Academic Centers for Excellence and Writers’ Room Summer Hours

The Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE) and the Writers’ Room are located on the fourth floor of the library. Both will be offering tutoring during the summer. ACE will be offering drop-in tutoring for chemistry, business, economics, and foreign languages. Their schedule can be found here: Summer I Schedule 2017. The Writers’ Room offers drop in-tutoring and WriteWell Coaching. Their schedule is as follows: Summer 2017 Writers Room Schedule

Congratulations to Alison Stankrauff, recipient of grant from IU Bicentennial Office

Congratulations to University Archivist and Associate Librarian, Alison Stankrauff, who received an equipment grant from the Indiana University Bicentennial Office to digitize recently donated negatives which show the growth of IU South Bend during the 1960s and 1970s.

Nancy Sulok, longtime South Bend Tribune Reporter and IU South Bend alumna, donated the negatives from her late husband, Richard Feingold’s, collection. Feingold was at IU South Bend from the 1960s to the early 1980s. During his time as a student, he was the official photographer for The Preface, and he also took photos for our literary journal, The Analecta. Later, while working for IU South Bend in the Internal Communications Department, he also served as the official campus photographer, taking all commencement and event photographs.

The Bicentennial grant received by Stankrauff (her third) provides her with two workstations, two scanners, and funding for a third intern to work specifically on this project. Stankrauff previously received Bicentennial funding for interns to work on an oral history project and a photo history of IU South Bend that will be published by Wolfson Press.

In addition to her work on IU South Bend history, Stankrauff has been active in capturing the history of our local community. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 she received successive funding for a grant with St. Joseph County Public Library and the Civil Rights Heritage Center to work on the Michiana Memory project:

Questions about the project? Contact Alison Stankrauff at

Cassingles, Betamax, and so much more: Visit the Museum of Obsolete Media

From the April 7, 2017 Scout Report:

Museum of Obsolete Media

Over the past century and a half, the introduction of new technologies has dramatically changed the ways that sound, moving images, and data are recorded. These changes have rendered a number of objects and devices obsolete, from the Ambrotype (a photographic technique used between 1855 and 1865) to Little Marvel Records (a distinctive type of record sold only in Woolworth’s Department stores between 1921 and 1922) to the Dragon 32 home computer (sold in Wales between 1982 and 1984). The Museum of Obsolete Media, curated by UK-based librarian Jason Curtis, highlights such materials via four collections: Audio Formats, Video Formats, Data Formats, and Film Formats. Within each collection, visitors may view photographs of dozens of obsolete media items. Each item is accompanied by an image and a brief description of its production, use, and eventual demise. Visitors may also enjoy browsing this collection by a series of Lists, which include Formats by Decade of Obsolescence, 10 Sony Formats that Failed, and 1980s Music Gallery. [MMB]”

Library Annual Used Book Sale – Wednesday April 12, 9am-4pm

The Schurz Library is co-sponsoring the annual used book sale with the IU South Bend Honor’s Club on Wednesday, April 12, from 9am-4pm in the library’s 5th floor atrium.
Books, and a limited amount of movies, will be sold for $1 each, with a 50-cent bargain table as well. Proceeds will be divided between the library and the Honor’s Club. Stop in between classes to browse and help support your peers and library!

CASH sales only. No credit, debit, or check purchases due to limited payment processing resources. Smaller currency preferred.

Doing some spring cleaning? Have old books or other library-related materials taking up space? The Schurz Library will gladly accept any gently used items to add to our sale! Items can be dropped off at the 1st floor Circulation desk of the Schurz Library during library hours:

Unsold items will be sent to Better World Books, with a percentage of profits coming back to the Schurz Library for initiatives such as new resources that benefit the IU South Bend community.

Questions? Please contact Susan Thomas at or (574) 520-5500, or Angie Huff at or (574) 520-4404.

Food for Fines, 3/27-4/7: Pay Off Your Fines and Support Titans Feeding Titans

Pay off your library overdue fines with non-perishable food!

Food for Fines runs from March 27 through April 7.

For every item you donate, we’ll forgive $1 in outstanding library fines. There’s no limit on the amount you may donate! Don’t have a fine … we’re still happy to accept your donations. The proceeds will go to Titans Feeding Titans.

Food for Fines applies to IU South Bend Libraries fines only. It may not be applied to replacement or damage fees or charges from other IU or campus entities.

A Conversation with Wendell Affield, Author of Muddy Jungle Rivers

By Rhonda Culbertson

I had the privilege of speaking with Wendell Affield, who will be coming to campus Tuesday April 18 to discuss his book, Muddy Jungle Rivers: A River Assault Boat Cox’n’s Memory Journey of His War in Vietnam and Return Home. The event will take place in the 3rd floor Bridge area of Wiekamp Hall starting at 5:00 p.m. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Mr. Affield is soft-spoken and articulate. His voice has the distinctive cadence and faint accent that reminds me of his generation of the Minnesotans I grew up with. He and his wife live near Bemidji, Minnesota, in a log cabin overlooking a small lake that flows into the nearby Mississippi River. A pair of swans are summer residents, and great entertainment.

