Information for Students

Online Writing Resources

The Editorial Eye - "The Eye is a resource for writers, editors, designers, project managers, communication specialists, and everyone else who cares about contemporary publishing practices. Any aspect of effective printed, electronic, visual, or spoken communication is likely to appear as a topic in the Eye." (from The Eye homepage)

The Elements of Style - See Strunk and White's classic, online.

Online Writing Lab - This site at Purdue University provides useful handouts on a variety of writing issues, including grammar.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of services does the Communication Center provide?

The Communication Center provides free consulting for written and oral assignments. We can also assist you with recurring writing problems you may have. We help SHA students further develop and fine-tune their communication skills to be industry leaders. The Communication Center is not a remedial service—even great students sometimes need help.

Who is eligible to receive consults?

All SHA undergraduate, MMH, and PhD students.

How do I take advantage of the Communication Center's services?

  • Follow the instructions to confirm your appointment on the Meet With Consultant page.
  • Bring two copies of the assignment you would like to work on, along with the original assignment sheet.

Can I always get an appointment?

We have a limited number of consultants. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to get help, so try to make your appointments in advance to ensure that you get the appointment times you want. Please be on time for your appointments; if you are late, your consultant may help someone else.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you cannot come to a scheduled appointment, please cancel it right away so another student may sign up.

Where is the Communication Center?

Statler Hall, Room 330.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.  & 12:45 - 6:15 p.m.

10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.* (10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.)

10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. & 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. *(5:45 - 7:45 p.m.)

Friday 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. & 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.* (11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)
Sunday 2:15 - 7:15 p.m.* (*2:45 - 3:45 p.m. & 4:45 - 7:15 p.m.)
  "*speech": these times are designated solely for helping with speeches, presentations, PowerPoint, and hybrid reports.

Who are the consultants?

A small group of trained graduate and undergraduate students.

Who manages the Communication Center?

Diane Mickelson. Please feel free to contact her by email or by calling 607.255.1090. All questions, comments, and suggestions are welcomed.