April 23, 2015

Gala Celebrates Hege Library Past, Future

On April 17, the Guilford College Friends of the Library hosted a 25th anniversary gala, Celebrating Our Past – Envisioning Our Future, marking the completion in 1989 of the Hege Library addition.

The opening reception in the Library and Art Gallery was open to all members of the Guilford community, who enjoyed refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while taking in displays of the scholarly and creative endeavors of Guilford students who particularly distinguished themselves this academic year in scholarship and artistry.

Guests also had the opportunity to view renovated collaboration space in the Library’s new Academic and Creative Suite, while the members of the Greenleaf Coffee Co-Op showcased the newly completed Library café space, The Greenleaf @ Hege.

The Art Gallery’s featured exhibit, “25 from 25,” traces the evolution of the permanent collection over the last 25 years. A special exhibit also mounted for the occasion features the Library’s latest rare book acquisition, made possible by Trustee Dan Mosca, of 13 fine art bindings by noted North Carolinian bookbinders Monique Lallier and Don Etherington. This latest collection enhances the 19 art bindings donated in 2008 by Dan and his wife Beth.

Adjoining this display, and reflective of student engagement with Lallier’s and Etherington’s artistry, is a selection of handmade books by students in the 2015 January-term class, Investigating the Book – Cover to Cover – Inside and Out. And the results of a four-hour public “performance” during the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium on April 10, “Portraits in Ebony: Capturing the Essence of Leadership in Blackness” features 30 portraits of black leaders from the Guilford College community.

A dinner for invited guests followed the community reception in the Carnegie Room. Special programming featured President Jane K. Fernandes, who delivered opening remarks, and centered on the Hege “Pillars” – the library, the Friends Historical Collection, and the Art Gallery, honoring these foundational components of Hege Library and the promise of the future of Hege as Guilford’s Academic Commons.

Academic Dean Adrienne Israel spoke about her experience of the unique richness of the Friends Historical Collection, and Judith Weller Harvey reflected on the treasure that is the Art Gallery and her family’s donation to establish the Gallery’s permanent collection The evening’s special guest speaker was Maureen Sullivan, nationally recognized and distinguished thought leader on academic libraries and librarianship, who was consultant on the Hege Library’s recent strategic planning initiative.

The occasion celebrated the past and continuing generosity and vision of principal donors H. Curt ’56 and Patricia S. ’57 Hege, who with many other very special friends and supporters planted the seed for an exciting re-imagining of the library by making the 1989 Hege addition possible.

The evening was not only festive, but particularly memorable for a concluding element of surprise, the announcement of the establishment of a new annual Hege Library Research Award. The award is a joint commitment of the Guilford College Friends of the Library and Curt and Pat Hege, making possible two $1,000 awards in recognition of exemplary senior research theses.

The evening concluded with the presentation of the awards and an honorable mention to three senior student scholars. Julia Draper and Caleb Brown were recipients of the two inaugural awards and Emily Van Haneghan received an honorable mention.

– Suzanne Bartels