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Fall Semester Happenings

Therapy Dogs

Mortensen Library staff hosted members of the University community for a solar eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21. Faculty, staff, and students enjoyed “moon” pies and “cosmic” brownies, and shared solar eclipse viewing glasses throughout the afternoon.

Students participated in the “Harrison Libraries Passport Tour” when they returned to campus last fall. Students had their “passports” stamped at predetermined locations throughout the library. Once the passport was full, they entered into a drawing to win a prize. University President Gregory Woodward made a special appearance, and took time to hang out with students and take selfies with them.

The Harrison Libraries’ Mitten Tree was put up the week after Thanksgiving. Throughout the holiday season, people donated hats, scarves, mittens, and various other necessities for the charity Hands on Hartford.  

The newly expanded reference desk now includes an area to place themed display materials from the library’s collection. The most popular display of the semester coincided with Banned Books Week and included books that have been censored throughout U.S. history.

The Annual Holiday Fest was held Dec. 14 in collaboration with The Student Government Association (SGA). Through a partnership with the organization Tails of Joy, therapy dogs visited with students to help them cope with the stress of final exams. Students also were given the chance to participate in an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and a chance to win a goody bag from Starbucks. To round out the festivities, attendees were treated to cider and donuts by SGA.