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Spring 2018 Dates and Deadlines

Consultant Roadmap (useful as a handout)

Helpful Hints for Logging Time Entries

UWC Volunteer Opportunities

UWC Email Archive: Spring 2018Fall 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016


Spring 2018 Dates and Deadlines


opening all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00 in the UWC: welcome (back), a refresher on session priorities and management


UWC opens for the semester


all-staff meeting 2:30-3:45: ELL sessions and cultural awareness


all-staff meeting 2:30-3:45: group writing


UWC is closed for Spring Break (including both Sundays)


all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00: marketing the UWC skillset; post-UWC careers


all-staff meeting 2:30-4:00: responding to excellent papers; technical language


last day of Fall 2017 classes


only UWC faculty and graduate assistants are required to work during Finals Week

UWC Consulting Roadmap

Refer to or share the UWC Consulting Roadmap handout as a quick reference guide regarding the James Madison University Writing Center's Mission, Vision, and Values; marks of consulting excellence; and essential components of consulting practice.


UWC Volunteer Opportunities: The Next Step

You consult in a university writing center. You help students in academic disciplines across the university to become better writers. You took a semester-long course in UWC theory and practice before you were hired. Since then, you've attended and participated in all UWC all-staff and small-group professional development meetings.

Good! Great, even! What's the second paragraph in your personal statement, or the deeper talking point in your job or grad school interview? What's the story you want tell about your UWC experience twenty years from now?

You don't need to plan that far ahead. Just take a little step: if you're interested in digging a bit deeper into a particular aspect of the UWC experience, or if you want to start building a bigger-picture view of what we're doing in the UWC, simply express your interest in one of the UWC's volunteer opportunities (starting with the list below). And/or express your interest in exploring a connection between your UWC expertise and a local writing community. As you consider taking this first small step, know that your UWC colleagues will notice, encourage, and celebrate your engagement.

  • Write for the UWC News. Immerse yourself even more deeply in UWC events, people, and achievements...and share them with a wider audience. Gain valuable writing experience, get clips, and share what you do as a UWC consultant. We may put out calls for writers with specific story ideas, but we're also open to proposals. If you want to write for the UWC, or if you want to propose or draft or even submit a specific story (on your own or as part of a team), good. Contact Jared or Kevin.
  • Promote the UWC’s awesomeness to your fellow JMU students. Let Lucy ( know if you're interested. She will train you to give our 15-minute UWC intro presentation and schedule you to visit classes that request this presentation.


UWC Email Archive: Spring 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:05 AM: Want to Be More Focused and Less Stressed?

Peer consultants and grads, 

I will be teaching a 4-week Koru mindfulness class Fridays starting 1/19. Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. 

The class will be meeting from 1-2:15 in the Student Success Center. The class is free, but you do need to register. Here's the registration link:

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA

Monday, January 15, 2018 11:33 AM: Opening Day Tomorrow!UWC Greeter Schedule Spring 2018

UWC, please double-check your hours in WC Online to make sure you are here and on time for your shifts. We already have numerous appointments booked. I have attached the new Greeter Schedule to this message. In addition to consulting with your clients, Greeters have the responsibility of making sure that visitors to the UWC feel welcome and find their consultants. As I mentioned at Friday's meeting, we have a waiting table in the middle of the UWC (a table sign indicates which one). Please note, Greeters, that you will likely have to interrupt your sessions briefly to address new arrivals. You might explain this to your clients at the start of a session so they won't be disgruntled. 

If you are not a Greeter, you should still be alert to your clients arriving or sitting at the waiting table. In order to maintain Greeter coverage, I enlisted one or two new consultants (I try to avoid this) and a faculty member. Let me know if you have questions.

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 11:35 AM: Meeting Reminder and Wage Clarification

Colleagues, I just wanted to remind everyone about our all-staff meeting this Friday from 2:30-4 in the UWC. Pizza will be available at 2:30. 

Also, you may have noticed that your contract starting date is 1/16, after this meeting. Don't worry. You are still paid for Friday's meeting out of your stipend, even though it falls outside of the contract dates. We've already accounted for that meeting in your professional development hours. 

See you Friday!

Jared Jay Featherstone, MFA

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