First Thursday


Each month during the academic year, the Smith Library Center and the Office of the Dean of Faculty host First Thursday gatherings that recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of faculty and staff colleagues across campus.  At each event, several colleagues talk briefly about a recent professional achievement such as a book or article that has been published; a concert, a performance, or a juried exhibition in which they participated; or a grant they received.

The First Thursday receptions are held in the Periodicals Reading Room at 4pm, therefore access to portions of the periodicals collection will be limited during these times. This event is for SU faculty and staff only. 

September 1, 2016  

Kerry Bechtel

Kerry Bechtel worked with both Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas and Main Street Theatre in Houston, Texas this Spring. Kerry designed the costumes for a production of Unity Theatre’s The Miss Firecracker Contest in February and designed the costumes for Main Street’s TYA production of Harriet the Spy, which opens on April 12, 2016. Both productions were completed under professional contracts with United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Jason Hoogerhyde

Featured composer at the University of Southern Mississippi’s New Music Festival, in Hattiesburg, Miss., on April 8–9 where his work, Hollow, for clarinet was performed.  Jason also received two performances of his choral work, Generatio, by the Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble on April 30–May 1.

Joseph Hower

“‘The Sparrows and the Horses’: Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Family Assistance Plan, and the Liberal Critique of Government Workers, 1955–1977,” was published in the Journal of Policy History 28, no. 2.

Maria Lowe

A co-authored article, “Who Looks Suspicious? Racialized Surveillance in a Predominantly White Neighborhood,” has been accepted for publication in the sociology journal, Social Currents. This paper is co-authored with Angela Stroud ’03, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at Northland College, and Alice Nguyen ’14. It served as the foundation for Professor Lowe’s Paideia Connections lecture.

Allison Miller

Published the article, “Jade, Imperial Identity, and Sumptuary Reform in Jia Yi’s Xin Shu” in Dao: a Journal of Comparative Philosophy.

Alicia Moore

Co-authored a book titled, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Practical Guide to Mentor Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. The book is an account of mentorship with heartfelt stories from students, and provides a valuable roadmap on how to conduct research with undergraduates from diverse populations.

Therese Shelton

Paper titled “Injecting Inquiry-Oriented Modules into Calculus” has been accepted for publication for a special issue in the journal PRIMUS-Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies.