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Archive for May, 2013

1960s Bonstelle Theatre poster exhibit opens at Reuther Library

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

To coincide with the 110th anniversary of the construction of what is now the Bonstelle Theatre, a new exhibit featuring a selection of Bonstelle Theatre posters from the early 1960s recently opened in the Woodcock Gallery at the Reuther Library.

The nine posters in the exhibit date from 1961-1965, a particularly strong period in the history of the Wayne State University Theatre. In the 1961-1962 season alone, the Bonstelle Theatre (including its active Student Stage) mounted 36 productions for a total of 154 performances. By 1965, after the addition of the Hilberry Classic Theatre, total annual attendance at the university’s theatrical performances exceeded 130,000 audience members.

The original posters were screenprinted and displayed in the lobby of the Bonstelle Theatre. Unfortunately, the artists didn’t sign their names to the posters, but the styles of the illustrators can be recognized from picture to picture — for example, the cartoonish faces in the illustrations for Don Giovanni and The Imaginary Invalid, and the curlicues in the details and lettering for Jack and the Beanstalk and The Member of the Wedding.

Visit the Leonard Woodcock Gallery on the first floor of the Reuther Library or view them online in the Reuther digital image gallery (Bonstelle posters)

For more history and information, visit

View a few examples in the gallery below:

The Academic Success Center presents: Walk-in Wednesdays: On-the-Spot Study Skills

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Do your study habits need a quick tune-up? Join us every Wednesday between 10:00am and 1:00pm in the Academic Success Center (1600 Undergraduate Library) to work individually with a Study Skills Specialist. Sessions will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will provide you with success strategies to address your specific study difficulties. This service is available to all WSU undergraduate students.

Receive assistance in:
 Textbook Navigation
 Scheduling/Procrastination
 Listening/Note-Taking
 Focus/Concentration
 Test-Preparation
 General Study Skills

For more information, visit

MelCat service interruptions to occur on Tuesday, May 28

Friday, May 24th, 2013

On the evening of Tuesday, May 28 MeLCat will be down in order to perform several hours of routine maintenance.

– Patrons will not be able to search MeLCat or place new requests on MeLCat.
– MyMeLCat link will not be operational
– The ability to search multiple MeL Databases at the same time will be unavailable.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Construction continues on Writing Center/Student Technology Studio collaboration

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

In preparation for a fall 2013 opening, construction recently began on a new collaborative space that will combine the Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The new space will work to integrate the current services of both areas as well as add a research assistance component. This will create a “one stop shop” for students where they can receive one-on-one research and writing help and technology assistance. The renovated space will feature a glass “storefront,” which will not only make the space more inviting to users, but also increase visibility of its location across the east wall of the library.

The Writing Center and the Student Technology Studio have experienced an increase in the number of questions that they were receiving for each other’s services. In response to this, conversations began in 2011 between the Library System and the Writing Center that focused on ways that the two groups could work together and, from those discussions, the idea to combine into one space evolved. They explored similar projects at other universities and made a site visit to the Academic Project Center at Eastern Michigan University, a service facility that offers one-to-one writing, research, communication and technology assistance. This research served to shape the planning for services and space at Wayne State University.

Construction is expected to take from six to eight weeks. During the construction, the STS will be closed for the summer and the Writing Center has temporarily relocated to room 1150 on the first floor of the UGL. For current hours and to stay up-to-date on the construction, visit

Libraries closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The Wayne State University Libraries closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.