'New Vistas' draws more than 130 participants for two-day conference

Keynote speaker Barbara Walvoord makes a presentation at the New Vistas conference held in November 2012

Nov. 19, 2012 - More than 130 academic professionals from 15 U.S. states and two foreign countries attended "New Vistas: WAC/WID Intersections in the 21st Century" conference held Nov. 16 and 17 on the Mount Carmel Campus. The 4th biennial conference on critical thinking and writing was hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and Quinnipiac's Writing Across the Curriculum (QUWAC).

The conference opened with a meeting of NEWACC (Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium). On Friday evening, the Carl Hansen Student Center Piazza was transformed into a gallery for artist and sculptor Khanlar Gasimov, who presented three original works of art, along with photographs and video, as part of the welcoming reception. Gasimov later discussed his work with the attendees who participated in a Research and Writing Center-led workshop on writing and the visual contact zone.

Saturday morning began with a keynote address from WAC and WID pioneer Barbara E. Walvoord. Her talk, "How to Assess and Improve Student Writing in Classrooms, Departments, and Institutions," was delivered to a standing-room only crowd. 

Throughout the day, Walvoord met with individuals and groups eager to discuss with her the unique challenges faced by their institutions.

New Vistas featured 27 presentations from more than 60 faculty professionals. Quinnipiac panelists included:

  • Robert Engle (international business)
  • Tracy Hallstead (The Learning Center)
  • Justin Hayes (first year writing)
  • Mark Hoffman (computer science)
  • Suzanne Hudd (sociology)
  • Glenda Pritchett (first year writing)  
  • Lauren Sardi (sociology)

Paul Pasquaretta, director of the Research and Writing Institute, announced during the conference the inaugural edition of Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing. The online, open-access College of Arts and Sciences publication is scheduled to appear in Spring 2013, and will feature essays related to the conference.

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