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AUTHOR OF CERULEAN BLUES: A PERSONAL SEARCH FOR A VANISHING SONGBIRD, KATIE FALLON READS IN TAYLOR HALL, OCTOBER 29.

WRTC's Friendly City Readings Series is pleased to present acclaimed nature writer and environmental advocate, Katie Fallon. She is coming to James Madison University to read from her work in Taylor Hall, Room 404, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday October 29th.

A finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Cente's Reed Award, Cerulean Blues describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat. This elusive creature, a favorite among bird watchers and the fastest-declining warbler species in the United States, has lost 3% of its total population each year since 1966. This precipitous decline means that today there are 80% fewer ceruleans than 40 years ago, and their numbers continue to drop due to threats including deforestation, global warming, and an ecologically devastating practice--mountaintop removal coal mining--that affects not only the cerulean warbler but all residents of the Appalachian mountains, including humans.

With both scientific rigor and a sense of wonder, Fallon leads readers on a journey of more than two thousand miles--from the top of the forest canopy in the ancient mountains of Appalachia to a coffee plantation near troubled Bogota, Colombia--and shows how the fate of a creature weighing less than an ounce is vitally linked to our own.

Cerulean Blues will appeal to nature lovers, bird watchers, actual and armchair adventurers, and anyone interested in the health and future of our planet.


Save the Date! The 4th annual WRTC reception and awards ceremony is Tuesday, April 16, 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.


The fourth issue of the WRTC newsletter is now available.


The third issue of the WRTC newsletter is now available.


The second issue of the WRTC newsletter contains information about spring course offerings and the internship program.


WRTC is pleased to be sponsoring the 2012-2013 Lecture Series Technological Investigations.

The next speaker in the series is Dr. Amalia Gnanadesikan of the University of Maryland on Wednesday, October 4. The title of her lecture is "The Changing Tools of Writing."


The first issue of the WRTC newsletter contains information about our new faculty and the new curriculum.


NEW: WRTC is pleased to announce the implementation of a completely new undergraduate curriculum this upcoming fall semester. You can read the letter to students from the interim chair of the curriculm committee Dr. Traci Zimmerman describing the changes. Please note that current WRTC majors will be able to follow the current, older requirements for the BA degree and the BS degree.


NEW: WRTC announces its end-of-year Reception, honoring outstanding majors, minors, graduate students and faculty, as well as the winners of e-Vision and the Write of Passage Scholarship.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
5-7pm
Festival Ballroom B/C
Open to WRTC majors, minors and guests
$10 per person
Register before Monday, April 16 at
https://quikpayasp.com/jmu/commerce_manager/payer.do?orderType=WRTC_Awards_Banquet


NEW: The third annual WRTC Graduate Student Symposium will be held on Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6. This year's theme is Intercultural Communication. The keynote speaker at the Thursday evening banquet is Dr. Kirk St. Amant, associate professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University, and a faculty member with ECU’s Master’s of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) program.


Acclaimed writer Eleanor Henderson returns to James Madison University to read from her work in Transitions in Warren Hall from 2:00-3:30 p.m., on Monday March 26. Professor Henderson taught in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC) at James Madison University from 2006 to 2010 while completing her first novel. That book, Ten Thousand Saints, made The New York Times' short list of the year's ten best books. A reception for Professor Henderson will follow the reading. Copies of Ten Thousand Saints will be available for purchase in Transitions on the afternoon of the reading. The reading is free and open to the public.

Registration for the Symposium is just $25 ($20 for undergraduates), which includes a Thursday night banquet with keynote address, Friday lunch, and symposium program.

Register by Tuesday, April 3 at
https://quikpayasp.com/jmu/commerce_manager/payer.do?orderType=WRTC_Grad_Symposium

The schedule of WRTC graduate spring courses is now available.

The schedule of WRTC undergraduate spring courses is now available.

