Jun 21 2018

Resource Spotlight: University Writing Center

by blogemu

With the end of the winter semester still fresh, the not-so-confident feeling of turning in a paper and anxiously awaiting your grade is probably easy to recall.


Without a little help proofreading, or even just a second opinion, submitting a paper can be pretty scary. Luckily, Eastern has you covered!

Unless you’ve never taken a campus tour (or an EMU writing class), you’ve probably at least heard of The University Writing Center.


But did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Halle Library to get writing help?


The UWC has a satellite location in most of the main class buildings, including The College of Business. The following are all of the locations of the UWC satellites:


  • Halle Library (The University Writing Center and Academic Projects Center)
  • Pray Harrold Hall
  • The College of Business
  • Marshall
  • Sill Hall
  • Roosevelt Hall
  • Mark Jefferson Science Complex

(For more information on locations and fall semester hours, visit https://www.emich.edu/ccw/writing-center/contact.php)


Another fun fact about the UWC is that you can get help on more than just research papers and response essays.


Every type of major calls for some type of writing, so the UWC has consultants to help will all sorts of papers including technological reports, science lab analyses, poems and short stories, and presentation outlines.


The UWC even offers help with resumes and cover letters.


Guess what else?


You don’t even need to have a completed rough draft to stop by! The UWC appreciates that sometimes acting as a backboard to bounce ideas off of can be the most helpful service it can offer.


So, if you have an assignment but have no clue where to start, just come and talk it through with a consultant.


Going to the UWC seems pretty easy, right? Then why hasn’t everyone gone?


For a lot of people, the answer is a lack of one of two things: time or confidence.


Many people get so bogged down in work and life that they feel like they just don’t have the time. The nice thing about the UWC is that consultations are only a half an hour long, and you can either make an appointment or pop in unannounced.


And if you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, you can stop in for 10. There’s no obligation to stay for any amount of time, especially if you already have specific concerns for a consultant to pay attention to.


A lot of people also have concerns that their writing just isn’t good enough, and I certainly know how awkward it can be having someone silently reading your paper right next to you.


That lift of the reader’s eyebrows could mean that they really like what you have to say, but the writer usually assumes the opposite.


First, at the UWC, you can either read your paper aloud or ask your consultant to do it for you. There’s no waiting around for the final verdict!


Second, if you think you’re a terrible writer, the consultants don’t care. More often than not, someone who thinks their writing sucks is usually pretty good at it, but if not, the consultants are not there to judge – not while you’re there and not once you’ve left.


We’re there to help you grow as a writer, and we sure remember what our writing looked like before we got help.


So, when fall semester rolls around, feel comfortable stopping in at one of the UWC satellites at your convenience.


It’ll be a worthwhile experience and will likely raise the grade on your assignment. Just remember that our interest as consultants is helping you grow as a writer and making college just a little bit easier for you.


We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Reilly McGovern is a current EMU senior studying Creative Writing and Marketing. She works at the University Writing Center during the fall and winter semesters and works on her novels over the summer.



Jun 19 2018

COT Spotlight: Christine Franzen

by blogemu

Christine Franzen is a recent EMU graduate who followed her passion for art and animation to New York City, where she works as a projection designer for theater productions. As a projection designer, Christine is responsible for creating every video and image on set.

All her life, Christine has had a passion for drawing, animating and theater.


After acting in four performances at EMU, Christine decided to put her drawing and animating skills to use and assisted the projection designer on One Man, Two Guvnors. She went on to be the lead projection designer on Macbeth.


“Projection is interesting because you can take a small space and make it something totally different,” Christine said. “You can take the audience to an entirely different place.”


Her favorite production so far was “Me…Jane” which played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. “Me… Jane” is a musical for kids about the life of a young Jane Goodall.


“It accomplished what I love about projection the most. It wasn’t too much, it was the thread the guided the story along. I also loved the message to go follow your dream. I felt like I was a part of something bigger than just the show.”


Christine’s goal is to continue to make a name for herself in the world of projection design and get to a point where clients seek her out for work.


In her free time, she continues to develop her skills in graphite, colored pencil and digital art. Check out christinefranzen.com to see some of her incredible work.


This blog was brought to you by the college of technology.

Jun 13 2018

Dorm Room Hacks

by blogemu

So you’re moving into your new room in your residence hall, and you think to yourself, “What can I do to make this place feel more like home? What can I do to maximize space?” Well, don’t you worry. We’ve got you covered!


If possible, loft your bed.

If you can’t do this, raise your bed as much as you can and utilize that space for storage, or even bunk your beds. Pro tip: your dresser can fit underneath a raised bed, just be careful not to scratch the top of it!


Hang up some wall art.

You can buy these at stores like Target (and sometimes even the dollar store), or you can pain them yourself! There are several Paint And Pour programs throughout the year in the residence halls were you can keep the art you paint.


Command hooks are your friend.

Stick a couple on the back of your door to keep your keys so they don’t get lost. They are also great for hanging other wall decorations such as mirrors and paintings!


Use binder clips to organize your cords.

Just clip them to the side of your desk and there you go! It is an easy and quick way to find your cords when you need them.


Bring pictures from home and tape them up near your desk.

Having some reminders of home makes all the difference. 


Make sure you bring Lysol or Clorox wipes.

When one person gets sick on your floor, it’s a matter of time before you, your roommate, or a suitemate gets sick, too. It’s better to be safe than sorry and wipe everything down just in case.


You don’t have to bring everything with you.

Bed Bath and Beyond will be visiting campus during move-in weekend with a bunch of supplies for sale you might not have thought to bring.


This blog was brought to you by Housing and Residence Life.