Agenda Item No. V. A. 2. b.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT:

Designate Virgie Smith as Faculty Emeritus.

DESCRIPTION:

Ms. Smith joined Washburn University in 1976 in the position of Cataloger. She was promoted to Reference and Collection Maintenance Librarian in 1986 and is a member of the General Faculty. Meticulously and systematically she maintains the Law Library's archives and general stacks collection. She has become a wealth of knowledge regarding the law school. For the past 30 years, she has assisted hundreds of law students accomplish their educational and career goals. In addition, she spends a lot of time at the reference desk teaching legal information literacy. She continuously goes above and beyond ordinary service by providing a personal touch and creating memorable relationships with students, faculty and staff. When alumni visit, they make a special effort to seek her out.

Ms. Smith is also a community leader. She is active in several community organizations, such as, the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Topeka City Mission Union, and the NAACP to name a few. Her activities have included; outreach services to nursing homes, teaching Sunday school, singing and directing the church choir, serving as KVD Project 66 Chair, church clerk and deaconess, publicity chair for the Topeka Churches Singing Convention, and corresponding secretary of the Topeka City Mission Union. She has been named an honoree of the Topeka City Mission Union for her service. She regularly attends Brown v. Board Foundation events and sings at the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Celebrations. Last but not least, because of her dedication and love for music, she helped to establish a scholarship named in her honor, the Virgie A Smith Music Scholarship.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

RECOMMENDATION:

President Farley recommends the Board of Regents designate "Emeritus" status to Virgie Smith.

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date Jerry B. Farley, President


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