The newly remodeled Woodward Family Reading Room in the Special Collections Research Center was the setting for our 2011 Donor Recognition Event, which took place the second Friday in January. Our honorees were Jean and Lee Hull as Donors of the Year and Gene Rose as Advocate of the Year.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was Kent Clark, the university's new Associate Vice President for Advancement. He introduced Jean Hull, who spoke briefly on her philanthropic philosophy. Jean is one of nine children from a mid-western farm family that greatly valued education. After receiving her RN degree from Illinois Wesleyan and her training at a hospital associated with the University of Chicago, Jean was a nurse for 30 years. When she married Lee he was an executive at Caterpillar but he soon went back to school and earned a Ph.D. in business. The couple moved to Fresno, where Lee taught in Fresno State's economics department for 20 years. Jean, who has been very active over the years in campus and community organizations, is happy that she has had the chance to make a generous gift to the Madden Library.
The gift will help support technology needs of the forty thousand students who walk through the library's door each week. Our multi-media labs, our lending program for laptops, digital cameras and computer tablets, and our study hall desktop computers link these students to their classroom, their professors, their fellow students and the world.
Our Advocate of the Year, Gene Rose, spoke about the resources of the Special Collections Research Center that he has used in writing many of his ten books. A veteran California journalist, author and historian, Gene grew up in the foothills of the Sierra, served in WWII, and studied at the University of Southern California and the University of Oregon. Gene spent the final 25 years of his 42-year career as an award-winning reporter covering public-land issues and the environment for The Fresno Bee. Now retired from newspaper work, he continues to write, teach and speak on issues facing the Sierra. His most recent book is The San Joaquin: A River Betrayed, about what he describes as "the nation's most abused river."
Gene was honored for his important personal donations to the SCRC, which include his research notes for his publications and his own spectacular photographs of the Sierra, as well as extensive materials relating to Sierra pioneering scientists Orland Bartholomew and Edward Steen. An exhibition on view in the Woodward Family Reading Room highlighted his gifts as well as those of other donors to Special Collections.
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