Final WRAP Meeting Notes 4/20

Writing Retreat

  • Eve & Suban will resend email to people who RSVPed
    • Give address
    • Tell ppl to bring tables and chairs
    • Tell ppl to carpool
  • Need extra tables & chairs
    • Eve will bring card table
    • John to bring card table + chair
    • Kate will bring 2 folding chairs
  • Eve & Suban to pick up coffee, tea, food
    • Bring wine opener, can opener, bottled water
  • Autumn & Suban bringing air mattress
    • Do we need tents?

 

Danielle hosting Grad Student Lunch

  • Thursday of finals week, 5/4
  • Elise to make flyer
  • Ordering Qdoba

 

New Peeps Q & A

  • Events and ProDev usually meet over summer/August to create and send out a survey about what grad students in the dept want
  • WRAP gets $900 funding for the academic year
    • Save receipts for Melissa and write small brief paragraph about why the event was good for grad students, include flyers/promo materials, and a list of names of ppl who attended
    • It is possible to apply for extra funding if it’s needed
  • Autumn needs to be made an admin on the WRAP Facebook page and the web page
    • Heather to add Autumn
  • Need to find a COGS rep; can be MA or PhD
    • Once per month meeting
    • Free food provided
  • Every year, need to resubmit form for WRAP’s status as an RSO
  • Media rep job is totally new
    • Autumn in charge of FB, WordPress, Website, and Twitter
    • Website could use an update (wrap.wide.msu.edu)
  • Get in touch with office to reserve a room, Hal Currie, for bi-weekly meetings
  • You can go through outside places like COGS or CAL to get more funding
  • Jacquelyn in charge of budget–be in contact with her if you want to know about the budget at any time
  • Need someone to keep notes

 

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2/9 Meeting Notes

Assessment Committee

  • Committee has first meeting tomorrow, Friday, 2/10 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
    • Will meet next week same time and then decide about meeting weekly or bi-weekly
  • Wonderful made and sent agenda
  • Will talk about coding, make plans for going forward, etc.

Recruitment

  • Publicity: don’t discuss who recruits are or friend/follow them until they’ve accepted or not
  • Hannah may need a backup to pick up her recruit
    • Ana comes in at 1:22pm; if delayed, Jack volunteers for pickup (thanks Jack! 🙂
    • Lauren to let Hannah know

PW Update from Jack

  • Did not have PW meeting last week
  • Offering an award for paid PW undergrads ($2,500) & honorable mentions
  • Spread the word about award because a lot of undergrad students don’t know about it

 

Social Event(s)

  • Cancelling Palentines
  • Suban mentioned organizing event to bring everyone to Black Arts Matter event, but it’s during the same  time as Beggar’s Banquet event
    • What other options do we have?
      • Movie?  → but how will we choose a movie?
      • Could be a family-friendly event
      • When?
        • Would need to be one of the last two weekends in March
        • Eve to look into movie screenings already happening at MSU on those dates
        • Renting on-campus space to show a film
        • Eve & Suban to find out how much it costs–can we get the space and rent to show our own movie
  • Writing Retreat
    • Do we have an Air B&B yet?
      • Elise checked and the place we had last year is still available (“The Pure Michigan Lake House” — accommodates 6 but ppl can sleep on floors if they want to stay over
      • $200/night → will need ppl to contribute
    • When?
      • Originally scheduled April 21st; only problem is it coincides with Earth Day, science march in DC
      • Eve to send a Doodle poll about wknd of 21st or wknd 28th

 

Money Update

  • We don’t actually get an extra $900, it was just processed late → we actually only have $350 left
  • We can request more funding from Danielle, but it’s not guaranteed
    • Elise to ask Danielle about this
  • We can (maybe?) still apply for COGS funding ($250)

 

