Nov. 22, 2004

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Contact: Moira Ozias, KU Writing Center, (785) 864-2399.

KU students present papers at Midwest writing conference

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Students and staff members affiliated with the University of Kansas Writing Center attended the 2004 Midwest Writing Center Association Conference in St. Cloud, Minn., Nov. 5-6.

The students and staff presented papers and facilitated workshops on writing center theory and practice.

Noel M. Rasor, Grand Rapids Mich., graduate student in American studies; Sadie Robb, Paola junior; and Moira Ozias, assistant director of the KU Writing Center, presented the collaboratively written paper “John Brown, Wilt Chamberlain and the Free State: Local History and Writing Center Practice.”

Kyle F. Timmermeyer, Derby junior, presented his paper, “Filling the God Gap: Religious Dialogue in the Writing Center”; and Jen Humphrey, Lawrence graduate student in creative writing, presented “Reflections in the Peer Review Pool: Searching for Common Ground Between the Creative Writing Workshop and Peer Tutoring.”

Greg Dixon, Marysville, graduate student in Teaching English as a Second Language, and Shu-wen Hsu, teacher at the Small World Language School, facilitated a workshop, “Navigating Prejudices Attendant to Working With Non-Standard English Users in the Writing Center.”

The MWCA, a regional affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association, will host the 2005 IWCA Conference in Minneapolis next fall.

Michele Eodice, KU Writing Center director, who is vice chair of MWCA and a member of the IWCA executive board, accompanied the students to St. Cloud.

Hometown information for the students:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Jennifer Humphrey, graduate student in creative writing; Linn (Mo.) High School graduate, 1996 bachelor's degree in journalism from KU.

MARSHALL COUNTY
From Marysville
Gregory Allen Dixon, graduate student in Teaching English as a Second Language; 1994 master's degree in English from KU.

MIAMI COUNTY
From Paola
Sadie Andria Robb, senior, daughter of Deborah Robb; Paola High School graduate.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Kyle Timmermeyer, junior, son of Stephen and Diane Timmermeyer; Kapaun-Mt. Carmel High School graduate.

MICHIGAN
From Grand Rapids
Noel M. Rasor, graduate student in American studies; bachelor's degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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