Ball State hosts open house for Bracken Library’s new Writing Center

<p>Ball State opened its second Writing Center in Bracken Library Nov. 18. The Writing Center now has locations in the Robert Bell Building and the library.<strong> Eli Houser, DN</strong></p>

Ball State opened its second Writing Center in Bracken Library Nov. 18. The Writing Center now has locations in the Robert Bell Building and the library. Eli Houser, DN

Fall 2021 Writing Center hours

Robert Bell 295

Monday–Thursday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bracken Library first floor west

Sunday–Thursday 6–10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

To make an appointment, visit the Writing Center website.

Source: Writing Center website

Ball State hosted an open house at the new Writing Center on the first floor of Bracken Library Nov. 18, where beverages and cookies were offered to all students who visited. The Writing Center’s goal of hosting this event was to make itself more known around campus and increase student awareness of the center’s resources.

At the event, Jackie Grutsch McKinney, professor of English and director of the Writing Center, talked with attendees about the Writing Center’s resources. Taylor Sheridan, senior journalism major and Writing Center lab tutor, also attended the event and greeted students. 

McKinney said a new Writing Center opened in Bracken “due to the dean of the library granting us access to open this space specific to one-on-one tutoring needs of Ball State students.” 

Jackie McKinney, director of the Writing Center and professor of English, speaks with a student at the Writing Center's open house Nov. 18 in Bracken Library. McKinney spoke with many of the students who stopped by to see the new space. Eli Houser, DN

Before the Writing Center took over that space, McKinney said the area was previously used for reference materials including encyclopedias that weren’t seeing enough use.

“It took a good six months to decide how this center would look and where it would be, all depending on the goal of not wanting to disturb other people in the library,” McKinney said. 

Sheridan said she enjoys working as a tutor because she learns something new each session.

“Being able to interact with a lot of different students is really enjoyable to me,” Sheridan said. “I also like that when I come in to do my job, I never know what I’m going to get.” 

McKinney said the Writing Center offers assistance on everything from research papers to resumes and cover letters. 

Contact Jamie Strouts with comments at jdstrouts@bsu.edu.

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