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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.

In Fall 2018, we open on Tuesday, September 4.

Hours and Location

  • Mon-Thurs: 12-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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.

Meet our consultants

PDF showing which consultant is working at which times in Fall 2018

Annie Daab, Writing Center Consultant
Annie Daab
Major: marketing
Fact: My favorite movie is Interstellar!

Photo of Victoria Rodgers, Writing Center consultant
Victoria Rodgers
Major: English
Fact: I was nearly a published author as a freshman in high school.

Photo of Siyarath
Sindy Siyarath
Double-major: Anthropology/Sociology and English
Fact: I had a sweet bearded dragon named Pumpkin!

Photo of Laube
Erica Laube
Major: Accounting
Fact: I trained my cat Simba to do dog tricks!

An anime eye, representing consultant Jaci Borgen

Jaci Borgen
Major: English
Fact: I can crochet!

Teaching Writing

11/17/2016 1:23 pm

Periodically, Rockford University faculty host interactive workshops designed to help faculty across the curriculum teach writing.

This page is designed as an easy place to find the links, resources, and notes shared at each of these meetings. Often, those resources take the form of a single Google Doc, an online document that houses notes and resources for a meeting. If you’re unable to attend a meeting, or if you want to read more about the topics discussed, click the links below to access the Google Doc for that meeting.

What topics should we cover in future workshops? What would help you be a better teacher of writing? Contact Tara Wood or Kyle Stedman with suggestions!

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Spring 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

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.

VWC

Forum Series

07/26/2016 10:45 pm

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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.

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.

Fall 2018 Lineup

View and print a PDF flyer of this semester’s events. – coming soon

President’s Opening Convocation   
Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D.

Friday Aug. 24, 12 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
The 2018-19 Rockford University academic year begins with a formal convocation and remarks by President Eric W. Fulcomer. Held since 1851, this longtime tradition includes a faculty procession in full academic regalia.

 


Rock Solid Success Seminar
Timothy Alexander

Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Alexander is a faith-driven young man who has dedicated his life to motivating and inspiring others. His drive and determination helped him become a college football player when many believed that dream was impossible due to a car accident that left him paralyzed. During the session, he will tell his story and challenge those in attendance to live a life of resiliency. Read more about Timothy’s story at Inspired by TA.


Constitution Day: Dark money, free speech and the right to know
David Berman, Ph.D.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 3 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Chapel
Dark money. The name itself carries ominous undertones, undertones that critics of this relatively new campaign-finance phenomenon of hidden contributions claim reflect a genuine threat to democracy. Its defenders argue that the dark money approach to funding political campaigns is merely an extension of Americans’ basic right to free speech. In this Constitution Day lecture, we’ll hear from Dr. Berman, Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.


Carrie the Musical
Thurs. – Sat., Oct. 4-6, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Adapted from Stephen King’s novel, Carrie focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by her mother, an oppressive religious fanatic. Carrie tries in vain to escape her unhappy home life and be accepted by her schoolmates but to no avail. When she is grossly humiliated by her classmates at the high school prom, she unleashes her wrath in a reign of destructive chaos on everyone and everything in her path.


Justice and Return: The comics and illustrations of Leila Abdelrazaq
Leila Abdelrazaq
Friday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Severson Auditorium, Scarborough Hall
This Palestinian author and artist will discuss her biographical and autobiographical comics, and the way she has used the comic form to make Palestinian issues accessible to a broad range of audiences. She will also discuss the political importance of storytelling in marginalized communities, and the power of self-publishing and zine-making as a tool for activism. Read more about Leila’s art on her website here.


The Power of Food for Health
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Please join Dr. Neal Barnard, president of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, as he discusses the science behind what you eat. Learn how food can help you tackle cholesterol, weight problems, diabetes, and heart disease and even improve brain function. Dr. Barnard will discuss the benefits of a plant-based diet along with offering practical guidance on how to turn your health around, starting one bite at a time.


Factfulness
Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Factfulness is the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. In this interactive conversation presented with Rockford’s Connect2Peace organization, you’ll hear 10 instincts that distort our understanding of the world and how the thinking habit of factfulness can help. You’ll also learn about Dollar Street, an innovative data visualization program that uses data to depict how people really live.


Rockford’s Daughter: Reintegrating the life of Ellen Gates Starr as a social reformer, artist, activist, and religious seeker
Annie Storr, Ph.D.
Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Chapel
Rockford alumna Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940) may be one of America’s most important under-studied figures of the early 20th Century. Side by side with her lifelong friend, alumna and Nobel Laureate, Jane Addams (1860-1935), she co-founded Chicago’s famous Hull-House. Part of this story is her role as an articulate conveyor of ideas, both directions, between the Progressive Midwest and the Britain of the Suffrage Movement, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Social Gospel and Modern literary circles. Dr. Annie Storr is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Research Study Center and teaches Gallery-Based Teaching and Learning in the Museum Studies Program at Harvard.


History of White People in America
Pierce Freelon

Monday Nov. 12, 3 p.m.
Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center
Freelon is a captivating speaker and performer, whose presentations about race, politics, technology and culture leave audiences entertained and enlightened. He will provide an in-depth look at race as a cultural construct, in this multimedia presentation that grapples with the question of a post-racial America, and explores the redemptive, healing and emancipatory power of music and poetry. Freeelon is also the founder of Blackspace, a digital maker space in Durham, NC, where young people learn about music, film and coding. He has taught music, political science, and African American studies at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University.


Sport Management Symposium
Thursday Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Regents Hall, Burpee Center
Speakers from various areas in the field of sport and recreation management will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to careers in sport management and to share their tips for success. This event is organized by members of Professor Jason Hunter’s Senior Seminar class. A full list of participants is TBA.

 


 

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. Contact the Box Office at 815-225-4100 or boxoffice@rockford.edu.

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