UW-Platteville hosts reception for student writers of 'Stylus: An Anthology of Freshman Writing'

November 19, 2010

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PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted a reception in October to honor the 2009 and 2010 student writers of "Stylus: An Anthology of Freshman Writing." The anthology, published by the English program and the Writing Center, is comprised of selections that exemplify quality writing by UW-Platteville students enrolled in freshman composition.

Kory Wein, chair of the UW-Platteville Humanities Department and one of the founding editors of "Stylus," addressed the audience and explained the background of the publication. "The idea was to create not only a showcase for exemplary writing, but also a practical teaching tool for instructors in the composition program, a tool that provided real-life models that demonstrate the conventions of academic writing."

After thanking a number of faculty and administrators who have supported the project since its inception in 2008, Wein expressed the editors' appreciation for Chancellor Dennis J. Shields' continued support and his recognition of the importance of writing in a liberal arts education. Shields, who then addressed the audience, acknowledged the hard work and effort that has gone into the project and shared how writing impacted his own life and career. He urged students to continue in their efforts to become strong writers, both in their academic and professional pursuits.

Gary Kriewald, UW-Platteville academic staff instructor in English and also a founding editor of the anthology, then addressed the students and announced the awards. Seven students received Excellence in Writing awards: Sara Gleason, Chelsey Hintze, Richard Heyer and Hannah Oglesby received recognition for their writing in the 2009 edition; and Matt Miller, Nick Jorgensen and Chris Ankowicz were recognized for the 2010 edition.

Miller, a non-traditional freshman majoring in reclamation, was surprised and honored to be selected for the award. "If you had told me two years ago that I would be chosen to be in a writing anthology, much less that I would win an award for it, I would have laughed. I'm really honored. I have to give special credit to Amanda Tucker and Laura Beadling, UW-Platteville English faculty members, for helping me achieve this. I couldn't have done it without them," said Miller. "Stylus" was first published for the 2009-10 academic school year and, according to Kriewald, has received positive feedback for its unique way of helping incoming freshmen become adjusted to college writing. "There are very few freshman-centered projects and this is a good way to help them ease into the college experience and understand what is expected in the academic realm," he said. The rest of the editorial team consists of Beadling; Wendy Perkins, UW-Platteville academic staff instructor of English; Russ Brickey, director of the Writing Center; and Evelyn Martens, director of Writing and Tutoring Resources.

This year, UW-Platteville received a grant from the Office of Professional and Instructional Development to continue publishing "Stylus," as well as engage in research to see how it is impacting students and faculty at UW-Platteville.

Dennis Ciesielski, director of rhetoric and composition for the UW- Platteville Department of Humanities, said, "It's marvelous that the administration is giving writing its due at UW-Platteville. We look forward to creative innovations like 'Stylus' and to more collaborative efforts in the English department and across the curriculum."

For more information, contact Martens at (608) 342-1615 or martense@uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Sarah Kessler, UW-Platteville Office of Public Relations

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