Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Holiday Party and Themes!

Well it's that time of the year again. Santa is making his list and checking it twice, and bringing his list to the Writing Center to make sure the organization works for the prompt.

For the Secret Santa theme days, check the poll out on the right. Vote for the top 5 themes that you think would be the best for this year's Secret Santa.

If you have any suggestions for other themes, feel free to contact us! The poll will be up for 2 weeks!

And the Winner Is...

On a 6-3 vote for the design of the official WVU Writing Center T-Shirt, the winner is:

To purchase a Writing Center T-Shirt for a loved one this holiday season e-mail us at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Feature Added - Spellcheck

We've just added a spell check feature right above the thesaurus on the right sidebar for your convenience.

You're welcome!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New T-Shirt Designs

Below are the top 3 concepts for the new WVU Writing Center t-shirts. We used to compile 5 words from each member of the Writing Center to create this design. The more common the word, the larger it appeared on the image.

If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt send an e-mail to or to John at

Vote for which design you think would look best on a black t-shirt! Click on each design to see a full-sized, full-quality image. We will be announcing the winning design this Friday when the polls close!

Design 1 (above)

Design 2 (above)

Design 3 (above)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Writing Center Service Project Needs You!

The project is in support of Dr. Zenkov, the Director of Through Students' Eyes. Dr. Zenkov and his colleague Jim Harmon (a city teacher in an urban Professional Development School) have worked with youth in the Cleveland area for the past four years on the "Through Students' Eyes" (TSE) project, using a photovoice method to explore what these students believe are the purposes of school, as well as the supports for and impediments to their school successes. TSE has responded to a four decade long droupout rate in urban centers that often exceeds 50%. In an effort to help city students nationwide to explore and enhance their relationships to school, the project has now expanded to Denver and Washington, D.C. Check out for more information.

This service project will focus on donating disposable cameras. One camera per person will earn credit for the service project. If you are not able to solely donate a camera, please choose a partner to split the cost. These camera will be donated in an effort by Diane Yendol-Hoppey, the director of the Benedum Collaborative, who is interested in collaborating with Benedum students and faculty from Taylor County schools to extend Dr. Zenkov’s project into rural sites.

A key element of the project is providing secondary school students with disposable cameras so that they can document factors that influence their decisions to stay in school as well as factors that make staying in school difficult.

There will be a drop-off box in the Writing Center for disposable cameras.

Cameras must be donated by Wednesday, October 22 before 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Take Five Video

During the Spring 2008 semester, I had the opportunity to produce a 5 minute video in conjunction with the WVU Center for Writing Excellence which focused on students and their thoughts on writing here at West Virginia University.

The questions were meant to showcase the thoughts and opinions that various students had regarding their experience in writing.

Check it out below!

Scholastic Offering Columbus Day Sale

Scholastic publishing is having a Columbus Day sale offering items up to 75% off!

Click here to check out the great deals!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Welcome to the Writing Center Official Blog

Welcome to the WVU Writing Center Blog. This blog will serve as a way for the WVU Writing Center to keep you posted on upcoming events, upcoming workshops, random blurbs from employees, and other interesting information that we think you could afford to know!

For now, check out the Writing Center's first promotional video. This video was filmed last semester (Spring 2008) to help promote the Writing Center and it's new location in room G02 in Colson Hall!