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April 17, 2014

MS in STC Research Showcase

Research Showcase
Featuring Spring 2014 M.S. in Scientific & Technical Communication Graduates

Please join us for research insights, networking, and snacks.
All faculty and students are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
235 Nolte, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Presentations, 4:10-4:40 p.m.

Event Flyer

April 1, 2014

Reconstructing Oratorical Performance Space in Ancient Greece

Graff IAS flyer

April 22, 2014, 3:30pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop
Richard Graff, Writing Studies & Literacy and Rhetorical Studies, U of M; 2013 IAS Residential Fellow

http://ias.umn.edu/2014/04/22/graff/

February 27, 2014

Working Closets: Navigating Rhetorics and Discourses of LGBTQ Professional Identities Inside a Corporate Workplace

Please join us for a conversation with Matt Cox, March 14th, in Nolte 125 at 2pm.

Event flyer

Please join us March 14th at 2:00pm for this special event in our "Current Research in Writing Studies" series. Refreshments will be provided.

Matt Cox joined the ECU Technical and Professional Communication faculty in summer 2012. He is currently in the initial stages of a book length project on LGBT professional identity as narrative practice within a Fortune 500 workplace. He is also working on an essay titled "A Queerness of Belonging," for the forthcoming edited collection Echoes of Home: Bringing Home to Work. He also has over 12 years of industry experience in software documentation and publishing for software and hardware user guides. He has worked extensively as a freelance editor and web content consultant. He remains active in the Queer Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4C) and the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).

Matt holds his B.A. in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, his M.S. in Technical and Professional Writing from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing and Cultural Rhetorics from Michigan State University. His primary Areas of research/and teaching expertise include: technical and professional writing, LGBT and queer rhetorics, cultural rhetorics and studies within professional writing, and studies in professionalization and identity as narrative.

February 11, 2014

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Please join us for Teachers Teaching Teachers tomorrow, February 12th, from 3-4pm in 229 Nolte. Light refreshments will be served.

The format will include two presentations:

Laura Pigozzi and Brian Larson "WRIT 3029W, WRIT 3562W, and the Writing for International Students Program (WINS)"
The Writing Studies Department has received funding from the University for the Writing for International Students Program (WINS). Among the projects slated for that program is the launch of non-native-speaker (NNS) sections of WRIT 3029W Business and Professional Communication and WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Communication. The WINS team is developing curriculum and materials for those sections, but it is also developing resources and training for all 3029/3562 instructors, because there will continue to be international students in all sections of these courses. Pigozzi and Larson are engaged in research and development activities this spring as RAs for WINS. Come to hear the direction their work is taking, share your perspectives on teaching NNS students, and have input into this new program.

Trent Kays "Infographics, Timelines, and Other 21st Century Multimodal Tools for Student Projects."
In this presentation, Kays will discuss various free, online multimodal web-based tools and how these tools can be used in various writing courses to encourage non-
linear and abstract thinking. He will address the question: in what ways can instructors evaluate student projects created with these tools? Additionally, Kays will provide a handout with a detailed list of these tools and demonstrate sample projects and project design based on using specific tools.

November 5, 2013

TEACHERS TEACHING TEACHERS

November 6, 2013, 3-4 pm
229 Nolte Center
Department of Writing Studies

Please join us for Teachers Teaching Teachers on November 6th. This is an opportunity to participate in a teaching community that will support your work as instructors in Writing Studies. We will hear two presentations.

Jarron Slater "Connecting a Critique Assignment to Writing and Revising Student Research Reports"
This discussion will present a sample critique assignment that works well to help writing students workshop and evise research reports. I will share sample critiques that may be used to show students what a critique could look like. Instructors at this discussion will receive two handouts: an assignment sheet and a sample critique.

Ashley Clayson "E-Portfolios for Graduate Instructors: An Exploratory Discussion about Affordances, Constraints, and Ethics"
Online portfolios (e-portfolios) that showcase research and teaching materials can be excellent professionalization tools. As a genre, it seems as if they have evolved to include particular features, but how can they/should they further evolve? This discussion explores issues of affordances and constraints of e-portfolios while foregrounding ethical guidelines for e-portfolio creation. We will consider questions such as the following: how are e-portfolios actually used? How much text is too much? What can/should take the place of text? How do we handle student privacy when considering adding multimodal elements to e-portfolios?

November 1, 2013

Give to the Max Day - November 14

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Be a light for the U's Department of Writing Studies on Give to the Max Day. Make a gift at http://z.umn.edu/maxwrit.

October 2, 2013

Internet Activism

Please join us at noon on October 21st, 2013 for presentations by Laura Gurak, John Logie and visiting scholar Constance Kampf on the topic of Internet activism.

"Art Interrupting Business, Business Interrupting Art: Re(de)fining the Interface Between Business and Society" -- Constance Kampf, Business Communication, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University

"Dark Days: Understanding the Historical Context and the Visual Rhetorics of the SOPA/PIPA Blackout" -- John Logie, University of Minnesota

"Trust and Internet Activism: from Email to Social Networks" -- Laura J. Gurak, University of Minnesota

This event will be held in Nolte 229. All are welcome.

September 24, 2013

DASH: Digital Arts Sciences + Humanities Kick-off Event

The University Libraries are excited to announce the first in a new series of monthly events, organized by the DASH (Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities) Initiative. DASH aims to bring together students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines and campuses, in order to promote innovative tools and methods for scholarly, pedagogical, and creative projects, including:

Text and data mining
Digital archives
GIS and spatial research
Data visualization and arts
Digital storytelling
Mobile app development
Multimodal scholarship
Digital archives
Critical code and algorithm studies

Where: STSS 119
When: Wednesday, October 2 at 3:30pm

Come learn more about DASH, hear about the events and projects we have planned for the year, learn how to start your own research projects or incorporate these ideas into your classrooms, and meet others interested in building these interdisciplinary digital projects.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, email dash@umn.edu. Follow DASH on Twitter @umndash.