The penultimate Fall 2011 Faculty Symposium lecturer is Dr. Michael J. Klein, assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Dr. Klein's lecture is entitled "Scientific Collaboration: Shaping Authorship of Social and Experimental Writings."

This week's Fall 2011 Faculty Symposium lecture is being given by independent- scholar Dr. John Rowlett on "Communication Systems With and Without Language."

This week's Fall 2011 Faculty Symposium lecture is being given by Dr. Richard Buchanan, Professor of Design, Management and Information Systems, Weatherhead School of Management, Case-Western Reserve University.

This week's Fall 2011 Faculty Symposium lecturer is JMU's Dr. Jim Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. Professor Zimmerman's lecture is entitled "How Changes in Science and Technology Affect Change in Communication."

The Fall 2011 Faculty Symposium continues this Wednesday, October 12 with Dr. Angela Crow, Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. Professor Crow's lecture is entitled "Rhetoric as Metaphor: Visual, Artistic, Feminist, etc."

Registration is now open for the inaugural Harry Potter Symposium, held November 10-12 on the JMU campus. More details are available on the symposium website.

The inaugural WRTC Day will take place on Thursday, September 22 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Harrison Hall. Students interested in WRTC are invited to join alumni, regional STC members, local RSA and STC student member, and internship providers for roundtable discussions and presentations. All events are free. Contact Michael J. Klein at kleinmj@jmu.edu for more information.

WRTC is hosting the annual meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) from October 6-8. Presentations are free and open to the public.

WRTC welcomes Dr. David Bleich of the University of Rochester as a visiting professor this term. Dr. Bleich is an international authority on language usage, literacy, reading, as well as rhetoric and composition.

The schedule of WRTC graduate fall courses is now available.

The schedule of WRTC undergraduate fall courses is now available.

WRTC was well represented at the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication convention in Atlanta this past month. Twelve faculty members and two graduate students participated in the four-day event, the largest annual gathering of professional researchers and teachers of composition.

Register now for the second annual WRTC Banquet and Awards Ceremony from 6-8 on Friday, April 22. Tickets are only $15 and are available online.

There's still time to register for the second annual WRTC Graduate Symposium from 9-5 on Friday, April 22. The registration fee of $15 gets you a program, lunch and attendance at the keynote address by Dr. Carolyn Miller of NC State. If you want to just attend the panels, you do not need to register. For more information, visit the Symposium website.

The schedule of WRTC summer courses is now available.

The Change of Major Form is now available online.

WRTC has established a student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, RSA@JMU. The purpose of RSA student chapters is to provide a forum for gathering locally as rhetoricians, to support the study and practice of rhetoric, and to provide professional and scholarly development opportunities. For membership information, please contact the adviser Dr. Elisabeth Gumnior.

The next production of The Friendly City Readings, a public reading and conversation with writer and journalist Stefan Bechtel, will take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 4:00 p.m. in Harrison Hall, Room 2105. The reading is free and open to the public.

Completed Application for Graduate Degree forms are due to the Graduate School by Friday, January 21.

Next Wednesday, December 8, from 5:30-7:00 in Harrison 2246, will be the innagural meeting for RSA@JMU, the JMU student-chatper of the Rhetoric Society of America. All are welcome to come and find out more about this new organization. RSA Students Chapters aim to provide a forum for gathering locally as rhetoricians, to support the study and practice of rhetoric, and to facilitate professional and scholarly development.

This Wednesday, December 1, in Taylor 305 at 5:30pm, is the FINAL STC meeting of the year. Members will be wrapping up the semester by talking about what is coming up in STC and in the WRTC program. Attendees will also be voting on a new secretary for the next semester.

This Wednesday, November 17th is STC's annual Resume Round-Up Meeting. The meeting will take place in Harrison 2245 at 5:30pm! It is designed to give you resume tips and prepare you to enter the job hunt with a strong resume. Make sure you bring a copy of your current resume to get the most out of the meeting! After our guest speaker presents, there will be a peer review session where other STC members will look over and comment on your resume.

