The Rauer Award is named for Ruthanna Rauer, Dr. Moe's sixth grade teacher. Every exam Mrs. Rauer gave was an essay exam. She believed students must write in order to learn, whatever the subject matter. That same thinking is the foundation of The Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University, and the Rauer Award celebrates the students doing this writing, the teachers teaching them to do it, and the teachers who taught those teachers.
Beginning spring 2019, The Writing Program will give its annual Rauer Writing Award for the best piece of writing to come out of WRI 1000. Awards are selected by a cross-campus faculty committee using the WRI 1000 outcomes as their guide. First place wins $150, and Honorable Mention wins $100.
The Rauer Award Ceremony includes the annual "How I Learned to Write" keynote address. In the address, a member of the SPU faculty reflects on their life as a writer, the key moments in their education, key figures and teachers along the way, and important lessons learned about writing and about life. The 2019 keynote address will be given by Dr. Eric Long.
Entries for the Rauer Award are accepted weeks 1-3 of spring quarter for papers written within the previous year. Send your entries to director of campus writing, Dr. Peter Wayne Moe. The Award Reception will be Thursday, May 10th, at 2:00 PM, in the Ames Library Reading Room.