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June 17, 2014

2014 Coakley Ames & Mikelonis Award Recipients

On behalf of the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Writing Studies, I am pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 undergraduate awards.

* Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award ($1000): Mary C. Stokes and Alexa Keenan
* Victoria Mikelonis Memorial Award in S&TC ($200): Matewos Gebrehiwet

More information about these awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships web page.

Congratulations to Mary, Alexa and Matewos!

May 20, 2014

Professor Mary Schuster receives Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Mary Schuster has been awarded the Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award for 2013-2014.

The Motley Award "recognizes faculty of the college who are outstanding teachers of graduate and undergraduate students.

The Motley award acknowledges faculty who:
* inspire and care,
* make themselves approachable,
* show an interest in individual students' well-being and in programs for the benefit of students generally,
* give of themselves generously in advising, counseling, and directing projects, and
* create an active classroom atmosphere.
Such faculty provide a model to undergraduate and graduate students through their own research and teaching, and leave an impression by their efforts which alumni recall with appreciation and esteem."

Congratulations, Mary! And thank you to the students and former students, both graduate and undergraduate, who wrote letters for Mary's nomination.

May 1, 2014

Philip J. Stubbs invited to Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to Philip J. Stubbs, an undergraduate major in Scientific and Technical Communication, who has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa by the Alpha Chapter of the University of Minnesota. Mr. Stubbs has received an invitation to accept membership and attend the initiation ceremony on the afternoon of May 17, 2014. We are pleased to recognize Philip on his hard work and accomplishments at the University of Minnesota!

April 25, 2014

S&TC major, Bill Siemers, receives Facebook Content Strategy Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that Bill Siemers, a senior in our Science & Technical Communication major, is one of three recipients of the Facebook Content Strategy Fellowship. He will get to attend the Confab Central Minneapolis and meet with the Facebook Content Strategy team.

Congratulations, Bill!!!

October 30, 2013

Excellence in First-Year Writing Award

The FYW Program Excellence in Writing Award will be given to up to three outstanding essays written by current undergraduate students in a first-year writing course in the
2013-2014 academic year. The award recognizes the writing that is generated out of
University Writing, the first-year writing course.

The winner will receive a prize, a certificate, and publication on the FYW Program website. The award winner will be announced at the FYW Program Symposium in the spring.

Eligibility:

* Authors must be an undergraduate student enrolled in either a Fall 2013 or Spring
2014 section of WRIT 1301 or 1401.
* Original essays must have been written in response to an assignment in WRIT 1301
or 1401.
* Essays written in any genre for the class are acceptable.
* Authors must be registered students as of May 2014 at the University of Minnesota
in order to receive the award.
* Only one entry per student is eligible for submission.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Fill out the application form. Remember to sign and date it.
2. Attach a typed, double-spaced, clean copy of your essay. Remove your name, but keep the title.
3. Attach the writing assignment the essay was written to fulfill. Your application will not be considered without the assignment sheet. See your instructor if you need a copy.

How To Submit:

Please bring all of the required materials to the Dept. of Writing Studies, 214 Nolte Center. OR, email all of the materials to nmontana@umn.edu with subject line "FYW Writing Award."

Deadline for Submissions:

* Fall 2013 students must submit materials by 4pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2014.
* Spring 2014 students must submit materials by 4pm on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Late applications will not be accepted.

All winners will be notified by Thursday, May 15, 2014.

July 31, 2013

Graff awarded IAS Residential Fellowship

Richard Graff has been awarded a residential fellowship through the U of M Institute for Advanced Studies, for Fall 2013.

Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) residential fellows comprise faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars who spend a semester or year in residence at the IAS. Together they constitute a supportive interdisciplinary intellectual community in which fellows work intensively on their own research and creative projects and meet regularly to discuss their work and exchange ideas.

Fellows in Residence
Each year up to twelve University of Minnesota faculty members are selected as Residential Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at our offices in University Park Plaza, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.

Residential fellows description: http://ias.umn.edu/programs/residential-fellows/2013-2014/

June 3, 2013

Coakley Ames and Mikelonis Award Recipients

On behalf of the Undergraduate Committee in the Department of Writing Studies, I am pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013 undergraduate awards.

* Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award ($1000): Heidi Cameron and Carah Kucharski
* Victoria Mikelonis Memorial Award in S&TC ($200): Christi Mastley

More information about these awards can be found on the Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships web page.

