L.A. Graffiti Black Book (New Stuff Tuesdays)

L.A. Graffiti Black Book book cover

Let’s just say I’ve never been a huge fan of graffiti. Marring public spaces, designed for everyone’s enjoyment seems unfair. But call it “street art” and it’s more palatable, conjuring up the savory fare of street food and the colorful wares offered by street vendors.

There is a whole sociological backstory to the proliferation of graffiti. The book’s Foreword hints at it by mentioning the urban explosion of graffiti in the 1960s, no doubt fueled by the culture of protest.

This Getty Research Institute book features the work of 151 Los Angeles street artists who created special works on paper for the book. The text is minimal, but enough to explain the significance of the artistic and cultural themes that inform the various artists’ styles.

L.A. Graffiti Black Book
by David Brafman
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor, NC138 >L68 L3 2021

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Welcome Back Book Sale

The Welcome Back book sale starts today and runs through February 28. The books are $1 each until Midnight on February 24 at which point the price is lowered to $.25 each for the remainder of the month. Bargain basement prices however you look at it.

As for types, the majority of the books are children’s fiction and nonfiction books. There is also a smattering of nonfiction, mostly biographies.

Come on over and peruse. Hopefully you’ll find something you cannot live without.

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Warhawk Almanac: Sorority Winter Formal

Alpha Sigma is the oldest local sorority at UW-Whitewater and in the state of Wisconsin. Founded as the Aureola Literary Society in 1898, the name was changed in 1931 to Alpha Sigma, which it is still known as today.[1] In the 1920s the Aureola Society was known for their annual formal dances held every January. These dances often had a theme that the students would come up with and saw both current students and alumni in attendance. On January 16, 1926, the Aureola Society hosted a Japanese themed formal.[2] The women transformed the girl’s gym of Old Main into a mini Japan. They included paintings of dragons and mountains, the ceiling was decorated with flowers on a bamboo trellis, and the room was lit with many colored lanterns. The music and dance were “greatly enjoyed” by those in attendance, marking another successful annual formal.[3]

Members of the Aureola Society
The Aureola Society was famous for their winter formal dances, attracting students and alumni alike.
Minneiska, (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Whitewater WI, 1909), 50.

            To this day Alpha Sigma continues to value philanthropy. They have held fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, and collaborated with other Greek organizations to help fundraise and serve in the Whitewater community.[4] After more than 120 years, the core principles and goals of Alpha Sigma remain the same, that is “to promote the social, intellectual, and personal growth of young women.”[5]

Members of the Aureola Society
Members of the Aureola Society, 1926.
Minneiska, (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Whitewater WI, 1926), 79.

[1] “Our History” About Alpha Sigma, retrieved from https://www.alphasigmauww.com/about.

[2] “Aureola Sponsors ‘Japanese’ Formal,” Royal Purple (Whitewater WI), January 18, 1926.

[3] Ibid.

[4] “Our Philanthropy” Alpha Sigma Philanthropy retrieved from: https://www.alphasigmauww.com/philanthropy.

[5] “Our History.”

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Warhawk Almanac: Honoring Excellence and Starting Traditions – 1971

On December 19th, 1971, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater celebrated its eighth formal mid-year commencement ceremony. Having just changed its name in October, this was the University’s first ceremony as part of the University of Wisconsin System.[1] In honor of the new name and a fresh start, the mid-year graduation introduced an important new tradition. In addition to honoring the nearly 600 undergraduate and graduate level students earning their degrees, Vice President H. Gaylon Greenhill introduced a new award dedicated to honoring recent alumni. This award, titled the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, focused on celebrating alumni who achieved significant progress in their careers shortly after graduating from UW-Whitewater. The first ever recipients of this award were Dr. Carol Becker Cartwright and Dr. O. David Sherwood. Dr. Cartwright was recognized for her research in special education and the early identification of disabilities in children. Dr. Sherwood, an endocrinologist, was recognized for his work in reproductive biochemistry.[2]         

Carol Becker, 1962, in 1962 Minnieska (Whitewater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, 1962), 19.

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award quickly became a permanent feature of UW-Whitewater’s commencement ceremonies. However, in 1984, the award received a new name. At the 1984 mid-year commencement ceremony, four alumni, William Malleris, Randall Radtke, Donna Crass Sefton, and Roger Wimmer, were awarded the newly monikered Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.[3] To this day, the award is presented under this name to alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years and have demonstrated exceptional professional achievement or community involvement.[4] To learn more about recent recipients of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, or to nominate a possible candidates, check out Whitewater’s alumni awards at https://www.uww.edu/alumni/awards.

Dave Sherwood, 1961, in 1961 Minnieska (Whitewater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, 1961), 20.

[1] “Senate publishes controversial merger bill; WSU-W officially becomes UW-Whitewater,” Royal Purple (Whitewater, WI.), Oct. 12, 1971.

[2] “UW-Whitewater Mid-Year Commencement Last Sunday,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), December 23, 1971.

[3] “UW-W To Honor Young Alumni,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), December 6, 1984.

