Chancellor Greenhill Exhibit

This post was created by UW-Whitewater student Brendan Knoflicek.

This spring semester of my junior year of college I had the opportunity to work as a public history intern at the UW-Whitewater Archives and Area Research Center in Andersen Library.  I was tasked with working with the H. Gaylon Greenhill Collection, a former Chancellor of UW-Whitewater.

The Greenhill collection contains a variety of items in the scrapbooks and files.  The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photos, letters, and documents that display Greenhill’s and UW-Whitewater’s successes. The Greenhill file contains photos, letters, pamphlets, quizzes, and booklets more specifically related to Greenhill.  Initially I was tasked with creating a historical note of the overall collection. This provides any researcher the necessary background information on the collection to determine its significance to their project. After the historical note, I was tasked with creating an exhibit on Greenhill.  The main materials used for my Greenhill exhibit were the clippings, photos, and letters as they display Greenhill’s personality in the best way. I began choosing items as if it were a job interview. The main items selected were to show Greenhill’s talents and his traits he had as a person. However, it was not an easy task narrowing down successes of a self made man who’s lasting legacy was immortalized by naming UW-Whitewater’s arts building, the Greenhill Center of the Arts.  H. Gaylon Greenhill was one of UW-Whitewater’s most successful hires in the school’s history, making it difficult to narrow down his successes for an exhibit.

Before Whitewater, Greenhill earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls and a masters and PhD from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. While many remember Greenhill as UW-Whitewater’s Chancellor, Greenhill was initially hired as an associate professor of political science. The exhibit has two cases that are split into Greenhill’s achievements before becoming Chancellor (Case 1), and Greenhill’s achievements as Chancellor (Case 2).  

Case 1

Case 1 covers a time span from 1962-1991, where Greenhill had to establish himself as a top scholar and worked his way up to Vice Chancellor. In 1967 when Greenhill published his Labor Money in Wisconsin Politics 1964, which received praise from politicians and fellow academics.  This piece displayed Greenhill’s talents and earned him promotions, first to the Dean of Summer School in 1967 and Extension Services and then to Vice Chancellor in 1980.  As Vice Chancellor, Greenhill displayed his talents and skills that foreshadowed his later promotion to Chancellor. Greenhill became a familiar site in newspapers as he made many public appearances as Vice Chancellor where people began to see the more friendly and personable side of Greenhill.   Since his graduation from UW-River Falls, Greenhill has had a successful career, for which he earned the Distinguished Alumni award in 1984 from the university. This award recognizes students who have made strides of excellence in their fields since graduation, which Greenhill had done up to that point.  

Case 2

The exhibit then moves to case 2, which is bigger than case 1 and displays Greenhill’s successes as Chancellor of UW-Whitewater. As Chancellor Greenhill was able to achieve more of his goals for UW-Whitewater, which required more space to display his accomplishments. Case 2 covers Greenhill’s years as Chancellor from 1991-2000.  It begins with Chancellor Connor retiring after his seventeen years of service in 1991. Following Connor’s retirement announcement, many academics suspected that Greenhill was next in line for the job. Shortly after Connor’s retirement the UW System Regents backed Greenhill, leading to his selection as UW-Whitewater’s new Chancellor.  For his opening remarks Greenhill gave an emphatic speech on an excellence standard he wanted UW-Whitewater to reach. In his speech Greenhill states that UW-Whitewater needs to hire top faculty members, which will then attract the top high school students. Greenhill would act on his own words immediately as he starting the building of the Irvin Young Auditorium building in 1991 and finished in 1993, showing Greenhill’s and UW-Whitewater’s motivation to achieve excellence. Chancellor Greenhill was seen often around campus as he interacted with the student body, as he participated in homecoming games with students and attended many of the football teams games.  In 1994 Greenhill privately began creating an “Excellence Fund” that was set to raise ten million dollars and be used on renovating Warhawk Stadium, Hyer Hall, and the Connor University Center. The majority of the fund was allocated for student scholarships. When Greenhill announced the “Excellence Fund” to the public it was an immediate success. Though the ten million for the fund was reached by 1996, it stayed open until 1998 when it raised twelve million dollars. Students who received money from the “Excellence Fund” often wrote letters to Chancellor Greenhill and his wife thanking him for the opportunity they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. In 1999 Greenhill announced his retirement from UW-Whitewater.  Greenhill’s retirement ceremony drew a large crowd as academics and politicians from Wisconsin attended. After retirement Greenhill and his wife Hannah donated $500,000 to Whitewater. In return the university renamed the Center of the Arts building, to the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Working in the school’s archives was great because it has taught me skills I need to further my career in public history.  I learned how to create historical notes for collections, how to organize collections, and how to label collections.  The archival work was more interesting than I had initially thought, as I was able to learn a lot about a specific collection and place my influence on the collection by organizing it.  When creating my exhibit I learned how to use Photoshop, how to organize an exhibit, and how to provide concise text for an exhibit. Photoshop allowed me to edit photos so they could be easily seen for any viewers.

