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Congratulations to the 5th Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 5th Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 5th Annual Petko Award Prize Winners

Student Collecting Competition
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On Friday, May 30, 2008 the UCR Libraries held the 5th 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 – Claire Nava, English
"Positively Medieval in a (Post) Modern World

Undergraduate Winner – Shady Grove Oliver, Foreign Languages
"To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before: Aerospace History, Technology, and Literature

Claire Nava - Graduate Student Winner
Claire Nava - Graduate Student Winner

Photograph supplied by Claire Nava
Shady Grove Oliver - Undergraduate Student Winner
Dr. Ruth M. Jackson - University Librarian and Shady Grove Oliver - Undergraduate Student Winner

Photo by Sarah Allison

Click Here for a full listing of all entrants, their departments, collection titles, and the gift books they recieved)

We were honored to have present at the ceremony for the fifth year in a row, Dr. Edward Petko, of Sherman Oaks, California, our benefactor and son of Adam Repán Petko. Dr. Petko is also the donor of the printing presses collection in 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, Gwido Zlatkes, Special Collections Reference Librarian, and Sara Stilley, Special Library Assistant for Printing and Preservation.

Dr. Edward Petko - Benefactor
Dr. Edward C. Petko - Benefactor
Photo by Gwido Zlatkes

Dr. Melissa Conway, Head of Special Collections, was Master of Ceremonies for the event. Dr. Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian, presented the awards to the two winners. The judges for the 2008 competition were as follows: Chair, Kuei Chiu, Bibliographer, Asian Studies, Humanities and Arts; Dr. Patricia Smith-Hunt, Head, Preservation Services; and Manuel Urrizola, Head of Cataloging/Metadata Services. Dr. Petko and Mr.Urrizola spoke about their own experiences as the undergraduate winners of the book collection competitions at the University of California Los Angeles and Amherst University, respectively. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of gift books, carefully chosen for each entrant by Kuei Chiu and enthusiastically presented by Manuel Urrizola. For the fourth year in row, the gift book were generously donated by the University of California Press. A reception followed at which the winners and all entrants had the opportunity to meet Dr. Petko. The winning collections will be on display in Special Collections for approximately three months beginning in mid-June. The winners are eligible for the Fine Books & Collections magazine's Collegiate Book Collecting Championship (http://www.finebooksmagazine.com/contest/).

The UCR Libraries’ Student Book Collection Competition is named in honor of Adam Repán Petko (1896-1995), who immigrated to the United States in 1912. The late Mr. Petko’s own love of learning inspired his philanthropic interest in the literacy of his fellow immigrants. He was particularly concerned with the education of 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.
Special thanks to this year’s hardworking judges, Chair Kuei Chiu, Patricia Smith-Hunt, and Manuel Urrizola, as for those who worked behind the scenes to make this year’s competition a success. Among those are Ken Furuta, who presented workshops on preparing for the Petko Competition. Ken Furuta also also worked on publicity and website updates with Michael Yonezawa. Diana Lightfeldt prepared our posters. Sarah Allison, Darian Daries, Heidi Hutchinson, Mary Jones, Eric Milenkiewicz, Sara Stilley and Gwido Zlatkes of Special Collections and Secured Collection worked diligently throughout the year on all aspects of the Petko Competition.
For further information please contact:
Dr. Melissa Conway
Head, Special Collections & Archives
Rivera Library
(951) 827-3233

A full listing of all the contestants, their departments, the names of their collections, and the gift books they received follows:
Undergraduate entrants:
Sharon Chan
(Creative Writing)

Collection: "Fantastical Realms: Exploring the Magical Side of Children's Literature"
Gift book: Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home (2001) ISBN: 9780520227354

Minju Lee (Mathematics)
Collection: "Road to Chessmaster"
Gift book: Gerard Chaliand, ed.: The Art of War in World History: From Antiquity to the Nuclear Age (1994) ISBN: 9780520079649

Kyle G. Levy (Political Science)
Collection: "American Political History: People, Events, and Thought"
Gift book: Gareth Porter: Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (2005) ISBN: 9780520239487

Shady Grove Oliver (Foreign Languages)
Collection: "To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before: Aerospace History, Technology, and Literature"
Gift book: David Christian: Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (2004) ISBN: 9780520244764

Christopher Rivera (Political Science/International Affairs)
Collection: "Near East and Ancient History"
Gift book: Enrico Ascalone: Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians (2007) ISBN: 9780520252660

Ian Ross (English/U.S. History)
Collection: "A Lifetime of Comics"
Gift book: Anne Allison: Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination (2006) ISBN: 9780520221482

Anne Sullivan (English)

Collection: "Entering the Realm of the Fantastic Through Children's Li"
Gift book: Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home (2001) ISBN: 978-0-520-22735-4

Graduate entrants:

Claire Nava (English)
Collection: "Positively Medieval in a (Post) Modern World"
Gift book: Jesse L. Byock: The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (2002) ISBN: 9780520232853

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