by Alex Mesadieu

In many cities the first Friday of the month is no different than the second, third, or fourth; this is not the case for Ashland, Oregon. Here, the first Friday of the month is cause for a citywide celebration of the arts. First Friday Art Walks have become a tradition in Ashland, with galleries, schools, and businesses opening their doors to art-goers of all sorts.

Hannon Library first started hosting Art Walks to showcase artwork and performances created by SOU students. Since May is the month of the Southern Oregon Arts & Research conference — and Hannon Library plays a key role in organizing SOAR — Hannon Library is going big this weekend.

On May 1st, from 6-8 PM, the library will host a First Friday ArtWalk featuring exhibitions from the 2015 SOAR conference. Exhibitions include works from locally renowned artist Amanda Denbeck and McNair Scholar Angela West, a performance from harp player Ella Kunkel, and more:

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Multi-media by Amanda Denbeck
An introduction to the topic of modern day atrocities in an educational environment. It is not only a critical analysis of commercialism of diamonds but it is also a discussion about genocide, specifically in relation to the Sierra Leone Civil War.

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Installation by Andres Rivero
A combination of different ‘methods’ that essentially recreates the art done by portrait artists. A computer system will automatically record a person’s portrait, retaining their features, creating a portrait image which is then done in marker watercolor on paper by a different robotic display.

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Photography by Hannon Library Digital Projects
Images of historic cans assembled by Jim Rock over his career as an archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service. He compiled information and provided typologies and dating techniques that have enabled archaeologists and historians to better interpret historical archaeological sites.

Sculpture by Joy Sters
An exhibition focused on the PURE ENERGY that was infused through the plaster during its creation. The PURE ENERGY was harnessed from the bottom of the sculpture and directed into the plaster and twisted up to the top into a point where it exits. PURE ENERGY is the art and technique of arranging energy and vibration in such a way that if one were to place their hand or body part or anything above it, it will be infused with the PURE ENERGY that has been directed to that area.

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Video games by Tyler Jasper
A collection of four video games programmed and produced by the artist during his time at SOU.

So whether you want to sit in the infamous mosaic rotunda and listen to soothing harp music, look at tin displays of history, or be informed of the struggles of the people of Sierra Leon through a young artist and historian’s work… Hannon Library has you covered.


SOAR First Friday Flyer

pubdomainwritingHave you ever written something, felt pretty confident about it, then looked it over and felt all faith in your writing abilities drain out of you? If you answered no, then you’re probably not a college student.

For those of you who are students, SOU’s tutoring staff can help you get through the sometimes impossible task of getting through your writing projects. The Writing Center is hosting the Spring Term Write In on April 22 from 7-10 PM.

Writing tutors will pack the dining area of the Stevenson Union, equipped with snacks, coffee, pens, and writing expertise.

The Write Ins serve a diverse population of students, from ESL students to English majors. So stop sacrificing all that ink and eraser shavings — the Writing Center is here to help you. 

By Alex Mesadieu


CollegeRank.Net – The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries

We’ve always known that Hannon Library is a great place to be, but now the news is making its way across the nation. Yesterday, posted its list of The 50 Most Amazing College Libraries, with Hannon Library holding the proud place of #19.

Badge-LibrariesAlso included on that list are libraries from lofty institutions like Cornell University, Harvard, and UCLA, proving that Southern Oregon University has what it takes to provide students with a first-class college experience.

“These libraries offer amazing on-campus experiences, provide stunning and rare book collections as well as offer fantastic campus views.”

Our heartfelt thanks to the folks of for the recognition. We’ll use it as inspiration to keep giving our best.

January 2015 marks the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nations resolution, to be observed from 2015 to 2024. To learn more, visit our display on the third floor Taylor Mezzanine. On display through March.

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IMG_1607Hannon Library wishes you a happy  Valentine’s Day . To show our appreciation for our wonderful patrons, we’re going to set you up on a Blind Date with a Book! Available only today while books last. Don’t miss your chance!

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