Date: May 9, 2011
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CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Herbert and Joan Zuhl, major donors for whom Zuhl Library is named, were awarded honorary degrees at New Mexico State University’s Spring 2011 Commencement. In 1990, the Zuhls moved to Las Cruces from Manhattan, where they had a business that crafted and sold large polished pieces of petrified wood, bringing many pieces of their collection with them.
The newest NMSU Library building, which opened in 1992, was called New Library until 2000, when the Zuhls pledged a $3 million naming gift for Zuhl Library.
More than 1,000 specimens from the world-class Zuhl Geological Collection of petrified wood, fossils and minerals have been showcased at Zuhl Library since 2000. Visitors to the Library are familiar with “Stan,” the cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, who stands watch at the door. A matched pair of amethyst “cathedrals” grace the entrance to the Zuhl Classroom.
Some new pieces recently put on display at the Library include a 170 million-year-old Ichthyosaurus (shark) fossil in the Library Conference Room on the second floor. The Zuhl collection is also exhibited at the Zuhl Geological Collection Museum at NMSU’s Alumni and Visitors Center, as well as in the Department of Geological Sciences in Gardiner Hall.
Come to Zuhl Library to see the collection in person or visit http://www.nmsu.edu/zuhl/ for a virtual tour.