MARC Faculty Dr. Eric Leake was featured as an outstanding faculty member and announced as the new MARC Director for the 2020-2022 term. MARC Student Jacki Horne was featured as an outstanding student for the 2021-2022 year. MARC Alumni Manny Piña was featured as an outstanding alumni for the 2021-2022 year. MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel's article, “The Push for the 1974 Statement…Once Again,” appears in Writing Program Administration. (2021) MARC Director Dr. Eric Leake's response essay, "Entering Decolonial Translation through Dwelling and Storytelling: In Response to Ellen Cushman," was published in The Expanding Universe of Writing Studies: Higher Education Writing Research (Peter Lang). (2021) MARC Director Dr. Eric Leake's co-authored chapter, "Encountering Difference Through Empathy and Translingualism" was published in The Matter of Practice: Exploring New Materialisms in the Research and Teaching of Languages and Literacies (Information Age Press). (2021) MARC faculty Dr. Nancy Wilson's article, "Hettie Jones and Bonnie Bremser: Complicating Feminist and Beat Master Narratives," has been published in the Journal of Feminist Scholarship. (2021) MARC Director Dr. Eric Leake's chapter, "The Empathy Framework and Social Inclusion," has been published in The Handbook of Social Inclusion (Springer). (2021) MARC faculty Dr. Rebecca Jackson's Self+Culture+Writing: Autoethnography for/as Writing Studies (co-edited with Jackie Grutsch McKinney) was published from Utah State University Press. This collection is the first on autoethnography in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Rebecca and Jackie wrote the collection's critical introduction and includes a chapter written by MARC graduate Tiffany Rainey. (2021) MARC Director Dr. Eric Leake's chapter, "The Multiple Lives of News Stories: Civic Literacies and Rhetorical Transformations," has been published in the freely available collection Literacy and Pedagogy in an Age of Misinformation and Disinformation by New City Community Press. (2021) MARC graduate Elisa Serrano presented "Tell Me What You're Thinking: Establishing Truth Through Journaling in the ESL Classroom" at the 2021 MMLA "Cultures of Collectivity" Convention in Milwaukee, November 4th - 7th. MARC graduate Hannah McKeating presented "The Lady's Rhetoric Cookbook as a Model of Cultural Collaboration" at the 2021 MMLA "Cultures of Collectivity" Convention in Milwaukee, November 4th - 7th. MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel participated in the City of Kyle's "Dialogue for Peace and Progress 2021--Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month" on Friday, October 1. MARC Director Dr. Eric Leake presented "Living and Languaging Abroad and Cultivating Empathy," via Zoom at the 2021 LinGOcultura, a festival of languages and cultures hosted by Nova Gorica, Slovenia, and Gorizia, Italy, as European Capitals of Culture 2025. MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel presented “Black Lives Matter and Antiracist Projects in Writing Program Administration” at the 2021 NCTE annual convention in Louisville, KY. MARC graduate Lea Colchado was invited to be a keynote speaker at the first International Symposium On Gloria Anzaldúa's Writing in Brazil, but occurring online November 3-5, 2021. Additionally, she will discuss her research over mestiza rhetoric and autohistoria-teoría as her proposed genre and methodology for Chicanas' traumatic narratives, as written about in her Master's thesis. MARC graduate Lea Colchado was awarded the Jeanette Morgan Endowment for Excellence in Research and Teaching of Rhetoric and Composition by the University of Houston’s English Department. The award is in recognition of Lea’s upcoming Conference on College Composition and Communication presentation on Anzaldúan modes of writing and Chicana epistemology in academia. MARC graduate Lea Colchado published two poems "La Tierra Y La Tejana" which will be published in the journal The Thing Itself; "Tejanita" which will be published in the anthology Asina Is How We Talk and she will be doing an audio recording of this poem in September in San Antonio. MARC graduate Lea Colchado has accepted a full ride offer to the University of Houston's PhD program in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Pedagogy. She will begin this fall. Congrats Lea! MARC student Elisa Serrano has accepted a full ride to Penn State University’s PhD program in Curriculum and Instruction and awarded a research assistantship. Congrats Elisa! MARC student Delaina Bailey has been accepted into Texas Tech University’s PhD program in Rhetoric and Technical Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology. She will begin this fall after graduating this summer. Congrats Delaina! MARC Graduate Assistant Clarice A. Blanco presented her paper "Fragments of a Broken Image: Latino Immigrant Stories" at the 2021 International Research Conference at Texas State University, April 6-8. MARC Graduate Assistant Clarice A. Blanco presented her paper "A Twitter Case Study: The Spreadability of the Viral Chilean Feminist Anthem #UnVioladorEnTuCamino" at the 2021 International Research Conference at Texas State University, April 6-8. MARC Graduate Assistant Clarice A. Blanco presented her paper "The Marginalized Other: Distortions and Limitations in the Representations of Latina Women in American Media" at the 2021 International Research Conference at Texas State University, April 6-8. MARC student Sarah Rose presented her paper "The Subversive Power of Shapeshifting: Trickster Ecofeminist Rhetorics" as part of the Embodied, Material Texts panel at the 2021 NeMLA conference. MARC Student Sarah Rose was featured as an outstanding student for the 2020-2021 year. MARC Student Olivia Hinojosa was featured as an outstanding student for the 2020-2021 year.
