Blugold Seminar wins CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence

We are excited to announce that the Blugold Seminar has won the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (the main professional organization for Rhetoric & Composition, and the college affiliate group of NCTE). 

The Certificate of Excellence recognizes only a handful of writing programs each year that demonstrate a commitment to innovative curricula, exemplary professional development, effective assessment, and contributions to composition research, among other things. From the many applications received this year, the Blugold Seminar was identified as an exemplar: this year’s CCCC Chair, Chris Anson, wrote in his announcement, “The Selection Committee was impressed by the Blugold Seminar that these innovations took place at an institutional level, that tenure-stream faculty teach first-year composition, and that undergraduates are involved with the program assessment. Additionally, this programmatic revision lowered class size, installed a new curriculum, and offers a nice assessment process, all with broad support from across the university.”

We will receive formal recognition for this award at CCCC in Indianapolis this April.  For more information about the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, please see

Digital Writing Expert Wysocki to Visit UWEC in November

The Blugold Seminar and the English Department at UWEC have invited Anne Frances Wysocki from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to visit in November. Wysocki has published widely in rhetoric and writing and is a leading scholar in digital writing. 

Wysocki will be delivering a campus-wide presentation on November 14 and a workshop for teachers in the Blugold Seminar on November 15. Her November 14 presentation will share her project considering how notions of memory are shifting in our current media environment, and how these changes affect writing and teaching writing.