[4] “Alumni Awards,” University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, UW Board of Regents, 2020. https://www.uww.edu/alumni/awards

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition (New Stuff Tuesdays)

book cover: Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition

What general terms are most appropriate for talking about North America’s first people? What terms are not appropriate? Were Natives more violent than Whites? Why do Indians have long hair? Can a non-Native person get an Indian name? I’m not racist, but it all happened in the past. Why can’t Indians just move on?

These questions and more are all fair game in the Young Reader’s Edition of Treuer’s work. The table of contents is the list of questions one might be afraid to ask, grouped by topic, from Terminology; History; Religion, Culture, & Identity; to Powwows; Tribal Languages; and Politics, and more. If you’ve never been drawn to ebook versions, this is an excellent first foray. Each chapter title is a question that links to an answer, sometimes a brief paragraph, and sometimes a few more pages when deeper explanation is required. Rather than making a cover-to-cover read necessary, feel free to jump to the responses for those questions that have been in the back of your mind.

As an audiobook, this works equally well. Few chapters are more than a four- to five-minute listen, making it easy to stop and start, without worry of losing train of thought. For assistance with either ebook or audiobook, see our LibGuide with instructions for getting started with our Overdrive or Libby mobile app, or visit the Reference Desk in person or by phone (262-472-1032). We’d love to help!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer
Overdrive Ebook
Overdrive Streaming Audiobook

Don’t forget to check out the Educator Resources for this title on the Badgerlink resource, TeachingBooks.net. Learn how to pronounce Treuer’s name, listen to an interview and audio excerpt of the book, find lesson materials, and identify text complexity. Enjoy the Badgerlink.net video book trailer!

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The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Secret Garden book cover

Consider the peanut. No one had really done this until George Washington Carver transformed the lowly legume into the American South’s largest crop. Carver was born into slavery in Missouri the year before the end of the Civil War. His fascination with nature began with the flowers he cultivated in his secret garden hidden in the woods near his home. By age 12, Carver had left his adoptive parents and ventured out on his own, eventually earning a Master’s degree in agriculture in Iowa and later teaching agriculture at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Although this book was written for ages 4-8, I learned a lot from it. What shines out most clearly from its vibrantly illustrated pages is George Washington Carver’s brilliance, his resilience in adversity, and most of all, his compassion for humanity. That deep love for people fueled his desire to improve their lives, whether or not they appreciated him. As the Christmas season approaches, isn’t this a lesson for us all?

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
by Gene Barretta, illustrated by Frank Morrison
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor, Curr Coll E Bar

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Warhawk Almanac: Warhawks are Champions! – 2002

On December 7th, 2002, the Williams Center was alive with excitement. UW-Whitewater was in the middle of a game against Washington University (St. Louis). The winner of the game would be crowned NCAA Division III women’s volleyball champion. For the first time ever, the Warhawks would take that title.

Gillengerten, Leslie, Team Celebrating Victory, in the Royal Purple (Whitewater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, January 22, 2003), 1.

In 2002, Whitewater only held two official national championship titles. Both titles were won by the men’s basketball team, one in 1984 and the other in 1989. In women’s sports, Whitewater only held an unofficial title in golf (1985). The Warhawks win over the WU Bears in 2002 was UW-Whitewater’s first women’s championship, third official championship, and fourth championship overall.[1] Before the season began, the team had lost their senior All-Conference players from the year before. As a result, the head coach, Kris Russell, expected to spend the season rebuilding the team. Whitewater was not expected to win the WIAC, let alone the NCAA. However, the team spent the season learning to trust each other and developing a strong harmony that pushed them forward.[2] The volleyball team had a fantastic season in 2002. They placed first in the WIAC regular season and then took home the post-season title. The team went on to play through three rounds of NCAA tournament play.[3] This string of wins led them to their final showdown on December 7th. Having lost to Washington University earlier in the season, the stakes were high. The Warhawks were not deterred. After a series of impressive rallies, Whitewater was able to take three consecutive sets, defeating Washington 3-0. Senior Warhawks Kristin Dettman, Angie Wildish, and Lindsay Tamosovich collected the team an impressive number of kills, digs, and service aces, landing themselves a place on the All-Tournament team. Tomasovich was even named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.[4] With their win over Washington, the Warhawks had won Whitewater’s first official women’s sports championship. Many more championships would follow, but it is undeniable that the 2002 women’s volleyball team is a significant aspect of UW-Whitewater’s tradition of excellence.

Gillengerten, Leslie, Coach Kris Russell, in the Royal Purple (Whitewater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, January 22, 2003), 1.
Gillengerten, Leslie, MVP Lindsay Tomasavich, in the Royal Purple (Whitewater: University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, January 22, 2003), 1.

[1]“Notes from the Championship,” The Official Athletics Site of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, December 11, 2002, https://uwwsports.com/news/2002/12/11/womenvolleyball_9916.aspx.

[2] Ryan Ratajewski, “Warhawks Crowned National Champs,” Royal Purple (Whitewater, WI), January 22, 2003.

