Thursday, August 20, 2015

Counting Down

In less than a week, 35 Writing Assistants will be returning to campus for five days of orientation, training, staff development, team-building, and fun.  This annual tradition is the Klooster Center's "pre-college conference," so named because it echoes the event of the same name for Hope faculty (which takes place at about the same time).  All Writing Assistants are required to come to the PCC every year -- not just their first year, but any year that they are on campus and plan to work for the Center. This helps the WAs get to know one another better, so that they function as a team throughout the year.  It also helps our veteran Writing Assistants to "get back in shape" for providing peer help sessions, after spending their summers doing other things!

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.

In case the text on the front is difficult to read, it says:  "Papers piling up?  We can help!"  Our shirts were designed by Allyson Hoffman '15, who served as the Student Director of the Klooster Center during her senior year at Hope.  She's now pursuing an MFA degree in creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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!)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Come to the Klooster Center's Open House!

On Sunday, August 31, we'll be hosting at Open House at the Center.  A festive environment, premium chocolate, and of course the fabulous Writing Assistants -- what's not to like?  See you there.

The Writing Assistants Have Returned!

All 33 WAs are back on campus! They're busily attending workshops, seminars, and other events to prepare for the year ahead.  The Klooster Center reopens on August 31!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We're Busy Here!

Yesterday the Center had 20 hours' worth of appointments -- almost the maximum we can handle.  Make your appointment soon! Walk-ins are still welcome, but it may be hard to find an open spot. Call X7025 or click on "Make an Appointment" in the menu at the right. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brainstorming the Grad School Essay!

The Klooster Center will offer a workshop to help juniors generate good ideas so that they're ready to write their best possible application essays next fall.  The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m, and repeated on Thursday, April 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Both sessions will take place in the Granberg Room, on the second floor of Van Wylen Library.