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Oviatt Library E-News: Thanks & Recognition

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Thanks & Recognition: Library Scholarship Students Share Heartfelt Gratitude with Donors

Fall 2020

We are proud to announce the 2020 Library Student Employee Scholarship recipients. Thanks to continued donor support, we were able to provide over $25,000 in scholarships to deserving student assistants. The heartfelt appreciation expressed by the awardees demonstrates the priceless sentimental value and powerful impact of this honor.

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Thanks & Recognition: Recent Retirees

Spring 2020

In December, four longstanding employees of the Oviatt Library bid farewell to embark on their next chapter: retirement. As integral members of our team with memorable comradery and collaboration along the way, these members of our team are surely missed!

Bernice Haber

In Memoriam: Bernice Haber

Spring 2020

As a volunteer at CSUN since 1991, Bernice was a beloved Friends of the Library board member. She once shared, “Volunteering enlarges my own life, and keeps me connected to the campus and young people. Promoting education and the arts rounds me out as a person.”

Dr. Karin J. Duran and Richard Nupoll

Thanks and Recognition: Richard Nupoll's Library Legacy of Love

Fall 2019

Through the Dr. Karin J. Duran and Richard Nupoll Education Librarian Endowment, this unprecedented bequest will support an Endowed Librarian, who will oversee Oviatt Library collection development as the bibliographer for the TCC in the Oviatt Library, for multiple departments in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, and for related disciplines in other colleges on the CSUN campus.

Gus and Erika Manders

Thanks & Recognition: Gus and Erika Manders

Spring 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we join the Manders family in remembering the life and legacy of CSUN alum Gus Manders, who passed away in December 2018 at the age of 97. The Oviatt Library is forever grateful for the generous contributions from Gus and his wife, Erika. Their active participation and thoughtful support over the last several years has facilitated library student employee scholarships, exhibit receptions, special lectures, rare books, and archival collections dealing with U.S. history, especially World War II history.

Milt Valera, CSUN President Dr. Dianne F. Harrison and Debbie Valera

Thanks and Recognition: Milt and Debbie Valera

Fall 2018

The Oviatt Library extends heartfelt gratitude to Milt and Debbie Valera. As active volunteers and donors in the CSUN community, the couple established the Milt and Debbie Valera First Amendment Rights Endowment providing the Oviatt Library funding for materials and media for the truthful communication to University students and faculty of the meaning and significance of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and how the amendment allows Americans the opportunity to enjoy their right to the freedom of speech.

Kris Ecklund

Thanks & Recognition: Kristin A. Ecklund and Lisle Wenberg

Spring 2018

The Oviatt Library is forever grateful to CSUN Emeritus Librarians Kristin A. Ecklund (Kris) and Lisle Wenberg for their lifelong commitment to enriching library access for students with disabilities. In December 2017, Kris established the Lisle Wenberg Library Disability Services Training Endowment as a way to honor deceased Emeritus Librarian and beloved friend, Lisle Wenberg.

Dennis Bakewell

Thanks & Recognition: Dennis Bakewell

Fall 2017

Meet Dennis Bakewell, Oviatt Library's first Special Collections Librarian, who helped shape the Library's early collections.

Dennis Bakewell was a quiet man, who lived a mostly quiet life, but he left a great legacy in the Special Collections and Archives at CSUN.

CSUN University Women's Club with Scholarship Winners

Thanks & Recognition: CSUN University Women's Club

Spring 2017

The Oviatt Library is deeply grateful to the CSUN University Women’s Club, a passionate group of campus friends and family members who have been helping to ease the financial burden on CSUN students for more than a half-decade.

Ardis Flenniken

Thanks & Recognition: Ardis Flenniken

Winter 2016

CSUN graduate, Library patron, and campus neighbor Ardis Flenniken honors the Oviatt’s continuing transformative impact with a planned gift that will help to support the educational aspirations of countless students.