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Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

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     On Tuesday, May 3, 2005 the UCR Libraries held the 2nd Annual Awarding of the Adam Repan Petko Memorial Prize for the Student Book Collection Contest Competition for one undergraduate and one graduate winner.


Dr. Melissa Conway - Head, Special Collections, Dr. Ruth M. Jackson - University Librarian, Rebecca K. OConnor - Graduate Winner, Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor
Photo by Michael Elderman
Rebecca O’Connor, Department of Creative Writing
"The History, Evolution, and Pursuit of Falconry." PDF format


Dr. Melissa Conway - Head, Special Collections, Dr. Ruth M. Jackson - University Librarian, Kelly Czechowski - Undergraduate Winner, Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor
Photo by Michael Elderman
Kelly Czechowski, Department of Environmental Sciences
Topic: "Now Boarding Via Travel Books: Destination: The World." PDF format

(Click Here for a full listing of all entrants, their departments and collection titles.)

     Dr. Edward Petko, of Sherman Oaks, California, the donor and son of Adam Repan Petko, was present at the ceremony. Dr. Petko is also the private collector of the printing presses and printing materials which have long been consigned to the care of Special Collections. The presses are kept in working order for the use of UCR students in the seminars and demonstrations given by Sheryl Davis, Assistant Head of Special Collections, and Sara Stilley, Library Assistant.

Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor
Photo by Michael Elderman
Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor

     As part of the Award Ceremony, Dr. Petko’s consignment of yet another valuable printing press to Special Collections was announced. The press is a fully-operational Har-Ma Press, known as the "Cadillac" of hand presses. This press, the second Har-Ma donated by Dr. Petko, had belonged to the inventor of the press himself.

     Dr. Melissa Conway, Head of Special Collections, was Master of Ceremonies for the event. Dr. Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian, presented the two awards. The judges for the 2005 competition were Marie Bronoel, Reference Librarian, Science Library; Nancy Douglas, Head of Cataloging; and Ken Furuta, Reference Librarian, Rivera Library. Marie Bronoel spoke to express the judges appreciation of all entries. The ceremony continued with remarks by Dr. Petko on his first experiences with printing and book collecting, and concluded with the presentation of a gift book to all ten entrants hand picked by Sheryl Davis, Assistant Head of Special Collections and donated by Camille Crittenden of the University of California Press. A reception followed at which the winners and all entrants had the opportunity to meet Dr. Petko himself, a recipient of the UCLA Library Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition fifty years ago.  The winning collections will be on display in Special Collections for approximately three months beginning in June.  

     The UCR Libraries’ Student Book Collection Competition is named in honor of Adam Repan Petko (1896-1995), an immigrant to this country in 1912, whose own love of learning inspired his philanthropic interest in the literacy of his fellow immigrants. The late Mr. Petko was particularly interested in assisting the children of immigrants, many of whom had been denied any chance for a formal education in their own countries. This contest honors Mr. Petko’s memory by providing a unique opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students at UCR to display their talents in assembling and organizing a personal book collection. It is the intention of the donor, Dr. Edward Petko, the son of Adam Repán Petko, that this competition be an annual event.
     A full listing of all the contestants, their departments, and the names of their collections follows:

Graduate entrants: Mark A. Bernhardt, History,"The ‘Other’ American: A Lesson from My Grandmother;" Nicole D. Goude, History, "The Textual Museum: Art History Texts;" Helen C. Harrison, Comparative Literature,"Independent Translations and New Revelations;" Rebecca K. O’Connor, Creative Writing, "The History, Evolution and Pursuit of Falconry;" Jill C. Sczech, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,"The Ever Constant Connection Between Science and Religion."

Undergraduate entrants: Jason Avina, Creative Writing, [Science Fiction Books]; Lauren M. Cummings, Political Science/Law and Society,"Collection of Tolerance: From the Holocaust to Science Fiction;" Kelly Czechowski, Environmental Sciences,"Now Boarding Via Travel Books / Destination: The World;" Pauline S. Fernandez, Statistics,"Pauline’s Collection." [Fantasy Books]; David Treyman, Spanish,"Christian Living."

Student Book Collection Competition
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Dr. Melissa Conway
Head, Special Collections
Rivera Library
(951) 827-3233

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