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6th Annual Senior Showcase coming on April 21

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:06 pm

The Senior Showcase recognizes exemplary senior theses and research projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Selected students have the honor of sharing their research or projects with the Wake Forest community at an event hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Plan to join us on Tuesday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium to hear from this year’s honorees.

The Senior Showcase honorees for 2015 are:

  • Division I: Shoshanna Goldin, “The Land of Milk, Honey, and Motherhood: An Examination of Jewish, Muslim, and Druze Women’s Perspectives of IVF Policy in Israel”
  • Division II: Caroline Huskey, “A Revolutionary Civil Society: The Rise of the Micro-blogger and Innovative Censorship in Contemporary China”
  • Division III: Rachel Rhine, “Strangers in their Own Land: An Exploration of Irish Travel Images in the 18th Century Within the Wider Context of British Isles and the Depiction of Travelers in William Ashford’s Killarney Series”
  • Division IV: Rachel Brown, “Basel III and Financial Inclusion: Unintended Consequences of Risk-based Capital Requirements on Financial Access and Inclusion in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs)”
  • Division V: Courtney Smith, “Mechanism of Action of Metronidazole, a Nitroheterocyclic Antibiotic”

5th Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 14, 2014 8:56 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the 5th 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 22, 2014, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • David Inczauskis, “A Theoretical Analysis of the Historical Dialectic between Latin American Liberation Theology and Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rachel Cumbest, “Constructing Identity: Homer’s Articulation of Three Questions Which Become a Literary Trope for Later Authors in ‘Knowing Thyself'”
  • Ryan Whittington, “Arnold Schoenberg: ‘An Intelligent Man and a Terribly Curious Man'”
  • Christopher Earle, “Mission Impossible? An Economic Analysis of Guilford County’s Distinctive Pay-for-Performance Plan”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 22. Event details and registration may be found at

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

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

3rd Annual Senior Showcase

Monday, April 2, 2012 1:53 pm

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the third 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 24, 2012, at 3pm in the ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404.

The honorees are:

  • Erin Cassidy, “John Calvin on Christian Responsibility for the Common Good”
  • Perry Ransbottom, Scenic Design forEmilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
  • Dain Finke, “Understanding Caste and Self: A Dalit Caste’s Navigation of Caste Boundaries and Identity Formation in Nepal”
  • Timothy Brady, “The Effect of Breathing Frequency on Baroreceptor Sensitivity”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 24. Event details and registration may be found at


Welcoming New Graduate Students

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:19 am

August is the season for orientations, and for the second year running, I was invited to participate in two graduate student orientation sessions. The first took place earlier this month on the Bowman Gray Campus (BGC), where I spoke to approximately 65 new students. If you didn’t already know, Wake Forest’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is a single school that spans both campuses, operating out of two offices on two different schedules. Although Carpenter Library is the primary library serving graduate students appointed to BGC, and has its own morning-long orientation session, I was invited to meet with the students for 30 minutes to talk about what we offer them at ZSR, to mention compliance requirements for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation funded research, and to prime them for thinking about thesis and dissertation requirements.

Yesterday afternoon, I spoke at the orientation session for graduate students with primary appointment to the Reynolda Campus (RC). There were at least 100 students in the room (we were in Pugh Auditorium, so counting was a challenge), as well as several guest speakers. Unlike the BGC orientation, which is is parsed out over several days, giving each speaker/group a nice amount to time to share information, the RC orientation is an hour long session that attempts to cover seemingly everything, from the Honor Code to parking to financial aid to teaching support services to us! Needless to say, I did not have half an hour yesterday in which to expound upon the greatness of ZSR or the need to think *now* about their theses/dissertations…I had 5 minutes. Nevertheless, I championed ZSR, informed them that if they are required to write a thesis or dissertation they’d be seeing me again, and hopefully left them feeling good about the support we can give them as they join our campus community!

