Something to Entertain You!

by Sabrina Z. 

Salutations, Friends!

I have for you today some videos we put together about our Floating Arm Trebuchet. The first video dates back to May 2017, when Trebuchet 2.0 was completed. This demonstration took place for a science club for a local elementary school.

Flying Melons May 2017

This second video is about Core 4 STEM Day 2017. This city-wide event is about introducing STEM careers and degree areas to younger students and parents. As a yearly participant, OLLU wrapped the day of faculty-led interactive activities with a demonstration of Trebuchet 2.0. The lessons with this massive machine include areas of medieval history, math, and physics.

Core 4 STEM 2017 Trebuchet 2.0

If you have some down time, take a look and see the other projects that the staff of ACE and other university departments collaborate on.

Hope the summer is treating you well.

Happy Writing!


MFD Writing Center Summer Schedule NOW AVAILABLE!

by Sabrina Z. 

The Writing Center now has a summer schedule available on WC Online. Hours are limited, but we do have evening and Sunday availability.

Please check WC Online for hours and to schedule your sessions.

Happy Writing!

ACE It! MFD Writing Center Summer 2018 Schedule Opening Soon!

by Sabrina Z. 

Salutations, Friends!

The MFD Writing Center Summer 2018 schedule will be opening soon. We are sorry for the delay, but we need some time to transition from the spring to summer semesters. This requires us to have our schedule approved by administration, and some time to check-in with the consultants who will be working over the summer.

Just in case anyone needs a refresher, below you will find the instructions for how to set up an appointment with the MFD Writing Center.

How to ACE it

Also, here is a downloadable PDF of those same instructions: How to ACE it

We hope you all had a great spring semester. Don’t forget to take a little break during the summer.

Happy Writing!



by Kristi R. Johnson

Tonight, StudyCon is back for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Finals are once again upon us, and the Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, workshops, and, oh yes, therapy dogs! It simply would not be StudyCon without a set of four-legged friends.  And as always, your friendly resident tutors and consultants will be on hand to provide the usual academic assistance.

The StudyCon book raffle and giveaway will also be returning for a second semester. Five more popular books will be raffled off to students at the event, along with other various prizes. Be sure to stop by and browse the titles.

This semester, the five books will be The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Classic Fiction), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Graphic Novel version by Hope Larson), Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (YA), I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez (YA), and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (YA).

See you there!

Flashback Friday: Pondering on Prepositions

by Sabrina 

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher gave us the daunting task to memorize a chart of prepositions and then recite them to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” At the time, I believed this was impossible (as a young person may at that age), but the challenge drove me to do the very best that I could.

In hindsight, I appreciate the challenge set forth by my teacher because I am still able to recall a great number of prepositions from memory.

Let me state that I am not saying everyone should memorize prepositions the way I did. I included that flashback as a way to introduce today’s Flashback Friday topic.

Prepositions!! Even though I can remember many of them, I still look at preposition charts and instructions on prepositional phrases when writing. So I thought that this would be a good topic for today’s post, as it is something that everyone can appreciate a little reminder about once in a while.

Here is a link to a handy chart of prepositions and examples of how to use them: Preposition Chart
Full credit goes to St. Mary’s College of California for preparing this resourceful tool. Bookmark the chart on your computer in case you ever need a little help.

I also remember being told that I could not end a sentence with a preposition. While that used to be a standard rule of grammar and writing, we now consider that as more of a loose guideline that can be followed but also has exceptions. For more info, check out this link to Grammar Girl’s post Ending a Sentence With a Preposition.

Well readers (& writers), I hope this Flashback Friday finds you all in positive spirits. Happy Writing!

P.S. If you are in San Antonio this weekend and want something non-school related, check out the 6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday April 7th from 9-5, held at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art. Lots of authors will be there for panels and signings, including Claudia Gray (all my Star Wars fans should know who I am talking about) and Sandra Cisneros.


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