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The Center for Scholarly Teaching and the American Democracy Project are co-sponsoring speech and paper contests for students for the 2008 Provost’s Summit on Teaching Learning, titled “Sharing Expectations for Student Writing and Speaking.”

Contest questions focus on sustaining democracy through writing and speaking. The final competition will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in Reeve Memorial Union — just before the presidential election — and will feature campus and community celebrity judges.

Faculty and staff are asked to announce the contest to their students and encourage them to participate.  Instructions are available at

Written and oral communication skills are included in UW Oshkosh’s Student Learning Outcomes, which  details what contemporary students should learn at college for success in life, work and citizenship.

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This article was submitted by Center for Scholarly Teaching Coordinator Lori Carrell. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today. Click here to submit.