Thoughts on the 2016 Knights Write Showcase

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Tiffany Gagnon and Komysha Hassan present at the “Returning Voices” panel during the 2016 Knights Write Showcase

From Marcy Galbreath —

 

The 2016 Knights Write Showcase brought together students, faculty, parents, and administrators to view, listen, and celebrate the stellar work created in UCF’s first-year writing classes. We enjoyed a great turnout, and were treated to presentations from 24 poster presenters and eight new and three returning panelists. The accomplishments of these students include not only research and writing skills, but also poise in presenting and a serious commitment to academic excellence. A huge “bravo” to the mentors who encouraged and supported student efforts—congratulations on a successful showcase!

Congratulations also to the organizers who put together this year’s production: Adele Richardson and Kevin Roozen, who secured the facilities arrangements, administrative representation, and interdisciplinary judges, among other things; Scott Launier, who managed the submission and selection processes; and the faculty who served on essay selection and poster committees, Amy Barnickel, Martha Brenckle, Steve Ethridge, Luann Henken, Barb Kyle, Lindee Owens, Nichole Stack, Jake Stewart, Melissa Ringfield, Debbie Weaver, Thomas Wright, Megan Lambert, and Lissa Pompos. Recognition is also due our department support staff, Stephanie Livigni, Adam Salazar, and Porsha Dossie for setup and breakdown help, and of course to all the instructors who worked the day of the showcase, and who encouraged your students to visit Knights Write. It is great to have parents and other faculty visit, but the other students are the ones who really give meaning to the showcase, as they take away new ideas about what student research can look like.

Probably the most meaningful experiences in this year’s showcase came in two forms for me. The first was when the mother of a former student thanked me for encouraging her son to submit his work—I could see that it meant a lot to her for his work to be recognized. It reminded me that student research is about more than just learning the process; it’s also about validating ideas and the skillful presentation of those ideas.

The other meaningful experience came from my current students, who were given the opportunity to see and hear what their peers produced in first-year writing classes. I already have several students seriously setting their sights on next year’s Knights Write Showcase. It is one thing to hear from a proud mom, quite another to see the enthusiasm in fledgling researchers. And isn’t this why we ask our Knights to write?

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