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01/27/2017 5:14 pm

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Introduction

The Writing Center is a place to talk about writing. We believe that we become better writers when we seek feedback and reflect on our writing at all stages of the writing process.

Our peer writing consultants aid that reflection by asking questions and making suggestions that guide writers toward making effective choices, not just in pieces they discuss in the Writing Center, but also in their future writing.

Consultants are readers and responders, not graders or evaluators, and they’re not experts in every genre of writing. Yes, they provide the crucial feedback of a real reader, but they don’t have all the answers. This basic assumption should help everyone involved with the Writing Center:

  • consultants shouldn’t feel that they have to know all conventions of writing in all genres
  • writers visiting the Writing Center shouldn’t feel that they are being judged, that their writing will be magically fixed by a consultation, or that they are losing any of their authority over their work
  • classroom instructors shouldn’t worry that consultants will give their students advice at odds with their values or assumptions about writing

For more about who we are and to see where we’re located, watch our welcome video.


What to Expect

  1. The big picture: With one of our peer writing consultants, you’ll discuss the writing project (including the assignment itself and any notes from your professor), your goals for the session, and your strengths and weaknesses in approaching this kind of assignment.
  2. The text: If you have a draft of your writing, you’ll then discuss it with the consultant, focusing on the goals you discussed together. (If you don’t have a draft yet, that’s okay; we can help you discover ways to get started.) Many consultants will ask you to read your work aloud with a pen in your hand.
  3. Question and answer: Don’t be surprised if the consultant asks you a lot of questions–that’s what they’ve been trained to do! You might be asked to explain big-picture and sentence-level choices you made in your draft. For example, you might be asked, “Can you help me understand how these two paragraphs relate to each other?” or “How would you rephrase this sentence if you were explaining it to a friend?”
  4. A report: Together with the consultant, you’ll write a report of your visit, including brief notes on what you discussed and what some of your next steps could be. The consultant will then email a copy of the report to you and, with your permission, your instructor.
  5. Optional follow-up: If you’d like another visit to continue your conversation with this consultant later, be sure to set up an appointment. We encourage you to visit often, at various stages of your writing process.

Apply to be a Consultant

Students: are you a stellar communicator, both in writing and out loud? Professors: who are the best communicators in your classes?

We accept informal nominations (including self-nominations) for new Writing Center Consultants throughout the year. Send nominations or questions to Dr. Kyle Stedman at kstedman@rockford.edu.

For more details, including a position description and primary responsibilities, visit our full job description.

To Apply:

If you’re ready to apply, follow these steps:

  1. Select two pieces of writing you completed for college-level classes.

  2. Attach these two pieces to an email to Dr. Kyle Stedman (kstedman@rockford.edu). In the body of your email, explain why you chose those two pieces of writing, why you’d like to be a consultant, and what particular qualities you can bring to the position.

  3. Successful students will then be contacted for an interview, at which point they’ll need to have a current Student Employment Work Authorization Card, available from the SAS office on campus.

Hours and Location

We open for Spring 2017
on Monday, January 30!

Spring 2017 hours:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 10-11 and noon-5
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 10-5
  • Thursdays: closed

Location: Howard Colman Library, Main Level

Contact: WritingCenter@rockford.edu, 815-226-4043

If you can’t visit our physical location when we’re open: The Virtual Writing Center is designed as a digital version of our face-to-face Writing Center.

While we recommend the rich communication of face-to-face consultations, we realize that some writers find it inconvenient to travel to campus. Therefore, you may fill out an online form, attach a draft of your writing, and receive response from our consultants with ideas for revision. Please allow up to 48 hours for us to read and respond to your draft. When we are overwhelmed with face-to-face consultations, we may not be able to respond to requests immediately.

Writing Center

11/02/2016 10:39 am

WRITING CENTER

Philosophy

The Writing Center is a place to talk about writing. We believe that we become better writers when we seek feedback and reflect on our writing at all stages of the writing process.

Our peer writing consultants aid that reflection by asking questions and making suggestions that guide writers toward making effective choices, not just in pieces they discuss in the Writing Center, but also in their future writing.

Consultants are readers and responders, not graders or evaluators, and they’re not experts in every genre of writing. Yes, they provide the crucial feedback of a real reader, but they don’t have all the answers. This basic assumption should help everyone involved with the Writing Center:

  • consultants shouldn’t feel that they have to know all conventions of writing in all genres
  • writers visiting the Writing Center shouldn’t feel that they are being judged, that their writing will be magically fixed by a consultation, or that they are losing any of their authority over their work
  • classroom instructors shouldn’t worry that consultants will give their students advice at odds with their values or assumptions about writing

Students, please see our Portal page for our current hours

 

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Writing Center
Howard Colman Library
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4043

writingcenter@rockford.edu

Virtual Writing Center

10/19/2016 11:52 am

Submit your paper

The Virtual Writing Center is designed as a digital version of our face-to-face Writing Center (in the Howard Colman Library). While we recommend the rich communication of a face-to-face consultation, we realize that some writers find it inconvenient to travel to campus. To learn more about our philosophy and our current hours, visit our Portal page.

Please allow up to 48 hours for us to read and respond to your draft. When we are overwhelmed with face-to-face consultations (especially during midterm and exam times), we may not be able to respond to requests for online draft reviews in a timely fashion.

If you have any problems with this form, send an email with your paper and answers to all of the questions in the form to writingcenter@rockford.edu.