Organizing the exhibit was especially important for case 2 as images between rows needed to be spaced out enough so viewers know they are separate, while images that were related needed to be closer together so viewers know they are connected.  Creating short amounts of text was difficult sometimes as I wanted to provide more info on the images. After finalizing the exhibit I found a good medium of text that provided necessary information, while keeping it short and to the point. Overall working at UW-Whitewater’s Archives and Area Research Center in Andersen Library has provided beneficial experiences as I continue to pursue a career in public history.  

The exhibit is located in the Archives and Area Research Center on the 1st floor of Andersen Library.

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T3: Closed Captioning on the Fly

If you need to quickly provide closed captioning for an audio source that is not currently captioned, you can use this Google Slides trick.

  1. Open a blank Google Slide. Here’s a link to get you started.
  2. In upper right of screen, Click Present button
  3. In lower menu which appears when you hover your mouse at the bottom of the screen, click CC
  4. Allow microphone
  5. Start talking, play the video/audio, etc

This trick also works with a split screen, with a Google Slide on one side and a YouTube video on the other.

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Note: This does not replace the need to close caption videos that you will be showing in a classroom setting as this only works as well as speech recognition can be–that is not well enough! But, it can be used to jump-start your own captioning of a video, presentation, or lecture.

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New Stuff Tuesday – May 7, 2019

North on the Wing cover

North on the Wing:
Travels With the Songbird Migration of Spring

by Bruce M. Beehler
QL698.9 .B44 2018
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Just last week I was sitting in a meeting in the Library Conference Room when something caught my eye. A flock of white birds was passing by, just outside the picture windows. Were they seagulls? Snow geese, maybe? As it turned out, they were white pelicans. A whole flock, just circling above the campus, drafting gracefully on the warm thermal updrafts on a sunny spring morning. The meeting wrapped up and several of us kept watching the flock as it slowly circled its way across campus and out of view.

Okay, okay, I know pelicans aren’t songbirds, which is the subject of this book. But they do migrate north each year — and, heck — I needed to find a way to work them into this blog entry. Smithsonian ornithologist and naturalist Bruce Beehler writes a charming travelogue of his hundred-day journey up the Mississippi and into Canada to follow the migration route of a variety of warblers species. Beehler’s adventures on foot and via bike, car, and canoe were inspired in part by the trek of another naturalist, Edwin Way Teale, who made a similar migration journey with his wife in 1947.

The UW System Libraries have additional titles by Bruce M. Beehler if you’d like to read more of his work.

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May 2019 Book Sale

I hope the end of the semester goes well for you. Soon you’ll have more time for leisure reading, so come on over and check out the book sale books.

For the month of May we have a wide variety of popular and scholarly titles for your perusal and purchase. The books are in English, Spanish, and other languages. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Literature
  • Sciences
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Relaxathon is Back!

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The birds are chirping, people are outside in the park, laughter is heard all over campus… The last few weeks of the Spring Semester are upon us. Although all of those traits of university life sound perfect, you have hours on hours of studying to do. Let us tell you how we can help.

With the busiest time of the semester looming, Andersen Library is here to relax you! We are happy to announce Relaxathon will be carried out from May 1st to the 20th. Similar to last semester, there will be a load of events and games for you to enjoy on the second floor of Andersen. Relaxathon is a perfect way to take a study break and ease your mind before you ace your finals. With FREE coffee, tea, and popcorn starting after 9pm every night, come join us at Andersen with our EXTENDED HOURS! 

Whether it be the increased Pet Therapy, UCHS’ Relax Snax, Paint N’ Chill, Life Sized Games, and many more. For more information on Relaxathon head over to http://library.uww.edu/about-us/news-events. Come to one, come to all! Andersen Library is the place for you to study first and foremost, but we also are there for you on your study breaks as well!