Congratulations to Heidi, Carah, and Christi!

May 3, 2013

EPortfolio 2.0: Networked Learning in CLA

Professors Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and Ann Hill Duin, along with Kathleen Hanson (Journalism) and Celina Byers (CLA-OIT) had their E Portfolio proposal funded by the Provost's eLearning initiative.

They proposed the addition of an EPortfolio 2.0 to the curriculum in the Journalism Bachelor of Arts program and the Writing Studies / Technical Communication Bachelor of Science program. "The EPortfolio 2.0 program will allow all participating students to create a portfolio of finished work that demonstrates key abilities and activities critical to their respective major programs of study. This dynamic "2.0" version of EPortfolios will also include unique articulation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN), or arrays of people and social networking tools that connect students with information, knowledge and perspectives that enrich their undergraduate educations across and beyond the curriculum."

January 30, 2013

Schuster and Reyman win CCCC Award

Congrats to Mary Schuster and Jessica Reyman for winning the 2013 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication for "Special Issue: Technical Communication and the Law" in Technical Communication Quarterly. Jessica and Mary edited this collection for the journal.

September 14, 2012

2011-2012 Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2011-12 winners of the Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award, Phillip Stubbs and Frank Liang. Both Phillip and Frank are new S&TC majors, and Frank is a double major in English. The Coakley Ames Award is for students interested in improving their writing through advanced study. This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Coakley Ames family, who support improvement in student writing at the University of Minnesota.

June 13, 2012

Professor Haas wins Ellen Nold Award

At the annual Computers and Writing conference, recently held in Raleigh, North Carolina, Professor Christina Haas received the Ellen Nold award for best article on computers and writing, published in the journal Research in the Teaching of English.

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March 21, 2012

Bernadette Longo Awarded ACM Fellowship

Bernadette Longo has been awarded a 2012 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) History Committee Fellowship to continue developing a biography of computer pioneer and ACM founder Edmund Berkeley. She plans to have the manuscript completed by the end of the year.

Congratulations Bernadette!

February 6, 2012

Congrats Carol, Lee-Ann, and Elaine!

Congratulations to Professor Carol Berkenkotter, Associate Professor Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, and Professor Elaine Tarone (SLS, CARLA); each recently received a University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Grant:
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cla/enews/2012/02/accolades-february-2-2012.html

Carol Berkenkotter: "Symptoms in Search of a Concept in a Victorian Asylum: Three Case Histories."
Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch: "Writing Assessment of Student Research Reports in WRIT 3562W, Technical and Professional Writing."
Elaine Tarone: "A research agenda on second language learning by pre-literate adults."

December 20, 2011

Shannon Klug wins CLA Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Writing Studies staff member extraordinaire Shannon Klug, who has been selected to receive a CLA Outstanding Service Award for 2010-11. The award will be presented at the CLA Staff Appreciation Ceremony on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Memorial Hall at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and alumni are most welcome to attend!

November 17, 2011

Professor Elaine Tarone Wins Prestigious Award

Elaine Tarone (Professor of Second Language Studies, Director of CARLA) is the recipient of the American Association for Applied Linguistics' Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award for 2012. She will receive the award on the opening day of the 2012 AAAL conference in Boston in March and have the opportunity to deliver the DSSA special lecture. Elaine will also be a visiting professor teaching graduate courses at the University of Vienna in May-June 2012.

Congratulations Elaine!

April 25, 2011

Mikelonis Award Recipient

Kristin O'Connor, a junior in the Scientific and Technical Communication major in Writing Studies, has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Victoria Mikelonis Memorial Award. Kristin is interested in technical writing, usability, and editing, and she will be studying abroad next year. This award offers a $200 award every year to an exceptional undergraduate student whose academic pursuits reflect a commitment to scientific and technical communication, rhetorical studies, and/or intercultural communication. (Suggested uses are books and a membership in the STC student chapter.) The award is presented in recognition of Professor Mikelonis's leadership, commitment, and her tremendous contributions to the University of Minnesota with the hope that the student will continue to build on Professor Mikelonis's work.

Congratulations, Kristin!

April 8, 2011

Congratulations to the recipients of the Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award!

