Writing Center to move locations next semester

Haleigh Wallace

The Writing Center, located in Bea Wood Hall, is moving to a more central location in Prothro-Yeager starting Fall 2015.

Kristin Garrison, writing program administrator, said the new Writing Center will be temporarily located in Prothro-Yeager 201. In the meantime, construction of the new facility will begin the week after finals and will open when school starts in the fall.

The new Writing Center, costing $31,900 in renovations, is moving to better serve and be more visible to students.

“I am thrilled for the new Writing Center,” Garrison said. “It is a much bigger space so that we may provide more tutoring to more students. The new room will also be connected to a classroom, which gives us more options for workshops for students and faculty. With the new location, we can expand our service.”

Tutors are also excited for the new Writing Center location.

“I have been a tutor for two years and it’s going to be great to have a space that’s in a more central location,”said Allison Douglass, teaching assistant and peer tutor. “A lot of students I talk to don’t know about the Writing Center, and even if they do know, it’s a bit hard to find in its current location. I’m hoping that we’ll get a lot of foot traffic from people who may never have thought about using us, but who just pass by, look in, and see the sort of non-intimidating, productive work environment we’ve tried to create.”

A grand opening for the new Writing Center is in the works for the fall. There will be free food and everyone who attends will receive background information about the facility, as well as a chance to ask questions.

“This will offer students and faculty the chance to learn about our service,” Garrison said. “We may offer some demonstrations of tutoring so that faculty may see the kind of work the peer tutors do.”

The Writing Center provides tutoring and consulting to all members on campus — undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty.

“I’d like students to realize that the purpose of the Writing Center is not to fix bad writing, but to provide a place where anyone can come to get a second opinion, a specific piece of advice, someone to bounce ideas off of — anything they feel they need to get their work where they want it,” Douglass said. “As a grad student, I go in for sessions all the time, and it always helps to have a second pair of eyes.”

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