When Diane Boehm was hired to establish a University Writing Program in 1995, she wasn’t exactly sure what the end result would be—but that didn’t mean she didn’t know where to start.
“I didn’t have a clear vision,” Boehm said, “but I had a strong sense of need.”
Boehm’s first action in her new role was to set up a table and two chairs in a back corner of first floor Wickes Hall to begin tutoring. She also hired several students to begin working as tutors assigned to specific classes, surveyed faculty across the curriculum and individually met with department chairs.
Vanguard photo | Arianna Paver
Since 1995, Diane Boehm, right, has worked with five writing center coordinators and 174
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You’ve seen these before, right? An editor’s last editorial—they’re maybe a little bit self-indulgent, a little bit therapeutic and a little bit sad (but only for the editor, of course).
I’m supposed to tell you how fast this year has flown by (“Wow, April already! It seems like just yesterday…”), how challenging and rewarding this job has been (“I’ve learned more about myself this year than I ever could have imagined!”) and what a long, hard road it’s been (“It’s been a long, hard road…”).
But don’t worry, I promise I won’t do that to you. I’m not that type of editor.
I won’t begin by telling you it’s all been easy, but I certainly won’t tell you it’s all … Read More…
The novel in flash is a form has been growing in popularity over the past few years as flash fiction—defined simply as very short fiction, usually under 1,000 words—becomes more prominent.
The challenge of this form, of course, is to not just write each piece of flash as you would a chapter in a novel. The challenge is in having each piece stand on its own as something that contains a story all its own, while at the same time combining with the other pieces in the collection to create a much larger story. This is something that Matthew Salesses does very well.
“I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying” is a novel told in 115 very short fictions, none of … Read More…
An SVSU graduate and his sister were less than two blocks away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday when two explosions went off, killing at least two people and injuring at least 100 more.
Derek Stone, a 2011 graduate and former GLIAC champion in the mile, was running his first Boston Marathon with his twin sister, Hannah. She graduated from Northwood in 2010.
“About 45 minutes after we finished, my parents and I and my sister were looking for a place to eat,” Stone said. “We were probably about a block, block and a half away from where the explosions were, and we saw handfuls of people start running and crying.
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As the weather gets warmer and the school year winds down, police are warning students not to let their guard down.
According to Chief of University Police Ron Trepkowski, officers normally see an increase in thefts during this time of year.
“With the onset of spring and the end of the academic year fast approaching, (we) want to remind everyone to hang onto their stuff,” Trepkowski said.
Vanguard photo | Amelia Brown
Campus Police requests that students take extra precautions against theft.
In particular, Trepkowski said there has been an increase in thefts of wallets and phones over the past few months, particularly in the Ryder Center fitness area. He advises students not to leave their belongings out in the … Read More…
The Professional Journalistic Practices Committee of SVSU has appointed a new editor-in-chief of the Valley Vanguard for the fall 2013 and winter 2014 semesters.
Tyler Bradley, a graphic design senior, will assume duties starting with the Vanguard’s lone summer issue.
Bradley has worked for the publication for nearly three years, serving as a staff writer and most recently as the A&E editor.
“Tyler’s been a valuable asset to the Vanguard for as long as he’s been on staff,” said Justin Brouckaert, current editor-in-chief. “I’m confident Tyler’s experience and connections will serve him well as he builds on the positive strides we’ve made this year.”
Bradley said that looks forward to taking over the editor role.
“Stepping into this position during … Read More…
I have a friend who, in discussions about leadership, will often refer to an anecdote from his high school soccer days. As a senior soccer captain of his high school team, it was his job to pick the next captain, the one player that would take over his position after he moved on. Picking the future leader(s) of the team was, his coach told him, the most important thing he could do for that program.
I’ve learned a few things about leadership this year, and this is one that sticks: Leaders aren’t just people with titles, or people who take on roles for a year or two at a time. A leader is often someone who aims to enact sustainable … Read More…
Last week, nearly 1,000 members of the student body elected Dylan Kosaski as the next Student Association president. This election marked a step in the right direction not only for Student Association, but also for overall student involvement with the group and its annual election.
Kosaski received 474 votes to clinch a narrow two-vote win over Douglas Boehm. Jr., tallying more votes than the total for both candidates in last year’s election. This year’s total of 946 votes split between Kosaski and Boehm, Jr. more than doubled the total of 422 votes tallied between current Student Association President Ted Goodman and challenger Justin Kokkinis last year.
Last year’s total number of voters—less than five percent of SVSU’s student population—was an … Read More…
It popped up like most other social media trends: very suddenly, and seemingly out of nowhere. This, of course, was the week of the red equal sign.
In light of the recent Supreme Court review of same-sex marriage rights, Facebook users replaced their profile photos with a photo a red equals sign to signify support of same-sex marriage. The tactic originated with the Human Rights Campaign, which on Tuesday introduced the idea of wearing and displaying red to support same-sex marriage. The idea took off in no time, with even members of Congress publicly displaying the symbol on their social media pages.
On my own Facebook feed, I saw relatively few heated discussions about the matter. People were respectful, or … Read More…
Lately I’ve become very concerned about the smallness of things.
I’m coming closer and closer to making a decision about graduate school in the fall, and the questions I’m asking myself now are so much more precise, so much more compressed than the ones I asked when I applied this winter. The tiniest of words — just a Yes or a No — will have an explosive impact on my life, and soon.
The things I’ve done seem tiny when I think of them in the context of my five years here, but with only a month remaining, each small thing has doubled, even tripled in magnitude. I read the small print more carefully these days. I’ve been comparing myself … Read More…