RWGAC

  • Making MA just in R&W and having 3 tracks
    • 1) Digital & Cultural Rhetorics
    • 2) XA & PW
    • 3) CSLP
    • Tracks will be invisible b/c ppl are having trouble on job market b/c it’s not in the name → talking about putting together a committee that prob won’t happen for a year or so
  • Want to have more faculty mentorship for ppl teaching in comp studies
    • What about reducing class sizes?
    • Rethinking what’s core and why?
  • Reconfiguring a lot of courses now
  • Booked venue for MSU Cs party: Alta Bira on Wednesday, 3/15, time TBA
    • Danielle is creating publicity materials to share

 

ProDev

  • Kate to send panel participants the survey & write a short statement about what themes emerged as well as potential questions
    • For faculty: what were your experiences of being mentored; best and worst experiences, why?  What did you feel you needed then, what do you feel ppl would need now?
    • Does WRAC have a specific statement of mentorship or is it all individual?
      • What structures are in place here in WRAC for mentorship?
        • Is it supposed to be your committee?  What does it mean if you’re mentored more closely by folks not in your committee?
    • What are the stories that are appropriate to tell or not?
      • Who are we accountable to?
    • How do you view mentorship?  Do you see it as a personal relationship?  Or a strictly academic/professional relationship?  Or do you blur the lines between?
    • When you sign up to be on someone’s committee, what do you view as the things you absolutely have to do and what do you view as optional or possible?
      • How do you see your role as a mentor? (is your role to give answers or questions?)  How can we articulate needs on both sides and how can we make it better?
      • Reciprocity relationships in mentee/mentor relationships
        • Going to meetings for them, mentors inviting people over, etc.  Mentor can rely on mentee in same way mentee can rely on mentor?
      • What is your responsibility as a mentee to the mentorship relationship?  What can we do? (free write)
    • For grad students: what have you learned from your mentorship experiences here that you’re going to take forward with you? (could be question to close with)

 

Etc.

  • Who’s our new union rep?
    • Should we put a union rep in the WRAP elections this year?
      • Eve to help Elise write description
      • WRAP Elections for next year
    • Now is the time to start thinking about who we can nominate
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1/26 Meeting Notes

Recruitment

Wednesday Feb 22nd – Friday 24th

  • Recruitment schedule is now in the WRAP folder
  • The only person every recruit has to meet with is Danielle
    • Must meet Trixie, Dianna, and Joey if recruits want the WC assistantship
  • Wednesday Activities:
    • Reserved Lansing Brewing Co. b/c Cosmos doesn’t accept “winter reservations” from 5pm – 8pm
    • LBC hosts trivia afterwards, so people can stay for that if they want
  • Thursday Activities:
    • Writing Center Lunch
      • RWGAC will be there and will speak there so ppl don’t have to meet with them individually
    • Bowling @ the Union with pizza and salads
  • Friday Activities:
    • Beggar’s Banquet
  • Just be available and around during recruitment

 

  • Jack — PW Curriculum
  • There’s been an ongoing assessment of the PW program to rewrite mission statement, new goals for program (forefronting CR + diversity), revise and update protocols
  • HUB for technology and innovation on campus
    • They offer free expertise to anyone and we’re one of their clients
    • Want to do focus groups with students
  • RWGAC
  • Putting in new applicants for awards → will review in February
  • Developing a course in WPA + a Community Literacy course
    • Trixie wants to connect to WC work & to Dawn’s medical projects
  • Putting together committee to articulate what nonfiction writing does within comp b/c Alex trying to argue for nonfiction class
  • Implementing Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) + CITI
    • Modules that are not IRB training that you have to take and pass to graduate
    • Talking about ethical researching in 885 + 886

 

  • COGS
  • Graduate Student Leadership Award
    • Through Student Life part of Grad School
    • Presented to an MSU who has displayed exemplary leadership + academic excellence
    • Required materials due March 17th
    • We have to complete a nomination form, short statement about why the person should get the reward, optional resume + two letters of support
    • Give Heather a list of people to nominate and Heather will submit
  • Lecture Series from College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

