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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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Open Education Week 2015

March 10: Help us to celebrate Open Education Week 2015

Drop by the Madden Library (1st floor lobby) on Tuesday, March 10, and help us to celebrate Open Education Week 2015. Join us between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. Bring a friend, colleague, student, etc., with you!


Open Education Week (March 9–13, 2015) is a global, community event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources.


This event is sponsored by Affordable Learning Solutions.


International Coffee Hours Spring 2015

International Coffee Hours explore global diversity

Library Auditorium, Room 2206
2nd floor, South Wing

Held on the following Tuesdays, from 2 to 3 p.m., during the Spring 2015 semester:

10: Peru
17: Georgia
24: Czech Republic
3: Palestine
10: Hmong
17: China
24: India
7: Saudi Arabia
14: Living French
21: International Panel
28: Hong Kong


Leo Politi Garden design awards

Left to right: Robert Boro, Denise Sciandra (founding ANCA president), First Lady Mary Castro, and
Jennifer Crow (curator, Arne Nixon Center).

Leo Politi Garden receives design awards

The Arne Nixon Center and the Arne Nixon Center Advocates (ANCA) received a design award for the Leo Politi Garden (on the east side of the Library) from the California Garden Clubs, Inc., on Feb. 3. Jennifer Crow, Center curator, accepted the Landscape Design Commendation for Good Land Use. Fresno State's First Lady Mary Castro, who considers the Garden one of her favorite places on campus, attended the ceremony, as did Curator emerita, Angelica Carpenter.

Robert Boro, designer of the Politi Garden, received the Garden Clubs’ Award of Merit of Landscape Architect. He designed the Garden based on Politi’s art and chose plants typical of Los Angeles home gardens, like Leo Politi’s. The delicate plants are protected from Fresno winters by the Garden’s sheltered niche.
The Politi Garden honors the friendship between Fresno’s famous children’s illustrator and author, Leo Politi, and the late Professor Arne Nixon, who taught children’s literature on campus for over 30 years. Fresno-born Politi lived most of his adult life in L.A., but returned here many times to speak, draw, and paint at workshops held by Nixon.

To build the Garden, ANCA raised revenue via donations and the group’s annual fundraising event, the Secret Garden Party. Walkways, a curving bench, and a fountain like the one in Leo Politi’s 1950 Caldecott-winning picture book, Song of the Swallows, were installed first. Later, reproductions were made by sculptor Lester Harries of two statues owned by Politi. A grouping of colorful ceramic mosaic sidewalk tiles, like the ones outside Politi’s home, were recreated by southern California artist and ceramicist, John Cook, and embedded in the walkway near the Garden's fountain.

Noontime Concerts in the Library

Noontime Concerts in the Library

Free admission; Limited seating
12:10 — 12:50 p.m.
Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room
3rd floor, North Wing
Friday, February 13:
The Andalucian Flamenco Experience, a
Flamenco group from Sanlucar de Barremeda, Cadiz, Spain
Friday, March 27:
Mikel Soria Jazz Trio
Artistic Director and Coordinator: Dr. Corey Whitehead, Dept. of Music
For information about disability accommodations or physical access, call 278.2403.

KNOW HOW Business Workshops

Business Wednesday Workshops

Learn more about the most valuable resources for business and economics student researchers. Each session includes a brief overview of the research process and tools, and ample time to do your own guided searching. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come!
Research workshops will be held on the following Wednesdays:

2/4 @ 4 p.m. INDUSTRIES -- ROOM 2127
Find the latest statistics on major industries and companies

2/18 @ 5 p.m. STOCKTRAK -- ROOM 2134 
Research techniques for the wise investor

Resources to help you market ideas globally

3/18 @ 5 p.m. CONSUMERS --  ROOM 2127
Demographic and psychographic info about today’s consumers

4/8 @ 4 p.m. ECONOMICS --  ROOM 2127
Up-to-date information and data on the current U.S. economy

Register today:

Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Check out the display on the Tower of Jewels and Novagems from the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition in the foyer of the Special Collections Research Center on the 4th floor, South Wing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the exposition. In celebration, Don Larson and noted Tower of Jewels and Novagem expert, Jay Stevens, put together a unique exhibit with a handmade backdrop created especially for the case by Stevens. 

“The Tower of Jewels was the 435-foot tall centerpiece building . . . it was liberally decorated with 102,000 Novagems—faceted cut glass “jewels” that hung over the building’s surface. Made in Bohemia, the Novagems came in several colors and were mounted on brass hangers with a small mirror behind them to further increase their reflecting. . . breezes would make them independently sway, causing the building to shimmer in a way that people say was impossible to describe . . . at nighttime an assortment of 54 searchlights hidden around the tower were pointed towards it, creating a spectacular sparkling impression.” from by Zoe Heimdal


Future Events

Concerts, Spring 2015
Friday, Feb. 13
Friday, March 27
12:10 -- 12:50 in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room, 2nd floor, north

Black Agitprop Art Exhibition:
February 4-February 28
Americana visual history via African American cultural and political ART. Sponsored by Africana Studies.
Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony, Library, 3rd  floor, north.