April 25, 2013

Congrats S&TC Graduates

Congratulations to all our 2013 S&TC graduates. And thank you to everyone who attended our lunch and networking event, especially the reps from CLA Career Services, Amcom Software, LSS Datasystems, Boston Scientific, JPG & Associates, Inc., and Medtronic.

2013 Spring and Summer S&TC Grads:
Sumaya Al-Saadoon
Lisa Bain
Amanda Baukol
Lauren Brown
Kevin Cotch
Lucas Geissler
Cecily Groves
Chad Haugejorden
Rose Hruska
Alexander Kaiser
Jessica Krohn
David Leonard
Nicholas Libby
Scott Nichols
April Peterson
Sarah Priem
Desmond Richardson
Lacy Schwartz
Charles Seymour
Anna Skov
Molly Smith
Anna Verstraete
Benjamin Zientara

April 22, 2013

First annual "Doing Rhetoric at the U" conference

The University of Minnesota's Communication Studies and Writing Studies departments proudly invite you to our first annual conference titled "Doing Rhetoric at the U" on April 27, 2013, at the Weisman Museum.

Our inaugural question, "What does it mean to 'do rhetoric' at the University of Minnesota in the 21st century," is an invitation extended to faculty and graduate students interested in rhetoric from all department to showcase their current research and create new pathways of collaboration across campus.

With keynote addresses from top scholars in our field and a remarkable selection of 20 papers we begin a crucial conversation with far-reaching implications about our status at the U, our role as scholars, and our impact on the world around us.

For up to date information, check out the conference page at http://doingrhetoric.wordpress.com/


October 17, 2012

Writing Studies at Homecoming

homecoming2012.jpg Thanks to everyone who made this year's Writing Studies entry in the Homecoming Parade so much fun. Representatives from our undergraduate major, graduate programs, faculty, and staff, plus friends and family celebrated the department amidst throngs of revelers.

Video by Katie Moses ('08): http://youtu.be/yTX4jjFIqKU

We are also featured near the end of this UMN video: http://youtu.be/PlCt5ZeizK0.


September 26, 2012

S&TC Student Recruitment Activities

The undergraduate/graduate program recruitment committee held its first joint session, "What can I do with a degree in technical communication?" to promote our major, minor, MS, and certificate programs. Twenty-seven attendees including current students, prospective students, Writing Studies faculty and staff, CLA advisers, and alumni gathered in an active-learning classroom in STSS on Friday September 21.

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Thanks to generous students and alumni, we were able to give participants a view to the skills and knowledge that transfer from programs to workplace. Jim Hall (MS, OIT Director UMN Morris), Jim Willenbring (MS, Medtronic), Tony Poetz (MS, XRS ), Kari Gordon (BS, LSS Data Systems) shared their experience with the large group and during breakouts for our undergraduate and graduate programs.

We plan to hold joint sessions at the beginning of fall and spring semesters with an aim of recruiting new student.

The joint committee: Lee-Ann K. Breuch, Ann Hill Duin, Barb Horvath, and Joe Moses

May 2, 2012

University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections First Fridays

This Friday (May 4) Bernadette Longo will be speaking on Edmund Berkeley with Charles Babbage Institute archivist Susan Hoffman for a First Friday presentation. Please pack your lunch and join us if you can. http://staff.lib.umn.edu/communications/email/2012/firstfridays/2012-05-04index.html

March 29, 2012

What can I do with a Certificate or Master of Science degree in Scientific & Technical Communication?

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Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00-1:30
Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis Campus, University of Minnesota

The event is free and includes a pizza lunch.
Join past, current, and prospective students--plus community partners from business and industry--
to learn how writers, designers, planners, and problem solvers in S&TC start and advance their careers.

Who should attend?
* Graduates and undergraduates interested in writing, designing, and planning communications for businesses, non-profits, and institutions
* Managers looking for talented technical communicators
* Current technical communicators interested in advancing their careers

Students, come to learn:
* What are hiring managers looking for?
* What should be in my portfolio?
* Best and worst cover letter ideas.
* The technical communication job outlook.

Please RSVP to moses004@umn.edu with RSVP in the subject line.

March 28, 2012

A Dialogue and Roundtable Discussion with Anne Wysocki and Dennis Lynch

Wednesday, 28 March 2012
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
229 Nolte Center
Free and open to the public

Tumblr, Facebook, or html? Video argument? Animated writing? Email or txt? We all--students in our classes and we who teach writing--face proliferating rhetorical situations for composing. When to use words, when to use pictures, when to use video--and when to follow, make, or break conventions? What are our responsibilities--as teachers, administrators, and as producers and consumers of texts--to our students, to our programs, and to thoughtful textual production and analysis? Join us for a roundtable conversation between students, faculty and staff in the Department of Writing Studies and our distinguished guests.

Anne Wysocki and Dennis Lynch are co-authors of the popular textbook Compose, Design, Advocate: A Rhetoric for Integrating the Written, Visual, and Oral (just about to come out in its second edition) and of The DK Handbook (soon to come out in its third edition and in a fully digital version). Wysocki teaches new media aesthetics, composition, culture, and rhetorics; technologies of communication; and pedagogy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is co-author (with Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia Selfe, and UM-TC's Geoffrey Sirc) of Writing New Media (Utah State UP, 2004) and of several award-winning new media texts. Lynch directs the first year writing program for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an urban research university with 25,000 students. He teaches and researches rhetorical theory, history, and pedagogy.

For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Events Calendar.

January 17, 2012

Paul Anheier's Final Oral Examination

Ph.D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Paul Anheier

"Stasis, Change, and Pedagogic Struggle in the Teaching of Technical Writing: A Cultural Study of Houp and Pearsall's Reporting Technical Information."

Bernadette Longo, Advisor


Friday, January 20th, 2012
10:00 a.m.
201 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can.

