program on Thursday, 4 April, at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Mr. Richard G. Williams, Jr., who gave an engaging talk based on his recently published book, Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War. In the well-attended program, Mr. Williams spoke about personages associated with Lexington during the Civil war, about the war, and about some of the social issues during that time. Mr. William’s signed copies of his book.

Mr. Williams is a southern writer, relic hunter, autodidact and raconteur who specializes in Virginia history and the War Between the States. A former contributor to the Washington Times‘ Civil War column, he has also written for Homeschooling Today Magazine, Confederate Veteran, Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine and regularly contributes articles about the Civil War and Virginia history to various publications and websites. He has co-produced two history-related videos: the award-winning Institute on the Constitution and Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story. His writing and historical research involving the Confederacy earned him the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy–the highest honor bestowed on non-members. Williams was born and grew up on battlefields in Virginia’s rural Shenandoah Valley. He is a direct descendant of three Confederate soldiers and is a ninth-generation great-grandson of the Reverend Roger Williams.

 

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Exams begin Wednesday, 12 December.  Coffee starts Tuesday night. The coffee service will be located in the newly renovated Periodical Room.coffee

1. The library will be open late (hours below) so you can get in some quality studying.

and…

2. We’ll have coffee, cocoa, and tea.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 2000 every evening starting Tuesday, 11 December through Tuesday, 18 December.  Grab your books and go to Preston Library for the best study break on Post.

Coffee has been generously donated by Aramark.

Fall 2012 Exam Hours:

Tuesday, December 11 – Friday, December 14    0800-0200  
Saturday, December 15                         0800-2300  
Sunday, December 16                           1300-0200  
Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18  0800-0200  
Wednesday, December 19 – Friday, December 21  0800-1630
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CPT Shawn Hogan–TAPS

October 30, 2012

The Superintendent ordered the flag of the Commonwealth to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, 30 October, in honor of Army CPT Shawn Hogan ’06, who died in a training accident on 17 October.  Valedictorian of the Class of 2006, CPT Hogan was a Green Beret assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.  At VMI, CPT Hogan […]

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The Friends of Preston Library 2012 Fall Program

October 24, 2012

The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Fall Program on Friday, 26 October, at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Brad Coleman, ’95, who gave a talk entitled “Making National Security Policy: The Historian’s Role.” Brad gave an engaging and educational program on how historians work […]

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Col. Janet Holly Promotion

July 20, 2012

On Tuesday, 17 July, Preston Library recognized Lt. Col. Janet Holly’s promotion to Colonel, effective July 1, 2012. Janet’s promotion is in recognition of her long years of excellent service to Preston Library and VMI in providing library instruction and research assistance to cadets and faculty. Attending the event were library staff to celebrate Janet’s […]

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New Library Catalog and Discovery

June 29, 2012

This weekend we will migrate to a new online library catalog. It will look different from our present catalog and we hope you will like the new interface. More important will be the improved capabilities the new system will provide for discovering scholarly resources. Full-text articles, in addition to books, will be in the catalog. […]

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Friends Recognize Cadets Statzell and Ramsey for 2012 Camper Award

May 10, 2012

The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadets George W. Statzell, V and Zoe E. Ramsey with this year’s Camper Award. Board members of the Friends, library staff, and Mrs. Camper’s son, Bob recognized Mr. Statzell and Ms. Ramsey for their leadership and service to Preston Library. George serves as Preston Library’s Head Cadet Assistant and Zoe […]

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Coffee, tea, hot chocolate–Spring 2012 Exams

May 2, 2012

Exams start Friday.  Coffee starts Thursday night. 1. The library will be open late (hours below) so you can get in some quality studying. and… 2. We’ll have coffee, cocoa, and tea. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 2000 every evening starting Thursday, 3 May through Thursday 10 May.  Grab your books and […]

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VCUR Lecture Featuring Dr. Richard McMurray

April 17, 2012

A lecture by Dr. Richard McMurray on the study of history entitled “The People You Meet While Researching the Past” is sponsored by the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research Dr. McMurry’s specialty is the American Civil War. His talk will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7:45 PM in the Gillis Theater of Marshall Hall […]

