Walsh Library Silent Study Room will Close in May, 2016

To accommodate some changes in programs among the very tight space allocations across the Seton Hall University campus, the Silent Study Room will be re-assigned temporarily for use by undergraduate Admissions, starting in May 2016. This change will be in effect for the next few semesters.

We understand what this space means and those who value it will miss the Silent Study Room. As an alternative I encourage you to use the library’s 3rd and 4th floors, which are designated as permanent quiet study areas.  Please feel free to contact me with any concerns.

Sebastian Derry

Assistant Dean for Public Services, sebastian.derry@shu.edu, 973-275-2058

Vividly Obscure

Student Exhibition 4.4.16-5Vividly Obscure

Monday April 4 – Friday May 6

Reception:  Wednesday, April 13, 5:30pm-8pm

Showcase Recital – Thursday, April 28, 6:00 pm Jubilee Auditorium.

The annual student show celebrates the artistic accomplishments of Seton Hall students working a in a variety of media and subject matter. Organized by Courtney Starrett, Assistant Professor of Fine and Digital Art, and Assistant Professor Christine Krus of the Department of Communication and the Arts.

Hand-painted ‘Welcome to SHU Libraries’ Sign Added to Walsh Library

Over the course of the last three and a half years, the library’s appearance and functionality have steadily been revised to provide among other things, a clearer sense of place. One recent change in this vein was the addition of a hand-painted sign above the circulation desk.  The new sign gives a robust welcome to students and other patrons of the library. It was painted by a young artist and hand sign-painter named Jon Bocksel.  Jon learned the arcane trade of hand sign-painting over several years as an apprentice to experts in hand-lettering from the time preceding digitally-produced signs.  In planning for a commission, he absorbs a large amount of visual information before embarking on the design process.  For the Seton Hall sign, he spent a morning on campus conferring with University Archivist Alan Delozier and took back many images to his studio. Alan had gathered yearbooks, insignia, and the Seton family’s as well as the University’s crest as a corpus of visual context for Jon on Seton Hall.  Alan also showed Jon two fascinating and little-known murals of SHU sports teams, located in the University Sports Center and painted in the 1940’s by a recognized fresco painter of Italian cathedrals, and immigrant to New Jersey, Gonippo Raggi (https://en.wikipedia.or/wiki/Gonippo_Raggi).

Jon’s final sign references the history of SHU publications as well as sports uniforms which, according to him, are often rich carriers of institutional self-expression in the form of typeface choices.  All in all, his sign sets off the entrance space to the library in an emphatic way that provides directness and warmth. Welcome to SHU Libraries!

Jon Bocksel Still 2-final


Special Hours for Finals

Special Hours for Finals:

Library Hours, November 22-24, 2015

Starting on Sunday, November 22nd at 8AM, the library will be open 24 hours through Tuesday, November 24th and close at 12:00 AM (Midnight).

Thanksgiving Recess, November 25-28, 2015

The library will be closed Wednesday November 25th through Saturday November 28th.

Library Hours, November 29-December 22, 2015

The library will be open 24 hours, 7 days a week starting on Sunday, November 29th at 12PM (noon), until Tuesday, December 22nd at 11PM.


Moving the Jennings Petroglyph: Behind the Scenes

By Allison Stevens, Collections Manager | 9/8/2015

Since 1968, the lobby of Fahy Hall had been the home of the Jennings Petroglyph on the campus of Seton Hall University. On August 19, 2015, it moved to its new home on the main floor of the Walsh Library, just outside the Dean’s suite.

The Jennings Petroglyph in the Lobby of Fahy Hall, where it had been since 1968.
The Jennings Petroglyph in the Lobby of Fahy Hall, where it had been since 1968.

The petroglyph, a Native American artifact probably carved between 1,000 and 5,000 years ago, was discovered across from Dingmans Ferry in Pike County on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River in 1965.   Plans to build the Tocks Island Dam, which never came to fruition, would have covered the petroglyph with a lake formed behind the dam.  In order to preserve it, the petroglyph was transported to Seton Hall in 1968.  The site where this petroglyph was found holds the unique distinction of being the only one ever discovered along the Delaware River.

The Fahy Hall display had to be deconstructed in order to lift the petroglyph. Here, the surrounding chicken wire and plaster are being removed.
The Fahy Hall display had to be deconstructed in order to lift the petroglyph. Here, the surrounding chicken wire and plaster are being removed.

The word petroglyph means “rock carving,” from petro, meaning “rock” and glyph, meaning “symbol.” Similar to Egyptian hieroglyphs, the symbols are used to convey meaning. Because creating petroglyphs was a difficult and time consuming process, requiring specialized tools for Native Americans to carve into the rocks, we know that their meaning is important. The meaning of the Jennings Petroglyph has been obscured over time, but it is most likely sacred. Anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures and cupules (dots and circles) are distinctive elements of this petroglyph. Herbert Kraft (1927 – 2000), Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Seton Hall University, described the glyphs as lizard-like figures or men with sexual appendages.

After some clean up, the petroglyph is strapped, lifted, and ready to be wheeled across campus.
After some clean up, the petroglyph is strapped, lifted, and ready to be wheeled across campus.

As Collections Manager, part of my job is to document any major relocation and installation of art and artifacts on campus. Record-keeping is one of the most important aspects of museum collections work; it ensures that future generations will understand the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” something was done with the collection, as well as allow us to track the condition of objects through time. The photographs included show the various stages of the move, and the finished casework in the Walsh Library.