MARC student Corina Dominguez published the short story "Concealed Gift" in Texas State's Literary and Arts Magazine, Persona, 2020 edition. MARC student Ana B. Freeman published her first short story "The Science Teacher's Daughter" in Electric Literature, November 2020. MARC student Lindsey Villalpando presented her paper "Comunidad en la Frontera: Building Writing Communities through Pedagogy in U.S./Mexico Border Cities" at the 2020 CCCC Regional Conference at USC: Building Diverse Communities through Writing. MARC student Hannah McKeating presented her paper "The Lady's Rhetoric Cookbook as a Model of Cultural Collaboration" at the 2020 CCCC Regional Conference at USC: Building Diverse Communities through Writing. MARC student Elisa Serrano presented her paper "The Multilingual Writing Classroom: Proposal for a New Introductory Writing Course" at the 2020 CCCC Regional Conference at USC: Building Diverse Communities through Writing. MARC student Sarah Piercy presented her papers "Listening as Rhetorical Action: Theorizing Muses and Applying Healthy Cross-Boundary Discourse" and "Why and Who Cares? Interviews with Generation Z First-Year Writers on Literacy and Ethos" at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference (RSA) in Portland, OR, May 2020. MARC student Samuel Garcia presented his paper, "Writing Queerly: How Trans Perspectives Can Benefit Writing Center Sessions" at the 2019 International Writing Center Association/National Conference on Peer Tutors of Writing in Columbus, OH, October 2019. He also presented his paper, "You See Me, but Can You Hear Me? Transcending Narratives in Traditional Coursework" as a roundtable discussion at the College English Association at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA in January 2020. MARC student Sarah Piercy presented her paper “Generation Z Speaks: Conversations with First-Year Writing Students” at the CCCC in Milwaukee, March 2020. She also presented her paper “Across the Generations: Studying First-Year Writing and Identity” at TYCA-SW (Two-Year College Association-Southwest) in Conroe, TX, October 2019. MARC student Lea Colchado presented her paper "Slumber of Sins and the Shadow Beast: Looking at Teresa DeCartegna's Writing Through an Anzaldúan Lens" at the Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Conference in October 2019. MARC student Sarah Piercy presented her paper "Imitation Methods for Generation Z: Wedding Digital, Traditional, and Theatrical Rhetorics" at the 2019 CEA Conference in New Orleans, LA. MARC student Sierra Lafollette presented her paper "But Locke, We Have Emoji Now: An Exploration of the Rhetorical Efficacy of Emoji in Media" at the 2019 CEA Conference in New Orleans, LA. MARC student Samuel Garcia presented his paper "Some (Re) Assembly Required: Navigating Masculinity in Higher Education as A Transman of Color" at the 2019 3rd Mid-Atlantic CCCC Summer Conference in Norfolk, VA. MARC student Lea Colchado presented her paper "Cisneros, Sexuality, and Assault: How Sandra Cisneros Paved the Way for the #MeToo and #WhyIDidn'tReport Movements in Caramelo" at the 2019 MELUS (The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States) Conference in Cincinnati, OH. MARC student Sierra Lafollette presented her paper "But Locke, We Have Emoji Now: An Exploration of Rhetorical Efficacy in Interpersonal Communication" at the 2019 Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference (SWPACA) in Albuquerque, NM. MARC student Sarah Piercy presented her paper "Generation Z: Practicing Classical Pedagogy and Digital Rhetoric in Composition Classrooms" at the 2019 Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference (SWPACA) in Albuquerque, NM. MARC student Sam Garcia is the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student in English. Congratulations! MARC graduate Tiffany Rainey is the 2019 recipient of The Graduate College's Outstanding Master's Thesis Award in the Social Sciences, Education, and Business. Her thesis, "Her Own Voice: Coming Out in Academia with Bipolar Disorder," was directed by Dr. Rebecca Jackson. Congratulations, Tiffany! MARC students Cruz Barajas, Lea Colchado and Samuel Garcia received IEF scholarships for the Texas State in Ireland Study Abroad Program. MARC student Sarah Piercy was awarded the 2018-19 International Scholarship. She was recently awarded the Graduate College Scholarship for 2019-20 as well as the Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future Teachers. MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" 2019.