  • Assessment
  • Subcommittee for Assessment
    • Who’s on?
      • Elise, Me, Eve, Wonderful, Lauren, Garrett
    • When will we meet?
      • Wonderful to send out Doodle poll
    • We can break into parts/areas of project
    • Report written in 2014 already has categories and apparently there was no report taken in 2014 → we’ll just say “this is what the report says for 2014, this is what ppl addressed for the report in 2015”
      • Make excel sheet, drop in data from answers in report
    • Ideal goal: get this done before Spring Break, though we have til late as April
  • ProDev
  • Kate is working on Mentorship Panel
    • Thursday, Feb 16th from 12pm – 1:30pm in Bessey WC, lunch provided
    • Re-email faculty and all grad students noting we want someone from every year and level if possible
    • Use new budget $ to provide panelists with gift cards
    • Email Bump
    • Wonderful suggested Skyping in Michelle Ebly + Matt Cox if no one else can do it here
  • Social
  • Tomorrow is Games Night
    • John McClintick to provide card table we need, woo!
  • Secret Palentines
    • If we have the $, buy supplies to keep in WC so people can stop by and make things; that way they don’t have to pay
  • Writing Retreat
    • Same house from last year is available; sleeps 8
  • End of Semester Party!
    • Movie theater on campus that WRAP could rent out
      • Wells Hall, where they do orientation for first year grad students
      • Eve to check into
  • Misc.
  • We have $900 more in our budget now just for this semester alone

 

  • Action Items
  • Eve to:
    • For Palentines:
      • Buy supplies w/ Suban and/or Elise
      • Make poster + FB event
      • Have ppl share what allergies they might have, etc.
      • Starting Feb 7th to 14th
      • Email for participation / do an app (drawnames.com)
  • Kate
    • For Mentorship Panel
      • Email faculty + all grad students
      • Make poster + FB event
  • Wonderful
    • For Assessment
      • Make Doodle poll and send to assessment subcommittee
  • Everyone
    • Send Heather a list of nominations
    • Elise to send email to ppl for participation
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WRAP Meeting Notes 10/24

Committee Check In & Reflection About Goals

  • Lauren to meet with Danielle about future recruitment practices
    • Also talking about recruitment w/ Phil
    • Will talk about whether or not we want to collab w/ Eng dept.
      • Wonderful suggested partnering w/ AAAS for recruitment
      • Phil suggested partnering w/ Native Studies dept. (Estrella & Dylan)
  • Wonderful as Assessment Chair interested in carrying on tracking
    • Reminder that in Spring semester we will do another survey
  • Heather: creating a grad student ~DL~ handbook
    • Something that can be passed out to incoming students before they come
    • Include: potential fellowships to apply for, etc.
    • Different years of PhD & MA students writing on specific campus/program/housing experiences
      • How to find a therapist
      • Grocery stores
      • How to find housing, etc.
      • Where to go
      • What it’s like to be in the WC
    • Phil & Heather open to initiating research and starting to generate content → point people
    • “Experiential Graduate Student Something Something” put in 2016 WRAP folder.  Handbook can be a place to answer to some of the results from assessment.

COGS Rep Needed

  • COGS mtngs: Wednesday @ 6:30pm (once a month)
  • Volunteer needed!  Will be voice for WRAC in full council.  Will vote on legislation & initiatives for grad student body.  
    • Heather has volunteered.  THANK YOU HEATHER 🙂
    • Next mtng: Wednesday, November 9th @ 6:30
    • Elise to cc Heather on email w/ Dee from COGS

Interest in Starting an RSA Chapter

  • http://rhetoricsociety.org/aws/RSA/pt/sp/studentchapters
  • How do we feel about creating an RSA grad student chapter?
  • Stephane Mahnke has been through the process before.  Need a certain number of people and a faculty sponsor/chair.  Also need a mission statement.  
    • Who can be our potential chair?
      • Dawn?  Rhodes?
    • Elise to cc Lauren on an email to meet up and plan