He had a difficult childhood on a small farm in Northern Minnesota. Both his mother and stepfather struggled with mental illness. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy, and while still a teenager he was deployed to Vietnam during the Tet offensive, as a member of the Mobile Riverine Force. He piloted an armor troop carrier through the delta of the Mekong river and then on the Cua Viet River, just south of the DMZ. He was seriously wounded in an ambush and was medevaced off the river. Later he was brought back to the United States for rehabilitation and therapy for his injuries. The emotional and psychological wounds took longer to heal. Not until retirement did he begin the process of writing his memoirs. He started attending classes at Bemidji State University to learn the craft of writing. Over a period of ten years he honed a collection of memories and stories into his book.

We spoke at some length about his writing process. Surprisingly, considering the vividness and detail of his writing, he did not keep a diary during his time in Vietnam. He relied on a writing technique taught by Donald M. Murray in his book, Write to Learn, for creating a memory tree. The trunk of the tree is an event. As you delve into the specifics branching out from the main trunk, old memories start to reawaken. These ‘trigger memories’ are where other memories attach. Mr. Affield also made extensive use of military resources available on the web including ‘After Action Reports’ to supply missing pieces and additional detail. Those who shared his experiences confirm his accuracy.

The original essays were discrete stories based on vivid but disjointed memories, told from a retrospective viewpoint. After working with the material and consulting with classmates and mentors, he realized that it needed to be a larger chronological work told from the viewpoint of a young soldier.

I was not surprised to learn that stylistically, one of his main influences is Hemingway. His writing has the immediacy and carefully crafted sentences of that author. He is also an admirer of other WWI poets and writers, who evoked the loss and waste of war so powerfully.

Mr. Affield and I also talked about some of the moral and ethical challenges faced by soldiers in combat situations. Although he entered the navy with a fairly limited picture of the larger world, he felt that his childhood on a small farm and growing up near Red Lake Nation, an Ojibwe reservation north of Bemidji, gave him insight into the agrarian existence of the Vietnamese peasants. He was able to empathize with their plight, and imagine how people in his own community might react to the violent intrusions of war.
He feels fortunate that he did not have to fight in a context where he had to be the first to fire, or where the difference between soldier and civilian was blurred. He has a great deal of empathy for current soldiers who are fighting terrorists in an arena where the distinction is not always clear.

One of the most gratifying aspects of sharing his story has been the contacts he has made with other veterans. Social media has given him the chance to reconnect with many from his past. His website and blog have provided opportunities to interact with veterans and family members who have found insight into their own experiences through his story. Veterans struggling with posttraumatic stress are particularly drawn to his talks and workshops. He makes sure to have information about local veteran resources at all of his appearances.

Mr. Affield feels that writing can be a powerful healing tool for anyone dealing with trauma; not just veterans. Several times he mentioned that the act of writing the trauma down ‘puts boundaries’ around an event, and allows the writer to start making sense of the traumatic injuries and to approach them more dispassionately. He recommends the book, Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story, by Ron Capps as an aid for those who would like to record their own experiences.

Although Mr. Affield has taken careful pains to not glorify war in any of his writings, a history class with Tom Murphy made him realize that the anti-war movement perspective was missing from early drafts of his book. Embodied by one of his military comrades, nick-named “Professor”, the anti-war position was explored using remembered conversations. Upon returning home, Mr. Affield had an encounter with anti-war protesters. Thirty years later he returned to the scene in an attempt to learn why the protestors had assaulted a hospital bus loaded with wounded troops enroute to Great Lakes Naval Hospital. What he discovered was quite astonishing.

He hopes that accounts like his can help us, as a country, learn from the past. While reading H.R. McMasters’ Dereliction of Duty, Affield was outraged at the hubris and lies made by national leaders in the early 1960s—deception that dragged this country into the Vietnam War. He hopes that Mr. McMasters remembers what he wrote while serving as National Security Advisor for the current administration. Affield also talked about the experiences of his mother and grandmother who were in Europe during Hitler’s ascendancy. His grandmother, a student of history, foresaw the problems that might arise from the 1938 Munich Agreement. Mr. Affield sees parallels with the current situations in the Middle East and North Korea.

Mr. Affield closed our conversation with an anecdote. He wanted to place copies of his book in his former business place. He felt he needed to warn the owner, a devout Jehovah’s Witness, that there was profanity in the book. The owner took a long look at the author and said, “Wendell, war is profane.”

Please plan to join us for a fascinating conversation. Copies of the book are available for check-out in the library, and by contacting Vicki Bloom, For more information or to rsvp, please contact Rhonda Culbertson,

For more information about the author and his books visit his blog at: or

Celebrate Black History Month with Artstor

The ARTstor Digital Library includes a wide variety of Black History collections that cover African art and cultures, as well as resources that focus on the lives and achievements of African Americans.  Here are some wonderful examples: