Chapter & Article Proposal Workshop PowerPoint and Notes

vintage-classroomDanielle, Jeff, and Malea agreed to let us publish and share the powerpoint and notes from the Chapter & Article Proposal Workshop on April 18th.

Click to download the PowerPoint file.

This post is linked on the Program Resources page, under WRAP Workshop Materials, as well.

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WRAP Meeting Notes – April 23, 2014

At this final WRAP meeting of the school year, we celebrated and conversed with many of our new WRAP officers. You can trust that the transition has begun!

Our first item on the agenda was the election. First, congrats to our 2014-’15 WRAP officers! We are certain they will lead us into new and innovative directions! Second, in the meeting I provided more specifics on the “voting irregularities.” These irregularities were a sequence of votes – all voting for the same people – that was received 5 times in a row (3 times on Monday night, 2 on Tuesday morning). This seemed to stack the election in a particular way.

Through what seemed like hours of email discussion, WRAP had decided to eliminate 3 of those votes, which actually created a margin of 3-5. So if the difference between votes in a category was greater than 5 it would’ve gone to the person with the most votes; less than 3 and we would consider different options. A couple of last minute votes came in that pushed the difference between the top and second vote-getter for Recruitment Chair into that margin. Rather than scrap the entire vote we decided to go with co-chairs. I have confirmed with Maria and Phil that co-chairs is an acceptable and appropriate outcome. And the consensus in this meeting affirmed this decision.

[We then spent a good portion of time talking about Scandal and Defiance, OH.]

We shared with the incoming WRAP officers in attendance that after the discovery of the voting irregularities it was brought to our attention that WRAP has used the WC’s Survey Monkey account for elections in the past. The next phase of election season is to put out a call for names of grad students interested in serving on department and/or college committees.

The next agenda item was the MA job group Stuart is leading in the Fall. He inquired about an MA rep for this group, of which we responded that we believe this part of the RWGAC MA Reps responsibilities. We mentioned earlier in the year that both the RWGAC MA and PhD reps should have a stronger line of communication with WRAP and RWGAC.

We next discussed the transition to new WRAP officers, agreeing that this meeting was not long enough to pass on the vast knowledge we’ve gained from this experience. We agreed to find a time to all meet together in mid-May.

Speaking of times to meet together, we decided to cancel the End of the Year Celebration because it conflicted with the advanced degree graduation ceremony as well as the PCW retreat.

Next we reviewed t-shirt mockup designs. Given three choices we narrowed it down to one. Victor has agreed to take over this project.

Our last agenda item was a brief update on the budget. As of 4/23/14 we have $428.36. The reimbursement for food at the Chapter & Article Proposal Workshop is yet to be processed. The rest of this money will be put towards t-shirts.

This is my last round up of meeting notes for WRAP. I’m out!

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Summer Support Process

sunmoneyThe following notes were taken at the RW Open Meeting with Grad Students on Friday, April 11th.

These are the considerations RWGAC uses to rank grad students for summer support, thus should be addressed in your application:

  • Time to graduation – how will this support help a student move forward?
  • Well-defined project – “This project will result in…”
  • Ability to work elsewhere: citizen status, Writing Center assistantships, etc.

Before submitting your summer support application, RWGAC suggests seeking feedback from your chair and/or committee. And if you have questions about this process, please contact Malea directly.

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WRAP Wins Outstanding Innovative Program Award!

Outstanding_Innovative_Program_HardwareOn April 15, 2014, WRAP was awarded the Outstanding Innovative Program Award at the Student Life Leadership Awards Ceremony in recognition of our Research Speed Networking events. I want to take the opportunity now to give credit and thanks to the folks who worked to organize this event.

The idea for Research Speed Networking was brought to WRAP by Becca Hayes, WRAP Events Chair, who worked with Esther Milu, WRAP Professional Development Chair, and the Professional Development Committee, Laura Gonzales and Victor Del Hierro, to organize and implement this highly successful event.

Research Speed Networking has been our most well-attended event, and the second iteration with faculty was just as successful. The purpose of Research Speed Networking was to offer grad students an opportunity to foster collaborations and community in the Rhetoric & Writing program. We wanted to provide a space for participants to practice speaking about their research interests and projects, develop potential research and writing collaborations, and gain an overall sense of the work being done by fellow graduate students. Additionally, speaking to the innovation of this event, Research Speed Networking was also awarded the CAL Alumni Student Grant in Fall 2013.

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Meeting Notes – April 9th, 2014

Even during this extreme low energy period in the semester, we still had a good showing at this meeting! Keep on coming!

The first item on the agenda was an update on elections. As president, it’s my constitutional job to organize and implement elections this year. We are aiming for a quick turnaround between asking for consent to be nominated and nominee statements to the actual voting. We agreed that the goal was to know who the next WRAP officers will be by the next meeting on April 23rd.

We next discussed the budget. The domain for the website has been renewed for 3 years for a total cost of $111. We next discussed t-shirt pricing, wherein folks were tasked with contacting t-shirt companies. We are awaiting these estimates. We are also awaiting news on our submission for the COGs grant to decide on catering for the End of Semester Picnic on May 2nd.

From here we discussed in more detail the COGs grant, particularly if it’s worth pursuing for the next iteration of WRAP. We found there to be misinformation on the website that didn’t match the actual process for decision-making. While we submitted the proposal on time, apparently spring funds have already been dispersed. We are still awaiting their decision.

Next, a new website/network has been created for student organizations called michiganstate-community.symplicity.com. After baffling at the ironic spelling of “symplicity” we noted that this is the new website to register WRAP as a student organization in the fall.

Our last agenda item was the constitution revisions, which were passed.

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