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Student Book Contest Winners Announced

Student Book Collection Competition Winners Announced

Adam Repan Petko Memorial Prize Goes to Undergraduate and Graduate Book Collectors

(May 26, 2004)

From left: Jennifer Carey, Dr. Edward Petko, and Mark Wright.

From left: Jennifer Carey, Dr. Edward Petko, and Mark Wright.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( Libraries at the University of California, Riverside announced the winners of their inaugural Adam Repan Petko Memorial Prize for student book collections competition on Friday, May 21, 2004. There were two winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories, and four honorable mention recipients.

The graduate student winner was Mark Wright, in the Department of Anthropology, for his collection titled "Writing Religion: The Ancient Maya." The undergraduate winner was Jennifer R. Carey, a senior in the Department of Creative Writing, for her collection titled "Print Me the Universe: Media Tie-Ins, References and Academic Critique of Television and Movie Science Fiction and Fantasy Universes."

The donor established the category of Honorable Mention this year in response to the high number of entrants in this first year of the competition. The two Honorable Mention recipients in the graduate category were Benedict K. Jones, for his collection titled "The Benedict Jones Collection;" and Liam Corley, for his collection titled "The Bayard Taylor Collection." Both graduate students are in the Department of English. The undergraduate student honorable mention awards went to Tina L. Wolfe, for her collection titled "Golden Memories of Childhood" and David L. Horvitz, for his collection titled "The American Counter-Culture." They are students in the departments of psychology and Asian-American studies, respectively.

Present at the ceremony was Dr. Edward Petko, a Sherman Oaks dermatologist, the donor and son of Adam Repan Petko, in whose memory the competition was established. Petko, who had chosen to remain anonymous until the award ceremony, is also the private collector of the printing presses and materials consigned to the care of Special Collections at UC Riverside. The presses are kept in working order for the use of UCR students in seminars and demonstrations given by Sheryl Davis, Assistant Head of Special Collections.

As part of Friday's award ceremony, Petko announced the consignment of another press to the UCR Libraries' Special Collections, a fully operational reproduction of a wooden "common" press. The common press is the type of press that would have been used by Benjamin Franklin in the Eighteenth Century printing of his Poor Richard's Almanac.

Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections, was master of ceremonies for the event. Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian, presented the awards. Jackson; John Bloomberg-Rissman, humanities bibliographer; Nancy Douglas, head of cataloguing; and Lizbeth Langston, head of science information services were the judges for the competition.

The UCR Libraries' Student Book Collection Competition is named in honor of Adam Repan Petko (1896-1995), an immigrant to the U.S. in 1912, whose own love of learning inspired his philanthropic interest in the literacy of his fellow immigrants. Petko was particularly interested in helping the children of immigrants, many of whom had been denied any chance for a formal education in their home countries. This contest honors the late Mr. Petko's memory by providing a unique opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students at UC Riverside to display their talents in assembling and organizing a personal book collection. It is the intention of the donor, Edward Petko, that this competition be an annual event.

UC Riverside's Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomas Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources.



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