Writing Center News


Explorations accepting submissions


Undergraduate Aggies are encouraged to submit work to Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. This is an excellent publication opportunity for undergrads engaged in scholarly work.

Articles should be of interest to a general audience and based on the student's own academic work. Proposals of no more than 250 words are due by Thursday, January 29th at noon and may be from any discipline. Group projects are permitted.

Work will be considered via a multi-stage review process. Those accepted for publication will appear in the Fall 2015 issue of Explorations. Creative pieces will be accepted until Wednesday, March 5th.

Full submission guidelines are available at tx.ag/SubmitToExplorations

UWC announces Aggie Voices Undergraduate Writing & Video Contest


The University Writing Center is sponsoring the Aggie Voices Writing & Video Contest, which recognizes outstanding work done by undergraduate at Texas A&M. Submissions can be on any subject (creative or scholarly) and can be created specifically for the contest or be work done for a class. The winners of each division (writing & video) will each receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Entries will be judged by the faculty members of the W and C Course Advisory Committee.

Students are allowed (and encouraged) to get help on their entries from the University Writing Center.

"We've been sponsoring this contest for several years now," said UWC Executive Director Valerie Balester. "We think it's a great way to recognize the excellent work being done by undergraduates at Texas A&M. We know we have talented and hard-working writers on campus, creating outstanding creative and scholarly work. And in the age of YouTube, students are also increasingly comfortable creating videos, whether for a class or just out of their own creative drive. So we have one division for writing and one for videos."

The deadline for submitting work is 5 p.m., on Tuesday, February 3. Winners will be announced in April. See full contest submission guidelines here.
 

"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.

Maroon & Write Drawing celebrates Undergraduate Studies Week

From September 15th until midnight September 18th, Aggie undergrads can enter to win one of 10 great prizes in our 2nd Annual Maroon & Write Drawing.

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD Tablet
First Prize: Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

In addition, 4 lucky undergrads will win a Mr. Coffee Programmable Coffeemaker and 4 others will win a Calendar White Board.

Aggie undergrads can stop by the UWC to enter or enter online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maroonandwrite2014.  Students can also stop by our table at the MSC's 12th Man Hall from 1 to 4 p.m., September 17th and 18th to sign up. 

Winners will be announced Friday, September 19th. You must be an Aggie undergrad with a valid UIN to win. Entries must be received by midnight, September 18th.
 

Introducing the PLACE for English conversation

The UWC is pleased to introduce a new program for international students.

The Practice Listening and Conversational English (PLACE) Program allows students to work with the same consultant for up to 5 sessions as they improve their English through conversation. It’s our hope that being paired with the same consultant over multiple sessions will allow students to improve their English fluency in a relaxed and comfortable manner.  Each appointment will last up to 45 minutes with the students determining the nature of the discussion. Students signing up for the program are encouraged to focus on the topics that most concern them and to bring specific questions to their sessions.

Once the 5 sessions have been completed, students are welcome to reapply to the PLACE program.

To apply. fill out the form on our PLACE information page. For more deatils, contact us.

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