Graduated MARC graduate José Cano has been accepted to TCU's PhD Program in Rhetoric and Writing with a full ride Scholarship. Congratulations Jose! MARC graduate Alexis (Lexi) McGee completed her PhD at the University of Texas San Antonio and has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of English: Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies program at the University of Central Florida. MARC student Arun Raman has been awarded the Mary-Agnes Taylor Scholarship, and MARC graduate assistant, Megann Kramer, has been awarded the Thomas L. Brasher endowment scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. MARC students Arun Raman, Cooper Day, and Michael Gonzales, and MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake co-chaired the roundtable Building Classroom Community through Empathy: Instructor/Student Identification, Writing Assignments, and Classroom improvisations at the 2018 CCCC's in Kansas City, MO. MARC student Connor Wilson presented his paper "A Great Variety of Curious Experiments: Electricity and Popular Culture in the Age of Enlightenment" at the 2018 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference in Albuquerque, NM. At the 2018 Trends in Teaching College Composition Conference hosted by Collin College in Mckinney, TX, MARC faculty Dr. Jaíme Mejia presented "Using Sociology to Assess Audience Awareness in FYC Classes"; Clare Murray presented "'This I believe': Latin@ Narratives in Freshman Student Writing"; Edward Garza presented "...And El Español Did Not Devour Them: Crossing Composition Borders with LatinX Literature." MARC student Emily Rybarski presented her paper "Intergenerational Contact: Writing for and About our Elderly" at the 2017 Conference on Community Writing: Engaging Networks and Ecologies in Boulder, CO. MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson was a speaker on a panel titled Uncovered: Studying Writing Center Director Satisfaction, Retention, Migration, and Burnout at the 2017 International Writing Centers Association Conference in Chicago, IL. MARC students Arun Raman and Rachel Elliot and Senior English Lecturer Keri Fitzgerald co-chaired the roundtable Complicating the Center: Confronting Hate and Discrimination at the 2017 International Writing Centers of America in Chicago, IL. MARC student Arun Raman was a respondent to the panel Capitalism and Post-Colonial Theory at the Student Philosophy Symposium in San Marcos, TX, April 2017. MARC student Arun Raman co-chaired the roundtable Madness in Academia: Stories and Sense-making from Neurodiverse perspectives at the 2017 Survive & Thrive Online Summit. MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster presented "Queening the Intersection: Using Drag Rhetoric and Intersectional Theory in Critical Composition Pedagogy" at the graduate student conference (E)racing Theory, (En)gendering Praxis at the University of California in Irvine, March 2017. MARC students Emily Rybarski and Arun Raman presented their panel Community Writing Pedagogies: From Pre-Revolutionary Foundations to Contemporary FYC Applications at the Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, CO, October 2017. MARC Faculty Dr. Rebecca Jackson (with co-authors Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Dr. Nicole Caswell) has won the 2017 IWCA Best Book Award for her publication, The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors.
2016 MARC graduate Edward Garza successfully defended his thesis, "The Public Pochx: Rhetorics of American-Born Latinxs," in the spring and has also accepted a lecturer position in Rhetoric and Composition at St. Edward's University. MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake's article "The Dinner Table Debate and the Uses of Hospitality" has been published in Present Tense. (2016) MARC graduate Manny Piña has been accepted into the PhD program in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.
2016 MARC graduate Edward Santos Garza has accepted a position as a Rhetoric Assessment Affiliate for the University of Texas at Austin's OnRamps Program, which brings rigorous, dual enrollment writing courses to thousands of students in underprivileged high schools across the state.
