An eye on our students: LSAC student leaders reflect

The Libraries Student Advisory Council (LSAC) generates, drives and supports ideas for change relating to technology and space in the Libraries while offering student perspectives to the Dean’s decision-making processes. Jeffrey Guggenheim, Marty Kate Kuchers and Bryan Roberson, now all graduating seniors, were founding members.

Jeffrey Guggenheim ’17
Finance • Cincinnati, Ohio

Post-graduation plans: 
Working at Procter & Gamble Co.

Talk about your experience on the Libraries Student Advisory Council.
I have had the privilege of serving Miami students and the University Libraries as chairman. It was exciting to work with Dean Conley, the Libraries staff and the rest of the executive board to turn what started as a small council, without much consistency or many guidelines (but with extremely high expectations from the Dean), into a group that is clicking and accomplishing more each semester. Our most important contribution is establishing a permanent group invested in helping the Dean, the Libraries team and our fellow students shape the Miami Libraries into a premier library organization in the country. 

What role did the University Libraries play in your Miami Experience? 
Resources. Miami offers a world-class education that becomes super meaningful when you really like what you are doing. That was what the University Libraries did for me. Whenever I got really into an assignment, project, personal mission, etc., the Libraries had the resources (people, technology, information) that would help me complete my work at a high standard.

 

Mary Kate Kuchers ’17
Interactive Media Studies • Delaware, Ohio

Post-graduation plans: 
Intern with Campus Crusade for Christ overseas at the University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Montenegro. 

Talk about your experience on the Libraries Student Advisory Council.
I’ve served as secretary (and self-proclaimed director of spontaneity). Jeff, Bryan and I were with the council during its beginning stages. As we continued to meet, we saw the council start to take shape into what it is today. I’ve loved seeing students take on leadership in the council, planning events, following through on commitments and fostering a sense of community within our council and Miami as a whole. I’m hoping the council’s efforts continue to grow and play a major role as a proponent of the Miami’s Libraries.

What role did the University Libraries play in your Miami Experience? 
Freshman year, I basically lived in King Café – it was the place to be! Upstairs, I would buckle down and get work done. The ground-level is where I would hang out with my friends and casually do homework. The University Libraries helped me to understand how I study best while providing the atmosphere where I learned self-discipline and time management.


Bryan Roberson ’17

Accounting • Twinsburg, Ohio

Post-graduation plans: 
Working at Ernst & Young in Cleveland in the Risk Advisory Program.

Talk about your experience on the Libraries Student Advisory Council.
I have served on the Advisory Board as the vice chair since spring of my freshman year. In this position, I am responsible for providing input to the Dean and executive council on ventures within the Libraries and for presiding over council meetings in the absence of the chair. I also sit on the facilities committee, which is tasked with providing recommendations on enhancing the overall library experience by creating a safe and collaborative space.

What role did the University Libraries play in your Miami Experience? 
The University Libraries have been a place for learning, for gathering, for laughing and for teaming. I can think back to a time freshman year studying for hours for an art final, a time holding interviews and meetings with the executive board of my business fraternity, a time going out of my way to get a peach smoothie from King Café. The Libraries have served as a strong means to any end that I have worked to achieve during my time at Miami. They are integral elements to a Miami student’s success.