December 7, 2011

Final Oral Examination by Kimberly Thomas-Pollei

Ph.D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Kimberly Thomas-Pollei

"Shaping a Discipline: Science and Medical Education Reform in Britain, 1770-1858"

Richard Graff, Advisor

Thursday, December 15, 2011
12:30 p.m.
201 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

October 28, 2011

Elizabeth Kalbfleisch

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by

Elizabeth Kalbfleisch

"Beyond the Tradition: British Rhetoric and Modernity, 1756-1783"

Robert L. Brown, Advisor


Friday, October 28, 2011

1:00pm

140 Nolte Center

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

October 24, 2011

Writing Studies at Homecoming

Another video: http://youtu.be/fhEMZpMH0ho

September 22, 2011

Current Research in Writing Studies - September 28th

Our first Current Research in Writing Studies event is September 28th from 11:45-1:30 in Nolte Center 140.

Presenting are:

Kim Thomas-Pollei, "Rhetoric, Medicine, and Emerging Scientific Knowledge: Scottish Medical Education in the Late Eighteenth Century"

Anne Lazaraton, "And worst of all, habeus was corpsed": Language play in the Daily Kos Weblog using a passive voice frame

Please attend if you can!

August 19, 2011

Fall Writing Studies Parlors

The Parlor event dates are set for Fall 2011! Please mark you calendars for 11:45am - 1:30pm on the following Wednesdays:

September 28
October 19
November 16
December 7

Parlors will be held in 140 Nolte. Information about the presenters will follow. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Donald Ross.

April 28, 2011

Today: Parlor & Colloquium

Rick Duque, "Mapping Digital Brain Drain"
Thurs. April 28 / 12:00 / Nolte 125
Professor Duque's research relates to an upcoming colloquium Professor Longo is planning for April 28-29. Two graduate students from Vienna will also present their related research at the Parlor. Below is a preview of Professor Duque's presentation followed by a description of the colloquium. Please see the call for participation for more details.

"Mapping Digital Brain Drain"
Are less developed nations with the most advanced Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures at a greater risk of losing
their best and brightest due to the more efficient networking capabilities
of new ICTs? During the global diffusion of new ICTs, there have been
accelerated migration patterns of the highly educated professionals from
the less developed world seeking opportunities in the advanced nations of
the world. Given the unanimous global consensus, and large donor
commitment, insisting that the 'Third World' join the Digital Information
Society, this suggests that brain drain is an even more vital risk to
account for in the digital age.


"Practicing Science, Technology and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order"

The colloquium will highlight work being done at the University of Minnesota exploring the interdependent and global nature of contemporary science and technology practices. Participants will explore how those who work within institutions of science and/or employ emerging technologies, like (but not limited to) new information and communication technologies (ICTS), frame political, economic, cultural, and environmental arguments about the impacts of their practices on "others". In particular, we will focus on how the diffusion of contemporary science and technology practices plays out in transnational projects that span the divide between countries in the global North and South.
No fee to register.

Locations:
Thursday, April 28: Institute for Advanced Study Thursday at Four presentation in Nolte 125
Friday, April 29: Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change sponsored in Studio E Rarig Center

April 1, 2011

Timothy Oleksiak presenting

Timothy Oleksiak will be presenting a revised version his Parlor presentation called "Intergenerational Consubstantiality and the 'It Gets Better Project'" during the Department of Communication Studies' Wednesday Noon Research series.

Come join in the fun on April 6, 2011 at 12:15-1:15 in Ford B15.

Upcoming Writing Studies' Parlors


Wed. April 6 / 11:00 / Nolte 140
Anne Wolf, "Improvisation as a critical cultural practice of resistance in composition pedagogy"
Ed Hahn, "Composition at the Crossroads of Hip-Hop and Whiteness"
Jacqueline Schiappa, "Understanding the Jonestown Tragedy through Others"

Thurs. April 28 / 12:00 / Nolte 125
Rick Duque, "Mapping Digital Brain Drain"
Professor Duque's research relates to an upcoming colloquium Professor Longo is planning for April 28-29.
Below is a preview of Professor Duque's presentation followed by a description of the colloquium. Please see the call for participation for more details.
Two graduate students from Vienna will also present their related research at the Parlor.

"Mapping Digital Brain Drain"
Are less developed nations with the most advanced Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures at a greater risk of losing
their best and brightest due to the more efficient networking capabilities
of new ICTs? During the global diffusion of new ICTs, there have been
accelerated migration patterns of the highly educated professionals from
the less developed world seeking opportunities in the advanced nations of
the world. Given the unanimous global consensus, and large donor
commitment, insisting that the 'Third World' join the Digital Information
Society, this suggests that brain drain is an even more vital risk to
account for in the digital age.

"Practicing Science, Technology and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order"
The colloquium will highlight work being done at the University of Minnesota exploring the interdependent and global nature of contemporary science and technology practices. Participants will explore how those who work within institutions of science and/or employ emerging technologies, like (but not limited to) new information and communication technologies (ICTS), frame political, economic, cultural, and environmental arguments about the impacts of their practices on "others". In particular, we will focus on how the diffusion of contemporary science and technology practices plays out in transnational projects that span the divide between countries in the global North and South.
No fee to register.
Locations:
Thursday, April 28: Institute for Advanced Study Thursday at Four presentation in Nolte 125
Friday, April 29: Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change sponsored in Studio E Rarig Center

March 28, 2011

Next Writing Studies Parlor is Wednesday, March 30th

The next Writing Studies Parlor is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th at 11:30am, in Wesbrook 320. We hope to see you there!


Joe Bartolotta
"Twelve Bars and a Pen: Improvising and Writing as Sidepeople"

Josh Welsh and Drew Virtue
"The Book and E-Reader: Contesting the Space Between Learning and Technology"

March 21, 2011

Practicing Science, Technology and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order

Colloquium on Technology, Culture, & Communication

Description. This colloquium will highlight work being done at the University of Minnesota exploring the interdependent and global nature of contemporary science and technology practices. Participants will explore how those who work within institutions of science and/or employ emerging technologies, like (but not limited to) new information and communication technologies (ICTS), frame political, economic, cultural, and environmental arguments about the impacts of their practices on "others". In particular, we will focus on how the diffusion of contemporary science and technology practices plays out in transnational projects that span the divide between countries in the global North and South.

See full description and call for participation

No fee to register.

Locations:
Thursday, April 28: Institute for Advanced Study Thursday at Four presentation in Nolte 125
Friday, April 29: Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change sponsored in Studio E Rarig Center

Please contact Bernadette Longo (blongo@umn.edu) for additional information.

