On Saturday, November 30th, the ZSR Library hosted “Pizza and a Movie” for any students remaining on campus during the Thanksgiving break! This idea developed from Dean Sutton, based on feedback from students who were on campus over Thanksgiving last year and needed more services. ZSR opened on Friday and Saturday to help meet the study needs of our students, and we hosted “Pizza and a Movie” on Saturday night to give these students a study break. Dean Sutton arranged for ZSR to sponsor the event, and together with Sarah Jeong, Lauren Suffoletto, we arranged a screening of Marvel’s “The Avengers”, ordered a dozen pizzas from Papa John’s and bought sodas and cookies for the event. We had 34 people show up for pizza. 2/3 were undergraduate students, about 1/3 were graduate students. We also had a few staff attend as well. One of the Faculty Fellows, Allison McWilliams came with some of her first year students and Greg Moreau, from Residence Life and Housing came by to check it out and support the event! Fewer students stayed for the movie than expected. Now we know for next year that the food is the draw for this event!
On Friday, October 25th from 9-11 pm, the ZSR Library hosted another Human v Zombies event at ZSR! We had 80 students attend and seven amazing volunteers from the ZSR staff! Thanks to Susan Smith, Tim Mitchell, David Link, Thomas Dowling, Chelcie Rowell, Chris Burris, Lauren Suffoletto and student John Walsh for all their help making this event a success! Also, thanks to the Student Activities Fund for their support of these events! Check out the photos of the event! (photos by Susan Smith)
This time of year brings my annual recap of Capture the Flag @ ZSR, but this year is different! I’m recapping four different student events held in July and August.
First, in July, we hosted the new student athletes, the Bridge students and numerous summer school students for our first Capture the Flag and Humans v Zombies dual event. Seventy-eight students attended this event! Next, 42 attendees and program assistants from the LENS program (http://lens.wfu.edu/) joined us for a wild game of Humans v Zombies on July 25th from 10-11pm.
In August, we faced construction challenges during the atrium window project, but that didn’t slow us down! On August 20th, we hosted both the SPARC (http://service.campuslife.wfu.edu/sparc/) and International Students. These 120 students played both CtF and HvZ . Lastly, on August 30th, we had 150 students attend our annual, campus-wide, Capture the Flag event, co-sponsored with SAF, who generously funded the event again this year!
I need to wrap up this post with a big shout out to Susan, Mary Beth, Lauren S., Tim, David, Carolyn, Chris, Meghan W., Sarah, and student, John Walsh! (And Tanya, who had to come in one night to silence an alarm!) Thanks to these ZSR volunteers and other outside of ZSR, we had plenty of staff for these events to run smoothly! I can’t thank them enough!
Two weeks ago, WFU hosted its second TEDx. I was unable to attend the first event last year, but made a point to make it to this year’s event. (and even took a couple of friends with me!)
Rather than go into detail on each speaker, I thought it might be useful to describe the event! First, it is held in Wait Chapel and registration is usually capped at around 1000 participants. This differs from standard TED talks that are usually capped at 100 attendees to give the events a more personal feel. The event started at 12 noon and was divided into three speaker blocks, with three speakers in each block. The first block also includes comments by Provost Kersh, who mentioned the ZSR Library’s upcoming MOOC and comments by the moderator, Morris Morrison.
Alumnus, Ricky Van Veen, one of the founders of College Humor, was the opening speaker in the first block and did an excellent job discussing how people use social media to tell the story of what they believe and who they are. Between each speaker block of three speakers, there was a 15 minute break. This proved to be a good format that allowed people the flexibility to move around and interact between the speaker blocks!
All in all, this was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
On Friday, February 8th, the Library hosted the fourth Humans v Zombies event, and the zombie horde is growing! We held our first event in the Fall of 2011, one year after we began hosting games of Capture the Flag as part of freshman orientation! As you can see from the chart below, Humans v Zombies is a very popular event!
This semester, 22 students from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, joined us for the event, bringing us to 125 students total! The students from UNC usually play outdoors, so they enjoyed this chance to play indoors. Susan Smith took some great pics, including a group photo of the UNC team. We gave them a round of applause for making the trip to Winston Salem to join us and encouraged them to come back in the Fall for our big Halloween Humans v Zombies event!
Thanks to Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, and Chris Burris for their help running the event! It is always a team effort! Also, a big thanks to the Student Activities Fund, whose generous funding makes these events even better!
On Friday, January 18th, the Library hosted another successful “Capture the Flag@ZSR”. We had 45 participants who were excited, energetic and ready to play! We also had one virtual participant, John Walsh, who checked in from the Flow House in Vienna via Facebook Video! We played three games, one with human flags, and a good time was had by all! Thanks to volunteers Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Chris Burris, Tim Mitchell, David Link, and Lauren Pressley for donating your Friday night to make this a successful event for our students! Check out pics from the event on Flickr!
