The MARC program was well represented at the 2015 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference (“What Starts Here Writes The World”) at the University of Texas-Austin this February. Presenters included current students, graduates, and faculty: Cresta Bayley: “Re-Writing Wikipedia in the Writing Center: A Retrospective and How-To”; Collin Couey: “Tutoring on the Margins: Helping Students with ADHD”; Shaun Ford, Nancy Wilson, and Rachel Snow: “Welcome to the Tea Party: Process vs. Product in the Writing Center Wonderland”; Rebecca Jackson: “‘Feeling Rules,’ Outlaw(ed) Emotions, and the Affective Landscape of Writing Center Tutoring”; Kristin Riggs: “Prompting Change in the Writing Center: A Writing Instructor’s Perspective”
Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, Fl. She spoke as part of a panel on MA Writing Studies programs titled "Masters of Risk: MA Writing Studies Programs as Sites of Innovation."
MARC student Colin Couey presented "You and Your Crew: A Critical History of Rap Groups" at the Popular Culture Associate conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2015.
Dr. Octavo Pimentel and MARC students Edward Garza and Melinda Ingersoll presented "Cuentos Exitosos: Success Stories of Hispanic Developmental Students" at the 2015 Texas State University Student Success Symposium in January.
MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster presented "Constructing the "Spooky Queen:" Hyper Gender Portrayals and Androgyny in Horror Movies Contributing to Alternative Drag Identities" at the 2015 Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also acted as session chair.
MARC student Jeffery Downs was accepted to the 2014 International Writing Centers Association National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. He will be presenting his paper, "Writing Center to Faculty, a Path Worth Exploring."
MARC student Graham Oliver presented his paper "A Supposedly Rhetorical Thing: David Foster Wallace, Burke's Identification, and Television" at the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Octavio Pimentel presented his paper “Mexican Wrestlers and White Cowboys: Racist Media Spots in Television Commercials” on the panel "Racial Discourses in Media Unchained" at the 2013 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference.
Rebecca Jackson presented her paper, "Laboring for Access (and Money): Directing a Virtual Writing Center in a For-Profit Institution," on the panel "Neither Here nor There: Opening the Story of Writing Center Labor" at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN.
Octavio Pimentel presented his paper "Taqueros, Luchadores, y los Brits: U.S. Racial Rhetorics and its Global Influence" on the panel "Opening Technical Communication to Discussions of Race and Ethnicity: A Conversation between Scholars in Technical Communication and Rhetoric and Composition" at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, IN.
MARC students Caroline Richardson and Shaun Bryan presented with Nancy Wilson and Michelle Elliott at the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Their presentation is titled "Co-Cultural Dis/Ability Discourses: Redefining Access in the Cs".
MARC student Alexis McGee presented her paper, "Barbie Goes Abroad: Stereotypes of The World" at the 2013 Popular/American Culture Conference.
MARC student Megan Boeshart presented her paper, "Women Narrating their Experience in the Online Gaming Community" at the 2013 FemRhet Conference at Stanford University.
MARC students Graham Oliver and Bree Henderson presented their paper, "Prosumer Backers and Self-Marketing Projects: The Rhetoric of Crowdfunding" at the 2013 Computers and Writing Conference in Frostburg, Maryland.
Octavio Pimentel presented his paper, "Giving Voice: The Latin@ Voice that is often Ignored at Best" at the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV.
Rebecca Jackson presented her paper, "Uncovering the Hidden Work of Writing Center Administration" as part of the panel, "The Public (Face)Work of Administration: A Case Study of Six New Writing Center Directors," at the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.
Rebecca Jackson presented her paper "Interrogating 'Support': Writing Center Master Narratives and the Politics of Change" at the 2013 Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
MARC students Kristie O'Donnell and Graham Oliver presented their paper "Big & Small: Theory in Practice" at the 2013 Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
Nancy Wilson's essay, "Stocking the Bodega: Towards a New Writing Center Paradigm," has been accepted for publication in the fall 2012 issue of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.
Nancy Wilson, Sue Beebe, MFA poetry student Stephanie Noll, and MARC student Lisa Bovee presented "Say What? One Hundred Years of Pedagogical Struggles with Composition Handbooks" at the 2011 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, held Nov. 17-22, in Chicago.
Dr. Deb Balzhiser and Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented papers on the panel "Mapping Contested Spaces for the Undergraduate Major in Writing and Rhetoric" at the 2011 CCCC in Atlanta. Dr. Balzhiser's paper is titled 'Reading the Writing Major Configurations"; Dr. Jackson's paper is titled "Mission Work and the Work of Missions."
Dr. Octavio Pimentel and students Shana Hamid, Casie Moreland, and Cheyenne Riggs presented their panel "Ya Basta Con el Racismo!: Time to Recognize the OTHERS' Space" at the 2011 CCCC in Atlanta.
MARC students Shana Hamid, Casie Moreland, and Cheyenne Riggs presented their panel "Actions Speak Louder than Words" at the 2010 AESA Conference in Denver, CO.