February 7, 2011

Writing Studies Parlor

Please join us for this semester's first Parlor.

Who: Timothy Oleksiak
What: "Intergenerational Consubstantiality and the 'It Gets Better Project'"
Where: Nolte Rm. 140
When: Wednesday Feb. 9th, 11:30

January 21, 2011

Written Communication Reception

Written Communication, a quarterly journal devoted to the study of writing in its myriad forms, is now housed in the Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. The Department, including Professor Christina Haas and her editorial staff, would like to invite you to a reception celebrating Written Communication's arrival at the University of Minnesota.

The reception will be held on February 2, 2011 in the Upson Room of Walter Library from 3 until 4.30 in the afternoon.

At the reception, meet Editor Professor Christina Haas and her editorial staff,
read samples, and learn more about the international scope of the journal.

Light Refreshments will be served

Written Communication
is a quarterly research journal devoted to the study of writing in its myriad forms.

Free Web development classes for S&TC majors!

Take advantage of these opportunities to learn Web development skills! Registration is required.

OIT Technology Training will present three web development courses for Writing Studies students. Participants can enroll for the training using the our web site. We will send enrollment confirmations and class reminders to the participants.

Course 1: Web Development: Essentials - XHTML
Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 5, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 210
Instructor: Dennis Svendsen
Registration Code: s735b02

Enroll in the Web Development: Essentials - XHTML course
Click on the Custom tab on the right side of the page, enter the provided registration code, click the Enroll button, then follow the registration steps and submit.

Course 2: Web Development: Essentials - Cascading Style Sheets
Date/Time: Saturday, Feb 19, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 210
Instructor: Pat Haggerty
Registration Code: q745c02

Enroll in the Web Development: Essentials - Cascading Style Sheets course
Click on the Custom tab on the right side of the page, enter the provided registration code, click the Enroll button, then follow the registration steps and submit.

Course 3: Web Development: Dreamweaver CS5 Basics
Date/Time: Saturday, Mar 5, 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Walter 210
Instructor: Curt Squires
Registration Code: w6e7776

Enroll in the Web Development: Dreamweaver CS5 Basics course
Click on the Custom tab on the right side of the page, enter the provided registration code, click the Enroll button, then follow the registration steps and submit.

Spring 2011 Welcome Lunch for S&TC students!

Free Lunch!

Wednesday, January 26th
12 - 1:30pm
135 Nicholson Hall

Drop in anytime you can. Lunch will be available at noon,
followed by a short program at 12:30pm.

Program includes:
* Scholarship opportunities for S&TC majors
* Information on the S&TC major
* Information on Free Web development sessions
* Upcoming events

November 5, 2010

World Usability Day: Thursday, November 11

Please note an upcoming event, Usability Day, which will be held next Thursday, Nov 11 in Walter Library 402. As part of the event, Stuart Blessman and Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch are giving a presentation titled "Search Engine Optimization." Stuart is a student in our undergraduate major in Scientific and Technical Communication.

More info is available at the University's Usability Services website.

Please attend if you can!

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. | 402 Walter Library
Presentation: "Search Engine Optimization (SEO)"
• Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Writing Studies
• Stuart Blessman, Student, Scientific and Technical Communication

October 25, 2010

Writing Studies Parlor

The Parlor Committee would like to invite everyone to this year's first event.

Who: Professor Haas
What: "Building and maintaining contexts in Interactive Networked Writing:
An examination of deixis and intertextuality in Instant Messaging"

Where: Nicholson Hall Room 201
When: Wednesday November 3rd, 12pm

Parlor is a time for graduate students and professors to share their research with the Writing Studies community through presentation and discussion. If you are interested in presenting at a Parlor, please get in touch with Ed Hahn, Timothy Oleksiak, or Tom Wright.

October 20, 2010

Today is National Day on Writing

You are a writer. In a dozen different ways you indulge in and suffer though the work of constructing symbolic language. Articles, essays, exams, applications, love notes, shopping lists, theorems, riddles, poems, manifestos. You are a writer.

Don't you think that that should be celebrated? We do.

On Wednesday, 10/20, join the Center for Writing, First-Year Writing, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Department of Writing Studies -- not to mention fellow writers across the country -- in stimulating and entertaining events and activities to celebrate the second annual National Day on Writing. Here is the line up of events on our campus

* Submit your writing to Write@U: The U of Minnesota Gallery of Writing (all day, every day)
* Stalled Writing: A Day on Writing Participatory Public Art Project (all day; ground and 1st floor bathrooms; Nicholson Hall)
* InTentsive Writing: The Big Tent of Writing (11:00 am - 2:30 pm; ground floor lobby; Nicholson Hall)
* Artful Writing: Writing With, Through and About Art with the Weisman Art Museum (9:30 - 11:30 am; 135 Nicholson Hall, advance registration appreciated)
* Rethinking Writing: Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom (11:45 am - 1:15 pm; Nicholson Hall; advance registration required)
* Professors Write: A Roundtable on Faculty Writing and Faculty Writing Support (2:00 - 3:30 pm; 123 Burton Hall; advance registration appreciated)
* Pick up a free pencil at Student Writing Support in 15 Nicholson (9:00 am - 4:30 pm) and 9 Appleby (10:30 am - 4:00 pm)

May 20, 2010

Matt Kaplan's dissertation defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Matthew Kaplan

"Greening the Gamescape: How Virtual Game Worlds Can Reflect Real-World Environmental Ethics"


Dan Philippon, Advisor

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

The Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies

The centerpiece of the Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies will be the participation of three distinguished visiting scholars. These scholars will be noted for their interdisciplinary work in rhetoric and chosen by graduate students in Writing Studies, Communication Studies and UMD English. These visiting scholars will engage in productive dialogue with rhetoric faculty from Minnesota and with graduate students interested in rhetoric from the three participating graduate programs.

