Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates
“The library is the heart of a liberal arts learning community.”
—Former Chancellor Sam Schuman
The mission of the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates is to recognize the role that Briggs Library plays in the success of the University of Minnesota, Morris and the life of west central Minnesota; provide programming and exhibits to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of these communities; and raise funds for providing materials, furnishings, and projects not possible with the existing library budget.
Briggs Library Associates organized to bring together Morris friends who love books, who enjoy cultural pursuits, and who believe in supporting an important campus and regional intellectual resource.
Briggs Library Associates know that Rodney A. Briggs Library is vital to Morris’s future and an important regional and community asset. The library's purpose illustrates serving the campus community as well as the citizens of west central Minnesota. Briggs Library provides access to books, journals, and numerous electronic resources for scholarly activities, for research, and for pure pleasure of learning and reading.
Briggs Library Associates speak out for the needs of the facility and advocate growth and improvements. They are ambassadors on campus and in the community, promoting the library’s resources and encouraging its use.
Briggs Library Associates provide programming and exhibits that enrich the cultural, intellectual, and artistic life of the community and region.
As a Briggs Library Associate, you will play an important role in the future of the Rodney A. Briggs Library. Your contributions, financial gifts, leadership skills, suggestions, and ideas are appreciated and welcomed.
Annual levels of support:
UMM Student $10
Group business and corporation $125
Group nonprofit organizations $60
Business and Corporations $125
Gifts of all amounts are appreciated. Please contact Angela Vetsch for questions about Briggs Library Associates or for membership information.
Briggs Library Associates welcomes proposals from individuals or groups for partnerships or co-sponsorships to make events possible fo the enjoyment and enrichment of the UMM and surrounding communities. You are invited to complete the online form outlining the details of the proposal. A response from the Briggs Library Associates will be forwarded as soon as decision is made.
If you have unused or unwanted books, think of the Briggs Library Associates. The Briggs Library Associates are always accepting donated items for its annual book sale in the fall. To arrange delivery of a book sale donation, please contact Angela Vetsch. Note: Book sale dates are October 21st-22nd, 2021.
BLA Student Art Awards
As a way of permanently show-casing the artistic talent of University of Minnesota, Morris students and enhancing the library facility, Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates sponsors two student art art awards each year. BLA selects one piece from the Juried Art Exhibit and one piece from the Senior Art Show. Selections are made by a member of the Associates, a library staff member and a student.
BLA Student Art Award Winners
- Maiya Orstad Brings: Pox
- Margo Finneran-Fiyckt: The Tear Causes the Spill
- Rhiannon Glazier: Mushroom Ladies
- Solvi Wagstrom: Musophobia
- Gillian Orth: Overgrown
- Velora Wilson: Journal to One's Happiness
- Belinda Threadgil: Educate Them
- Anneliese Tatham: Nourish and Seed Stories
- Bray Benoist: Last Hunt
- Frances Burr: Crocodile
- Emily Klarer: Turtle Lady
- Naomi Ballard: Woman Restrained
- Matthew Sheets: Time and Place
Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates Board of Directors
- Alisande Allaben, President
- Aaron Wenzel, Past President
- Josh Johnson, Vice President
- Elizabeth Morrison, Secretary
- Julia Dabbs, Vicki Dalager, Cheryl Roepke, Members-At-Large
- John Barber, MCSA Representative
- Jennifer Zych Herrmann, Advancement ex-officio member
- Angela Vetsch, Library Director, ex-officio