Dr. Janet Parks, Distinguished Teaching Professor in Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies retired in 2004 from a 39-year teaching career at Bowling Green State University. Touched by the countless meaningful relationships she enjoyed with students and other members of the BGSU community, Janet chose to express her appreciation through a gift to the patrons of the University Libraries. She believed they would benefit as she had from the quality resources and services the Libraries offer. On August 21, 2004, a retirement celebration was held in the William T. Jerome Library to honor Janet and launch her project to raise funds for the construction of student group study spaces and a cyber café on the seventh floor of the Jerome Library building. Janet made a personal gift of $20,000 toward the estimated cost of $40,000 to design and construct two group study spaces (Phase I of the project). Her decision was guided by information she received from Dean of University Libraries Dr. Lorraine Haricombe that students had expressed a strong desire to have space in the William T. Jerome Library where small groups could work together. Students not only will enjoy the space, but also will design and construct the space. In consultation with Assistant Professor Lori Young in the School of Art Graphic Design program, students presented design proposals for subdividing the seventh floor into activity zones beginning with a welcoming, high activity social area where the café will be located, opening into a commons area with casual, comfortable seating, research stations, and small group meeting spaces, and finally leading to the quiet study spaces, including the two enclosed group study rooms. Completion of Phase I, construction of both group study rooms, is planned for April 2005.
Dr. Janet Parks has made a tremendous difference in the lives of BGSU students. Together Janet and her friends have raised more than $45,000, including Janet’s personal gift of $20,000, to fund Phase I of the project. To partner with Janet and her friends in their effort to realize Phase II, construction of the cyber café, please consider making a gift to the Janet Parks Library Fund through the BGSU Foundation, Inc., Mileti Alumni Center, BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403. Your gift will count toward the BGSU Family Campaign.
Beverly Stearns, Director of Administrative Programs & Services University Libraries