Check out the Creativity Center

Deana Kubat needed help with brainstorming interviewee possibilities and questions for the class’ interview project in her Publications Workshop class. Since her work didn’t exactly fit the criteria for the Tutoring or Writing Center, Kubat chose another student resource center that assists with more creative projects.

By Katie Vann

Contributor

Deana Kubat needed help with brainstorming interviewee possibilities and questions for the class’ interview project in her Publications Workshop class. Since her work didn’t exactly fit the criteria for the Tutoring or Writing Center, Kubat chose another student resource center that assists with more creative projects.

The Creativity Center, a recent student resource addition, opened its doors during the fall 2009 semester to help students with creative writing assignments as well as other creative projects. “The Writing Center was becoming more of a source for term writing.

Department of Humanities chair Michael Arnzen, wanted to open another center for creative purposes,” said Timons Esaias, Seton Hill faculty members who works in the center. “The center is also partly a function of Eye Contact.”

With a shelf of reference books and a faculty member present to consult, the center encourages students with a range of projects and interests to stop by for help.

“Whatever students need,” Esaias said when asked what students should bring with them to the center. “They can bring in whatever they’re working on. If they just need help with brainstorming, that’s fine. If they have certain questions about their work, that’s fine too. There are no requirements for them to fulfill, they just bring in whatever they want and we try to meet their needs.”

Kubat, who visited the center last week said,” I like having the opportunity to talk to a professor who knows my work rather than a student who may not be as familiar with my styles. “I’ve brought in poems and short stories as well. I definitely would recommend it for other students to use.”

The center serves an average of five to ten students a week, the majority of which are in Esaias’s Publication Workshop course. “We hope at some time to get enough students to be able to have them do writing exercises,” Esaias said. “We want to teach students how to critique their own work.”

The Creativity Center is located the Lowe hallway across from the campus police. It is open on Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays from 12:40 p.m to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m and Thursday from 12:40 to 2:30 PM. Timons Esaias is available during the Monday and Wednesday while Deena November offers help during Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments can also be scheduled for students unable to attend regular hours.