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Fall 2016 Newsletter


Employee Spotlight: Camille Thomas


Comics: Not just for Sunday funnies anymore


Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries hosts first event

What’s Inside

14 The Music Crossroads of Texas: Collecting, Preserving and Creating Music at TTU Libraries 16 Acquisitions Spotlight: Lisa Couturier

From Dean Bella Karr Gerlich T’was the night before finals, and all through the Library, Every student was studying, even Bob, Jane and Carrie. The faculty were working, writing their exams, Ready for winter break and Cowamungus hams. The campus is festive, 25,000 lights gleaming, With December commencement, glasses are clinking. Parents are joyous, the graduates, too, Ready to go into the world, Matadors in queue! Freshmen, sophomores, juniors are happy, Home for the holidays with Grammy and Pappy. It’s so quiet and calm, no last-minute papers. We miss them already, hurry back Red Raiders! 2

From all of our University Libraries’ families to yours, wishing you the best Holiday Season and a Happy and Joyous New Year!

Since 1925, the Texas Tech University Library’s focus has always been on students. We are available to all students regardless of college or major in which they are pursuing. Nowadays, even though most information is readily available through electronic resources, the Library is almost always hopping with activity. Whether students are here to meet friends to study or to search for information for a paper, the Library provides what they are looking for. We are open 24/5 during the semester but resources can be accessed electronically 24/7. The difference between now and then is the readily available information with the click of a button. The Library’s challenge is keeping up with the ever-changing needs of our patrons in the Digital Age. We strive to be innovative and forward thinking so that we may help our students succeed. Technology is developing at an exponential rate and will continue to change, improve and be faster in the future. To stay on the cutting edge, we must invest in that future. By giving to the Library, you are helping prepare many students for success and you will always see a positive return on your investment. Please partner with me in giving our students the edge they need in this rapidly changing technological world. Best Regards,

Brad Davis, Ed.D. Director of Libraries Development 806.834.8225


Employee Spotlight: Camille Thomas by Laurie Tolboom

The job opened and then she filled it. Camille Thomas began working for the Texas Tech University Libraries in December 2015 as the new Scholarly Communication Librarian in Outreach and Information Services. With no precedent for her since her position was as new to the Library as she was, Camille settled into her job and to West Texas. Coming from Jacksonville, Fla., Camille received her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing with a minor in magazine and journalism at the University of Central Florida. After her undergraduate degree, Camille then went to Florida State University to get her master’s degree in library and information studies. Camille’s job responsibilities involve primarily helping people on campus learn about copyright, especially within the areas of publishing and teaching. Educating students and faculty about open-access publishing plays a huge part in her job, as well as outreach. “My work is primarily outreach,” Camille said, “so I’ll contact the departments or contact the graduate school, the honors college and faculty, the places where a lot of research and publishing is going on.” While she can spend a lot of time planning and creating content for workshops and other programs the Library offers, she said she looks forward to the times where she is able to help people. 4

“My favorite part is when I get to help people more directly,” Camille said, “like putting things in the repository for them, answering their questions and helping them with a problem they are having.” Eventually she would like to implement what she calls an “open meet group” where anyone with interest in open access publishing, or similar topics, meet up and have an open discussion. She said she has noticed many people have questions, but they may not know where to go to have them answered. “I want to reach out to more student groups,” Camille said. “I think that a lot of the time people think that this is something just for graduate

students, but it’s not. It’s useful whether you go into academia or not.” Outside of work, she enjoys watching comedies, old or foreign movies at Alamo Drafthouse, attending roller derbies, or going to the many festivals that Lubbock has to offer. Even though Lubbock was a big change for her, she said it is a super welcoming atmosphere and every day she is still discovering something new. Find Camille at the Texas Tech Library in Room 132C. She would love to meet and answer questions regarding scholarly communication topics.

“I think that a lot of the time people think that [scholarly communication] is something just for graduate students, but it’s not. It’s useful whether you go into academia or not.”

