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Trendspotting: Green and White!

Trendspotting with Alyson Gines logoHey there!  It’s been pretty clear what the trend of this week has been: Spartan gear! We are approaching homecoming weekend, and everyone on campus and in The Writing Center has been showing their support. Even alumni are getting in on the festivities, starting with  The Writing Center Alumni Panel this Friday, October 12th at 3pm in 300 Bessey Hall. Feel free to also check out The Writing Center Homecoming Celebration in the CAL tent on Saturday too! We’ll be there from 9-11:30 helping you create inspiring words with alphabet photography!

Go Green! Go White!

Career Gallery at the Breslin Center

MSU Career Gallery 2012 logo

Time to pull out the resume. MSU’s annual Career Gallery is coming October 3rd and 4th.  They have over 250, yes I did say 250, employers coming.  It is so big only the Breslin Center could hold it.  The time is 2-6 pm.  On Wednesday the focus is Science, Engineering and Technology careers; on Thursday it is Business majors.  Even if you are not in the job market yet, it is a great idea to stop over and see what employers are looking for!

Remember, at The Writing Center we can help with cover letters, resumes and CVs. Many students come to the Business Communication Center (BCC) satellite to work on preparing those important documents for both jobs and internships.  Make an appointment soon to come and visit us.

Event Recap: ReCycle, ReMix, ReClaim

Colorful tape made to be rivers and roads stretched across a flat cardboard box.
The beginning.

The Writing Center celebrated yet another of its 20/20 events this past week: ReCyle, ReMix, ReClaim. The inspiration was found in this year’s One Book, One Community choice, a program co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and MSU. The 2012 book is Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a story that takes place in the slums of India.

In this novel, a series of families sort and sell trash as one way out of the slums. Similarly, The Writing Center’s event welcomed students of all backgrounds to come and repurpose items that had previously been thought to be trash—bottles, cardboard, containers, etc. It was an eye-opening exercise in shifting the perspective with which we view the world.

The final product - bottles covered in tape and ribbon making towers, playground equipment made from pipe cleaner.
The final product.

Students ranging in age from Freshmen to Graduate Students came to participate, sharing a bit about themselves and their unique backgrounds as they worked together to turn the trash into something beautiful. As they worked to build a small “city,” discussions about campus, life, and learning were had throughout the evening. It was an activity that created a community based on differences, and that celebrated our diversity. This is what The Writing Center and MSU are all about: creating connections between people and things that open our eyes, and make our world a better place.

ReCycle, ReMix, ReClaim: A Found Art Composing Project

September 27th at 6pm
The Writing Center @ MSU
300 Bessey Hall

In Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the families Katherine Boo follows sort and sell trash as one of their paths out of the slums.

Similarly, we’re asking students and community members to sort through some of the trash and items around them to create new works of art.

The Writing Center will provide space for this composing as well as composing materials to help as your recycle, remix, and reclaim things you have found around the community of MSU and East Lansing.

The project will start and end in The Writing Center, 300 Bessey Hall, but wear your walking shoes.

Trendspotting: The Color Turquoise

Trendspotting with Alyson Gines logo

Looks like THE color to wear last week was turquoise–specifically, the awesome Writing Center 20/20 shirt. This fall semester marks the 20th anniversary of Writing Center, and we are celebrating with 20 different events. This festive year was kicked off with a big party in August, and some of the other upcoming events include game nights, creating a cook book, open mic nights, and more parties!

Next event on the calendar is the Reading with the Red Cedar Writing Project–will you be there?

20/20 T-shirt
Writing Center 20/20 Shirt


20th Anniversary Authors’ Reading – September 20th @ 6:30pm

The Writing Center and Red Cedar Writing Project are celebrating 20 years at Michigan State. To commemorate this milestone we’ve partnered together to bring a group of talented local authors to share their writing with the MSU community.

Join us Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm in The Writing Center at 300 Bessey Hall for an evening of listening and celebration. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring friends and family!

Writer Bios

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20th Anniversary Kickoff Party!

20/20 Kickoff Party Poster. Come Celebrate with a bounce house, face painting, door prizes, preformances, food, games, and much more! August 18th, 3-6pm, behind Bessey Hall. For more information go to writing.msu.edu/20-20
The Writing Center is celebrating our 20th Anniversary with 20 events across the academic year. We’re launching this year of celebrations with a Kick Off Party on August 18th. All are welcome!

You may have noticed our new pens in the Writing Center, and perhaps even wondered what this “20/20” thing is all about. This year is the Writing Center’s 20th anniversary, and we are celebrating with 20 events throughout this academic year. Don’t worry, perfect vision is not required. All are welcome!

Our first event is on August 18th from 3-6pm, behind Bessey Hall – our 20th Anniversary Kickoff Party! We are starting off our celebration in the best way possible – with a bounce house, games, raffles, and of course, food! There will also be a scavenger hunt, a photo booth, crafts, and much more!

Don’t miss out on the fun, and you may even go home with a gift card, t-shirt, or tickets to a show!

Check out the schedule of events for the whole year. We hope to see you throughout our celebration this year, and of course we are always here to help you at Bessey Hall or one of our many satellites!

Creative Writing Focus Group

Join us for a focus group on Creative Writing!

Wednesday, July 11th @ 6pm

FREE Pizza and Pop will be provided

What: A meeting to develop our Creative Writing Group. We’d love to talk with you about what you would like to see in this group, including location and time of meetings. 
 Everyone – community members, students, grad students, and professors interested in creative writing. 
300 Bessey Hall, The Writing Center
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @  6:00pm

Please let us know if you are coming (so we can order pizza for you) creativewritingwcmsu@gmail.com