Congratulations to the recipients of the Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award! The award recognizes excellent writing in 1xxx-level courses and 3xxx-/4xxx-level courses. We had many excellent submissions, and four awards were granted:

First place, 1xxx-level writing (cash award of $100): Andrea Daughtery, "Seventeen: Impact and Influence," WRIT 1301 University Writing, Instructor Timothy Olekskiak

Second place, 1xxx-level writing (cash award of $50): Alison Seacord, "Why We Should Look," WRIT 1301 University Writing, Instructor Joe Moses

First place, 3xxx/4xxx-level writing (cash award of $100): Micah Sandberg-Spieler, "Social Media Strategy for The Cedar," WRIT 3562W, Instructor Joe Holt

Second place, 3xxx/4xxx-level writing (cash award of $50): Jennifer Nicklay, "Consultant Guilt in the Writing Center Community," WRIT 3751W, Instructor Kirsten Jamsen

Their papers are available for viewing as PDFs at the links above. Congratulations to our winners!

October 29, 2010

Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce the Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award for undergraduate writing. This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Coakley Ames family to recognize writing in higher education. The Department of Writing Studies will offer two $100 awards each year: one award in First-Year Writing, and one award in a 3xxx or 4xxx level course. Nominations can be made by students or by instructors, and the deadline is January 4, 2011.

More details about eligibility, criteria, and deadlines for the Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award are available on the Department of Writing Studies website.

June 29, 2010

Bernadette Longo awarded Imagine Fund Special Events grant

Associate Professor Bernadette Longo has just been awarded an Imagine Fund Special Events grant for her proposal "Symbols, Cell Phones, and Mirrors." The review committee, noting that this round of the competition was "especially intense," called Professor Longo's proposal "intriguing, well presented, and innovative." Congratulations, Bernadette!

May 17, 2010

Joanne Steinhofer wins undergraduate Medtronic Technical Communication Scholarship

I'm happy to announce that this year's winner of the undergraduate Medtronic Technical Communication Scholarship is Joanne Steinhofer. Ms. Steinhofer is a Scientific & Technical Communication (S&TC) major with a subplan in Information Technology & Design.

An outstanding student who made the Dean's List last Fall Semester, Joanne is a deserving winner of the award.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies

May 4, 2010

Joanne Steinhofer wins Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Award in Scientific & Technical Communication

I'm happy to announce that this year's winner of the Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Award in Scientific & Technical Communication is Joanne Steinhofer. Ms. Steinhofer is a Scientific & Technical Communication (S&TC) major with a subplan in Information Technology & Design.

As an undeclared major in her first year at the U of M, Joanne happened upon a S&TC brochure that caught her eye and led her to our major with the goal of becoming a Technical Communicator. An outstanding student who made the Dean's List last Fall Semester, Joanne is a deserving winner of the award.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Writing Studies

April 19, 2010

Prof. Berkenkotter selected for Imagine Fund award

Prof. Carol Berkenkotter has been selected by the Imagine Fund to receive a 2010-11 Annual Award of $4,000. The award will provide Berkenkotter with the opportunity to travel to London's Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine, where she will finish collecting psychiatric case histories from Ticehurst Insane Asylum (from 1899-1917.) Berkenkotter will also travel to Cambridge, to the Cambridge Library to visit the Charles Darwin archive. Darwin's correspondence with well-known Victorian alienist, James Crichton Browne is at this archive. The purpose for gathering this material is for writing a new book on Victorian psychiatry in the age of Darwin.

November 6, 2009

Congratulations Linda!

Congratulations to Linda Clemens (seen here with MWCA President Deaver Traywick) who received a Midwest Writing Centers Association student travel award!

Jessica Orton and Renata Solum from the Center for Writing also won the award.

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June 22, 2009

Krista Kennedy wins Kairos Award

Krista Kennedy was recently selected to receive the Kairos Graduate Student and Adjunct Scholarship Award for 2008.

As noted on the Kairos web site, "The Scholarship Award is given to a person whose research and scholarship is already excellent and/or also shows future promise for having an impact on our field. Three $500 awards will be given to graduate students and/or adjuncts in the field of computers and writing. These awards are based upon the three areas that guide our professional lives: Service, Scholarship, and Teaching."

Congratulations, Krista!

Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy
(http://www.technorhetoric.net/awards/gradadjunctnom.html)

April 2, 2009

Congrats to Greg Schneider, winner of the COGS Leadership Award Honorable Mention!