2nd Annual Senior Showcase

Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:41 am

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is pleased to announce selections for the second annual Senior Showcase program recognizing exemplary senior research theses and projects completed by Wake Forest undergraduates in their final year. Five students have been selected to present their research on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 3pm in the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room, ZSR Library.

The honorees are:

  • Ms. Beth Ann Williams, “Faith: Education Reform in Post-Independence Kenya, 1963-1970″
  • Ms. Carey Carpenter, “En búsqueda de justicia en la novela sicaresca” (Seeking Justice in the Sicaresque Novel)
  • Ms. Anna Walker, “Three Twenty-First-Century Perspectives of Music for Christian Worship”
  • Mr. David Tokarz, “Accessing a Public: Enlightenment Rhetoric in First-wave Feminism”
  • Ms. Allison Faig, “Nitrite Formation Through Reduction of Nitro-Containing Antibiotics”

We hope you will be able to join us for the Senior Showcase on April 26. Event details and registration may be found at

Off-site Survival Guide

Saturday, December 11, 2010 9:22 am

After a week of off-site storage warehouse work, the following are my tips & tricks for survival. These did much to help me throughout the week, but great credit for my own survival must go to my fab teammates: Mary Beth, Susan, Erik, Scott and Jean-Paul. You guys ROCK!!

1. Wear layers, preferably with the lightest being a long-sleeve t-shirt; temps vary and breaking a sweat is common, so you might find yourself pushing up those sleeves, but when it comes time to fold trays, you’ll want the protection for your arms

2. If you have more than one pair of comfortable supportive, sturdy, closed-toe shoes, switch between them each day to keep your feet from getting overly tired

3. Invest in hand lotion to use at home in the mornings and evenings, and mind your cuticles

4. Bring a refillable water bottle and cough drops, as the air is very dry

5. Bring painkillers and band-aids just in case

6. Try not to work the same station all day, and especially not multiple days in a row

7. If you have wrist or elbow issues, be warned that the sizing station is taxing on those parts (knees too)

8. If you have back issues or cannot lift heavy loads, avoid the verification station; that said, use the back braces – they really help!

9. Get out at lunch: sunshine, fresh air, and a break from the warehouse are great

10. Your teammates will appreciate any snacks you bring to share!

11. The mental aspect is in some ways more challenging than the physical

12. Pause to glance at funny or interesting items, and share with your teammates; short breaks to share a laugh are valuable

13. Hot water in the bathrooms (well, at least the ladies) is hit or miss

14. Tray folding is a great stress reliever (and Erik can tell you how to hug them into being)

15. Whichever tray supply you build up the day before probably won’t be the tray size you’ll need most the next day

16. Scholarly publishing truly is out of control: no single issue of a journal should be 5″ thick!

17. Keep your cell phone in your pocket at all times; you do NOT want to get locked out in the cold

18. Program Scott’s number and your teammates’ numbers in your cell phone just in case you do get locked out

19. Find your rhythm and stick to it

20. The wooden book trucks generally roll better if a certain side is facing forward, so figure that out before you load ‘em up

21. Don’t use the plastic handles to pull or lift full trays

22. Don’t put little books at the back end of the trays

23. Don’t walk away from stations with pens still in hand

24. Don’t make evening plans on warehouse workdays

25. Friday afternoon celebratory happy hour is encouraged!

26. Schedule a mani/pedi or massage for the day after your last warehouse day, especially if you work a full week

27. Be forewarned: the warehouse brings out interesting persona

28. When you start dreaming about your warehouse teammates and accidentally find yourself in compromising positions with them, it’s time to get out of the warehouse!!

PROACT: Your Career Starts Now

Monday, September 13, 2010 7:10 am

New professionals frequently need to employ skills that are not always developed through course work, such as strategies for managing research or engaging community members in a field of study. To build a bridge between student and professional skill sets, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Professional Development Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring a year-long professional development series-PROACT: Your Career Starts Now. PROACT sessions will bring graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and new faculty together to learn from speakers addressing a variety of topics that are important for attendees’ overall development as professionals. PROACT is a series of stand-alone sessions; you may attend one session, three sessions or all seven, depending on individual needs.

