October 22, 2013

News Digest: Mercer Court grand opening, iSchool lecture Nov. 7, Honor: David Shields

Sign saying Merce Court in front of blue buildingMercer Court Apartments grand opening Oct. 24
The University of Washington Housing & Food Service Office invites the public to a grand opening celebration 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 of Mercer Court, the UW’s newest residential community.

The event will include informational displays, guided tours and refreshments.

Mercer Court, on the west side of campus at 3925 Adams Lane SE, is a five-building complex of undergraduate and graduate student apartments.

UW iSchool presents author Jack Gantos Nov. 7
Newberry Award-winning author Jack Gantos will deliver the UW Information School’s 2013 Spencer G. Shaw Lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, in 220 Kane Hall. His lecture is titled “It’s All Personal.”

Gantos is the author of the popular children’s books featuring characters Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigaza as well as the young adult memoir “Hole in My Life” and his most recent, “From Norvelt to Nowhere.”

The Spencer Shaw Lecture series, named for an iSchool professor emeritus, has been an annual event since 1986. Tickets are $5-$10 with online registration.

David Shields honored by Artist Trust
David Shields, UW professor of English, is the recipient of a 2013 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust, a nonprofit organization supporting artists of all disciplines in Washington state.

The award, the organization’s website states, recognizes artists in the state “who demonstrate innovation in their art practice – originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields.”

Shields is the author of 15 books including the recent “Salinger,” co-written by Shane Salerno. Shields will receive his award at Nov. 8.