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An architecture graduate from A&M’s Class of 1931, Raiford L. Stripling’s career was dedicated to restoring Texas’ historic structures such as Presidio La Bahia and Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, Texas. He also helped design many of the historic buildings on the Texas A&M campus.
Last month, with the assistance of the Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library took possession of Stripling's archives.
The archives, ,which include the contents of the preservationist's office in San Augustine, Texas, were donated to A&M in 1994, by Stripling's son, Ray. The Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association provided $2,000 for an initial inventory of the drawings and papers. Then, to facilitating the archive's completion and ensure that Stripling’s documents would be made available to future generations of historians and preservationists, the Center for Heritage Conservation received a $40,000 grant from the Summerlee Foundation.
These funds allowed the center to transfer the collection from San Augustine to College Station last January. The archives are now housed in the Cushing Library, where they will be indexed and catalogued. Selected documents will be digitized and copied and the remaining documents will be appropriately stored for perpetuity.
The Stripling Archives will complement the Raiford Stripling Collection of photographs currently housed in the College of Architecture’s Technical Reference Center. These 26 large-format images of Texas historical buildings that were restored by the preservation architect, were part of a 1983 Raiford Stripling exhibit. The large (some measuring 4’ x 5’) black and white photographs of missions, churches, homes and historic buildings are often used as subjects for drawing assignments.
Last week, the College of Architecture’s Technical Reference Center received a collection of books from retired professor, Jac de Jong. He donated 21 boxes including 424 books, 23 journals and 22 miscellaneous pamphlets.
de Jong joined the College of Architecture faculty in 1978 and over 18 years taught more than 25 different courses in architecture, urban planning, environmental design and construction science. He also served as coordinator of the graduate program in construction science — the job, he said, he enjoyed most.
He retired in 1996, when his wife became ill and passed away. An illness has since robbed de Jong of his sight. In a telephone conversation Thursday, the retired professor said he would be making additional donations to both the colleges of architecture and engineering.
“After separating what we need for our collection, about one-third of the donated material will be presented to Evans Library,” said Paula Bender, coordinator of learning resources at the TRC. “They too are appreciative of Dr. de Jong’s gift. We are preparing an itemized acknowledgement for him now.”
A concert featuring pianist Faye Hays and the College of Architecture’s newly refurbished Jesse French Grand Piano is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Langford A Atrium.
The piano, which adorns the 2nd floor Langford A atrium, was graciously donated to the college by Bob and Marge Reid, parents of 2001 BED graduate Russ Reid. Next week's concert will be held in their honor.
The refurbishing of the piano — which previously entertained the congregation of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bryan — was made possible by donations from College of Architecture faculty, staff, and students. Professor David Woodcock, a member of the church, helped locate the instrument for the college.
“Working Towards a Common Vision,” a live video teleconference sponsored by the National Council of University Research Administrators, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Kyle Field’s Burkhart Auditorium.
This video workshop, free to TAMU System employees, will provide an overview of Grants.gov (the single access point for federal grantees), address the current status of the Web site's “find” and “apply” functionality, and address plans for future initiatives. Additionally, senior federal agency leaders will talk about the development of the Standard Form (SF) 424 R&R (the common Federal format for submission of research applications) and federal agency implementations of the 424 R&R and grant submission through Grants.gov.
University participants will discuss challenges and implementation strategies for grants.gov and electronic research administration. This workshop is aimed toward the sponsored programs administrator and/or director and will provide an opportunity to consider the strategic, operational and cultural issues associated with this significant change in proposal submission.
TAMU System units affiliated with TransTexas Video Network (TTVN) may arrange to view the program by calling (979)862-2240 to add their site to the viewing schedule for the date of the teleconference. The request can be e-mailed to TTVN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested parties can view this program on the TAMU campus as long as they make arrangements to reserve a TTVN room with the TTVN site coordinator. The reservation number is: #2778922
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Miriam Olivares, a doctoral student in planning who’s been developing computerized mapping techniques to help police track locations and estimate risk-levels for registered sex offenders, will receive the Susan M. Arseven '75 Make-A-Difference Memorial Award for 2006.
The award, established to encourage and provide financial assistance to women pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering fields, will be presented at noon, Feb. 18 in Room 201 of the Memorial Student Center as part of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference luncheon.
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The Center for Heritage Conservation will hold its Seventh Annual Historic Preservation Symposium, “Preparation for Preservation Practice: A Comprehensive Perspective,” March 24-25 in the Preston M. Geren Auditorium at Texas A&M University’s Langford Architecture Center.
The annual symposium, which coincides with the National Council of Preservation Education’s spring 2006 board meeting, also at Texas A&M, will explore the various approaches to preparing professionals for the practice of historic preservation.
The center will also hold pre-symposium workshops and demonstrations at the College of Architecture’s soon to be completed “Architecture Ranch” facility at Texas A&M’s Riverside Campus.