Date: 05/27/2010
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Free

More Info: https://events.umn.edu/003480

May 18, 2010

Timothy Dougherty's Plan B Paper Presentation

MASTER of ARTS in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Presentation of a Plan B Paper by Timothy Dougherty

"Beyond the Safety of Theorizing White Students: Toward a Practice of White Fallibility for Solidarity"

Patrick Bruch, Advisor


Thursday, May 20, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can.

May 13, 2010

Merry Rendahl's Dissertation Defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Merry Rendahl

"Moving First Year Writing Online: Applying Social Cognitive Theory to an Exploration of Student Study Habits and Interactions--Two Case Studies"

Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Advisor

Thursday, May 20, 2010
1:00 p.m.
135 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

Grace Coggio's Dissertation Defense

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Grace Coggio

"Agency, Socio-Cultural Context, and the Role of the Technical Communicator During IT Adoption: A Case Study in Innovation Diffusion Across Cultures"

Bernadette Longo, Advisor

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
10:30 a.m.
12 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

May 4, 2010

Scott Wyatt's Dissertation Defense May 11

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Christopher Scott Wyatt

Online Pedagogy: Designing Writing Courses for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Laura Gurak, Advisor


Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 12:00 p.m.
325 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can!

Brenda Hudson's Dissertation Defense May 10

Ph. D. in RHETORIC and SCIENTIFIC and TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION

Final Oral Examination by Brenda Hudson

"Democratizing" Clinical Research? Efficiency and Inclusiveness in an Electronic Primary Care Research Network

Carol Berkenkotter, Advisor

Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
145 Nicholson Hall

Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can.

April 20, 2010

The Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in the Food Industry

Dr. Gurak and graduate student Dawn Armfield are speaking at The Food Industry Center's upcoming symposium on April 28th. Since the event is a week from this Wednesday, we encourage people to register as soon as possible. UMN students can register for free by contacting Lisa Jore at 612.625.7019 or emailing ljore@umn.edu.


The Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in the Food Industry
The Food Industry Center 2010 Spring Symposium

Will Social Networking come to dominate marketing strategy?
What motivates people's fascination with social networking?
How has social marketing been used to promote and change healthy behavior?


Please join us for a discussion of these questions and more on Wednesday, April 28th (8:00 am - 4:30 pm) in the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota Campus.

Event information and the agenda are available in the attached flyer. Online registration is available at http://foodindustrycenter.umn.edu/Events.html.

We hope you can join us!

February 25, 2010

Writing Studies Parlor: March 4th

Jacqueline Schiappa, Josh Welsh, Drew Virtue, and Timothy Oleksiak will be presenting their 4C's panel:

"Writing (in) the Public Sphere:
Deliberative Democracy and Computer Mediated Communication"


301 Vincent Hall
(between Tate Physics Lab and Ford Hall)

Thursday March 4 - 12:30pm


Feel free to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

January 27, 2010

Info session for new and returning S&TC majors

Please join us for an information session in the Department of Writing Studies.

Thursday, January 28th
Drop in anytime between 11:30am & 12:45pm
45 Wesbrook Hall (downstairs)

Learn about:
New curriculum and sub-plans
Scholarship opportunities
Preparing for your internship
Software training resources


Get your questions answered and meet new and old majors, advisors, and undergraduate program staff and directors.

FREE FOOD!
Chips, beverages, and sandwiches from Erbert and Gerbert's!

December 9, 2009

Writing Studies Parlor: December 11th

Please join us this Friday, December 11, 2009 in 345 Nicholson Hall from 12:30-1:30. We will be treated to presentations on the theme of "Computers and Culture."

Dr. Bernadette Longo -- "Human + Machine Culture: Where We Work"

Joshua Welsh -- "Brainstorming Open Source Software"

Writing Studies students and faculty to present at RSA

Writing Studies PhD students Mary-Jo Witrak-Uhlenkott, Matthew Willaims, Timothy Oleksiak and Writing Studies professor Pat Bruch along with English PhD student Lucia Pawlowski were invited to present at the Rhetoric Socieity of America's 2010 conference in Minneapolis, MN. A general description of their panel follows:

Inventing the Department: Rhetorics of Access in Writing Studies

As RSA convenes, we pause to remember the 25th anniversary of David Bartholomae's essay, "Inventing the University." As Bartholomae argues, the university should illuminate the performative nature of rhetoric by asking students to "try on the peculiar ways of knowing...that define the discourse of our community." But as Tom Fox suggests in Defending Access, the rhetorics valued in the university frequently invite students to participate in discourse communities in ways that keep critical attention away from the violence of the rhetorical system itself. The concerns for both Fox and this panel center on enabling students to critically grapple with writing as it welcomes, denies, or discourages participation in the university. Specifically, we focus on the rhetorics promoted by the new Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota as these rhetorics relate to the goal of critical participation.

November 18, 2009

Prof. Richard Graff to Present at CNES Colloquium

'Vocal Stylings: The Orator's Voice in Classical Typologies of Prose Style'
presented by Professor Richard Graff
Department of Writing Studies

***Friday, November 20th, 3:30pm***
110 Nicholson Hall

Abstract: In this presentation, Professor Graff will discuss the close linkage between (verbal) style and voice in Greek and Roman treatises on rhetoric and literary criticism. This linkage takes two main forms. First, several authors (e.g., Aristotle, "Demetrius", Dionysius of Halicarnassus) remark on how certain stylistic features of the written oratorical text compel an animated (or monotonous) vocal presentation in reading or recitation; here, the text's style controls its manner of vocal delivery (speaking rate, intonation, etc.). Second, the style of individual orators was regularly characterized in terms of its fullness or weakness of "voice". Although this is a metaphorical use of the term, often such characterizations appear to project known (or presumed) qualities of a given speaker's actual, physical voice back onto the style of his texts. This latter procedure, though suspect on several levels, contributed both to the hardening of a traditional evaluation of the styles of Isocrates, Demosthenes, and other Attic orators, and to the evolution of the theory of style-types (kharakteres lexeôs, genera dicendi).