The inaugural PROACT session, Research Management Strategies, will be on Tuesday, September 21, at 4:30pm in the ZSR Library Graduate Student Lounge. Managing the research process can be an arduous task, especially when linked information facilitates rapid browsing and resource discovery, and files can be tagged, labeled, dropped and saved in multiple locations with mere clicks. Giz Womack, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, will share tips on how to effectively manage the research process, and preview tools that assist with gathering and organizing research materials.

On October 19, the second PROACT session will be led by Chris Turner, Assistant Professor in Neurobiology & Anatomy, will share the basics of Technical Writing Skills, a succinct art form of craft and clarity. The third PROACT event, Author Rights (Yours & Others’) will be led by Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, on November 16, with discussion of the nuances of managing author rights in published scholarship.

Additional PROACT sessions will be held throughout the Spring 2011 semester, on topics from presentation skills to measuring impact via journal publications to ethical considerations of publishing practices. Read more and register for any or all PROACT sessions through the PDC.

Contact Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, for more details: or 758-5829.

Senior Showcase

Monday, April 26, 2010 9:45 am

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library hosted the inaugural Senior Showcase, an event honoring exemplary research completed by Wake Forest University undergraduates in their final year. Honorees shared their research from their senior theses before the Wake Forest community in a three-part lecture in the Library’s Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room. The 2010 honorees were:

  • Anna Nicodemus (History, Division I); nominated by Dr. Paul Escott
  • Courtney Vris (French Studies, Division II); nominated by Dr. Kendall Tarte
  • Mallory Durr (Political Science, Division IV); nominated by Dr. Helga Welsh

Anna Nicodemus’s thesis, “Prudential Unionism: Southern Sentiment, Unionist Reasoning, and Maryland’s Allegiance in Early 1861,” examined the conflicting emotional and strategic support given to the Union across Maryland, her home state, at the outbreak of the Civil War. As Anna noted, Maryland’s position south of the Mason-Dixon line yet north of Washington, D.C., made the state geographically vital to the Union, but many citizens were predisposed to Southern identification. Although Maryland remained in the Union, Anna’s research found that strong sympathies with Southern ideals resulted in several clashes within Maryland in the spring of 1861. Interestingly, Southern sentiment is still enshrined in Maryland’s state song (written in April 1861 and adopted in 1939, but recently challenged), found in the closing lines: “She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb- / Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!”

Courtney Vris’s thesis, “Renée Saccard et Paris, ville complice, dans La Curée d’Émile Zola” (Renée Saccard and Paris, urban accomplice, in Émile Zola’s La Curée), examined the role that the city of Paris played in Zola’s novel in the character development of Renée Saccard, the central character. Focusing on four Parisian places – the Bois de Boulogne, the hotel Saccard, the hotel Béraud Du Châtel, and theCafé Riche – Courtney demonstrated how each location acted as an influence upon and reflection of Renée’s behavior and emotions. As later discussed during the question and answer session, Paris could easily be interpreted as a fourth main character in Zola’s novel.

Mallory Durr’s thesis, “Divided Societies: Power Sharing in Multilingual Democracies,” was a case study of four countries that have differing multilingual traditions and codified linguistic policies, and how those impact democracy. Her research examined the role that official linguistic policies play in addressing conflict and upholding democracy in Switzerland, Belgium, India, and South Africa. Mallory found that no single overt, official linguistic policy plan is better at supporting democracy through the engagement and protection of linguistic minorities, but rather that covert, voluntary cultural policies need to rise within the political realm to ensure greater equality and protection.

Photos from the Showcase, including photos of the honorees and their nominating faculty, can be viewed here. Plans for the 2011 Senior Showcase are already in progress, with the primary aim of adjusting the eligibility deadline for nominations to achieve future representation from all five divisions of Wake Forest College.

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