Archive for April, 2015

Monroe Library Student Research Competition Winners

Left to right: winners Tasnim Shah, Meredith Faulkner, Denise Powell, Laurel Taylor

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Monroe Library Student Research Competition! Winners were awarded in four categories:

Winner: Meredith Faulkner, “A Guide to Writing Dialogue”
Honorable Mention: Hayley Risse, “Poisoned Beef”

Winner: Denise Powell, “Drug War or Race War? The Effects of Illegal Drug Distribution on Violence in and against the African-American community”
Honorable Mention: Yunuen Cacique-Borja, “Role of CD45RO Signaling in Modulation of HIV Infection”

Senior Capstone/Thesis Project
Winner: Laurel Taylor, “Making Monsters of Men; or, The Stigma of Incarceration in Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels”
Honorable Mention: Mara Steven, “Woody Guthrie: Instrument of Change”

Winner: Tasnim Shah, “Thecla and the Rejection of the Acts of Paul”

The Monroe Library Student Research Competition recognizes and rewards students who make exemplary use of the collections, resources, and services of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library throughout the research process in order to produce an academic or creative work. Information about the competition criteria and awards is available at Once again, congratulations to the winners!

Fifty Years of Dr. Joseph Hebert

Dr. Hebert conducting the Loyola Jazz Band, circa 1975. From Founded on Faith by Bernard Cook.

This semester marks the end of a long chapter in Loyola history. Dr. Joseph Hebert, Director of Bands, is retiring after teaching for fifty years in the Loyola College of Music. Before becoming one of the most beloved professors in the college, Dr. Hebert graduated from Loyola in 1963 with his B.M.E., and then went on to get his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. A world renowned conductor and performer, he has performed under Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stowkowski, as well as commercially with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, and others. The Loyola band department has flourished under his baton, and he recently was awarded the Citation of Excellence, the National Band Association’s highest honor.

Dr. Hebert in 1960 and 1963. From the Wolf Yearbook.

The band in 1963, with Hebert on tuba. From the Wolf Yearbook.

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Concert Band in 1978. (

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Wind Ensemble. (

Thank you, Doc.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Extended Study begins Sunday, 4/26

The Monroe Library’s Extended Study schedule begins this Sunday, April 26. The library will be open continuously starting Sunday, April 26 at 11 am and will not close until Thursday, May 7 at 12 am.

Here’s what you should know about extended study:
-Starting at midnight each night, the library will be open only to members of the Loyola community. Please be sure bring a valid Loyola ID in order to enter the building. The front doors will be locked, so use the side entrance near the computer lab wing to access the building.
-Free coffee and tea will be served starting at midnight!
-Group study rooms cannot be renewed if there are people on the waiting list.

Help us make the library conducive to all types of studying: the first floor is great for group study; the second floor is meant for quiet study (whispers only!); and the third floor is reserved for silent study.

Good luck with finals!

Bulldozing the Old Library and Bulldozing the Mind

Below is an interesting article from the 2001 Maroon about bulldozing the entire Loyola campus, hypothetically of course. As the old library is descontructed, this article made quite an impression. Smith argues that the physical buildings that make up Loyola University of New Orleans are simply structures. He asserts that, even without these buildings, Loyola can still be a institution, so long as there are still students who have a strong desire to learn, expand the mind, and “seek the truth” and faculty members willing to further educate. Most importantly, the Loyola community should consider “mental bulldozing” in that students and faulty should remember that the purpose of this institution is not limited within the walls of the buildings. Thus, the community can exclude any notions  that our institution would not exist if there was no physical structure. These structures simply supplement our academic endevors. If any of you are not pleased with the construction that is occuring around campus, because you believe it is effecting your academic abilities in some way (ie maybe you are late to class because the construction changed your usual path to class), remember that the renovations and deconstruction happening on campus are intended to supplement your academic experience, not to limit it.

Maroon 2001

#howtotuesday: Be Green

It’s a green week at Loyola. Wednesday, April 22 is the university’s Earth Day celebration. And National Arbor Day is celebrated annually on the last Friday of April, so it falls on April 24 this year. The holiday was founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872 with the express intention of encouraging individuals and groups to plant trees. In 1889, McDonough No. 23 was the first Louisiana school to celebrate Arbor Day. 16 years late, Loyola College followed suit.

According to the March 9, 1905 Times-Picayune, each of the twenty-eight students enrolled in the college were asked to plant a young live oak that afternoon to help provide shade across the fledgling campus. The program included songs and recitations and the Rev. Albert Biever, S.J., first president of the college and later of Loyola University, gave an address. An article in the February 13, 1905 Times-Picayune reported that the trees were brought from St. Charles College in Grand Coteau.

Loyola College opened in 1904 and included both preparatory and college students. In 1911, the New Orleans Jesuits reorganized their educational institutions, and the Loyola University we know today was established in 1912.

