Are Writing Skills Really as Valuable as People Say They Are?
Concert: Bach cello suites by Matt Haimovitz
Renowned Israeli-born soloist Matt Haimovitz performs all six Bach cello suites, while visiting four Central New York locations. (The “moveable feast” begins with a Tuesday live-at-noon broadcast from the studios of WCNY FM (91.3), followed by a 3 p.m. appearance at the River’s End Bookstore. The musical tour resumes at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tyler Gallery in Penfield Library.) The remaining suites at 7:30 p.m. Sheldon Hall: $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. http://www.oswego.edu/arts. 312-2141.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, Sept 16, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Author talk: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"
Karen Joy Fowler, author of this year's Oswego Reading Initiative book, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," will speak. Shortlisted for the international Man Booker Prize in 2014, the book examines life from the perspective of young adult Rosemary Cooke and her primate "sister," weaving a humorous, poignant and multilayered plot around the theme of scientific experimentation with animals as well as animal rights. Fowler is the author of six novels, two of them New York Times bestsellers. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-2232.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, Sept 30, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs Geneseo
Location: Oswego, NY, Romney Tennis Courts
Friday, Sept 4, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer Tournament Consolation
Location: Oswego, NY, Laker Turf Stadium
Saturday, Sept 5, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
2015 New Jersey Event
Find out more and register: http://bit.ly/1T3Y0iT
Location: Ridgewood Country Club 96 W. Midland Ave., Paramus, N.J.
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/453070221388940 for the latest locations or suggest your own!
Location: Various Cities
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Yes. Good writing skills are perennially among the most important qualities employers look for from college graduates. Lots of people who aren't "professional writers" still find themselves writing as an essential part of their daily worklives: accountants write analyses of companies or investments, biologists write lab reports, newscasters write copy, etc., etc. And even if some people find themselves in professional niches that don't require much daily writing, their advancement beyond that niche is often dependent on their ability to write with clarity, insight, and polish. The 2004 report of the National Commission on Writing, sponsored by the College Board, estimates that US employers spend $3.1 billion each year on developing employees' writing skills, and most employers, it finds, give consideration to writing skills in both hiring and promotion decisions for salaried employees.
Beyond the professional reasons to develop your writing skills, however, we suggest that there are equally good intellectual ones, too: writing well is a profoundly important part of thinking well. Written language is how people name and sort out their ideas. So the skills you develop as a writer are the cornerstone of a larger intellectual life. If you've come to college for an education, you can't really get one without being able to write effectively.