Thursday, May 19, 2011

2010 - 2011 SNL Writing Showcase Winners Announced

SNL Writing is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010- 2011 SNL Writing Showcase:

Jeffrey C. Barg, "A Happier New Year from Poston" and
"Do Squirrels Matter?"

Nathan Fey, "Mary Magdalene and the Markan Appendix"

Stephen A. Hall, "Cultural Competence in the Writing Center: Partnering with Students of Color in Writing through Understanding"

Jeffery A. Kidd, "A Terminal Day"

Margaret D. Sabatino, "Alternatives for handling stormwater runoff from disconnected downspouts in urban cold climate areas."

These students will be recognized with a plaque and public congratulations at the Spring Awards Luncheon to be held on June 4th, 2011.

The SNL Writing Showcase is an annual competition which celebrates the outstanding writing students do for their classes and Independent Learning Projects. Please direct any interested students to the SNL Writing website to download an application for the 2011-2012 showcase or to for more information.

Monday, May 9, 2011

UCWbL offers SNL Writing Forums - including ILP and AP!

The University Center for Writing-based Learning invites all SNL students to participate in its upcoming workshops and forums! Students can RSVP for these events through the "Writing at SNL" blog found here: Contact Tom McNamara at or 312.362.6726 with any questions.

Writing for the Job: Bring Your Resume and Cover Letter to Life
Looking to break into the business world? Join our workshop to learn how to make targeted, effective resumes and cover letters to get that job you want. Bring a current letter or start from scratch with the help of our tutors.
Naperville Campus—Saturday, May 14th at 12 noon in Rm. 228
Oak Forest Campus—Saturday, May 14th at 12 noon
O’Hare Campus—Saturday, May 21st at 12 noon in Rm. 307

Advanced Project Forum
Discuss your Advanced Project with Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Share tips and get advice from others who have been there!
Loop Campus—Tuesday, May 17 from 4-6 pm in Lewis 1600 (Loop Writing Center)

Independent Learning Pursuit Forum
Join other SNL students, Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian to discuss your project! Share tips and get advice from others who have been there!
Loop Campus—Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6 pm in Lewis 1600 (Loop Writing Center)

Are students selecting reliable resources...or just junk?

This one of many questions teachers and researchers speaking at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2011 asked themselves when sifting through over 164 student research papers from institutions in 12 states. They found that students often don't thoroughly analyze, summarize, or selectively include information from sources that are both reliable and relevant to the topic at hand.

InsideHigherEd reports, "about 90 percent of one page in a student's research paper was either a direct quote or patchwriting -- and 9 of its 17 citations referred to the same page of the same source: a single entry on WebMD. While the paper was an extreme and atypical example, it also demonstrated a common trend: students tended to rely heavily on their sources -- so heavily, in fact, that students rarely seem to fully own the material and marshal it to form a novel argument."

Click here to read more.

Interview with SNL Student and UCWbL Fellow, Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson, a soon-to-be graduate of SNL and UCWbL Writing Fellow, has put forth tremendous effort in bringing SNL students to the UCWbL and bringing UCWbL fellows to SNL classrooms. She also created a website dedicated to her Advanced Project theme: andragogy, writing, and writing fellows. Take a moment to check out an interview with Jill on the SNL Writing Guide as well as Jill's website:

Interview with Jill Anderson: (video in top right corner)

Jill's website, "Fellows of Andragogy":

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SNL Evening of Writing a Success!

On Thursday, April 14, SNL students, faculty, and staff came together to share in the first SNL Evening of Writing.

SNL student Joyce McMurray said, "Attending the SNL evening of writing was truly a motivation to put me back on track with focusing on improving my writing skills, and to continue my journey of adult learning with the SNL Program. Kudos!"

If you were unable to attend this spring's Evening of Writing, do not worry. The SNL Writing Program will continue to hold evenings of writing in future quarters. Stay tuned!