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Winners of 2015 Library Research Award are Announced

Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Library Research Award. They are as follows:

Best Undergraduate Student Project: Alyssa Galik
Project Title: Water Poverty in California’s Rural Disadvantaged Communities

Best Graduate Student Project: Philip Abbott
Project Title: Bringing Order to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35

Honorable Mention: Taylor Clausen
Project Title: Policy Toward the Private Military Industry: A Focus Comparison of Cases Regarding Sierra Leone, Croatia, and Iraq

The winners were honored at a reception held in the Great Books Room on April 21st. The winners’ submissions are on display in the Payson Library lobby, and several will also be available online through Pepperdine Digital Commons and Digital Collections.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Winners Alyssa Galik and Tyler Clausen at the reception.

Winners Alyssa Galik and Tyler Clausen at the reception.

Bookplates honor newly tenured faculty

To mark the occasion of their tenure appointments, Dr. Brian Newman of Seaver College and Michael L. Williams of the Graziadio School of Business and Management were honored by Pepperdine University Libraries late last year with bookplates placed in the book of their choosing. The bookplate, a decorative label placed on the inside cover, recognizes the achievement of each professor. Dr. Newman and Dr. Williams each selected a title relevant to their own work and reflective of their literary tastes.

Newman and Williams with book coversDr. Newman, a professor of political science, explains his choice, David James Duncan’s The Brothers K (2005):

The Bothers K weaves together a father, brothers, baseball, religion, romance, and politics. In this modern take on Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, David James Duncan’s humor, irreverence, and light touch carry the reader across the range of human experience and emotion, through disappointment, frustration, anger, desperation, persistence, faith, hope, and love. Duncan tells of four brothers coming of age in 1960s America, their journeys including campus protests, spiritual pilgrimage, mental illness, snow-bound exile, Vietnam, and a home falling apart. Through it all, brotherhood and baseball remain, calling each of the brothers K back home.”

Dr. Williams explains his selection of William Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry: A practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age (2010):

“As a professor of information systems, I spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and writing about technology. Despite the gains in productivity, reduced costs, and increased social connections, technology is not all virtuous. I recommend Powers’ work as a starting point to colleagues, students, and friends who struggle to find the balance between the people and screens competing for our limited attention. Enjoy.”

Come on down to Payson Library to check out these new acquisitions!