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Writing Center consultants look forward to TutorCon 2014

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by addavis No Comments

Consultants from the University of Mississippi Writing Centers are looking forward to attending TutorCon 2014 on Friday April 4. TutorCon attendees will enjoy round-table conversations, presentations from writing consultants, and creative writing workshops. This year’s theme is called “The Multimodal Tutor: Exploring the Role of Technology in Tutoring Practice.”

For more information, visit the TutorCon website.

Special Event: Guest Lecture by Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, Monday 2/24 at 7pm

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by addavis No Comments

The Center for Writing and Rhetoric and the Southern Foodways Alliance are pleased to welcome Paul Greenberg to Fulton Chapel on Monday, February 24th at 7:00pm. Mr. Greenberg will talk about his book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, which is used as a reading in several Writing 102 sections, including those with the Food and Environment themes. This event is free and open to the public.

Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award winning New York Timesbest-seller Four Fish: The future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has also written for National Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Times (of London), and Vogue, and he lectures on seafood and the environment around the world. His next book– American Catch, a book about how we lost and how we might regain American local seafood– will be published by Penguin Press in June 2014.

Flyer for Four Fish Lecture (all details in announcement above)

CWR Teachers and Writing Consultants participate in North Mississippi Home-School Reading Fair

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by addavis No Comments

Faculty members from the Center for Writing and Rhetoric and consultants from the Oxford Campus Writing Center recently served as judges for the North Mississippi Home-school Reading Fair. This fair is an annual event sponsored by the state of Mississippi, and participation is available to all children who reside in the state, prek- grade 12. In order to participate in any regional fair, a student must first compete at the local level. This reading fair provides the home-schooled child’s chance to compete at this level with an opportunity to proceed to the Regional Reading Fair with all the winners from area schools.

Karens visits reading fair

CWR Core Instructor Karen Forgette talks with a Reading Fair participant.

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Core Instructor Guy Krueger judges a project at the reading fair.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Common Reading Experience Essay Contest!

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

The Center for Writing and Rhetoric, the University Libraries, and the Department of Outreach are excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Common Reading Experience Essay contest for Craig Mullaney’s The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education.

The contest asked writers to consider one of the following prompts:

  • Who are Mullaney’s most influential educators, both in and out of the classroom? What lessons do they impart? How do they impact Mullaney? Compare this to someone who has taught you and what was effective about your learning experience(s).
  • How does the study of literature and history inform Mullaney’s education? What roles do language –reading and writing – and thorough examination of the past play in his emerging sense of what it means to be a soldier, leader, and public servant?
  • The book is titled The Unforgiving Minute. Over the course of the book, people offer and withhold forgiveness, to and from one another, and to and from themselves. If applicable to you, relate forgiven and unforgiving moments from the book to your own life.

The 2013 Common Reading Experience Essay Contest winners are:

Mary Elizabeth Jarrard
(University of Mississippi, Oxford)

Ashlee Weaver
(Lafayette County High School)

–click each winner’s name to download and read their essay–

Each winner was awarded $150.00 for their contest entry. Congratulations!

CWR Teachers tour new Lamar Hall facilities

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by addavis No Comments
Lamar Classroom 1

Lamar Hall Classroom 404

On Thursday August 22, teachers and staff from the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, as well as other departments in the College of Liberal Arts, were given the opportunity to tour the new classroom  facilities in Lamar Hall, also known as the Old Law School. These new classrooms will be open for the Fall semester on Monday, August 26.

The new classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date technology available, and have new, ergonomically-designed furniture.

In Summer 2014, the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, along with the Oxford Writing Center, will move to new offices in Lamar Hall, which are still under construction. This move will bring the writing faculty, speech faculty, and Writing Center consultants under one roof.

Lamar Classroom 2

Lamar Hall Classroom 406

CWR staff are particularly excited about the new Oxford Writing Center, the design of which takes advantage of cutting-edge ideas about space in the writing center community. With extensive natural lighting, seating and workspace designed to facilitate collaboration, and spaces for a variety of different purposes, we’re sure that the new Writing Center will be a priceless resource for UM students for years to come.

 

 


Writing Center

Natural Light in the Writing Center

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The New Oxford Writing Center

Announcing the 2013 Common Reading Experience Essay Contest

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

Are you reading-- CRE essay contest logo

The Center for Writing and Rhetoric, the University Libraries, and the Department of Outreach are excited to announce the 2013 Common Reading Experience Essay contest for Craig Mullaney’s The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education.

