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Writing Center Pilot

The Writing Center Pilot is a Library and Merritt Writing Program (MWP) initiative to support all stages of the writing and research process. Our goal is to support undergraduates, in WRI courses, who wish to develop as writers.

This Center is staffed by trained undergraduates, see bios below, with writing instructor support.

Engage in the following kinds of writing discussions and activities:

  • Interpreting an assignment.
  • Developing a thesis or research question.
  • Organizing and developing ideas.
  • Responding to feedback.
  • Revising and clarifying arguments.
  • Organizing ideas.
  • Analyzing readings.
  • Incorporating evidence.

Bring the following with you:

  • Ideas or draft work.
  • Information about your assignment & readings.
  • An attitude of active participation.



Hours - Spring 2015

  • Regular Hours: 11am to 2pm Mon – Thurs.
    • Open: Monday, February 9th through Thursday, May 7th.
    • Closed: Holidays including Spring Recess.

We look forward to working with you!

Any questions about this pilot initiative? Please contact Sara Davidson Squibb (Library) and/or Anne Zanzucchi (Merritt Writing Program).

Name: Tony Hua Name: Carissa Atallah Name: Emma Tkachuk
Major: Applied Math & Economics Major: English Major: Human Biology
Minor: Writing Minor: Art Minor: Writing
Tony is a student with varied interests across multiple disciplines, ranging from both natural and social sciences to creative writing. By working with students, he hopes to develop their writing ability so that they may fully express their thoughts in whichever field interests them. Tony agrees with the late physicist Richard Feynman who had argued that "the whole point is to have adventure" in which Tony adds, "writing is an adventure." A sophomore who recently returned from a semester abroad in London, Carissa is a liberal arts student interested in art, literature, theatre, poetry and culture. By assisting her peers in the writing center, Carissa hopes to strengthen the many diverse voices of UC Merced students as they prepare for their promising futures in their chosen fields. Carissa believes that becoming an Instructional Assistant "has given me an exciting opportunity to invest in the abilities of the UCM community." In working with students in the writing center, Emma hopes to assist her peers during the writing process and serve as a resource for ideas. She enjoys discussing various academic topics and methods for integrating those ideas into writing. Emma says that she chooses to work with peers during their writing process because "it is rewarding to see that I can contribute to the growth and development of new writers and academics, and be a part of their journey at UC Merced."

Name: Nick Lee Name: Xavier Gomez Name: Eric Sosa
Major: Political Science Major: Political Science Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Writing Minor: Writing Minor: Writing
Nick is a third year UC Merced college student born and raised in Sacramento. He is passionate about higher education and learning, and constantly works and assists with students in order for them to succeed academically. Nick lives by one motto: Be a tree, not a leaf. Help others grow, as you grow too. Nick states that he has two goals when working closely with students in the writing center: "My first goal is to help inspire students in developing their writing process, while my second goal is to assist students on their journey into untapped potential within their writing abilities." Since the spring of 2014, Xavier has been tutoring peers at the Writing Center Pilot. He explains that he returned each semester because he recognizes that "tutoring can improve students as writers, while also assisting them with the writing that they bring to the Center." Xavier has a passion for composition and for conversation, and so he is comfortable and confident in conversing with students about their writing. Eric is a 4th year mechanical engineering major who has been an instructional assistant and writing tutor for the Writing Center Pilot in his previous semesters. He has returned to the Writing Center Pilot because he is passionate about helping his peers in the composing process. "I choose to work with peers to assist them in the writing process because I love writing; I love everything about it, everything from brainstorming to formulating an argument. Writing is a great way to express yourself, and I like to consider that writing is a great way to let the soul breathe. I’m hoping that through engaging students in conversations about their topics that it will encourage them to acquire an active voice in shaping their ideas and values and encourage them to take ownership of their learning."

International Open Access Week is a global event for the academic research community that raises awareness of the potential benefits of open access publishing. Open access to information is free, immediate, online access to scholarly research, and the right to use, and re-use those research results.

The UC Merced Library will sponsor several events during Open Access Week 2014.


UC Merced Library International Open Access Week Events

Monday October 20, 2014

SPARC Broadcast – "Generation Open"

12:00 – 1:30 pm
KL 360

Held at World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. Distinguished speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the broadcast.

Monday October 20, 2014

Copyright Criminals Film Screening
Video Preview

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Residence Halls - Crescent Arch (Half Dome 180)

Join us for a free screening of Copyright Criminals, a documentary film about the rise of hip-hop music and the legal issues surrounding sampling and copyright. This 53-minute film is a must-see for hip-hop enthusiasts, musicians, and anyone interested in remixing, mashing up or editing sound, video, or images.

Pizza and drinks will be served during a brief intermission.

Students are invited to join us for dinner and an informative movie.

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Tabling outside the Lantern
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Library staff will be available to share information and answer questions about Open Access and Copyright. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

A Conversation on Open Data
12:00 to 1:00 pm
KL 169 (Bobcat Lair)

UC Merced faculty members Courtenay Conrad and Nathan Monroe (Political Science), Robin DeLugan (Anthropology), and Michael Dawson (Natural Sciences) will speak from their perspectives and experiences on the significance of open access to data for research, including increased community and public engagement with research and scholarship. Bring your own lunch; coffee and dessert will be served.

Thursday October 23, 2014

Tabling outside the Lantern
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Library staff will be available to share information and answer questions about Open Access and Copyright. Refreshments will be provided.


Questions about these events? Contact Susan Mikkelsen smikkelsen@ucmerced.edu




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