Term 4: Looking Ahead

We’ve hit the ground running this semester.  The Undergraduate Videogame Symposium and STEAM afFaire is right around the corner, with our final proposal workshop happening tomorrow. Our guest speakers are excited to attend, Wil Coats of Zynga and Erik Kain of Forbes online.

Tuesday T’s will continue from the end of February until the end of March.  Get help on those tricky papers and term projects.

The iRiver Trip is in the works, coming in 2016.

The IWP will be attending The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the Student Success in Writing Conference.

The Interns are hard at work on their projects, refining and expanding their ideas from last semester and generating awesome new ones.

Our director is still working with the Liberal Studies Committee and various departments and faculty members to increase writing awareness across the university.

With our big event just around the corner and laying out all of the travel plans, the office has been quite busy and will stay that way for awhile.  We look forward to it, though!

Three Terms Old

Summer consultants at the Grand Canyon

Summer Consultants for the IWP, 2014. Dr. Kitalong, Michigan Technological University, and Dr. DeVoss, Michigan State University taking in the Canyon on a cloudy day.

The IWP is now three terms old! Well, three terms and one summer (I’m a 9-month contract academic who knows well enough that summer work is charity work).

After our first year in operation, I invited two consultants to provide their insights, questions, and observations about our program’s growth and direction that we are moving toward. Dr. Nicole DeVoss from Michigan State University, and Dr. Karla Kitalong from Michigan Technological University represented two very different campus climates, student populations, and experiences with available funding (they have and expect more than we can and do). I purposefully chose these two administrators because they came from universities with similar visions and a lot more opportunities to try new initiatives. They’re our well-to-do cousins from the midwest who have experiences trying new approaches to writing. Continue reading

Interns and Flagstaff/NAU’s Science and Engineering Day, 2014

Chinese Characters "carbonate"

IWP Intern brushing scientific words in Chinese characters for a grateful crowd at Flagstaff/NAU’s Science and Engineering Day, 2014.

The IWP was present at SED 2014 over at the local conference center in the Drury hotel. Our table was in a prominent location smack center between a table where we could make a meteor, a 3-D printer to check out, and in front was a photo station where we could take photos with Louie the Lumberjack. We commonly heard “What are you doing here?” Of course we heard this question as one of admiration and relief that the humanities was represented and part of SED’s party.

We offered 4 science-related quizzes, poetry with a scientific term or two that the public provided ,a scientific alphabet for kids to color, and scientific terms translated into Chinese characters! We had a continuous line for the for options with many families patiently waiting for their poem (the public offered a scientific word or two), their young one to color, their scientific word to be brushed, and they gave our quizzes a try! All winners of our quiz received a prize of organic fruit. Continue reading

Feedback for you and for me

Providing student feedback on their work is one way for faculty to assess their course curriculum. What do faculty focus on? What do faculty articulate in their course descriptions, assignments, exams, and in person?

What students see and hear from the professor about writing influences their understanding of the kind of writing that is necessary and expected. Why spend hours on a paper if the professor never said or implies that writing is secondary after the disciplinary content? Why spend a lot of time if the submitted writing got a decent grade? Continue reading