Writing Center Update


Fall 2014 Writing Center Hours

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Morgan Library Room 171
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

TILT Room 211
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Lisa Langstraat gave an update on what’s been happening at the Writing Center. Langstraat is the current Director of the Writing Center, where they had a busy and impressive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The number of consultations provided rose by 25.3% last year, from 4252 in the academic year 2012/13 to 5693 in 2013/14.
  • The Writing Center team implemented a new online appointment system, so while students can still work with a Writing Center consultant without an appointment, they can also make an appointment up to a month in advance, which should help many students plan and make time for revisions before their assignments are due.
  • Worked with students — both undergraduate and graduate — from 191 different academic programs, and more than 350 courses.
  • 46% of consultations were with non-native English speakers who come to CSU from 41 different countries.

This year, the Writing Center has eleven new consultants, five returning consultants, and four internship consultants. Consultants represent a wide range of majors, research interests, and experience — from TESL to Biology.

The Writing Center welcomes their new graduate student director, Sarah Hansen, who is enrolled in the MFA program. Sarah brings significant experience, fresh perspectives, and impressive technological expertise, of which the Writing Center plans to take full advantage this year!

The Writing Center program development goals this year include creating more opportunities for graduate student writers who are working on theses and dissertations, continuing to increase the number of course collaborations with faculty from across the university, and continuing to enhance services for non-native speakers of English.

Find out more about the Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/


Conference Roundtable Presentation: Lisa Langstraat, Sue Doe, Emily Morgan, Nancy Henke, and Vani Kannan

Lisa Langstraat, Sue Doe, Emily Morgan, Nancy Henke, and Vani Kannan presented a roundtable at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, 4C’s, on March 21. The presentation focused on the CO150 course reader, The Ethics of Higher Education, and a research study conducted in the fall on the potential effects of curriculum and curricular intervention on student, faculty, and public attitudes toward academic labor issues. Maria Maisto, President and Executive Director of the New Faculty Majority, was respondent.

Conference Presentations, Workshop, etc.: Lisa Langstraat

Lisa Langstraat attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication last week, where she did the following: Co-Chaired a day-long pre-conference workshop on working with military veterans in writing-intensive courses; presented the paper, “Working with Female Veterans in First-year Composition Courses,” at the workshop; presented, on a different panel, a paper, “Colliding Values, Student-Veterans, and Responsible Writing Program Administration,” served on the NCTE Student Veteran Task Force, and co-chaired the Special Interest Group meeting for Military Veterans and their Families at the conference.

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat: Publication

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat’s co-edited collection, Generation Vet: Composition, Veterans and the Post-9/11 University will be published by Utah State University Press, which is currently merging with the University of Colorado press.  The collection includes essays that explore the relationship between the burgeoning U.S. veteran population in universities and issues of citizenship, disability, anti-war activism, writing and trauma, veterans’ community writing projects, and composition pedagogy.  The collection is slated for publication early in 2013.

Lisa Langstraat: Task Force Appointment

Lisa Langstraat has been asked to serve as a member of the newly-created College Composition and Communication Veteran Students Task Force, recently formed with a term ending in November 2013.  The task force will document how institutions around the country are doing in response to the influx of veteran students; develop a “Best Practices” document based on research; draft a position statement and guidelines for instructors and tutors of college composition to better serve the increasing number of veterans; and develop strategies to respond to the needs of veterans–including those who may not enter post-secondary classrooms–through the promotion of literacy, language and writing.

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat: Panel Moderation

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat moderated student-veteran panels in support of Veterans Week, November 7-11. Lisa moderated a panel on diversity and the military, and Sue moderated a panel in which veterans told their stories of military service. In recognition of Veteran’s Day (Friday, November 11) Lisa and Sue wish to recognize several of the veterans who participated in these panels:

  • Jonathon Wedemeyer, U.S.Army, whose four deployments included two tours each to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jon is a construction management major.
  • Christopher Kline, U.S. Marine Corps, deployed three times to Iraq; Christopher is a senior history major who plans to teach high school history.
  • Justin Smith, Army National Guard, who was deployed once to Iraq and once to AFRICOM. Justin is a history major. Justin’s parents traveled from Kodiak, Alaska to be present at the panel.
  • Philip Jones, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed twice to Iraq and is an international relations and economics major.
  • Special guest Ben Scott, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, who enlisted upon graduation and served in Iraq and Afghanistan until he was medically retired. Present in the audience was Ben’s dad, who traveled from North Carolina with him.
  • Claudia Hernandez, Army, who was a medic deployed in Afghanistan who is currently a Spanish major and plans to become an MD.
  • Ben C. Hersch, Army, an environmental health specialist deployed to Afghanistan who is planning to study entomology.

Sue Doe and Lisa Langstraat: Workshop

Sue Doe, Erin Hadlock, Lisa Langstraat and Jenny Pickett are facilitated a TILT workshop, “Working with Post-9/11 Student-Veterans: A Faculty Primer” on Oct. 13 and 20.  The workshop addressed the effects of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on CSU and nation-wide, the challenges veterans experience as they transition from active duty to student status, clashes between military and academic culture, and pedagogical strategies for addressing veterans’ needs and strengths.  Faculty interested in learning more about this issue can contact Sue, Erin, Lisa, or Jenny.

Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe: Instructor Short Course

Lisa Langstraat and Sue Doe will be offering a TILT Short Course, “Working with Post-9/11 Student-Veterans,” October 13th and 20th. Get more information or register for this course.