[3] “UW-Whitewater Hosts NCAA III Volleyball Championship Finals,” The Official Athletics Site of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, November 28, 2002, https://uwwsports.com/news/2002/11/28/womenvolleyball_1151.aspx.

[4] John Ackely, “Purple Reign,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI), December 12, 2002.

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Book Sale – December 2021

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Thank you all for an especially successful November book sale! It brings me happiness to know that those books found a new home and will be read again.

The December/winterim book sale has a subject potpourri. On the sales docket you’ll see anthropology, fiction (English and other languages), education, mathematics, economics, business, public relations, and writing.

Come on in and buy yourself a little leisure reading for winterim. Each book sells for the low, low price of $1 through December 24, 2021. After that the price is even lower, just $.25 per book through January 13, 2022.

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Warhawk Almanac: Whitewater Mourns President John F. Kennedy – 1963

On November 22nd, 1963, the United States was given horrible news. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Texas. From Friday to Monday, the whole nation observed a weekend of memorialization to honor the fallen leader. To allow students a chance to mourn and attend memorial services, the Whitewater State College cancelled or postponed all classes and activities through Monday, November 25th.[1] When classes began again on the 26th, the Royal Purple encouraged students with a short editorial piece celebrating Kennedy and reminding students that “life goes on”.[2]

Memorial Services Held in Whitewater, in the Whitewater Register (Whitewater: Whitewater       Register, November 28, 1963), 1.

In their commemoration of Kennedy, the campus community was reminded of their special connection to the President. Only four years prior, President Kennedy (then Senator Kennedy) had spoken at the Whitewater State College on his campaign trail. Kennedy was invited by the college’s Young Democrats club and spoke to a large crowd that went over the capacity of the auditorium. Senator Kennedy spoke about his support for education and answered questions about the current G.I. bill. During the discussion period, Senator Kennedy eagerly answered all of the crowd’s questions, creating a pleasant atmosphere for all who attended.[3] It is no surprise that the Whitewater community reminisced on this event in commemoration of such an impactful individual.[4]

12-K-100 JF Kennedy and RC Williams, Photo Collection, Celebrities and Other People, Anderson Library Archives and Area Research, Anderson Library, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Whitewater, WI.

[1] “Whitewater Joins World in Mourning; Memorial Services Held Monday,” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), November 28, 1963.

[2]  “…And Life Goes On,” Royal Purple (Whitewater, WI.), November 26, 1963.

[3] “Senator John F Kennedy Addresses Capacity Crowd,” Royal Purple (Whitewater, WI.), February 23, 1963.

[4] “’but what can you do for your country,’” Whitewater Register (Whitewater, WI.), November 28, 1963.

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Agua, Agüita = Water, Little Water (New Stuff Tuesdays)

3 book covers: Hello Ocean, Agua Aguita, Galapagos Girl

The New Arrivals Island has been inundated by a tidal wave of bilingual children’s books about agua!

Hello Ocean / Hola Mar follows a young girl as her every sense is awash in what the ocean and beach have to offer touch, smell, sight – and a simple sense of adventure. Once again, author Pam Muñoz Ryan and translator Yanitzia Canetti collaborate on composing rich rhyming text in both English and Spanish:

I touch the ocean, and surf gives chase, then wraps me in a wet embrace.
Yo toco el mar, y el mar me anlaza, con sus húmedas olas, me envuelve y abraza.

From deep in the earth, to ocean, to morning dew, Agüita / Water, Little Water follows the life cycle of water from the perspective of one gotita – one little drop. Through Argueta’s poetry in Spanish, English and Nahuat, the language of his Pipil-Nahua ancestors, we see how Agüita becomes a river, a lake, and ocean.

De gotita en gotita
subo al cielo
Drop by drop
I climb to the sky.

In Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña we see again how just one, seemingly so small, is part of this interconnected web of life. This the is the true tale of a little girl, Valentina Cruz. She lived her childhood on her family farm on Floreana, one of the Galapagos Islands, where she bopped up and down with lava lizards, stamped her feet with blue-footed boobies, and twirled pirouettes with sea lions. When she leaves the island to attend school, she promises the creatures, “I will not forget you… And I will keep you safe / No los olvidaré – y ayudaré a protegerlos.” We learn in the Author’s Notes that Cruz became a biologist, and returns to the Islands where she now works on ecological restoration, research, and tourism.

Hello Ocean = Hola Mar
Pam Muñoz Ryan; traducido por Yanitzia Canetti; ilustrado por Mark Astrella.
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor E Rya

Agua, Agüita = Water, Little Water
por Jorge Tetl Argueta; ilustraciones de Felipe Ugalde Alcántara; traducción de Gabriela Baeza
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor E Arg

Galápagos Girl = Galapagueña
by Marsha Diane Arnold ; illustrated by Angela Dominguez ; translated by Adriana Dominguez
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor E Arn

For teaching resources, more about the authors, and more about the books, don’t forget to explore the Badgerlink.net Teaching Books resources:

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