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ZSR Hosts Biggest HvZ Event to Date!

Monday, September 1, 2014 12:49 pm

Thanks to some heavy marketing of Humans v Zombies during orientation (an OG&B ad, a mention at Project Wake: Civility, and a mention at Faculty House Calls) along with our huge HvZ event in mid-August for Worldwide Wake and SPARC, there was quite a large group of students eager to participate in Friday night’s Humans v Zombies event in ZSR! We had over 200 students attend!

I want to thank the volunteers, Susan Smith, Tim Mitchell, David Link, Mary Beth Lock, Le’Ron Byrd, and Chris Burris (for Tweeting!) We were excited that Dr. Adam Goldstein, who had come to an earlier HvZ with is kids this summer, returned and spoke to the students! Additionally, a few other staff brought their kids to join in the event! I also want to thank Brandon West, our student leader, who took over this year from HvZ founder, John Walsh! We started around 7:30pm, played three fast games and ended by 9pm!

As always, a big thanks to the Student Activities Fund for supporting these events! These events are truly a team effort! Check out the wonderful photos from the event (courtesy of Susan Smith) on the Library’s Flickr site!

Summer 2014 Recap of “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events at ZSR!

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:09 am

Last summer, the Library began hosting “Humans V. Zombies” and “Capture the Flag” events for the LENS summer program, the new students who attend Summer II, and both the SPARC and International students who come to campus early! This year, we continued those programs, with a June “Capture the Flag” event for the 51 LENS students, a Humans V. Zombies event for the LENS and Ben Franklin Fellows, which totaled just over 100 students, and a Humans V. Zombies event on July 18th for the new student athletes and new Bridge students, a group of about 50 students!

On Monday, August 18th, we will host a Humans V. Zombies event for the SPARC students and Worldwide Wake students, and on Friday, August 29th, we will host HvZ for the new students as one of the last orientation events! Thanks to Le’Ron Byrd, who has already worked two of these events with me this summer, and to Mary Beth Lock who worked last Friday’s event! Thanks to everyone in ZSR who makes it possible for us to sponsor these events!

Understanding Hunger At Home: A WFU United Way Impact Tour

Friday, June 6, 2014 11:25 am

On Wednesday June 4th, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Monesha Staton, and I were fortunate to be three of 60 people from Wake Forest University who participated in a United Way Impact Tour entitled “Understanding Hunger at Home.” This event was designed to raise awareness about the United Way as one of two campus wide community campaigns that Wake Forest engages in each year (the other being the Arts Council campaign). The WakeUnited cabinet believes it is important to offer these activities and opportunities for people on campus to engage with United Way (or at least hear about it!) before the campaign begins in October.

The tour focused on understanding the scope of hunger in Forsyth County by visiting a wide-array of service providers who are on the ground addressing the issue of food access and hunger. We heard about the current response to the immediate hunger needs of our neighbors and learned about root causes and challenges to solving hunger and how United Way is aligning resources and creating partnerships to address these root issues. The program ended with a facilitated discussion on the challenges and opportunities that can help solve hunger in Forsyth County.

On Thursday, June 26th from noon to 1:30 PM there will be another United Way Impact tour on “Childhood Obesity and Youth Tobacco Prevention” where participants will learn how the United Way and partners are working together to promote overall wellness for our community’s young people. Participants will meet in the Gateway YWCA parking lot (1300 S. Main Street) to board the bus and depart at noon to for this community impact tour. A boxed lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending that event, let me know, and I’ll send you the calendar invitation to register!

Folk Night @ ZSR

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 am

By Lauren Suffoletto

When I began planning Friday Nights @ ZSR with several library colleagues, we knew that it would be an experiment. The series has promoted fun events after hours in the library throughout the spring semester. We knew that there was potential for the library to think outside the box, and bring new ways for the Wake Forest community to engage with one another.

And this is what our last event in the series set out to do. Last Friday evening, the library hosted “Folk Night @ ZSR,” a concert in the Outdoor Reading Room near Tribble Courtyard. The space was transformed, and had the atmosphere of an outdoor café.

It was a warm, beautiful spring night. Around 120 people came out to hear amazing folk artists share their music. Student Organizations including The Nya Nya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades hosted a massive bake sale to fund raise and increase awareness about their groups supporting global causes. Starbucks stayed open late for patrons.

 

Bake Sale to Benefit The Nyanya Project, Girl Up UN, and Global Brigades!

 

The first band, Kozak & The Poets, featured Thomas Kozak, who led the band vocally and on acoustic. He was joined by Zack Koontz on drums, Kory Riemensperger on bass, Michael Anderson on the piano. The second group to perform was The Minor Circle, a group derived of members from the well-known bluegrass band, The Unbroken Circle. Jordan Lee led the group on the guitar and vocals. He was joined by Ella and Bailey Allman, (with special guest appearance by Joe Allman on bass for “Atlantic City”), Jodi Hildebran, William Huesman, and Sara Pesek.