Comics: Not just for Sunday funnies anymore by Rob Weiner

Rob Weiner Texas Tech University Pop Culture Librarian

Comics - those nasty things your mother made you throw away as you entered into your teen and adult years. It is hard to believe that at one time comics were public enemy No. 1 in 1954. Today, so much of popular culture in movies, videogames, toys and even breakfast cereal has its roots in comics. At one time comics were thought of as doing nothing but turning your brain into mush and were considered a cause for juvenile delinquency (at least until rock ‘n’ roll came along). That is changing as we realize that comics can actually help with learning. One has to use both sides of the brain to interpret the images and the accompanying text in order to understand the sequences. Comics, or sequential art as we academics like to say, are a good fit for education.

continued interest in superheroes, you may ask? Well, characters like Batman, Captain America, Superman and Spider-Man are our modern mythology, characters who of course have their roots in the comic books. There is something about these characters that all of us can find to admire. The superheroes represent the best of what humanity has to offer (however flawed they and we may be). It is important to find the hero in each of us. These characters based on comics give us hope and allow us to escape, even if for just a few hours, the hustle and bustle of our lives.

Today, graphic novels (book versions of comics) are one of the areas of publishing that is rising both in print and e-publishing. It’s not just the Sunday funnies anymore. There are graphic novels featuring topics that are serious such as historical narrative, scientific principles, personal memoir and fictive stories that are geared for the mature adult. Even superhero comics address some of these things. Yes, there is something for everyone. Speaking of superheroes, there are so many superhero movies now, it is hard to keep track of them all. Why the

A display by Lubbock local Star Comics at the recent “Marvel Comics into Film” Q&A panel discussion and book signing event 10.13.16.


Library events and exhibits

From left, starting at top: A portion of The Remnant Trust exhibited in the University Library. The vast collection includes both printed and handwritten works and encompasses genres such as politics, economics, mathematics, science, history, philosophy and religion; Former Texas Tech President Lauro F. Cavazos speaks at an author presentation and book signing Oct. 5 in the Formby Room for “A Kiñeno’s Journey: On Family, Learning and Public Service;” by Cavazos with Gene B. Preuss; Dean Gerlich greets incoming students for CSI: University Library, a fun game of discovery and “whodunit” as part of Raider Welcome Week activities; a homecoming exhibit in the University Library, featuring artifacts from the University Archive at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library highlighting the history of Raider Red; Raider Red posing with artifacts from the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library to kick off an exhibit on Dirk West, an editorial cartoonist and journalist best remembered for his caricatures of collegiate mascots; Students picking up T-shirts and swag at the University Library Tailgate.


From left: Dean Gerlich stands with Raider Red and Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope at the opening reception for the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library’s Dirk West exhibit; University Library Personal Librarian Cynthia Henry kicking off a group book reading featuring the classic book “1984” by George Orwell; Emmy Award-winning archival producer Rich Remsberg visited the University Library and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library for a series of workshops on archival research for documentary films and more.

Library hosts Q&A discussion on ‘Marvel Comics into Film’ Editors Robert Moses Peaslee, associate professor for the College of Media & Communication, Robert G. Weiner, pop culture librarian, and Matt McEniry, assistant librarian, participated in a panel discussion on the book, “Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s” Oct. 13 in the University Library’s Croslin Room. KTTZ-TV’s Paul Hunton moderated the event. A book sale and signing followed the panel discussion, which was co-sponsored by the Libraries and the College of Media & Communication. Additional event sponsors were Lubbock Con, Star Comics and Stormcrow Games. Films analyzed in the book include “Transformers” (1986), “Elektra” (2005), the “Conan the Barbarian” franchise (198290), “Ultimate Avengers” (2006), “Ghost Rider” (2007) and more. From left: Emcee Paul Hunton, Rob Weiner, Matt McEniry and Rob Peaslee at “Marvel Comics into Film” event.


