Since it opened in Fall 2000, the SAU Writing Center has helped hundreds of SAU students improve their writing skills and successfully complete writing assignments, course papers, theses, and articles for publication—in all sorts of academic disciplines—as well as resumes, personal statements, and cover letters through one-to-one peer interaction.
The past several years have seen numerous improvements to the Center. In the fall of 2002, the Writing Center created a dedicated computer lab, permitting students to do their own writing or revision and to conference with a consultant on electronic versions of their works. In the fall of 2003, the Center purchased five café-style tables and sixteen rolling chairs to better facilitate conferencing.
In past years, the Center also sponsored the “Bare Walls” art contest to brighten the consulting space. Currently, the facility displays the art of Paul Maxwell and of former art professor Doug Waterfield.
When the Center opened its doors for the Fall 2008 semester, students found that the space had an entirely new look. Blue walls, a student lounge area, and the complete rearrangement of the furnishings were the culmination of the “Flip This Center” Consultant Retreat in 2007.
Most recently, the SAU Writing Center has added new monitors and a laptop for use during conferences. A projector and screen will be installed in the Spring of 2013, following a successful 2013 Teaching with Technology grant proposal by the director. The new equipment will make the Writing Center an even more flexible resource for the director, consultants, and other members of the SAU community.