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Humans v Zombies – Spring Semester 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:17 pm

HvZ Group Portrait #2

On Friday, February 7th 2014, from 7-9pm, the ZSR Library held its 9th “Humans v Zombies” event. We’ve hosted these once a semester since the Fall of 2011 and last summer we hosted two HvZ events for summer students and international students. Of the approximately 120 students who attended, a little over 30 of them were students at Chapel Hill who made a three-hour drive to attend our two-hour event. One staff member even brought her six-year-old nephew and escorted him through the zombie horde!

Students played two games in two hours and polished off ten pizzas, a dozen bottles of cola and several gallons of ice water. This was the last game of HvZ for John Walsh, the founder of this new tradition in ZSR, and we were happy it was such a successful event! John has passed the torch to student, Brandon West, who will keep the tradition going. Thanks to ZSR Ambassadors, John Walsh and Skylar Marker, and ZSR Staff, Susan Smith, Mary Beth Lock, Tim Mitchell, David Link and Chris Burris for all their help running this event. Special Thanks to the Student Activities Fund for their support of these events! You can check out photos from the event at:


ASERL Webinar: “Creative Commons: Open Education, Open Access, and Librarians”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:51 pm

On Wednesday, January 22nd, I attended an ASERL webinar led by Cable Green on “CreativeCommons: Open Education, Open Access, and Librarians.” I am a huge fan of Creative Commons, I always have a CC sticker on my laptop! This was a great review of the organization and the licenses, but I also learned about many open educational resources (OER) and how OER has grown now that data is often cheap and we can often share that information! Below are some key links that may prove useful if you are interested in OER!

Pizza and a Movie @ ZSR!

Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:55 pm

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!

Humans v Zombies – Fall 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:56 pm

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)

Big Games at ZSR!

Monday, September 2, 2013 2:51 pm

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 ( 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 ( 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!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:31 am

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!

Humans v Zombies-The Zombie Horde is Growing!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:39 pm

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!

HvZ Chart

HvZ Chart

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!


Capture the Flag, Spring 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:19 pm

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!

Human v. Zombies, Take Three!

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:14 am

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: and learn more about Capture the Flag and Humans v. Zombies as well as other new WFU tradition at:

Capture the Flag @ ZSR

Sunday, September 2, 2012 2:06 pm

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!

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