2016 MARC graduate Kristin Milligan successfully defended her thesis in July and has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Learning Center at East Central College in Union, Missouri.
2016 MARC graduate Clare Murray successfully defended her thesis, "Being Right or Doing Right? Employing Virtue Theory in Response to Religious Student Discourse in First-Year Writing," in the spring and has accepted a lecturer position in Rhetoric and Composition at St. Edward's University.
MARC Faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel has won the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication's Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication for Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. MARC Faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel and MATC director Dr. Miriam Williams' coedited collection, Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, was awarded "2016 Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication" by the National Council of Teachers of English. MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel and Dr. Nancy Wilson's article, "Exito (Success)," appears in Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy. (2016) MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson's co-authored book (with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Nicole Caswell), The Working Lives of New Writing Center Directors, has been published by Utah State University Press. (2016) MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson's article, "Writing Center Administration and/as Emotional Labor," coauthored with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Nicole Caswell, has been published in Composition Forum. (2016) Reflections has published MARC student Shane Teague's review of Aja Martinez and Vershawn Ashanti Young's edited collection, Code-meshing as World English: Pedagogy, Policy, and Performance. (Spring 2016) MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake's coauthored chapter with Cydney Alexis and Scot Barnet, titled "Composing Place, Composing Las Vegas," was published in Star Vanguri's edited collection Rhetorics of Names and Naming, part of the Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Composition series. (2016) MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake's article "Empathizer-in-Chief: The Promotion and Performance of Empathy in the Speeches of Barack Obama" was published in Volume 6, Issue 1 of the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. (2016) MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented on the panel "Beyond the Anecdotal: Studying Writing Center Director Labor" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Denver, CO, October 2016. MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster presented his paper "Playing 'Fishy' Drag in Digital Spaces: Creating Queer Gaming Identities that Resist Monstrous Forms of Queerness" at the 2016 PCA/ACA conference in Seattle, Washington. MARC student Kristin Milligan presented "Discussions of Racism and White Privilege: Can Writing Centers Afford to Ignore Them?" at the SUNY Conference on Writing 2016 on March 5th, 2016 in Albany, New York. MARC student Andrew Booth has been awarded the Ralph and Francys Houston scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. MARC Graduate Assistant, Shane Teague, has been awarded the Ione Dodson Young scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake presented "Recovering Empathy with Things" at the 2016 Rhetoric Society of America conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At the 2016 CCCC in Houston, Texas, MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel presented "Opening the Gateway: The Power of Dual Language Composition Courses"; MARC faculty Dr. Eric Leake presented "Empathy and the Essay: Writing in Response to Perspective-Taking Prompts"; and MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson acted as a respondent to speakers on a panel about MA programs sponsored by the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists. (MDCWSS). As co-chairs of the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists, Dr. Leake and Dr. Jackson conducted the consortium's annual business meeting at 4Cs.
At the 2015 South Central Writing Centers Association Conference ("What Starts Here Writes the World") at the University of Texas at Austin, MARC student Cresta Bayley presented "Re-Writing Wikipedia in the Writing Center: A Retrospective and How-To"; MARC student Collin Couey presented "Tutoring on the Margins: Helping Students with ADHA"; MARC student Shaun Ford, MARC faculty Dr. Nancy Wilson, and Rachel Snow presented "Welcome to the Tea Party: Process vs. Product in the Writing Center Wonderland"; MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented "'Feeling Rules,' Outlaw(ed) Emotions, and the Affective Landscape of Writing Center Tutoring"; and MARC student Kristin Riggs presented "Prompting Change in the Writing Center: A Writing Instructor's Perspective."
MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented "Text Affiliations, Program Strengths, and the (Re)Making of MA Writing Studies Identity" on the panel Masters of Risk: MA Writing Studies Programs as Sites of Innovation at the 2015 CCCC in Tampa, FL.
MARC student Collin Couey presented "You and Your Crew: A Critical History of Rap Groups" at the Popular Culture Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2015.
MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel and MARC students Edward Garza and Melinda Ingersoll presented "Cuentos Exitosos: Success Stories of Hispanic Developmental Students" at the 2015 Texas State University Student Success Symposium.
MARC student Nathaniel Hagemaster presented his paper "Constructing the 'Spooky Queen': Hyper Gender Portrayals and Androgyny in Horror Movies Contributing to Alternative Drag Identities" at the 2015 Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. He also acted as a session chair.