Common problems:

  • You type the wrong email address and thus never get our response.
  • You forget to fill out some of the fields below, giving us few ideas about how we can most help.
  • You expect us to proofread your grammar and mechanics, when that’s not our purpose. See the philosophy statement on our Portal page.
  • You write to us at the last minute and expect an ultra-quick response.

 

Forum Series

07/26/2016 10:45 pm

FORUM SERIES

The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers in a variety of disciplines who have achieved success both nationally and locally, and performers of stature in the arts. The Forum Series’ central programming focus is geared toward students. Lectures and performances are concerned with intellectual, social, and cultural matters of general interest to deepen and broaden students’ education at Rockford University. Participation is required for all full-time undergraduate students.

Forum Series presenters and events cover a broad spectrum of scope and genre. Some recent events have included the Tibetan lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery and their creation of a mandala—a sacred sand painting; Holocaust survivor Zev Kedem, the compelling speaker who worked with Steven Spielberg on the movie Schindler’s List; Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on a Central American Peace Plan; quadriplegic Olympic bronze medal rugby player Mark Zupan; film documentarian Barbara Martinez Jitner, who produced “La Frontera;” Davar Ardalan, author of “My Name is Iran;” and traditional University events like the President’s Opening Convocation, Charter Day Convocation, and theater productions.

Admission is free* but tickets are required. Please contact the Box Office at 815-226-4100 for additional information. To request and reserve tickets, please email BoxOffice@rockford.edu.
*Except theater performances for the general public; Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.


Spring 2017 Forum Schedule

Orchesis Student Dance Company
in CONCERT: Action / (RE)ACTION
Thursday—Saturday, Jan. 26—28
7:30 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The Rockford University Orchesis Dance Company presents their annual concert of classical and contemporary dance. New works by dance faculty members Amy A. Wright and Mitchell Stolberg include ballet, modern, dance theatre, contemporary jazz, and tap.
$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

 

SEX AND THE LAW:
C.L. Lindsay
Tuesday, Jan. 31
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Attorney, author, and student advocate C.L. Lindsay will explain how the law applies to the more sordid parts of the college experience. Learn the legal aspects of consensual sexual issues, contraception, STDs,

 

14 Traits of leadership:
Chris Czarnik
Wednesday, Feb. 8
3 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Leadership is hard to define but easy to see. This seminar analyzes the fourteen traits that leaders must demonstrate on a daily basis in order for others to follow them and for you to lead your own life. We will also discuss the most common mistakes that new leaders make and how to avoid them. Chris Czarnik is a national career search expert with 12 years of job search counseling and motivational speaking experience. His innovative approach to job search has helped thousands of people land rewarding careers.

 

The Great American
Trailer Park Musical
Thurs.—Sat., Feb. 23—25, at 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26, at 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

You’ll want to sing along with The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a naughty, bawdy, mischievous, and dysfunctional Florida community set to music. More info >>

$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.

 

Charter Day
Monday, Feb. 27
4 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

The 170th anniversary of the signing of the charter for Rockford University includes an academic procession of faculty in traditional robes depicting their rank, with stoles representing their respective alma maters and degrees. This year’s speaker will be Beloit College President Scott Bierman.

 

 

Breaking Down Walls & Building Bridges:
Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Tuesday, March 14
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Che “Rhymefest” Smith discusses how citizens can use positions of leverage to address issues of police brutality, systematic biases, and lack of services. As a writer, artist, activist, political organizer and teacher, Che has cracked glass ceilings and shattered negative stereotypes about hip-hop. Among other awards, he won a Grammy for co-writing “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West and an Academy Award for his work on the song “Glory,” featured in the film Selma.

 

Priceless:
Robert Wittman
Monday, March 20
7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Called “the most famous art detective in the world,” Robert Wittman founded the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and served for 20 years as the FBI’s investigative expert in this field. He is responsible for recovering more than $300 million in stolen art and cultural property around the world. Since retiring from the FBI in 2008, he authored The New York Times best-seller Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue The World’s Stolen Treasures. He speaks about his FBI career leading audiences through notorious art heists and incredibly daring undercover recoveries.

 

Astrobiology:
Penelope J. Boston
Thursday, April 6
4 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall

Dr. Penelope Boston is the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute. Prior to joining NASA, Boston founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Tech, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

 

A Flea in Her Ear
Thurs.—Sat., April 27—29, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center

Paranoia, infidelity, and lechery take center stage in raucous bedroom farce A Flea in Her Ear, a hysterical cocktail of chaos that could only have been devised by the master of comic stagecraft, Feydeau. More info >>

$12 adults, $9 students and seniors

Rockford University students receive one free ticket to each Performing Arts event upon request with valid ID.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Forum Series? The Rockford University Forum Series presents speakers from a variety of disciplines and performers of stature in the arts. The series is designed to provide a shared experience for students while broadening their education at the University. The Forum Committee, comprised of faculty and student representatives, selects the events.

Are all students required to attend all the Forum Series events? All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend a minimum of two Forum Series events each semester. (Exceptions: student teachers and participants in off-campus programs such as Washington Semester or study abroad programs) In most cases, students who reduce their course load below 12 credits at any point in the semester must still meet the Forum Series requirement. Consult with SAS for further information on exceptions to this rule.

Is a ticket required for forum events? Yes. A ticket is required for all Forum events. Student tickets are free with a Rockford University ID card; one free ticket per student. Tickets must be obtained at the university Box Office, located in Clark Arts Center.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Box Office
Clark Arts Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4100
fax: 815-394-5167

boxoffice@rockford.edu

Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Fri - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Thu - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm