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Black Hills State University students and staff recently presented their research about the importance of writing centers at the International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA) in Las Vegas, Nev.

Gwen Writer, junior environmental physical science and English major from Sturgis, presented “Standing at the Crossroads: Using Math Centers as a Guide to Writing Center Theory.”  Her presentation described how writing centers could apply principles of open-space design and tutor collaboration found in the BHSU math center.

Cara Bandalos, senior English major from Gurnsey, Wyo., presented her research “Location, Location, Location: The Culture of Residence Hall Satellite Sites.”   She drew on her experience as a resident assistant and her work as a consultant for Wenona Cook Residence Hall at BHSU.  Bandalos argues that the site-specific culture of these halls necessitates a different set of practices than a traditional writing center.

At the conference Dr. Deaver Traywick, writing center director at BHSU, served as co-leader of IWCA’s full-day workshop for new writing center directors.  The workshop introduced new directors to the primary demands of writing center leaderships, including defining missions, training tutors, marketing services, coordination outreach, and assessing effectiveness.