Library’s Croslin Room sees renovations

The University Library’s Croslin Room, inside the main entrance on the east side, underwent renovations during the summer of 2016. The sunken and fountain areas were leveled to allow for more space, said Bella Gerlich, Ph.D., dean of Libraries. The partition concrete walls were torn down and the new, continuous, one-level floor features the 1963 Double T. A 20-foot screen and projector were also installed in the center section of the Croslin Room.





Study Break at the Library

By Courtney Vaughn

“Study Break at the Library” is a new addition to the multitude of activities the University Library hosts for Texas Tech students to relax and rejuvenate while taking a break from their studies. Adult coloring books and Texas Tech themed coloring sheets, construction paper, markers, map pencils and puzzles are available for students to unwind from the stress of course work.


Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries hosts first event Special guest Brian Griggs, architect and principal and studio leader with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. in Amarillo, was on hand for the Friends of the Texas Tech Libraries’ first informational meeting and presentation June 28 in the University Library. Griggs discussed the architecture of the Texas Tech campus past and present. A Q&A session followed and tours of the University Library and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library were offered.

The Texas Tech University Press, located at 1120 Main St. in Lubbock, publishes 25 to 30 new books each year and is pleased to offer titles such as “A Witness to History: George H. Mahon, West Texas Congressman” by Janet M. Neugebauer and “A Kineño’s Journey: On Family, Learning and Public Service” by Lauro F. Cavazos with Gene B. Preuss.



In addition to books, the University Press offers merchandise including a 2017 calendar ($10 each) featuring historic images from the University Archives at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. Also available are sets of 12 notecards ($14.95 per box) featuring Texas Tech historic photos and regional historic photos, as well as historic black and white 8x10 prints suitable for framing ($7.95 each).

Visit to see the full catalog listing of books and items available for purchase. Visit the University Press from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or during the First Friday Art Trail held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month to view and purchase items. Items also may be purchased by calling TTUP Customer Service at 806.742.2982 or 800.832.4042, or by emailing


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Discovery Spotlight: Library Makerspace By Ryan Burns

Gone are the days of a Library being a stuffy book repository. Libraries of the 21st century are becoming a place of emerging technological collaboration, hands-on exploration and learning. Now, thanks to a gift from Todd and Linda Smith, the Texas Tech University Library is making strides in bringing the new 21st century library to the Texas Tech community with the launch of a new Makerspace that includes 3D printers, 3D scanners and 3Doodler pens. Available to students, faculty and staff, the Makerspace is a place where patrons can design and fabricate original 3D objects, or print from a slew of open-source 3D files at no charge. The Makerspace area is located in Room 132 of the Library and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. “We’re pleased to offer this service to students, faculty and staff who would like to work on creative projects,” said Ryan Cassidy, Makerspace librarian. Cassidy said the Library has received grants to help purchase equipment and expects to add additional features in the future. A few of these features will include a desktop CNC mill that can transform wood, metal and plastic, and the addition of dual extruding capabilities to the 3D printers for printing with multiple filaments so that patrons can mix colors or different materials. With the addition of the Makerspace, Library patrons can immerse themselves in this innovative technology and gain valuable hands-on learning. Visit for more information about how to cut, craft and create, or email for additional information. Ryan Cassidy Texas Tech University Makerspace Librarian


Rethinking the Library and its Space By Cynthia Henry

With the growing population on campus, the Texas Tech University Libraries is being proactive by looking forward. Thus began the idea of soliciting architecture and design companies from across the country to complete a space assessment survey for the University Library. This space assessment will allow the University Library to make the most efficient use of its space.

A view from the Mezzanine level looking over the Ground Floor computer area.

