One of the wonderful things about the pre-college conference is that it creates mentoring relationships between our veteran Writing Assistants and those who have been newly hired at the Center. We're hoping to extend this process into the school year, encouraging mentors and mentees to do some sessions together so that they can provide each other with with examples, advice, and feedback. So if you schedule a session for early in the semester, don't be surprised if you see two WAs at your desk! (Don't worry, you only have to deal with one of them. The second WA will just be watching the one who's working with you on you paper.)
Be sure to look for our WAs around campus during the three days before Orientation begins. On some days they will be wearing T-shirts that identify them as Writing Assistants.
During their pre-college conference, the Writing Assistants will be working with faculty and staff from around campus in order to be better prepared to work with students on their papers this year. Some of the campus leaders who have worked with the WAs at previous pre-college conferences include Dr. Rich Ray, Provost; Dr. Patrice Rankine, Dean of Arts and Humanities; Dr. Susanna Childress, Dr. Beth Trembley, Dr. Marla Lunderberg, Dr. Courtney Werner, and Amy Devanney (all from the English department); Jeanne Lindell and Janet Pinkham from the Academic Success Center; Dr. Susan Ipri Brown and Dr. Courtney Peckens from Engineering; and the Research Librarians from Van Wylen Library (Rachel Bishop, Jessica Hroncek, Patrick Morgan, and Todd Wiebe)—as well as many others whose names I'm forgetting as I write this.
We're also grateful to Patti Carlson, who sends out thousands of session reports every semester and who helps us out in myriad ways, all as as part of her administrative role at Van Wylen Library. And we couldn't do any of what we do without Kelly Jacobsma, the Genevra Thome Begg Dean of Libraries, who provides us with all kinds of support and helps us make sure that our space in Van Wylen Library is comfortable, useful, and hospitable to the students whom we serve.
(Want to get clear about why that last sentence has "whom" instead of "who"? Make an appointment at the Klooster Center and find out!)