- October 20, 2017

Why I Write: A Poem

Why I Write: A Poem

Why I write: A Poem By Lucy Umoetek   I write to: access create express exemplify ignite itensify honour magnify my hopes dreams goals lists proiritise empower glorify illuminate my life my heart my life my soul Ms. Lucy Umoetek is a first-year MBA student at Virginia International University.

- October 12, 2017

Prepping for National Day on Writing, 2017!

Prepping for National Day on Writing, 2017!

Who doesn’t write? From sending a text to drafting a novel, writing is part of our daily lives. In the spirit of writing, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) commemorates every October 20 as the National Day on Writing. (Fun fact: The US Congress passed several laws that also officially commemorates this day, […]

- October 28, 2016

Happy National Day on Writing!

Happy National Day on Writing!

By: Writing Center Staff In observance of the National Day on Writing, which was October 20, 2016, the WRMC welcomed members of the VIU community to share why they write. Faculty, staff, students, and other community members visited the center and wrote on Post-it notes their reasons for writing, and we are happy to say […]

- October 3, 2016

What’s new in October?

What’s new in October?

1. DON’T FORGET: Don’t forget to inquire about our Academic Showcase in December. deadline to register to present is November 18th, 2016. Check out the showcase site:  http://www.viu.edu/wrmc/about-wrmc/events/academic-showcase.html 2. WRMC Events: Just in time for midterms! Check out these events to produce stronger pieces of writing: October 5, 2016 2pm-3pm:  APA In-Text Citations     Where: Student […]

- September 16, 2016

Writing Tip: Common Writing Errors

Writing Tip: Common Writing Errors

We think Grammery (n.d.) is spot-on with this survey! These issues are the ones commonly seen here at the WRMC and are ones that are easy to fix once you learn the rules. What do you think? Do you have common frustrations with these rules? Can you list others? Need more help learning how to […]

- June 14, 2016

Word of the Day: Phubbing (Special Edition)

Word of the Day: Phubbing (Special Edition)

We just couldn’t help but post this word of the day because it is SO applicable to our students (and many students across the nation ;)) Thanks, Mededitor and Merriam-Webster! Happy Tuesday! Phubbing (v.): Focusing on your phone while in a social setting. Portmanteau of “phone” and “snubbing.” (as cited in Merriam-Webster, 2016). References Mededitor. […]

- April 29, 2016

Congratulations Spring 2016 Poster Presenters!

Congratulations Spring 2016 Poster Presenters!

On April 14th, 2016, twenty-two students presented their research and finals projects at the university’s Academic Showcase. The topics of presentations ranged from education to politics. In total, 3 schools were represented at the poster session: the School of Education, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the General Education Program. Below is a […]

- April 28, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Perini on his new book!

Congratulations to Dr. Perini on his new book!

The Writing, Research, and Media Center would like to echo SED’s sentiments and applaud our Managing Director, Dr. Michael Perini, on the publication of his book, The Academic Librarian as Blended Professional: Reassessing and Redefining the Role. Certainly a stellar accomplishment! The blog post below was taken from a previous blog written by Virginia International […]

- February 29, 2016

CANCELED: Using Conditionals in the English Language 03/01 at 11:30am

CANCELED: Using Conditionals in the English Language 03/01 at 11:30am

Please note that our workshop, Using Conditionals in the English Language has been canceled. Please look back at our website for more updates and offerings!

- February 2, 2016

February Workshops! (Times and location included)

February Workshops! (Times and location included)

VIU Community, Check out the list of upcoming WRMC events for February (below).  All events are from 11:30 am-approximately 12:30pm and will be held in the Student Center. They are free and open to the public (registration preferred by e-mailing wrmc@viu.edu).  February 9th: E-mail Etiquette The purpose of this event is to help students understand […]

- October 22, 2015

Looking for a few, good student writers (volunteer opportunity!)

Looking for a few, good student writers (volunteer opportunity!)

  The Writing, Research, and Media Center (WRMC) at VIU would like to invite students to write guest blogs about the importance of writing in their majors, careers, or just lives in general for its website (www.viu.edu/wrmc). The Center is looking to update posts every few weeks or once a month, so multiple contributors are […]

- September 17, 2015

First look: Fall 2015 Student Research Showcase!

First look: Fall 2015 Student Research Showcase!

That’s right, it’s back!  The Writing, Research, and Media Center is proud to announce that it is once again hosting the Research/Final Paper Showcase for the Fall 2015 semester. The showcase invites students to create posters that explain an important paper or piece of research the student wrote in the past semester and present them […]

- September 15, 2015

That’s Right, We Have Writing Center Hours in Pender!

That’s Right, We Have Writing Center Hours in Pender!

That’s Right, We Have Writing Center Hours in Pender!       Welcome back to an exciting new school year! The WRMC has been working hard to expand and provide the students with quality writing services and instruction. One way we’re doing this is to make sure we are accessible to all students! In that respect, while […]

- July 31, 2015

Peer Review is back!

Peer Review is back!

On August 5th, 2015, the WRMC will be holding peer review groups. Peer review is a great way to meet people with different perspectives who can help enrich your project, paper,and/or research. The WRMC will form peer review group, teach students how to peer review, then give students an opportunity to peer review each others’ […]

- May 1, 2015

May Workshops

May Workshops

May Workshops Summers can get pretty quiet around VIU, but new students, do not despair! There still are plenty of things going on, from Healthcare Week, to  the Career Center’s Ice Cream Social and Orientation, the campus is still alive and kicking! The WRMC even has a few activities, too, to help prepare you for […]

- February 27, 2015

Word of the Day: Pedantic

Word of the Day: Pedantic

Word of the Day:Pedantic Pedantic (adjective): “Unimaginative, dull” (“Pedantic”, 2015, para.3). Examples: From Hendrik Hertzberger, The New Yorker (as cited in Webster’s Dictionary, 2015): It may seem pedantic to harp on what looks like mere procedure, but this is one case where the process is the forest. Can you use pedantic in a sentence? Send […]

- February 13, 2015

Thursday Workshops in February

Thursday Workshops in February

The WRMC has been hosting extra workshops this semester so that VIU students can acquaint themselves with academic and professional writing. We were so proud to host Ms. Aziza Mirkhanova as our guest speaker for yesterday’s workshop, E-mail Etiquette. Next Thursday, we will be hosting Dr. Jillian Wendt as she presents her workshop, Avoiding Plagiarism […]

- February 5, 2015

Word of the Day: Solipsistic

Word of the Day: Solipsistic

Word of the Day: Solipsistic Solipsistic (adjective): “Extreme self-importance” (“Solipsistic”, 2015, para.3). Examples:His solipsistic attitude lead him to put his speech first on the conference agenda because he thought it was only one worth hearing. Can you use solipsistic in a sentence? Send us your sentence using solipsistic and we will post it on our […]

- February 3, 2015

Word of the Day: Pragmatic

Word of the Day: Pragmatic

Word of the Day:Pragmatic Pragmatic (adjective): “dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories” (“Pragmatic”, 2015, para.1). Examples:He was a man who didn’t like responses that were set in passion or were too whimsical. Rather, he always respected those who […]