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UW-Eau Claire writing tutors to present research at national conference

October 26, 2012

CWElogoEAU CLAIRE — Thirteen student tutors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Center for Writing Excellence will travel to Chicago to present their scholarly work at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing Nov. 2-4.

The students are:

  • Susan Santee-Buenger, a graduate student in English-writing from Chippewa Falls.
  • Rory Noble , a graduate student in English-writing from Wisconsin Rapids.
  • Senior Alie Bultman, a Spanish and English education double major from Green Bay.
  • Senior Nicole Bunce, an English education major from Savage, Minn.
  • Senior Amanda Chase, an English education major from Prior Lake, Minn.
  • Senior Jacob Fishbeck, a political science major from New Brighton, Minn.
  • Senior Michael Jobb, a psychology and creative writing double major from White Bear Lake, Minn.
  • Junior Clare Koopmans, an English-linguistics major from Albany.
  • Senior Whitney Pilgrim, a psychology major from Chippewa Falls.
  • Junior Erin Stevens, a creative writing and organizational communication double major from Sherwood.
  • Senior Alaina Sullivan, an English-literature major from Cedarburg.
  • Senior Kelsey Thompson, an English composition/teaching major from Madison.
  • Junior Sam Weaver, an English-literature major from Eau Claire.
  • Senior English education majors Caitlin Rathburn, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Kirsten Redding, Oostburg, also were accepted to present, but are unable to attend the conference.

According to Dr. Alan Benson, assistant professor of English and CWE director, the number of UW-Eau Claire students attending the event says volumes about their abilities.

"This is national recognition that the CWE is producing top-notch tutor-scholars, students who are both skilled at what they do and reflective and strategic about what they are doing," Benson said.

He also believes that the conference will provide an opportunity for the students to grow.

"Our writing assistants are very thoughtful, engaged and dedicated to their one-on-one work, and this is an opportunity for them to reflect on the work they do, to draw connections between theory and practice and to help other writing center professionals benefit from their insights," he said. "Part of being a scholar is stepping out of your daily routine, sharing your work and participating in the scholarly conversation."

UW-Eau Claire students will present on three panels. Each of the papers were developed in English 397, "Tutoring Academic Writing," the tutor-training course, and from their work in the CWE. This is the second year in a row that tutors from the CWE have presented at a major writing conference.

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Benson at bensonat@uwec.edu.

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