Posters and Theses and Symposia, Oh My!

CALLOUT_symposiumAdvice from Liz Roepke, Peer Research Advisor

You may have noticed or even attended the Summer Research Symposia this last week, for the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or for Math & Sciences. The first time I went to a poster session as a first-year student, I was overwhelmed! At every session there are so many intelligent, well-spoken students presenting research they’re proud of.

At the time, I probably understood about ten percent of what each poster was saying. Even now that I’ve attended many more symposia and presented a few of my own posters, there are plenty of topics and posters that go completely over my head.

But that’s okay. A well-designed and well-written poster can tell you a lot about the background information, what the presenter found, and (most importantly) why you should care. Since it’s not my field of study, I’m going to need to know what Modified Quinine Derivatives are, or why I should spend the next five minutes learning about Reverse-Engineering Linear Algebra.

Someday in your college career you may present a poster for your professors and friends. Maybe you’ll even present at a national conference in your discipline, which Puget Sound students often do. So when the time comes, just remember: the only poster in the room you have to completely understand is your own!

P.S. For more student-created work, including posters, theses, and more, visit .


Liz Roepke ’15 is a geology major and Peer Research Advisor at Collins Library.

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From the Archives: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Collins Memorial Library will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on September 20th, from 2-4pm. The event, timed to take place as the Race and Pedagogy Conference approaches, will focus on improving the diversity of representation on Wikipedia, and specifically the coverage of underrepresented authors and activists.

In addition to improving the coverage of underrepresented authors and activists, the event aims to encourage students to improve Wikipedia using the resources available at the library, and to make the campus community more aware of the value of editing Wikipedia in higher education. Participants will be provided with a list of biographical entries to consider editing, and sources will be pulled for participants prior to the event. Learn more about how editing Wikipedia has been used in the classroom.

No Wikipedia experience is necessary- Wikipedia editing handouts will be available at the event, and experienced Wikipedia editors will available to answer questions!

If you are interested in learning to edit Wikipedia or would like more information:

  • Email the Archives & Special Collections;
  • Sign up for the event and create a user account during Archives & Special Collections Open Hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 1-3pm in Collins Library, room 211;
  • Create an account on your own;
  • Or, join our Facebook event.

Hope to see you there!

By Kara E. Flynn

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m.

WikipediaFlyerImproving the Diversity of Representation on Wikipedia

Help improve the coverage of underrepresented American authors and activists by editing their Wikipedia entries using the resources at the library!
No Wikipedia experience necessary!

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 2-4 p.m.
Collins Memorial Library, rm. 118

Snacks provided!

Sign up and create your Wikipedia account during Archives & Special Collections Open Hours: Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. in Collins Library, room 211 or email

All are welcome!

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Abby Williams Hill: Her Life, Her Legacy


From left: Abby Hill and the children at Yellowstone National Park,
Mt. Booker Near Lake Chelan, Mt. Rainier from Eunice Lake

Join Laura Edgar, Curator of the Abby Williams Hill Collection, as she speaks to the Tacoma Historical Society

Monday, November 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Murray Boardroom, Wheelock Student Center
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

The event is free and open to the public.
For more information:

Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter, social activist, and prolific writer who lived in Tacoma from 1889 to 1910. She produced a remarkable collection of landscape paintings showcasing the grandeur of the American West, as well as a vast archive of letters and journals addressing issues of continuing social and historical interest including African-American and Native-American rights, early childhood education, alcohol abuse, the plight of tuberculosis patients, and the preservation of our national parks. Hill’s children donated her archive and over 150 of her paintings and drawings to the University of Puget Sound after Hill died in 1943. Laura Edgar, Curator of the Abby Williams Hill Collection at the University of Puget Sound, will speak about Hill’s life and her impact on the state of Washington.