End-of-Semester Mixer

  • Social event chairs considering having a mixer in coordination w/ holiday gift exchange
  • Issue: it would eat a lot of our funding
    • Potluck?  We could potluck as officers & invite some profs to help us.  CHILI COOK OFF?!
  • Change from gift exchange to a white elephant?
    • Last weekend of November after we get back from Thanksgiving break?
    • Friday December 2nd.  6pm – 8pm.  After party @ Eve’s.
    • Facebook event, poster, and sign up sheet for potluck, and explain white elephant
    • Hold in the WC

Pro Dev

  • Stations?
  • Double check with: Rhodes, Alex
  • Teaching Philosophies (Trixie), Job Market Materials (Dawn), Professional writing (Joey, Stuart)
  • Facebook event

Assessment

  • Wonderful to work on updating assessment tonight
    • Take out “Whispers” section from 2016
    • Include the numbers of how often these incidences occurred in survey responses
    • Include quotes from the survey responses for each observation & make sure they’re anonymous
  • Elise to meet w/ Danielle on Wednesday
  • Grad Director sends pre-generated list to WRAC pres: grouped people by how they were in the program (research assistants together, WRAP people together, etc.)
  • Use the 2013 report as a guide.  Make sure the sections are parallel so we can track the trend(s) → same headings, etc.
    • Reorganize to be a way for faculty AND grad students to respond and act

Etc.

  • Eve looking for new GEU Steward
  • Bi-weekly meetings
    • Kenlea for Spring?  Jack?
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Elections: WRAP 2016-2017 Officers

Below are the nominees’ descriptions of why they would be the best fit for each position. Read over them & vote!

President

  • Elise Paige Dixon
    I believe I would be an excellent WRAP President because I am passionate about finding ways to create inclusive and welcoming spaces within WRAC, so graduates students can feel like they are part of a community here. Currently, I am a satellite coordinator for the writing center, and I am involved in multiple outreach projects with the WC that focus on the community of Lansing as a whole– building relationships is very important to me. I am also highly experienced in administrative work, as I was the office manager of a busy wellness clinic before I began graduate school, so I am highly capable of efficiently facilitating meetings, organizing and managing finances,  and acting as a liaison  among multiple parties.

Events Chair

  • Suban Nur Cooley
    I’ve lived in the Lansing area for 10 years, know the community well, and feel as though I could provide WRAP with some interesting social options. My goal would be to occasionally engage our group in other existing community events, while also tailoring some events to assist us all in enriching our graduate experience. Goal: get to know each other, get to know this community, have a bit of fun.
  • Eve Cuevas
    Colleagues being able to socialize in constructive and interactive ways is an important component for a successful program experience. As social chair, I will make it my business to create social spaces that are accessible, fun and responsive to our evolving needs. (Also, I know how to throw a good party.) Vote for me!  kthanxbai.

Professional Development Chair

  • Kate Firestone
    My interest in acting as WRAP’s 2016-2017 professional development chair stems from my desire to better understand professionalization in academia as well as gain experience in creating and coordinating opportunities for professional development in our department.  Having coordinated, recruited for, and facilitated the Navigating workshops and Write Ins in concert with the Graduate School, I am confident that my experiences will act as an important foundation for the work of professional development chair.  My experiences in this capacity have helped me realize how much I enjoy collaboration, especially when it involves reciprocal idea exchange and the creation of new opportunities for the benefit of all.  I look forward to taking a proactive and ultimately facilitative approach to establishing and expanding WRAP’s network of professional relationships in and among the department and wider university.  TL;DR: vote for me! >:D

Recruitment Chair

  • Lauren Brentnell
    The recruitment chair, as a point person for all things recruitment, must be help plan recruitment, coordinate with recruitment buddies, and help recruits. I believe I would be good at these tasks because I am highly organized with background in project management and administration, which has helped me in supporting a variety of people around me as well as keeping tabs on everything going on (and addressing any problems that may come up). In addition, I love meeting and talking with people, which means I can maintain positivity during recruitment. Also, I’ll make baked goods at some point.
  • Elise Paige Dixon
    I would thrive in the position of recruitment chair because I excel at event planning. In my master’s program I was the head of a graduate student conference committee, and I worked with multiple university faculty and staff as we worked to plan the event. Furthermore, I’ve participated in WRAC recruitment both as a recruit and as a buddy, attending nearly all the functions, which has allowed me to see and think about how recruitment week shapes a students’ understanding of WRAC as a whole. I enjoy organizing events, recruiting people to participate in those events, and seeing the results of an event done well.

