Author Archives: Dale Dulaney

Marci Myers awarded Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement Award


Our own Marci Myers recently received Virginia Western’s Classified Staff Outstanding Achievement award. Why did Marci win? Not only does she do a great job every day, but she also serves on VCCS committees for InfoGuides, redesigned our InfoGuides, and set up a faculty notification system for book purchases. Congratulations, Marci!

Documentary on Local Artist Eric Fitzpatrick Airs Dec. 4

Fitzpatrick's “Market Memories” will be unveiled for the festival

Fitzpatrick’s “Market Memories” will be unveiled for the festival

As part of its Winter Festival, Blue Ridge PBS will premiere the documentary “Eric Fitzpatrick: I’m Painting my Life,” featuring Roanoke artist Eric Fitzpatrick. The documentary airs Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

Fitzpatrick has been painting local landmarks in Southwest Virginia for more than 30 years and his work is a part of the corporate collections of Nippon Steel, Hitachi, IBM and McDonald’s. Currently, his paintings hang in 17 countries around the world.
The documentary includes highlights from Fitzpatrick’s life as well as interviews with family, friends and others who have influenced his career.

Library Coordinator Lynn Hurt Wins National Award

lynn-hancock-hurt-135  Congratulations to the Lynn Hurt, Library Coordinator, one of ten winners of the 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!

2014 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

More than 1000 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives.

Choose the link above to see all the recipients and read Lynn’s nomination.

Congratulations Lynn!

Help for Research Paper

Author Ray Bradbury is credited with this writing advice: “Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things you are doomed.” The same could be said about research for that final paper–the more research you do, the better information you will find.

So, hi there, you tired and weary students struggling to get that final research paper done. Help is available. You can come to the Reference Desk, top floor of Brown Library, for in-person research and citation help. Or, you can use the library online contacts to get questions answered by clicking here: .

Other really good sources can be found on the Purdue University Online Writing Center site: and (for APA citing) at

And if you want to read some more writing tips from great authors, check out this site:

Super Saturdays at Brown Library

They’re coming — Super Saturdays at Brown Library!   It’s almost the end of the semester, and Brown Library wants to support you with your final exams and research projects.   The library’s top floor and the main floor Academic Link are extending their hours to 9am to 4pm on November 22 and December 6.   The first 50 students who come to Brown Library on a Saturday to study and use our services will get better grades.   What a deal!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The hours for the Testing Center (on Brown Library’s ground floor) are different and are posted here.  The hours for the Writing Center (also on the ground floor) are here.