The author of this segment (that’s me!) is a Psychology major and Music minor. I am currently enrolled in 12 credits at the University of Central Missouri. Although this may not seem like much, my classes are far from my only responsibility. On top of struggling to maintain my straight A average, I am a leader of the official a Cappella group on campus, RainbowTones, and the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). I also work 15 hours a week as a tutor at UCM’s friendly neighborhood writing center. As if that weren’t enough to do already, I also attempt to maintain a regular exercise regimen, socialize with friends, spend time with my boyfriend, and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. If you don’t already know who I am… I’m not surprised. I’m probably just a blur on the sidewalk at this point. Hi, my name is Karyna Kakareka, and this is Time Management: the story of how I manage to *not* spontaneously combust on a regular basis. I will be posting tips on how to manage time effectively every other Wednesday for the foreseeable future (because apparently I just had too much free time on my hands as it was). I look forward to sharing my wisdom, and I hope that my suggestions help all of our lovely readers survive the school year.
by Julia Landrum
Carry Nation graduated from Warrensburg State Normal School (UCM long before it was named UCM).
So, What is the big deal about Carry Nation? Have you Heard about her and want to learn more? Do you know anything about her? (read on)
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The UCM community is discussing the singular they. Feel free to leave comments below.
The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 6. March 7, 2012. YouTube. Web. June 28, 2016.
Heather Hughes, our very own co-director, recently compiled the 2015-2016 Annual Report, which shows just how much we at the UCM Writing Center really do.
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The UCM Writing Center summer team read Stephen M. North's "The Idea of a Writing Center" (1984) as a collaborative professional development and brainstorming effort. Here are the highlights.
"[Writing centers represent] the marriage of what are arguably the two most powerful contemporary perspectives on teaching writing: first, that writing is most usefully viewed as a process; and second, that writing curricula need to be student-centered. This new writing center, then, defines its province not in terms of some curriculum, but in terms of the writers it serves." (p. 438)
"[I]n a writing center the object is to make sure that writers, and not necessarily their texts, are what get changed by instruction. In axiom form it goes like this: Our job is to produce better writers, not better writing." (p. 438, emphasis added)
"[A]ny plan of action the tutor follows . . . will not derive from a generalized model of composing, or be based on where the student ought to be because she is a freshman or sophomore, but will begin from where the student is, and move where the student moves." (p. 439)
In sum, writing centers strive to be student-centered spaces where writers gain confidence and skills to not just better their current papers but to better themselves as writers, and in turn, to better their future projects as well.
During our Peer Tutoring in the Writing Center class, we were taught this principle without knowing where it came from. It's enlightening to see how writing centers across the country share common goals.
Thanks for giving us a little direction, North. Pun totally intended.
North, S. M. (1984). The idea of a writing center. College English, 46(5), 433-446. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/377047
UCM students, please help us plan our fall schedule by filling out this short, four-question survey and letting us know what kind of events you are interested in.
Stop by and say hi to Writing Center Consultants Julia Landrum and Leah Madsen (not pictured) in the Elliot Student Union at summer orientation for incoming UCM students! Learn more about the Writing Center's services and receive a free pen and bookmark.
June 1-2 11am-12pm
June 3 11:30am-12pm
June 7-11 11am-12pm
June 25 11am-12pm
July 29 11am-12pm
August 5 11:30am-12pm
The Writing Center can help you join the culture of scholarship through the mindful use of references and citations.
If you've ever wished a computer could write your essays, this talk from Oscar Schwartz offers some examples of computer generated text. Would you trust these programs to do your homework?
In cooperation with the Honors College, the UCM Writing Center has opened a satellite location in the Houts/Hosey West Campus Resource Lounge. All students are welcome, and no appointments are necessary.The site offers one-on-one writing instruction on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 7-9. Please share this information widely with students and colleagues!
UCM undergraduate and Writing Center consultant Aaron Henson has published two poems in 2015. The first, “Where Conversation Goes to Die” was featured in the independent e-journal, Straight Forward Poetry. You can purchase the volume as a digital download.
Henson’s second poem, “Molecules” appeared in the summer edition of MacGuffin.
Henson, who moved from writing lyrics for punk bands to writing poetry, finds inspiration in the work of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Frank O’ Hara, and Ezra Pound. According to Henson, Ginsberg and Burroughs pioneered a punk sensibility by showing that things are beautiful—by destroying those things.
Starting October 28th, The Writing Center will host Grammar Happy Hour every Wednesday from 4-6. During Happy Hour, grammar experts from across campus will offer one-on-one and small group instruction on the sentence-level fundamentals of formal academic writing. Snacks and hot chocolate will be served.
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