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News Bites: KCAD Writing Center Participates in National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing

Posted November 19, 2015 in StudentFacultyAlumniNews BitesDigital Art and DesignInterior Design

A few of the individuals who help make the Writing Center at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) a vital resource for students recently had the opportunity to participate in the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, held November 5-8 in Salt Lake City, UT.

KCAD Interior Design student Ashley Newton, now in her second year as a Writing Center tutor, attended the conference along with Writing Center Director and General Education professor Cheri Endean, as well as KCAD alum Melissa Boverhof (’15, Digital Media), who worked as a Writing Center tutor from 2013-2015.

Writing Center students in Utah(from left) Newton, Endean, and Boverhof at the Utah State Captiol Building (image courtesy of Ashley Newton)

Newton earned a travel grant to attend the conference through an essay competition. Only three such grants are awarded each year, and they are intended to support tutors who are contributing in significant ways to the pedagogy and theory that drives writing tutoring practices.

“I wrote about how my role as a champion of writing at an art and design school has helped me understand that despite serving as a resource for information and guidance, I’m not an expert when it comes to the various styles of writing used in the different art and design disciplines at KCAD,” says Newton. “I now make a conscious effort to understand the particular and intricate context of each writer’s work, considering it might not be intended solely for academic audiences.”

As part of her grant award, Netown was also invited to speak at the conference (image courtesy of Ashley Newton)

Newton was also invited to give a presentation at the conference. With Endean and Boverhof as her co-presenters, she gave a talk titled “When Writing is Their Last Priority: Championing the Craft of Writing Among Art and Design Students” that focused on the Writing Center’s ongoing efforts to create videos and other media that raise awareness of the importance of writing to all KCAD students, not just in the classroom but in the professional world as well.

“That the committee appreciated my point of view and offered me a grant underscores the importance of the work we do here in the KCAD Writing Center,” says Newton. “Engaging with others about this exciting video series project and seeing that they were excited to take our ideas back to their respective campuses was an incredible opportunity, and one that made me extremely proud to represent KCAD.”

Learn more about the KCAD Writing Center at kcad.edu/writingcenter.

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