Beginning this process in the fall of 2015, the University Libraries explored different options and then concluded that outside professionals should complete the task. This led to the University Libraries formalizing the process with the Facilities Planning Office over the summer and the solicitation of companies. The process is narrowing down to a contract with a single firm, with the plan of beginning the space assessment survey in late fall 2016 and completion in early spring. This process will help the Library identify space that could be utilized in different ways. Then, as more of the collection goes online, these areas that once held physical items can be repurposed for student and faculty use. Built in 1962, the Library was intended to serve a population of less than 12,000. Today, the Library serves a population of more than 39,000. During peak traffic, it is clear that more space is needed. Not only has the campus population changed, but Library employees have grown in number as well. There are units now in the University Library that did not exist in 1962. The space survey will allow the University Library to ensure that all departments are using the non-public space optimally. Architecture and design professionals will also look at the Library space as a whole: assessing foot traffic to improve functions of the library process in regards to space and to help with wayfinding in the building. The goal is to have input from all points of view, creating opportunities for students, faculty and Library employees to have a voice in the process.

Individual study carrels and group tables on the 5th Floor Stacks level, a Quiet Study Floor.

The University Libraries hopes to create a usable space for all; meeting the needs of researchers now and into the future.

Group study tables in the Basement, a Quiet Study Floor.


The Music Crossroads of Texas: Collecting, Preserving and Creating Music at TTU Libraries By Curtis Peoples

In 1999, the Texas Legislature recognized the wealth of musical talent from our area and designated Lubbock and West Texas the Crossroads of Texas Music. A few years later, the Crossroads of Music Archive was established in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) on the Texas Tech University campus. The archive collects all music genres from the region, Texas and the great southwestern United States. The archive contains music recordings, oral histories, photos, posters, songbooks and other ephemera from many musicians. Within its short history, the archive has attained more than 120 collections. The archive is the official repository for the Kerrville Folk Festival, Michael Martin Murphey, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, David Box, the Tommy and Charlene Hancock Family, Keith Ferguson, Bob Livingston and it houses the Don Caldwell Studio master tape collection, among many others. The archive staff continues to search out new collections. Currently, plans are under way to conduct oral histories and collect materials related to Tejano music, as well as actively collect stories and materials about women in Texas music. The Crossroads Archive works on campus and in the community curating exhibits to help educate people about the music of the area. Currently the archive has the “Crossroads of Music” exhibit at the Preston Smith International Airport and the Texas Tech Club, as well as the “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air” exhibit in the SWC/SCL. The traveling exhibit, “Supernatural,” the story of the Tommy and Charlene Hancock family, has been used annually at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in Austin and is available for other events. If you know a musician who should be interviewed or has a collection of materials for the archive, contact Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., at the Crossroads of Music Archive through the following:, crossroads.swco@ or 806.742.3749.


In 2012, the Library expanded its music initiative by opening the Crossroads Recording Studio, located in the Library basement. All current students, faculty and staff on the Texas Tech Lubbock campus are able to record in the studio for free. The professional recording studio is a Pro Tools-based studio capable of multitrack recording. The studio can record up to 32 tracks of digital audio live and is equipped with high quality outboard gear to ensure professional quality sounding projects. The studio can record anything from spoken word to a full band. This past year, the studio recorded the Terry Allen “Lubbock (on everything)” concert at the annual Lubbock Lights event and the Maines Brothers 50th Anniversary concert. Soon, a DVD of the live recording of the Allen concert will be released to help raise money to support the Allen Collection ( allen.php). Recently, the studio received a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation to build a separate mix room facility. Likewise, Studio West, Orlando’s Italian Restaurant, Caprock Cafe, the Lubbock Arts Alliance and KTTZ all contributed monies to expand the studio’s mixing capabilities to 5.1 Surround Sound. The new mix room will open in 2017. The studio employs two full-time sound engineers and is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Appointments are required and studio time can be requested at http:// For more information about the studio, please contact Amy Devoge at 806.742.2250 or by email at For monetary donations to help the collecting, preservation and creation of music at the Libraries, please make a donation to the Crossroads of Music Fund or the Libraries Recording Studio Fund at php.


Library hosts Literary Lubbock 2016 Literary Lubbock 2016, an evening featuring four Texas Tech University Press authors and actor Barry Corbin as emcee, was held Nov. 10 in the newly renovated Croslin Room of the Texas Tech University Library. This signature evening, presented by Texas Tech Friends of the Libraries, Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) and the Texas Tech University Libraries, included a seated dinner created by Texas Tech’s Top Tier Catering and a literary program of authors sharing stories from their books on Texas, the Southwest and beyond. The TTUP authors featured included Sylvia Gann Mahoney, “Finding the Great Western Trail,” Adán Medrano, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes,” Sandra Scofield, “Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life,” and Frank Sikes, “West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach.”

