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Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

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     On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 the UCR Libraries held the 3rd Annual Awarding of the Adam Repan Petko Memorial Prize for the Student Book Collection Contest Competition for one undergraduate and one graduate winner.


Graduate Winner - Justine Lemos, Cultural Anthropology
"Global Movements: Worlds of Dance" PDF format

Undergraduate Winner - Lauren Cummings, History
"Human Suffering in Europe During World War II" PDF format

  Graduate Winner - Justine Lemos, Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor, Undergraduate Winner - Lauren Cummings, History
Photo by Audrey Pearson
Graduate Winner - Justine Lemos, Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor,
and Undergraduate Winner - Lauren Cummings

(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

     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 2006 competition were Marie Bronoel, Reference Librarian, Science Library; Heidi Hutchinson, Special Collections Cataloger and Steve Mitchell, Director, iVia/Data Fountains. The ceremony continued with remarks by Dr. Petko on his first encounter with the Gutenberg Bible at the Huntington Library to his experiences with printing and book collecting, and concluded with the presentation of a gift book to all seven entrants hand picked by Marie Bronoel and donated by Hannah Love 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 over 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: Justine Lemos, Cultural Anthropology, "Global Movements: Worlds of Dance;" Edward Laag, Earth Sciences (Astronomy), "An Introduction to the California Desert Region;" Aniee Sarkissian, Biochemistry, "Truths, Ideas, and Debates as Relating to Human Medicine;" Rebecca K. O'Connor, Creative Writing, "Living Life with Wings: The Collected Books of a Professional Bird Lover."

Undergraduate entrants: Lauren M. Cummings, History,"Human Suffering in Europe During World War II;" Mikhail Gaetos, Business Administration, "Commending Filipinos and Recognizing the Economic Diaspora;" Crystal May, Asian Literature and Cultures, "Insects and Spiders."

Student Book Collection Competition

For further information please contact:

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

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