WRTC has established a student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, RSA@JMU. The purpose of RSA student chapters is to provide a forum for gathering locally as rhetoricians, to support the study and practice of rhetoric, and to provide professional and scholarly development opportunities. For member ship information, please contact the adviser Dr. Elisabeth Gumnior.

Spring 2011 registration is now underway. Undergraduate and Graduate course schedules are now available.

STC will meet Wednesday, November 3 at 5:30 in Taylor 305. This week's topic is negotiating salaries.

Spring 2011 registration starts this Monday, November 1. Undergraduate and Graduate course schedules are now available.

WRTC welcomes Dr. David Bleich of the University of Rochester, an international authority on language usage, literacy, reading, as well as rhetoric and composition. Dr. Bleich discusses "Thoughts on the Materiality of Language" on Monday, November 1 at 6:30 in HHS 1302.

Dr. Ralph Cohen was honored for his receipt of the first JMU Provost's Distinguished Professorship.

WRTC is pleased to welcome two professors to the department this year:

Celebrate the National Day on Writing with WRTC! On October 20 from 11:00-2:30, WRTC faculty and students will be at Warren Patio giving readings and discussing Write On, e-Vision and the Friendly City Reading Series. Also, at Carrier and East Campus Libraries, submit your own writing to the National Archive of Writing: http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/649898.

STC Meeting- Wednesday October 20 Taylor 305 at 5:30pm. This meeting showcases a few of the internship providers in the Harrisonburg area. Representatives from various companies will be speaking about the opportunities in their offices/programs. Every WRTC undergraduate and graduate student MUST complete an internship to graduate so don't miss this opportunity to make connections and learn about available internships in our area.

NEW: WRTC is holding a Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 23, from 4:30-6:30 in the Montpelier Room above the East Campus Dining Hall. WRTC is sponsoring this event to kick off the academic year for WRTC grad students, majors, minors and students interested in WRTC programs. Students not in WRTC wishing to attend to learn about WRTC should RSVP to Kristin Knapp (knappkl@jmu.edu).

NEW: The School of WRTC welcomes students and their families to a University-wide Open House this Saturday, September 18, from nine-noon. WRTC faculty will be on-hand to discuss the program and answer questions on the Quad in front of Harrison Hall and in Harrison 2246.

TONIGHT: Documentary filmmakers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, creators of the "eco-films" King Corn and Big River, will be speaking on "Back to Back to the Land: Documentary Filmmakers on Sustainability" on Thursday, September 16, at 8:00 p.m. in Harrison 2105. A screening of both films will be held on Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in Miller 1101.

TONIGHT: Scholar and author Dr. Doran Larson, professor of English at Hamilton College, will be presenting "On the 'field[s] of pain and death': The Prison Writer as Witness" on Thursday, September 16, at 7pm in Miller 1101. Dr. Larson will be holding an additional discussion session on Friday, September 17 at 11:15 am in Harrison 118.

NEW: A Graduate Handbook for current and prospective WRTC graduate students is now available as an electronic document.

The application for undergraduate admission into WRTC is now available as an electronic form.

Fall registration is now open. Listings for undergraduate and graduate courses are now available.

Summer registration is now open. WRTC is offering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, most online.

The tenth annual Write On! Awards Ceremony, with a reception to immediately follow, will be held on Tuesday, April 13, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Taylor 306 (note new room). Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters Dean's Office and by WRTC, the annual Write On! competition draws submissions from across the university. The Write On! ceremony and reception are free and open to everyone.

On Thursday, April 15, in the Montpelier Room on the top floor of the new East Campus Dining Hall, WRTC will hold its first Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The event starts with a Meet-n-Greet Reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Banquet and Awards Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Tickets--$10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff--are available for purchase at the University Business Office until 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 12. Due to room constraints, seats are limited, so be sure to get your ticket early! Five WRTC alums will be attending the reception and the keynote speaker will be WRTC alum Rafael Perrino. Attire is business casual.

