What's New in 2009

Writing Center Annex in Drinko Library

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The Marshall University Department of English's Writing Center, which offers free tutoring for all MU students who want help with their writing, has expanded its services by adding a second center on the Huntington campus, Dr. Kelli Prejean, director, announced today.

In addition to its current location in Corbly Hall 353, the Writing Center now offers its services in the legal section on the first floor of the Drinko Library.

The goal of the expansion is to make the services of the center more accessible to all Marshall University students. The professional staff of the center helps students improve drafts of papers and other writing assignments.

"The Writing Center is a valuable resource for all Marshall University students," said Dr. David Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The support the staff provides not only allows students to enhance the quality of drafts of their writing projects, it helps them become more effective writers. By opening a second center in the Drinko Library we are hopeful that we better serve students. I highly recommend that all students use the Writing Center as a way to enhance their writing skills."

The Writing Center is open in Corbly Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and will hold its evening hours in Drinko Library from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"We are really thrilled to get the opportunity to collaborate with the Writing Center and the College of Liberal Arts," said Barbara Winters, Marshall's dean of libraries. "We are working to develop an information discovery commons in Drinko Library, and this is a big step toward that."

Although part of the English Department, the Writing Center staff is trained to help with papers in all disciplines and in almost any genre. Students are encouraged to stop by as soon as they receive a writing assignment so that they can get help from the start of a writing project. Tutors provide real audiences for students' writing and can help them through any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and research to organization and revision. The Writing Center also offers both synchronous and asynchronous online tutoring, which is useful for students who are not on the Huntington campus.

"More and more professors are beginning to utilize writing as a mode of inquiry and learning, and employers demand good writing skills, so learning how to write well is probably one of the most important abilities students should acquire in college," Prejean said. "The Writing Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students can come to get the assistance they need to not just produce better papers but to become better writers."

For more information on the Department of English's Writing Center, visit its Web site at http://www.marshall.edu/english/writingcenter/ or e-mail questions to writing@marshall.edu. (1-23-09)

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