 

Minor Circle is comprised of performers from The Unbroken Circle.

As the sun went down, the space was beautifully lit for the talented headliner, Asheville singer-songwriter Sarah Tucker. The crowd, delighted by warm weather, yummy treats, and even sweeter conversation, gathered around to watch her perform. People raved about the ambiance the evening provided, and the performance was certainly a crowd pleaser. Not only does Friday Nights @ ZSR have the potential to grow, but as Folk Night proved, the Outdoor Reading Room provides a unique space for the library to engage with the Wake Forest community!

Beautiful Night for Folk Night

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 pdc.wfu.edu/event/7584.

Extreme Outreach: #bigdisrupt and Connections & Conversations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:38 pm

This has been the Year of Outreach at ZSR. We have tried a number of different modes of outreach, from ZSRx to Dean’s List Gala to the alternative break Staycation. The latest two outreach activities were very ambitious in scope: a campus-wide symposium on the future of higher education, dubbed The Big Disruption: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and an alumni weekend called Connections and Conversations. I will explain each.

#bigdisrupt was the hashtag created for the event that started with an idea from Bob Hebert, as chair of the Staff Development Committee. He was looking for a program to offer in collaboration with the Librarians’ Assembly Mentoring Committee. When they consulted with me on the idea for a program on the future of higher education, I advised that it become a larger, university-wide event with high level speakers. We eventually settled on a panel of three speakers: Provost Rogan Kersh, Vice President for OPCD Andy Chan, and Mike Riley, a Wake Forest alum who is currently the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. I was happy to serve as moderator of the panel. We drew in assistance from the Library Lecture Series experts, as well as Barry and Kevin and Lauren Suffaletto. As usual, it takes the whole ZSR village to put on a show!

Nearly 200 people attended the event and by all accounts, it was a great success! I framed the question with preliminary remarks, mentioning how the changes we have seen in libraries foreshadow the changes coming to higher education. Then I asked a series of questions on topics such as MOOCs, value of a liberal arts degree, tenure, unsustainable costs, changing demographics, admissions, and the failure of the model. Panelists knew the general topics in advance, but did not know what their individual questions would be. Audience members asked hard questions during the Q&A and a lively twitter feed ran throughout.

Barry recorded the entire event, which you can find here. Charles took these photographs (thank you, Charles).

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Connections and Conversations started with a suggestion from an alumnus and member of the Board of Visitors. He said that not all Wake Forest alums come back for Homecoming and other events centered around sports. He wondered if the University could offer a weekend back on campus around intellectual topics, where they could engage with faculty on ideas, just like the old days. That sounded so worthwhile that I offered to work with the Alumni Office to make it happen. We wanted it to take place in ZSR so that alums who had not seen the library in a while could witness the changes that had happened over the years. We chose the theme of “well-being” because of its central importance to the university. I recruited six faculty and staff speakers around the 8 dimensions of well-being. Provost Kersh, Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, and Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland were the keynote speakers. We added tours of the new buildings on campus and Reynolda House for variety. Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson was a crowd favorite at the opening reception on Friday night at Graylyn.

Feedback has been been extremely positive from the attendees. They loved being on campus and interacting with faculty and students again. They said we should do it every year! I offer my deepest gratitude to Pat Boone from Alumni Services, Lauren S, Barry and Susan for spending their Saturday on this event. For more pictures, you may view Susan’s Flickr set here (thank you, Susan).

ZSR Hosts Staycation

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:58 pm

During spring break, The Office of Service and Social Action in Campus Life offers a program known as Wake Alternative Break (WAB). This program provides a number of service trips, both domestic and international. (See this WFU news story to learn about the most recent WAB trips.)

Over the past few months, a group of staff at ZSR and Campus Life collaborated to create a “Staycation,” a WAB trip offered to students who do not leave campus during spring break.

The Staycation took place Sunday, March 9th until Friday, March 14th. The trip was themed broadly around “Literacy”- (specifically language, technology, and information literacy). Six students, led by their student leaders Hannah Duane and Nora Kane, served their community and spent their afternoons volunteering at El Buen Pastor in Winston-Salem. During the morning however, they engaged in sessions with ZSR Staff.

The trip was packed with fun programs and events, and I had the privilege to coordinate and participate in many of them. I would like to share a few highlights from this fantastic week!

On the first night, ZSR hosted a kick-off pizza party after hours. The students loved being in the library late at night, and spent hours searching through the topographical maps of southeastern states that were offered!

