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Writing Center student consultants invited to Paris

April 2, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Students who work as writing consultants at Western Michigan University's Writing Center are raising funds to travel in May to an international writing centers conference in Paris, where they have been invited to present papers on various writing instruction topics.

Writing Center Director Kim Ballard and 10 undergraduate students will participate in three presentations May 24-28. Two of the consultants will be collaborating on a presentation with Dr. Muriel Harris, professor emeritus of Purdue University. Topics include "The Beat Goes On: Three Generations of Tutor Trainers Examine Writing Center Trust Strategies and Legacies," "Flexible Consistencies: Ethical Issues in the Writing Center" and "Separating to Come Together: Helping Writers Across the Curriculum."

WMU's consultants will be the first undergraduates from the United States to participate in the European Writing Centers Association Conference. WMU's presenters are:

  • Tyler Bailey, a senior from Flint, Mich., majoring in English and professional writing
  • April Bryan, a junior from Kalamazoo majoring in public history
  • Tim Buchanan, a junior from Kalamazoo majoring in English
  • Laura Citino, a senior from Ypsilanti, Mich., majoring in English and German
  • Meghan Dykema, a junior from Muskegon, Mich., majoring in English and Spanish
  • Jason Elkin, a senior from Battle Creek, Mich., majoring in philosophy and music
  • Ashley Hartfik, a senior from Novi, Mich., majoring in psychology
  • Patrick Love, a senior from Royal Oak, Mich., majoring in English
  • Katherine York, a senior from Goodrich, Mich., majoring in English and communication
  • Helena Witzke, a junior from Olivet, Mich., majoring in English and French

Donate to students' travel fund

In support of the students, four University departments have contributed funds to help the students raise the approximately $17,000 needed for the trip. The Haenicke Institute for Global Education, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English have ear marked a total of $7,000 for the trip.

WMU's Development Office and Annual Fund office have established the Writing Center Development Fund to help students raise the rest of the money. Tax-deductible contributions may be submitted to this fund, which can be found on the Writing Center's Web page at wmich.edu/casp/writingcenter.

For more information, contact the Writing Center at (269) 387-4615 or Center Director Kim Ballard at kim.ballard@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4446.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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