On Friday, October 26th, 2012, the ZSR Library hosted its third Humans v. Zombies event! These events just keep getting bigger and better! The first event, in the Fall of 2011, brought 80 students to the Library, 103 attended the event in the Spring of 2012 and 128 attended the most recent game! Some students arrived at 9pm sharp, armed with Nerf shooters, while others arrived early for pizza and to get zombie makeup from two amazing student volunteers, Sara Lindsey and Nora Kane. We managed three games in two hours, and with zombies allowed to re-spawn, the humans didn’t stand a chance. We owe a big thanks to our Library volunteers, Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Thomas Dowling, Tim Mitchell, and Rebecca Peterson, and our student leader for the event, John Walsh! Check out photos of the event at:http://www.flickr.com/photos/zsrlibrary/sets/72157631867365468/ and learn more about Capture the Flag and Humans v. Zombies as well as other new WFU tradition at:http://magazine.wfu.edu/2012/09/27/keeping-traditions-creating-new-ones/
Since August of 2010, the ZSR Library has hosted a game of Capture the Flag on the first Friday of the fall semester. While geared toward introducing freshmen to the Library, this event is open to all! This year we had 200 students attend, up from 150 in 2011. Each semester we work to improve the event. This year we were fortunate enough to get funds from the WFU Student Activities Fee that allowed us to serve pizza and soda for 200 before the event and get new black and goldbandannasfor the teams!
I have to give a big shout out to the volunteers this year. Susan Smith and Mary Beth Lock (and family!) managed the entrance desk and circulation desk where 200 people dropped off keys, wallets and bags in a 10 minute period! (We’ve learned to have plenty of brown paper bags to secure everyone’s loose items at these events.) Chris Burris also volunteered, helping keep order and shovel empty pizza boxes out of the building. It really takes five volunteers to run this event, but we can do it with four, and we always make it fun! We also had some members of ZSR drop by for the event! Kyle Denlinger brought his family by and Roz Tedford and Patrick Morton came by to experience the chaos and fun first hand.
In two hours and 15 minutes we played three games of “Capture the Flag.” Two long games, one with each team having one flag, and one with each team having a standard flag and a human flag, and finally, to wrap up the evening, we played one super short, fast, game with no tagging!
For the Spring semester, we will publish detailed rules online in advance, to help novice players prepare for the event, and we have some great ideas for making it even more fun! Next up, Humans v. Zombies on Friday, October 26th from 9-11pm! Bring your Nerf Shooter or dress like a zombie!
Several RIS team members (and many others around ZSR!) have been involved in outreach programs this summer. In July, Bobbie provided a library tour for students participating in the Great American Writers’s Camp (see the post “Creative Writing Adventure Draws Students to Campus“). Additionally, Sarah, Mary and I gave a tour of ZSR to a group of students visiting from China, and Megan, Beth and I gave tours to groups from the Junior Classical League, just to name a few!
In June, Bobbie and I started planning with Michelle Klosterman, Ryan Shirey, and Leigh Stanfield for the third summer LENS program (A program that teaches rising high school juniors and senior about both the issue of sustainability and about writing at the college level). As part of my outreach efforts, Once again, I participated in the ropes course with the LENS students.
Bobbie conducted an IL class for the 32 students attending the LENS program on July 17. This year there are six project groups. Two groups partnered with Campus Kitchen at WFU while two other groups worked with WFU University Campus Garden. The other two groups were involved with the Shalom Project of Winston-Salem. The Shalom Project runs one of the largest food pantries in Winston-Salem.
As part of the IL class, students again were assigned library resources to retrieve from various locations in the library. This scavenger hunt also required students to answer three questions that were posted on the four whiteboards in Room 476. These whiteboards are great and so flexible! Also the new furniture and tables enhanced the learning experience this summer.
This year for the first time office hours were incorporated into the LENS schedule. The hours were announced to the students in advance. Several groups took advantage of these hours to receive research assistance. In addition to office hours, the week before their concluding ceremony and final presentations, we met with the students for two hours to assist them in mastering presentation software, creating their presentations and using the projection technology in the electronic classrooms.
On Friday, August 3, Bobbie and I attended the LENS Concluding Ceremony. During the buffet breakfast, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the parents who attended the program. As part of the ceremony, the six groups presented their solutions for their projects. All of the groups did an excellent job summarizing their projects. Hard work, enthusiasm, creativity, and team work contributed to the overall success of each group’s presentation.The ceremony concluded with an entertaining video of the 2012 program. This was a great group of students, and we hope that they enjoyed their three-week experience at WFU.
-Bobbie Collins and Hu Womack (mostly Bobbie!)
Thanks to the efforts of the ZSR Library Administration, we now have tables and seating for 16 in study rooms 203A and 12 in 203B behind Starbucks, and more furniture is on the way! Thanks to everyone helping get the new furniture placed and the existing furniture relocated! I’ll post photos of new tables and chairs as they arrive! It’s going to be a busy and exciting summer at ZSR! Stay tuned!