Annual Report ( Engagement - Events ) Flash Fiction Contest Winners of the second annual Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the University Library were announced in February. First place was awarded to Jesse Oates. The Book, his interesting and quick tale about people and their unique relationships with books, was chosen as the winner for its well-crafted realism and descriptive language. Oates received a $150 University Bookstore gift certificate. Second place was awarded to Eric Spivey for Shards, and he received a $100 gift certificate. Third place was awarded to Matt Paden for Partisan Extremis. He received a $50 gift certificate.
Librarian Geri Purpur, Jesse Oates, Matt Paden, and Dean Mary Reichel
Memories of President Friday
Faculty and staff at Belk Library are recalling with fond memories the years that the late William C. “Bill” Friday, longtime president of the UNC system, served as honorary chair of Appalachian’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant Advisory Committee. Friday died October 12, and a memorial service was held at UNC Chapel Hill October 17. The NEH committee was established in 2002 to help raise $1.2 million in private funds to match a $400,000 grant from NEH. The result was the formation of a Humanities Endowment for Appalachian Studies to benefit the university’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at the library, the Center for Appalachian Studies, and the Appalachian Cultural Museum (the museum was closed in 2006). When asked to serve as honorary chair of the committee, Friday agreed with enthusiasm and juggled his busy schedule to attend and chair as many meetings as he could. “Bill Friday’s willingness to help with this project, and his dedication to the task, were inspirational to everyone involved,” said Mary Reichel, dean of libraries. “He was a joy to work with, and I value the time I spent with him very much.” Friday led the UNC system from 1956 to 1986; it was expanded in 1972 to a 16-campus system, which included Appalachian.
William “Bill” Friday during the taping of his show, North Carolina People. UNCW/Jamie Moncrief 13
The Commons, University Libarary, Fall 2012