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Student Successes

Composition II Students Persuade and Plant

After researching ways to improve COD’s sustainable lawn care practices, Honors Composition II students successfully persuaded the Space, Planning, and Construction committee to have more native plants on campus. Not only did students research and write collaboratively, but did so remotely, due to COVID-19. At the end of the spring semester, however, students Jules Delnero, Kamile Dirzys, Ikram Isa, Andrea Jovanovic, Merlin Thomas, and Erik Westegaard, along with President Brian Caputo, were able to meet for the first time and plant native plants together.

Composition II Students Present Research on Collaborative Writing at Regional Conference

Ikram Isa and Andrea Jovanovic presented their research on the effects of a collaborative writing project on student learning at the Honors Council of the Illinois Region Conference. The two detailed their experiences in Honors Composition II, choosing, designing, and executing a fully collaborative, student-run project, which sought to bring about more sustainable lawn care practices at COD. Students researched and wrote together, and in the end, successfully persuaded the Space, Planning, and Construction committee to plant more native plants on campus. Ikram and Andrea argued that a student-run, project-based course, in which students apply their rhetoric and writing skills to a real audience, enhances learning.

Composition II Students Present Research on the Role of Rhetoric at Regional Conference

Amy George, Mikayla Jacoby, Danielle O’Brien, Belem Oseguera, and Lucas Troncoso presented their research on the role of rhetoric in the elimination of plastic bags at the Honors Council of the Illinois Region Conference. As students in Honors Composition II, they helped organize the class to conduct primary and secondary research on plastic bag consumption, its environmental impact and federal and state legislation to ban plastic bags.

The students also decided, along with their classmates, to stop using plastic bags for a month and to record their experiences in vlogs. The result was a scholarly argument embedded in a website and a video to encourage others to follow their lead. 

Advanced Composition Student Published in National Scholarly Journal

Meghna Israni published her scholarship on genre theory and mass shootings in Young Scholars in Writing, the premier undergraduate scholarly journal in Writing Studies. Her project began in Advanced Composition, exploring the intersections of mass media, psychology, and mass shootings and questioned if we wrote differently would others act differently?

After the project was accepted for publication, Meghna worked with the journal’s editors to develop the project. “Watching my article change over time has taught me that the revision process is both the longest and the most important piece of the writing process. I’ve gained so much more confidence in my ability to make an argument in an academic setting.”

Advanced Composition Student Becomes Editor for National Scholarly Journal

Kimberly Wilson was selected to be a student editor for the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity. As a student in Advanced Composition, Kimberly challenged herself as a writer and used the rhetorical skills she learned in class to apply for the editing job; shortly thereafter, she was flown out to Utah to begin training for her new job at the journal.

If you are interested in the Writing Studies program, contact Dr. Steven Accardi, Program Chair of Writing Studies & Professional Writing Certificate, at accardis@cod.edu.