Recently, IU Libraries celebrated and reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to student success, thanks to the generosity of a long-term supporter of the university: Everett W. Kunzelman.
Inside the innovative Learning Commons at the Herman B Wells Library (known to students as a home-away-from-home on the Bloomington campus), the newly named Everett W. Kunzelman Tutorial Room is a 24-hour, service-oriented consultation space, and host to Writing Tutorial Services, an outreach of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
Writing is an essential skill:
Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, explained that Writing Tutorial Services provides free one-to-one writing consultations, helping to develop a critical skill for all students at IU. She said, “Writing translates thinking into something visible, and permanent. Writing well is absolutely essential in nearly every career. Everett recognizes the importance of supporting a centralized, library-based home for this service, and naming this space in honor of him gratefully recognizes the impact he is making today and into the future.”
Everett – known to his many friends as “Ev” - has long supported a number of areas within Indiana University. When asked about his most recent gift, and his enduring support of IU Libraries, Everett pointed out that services offered here greatly assist all students as they work to achieve their personal academic goals. “These students then go on to help others and make a positive impact on our society and world,” he said.
Throughout his career, Everett made an impact in many ways. Everett’s love and respect for academic libraries started early. He recalls working for the IU Law Library in Indianapolis while still in high school, a service he continued through college. He attended Indiana University in Indianapolis (now IUPUI), graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1973.
After graduating, Everett embarked on a successful 43-year career in the insurance industry. During this time, and continuing through the rest of his life, Everett developed and nurtured a love of writing. Today, Everett writes personally through his blog.
Central to campus, central to success:
Inside the Everett W. Kunzelman Tutorial Room, tutors provide one-on-one assistance with any phase of the writing process. In addition to support for IU class writing assignments, (undergraduate or graduate), tutors also advise on writing cover letters and resumes, speeches and class presentations, and theses and dissertations. Source citation, and grammar and punctuation issues are some of their most popular interventions.
Ensuring these sympathetic and helpful tutors have a state-of-the-art, welcoming place to meet with students is important to Everett. By naming the space in honor of his gifts, students and tutors will know their efforts here are worthy of financial support.
“It is a nice recognition for years of supporting the libraries of Indiana University through the Indiana University Foundation and for providing specific support for writing and other tutorial services,” Everett said.
Everett hopes to pass down his love of writing and libraries to his new grandchild, Samuel Edwards, born in the fall of 2017.