MARC faculty Dr. Deb Balzhiser’s article, "Participatory Design Research for Curriculum Development of Graduate Programs for Workplace Professionals,” written with Paul Sawyer (Southeastern Louisiana University), J Smith (MATC), and Shen Womack (MATC), appears in Programmatic Perspectives 7.2 (Fall 2015). Web. MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel's book--Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices (Palgrave Macmillan a division of St. Martin’s Press) published 2015. MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" 2015.
MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" 2014. MARC Faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel has been named the faculty recipient of Texas State’s Excellence in Diversity Award. MARC student Jeffrey Downs presented his paper "Writing Center to Faculty, a Path Worth Exploring" at the 2014 International Writing Centers Association National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing.
MARC student Graham Oliver presented his paper "A Supposedly Rhetorical Thing: David Foster Wallace, Burke's Identification, and Television" at the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in San Antonio, TX.
MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented her paper "Laboring for Access (and Money): Directing a Virtual Writing Center in a For-Profit Institution" on the panel Neither Here nor There: Opening the Story of Writing Center Labor at the 2014 CCCC in Indianapolis, IN.
MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel presented his paper "Taqueros, Luchadores, y los Brits: U.S. Racial Rhetorics and its Global Influence" on the panel Opening Technical Communication to Discussions of Race and Ethnicity: A Conversation Between Scholars in Technical Communication and Rhetorics and Composition at the 2014 CCCC in Indianapolis, IN.
MARC students Caroline Richardson and Shaun Bryan presented their panel Co-Cultural Dis/Ability Discourses: Redefining Access in the Cs with MARC faculty Dr. Nancy Wilson and Michelle Elliott at the 2014 CCCC in Indianapolis, IN.
MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel presented his paper "Mexican Wrestlers and White Cowboys: Racist Media Spots in Television Commercials" on the panel Racial Discourses in Media Unchained at the 2013 Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference.
MARC student Alexis McGee presented her paper "Barbie Goes Abroad: Stereotypes of The World" at the 2013 Popular Culture and American Culture Conference.
MARC student Megan Boeshart presented her paper "Women Narrating their Experience in the Online Gaming Community" at the 2013 FemRhet Conference at Stanford University.
MARC students Graham Oliver and Bree Henderson presented their paper "Prosumer Backers and Self-Marketing Projects: The Rhetoric of Crowdfunding" at the 2013 Computers and Writing Conference in Frostburg, Maryland.
MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel presented his paper "Giving Voice: The Latin@ Voice that is Often Ignored at Best" at the CCCC in Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.
MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented her paper "Uncovering the Hidden Work of Writing Center Administration" as part of the panel The Public (Face)Work of Administration: A Case Study of Six New Writing Center Directors at the CCCC in Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.
MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented her paper "Interrogating 'Support': Writing Center Master Narratives and the Politics of Change" at the Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
MARC students Kristie O'Donnell and Graham Oliver presented their paper "Big & Small: Theory in Practice" at the Future of Writing Centers Symposium in Austin, TX, February 2013.
MARC faculty Dr. Nancy Wilson's essay "Stocking the Bodega: Towards a New Writing Center Paradigm" was published in an issue of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, fall 2012.
MARC faculty Dr. Nancy Wilson, Sue Beebe, MFA poetry student Stephanie Noll, and MARC student Lisa Bovee presented their panel Say What? One Hundred Years of Pedagogical Struggles with Composition Handbooks at the NCTE Convention in Chicago, IL, November 2011.
MARC faculty Dr. Deb Balzhiser presented her paper "Reading the Writing Major Configurations" and MARC Director Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented her paper "Mission Work and the Work of Missions" for their panel Mapping Contested Spaces for the Undergraduate Majors in Writing and Rhetoric at the 2011 CCCC in Atlanta, GA.
MARC faculty Dr. Octavio Pimentel and MARC students Shana Hamid, Casie Moreland, and Cheyenne Riggs presented their panel Ya Basta Con el Racismo!: Time to Recognize the OTHERS' Space at the 2011 CCCC in Atlanta, GA.
MARC students Shana Hamid, Casie Moreland, and Cheyenne Riggs presented their panel Actions Speak Louder than Words at the 2010 AESA Conference in Denver, CO.
MARC student Andy Besa presented his paper "Cantiflas Sails: My Secret Life as a Writing Center Tutor" at the 2010 IWCA-NCPTW Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
MARC student Andy Besa presented his paper "The Nepantla Beyond the Writing Center Door" at the 2010 New Directions Conference at the University of Arizona.
