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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.
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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…