Writing Center News

UWC Director leaves for position at Texas State University

After 13 years with the University Writing Center (UWC), Dr. Candace Hastings is leaving Texas A&M to become the Director of Faculty Development at Texas State University in San Marcos. 

In her time at the UWC, Hastings was responsible for overseeing a number of signficant projects, including the creation of the center's unique scheduling software, developed in conjunction with Texas A&M University's Information Technology's Solutions and Support department. Hastings also implemented many procedures for improving the training and supervision of the consultant staff, which now includes approximately 50 undergraduate and graduate students. Hastings also mentored many graduate students in her role at the UWC, and videos of her workshops for grad students, including "Get Lit with Dr. Candace Hastings," have won wide appeal on the UWC's YouTube channel, receiving hundreds of thousands of views. However, it is the achievements of the students she taught and advised, including both UWC clients and consultants, that will certainly be her most significant legacy. 

The UWC wishes Dr. Hastings all the best at Texas State. 

UWC offers Spotify writing playlists

The UWC is now on Spotify as "writeradio." We've put together a number of writing-friendly playlists, designed to help you coax your words on to the page. 

The idea for the playlists came from UWC administrator Nick Cenegy, who often has music playing softly in the background when he leads a writing group. Students mentioned how much they liked having the music on, which inspired him to create a number of instrumental playlists to use as background for writing sessions.

Several other administrators have now added their playlists to the UWC's Spotify account as well. For instance, there's one called "Club U Dub C" and another called "Write It Up, Turn It Loose."

So, the next time you need to get in a writing frame of mind, check out Writeradio on Spotify.

UWC debuts new rap video: "Plagiarize"

Our latest music video explores the dangers of plagiarism. The UWC's own MC Grammar Punch teams up with his buddy Big Punz to help an Aggie writer avoid the plagiarist's world of sloppy citations, lazy notetaking, and inappropriate cutting and pasting--all in a musical homage to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWzhNyUAJvo

"Can't Write This" video on USA Today's college edition

The UWC's latest rap video, "Can't Write This," made quite a splash yesterday, getting picked up by USA Today's college-focused website, college.usatoday.com. It was featured on the site's home page, as well as under their "Dare You Not To Smile" banner. The video was also released on all of the UWC's social media outlets, receiving more than 60 shares on Facebook.

A UWC consultant--a graduate student dubbed "M.C. Grammar Punch"--wrote the lyrics, to the tune of M.C. Hammer's "Can't Touch This," and also performed the rap. The video was shot on campus and highlights some prominent Texas A&M landmarks. Two other consultants are also featured in the video, which shows how a student, overwhelmed by a lengthy writing assignment, successfully completes his paper, thanks to help from a writing center consultant. The video was directed, filmed, and edited by UWC staffers. A slightly longer version of the video was also played for incoming Aggies at Fish Camp this past summer, as an introduction to writing center services.

You can watch the video here: http://youtu.be/5TrHskQZrjw?list=UUx4ZRP8E8UGV4poLm3HSeYQ

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