Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How it feels to soar

As a transfer student, I have experienced several emotions all at once. There is the excitement of a new adventure, the fear of the unknown, and the apprehension of "can I really do this".

I have to say, though, I have been very impressed with my experience thus far. From the first day forward, everyone I've encountered on campus has been nothing but friendly and helpful. The faculty and staff go out of their way to make sure you are receiving the education necessary to make it in the "real world" and are prepared to answer any and all questions to get you where you need to go. I am always greeted with smiles or hellos as I walk across campus. My classes are very challenging, but I can't even describe the feeling of satisfaction and confidence that comes from rising to meet them.

USM has been a wonderful fit for me. I can't imagine choosing a better school. I look forward to becoming even more involved in the future.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

Lena de Grummond founded the DeGrummond Children’s Literature Collection. Ms. de Grummond taught children’s literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. She began writing to creators’ of children’s books in an effort to broaden the classroom experience beyond textbooks alone. Her diligence led to the receipt of several manuscripts, illustrations, and other materials included in the publication process. (Jones, 1999)

Today, there are thousands of books in the collection. They range from historical to contemporary and provide a wide assortment. There are also periodicals dating as far back as 1788, continuing to the present.

H. A. and Margaret Rey, authors of Curious George, were among the first authors to contribute their works to the collection. There is a complete set of Curious George books in the collection, as well as some original sketches and drawings.

The de Grummond collection is housed in the USM McCain library. There is also an exhibit room in the Cook Library.

Works cited:
Jones, Dee. "The Reality of One Woman's Dream: The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection" Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook 1999: 301-305.