Assignment Assistance, Rubric Reboot, and Ten-Plus Tips for Improving Student Writing: workshop

Assignment Assistance, Rubric Reboot, and Ten-Plus Tips for Improving Student Writing:  A Two-Morning Workshop

WHO: Presenters are Nicole Bailey, Director of the ISU Writing Center, and Rob Perrin, Chairperson of the Department of English

WHAT:           A two-session workshop. Day 1 will include presentations on designing effective writing assignments, creating useful evaluation rubrics, and enhancing students’ writing experiences by following recommendations from both writing teachers and Writing Center tutors. Day 2 will be an informal discussion session, with opportunities for participants to develop, revise, or refine assignments and rubrics for their classes.

WHEN:      Wednesday, May 29, 10:00–11:30 &   Thursday, May 30, 10:00–11:30

WHERE:         Root Hall A275 (the Department of English’s Laptop Lab); located on the long second-floor hallway that runs east–west. We’ll post signs.

WHY: If writing is to play an integral part in our courses, then preparing effective assignments, making decisions about evaluation strategies, and adopting “best practices” will enhance the work.


Register for the workshop by contacting the Foundational Studies Office by telephone (extension 3940) or e-mail (

Registration is limited to twenty-eight.

Writing Center tutors win scholarships and awards

Congratulations, Award-Winning Tutors

The WC congratulates the following award-winning tutors:

  • Edwin Mwanza – The Bash (English award for outstanding academic work)
  • Sam Franklin – The Bash Award
  • Whitney Neukam – The Oustanding Student in Human Communications Scholarship
  • Whitney Neukam – The Hazel Tesh Pfennig Scholarship
  • Whitney Neukam – The Ben F. Small English Scholarship
  • Abigail Layton – The Hazel Tesh Pfennig Scholarship Congratulations!

Writing Center Hours

Writing Center Closed for Finals Week

The Writing Center will be closed for finals week, but immediately after we will continue helping students on-demand. Though the WC will not hold regular hours during Summer I, students will be able to contact Bailey directly to make an appointment with an on-call tutor.  Distance tutors will be available throughout the summer.

Library Student Assistants recognized at campus events

Distinguished Student Assistants: Circulation, Writing Center, ILL and Acquisitions

Congratulations to the nominees and *distinguished student assistants who were acknowledged during the Career Center Student Employment Programs 2013 Student Assistant Recognition Ceremony. The event was held on April 9th in Dede I, and the library was well represented. Our students: *Lee Reynolds, Zakaria Jouaibi, Elizabeth Ballone, *Lee Johns and *Amanda Hubbard were all recognized for their efforts. Congratulations to them and their supervisors!

 Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Awards Reception 2013

Lee Johns and Lee Reynolds were presented with the Student Assistant Recognition Award 2013 at the Library’s awards reception last week. Lee Johns, graduate student from Vermillion, has worked in the Acquisitions Unit of Technical Services for 4 ½ years. His supervisor is Vickie Magill.

Lee Reynolds, graduate student from Indianapolis, has worked in the Writing Center for 2 years. His supervisor is Nicole Bailey. Congratulations to both Lee Johns and Lee Reynolds on their outstanding work. In addition, all student employees were recognized at the reception and thanked for their dedicated work. Student employees help fulfill the Library’s mission to the University and its students, staff, and faculty. Here’s a big thanks to all of our student employees.

Writing Center to hold critical thinking workshops in April

The Writing Center to Hold Two Workshops on Critical Thinking/Reading

Writing Center Neon sign
When the light is on, we are open for business!

Do your students seem reluctant to question information they find in print? Do their argumentative works exhibit flaws in logic? Send them to the Writing Center’s workshops on Critical Reading and Thinking for a little extra help!

On April 3 we will present “Critically Reading an Argument” at 4 p.m. in Library 230.

We’ll follow up with “Critical Thinking and Logical Fallacies” on April 17.

Proof of attendance is available upon request.