August 2021 Announcements

The Composition Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for August.

Resources as You Begin the Semester

Fall 2021 Syllabus Collection
Faculty and GTAs are asked to submit syllabi for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 to composition -AT- no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 25. Jen Mooney will be circulating a separate message about syllabus collection for all courses in the English Department other than ENGL1105 and ENGL1106.

Composition Program Calendar Updates
The Fall 2021 Composition Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. We are holding program-wide events during the common hour on Fri., Sept. 10 and Fri., Nov. 5. In coordination with the Center for Rhetoric in Society (CRS), we’re excited to be hosting a guest speaker at the end of October (details to be announced soon).

Odyssey Database, Newman Library – Open Educational Resources for Writing
Several videos on peer review, multimodal writing, and rhetorical analysis are now available in Newman Library’s Odyssey Database. The collection features materials developed by Tim Becker, Chloe Robertson, and Yemi Awotayo, along with colleagues from Newman Library, with support from Pathways.

Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
At the end of the spring semester, we received six additional pieces of distinguished student writing, which were published on in June ( We encourage everyone teaching first-year writing at Virginia Tech to consider spotlighting these pieces and teaching them with first-year students in 2021-2022.

Shanks Hall Atrium Artwork

The Shanks Hall Atrium has artwork on display from the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts (SOVA). In Spring 2021, students in ART1004: Drawing for Non-Majors created the 40-foot painted mural. Bookending the mural are selected pieces of Sumi ink student drawings from ART1004: East Asian Water Media.

Continue to let us on the program leadership team know if you have any questions we can help with.