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2019 RMWCA Conference Address

First of all, I want to thank Justin and all the folks in the Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutor Conference for their excellent job in organizing the conference this year.  The workshop sessions yesterday were evocative and gave me a lot to think about. I’m looking forward to the sessions today.
Secondly, out on a table near registration you will find stickers [hold up stickers] and buttons [show off button] for the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and International Writing Centers Association joint conference in Columbus, Ohio held from October 16th to the 19th next fall.  I encourage you all to adapt your presentations here at TutorCon or propose new ones for that conference.  Also, keep and eye out for travel grant opportunities, and don’t let he  price tag deter you from proposing. Our region represents some of the most innovative writing center work in the world. 
Finally, I bring greetings from the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association.  It has been a banner year…
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“Writing Center Policies: Where do they come from? Why do they exist?”

The following was presented in a roundtable session at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (November 3, 2018) at the South Padre Island Convention Center, Texas with Romeo García of the University of Utah, Jorge Ortega of Weber State University, and Jonathan Ramirez of Salt Lake Community College.


I’m looking at my yellow notepad on which I’ve scrawled “NCPTW 2018” at the top.  Yes, I do still primarily draft by hand, even though I have handwriting that would put even the most diehard pharmacist to the test.  I’ve written a note to myself, lest I forget, “START WITH SOMETHING CONTROVERSIAL” in all caps.  And now, as I’m actually typing this into my computer I’m asking myself why? As a rhetorical device, starting with a controversial statement is, most likely, meant to rile your audience up--get them to pay attention.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a little weary these days of the controversial--the attention-grabbing.
Ok, so in case you were wondering, my “controvers…

"Writing Centers and Inter-Institutional Writing Strategies" a Presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2016

I want to share a story with you.  It is a story that I’ve shared before in venues like this.  It is a story that I’ve shared in just talking with folks about peer tutors and writing centers.   While I do apologize for the repetition, I must add that this is one of those stories that I repeat not simply because it is a good story, but, more because it is a foundational story to my work at a community college.  I usually call it “A Tale of Woe and Intrigue.”

Way back in the 90s when I was pretty new to my writing center directing gig, I was presenting at local TYCA conference about developing the SLCC Student Writing gCenter.  It was a pretty standard writing center start-up story, overall--Nothing really any different from other types of institutions, I supose. You can imagine, then, during the question time, that I was rather taken aback when my whole presentation and premise for hiring peer tutors was dismissed by a writing center colleague from another community college.

“Our stu…