Writing Center News

IWCA Summer Institutes meets in Bryan

This week, administrators from writing centers all around the U.S.--and even a few from outside the U.S.--are meeting here in Aggieland to take part in the International Writing Centers Association's Summer Institute. The program offers writing center directors, other writing center administrators, tutors, and writing center researchers a week of intensive discussion and reflection on the unique work conducted by writing centers. This year's theme is "Designing Your Center," and participants are considering that in a variety of ways, including contemplating the role that writing centers fill in their larger institutions.

During their time here, the Institute's attendees are touring both the UWC and the Blinn Writing Center. They're also doing some hands-on projects to help them reimagine the spaces occupied by writing centers, both literally and figuratively.

We're looking forward to a great week of exchanging ideas!

Dr. Candace Hastings to serve as UWC director

Dr. Candace Hastings has been promoted to the position of director of the University Writing Center (UWC). Hastings will manage the day-to-day operation of the UWC under Dr. Valerie Balester, assistant provost for Undergraduate Studies who will continue to oversee both the UWC and the Academic Success Center. 

Hastings, who has been the UWC's associate director since 2006, earned her Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration from Texas A&M in 2010. Before coming to the UWC, she was the assistant director for Instructional Technology Services at A&M. She also previously served as the Dean of Distance Education at Blinn College and has many years of teaching experience in both traditional and online environments. She also serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M. 

Congratulations, Dr. Hastings! 

Come to Final Paper Countdown!

On Sunday, May 1st and Monday, May 2nd, the University Writing Center will once again host a Final Paper Countdown.

This undergraduate writing retreat is designed to help students complete their final papers and projects for the semester. Students can sign up for a one- to four-hour block of time to come and write in Evans Library, Room 211.

The UWC will provide a quiet place to work, free snacks and drinks, and access to both writing consultants and librarians to answer any questions that arise. Reserve your spot today!

The event will run from 5 p.m. to midnight both nights. Walk-ins will be accepted, space permitting.

UWC Announces Winners of the 2016 Aggie Voices Contest

The UWC is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Aggie Voices Contest.

Hattie Atkins took top prize in the Argumentative/Persuasive Category with her piece, "The Gift That Keeps on Giving," urging more people to sign up as organ donors. Atkins is a freshman with plans to study nursing.

In addition, two top prizes were awarded in the Creative Category. Catherine Caprio won for her flash fiction piece, "Picture of Paradise" and Sarah Fleming won for "Camilla," the opening piece to a novel she's writing.

The three winners each receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

The winners were selected by the members of the W and C Course Committee. Students were invited to submit entries, including both written and multi-media works, in one of three categories: Argumentative/Persuasive, Creative, and Scientific/Technical. The judges felt that the entries in the Scientific/Technical category fell short of their standards, so they elected not to award a winner in that category but rather to award two entries in the more competitive Creative category.

Thanks to all those who submitted their work and congratulations to our winners!


Open House set for Friday, April 8th

The UWC will be one of 7 units represented at the Undergraduate Studies Open House set for this Friday, April 8th from 2 to 4 p.m. Aggies and their parents are encouraged to stop by Rudder Tower for free food and give-aways. We hope everyone will join us for this fun kick-off to Parents' Weekend!

UWC hiring a graphic designer

The UWC is seeking a student graphic designer for the coming school year. The ideal candidate will be experienced with both Illustrator and PhotoShop and be comfortable designing for both online and print. Photography skills are also a plus! You also need to be organized and able to work independently.

Under the guidance of a UWC administrator, you'll design fliers, web banners, signs, brochures, marketing items, and t-shirts. You'll also help to create instructional materials, as well as providing images for the UWC's multiple social media accounts. You'll work between 12 and 20 hours a week, planning your work hours around your class schedule.

The UWC offers a casual, collaborative, and creative work environment. This position is ideal for a young designer looking to build a comprehensive graphic design portfolio. Starting salary is $10 an hour.

Interested students should email Nancy Vazquez at nvazquez@tamu.edu. Please attach your current resume and include a link to samples of your previous design work, e.g., a personal website, Behance account, class blog. (If your work isn't online,  attach images with your email.) In your email, please indicate your major, GPR, expected graduation date, and why you think you'd be a good fit for this position.

The UWC is hiring for Fall 2016

The UWC is currently taking applications for both undergraduate and graduate student consultants, to begin work in Fall 2016. If you have excellent writing and speaking skills and enjoy helping others learn, this might be the ideal on-campus job for you.

All of our consultants earn certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, and we pay you for the time you spend training. We offer a creative and supportive work environment and are committed to helping our student workers become leaders.

We'll begin conducting interviews in April, so apply now!

Midterm Madness happens February 28th & 29th

It's the halfway point of the semester, which means Midterm Madness is upon us.

While that term might describe your mood this week, it's also the name of the UWC's undergraduate writing retreat.

Rather than holing up alone in your apartment or dorm room to churn out all those papers and projects, why not come to Evans and write with your fellow Aggies? We'll provide a quiet space to work, plus free snacks and coffee, as well as access to UWC consultants and librarians. Not to mention, it's great motivation to work with other writers.

We'll be in Evans, Room 211 from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, February 28th and Monday, February 29th. Sign up today!

Remember: friends don't let friends write alone!

Make a Valentine with the UWC

The University Writing Center will be hosting a card-making event, open to all.

On Friday, February 12th, we'll be in the lobby of Evans Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with all the supplies you need to make a Valentine for someone you love. We'll even have writing consultants on hand to help you get the wording just right.

This annual event is a great way to relax between classes AND let someone special know you care.

Stop by on Friday and take a minute to profess your love to someone who matters!

Final (Paper) Countdown helps Ags finish strong

The UWC is once again hosting the Final (Paper) Countdown which invites Aggies to reserve a spot to come and write with us.

The increasingly-popular event is currently fully booked, but the UWC anticipates being able to accommodate some walk-in traffic as well.

The event, happening in Evans 211, from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, December 6th, and Monday, December 7th, offers undergrads a quiet place to come and work. Librarians and UWC writing consultants will be on hand to answer questions and snacks and coffee will be provided, all free of charge.

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