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Mark Twain Celebration
October 25, 2013

All are invited to attend the annual Mark Twain Celebration, which will take place during Alumni Weekend on Friday, October 25 at 2pm. The guest speaker will be Victor Fischer, principal editor of the Mark Twain Papers at the Bancroft Library, University of California – Berkeley. Fischer will talk about what it means to “edit” Mark Twain, with a special focus on Twain’s letters. In addition to the lecture, some of the items belonging to McKee Library’s Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection of Mark Twain materials will be on display during the event. This exciting event will take place in McKee Library’s Knowledge Commons on the main floor. CONVOCATION CREDIT OFFERED!


Book Sale
April 22, 2013

At 25 cents a book, who can resist? The library will be selling old books from its collection.  Apr. 22 - May 10

Green Fire
April 05, 2012

Come view the documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time and local storyteller Jim Pfitzer.


Collegedale City Hall, West Room

April 5, 2012  at 7pm.


This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 396-9300.


Aldo Leopold shaped the modern environmental and conservation movement. Green Fire follows Leopold's life and brings to light 21st century ecological challenges.


Jim Pfitzer is a storyteller, writer, and artist from Chattanooga.  He will recite "Thinking Like a Mountain" from Leopold's book A Sand County Almanac, available after the show for $4.

Dr. Robert Barnett
February 20, 2012

Dr. Robert Barnett, Professor of History at Lee University, presents "The Gilded Age: Literary Reflections of an America in Transition".

Feb. 20, 7pm

McKee Library


Convocation credit.

Struggles, Defeats and Victories: Adventist History and Adventist Mission
February 01, 2012

All are invited to attend as Dr. David Trim, Director of Archives, Statistics, and Research for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists presents “Struggles, Defeats and Victories: Adventist History and Adventist Mission” This exciting event, joint sponsored by McKee Library and the School of Religion, will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm in Southern Adventist University’s McKee Library. CONVOCATION CREDIT!

Dr. Trim is the author of Humanitarian Intervention – A History and The Huguenots: History and Memory in Transnational Context.

Library catalog and parts of website will be down starting Dec. 9, 2pm
December 09, 2011

Several parts of the library website will be down starting Dec. 9 around 2pm and continuing for several hours as they are migrated to a new server


This will affect:

  1. Achieve webpage
  2. Study Room reservation
  3. Vidcat search page


Story Hour for Kids of All Ages
October 29, 2011

Come enjoy an afternoon of storytelling with master storyteller Bruce Hopson, legendary John Martin, and Southern's own Katie McGrath.  The program features tales about growing up on a farm, miracle stories, funny stories, serious stories, and eve Bible stories as you've never heard them before.  There will something for everyone in this can't-miss program!


Oct. 29, 2p-3:30p in McKee Library


Southern Exposures Photo Exhibition
October 26, 2011

The university celebrated photography with two major photo exhibitions.
The School of Journalism and Communication hosted a gallery opening and reception for
Photojournalist Billy Weeks at McKee Library Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

Weeks was awarded the top prize this fall at the international Gordon Parks Photo Competition.
His winning picture, "Young Mother," is included in the exhibit.
Weeks has taught as an adjunct photojournalism professor at Southern for more than 20 years.
This marks the first time his work has been formally exhibited on campus.

Southern Exposures also included a collection of images from alumni and faculty to coincide with
Alumni Weekend. Local wedding and portrait photographer Garrett Nudd opened the show
Friday morning, October 28 at 9:30 a.m. with a presentation called "Searching for 1,000 words: Society's love- affair with photography."
More than 25 prints adorn the walls of the library's first floor. Images include animals, National Parks, commercial and fine art.

Celebrate Twain
September 22, 2011

Dr. Allison Ensor, Professor of English, Emeritus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be
discussing Twain’s contributions to American literature and the reasons for his continuing importance in American culture. Dr. Ensor is the author of several works, including Mark Twain and the Bible.

Campus Research Day
April 19, 2011

Students from various disciplines share their research through posters and oral presentations. Major venues include McKee Library, Hickman Science Center, Florida Hospital Hall, and Daniels Hall. The day will begin with Dr. Ray Hefferlin’s morning keynote address in Lynn Wood Hall.


Used Book Sale
April 18, 2011

At 25 cents a book, who can resist? The library will be selling old books from its collection including many business and children’s books.  Apr. 18-29


Southern Goes Barefoot
April 05, 2011

Go without shoes on April 5 to help us raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.

Last year, more than 1,600 barefoot events took place around the globe, and more than 250,000 people went without shoes. Learn more at One Day Without Shoes.

President's Day Celebration
February 21, 2011

Daryl Black is our guest for the Library Lecture Series, and he will present "The Iconography of the American Presidency." The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Knowledge Commons on the first floor of the library. Dr. Black is the Executive Director at the Chattanooga History Center

President's Day was originally established in 1951 to commemorate George Washington's birthday and to honor the office of the Presidency. We're celebrating by having the Lincoln Room open all day. 

