Mission & History

The Writing Center Mission Statement

In following the College’s mission statement, we, the Writing Center Staff, aim to help all students improve their writing abilities through the entire writing process, not just through gaining “corrected” papers. We believe that when the Writing Center is seen as a comfortable, encouraging environment, and when students use the Center for multiple consulting sessions, we will foster ideals that support the importance of clear, concise, logical writing in all areas of academic study, which will help students grow in skill, leading to more positive attitudes towards writing.

History of the Writing Center

The WVWC Writing Center opened in the fall of 1999 with six peer writing consultants and two professors serving as director and coordinator in English Annex, Room 20. Dr. L. Tamara Kendig served as the first director and was instrumental in getting the Writing Center opened, and Dr. Lynn Hawkins was the first coordinator. The original six peer writing consultants were Matthew Bachtel, Jennifer Flaherty, Kelly Gleason, Esajoli Jones, Melanie Jordan, and Joshua Yoder.

In the fall of 2000, writing consultants traveled to the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia to take part in a joint consultant training session with writing consultants from the University of Charleston, Pikeville College in Kentucky, and WVWC. Wesleyan's writing consultants had a year of experience already and gave a panel discussion on consulting experiences.

In celebration of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Writing Center staff members acted out the Battle of Hastings. The Writing Center staff acknowledges the changes in the English language as a result of this battle in history. Through this celebration, the Writing Center held an open house to acquaint students and faculty with the Center.

By the end of fall semester 2000, the Writing Center's consultants earned accreditation by the College Reading and Learning Association at the first level. Though many of the consultants who earned accreditation have graduated, some certified consultants remain, and as training courses are made available, new writing consultants are urged to undertake the process of earning accreditation.

In the fall semester of 2001, the Writing Center coordinated similar activities in regard to consultant training with U.C. and Pikeville College and the Battle of Hastings celebration. Also, in the fall, Matthew Bachtel and Camille Bowles represented the Writing Center at the National Peer Conference in Writing at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and gave a presentation on changing attitudes toward student writing through creating a friendly, inviting environment in a writing center.

The Writing Center has seen changes in personnel, and currently, Mrs. Nancy Porter has taken on the role of director and coordinator. Our current staff includes Matthew Bachtel, Katie Dunleavy, Pamela Erb, Patrick Gruber, Anne Schoolcraft, and Alison Thorp. The Writing Center continues to look for new methods of consulting and consultant training.