Loyola College students, 1906-1907

Loyola’s landscape has continued changing and growing. Most recently, the university announced that the demolished Old Library would be transformed into green space.

Thomas Hall as seen from St. Charles Ave.

Special Collections & Archives preserves a number of collections related to environmental justice in Louisiana, including the John P. Clark Papers, the Gulf Restoration Network Archives, and the Ecology Center of Louisiana Papers.

How do you plan to take Loyola’s history and mission as inspiration to be a little more green this week?

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Winners Announced! LibQUAL Drawing

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 LibQUAL drawing! The following survey participants were selected randomly:

- Jazz Fest Tickets: Merritt B., Alexandria D.

- FitBit: Brian M., Austin R.

- Beats Headphones: Carolina F., Ashleigh S.


Thank you to everyone who completed the Monroe Library LibQUAL Survey. We appreciate your participation.

Singin’ in the Rain

It’s that time of year again! Registration and research papers are on everyone’s mind as we finish out the semester. If nothing else, the flash floods outside might give us a good reason to stay inside and study for our upcoming finals (or maybe they’re just good for showing off your rain boots!). A good way to spend some time indoors is at one of the upcoming performances from CMFA! The calendar of upcoming concerts can be found here:

All of the performances listed below are *free* for Loyola students!

If reading about music is more your thing, head on up to the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library to Special Collections! We have a variety of interesting materials that cover the multifaceted music field.

Excerpt, from “Orchestra” by William Carlos Williams. From The Desert Music and Other Poems.

The Loyola Symphony Orchestra performs this Saturday, April 18th, at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

“The Dukes of Dixieland,” from Music in the Street: Photographs of New Orleans by Ralston Crawford

The Loyola Jazz Band performs April 28th at 7:30 pm in Roussel Hall.

This tiny volume is Te Deum Laudamus from the Rosalee McReynolds collection.

Hear the voices of CMFA and the New Orleans Vocal Arts chorale at the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass this Sunday, April 19th, at 7:30 pm at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Excerpt from Acadian Folk Songs compiled by Irene Therese Whitfield.

The Loyola Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

From Escuela de composición, Tratado primero, De la armonía by Hilarión Eslava.

Hear music by CMFA student composers at Recital Hour this Thursday at 12:45 pm in Nunemaker Hall, which is accessible on the third floor of Monroe Hall.

From La Scienza de’suoni e dell’armonia by Giuseppe Pizzati.

See the Loyola Opera Department perform A Musical Menagerie on Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm in Nunemaker.

From Oeuvres complettes by Joseph Haydn.

See the University Chorus and the Loyola Chorale perform this Saturday, April 18th, at 3 pm in Roussel Hall.

These books can all be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd floor, Monroe Library.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Loyola

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola will be hosting a panel discussion, “Katrina: Before, During, and After”, on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm in Nunemaker Auditorium. This panel includes meteorologists, authors, photographers, and geographers who will share their perspectives of the storm. Wondering how Hurricane Katrina impacted the Loyola community? Below are articles from the 2006 Maroon which describe the effect that Hurricane Katrina had financially and emotionally on Loyola and its faculty and students. These articles also offer perspectives of the storm from Loyola faculty, students, and parents. Most importantly, these articles highlight the positive outlook that the Loyola community had about the future of New Orleans and ways in which the Loyola community helped to rebuild the city.

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

Maroon 2006

For more information about Hurricane Katrina, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library:

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Old photos of the old library

As Loyola’s old library comes down, let’s take a look at some photos of the building in its heyday.

First, here it is under construction. Construction of the new library building began in 1947 and completed in 1950. It was dedicated to students and alumni killed in WWII.

…and here it is completed.

Main Library dedication, 1950

United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

Enjoying the front steps:

Inside the Main Library:

Do you have memories of the Main Library? Leave them in the comments below!

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Spring and Summer Gardens

Summer is quickly approaching! As the semester winds down, you might be able to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful weather that we’ve been having in New Orleans.

Author Claire Lawson-Hall and illustrator Muriel Mallows reflect on the seasons in their books A Winter Garden, An Autumn Garden, A Spring Garden, and A Summer Garden. The two women have collaborated on a variety of projects. The Garden series includes journal entries written by Lawson-Hall that report on the meteorological and environmental happenings in her British garden.

In Special Collections and Archives, we have a set of the Garden series that has been beautifully bound. They are part of the Rosalee McReynolds Collection, which is named after the Monroe Library’s first Special Collections librarian and contains a number of books that are true works of art. Pictured below are A Spring Garden and A Summer Garden.

Cover, A Spring Garden

Obviously, this is much more than a book. It has progressed into a work of art.

Excerpt from A Spring Garden

Cover, A Summer Garden

The back of A Summer Garden

Text and illustrations, A Summer Garden

These books, along with An Autumn Garden, A Winter Garden, and the rest of the Rosalee McReynolds Collection can be viewed in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd floor, Monroe Library.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.