ZSR Ambassadors

ZSR Ambassadors is a one-year student leadership opportunity that allows a group of students to make a lasting impact on campus. What do ZSR Ambassadors do?

2019-2020 Ambassadors

We asked our Ambassadors, “what should new students know about ZSR?”

  • Nathan Allen

    Nathan Allen

    The good insect books are in the Reynolds Wing basement, the good philosophy books are in the Wilson Wing basement, and I guess the fact that there are two wings of the library in general!

  • Gina Beyer

    Gina Beyer

    I am a rising sophomore from Pennsylvania and plan to double major in International Affairs and Politics as well as Finance. On campus, along with being an ambassador, I am a campus tour guide, a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, and I am a Young Life leader at Reagan High School. I’m so excited to tell people how incredible ZSR is! New students should know that ZSR isn’t an intimidating place- it’s the perfect place to study, hang out, grab a coffee, and learn!!

  • Gretchen Boyles

    Gretchen Boyles

    I’m a junior History major with minors in Politics and Communications, and I am from Kings Mountain, NC. You can catch me in a few music ensembles on campus, and I love to destress by crocheting and watching Netflix with friends. One thing that new students should know about ZSR is just how versatile of a resource it is. Whether you need help writing a paper, space for a group project, help with researching a topic for a class, assistance finding a specific book, or even just a place to meet people for coffee, ZSR is the place to be. It’s the biggest resource on campus for students, so utilize it as much as you possibly can!

  • Maya Dalton

    Maya Dalton

    Hello! I’m a Sophomore from Fairmont, WV and planning to study Politics & International Affairs & Communication. I’m involved in Greek Life and Student Government, work as a tour guide and at the Circulation Desk here in ZSR, and am the Marketing Director for the Office of Wellbeing! New students should know that ZSR is full of resources — from the Writing Center, to study rooms, research librarians, media room, and much more. It’s also easily accessible online if you can’t stop by the building!

  • Hannah DeMaioNewton

    Hannah DeMaioNewton

    Secretary 2019-2020

    I am a sophomore working towards becoming a doctor. I am passionate about health advocacy, art, and food. When I’m not studying, planning for the Bioethics Club, or working at the Hanes Art Gallery, you can find me snacking on some queso from Moe’s or swinging on the tree swings near Scales. ZSR offers much more than opportunities for research or cozy and collaborative study spaces; ZSR is a central meeting location for advancing Wake Forest students’ and faculty members’ missions. While ZSR is a great place to study and get work done, the atmosphere that Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff have cultivated here over time represents the unity and determination to benefit others that define the Wake Forest community. As you spend more time in ZSR, pay close attention to the little details, like the art vending machine, murals, and mini library book exchange box tucked into a corner of ZSR’s side entrance, that show us just how integral our library is to our community.

  • Megan Gast

    Megan Gast

    New students should know that ZSR is here to help them with whatever they need. I know it is intimidating, especially if you are a freshman, to ask for help but that is their job! Actually read and pay attention to the lists of services ZSR has to offer because those services WILL save you time and stress throughout your college career!

  • Layla Ghiai

    Layla Ghiai

    President 2019-2020

    I’m a biology major and interdisciplinary writing minor from Tampa, Florida. My favorite thing about the ZSR is that it’s a whole lot bigger on the inside than on the outside so it’s a pleasant surprise when you walk through the ZSR’s doors. I think it’s important for new students to know that ZSR is not just a physical resource but also an online resource for them to use. The ZSR website provides citation guides, databases, and many other tools students will find useful in their research.

  • Natalie Graham

    Natalie Graham

    I’m a Chemistry and Spanish double major, so I spend a lot of time studying in the library alone or with a group. My favorite thing about ZSR is that students can reserve study rooms and checkout cables to connect a laptop to a presentation screen, which is perfect for group work! All new students should know about these resources!

  • Shosi Hansen

    Shosi Hansen

    ZSR is the place I go to get work done. I am wholly unproductive anywhere else. Maybe it’s being surrounded by so many books that spurs the productivity in me but the library is the easiest place to focus. I can get any type of book or resource there, whether for school or just for me. And I can feel the camaraderie as I’m cranking out my last minute assignments that I am not alone in my pursuit of knowledge. My favorite Wake memory so far has been Pitsgiving because I love food and I got to eat my bodyweight in food with some of my best friends.

  • Jenny Hua

    Jenny Hua

    One thing that new students should know about ZSR that it’s more than just a study space. It’s got great staff and faculty who are super friendly and helpful!

  • Victoria Iyonmana Oduwa

    Victoria Iyonmana Oduwa

    Vice President 2019-2020

    Hello! My name is Victoria Oduwa, and I am a sophomore at Wake! I was born in Bethesda Maryland and I spent my childhood in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. I arrived back at the states in 2013 and I am currently living with my grandmother in Memphis TN (Home of the blues and the BEST barbecue!) I am a current Engineering Major with a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Health and Wellness. A fun fact about me is that I come from one of the oldest Kingdoms still in existence! (The Benin Empire, which was founded in 1180AD). I can also trace my ancestry back to a mighty warrior named Osagie who was a champion of the Benin Empire! I believe that new students should know that ZSR is more than just a library. It is an ecosystem of curiosity. It is where you go to learn with yourself, for yourself and about yourself.

