Writing Center News

Faculty Workshop looks at visual communication

Visual communication will be the focus for this summer's UWC faculty workshop, set for Friday, July 10th.

The new TAMU core curriculum and the TAMU Undergraduate Learning Outcomes both call for greater attention to oral, written, and visual communication. The Eyes Have It: Teaching Visual Communication, a faculty workshop sponsored by the University Writing Center, will focus on teaching students to use visuals effectively in their own work.

We will meet in Evans Library, Room 211, from 8:30 am to noon on Friday, July 10. From the Department of English and the University Writing Center, Dr. Valerie Balester will cover the rhetoric of visuals and using visuals to support an argument; Dr. Sue Geller of Mathematics will cover helping students understand how to create accurate and ethical visuals and different ways to present the same data visually; and Dr. Shari Yvon-Lewis of Oceanography will cover how visual communication changes with different manners of presentation (such as papers, posters, and presentations) and for different genres or styles. The workshop is open to all faculty or graduate instructors; space is limited, however, so register now to reserve a space.  A light breakfast will be served.

Registration is now open.

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

Welcome to the UWC's new website!

As you've probably noticed, our website now has a brand new look! The site still has all the same great content, but we've given everything a clean, fresh style and made it easier than ever to find what you're looking for.

Note: The address for the home page hasn't changed, but you may need to update your bookmarks for other pages.

Thanks to designer Alison Vellas for our new look, Adrian Salazar and his colleagues at PITO for their many hours of work getting things up and running, and UWC administrator Lauren McAuliffe for the painting that graces our home page.
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