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What I Wished I Knew… (Advice from Liz Roepke, Peer Research Advisor)

peer_galFirst off, welcome to the University of Puget Sound! We’re glad to have you. I hope you had an awesome orientation and a great first week of class. You might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, homesick, nervous – all normal! Hopefully, you’re excited, too. Now I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of advice in the past few weeks, days, and probably even hours. But here’s some more: six ways to boost your success in your first semester of college. You might have heard some of these points before, but that probably means that it’s good advice!


  • If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track! Reading your emails is one of the best ways to stay up to date with your professors and learn about campus events (sign up for clubs you’re interested in during LogJam or on the ASUPS website – they’ll keep you informed!) If you’re reading the library’s blog, Collins Unbound, – even better! Actively engaging in campus happenings will help you feel more connected and you’ll get the full Puget Sound experience.
  • Use a planner. ASUPS hands them out for free so there’s really no excuse for not having one. Some of you are probably thinking “I can totally keep track of my assignments in my head; I don’t want to waste all that time writing everything down.” BUT eventually you will forget about something – maybe it will be a meeting you scheduled with your professor three weeks ago, or a homework reading assignment your professor just added that isn’t posted on Moodle. Part of being successful in college and as an adult is being organized and punctual, so start practicing now!
  • Read your class syllabi! I know your professor probably already went through some of it in class with you, but looking through it again and writing down important dates (quizzes, exams, paper due dates) in your planner will really help you out later this semester.
  • Go to your professors’ office hours, even if it’s just to introduce yourself. In the end, your professors are the best academic resource you have. Build a good relationship with them now so you feel more comfortable asking for help later in the semester.
  • Learn about some of the schools resources: the library, CES (Career and Employment Services), CHWS (Counseling, Health and Wellness Services), and the CWLT (Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching). Learning what these resources have to offer before you need them will greatly reduce stress later on.
  • Last but not least: get off campus! Go hike a trail at Mt. Rainier while the weather is still nice, walk down to the farmer’s market on Proctor this Saturday, go study at one of the many coffee shops nearby, or join Habitat for Humanity and help them build a house. Washington has so much to offer, and I promise you won’t regret exploring it.

Remember: there are so many people on campus who want to help you achieve all your hopes and dreams – let us!

Liz Roepke ’15 is a geology major and the library’s first-ever Peer Research Advisor.

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From the Archives: Freshmen Traditions

“The Judge” – one of the sophomores who enforced the rule that freshmen must wear their green beanies, by requiring violators of the rule to sit in the electric chair “hot seat” in the Commons eating area of Kittredge Hall, Oct 1953.

“The Judge” – one of the sophomores who enforced the rule that freshmen must wear their green beanies, by requiring violators of the rule to sit in the electric chair “hot seat” in the Commons eating area of Kittredge Hall, Oct 1953.

Back in the older days of our highly esteemed university, there were some very… odd traditions pertaining to freshmen and their relationship with the sophomores. Trust me; if you haven’t heard of the freshman beanie, you’re missing out.

Upon arriving on campus, the “freshies” were required to wear green beanies for the first semester until homecoming in November, or unless they beat the sophomores in a competition. This competition entailed either a “Bag Rush” – imagine football, but with giant bags instead of a ball – or a tug of war. The bag rush is still a bit enigmatic to me, as there are plenty of pictures and scores for it, but very few rules that I have found. The only explicit rule was that if the freshmen won, they could stop wearing the beanies. They would even be allowed to burn their beanies at the Homecoming bonfire, according to the 1934 yearbook.

The punishment for not wearing the beanie depended on the year, of course. In the 1933 edition of Tamanawas, we can find at least a dozen students handcuffed to trees and porches. In 1955, they dyed one girl’s hair green. In 1953, they implemented the “hot seat – freshmen only”, as seen in the picture. Though described as an electric chair, I’m fairly certain that actually electrocuting students (even for such a hideous grievance as not wearing their beanie) was still illegal, and that the sophomores really only smeared black paint on the offenders. Or at least I hope that’s all that happened.

