OPSU Writing Center

Nov 13, 2023

Natasha Eidson

OPSU Writing Center Receives Title V Funding to Support Student Success

The OPSU Writing Center is one of the newest student-centered areas on campus through Title V funding. This invaluable resource, led by Director Martin Fulmer, plays a crucial role in enhancing students’ writing skills and fostering academic excellence.

Director Martin Fulmer emphasizes the Writing Center’s commitment to addressing higher-order concerns, such as thesis statements, audience analysis, purpose, organization, and development. Additionally, the center can assist with lower-order concerns like sentence structure, punctuation, word choice, spelling, and usage. Fulmer notes, “We help students identify their strengths and provide guidance to clarify, specify, develop, explain, analyze, and more. Our services extend across the curriculum, covering subjects from math and science to history, art, agriculture, and business.”

The Writing Center is a hub of creativity, collaboration, and learning where students, faculty, administrators, and staff can receive personalized support for their writing projects. From brainstorming ideas to refining the final draft, the Writing Center’s team of trained writing coaches is equipped to provide guidance on a wide range of writing assignments. Whether it’s essays, annotated bibliographies, lab reports, resumes, or business proposals, the Writing Center is here to help.

Dr. Theresa Billiot, Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs, stated, “The OPSU Writing Center represents our continuous commitment to student success. It’s a necessary resource that helps us to fulfill our progress through knowledge mission statement. One of our goals with the writing center is to improve academic excellence by having students apply different strategies to communicate their messages more effectively and persuasively.”

Student, Stephanie Awadje, stated, “I use the Writing Center for help with my essay assignments in my biology, history, and English classes. After returning to college, I discovered that essay writing was difficult for me. However, after going to the Writing Center and getting help from Kadence Kunselman, my essay writing improved along with my grades.” She continued, “In addition to the help I receive in organizing, proofreading, and structuring my papers, I have also gained knowledge in how to better use the library’s electronic resources, like the EBSCO Academic Search Premier. I appreciate all the help I have received from the staff in the Writing Center.”

The Writing Center offers flexibility for visitors, allowing them to schedule 30- or 60-minute appointments with a writing coach or walk in when space is available. Student-athletes can also make use of the center as a study hall. Furthermore, the Writing Center hosts workshops on various topics to enhance students’ writing skills.

Director Martin Fulmer added, “The Writing Center is a welcoming space where the entire OPSU community can find assistance in honing their writing skills. We are committed to helping every individual reach their full potential as communicators and writers. We are grateful for the Title V funding that allows us to continue serving our university community effectively.”

For more information on OPSU’s Writing Center, including hours of operation and available services, please visit the Writing Center Website.

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