The first WRTC Graduate Symposium will be held on Friday, April 16 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. in the Festival Conference & Student Center. This year's theme is "Communication in the 21st Century: Obstacles and Opportunities." The opening lunch, featuring a keynote address by Dr. James Dubinsky from Virginia Tech, begins at 12:00 p.m in the conference center's Highlands Room. The $10 tickets for the lunch are available for purchase at the University Business Office until 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 12. There is no charge for attending the graduate panels, which are scheduled for 1:30-4:30 p.m in Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3, and open to everyone.

Graduate Program News: The new graduate MA/MS concentration in Writing and Rhetoric has been approved and will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2010. For more information about this program, please visit the Graduate Program page of the WRTC website or e-mail graduate coordinator Dr. Pavel Zemliansky at zemliapx@jmu.edu.

The first production of the Friendly City Reading Series, a public reading and conversation with novelist Mary Beth Keane and nonfiction writer Gina Welch, will take place on Thursday, March 18th, at 2 p.m. in Transitions, Warren Hall.

New WRTC T-shirts are available for purchase! Shirts are only $15 and can be ordered through March 5 by completing this form and returning it with money to Maria Printz in Harrison 2276 or Dr. Elizabeth Pass in Harrison 2258.

WRTC is sponsoring the Graduate Student Symposium "Communication in the 21st Century: Obstacles and Opportunities" on Friday, April 16.

The application for undergraduate admission into WRTC is now available online.

A list of WRTC undergraduate classes for spring 2010 is now available online.

Dr. Marin Robinson, a visiting scholar from Northern Arizona University, will be speaking on "Adventures in Disciplinary Writing: Helping Chemistry Students Learn to Write Like Chemists" this Friday, October 23, at 10:10 a.m. in Harrison Hall 0118. All students and faculty ar welcome.

The Fall 2009 Writers' Café, featuring original work by WRTC faculty members Elizabeth Gooch, Eleanor Henderson, Kate Kessler, Esther Stenson, and Isaac Sweeney, will take place this Thursday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall's Faculty Commons Lounge, room 7325.

Professor Kate Mangelsdorf, a visiting scholar from the University of Texas-El Paso, will be speaking on "The Dilemma of Definition: What Happens When We Classify Students" this Thursday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m. in Harrison Hall 2105.

The opening faculty meeting for WRTC will be Wednesday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. in Harrison Hall 2105.

Conversations with Professors will be Thursday, August 20 from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. Volunteers are still needed for this program.

First Year Reading will be Thursday, August 20 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for this program.

The opening faculty meeting for the university will be Friday, August 21 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Festival Conference Center.

The opening faculty meeting for the College of Arts and Letters will be Friday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Latimer-Shaeffer Theatre in Duke Hall.

Michael Moghtader has accepted the position of General Education Interim Cluster Two Coordinator for 2009-2010.

Graduating Writing and Rhetoric minors are invited to celebrate by joining WRTC this Monday (5/4), from 5:00-6:15, at Dave's Taverna.

The JMU Student Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication has earned the Community of Excellence award for 2008-2009 from the international Society for Technical Communication governing body.

On Tuesday, April 21, the e-Vision Academic Journal will hold its Annual Awards Reception
at 4pm in Taylor 405.

Though not officially part of Communication Exhibition 2009, Dr, James H. Collier, associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, will be speaking on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Harrison 2105. His talk, "Wikipedia is academic writing's future. Or not," is free and open to the public.

On Monday, April 13, Write On! will hold its 9th Annual Academic Writing Contest Awards Ceremony at 3:30pm in Taylor 405.

Communication Exhibition 2009 starts next Tuesday, April 7. Two weeks of events sponsored by the Schools of Communication, Information, and Media make up the exhibition.

WRTC will be holding an open house this coming Wednesday (April 1) from 12:30 - 3:00 in Harrison 2231. The open house will be for prospective undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn more about the programs we offer.

Registration for Fall 2009 courses begins Tuesday, April 7.

Registration for Summer 2009 courses is ongoing.