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KU Writing Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary and Hires Two New Staff Members

Founded on Oct. 12, 1998 as a student support service, the KU Writing Center celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. Its first location was a small office on the 4th floor of Wescoe Hall. It then moved to a larger space in 4017 Wescoe in 2001. In the summer of 2011, KUWC’s office and main “Writer’s Roost” moved to the Anschutz Library Learning Studio.

Picture of Assistant Director, Katie Elliott

KUWC’s founding director (1998-2007), Michele Eodice, is currently Associate Provost for Academic Engagement at the University of Oklahoma. Terese Thonus has led the Center since Fall 2007. Assistant Director Katie Elliott and Graduate Writing Specialist Claire McMurray joined the staff in summer 2013.

Elliott received her M.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She taught classes in the English Department and coordinated the Writing Center there from 2007-2011. Most recently, she worked for the University of Chicago’s Alumni Relations and Development writing and editorial team. Her responsibilities at KUWC include the scheduling and ongoing training of 30 graduate and undergraduate writing consultants. She also organizes and presents writing workshops.

Picture of Graduate Writing Specialist, Claire McMurray

McMurray graduated from Yale University in 2010 with a PhD in French and has since taught courses in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Alliance Française. Her responsibilities at KUWC include planning and staffing the Lawrence and Edwards Graduate Research/Write-Ins (Saturday intensive writing events), as well as hosting writing groups and offering individual consultations to graduate students.

KU Writing Center, a unit of Undergraduate Studies, serves more than 2,000 KU students per year in more than 7,000 face-to-face and online sessions in the Anschutz Library Learning Studio, the Watson Library Student Senate Roost, the KU Edwards Student Success Center, and four residence halls on the Lawrence campus.

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Meet the writer: Charlesia McKinney. Graduate student at KU, pursuing an MA in rhetoric and composition, focusing on cultural rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, and afrocentric pedadogy. KU Writing Center consultant. “If I could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, I would ask this question: ‘Are you doing something in your life today that would have an impact 3,000 years from now?’ In many ways, I think we should live that way: that we should have a focus beyond our lifetime or even the next, but on what matters for many years to come.” Want to hear more from Charlesia? Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tonitaxcherea #writersofku #thisiswhatawriterlookslike
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