Lovejoy Library, SIUE, and the larger community it serves have benefited greatly from the dedication and generosity of members of the Friends of Lovejoy Library like Carol Nativi and Dianne Winney, two women who have built true friendship and so much more over the last several years.
"We got involved as acquaintances, but we've built a very deep friendship during our time working together with the library," said Winney.
Nativi has been a member of the Friends of Lovejoy Library Advisory Board for the past nine years. She is the current Treasurer and Co-Chairman of the Antiques Show Committee. She earned her bachelor's in education counseling from SIUE in 1971 and a master's in education counseling in 1972. Winney has been a member of the Friends of Lovejoy Library Advisory Board for the past thirteen years. She is the current President of the Friends of Lovejoy Library. She earned her master's at SIUE in instructional technology in 1993.
Together, Nativi and Winney were instrumental in the opening of the Library's north entrance last spring. They also work closely on the annual Antiques Show that raises funds for the library. And while they are both focused on the single goal of supporting Lovejoy Library and its efforts, each woman has a slightly different reason for giving back.
"Giving my time to Lovejoy Library is my way of giving back for what I am so grateful to have received as a student at SIUE," Nativi said. "I especially appreciate the opportunities I had, because going to college wasn't something everyone was able to do at that time."
Winney says that she was compelled to support Lovejoy Library not only in return for what she received as a student at SIUE, but also because of the many benefits the library offers to the community.
"I've lived in the area for a very long time and Lovejoy Library has been an enduring resource for all community members," said Winney.
From special exhibits like last year's Maya Angelou photographic collection, to outreach programs like the high school writing contest, Lovejoy Library is constantly engaging and entertaining the greater community.
"I feel strongly that through the library, you have the ability to impact all students and the community, and I like that," said Nativi.
As Dean Regina McBride said, "the library is the heart of any great university." The Friends of Lovejoy Library and volunteers like Carol Nativi and Dianne Winney are working to keep that heart going strong.