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by:

Classical and Near Eastern Studies
University of Minnesota
245 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5353
F: 612-624-4894

cnes@umn.edu
http://cnes.cla.umn.edu

November 17, 2009

Writing Studies Parlor: November 23rd

Speaking Across the Disciplines:
What Speech Pedagogy Can Teach Us About Writing

Presented by Timothy Oleksiak

A Department of Writing Studies Parlor Event
Monday, November 23, 2009
12.30 Nicholson Hall 345

Please join us for discussion and refreshments

November 11, 2009

Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) Research Colloquium

The Center for Writing presents its second annual Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing (ISW) Research Colloquium this Friday, November 13. Three recent ISW grant recipients from across the disciplines will present the findings of their original research, and a lively discussion will follow. The colloquium will be held from 12:00-2:00 in 135 Nicholson Hall. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 people to register at http://writing.umn.edu/twwi.

The three presentations are based on the following grants:

Bridge Students Talk Back: Analyzing the Writing Component of the Summer Bridge Program
Thomas Reynolds and Pat Bruch, Writing Studies

Digital writing in a doctoral level pharmacotherapy course for physical therapy students
Amy Pittenger, Pharmacy, Office of CyberLearning and Outreach

Teaching discipline-specific writing to horticulture students using an online module
Eric Watkins, Horticultural Science

November 6, 2009

World Usability Day - November 12

WORLD USABILITY DAY will feature speakers on usability topics, a participatory recycling activity, and an open house at the Usability Services Laboratory. Sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Digital Technology Center. Nov. 12. For more information, see usability day.

November 5, 2009

Daniel Philippon: Our Neck of the Woods

Meet Daniel Philippon, local author and U of M professor, on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Philippon, local author and University of Minnesota associate professor, will discuss his book, Our Neck of the Woods: Exploring Minnesota's Wild Places, on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union.


About the book: Learn about Minnesota's best-loved places including the North Shore, Lake Bemidji, the western prairies and grasslands, the Boundary Waters, and the Mesabi Iron Range, from notable writers and conservationists. Drawn from pages of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, these observations and spirited tales beckon Minnesotans to work, play, and explore in the natural places close to their homes and hearts. Our Neck of the Woods explores themes such as embracing winter, making camp, and finding wildness even amid development as the authors tell of hunting, fishing, birding, canoeing, and other great outdoor activities that help define what it means to be Minnesotan.

Philippon will sign copies of his book following the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.

November 4, 2009

Internship Opportunities

Check the following resources for internship opportunities:

Walk-In Hours with United Way: Internships for CLA Students
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
135 Johnston Hall
Stop by between 11 and 2 to learn about internships available to CLA sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Walk-In Hours with AmeriCorps: Jobs for CLA Students
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
135 Johnston Hall
Stop by between 1 and 3 to learn about jobs available to all CLA students and to recent graduates.

Internship Advice and a Pizza Slice
Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Coffman Union, President's Room (3rd floor)
Learn why internships matter, how to find one, and how to get a lot out of it.

October 20, 2009

The Modern Rhetoric Project: October 22-24th

* To what extent is modern rhetorical theory a rearticulation or transformation of classical rhetorical theories?
* To what extent is modern rhetorical theory a rupture from its classical roots in response to social, aesthetic or technological changes?
* Can we use modern rhetorical theories to generate contemporary rhetorical criticism?

The Institute for Advanced Study is hosting a Colloquium on Modern Rhetoric October 22-24th. Organized by RSTC alumnus, David Beard, this event features presentations from an international faculty in composition, communication and rhetorical studies, including work by RSTC faculty members Richard Graff, John Logie, Art Walzer and Alan Gross, among others. PhD candidates Kim Thomas-Pollei and Liz Kalbfleisch are also participating.

For more information, visit http://ias.umn.edu/collabs09-10/ModernRhetoric.php.

October 15, 2009

National Day on Writing

The National Council of Teachers of English has declared Tuesday, October 20th the National Day on Writing to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of writing in our lives. An important part of this national attention is the National Gallery of Writing: http://www.galleryofwriting.org/.

We have our own U of MN - Twin Cities wing, called Write@U, in this National Gallery (http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/56018), where we can showcase the writing done on our campus--including writing done by FYW students and teachers. Consider submitting a piece of your writing--and consider letting your students know about the opportunity. Writing is broadly defined here, including papers, videos, blog entries, emails, poems, short stories, narratives, and much more. This isn't about grades or evaluation, or even extra credit, but about celebrating writing in its diverse forms.

Submitting your writing is easy. Go to http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/56018 and click on the button to "Contribute to this Gallery." At that point, you will be asked to create a profile and a password; answer a series of demographic questions about yourself; answer a series of questions about your piece of writing; and finally upload a file, provide the URL of the piece, or copy and paste your document into a docbox.

Debra Hartley in the Center for Writing has agreed to be the Write@U curator, so she will prepare submissions for presentation in the gallery when it opens on Tuesday, October 20. The gallery will remain open for both viewing and submitting through May of 2010.

Also, see the list of UM-TC Day on Writing events, plus links to events happening nationally at http://writing.umn.edu/dayonwriting/ . Stop by Nicholson or Walter on the 20th and join the celebration; invite your students.

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September 30, 2009

Engaging Controversies

With this provocative series of discussions, the Center for Writing's Teaching with Writing program offers University of Minnesota faculty members, TAs, and other instructors a venue for discussing controversial issues related to teaching with writing. Here we focus on teasing out tangled and difficult teaching issues rather than providing strategies and solutions. To help frame discussions, we will send registrants one or two short articles in advance.

Friday, October 2: what counts as "writing"?
Friday, November 6: i write, therefore i learn?
Friday, December 4: the erosion of writing skills

Discussions are from 9-10:30am in Nolte 125.

For more information, visit http://writing.umn.edu/tww/engaging/engaging.htm.