Check out a few photos from Fall Semester’s Relaxathon event below!

 

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Final ‘Study N’ Style’ of the Year!

Our last ‘Study N’ Style’ for the school year is tonight, 4/29 from 4-7pm in Room L1105. Come join us to study, relax, and hang out with arts and crafts. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, this is your last chance to go out in style.

Andersen Library would like to extend thanks to Brother-to-Brother, Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES), Underground Cuts, and Hip Hop Stylez for all of their hard work and commitment to putting out one of the best events to date at Andersen.

Check out some of the pictures from our past ‘Study N’ Style’ events. See you in the “cut” tonight from 4-7pm in room L1105.

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Flashback Friday: Opportunities from Andersen in April (2019)

One way we look to set ourselves a part from other academic libraries is through our programming. Working with campus partners to offer our students and the Whitewater community opportunities that are worthwhile. As much as we covet being a place of information, we like to double down and present opportunities for exploration too! These past couple of weeks in April are an indicator of that. This month we had several events of interest, and students and the larger community came out to support.

Events that proved to be noteworthy include ‘Cultural Conversation’ with the English Language Academy (ELA), devoted to aligning international students with interactions from their American counterparts, to which ‘Cultural Conversation’ is essentially that. Students had a chance to engage in a fun, interactive tabletop game to which students discussed cultural norms with one another. Our second event, ‘Birds of Prey’ had people flying in flocks to our front doors! This program showed that the sky is the limit, with a record SMASHING 211 people in attendance! Teaming up with the Northern Illinois Raptors Rehabilitation and Education Center, we were able to give our patrons a memorable “meet and greet” with some of our favorite high-flyers. Lastly, ‘Primetime Poetry II’ closed out the week with some great readings and presentations. This was our way of acknowledging April as national poetry month. Students seemed to really enjoy the expressive atmosphere, and the enticing contest prizes as well. Check out some photos from some of our programs this month, and stay tuned for more opportunities here at Andersen Library. Because we’re not done! 🙂

Cultural Conversation – April 16, 2019

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Birds of Prey – April 18, 2019

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Primetime Poetry II – April 25, 2019

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Primetime Poetry II

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It’s national poetry month, and the dynamic duo is back! Andersen Library and Poetry Club are teaming up again for their second rendition of Primetime Poetry. With some great poetry, plenty of fun, and a whopping $100 grand prize, it is lining up to be another wonderful event. Also co-sponsoring this event are Latinos Unidos and the English Club (of UW-Whitewater).  Join us tomorrow, 4/25, from 5-7pm in room L1105. Below are a few photos from our inaugural event (Primetime Poetry).We hope to see you there for our second iteration of late-night poetry! *mic drop*

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 23, 2019

Computer Programming with C++

Computer Programming with C++
by Kunal Pimparkhede
QA76.73.C153 P469 2017
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

In the library’s newest print book on a popular programming language, Pimparkhede provides an in-depth explanation of C and C++ programming languages along with the fundamentals of object oriented programming paradigm. This book follows an example-driven approach with question/answer boxes help clarify issues. It includes exercises and quizzes to help learners cement the concepts into their brains. It also offers detailed explanations of complex topics, such as operators and type casting, decision making control statements, iterative control statements, arrays, functions, pointers, constructors and destructors, operator overloading, inheritance, templates, exception handling, and more. Diagrams, flowcharts, and other visuals guide the reader through the concepts, making ideas easier to comprehend than many other texts on the same subject.

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Pet Video Fest!

The local public library, Irvin L Young Memorial Public Library at 431 W Center St, Whitewater, is hosting a Pet Video Fest at 4:30pm on Mon, Apr 29th. Anyone wishing to contribute a video or image of their own pet for the show should send it (and the pet’s name) to Claire at Ckinder-Tidwell@whitewater-wi.gov by Wed Apr 24. Support your local animal shelters by bringing donations to the Fest, and you will be entered to win an animal-themed prize! This is a free event, open to the public.

Consult the wish lists of local animal shelters when considering what to donate:

Andersen Library may have resources if you’d like to learn more, such as the streaming video Animals: How to take stunning photos

Please ask a librarian (email, chat, phone 262.472.1032, or visit the Reference Desk) for assistance with finding additional materials.

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