MARC student Andy Besa presented "Cantifilas Sails: My Secret Life as a Writing Center Tutor" at the 2010 IWCA-NCPTW Conference in Baltimore, MD.
MARC student Andy Besa presented "The Nepantla Beyond the Writing Center Door" at the New Directions Conference at the University of Arizona.
Congratulations to MARC graduate student Bettina Ramon, and MA Lit/MARC graduate student Sarah Olivas, recipients of 4Cs "Scholars for the Dream" Awards. Bettina and Sarah will each receive $750 to travel to the 2009 4Cs convention in San Francisco, be honored at a reception at the 2009 4Cs convention, and receive one-year memberships in NCTE and CCCC. Read the full story at www.liberalarts.txstate.edu/about/news/englishnews2007-2008/ccccawards.html
MARC director Dr. Rebecca Jackson, along with Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney of Ball State University, will present results of a national survey on writing centers, "A View from the Bridge: Writing Centers in the Twenty-First Century," at the 2009 International Writing Centers Association Collaborative held in conjunction with the Conference on College Composition and Communication convention in San Francisco. MARC graduate students Jenna Keith Allen and Bettina Ramon, along with MARC alumna Collette Caton, will present their panel “Rocking the Boat: Using Blogs to Challenge Traditional Notions of Academic Identity” at the 60th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco in March 2009. MARC faculty member Dr. Deborah Balzhiser Morton will chair the panel. They will also present their panel "Pop Culture Meets High Culture: Blogging Gender in the Academy" at the 2009 Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference in Gender and Technology in Albuquerque in February 2009 MARC graduate students Jenna Keith Allen, Stephanie Gioia Stewart, and Bettina Ramon will present their panel "Writing Center 2.0: Pleasurable Elements of the Online Writing Center," at the 2009 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in Georgetown in April 2009 MARC graduate student Andy Besa, along with MA Literature student Sarah Olivas and Aja Martinez of the University of Arizona, will present their panel "Making Waves by Using Chicana/o Rhetorics of Difference to Reverse Negative Stereotypes Against U.S. Latinas/os" at the 60th Annual Conference of College Composition and Communication in San Francisco in March 2009. MARC faculty member Dr. Jaime Armin Mejia will chair the panel. MARC graduate students Gina Guzman, Blanca Loya, and Yazmin Lazcano will present thir panel “Righting the Writing Center to Meet the Border” at the 2008 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in San Antonio in November 2008. They will also present their panel “Crashing the Waves of Exclusion in the Field of Composition Studies: Pedagogical Uses of Alter-Native Genres in the Composition Classrooms” at the 60th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco in March 2009. MARC graduate student Jon Polk will present his paper "The New Non-Transparent Text: Typography & Image in the Contemporary Novel" at the 2009 National Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans in April 2009.
Collette Caton and Jonathan Polk's YouTube video response to readings from Kairos has been picked up and posted on the Kairos website to introduce a new section of the journal called "Disputatio: A Reader's Forum." To view their video and contribute to the online discussion of issues they raise, go to http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/12.2/binder.html?loggingon/lo3.html, scroll down to "Letting Us Know What You Think," and click on “YouTube video response." MARC graduate student Courtney Werner presented her panel, Moving Feminisms Forward: Making Feminists into Cyborgs, at the Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association (SW PCA & ACA) Conference on Gender and Technology, Feb. 2008. MARC graduate student Gina Guzman presented her paper, College Writing Centers and Chicanos/as on the Border, at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Regional Conference, Mi Educacion es la Causa: Chicana and Chicano Pedagogy in the 21st Century in McAllen, TX on February 28th- March 1st 2008. MARC graduate students Collette Caton, Jon Polk, Courtney Werner presented their panel, Writing Center as Student Service: Rhetorical Choices and the Art of Voicing Students' Needs, at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in March 2008 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. MARC graduate student Gina Guzman presented her paper, Minority Students on the Periphery: Domesticating Canagarajah's Geopolitics in Writing Centers, at the 2008 NACCS Conference XXXV Poesia, Baile y Cancion: The Politics, Implications, and Future of Chicana/os' Cultural Production on March 19-22 in Austin, TX. She also presented her paper at the CCCC Convention: Writing Realities, Chaging Realities in New Orleans, LA on April 2-5, 2008. MARC graduate students Jenna Allen, Mary McCulley, Gwen Templin, and Melinda Rothouse, and Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented their panel, Writing Center as Performance Space, at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in March 2008 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. MARC graduate students Courtney Werner and Collette Caton, and MA Lit graduate student Marcus Piazzola presented their panel, Graphic Novel as Textbook: Alternative Realities for Composition Instruction, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New Orleans, April 2008. Dr. Jaime Mejia was chair of the panel. Barbara L'Eplattenier, Susan McLeod, Barry Maid, and Dr. Deborah Balzhiser (w/ Tom Miller who facilitated but did not include his name) conducted their workshop seminar on "Creating and Revamping Majors in Writing and Rhetoric" at the CCCCs in New Orleans, April 2008.