The Friends of Preston Library

2017 Camper Award and Annual Cadet Assistant Luncheon

On 5 May, Preston Library hosted its Annual Cadet Assistant Luncheon to honor cadets who have worked in the library this academic year. During the luncheon, Cadet Casey Field ’17 was awarded the Frances W. Camper Award, which has been presented each year since 2005 by Friends of Preston Library to recognize outstanding commitment and service to Preston Library and to fellow cadet library users.






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Guest Speaker: William F. Connelly Jr.

The Friends of Preston Library will sponsor guest speaker William F. Connelly Jr. Ph.D., the John K. Boardman Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, in the Turman Room at Preston Library. Dr. Connelly recently co-edited Is Congress Broken? The Virtues and Defects of Partisanship and Gridlock with John Pitney, Jr. and Gary J. Schmitt, published by the Brookings Press. Dr. Connelly was the 2007 recipient of the Virginia Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, has taught courses on Congress, the Presidency, and the American Political Process, has been faculty advisor to Washington & Lee’s Mock Convention since 1988, and has directed Washington & Lee’s Washington Term Program since founding it in 1987. He has published extensively in his areas of scholarly interest. The talk is free and open to the public.


Rah Virginia Mil! First Intercollegiate Football Team

Prior to 1891, a type of rugby football was played between class and intramural teams.  VMI adopted the “new style” football in 1891, after Cadet Walter H. Taylor encountered it while talking with enthusiastic players from Princeton and other northern colleges.  VMI’s first intercollegiate game was played on October 31, 1891 against Washington and Lee, resulting in a 6-0 victory for the Institute.  More football photos in the VMI Archives digital collections.

VMI's first intercollegiate team, 1891
VMI’s first intercollegiate team, 1891


Preston Library Recognizes 2016 First Classmen

Preston Library hosted a pizza luncheon on May 5, Reading Day, for its cadet assistants. Library staff recognized first classmen for their outstanding work and contributions to the library. Joining the celebration were Col. Susan Hastings, who retired in March, and Col. John Brodie, who brought a small brass ensemble to serenade Col. Hastings with Sweet Caroline.

Getting ready to dine

The serenade

Firsts with Col. Samdahl

A good time was had by all and good luck on exams!

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Friends Recognize Cadet Ryan Poffenbarger for 2016 Camper Award

Col. Samdahl, Mr. Poffenbarger, Mr. Camper (l-r)

The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadet Ryan Poffenbarger, ’16 with this year’s Camper Award on 5 May, Reading Day. Representatives of the Friends’ Board, Col. Don Samdahl, library staff, and Mrs. Camper’s son, Bob, recognized Mr. Poffenbarger for his leadership and service to Preston Library. Cadet Poffenbarger served this past year as Preston Library’s Head Library Cadet Assistant.

The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper, was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants. Cadet Poffenbarger received a letter of recognition, a certificate, and a cash award. Mr. Poffenbarger is an Applied Mathematics major who will commission in the United States Army Reserves as a Medical Service Corps officer in Ft. Meade. He will be working in air and missile defense at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. We wish all the best to this outstanding cadet.

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Preston Library Cadet Survey 2016

Col Samdahl with Cadet Thers, winner of $150.
Col Samdahl with Cadet Thers, winner of $150.

Cadet Nickolas Thers, ’16 was our lucky winner in our survey drawing for taking the Preston Library Cadet Survey. The prize was a check for $150. Cadet Thers is an IS major and will be graduating this year. Congratulations!

We received input from 345 cadets in this year’s survey. Thanks to all cadets who participated in the survey. We value your input in evaluating library resources, services, and facilities and use your comments to help us improve.


Survey Results: Preston Library Cadet Survey 2016.

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The Friends of Preston Library 2016 Spring Program

Dan Pezzoni at the FPL Spring Program
Dan Pezzoni explained the architectural styles of Rockbridge County at the FPL Spring Program

The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Spring Program on Friday, 22 April at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Mr. Dan Pezzoni, who gave a talk based on his recently published book, The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge.

Mr. Pezzoni gave a stimulating, educational, and engaging program about the architecture of Rockbridge County. Many architectural styles are represented by buildings in the county and Mr. Pezzoni showed examples and talked about their history. Mr. Pezzoni answered a number of questions and signed his new book which was for sale. A good time was had by all.

Architecture of Historic Rockbridge
The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge

Mr. Pezzoni’s abundantly illustrated volume captures the rich and diverse architectural history of Rockbridge County including the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. His book has filled a long-recognized void by tracing the area’s architectural heritage from the eighteenth century to the post-World War II period. It is a beautiful, modern work and an essential complement to the earlier work (1977), The Architecture of Historic Lexington.