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Assistant director of University Writing for ePortfolios selected

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – After a national search, Laura Elmer has been named the inaugural assistant director of University Writing for ePortfolios effective May 15, announced Margaret Marshall, director of University Writing.

Professional ePortfolios are personal websites designed to communicate and showcase students’ skills, experiences and learning. Auburn University will introduce ePortfolios to the campus over a five-year period, starting with the first participants that include both academic and co-curricular groups.

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Winners announced in Auburn University’s Spring Common Book writing contest

Common book winnersAUBURN – A challenge went out in early spring of this year for all undergraduate students at Auburn University to participate in a writing contest based on the 2010-11 Common Book, “Three Cups of Tea.” Contest winners were recently announced at a dinner hosted by Auburn University President Jay Gogue and Mrs. Susie Gogue.

The first place winner of the competition was Alicia Berdeguez for her submission in the form of a poem. Berdeguez is a freshman from Port Orange, Fla., majoring in creative writing. As part of her first place prize, she had the opportunity to shadow Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey and get a sense of the responsibilities the provost’s position entails.

Jennifer Robinson won second place for an essay about the theme of success in “Three Cups of Tea.” Robinson is a sophomore from Deatsville, Ala., majoring in English and Spanish. She shadowed Mazey during the recent Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting.

Eric Lopez won third place for a submission that tied the themes of the book to issues of foreign relations. Lopez is a senior from Peachtree City, Ga., majoring in political science. He shadowed the university’s director of athletics Jay Jacobs.

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Auburn becomes one of first U.S. universities to measure gains in learning, writing abilities

AUBURN – Recent results from a pioneering study involving more than two dozen colleges and universities across the nation show significant gains in the intellectual and academic skills of Auburn University students as they progress from freshmen to seniors.

The findings were presented today to the Auburn Board of Trustees, which has supported the university’s involvement in the program for data-based measurement of student learning since the program began in 2005.

The university’s chief academic officer, Provost Mary Ellen Mazey, says results of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA, provide evidence that at Auburn, students are developing at a rapid pace key skills expected of a college graduate. Until recently, that was a claim that all colleges and universities made but few could document.

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Auburn University officials dedicate Miller Writing Center

AUBURN – Auburn University officials dedicated the John C. H. Miller Jr. Writing Center Sept. 24 in the Governor’s Room at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Speakers included Jay Gogue, Auburn University president; Sarah Newton, Board of Trustees president pro tempore; Margaret Marshall, newly named director of university writing; Sharon Roberts, co-chair of the Writing Initiative Task Force; and Matt Klauza, assistant to the center director and a Ph.D. candidate in English.

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