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From C.A.P.S to Rhetorica: A building in transition

September 18, 2010

By Ali Neese, Staff Writer

Students can bring in papers or speeches from any discipline to the new Writing and Speaking Center. Photo By Ashton Jones

As anyone who passes by Young Harris College knows, the school is experiencing some major change. It began with the building of Enotah Hall, continued with the new Recreation Center, and, according to the master plan, is far from being over.

One of the most recent changes to campus is the relocation of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, or C.A.P.S., from the building in between Pruitt-Barrett Building and the Campus Gate Art Gallery to an office in the bottom of Appleby Center.

But, many students wonder, what’s been left in its place? The answer is the new Center for Writing and Speaking, a part of the Rhetorica program at YHC.

What brought about this change? Why did C.A.P.S. need to be moved and why is the Center for Writing and Speaking there now?

According to Dr. Jennifer Hallett, director of the speaking center and the Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, is “a big deal in terms of our accreditation and SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, wants to see that we, as a college are committed to this QEP.”

The college is able to demonstrate their commitment to following through on the QEP by designating a certain space for important things, such as the writing and speaking program at Young Harris, formally known as Rhetorica.

Hallett went on to say that the speaking and writing centers were both located in the same building because they are both equal parts of the QEP.

Hallett stated that the transition from C.A.P.S. to the Center for Writing and Speaking occurred at the beginning of the semester and that they officially opened their doors to students on Monday, August 23.

Throughout campus, students are being told by their professors to visit this new center, but many are also wondering what they can do there and how it will benefit them.

In regards to the speaking side of the center, “it is a place for dedicated guidance to help students succeed in a speaking assignment,” Hallett said.

Assignments can include group discussion, debates, leading a discussion among peers, actual speeches for a public speaking class, etc. There tutors are able to guide a student in his or her speech and tell them what they need to work on in order to improve.

While Dr. Hallet talked about the center’s speaking assistance, the center also does work with student’s writing abilities.

Louisa Franklin, director of the writing center, says that “the writing center is there to help students write papers in any academic discipline” and that any type of paper is welcome there.

However, students need to bring their assignment and a draft of the paper with them to the center.

Franklin stressed that tutors cannot write papers for anyone, but they are more than happy to help make a paper better.

Senior English major and writing center tutor Jill Tuttle from McCaysville believes that she has a very rewarding job.

“It’s really cool when people come in and they have problems and you help them and you can see that they’re learning,” Tuttle said. “It’s also really great when they come back to you and say you really helped me do well on my paper.”

Speaking center tutor and senior English major Leon Payne from Dayton, TN also finds his job rewarding. He said that “I love to help people and being able to give them confidence. It’s not so much that I’m a speech whiz, I just like giving them confidence and helping them do what they need to do.”

The Speaking Center is open Monday-Thursday from 11am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5.

The Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday from 3-5 and 6-10 and Sunday from 6-10.

Both are closed Fridays and Saturdays.

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