Details

Write a Short Essay Using one of these Prompts:

  • Who are Mullaney’s most influential educators, both in and out of the classroom? What lessons do they impart? How do they impact Mullaney? Compare this to someone who has taught you and what was effective about your learning experience(s).
  • How does the study of literature and history inform Mullaney’s education? What roles do language –reading and writing – and thorough examination of the past play in his emerging sense of what it means to be a soldier, leader, and public servant?
  • The book is titled The Unforgiving Minute. Over the course of the book, people offer and withhold forgiveness, to and from one another, and to and from themselves. If applicable to you, relate forgiven and unforgiving moments from the book to your own life.

Submission Instructions

Original Essays must be At least 800 words and must be emailed to cwr@olemiss.edu no later than Monday, 9/30.

In your email, please include the following:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Mailing Address
  4. Email Address
  5. Home Campus

Cash Prizes of $150 will be awarded to one winner in each category:

  • Oxford Campus Student
  • Booneville Campus Student
  • DeSoto Campus Student
  • Grenada Campus Student
  • Tupelo Campus Student
  • UMMC Student
  • Lafayette County High School Student
  • Oxford High School Student

Winning essays will be announced on October 15 and featured on the CWR Website

CRE Essay Contest Flyer

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Transitioning Symposium receives Mississippi Humanities Council grant

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

The Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, hosted by the Center for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi, recently applied for and received a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

From the Mississippi Humanities Council Website:

MHC is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve nonprofit groups in Mississippi. MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and thus empower Mississippi’s people with a vision for the future.

The Transitioning to College Writing Symposium is devoted to bringing teachers of writing at the high school, community college, and university level together from across the state. The symposium takes place annually in September.

For more information about the symposium, click here.

For more information about the MHC, click here.

Writing Project Summer Institute attendees focus on STEM outreach

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

Members and teachers of the University of Mississippi’s Writing Project 2013 Summer Institute recently attended the “STEM in 60 Seconds” program delivered to EPSCoR teachers (EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). The June 7, 2013 event was held in Butler Auditorium, and attendees learned about STEM-focused special programs the University offers as part of their outreach to educational communities in Mississippi and other states. Shown here are Alice Myatt of the CWR and Sydney McGaha of Saltillo, MS.

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Congratulations to Hunter Johnson, winner of the 2013 Krieser Award for Outstanding Student Writing

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

Established in 1990 in memory of Cynthia Krieser, These awards are made annually to first-year composition students (with lower-division status) who exhibit outstanding writing skills.

The winner of the 2013 Cynthia Krieser award for outstanding student writing is Hunter Johnson. Hunter was a student in Wendy Goldberg’s WRIT 102 class this semester.

Congratulations to Hunter!

Hunter Johnson and Alice Myatt

Hunter Johnson and Alice Myatt

For more information about the Krieser award, go to our Student Awards page.

Students and Teachers celebrate the launch of Venture Online Volume 8

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by addavis No Comments

On Wednesday May 1, first-year student writers and artists gathered with faculty, staff, family, and friends to celebrate the publication of the seventh edition of Venture Online, the University of Mississippi’s first-year writing magazine. Venture Online, under the direction of editor Emily Cooley and assistant editor Milly West, both instructors in the CWR, is a venue to showcase the many creative talents of University of Mississippi students.

This semester’s launch party featured guest-speaker Tom Franklin, author of the 2012 Common Reading Experience text, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.

The magazine, supported jointly by the Center for Writing and Rhetoric and the Division of Outreach, is published each semester of the regular academic year. Any first-year student may submit writing or artwork to the magazine, and a group of student editors (many of whom have published previously in Venture) decide which works to publish. The student editors work with Milly West and Emily Cooley to assemble the magazine’s contents, and Division of Outreach Graphic Designer Larry Agostinelli develops the magazine itself.

The Mystic Krew of Mykarma, a group dedicated to the support of gender freedom and creative endeavors in the University of Mississippi community, chooses winners from three categories of the magazine. This semester, the winners are:

Poetry Winner: “Precipitation” by Lo Burton

Honorable mention: “Build a Fire” by Abbie Szabo and “What the Future Holds” by Robert Williams

Prose Winner: “Golden Waves” by Mary Hannah Cooper

Honorable mention: “Biography of A. W. from a Comfy Couch” by Alex Waddell

Art Winner: “Coffee Obsessed” by Caitlyn Sullivan

Honorable mention: “Jars” by Morgan Fyfe

The CWR is proud of our students who were published in Venture, and excited about the enthusiasm of our instructors and staff in promoting the magazine and encouraging students to submit work.

To learn more about Venture Online, and to read current and former issues, visit the Venture Online section of our website.

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Venture Online student editors.

Tom Franklin speaks at the Venture Online launch party.

Tom Franklin speaks at the Venture Online launch party.