Congratulations to Greg Schneider, winner of the COGS Leadership Award Honorable Mention! Greg is honored for his leadership on behalf of the graduate students in the Department of Writing Studies. Greg has served as a graduate student representative to the DGS Advisory Committee, instituted a graduate student assembly, worked to redesign and expand the Writing Studies Parlors, ensured that graduate students' perspective is represented well in the curriculum, and helped redesign the way the department conducts preliminary doctoral examinations.

Thank you Greg, for your leadership and service to the department!

April 2, 2008

Zoe Nyssa Receives Consortium on Law and Values Grant

Zoe Nyssa was the recipient of one of eight Consortium on Law and Values grants for summer 2008. This grant makes it possible for her to conduct interviews and a survey of conservationists attending the Society for Conservation Biology conference this July as part of a pilot study for her dissertation on animal conservation discourses.

“Studying Biodiversity, Saving Biodiversity: Investigating Expert Constructions of Public Understanding of Conservation Science�—Zoe Nyssa, PhD student, Writing Studies ($5,954 awarded)

Each investigator receiving this award becomes a "Consortium Student Scholar." He or she will present a written report on the funded work to the full Consortium in 2009 and the project will be featured on the Consortium website. Awardees may also be asked to present at a Consortium-sponsored conference.

January 3, 2008

Book co-edited by Prof. Longo wins NCTE Award

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The edited collection Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies (ed. Blake Scott, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine Wills) has just been announced as the the winner of the 2007 NCTE Award in Technical and Scientific Communications for the Best Collection of Essays on Technical and Scientific Communication. The award will be presented at the ATTW Conference (part of CCCC) on April 2, 2008 in New Orleans. Congratulations to Bernadette and her co-editors on this important recognition.





October 31, 2007

Dr. Kastman Breuch receives Alumni Recognition Award

On October 18, 2007, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D., received an Alumni Recognition Award from the department of English at Iowa State University, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in 1998. The alumni awards are reserved for a select group of ISU graduates who have developed innovative methodologies or taken novel approaches to the application of their knowledge and who have distinguished themselves with outstanding accomplishment in their respective fields. Breuch was honored for her accomplishments including her book Virtual Peer Review: Teaching and Learning about Writing in Online Environments from SUNY Press (2004), her work with online tutoring, online writing instruction, and usability of online interfaces at the University of Minnesota.

October 19, 2007

Medtronic Scholarship in Technical Communication

Congratulations to Scientific & Technical Communication major, Neil Fahlstrom, winner of the Medtronic Scholarship in Technical Communication for the 2007-2008 academic year!

May 2, 2007

Award Winners

Scott Wyatt, a PhD student in the RSTC program, was awarded a DOVE Research Grant for the summer from the College of Liberal Arts. This is a competitive and prestigious award. The title of Scott's proposal is "Virtually Different: Rhetorical Strategies of Autistic Students in Virtual Spaces." Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, as his academic advisor, is overseeing Scott's work.

Kenny Fountain, a PhD student in the RSTC program, won a dissertation fellowship from the Graduate School, a very competitive and prestigious award. The fellowship will support Kenny for 2007-08 while he works on his dissertation, "'A Matter of Perception': Rhetoric, Embodiment & the Visual Practices of Anatomy Laboratory Education." Mary Schuster is Kenny's advisor.

Congratulations to Scott and Kenny.

April 19, 2007

Greg Schneider wins Council of Graduate Students' Leadership Award

Congratulations to Greg Schneider who recently was named as the winner of the Council of Graduate Students' (GOGS') Leadership Award. Greg was nominated by the members of the Get Stuff Done writing group that Greg organized in 2004. The group meets regularly and its efforts have improved the quality of many Masters papers, dissertations, and conference papers produced by RSTC students. See the attached nomination letter, largely the work of Salma Monani, a grateful member of GSD.

Greg has talked about devoting part of his award money to improving the quality of the libations at GSD. Sometimes good deeds such as Greg's but also Salma's are rewarded.

Arthur Walzer

Download nomination letter [pdf].

April 3, 2007

Bernadette Longo receives President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award

Bernadette Longo has been chosen to receive a President’s Faculty Multicultural Research Award to encourage and support research on issues related to people of color, particularly in a North American context. Her project, Nation Building as a Metaphor for Community Development in North Minneapolis, is based on her ongoing community-based research on food security, health disparities, and communication in North Minneapolis neighborhoods.