UVU And Orem City Partner To Create New Community Writing Center
February 2, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504
Faculty and tutors from University College’s writing center at Utah Valley are joining forces with the Orem City Library to open a new public writing center that will benefit the entire Utah County community.
The Community Writing Center, which will debut Feb. 10 with an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting and open house that runs from 2-5 p.m., will provide local residents and students from the local school districts with help in developing writing skills in a variety of areas. The new center, located at the Orem Public Library, 58 N. State, will be staffed with faculty writing coaches and student tutors from UVU’s University College writing center.
“We in University College are extremely pleased to contribute some of our resources to strengthen the growing partnership between Utah Valley University and the community and region it serves,” said K.D. Taylor, dean of University College. “This is a small beginning, but it represents a much larger sense of the collaborative spirit that is the hallmark of the University College mission and UVU as a whole.”
The Community Writing Center services will be free to the public. Hours of operation will be 2-7 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, and noon-4 p.m. on Fridays.
“We’re very grateful to Utah Valley University and its administration for reaching out to build and strengthen our community,” said Orem City Library director Louise Wallace. “We’re honored to be a partner in presenting the new Community Writing Center at the Orem Public Library.”
The new center will offer one-on-one coaching sessions, writing workshops, peer review group sessions and instruction on daily functional writing skills, such as resumé writing, cover letters, writing letters to state and local government representatives, opinion letters, school essays and journal writing. Assistance will be available to all members of the public for most every form of writing.
“It will provide valuable civic and job-based literacy and writing skills in the form of one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops and facilitated peer review groups that will be free to the public,” Taylor said. “We hope this center will eventually expand in space, use and offerings to become an important resource for the residents of Orem City and Utah County.”
The Community Writing Center will also assist those compiling and writing family histories.
“Many patrons use the public library and its collections to job search or to re-tool for new careers. Students of all ages come to do research for term papers and written reports. A large clientele regularly uses the library’s online databases for family history work. The new Community Writing Center will now offer expert help in writing the most effective resumes, in polishing those school reports, or in crafting more meaningful and engaging family histories. The center will be a great resource for us all,” Wallace said.Walk-ins are welcome when the center first opens for business on Feb. 13, but appointments are preferred. Eventually the Community Writing Center could become appointment-only as the staff gauges the workload and demand for services.
The Community Writing Center is funded through a phased grant from UVU’s Office of Engaged Learning, in partnership with University College and the Orem Public Library.
“This center is an excellent example of the commitment of UVU students to serve their community,” said Brian Birch, associate vice president for academic affairs-engaged learning. “The Orem City Library has been a superb partner for many years and we appreciate its collaborative spirit.”
For more information call the UVU Writing Center at 801-863-8936, or go online to www.uvu.edu/owl/infor/about.html
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.