Clockwise from top, Barry Corbin, emcee, and authors Frank Sikes, Sandra Scofield, Sylvia Gann Mahoney and Adàn Medrano.

Acquisitions Spotlight: Lisa Couturier The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library has recently acquired the literary manuscript collection of poet and essayist Lisa Couturier. The collection is part of the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World and is open for research. Couturier has been a frequent speaker at TTU’s annual Sowell Collection Conference. The sixth annual conference will be held in April 2017. Couturier’s writing frequently advocates for respectful and humane treatment and interactions with animals. Her book, “The Hopes of Snakes” (Beacon Press, 2005), explores wildlife that can be found in urban spaces and the connections between human and animals that can even be found in major urban centers such as Manhattan. Couturier’s work has appeared in such noted journals as Orion and Isotope as well as in the American Nature Writing series, and National Geographic’s “The Heart of a Nation,” among other publications. Her essay “Dark Horse,” which describes with honesty and compassion the unsettling and inhumane treatment of injured thoroughbred racehorses, won the 2012 Pushcart Prize for nonfiction and was nominated for the Grantham Prize for Environmental Writing. She was named a notable essayist in Best American Essays in 2004, 2006 and 2011. Her collection of poems, “Animals/Bodies” (Finishing Line Press, 2014), won the 2015 Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. 16

Grants, Publications & Presentations Spotlight

(August 2015-September 2016) Grants Associate Librarian Ryan Litsey, Assistant Librarian Matthew McEniry, Assistant Librarian Le Yang, Assistant Librarian Ryan Cassidy and Programmer/Analyst Kenny Ketner recently received a $74,406 special projects grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to purchase four Stratasys Uprint 3D printers that will be used in Document Delivery to develop the first interlibrary loan of 3D objects and to fabricate objects for TTU faculty to use in their courses. Archivist Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., received a $71,000 grant from the Helen Jones Foundation for the “Crossroads Audio Recording Studio Expansion” which will allow for more mixing and recording opportunities. Assistant Librarian Esther De-Leon received a $20,000 grant from The CH Foundation for her project, “Noche de Cuentos: Interwoven – Stories Across Cultures,” an event that will promote literacy and diversity through storytelling. The Texas Tech Office of the Vice President for Research recently identified Librarian Jon Hufford as the 2015 Outstanding Scholar of the Library College and awarded him a $1,500 grant. Scholarly Communication Librarian Camille Thomas received one of six 2016 Students and New Professionals Forum Fellows, including a $1,100 travel award, from the Digital Library Federation. The Association of American University Presses recently announced University Press Warehouse Manager LaTisha Roberts as a recipient of the 2016 Residency Grant. Through Roberts’ participation in the intensive, handson program she will learn about inventory counts at the University Press of Florida.

Publications The Journal of Academic Librarianship, an international publication, recently published Assistant Librarian Jessica Simpson’s article, The Heart of the University: Library Link Location on Doctoral Granting Institutions Webpages and Correlation with Research Output. Librarian Rob Weiner recently published two book chapters with peer-reviewed presses. The Servant: Marvel Comics and the Golem Legend in “Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels” was published by Bloomsbury Academic and Teaching and Learning with Comics was published in “The Routledge Companion to Comics” by Routledge. Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Archivist Dr. Curtis Peoples’ song, Cicada, was selected for the 2016 debut album, Lubbock Music NOW. Of more than 60 entries, past and present members of the Texas Grammy Board selected songs that give visitors a picture of what the local scene is producing. Presentations The Library Information Working Committee of Yunnan Province and the USA Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) invited Dean Gerlich and Assistant Librarian Le Yang to the Seventh Conference of the CALA’s 21st Century Librarian Seminar at Baoshan University. Dean Gerlich presented Libraries and Technology: Characteristics Past, Present and Future and Yang was the simultaneous interpreter. After the conference, Dean Gerlich travelled to Guangzhou where she presented to librarians and administrators for the South China University of Technology (SCUT) South Campus Library and discussed with them the development of exchange programs between TTU Libraries and SCUT Library. Personal Librarian and Editor Rob Weiner and Associate Librarian and Co-author Ryan Litsey spoke on a panel at Comic-Con International 2016 on the book they published, “The Joker: Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime.” Assistant Librarians Justin Daniel and Lynne Edgar recently presented The Move to Hosted EZproxy as Experienced by Texas Tech University at the Ex Libris Users of North America Conference in Oklahoma City.