Either way, I’m sure all of our new frosh can be glad that the beanie is now just a tidbit of the past, though if you’d like to try one on for size you can stop by the Archives & Special Collections’ open hours any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. You could always just leaf through the yearbooks for some of the pictures, too.

By Morgan Ford ‘17

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Brandy Wine Workshop in Collins Library, September 4, 2014

PosterSeptember 4 – November 13, 2014

September 4, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00PM
in the Link @ Collins

Since 1972, the Brandywine Workshop has inspired artists of diverse backgrounds to produce innovative collaborations in printmaking. Collins Library and the Art Department are honored to host this exhibition of six artists associated with the Workshop: Curlee Raven Holton, Letitia Huckaby, Samella Lewis, Allan Edmunds, Richard Whitman and Tomie Arai.

For directions & parking information, please visit:
Questions? Please contact:

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Collins Library Links: PRIMO – A new library search and discovery system


PRIMO:  A new library search and discovery system

Librarian Lori Ricigliano developed this Primo Tip Sheet
to help introduce our new system.

Questions about Primo?
Contact your liaison librarian or email
Read our Primo FAQ at

Primo combines the strengths of both Collins Catalog and Puget Sound WorldCat in one intuitive interface. With Primo you can:

  • Find books (electronic and print), journals (electronic and print), maps, sound recordings, videos, online resources, digital collections, and more.
  • Find journal and newspaper articles from multiple resources simultaneously.
  • Refine your results to electronic resources, by availability, location, format, publication year, subject, and more
  • Sign in to access your e-Shelf to view saved results and your library account.
  • Export items by email and to RefWorks and

Try Primo when:

  • You are finding a known item.
  • You are starting your research. Primo casts a very large net and can bring back many books, articles, web sites, and more.
  • You want to save your searches and resources you find to your personal e-Shelf.
  • You need to refine your results by availability, location, format, publication year, subject, and more.
  • Consider other sources when you want to search a specific database. Some databases have not yet been incorporated into Primo so use the Database A-Z list. Additionally, items in the University Archives are not yet incorporated into Primo.

Sign into your account. 
By signing into your account, you can: access externally licensed resources; request or recall items; save items from your results list and searches you have performed for future use; set preferences to reflect the way you usually search and save them for future sessions; access your account to find out what you currently have checked out.

Use scopes to search different collections.
The default option is Collins, Summit, and Articles which includes items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library, and items owned by the 36 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Selected articles subscribed to by Collins Library are available. Search individual databases for more comprehensive results.

Other scope options for collections are:

Collins and Summit

  • Items owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library and the collections of 36 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Journal titles are searchable, but articles are not.


  • Only owned, subscribed to, or accessible by Collins Library.
  • Includes eBooks, print books, CDs, scores, DVDs, course reserves, government documents and more.
  • Journal titles are searchable, but articles are not.


Use to find items at libraries around the world and submit Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests

Colored dots next to your search results indicate availability.

Use the facets on the left side of the search screen to refine your search.

You can narrow by date, resource type, subject, author, availability, full text, peer reviewed journals, and more.

Click on the “actions” tab in the search results for options.


Use quotes around a phrase to find a specific title.


Use AND in upper case to find all words.


Use advanced search to find journals that the library owns, subscribes to, or has access.


Click on my account to see what you’ve checked out and to renew items.


Need Information? Don’t forget the Collins Memorial Library Library Guides
Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, Library Director
Remember – Your best search engine is a Librarian!


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From the Archives: Welcome to Campus!

Beginning next week the Archives & Special Collections will have regular open hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You are welcome to contact us to set up an appointment for other days and times.


Freshmen unpack in Anderson Hall, 1953

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Check out our Popular Reading Collection!

PopularReadingOver the summer, we added 20 new titles to our Popular Reading Collection. These include novels of suspense, love and mystery, some humor and a few biographies. If you are new to this collection, you can find bout 200 books of current popular books at the front of the library in this collection. Look for the Starburst sign!

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