Moving the petroglyph was done for several reasons: to make it more accessible by putting it in a space shared by all students, the Walsh Library; to update the display which had been in place for 47 years; to free up space in Fahy Hall’s lobby; and to unite the petroglyph with the rest of the Seton Hall University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology (SHUMAA) collection, which will be moving to a newly renovated storage area in the library. Relocating the petroglyph is the first step in this multi-year process to document, catalog, photograph, and properly store the some 26,000 objects in the SHUMAA collection, mostly Native American artifacts, to meet museum standards and to make research easier and more transparent for faculty, students, and scholars alike.

The petroglyph en route to its new home in the Walsh Library.
The petroglyph en route to its new home in the Walsh Library.

The cataloging of the SHUMAA collection will expand upon work spearheaded by Professor Rhonda Quinn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Seton Hall. Through diligent work over the past few years, Dr. Quinn and her students were able to digitize a few thousand of the original paper records created by Herbert Kraft on the artifacts into a museum collections database. Taking over these tasks as Collections Manager, I will continue the process of rediscovery of the significant and culturally invaluable artifacts in the SHUMAA collection. In addition to the petroglyph, the collection is comprised of several thousand lithic materials (stone tools and chipped stone artifacts), pottery sherds, moccasins, a headdress, textiles, clothing, woven baskets, clay pots, jewelry, and many other artifacts.

The move of the petroglyph itself required a team of art handlers, specialized equipment, and a few months of planning between several departments on campus. Walsh Library and Gallery staff met with art handlers to plan the move, Facilities Engineering to make sure that the proposed space in the library met ADA requirements for accessibility, and a structural engineer to ensure that the building could bear the weight of a one ton rock. In addition, the South Orange Fire Marshall had to inspect the space to make sure it met fire code regulations. It also meant coordinating with the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Chrysanthy Grieco, and her staff to confirm that the schedule worked with both Fahy Hall and the Walsh Library.

The petroglyph in its new display, outside the Dean's Suite in Walsh Library.
The petroglyph in its new display, outside the Dean’s Suite in Walsh Library.

Now that the Jennings Petroglyph is in its new home, we welcome you to come visit and form your own ideas about the meaning behind these enigmatic, sacred carvings.

For further reading on petroglyphs, see the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/petroglyphs/3892.


Graduate Student Lounge

The Curriculum Resource Center will become the Graduate Student Lounge space Monday – Thursday, 4:30PM-7:30PM for the first 11 weeks of the semester.  Aside from 2 hard-wired Mac computers, a digital projector and monitor, whiteboard and flexible group seating, the room will be staffed by trained graduate students who can provide basic information regarding resources on campus such as the ID process, course registration, parking, career services, PirateNet, IRB documents, and classroom locations.  In addition, ‘guest’  presenters from various areas, such as financial aid and library services, may participate at key points in the semester when those services are most needed.  And of course the Library is always staffed with Reference librarians, technology help, and specialized information consultation services which can be scheduled.  This space provides support for the range of needs and issues that graduate students face:  quiet space, group study space, research support, IT support, presentation practice/equipment, and an opportunity to connect with other graduate students.

Curriculum Resource Center / Graduate Student Lounge
Curriculum Resource Center / Graduate Student Lounge


20”x 17” paper, wood, paint, 2013 Image: © 2005 Mimi Weinberg
20”x 17” paper, wood, paint, 2013
Image: © 2005 Mimi Weinberg

Walsh Gallery Exhibition:

Monday, November 11 – Friday, December 13
Opening Reception Thursday, November 14 – 5pm to 9pm

Gallery Talk:                                                             Andrew Kapochunas discusses “The Influence of Maps on Society and Contemporary Art” Wednesday, Nov. 13 – 2 to 3:15pm 

The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University presents “Marking Territory,” a group exhibition co-curated by Alycia Piazza and Erin Healy, graduate students in the university’s Museum Professions program. The exhibition features artworks created with repurposed maps, enabling artists to explore a variety of socio-political implications.  The exhibition includes metropolitan-area artists Aileen Bassis, Wenye Fang, Joshua Knoblick, Zannah Marsh, Disnarda Pinilla, Nyugen Smith and Mimi Weinberg.  Their diverse backgrounds and perspectives stimulate a dialogue on the implications of superimposing lines on land.

Maps drawn by cartographers and artists have influenced the human understanding of the world from their inception.  Maps are not static objects, they are ever-changing to reflect the knowledge, beliefs and circumstances of the people who use and create them. “Like many official documents, maps are something we often take at face value — an essential truth. But as this group of artists demonstrates, maps are far more than simple diagrams or way-finding tools” say co-curators Piazza and Healy. The artists involved in “Marking Territory” have used a variety of media to manipulate maps and highlight themes potentially lost between the lines. Topics addressed in the show include colonialism, identity politics, economic growth and decline, biology, memory and social interaction.

For 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each other to better the world with integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. Seton Hall University is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, New Jersey, 07079.  The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. For more information, see www.shu.edu or call the Walsh Gallery at 973-275-2033.  All events are free and open to the public.

The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.                               For more information, see www.shu.edu or call the Walsh Gallery at 973-275-2033. Contact: Jeanne Brasile, Gallery Director 973-275-2033 or jeanne.brasile@shu.edu
Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University • 400 S. Orange Avenue • South Orange, NJ 07079