On Monday morning, the Staycationers met with librarian Amanda Foster, and participated in her Lib-100 class. This was followed by a bell tower tour at the top of Wait Chapel. Associate Dean Susan Smith and I joined the students, and I was thrilled that we were not only able to go to the very top, but we were able to play “Dear Old Wake Forest” on the actual bells!

On Tuesday the Staycationers met with Director of Special Collections, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, and got a behind-the-scenes tour of Special Collections. They were enthused by the library’s vast collection, and were very surprised to learn about all the work that goes in to acquisitions, exhibitions, and preservation of rare books.

Our very own Hu and Roz kicked off a bright and bubbly Wednesday morning session on “all things Zotero,” which the students found extremely helpful! Wake Forest Fellow Linsday Schneider and I took the students to lunch at The Loop to discuss leadership, the meaning of pro-humanitate, and the importance of work-life balance in college. After a crazy afternoon thunderstorm, I met with the students for dinner at ZSR after hours again, and we proceeded to Creekside Bowling for some fun bonding time!

On the last day of the trip the students met with research librarian Sarah Jeong, and learned all about her knowledge and expertise on the sciences! Shortly after, the Staycationers went to Hanging Rock State Park to hike together. It was a gorgeous Friday afternoon!

I was so excited the group posted reflections from the week on their Tumblr. The social media presence was entertaining, and the students created #staycation #stayawesome together.

We are so happy that the students had a wonderful trip filled with opportunities to learn and serve. I hope that Staycation becomes a tradition between ZSR and Campus Life!

An Enchanted Evening: The Dean’s List Gala

Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:19 pm

By Lauren Suffoletto, Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library

My experience as the Wake Forest Fellow at ZSR Library this year has been phenomenal. I have loved every opportunity to work on library events, student outreach, and fundraising initiatives. While it would be difficult for me to pick a favorite, the most memorable moment of the year occurred on Friday evening, February 28th in the library atrium.

Atrium is Gala Ready

It all began during a brainstorming discussion among Library colleagues. I discussed my experiences as an undergraduate at Wake in relation to the Friday Nights @ ZSR initiative, which promotes hosting events after hours at the library on Friday evenings. “Students who make the Dean’s List are sent a congratulatory email,” I explained to them. “It would be neat to host a reception in the Library that honors their academic achievement!” Thus, the Dean’s List Gala was created. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, it was an exceptional event, as many of these students call ZSR their second home, and spend much of their undergraduate experience studying here.

It was an enchanted Friday evening. The atrium space betwinkled from floor to ceiling, transformed into a formal reception hall filled with flowers, bistro tables, and the sound of upbeat jazz. About 300 students, family members, and faculty gathered in the atrium to honor seniors who achieved the Dean’s List during their junior and senior years. Waiters strolled through the crowed to pass hors’ d’oeuvres and Arnold Palmers were served. Each senior was given a commemorative bookmark handmade on the Library letterpress, and their names flashed on our new digital signage congratulating them for their achievements. Students were delighted to see their names appear on the screen, and took pictures next to the board, proudly celebrating with their families.

At the Gala

Christy Buchanan, Associate Dean for Academic Advising and Lynn Sutton, our very own Dean of ZSR Library, gave remarks, and led everyone in a sparkling cider toast to the seniors. It was a memorable moment, and it embodied the caring, academic spirit that fills Wake Forest.

 

A Toast to the Dean's List Seniors

There are so many library and university colleagues who helped make this joyous event possible. The Library is grateful for the Office of the Dean of the College, Office of Parents Programs, and the Division of Campus Life for their contributions and support to the gala. Several Library faculty and staff played essential roles in all aspects of event planning and programming, and I cannot thank them enough for supporting this idea with such enthusiasm!

President Nathan Hatch and his wife Julie attended the entire event, and predicted it will become a new Wake Forest tradition. Dean Sutton proclaimed the night a spectacular success. The future of the Dean’s List Gala is bright, and I will be excited to see how this event expands over the years!

 

 

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: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjS3E5Gv

 

Read with ZSR on Goodreads!

Monday, December 9, 2013 2:22 pm

ZSR is a building full of avid readers and you can often catch ZSR library faculty and staff chatting about books before meetings, at parties, during lunch, in our sleep :)

In an effort to extend those conversations to the wider world, ZSR has launched our own account on Goodreads, the social reading site, where we hope to share what we are reading with others. You do not have to be a member of Goodreads to follow our lists of books – just visit our profile page. If you are on Goodreads, we’d love to have you as a friend.

So far we have the following reading lists up and going with more to come! If you have suggestions for any of these lists, leave them in the comments or send us a message on Goodreads. Happy Reading!!


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