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RECEPTION OF BOOK DONATIONS AND MEDICAL AND LABORATORY MATERIAL
FROM THE USA


On Thursday, January 9, 2014, after a meeting of the Executive Committee of Senate, the members of the Management Team of CATUC together with the members of the Executive Committee of Senate, went on to receive the consignment of donations from the USA. The members of the Executive Committee of Senate include all the Deans and Provosts of the Faculties and Schools of CATUC. This consignment of donations included books and journals (mainly in anthropology, Medicine and Engineering), medical and laboratory equipment (from the University of Fairfield in Connecticut). The call for books for a University in Cameroon was heard by many Americans and American Universities. In fact, the call was heard as far away as Australia from where a collection of some medical books were received. This book drive was supported by the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA).  This Association did not only support and co-sponsor the drive by donating many of the Anthropology Books and Journals but also paid to move most of them over-land to the residence of another important partner in the drive, Boh Herbert Yusimbom. Boh Herbert lives in West Virginia and when the books got to his place, he willingly offered storage facilities, packed and re-packaged some and, in fact, prepared them for shipping. Boh Herbert also used his position as the President General, Afoakom, USA to facilitate the shipment and clearance of the consignment.


        
Members of the executive committee of the senate receiving the Books and equipment with the assistance of some library staff.


Connected to this Book Drive, Professor Bill Taylor and Donna Taylor collected supplies and books from Yale University, books, Engineering and laboratory Equipment from Fairfield University in Connecticut. It must be emphasized here that most of the books and other equipment here came from the archives of Late Professor emeritus Dukkipati. The Taylors took off time to bring these personally from Connecticut to West Virginia.

The complete collection was shipped from Baltimore, USA in the middle of October 2013 and arrived in Douala at the beginning of the December 2013. In all, there are 168 boxes of books. These boxes are of various sizes. There are very big boxes, medium sized boxes and small boxes. There is no doubt that the books and journals will number several thousands as the inventory is in process. The stuff from Professor Bill and Donna Taylor was in 14 big blue and red bins. Various procedures towards the clearance of the consignement from the Sea Port were put in place and it was only on the eve of Christmas Day 2013 that the consignement was released to CATUC. As soon as the books and equipment were received in CATUC, the medical and laboratory equipment was divided between the faculties and schools on the main campus and the School of Health Sciences in Kumbo. For the rest CATUC is in the process of doing and inventory of all that was received.

CATUC is perpetually grateful to everyone and to all the institutions and services that participated in this Book Drive in one way or the other. The books will surely be available to the students from the beginning of our second semester, that is middle of March 2014.

The inventory of the  books that were received is as follows:

A total of four thousand nine hundred and eighty-seven  books (4,987) were registered as books received from Donors in the United States of America namely; Ariva Distribution Inc., Beloit College, Carol Colfer, Carleton College, Carolyn Martin Shaw, Kansas State University, James Schwarz, Lauren W. Ritterbush,  Martin Shaw, Mr. Joe Harding, Missouri State University, Patricia Higgins, Robert A. Hackenberg, Shepherd, Oakland CA, Steve Ackman, and University of Minnesota. These books were classified  under the following disciplines; Agriculture, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering, Business & Mgt Sciences , Health Science, and Educational Research as shown in the table below.

Summary Presentation of Books Consignment

S/N

Decipline

Quantity

%

1.

Agriculture Books

11

0.2

2.

Anthropology & Sociology/Pol. Science Books

2,602

52.2

3.

Anthropology and Sociology Journals

1,481

29.7

4.

Books on Finance, Stats., Computer & Res. Methods  

13

0.3

5.

Engineering Books

539

10.8

6.

Geography and Environmental Science Books

16

0.3

7.

Health Science Books

29

0.6

8.

History Books

164

3.3

9.

9 Literature Books

132

2.6

 

Total

4,987

100


Click Here for slide show of pictures for this event.

Write-up:  Fr. Anthony Yilaka

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