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LIU Post Organizes Nationwide Remote Tutoring Program for Students Affected by Superstorm Sandy

30 colleges & universities across the country offer free help with writing assignments for region’s high school and college students


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Belinda KremerBrookville, N.Y. – In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, LIU Post’s Writing Center has launched a national initiative to assist students with remote tutoring help as they attempt to catch up on their studies.

“Recover Writing” is an emergency tutoring relief program designed to assist high school, undergraduate and graduate students affected by Sandy, and the Nor’easter that followed, as they resume their studies after weeks of missed classes and piled-up assignments. By enlisting the help of a growing consortium of writing centers around the nation, LIU Post’s Recover Writing program is answering the local need for assistance with academic writing assignments of all kinds.

Writing Centers assist students with all stages of writing, from brainstorming to thesis development to organization, from grammar to citation style. The relief program was created by Belinda Kremer, director of LIU Post’s Writing Center, after Superstorm Sandy flooded many communities and knocked out power for millions of East Coast residents.

Kremer considered students’ return to area campuses, and foresaw that expanded Writing Center services would be needed.  “I was trying to figure out if we could bring in more staff and provide more hours,” she said, “then thought: why not ask other writing centers?”
Kremer sent an email to a national writing center mailing list and received responses from 30 colleges and universities across the nation, from Illinois to Oregon to Texas.

Upon re-opening on Monday, Nov. 12, LIU Post’s Writing Center, inundated with students seeking help with upcoming or overdue assignments, quickly overbooked. “Within four hours of finally re-opening, all of our appointments for the entire week were scheduled,” said Kremer. “Since then, we’ve been directing our own students to Recover Writing, so it’s come full circle. It’s wonderful to know how much help and support is out there.”

One of the responses came from the University of Arizona Writing Center’s Celeste Ann Delrussochapman, who had been a graduate student at the University of Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit and was displaced for some time in its wake. Delrussochapman wrote back to Kremer with enthusiasm, saying, “I understand what you and your students are going through right now. I think this Recover Writing project is a very valuable (and kind!) service to offer!”

Some of the participating Writing Centers work with students via e-mail, phone, live chat, or online draft submission forms; some connect via Skype, Google docs, GoToMeeting or other online platforms. Some local institutions offer face-to-face help.

“So many people at LIU Post have done so much to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” said Katherine Hill-Miller, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at LIU Post.  “This supports students exactly where they need it right now, in this time of immense dislocation.”

Students can access the list of participating institutions, see what each is offering, and how to contact its Writing Center and arrange for help by visiting the Recover Writing Facebook page HERE or contacting the LIU Post English Department at (516) 299-2391.

Posted 11/20/2012

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