Assessment and Research Chair

  • Wonderful Faison
    During my time in WRAC, I focused heavily of learning how to conduct academic research, specifically, how to use cultural rhetorics as a methodology for academic research. It is imperative that this department prepare its PhD students for faculty and administrative positions, as well as the perils, problems, and perils of academic research. Over two years in this program I have conducted several pilot studies with regard to race, language, and identity in academic spaces. One of these pilot studies is the genesis of my own dissertation which interrogates Writing Centers as raced spaces. While research has its benefits, learning new methods and methodologies, seeking new ways to respectfully engage with the communities, spaces, or objects we research, as well as navigating IRB can overwhelm the most ardent student. As Research Chair, and with my experience in conducting research while in the WRAC program, I can mentor incoming PhD students by answering questions, addressing concerns, as well as helping them work through any problems they have with regard to research, i.e. design, IRB, data collection methods, funding, etc.). Thank you for your time and considering me for the position of Research Chair.

RWAGAC PhD

  • Elise Page Dixon
    A position as a RWGAC representative would be ideal for me because I have previous experience being on a graduate committee in my masters program. For both years of my program, I was the MA representative, and I worked diligently to provide a voice for the masters’ students, as well as to relay important information from the faculty to them. Our committee focused on first-year writing curriculum design, recruitment strategies, graduate funding, and job-training for dissertating students. I developed a valuable understanding of the administrative side of a department, and I could take this experience to a position as RWGAC representative.
  • Wonderful Faison
    During my time in WRAC, I focused heavily of learning how to conduct academic research, specifically, how to use cultural rhetorics as a methodology for academic research. It is imperative that this department prepare its PhD students for faculty and administrative positions, as well as the perils, problems, and perils of academic research. Over two years in this program I have conducted several pilot studies with regard to race, language, and identity in academic spaces. One of these pilot studies is the genesis of my own dissertation which interrogates Writing Centers as raced spaces. While research has its benefits, learning new methods and methodologies, seeking new ways to respectfully engage with the communities, spaces, or objects we research, as well as navigating IRB can overwhelm the most ardent student. As Research Chair, and with my experience in conducting research while in the WRAC program, I can mentor incoming PhD students by answering questions, addressing concerns, as well as helping them work through any problems they have with regard to research, i.e. design, IRB, data collection methods, funding, etc.). Thank you for your time and considering me for the position of RWAGAC rep.
  • Heather Noel Turner
    As your RWAGAC rep I would continue to represent and advocate for your needs to faculty administrators like I have done as WRAP president. It is my goal to make graduate student administration, mentorship, and pedagogy transparent and prioritized.

RWAGAC Ma

  • Naomi Sweo
    Hi all! As many of the MA students already know, I’ve wanted to apply to this position since I heard about it earlier this school year. I’d like to have the opportunity to represent MA student interests and needs to our Graduate Director and Assistant Directors. I’m fascinated by the idea of learning about the administrative innerworkings and economic considerations of our department in an official role. As I prepare for applying to PhD programs, I think this position would be especially helpful in understanding the way that programs within our field allocate admissions and funds.

PW Committee

  • Jack Hennes
    I would be honored to serve as the WRAP PW Committee Representative for the 2016-17 AY. I can say with confidence—after teaching two semesters in the program and serving on the PW committee for nearly a year on a voluntary basis—that the professional writing students in our department are driven and nothing short of inspiring. As PW Committee Rep for WRAP, I will continue to help make our PW undergraduate degree program even more challenging and motivating for our students. I also hope to help keep WRAP updated on programmatic matters and work with graduate students interested in teaching in the PW program.

 

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