Middletown, Rhode Island
...likes to travel
...won the Linda K. Shamoon Scholarship in Public Writing
I enjoy traveling when affordable, listening to all genres of music spanning from 90's rap to underground grind core metal and hosting gatherings with friends and family.
Why Writing and Rhetoric?
Initially accepted as an English major my freshman year of school, I quickly changed my major to Writing & Rhetoric because I believed the department was much more applicable to the skills I wanted to learn while earning my bachelors.
Writing early on:
Throughout my early childhood, I consistently kept a journal and wrote stories within the pages. My appreciation for writing did not fully emerge until my middle school and high school years. One assignment I completed during seventh grade bridged academics and poetry; I chose to write an extensive poem on my first home, before my family had moved. Later on in my academic career, my tenth and eleventh grade English teacher was a major role in modeling a strong writer within myself. Through analytical, persuasive and creative writing lessons he inspired my admiration for writing.
The class I acquired the most knowledge from in my three years at the University is a close tie between Public Writing 303 with Fredrick DeBoer and Electronic Environment Writing 235 with Matthew McKnight. In DeBoer's class I developed immensely not only as a writer, but as a researcher, speaker, and community member. After taking WRT 303 I was inspired to become more involved with my community and more confident in researching tactics. I enjoyed WRT 235 because I am overly interested in the written community online. Prior to McKnight's course, I was oblivious to the electronic opportunities online for an aspiring writer. I'm also an active blogger now, thanks to that course.
In previous years I was associated with Student Entertainment Committee, but more recently I have been tutoring at the Writing Center in Roosevelt Hall. Next semester I hope to become a mentor for URI 101 students arriving in the fall.
Winning the Linda K. Shamoon Award:
The Linda K. Shamoon scholarship was my most significant achievement thus far at the University. Professor Shamoon retired previous to my enrollment in Public Writing 303 and I was the first student to win her scholarship specifically geared towards Public Writing. The semester long project I had created for the course pertained to the contamination at Easton's Beach in Newport RI. The various documents addressed the problem, history and the possible solutions for the Beach. The pieces involved in this project promoted community action, advocacy, awareness to the locals. Luckily for me, my professor and Linda K. Shamoon saw my semester's work as most fitting for the scholarship!
Do you consider yourself a writer?
Yes, I most certainly do.
I would like to go for my Graduate or Masters Degree sometime within five years of earning my Bachelors degree. Although, I am not opposed to experiencing the workforce after nearly sixteen years of schooling!
Please visit our announcements page for more details on the following news:
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Tim Amidon, who was recently selected as an Assistant Editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Professor Caroline Gottschalk Druschke was selected for a summer research position with the EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett. Caroline will be working with them this summer to study the barriers to and opportunities for restoration in the Woonasquatucket watershed in northern Rhode Island. She looks forward to sharing her experience and findings with the Harrington School Communicating Science Cluster in the fall.
Professor Libby Miles has been selected for a national team of curriculum developers/facilitators for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). "Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success" is a grant-funded project designed to help over 300 college and university librarians create projects to assess their impact on student learning.
Get to know graduating senior Shauntel Martin.
Get to know Sara Gilman during her junior year.
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New publications by Gavin Hurley, Tim Amidon,Jeremiah Dyehouse, Cathyrn Molloy, Kim Hensely Owens, Mike Pennell, and Joannah Portman Daley!
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