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Mission Statement

The University Writing Center furthers the GSW mission of cultivating intellectual and social growth for students by providing a place for practice in writing, communication skills, and collaboration. We believe that learning to write is a complex process that is effectively fostered by providing knowledgeable, attentive readers. Consultants assist students in strategies for all facets of the writing process and in every discipline. Additionally, the Center serves as a resource for the larger GSW community in the teaching of writing.

Location

The Writing Center is located in the ACE 104.

Appointments and Online Consultations

Click here to access the Writing Center Portal

Consultants

  • Ashley Bratcher
  • Brittnea Holland
  • Brigitte Locke
  • Megan Vonier
  • Jairus Whitley

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why meet with a Writing Center Consultant?

Meeting with a consultant is a good idea whether you struggle with writing or consider yourself a strong writer. Writing Center Consultants are trained to be attentive readers who can review your paper and help make it stronger. They assist with all aspects of the writing process including brainstorming, developing thesis statements, drafting and organizing, and even revising. In addition, consultants can also help with grammar and style techniques. Overall, we believe visiting the Writer Center will be beneficial to every student, no matter what type of writer they consider themselves or where they are at in the writing process.

Q:  How does a tutoring session work?

During a tutoring session, we will first go over the assignment with you based on any rubrics or syllabi that you bring with you. Then we will discuss what you want to focus on, whether it is coming up with a topic or revising your paper. We will discuss any questions you have and help you develop strategies to improve your paper and overall writing skills.

Q:  Why can’t you just fix my paper for me?

Our mission is to consult with you in the writing process, not edit your paper for you. We will walk you through each of the steps of your writing process, but we cannot fix all of your mistakes for you.

Q:  What do I need to bring to my session?

For each session a student will need:

  • A rubric or class syllabus explaining the assignment
  • Any class notes having to do with the assignment
  • A draft of the paper, or notes and brainstorming ideas, if the student has them

Q:  Can you tell me what grade I will get on my paper?

We cannot tell you what grade you will make on your paper. We cannot be sure of how your professor will grade your work. Our job is simply to assist you through the writing process in order to help you come up with the strongest paper possible.

Q: Can I get help on an essay exam?

We cannot help you with essay exams, or “take home essays,” unless we have written permission from your professor. You may bring a signed note to the session or the professor can leave permission with the Director, Dr. Lauren DiPaula.

This two year schedule shows a list of planned courses and as such is subject to change. At its sole discretion, the University may revise this schedule and any information contained herein, without advance notice. No contract, either expressly or implied, is created by this schedule.

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Business Administration

School of Computing and Mathematics

School of Education

School of Nursing

Library

Focus

The world today is becoming more and more technical, but the number of technical, science-oriented, majors has been steadily decreasing in recent years.  Opportunities in STEM fields abound, yet some must go unfulfilled.  It is time now to turn things around.  The latest teaching techniques have made studying and learning in these fields fun, exciting, and easier to grasp.  Gone are the days of memorizing seemingly unrelated principles and facts.  Welcome are the days of natural inquiry and developmental approaches that allow for concrete experiences and foster quicker learning and longer retention.

Goals

The aim of the STEM initiative at GSW is to increase enrollment and success in STEM courses and to increase the number of these majors and graduates.  This extends beyond the campus boundaries to area feeder schools by working with students and teachers to build interest, confidence, and expertise in STEM learning, several years before students enroll in college.

Commitment

GSW is committed to ramping up the emphasis in STEM teaching and learning for the betterment of the students and the world in which we live.

Location

STEM offices are located in Science 108.

Degrees

Biology offers a B.S. Degree in Biology and a minor in Biology.  These provide preparation for work in zoological, botanical, ecological, medical, dental, veterinarian and other vital areas.

Chemistry offers a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Chemistry and preparation in the fields of environmental analysis, research and development, safety, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, production and management.

Geology and Physics offer a B.S. in Geology and preparation in the geosciences and graduate work in geology.  Many diverse options await the graduates from environmental geology and hydrogeology to oceanography, paleobiology, and petrology.

Engineering Dual-Degree offers a cooperative degree with the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Students generally complete 3 years at GSW and 2 years at Georgia Tech, which leads to a B.S. Degree in Math or a specific science and a B.S. Degree from Georgia Tech in a specific engineering discipline.  The more popular engineering fields being:  Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Material Science, Mechanical, and Nuclear.

Information Technology offers a B.S. Degree in Information Technology.  This program prepares students to work in network administration, information security, telecommunications, web development, and computer graphics.

Computer Science offers a B.S. in Computer Science, which prepares students to design and develop solution algorithms, design and build computer systems, design and translate languages, and to use languages and computers efficiently to solve a variety of otherwise tedious and complicated problems.

Mathematics offers a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Option in Industrial Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Teacher Certification, and a Masters in Education in Secondary Mathematics.  Career opportunities are many and varied.  Banking, business, computer science, actuarial science, insurance, civil service and education are just a few.

Personnel

Dr. M. Elizabeth Gurnack
STEM Advocate
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Universtiy of Illinois
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Science Building Room 108
Phone: 229.931.52356
Email: stem@gsw.edu

Activities

Academy for Future Teachers

From June 23 through June 30, we will host an all-day workshop for future teachers in STEM fields. Qualified rising high school juniors and seniors from southwest Georgia are invited to participate in this learning experience.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted based upon high school grades, letters of recommendation and activities/service/honors. Application forms and requirements and forms can be accessed from the following link:

Apply to AFT

On-campus science/math tutoring:  A science/math tutoring lab is organized to assist freshmen with their introductory courses.  Upper-division GSW students staff the lab.  Currently tutoring is provided in math and science in Science 123/124.  As need is identified, additional tutors will be added in other science areas.

Science Competition:  Plans have been made to hold a science competition in April of 2009.  Area schools have been invited to our campus to compete on a written exam, participate in science and math labs and act out a version of the popular board game: Robo Rally.

Workshops, Training and Off-campus Visitations:  Efforts are underway to begin working with area teachers and their classes to enhance interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  In order to increase excitement and performance in STEM fields in our area, a combined and cooperative program will be developed to create effective and long-lasting improvements and mastery of these vital disciplines.

 

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