  • Kendall John

    Kendall John

    There’s a space that works for everyone in the library, no matter how you study! You can find an isolated spot to focus, or you can grab a whiteboard and write all over, or you can sit by Starbucks and smell the delicious coffee while seeing all your friends! I love constantly finding new places in ZSR because I love the variety and flexibility it gives me to get my work done but also relax.

  • Lillian Johnson

    Lillian Johnson

    When I was nervously moving in early freshman year, my parents and I visited ZSR. I fell in love upon seeing the view of Wait Chapel from the sixth floor windows and knew that the library would become my safe haven. My favorite class is a draw between History of the Book and Adolescent Literature. In true liberal arts fashion, both of these classes have allowed me to engage with interesting topics, like censorship, and to learn things I never thought I would, like bookbinding.

  • Dylan King

    Dylan King

    What should new students know about ZSR? ZSR has books! I think everybody knows this but I think lots of students (myself included, at one time) disregard hard copy sources when it comes to writing papers or working on projects. I’ve found lots of great resources for projects (from historic analyzes for an English class to technical math textbooks for a specialized project) just by spending 5 minutes and checking on the catalog.

  • Joe McPherson

    Joe McPherson

    My name is Joe McPherson, and I will be a sophomore here at Wake Forest University. I am from Mebane, North Carolina. I enjoy being active through hobbies such as running, hiking, and playing tennis. I enjoy eating at Cook Out, Panera, and Chick-fil-A (so if I’m not in the ZSR you can probably find me at one of those places). New students should know that the ZSR has a plethora of services available for assistance in writing. From the writing center, to Zotero access, to even workshops that educate students on how to use Zotero, the ZSR is here to help students succeed in all aspects of writing.

  • Suprene Mohamedzein

    Suprene Mohamedzein

    Book Reviews & Display Chair 2019-2020

    One thing new students should know about ZSR is that there are research librarians available that can help you find, evaluate, and obtain materials for the different kinds of academic projects you may encounter here at Wake. You can use the subject or course-specific research guides developed by these librarians to figure out where to start or you can schedule an appointment with a specific research librarian to meet in person. Whether you need help finding relevant research articles for your biology lab report or obtaining primary sources for your history paper, I highly recommend utilizing this resource at ZSR!

  • Lindsay Moran

    Lindsay Moran

    My favorite thing about ZSR has to be the people! Everyone is super nice and very willing to help. I have met some of my favorite people on campus through the library. Something new students should know about ZSR is just how many resources there are available! There are TONS of great academic resources, such as research librarians, Zotero workshops, citation help, but there are also non-academic things, like a movie room and fun events (Outbreak, Wake the Library). When I am not studying in the library, I like to paint, read, take care of my (30+) houseplants, and watch lots of crime TV shows.

  • Alison Nesbit

    Alison Nesbit

    I am a junior double major in Spanish and Communication. Something all Wake students should know is that you can make appointments with a librarian to have help finding sources for papers and research. The ZSR librarians are an amazing resource for research on all subjects and are always willing to help students. The best study spots in ZSR are the whiteboard tables you can take notes or outline essays on in the Reynolds Wing fourth floor Scholars Commons.

  • Ally Ponte

    Ally Ponte

    My name’s Ally and I’m from Newport, Rhode Island. I’m a sophomore and I’m interested in studying criminology, art history, and writing. I think all new students should know that the ZSR is not just a place to do homework. We have so many other resources in the library including the bridge, the writing center, the research librarians, and the one button studio. Everyone should go explore the ZSR at some point!

  • Jordan Rumford

    Jordan Rumford

    The library creates a very warm aura; between the librarians, the students, and the building itself I always feel at ease and comfortable. My Favorite Class so far is Chemistry 111. I’m a huge science lover so the class is always fun and intriguing.

  • Isabella Ryan

    Isabella Ryan

    Know that ZSR is a space for us. If you see a need, the library will be super responsive. Also, find a study spot! There are so many different spaces, I’m sure one will be perfect for you!

  • Julie Sun

    Julie Sun

    Secretary 2019-2020

    I’m Julie Sun, a sophomore. For new students, it is better to know that there is a room called ZSR Library Auditorium (room 404), in which scholars from all over the world would come and give lectures to students. These lectures cover different fields and are easy to be understood. So if newcomers find it hard to decide their major, then listen to these lectures might be a good starting point for them to discover their real interests.

  • Jonathan Trattner

    Jonathan Trattner

    I am a junior pursuing an interdisciplinary major in computational neuroscience. I grew up in Orlando, FL, and get asked if I’ve been to Disney more times than I’ve been to Disney. In my free time, I sleep, eat, and go to the gym to pick things up and put them back down. I think new students should know about the recliners in the Ziesta room that are great for napping during long nights!

  • Rebecca Walker

    Rebecca Walker

    The library is an amazing space on campus and a very big part of campus life. It’s the perfect place for studying, printing, renting a book, or just stopping by for a cup of coffee. For the past three years, I have also volunteered at the local Bookmarks festival, which brings people from the community together by hosting a wide range of authors.

What Do ZSR Ambassadors Do?

ZSR Ambassadors:

  • Suggest ways to improve the student experience within ZSR Library by participating in monthly meetings and focus groups
  • Publicize and work at library events, such as the Wake the Library, Dean’s List Gala, Find Your Nerd Herd, and guest lectures & exhibits
  • Promote library services and resources to students in residence halls, classes, and beyond

The ZSR Ambassador program provides undergraduate and graduate students with leadership skills, professional connections, project management, marketing skills and the opportunity to make a positive impact to the ZSR Library.