Writing center services expanded to aid graduate students

By Layne Edington | 9/3/12 10:32pm

As many students will be receiving writing assignments for their graduate courses in the coming semesters, the Writing Center has made some changes to better meet graduate students’ needs.

This year the Writing Center has expanded their services by implementing one-on-one consultations, read-ahead appointments, and online or email consultations. One-on-one consultations involve 50 minute scheduled appointments, or 30 minute drop-in appointments. These sessions allow students to work on their writing projects directly with a Writing Center consultant. Read-ahead appointments allow students to submit their drafts ahead of time to allow for more feedback and discussion. This service is available on the Pew Campus, and appointments can be scheduled using the Writing Center’s online scheduling system.

Also available to graduate students is the option to work with a Writing Center consultant through Google Docs or email. This allows the student to receive help from the Writing Center in a way that works well with busy schedules. Additional information regarding services available to graduate students can be found on the Writing Center’s website. Faculty/Staff services are also available, including “Faculty/Staff Fridays” where colleagues can participate in quiet writing every other Friday afternoon from 12-5 p.m. These events will take place on both the Allendale Campus and Pew Campus. For specific dates and locations, along with more information applicable to all graduate students, please visit the Graduate Student Services. website.

In graduate student events this week, we welcomed a crowd at the opening night of GradClub Wednesday night with the Graduate Student Association. Both new and existing students were in attendance to meet fellow grad students and network before class. While President Hass was unable to attend, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies John Stevenson welcomed graduate students to the new academic year.

President Hass will attend the next GradClub meeting on Wednesday, September 5th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Graduate Student Commons, Room 107 DeVos, building C. We look forward to welcoming more graduate students at GradClub in the weeks to come.

Be sure to register for PACES Graduate Sessions, online here. The new Saturday workshops will kick off September 29th, with Graduate Boot Camp. This free workshop includes information about library services, poster presentations, thesis preparation and writing, and more.

Layna Edington
Graduate Student Association

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