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Col. and Mrs. Tom McDaniel Book Presentation

March 14, 2012

Col. and Mrs. W. Thomas McDaniel, Jr., presented the book, The Major: The Senior Officer in Charge: Commanding Fellow Prisoners of War to Preston Library. Written by Col. McDaniel, the book is about his father, Major W. Thomas McDaniel,  (West Point, 1941). Major McDaniel was the senior officer of American soldiers captured by the North Koreans. The book documents […]

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The Friends of Preston Library 2012 Spring Program

March 7, 2012

The Friends of Preston Library’s Spring Program will feature Dr. Charles Bodie as its speaker March 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room. Dr. Bodie recently completed Remarkable Rockbridge: The Story of a Virginia County. The title of his talk will be “The Ties that Bind: Reflections on the Post and the Town.” Please join us […]

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Coffee, tea, hot chocolate–Fall 2011 Exams

December 8, 2011

Cadets, it’s the home stretch.  Exams start Wednesday, December 14.  This means two things: 1. The library will be open late (hours below) so you can get in some quality studying. and… 2. The return of Preston Library’s Coffee Service! Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 2000 every evening beginning Tuesday, 13 […]

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The Friends of Preston Library 2011 Fall Program

November 8, 2011

The Friends of Preston will host its Fall Meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 3 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our featured guest speaker will be Mr. H. W. Crocker, III. Mr. Crocker will give a program based upon his new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire. Harry Crocker […]

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Celebrate Banned Books Week!

September 26, 2011

Preston Library is celebrating “Banned Books Week” from 24 September to 1 October.  This annual event celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. The American Library Association monitors the attempts made by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and classrooms.  Books that were banned at one […]

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Main entrance access restored!

August 22, 2011

After several weeks of work on the library’s front doors and patio, we are pleased to announce that the front entrance has re-opened. Until stair railings are installed, you must use the handicap ramp (from the Mallory side).

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Construction at Library Main Entrance

July 22, 2011

Visitors to Preston Library will notice that the main front door is not accessible due to demolition and construction of the patio, steps and sidewalk. During the construction, the library is accessible through Nichols Engineering Building, the front door of which is to the left of Preston Library.  Signs are posted directing library users downstairs […]

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May is National Short Story Month!

May 19, 2011

There are many great things to say about short stories. Their length is appealing to those of us who always read something before going to sleep as well as those of you who read on your phones and other electronic gadgets. Often short stories are dense and rich with all the dialog and description that […]

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National Jukebox

May 12, 2011

Check out the National Jukebox! Developed by the Library of Congress, with assets provided by Sony Music Entertainment, the National Jukebox offers free online access to a vast selection of music and spoken-word recordings produced in the U.S. between the years 1901 and 1925. You can stream the music and create playlists, too. http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/

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CPT Charles Ransom–TAPS

May 3, 2011

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of CPT Charles A. Ransom on April 27, 2011. Charles was one of eight American NATO International Security Assistance Force service members who died following a shooting incident at the Afghan Air Force compound in Kabul. We got to know Charles as a library assistant during his 3rd, […]

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Friends Recognize George Statzell for 2011 Camper Award

May 2, 2011

The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadet George W. Statzell, V with this year’s Camper Award. Board members of the Friends and library staff recognized Mr. Statzell for his leadership and service to Preston Library. George serves as Preston Library’s Head Cadet Assistant. A brief ceremony was held in the library’s periodicals room. Professor Emeritus, […]

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Coffee, tea, hot chocolate–Spring 2011 Exams

May 2, 2011

Cadets, it’s the home stretch.  Exams start Wednesday.  This means two things: 1. The library will be open late (hours below) so you can get in some quality studying. and… 2. The return of Preston Library’s Coffee Break! Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available at 2000 every evening beginning Tuesday, 3 May through […]

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Friends and VMI Academic Speakers Program Feature Allan Gurganus

April 18, 2011

The Friends of Preston Library in concert with the VMI Academic Speakers Program featured a program with Allan Gurganus, Monday, April 18 at 1100 in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Mr. Gurganus read from his novel-in-progress, The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church. A sizable audience of Friends members, cadets, and faculty attended […]

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