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April 12, 2017

SVSU students present research on writing strategies

Ten Saginaw Valley State University Writing Center tutors were among a group of undergraduates selected to present their research at the East Central Writing Center Association 2017 Conference held at Southwestern Michigan College on the weekend of March 24-25.

The presentations focused on best practices mentoring new tutors, conducting online sessions, creating a writing center strategic plan, and tutoring in the community writing center.

Bailey Brown, a criminal justice major from Fowlerville; Samantha Geffert, a secondary English education major from Farmington Hills; and Renee Okenka, a secondary English education major from Lennon, presented on ways to peer mentor new tutors in the Writing Center. The three students worked with Helen Raica-Klotz, SVSU’s Writing Center director.

KayLee Davis, a creative writing major from Charlevoix; and Madison Martin, an English major from Bay City presented on negotiating Writing Center identity through the students’ eyes.

Sara Houser, an elementary education major from Saginaw, presented on strategies to develop more efficient online tutoring sessions.

Riley Millard, a public administration major from Tawas City; and Joshua Atkins, an English major from Reese, worked with Writing Center assistant director Chris Giroux to present their ideas on community involvement.

Kylie Wojciechowski, a technical writing major from Bay City, wrote about a new developing online writing center tutoring platform called WCOnline.

For more information contact Helen Raica-Klotz, Writing Center Director, at or via phone, (989) 964-6062.