The Thomas Memorial Collection is a special library within McKee Library that contains material related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. It is located on the third floor of McKee Library in a room especially devoted to the collection. The collection is available to anyone interested in studying the holdings and to those who are simply interested in viewing the displays. Although materials may not be checked out, they can be viewed and studied on the premises.

Valentine-Making Station
February 14, 2011

We'll have a table of craft supplies, and you can come in and make a valentine for someone you care about.

 Book cover: How to Kill Adventist Education, by Shane Anderson
Shane Anderson
October 29, 2010

The Lecture: Pastor Shane Anderson spoke about his book on Adventist Education.

The Panel: George R. Knight, Cynthia Gettys, Bob Young, Jeanette Stepanski, Gerald Kovalski, David Sherwood, Carol Myers

Download the lecture »

[MP3—51 minutes, 48mb]

Download the panel discussion »

[MP3—56 minutes, 52mb]


Alumni Homecoming Weekend
October 29, 2010


October 29

 10 a.m.


Recitation III: Celebrating Mark Twain
Announcing the Duane and Eunice Bietz Special Collection of Mark Twain's works.


 11 a.m.


Guided Tour: Barry Moser
Join art student Nancy Valencia as she explores the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, fully illustrated by world-renowned engraver Barry Moser.


 1:30 p.m.


Shane Anderson lecture and panel discussion
Pastor Shane Anderson will be talking about his book, How to Kill Adventist Education: and How to Give It a Fighting Chance! A panel discussion will follow.

October 31

 11a.m. - 1 p.m.


Author Fair
Meet these authors: George R. Knight, Jack Blanco, Philip Samaan, Bruce Coston, Andy Nash, and more. Includes ABC author book sales, book signing and reading, and used-book sale.



Barry Moser Lecture
September 23, 2010

Join us for a lecture by Barry Moser at 7 p.m., followed by a book and print signing.

Southern Adventist University is honored to have Barry Moser showcase his artwork on our campus through the end of December. Born in Chattanooga, Barry Moser studied with George Cress, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, and Jack Coughlin. His work is represented in numerous collections, museums, and libraries in the United States and abroad, including the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum, and the Library of Congress. He has illustrated and/or designed 300 books.

The Barry Moser artwork displayed on campus is from the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, which contains more than 200 illustrations. The illustrations that are on display in the gallery on the second floor of Brock Hall are mostly from the Old Testament. Mostly New Testament illustrations are on display in McKee Library.

Go to Barry Moser biography »

Watch the lecture »


Follow the Bible
June 14, 2010

We hope you will join us as Southern Adventist University participates in Follow the Bible, an initiative sponsored by the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.

This multilanguage Bible has been traveling the world since 2008, and Southern is one of the final stops it will make before the culmination of the project at the General Conference Session in Atlanta. Follow the Bible events worldwide have been well attended by the church membership—the goal of the project is to reawaken an interest in Bible reading.

Full information about the Follow the Bible initiative, along with pictures and videos of Follow the Bible events around the globe, may be viewed at


View pictures of this event around Collegedale.

 Bruce Coston
Bruce Coston
April 21, 2010

In Bruce Coston's presentation "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Dream", he shared his experiences as a small-town veterinarian, and discussed his book—a warm, funny, and amazingly fulfilling celebration of the wonderful world of animals. Reminiscent of James Herriot’s wonderful books, Coston’s memoir "Ask the Animals: A Vet's-Eye View of Pets and the People They Love" offers zany, sad, and touching stories about a medical practice where the patients cannot speak, yet communicate deeply.


Listen to his talk. (32.1 mb, 35 minutes length)


Recitation II
March 22, 2010

Dramatic memorized presentations of amazing literary passages were presented.

Gallery pictures of this event.

Videos of the public domain works presented, are linked below. (higher quality videos available on request)

Sherry Boettcher
March 21, 2010

To celebrate her exhibit "Capturing Individuality", on display in McKee Library until the end of May 2010, Christian portrait artist, illustrator, and author Sherry Boettcher gave her testimony of how God has worked in her life.

Listen to her testimony. (33mb, mp3)

View pictures of this event.

Jim Ogden
February 10, 2010

Jim Ogden, Historian from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, presented “Lincoln, Tennessee, and Chattanooga’s Civil War Importance”.


"...If we can hold Chattanooga and East Tennessee, I think the rebellion must dwindle and die..." So President Abraham Lincoln wrote as the Campaign for Chattanooga unfolded in the fall of 1863. But, East Tennessee, Tennessee as a whole, and Chattanooga had often been on the Sixteenth Chief Executive's mind many times before to that point in our nation's Civil War. It is Lincoln's interest in and recognition of the Volunteer State and Chattanooga that helped make the region so significant in the course of the war and why some of the most costly and important fighting of the war occurs here. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden gave a talk exploring "Lincoln, Tennessee, and Chattanooga's Civil War Importance.

Faith and Science Discussion Group
January 23, 2010

Dr. Art Chadwick, Research Professor at Southwestern Adventist University, was a guest speaker for the Faith-Science Discussion Group Friday evening gathering organized by Dr. Greg King, Dean of School of Religion, in the Knowledge Commons, McKee Library.

More pictures here.