Library Needs

The goal of the Texas Tech University Libraries is to provide resources as well as cutting-edge technology to help ensure student success. One of our top goals is to give each student access to resources, as well as provide a conducive study and learning atmosphere. We aim to “level the playing field” for every student regardless of their financial situation. Won’t you please partner with us in our efforts? Here are four funds to choose from: Library Student Space Enhancement Fund – Used to refurbish or purchase new furniture to give students the best possible area to study Library Student Technology Fund – Used to upgrade obsolete technology needs to give students the most up-to-date software, computers and cutting-edge technology University Library Fund for Excellence – Used to provide anything that is deemed necessary to aid in student success Patron Driven Acquisition – Used to purchase ebooks that we do not currently own so that students can have immediate use of a book without the need for Document Delivery or submitting a request for a book to be purchased


Happenings December 2016

R&R at the Library - therapy dogs, snacks and more during finals

March 2017

‘Noche de Cuentos’ event – University Library

Spring 2017

Human Library event University Library R&R at the Library – therapy dogs, snacks and more during finals Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World – Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Spring 2018

Faculty Academic Contributions Exhibit (FACE) – University Library

Texas Tech University Libraries employees with 15+ years of Libraries service Tom Rohrig – 39 Donna McDonald – 39 Janet Neugebauer - 37 Susan Hidalgo – 37 Bruce Cammack - 28 Donna Ortega – 28 Jack Becker – 27 Laura Heinz – 27 Freedonia Paschall - 26 Bonnie Reed – 26 Tai Kreidler - 24 Bruce Tharp – 24 Diane Warner – 24 John Hufford – 23 Julia Iturrino – 23 Marina Oliver – 22 Pam Lampe – 21 Brian Quinn – 21

Jayne Sappington – 20 Donell Callender – 19 David Marshall - 19 Bill McDonald - 19 Bill Tydeman – 19 Susan McHam – 18 Esmeralda Rodriguez – 18 Lyn Stoll - 18 Lynn Whitfield - 18 Marilyn Garrett – 17 Lisa Gonzales – 17 Barbara McArthur – 17 Connie Aguilar - 16 Jerry Sadberry – 16 Daniel Sanchez - 16 Monte Monroe - 15 Jennifer Spurrier - 15 Jake Syma – 15

The Newsletter of the Texas Tech University Libraries is published by the Texas Tech University Libraries Communications & Marketing Department and Development Department. Persons who contributed to this issue include: Krystal Baker, Julie Barnett, Ryan Burns, Kaley Daniel, Brad Davis, Bella Gerlich, Daniel Johnson, Laurie Tolboom, Cynthia Henry, Rob Weiner and Courtney Vaughn. As an EEO/AA employer, Texas Tech University will not discriminate in our employment practices based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. The Texas Tech Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. Donations to the Texas Tech Foundation are deductible to the extent permitted by law. On the cover: Collection of artifacts from the Crossroads of Music Archive in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL)

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On reverse side: Raider Red participating in the November 1981 homecoming pep rally around the Saddle Tramps Circle, which was also commonly referred to as the Southwest Conference Circle. In 2012 the circle was relocated due to construction of a new Petroleum Engineering building.

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Texas Tech University Libraries Fall 2016 Newsletter  
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