Writing Center helps all would-be writers

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By Michael Meinen

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

For some students, writing seems like an impossible task. Students don’t have to stare at a blank page anymore. The college writing center can help students overcome the challenge of writing.

The college writing center, in Room 203 of Gonzales Hall, features tutoring, 25 open computers, workshops and resource texts.

“We are here to meet the needs of any college student in any class,” Director Jane Focht-Hansen said.

The center offers help in understanding assignments, generating ideas, creating a thesis, organizing a paper, identifying and correcting grammar errors and learning proofreading techniques.

Coordinator Santo Pandazzo said, “Writing is something you have to do whether in school or in life.” The writing center is open to students and the public, and tutors are a mix of students and staff.

“Students can come in to chill out as long as they are not disruptive,” Focht-Hansen said. Food and drinks are allowed in the center but there is a strict “you spill, you clean” policy.

The writing center can accommodate students who register at disabled student services on the first floor of Moody.

The most important thing for students to do when it comes to writing is “to take the time to do it,” Focht-Hansen said.

The writing center is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 210-486-1433.

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