September 14, 2009

RSA Call for Proposals due Friday, Sept. 18th

Call for Proposals
14th Biennial Conference
May 28-31, 2010
The Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Conference Theme
RHETORIC: CONCORD AND CONTROVERSY

"I have often and seriously debated with myself whether men and communities have received more good or evil from oratory and a consuming devotion to eloquence."
Cicero

"But put identification and division ambiguously together, so that you cannot know for certain just where one ends and the other begins, and you have the characteristic invitation to rhetoric."
Kenneth Burke

In the de Inventione , Cicero recognizes two opposing dimensions of rhetoric, the one divisive and conflictive, the other irenic and unifying. Kenneth Burke, in characteristic fashion, converts this either/or into a both/and. For him, rhetoric simultaneously divides and unifies, separates as it identifies and dwells most naturally in the in-between space where sameness and difference ambiguously embrace one another. The theme of our conference calls these distinctions and confusions to mind. It asks, among many other things: Does rhetoric civilize? Or does it repress and control? Or both? Does it express the self? Or dissolve it into a cultural miasma? What is the price of community gained through the language of social control? What is the limit of dissent expressed through the language of difference and personal liberation? Where do diversity and sameness meet on the human tongue and in the human condition?

We welcome any and all papers that touch on this theme or that redefine it or reconstruct it or deconstruct it. We also welcome all other papers that deal with any aspect of rhetorical scholarship-historical, theoretical, critical, pedagogical, sophistical or Platonic, Aristotelian or Foucaultian. All are welcome to meet in Minneapolis, a space between the coasts, and a place where nice is the norm, but where nastiness has left it as the only spot in the U.S. where the number of senators has equaled the number of governors for half a year. Celebrate the confusion and the order of Minnesota and of the rhetorical world to which it belongs. Join us at RSA in May.

Proposals for sessions, special events, and individual presentations - due by September 18, 2009 - must be submitted electronically as a Word document. Instruction for submitting abstracts are indicated below. You may also go to http://rhetoricsociety.org for directions. There you will also find information (and regular updates) on housing, special features, and other aspects of RSA 2010.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Follow this link to register online for your RSA 2010 abstract submission: https://rhetoric.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=1786&language=en-uk


* Click on "Abstract Submission"

* You must register through the submission system by creating a user name (your email address) and password. This will be your permanent login information.

* Once you have done this, you can log in with your email address and password and begin the process of submitting your conference proposal(s).

* Follow the prompts on the screen by filling in the appropriate information and uploading your proposal.


Shortly after you complete the abstract submission, you will receive a confirmation email with the details that you submitted. NOTE: You will be able to edit proposals through your account up until the deadline for submission. To withdraw a proposal, please contact Camisha Smith (clsmith@memphis.edu).

REMINDER:
Individual proposals - should be no longer than 350 words.
Panel proposals - should be no longer than 1250 words.
Special Format proposals - should be no longer than 350 words.
Please submit your proposals no later than September 18, 2009.
Questions? Please contact Michael Leff (m_leff@bellsouth.net).

March 27, 2009

Writing Studies Parlor - April Events

"Darwin's Polysemy: Survival of the Fittest Meaning"
Tom Wright
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Nicholson 12 @12-1:15

"Audience as Auditors in Greek Rhetoric"
Richard Graff
Friday, April 10, 2009
Nicholson 325 @ 3:00

Title TBA
Brett Werner
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Nicholson 12 @11:30-12:45

February 3, 2009

STC U of M Student Chapter Meeting & Event

Professional Portfolios: Communicate what you can do
February 28, 2009
1:00-4:30PM
St. Paul Campus

* Presentation by Fred Carpenter will provide a survey of what electronic and hard copy portfolios are, their purposes, and what makes them effective
* Workshops detailing the “how to�? elements of building a portfolio
* Attendees who bring their portfolios will have the opportunity to receive comments on how to make them better, and those who do not have portfolios will learn how to get one started

More information and online registration at www.stcchapter.umn.edu

Students $5 early registration by February 16
$8 after February 16 or at the door
Professionals $20 early registration
$25 after February or at the door

About the speaker: Fred Carpenter is presently graduate program coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences, Metropolitan State University. She has worked in academic, government and corporate environments including the Public Guardian's Office for the State of Alaska and Sybase Inc. Her interest in portfolios emerged as a result of being a coordinator and guiding applicants through the reasoning, design and execution of portfolios for the program.

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U of M Job and Internship Fair

Monday, February 9, 2009
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center

Come to the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 250 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. The Job and Internship Fair is free and open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. This event was created just for you!

For more information, visit: http://www.cclc.umn.edu/umjobfair/

November 4, 2008

Announcing World Usability Day 2008 Events at the University of Minnesota

"Making Life Easy"

The Office of Information Technology and the Digital Technology Center are sponsoring a free program of events on Thursday November 13th for World Usability Day. The purpose of the program is to promote awareness of the benefits of usability engineering and user-centered design. World Usability Day was started in 2005 by the Usability Professionals Association and involves 36 hours of usability-related activities around the world in 41 countries.

You are invited to join us for a program including speakers and discussions on usability and accessibility topics, an Adaptive Technology Fair, a participatory activity on signage and way-finding, and an Open House at the Usability Services Laboratory.

All students, staff, faculty, and the general public are invited to the World Usability Day events. Events will take place in Walter Library on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. All events are free of charge and no registration is necessary.

For more detailed information and directions to the World Usability Day events, please see http://www.dmc.umn.edu/usability/world_usability_day/.

We hope you can join us for these great events! Please pass this invitation along to anyone else who might be interested.

Cordially,

Alice de la Cova
Usability Services Manager
Office of Information Technology's Digital Media Center
University of Minnesota
(612) 624-9365
a-dela@umn.edu

April 21, 2008

Discussion Panel - "Hip Hop Culture and American Politics: Past and Present"

Anthony Arrigo is hosting a discussion panel this Wednesday evening on hip hop culture and American politics as part of a course he's teaching this semester. The event is free and open to the public. Download flier

What: Discussion panel - "Hip Hop Culture and American Politics: Past and Present"
When: Wednesday, April 23rd
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: 330 Anderson Hall, West Bank of U of M campus
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/AndH/

March 12, 2008

Reconfiguring Rhetorical Studies - Panel Discussion April 10th

UMTC RSTC Alum David Beard and Colleagues from UMD & UMC present "Reconfiguring Rhetorical Studies - Panel Discussion": A talk with Mark Huglen, David Beard, and David Gore

David Beard, assistant professor in the Department of Writing Studies at UMN Duluth, will discuss "Truth and Argument in the New Rhetoric: Toulmin, Richards, and the Epistemic Movement." In this excerpt from a chapter of his in-progress monograph on I. A. Richards and the Anglo-American Roots of the New Rhetoric, Beard demonstrates that the New Rhetoric needed to be fully interdisciplinary, integrating literary critics, philosophers of language, and speech teachers, to achieve its full bloom.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:00 PM
Room 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies

The Rhetorical Tradition Meets the World Wide Web and Contemporary War Images

Richard Graff recently presented "The Rhetorical Tradition Meets the World Wide Web and Contemporary War Images": A Reconfiguring Rhetorical Studies event at UMD (with Marguerite Helmers).

