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International Education Week 2013

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 00:08 -- Kelly Bradish

Join the campus community for a week-long celebration of international culture and diversity!

International Education Week (November 18-21) features several fun and educational events, like International Poetry Night, the Flag Raising Ceremony and the International Exhibition.

At the Library, we are highlighting a few of the international films that are available in our collection. You'll see a selection of them downstairs in the circulation area. Please feel free to browse and check out a film! You're also welcome to Ask Us for help if you are looking for a specific title.

More info about the Festival:


Book news: Indochina and Vietnam

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:08 -- Kelly Bradish

Dr. Dennis D. Wainstock, adjunct faculty member at Fairmont State, has co-authored the new book "Indochina and Vietnam" with Robert Miller. This book will be added to the Library's collection.

Wainstock has taught history at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg for the past five years. He has also been an instructor at Salem International University (previously Salem-Teikyo University). He received his Ph.D from West Virginia University.

Here is a description of the book from Enigma Books, publisher:

INDOCHINA and VIETNAM is an eminently readable overview of the interlocking conflicts in Southeast Asia from 1940 to the heartbreaking scenes of April 1975, when the last helicopters lurched off from the soon to fall United States embassy in Saigon. The Vietnam reader is usually confronted with voluminous texts, most of them over 500 pages long. The authors have attempted to offer as comprehensive yet manageable an account as possible that would include all the major events, incidents and debates that make up the history of the long Vietnam War as the Vietnamese, the French and Americans knew it.

Wainstock is also the author of "The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945," "The Turning Point: The 1968 U.S. Presidential Election," "Malcolm X: The Life and Times of an African-American Revolutionary" and "Truman, MacArthur and the Korean War."

Veterans Day observances

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 13:37 -- Kelly Bradish

Veterans Day is November 11. Here are some community and campus events, in the order they'll be taking place:

5th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
When: 8–10 AM Monday, Nov. 11
Where: I-79 Technology Park, Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, Fairmont (map & info: events box on Pierpont homepage)
Details: Guest Speaker Richard Robison of TASC, Inc. and Introduction of the 1st HONOR FLIGHT for North Central WV
Meal sponsored by South Fairmont Rotary, Pierpont Community & Technical College, and Aladdin
Free to all Vets who register, $10 for all others. To register, contact Jim Chadwell of AXA Advisors (304)366-0126 or Mary Jo Thomas at (304) 366-2912

Veterans Day Celebration: Student, Staff & Faculty Veterans
When: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Monday, Nov. 11
Where: Hardway Building Suite 110
Details: Light refreshments will be served.

Freedom Flags on the Lawn
When: 10 AM-2 PM Monday, Nov. 11
Where: Falcon Center Lawn
Details: Place a flag on the lawn in front of the Falcon Center in memory or in honor of a veteran. Flags will be provided.

Veterans Day Parade
When: 11 AM–12:30 PM Monday, Nov. 11
Where: Downtown Fairmont, ending at Veterans' Square (map & info: events box on Pierpont homepage)
Details: Refreshments provided at Veterans' Square Plaza following the parade.

About Veterans Day

Schedule your READ photo session!

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 11:05 -- Kelly Bradish

It's time once again for the Library's READ poster campaign! All Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.  Each participant will receive a stock paper copy of the photo suitable for framing and gift-giving.

This fall's photo shoot will take place during the following times:

Tuesday, November 12 9-11 a.m. | noon - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13 9-11 a.m. | noon - 3 p.m.

Registration is strongly encouraged for everyone and required for groups of more than four people. Those who do not have an appointment may have longer wait times. The LOCATION for the photo shoot is the second floor TabLab, near the DVDs.

To schedule an appointment, email Kelly Bradish at with the following information:

  • preferred time and a second choice
  • the approximate number of people in the photo
  • name of organization, if applicable

If you'd like to be photographed with your eReader or a favorite book, please bring it with you. A selection of books will be available at the shoot as well.

Questions? Contact Kelly at or 304-333-3643.

If you're on Facebook, browse & tag photos from past Library events, including READ photos, here.

Gallery of recent READ photos

Pumpkin Patch Winner!

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 10:47 -- Kelly Bradish

Congratulations to the Student Psychological Association on creating the top pumpkin in the Student Organization Pumpkin Patch!

Thanks to all who voted, raising more than $60 for the Nest student food bank. Donations are always welcome at the Library Circulation Desk!

A special thanks to the talented student organizations who showed off their creativity and contributed a pumpkin:

  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliates
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Delta Xi Omicron
  • Increasing Our Faith
  • Phi Sigma Phi
  • Student Government Association

All the entries are pictured below and also in our Fall album on Facebook.

Pumpkin Patch voting

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 17:44 -- Kelly Bradish

Several student organizations created pumpkins for our patch!

Students, faculty and staff can pick their favorite pumpkin(s), featured in the Library stairwell display.

Voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Library reference desk.

Each vote is 10 cents, all proceeds benefit The Nest campus food bank, and yes, you can vote as many times as you'd like.

Voting hours:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29 - 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 - 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 31 - 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The winning pumpkin will be announced Thursday afternoon and will receive extra participation points!

Here are the entries - click to enlarge:

Haunted happenings at the Library

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 15:58 -- Kelly Bradish

You might have heard that we have some exciting events planned for Halloween!

We hope you help us spread the word! Here are details:

Haunted Hour: 10-11 AM, Library TabLab (middle floor)

Enjoy readings of the spooky variety from faculty, staff and students. Lots of fun -- if you dare!

Photo Booth and (optional) Zombie Makeovers: 11 AM -1:30 PM, Library Lobby

Wear your costume, get a zombie makeover or just get some friends together for photos:

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in these activities next week, plus voting for the Student Organization Pumpkin Patch! Groups, signups are going on now. Don't delay in signing up! All the details are here.

A special thank you to the Student Activities office, the School of Fine Arts, and Public Relations/Communications offices for their help with these events!

Of course, more fun is planned for that evening's football game! Here's more info.

Hope to see you for a monstrously good time!


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