Invitations to the event are being sent to representatives from the Association for Preservation Technology International, the Preservation Technology Network, and the Heritage Conservation Network.
“With the recent adoption of National Architectural Accreditation Board criteria requiring knowledge of key philosophies and legislation relating to work on existing buildings, as well as the influence of vernacular architecture,” center director David Woodcock said, “this year’s topic is timely for architectural education, and it will provide an opportunity to reinforce the value of cross-disciplinary teams.”
For information on the 2006 Historic Preservation Symposium, contact Kristi Harpst at 979.845.0384 or e-mail email@example.com.
Carla Prater will make a presentation on her social vulnerability mapping research at the Central American Aggies Summit, Feb. 16-19 in San Salvador, El Salvador. The TAMU Office of Latin American Programs is sponsoring the summit “to strengthen the Central America Aggie Network and its relationship to Texas A&M University and the Association of Former Students.”
The organization is looking for a project that will allow A&M to help the region, said Prater, "so I presented our work on social vulnerability analysis, and discussed the possibility of the Central American Aggie Network funding a master's-level two-year scholarship for a Central American student to come here, learn some things, do some good research, and contribute to both A&M and the region."
Meanwhile, Mike Lindell has been in Salt Lake City, Utah working on regulatory documents with the International Atomic Energy Agency. He will attend a Feb. 22-25 meeting of the Association Française pour la Prevention des Catastrophe Naturelles in Paris to discuss the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center’s work on hurricane evacuation.
Also, Walt Peacock and Yang Zhang will attend the Feb. 19-20 meeting of the MidAmerica Earthquake Center in Chicago to discuss the use of fragility curves to assess earthquake damages. Peacock will travel to Pakistan Feb. 24 - March 5 as part of a National Science Foundation team that will be consulting with the Pakistani government on reconstruction and recovery in the wake of the earthquake that devastated part of the country last fall.
A Texas A&M University architecture professor has
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to humans' prevailing conflict between the modern built environment and
the human need for contact with natural systems and processes.
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E-mail next week's Inside Track submissions to Kathy Waskom
Inside Track editor Phillip Rollfing will be out of the office next week. In his absence, Kathy Waskom will gather news and prepare the Feb. 23 issue, which should go out as scheduled next Thursday afternoon. Please e-mail news items for the Feb. 23 issue of Inside Track to Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kathy's phone number is 458-0478.
College PC’s loaded with new PDF conversion tool
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 14, the college’s computer support staff distributed a new software package — PDFCreator — to all faculty and staff workstations. The application is a multi-function portable document file (PDF) conversion tool that acts as a printer. It can be used, in lieu of Adobe Acrobat, for converting single documents to PDF format in a process similar to printing a document.
To use the program, simply choose “PDFCreator” as the destination printer for the document. PDFCreator will prompt the user for optional information about the document, such as keywords, the author’s name and document title. Clicking save will prompt for a destination filename and path for the converted document.
PDFCreator also has support for batch conversions from the application console. To access the PDFCreator console, choose Start > All Programs > PDFCreator > PDFCreator. From this console, users can add multiple documents for conversion as well as configure more advanced settings.
Though feature-rich, PDF Creator is still not a complete substitute for Adobe Acrobat. It will not create interactive PDF forms. However, for those who simply need to convert a document to PDF format, PDFCreator is a powerful piece of free software that fits the bill. For help in using PDFCreator, contact Computer Support via the Web at http://archhelp.tamu.edu, e-mail email@example.com, or phone 862-8584.
No AC in Langford buildings this Saturday
Technicians from university’s physical plant will conduct maintenance on the water-cooling station serving the Langford Architecture Center between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Though the building’s air-conditioning will be inoperative, Saturday is expected to be cold and rainy, with high temperatures in the low 50s.
Tips for submitting proposals to TAMU Research Foundation
Krista Roznovshy, the College of Architecture’s proposal administrator at Texas A&M’s Research Foundation, has provided a PDF offering helpful hints for submitting a proposal through the foundation.
College Station Rotarty Club to visit Viz Lab Friday morning
Architecture department head candidate interviews
The College of Architecture has been interviewing candidates for the architecture department head position. The following candidates will be visiting within the next seven days:
Architecture department lecture series continues
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Hess in Dallas
Visiting artist Dawn DeDeaux and students exhibited their installation, "Hess in Dallas," last Thursday afternoon in the 4th floor studio in Langford C.The subject of “Hess in Dallas” is Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess who spent the last years of his life in Berlin's Spandau Prison. Incarcerated in isolation until the age of 92, Hess was not allowed to read newspapers, yet was allowed to watch television. It is reported that Hess became obsessed with the TV series Dallas until his death, which like J.R.'s, provoked further conspiratorial theory. "Hess in Dallas” explores the “lebensraum,” or(living space, of Rudolf Hess in physiological, physical and historical overture.
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