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During April 2013...

Highlights from the 4th Annual Senior Showcase

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:25 pm

At our most fundamental level, how are humans defined? What stories are being told within the musical compositions of great composers? How are unions and businesses reacting to legislation addressing collective bargaining? How do fish locomote on land to capture prey? Representing a rich array of research across disciplines, four Wake Forest students addressed these questions during the fourth annual Senior Showcase, held in the Library Auditorium on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Nominated by their faculty advisers, the honorees were selected to present their research before an audience comprised of fellow students, faculty and staff, and family members. The Senior Showcase was founded in 2010 upon the suggestion of a former student who was impressed by his peers’ research and desired a campus-wide forum to highlight their achievements. Each year, the Showcase has grown in both the number of nominees and the distinct departments they represent. Building upon sustained growth, the Showcase expanded this year to include a $1,000 award for each honoree, in additional recognition of their efforts and merit.

The 2013 Senior Showcase honorees were:

  • Jonathan Barker, Philosophy, for “Animating Animalism by Eliminating Eliminativism,” nominated by Patrick Toner;
  • Liu “Nick” Cheng, Music, for Piano performance of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev masterworks, nominated by Peter Kairoff;
  • Lani Domagalski, Politics & International Affairs, for “Wisconsin and Michigan Collective Bargaining and Breaking the Unions,” nominated by Charles Hank Kennedy; and,
  • Alexander Pronko, Biology, for “The Novel Kinematics of a Water-Land Transition in Mangrove Rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus),” nominated by Miriam Ashley-Ross.

Following the presentations, and a lively question and answer session with the audience, honorees and attendees enjoyed a reception sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center.

L to R: Nick Cheng, Alex Pronko, Lani Domagalski, Jonathan Barker

ZSR @ Food for Thought

Monday, April 22, 2013 12:48 pm

This year, the annual “Earth Day Fair” on Wake Forest’s campus became a themed event to highlight food injustice, and was entitled “Food for Thought”, sponsored by the Sustainability Office at WFU. The fair that was held on Manchester Plaza from noon to 6pm on Saturday, April 20th, was well attended and had local vendors of plants and delicious food, music throughout the day, as well as a petting zoo. ZSR was in attendance with a selection of books and videos that pertained to sustainable agriculture and food injustice as well as a selection of other topics related to sustainability


Students from Access worked with me throughout the day and we served up information about our collections to interested students, faculty, staff and community members. Though most of what I took out there was not circulated, we had an opportunity to circulate 2 books and 8 DVDs with our mobile circulation desk. I gave away book marks with suggested keywords on them to aid people to find more information in our catalog, as well as reading lists of books in ZSR’s collection on sustainability. It was a beautiful day to spread the word about Sustainability, and ZSR’s resources. Thanks to Mary Scanlon who helped identify resources, and the helpful students who work at the Access Desk on Saturday who helped me out with carrying things and holding down the papers against the wind. And, thanks to Susan who stopped by to take a few photos. Happy Earth Day!

Boccaccio and 14th Century Florence Exhibit

Friday, April 19, 2013 1:49 pm

Boccaccio and 14th Century Florence

For several months, I’ve been working with Wake Forest Professor Roberta Morosini, a Medievalist, on an exhibit about Boccaccio and the “Trecento” (14th century). The exhibit focuses on stories from Giovanni Boccaccio‘s most well known work, The Decameron. The Decameron, which was written in 1350, means ’10 days’ in Greek, and consists of a set of stories told over a period of ten days. The background of the stories in The Decameron is that a group of 10 young people leave Florence to escape the plague (The Black Death) that was killing so many people. The tales are about love, greed, the corruption of the clergy and your basic 14th century Italian drama. Each night, each member told a story to the group, so that after 10 days there were 100 stories.

Boccaccio, Dante and Chaucer

I confess that I know more about Boccaccio and The Decameron now that a few months ago. In art school, I was more likely to read Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari than The Decameron. At any rate, this book has influenced several other authors, like Geoffrey Chaucer. The stories in The Decameron were apparently borrowed from a number of traditional tales from countries in the region. Boccaccio wrote about the differences of men and women and has been shown to have an enlightened view of women for his time.

This exhibit is a companion to an international conference entitled: Boccaccio Veneto: 700 years of cultural crossing in Mediterranean Venice. The Venice conference will be held at Casa Artom June 20-22, 2013. Thanks to Martine Sherrill and Paul Marley from the Art Department for their help with this exhibit.

Food Justice Summit Exhibits

Monday, April 15, 2013 4:59 pm

Food Access Outside the Wake Bubble

On April 20, 2013, from 9 am – 3 pm, the Hunger Advisory Board, along with other groups, is holding a conference on the issue of food justice in Winston Salem, and the greater North Carolina area. The summit is sponsored by Campus Kitchen, the Office of Sustainability and the Chaplain’s Office. The Food Justice Summit will be held in Carswell Hall, and will have presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. I worked with students in Dr. Hana E. Brown’s class to put exhibits up for this event. Please take some time to read these thoughtful exhibits about issues that affect Winston-Salem and Wake Forest.

Food Justice exhibit


Friday, April 5, 2013 3:14 pm
The presenters from a great distance

The presenters from a great distance

On Thursday, Hu, Kevin, Craig, and Rebecca ventured to Benson to represent ZSR in the campus-wide TechXploration, an event that “showcases faculty use of technology andbrings together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology efforts.”

Hu was the acting ambassador for ZSRx and fielded countless questions and received quite a bit of interest from attendees.

Craig, Kevin, and Rebecca’s poster”The Missing Link: Connecting Past, Present & Future Through Web Archiving” highlighted ZSR’s efforts to create a comprehensive archive of WFU’s web presence using ArchiveIt. Attendees were particularly interested in this topic and how it adds to the record of the University.

Kevin and Rebecca’s poster”Unforgettable: Enhancing Digital Collections, Creating Digital Connections” highlighted the redesign of our digital collections space for ZSR’s Special Collections and Archives.

Wake Forest’s innovative use of technology was well represented with over 25 presenters from across campus. It was a wonderful opportunity to share experiences, make cross campus connections, and see the innovative and impressive uses of technology at Wake Forest.

4th Annual Senior Showcase

Friday, April 5, 2013 3:05 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the fourth annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Four students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • Jonathan Barker, “Animating Animalism by Eliminating Eliminativism”
  • Cheng “Nick” Liu, Piano performance of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev masterworks
  • Lani Domagalski, “Wisconsin and Michigan Collective Bargaining and Breaking the Unions”
  • Alexander Pronko, “The Novel Kinematics of a Water-Land Transition in Mangrove Rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus)”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 23. Event details and registration may be found at

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