Several dozen students and faculty from three departments were present.

http://events.tc.umn.edu/event.xml?occurrence=407254

February 14, 2008

Spring FYW Events / Professional Development

Grading and Responding to Student Writing Workshop
Wednesday, February 27
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Will Bush

Approaches to Teaching Argument
Thursday, March 6
11:00 am-12:00 pm, 12 Nicholson
Nick Hengen
Tim Gustafson

Strategies for Facilitating Discussion
Thursday, March 27
11:00am-12:00 pm, 12 Nicholson
Matt Kimlinger
Katie Levin

Approaching the Job Market
Wednesday, April 16
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Sara Berrey
Tom Reynolds

Spring FYW Events / Tech Talks

Using Wikis in the Classroom
Wednesday, February 20
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Krista Kennedy
Matt Williams

Wiki Workshop
Thursday, February 28
11:00 am-12:00 pm, 12 Nicholson
Kim Schultz

Teaching Web Development
Wednesday, March 12
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Maureen Aitken
Merry Rendahl
Tom Wright

Web Vista Discussion Tools
Wednesday, March 26
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Kim Schultz

Virtual Peer Review Panel
Wednesday, April 9
12:30-1:30 pm, 305 Lind
Lee Ann Kastman-Breuch
Scott Wyatt

November 13, 2007

Reading by Eric Dregni, FYW Instructor

weirdMN.gifReading, Quiz, and Slideshow
by Eric Dregni
author of/ Midwest Marvels/ and/ Weird Minnesota/

7 p.m., Saturday December 1st, 2007
Test your knowledge of the must-see sites dotting the highways and byways of the Upper Midwest./ Weird Minnesota/ and/ Midwest Marvels/ are the fruit of years of searching for the scandalous, scary, immoral, disconcerting and, well, funny stories of our region. Only in the Midwest is civic pride measured by the size of a town's roadside sculpture.

In Audubon, Iowa visitors find a thirty-foot, forty-five ton, talking bull erected as a monument to the beef industry. In Minnesota a tourist can visit monuments to Paul Bunyan or the Spam Museum, and North Dakota boasts a 45-foot tower of discarded oil cans, trumped only by the World's Tallest Structure: a TV tower jutting nearly a half mile into the sky. Everyone is familiar with South Dakota's Mount Rushmore and Corn Palace, but less famous is the one and only Outhouse Museum. But only in Wisconsin can a couple get married in the mouth of a 145-foot muskie.

Born in the shadow of the World's Largest Six Pack in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Eric Dregni is a freelance writer for The Rake, Metro, and StarTribune. He is the author of several books including/ Minnesota Marvels, Weird Minnesota, The Scooter Bible, Zamboni, The Follies of Science/, and the forthcoming/ Art Cars: Museum on the Streets/.

Common Good Books, southwest corner of Western & Selby, St. Paul tel. (651) 225-8989
http://www.commongoodbooks.com

The event is free and will be held upstairs from the bookstore at Nina's Coffee Café.

September 24, 2007

Writing Studies Parlor Presents Joseph Little (Sept. 28)

The first Parlor of the semester will be held on Friday, 28 September at 4:15. Professor Joseph Little will present on "On Seeing Further: Analogy, Insight, and Resources in Scientific Theory Construction."

Joe is an Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition at Niagara University in New York. He received an MA in RSTC (working under Alan and Art) and a PhD from University of California Santa Barbara, working under
Chuck Bazerman.

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August 22, 2007

Victoria Marie Mikelonis

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Victoria Marie Mikelonis, St. Paul, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 14th, 2007, at 60 years of age. Born in Dubois, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Anthony J. and Victoria Baranowski Mikelonis.

Professor Mikelonis received her Ph.D. in Language and Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1975. After teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan, she joined the University of Minnesota’s Department of Rhetoric as a faculty member in 1980. Most recently Professor Mikelonis was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Bachelor of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication degree. She taught courses in international and intercultural communication, grant proposal writing, technical writing, and metaphor and schema theory. A popular and respected scholar and teacher, both in the department and across the University, Professor Mikelonis’s classes were always filled to capacity. Her research focused on the challenges of intercultural communication in a digital age; she spearheaded national institutes on technical communication. Professor Mikelonis is the author of numerous publications, including the book Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age.

Involved in funded research, she wrote grant proposals funded by the United States Agency for International Development for the Environmental Training Program and for the Center for Nations in Transition at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. These proposals led to her many trips to Central and Eastern Europe, where she developed training materials and taught in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Above all, Professor Mikelonis mentored countless numbers of colleagues and students across the profession, always working to meet and exceed the need at hand. Her “can do? spirit was contagious, and her friendship will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two sons, Anthony Jamil Mikelonis and Theodore Samar Mikelonis, both of St. Paul, Minnesota; two brothers, Eugene C. Mikelonis of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Robert J. Mikelonis of Erie, Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Mikelonis. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, August 18th at Saint Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Dubois, Pennsylvania. A Memorial Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, August 24th, at the Church of St. Andrew, 1051 Como Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota. The Rev. Fr. Patrick Ryan officiating. A reception in the church hall will follow immediately after the mass.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to the Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Memorial Fund in Scientific and Technical Communication. Checks should be made out to the University of MN Foundation (V. Mikelonis Undergraduate Memorial Fund in the memo line) and mailed to the University of Minnesota, Dept. of Writing Studies, 180 Wesbrook Hall, 77 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.