News & Notes from the Reading/Writing Center

Workshop: Studying for Tests (and even midterms!)

Sunday, September 9 from 4:00 to 4:30 in Olin 201.

Come hear about and try out some new strategies for studying tough subjects. Who knows–you may find a new favorite method to help you crush those midterms! We’ll even provide candy and a snack to help keep your blood sugar up as you go hit the books.

See you there!

Workshop: LSFY Readings Deciphered

Wednesday, September 5 from 4:00-4:30 just outside of the RWC.

Come discuss and do hands-on activities with annotating, summarizing, and deciphering difficult readings such as those in your LSFY class. Snacks will be provided.

This is the second of three Off-Center Workshops presented this term by the Reading/Writing Center. The third workshop (Studying for Tests–and even Midterms!) will be held Sunday, September 9 at 4:00pm in Olin 201.

See you there!


Summer Reading: Modern Classics

Looking for a good book this summer? RWC staff recently put together a list of 20th century English language must-reads. Take a look, and if you have anything to add (or contest), do leave us a comment.

British novels:

  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness (1902)*
  • Golding, William. Lord of the Flies (1954)*
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day (1989)*
  • Forster, E. M. A Passage to India (1924)
  • Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World (1932)
  • Orwell, George. 1984 (1949)

American novels:

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (1925)*
  • Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)*
  • Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)*
  • London, Jack. The Call of the Wild (1903)
  • Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio (1919)
  • Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms (1929)
  • Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying (1930)
  • Wright, Richard. Native Son (1940)
  • Spillane, Mickey. One Lonely Night (1951)
  • Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
  • O’Connor, Flannery. Wise Blood (1952)
  • Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
  • Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
  • King, Stephen. The Stand (1978)
  • Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game (1985)
  • Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club (1989)
  • Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)
  • Lowry, Lois. The Giver (1993) and Gathering Blue (2000)

American drama:

  • Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie (1945)*
  • Miller, Arthur. The Crucible (1952)
  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun (1959)

* Selected by more than one person

Finals week hours + tunes!

The RWC will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of finals week from 10:00am to 2:00pm, after which we will close until fall term. Stop by or call (794-8987) to make an appointment soon; they’re going fast.

Looking ahead, the last chance to see our very own Band of Tutors (aka The Grass-Fed Kids) for the foreseeable future will be this Friday at 8:00pm at Rozz-Tox in Rock Island (2108 3rd Ave.) Peer tutors Jaron Gaier and Maggie Hayes are graduating, meaning that the band will be on indefinite hiatus.  Stop by on your way out of town or to celebrate a year well-spent.

Tutor News Roundup: Week 4

Peer tutor Maggie Hayes presented her original research “The IDEA Project: Exploring Pluralism with Youth at Augustana College and in the Quad Cities” at the American Academy of Religion Midwest Regional Conference hosted by Augustana Friday March 30th as part of a session on Pluralistic Encounters.

Peer tutors Rachel Bruce, Jaron Gaier, and Maggie Hayes have been involved in the making of the independent film The Redwood Movement (read more about the Movement in the current issue of the Observer).  The film’s premier is Sunday, April 1st at 7:30 PM in Centennial Hall.  While this is the only on-campus showing, others will take place later in the month:

  • April 14th at 7:30 PM: Rozz-Tox
  • April 19th at 7:00 PM: Figge Art Museum
  • April 22nd at 8:00 PM: LeClaire Park in Davenport

Peer tutor Joe Bright is running for for SGA (Student Government Association) president.  Vote for him April 3-4 at the College Center or online.  Read the Observer article about the candidates.


Workshop: Time Management for Greeks

Sunday, 3/18/2012 from 4:00-4:45pm in the basement of Andreen Hall.

Are you involved in a Greek group? Need help juggling those commitments with your academics? Join RWC peer tutors and fellow Greek students for the first in a series of “Off-Center Workshops” in residence halls. We’ll have free food, free planners for the first 25 people, and a few pointers from your fellow Greeks on how to best manage your time. Come with questions for our panel discussion and Q&A, or just take notes on the various tips and strategies shared.

This event is sponsored by the Reading/Writing Center and Residence Hall Association and is the first of two Off-Center Workshops this term. The second will have a broader focus than just Greek students. Stay posted!


Spring is here!

Well, spring term, at least…
Stop in and see us; won’t you?
Else, just poor haiku.

Finals week hours

The RWC will be open Sunday night, February 12th, from 7-9pm, as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm, after which we will close until spring term. Stop by or call to make an appointment soon; they’re going fast. Best of luck with your final exams, and have a great spring break!


Tutor News Roundup: Home Stretch Edition

This weekend marks the last chance to see the play How I Learned to Drive, directed by Dr. Jennifer Popple, RWC faculty tutor and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre. Peer tutor Jo Vasquez also acts in this production.  Read the River Cities’ Reader review of the production here.

In other news… even our tutors currently studying abroad are racking up accolades: Scott Fick has won the 2012 Hasselmo Prize, a generous award for an outstanding student who is planning a career in higher education.  And Scott, along with Joe Bright (both currently in Australia) were recently inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.  They join peer tutor Maggie Hayes, who was inducted last year.  And speaking of tutors abroad, for a taste of life south of the Equator, you can follow the Brazilian exploits of our own Caroline Gschwend on the Augie Globalog.

Back on campus, publications are abuzz with RWC-er contributions.  First, the new issue of Saga is quite tutor-heavy: Vernon Meidlinger-Chin, Rachel Bruce, and Hannah Bohn are the poetry, prose, and art co-editors, respectively, and the issue includes poetry and prose by Rachel, a poem by Maggie Hayes, and a pretty snazzy watercolor comic by Vernon.  Be sure to check this issue out.  And Lauren Ribando, peer tutor and Augustana Observer reporter, had a lovely article in the January 26th issue of the paper titled “Sky Full of Lighters evokes feelings of sadness and hope.”  It’s definitely worth a read.  Finally, Assistant Director Lucas Street has five prose poems in the current issue of the national online journal Locuspoint: The Place of Poetry, guest edited by former RWC peer tutor Erin Bertram and also featuring work by former tutor Farah Marklevits.


Tutor News Roundup: Weekend Events

Winter term is starting to wind down, but our tutors are gearing up.  Catch several of them at various weekend events, including:

  • Friday, January 27th’s Sights and Sounds art exhibition opening, which will feature music by the Grass Fed Kids (led by RWC tutors Jaron Gaier and Maggie Hayes) and Stumpy (a self-described “parasitoid” band featuring tutor Vernon Meidlinger-Chin) as well as a group led by tutor Michael McRae.  The event goes from 6-9pm and will be held at the Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport).
  • If you can’t make it to S&S, the Grass Fed Kids and Stumpy will also perform Saturday (1/28) at Chuckfest in Brew by the Slough. This “musical celebration” of Darwin and nature will go from 6-9pm.
  • The play How I Learned to Drive, to be performed this weekend and next, also boasts RWC connections. It’s directed by Dr. Jennifer Popple, RWC faculty tutor and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre. Peer tutor Jo Vasquez also acts in this production.

Hope to see you at one or all of these great events!