The Farnham Writers’ Center announces a new tutoring service that we will be kicking off in conjunction with the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium: Oral Presentation Tutoring. Designed for individual or group presentations, each tutoring session will last 30 minutes and will be conducted by a three or four tutor panel. In addition to offering video/audio recording (for aural revision), tutors will respond to your presentation on three levels, providing rich feedback as you begin to hone your presentation.
If there’s one thing that we know, it’s that our writing tutors rule. They do so many things (working late shifts, teaching sections of EN112, working with professors as Writing Fellows, supporting the center at Kennebec Valley Community College, running community writing events)…and that’s just what they do as tutors! As students at Colby they do so much more, from running campus clubs, to conducting amazing research, to winning awards, to initiating new projects/initiatives, etc. … not to mention the other travel, jobs, and internships they do outside of school. You can see some of the things they do in their bios (“Meet the Staff” under appointments), but we decided that it was about time to acknowledge some of the neat things they (our current and past tutors) do in a Tutor Props post.
- Abbott Matthews: Academic Specialist at the U.S. Department of Defense and the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. In February, Abbott left for an English Teaching Fullbright in Brazil.
- Cale Wardell: Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center
- Lauren Fisher: Living in Tel Aviv, working at Israel Experience and pursuing her M.A. in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University.
- Michael Langley: Living in Lesotho, teaching English as a member of the Peace Corps
- Rachel Haines: Completed the Columbia University Publishing Course, now Assistant Editor at eScholastic.
- Kelsey Naruse: Working for Marquis Consonus, a healthcare company that deals with long term care and acute rehab.
- Patrick Martin: Accepted to MA programs in Foreign Policy
- Anna Hess: Spent JanPlan implementing clean water program in Ghana, hoping to continue working on environmental policy in the future.
- Ariella Gintzler: Giving summer kayak tours. Accepted to the Green Corps, still waiting for placement but interested in working on renewables, food policy, and clean energy. Also considering publishing industry.
- Emily Nadel: Accepted to Match Corps Boston, Match Community Day School doing one-on-one tutoring with students parallel to classroom instruction.
- Gabby Johnson: Accepted to the Venice internship program for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection where she will continue to pursue her interests in art history and museum curatorship.
- Kristen Starkowski: Will be going to Princeton University to pursue her PhD in English.
- Kate Bellerose: PhD in Latin American studies
- Lucas Killcoyne: Working at Penguin Group, breaking into the publishing world!
- Em Jamieson: Over the JanPlan semester participated in the pre-med academy
- Savannah Judge: Spent Fall semester in residence at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences doing independent study on algae species
- Shelby O’Neill: received the Laurie Peterson Memorial Award for “a Junior Government major who, ‘through academic achievement and evidence of leadership and character, has made an outstanding contribution to the Department.’”
With the decreased number of students on campus during the JanPlan period, the Farnham Writers’ Center will be going down to part-time operating hours (6-10pm) and instead offering “OnCall” services during the day. Students interested in signing up for a session should email FWC Coordinator Alexander Champoux.
Three tutors from the Farnham Writers’ Center attended the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) Nov. 1-3 in Tampa, Florida, along with Director Paula Harrington and Coordinator Alexander Champoux. Olivia Biagetti ’14, Justin Lutian ’15, and Andy Kang ’15 presented a panel titled “Negotiating Tutee Anxiety and the Identity Gap” with specific focuses on working with community college tutees, tutees of diverse sexualities, and tutor-tutees. In addition to presenting, the representatives of the FWC attended presentations from other colleges and universities on topics falling under the conference theme “Year of the Writer.”
Looking to better serve the growing population of international and non-native speaking students at Colby College, the FWC has hired a new part-time Multilingual Specialist, Roger Jack. He is also an ESL teacher in the Auburn school system, and has his M.Ed. in ESL Literacy from the University of Maine Orono. Interested students can sign up using the “Roger Jack” schedule on WCOnline, or by clicking on the button on the FWC homepage.