Eleven students have been awarded the 2021-22 Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize for excellence in first-year writing. A celebration was held in January by the Writing and Rhetoric Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. Read more in the Communications news story.
On January 24, Peer Writing Tutor Jack Torpey ‘24 and Director of the Writing Center Professor Genie Giaimo, presented on college students’ meaningful writing experiences as part of the 2022 Contemporary Teaching Series. The talk began with insights from the book The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education, followed by the results of an on-campus study conducted by Torpey in 2021. Read key points discussed in the workshop.
On Thursday, January 13, participants gathered on Zoom to celebrate the nominees for the Ward Prize in First-Year Writingfor 2020-21. Rather than having one winner and two runners-up, as in past years, the committee selected 11 of the 30 nominees to receive the prize. The change allows for a broader range of styles and disciplines to be adequately represented and recognizes there isn’t one dominant voice in student writing that can be deemed best. Read more about the celebration and see the digital book of essays.
Sam Wilson ’24 posted his essay Asking for a Friend this fall on Blurring Boundaries, a Writing and Rhetoric Program (WRPR) project started by professor Hector Vila. The site is a creative non-fiction space built through Medium for students to share their class writing and digital stories that blurs boundaries, including photography and art that ask us to think deeper. Over 80 students have contributed to date. Alumni are also welcome to submit works. Read more essays.
Roni Lezama ‘22 wrote I’m a First-Generation American. Here’s What Helped Me Make It to College for Education Week. In it he shares three ways to help immigrant and first-generation students succeed. Read the article.
Rebecca Duras ’19 wrote for the Wall Street Journal about being a first-generation student at Middlebury and her work with First@Midd. Students, faculty and staff can access the WSJ for freecourtesy of the Student Government Association (SGA). Read the article.
The Middlebury Campus celebrated Hannah Laga Abram ‘23, the Ward Prize recipient for academic year 19-20. The winning paper was The Ecology of Folklore (Middlebury Community access). The prize is given annually for excellence in first-year writing. Read the article.
Writing Center Director and WRPR Professor Genie Giaimo’s research was featured in a two part interview Writing Center Wellness and Carework in Turbulent Times by WLN, a Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. See part 1 and part 2.