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Newsletter May 2012

Newsletter May 2012

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FYC@USFwins CCCCProgram of Excellenceaward
from the Mentoring Report
This year, the First Year Compositionprogram received the prestigiousCCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, awarded by the mostprominent conference in the field of Rhetoric and Composition. We arethe first writing program in Florida toreceive this award. In the award letter,the award committee pointedspecifically to our “innovative MyReviewers tool that allows for facultyand students to see feedback acrosstime.” Additionally, the committeefound that our “assignments are well-sequenced across the courses and thestructured; common syllabi still allowroom for instructor choice.”
Under the direction of Susan Taylor,the Celebrate Student Successcommittee has held several eventsand activities throughout thesemester. During Student SuccessWeek, instructors once again handedout awards to students for variousaccomplishments such as excellentpeer review contributions, classparticipation, and best blog/vlog (seepictureshere). Per the suggestion of Angela Eward-Mangione, on March22, 1101 students from Mike Rusó’s1101 classes presented theirRemediation projects in the library;Lacie Meier’s students served as theirprimary audience (pictures from thisevent can be viewedhere).
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Rhetoric in Action day 
MAY 2012
Rhetoric in Action Day: Goingout with an argument
Michael Ruso
MFA in Fiction
Tampa, FL
My fiction isinspired by the humanrelationship with the naturalworld (the Florida landscape inparticular and itsrepresentation in literature)and the meaning of friendship,family, and empathy.
Teaching Philosophy:
Dr.Runge introduced me tocontemplative pedagogy andnow I'm hooked. I plan to use itin the fiction class I'm teachingin the fall. I also think greatwriters are great readers andso I often recommend booksto my comp students based ontheir major and their interests.
Fun Fact:
In 2007, Icompleted an end-to-end"thru-hike" of the AppalachianTrail, a journey of six monthsand 2,174 miles. Beginning inNovember 2008, a friend and Ipaddled the entire coastline of Florida in kayaks, a journey of five months and 1500 miles. Wewere the first people to paddleFlorida's entire coast from westto east.
Future Goals:
To completeand publish the ten or sonovels and memoirs I have inthe works, and to ride a
bicyclefrom Cairo to Cape Town,South Africa.
by Katherine McGee
Celebrate Student Success
(Continued from page 1) Once again, we published a student-written newsletterfull of articles about the students’ experiences and accomplishments. The committee has alsotaken charge of the Bullitzer competition.Finally, we held our annual Rhetoric in Action Day on April 25, where over 170students presented their final 1102 projects. Instructors who had students present and/orhelped organize and run the event include: Ellie Bieze, Jason Carabelli, Cassie Childs, ZacDixon, Angela Eward-Mangione, Jessica Eberhard, Danielle Farrar, Rondrea Mathis, and SusanTaylor. Others who helped out include: Kristen Gay, Katherine McGee, Lacie Meier, and JimmySuarez. Students presented on a wide variety of projects such as installing more air pumps forbicycles on campus, motorcycle helmet safety, cultural property, the rights of transgenderstudents, empathizing with and helping the homeless, and reducing one’s carbon footprint. Thestudents got really excited about their projects and enjoyed sharing them with everyone whostopped by (pictures from this event can be viewed on the committee’sFacebook page). Thecommittee would like to thank everyone who made the trek over to the Marshall Center thatday as well as all of the instructors who go out of their way to enable, encourage, andacknowledge student success throughout the semester. We would also like to thank Dr.Moxley and Dr. Donnelly for all of their support.
FYC Staff/Instructor Accomplishments
 Vieregge,Quentin, KyleStedman, TaylorMitchell, and Joe Moxley.
 Agency in the Age of Peer Production
. Urbana, Illinois:National Council of Teachers of English, in press.
Langbehn, Karen, Megan McIntyre, and Joseph Moxley. "The Value-Add: Re-Mediating Writing ProgramAssessment." In
Digital Writing  Assessment and Evaluation
. Eds. HeidiMckee and Danielle DeVoss.Richards, Daniel. “Digitizing Dewey:Blogging an Ethic of Community.”
Computers and Composition
Special Issue: Ethicsin a Digital Age. Fall 2011. n. pag. Web 1March 2012.Richards, Daniel. “In-Class PeerReview.”
Writing Commons
. March 2012.Web. 27 March 2012.Stedman, Kyle and Wendi Sierra. “Odeto Sparklepony: Gamification in Action.”
Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy 
16.2 (2012): n.pag. Web. 1March 2012.Yirinec, Jennifer. “Analyzing Evidence.
Writing Commons
. March 2012. Web. 27March 2012.Angeli, Anna.“What Do OurStudents Need?Striking a BalanceBetween Nannyand Nurturer.” Florida College EnglishAssociation Conference. Melbourne,FL. October 2011.Cutlip, Lauren. “Getting Students toConnect with Writing Through Jouissance: Blogging Via Facebook Notes.” English Graduate StudentAssociation. Tampa, Fl. April 2011.McIntyre. Megan. "Writing in theWriting Classroom: Why the WritingCenter Offers Composition ImportantModels of How to Encourage Agencyand Aid Proficiency." Conference onCollege Composition and Comm-unication. Atlanta, Georgia. April 2011.
Richards, Daniel. “Blogging Dewey:Pragmatism and the Creation of SocialAction Online
Communities.”Computers and Writing Conference.Ann Arbor, MI. May 2011.Shuman, Mike. “My Reviewers.”Computers and Writing Conference.Raleigh, NC. May 2012.Taylor, Susan. “Vlogging, ServiceLearning and the CompositionClassroom: How New MediaExpression and CommunityEngagement Benefit the WritingClassroom.” Far West Popular CultureAssociation. Palace Station, Las Vegas,NV. February 2012.
ProvostTeaching  Awards
Recognition: Daniel RichardsCommendation: Megan McIntyre and Laura Hennessey 
English Department Awards
Mentoring Coordinator MeganMcIntyre received the Joseph BentleyTeaching Fellowship.Summer Collaborator and textbook editor Jennifer Yirinec received theDorothy Newman Linton Award forAcademic Promise.Community Manager Daniel Richardsreceived the Alma Bryant Award forOutstanding Graduate Student.Mentor (and former MentoringCoordinator) Jessica McKee receivedthe Carolyn L. Cooley Award inAmerican Literature. Jason Carabelli received the Estelle J.Zbar Award for Teaching & AcademicExcellence in English.
Corey Stein
"The Benefits of Homeschooling"(full text)
Project 3 Submission Deadline:
May 10th
.Nominate your students today!
Spring 2012
Sarah Kasprow
"Budweiser: Clydesdale (9/11 Tribute)”(full text)

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