MARC student Bettina Ramon received the CCCC "Scholars for the Dream" award. She received a $750 to travel to the 2009 CCCC Convention in San Francisco, was honored at the reception, and received a one-year membership to the NCTE and CCCC.
MARC director Dr. Rebecca Jackson and Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney of Ball State University presented their results on a national survey on writing centers, "A View from the Bridge: Writing Centers in the Twenty-First Century" at the International Writing Centers Association Collaborative held in conjuction with the CCCC Convention in San Francisco, 2009. MARC students Jenna Allen and Bettina Ramon, and alumna Collette Caton, presented their panel Rocking the Boat: Using Blogs to Challenge Traditional Notions of Academic Identity at the CCCC, March 2009 in San Francisco. MARC faculty Dr. Deborah Balzhiser chaired their panel. They also presented their panel Pop Culture Meets High Culture: Blogging Gender in the Academy at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Conference in Gender and Technology, February 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. MARC student Jenna Allen, Stephanie Gioia Stewart, and Bettina Ramon presented their panel Writing Center 2.0: Pleasurable Elements of the Online Writing Center at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference, April 2009 in Georgetown. MARC student Andy Besa, and MA Lit student Sarah Olivas, and Aja Martinez of the University of Arizona, presented their panel Making Waves by Using Chicana/o Rhetorics of Difference to Reverse Negative Stereotypes Against U.S. Latinas/os at the CCCC, March 2009 in San Francisco. MARC faculty Dr. Jaime Mejía chaired their panel. MARC students Gina Guzman, Blanca Loya, and Yazmin Lazcano presented their panel Crashing the Waves of Exclusion in the Field of Composition Studies: Pedagogical Uses of Alter-Native Genres in Composition Classrooms at the CCCC, March 2009 in San Francisco. MARC student Jonathan Polk presented his paper "The New Non-Transparent Text: Typography & Image in the Contemporary Novel" at the 2009 National Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2009.
MARC students Gina Guzman, Blanca Loya, and Yazmin Lazcano presented their panel Righting the Writing Center to Meet the Border at the National Council of Teachers of English in San Antonio, November 2008. Collette Caton and Jonathan Polk's YouTube video response to readings from Kairos has been picked up and posted on the Kairos website to introduce a new section of the journal called "Disputatio: A Reader's Forum." Also available on Kairos under the "Letting Us Know What You Think" tab. MARC student Courtney Werner presented her panel Moving Feminisms Forward: Making Feminists into Cyborgs at the Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference on Gender and Technology, February 2008. MARC student Gina Guzman presented her paper "College Writing Centers and Chicanos/as on the Border" at the 2008 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Regional Conference, Mi Educación es la Causa: Chicana and Chicano Pedagogy in the 21st Century in McAllen, TX, February 28-March 1. MARC students Collette Caton, Jonathan Polk, and Courtney Werner presented their panel Writing Center as Student Service: Rhetorical Choices and the Art of Voicing Students' Needs at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference, March 2008 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. MARC student Gina Guzman presented her paper "Minority Students on the Periphery: Domesticating Canagarajah's Geopolitics in Writing Centers" at the 2008 NACCS Conference XXXV Poesia, Baile, y Canción: The Politics, Implications, and Future of Chicana/os' Cultural Production, March 19-22 in Austin, TX. She also presented her paper at the CCCC Convention: Writing Realities, Changing Realities in New Orleans, LA, April 2008. MARC students Jenna Allen, Mary McCulley, Gwen Templin, and Melinda Rothouse, and Dr. Rebecca Jackson presented their panel Writing Center as Performance Space at the South Central Writing Centers Association Conference, March 2008 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. MARC students Courtney Werner and Collette Caton, and MA Lit student Marcus Piazzola presented their panel Graphic Novel as Textbook: Alternative Realities for Composition Instruction at CCCC in New Orleans, LA, April 2008. MARC faculty Dr. Jaime Mejía chaired their panel. Barbara L'Eplattenier, Susan McLeod, Barry Maid, and MARC faculty Dr. Deborah Balzhiser (with Tom Miller who facilitated but did not include his name) conducted their workshop seminar on "Creating and Revamping Majors in Writing and Rhetoric" at the CCCCs in New Orleans, LA, April 2008.