Friday, August 22, 2014

Opening Day

Welcome--or welcome back--to campus! The Writing Center will open for the fall semester at 10:00 on Monday, August 25.  We will be open through December 8.  Daily hours as well as contact information are posted in the banner above.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Writing Center Summer Hours 2014

The Writing Center will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM during the regular summer session.  We will open on June 9, and our last day for the summer session will be July 23.  Students may receive tutoring during this time and/or use the lab in CT 108 for word processing or access to the internet.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Good Luck with Finals!


The Writing Center closes today at 3:00 PM for the spring semester.  See you when we re-open the second week of June for the regular summer session!

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Whew! Where did the semester go? Or the school year for that matter? It seems like just yesterday we were moving into the new center and here we are down to our last week of the spring semester!

The last day we will be open this semester is Thursday, May 8.  Peyton will be closing the doors at 3:00 that afternoon for the last time before he moves on to university life.  If you need any help with end of the semester writing, be sure to call early in the week to reserve an appointment.

Good luck with your final exams!

For those of you in summer classes this year, we will be opening back up the week of June 9 for limited hours during the regular summer session.  See you then!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toward a More Civil Union?


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In his recent op/ed piece for the New York Times, "Like, Degrading the Language? No Way," John McWhorter asserts, "A keystone of education is to foster awareness of, and respect for, diversities of opinion. Changes in language suggest that the general populace has become much more attuned to this kind of diversity. The increasingly wide and diverse circles of acquaintance Americans are likely to have may increase attention to a certain conversational civility."  To support this claim, he says that recent changes in American English are not to be feared or mourned, but rather to be celebrated as evidence of a more nuanced, sophisticated culture.  You can read McWhorter's article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/opinion/sunday/like-degrading-the-language-no-way.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_LDT_20140408&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2.

What do you think? Are our recent turns of phrase a sign of a more enlightened society or are they signs of our downward spiral as so many suggest?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

10th Annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

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Entries are now being accepted for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award and the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition. The contest, which is sponsored by the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Center for the Book, is open to residents of Illinois who are at least 18 years old.  More information about the contest, eligibility, and the entry fee can be found at illinoiscenterforthebook.org. Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2014.