Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Connecting with Africa—SNL Travel Course Presents Amazing Learning & Writing Opportunity

Do you enjoy travel writing or journaling? If so, the School for New Learning is leading a study abroad course, “Connecting with Africa: Cultural and Social Issues in East Africa,” this December 2011 term. From November 26th to December 11th, DePaul students will have the opportunity to learn about the local peoples, the environment, and cultural practices in Kenya and Tanzania...and then write about them! An excerpt from the syllabus reads,

A field notebook is required for this course. You are to document your significant cultural observations and experiences while in East Africa. Facts, as well as interpretations and personal reflections should go here…For example, if you were to interview a community leader or visit a politician for a paper on colonialism, your notes and reflections should be recorded in your notebook. Similarly, a discussion with tour personnel or Tanzanian university students about traditional family values could be described in your notebook if you planned to use that information in your final paper. You will also record some day-to-day observations that help inform you about the culture of Kenya and Tanzania, such as the nature of personal interactions, or the manifestations of spirituality, etc.”’

Students are asked to relate their experiences through documenting their observations, interpretations, and reflections:

What did you see, hear, taste, feel, smell? Think of this as a concrete description.

What is the meaning of the event or observation? This can be from an informed or uninformed position, but you should be clear to indicate what supports or drives your interpretation. You may revisit some of your interpretations later during the course as you gather more information and experiences.

Reflections: What impact did the events have on you? What are your personal impressions of the event?

The experiential learning documented in the journals will also serve as the main source students will use to complete their final papers for the course, with field experiences accounting for about 75% of the documentation for the approximately 20 page paper.

According to the program flyer, “Simple observation serves as a powerful tool for uncovering deeper meanings in everyday events in the lives of Kenyans and Tanzanians.” Through journaling, students are better able to process and absorb their experiences in Kenya and Tanzania;
from exploring the Masai market in the urban hub of Nairobi city to visiting the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

To take advantage of this exciting onsite experiential learning program, please apply by June 1st. For more detailed information, up-to-date costs, and an online application please visit http://studyabroad.depaul.edu or email snlinternational@depaul.edu.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2010 - 2011 SNL Writing Showcase Winners Announced

SNL Writing is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010- 2011 SNL Writing Showcase:

Jeffrey C. Barg, "A Happier New Year from Poston" and "Do Squirrels Matter?"

Nathan Fey, "Mary Magdalene and the Markan Appendix"

Stephen A. Hall, "Cultural Competence in the Writing Center: Partnering with Students of Color in Writing through Understanding"

Jeffery A. Kidd, "A Terminal Day"

Margaret D. Sabatino, "Alternatives for handling stormwater runoff from disconnected downspouts in urban cold climate areas"

These students will be recognized with a plaque and public congratulations at the Spring Awards Luncheon to be held on June 4th, 2011.

The SNL Writing Showcase is an annual competition which celebrates the outstanding writing students do for their classes and Independent Learning Projects. If you are interested in applying for the 2011- 2012 showcase, please visit the SNL Writing website to download an application or contact snlwriting@depaul.edu for more information.

Monday, May 9, 2011

ILP/AP Forums and More!

The University Center for Writing-based Learning invites all SNL students to participate in its upcoming workshops and forums!

Writing for the Job: Bring Your Resume and Cover Letter to Life
Looking to break into the business world? Join our workshop to learn how to make targeted, effective resumes and cover letters to get that job you want. Bring a current letter or start from scratch with the help of our tutors.
Naperville Campus—Saturday, May 14th at 12 noon in Rm. 228
Oak Forest Campus—Saturday, May 14th at 12 noon
O’Hare Campus—Saturday, May 21st at 12 noon in Rm. 307
Click here to RSVP.

Advanced Project Forum
Discuss your Advanced Project with Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian. Share tips and get advice from others who have been there!
Loop Campus—Tuesday, May 17 from 4-6 pm in Lewis 1600 (Loop Writing Center)
Click here to RSVP.

Independent Learning Pursuit Forum
Join other SNL students, Writing Center Tutors, SNL faculty, and a librarian to discuss your project! Share tips and get advice from others who have been there!
Loop Campus—Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6 pm in Lewis 1600 (Loop Writing Center)
Click here to RSVP.

Please contact Tom McNamara at tmcnamar@depaul.edu or 312.362.6726 with any questions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SNL Evening of Writing a Success!

On Thursday, April 14, SNL students, faculty, and staff came together to share in the first SNL Evening of Writing.

SNL student Joyce McMurray said, "Attending the SNL evening of writing was truly a motivation to put me back on track with focusing on improving my writing skills, and to continue my journey of adult learning with the SNL Program. Kudos!"

If you were unable to attend this spring's Evening of Writing, do not worry. The SNL Writing Program will continue to hold evenings of writing in future quarters. Stay tuned!