Lindsay Sabotka and Cassie Hemstrom have partnered with the local Yolo County Animal Services Shelter to create service learning opportunities for their 104A business writing students. Shelter representatives have visited their classes and discussed the different rhetorical situations the shelter encounters in social media and promotional writing, and their students were able to analyze these situations, as well as the shelter's audiences and purposes in writing.
Melissa Bender and Karma Waltonen's book, Twenty Writing Assignments in Context: An Instructor's Resource for the Composition Classroom, has been published by McFarland. More information about the book can be found at http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-1-4766-6509-2
When members of the University Writing Program learned that conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos would speak at UC Davis, they decided to help the kind of organization his writing attacks.
UWP members recently raised $400 to donate to the UC Davis Women's Research and Resources Center. They chose WRRC because of Yiannopoulos's widely publicized criticism of feminists in the video game and film industry.
Yiannopoulos has been accused of using his Breitbart News column to facilitate the online harassment of women, such as the all-female cast of 2016's Ghostbusters movie.
Kara Moloney and UCD alumni Chris Thaiss and Pearl Chaozon-Bauer have published the article "Freeing Students to Do Their Best" in a special issue of Across the Disciplines on WAC and high-impact practices.
Carl Whithaus and Chris Thaiss published "Independent Writing Programs Post Recession: Complexities and Discontents in an Achieved Utopia" in the CCC's Symposium on Independent Writing Programs in the September issue of CCCs. The link to the symposium is http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/CCC/0681-sep2016/CCC0681Symposium.pdf
Karma Waltonen, Melissa Bender, and Heather Milton presented the panel "The Power of Metaphor in Teaching and Writing Case Studies" at the 5th Annual Health Humanities Conference in Sevilla, Spain.