Fall orientation provides information, fellowship, and recognition for SILS grad students

August 17, 2015

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) hosted its annual orientation for new graduate students on Monday, August 17. The day included presentations on LIS professional values, career services, international opportunities, the concepts behind curriculum design, student life, and resources available through the SILS Library and IT Lab.

Breakfast in the sculpture garden was provided by the Information & Library Science Student Association (ILSSA) and lunch on the lawn in front of Manning Hall was co-sponsored by SILS and the School of Information and Library Science Alumni Association (SILSAA).

Just before the mid-day break, recipients of the Elfreda Chatman Research Award and the Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter Scholarships were recognized. SILSAA President Joe Williams (MSLS '01) presented the Chatman Award to SILS master’s student Justin Kreft, who is collecting and analyzing information to help agencies determine how much data they can expect from police body cameras and how to best organize the files. Kreft’s research was recently profiled in endeavors magazine. Named in honor of former SILS faculty member Dr. Elfreda Chatman, the award is given in the fall and spring to master’s students who have demonstrated creative and scholarly vision in their research proposals submitted as part of the Research Methods (INLS 780) course.

John Blythe (MSIS ’09) presented the Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter Scholarship to MSIS student Bess Powell and MSLS student Colin Post. Blythe also recognized incoming master’s students Becca Greenstein and Alena Principato, who received the Sarah Rebecca Reed Scholarship from the national Beta Phi Mu organization.

Orientation at Manning Hall concluded with time for one-on-one questions with staff members and the student organization fair, but the fun continued into the evening with campus tours and a dinner at Mediterranean Deli organized by ILSAA, which hosted activities for new and returning students for the entire week.  

Photos from top: Students enjoy breakfast in the sculpture garden hosted by ILSSA. Joe Williams presents the Chatman Award to Justin Kreft. John Blythe presents the Beta Phi Mu Epsilon Chapter Scholarship to MSIS student Bess Powell. Scholarship recipient Colin Post could not be present at orientation because he was attending the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting in Cleveland. For more photos of orientation, visit the SILS Flickr page.