On Saturday, April 13th, Saint Mary's writing advisers attended the Northern California Writing Centers Association's 2013 Conference! Advisers Caitlin Wire, Carly Bobo, and Sam Ricci presented a panel titled "The WID Project: How to Help Ourselves so That We Can Help Students Writing in Diverse Disciplines," which challenged advisers to extend their comfort zones to multiple modes of disciplinary writing. Information gleaned from talks with professors, scouring course syllabi, and analyzing studies helped them create tip sheets that work to effectively facilitate knowledge transfer during advising sessions.
Reyna Olegario, Bridget Hanna, and Mollie Clark delivered the panel: "Diversity in Personality: Differences that Make a Big Difference." This panel sought to recognize differences that help advisers become more empathetic and capable. Utilizing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment questionaire, these advisers highlighted the overt differences in the ways that people prefer to perceive and make decisions regarding their environments. Want to find out about your own MBTI? Click here!
On May 1, 2013, CWAC hosted the first SMC Writing Palooza in collaboration with the Honors Program! In honor of the new The Great Gatsby movie, we had a Gatsby themed blow out: The Great Gatsby Palooza. Guests were encouraged to wear a Gatsby inspired outfit and bring their thinking caps. Activities included food, mocktails, and various writing games. In addition, we held a raffle. Raffle winners chose between movie tickets or copies of the book. Everyone had a jazzy time!