September 05, 2016
The Writing Center has implemented a simple program that they hope will attract more students and increase visits.
Students are given a card that will be punched for every attendance to a Writing Center workshop, study session or consultation. After five punches, the student is rewarded with a candy bar.
Students can enter their name into a drawing each visit for a chance to win a gift card that can be used at the Bookstore.
This incentive began during the spring and was created as a collaborative effort by the student staff at the center.
The new punch card system has been effective so far, according to senior communication major Kayla Gronseth. Gronseth, who currently works at the Writing Center, has seen students win their prizes already.
“We have students coming into the center asking for a punch card, and we see them bring it with them when they come back and ask to get it punched,” said Gronseth.
The center is a way for students to improve their writing skills and provide new ways to engage students, according to Matthew Baulk, director of the Writing Center.
“Instead of students having one-and-done visits, we wanted to fi nd a new way that’s fun and simple and encourages students to come back,” said Baulk.
Junior philosophy major Shawn Cannon said that although he already visits the Writing Center frequently, he is more than happy to see his visits count toward earning candy and a chance to win Bookstore gift cards.
The Writing Center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found on their website uccs.edu/~writingcenter.