The Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association (RMWCA) is a regional chapter (covering AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT & WY)  of the International Writing Centers Association.  This regional network acts as a support and resource for administrators and tutors and gathers yearly at the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference to celebrate and learn from those who tutor writing.

New RMWCA President                      

President’s Message

Star Coulbrooke, Utah State University

RMWCA President’s Message, March 8, 2016

 Great news from your RMWCA: We have a full roster of State Representatives!

 Arizona: Leslie Chilton

Colorado: Michelle Medeiros

Idaho: Melissa Keith

Montana: Kelly Webster

Nevada: Robyn Rohde

New Mexico: Katie Denton

Utah: Leigh Ann Copas

Wyoming: Darby Sawyer

 Please contact your representatives (via email on the rmwca.org State Representatives page) to ask questions, share concerns or successes, and provide updates for the RMWCA Directory. State Reps are your direct link to other centers in your area. We hope you will help them feel needed and appreciated. 

 Check out all the website pages to see what we’ve been up to this last year and a half. Our officers and State Reps are listed with bios, photos (most of us), and contact information; the directories have been updated (we could use your help with these lists); the Constitution and By-Laws are up to date; and seed money guidelines are posted on the website for those of you who need start-up funds for hosting regional conferences.

 Also on the website: two featured writing centers for you to admire. Those of you on the RMWCA list serve will have seen Kelly Webster’s announcement about that. And thanks again to Mary Ann Judge for implementing that list serve. 

Our organization is solid and everything is running smoothly, so now is the time to pass the torch. Five of us are nearing the end of our two-year terms. I will step down as president in October 2016 and Kelly Webster will step up, leaving her position of president-elect open. Kelly is also ready to hand-off her duties as Montana State Rep on her way to the presidency. Mary Ann Judge will stay until we can find nominees for her position as outreach officer, and Chris LeCluyse will cede his past-president designation to me. Joyce Adams has served as secretary for five years! Thank you, Joyce, for your tremendous service and your generous spirit. And special thanks to Liz Kleinfeld, our treasurer, who is staying for another term by special request, because we need stability and expertise when it comes to managing our finances. 

 And now … we are pleased to announce an upcoming election for three soon-to-be-open positions.

 President-elect: 

Clint Gardner

Lisa Bell

 Secretary:

Michelle Miley

Deneishia Jacobpito

 Montana State Rep:

Two potential candidates in the works

 Get ready to cast your vote for these candidates in April. Kelly will send out a survey on our fabulous RMWCA list serve, and we will announce the winners as soon as we tally the results.

 Attention Arizona Writing Centers: We are searching for State Rep nominees. If you are interested, or if you know someone who would be a good fit for this role, please let us know by emailing me at star.coulbrooke@usu.edu or Mary Ann Judge, our Outreach officer, at judge@uidaho.edu. 

 Conferences:

 NCPTW/RMPTC’s “(De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers” in Salt Lake City last November was a tremendous success, with Jackie Grutsch McKinney as keynote speaker.   

IWCA Conference will be held in Denver, CO, October 14-16, 2016. The CFP can be found at the IWCA website:  www.writingcenters.org. Deadline for submissions is April 1.

RMWCA’s Montana conference, the Rocky Mountain Conference on Writing Tutoring, is in the works for Spring 2017. Stay tuned for more details.

Please share your upcoming conferences along with other news and resources on our list serve, rmwca@uidaho.edu. We want to hear from you. Happy spring, everyone. 

 Join the LISTSERV!                                       

Join our listserv, rmwca@uidaho.edu, to keep in touch and share resources with other writing centers in the organization.  

Subscribe at lists.uidaho.edu/mailman/listinfo/rmwca, or email Outreach Coordinator Mary Ann Judge, judge@uidaho.edu, and she will add you.

To unsubscribe at any time, follow the directions on the welcome message, or ask Mary Ann to unsubscribe you.



RMWCA High School Directors   
Check out our regional high school directory on the Connect page. With over 1300 entries, there is some great contact info and eye-opening trends in the Rocky Mountain West and subregionally. Make use of the directory and add to it by sending additional info to  judge@uidaho.edu.


Consider Hosting a Writing Center Conference or Professional Development Event         

RMWCA Seed Money Guidelines

 Seed money grants are intended to provide start-up funds for hosts of writing center conferences and professional development events. Seed money must be repaid within 60 days of the event. RMWCA should be listed as a sponsor of the funded event.

 Applications should be submitted to Elizabeth Kleinfeld by email (ekleinfe@msudenver.edu). Questions about the application should be directed to Elizabeth. Applications should include

 The applicant’s name, title, institutional affiliation, email address, phone number, home address, and a clear statement of whether the application is for Seed Money or a Research Mini-Grant.

  1. An abstract (200 words maximum) describing what the Seed Money or Research Mini-Grant will be used for.
  2. A proposal narrative (1000 words maximum) describing the purpose and outcomes of the proposed activity; who will benefit from the proposed activity; and a timeline for the activity.
  3. A budget justification
  4. The applicant’s CV

 Proposals will be evaluated by the RMWCA Executive Board.

 Recipients of Seed Money will be required to submit a report within 30 days of the event which explains how the funds were used. Seed money is expected to be repaid within 60 days of the event.